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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fall Recipes!

Heather’s Pumpkin Soup


1- 15 oz can pure pumpkin

1 1/2 cups shredded gouda cheese, hard & aged

1/2 cup almond milk (or whole milk)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Put can of pumpkin in saucepan on stove and heat to warm on medium high.  Add milk, salt and pepper.  Stir to heat and combine.  Add 1 cup of the shredded gouda cheese, stir and remove pan from the heat.  Top with remaining 1/2 cup gouda and serve.  Since cheese is hard and aged it will be chunky and not fully melted.  If you would like a smooth, creamy consistency, use grated soft gouda instead.

Holly’s Caramel Apple Sangria

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1/2 gallon apple cider

1 bottle of white wine

melted caramel or caramel sauce

cubed apple

cinnamon sticks

In a large pitcher with ice pour cider and wine and stir in the apples.  To serve, dip the rim of the wine glass in the melted caramel, pour in the sangria and add one cinnamon stick.  For adults only!!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Be Prepared

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With hurricane season in full swing on the east coast, we are in the thick of worrying about family in Florida and making sure we are prepared here. Having gone thru hurricane Gloria in the 80’s and Sandy a few years ago (see our blog from 11/8/12 ) we are no strangers to bad storms. Whether or not you are in a hurricane path, flood zone, earthquake or tornado based environment, natural disasters can occur anywhere so you should always be prepared.

The basics of food, water and medications are necessities most people are aware of, but here are a few more helpful reminders:

*Have enough supplies to last 2 weeks, not just 3 days, for every person in your household.

*Batteries, flashlights and gas are the first items that seem to get sold out.  Stock up ahead of time if you can.

*Make sure you have a manual can opener and a skillet that can withstand an open flame (like for camping).

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are living thru this latest hurricane.

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Stand Up for Yourself

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As we go about living our lives, there are moments when something bigger comes along. It could be a wrong to right, an unspoken hurt or an uncomfortable situation. When you are in the thick of working out a problem, either internally or with another, it is important to stand up for yourself.

If the conflict is internal, for example, if you’re beating yourself up over a situation you may have handled poorly, forgive yourself.  Acknowledge that you’re not perfect.  Own your mistake and resolve to do better next time.

If your difficulty lies with another, don’t be afraid to speak your truth.  That doesn’t mean you have the right to dump all over another person.  But you do have the right to stand up for yourself if you feel wronged.  If the relationship is worth salvaging and especially if it is a working relationship, you owe it to yourself to work it out.  Swallowing hurts and wrongs can lead to resentment.  Standing up for yourself in a kind way will hopefully allow the other person to acknowledge that there were hurt feelings and appreciate your efforts at making the situation better.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Being Connected

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Sometimes we forget that we are identical twins. We know that seems silly but when we look at each other we don’t think we look alike. We are twin sisters with no other siblings so we only know what it feels like to be sisters. Often times, as we are living an hour away from each other, we forget that not everyone in our lives knows we are twins, and it’s not something you think to say when you are meeting new people. When they find out and start asking questions about being twins, it always reminds us of how cool and unique it is. We share a special bond.

Here’s a funny story: Recently one of us (Heather) had surgery on her right shoulder. Of course we were both nervous. The entire day of the surgery Holly couldn’t move her right hand. The next day it was fine again. Weird things like that only happen to us once in a blue moon, but we do have some other interesting stories from over the years! We hope you feel connected to someone in your life, whomever that may be. Let us all remember that we love and are loved!

* happy birthday to my sis! xoxo

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Say Goodbye to Summer

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Although technically today is the first day of fall, we need to say a proper goodbye to summer. It is probably one of our favorite seasons…can you tell by the way we blogged about it?  Summer Giving, Summer Salads, Enjoy Summer, not to mention each celebration that came along during the past few months!  Schedules at home are more relaxed in the summer and the weather is glorious almost every day.

While we always look forward to each season as it comes, here are a few things we did yesterday to bid summer a farewell for now:  had ice cream and fro yo pops, wore camp shirts and shorts, spent the day outside and listened to summer music.  Hard to do some of that in the winter! But first, welcome fall…

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