Happy Monday, all! Today is Columbus Day (or so I hear)…I am always surprised when it rolls around, ’cause we never got Columbus Day off when I was in school!
Anyhizzle, apparently I was up to a lot this weekend, because I have lots of pictures to share. Let’s get to it, shall we?
After it was 100 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, by the time Friday rolled around it was finally sweatshirt weather! (Does anyone else have one super
ratty cozy sweatshirt they’ve owned for years? I bought this one my senior year of high school, when I went to Spring Open House at UCSB and decided I’d be attending in the fall :-D) In our sweatshirts, we played board games…kind of a typical weekend night for T-Man and I!
Not so typical……the fact that I bought a pumpkin to make pumpkin puree with! I am not the biggest fan of pumpkin flavored things (blasphemy! I know), but I’m determined to try out some REAL from-scratch stuff this year and see if it doesn’t change my mind!
After the pumpkin roasting and pureeing was done, I hopped in the car and headed (through traffic, when this picture was safely taken :-P) to Napa!
T-Man’s mom and I belatedly celebrated our birthdays (they’re on the SAME DAY!) with a little bit of bubbly at Domaine Carneros. We each got Sparkling Wine Samplers and shared a smoked salmon plate!
Later, we enjoyed the view from her backyard, barbecued up a storm, (drank more wine, of course) and played with her German Shepherd, Kona!
Once a Harry Potter lookalike, always a Harry Potter lookalike 😉 And Kona again!
I returned the car to my parents with more gas than it started with (have my fellow Californians seen how expensive gas got last week?! It rose .40c in like 1 day!), and used some of that pumpkin puree to whip up some muffins for them. The muffins turned out great for me…read: not too pumpkiny. Recipe to be shared soon
What fall things are you excited for? Sweatshirts? Apple pie? Pumpkin spice lattes? Hot cider? My favorite hot drink has to be mulled wine…So warm and fragrant, plus it reminds me of living in France! I usually have to wait until winter for that, though 😛