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
It’s finally here. The day we have all been waiting for.
The first day of summer!!
This is going to be an exciting summer for us. We have a lot of things planned for the next couple of months and I am really excited. We are celebrating my 31st birthday, taking a road trip back home to Florida, and there’s there’s talk of skydiving in our near future. We’re also planning on taking a couple of days and checking into a hotel without the babies… something we haven’t done in a long time.
I was looking back at last year’s Summer goals and I can’t help to think about this past season in our life. It was a season of change, of unpredictability, of trust in Christ and a lot of solitude. We have come far friends. A year ago I was pregnant with Emory and just focused on having a good delivery and a smooth transition for all of us at home. Little did I know that a few months later we would be packing up our bags and everything we owned to move across the country. So many changes!!
This year I thought I’d share a few summer goals and when next summer rolls around, I can count the fruit and see how far God has taken us.
Get outdoors with the kids once a day- phone-free and engage them. Love on them by giving of myself. By running with them, chasing them and making memories
Continue on our clean eating plan- and share more #whole30 approved meals on the blog
Open my home and embrace community- Let down my insecurities and give of myself through relationships. Trust more.
Stick to a three day content calendar. Solve problems through my posts. Serve my readers. Point them to Christ.
Celebrate turning 31. Thank God for his blessings and embrace this body that He has gifted me with
Spend time taking better care of myself through exercise, healthy eating and taking breaks. Let go of the guilt of thinking that it’s never about me and remember that I can’t give if I’m not refueling
I know some of these are a little broad, but the main topics are there and I’m excited about the next few moths. We’re also looking forward to the fall in NE. I hear it’s the prettiest of all the seasons!
Here’s to a wonderful summer filled with eating al-fresco, water balloon fights and all things cold!