This post is more or less a selfish one…It’s not for your reading pleasure… it’s for me. I want to remember all the fun things we did during our entire first year as a married couple. It’s going to be random, so if you don’t enjoy haphazard, I would probably stop reading at this point :)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2+ cups chopped kale
- 3-4 cups butternut squash, cubed
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- pinch of chipotle powder or cayenne pepper
- 2 cups cooked, black beans (~ 1 can, rinsed & drained)
- salt to taste (~1 tsp)
This soup is a one-pot-wonder, folks. Warms the soul and is absolutely delicious & filling. Elise, you’re a genius.
I also made a few things inspired by Pinterest last month for decorating our home. Jarid & I partook in fall festivities at Momma Cox’s house which included pumpkin carving (his- frankenstein; mine-owl)
and watching the kids play games like finding pencils in a haystack and bobbing for apples.
My Momma is so cool. She has this way of keeping the family close that I am so thankful for. Growing up, my cousins were my best friends. It’s so neat to watch the younger generations form friendships and bonds now, too.
Just like last year, Jarid, Momma Snyder, and I also joined Chris’ Crew for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on City Island with my friend Mandy & her family.
Looking back, I’m pretty sure I wore that exact same outfit last year, too. Except for those cute little headbands…they were Mandy’s handy work. She’s so creative! As usual, there was a pretty awesome turnout and we had a great time.
Another Pinterest project that I was dying to try was the crayon rainbow drip.
I thought to myself beforehand, “there is no stinking way my cheap-o, plastic hair dryer is going to be powerful enough to melt wax”.
Never-the-less, I asked Jarid to pick me up a cheap, Walmart glue-gun on his way home from work one Saturday, lined up my crayons in ROYGBIV fashion (all the “Crayola” branding faced up, of course), pasted them on, and plugged in old faithful.
Slowly but surely, my Conair Infinity Hair Dryer restored my faith in it’s power… almost so that I second guess doing that kind of damage to my hair now everytime I get out of the shower. I’m still not finished with the canvas. I’d like to paint on something inspiring in that huge white blank space at the bottom, but I’m not sure what word to use… I was thinking… “faith” or “believe”… Ironic, right? :)
My default meals in October were salads & soups.
This was just lean ground turkey cooked on the stove top in a medley of curry spices (curry powder, paprika, garlic, s&p) with peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Then I added the meaty goodness to the top of a bowl of shredded romaine lettuce and quartered tomatoes with avocado chunks. Like I said… epic.
During the course of the month, we also had a double date with one of our favorite couples to see Taken 2
Liam Neeson is incredible. He has a presence onscreen that is unbeatable, I swear. You know those movies that are SO good that they make you feel like you JUST sat down while the credits are rolling at the end? It was one of those.
I consider our first full month of marriage a total success. Here’s to 120723189478979812471902847918274 more.