The best stormy weather & stay home kinda' weekend.

Monday, October 17, 2016

This weekend was exactly how I picture the perfect fall weekend going. Ryan had been gone all week hunting out of state so I tried to keep myself busy. I am always surprised how at the end of the week it feels like I have no idea how the time passed to quickly, yet how it seems like it takes forever for him to get home. We normally don't have the ability to talk while he is gone, but this trip he got service here and there at the top of the mountains, a.k.a. on top of the world, so he was able to send me pictures and talk a few times. I was only slightly jealous of these views...

His intentions were to be home late Saturday so I planned to get most of my errands done Friday night so I had Saturday to get things around the house ready for his return. I woke up first thing Saturday morning and had a few last minute things to grab at the grocery store, but as I was sitting on my computer sipping my coffee I heard his truck pull in and well, there went those plans for the day! Not that I was complaining ONE BIT! He loves trying to surprise me and I always love it when he pulls it off. 
Since he was running on about 3 hours of sleep, we spent the day together on the couch catching up on each other's week and me getting to hear his hunting stories for the majority of the day. I wanted to make him a special dinner and dessert so I was in the kitchen for a bit, but the weather was absolutely conducive to us just relaxing and doing nothing. We had the doors and windows open and the sound of rain reminded me I was right where I needed to be. We even grabbed our glasses of wine and headed on the porch for awhile and sat with the dogs just taking in each other's company. Just perfect!

Sunday morning I tried to be a little more productive. We slept in, took the dogs for a walk, and came home and I got busy working on things for the week. I put some tortilla soup in the crockpot and made this super easy souffle with ingredients on hand to eat for breakfast for the week. Since I had made creme brule the night before I had about 10 egg whites to use so I mixed in zucchini, spinach, sauted onions, goat cheese, salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme and baked at 325 degrees for 30 minutes! 
It was so nice to have a weekend with nothing planned, nowhere to be, and the perfect weather for staying home with the ones you love. Glad my favorite company, and also the dog's, is finally home because life is always better when we're all together.

October, I love you.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Perhaps this post should have been more appropriately titled, "Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins." I apologize in advance.

Anyways, October has been off to a great start so far! I used to never be as obsessed with the change is seasons as much as everyone else, but lately I can't get enough of it! At first the weather couldn't quite make up its day cool, one day it's back to the 90's, but it seems to have settled right into fall and I'm enjoying every little bit of it. 
There's a small pumpkin patch around the corner from where we live and I've heard such great things about it over the years, but had actually never been. So to kick off the first weekend in October when Ryan went to the mountains scouting, I headed over with our little nephew to check it out. On our way there it started sprinkling (go figure) but it stopped once we arrived. We had so much fun sipping apple cider and picking out the tiniest pumpkins. Mine unfortunately didn't last too long at the house because Avery snatched them from my tray where I had them displayed and ate them ALL. So it goes...

We finished the afternoon in the kitchen cooking, which has turned into one of the funniest things to do with him. Having a mini chef helping me in the kitchen is so adorable. We even held our own olive tasting.
The next weekend I attended Oktoberfest. Ryan was supposed to be my hot date, but he ended up being gone hunting. That is pretty much my normal this time of the year! Instead my adorable Mother-In-Law accompanied me! I was so excited because she is so much fun! My sister, cousin and best friend were all there and we danced, drank some beers, and listened to some awesome bands and then proceeded to leave before the rest of the crazies did, haha! #imold
 Last week I was able to get away from work for a day midweek while Ryan was gone. It was so different and enjoyable to wake up, have a slow morning all to myself to get a few things done and then join my MIL in the afternoon for a pumpkin patch outing. A guy that works for the same company has a private patch he allows some of the employees to attend each year in addition to donating them to schools, etc, and we are so appreciate he let's us come out! He grew over 30 varieties this year and I cannot get enough of the weird ones. If only I had better luck when it came to growing things, I would certainly have my own pumpkins in my backyard. We load up as many as he will possibly allow and have a blast decorating for the holidays with them! 
And thanks to my Best Friend, I had this festive shirt to wear pumpkin picking!

It's tradition for us to hit up the haunted maze every year and I still have that to look forward to! Also, hubby was right on it this year with our Halloween costumes...I am actually ecstatic I didn't have to plan it out and it's actually hilarious not to mention, 100% his idea!

I hope you're enjoying your October so far as well. It's no wonder why it's one of the best months of the year!