Mismash of Thoughts

Hello hello hello! No baby yet. The last few weeks have been a mixture of trying to get everything done while simultaneously being a complete couch potato. It’s been a mixed bag so far. ANYWAY!

Tomorrow is Halloween, and we’ve got enough candy stocked for any trick-or-treaters who may stop by. We didn’t get any last year that I know of, so we’ll see. Although, now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t think we were home last year. So that would explain the absence of candy-grabbers.

The fall leaves have been changing here, and I am LOVING it. It’s even gotten cold enough for a fire! in our fireplace, the first fire of the season! We lit it up last night while we started watching Stranger Things 2. We’ve only just finished episode two, but I personally think it’s going a little slowly. I’m not going to give up on it. But I think it should’ve picked up by the second episode. The audience is getting slowly back into everyday life in Hawkins. Maybe that’s what they’re trying to say–everyday life in Hawkins IS slow. POINT PROVEN. Will watch more and report back.

Hope you are enjoying the seasons changing… & before you know it, pretty soon it will be time to put my Christmas tree up (mid-November HEHE). Happy Halloween!

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Pumpkin Pie Yogurt?

Dannon has come out with a seasonal treat… Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt. Interesting choice, right? Not EXACTLY the first thing I would think of when craving pumpkin-flavored fall treats. But the intrigue got to me and I bought one.

The result? It wasn’t awful. When I peeled back the lid, the consistency reminded me of cream cheese. It had the hint of a pumpkin pie scent, but the smell wasn’t overpowering. Honestly the first bite was the most pumpkin pie flavory (I’m sure that’s a real word) of the whole carton. I love a good slice of pumpkin pie, it’s smooth, creamy and doesn’t overwhelm you with the flavor of spices. True to it’s name, this yogurt reminded me of pumpkin pie in that way: it did not taste like pumpkin spice. The yogurt was tangy, like most Greek yogurt, and almost had the essence of a pumpkin pie. That being said, I don’t see myself eating more than my trial container. If I were to get it again, I would add cinnamon in, like I usually do to my vanilla Greek yogurt. That would help bring out more of the flavor and lessen the tang.

Any other recommendations for the fall tasting season?

 

Kelsey’s Unofficial Fall Holiday

Hello friends! Today is September 1st, and while it’s not technically the beginning of fall, it’s beginning for me. Today we had perfect cooler weather so I pulled out a sweater and my bean boots. Also, pumpkin spice lattes came out today! *insert gleeful dancing here*

This weekend I’ll be putting up my fall decorations and start getting into the spirit of fall. Our baby is due on Halloween, so I’m going to try to soak up as much autumn flavor before I am busy learning how to be a mom.

I sent my husband a list of things I want to do this fall, and hopefully between his surgery rotations and my work schedule we can fit some fun things in.

Fall Bucket List – 2017

  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Have a campfire & make s’mores
  • Game night
  • Watch Gilmore girls
  • Make pumpkin bread
  • Drink a pumpkin spice latte
  • Drink apple cider
  • Bake a pie

It’s simple, but we’re busy, y’all! What are your favorite fall traditions or what’s on your bucket list?Image result for small pumpkin illustration

 

Apple Betty FAIL

You all know by now that I’m really good ruining recipe execution. I’m really learning how bad I am at following instructions. I’m not a good enough of a chef/baker to improvise. So, let me share with you my lovely story of this fail, just because it’s fun.

So, I have a cast iron skillet I received for our wedding and I have never used it. I put the thought in my pretty little mind that I would season it and make an apple betty. I followed the instructions on the Kitchn’s website to season my skillet. When I pulled it out of the oven, it was completely gross and sticky. I had never seen a skillet like this. I couldn’t figure out what happened, but a Google search led me to this article. Well, it turns out I used way too much vegetable oil and rendered my skillet sticky and basically disgusting to handle. To be fair, the article did not emphasize the importance of LIGHTLY seasoning the pan. As the stubborn girl I am, I decided to keep calm and carry on without fixing the issue.

When making the betty, I decided to follow a few recipes, first one from Allrecipes, and Betty Crocker, figuring she would know about it since she shares a name. The reason I chose two is because I wanted to use some oatmeal for the topping. See below for a step by step failure graphic:

So here’s what I would change about my rendering of this recipe:

  • Re-seasoning the skillet before starting the recipe.
  • Peeling the skin of the apples before adding them to the skillet. The texture when biting into them was less than ideal.
  • Make more topping to fully cover the apples in the skillet.
  • I would also add some caramel drizzle, that sounds like a delicious addition.

Also it made a ton, which I could never eat so much. I ended up tossing the whole thing because I am not about to waste my calories on something that isn’t deletable. Hope you enjoyed this failure and decided to try something new to make. The best part of failure is learning from your mistakes.