“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - john muir
lately we have really been making the most of our weekends. our original plans to drive to keene for the annual pumpkin festival went bust, but sunday we made a full day of being outside. hubby looked up a new trail for us to explore and found one right in our area.
ferry beach state park. the leaves are peaking right now and the heavy storms on friday made the forest floor a gorgeous carpet of colorful leaves. the kids ran off ahead of us, our rule was if they could no longer see us they needed to stop and wait. this actually worked really well.
we came home and played in the yard and when we did turn indoors we planned a cozy meal to warm up over. hubby and i both enjoy cooking and eating, so lately we have been choosing a new recipe to attempt each weekend. we make a trip for the ingredients together with the kids, then come home and make it a joint effort in prepping and cooking. it has been a great new activity we all seem to be enjoying and bonding over. we love our america's test kitchen family cookbook. this weekend we made their "all american beef chili" and "southern skillet cornbread" recipes. while the chili simmered away in the dutch oven, the kids and i took a walk to the grocery store, seems we were almost out of dog food. we took the wagon to cart home the big bag of food. when we got back and neared the house i could smell this great smell, it then occurred to me that was MY house smelling so good! yay! yum! it was comfort in a bowl. a great ending to a really nice fall weekend. and today lunch will be leftovers. another great perk of this recipe is it makes a heaping batch. happy monday everyone.