Halloween is tomorrow. Are you trick-o-treating with your kids (or by yourself)? Headed to a party? Turning your porch light out, shutting the blinds and pretending you’re not home because you forgot it was Halloween and all that’s left in the store is the shitty candy and it’s better to pretend you’re not home than give out shitty candy? My in-laws will be here later today to spend the weekend with us, which really means we’re kid free for Friday and Saturday nights. Woohoo!! We’ll definitely go trick-o-treating with the kids but I think we’re also going to check out a local bar or two after they’re done and let the grandparents deal with the post-candy maelstrom.
Anyway…let’s talk about some of my favorite things besides candy and beer.
My favorite favorite. I’m not even going to apologize for the amount of fan girling I’m going to be doing between now and New Year’s Day because a new Sherlock episode is coming!!!!!!!! Tim talked me into checking out an episode of the show a day or two after I delivered Jack and the rest is history. The wait for a new episode has been way too long, especially after the cliffhanger Moffat and Gatiss gave us at the end of season three. If you need me I’ll be stalking the Reddit board for all sorts of fan theories on the plot and then I’ll be back there immediately after the episode reading all the episode dissections. #noshame
Favorite laugh. Have you watched Last Week Tonight with John Oliver? I caught an episode on Sunday afternoon for the first time. It’s hilarious and a little jarring to hear him drop the f-bomb without the censor. I loved his segment on politicians misquoting historical and public figures and how people will take a meme at face value. His production team created a website called Definitely Real Quotes that will generate a quote inaccurately attributed to someone famous. I got “They’re real and they’re fabulous” attributed to Teddy Roosevelt.
Favorite fashion. I’m working on creating a capsule wardrobe for myself because I feel like I have a lot of clothes but only a few things that I like to wear that don’t make me look like a hobo. I stumbled onto The Gap website and fell in love with this sweater, especially the side zippers. I figure I can dress it up with some jewelry, tights, and booties for a date night or make it everyday wear with leggings and flats. And bonus points…I got it 40% off with free shipping. Boom!
Favorite local. We’ve made a promise to ourselves to take in as much of Long Island as possible while we’re here. My sister, her kids, and my mom came up for a visit last weekend and pressed for something inexpensive and exhausting (because four kids) we decided on Planting Fields Arboretum. The off season rate of eight dollars per car was hard to argue with. It was a chilly day but well worth it as a lot of the floral plants were still in bloom, the houses and buildings were decorated for fall, and the leaves on the trees were just starting to turn. I definitely want to go back in the spring/summer when the rose gardens and fruit trees are in bloom and Coe Hall is open for tours.
Favorite eat. I’d be lying if I said this soup didn’t surprise the hell out of me. I live to eat not eat to live. I try to be health conscious but my stomach definitely has final deciding power when it comes to what I routinely eat. I took a chance with this though because Kristen from Iowa Girl Eats rarely steers me wrong. This soup was ah-maz-ing! It came together in about 35-40 minutes (including prep work) and was incredibly easy to pull off; perfect for a fall/winter weeknight meal. I did cheat and substitute the milk for cream because we were running low on milk but I’m sure the milk would have done the job just fine. It wasn’t entirely gluten free because I used all purpose flour but it was lower carb so that’s a win in my book.
What are some of your favorite things lately? Tell me in comments. For these and other favorites head over to my Pinterest board.