Happy Thanksgiving my dearies! I hope you’re able to spend some quality time with loved ones and still maintain some time for yourself. This holiday is about togetherness and giving. While you’re nice and toasty in your home sharing a cup of hot spiced cider, remember those that aren’t quite as fortune.
Last month I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do this fall. Having a picnic was one of them. Unfortunately, mother nature decided she wanted to join in on the fun too and rain on our parade. I had it all planned out; I would go out to a nice quiet area with some friends, lay out some blankets and just relax. The date was already set and invitations were sent out. After the rain and stress I thought my first fall picnic was going to be a complete disaster. I quickly looked for contingency sites, however, my building already had the club room booked as well as my photographer’s place. I had even considered still being outside but in a sheltered picnic area. That was until we determined it may be colder out than we thought.
You’re sick of seeing your Facebook feeds aren’t you? Everyone is having babies while you’re still trying to figure out if you want sugar with your coffee. Let me be perfectly honest with you, I’ve never been a kid-friendly person. By that, I mean I’ve never had baby rabies. If you don’t know what that means check out the definition from Urban Dictionary:
(n) the name given to the lapse of sanity in which a person feels that s/he absolutely MUST have a baby in the very near future, and will often go to great lengths to get pregnant and will bitch constantly about wanting a baby in the meantime. Usually happens in women, but men get it occasionally, as well.
S and I are having a horror film marathon in honor of Halloween Week! I love horror films. I used to sneak around and watch them when I was younger. Tales from the Crypt, anyone?
Growing up, my family was always watching movies, it was our bonding time. My dad would go rent some movies and we’d have a marathon all weekend or he would take us to the theaters for newer films. But, you must be wondering where I get my love of horror films from? Well, it’s not my dad. I can honestly say I think his favorite movies are action films and he loved Al Pacino. One film he will never watch is Poltergeist. I never really understood his fear of it but then again I’ve never actually sat through and watched it either–not out of fear or anything. I just never really had a chance.
I really liked the Masters of Horror series. I’ve seen gruesome and disturbing movies like Ichi the Killer and ones that just really scared me like Darkness Falls. Nevermind the tooth fairy, after seeing that movie I had to go out and get a nightlight. What really got to me was that I’ve always imagined something lurking in the shadows. I have a wild imagination and I guess I should confess that I already have a mild fear of the dark. We used to play hide-and-seek in the dark and if the it person took too long to find me (ie. one minute) I’d just come out from my hiding spot laughing out of nervousness. I like a good scare every once in a while but I try not to push my luck.
We decided to spend our Sunday Funday with a fun outdoorsy couple. They took us to the spot where they celebrated their 20+ year anniversary. The afternoon was spent driving along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit during the fall to see all the foliage.
It was also one of my mom’s favorite places to go in autumn. She used to go cruising with her boyfriend and they would stop at various points to take pictures. S and I didn’t get out of the car as often as we would have liked due to my intolerance of the cold. We were also both wearing long sleeve shirts and puffy vests. It was not enough. I even saw folks walking around in winter coats. It was that cold.
I love boots, they’re comfortable and stylish. They can really complete an outfit. My issue with boots though is that I have wide calves. Really wide. I’m short and somewhat athletic so it’s muscle that I just can’t seem to shave away. I was discouraged from boots because the ones intended for wide calves looked really, well, unattractive. I’ve recently found some that actually are rather cute. I cringe at spending over $200 for boots but I do also look at it as an investment. So, if you’re like me, there’s still hope. Here are some that range from $125-$388.
It’s finally fall, yay! It’s definitely time to update your wardrobe and pick up a few new items. Currently, I am in love with plaid–all things plaid. I’ve got my eye on Pendleton throws that are very versatile for picnics, keeping warm and on the go. There’s just something so romantic about fall. It’s a little colder out and everyone is bundled up. When I think of fall I think of hot chocolate, hot cider, scarfs, chunky sweaters, outdoor activities such as making s’mores from a campfire and visiting orchards. I may complain about the cold, but I absolutely adore autumn. I’ve created a little collection of things I’m currently coveting this season or at least for this month.
What is on your fall wishlist?
To mark the first day of fall, I made a list of things I want to do this season:
- Get a puffy vest
- Go apple picking
- Navigate a corn maze
- Host a picnic
- Jump into a pile of leaves
- Mull some cider and/or wine
- Visit the Renn Fair
- Have a scary movie marathon
- Make caramel apples (a healthy version, if possible)
- Invest in a slow cooker/crock pot
I like pie. Who doesn’t like pie? When the good folks at Food Should Taste Good™ asked me to create a recipe using their product I decided to think outside the box. I know, you’re thinking, “they’re chips, why not just make some kind of dip to go along side the chips?” Well, if you didn’t know already, I am a difficult person. Difficult being that I like to take the road less traveled. Difficult being that I like being different.
So instead of making dip or sticking with a savory route, I wanted a challenge so I decided to try something different and go on a more sweeter route. I’ve incorporated their chocolate tortilla chips into a chocolate pie. Strange right? Well, somehow..it works and it’s healthy-ish!
I was recently contacted by the marketing team at Food Should Taste Good™ to review their product. I really enjoy healthier options when it comes to snacks. I’ve only recently started being more health-conscious. In the past when I was in the mood for chips, my favorite and go to tortilla chips for a long time were from a well known chips company and had a and yes, they were delicious. I was able to try out Food Should Taste Good™’s version and was surprised to see the ingredients list; they’re just wholesome ingredients without the added filler.
Now you tell me they’re Non-GMO and even gluten-free? Those are chips with wholesome ingredients that you can actually trust and be happy about eating. The chips themselves are crisp yet light. They’re not cut your mouth hard but they can still hold their own against salsa.