I know this quote is used a lot, but it truly sums up my sentiment towards October. It has become my very favorite month of the year! So many amazing memories have been and will continue to be made in this month. ❤
I began Friday with a hot, delicious bowl of oatmeal. I soaked a packet of Bakery on Main Ancient Grains instant oats with milk overnight before heating, adding and heating with frozen fruit blend, and topping with a puddle o’ pb. I wanted it to be simple this time. No spices or sweetener. I also sipped on slightly sweet pumpkin spice coffee. So good!
After a productive day at work, I stopped by TJ’s for a few things. Loved their window display! You can also see my reflection snapping this photo. Ahaha
Once home, I took care of the babes and some chores before meeting with Matt and our realtor to look at a home. It wasn’t for us, but it was a fun tour nonetheless.
For dinner, we enjoyed baked cod with TJ’s harvest salsa, quinoa, and roasted root vegetables.
We got cleaned up and then settled in with a snack and tea. I had yogurt with spices, frozen green grapes, sorghum flakes, and pb.
We slept SO well, which I desperately needed. We slowly got up, and I ate a small mug of Cheerios with cinnamon, pb, and milk then got ready to have brunch at First Watch!
So artsy. You can see my coffee mug and that gorgeous sunlight in my lens.
I mean, I could go on and on about how handsome he is!
I love the candids Matt always captures!
I am determined to have a sliding door in my life one day.
Matt chose their Heritage Pork Chop and Eggs that came with housemate apple compote and Bob’s Red Mill cheddar cheesy grits. He added a slice of gf bread to soak up the egg yolks. He gave me a bite, and it was delicious!
I thoroughly enjoyed their Truffled Wild Mushroom Frittata that was made with truffle-roasted shiitake and crimini mushrooms, shallots, garlic and herb cream cheese, and topped with lemon dressed arugula. I swapped the ciabatta for their whole grain toast. My oh my this was fabulous!
We made our way over to the Ramsey House to finally tour this gorgeous historic home!
If you look closely, I captured a pretty butterfly on the bush. ❤
The stone and attention to detail throughout was exquisite.
This was their dining room.
All of the windows were amazing. They were built with a thick ledge and shutters to help hold in the heat during the winter and block the sun in the summer.
You can see where they had a rug from the lighter floor, and the door threshold was worn down from all of the people who crossed over it. At any one time, our tour guide said the home housed 25 to 30 people!
Autumn decor as they would have used.
To the left is a toaster. The guide said one would toast one side then turn the devise with their toe. Hence a toaster, ha!
They hand carved each one of these up the stairs. Just beautiful.
I love these framed silhouettes!
So that stick laying across the bed was used to beat the mattress before bed. This was in the children’s room. “Good night, don’t let the bed bugs bite” originated from this as they stuffed their mattress with whatever material was available. Often this included bugs. Yuck! I wouldn’t have faired so well. Ha.
Their potty-training chair. Quite fancy! 😉
These shoes belonged to one of Ramsey’s daughters. She was the same one who recorded the colors and details throughout the home, birth and death dates of relatives, and many other facts that were used to replicate / restore the home.
They found these dolls in the barn that were toys for the children.
I love this chair!
Not only did they learn to sew, but this is how they learned to read and write. Pretty neat!
The guide said this flower was what they would’ve had around the home in their time.
The doors to the basement / cellar.
Our awesome tour group!
We decided to stop by the home of two of our friends. Jordan and Matt have been friends for decades, and he and his wife, Jen live out fairly near where we were.
They were hosting a group of friends to celebrate Canada’s Thanksgiving and to watch the UFC fight. The lady who cooked the incredible meal I shared below is Canadian, so she put together quite the feast!
As I tried helping them set the table, I noticed that Jen’s vintage napkins were made by none other than the designer of my wedding gown!
I loved their cute autumn decor!
Matt and I went home to feed the babies, pack, Matt put in an hour of work at his job in preparation for a coworker being on vacation next week, and then we went back over just in time to enjoy the meal. It included poutine (a Canadian potato dish), cabbage, salad with roasted beets, marinated Mediterranean vegetables, TJ’s pasta with harvest pasta sauce, smoked turkey, grilled salmon, a Canadian pork roast, mushrooms, and beer bread. Y’all, this was just so damn good!
After giving my stomach time to relax, I enjoyed dessert: pecan cheesecake, gf apple cobbler of sorts, and vanilla bean ice cream. Hit. The. Spot.
I was proud of myself for staying up through the final UFC fight. I’ve never been into it as it grosses me out to watch two adults beat the ever loving shit out of each other, but I did start to become invested. We aren’t much different than the days of the Greeks watching people spar each other to the death.
After a restful night, although not quite enough zzz’s, I got up and made a bowl of oatmeal using my Purely Elizabeth raspberry pitaya cup topped with a splash of almond milk and half a sliced banana. Two mugs o’ coffee on the side.
After chilling then showering, Matt and I packed up to head home.
I just love this man!
Their view is beautiful! They just sold their home, though, and are in the process of finding a place too. Oh the joys of home searching. We commiserated.
All of us! Their dog, Bear was a trip. We are very grateful for their hospitality!
Once home and the babies fed, I noshed on a slice of pumpkin bread with pb and raisins.
I unpacked, cleaned the kitchen, watered our pretty plants (our red mum I believe is getting too much sun and sadly doesn’t look so dandy. I hope it perks up soon!), and then I packed up my Mac and went to K brew. I drafted this post while sipping on this magical drink, a rosemary latte. It’s one of my favorite creations of theirs!
I discovered this strange rash on both of my forearms. It’s happened in the past at times, but I’ve never been able to pinpoint the cause or irritant. Any thoughts? I didn’t use anything out of the ordinary in regards to lotion that I can think of.
Matt is amazing!! He helped me to finish my DIY project. I saw this at Four Seasons Vintage and set out to make it myself. As always, Matt helped in a huge way. Kaci gave me the board and gorgeous blush pink knobs and suggested I paint it sage like our blanket ladder and coffee / tea cart. I like it better than the inspiration shown below. 😉
I snacked on beet hummus with carrots, radish, and chips.
Then I made us a simple dinner of this tahini apricot salad kit from TJ’s plus their steamed lentils and avocado, cooked quinoa, and sharp cheddar. The salad was so flavorful and the perfect crunch!
Dessert was a yogurt bowl with a deliciously ripe pear, Maple Cheerios, and a few roasted peanuts.
After seeing this recipe for protein-packed baked breakfast acorn squash, I knew I needed to make it for us. This morning, I filled it with Greek yogurt, Maple Cheerios, and roasted nuts. It was very enjoyable!
So this morning I demonstrated just how klutzy I can be. While walking down our carpeted stairs, I think my sweat pant leg got under my heel and caused me to slip. I landed right on my lower back and elbows. It felt so good. 😑 I had to cancel my free Neighborhood Barre class for this evening and am SO bummed. Here’s to hoping I’m 100% asap.
Have the best day!