Hello Fall

Hello Fall

It’s here! It’s here! The unofficial start of Fall…at least here in the Moore house. I always hate to see summer go, but as soon as the new school year starts up (we live by the school schedule again now that we have a professor in the house), I am full-on ready for Fall.

Now that we live in the South again, it will be awhile before the cozy sweater weather of Fall sets in. Until then, we might have to crank the air conditioning and pretend that it’s cold enough to warrant breaking out the mugs for warm apple cider.

Baby D is still pretty young this year, but I can’t wait to share all of our Fall family traditions with him this year. I always love the holidays, but everything is even more exciting when you get to experience them through your child’s eyes. I just know he’s going to love it!

A Few Things That I’m Looking Forward to This Season:

  • Break out the Fall Candles. My favorites this year are Pumpkin Pecan Waffles & Caramel Pumpkin Swirl from Bath & Body Works.
  • Bake batch upon batch of our favorite Pumpkin Brownies.
  • Sip warm apple cider in the backyard.
  • Go Apple Picking! I finally found a local orchard to continue our New England tradition of apple picking.
  • Make an Apple Crisp with our freshly picked apples.
  • Attempt to re-create the magical Honey Pot Hill Orchards Apple Cider Donuts.
  • Paint nails with the perfect grey shade for Fall — Chinchilly by Essie.
  • Visit the Pumpkin Patch again this year. Last year we found the perfect farm for making pumpkin picking memories, complete with a hayride out to the actual pumpkin patch to choose your pumpkin.
  • Host a Pumpkin Carving Party.
  • Design our Monster Window. Each year we come up with a new design for silhouette monsters to go in our front windows.
  • Plan/Make our Halloween Costumes.
  • Watch Hocus Pocus…and pretty much have our own little Quote-Along showing.
  • Let the Husband visit a Haunted House. One of us is way too much of a scaredy cat to set foot in one of those places.
  • Take Baby D Trick or Treating and pass out candy to all of the adorable trick or treaters that stop by our place.
  • Make Trick or Treat Cookies again with leftover chocolate candy.
  • Bring out the Pilgrim Pair salt & pepper shakers to usher in November.
  • Thanksgiving meal planning before sharing the feast with family.

 

Happy September! Hope everyone finds a way to enjoy a little bit of Fall fun this month. You better believe we will be doing a little bit of early Fall decorating for Friday date night this week. Just a little…

The Dinner and a Movie Challenge

Moore Cookin Dinner and a Movie Challenge

We’ve decided to get rid of our cable for the summer…and possibly beyond (we’ll see how summer goes first). The cable box will be leaving the building sometime later this week. This won’t be our first time without cable. Far from it actually, but we have had it for the last couple of years, so it will be an adjustment again. It was so nice to have TV when Baby D was little and I would hold him for hours as he napped, unable to move for fear of him waking up. Now that he is getting older, he keeps us incredibly busy. We really don’t have too much time for TV. I’m looking forward to all of the family fun and adventures that we’ll be taking as we start living with a little less distraction.

No one ever said that television is good for you, but we enjoy it, and there’s nothing wrong with letting ourselves get sucked in from time to time…just maybe not daily for a while. And besides all of the social/family benefits of taking a TV break, cable is just expensive. We are on probably the cheapest basic cable plan in existence and we can still save $60+/month by cutting it. That’s over $700 a year! If I had to pay $700 up front for the handful of channels that I actually watch on a regular basis, I don’t know if I would be able to sign on the dotted line.

Out of this decision to cut the cable, a new family challenge was born… The Dinner and a Movie Challenge! We own so many movies that we haven’t watched in years, so we’ve decided to attempt to watch all of our movies this summer. And to make the challenge even more fun, we’ve decided to take a good number of these movies and cook a themed meal to go with them. Maybe some ratatouille, french baguette, and cheese for watching Ratatouille…salad for When Harry Met Sally…or Chicken Tikka Masala for the one Bollywood movie that we own.

The possibilities are endless and we’re excited to get our creative juices flowing to plan fun, tasty menus for our favorite flicks. We hope that you will enjoy these little features and that maybe you might feel inspired to try a few themed Dinner and a Movie nights with your own family. And if you do take the challenge, let us know in the comments what dinner/movie combos you dream up!

It’s Gonna Be May

Come What May | The Printable Pearl

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May has officially arrived. I for one am super excited. What does May mean to me?

(1) School is out for my professor hubby and I actually get to see the man of my dreams outside of my dreams and in real life again.

(2) It is the un-official start of Summer. Grilling, popsicles, sunshine, swimming…all the best things in life.

(3) Star Wars Day is just around the corner. May the Fourth be with you anyone? We’ve already started reading Goodnight Darth Vader before nap time this week.

Goodnight Darth Vader

(4) Cinco. De. Mayo.  Umm…an excuse make and eat all the yummy Mexican food that my heart desires? Yes please!

I’m already dreaming of making my mother-in-law’s classic enchiladas (coming soon to the blog!) with a new twist inspired by this homemade enchilada sauce. I’ve also been dying to try a copycat recipe of Chipotle’s cilantro lime brown rice. Is anyone else in love with this stuff? If anyone has found the magical recipe, send it my way!

Just a handful of reasons that the Moore household is pumped for May. Hope everyone else has a little fun with their families planned for this month!