Welcome to October!

Today is the second day of the 10th month of 2011.  I saw Christmas trees in Kohl’s and we haven’t even hit Halloween.  Time to hunker down & get with the program!  I have not forgotten to share my results of my office cleaning.  See, I can’t share if I am not done yet.  LOL!  No laughing!  I got slightly off track when Hannah had her appendectomy & subsequent recovery.  Then I had to catch up on my sleep.  Now, I think I am sufficiently caught up.   For now.  Good news is she is almost back to normal and should be cleared for all activity on the 10th.  Her arm therapy has been going well, too and she has regained most of her ROM there. 

We went from warm to cold overnight.  Literally.  Temperature Saturday morning was 42 when I headed out to run.  Weather man said it felt like 31.  Gee, thanks for that.  He also mentioned that there had been a rain-snow mix overnight.  WHAT?!  I am SO not ready for that! 

Speaking of fall…I have been enjoying my favorite apples – Honeycrisp!  I forgot how much I love them!  I was able to try a new apple this week, too – SweeTango.  The SweeTango is a cross between the Honeycrisp and a Zestar! apples.  Read on….

The name SweeTango reflects the harmonious flavor combination you experience upon first bite.

Flavor – Juicy and sweet with hints of fall spices, SweeTango®’s flavor, balanced by vibrant acidity, dances to a long and satisfying finish on the palate. It also features the satisfying “crunch” of a Honeycrisp.

Origin – SweeTango is the brand name for apples produced by Minneiska trees, a cultivar developed at the University of Minnesota. Breeders spent more than a decade developing this distinct variety of apple. SweeTango is grown and marketed by Next Big Thing, A Growers’ Cooperative – a unique partnership of some of the most respected family-owned orchards in North America.

Appearance – SweeTango is a blush apple with deep red coloration over a yellow breaking background.

Availability – SweeTango is an early-season apple, harvested in late August and early September. The apples appeared in limited quantities in select markets in 2009 and 2010. Stores and markets across the nation will carry the apples in 2011. For the latest on availability, follow SweeTango on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

I really enjoyed the SweeTango apples, but my heart still lies with the Honeycrisp.  I did like that the SweeTango apples were smaller than most of the Honeycrisps that I find; most of them are the size of a softball or larger!

**These apples were sent to me free of charge for review purposes.  The opinions stated here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Menu Plan

Sunday –Chipotle or Rotisserie chicken with salad

Monday – KC Masterpiece BBQ chicken breasts, coconut baked brown rice, steamed broccoli & salad

Tuesday – Easy Enchilada Bake, corn & salad

Wednesday – Baked Ziti, steamed green beans & salad

Thursday – Marinated spicy pork chops,  mashed sweet potatoes, roasted asparagus & salad

Friday – MYOP (Udi’s gluten-free crust) and salad

Saturday – Leftovers or breakfast for dinner


Pumpkin brownies

Cookies for Jon

Don’t forget to enter the Rice Select giveawayThe contest is open until Monday,October 3,2011 at midnight EST.


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