Fall to winter in the course of a week with lots of cousins in the mix.
The weekend before Thanksgiving we made it up to Apple Hill for the annual trip with Mr. H's family. Fit in some pie eating, apple buying, corn mazing and wine tasting followed by pizza making for a lovely day.
Wednesday found us cooking up a storm. The kids had a pie crust making contest. Both used Smitten Kitchen's recipe which was okay but a bit gummy. Maybe we undercooked it? I'm sure it was user error--her recipes are perfect. Biscuit's had a tablespoon of water replaced with vodka but I couldn't tell much difference. The funniest part was the distinguishing food colors. We also made Martha Stewart's wheat sheaf shaped bread.
Thursday morning I got out for a jog in the cold and collected the still-gorgeous leaves in the park down the street. Perfect for an easy centerpiece. My family came over and mom made "Stone Soup" with the kids while we finished the other cooking. Everything was tasty and it was so fun to have a baby in the house.
Friday we headed to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the snow dumped earlier in the week and the well-below-freezing weather. Despite the cold the skies were blue and the kids did some sledding and snow ball throwing which was perfect since we entirely missed the snow last year.
And here we are. Thanksgiving already feels long gone, the tree is up, the gingerbread houses are decorated and I'm starting to think about holiday cards and wonder what gifts to buy. 'Tis the season. And a lovely one at that.