Fall Bucket List: Update

Another weekend has come and gone already…sigh.  But, we enjoyed it to the fullest and dropped a few more adventures in the fall bucket list 🙂  Sure, it was a bit cloudy and chilly…but that’s nothing a good bottle of wine, a 5th birthday party, pumpkin picking, apple picking, FaceTime with Auntie Wink, football, pulled pork and apple crisp didn’t fix!

Here’s what we’ve dropped in the bucket so far:

Pick out mums

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Pick a pumpkin

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Go apple picking

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Bake an apple pie apple crisp

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Stay tuned!  More fall bucket list adventures to come next weekend 🙂

Yours truly,

MomME

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Adventures (and updates) in BLW

cider and maple glazed pork tenderloin with pear, onion, apple

W gobbled up this scrumptious dinner and only gagged twice!  One of the pears happened to be a bit less smooshy than the others and it was a bit tough going down.  Granted the apples, pears and onions are super mushy…and the pork was torn into bits…it’s still a major win from where we were in the not-so-distant past.   His gagging is FAR less emotionally traumatic…and with a few swift pats on the back, the food is back up, and he’s chomping at the bit for more.  Pun intended.  His palate is also pretty impressive.  Just yesterday he couldn’t get enough chipotle cilantro lime white bean soup (I added chipotle and chicken! Long name, but easy and amazing dish, too.)

But BLW updates aside, this recipe is the perfect seasonal dish.  I made a slight modification since babies aren’t supposed to have honey…so I used Maine maple syrup instead!  Even more seasonal and local.  Yum.  I also added a healthy slosh of fresh apple cider and a fresh-picked apple, both from our weekend fall bucket list outing at Snell Family Farm.

It was melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Yours truly,

MomME

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Pumpkin pie, oh my!

Pumpkin pie, oh my!

It’s no secret that pumpkin pie is one of the best flavors of fall.  Not to get all mathematical on you, but its addition to the menu board is to the start of fall as “skirt day” is to the start of spring (if you went to BC, you get the reference.)  I mean, the debut of fall-flavored goodies at Starbucks is practically its own holiday, causing my Facebook feed to blow up with pictures and exclamations of joy.  So, when I was craving some homemade granola, I decided to put a fall twist on a classic Martha recipe.

Instead of using cinnamon, I used McCormick’s Pumpkin Pie Spice.  I also added raw pumpkin seeds instead of pecans, and dark chocolate chips instead of dried cherries 🙂  This is delicious as is, over yogurt, or in its own bowl with some cold milk.

As for the presentation, we’re heading to a friends this weekend so I decided to pretty-up the packaging and went with a clear treat-bag with its own heart tag.  I just cut out two hearts, adjoined at the top, and folded it over the top of the plastic bag, adhered with Zots.  I’m kind of obsessed with gold sharpies right now, thanks to my crafty sister…so, naturally, I wrote the tag with that!

Tastefully yours,

MomME