Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fall - Mums in basket

What’s Blooming in September

Did you ever wonder what blooms in September? We’ve put together a summary of some of the flowers, trees and fruits that bloom in Zone 5 in September:

  • Apples
  • Asters
  • Coleus
  • Corn
  • Fall Raspberries
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Marigolds
  • Mums
  • Roses: all types and colors (salmon, red, yellow, pink, white, peach)
  • Zinnias

As of the last week in September, Zone 5 did not have it’s first frost.  Annuals and garden plants are still growing strong.

It’s been a great apple picking season.  Macintosh were ready first in late August and early September.  Cortland apples were right on schedule, and were ready on September 15.

Be sure to look at our picture calendar for September:

September 2013

Happy gardening. 🙂

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What’s for Dinner? Spaghetti and Meatballs

Are you looking for something easy to make?  We often overlook a simple and traditional Spaghetti and Meatball dinner.

On the menu tonight:

  • Spaghetti or linguine
  • Meatballs and Sauce
  • Salad with Italian Dressing
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  • In a large pot, boil water
  • Once boiling, add pasta
  • Cook 8-10 minutes, or according to directions on package
  • Top with sauce and optional parmesan cheese

Meatballs and Sauce

  • Heat sauce from jar in medium size pot
  • Add frozen meatballs
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes, or according to directions on meatball package

Baby Spinach and Greens

  • Rinse lettuce
  • Add vegetables as desired (cucumber, grape tomato, shredded carrots)
  • Serve with Italian Dressing

For this dinner, we opted to serve pre-made sauce and frozen meatballs.  You can certainly substitute your own homemade sauce and freshly made meatballs.  Just allow extra time, or make ahead of time.

Happy cooking!

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Printable Phone Number List

Preparing Your Household for a Medical Emergency

Are you prepared for a medical emergency at your home?  A medical emergency can happen at any time, to anyone.  You don’t have to be elderly or chronically ill to  encounter this issue.  A medical crisis can occur with young children, teenagers, or middle-aged individuals. Here are a few things to consider so that your household is prepared.

Note: This information was compiled from my own personal experience.  I’m not a medical professional or a doctor.  This is simply information for you to consider as you prepare your household for a potential medical emergency.

Items to Prepare for a Medical Emergency

1. First Aid Kit –  It’s always helpful to have a First Aid Kit in your home.  It contains items like bandages, tape, and first aid cream.  You can make your own kit, or purchase one from a store.  Either way, it’s great to have in your home.  We also carry one in each car.

2. Phone Numbers – If a medical emergency occurs, you’ll want to have your phone numbers ready and easy to access.  We post ours on the fridge, and they list our relatives, neighbors and friends, as well as important numbers we may need.  Here is a blank printable phone number chart for you to use:

Phone Numbers

3.  Medication Wallet Card – You will want to have a list of medications for each person in your household.  Include the name, dosage, and time normally taken.

Medication Wallet Card

4. Your plan of action – Once you call 911, and help has arrived, you will want to make sure you have a plan in place.  Here are some things to consider:

  • If you have young children, who will you contact to watch them?
  • If you have pets, is there someone who can take care of them?  If time allows, feed them and let them outside before you leave for the hospital.
  • Do you have any other special requirements?

5. Hospital Bag – Even if you don’t anticipate a medical emergency, it is extremely helpful to have a bag packed.  When a crisis strikes, it is important to stay calm.  However, it may be difficult to concentrate.  That’s why preparing a small bag ahead of time can be very helpful.

  • Phone numbers – doctors, relatives, neighbors and friends
  • List of Medications
  • Non-Perishable snacks (for example: granola bars)
  • Reading material / book

When it’s time to leave, you can add the following items to your bag on your way out:

  • Cell phone charger
  • Bottle of water
  • Piece of fruit – banana or apple

Turn a light on, in case you’re gone for a while.  Lock the doors to your home, and drive safely.

We hope that you and your family stay healthy and safe.  However, should a medical emergency arise, you will be more prepared.

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