Hiya! It’s Sunday, the boys and husband are on the Lacrosse field and I’m sitting enjoying a nice cup of coffee in peace. Love when I can get a moment to myself and now that the kids are getting a bit older those moments are happening more often. Before I know they will be off to college then I will crying that I have too much time on my hands. Never. Happy! LOL
So I’m starting something new, Sunday Favorites. Every week I will share some of my favorite recipes, craft ideas, good reads, fun things to do with the kiddos and any thing else I think you might like. Lately I’ve been pretty obsessed with pumpkin and really anything fall related. I can’t get enough of comfort food or pumpkin flavored coffee. Fall is seriously my favorite time of the year.
SUNDAY FALL FAVORITES
I had a whole cut up chicken to use this week for dinner. I wanted to do something a bit different and when I saw this recipe on Half Baked Harvest it screamed fall so of course I had to make it. I added butternut squash and asparagus, and didn’t use mushrooms or orzo because I didn’t have them on hand, and to be honest I didn’t feel like running out to the store. One of the reasons why I loved this recipe is because it was done in one pot and it was easy to prepare. The kids didn’t really like the wild rice, I think the next time I will add the orzo because I think that will make a difference for them. The chicken was amazing and everyone liked the veggies. We ended the meal with one of my fall favorites….Apple Pie.
I’m all about saving money when decorating. Now you can get fall decorations at 50 to 70% off at most craft shops. I love this idea of Gourd Candles that I saw over on Jo Lynne Shane’s Blog. Once you spend the time doing this DIY project you will have these candles for years. If you get tired of the color just re-paint them. I’m all about putting up fall decorations that can stay from September through Thanksgiving and these fit the bill.
Looking for a fun read? Parenting is EASY You’re Probably Just Doing it Wrong is hysterical. Not to be TMI but I’ve been reading it in the bathroom, the kids are like mom what is wrong with you because I am laughing so hard. This book basically takes all those perfect parenting moments that we all know are not true and Sara Given tells it like it is.
Now that I’ve been back teaching Montessori I am finding the cutest activities for kids. There are so many ways you can incorporate a Montessori environment into your home. Kids love (or at least mine do) decorating for the holidays. My boys spend hours make all sorts of Halloween decorations that they want to put all over the house. This Spiderweb activity will keep your little ones busy for hours and increase their fine motor and concentration skills. All you need is cardboard box, yarn screwdriver and tape. I plan on putting this in the classroom for the kids, hope they like it!