As I mentioned in my latest Baby Coop update, this fall has just been flying by! I thought I’d take a few minutes to sit down and recap some of the things that we’ve done since the end of summer!
What We’ve Been Eating
Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea & Turkey Stew (gluten-free) from Skinnytaste
This was SO GOOD! Super easy to prep, too! You could absolutely leave out the turkey & sub vegetable broth for a totally vegan meal. I swapped in about 1tsp dried adobo chile for the fresh poblano chiles, but you could also probably use 1tsp dried chili powder there too! Adeline liked this as well, it was so flavorful with the coriander, turmeric and chile! I also sautéed some zucchini and added it in just before serving (I didn’t want it to get mushy),
Saweet Potato Casserole w/Crunchy Topping (gluten-free and vegan) from Oh She Glows
(photo from Oh She Glows)
This was pretty good. This casserole can stand as a side dish instead of dessert, there’s not much sugar in there! It was definitely lacking in some richness, so next time, I may take the suggested advice on Oh She Glows and add some canned coconut milk to the sweet potato mixture before baking. The topping was good, although I think baking the oat and nut mixture before hand (more like making a granola) would ensure that it gets REALLY crunchy! We all ate this without complaining, though
The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Heart Beet Kitchen
(photo from HeartBeetKitchen)
My mom passed along some Cup4Cup gluten-free flour, and I really wanted to bake some chocolate chip cookies. These cookies were WAY too good. I’m guessing a pound or two of the weight I’ve put on in the past few months came from these cookies Let’s hope I’m not creating a little “cookie monster” inside my belly!
Winter Minestrone by Ina Garten
Did anyone else ever watch Ina on the Food Network? Her show kind of drove me crazy, but this recipe is awesome. This minestrone has butternut squash, along with tons of other veggies. I used the America’s Test Kitchen Slow-Cooker Minestrone recipe to adapt this recipe to being made in the slow-cooker. Basically, you cook off your bacon/pancetta, sauté your veggies, and add in your DRAINED canned tomatoes, and you cook those down until barely any liquid remains. This helps the canned tomatoes to taste richer and less “tinny”, and it intensifies the flavor of the veggies! We left out the ditalini pasta, and we didn’t serve it with the garlic bruchetta (although I’m SURE that would be delicious!)
Granola from Blissful Eats
My blog-friend, Nicole, has an awesome granola company called Blissful Eats. I won an Instagram giveaway, and Nicole graciously sent me a bag of their NEW Apple Cinnamon Harvest Granola to try! This was the first paleo granola I’ve ever had- no grains! It’s chock full of pumpkin seeds, fruit, spices and coconut. SUPER DELICIOUS! She also sent along some Honey Blueberry Granola (made with GF oats) some Maple Nut Crunch granola- they both ROCKED! I’ll definitely be purchasing some in the future!! I hear they’re putting together some Holiday Gift Packs, I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes open for when those are revealed!
What Adeline has been up to
Well, we celebrated this special girl’s 2nd birthday! We were hoping to recreate last years’ outdoor birthday bash, but the weather was cruel and COLD. We ended up moving the party indoors after nearly freezing our toddlers at the playground. I have one measly photo from her birthday. Our current apartment does NOT have adequate lighting for inside photographs (especially in the evening!)
The grandparents all chipped in to buy Adeline (and all future children) this awesome play kitchen! It’s a KidKraft kitchen, and it looks like it will stand the test of time! Adeline is absolutely in love with “cooking”, it’s the first thing she asks to do when she wakes up (until she remembers that she is HUNGRY!)
We went pumpkin picking, which happened to fall at the end of a difficult week. Adeline had a rough week- she was just extremely upset all the time, and nothing that we did was right. Of course, this challenging week also coincided with Daniel’s “staycation”, so we were both pushed to our limits with a fussy and clingy toddler. You would think that having 2 parents around during the difficult weeks would make things easier, but instead, we were both just WORN OUT by the end of that week! Pumpkin picking was fun, over all, but life is hard when a pumpkin is just too big for you to carry. #toddlerproblems
Pumpkin painting was a MUCH better experience than the picking. We happened to have a REALLY warm day, so I stripped Adeline down to her diaper and we set out to create some pretty pumpkins! We still have them on our porch, and Adeline will usually mention either painting them, or about how one of the stems fell off after the dog knocked the pumpkin down the front steps.
We had a great time trick-or-treating. Adeline borrowed a pumpkin costume from her little friend, Lydia. She was in LOVE with getting a treat at each house! However, she was NOT in love with getting her photo taken. I think we only ended up letting her have 2 Reese’s cups and a lollipop or two over the course of the past few weeks. The rest of the loot went to mommy and daddy
We’ve been trying to spend a lot of time outdoors before the weather gets icky, and we went on a hike at Ault Park a few weeks back. Adeline had a blast dropping leaves off of this little bridge into the creek below. We’ve also been having lots of fun sending leaves and acorns down the slide at parks!
We’ve also been squeezing in some family time where we can. We usually take a family walk (or hike) on the weekends, and I think we’ve just enjoyed being all together lately. I’m glad we snapped this selfie when we were at the pumpkin patch! And then there’s the whole “we bought a house” thing, we’re set to close on November 24th, so hopefully I’ll be able to share more soon!
That’s all I’ve got!