MOMENT OF YES!

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We are elbows deep in fall, friends.  The leaves are changing and there’s a bit of a chill in the air.  It’s an exciting moment for us. It’s our first real Fall and we’re looking forward to all of the small town fall festivities. I am so excited about the next season and for hitting our milestone of being in Nebraska for ONE whole year!

If you have followed along with us for some time, you know that last November, we relocated our family to the midwest. We moved from our home in sunny south Florida, to the freezing cold weather of Nebraska!  As with all new adventures, everything was beautiful and lovely. The snow, the crisp cold air, the mansions that are worth pennies, the Christmas decorations. Everything was new and full of possibilities. It was all lovely and amazing. I was on cloud nine until I found myself shut-indoors with three little humans, hiding from the blizzard-weather.

The tough part of it all, was not how cold it actually got, but how long it stuck around. It wasn’t until late March that we saw a glimpse of spring and felt the first warm breeze.

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CAST IRON SKILLET 101

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This past summer, I went out and got myself a cast iron skillet.  A real heavy duty – lets see what all the fuss is about – will last you 100 years – cast iron skillet. And I have to tell you… I love it! I didn’t understand the hype and definitely had to get past the no soap thing, but we are riding the cast iron skillet train and are loving it!
Owning a cast iron is serious work.  It’s like being in a committed relationship and like any good relationship, it has to be nurtured and tended to.  Since I am a cast iron newbie, I thought I’d jot down a few cast-iron 101 tips for myself to have on hand and for those of you who are also jumping on the cast-iron train with me!
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APPLE PICKING | ARBOR DAY FARM

A few weeks ago, we drove over to Nebraska City and visited Arbor Day Farm.  It was their first day of apple picking and we had first dibs on the apples for the season. We’ve never picked apples before.  In fact, other than mangos and a few berries, and our couch, we don’t have much experience picking things! Ha!

Anyway, we ended up bringing ten pounds of apples home.  They smelled amazing and we ate them all in a matter of days.  They were delicious!  Grace had one every day during snack time and I had them with apple butter every morning.  There was talk of apple pie, but we all really loved them fresh and raw and super crispy.

 

 

I promise Emory had a great time.  She was reaching for Alex’s apple and wasn’t really happy about getting pulled away from her apple-chomping.

 

 

How beautiful are these! Seeing them in a bag at Costco don’t do these beauties justice.  They’re gorgeous.

 

 

I must have started about 12 apples and the kids proceeded to devour them.  It was also really neat tasting all of their variety and being able to compare their flavors.  We came to the conclusion that honey crisp are our favorite.  However, granny smiths will always have my heart. Also, Haddon has a mild black eye in this picture.  He was reading a book while laying in bed and he lost grip on the book and it landed on his eye.

 

Grace dresses herself these days.  She picked out her cowgirl boots because we were going to a farm and this cute little top because it’s shiny and pink… go figure!

 

This little guy steals my heart every time.  He picked about 6 apples all on his own and ate half of them before we even left the orchard.

 

 

One of the many things I love so much about this man is that he embraces the seasons we are in with open arms.  If we’re in Florida, he’s all about fishing and the flip flop life.  If we’re in KC, we’re elbows deep in bbq.  And he just wouldn’t leave this place without a bag full of apple butter, Christmas jam and a gallon of apple cider made with apples from their orchards. Also, his smile.  It’s perfect in every way.

 

 

 

These three are the sweetest together.  Since Emory is always on the baby carrier, I’m a little slower than they are and can’t quite keep up with their adventures.  They have an amazing bond. They play together, get into trouble together and gosh they look so good together.

 

So many of the trees are starting to change friends.  It’s like they’re ushering in fall and taking us all along for the ride.  Here’s to apple picking, adventures with this sweet little family of mine and to fall!

 

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PASTA CON SALCHICHA Y CHILE

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There are a few staples ingredients in my kitchen, that I always have on hand.  One of them is Pasta! I have an entire section in my pantry dedicated just to pastas and I have them in all shape and sizes.  Pasta is super versatile.  It’s perfect for the picky eaters (ahem, mac and cheese for Haddon) and it can also be transformed into the fanciest of meals for the holidays.
Today, I’m sharing with you one of my family’s favorite.  It’s our Pasta Con Salchicha y Chile.
 

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