Today was Balloon Day, and even though last year I vowed not to go back until Hannah was sturdy enough to do the whole thing without a stroller, and on mass transit, I did not stick to that plan. I love it too much.
I’ve had a tough time getting my head back in the game after the election last week. But I’m definitely getting there, and I’m tired of obsessing, tired of reading endless articles about how it all went wrong. I’m taking some concrete steps in my community, with my own economic power, with my time to do what I can at a local level to make life better. The results are the results, I’m not ready to overthrow the government. But I am ready to volunteer, to listen to people, to donate, to see how I can help with future political campaigns, to write, etc. But for now, here are some beautiful fall pictures while I get my head organized. The world itself is still damn gorgeous.
This one is from UK magazine Delicious, and let’s just call a duck a duck. This is a stew, not a casserole. But it’s an incredible stew that screams fall at the top of its lungs. This is the fall stew equivalent of Julie Andrews singing on a hilltop. And the leftovers were just as tasty. Also, this is fairly low carb. Really the cider is the only carb-tipping element, and it’s fall. You can live a little.
These are Hannah’s new fall boots, and I’m obsessed with them. She’s been wearing them since mid-September already, but I haven’t posted about them. And I keep getting asked where they came from. They’re Emu Australia boots, but I got them from Zappos. They come in a bunch of different animal designs. Hannah picked the lambs, and I think she has excellent taste.
Last month we painted our bedroom, had new carpet installed, Adam was out of town for a week on business, Hannah missed 3 or so days of school with a bug that just lingered, Halloween happened, H filmed to be on Sesame Street, I started a YouTube channel, my friend Kathy’s book was released, we saw the neurologist for a checkup for H, and I tackled about 70 trillion projects around the house.
We’ve had a pretty good Halloween season, but it was so long this year. Because I made our costumes at the end of August for our Disney trip (complete with a Halloween party in September), it has been two long months of Halloween festivities and anticipation. And now that it’s winding down, I’m glad to move on to the next thing. But we had a lot of fun!
This was a recipe I found on Pinterest, except the original, from Diary of a Recipe Collector, used a can of cream of mushroom soup as the sauce. We’re not mushroom fans around here, and I’m not such a fan of processed, canned soups when soup is really easy to just make. So, I ended up making a super fast, homemade cream soup base that was dark and rich because I really let the roux cook down.