This week's menu looks a little different than most weeks. Actually, this week is going to look a little different in general. I'm giving myself some free time this week to check off some to-do's before holiday business begins. The biggest thing on my list is to complete a couple of years worth of photo albums! Remember this post about Emma's 0-1 book? Well, shamefully, that was the last one I completed : ) So, this is the week. I'm spending the week in photos - creating a gallery wall in our stairwell and completing all of the books I've missed... including a wedding album for Mike and Me. Since our 5 year anniversary is this year, I thought it was high time. Whoops.
As I was saying, this menu looks a little different because this week I've challenged myself to find some new recipes and fresh inspiration this week. I love fall cooking and have already made many of our favorites, so I'm ready to reach out and look to others for inspiration. I have a new favorite (pork roast with onions and apples, served with a dollop of apple butter, cheddar grits and salad with cranberry and pumpkin seeds) pictured above that I'll share tomorrow. I thought it would be fun to share some spots where I find inspiration along the way.
Another way this week is going to look different is because I'm going to write more. When I added the store two years ago, it takes up most of my allotted "work" time, which leaves me less time to write and share other aspects of our life and home. I miss writing - it is actually one of my favorite ways to unwind and reflect. I love looking back on a week or a moment and taking time to relish in it. So this week, I'm allowing myself some time to write more on the blog and reflect on some of the "thin moments" of time that bless us. Now that the Halloween products are available in my store, and I have a little breathing room until Thanksgiving and Holiday collections come along - I'm going to take it.
I hope everyone has an opportunity (or makes an opportunity) to enjoy this week. Taking time to slow down and just enjoy is such a treat that we all deserve. Make an effort to do that for yourself, or better yet - to help someone else do the same.
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Monday : The first thing on my list is this Caramel Corn from Tessa. I'm planning this for an after school snack and for dessert tonight. Tessa treats you to two recipes in the same post, this caramel corn and a Moroccan Chicken Stew that I've been itching to try. I love the way Tessa blogs - it is well worth your time to look at her years past posts of Fall months- one of my favorite things to do.. Lots of great fall traditions to put on your list.
I'm looking for a really great Lasagna recipe. I've never made one with a béchamel before and have been day dreaming about it for a while. I always start with a google image search for new recipes. If you have any favorites, please share!
It is no secret that I find much inspiration from Martha Stewart. Truthfully, while I like the current magazine, I really love the old videos in her archives. I can vividly remember hurrying home from school to catch the daily show. My mom would come home from work to find me making some sort of seasonal craft or recipe inspired by the show. What a nutty kid, right? I don't know what it is about these old videos that are still chalk full of inspiration for me - maybe the traditional elements, or the settings of classic new england farm kitchens/yards? Whatever it is, I still love them.
I'd love to hear about where you get your inspiration. I'm on the hunt for recipes and decor ideas this week, so please share. I hope everyone enjoys this first full week of October : )