|Greg's face kills me on this one!|
I thought it best to give a little love to fall because the love affair begins to fade quickly for me as we approach our long winter. With fall has come many family traditions. Things like baking and slow cooking soups. Things that evoke warmth and coziness into our home. And much to the girls happiness, the return of Friday night movie nights. In the summer we would never imagine wasting a beautiful summer evening watching a movie inside. Now, it's often too chilly to go outside after dinner so we whip up some popcorn and turn on some Netflix. The girls gather blankets and stuffed animals and we all smash on the couch for some adventure in fairyland or talking animal world.
Last weekend we partook in one of my favorite fall traditions. The pumpkin patch.
Now, we had no real reason for going to a pumpkin patch seeing as we have twenty pumpkins decorating the house currently from our garden. However most of those will be used for baking and for our Halloween party. And the pumpkin patch is so much more than just picking pumpkins. It's the whole experience. We've gone since the girls were babies. In fact I remember nursing Layla sitting on a hay bale there when she was tiny. It's funny to see them change.
From little loves...
To such a big girls...
We did the usual at the farm on this lovely day.
Played in the hay...
Checked out the animals...
Layla has an obsession with pigs so seeing them is always a highlight for her, but even she knows they stink...
Took a hay ride...
|Finger in the photo...oh well...it's hard to take a photo on a tractor.|
There was a moment in the hay maze that I stopped to take it all in. The mountain view, the crispness in the air, the smell of fall. It made me very happy.
Also new was a scary swamp trail. It's meant to scare kids in the evenings when it's dark but because nightmares are not something we encourage at this house we walked through it in the daylight. This provided more giggles than screams. As it should be.
|Don't worry. He came back.|
As I mentioned above, baking is on the list of things to love about fall. I found a new recipe on Pinterest for a brown sugar bundt cake. It looked delicious in the photo. It took awhile to make and I patiently waited the 80 minute cooking time and 30 minute cooling time before taking it out of the bundt pan. It didn't go so well. Like about half my Pinterest attempts this was a baking disaster.
The silver lining was, it still tasted good. We renamed it Ugly Cake and called it a day.
The best cooking this past week came from Matt on date night. He made a Lebanese salad and falafel with a cucumber sauce. Best dinner he's ever made for me.
I have attempted falafal a couple times and it hasn't turned out well. They always turn out similar to my ugly cake...nothing pretty to look like but taste pretty good. His were perfect. They stayed together, looked good and tasted fantastic. Not really fair, but I guess he has the Lebanese blood so I suppose he has an advantage. But, I've got spinach pies down like nobodies business.
Happy Hump Day. Or for us it's a Happy Friday...girls are off of school the next couple days, yay!