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Autumn is Here!

Holy Hill Shrine entrance
Holy Hill Shrine Stations entrance

I love the fall; anyone who knows me personally knows autumn is my favorite season of the year. This year is a colorful one for the leaves with nearby forests showing off their bright yellows, vibrant reds and cheery oranges. The weather has a nip in the air, but isn’t too cold yet and Halloween (my favorite holiday next to Christmas) is just around the corner.

Decorations are scattered about my home. Neighbors’ home are displayed with a yard full of tombstones and ghouls, along with the obligatory pumpkins!

Every year I travel north to see the changing leaves in the Kettle Moraine area; this year I visited Holy Hill, a sacred siteHoly Hill Church where a large Catholic church/monastery is known for its healing miracles, life sized stations of the cross statues and two towers, one of which you can climb the 178 steps to the top.  (I did not.) The large brick structure sits on the highest elevation in the southeast part of the Wisconsin state and offer panoramic views of the nearby landscape.

This place is very beautiful during fall and would be more peaceful, except it is a place for tourists to visit.  There were quite a few the day I visited.  Still the place held a type of tranquility and energy that lends itself to feeling the sacredness of the area.

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Panoramic View

I think this is another reason I like autumn – the peacefulness of the season.  Soon I will be dining with a friend or two and will enjoy hot cocoa – a treat at this time every year. This is the time to dine with friends and family, to scare and be scared (but in a playful way) and to begin the dance of hibernation, as the nights grow shorter and colder – at least here in the Midwest.
Each season brings us something new to look forward to. I look forward to the upcoming holidays, to being with old and new friends and even my family. And I even look forward to that day in late November when I turn another year older and so much wiser.

Enjoy this season – where ever you live. Play, dance, harvest and be thankful for all your blessings. That way more can come your way!

Happy Autumn!

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With Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, Spiritual Writer/Teacher/Channel
The Angelic Path
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bcahoon@illuminatedengagements.com
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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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Autumn is here!

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Some local fall colors!

Do you know what time it is?
Are the leaves changing colors where you are?
Do you feel the crispness in the air?

It’s now late October and autumn is in full swing.

As many of you who have been following this blog know, there were awesome colorful autumns when I was growing up in Rochester, NY.  The trees were huge and the colors were, to say the least, spectacular.  Hopefully you are experiencing a similar scenario this year!  I know I am!  Now that I’m in Wisconsin, the colors here are a great tapestry of yellow, reds, orange and browns.

Autumn leavesThe change of the seasons is often celebrated.  This is the time of the harvest—times to celebrate all you have accomplished during this last year.   We bet you’ve accomplished more than you think.  Lots of people’s lives have been hectic this year; remember now is the time for great changes in our  world, this is the time of the Great Shift and did we expect anything less than change in our lives?

This year the autumn colors have been great  We have a nearby park which this year didn’t disappoint. I was able to take a day trip up north with a friend and we marveled at all the wonderful fall colors.  I go looking a the leaves every years.  Just my way of celebrating my harvest—with a mini-vacation!  I’ll post pictures of what I found in on our Facebook page.   How will you celebrate your time of the harvest?

Enjoy this season! You can dress in that favorite wool sweater again now that the weather is getting cooler.   The smells of pumpkin or apple pies fill kitchens with yummy smells and burning leaves fill the outdoor air.  Halloween is now upon us too!

I once heard that you usually like the season that you were born in the best.  I don’t know about that—although I was born in the fall (November) and I always get excited about this time of year.  It’s probably the anticipation of the holiday season, which I do enjoy.  Light and love fill that season and who doesn’t want more of that? It’s a great season for light workers!  (And we’re not just talking about those folks who professional decorate for the holidays!)

May this season and month of October be one that lights the fire in your heart and soul.  To help keep you warm and cozy as the nights grow colder, and just because, I put a nice apple oatmeal cookie recipe below.  It’s from one of our local apple groves aptly named Apple Holler.  Check them out on the web! (www.AppleHoller.com)  It is a fun place to go to anytime of the year.  They have apples, pears and pumpkins to pick and buy, farm animals to pet, a corn maze and hay ride, and a great little country store and restaurant, full of great meals.  Oh, there’s more too; like I said.  Check them out if you’re in the area.  (And no, I’m not getting any kickbacks to promote them—I just like the place and think you might like it too.)

Have fun this fall and enjoy the season!

Love and Light,
Blake Cahoon, Founder
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
(262)764-4141
Pleasant Prairie, WI
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Apple Oatmeal Cookies from Apple Holler

Ingredients:

3/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 large eggs
1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups quick oats (not instant or old fashioned)
1 cup peeled diced apples
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease cookie sheet.
  2. Combine shortening, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla in large bowl.
  3. Beat at medium speed until well blended.
  4. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, soda and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix into creamed mixture at low speed until just blended.
  5. Stir in oats, apples, raisins and nuts.
  6. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough about 2-inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for 13 minutes or until just set.
  8. Cool for a minute or 2 on cookie sheets and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm.