Fall is definitely in the air. The weather here has been up and down like crazy, but it seems like it is finally cooling off just a little bit. I love the fall season. All of the colors, the foods, and the cooler temps (hello jeans and comfy sweaters)! I am all about pumpkin, but let’s just give it a little more time before we break that out. Apples deserve their day too :) After a day outside in the cooler weather, I love coming in to warm up with a hot drink. And hot apple cider is one of my favorites!
I can not believe that it is August already. My 9 year old and I are visiting family in Wisconsin this week. We spent the weekend with my extended family in Minnesota. It was a great time catching up with everyone, and we had great weather. On Saturday night all of the adults went on a dinner boat cruise. So nice to enjoy the sunset, the company, the good food, and all kid free :) Yesterday we came to Wisconsin, and I got to hang out with Erin (Law Student’s Wife). Dinner and drinks on the patio in downtown Madison, were the perfect way to end the weekend!
We just got back from the best vacation in Costa Rica. We spent the last 2 weeks there, and it was so incredible. For the first week, we were in a rented house near Manuel Antonio with family. This year is my in-laws 45th wedding anniversary, and instead of a big party they wanted to take us, and my SIL’s family on a trip. We zip-lined, toured rainforests, repelled down waterfalls, went snorkeling, and saw tons of wild life. The second half of our trip was just the 3 of us in the Southern part of the country, in an area called Corcovado. That was much more remote and definitely a different experience. It is so good to be back, but that is a trip we will remember for a life time! I can not wait to share it all with you in “Thursday Things” over the next month, or as soon as I can get through all our pictures!
I wasn’t going to post a recipe today, but I wanted to give you one last fun drink that you can enjoy this weekend! Do you have any fun plans to enjoy the 4th of July? I think that we are going to go on a bike ride tomorrow. Hopefully the trail that we want to ride on isn’t flooded this time. The rest of the weekend will be spent going to a Colorado Rockies game and probably going up to the mountains to go on a hike. Personally I am excited for fireworks. I love getting to see fireworks, there is just something amazing about them!
I trust that all the Dad’s out there had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. Ours was low key, which is exactly what my husband requested. We have been so busy lately, he just want to have some time at home. I had big plans of going away for the weekend, hiking, biking, and seeing friends. But I was over ruled. I guess on Father’s Day, the father should get a say, huh? There were a few treats and a special dinner over the weekend though. I can’t just let the day completely slide by.
Has anyone ever dried their own herbs before? My thyme plant in the garden, decided it wasn’t going to die over the winter. So I have a thyme plant the size of a small bush growing out back now. I trimmed it back some, so I had more space to plant other things, but now I am not sure what to do with the bush of thyme I trimmed. If you have had success preserving or drying, let me know!
Mother’s Day weekend is here. Are you ready? Do you have a great plan for your Mom? My mom is actually coming to our house next week, so I am saving my gift until then. I think it is so much better to give a person a gift in person, even if it is a few days late. Hopefully she agrees :) As for our house, I am not sure what we are doing. My son has the week off from football, so we have the whole weekend free. I am hoping I get to sleep in, and not have to cook, or do the dishes for the day. I like to think I am pretty easy when it comes to holidays. My husband might disagree.
December is here, and it is unofficially the party season. Or at least it seems that way. Work parties, cookie exchanges, get togethers with friends, family events, and New Years Eve is right around the corner as well…it really doesn’t seem to end this time of year. I am not complaining at all, I love getting together with others and having an excuse to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with a few appetizers.
Today is New Year’s Eve!! What do you have planned? Are you going out tonight? Are you hosting a party? Do you just stay in, and hang out with your family? We just stay in. My birthday is tomorrow and my parents are here this year, so we will probably go out to dinner to celebrate, then hang out. We will see if we even make it to midnight!
For those of you hosting parties, or even just hanging out, I have a fun and festive drink for your night. This is really easy to make. I just put a few pomegranate seeds in a glass, squeezed in some lime juice, and topped with Prosecco (a sweet champagne). The lime adds a little tart to the sweet champagne, and it is just a little different than plain champagne.
I hope that you had a great 2012, and that your 2013 is even better!
It is finally October!! I have been waiting for this for a few weeks now. As soon as the temperatures started to cool, I was in the mood for pumpkin. But I didn’t want to share it with you until October hit. In my head September is reserved for apples. So not only am I giving you pumpkin today, but it is also #ChocolateParty time!
This is a fun group to be a part of. The first Monday of the month we share a chocolate recipe that incorporates a themed ingredient, this month pumpkin, last month apples. Want to join? Check out all the info here!
So to kick off the pumpkin season I made hot chocolate. I will admit I was a little skeptical about this recipe. I love chocolate and pumpkin together, but in a drink I wasn’t sure how it would be. Well….it was amazing! I seriously could not get enough of it! The pumpkin is definitely present, but it is in the background. The cinnamon with the chocolate is just so soothing, and perfect for a hot drink.
I made this when my 7 year old (the other pumpkin fan in the family), was at school. I did save him a glass for when he got home. I didn’t tell him what it was, just hot chocolate. He took one sip, got a big smile on his face, and said “Pumpkin Hot Chocolate!” He loved it, and drank all of it. Which for him is impressive, I usually make him just a small glass, and he doesn’t finish it. So this is a must make this fall!