Looking back, they will tell you stories all about your first year in Boston.  They will tell you about friends and loved ones that made this city feel like home, the swan boats that follow the ducklings around the Gardens, the quaint streets of Beacon Hill.  The place where you took your first steps..well with a little help :)

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The white clouds rolled across the orange and red covered hills.  As we drove I  commented to Matt over and over again how beautiful the leaves were in full autumn color.  But Becky, not even the grandeur of the leaves and rolling hills could take Chris’ eyes off of you.  You radiated and I couldn’t help but tear as I watched Chris’ face when you walked towards him on that day.  As I glanced around the room, I was not the only one with a glisten in their eyes. Your friends and family smiled with overwhelming joy as they watched a strong man and beautiful woman of God come together.

 

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Sydney, I could tell that you had been watching as you through your hands up in the air and cheered wildly at my ball bouncing skills. I could tell that you had been watching your mommy and daddy cheer for you.

And now you want to try, you want to try to do what they do… and so you cheer, you laugh, you show love with your kisses and cuddles. And as you do… you begin to change this world just like them.

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I am not quite sure why I upgraded to using a pillowcase to hold the large amounts of Halloween Candy, because at the end of the night Mom was only going to allow 5 pieces to be kept anyway.  Yes, 5! Total! If you are confused…5 pieces for the rest of the year!

We would dump our candy out, covering the entire kitchen table…and would then pick. Raisins were a no we had plenty of them, goldfish no, granola bars…no. This is what I would have picked:

1. Twix

2. 1 tiny box of Nerds ( which I would have inhaled)

3. The largest candy bar I could find

4. was a toss up

5.  A Mounds Bar…it was a sad night if this trick or treater could not find 1 mounds bar in her bottomless pit of candy.

 

This lack of sugar in ones life can do one of two things:

1. Like me you grow up and overall dislike candy and overly sweet treats and are quite satisfied with 1 mounds bar per year.

or

2. You are like my teenage sister, who has flipped the food pyramid so that candy and gas station slushies are a primary food group.

(Healthy Parents be ‘ware)

 

Back to the Mounds bars…

As many of you know, this year I purchased our Halloween Candy just hours before our 1 tricker treater arrived.  Which meant the candy aisle was barren except for a few lone bags of peanut butter snickers. Which then meant that I did not have my annual mounds bar.

So I opted for the next best thing, almond joy cookies.

Almond Joy Cookies ( by The Little Red House)
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/3 cups chocolate chips
1 cup dried coconut, chopped into smaller pieces (or shredded- which I used)
1 cup chopped almonds, toasted
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in 1 egg at time. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla.
Combine the flour, soda and salt in another bowl. Slowly add the flour mixture, and mix until just combined, taking care not to over mix.
With a spatula fold in the chocolate, coconut, and almonds.
Drop by spoonful onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes.

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The leaves are beginning to crunch on the ground and the winds this morning brought a fall chill to my face as I ran. As the sun rose I pulled on my first cable knit and sat down with a warm cup of chai.  My mittens and chunky scarves have been pulled from storage and the summer throws have been replaced with the warmest of fur blankets. These are a few of the many things I love about this season.

And here are some of the things that I am excited about making this month:

Upcoming Desserts:

Churros– For over a year, I have been planning to serve these at a dinner party. Mmmm churros and dipping hot chocolate! Umm let’s make that happen!

Hot Chocolate Chai– the best of both worlds coming together, right? …let’s see if it is genius or not.

Almond Joy Cookies– considering that I went to the store for candy just an hour before my 1 tricker treater arrived…my candy selection was quite limited and I missed out on my favorite, Mounds.  To make up for it, almond joy cookies.

Oh, and then their will be pie:

Tomorrow Night for Dinner:

Every year my husband comments on how he loves all the fixin’s of Thanksgiving, especially stuffing.  So tomorrow night we will be having herb roasted chicken, stuffing, and maybe those twice baked potatoes.

 

Upcoming Projects:

DIY Rug: I have been debating for weeks whether or not the artist in me can actually make this felted rug.  I’ll keep you posted…by the looks on everyone’s faces, it may just be a disaster. Or in my opinion, it could be a huge cozy success!

Fall Decor:

Wouldn’t those pine cones be lovely with a cream linen bow?

That’s all folks.  Oooo I just love Fall

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