Hey there! I’m back with another weekend update.
It was a pretty low-key one for us, which was nice.
On Saturday morning, I got to go to the farmer’s market BY MYSELF. (An incredible treat for any mom.)
I grabbed a latte on the way and then just reveled in the luxury of strolling around at my own pace. I felt like a new woman.
Of course, the fall goodies were in full swing.
The star of the week, besides pumpkins, were kale flowers.
So pretty! And they’re multi-purpose: you can enjoy looking at them for awhile, and then gobble them up.
While I was at the market, Brent sent me this picture of the little dude with the tagline “photogenic fall boy”:
I still have no idea how he got him to look at the camera AND smile.
My market loot:
Honey crisp apples = so good but sooooo expensive. Worth it.
Chocolate nut zucchini bread…
And my favorite purchase:
I felt guilty paying only $3 for this bouquet. Gorgeous!
Saturday night, we had some friends over to watch football and gorge ourselves on lasagna. Mason and their daughter had a blast playing on the slide on our deck, staying out there well past dark. (Sooo, like, 7:30.)
On Saturday night, we watched a random coming-of-age movie called Kings of Summer. We didn’t have high expectations, but both ended up really liking it!
Mason started coming down with a cold throughout the night, and was clearly sick by morning, so we spent the day yesterday puttering around the neighborhood and wiping snot.
This giant stick was the biggest hit ever.
Forget the park—let’s just run!
I put it off for as long as I could, but last night, I finally had to pay penance for losing to Brent in fantasy football.
My penalty: cleaning out the fridge.
That thing is sparkling! And I’m never betting on fantasy again—that’s two years of losses in a row for me. (Last year, I had to clean all the bathrooms.)
Afterwards, I whipped up some BBQ pumpkin turkey meatballs for Mason, using Ashley’s recipe. I swapped in 2 c. finely chopped cooked cauliflower for the breadcrumbs, to make it allergy-friendly, and seasoned with S&P instead of garlic powder, and the results were great!
They were definitely much gooier going into the oven (I used an ice cream scoop rather than rolling by hand), but they kept their shape while cooking, and came out extra soft and moist. Aka perfect for toddlers! (And adults, judging by the way I immediately scarfed down 3 of the 4 you see in the picture above.)
Before hitting the sack last night, I’m very sad to report that I finished this book:
It was one of those books I did not want to end. The story itself was interesting, but the focus of the book was really the characters. They were so well developed and so real—the kind of characters you miss when the book ends.
There were some very thought-provoking themes in the book, too, like these:
–People don’t often see themselves the way they really are.
–We have a tendency to give our kids whatever we were missing most as children (for example, independence or security or empathy). This inevitably makes them yearn for the opposite of whatever that thing is, so that they in turn grow up to give that opposite thing to their children, who will just long for what their parents had. And so it goes, a neverending cycle.
Anyway, I’m officially in love with this author and will now be reading everything she’s ever written.
Ever eaten a kale flower?
Favorite fall farmer’s market find?
Favorite recent read?