Monday, October 29, 2012

Now We Wait.

Well, we're battening down the hatches here in southcentral Pennsylvania.  Hurricane Sandy is on her way and we're doing all we can to get ready!

My biggest fear is that we'll lose our ability to draw water in our house.  I hate to be dirty.  Really, I hate it.  I don't mind a cold shower, but I need a daily shower.  And clean clothing.  Clean dishes.  And plenty of food.

So, while Rob has been preparing the outside of our house, I've been trying to prepare inside.  I've been keeping caught up on laundry and stockpiling prepared food.  I washed our sheets and towels and vacuumed everywhere.  Rob thinks I'm crazy, but I feel sooooo much better. 

this was the only pile on our bed that didn't have underwear on it!

I've made: beef chili, white chicken chili, beef enchiladas, broccoli soup, apple muffins, bacon quiche, peanut butter cookies, lasagna, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and challah french toast.  Even if we don't lose power, at least I won't have to cook for the next week!

beef and bean enchiladas

bacon, goat cheese, and thyme quiche

Rob grabbed the last two coolers and four bags of ice at Home Depot, so we can keep our perishables cold.  We're expected to have sustained winds from 30-50 mph, with gusts as high as 75mph.  We're in the "likely" zone to lose our electricity.  The shelves on our grocery stores are about bare, so hopefully that means we're all prepared.

The danger with this huge storm is the sustained winds and the fact that they may cause flying debris or uproot trees from saturated soil (we've already gotten about 4 inches since this morning).  We have two large trees in close proximity to our house (we lost one last year in a hurricane).  We're praying for safety, so we'll just have to wait and see!  At this point, we've done all we can.  Now we just wait.

Stay safe out there, everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Because nothing says "welcome" quite like an M16. 

the new welcome sign Rob ordered for the cabin

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Few of my Favorite Things

Before we head into my least favorite time of year (winter), I'd like to try to celebrate the pleasures of fall.  I do enjoy the cooler temperatures, especially the less humid days.  I think the hardest part about winter for me is the shorter amounts of sunshine.  I've found that I am an easily pleased creature: enough food, rest, and sunshine make me fairly happy. 

Things I'm loving lately - fall inspired.

1.  Pumpkin Spice bagels (Thomas')

2.  My haircut!  I invest in a good haircut about once a year and I love it!  It's pretty short, but it's so easy.  I have an appointment to have it highlighted in two weeks.

3.  My new earrings.  I'm not sure if I'm cool enough to pull them off, but I think they're super cute.  I got them at Collage.  

3.  Clean flower beds.  My mom stopped by today and made me pull out dead flowers, trim perennials, and rake out our flower beds.  It looks so much better!

4.  A surprise flower bouquet!  My doorbell rang this morning while I was in the shower and when I went to the front porch I found these.  Courtesy of Jessica and Friends blossoms to blessings program.  

5.  These toppings from Stonewall Kitchen.  I never need an excuse to eat bread, but if I did, this would be it.  I think I like the apple butter the best.  But I love them both.  Especially with cream cheese and a pumpkin spice bagel.  Yum.

I received these and other treats from my friend, Whitney, at Collage.  Thanks, Whitney!

6.  The view from our front porch.   I love the colors of fall!

7.  My new baggallini. I got mine from Collage.  It's the perfect size for me.  I'm a minimalist.  I carry my phone, keys, sunglasses, debit card, checkbook, and pen.  The best part is that when it gets dirty, I can throw it in the washer and it looks like new!

8.  Apple cider.  From Brown's Orchards.   I'm not a big fan of Brown's, but they make a mean cider. 

9.  Making Christmas lists!  We don't spend much on Christmas, but I do love trying to find thoughtful gifts for our kids, parents, and our sisters and their children.  We've exchanged names on both sides of the family, so it will be fun to actually start shopping.

10.  Two new babies!  Two of Rob's sisters are expecting children.  The running total will be at three kids each, so we'll see how long that lasts!  I can promise you that there will be no competition here.  If they want to beat us, we wish them luck! :)

Well, that's what I'm loving lately.  How about you?  I bet you Aussies are loving the warmer weather and fresh produce!  Enjoy the sunshine for me. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall Cabin Trip

We spent a glorious weekend at the family cabin last weekend.  The leaves are in their full autumnal color and the nights were chilly with warm sunny days.  Perfection.  We hiked, the kids practiced archery, and we enjoyed lots of quiet.  

For the third year in a row, we've took our kids to the Sherman's Valley Heritage Farm Days.  The highlight of the day is the tractor parade.  Sadly, our kids are no longer young enough to receive the candy thrown from tractors, but we still have fun!  There are different vendors, displays, and of course, lots of great food.  We had fresh-pressed cider, homemade potato chips, elk burgers, kettle corn, and local birch beer, just to name a few treats!

I wish I would have thought to take a picture, but when we first arrived, Rob was thrilled to have to pull another vehicle out of the mud [with our truck].  He was totally in his glory.  :)

Anyway, here are some pictures we took of our weekend away. 

And, yes, Josh is that tall!  I think he's going to pass Rob in less than a year.  Eek. 

Still Cooking....

I don't know what my deal is.  I've been a little absent in my blogging.  I just wanted you to know that we're still here, doing well, and I'm still cooking.  And running my dishwasher three times a day.  And ferrying kids back and forth.  We're happy to be very boring.  :)

Here are some things we've enjoyed the past few weeks.  Click on the links for recipes!

A new recipe, Pioneer Woman's chicken enchiladas.   Our verdict: eh.  Not bad.  But, not perfect. 

A favorite meal of ours: sesame-ginger salmon, roasted yukon golds, and steamed green beans

One of Josh's favorite soups, crab and corn chowder.  Coincidentally, this was my first blog post of all time.   I made a double batch for a teacher's dinner and it was gone very quickly!

We're just wrapping up soccer season around here.  We've taken several trips to our family cabin and we're enjoying the warm temperatures and beautiful fall foliage.  The kids have started to make their Christmas lists and I'm still trying to lose weight.  Like I said, boring, boring, boring.  We'll take it, though!

What have you been up to?