Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Festival

Yesterday evening, we took the boys to our church's fall festival. It was so much fun! Nathan was mainly interested in the games, while Jack wanted to stay jumping on the bouncy houses!

This year, they're a tarantula (according to Nathan) and Buzz Lightyear. I managed to snap some cute photos of the boys before we left. Do you like our giant spider in the background? (You should SEE the front of my house. Oy. Sorry, neighbors.)

We ran into lots of our friends at the fall festival!

And we went on a hayride! Fun, fun!

See this chocolate cupcake that Nathan is enjoying? He and I walked in the cake walk for fifteen minutes to get that puppy! Whew! Nathan kept asking, "When are they going to call our number!?"

We even saw one of our babysitters there!

Nathan, of course, wanted a black widow spider painted on his face.

Weeeeeee! Fun on the bouncy houses!

I love this time of year. (Okay, I hate the cold weather in Virginia. UGH. HATE. But I do love everything else!) We had a fun, fun evening as a family!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Autumn Apple Crisp

I'd tell you this would make a fabulous dessert paired with some vanilla bean ice cream; however, I just ate this for breakfast {no ice cream!} and it. was. wonderful!

You will need for the topping:
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 tbsp. of unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
You will need for the apple mixture:
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 
  • 3 tbsp. of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. of all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. of buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the topping. Refrigerate.

3. Peel and slice your Granny Smith apples. It should resemble this:

4. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the apple mixture {except for the apples!}. It should resemble this:

5. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples with the apple mixture.

6. In a lightly-greased 8X8 dish, spread the apples out evenly. Top with prepared topping. It should resemble this:

7. Bake at 375 for c. 35 minutes. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

This And That

Baking banana blueberry buttermilk bread

Early morning snuggles. Who needs an alarm clock when you have these cuties?

Discussing inertia. Or adhesion. Or friction.

So. much. love. for this sweet boy.

At the volunteer appreciation dinner at church:

These sweet boys, in their shirts that BeeGee made

Mommy picked up Halloween socks at Target.

Cards with BeeGee

"Can you count my eight legs?"

Halloween costumes arrived in the mail.

More early morning snuggles.

A walk around Virginia Tech's campus. (These photos were taken about 50 seconds before Jack FELL into the koi pond. Soaked. Head to toe.)

Snuggled up with my babies.

Jack was finally the leader at school! He brought his Skipper airplane for show and tell, and he brought Curious George gummies for snack.

Nathan read his very first book! So proud of this boy!

My sweet Jack, snuggled up and napping. The boys are sharing a room and it LITERALLY could not be going better. Yippee!