Challenge Accepted! – Cheater Version

So, keeping up with this blog challenge is much more difficult than I expected.  I say that “life happens” a LOT, but let me tell you, A LOT of life happened this month!  I scoured the remainder of the non-completed list of blog prompts, and completed as many as I was able to do at this moment.  I promise to try to fulfill the remainder by the end of September, but this is not a guarantee that it will happen, just that I will try.  Here goes…

September 10 – Show us how to craft something to support our favorite football team.  I have the stuff, just need to make the time!  Sneak peek here.

September 11 – Capture the changing season with photos.  The leaves are not yet changing here.  Boo.

September 13 – What music have you been listening to lately?  My current favorite artists are Mercy Me, Rend Collective Experiment, and Big Daddy Weave.  I am loving Flawless by Mercy Me!

September 15 – What books do you want to read before the year is over?  I want to read Board Stiff, Five Portraits, and Isis Orb by my favorite author Piers Anthony.  I would also like to read How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy.

September 16 – Share a recipe using lots of fresh fall produce from the farmer’s market.  You may or may not find this fruit at your local farmer’s market, especially since it is considered a wild fruit.  I moved about 70 miles north of where I grew up, and some people here cannot believe that we eat these!  I am talking about persimmons, and the best dessert by far is persimmon pudding.  I miss it terribly.

By the way, the huge, bright Japanese persimmons you may find at the grocery store are not the same persimmons!

persimmon pudding page

This photo is of a cookbook that was published by my church in 1985, and you can tell persimmon pudding is a popular recipe by the number of times it appears in the book (there is another entry on the following page).  I might just have to make a special trip…

Aunt Nickii's Persimmon Pudding

September 17 – What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do?  I have wanted to go to Italy since I was a little girl.  When I was about kindergarten age, if I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always, “A mommy, a teacher, and artist, and an Italian.”  This is finally in the works for 2017!

September 19 – Show us how to transition an outfit from summer to fall.  Are you kidding?  I am NOT a fashionable person.  About the only way I ever transition an outfit from summer to fall is to add a sweater and/or scarf.  I get so cold…

September 20 – Run a small business?  Tell us how you prepare for the holidays and the end of the year.  Considering my small business is sooooo small, as of now I don’t make any changes due to holidays and the end of the year.  Ask me again when it is actually going somewhere.

September 21 – Tell us about a new blog you recently discovered.  I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  I really didn’t know much about it, so I turned to… Pinterest®, of course!  I found several blogs written specifically about fibromyalgia, but one in particular caught my attention (since I also have rheumatoid arthritis) is Living Life As I See Fit.  For more information about fibromyalgia, check out National Fibromyalgia Association.

September 25 – Take a cue from postsecret and share something you’ve been keeping quiet about.  Today I am having a place on my scalp removed that may or may not be melanoma.  We will hopefully get a good result from the biopsy.

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