lately {november}

meal planning for Christmas

perfecting pancakes on Saturdays

learning to knit

planning a perfect Christmas present

always cooking in a cast iron skillet that was Andy’s great-grandmother’s

wanting big, comfy socks

listening to Dr. Bruce Ware teach theology

savoring dark chocolate often

creating traditions

stepping on lots of colored leaves during bright November walks

realizing I need to start thinking about the new year

i made magic.

I don’t think I’ve had a dessert this good for ages. This apple crisp is seriously magic. Why would anyone ever make pie when they can have apple crisp? This is the food of heaven.

Notes: I did not measure my apples. I just filled up a 9×13 baking dish with the amount of apples I wanted. I really wish I wrote down exactly what I did, but I know I left out the white sugar, probably only used 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and added probably a 1/2 cup of maple syrup. I think next time I will figure out how to only have maple syrup sweeten it. Also, I used regular oats and added chopped pecans to the topping. I think the maple syrup and pecans are what made it spectacular. Served with Trader Joe’s soy ice cream. Pure bliss.

autumn dreams

+have a celebrating Autumn party
+take a sunday drive to see the changing leaves
+bake pumpkin something
+make apple crisp
+find a good fall skirt (or, you know, ten)
+bike ride down tree-lined park streets
+hit the tree swing
+drink apple cider
+have a sleepover and stay up all night giggling