I love fall.
I love almost everything about it. The changing of the trees, crisp weather, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, BOOTS, pumpkin coffee and everything else pumpkin, apple picking, hay rides… I could go on forever and that doesn’t even begin to describe all the things I truly love about fall.
The beginning of fall this year has looked very different from previous falls have for my little family of two. I know it has just started but I am literally getting anxiety about missing all the great things about it. This fall we have been busier than many that have come before. We have not made it to a pumpkin patch, we have not been apple picking, we haven’t even thought about Halloween costumes (so hoping we just recycle last years). I get messages daily from friends about meeting them to do all of these fun things… BUT we.have.no.time! Someone please come slap me and remind me that it is only the BEGINNING of October and I have plenty of time because I am really freaking out over here!
So what about those things that have taken time away from fun things (and this blog because ya’ll know I haven’t been around a lot lately). And really these things are fun too.. just not fall fun, ya know? Well here are a few:
Soccer is REALLY time consuming and mentally draining! I never had any idea coaching 3-5 year old kiddos would take 3 days out of my weeknights and be so mentally difficult. Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying it – but it is TOUGH stuff!
Kindergarteners have homework - I knew that but I didn’t KNOW that. We work on words and spelling and numbers every night. We also read a lot more every night. Once Tyler is in bed, I am exhausted! And somewhere in there I have fit dinner and bath time. Seriously I cannot tell you how ready I am for soccer to be over. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I work an 8am-5pm daytime career as well.
On the nights we have no soccer, we go to the gym. I have really been trying to make fitness a central part of my week again. Through the summer we were so busy (that seems like it was a cake-walk now) I let the importance of physical fitness fall to the wayside. So trying not to do that anymore. Plus I am really into this new routine I found on bodybuilding.com (yep I’m one of those). I can’t wait to share it with you guys once I finish it!
My Etsy Shop! And trust me, I am SOOO excited about this one! I opened my shop in 2011 with virtually no sales for almost two years, in the last two months I have gotten over 30 orders. So awesome! Please check it out if you have time!
Then there is life in general. Dinner has also been very simple lately. Grab and go kind of stuff or make big batches of basics and add ingredients together. In light of it being fall and my love for fall harvest vegetables, I have had some cooked spaghetti squash ready to eat in my refrigerator on demand for the last few weeks. It has been a life saver to say the least and I have come up with some really pretty awesome combinations as well.
If you have never made spaghetti squash before, I wrote a how-to last year. Check it out here: How to Roast a Spaghetti Squash
Mushroom + Basil Spaghetti Squash
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or oil of choice)
- 1 small container of baby bella mushrooms
- 1 bunch of basil + a few for garnish
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup pepitas
- 1 cup vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast (optional)
Roast squash (takes about an hour) in advance and remove from skin.
In deep skillet heat coconut oil and add bella mushrooms. Saute for 3-5 minutes on each side. Do not burn. Add chopped basil to the mix and any other spices you would like to use. I added a little pepper here but not necessary.
Add the spaghetti squash to the mix. Mix in parmesan cheese if you are using.
Remove from heat, stir in raisins and pepitas. Garnish with basil and serve hot.
Everything about this dish just screams fall! It is easy to thrown together but looks like took time and effort! The flavors mix together to give you some sweet and savory and the pepitas add a nice crunch!
I vow to get some pumpkin moving around my kitchen in the next week and stop being so depressed about not experiencing enough fall!