I'm off to a pretty good start on Trish's Pin It and Do It Challenge. So far, I've made 3 out of the 4-7 I signed up to do, though all have been food. Next week I would really like to have a craft project knocked off the list. This week I made Crockpot Applesauce from Mommy Makes it Better:
(image from Mommy Makes it Better.)
I altered the recipe, because I was lacking ingredients, but it still turned out wonderfully. I left out the brown sugar altogether (I didn't see why sweet apples needed more sugar) and I left out the lemon peel. I added extra cinnamon sticks and the result was a deliciously cinnamon-applesauce. Elliott loves it, so I'd say it was a success. And so easy!
(Image from theKitchn)
This was SO good. My one teeny tiny critique is that the beans never truly were soft. I'm not sure if that was my fault or if the recipe left out soaking them as a step, but either way, even after a total of 5 hours cooking, then were still a bit harder than I would have liked.
Before the chili cook-off, the group did a big scavenger hunt with the kids. So much fun! We each took a child (I was happily paired up with a 9-year-old little girl...awesome, since E doesn't quite get the concept of a scavenger hunt yet ;). We had to drive all over town finding certain items on the list and taking photos of them. All Halloween or autumn themed. We came in last, but we certainly had fun!
One of our tasks was to wrap up like a mummy in front of a tombstone. This was one of the other teams and they did a great job!
Overall, it was a really fun weekend. I love all the activities we've managed to participate in, without feeling like we're running around like maniacs. Next weekend, we're having our first set of professional family photos done and I'm SO excited. And slightly nervous. I've never been one to enjoy having my picture taken, but I guess I have to get over that.
On the blog this past week:
A Day at the Pumpkin Patch
Falling Together review
Elliott's First Chapter Book