Thursday, October 27, 2016

3 Fall Things





Walking right now on the trails in my neighborhood is a favorite fall thing. We are almost to peak color, the air is crisp and cool, requiring a light jacket and the swirling leaves both in the air and underfoot have that delightful crunch under my shoes. I am really trying to be in the moment, since this will be my last fall in this neighborhood and I will miss my walking trails through the woods in all their seasonal glory, probably more than anything.



Cozy is the operative word lately. Turning on soft and seasonal lights, a warm sweater and a hot mug of tea or coffee is another favorite fall thing right now. Yesterday I baked some pumpkin bread and a slice was a perfect treat on a rainy, cold afternoon.



I finally went through and brought out some fall decor. I was quite ruthless in getting rid of much of my decor that I didn't have any attachment to. All my Halloween decor went, since I prefer autumn themed decor now, rather than spooky. Since I am hosting Thanksgiving I used quite a bit throughout my house, but once Thanksgiving is over, another trip to Goodwill will happen as my goal is to go from four bins to one.

One of my decor favorites is this glass block light I made a few years ago. It's really easy to make and I love the soft orange glow it gives my kitchen on gloomy fall mornings. If you would like to try making one, the simple directions can be found here.

Happy Thursday!


Monday, October 24, 2016

24 Hours in Pittsburgh















It was a quick trip to see our daughter Megan, but it was so much fun, all packed into twenty four hours. We started the visit with a trip to the North Shore on Saturday night that included margaritas, local beer, football and a little bar hopping. There were a lot of New England Patriot fans in town for the game versus the Steelers the next day and the crowds were lively, big and friendly at all the bars.

On Sunday, we had a wonderful breakfast at a quaint restaurant near their apartment and then ventured back downtown to do a lot of walking and see the sites. It was a beautiful day and the views from Mt. Washington and along the riverfront were especially pretty. Since all that walking made us thirsty, we stopped in my favorite part of the city; the Cultural District, for a drink at another fun bar.

Before heading home, we had a late lunch at The Church Brew Works, a Catholic church that had been converted into a restaurant and brewery some years ago. It was definitely a unique atmosphere with the pews converted to restaurant seats, the stained glass windows intact and the brew works on the former altar. The in house brewed beer was delicious and my authentic Pittsburgh pierogis were some of the best I've ever had.

Megan is happy in her life there, she and her boyfriend were wonderful hosts and we will definately be back to visit before too long - it's a great city to spend twenty four hours in.

Happy Monday!


Friday, October 21, 2016

Crockpot Brown Sugar Acorn Squash




Another meatless meal was on the menu last night and this one was perfect for a rainy and cold fall day. The kind of day that requires a lamp to be left on all day and chase away the gloominess. The kind of day that something in the crockpot cooking and making amazing fall scents, brings a little cheeriness that is otherwise laking.

I just love something that is easy to prepare, but the flavors aren't compromised at all. I have always baked my acorn squash in the oven, in a similar fashion, but when I saw this crock pot method, it tempted me to try. I love putting something in the crockpot early in the day and having dinner ready later, with no fuss. The brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices were delicious mixed with the creamy, soft cooked squash. Yum - fall harvest on a plate :-)


Crockpot Brown Sugar Acorn Squash

1 acorn squash, cut in half and scooped clean

4 T brown sugar (I used Splenda)

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 T butter

1/2 cup water


Cut off a thin slice from bottom of acorn squash so the two halves stand flat. In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Spoon into both halves of acorn squash. Place pat of butter on top of each half. Wrap each half in foil and place in crock pot. Pour 1/2 cup water on bottom of crock pot, cover and cook 4 hours on high.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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