october miscellany

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

posing- a must with porch pumpkins || fishing spot || my heart almost exploded || autumn berries || brunchin the best way we know how || a wagon full || his favorite place to be in October || a can't-put-it-down read || flannel, sweaters, & corgi ears || our latest vice || finding light when we can & squirrels || put pumpkin in chocolate chip cookies ok?! || October's first light || 

rain & sun

Friday, October 24, 2014

the leaves are changing and we're still putting pumpkin in everything -- one day is shorts and flip flops and the next is boots and sweaters, october here is lovely.

enjoying : gone girl, as in-- I can't put it down.  neighborhood walks with my girl, taking in autumn & chasing squirrels. flannel scarves and soft corgi ears. rainy windows and the chill in the air.  the good with the bad, enjoying it all.

a little therapy needed this week-- a few new books, lots of good hard running, and cookies with pumpkin, pecans, and chocolate chips -- magic I tell you.

eager & happy for a weekend with family -- and simply grateful for the man I call my husband-- my rock, my forever best friend, and truest love. what my life would look like without you, I am thankful to never know.

happy weekend friends,



picking -- fall is for pumpkin

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Picking is truly the quintessential seasonal experience -- Strawberries in Spring.  Summertime is for blueberries.  Flats and flats of blueberries, to make pies & eat on top of everything.  Its hot, you sweat, your fingers turn blue; but its summer and you revel in the season by picking those berries and you enjoy it.  At Christmastime -- you go wrapped up in scarves, filled with holiday joy and the hope that your twinkle lights from last year still work[fingers crossed] & you pick out the biggest & best tree in the lot! or at least one that will fit in your front door.

I've always loved the nostalgia of going "picking" -- blueberry, pumpkin, apple, strawberry, christmas tree; there is just something so dreamy about the whole experience. I swear, my childlike season loving heart, grows three sizes on those days.

And so today, on a crisp afternoon in mid October, I went to the pumpkin patch, to pick.

And my heart is still recovering.



Monday, October 13, 2014

we both seem to be fighting off the first signs of a cold-- so oversized sweaters and flannel robes were  our outfits of choice this weekend.  the walking dead marathon & Chinese takeout{again}.  napping and lazing, reading, and dog walks.  a hard apple cider cocktail and Oktoberfest beer brats on Saturday night, it is october afterall.  brunch on sunday because we got dressed.  home projects and football, to round out our weekend.  uneventful, and yet perfect.  and happily onto the next.

how was your weekend?  still irrevocably in love with October?
I am.

on my table.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

cheers to fall flowers & October.


grateful this morning.

Friday, October 3, 2014

grateful for the joy in writing, sharing, living-- more blog posts this year already than all of twenty thirteen

grateful for the continued inspiration and those who take the time to visit this little space -- means the world, truly.

grateful for the sweet & the savory || apples & pumpkins || the traditions & celebrations this season brings -- before we all retreat into winter

grateful for hot coffee and mini pumpkins on the table

grateful for the other side of the tunnel-- seeing the light never felt so good-- or maturing.

grateful for a husband who knows when to order Chinese food-- because some nights just call for delivery.

grateful for new nail polish in the perfect shade of burgundy

grateful for girl friends who are more like soul sisters-- there for you to infinity and beyond.

grateful for October.


fresh apple cake

Thursday, October 2, 2014

First and foremost -- a food photographer I am not; but trust me, make the cake, eat the cake -- you won't be disappointed.

Above all other desserts made with apples, this cake has to be my favorite.  My aunts recipe given to my mom years ago, and to me, it still trumps any coffee cake or pie, sorry pumpkin.  I crave it especially in the fall, during apple season of course.  After talking with my mom the other day who told me she made this cake to take to a picnic over the weekend, I was inspired to bake one of my own to take to a dinner with friends.  Truly the perfect dessert after a bowl of chili or some homemade BBQ -- but above all, my favorite way to eat this delicious slice of apple heaven is for breakfast with a hot cup of black coffee.

[2] cups sugar
[2] large eggs
[1] cup vegetable oil
[2] & [1/2] cups flour
[2] teaspoons baking powder
[1] teaspoon baking soda
[1] teaspoon cinnamon
[1/4] teaspoon nutmeg
[1] teaspoon salt
[1] teaspoon vanilla
[1] cup chopped walnuts*
[4] cups chopped raw apples*

Heat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 13x9 pan with your favorite not sticking spray.  Mix oil, eggs, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl, then add the chopped apples and stir to combine.  In another large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda & powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, & salt -- then add the chopped nuts to the dry mix.  Combine dry mix with wet-- use your muscles and stir to combine!  Batter will be stiff! Pour into pan and bake for 45 to 60 minutes; until the the top is golden and edges are browned slightly.  Let cool-- cake can be eaten warm or cold.   Enjoy with coffee or tea, or even vanilla ice cream.  Best for dessert, snack, breakfast, lunch, dinner...well you get the idea.

*notes-- I have always used chopped walnuts but I think pecans would go nicely as well.  And I like to use crisp apples with the peels on! And crisps pink or gala apples are my favorites for this recipe, but any apple of your liking will do!