Fall back.

It rained a couple of days this last week. Temps dropped into the 60’s at night, 80’s during the day, clock keeps ticking, and guess what? It’s starting to feel like FALL.

Since I was a kiddo this change in season was probably my most favorite. It meant back to school (translates to new clothes and shoes), dove season (I know, I know), football, and the beginning of the most amazing months of the year. Halloween translates to almost Thankgiving, Thanksgiving translates to almost Christmas season and Christmas just means AWESOME.

My whole disposition changes, I dream of things like pumpkin bread, holiday arts & crafts, costumes, cheesy things like “maybe I should make a “fall-like” wreath for the door.” I go in clean out mode, organize the crap out of my house, spend hours browsing through recipes because clearly the fall means getting my cook on. We put JETS jersey’s on every Sunday, hit ballet class every Saturday, and can’t wait to put on The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown….

Ahhhh…………..FALL.

---Soak it up folks, fall back,  make a spiced latte, and hope it takes its time.

Be back soon,

H

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Cheesy McCheester, and then some.

Yes I did change my blog background for Halloween, and yes I did it again for November, and oh I cannot wait for the Christmas holiday. It just might sing and light up – Griswold is in the house.

Raise your hand if you like cheesy!

Anywho – I felt like I was on a roll with posting, a couple posts a week is ‘on a roll’ in my world. Then bam, fell off a cliff, hit a wall, thinking I am lame and have nothing fun to say. That always bring me back to why I started this here blog in the first place, to keep my grandma (Nana) updated with pictures and stories of Brooklyn. So, as the new saying goes, “when you hit a wall, post for grandma.” (More cheese!)

We had a great Halloween, although it came and went as quick as it started. Brooklyn was a pumpkin but wasn’t interested. We took her to a pumpkin parking lot patch but she wasn’t too interested in that either. The bean bag toss, however, ding ding ding – we have a winner.

Sunday of this last weekend we took her a new park just build near our house and I learned that my child literally has NO FEAR. I knew this already I think but it was 100% confirmed. With no help from her us she flew down the slide. There I was too, ready and waiting to help and be the hero/safety net. Who are you? GET OUT MY WAY!

I should clarify something. She has no fear but she is aware of crazy. And how to stay away from it. Demonstrated in the below pictures, she is all to aware of the weirdo behind the big dog head. “Hmmm, he’s not Mickey or any of his friends, Pooh, a Disney Princess…STRANGER DANGER!” That’s my girl.

Okay Nana, hope you enjoyed the update. I’ll be back soon, mwah!

For you, punkin.

I’m wearing a scarf today. Nevermind that it’s super thin, orange and grey striped, and matches a little too well my orange super thin pretend sweater. Blue jeans and my super sexy fun Gianni Bini brown boots. Yeah that’s right people, a cold front blew into Texas and it’s 58 degress – sweater weather in the south. Yeehaw.

I love this time of year, but only really when the weather starts to turn. We have to take full advantage of these days too because I think it’s literally supposed to be back up to 90 by next weekend. Gross.

I’m envious of the places that have a real FALL season. In my mind I can see the fall like colors, leaves turning, feel the brisk air, smell the warm comfort foods…and then I go to flip on the a/c and it’s an instant dream killer.

Not this weekend though, it’s supposed to stay on the cooler side. I can’t wait to lounge around my house in my fat clothes and do a whole lot of nothing. We are going to get out Sunday though and join some friends to take kiddos to a pumpkin patch at Sweet Berry Farms. I’m a little excited about this, I’ve always wanted to have a little one to dress up all warm and take out to pick out a pumpkin. Fun family memory to make. You know, like the Griswold’s and their Christmas tree. We’ll get to that in a few months I suppose.

In the spirit of the cool weather, the pumpkins, and the turn of the season I’m going to bake some pumpkin bread this weekend and thought I’d share the recipe. If it doesn’t taste good it’s clearly your fault. 🙂

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

DIRECTIONS

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.

2.In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

3.Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

This is the low fat version kids, wink, so get on your snuggie and enjoy!