Sunday, November 13, 2011

fall goodness

I would love to tell you that I'm back to my old self and feeling just fine.  I'm working on it.

I will tell you that I am filling myself up with nourishing things, surrounding myself with people I love, and trying to be outside as much as possible.  This weekend included an 8 mile solo run, some great food, sunshine, prayer, wood fires, and lots of love from my kids.

It also included carrot apple juice, totally made by Reed. Skyler was at swim practice, so he relished in the chance to be the solo presser of fruits and veggies.  I adore having an evening with one of my kids at a time.

 The secret to the best carrot-apple juice is to add one whole lime.  I'm serious.  Run the whole thing through the juicer, peel and all. 

Today when we woke up, and Sam headed south for a swim meet, it was so warm out and I decided that the kids and I were going to spend the whole day outside.  And besides our morning at church, we did just that.

We took Jackson for a long hike down to the Penobscot on trails that my kids know really well because they hike all the time there with Sam.   I just followed them, and they led me the whole way down to the river, about a mile with several turns.  They were so confident.  And Jackson matched the scenery perfectly.

dragon-hunting face.

photo by Skyler
rest stop. 

Tonight we made a fire on the patio and stayed outside until the last possible minute.  We even made s'mores.  Meanwhile, I had a pot of this black bean and butternut squash chili simmering on the stove.  I used this recipe but used kale instead of swiss chard and added some corn.  It is sweet, smoky, hearty, and delicious.    My kids said:  "no thank you" and asked for pasta with butter and cheese.  Honestly.
Skyler and I have been watching the Food Network together.  I could tell she's watched a few too many episodes of "Chopped" when she started narrating my every move while I was cooking tonight:  "And now she's going to chop the onion.  She is opening a can of beans.  What will she do next?" 

Hope you all had a nice weekend.  I have a very full, busy week ahead.  Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?


Erin said... this typical of your suppers in terms of your kids? Do you just have them say no thank you and give them an alternative? The reason I ask is that I have two very picky stepsons. I was raised you eat what we have or you have no snacks for the rest of the night. Which my husband doesn't like to do. He's worried they will starve :). So, I'm wondering what works for you?

Kirsten said...

It sounds like you are doing all the right things. I need a page from your book with the food! We spend our days outside but then eat a lot of ice cream to feel better--which works, but only for like 20 minutes. Bean soup would be better.

I love your dog, your kids, your hike and your soup. I even love your noodles with butter :-) And let me just say this---I have two dragon hunters that would love to go on an excursion with such an expert...

Heather said...

Please email me! I have a question about your blog! :)

Emilie said...

Erin! Sorry it took me a while to respond. I do sometimes cook one dish and that's what everyone eats, but when I make spicy chili with kale, I don't expect my kids and their super boring palettes to eat it. I do have friends who cook one dish and that's what's for dinner and no one has starved. I should probably be more strict about it but I just kind of pick my battles. Good luck with your kiddos, too!

Zoe K said...

1) Getting that loose tooth out was always so satisfying. Yay!
2) Tattoo! BAMF!
3) I'm lovin' the L.L. Bean Maine pride! (I work there now, I might be just a wee bit proud of that. An incredible company.)