~pumpkins and gourds at a westchester farmers market~
I cannot believe it’s already the end of October. I feel like September and October literally flew by. We’ve been enjoying the outdoors as much a possible before we’re inevitably stuck indoors for the winter. The next couple of weeks are filled with what should be a pretty epic Halloween party (I’m so excited it falls on a Saturday this year), and our first Friendsgiving dinner party at home. Here are some photos from the past few weeks.
~hudson valley wine touring with friends~~cozy weekends with family in front of the fire~~rainbow colored tree (my friend and I literally stopped our car to look at this tree)~~a laid back weekday brunch with my husband at my favorite spot: Le Barricou~~homemade thyme dusted, maple glazed sweet potatoes~
P.S. Some of our previous Fall activities here, here, and here.
I finally got around to unpacking our new dinnerware. I have to admit, I’m more than a little obsessed. In lieu of fine china, I opted instead, for a more casual bone china. I went with the “Bennett” set from Crate and Barrel and I’m loving the slightly organic shape and the fine-ness of the bone china. I’ve never been the type to “save” glasses or dishes for special occasions, and we often joke how, when growing up, my mom would put crystal wine glasses in the dishwasher; So naturally, dinner will be served on these new dishes tonight. I knew I wanted white for it’s timelessness and for the ability to mix and match with other pieces such as serveware, to change it up a bit if it gets too stale. By choosing a neutral base, it’s easy to pop in a color or a pattern later on. I also love that bone china is oven safe up to about 300 degrees.
Today was my dear friend’s birthday. We’re celebrating next weekend, but I thought I’d share our yearly tradition with you all. For the past 10 years or so, a couple of my girlfriends and I celebrate each person’s birthday without missing a beat. The tradition is that whosever birthday it is, gets to pick the restaurant of their choice for a fantastic night out celebrating the birthday girl. The choice is limitless: whatever restaurant you chose. Together, the three of us have been to the best restaurants in all of New York- just us girls. I have to say, it’s been such a fun tradition and it’s something we look forward to three times a year. We also make hysterical, embarrassing, homemade birthday cards for each other; photoshopped and all. Over 10 years, I’ve accrued quite a mass of them and they are so much fun to look back on. I’d love to know- what are some of your traditions???
I hope you are all enjoying this rainy Saturday snuggling at home with your loved ones. We’re spending the weekend over at my in-laws in suburbia. After my morning coffee and some toast I began feeling antsy and decided to whip up some good ol’ rainy day comfort food. I decided on a delicious roasted butternut squash soup. Using squash from the garden, I scooped out the seeds, halved them, and roasted them up with onion and garlic cloves. Next, once the squash was nicely roasted, I pureed the squash, onion, and garlic. Over the stove, I added in a bit of organic chicken stock to the puree, ground nutmeg, and course salt and pepper. Finally, I topped each bowl off with the seeds from the squash (which i toasted in the oven) and finely chopped shallots. I also love the idea of serving this soup at a dinner party with various toppings so guests can select their own. (Think: finely sliced roasted apple, coarsely chopped hazelnuts, creme fraiche, cilantro, pumpkin seeds etc…)