This morning, I reluctantly turned the kitchen calendar to November. October holds such joy for my family with all the birthdays, pumpkin carving, and leaf peeping, and I am sad to see it go. But this is the month of Thanksgiving, time with our extended family, and Winnie's first birthday, and for all of those reasons I am grateful for the fresh start. I want to keep my children grounded in this season—not looking too far ahead toward Christmas—so I am starting a family series called 30 Days of . . .
Alright folks, the time has come for Halloween madness. I love watching all the Instagram feeds light up this week with clever Hallow's Eve messages, and have been spending my evenings patching costumes together. For my large brood, Tuesday night will be a mad dash to every house on our street, then a slow crawl home with buckets full. I've always had a hard time post-Trick-or-Treat about what to do with all. that. candy. 'Cause if it stays in the house, my kids will sneak it for breakfast, . . .
If you remember my Insta giveaway a few weeks ago, you'll recall I did a drawing for a leather bracelet from Laurel Denise. My new pal Lolly is the darling behind the brand, and y'all, she's the real deal. I got to hang out with her this week and snap some photos of her workspace for The Thersday Series, and it was like catching up with an old friend. Her work is gorgeous, her business is growing, and she's got a few new ideas up her sleeve that I got to peek at too, yet she is as kind and . . .
A few weeks ago, I found a can of pumpkin sauce at a trip to World Market and picked it up. As one does in the fall when everything is pumpkin. I'm not a huge fan of pasta dishes because gluten makes me feel heavy and sluggish, though Trader Joe's has a great selection of lentil and black bean dry pasta noodles when I'm feeling in the mood for something hearty. This week, I also scored a package of gluten free lasagna sheets. Now I was headed somewhere. I began to check the interwebs for pumpkin . . .
My kids are just coming down from all the birthday hoopla over the last two weeks and beginning to write the gazillion thank you notes to friends and family. They love that part—just kidding. For the first time ever, the twins requested separate parties, and despite my best efforts, would not be persuaded otherwise. I made sure their celebrations wouldn't be held on the same day (I'm not an idiot, y'all), ordered separate invitation designs on Etsy, and planned two verrrry simple shindigs for my . . .