It’s full on Fall here! Rainy days and falling leaves, and I’m loving the weight of my striped cardigan. The stripes add interest, while still keeping with the neutral theme. I also love that the colors of the cardigan means you can pair it with a variety of other neutrals. The point of the boot toe dresses up the outfit, and the camisole under the cardigan is perfectly paired!
As soon as there is just a bit of chill in the air, the boys and I jump into baking cookies. One of our very favorite fall cookies is molasses cookies and this time the boys split up the tasks with A measuring and mixing all the dry ingredients and J adding in all the wet ingredients.
Then they took turns dividing out the cookies on the pan:
And then we patiently waited for them to bake:
And they were gone in a flash! This is one of our very favorite recipes and you can find it here!
Putting together puzzles has become one of our favorite wind down activities during the week. I purchase one every month or so, and we slowly put it together, doing just a few pieces (or more) at a time. I’ve found that it keeps me from sitting down and immediately checking social media. I’ve collected up some of our favorites to share!
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A vacation week should leave you feeling refreshed, so why are we so exhausted?! A’s birthday was great, he had the “best sleepover ever” and I’m still in disbelief that we have an eleven year old. Eleven! That’s the year that Harry Potter learned he was a wizard, so we anxiously await a Hogwart’s letter soon. Until then, the boys have a camp out this weekend and I have a big stack of papers (virtual as my students turn in most things online) to grade while they are away. So now that A has counted 10,000 steps on his new fit bit, here are some of my favorites from the week!
I can’t believe Fall break is almost over! After going out of town for the past two years, we stayed home this year. We baked cookies, played basketball, read a bunch, watched Into the Spiderverse, spent time building Minecraft worlds, and worked on our Halloween puzzle.
Winner, winner, lemon dill chicken dinner.
Perfect Fall work outfit.
Realizing the goal is difficult is part of the journey.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Netflix.
My favorite yoga practice of the week.
Steak and sweet potatoes.
Grace under pressure.
Modern Asian comfort food.
And finally, perfect throwback lipstick.
It’s finally Fall! I wore out another pair of shoes this week, walking back and forth to teach is starting to wear down my shoe collection. Everything I’m wearing this week I’ve had for at least a year, so check the links for similar styles and/or colors.
Reading is still our favorite wind down activity, and while my to read list is longer than what I’ve read, I’m steadily working through my pile. Here are my July to October reads!
Tip of the Iceberg
An excellent travel read. It takes you on an exploration of Alaska and gives you insight into many of the less traveled roads. My favorite story from the book involves two baby bears, an island, and a getaway boat!
The Night Tiger
A fictional mystery weaved with Chinese cultural traditions. It is insightful, captivating, and will keep you guessing until the end. It has three parallel stories that interweave throughout and come to connection at the end…which I realized was a theme of my reading…
This novel had two intertwined stories that are running kind of parallel in time line, but not exactly? I enjoyed the story, but did have to go back and read several sections. I was also reading it exclusively at night and kept falling asleep while I read it, so that probably didn’t help either. It expertly captures the vast and deserted sense of the “Wild West” in the 1800s.
The Ride of a Lifetime
I found this after coming across an interview with Robert Iger about Disney and crisis communication. I enjoyed the interview so much that I immediately ordered the book. I read the book in one weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. If you love Disney like we do, have an interest in their organization, and want a behind the scenes look, you’ll love it to. It also gave me great material to discuss with my students!
J has worked his way through the first six 39 clues books and is now reading Percy Jackson. The perils of being the youngest, he wants to keep up with all his older cousins and brother and he’s not interested in reading Henry Huggins anymore, much to my dismay.
A is anxiously awaiting for several of his favorite series to release new books, and has read in the meantime several books including; Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli, Ungifted by Gordon Korman, and Regifted by Gordon Korman. However, he would want to share that his very favorite read and re-read of the season is Mike Lowery’s latest book: Everything Awesome about Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Beasts!
Football game night coloring station.
Trader Joe’s grocery haul.
On handling toxicity successfully.
Riding along the chili highway.
This is what we need to do with our study!
Bill Hader dancing made my week.
Friday night stromboli.
A food and outfit tour through one of my favorite cities.
And finally, the benefits of fast mall walking.
It was 104 here yesterday. 104. Despite that, it’s October and we are embracing all things Fall and Halloween even if it won’t be here until December. Here is a little tour of all our Halloween and fall decorations!
My main decoration areas are always our fireplace and kitchen hutch, where most of our decorations really shine:
The bats are automated, but we rarely have them turned on because they fall down in the middle of the night and scare us half to death.
My favorite add to our hutch this year was the matte navy latte bowls:
And the vultures are everybody’s favorite. They’re our little Halloween house mascots.
I also spruced up the iron tier stand in the corner:
The pumpkin canvas is one of my favorite purchases from one of our local shops:
And the planter I wanted from Target sold out, so I made my own:
The boys love the light up characters, like this little alien who looks stunned he ended up in the corner:
And I redid our coffee/tea area on our kitchen counter:
Our Halloween Nespresso/tea mugs are from Target, and I have Nespresso pods, two Piper and Leaf tea canisters (birthday cake and golden hour are some of my favorites), and a cream cafe with Vital Proteins collagen packets.
I also love putting up different pictures from our Disney Halloween trips:
This little ghost has also been a lot of fun:
And this candle is my favorite of the Fall season. I love it so much I’ve got to go back and get another!
And finally, this little tea towel is glamming up my new oven:
Now it’s time to cuddle up in the air conditioning, and dream of nights where it isn’t 80 degrees for the low temperature. Ha!
As I’ve blogged about before, these confetti cookies have been our go to weekend cookie for awhile. They can be mixed in your food processor, and now that we have a shiny, new oven I can bake them in a snap with my extra wide baking sheet. I picked up some Halloween themed sprinkle the other weekend, and decided to do a twist on our normal rainbow sprinkles.
For the majority of the cookies I used Target Hyde and Eek Monster Mash sprinkles, but I started running out at the end and used the Wilton Sprinkles. The ones with the Monster Mash Sprinkles turned out perfectly:
However, the ones with the Wilton Sprinkles:
Were a total fail:
I’m still unsure of what happened, but something in the chemical make-up of the Wilton sprinkles didn’t work with the cookies. I’d recommend buying two of the Target Hyde and Eek Monster Mash Sprinkles to do the entire batch. Overall, these are such a good cookie, and one of my favorite “lunchbox cookies” for the boys! And us!