We are enjoying the finest October weather these days. I find myself soaking up the last rays of warm sun while also feeling the quiet pull to hunker down. Best of both worlds. Isn't that the essence of October? 🍁This morning I pulled out my Hibernate course to plan a few holiday gifts, and thought it might be fun for you to use some of the crafty ideas for your own holiday gift giving! How about a little sale to celebrate autumn? 🍂☺️🍂 If you purchase Hibernate :: Self-Paced Online Retreat by 10/25/18, you will receive $10 off! That's 33%! Best twenty bucks you'll spend all month. 💕 Just enter the coupon code fireside (no quotes) upon checkout and you'll be all set. Click the direct link in my profile to sign up. Enjoy! And thank you. 🙏🏻
Bacon tip! 🥓 However you take your bacon, batch cook it once a week to about 80% doneness (in the oven on a rimmed baking sheet is the way to go). Next, strain off the fat into your bacon grease jar, for future use. That's gold right there. Then, each morning when you cook your eggs, just finish off the amount of bacon you'd like for that one meal in the same skillet as eggs, it finishes in the same amount of time. So easy. And there is no grease splatter because you've already rendered that off. It's just a quick finish. Saves time, saves mess.
Dead truck batteries aren't so bad when you have a border collie to help pass the time. We just solved all the political problems of the world, next up we'll cure cancer. 🐾 #agoodfriend #smartypants
I finally wrote in detail about the process of our Midlife Purge (💁🏻). You can find the blog link in my profile. Hopefully there is a takeaway in there for you. 💕✨ Here we have Emily's first twenty years, condensed into eight totes. Seems like a lot, but here's how it breaks down: mementos (1 tote - includes special childhood art, letters from friends and relatives, writing samples, certificates/awards, etc. The highlight reel from her childhood in one tidy spot.), knit/crocheted gifts from her grandmothers + a few special gifts from other relatives and friends (1 tote), toys of heirloom quality and sentiment (2 totes), childhood/YA library (4 totes). We went through every book and each one that we kept are favorites she'd love to share with her own children, should she choose to have a family. Same with the two totes of heirloom toys. If she had siblings, the library and toys (6 totes) would be divided up, so really it's just the two totes of mementos and special gifts that are personal to her. I realize even this will seem like a big keep pile to some, but to us it feels fine. Tip: use totes over boxes for long term storage as they do a much better job of protecting against mice and damp air. For more of how this process played out over the last few months, please visit the blog. And many thanks for hanging in there with me as I record this chapter of our life.
Sneaking in a few last fires. 🍂
One pot of something, made every 3-4 days. Serves as lunch and dinner until we finish it, then we make a new pot. Eggs or yogurt for breakfast. This is the only way for us to cook right now and though not particularly interesting, and definitely redundant, is better than most of the world eats so no complaints here. Made a big pot of beef vegetable yesterday. All that homegrown veg, Vermont beef, and two-day bone broth. Ridiculous! 🙏🏻 Major flavor boost provided by crumbling in pizza chips which are tomatoes dehydrated with oregano, basil, and Parmesan. Great little pantry item to have on hand.
Today was the first Sunday in months where I did nothing but putter around, watch movies, read, bake, make soup, and generally just did whatever the heck I felt like doing. Didn't pack, purge, or scrub a single thing. It's been amazing. I made molasses cookies from a tiny recipe booklet put out by Old Sturbridge Village. They are called Ginger Cookies, but to me are more of a true old-fashioned molasses cookie. So tasty with hot herbal tea or black coffee. I subbed butter for the shortening, and slightly flattened dough balls before baking... swipe for recipe. #oldsturbridgevillage
Adam picked a bunch more peppers before we made the decision to mow the garden. This morning he made this killer breakfast for us. I'll never understand why food photos are poked fun of on social media. So often, food is the prettiest part of our day. Food is gorgeous! 😍