Apple Bread and some Halloween Pics

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall has got to be my favorite time of the year to bake and I just found the most amazing Apple Bread recipe this week. My food pictures suck, but here ya go...

In a large bowl mix:

1 cup oil
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups sugar

In a medium bowl sift:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. 
Peel and chop three cups of Granny Smith apples, then fold into your batter. You can also fold in 1 cup walnuts, but I didn't because I don't like nuts in my sweets. I found this original recipe on which is a great resource for anything you're wanting a recipe for. 

In other news, our Trick-or-Treat was postponed until tomorrow evening due to the forecast for some pretty bad storms, but we dressed up anyway since it was Halloween. 

I got this little witch hat for Caroline, but she refuses to wear it so I rocked it out for the day.  Maybe next year little witch. 

And my sweet chick is the cutest little lion on the block! I knew I wanted this costume as soon as I saw it in the Chasing Fireflies catalog a few months ago...for SEVENTY flipping dollars! Found it on E-bay for $30 and free shipping :) Mama Win.  Oh and I added a little red bow to match the one on her tail and so people wouldn't think she was a boy. I may just have to dress up as Dorothy or a scarecrow tomorrow. Or maybe a lion tamer. Or most likely I will just be too lazy and procrastinate again and just not be anything. I'm lame, what can I say. Hope y'all had a wonderful Halloween!

Our First Family Hike

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday was absolutely gorgeous so we decided to head to a state park that's a short drive from us and do some hiking and walking around. While it's a far cry from the Red River Gorge type of hiking that we've both loved doing in the past, it was great to get outdoors for a few hours.  Hopefully, when she's old enough, Caroline will love doing these types of things with us.  And if she doesn't, there's always Mamaw and Papa :)

She has a serious infatuation with forcing her Daddy to walk up and down the basement stairs in our house over and over and over again so she was pretty excited to find an outdoor staircase at Blue Licks.

The leaves were a whole new thing for Caroline and she had the biggest time stomping around in them and crunching them up. It's the little things in life I suppose.

We both had to walk the trails hunched over holding both of her hands all afternoon, but we love it. Juston was supposed to bring a hiking pack he got for Caroline to ride in but he forgot it. I highly doubt she would have been happy just riding around anyway. She's a little adventurer, following in her Daddy's footsteps already.

Like I said, absolutely gorgeous day!

Good family photos are pretty hard to come by these days.  I'm hoping to get back into posting more about fitness before too long. I've recently started running and getting back into Crossfit again so I'm hoping to start seeing some results in my body composition soon!

Off to the Races~ Our Day at Keeneland

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The beginning of October marks the opening of the fall season at Keeneland!!! If you live in Kentucky, this is a big deal! I missed the entire year's worth of meets for the last two years for obvious reasons, so I was so ready to hit the track and place a few bets and my parents decided to come with us for their first trip ever.

The weather could not have been any more perfect! It was a gorgeous, warm fall day. 

Caroline loved hanging out by the Paddocks watching the horses walk around.

We got to see these guys in their stables waiting for their turns to race.

One of the sweetest men working the gate pointed us to a place where Caroline could feed and pet the horses after the races (they let all the kids do it if you know where to go). He even gave her peppermints to feed them. This chick has no fear. She held her little mit right up to the horse and gave him his peppermints. We had to help her hold her palm open so she wouldn't get nipped when the horse took his peppermint but she just smiled and squealed, loving life.

I asked Juston to take a good picture of me and Caroline with the horse, you know, like one where we were looking at the camera and such. That picture up there is that I got...

After feeding Henny (the horse),  Caroline went right in for a big smooch, completely unprompted. I think she just may end up being a horse girl.

We did the walking tour while we were waiting for the first post time, we ate at the Track Kitchen (highly recommend) and walked around the horse stables where they keep the horses when they're not racing. You can basically go right up to the horses as long as you don't touch them or get them riled up. Caroline loved hearing them whinny. We also did some damage at the Gift Shop.

We stayed for about four races before Caroline passed out. It was such a fun family day, but I have to admit, I enjoy it more baby-free. It's just exhausting for everyone (me) carrying her around, plus her ginormous diaper bag. I could have taken her stroller, but that's just one more thing to tug around and she basically refuses to ride in it, making a huge scene anytime I try to get her to, so I gave that fight up a loooong time ago. I would say that Keeneland is a very kid-friendly place if you go during the week. Saturday and Sunday are fine, too, just usually a lot busier. 

If you ever get the chance and happen to be around Lexington in April or October, it's definitely worth the trip to spend the day at Keeneland. Admission is under $10, you can park for free and tailgate, they have a walking tour, lots of food and adult beverages and it's just an all around great time! It works out especially well if you can time a trip with an evening UK football game.  The perfect Kentucky day (as long as UK is playing a real SEC team haha). 

DIY Tutu

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A few months back, I came across a photo on an Instagram account that I follow that was just precious. Mama and daughter were in matching ivory tutus and it looked like something straight out of a Fairy Tale so naturally I wanted to re-create it SO BAD! So I hunted down a tulle skirt for myself, how very Carrie Bradshaw of me, and after pricing a few for Caroline, decided it would be way cheaper to just make hers myself. I'd see the 'how-to's' on Pinterest many times and it couldn't be easier. The total cost is minimal, it just take about an hour of work time.  Just a disclaimer, I'm terrible at how-to's but I'll give it a whirl.

You need:
4 yards of tulle fabric in any color you like, I used ivory
Elastic to match (amount will depend on size you're making)

 Start by cutting your fabric into about 2 inch strips

Once you've cut all of your strips and are ready to start on the actual tutu, you will take a strip and fold it in half lengthwise.

I tied the elastic around my leg since it was about the size I needed and secured it with a pin. Next, you will take the folded end of the tulle and take it under the elastic.

Once you've taken it about halfway, thread the raw ends through the folded end and pull towards you to secure. 

Be sure to keep each section very close to the previous one. Every few strips, I would double up on strips of tulle just to make it really full, but that was just a personal preference thing. To finish this one, I literally tied it in a knot and fluffed the tulle so you couldn't see but I finished it like five minutes before we were leaving for these pictures haha. But you can easily secure with a needle and thread for a more finished look.
 I thought this could be a helpful little DIY for anyone still searching for Halloween costumes.  Little ballerina tutus are a great Halloween costume and this is super cheap and simple. Throw on some tights, pointe shoes and a leotard and your little chick is all set to trick or treat!

Hopefully, everyone's child will be as thrilled with the final product as mine was.