So, it’s November. A fact of reality that I’m still struggling to realize is true. And this means we’re 21 days from Thanksgiving, 48 days from Christmas, and approximately 79 days away from my due date.
Anyone else out there hyperventilating into a paper bag at this point?
Last November, we did a little series called Thanksgiving Thursdays each week leading up to Thanksgiving, with recipes that were some new takes on old favorites. We’re back at it again, but this time, we’re focusing on appetizers. Because really – isn’t that the worst part of Thanksgiving? All day long, you’re smelling that turkey, and you’re starving. And personally, with the appetite this baby inside of me has, I know that 18 handfuls of peanut M&Ms are not going to cut it this year. So I’ll be sharing three Thanksgiving-worthy appetizer ideas with you (which could also be served as fabulous sides to that noble bird)…and today, we’re starting wtih this butternut squash bruschetta.
Let’s just be real about these oatmeal fudge bars: I make up reasons to bake them.
People coming over for dinner? Oatmeal fudge bars. Just broke your favorite coffee mug? Oatmeal fudge bars. Oh, it’s Tuesday, and it’s supposed to snow tonight? Oatmeal fudge bars.
Our friend Erin from church brought these bars to a dinner over the summer, and we’ve been making them pretty regularly ever since. Not only are they a salty-sweet, fudgy play on a brownie (with hints of coffee, people, coffee), but they’re easy. Like, my one-year-old-helped-me-make-them easy.
I don’t know about you all, but our Minnesota Halloween was chiiiiillly. We hadn’t really planned on trick-or-treating with Owen…you know, because he’s one, and doesn’t really get it.
But then our friends that we were having dinner with were going with their kids, and we decided to join in for a few blocks, because we had already dressed him up for dinner, and we decided it wasn’t fair to hide his cuteness from the world.
We’re keeping things pretty low key today, but a few Halloweens ago, we spent one Saturday working on one of our very favorite projects for this blog – the stop motion video above. It took us about 7 hours and I’d say about 1,000 images, and is probaby the singlemost telling piece of evidence of the fact that we used to not have a kid. As we look ahead to having even less time on our hands in a mere !13 weeks!, we thought we’d share this little Halloween gem from Carpé Season’s past.
May your Halloween be full of Reese’s and noticeably lacking in Laffy Taffy.
It’s fall, and apples are glorious, and these paninis are really the most delicious, easiest meal. And I really will tell you more about them, but first I need to tell you about something that was not easy.
In the true spirit of blogging, I’ma get my rant on: How is it possible that on an average airplane, changing tables are not a standard feature?More Please →
Maybe I should title this post: California: Part Three OF THREE.
I promise this is the last one. But Eric put together this little video of our time there, and I couldn’t help but share. We can’t decide if Owen is narcissistic or nostalgic, but he likes watching this more than he does Elmo.
The sun was not gracious to us in its departure this fall. Instead of easing us into the sunless days of fall and winter, it ripped itself away from us like a band-aid, leaving behind a stinging patch of gray days that feels like it might never go away.
Yesterday, there was sleet. And then intermittent flurries. And then a lot of sighing by me. I’m just not ready for this, folks. The idea of fall is so appealing, right? We remember our scarves. We like the feeling of socks again. We go crazy over pumpkin everything, and drink hot beverages in the middle of the day.
But it’s coming. Winter is just around the corner. How do I know this? More Please →
This month for the Cooking Club, I made these cute little friendly monster cupcakes, just in time for Halloween. I never feel confident when doing any sort of cake decorating, but these were super easy. Plus each monster is filled with some surprise “monster guts” raspberry jam filling.
If you’re looking for one more addition to your Halloween event next week, I hope you’ll consider bringing these little chocolate monsters to the party!
Pretty sure our computer is going to take a cue from the government and shut down over the complete overload of images we’ve put onto it the last week. The situation is a little out of control.
But we’re excited to share part two of our little journey west…especially from the comfort of our own couch after a day that began at 4 a.m., and contained 4 hours in approximately 2 square feet of space with a squirmy toddler. Here goes. More Please →
I used to solely be a summer person. Every spare moment I had from June through August would find me in flip flops, a skirt, and tank top…and outside. Usually in a lawn chair with a book, getting skin cancer.
But sometime in the last seven years or so, while he was replacing my love of hip-hop and country music with a steady diet of folk, Eric also turned me into a fall person.
Friends, I have been eating up these 65-degree days, that start off chilly but slowly lead you to a warm, golden afternoon. And apparently, that type of weather is what San Francisco does best.
If you know Eric and I at all, you know that one-third of the reason that we do anything is so that we can take pictures. Seriously, we regularly take our camera to the park two blocks from our house; we’re those people. We’re pretty sure our friends and families are planning an intervention.
Obviously those tendencies get kicked into high gear on vacation. In the last three days here in California, we’ve probably taken well over 500 pictures. In light of that number, the dozen pictures we’re sharing in this post doesn’t seem quite as obnoxious, right?
(Two gold stars If you’re not either of our moms and you make it to the end of this post.)