Monthly Archives: October 2022

Rom Com of the Week: 🎃 Home for Harvest 🎃

Ah, the last day of October.

(Also known as Halloween, and if you’d rather be spooky tonight, please visit my Halloween blog!)

But some of us like to enjoy our pumpkins in pie, am I right?

This holiday season, I’m featuring a seasonal romantic comedy every Monday. All the movies are free to watch on TubiTV. I selected movies I haven’t seen before; maybe you haven’t, either!

Today’s seasonal selection is Home for Harvest (2020). And one of the settings is — you guessed it! — a pumpkin field. A special plus is this produced by MarVista. If you’ve read this blog before, you know I love those MarVista movies! In this movie, a travel writer is given the assignment to cover festivities in her hometown of Greeneville, NC, where she reconnects with an ex. But there is another guy…how will she choose? Check out the preview.

Hey. I think there is a piece of pumpkin pie with your name on it! Why don’t you put up your feet and you and your slice watch this romantic movie tonight? Enjoy!

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Nat. Christmas Tree Lighting Set for November 30. Lottery for Tickets

This year is the earliest year I can remember for the National Christmas Tree Lighting. The official tree lighting takes place on Wednesday, November 30 on the Ellipse in President’s Park. Would you like to be there to see President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden light the tree? There’s an online lottery for free tickets for the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Christmas Tree Lighting going on now. Sign up before 10 am on Tuesday, November 1 to enter for a chance at tickets.

The celebration features live musical performances by local and national performers.

Lottery applicants will be notified about their ticket status on Nov. 8.  Don’t worry if you don’t get a ticket because CBS will broadcast the 2022 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11 (8:00 PM ET/5 PM PT). And  you can visit the tree when it is open to public (along with the surrounding state and territory trees) daily December 2, 2022 through January 1, 2023. The lights will be on  until 10 pm each night (11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

Welcome to another season of Cool Yule!

Hello! I am so excited to be sharing with you all the things that I love about the fall and winter holidays Yes, a little early this year, I admit! But then, we have so much to celebrate — Thanksgiving is only a month away, Hanukkah, Yule and Christmas will soon follow, then we have New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Epiphany.

And I’m blogging here on Cool Yule for the fourteenth year! So, let’s get started!

Here are some Cool Yule sections that may interest you…

  • Giving Back. Check out this Page and additional blog posts for ways you can contribute your talents or resources to good causes this holiday season.
  • Calendar. I have already updated the page with 2022 November, December and January events. Many are free but some require registration, so check it out so you can make your plans.
  • Movies and TV Shows. You know I love movies! Each Monday, I’ll be featuring a seasonal romantic comedy. I thought Monday would be a good day because it would be a relaxing way to start off the week. I picked new ones that I haven’t seen before AND are completely free to watch on TubiTV. If you subscribe to the blog (also free), you’ll get a notification of each one.
  • A new “Faith” category. This year, I am featuring more content to meaningfully experience the holidays. Look for articles about Hanukkah, as well as readings for each Sunday in Advent and Epiphany. There will also be content for the Solstice and Yule.
  • Self-Care ideas. If you feel stressed about the holidays, you’re not alone. I will continue to share tips for taking care of your health and well being through the beginning of the New Year.

I love to hear comments and suggestions from you. Thank you for joining me here.

Mary

Apple Pie Smoothie

Happy Apple Day! I have an apple recipe that I know you’ll love. This healthy recipe tastes a lot like Apple Pie to me. Add a few drops of vanilla or almond extract if you like. For one serving, add to a smoothie blender…

About 1/4 cup of applesauce (or 1 apple sauce single serving cup)
About 1/2 cup of milk, milk alternative or yogurt
6 ice cubes
Generous shake of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
1/2 tsp. brown sugar or honey, optional

Blend all ingredients until well mixed. If mixture is too thick, add a little apple juice, water or milk. Pour into a tumbler. If desired, top with spray whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup and serve with a re-usable or paper straw. Enjoy!