Tomorrow is the first day of fall friends! Can you believe this year is almost over? I feel like we were just welcoming spring. Apparently Fall is when the midwest SHINES and we’re already getting such a beautiful glimpse of the midwest fall. The weather is getting a little cooler and the leaves are changing. It really is something beautiful friends.
This is our first “real” fall. We moved to Nebraska in December of last year and completely missed the season. Florida fall is just as hot as summer and honestly not nearly as glamorous. We’re excited about our first real fall season and the kids and I are already chipping away at our fall bucket list.
We all took turns in writing down what we wanted to do and see this season, and are not only sharing it with you, but we’ve made a FREE PRINTABLE so you can enjoy fall to the fullest along side of us!
This past weekend, my brother and sister in law flew up to escape hurricane Irma. We had an amazing time with them and loved showing them around our neck of the woods. On Sunday we made it out to church and then headed home for some football watching. The windows were open, the crisp air was blowing through the house and the sounds of the game were in the background. It was perfect.
Corina whipped up her famous spinach and artichoke dip and I thought I would document it so that I could recreate it when she’s back home in FL. Also, there are two ways to make this absolutely incredible dip. A healthy/lighter version and a super gooey not-so healthy but out of this world creamy way.
Here are the ingredients and Instructions from my lovely sister-in-law.
Absolutely gooey and delish version
8 oz cream cheese
4 oz butter
8 oz sour cream
15 oz chopped spinach (frozen)
8.5 oz quartered artichoke hearts (canned)
1 cup Parmesan cheese (2 parts)
Pepper to taste (no sat since there’s plenty in the cheese and butter)
Thaw and drain spinach
Melt cream cheese and butter on low to medium heat (make sure not to burn)
Chop up artichoke into smaller pieces
Once cream cheese and butter is melted add spinach artichokes sour cream and 1/2 Parmesan cheese stir and let cook on low heat for about 10 min so that everything combines well and cheese is melted .
Transfer to bowl top with remaining parmesan cheese and broil on high till cheese is light golden brown
Substitute sour cream and cream cheese with 1 16 oz plain Greek yogurt
Or 1 8 oz plain Greek yogurt and half the cream cheese
Substitute butter with avocado oil or coconut oil 1/4 cup (enough to cover the bottom of a medium sized cooking pot)
1/2 the amount of cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Everything else remains the same
I’m guesstimating with the parmesan cheese amount there’s a good chance there 2 cups because I like to cover the top with a nice layer 😉
Thank you so much Corina! This is my favorite dip of all time and you better believe I’ll be making it while we watch some football tomorrow!
I have been protesting fall ever since Costco started bringing out their jackets and Target put all of their summer water guns on sale. I have LOVED our summer and I believe we have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. But… we are elbows deep in September and we are embracing all things FALL. We’ve already gone apple picking and are planning on attending the pumpkin patch next week!
This morning we woke up to 55 degree weather and I threw open the windows. It was so perfect, it made me want to pull out a list of all the movies I want to watch this season.
Here’s my list so far:
You’ve got mail
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.
“Marry me.. Because I’d like to date you..”
Dan in real life
“What don’t I understand, Cara? Please, help me out. What is it? Is it frustrating that you can’t be with this person? That there’s something keeping you apart? That there’s something about this person that you can connect with? And whenever you’re near this person, you don’t know what to say, and you say everything that’s in your mind and in your heart, and you know that if you could just be together, that this person would help you become the best possible version of yourself?”
“You know every story, every wound, every memory. Their whole life’s happiness is wrapped up in you… every single second. Don’t you get it? Look down the road to her wedding. I’m in a room alone with her, fixing her veil, fluffing her dress, telling her no woman has ever looked so beautiful. And my fear is she’ll be thinking, ‘I wish my mom was here’
Remember the Titans
“People say that it can’t work, black and white. Here, we make it work every day. We still have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.”
Soooo many good ones that explain almost every aspect of my life. You can read some of them here
Grace started kindergarten this week. We set our schedules, alarm clocks, put on real clothes in the morning and started our new homeschooling/ fall routine. I knew that homeschool was going to be the best option for us this year and we are praying through every minute of it. I am not a teacher. I don’t have an extensive amount of patience. In fact, I am short fused, but I am excited to see how God is going to work in my life and in the life of my children through this season. He is the one who gives us wisdom, patience and strength and you better believe I am leaning on Him for all of those things and more.
Monday started with a walk at the park, to ensure that all the wiggles were out, followed by Cheerios and circle time. We sang about father Abraham, practiced our bible verses and dove right into reading and writing. Grace was really excited and I am all about structure, so I’m thinking that this is going to do us all a great deal of good.
Haddon asked to do school a million times and Emory is working on being patient, bless her heart. I too am working on my patience and on being present more than anything else. So far, we’ve read a few stories, brushed up on our math and are looking forward to exploring new subjects together.
I will be working on a post later on with pictures and tips on how we’re structuring our day and sharing my thoughts on homeschooling. So, stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, I thought I’d document this day and this little lady who is growing up so quickly. The other day I asked her when did she grow up, and her answer was “mom, I grew up as fast as I could” Girlfriend sure did!
I’ll tuck her in this week and hold her extra tight because I know these days are going to pass us by, and although they are so tough and the days get longer and longer, I only have a short amount of time with her.
Here’s to our babies. To the ones that grow up as fast as they possibly can and to the ones who ask for one more hug, before they go to bed.