Saturday was our day full with pumpkin-patch scouring, lunchtime beach explorations and a good ol fashioned pumpkin carving contest. James and I love the youth that we get to work with and days like this just reminds us of the little family we’ve become. These are just a few shots of our day.
We were here
, then here
, and finally back to the church for a big bowl of turkey chili and Swiss chocolates (YUM). And I am so. so. so. happy to say that I used our crockpot for. the. first. time. ever. in my life and it was a hit!
I used a super simple recipe from here
so it was pree-much as “surefire” as you could get, but for a 30-person dinner, first time jitters were abundant! For anybody who is respectfully afraid of their crockpot, use this recipe I tried and your fears will be replaced with an appropriately saucy confidence.
Hello Friday, I’ve waited for you forever it seems…
Here’s our list of get-to-do’s this weekend, we can’t wait!!!
And what are your plans??
Happy weekend, xoxo CM
We spent the day with our amazing/fabulous faraway friends (they’re from Switzerland) and had some much-needed time together hiking along the cliffs at Point Lobos in Carmel, scurrying up and down the rocks and through the tide pools…it was gorgeous! Then made it back up the coast for dinner and shopping! Aren’t they wonderful?
Homemade baby carrier (thanks to Mirjam’s African travels)
Dinner parties. We’re still hitting our stride…
The evidence: A meal that consists of very disconnected side-dishes and tons of protein. IE: a delicious lemon-pepper chicken, accompanied by black beans, roasted potatoes, mushroom risotto, sausage, and a broccoli/carrot dish that came out 25 minutes late that I shamelessly gobbled up as everybody else was already full.
Then we ate ice cream.
There’s nothing wrong with this meal (it’s food people!) but I would love more “flavor harmony” that rolls together, say, like two cinnabuns doused in sugary frosting packed into a glass dish cause they’re tight like that!
All this to say that I’m going to start posting dinner party ideas. I have like a thousand
more on my Pinterest
and dog-eared through my cookbooks, but I thought I’d jot this one down first…
made in crock pot in AM
Corn tortillas (I love TJ’s)
Cilantro to taste
Blue-corn chips, roasted corn and some beans on the side
Pellegrino & Cranberry juice
Limes or Mint for the fancy people
(like this one
, sans the sugar)
Happy three-day weekend! xoxo, CM