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What I’m Into (October/November 2015)

What’s Been Happening

Oh gosh. It’s been so long for October I kind of forget. I do know it’s been a great fall though! πŸ™‚ In October we went back to Bloomington for the Ohio State/Indiana football game. IU lost so I was sad but OSU won so Ben was happy. We got to eat at all our favorite spots and see a few good friends [but not enough friends] so that was fun! You can’t go wrong with the giant almond sweet rolls at the farmer’s market in Bloomington! At first I thought this shop didn’t sell there anymore, but I was glad to be proved wrong! πŸ™‚

Other than that trip, we honestly spent a lot of time outside or at home.

My favorites ❀

Three of my favorites on a sunny Saturday afternoon. πŸ’—πŸ˜πŸ±

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On Halloween [first Halloween in our new house…first trick or treaters on a rainy night… we loved it!] I ran half of a half marathon with a friend [it was a relay]… and we WON! Woohoo, so fun! πŸ™‚ That night Ben and I got Pizza Hut for dinner. I hadn’t had it in forever and it was wayyyy too good. But maybe it was all that running I did.

One nice thing we’ve discovered about Nashville is that the fall leaf season lasts much longer down here. This was a couple weeks into November! Lovely leaves!

Leaves for daysss! πŸπŸƒπŸ‚ #fall #autumn #autumnleaves

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Since we are now in a new area of Nashville, we’ve been slowly trying all the local restaurants with pretty much weekly Friday night dinner dates. It’s nice to eat out after a long work week, huh? One Saturday afternoon I got to catch up with a friend at a local cafe. This maple latte was awesome!

Ben and I have also started a tradition of Sunday morning breakfasts. Mostly before church, but a few have been more like brunches after church. I’ve made cinnamon rolls [the fabulous recipe to come!], these yummy egg crescent rolls [see below], a breakfast pizza that was actually a flop, pancakes, and more. I think cranberry orange pancakes with cranberry maple syrup are on the agenda for this Sunday!

Sunday #breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, & cheese all wrapped up in a crescent roll… so tasty!

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Thanksgiving with my family was obviously a highlight of the month too. We were in Midland, Michigan where my grandpa lives. It was so fun seeing my parents, sister, brother-in-law, cousin, and of course, my nephew! I’m trying to turn him into an IU fan. His Purdue parents aren’t thrilled about it, but I don’t care. πŸ™‚ #auntieprivileges This photo alone made our horrible drive back to Nashville [13 1/2 hours instead of 9] worth it. πŸ™‚

What I’m Reading

Over these two months I read/listened to twenty books. This brings me to 110 books in 2015…only 10 more to go for my reading goal! πŸ™‚ And I’ve already read one in December [spoiler alert] so I’m at 111. I think I’ll get there. For sure! You can, as always, find my reviews on Goodreads. πŸ™‚

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My favorite book was The Lake House. If you like layered stories, WWII, historical/contemporary stories, or Kate Morton you will LOVE this one. My fave! A great audiobook was Secrets of a Charmed Life. Equally awesome for pretty much the same reasons. You can find short reviews of all my reads on Goodreads, but I also reviewed Called for Life and The Photograph on my blog!

Some great articles I’ve read online include:

What I’ve Been Cooking

Hmmm, what have I been cooking? I made a killer beef stroganoff to break in our new to us dining room table.

First dinner on our new (to us – it was my grandparents') table! #dinnertime #memories

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It’s fall, so countless batches of pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffins, pumpkin cranberry bread, and applesauce have been on tap too. I know sometimes bloggers say things like “countless batches” to make people think they make the same recipe over and over and over again, but for me it is totally true! We can’t get enough of these fall favorites. πŸ™‚

What’s on the Blog

My most popular recipe in October was Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These soft and chewy coconut oil chocolate chip cookies are absolutely wonderful! My new favorite! :) Find the #recipe on thepajamachef.comFor November, it was Simple Teriyaki Chicken. MMM!

A recipe for simple teriyaki crockpot chicken and a review of #CareToFarm15 - read on to learn more about our food industry!

Most popular recipes from the archive for October included: Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake, Buffalo Pretzels, and Funfetti Cookies, as usual. πŸ™‚ For November, it was the same except this wonderful Sausage, Apple, and Egg Casserole snuck in there ahead of those cookies. Yum!

What were you into in October/November?

Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.Β 

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