monday musings.

>> Just realized I skipped monday musings for October. Sorry about that, y’all! It’s been pretty busy around these parts. Between the new job, crazy weekends, and grad school, there hasn’t been a lot of time for sitting on the couch and blogging. But I’m excited to update you guys on a few things! 
>> We’ve been soaking up all things fall around these parts. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been blowing up Instagram with all sorts of fall related things like soup and leaves. You’re welcome. I made this soup last week and then we kept eating it for days. It’s so dang good. I subbed sweet potato because that’s what I had on hand. I also might use whole wheat orzo next time. All this to say, you need to make some ASAP. Oh and I’ve already made 2 batches of Butternut Squash & Apple soup. So good. 
>> I used some of our apple from apple picking to make some mini apple crisps that were OUT OF THIS WORLD. Holy moly were they good. Confession: I ate one for breakfast. So sue me.
>> My sister was visiting last week on her way from Nantucket to Florida. We did our best to show her a good time in New Haven. I think we can call it a successful weekend. Mostly because we stuffed ourselves with pizza and salad from BAR and I treated myself to their special Girl Stout Cookie micro brew. Can’t beat it. PS. Shout out to Y and Arthi! Love hanging out with you guys!
>> In an attempt to eat less carbs and get our butts working out more, I decided to give these bars a try after reading about them on this blog. I like that they have real ingredients in them and I love the chewy texture. It’s just like a Power Bar. C even said they passed the test. Winner! After tweeting at Quest, they sent me a few free samples which was just so nice! I can’t commit to one flavor yet so I stopped by GNC to pick up several new flavors today. 
>> This past weekend was just what we needed. Friday was spent catching up with friends over wine and candy corn. Saturday started off slow but we quickly got things moving with a hike through Sleeping Giant State Park (photo above). After a quick stop at Target, we headed home to make egg sandwiches with lots of bacon and sweet potato hash browns. YUM! Saturday evening we treated ourselves to a lovely date night at an Italian place in our neighborhood. We had some good food, great wine, and phenomenal dessert. So much for that hike…
>> I can also say I successfully curled my newly short hair for Saturday’s date night. Really proud of myself for perfecting the flat iron curling technique. Maybe I’ll do a tutorial for you guys although I’m sure there are hundreds of better ones out there. 
>> I’m getting really anxious about Christmas. I really love picking out just the right gift for someone but these days, it’s so hard to get someone something special versus something they need. I’ve already started probing C to start thinking about some things on his wish list. PS. Pinterest is great for this! Start those wish lists people! I’d love to see what you have your eye on! 
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