'Tis Halloween || A Weekend Recap

Monday, October 31, 2016
Happy Halloween! Husband and I are so excited to share in a first with Greer today. Sweet girl is in for a whole bunch of firsts over the coming months, and it makes my heart squeal with delight. The holidays and this season are all the better when you're sharing it with your little. Stay tuned today for our family costume! We'll be debuting it tonight.

Over the weekend we soaked in as much of the fall weather and Halloween festivities as we could. Saturday morning started slow, and with a longer-than-usual-nap for Greerzly (no complaints here!), husband and I used the time to get ourselves ready for the day, including packing things up for a day-trip to my parents' and putting together our costumes for the Shine Festival at church. 

For this family Halloween costume, we decided to go as the Magnolia Team. Call me Jojo! Husband of course went as Chip, and Greer girl went as our #shiplap. If you didn't already know (no secret around here) I totally have a love affair with Fixer Upper and the Magnolia brand. From everything they embody and put out, it's all around an incredible business with stellar values and a God-centered message. We couldn't love the people and the company more.

If you're in need of a last-minute costume idea, this one is so easy. Dress your husband up like a contractor, tool belt and all. Print out the Magnolia logo and stick it on a vest. We bought their embroidered logo and baseball tee ahead of time. Dressing like Joanna is so simple (and so classic), just google her and throw together your outfit! For the #Demoday shirt and #Shiplap onesie, it's as simple as a fabric marker.

We just so happened to run into more Fixer Upper/Gaines fans. Because who doesn't love that sweet family and all things Magnolia?! Besides there's nothing cuter than baby shiplap and a mini Clint Harp. Just see for yourselves. 

Then we ran into our favorite Ninja Turtles, Casey Jones, and April O'Neil. One of these days the seven of us are going to need one big family costume for Halloween!

She clearly got it from her mama. Also, note those chunky, little legs. It was hot on Saturday, much to my dismay. So we had to start stripping some clothes, and the pants came off first! The temperatures are supposed to be cooler today, though. Praise hands.

After Shine, we headed the short distance to my parents' to spend the day and get lots of time outdoors surrounded by the prettiest leaves. My parents pulled out my childhood wagon, and Greer ate it up. She was a little princess being toted around in her red wagon. To say it was adorable would be an understatement. Also, it's so wild to see your child in a wagon that holds so many childhood memories for my sister and me. 

Nella, the family dog, is Greer's first experience with any dog. She's been hesitant (or maybe that's more me because once I moved away to college I developed allergies to animal hair), but this weekend she was all about the dog. She loved the doggie kisses, and would grunt at Nella to make her come close. I'm not much of a pet person, but I have a feeling I'll be asked for a dog of her own one of these days. The question is will I cave??

My  parents really do have a beautiful view of the mountains. The fall is spectacular from their front yard. We ended our day there with dinner before heading home.

Sunday greeted us with a nice surprise. Greer slept through the entire night. No early morning nursing. She slept straight through until 7:30. All the angels sang. And so did mommy and daddy. We skipped church for a few reasons 1. a teething baby (hello, top teeth) 2. husband needs to get his thesis done 3. house projects

We got quite a bit accomplished. Hallelujah! Our afternoon was full of some backyard enjoyment. The leaves are gorgeous and since they'll be gone shortly, we trying to really enjoy them. Especially in our new house. 

Now I'm off to put some last minute touches on our costumes. Have a happy and safe Halloween! Catch me back here tomorrow to share our Halloween with you! xo

An October Afternoon

Friday, October 28, 2016

When afternoon hit yesterday, we needed to break free of the house. Motherhood indoors can do that to you. You crave wide open spaces and fresh air. Baby does too. So we grabbed a blanket, found the biggest tree, nestled underneath it, and let the leaves rain down all around us. It was perfection, and more so it was exactly what we needed. 

The air was crisp, the breeze gentle, and the falling leaves made everything feel magical. October is my favorite month for so many reasons, and these are just some of those. I've loved sharing all things fall with Greer this season. It's so much better to experience autumn through your little one's perspective. Everything is much more enchanting. She loved having the breeze blow through her hair, picking it up and swirling it about. The texture of the leaves in her chubby little hands was almost too much for her to handle. She simply delighted in it. And on occasion this mama had to grab the leaves that were making a beeline straight for baby's mouth. 

I will never tire nor get enough of leaves swirling about. It's like a fall snow globe, and it makes my heart terribly happy. It was so fun to watch Greer get so tickled by it too. She loved pointing them all out and tilting her head backward to take it all in. Pure joy. 

And then Da-da came home for lunch, and Greer about lost her mind. She was in heaven. A little wrestle match with her favorite guy does her heart good. She soaked in her sweet time with Da-da while sampling some of his chicken nuggets.

On  our way back inside for nap time, we turned on our Halloween lights. It was overcast for most of the day, making it acceptable to have the lights on in the middle of the day. Any excuse to get festive. And we'll certainly be getting festive this weekend! I can't wait to share our Halloween costumes with you on Monday! Cheers, to a happy Halloween weekend! 

Apple Crisp

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

There are so many favorite things about fall for me. From the crisp air to the crisp desserts. See where I'm going with this?? Let me cut to the chase. Y'all, I can't get enough of a crumble on top of a sweet treat. It's not possible. I could easily eat just the crumble topping all by itself. In fact, the next time I make a crisp, I'm doubling the crumble part so that I can have more on top.

Now get to baking and enjoy this deliciously easy recipe! I hope it has you feeling all cozy-like and content! Brew a pot of coffee to enjoy with it. Cheers!

  • What You'll Need
    • Crust & Crumble
      • 1 stick butter
      • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
      • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats (not the quick cook or instant)
      • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
      • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
    • Apple Filling
      • 5 medium to large apples, peeled and sliced
      • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
      • 1 1/2 TSP apple pie spice
      • 2 TSP all-purpose flour

  • What You'll Do
    • Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a large round baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
    • To make the crust and crumble, melt the butter in a large microwave bowl. Then stir in the flour, oats, and sugars. Mix until well combine and the mixture has formed crumble pieces. 
    • Measure out one cup of the crumble and set aside. Put the remaining crumble mixture into the parchment paper-lined pan. Pack the mixture into the pan until even and smooth. Set aside.
    • For the apple filling, add the apple slices, sugar, apple pie spice, and flour in a bowl. Gently mix together.
    • Distribute the apple filling evenly over the crust.
    • Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over the top of the filling. Squeeze the mixture in your hands before sprinkling to create more clumps. 
    • Bake for about 40 minutes. Let cool, then carefully lift the parchment paper out of the pan and set the apple crisp (still on the parchment paper) on a cutting board to serve. You can serve hot or room temperature. Cut like a pizza.