Fall is here!

16 10 2012

My favorite time of the year in terms of food and crafting! I’m not a fan of cold weather, but I can tolerate a cool 50 or 60 degrees during the fall – especially because it means pumpkin flavored everything! 

Two weekends ago I started decorating for halloween and with some inspiration from Pinterest, I made two pumpkins for our front porch

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Next I made pumpkin fudge. Recipe here: http://familybites.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/pumpkin-pie-fudge.html

Still trying to finish it off – super yummy!

 

This weekend it was pumpkin bread (2 loaves and 12 muffins)…I think we might turn into pumpkins after all of that! Pumpkin bread is a big tradition in my family, we eat it all fall and winter and its our Christmas morning snack before opening presents. This was my first time to make it for Sam, considering the first loaf is almost gone, I’d say it was a hit! Here’s the recipe for anyone who’s interested:

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Makes 3 loaves:

3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 can pumpkin

1 cup water

Mix together and add:

3.5 cups flour

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

.5 tsp bakin powder

2 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp salt

Bake at 350 for 45 mins to 1 hour

 

Fall also means its time for soup. One of my favorites is my moms baked potato soup – it’s super simple and easy to make. Here’s the recipe for any of you soup lovers:

Half of a medium yellow onion, chopped

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup flour

1 qt chicken broth

2 cups half & half

5-6 medium potatoes – cooked until tender and cut in small cubes

For garnish: bacon, cheddar cheese and green onions

In large soup pot cook onion in butter over medium heat until tender. Blend in flour until smooth and cook 1 min while stirring. Slowly wisk in chicken broth and half&half. Cook until mixture boils, reduce heat to low and add potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste and heat through for a few minutes. Garnish with bacon, cheese and onions. 

 

I have a few more fall recipes I’m eager to try – I’ll keep ya’ll updated with the good ones!

 

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Long time!

16 10 2012

Hello friends! I have been a very bad blogger for the last…..way too many months. A lot of things have happened since my last blog post – most excitingly, our engagement! Sam proposed on our 6 year anniversary with a ring made from his great grandma’s diamonds (love!). Since then the wedding planning has been in full swing. Today marks 200 days until the big celebration, so for those interested here are the updates on our plans:

  • Hired wedding planner (same one my bff Kim is using for her wedding 6 weeks earlier earlier)
  • Booked our location: Laguna Gloria – a favorite spot from my childhood that I have wanted to get married at since I was in highschool
  • Engagement photos were taken on the lake in Austin (see facebook for some examples!)
  • Chose our caterer who will provide food for our Texas and NOLA stations and our wedding cake (this was Sam’s favorite part)
  • Chose our florist who is making beautiful arrangements in all white for the ceremony and reception
  • Booked locations for our rehearsal dinner and wedding afterparty
  • Chose our DJ and ceremony music
  • Sent out save the dates – now designing the invitations with the help of one of my sisters fabulous designer friends!
  • My parents threw us great engagement parties in Little Rock and Austin
  • I picked out my dress with the help of my wonderful mom and bridesmaids
  • Sam picked out his suits for him and groomsmen
  • Booked our honeymoon in Jamaica

In other news, I finished my year long pediatric PT residency and was asked to stay on with my amazing company in a position that I love. Sam is well into his last year of medical school and has been invited to interview for residency programs at 12 different hospitals across the country. This time next year we could be in Dallas, Houston, NOLA, Charleston, Denver, Nashville, Little Rock, Asheville or Arizona!