Sunday, September 14, 2014

*Happy Almost Fall*

Sorry it's been so quiet around here this past week. My schedule has been all out of whack, and I've just been downright exhausted all week long. I'll return to posting regularly again this coming week, but in the meantime...

Happy almost fall! 

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Erie Orchards & Cider  Mill - Erie, MI

The weather is perfectly crisp, which means it's getting to be hoodie-wearing time. Yesss! I've been craving hot cocoa from Panera like you wouldn't believe! I am in a fall-like state of mind, no doubt. This is my absolute most favorite time of year! Apples, pumpkins, hot cocoa, pumpkin scones, sweet apple cider, pumpkin spice coffeeoh my, the goodness goes on! 

I'm sooo looking forward to the leaves changing colors!! Steve and I just might need to go visit Sugarloaf Mountain again. What a gorgeous sight! 

Enjoy this lovely time of year!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse in Timberville, VA

Last Friday I took the day off work, so Steve and I could go explore the Virginia countryside. It was nice to have a long weekend, but it was even better to get out of the house and go someplace we’d never been. We've ventured into Virginia a few times—we may or may not have gotten lost a few of those times—but this time we went with a plan. You know me, ever the planner!
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Several months ago I scoured the internet for a lovely orchard for us to visit, and I just happened to find this gorgeous orchard about 2½ hours from us. Showalter’s Orchard & Greenhouse in Timberville, Virginia is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, deep in the Virginia countryside. We could not wait to see the orchard in person!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Broccoli & Pea Pasta

Isn't it strange how a short work-week actually feels like a very long week? I can’t seem to keep my days straight. Steve even woke up this morning thinking it was Saturday! What the heck is going on!? I suppose we’re ready for another weekend, huh? Last weekend was really great—I’ll tell you all about that in another post, though. I have such pretty pictures to share!
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Anyway, moving on to this fan-tab-u-lous pasta dish. The flavor is spot on! I made this dish once before, but this time I tweaked the recipe a bit and it turned out better than I could have imagined. We gobbled it right down! Speaking of, I came across a sign on Etsy that said “Gobble ‘til you wobble”. I almost died! Is that not the cutest?  

Okay, okay, focus. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews is a book about love and weddings, which will speak straight to your heart if love makes you giddy. Love could be my middle name—that’s how happy it makes me! I enjoyed this book so much I could hardly put it down. That’s how you know a book is good.

The book follows the story of Cara, the owner of Bloom, a small flower shop in Savannah, Georgia. She’s a recently divorced 30-something year old who, at the moment, feels pretty bitter toward men and love. She runs her business out of a small location on one of the best streets in the city, but she’s just barely staying afloat while trying to pay off the debt she owes her father—a man who thinks she’s a failure, and who wants her to re-pay him quickly, close up her shop, and move back home to Ohio.  
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Regardless of the pressure from her father, Cara charges ahead, determined to be successful. Business starts to gain momentum when a ritzy Savannah woman hires Cara for one of her events. Word of mouth spreads quickly in a small town, and soon enough all of the woman’s friends are calling Cara to do flowers for their events.