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Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things


Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things Life Lately: Thankful for the Little Things I’m sad to see the fall weather go but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I think it gives us all a chance to reflect back on changes and events of the year and also gives us an opportunity to look forward to the new year, new goals and new challenges.

I’m sure a lot of bloggers will be sharing similar posts over the next couple of days, but I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Sure, there will always be things and situations in life that aren’t ideal, but overall we are extremely blessed. Derek and I are surrounded by wonderful family and a great set of friends who we love to the moon and back. We are healthy, employed and have everything we need. 

Above are some snapshots I took over the course of the past couple months. I love looking back at photos – it gives you an opportunity to be thankful for the little things too:

1. These were some fresh flowers we picked up to photograph this post. I don’t buy them often but they really help brighten up any space.

2. Some fresh veggies we used to make vegetarian minestrone soup a few weeks ago. Since I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that having access to fresh food is truly, truly a blessing.

3. I snapped this photo of Derek on a hike a month or two ago when the leaves first started to change.

4. Derek could spend hours looking through old vinyls. We took a mini road trip to Springfield, MO a little while back and stopped at one of the local shops.

5. Unless you live under a rock, you know that Americans love anything pumpkin flavored this time of year. My guilty pleasure  has to be pumpkin beer. We picked up a four pack of black pumpkin ale from one of our favorite St. Louis Breweries, Urban Chestnut, and added a little bit of brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice around the rim of the glass.

6. Derek actually enjoys doing yard work. He is a rare bird and I’m so happy he puts up with me 🙂

7. I’m thankful for vacation days so I can work on little crafts and colorful projects around the house.

8. Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Derek and I cannot function without it. Coffee mugs are the one thing we collect together. We picked up this mug at The Coffee Ethic in Springfield, MO.

9. A quick shot of the sunshine coming through our front kitchen window the other morning.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and get to share it with the people you care about most. I’m off to change into my stretchy pants for the next couple of days! There are three pies sitting on my counter right now just begging me to eat them. Enjoy, everyone! love, adrienne

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Easy Apple Crisp: So Easy I Could Do It


I’m probably showing my age with that title (Geico commercial circa 2006, anyone?), but every once in a while you’ve got to throw it back a little.  

Easy Apple Crisp So today’s post is for those non-domestic gods and goddesses (like me) who don’t want to slave away in the kitchen making something to bring to the family holiday party this season.

Because ain’t nobody got time for that!

Aaaaanyways, a few weeks ago we went apple picking and carried home about 10 times the amount of apples any normal human being should consume. We’re basically drowning in apples over here so today we’re baking up some super tasty and super simple apple crisp. You probably already have these basic ingredients in your kitchen so let’s grab them and get started!

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Apple Crisp – serves 6
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups of sliced tart apples (about 3 apples – we used sun crisp apples)
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup of butter, softened
Baking Instructions in 4 easy steps:
  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  • Arrange apple slices in a greased square pan – 8 x 8 x 2
  • Mix all other ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle over apples
  • Bake until the topping is golden brown and apples are tender – about 30 minutes

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A little a la mode never hurt anyone, right?

Happy baking! love, adrienne

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Make This: Healthy(-ish) Cornbread

The other day we posted this chili recipe (have you tried it yet?).  It’s so good by itself, but if there’s anything that could make it better it would have to be a side of warm cornbread.  So yep, you guessed it that’s what we’re making today!

Healthy(-ish) Cornbread

For me cornbread is one of those things where you swear you’re just going to eat one slice and all of a sudden the entire pan is gone. Anyone else?

No?

Just me?

Bueller? Bueller?

Okay, let’s move on!

So because we like to indulge in large quantities around here and because we generally try to eat healthy (that might be a slight oxymoron), we figured it was probably a good idea to substitute a couple of the standard cornbread ingredients, sugar and vegetable oil, for more nutritious options – honey and applesauce, respectively. This way you can skip out on the trans fats in the vegetable oil and the processed sugar while you eat to your heart’s content.

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This recipe will make approximately nine slices of cornbread.

  • 1 and 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup of Quaker (or any brand) enriched cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of skim milk (if you don’t eat dairy, try almond milk…just as good!)
  • 1 egg, beaten

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients first – the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add in the applesauce, honey, milk and egg. Mix until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Pour the mixture into a greased (we use coconut oil) 8 x 8 x 2 pan and bake until the edges are golden brown – about 25 minutes. Stick a tooth pick in the center to make sure it’s cooked all the way through.

Healthy(ish) Cornbread

Super easy and quick to make, you can top it off with a little butter, honey or whatever you like. We had some pumpkin butter on hand from when we went apple picking a couple of weeks ago so how could we not?

Healthy(-ish) Cornbread

 enjoy! adrienne & derek