This Sunday,we went for a gorgeous, aimless fall drive. It was my birthday and that was all that I wanted…just a day to get in the car, drive north, along the Hudson, without a goal and just have a relaxing few hours away from my mommy duties. It was the perfect day. I only took a few pictures…
We ended up in Hyde Park, where you can tour the Vanderbilt mansion. I could spend days and days just touring historic homes. It may seem boring to some, but I am a big nerd at heart, and I love it to death. This house has all of the original furnishings and decorative items, and books and art and minutae. Amazing. It was all just left there. In another life I would absolutely get into the curatorial/historic preservation field and work at one of these homes. That was sort of my career goal back in college, when I majored it Art History. Although a "career" never really panned out the way I envisioned. Not the easiest field to get into. And now my "career" is being a mama and making cute things from wool. Anyway…I want to go back here next year, because they're supposed to be opening up a "behind the scenes" tour that is focused on the servants. You'll get to tour the kitchens and the basement and their quarters. I think I often find that dynamic of those monstrous old homes the most fascinating; what went on with the people who worked there. The whole upstairs-downstairs thing.
This is Boscobel, although we didn't take the tour. There wasn't enough time in the day. We had to get home for the kiddies.
It was a lovely day…I wish we could manage to have more days where just Jay and I could get a bit of times to ourselves.
This seems to be my new blogging . Keep tons of pictures on the camera, and then when you load them onto your computer, compose a post around whatever is in there! Although, this does have a thematic element, so it's not super random. But it is a bit lazy. aah, well. Here are some autumn pictures from around the house and out and about.
Pumpkin and apple picking day!
We opted to buy already picked apples from the orchard, as opposed to picking this year. There were some moody wee ones accompanying us, and I don't think that would have been prudent!
Then, on to pumpkins! (Note the moody hair)
attempt at a family shot!
And a few little pictures from around the house!
The quintessential autumn craft…leaves between wax paper…always a hit! Next year I'll cut the wax paper to fit the window panes…silly me!
And because I can't have a post without the mention of food…these pancakes are the best for chilly mornings! Cinnamon-Oat Pancakes
And a few other great, seasonally appropriate recipes I've tried lately:
Apple-Braised Turkey Thighs from the October issue of Everyday Food. Sooo, yummy and cozy for a dreary cold day.
Butternut Squash and Cheddar Bread Pudding from Bon Appetit. we're still trying to eat all of the butternut squash we harvested! I'm really into savory bread puddings lately. yummy.
As I type this, the first snow of the year is falling! A bit of a slushy, rain/snow mix, but still! I was going to venture out and run some errands today, but I think I might just stay right here. And maybe work on some Halloween animals?!? I'm HOPING to get them done this week. There are so many interruptions these days. Mostly pleasant interruptions!
jumping in puddles
the last rose of the year
This year's fantastic Holiday Crafts magazine, put out by BHG, is full of adorable and inspiring projects as usual! And of course, there are my wee "snowbabies" on page 68! I made some of these last year as ornaments for my own Christmas tree, and they are so simple to make and so sweet.
The project on the page next to mine is a wreath made from powder puffs by Linda Solovic. So clever! I love Linda's whimsical work. There are tons of other fantastic artists in here, Magda Trzaski, Johanna Parker, Betz White, Jenny Hernandez, Hillary Lang, just to name a few! Cute, cute, cute. Go buy a copy and get making some fun stuff for the holidays!
Sorry to have vanished for a few weeks. I know I'm always apologizing for being in a blogging rut. Oh well…such is life. SO, back on track.
We have an abundance of butternut squash. It is one of the only things that did well in our garden this year. We've just been roasting it with some brown sugar and butter, which is mighty tasty, but is getting boring. So for the next couple of weeks, I'll probably be posting a bunch of butternut squash recipes, for lack of anything else terribly exciting going on in my life! First one is Butternut Bisque. I made this today for an old friend who was coming over for a visit. Paired with some crusty bread and butter, it was a pretty tasty lunch. The baby even had some. She was really into it, and she doesn't get too excited by food. I figured I shouldn't let her eat too much, since it has cayenne pepper in it. We could be paying for that later, if you know what I mean.
pardon that my bowl is a bit messy…clearly I am not a food stylist.
So, tomorrow, Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna.
On another note, how have I been so out of the loop on the new Jane Campion film, Bright Star. I just saw the preview today. Swoon, swoon. This looks absolutely perfect. Just in time for Jay to take me out for my yearly birthday treat…forcing him to go see a girly historical drama. The only time he'll stray from the fart jokey comedy and the manly man action films. Truly, though, doesn't this movie look amazing? I'm such a sappy romantic. The costumes and the music and the cinematography…get me all teary-eyed every time. why am I admitting this? ok…moving on!
I want to thank everyone who bid on my animals! They were one of my favorite bunches and I felt kind of sad to see them go! But thanks again!
today is my little Clara's 3rd birthday. I can't believe it. She is starting preschool this week, too. I think I'm more nervous about the whole thing than she is. How the time has flown. It seems like this was just yesterday….
I am waiting for her to wake up from her nap and for her daddy to get home so she can open presents. Then it's cake later with her grandparents!
We had a party with her friends on Sunday, and Liz has a nice post about it with some cute pictures. Somehow I never can remember to take pictures while all the celebrating is going on!
Seaside critters are here!!
There's still more time for one last summer hurrah…
I am pretty psyched to see Wes Anderson's new movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl book. I love all of the quirkiness and random little details in his movies, and I think a stop-motion film by him will be really fun to watch. I can't wait.