A Morning at Apple Works

We have so many apple orchards/pumpkin patches in our area, but this past Saturday, we decided to check out Apple Works with some friends. Apple Works is perfect for kids – they have a petting zoo, trails, horse rides, a playground with a zip line, tractor rides and a huge pumpkin patch. In addition to the fun things for kids, they have a pretty decent country store with everything from preserves & jellies to all kinds of baked goods to fudge.
Our first stop was to get a huge apple fritter from the Ice Cream Shoppe, and it was amazing. We then headed to over to the petting zoo to check out all the animals.

After the petting zoo and horse ride for the 2-year-old, we hopped on the tractor for a ride to the pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was pretty big, and we took our time selecting the best pumpkins.

The cutest pumpkin. ūüėČ

A little change & lunch break.

It was such a beautiful and fun morning, and I can’t wait to take Emberly back next year when she will appreciate the animals a little more.
Thanks for all the fun, Apple Works and H family! ūüôā

October Goals

Confession time. I failed all things blog this past month. So much in fact, that I didn’t even post a September goals post!

August went semi-well – I just didn’t reach my goals in blogging and working out regularly, even though I did make it to the gym and out for a run a couple of times.
So, let’s look at my last goals:

August Goals
~ plan/host a bachelorette party
~ start meal planning again
~ get Vashti married!!!
~ pick up a regular blogging schedule again
~ reconnect with friends
~ start working out again

I will note that in September I did hit a pretty big goal – I booked our tickets for Europe this Christmas!!! It will be Loren and Emberly’s first time over there and I am so excited to take them to some of my favorite places. We will be visiting my family in Germany, then hitting up France and Switzerland.

While I do hope to step up my blogging game this fall, I’m not going to set any goals in that department and maybe then I’ll actually be more consistent. Let’s see if this reverse psychology works on me.

October Goals
~  attend some bonfire and costume parties
~ take family pictures
~ plan & book the rest of our Europe trip
~ decorate the apartment for fall
~ plan & have a girl’s day
~ go on a fall hike to see all the beautiful leaves

Fall Hike at Turkey Run

A few weeks ago we took a rainy hike with some friends at Turkey Run State Park. I had never been here before and had no idea Indiana had such a hidden treasure of nature. The leaves had just started changing, and despite the rain, every bend we turned offered new colors and natural beauty. With all the amazing trails, rock formations and crevices, Turkey Run has been described as the Middle Earth of Indiana. Please sit back and enjoy these pictures that in no way do it justice.

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We definitely plan on going back and exploring more. Just let us know when you’re coming for a visit and want to take a good hike!

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A Fall Weekend in Cincy

Last weekend I didn’t do a recap because I failed to take any pictures, with the exception of the wedding I got to intern with a wedding coordinator (a few pictures here). So here are a few pictures from this weekend.

Saturday morning we headed to Cincinnati once again so Loren could shoot a wedding. I dropped him off at a park that overlooks the city and it was breathtaking. No picture could do it justice!img_5045

After dropping Loren off, I headed to meet Mom Crisp for a lunch and IKEA date. It was fun to chat over lunch and then do a little shopping. After shopping, I went to Carrie’s house for the rest of the evening to make cookies and hang out until Loren was done with his wedding.

img_5053 Sunday we got a glorious extra hour of sleep. After church, we had lunch with Loren’s grandma and then fed the¬†ducks and geese for a while that camp out by the pond close to her home. For the rest of the afternoon, we relaxed and visited with Loren’s siblings and parents until the nephews and nieces came and it was time for dinner and eventually the drive home.

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Another sweet family-filled weekend.
How was yours?

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November Goals

Here we are in another new month. This month is full of wedding stuff, family and traditions!

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I’m kind of proud of this October list because I totally crossed off all my goals for the first time…ever? Maybe because I kept it pretty easy. But goals should be achievable, right?

October Goals:
~ keep the cookie/snack jar full for Loren
~ go apple picking 
~ read 2 books (I didn’t read any in Sept.)
~ bake some pumpkin bread or cookies 
~ and we also finished the pallet headboard!!!

November Goals:
~ increase my running time (endurance)
~ clean & paint some shutters (for decoration)
~ plan a Friendsgiving
~ celebrate Thanksgiving with LOTS of family in SC
~ plan & host a bridal shower for my cousin Dennae
~ get Dennae married!!

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Five on Friday [fall soup edition] // 10-21-16

The crockpot is on low, the soup is simmering and my home smells delicious. It’s soup season!
Here are some of my favorite fall soups, once again courtesy of my Pinterest page.

Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili - Perfectly spiced healthy chili made with lean ground turkey, kidney beans and corn.:

ONE // Chili. I finally found my favorite chili recipe, that I still like to tweak a little every time I make it.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe - This copycat recipe is so easy to make and tastes a million times better than the original!TWO // Zuppa Toscana. This is one of my all-time favorites. Whenever we {rarely} go to Olive Garden, this is a must have.

Creamy Chicken and Corn Soup with Potato and Bacon.:
THREE // Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder. I haven’t actually made this one yet, but it’s on my list!

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili -- make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop in minutes! | gimmesomeoven.comFOUR // White Chicken Chili. Sometimes is like white chicken chili better than red chili.

