Happy October! How are things in your corner of the world? I know some of you are still experiencing extreme heat. Fear not, cooler days are coming. Here in my world we are in full blown Fall mode. And it's nice!
The leaves have started to turn (bursting with color) and everywhere I look there is a mum plant or a pumpkin. You can't get a parking space at the nursery! The days are cool and the nights are chilly. I am really enjoying my afternoon walks these days. It's the perfect point in the season where we don't need the a/c on OR the heat! Don't you love that?! I know it won't last long so I'm taking advantage of it while I can! Trying to embrace the season before moving on to the next one....♥
It's the month of all things cozy and comfy. The month of Halloween and pumpkins and new "cold weather" pajamas. I wore mine for the first time last night. I've been waiting for a night that was chilly enough and last night was the night. My family had a good laugh at my expense. I have a thing about quirky jammies lately. I can't resist them! ♥
They are valour and have coffee cups and little gingerbread on them. I think they are darling! : )
Also..... - it's APPLE SEASON!
Someone at work mentioned to me the other day that it was "National Hot Apple Cider Day". Hmmm.. Is that even a thing? I figured there's a day for everything else, so why not? I'm in.
Hot apple cider it is!
I always make mine the same way. Heated with a little splash of orange juice and a cinnamon stick.
It's so goooood!
I don't know if you remember me telling this story before but one time I made Rob a hot apple cider and when I came back to get his empty mug I notice the cinnamon stick was gone! He ate it! He said he thought he was supposed to! Oh my word, I'll never forget that! I think of it every time I make this! LOL
Autumn in a mug ♥
And speaking of apples, here is a quick little recipe that I know you will love. The recipe comes from one of my favorite blogs (and one of the first blogs I started following many years ago when blogging was a "new" thing : ).
Cherrymenlove.com. Cherry lives in England and is the mom to two adorable twins! She's completely lovely and I hope you check her out!
I've tried a few of Cherry's recipes over the years and they all have come out delicious. This apple bread was no exception. Cherry totally gets me ♥
Here's is the recipe if you want to give it a try!
7 tbls unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
small splash of milk
2 large apples, peeled & chopped
(To make combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 tbls cinnamon. Use the extra on hot buttered toast : )
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 2lb loaf pan.
Peel and chop apples and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tbls of the cinnamon sugar mixture and mix well. Set aside while you make the batter.
Cream together the butter, sugar, and cinnamon until light and fluffy.
Gently beat in eggs, vanilla, and a splash of milk.
Add the flour and the baking powder. Mix gently until combined.
Stir in the apples (with all the sugary juice in the bowl).
Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hr and 10 minutes.
*Keep a close eye on it. Mine needed a few extra minutes for the middle to set. Make sure a knife inserted in the center comes out clean*
Let cool on a wire rack, slice, and serve!
I like mine served warm with butter and a cup of tea on the side.
So yummy on a crisp October night!
I hope your October is off to a good start!
So far I've seen the Downton movie twice! Once was just not enough. Have you seen it yet?
It's SO GOOD!
And if I'm not obsessing over Downton Abbey you can find me watching the Brady house renovation on HGTV. I know, two totally different things but I LOVE them both! So fun, right?
Have a wonderful day friends!
Be back soon! XOXO