Super quick and delicious thai coconut soup packed with rice and chicken. Definitely a winner!FIVE // Thai Coconut Soup. I’ve only made this once, and it was delicious and I definitely need to make it again soon!

What is your favorite soup?

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Five on Friday [fall style edition] // 10-21-16

Now that we are in the middle of fall and it’s actually turning colder, it’s time to pull out all the fall outfits! Here are some of my favorite must haves, courtesy of my Pinterest page.

Stripes are like a neutral, they go with everything // Shop similar pieces on Effinshop.com xx: ONE¬†// Neutrals (+ stripes.) I feel like most articles of clothing in my closet¬†are¬†some form of neutral. Can’t go wrong with black, grey and taupe! I recently got this sweater that I plan to wear all fall and winter.

Fall stripes.:
TWO // Olive vest. I finally found this olive vest and there are just so many ways to style it! Definitely my current favorite piece of clothing.

75+ Fall Outfits to Copy ASAP - Page 3 of 4:
THREE // Dress, scarf, vest (or cardigan) and boots. This is the perfect way to style those summer dresses in the fall.

Today's OOTD! You might say we're a little excited for fall fashion.: FOUR // Chambray shirt and colored jeans. I wear my red jeans at least once every week (similar here) and often pair it with a chambray shirt for a simple, classy look.

Make room in your closet, these transitional booties will be your best friend this fall! This simple and chic style features a faux suede upper, western-style paneling and stitching detail, size zippe:
FIVE // Booties. ALL DAY EVERY DAY. I bought this pair a few weeks ago¬†and¬†I’ve worn them practically every day since then.¬†They are so versatile and match pretty much everything. I’ve almost forgotten about the other pairs in my closet!

What’s your most important fall fashion piece?

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Apple Picking at Tuttle Orchards

As mentioned yesterday, we went to Tuttle Orchards this past weekend and I thought it deserved a whole post on its own. Tuttle Orchards are about 40 minutes northeast of us, and definitely worth the drive. Not only do they have rows upon rows of apple trees for picking, but also a pumpkin patch, sunflowers for picking, a corn maze, hayrides, farm store, grill that serves lunch and a Sweet Shop with caramel apples, apple cider slushies, & homemade fudge. The perfect place for a date or taking your whole family!
We went kind of late in the apple picking season, so by that time¬†there were¬†just Red Delicious and Golden Delicious left. You can bet we gathered plenty of those and I can’t wait to make some apple crisp¬†and apple sauce, and of course dip them in caramel sauce. ūüôā
After picking apples, we visited the Farm Store, then headed to the Sweet Shop for some apple spice & pumpkin spice doughnuts and apple slushies before grabbing lunch from the Grill.
It was a perfect fall day and we will definitely be going back next year!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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The Perfect Fall Weekend

This weekend, thanks to family and friends, we explored so much more of Indiana. Please sit back and enjoy the plethora of pictures to make up for the weeks when I don’t have as many.

Friday after work, we went over to my sister’s for a hotdog roast birthday party for her two October boys. Crazy to think that a year ago, I was at Brady’s birth! I love these crazy boys and am so grateful for every birthday¬†we can celebrate with them.
After the party, we went home where¬†Loren’s parents, who had come to spend the night, were waiting for us. We enjoyed catching up over apple cider and donuts.

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Saturday¬†morning Loren and his dad went for a run and then we all took our time¬†getting ready and had a nice relaxing breakfast. Eventually we headed out to Tuttle Orchards for some apple picking. Loren and I have been¬†talking about going apple picking¬†for so long and when his mom mentioned about going when they came for a visit, we totally jumped on that idea. We picked apples, drank cider slushies, ate the best apple and pumpkin donuts and downed some fresh-grilled brats (full post here).¬†When we were fat and happy and loaded with apples, we headed back home where¬†Loren and dad worked on staining the headboard, which is finally finished now!! Before they headed back home, mom and dad treated us to a delicious Mexican dinner. Such a fun day and I’m so glad they came for a quick visit.img_4852dsc_0095dsc_0075dsc_0065 dsc_0078 dsc_0157

Sunday afternoon, we met up with Ryan and Kristel for a rainy hike and photography session at Turkey Run State Park (full post here).¬†It was pouring rain for most of the drive up to the park, but once we¬†arrived, the rain had mostly slowed to a drizzle. We picked a trail and started out, and when it started pouring again, we kept on going. Turns out, hiking in the rain (when it’s not cold) is pretty fun! Guys, I had no idea Indiana had such a beautiful and amazing park! We will definitely be going back and hiking some of the rougher trails.

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A perfect outdoor fall weekend!
I hope you got outside and had a wonderful one as well.

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October Goals

Does anyone know where September went? I seriously have no idea, as my September Goals will testify. I’m going to try to¬†do better this October!

hellooctoberSeptember Goals:
~ finish the pallet headboard
~ start blogging regularly again
~ hang up the rest of the wall decor around the apartment
~ order a canvas wedding picture
~ find some good fall candles
~ try 3 new crockpot recipes

October Goals:
~ keep the cookie/snack jar full for Loren
~ go apple picking
~ read 2 books (I didn’t read any in Sept.)
~ bake some pumpkin bread or cookies
~ go hiking to see all the fall leaves

Do you have any out-of-the-ordinary fall ideas I can add to my list?

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