This morning my alarm went off at 5am as per usual, yet it somehow didn’t feel like it was time to wake up. Actually, my first thought was that it was really 3am … “oh great, technology has developed a sense of humor.”
Nope, turns out it was actually time to greet the day!
Despite the feeling that time just flew by, this weekend was such a blast! Friday me and Miss. B stole a late night watching kids shows on the couch with ice cream, while Saturday was our usual gymnastics class, a little invitation design prep for her up and coming birthday party, and enough time to whip up one of those meals that just makes me feel like a total whiz!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
(I promise, a better camera is in the books!)
You literally cut an acorn squash in half, throw it on a pan with a little chuck of butter in the center to help soften it, and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour or until the flesh can be easily scooped with a spoon.
Cook up some rice (natural brown rice keeps it as healthy as possible!) and mix in come cranberries & a dash of pepper. I also like adding sunflower seeds. Carve out a bit of the squash so you can fill it with more rice, add some shredded cheese overtop, pop it back in the oven for 5 minutes et Voila! We decided to top it off with some fancy glasses for an extra special evening! This meal honestly fills you up like nothing else, and it’s vegetarian for those moments when your 7 year-old decides she doesn’t like meat.
Next was a trip to Cannamore Orchards for their spooky wagon ride, mazes and pumpkin picking! I haven’t been here since I was a kid, and it was still so much fun! There is a maze that is done in complete darkness where you have to feel along the walls was especially trippy! Miss. B defied all spooks during the wagon ride, only to succumb to tears as the scarecrow in the haunted house jumped out at her. Fudge, hot chocolate, and a few very intense minutes to get the perfect batch of pumpkins made the trip perfect! Soon we’ll be readying the pumpkins for carving and decoration, I think we did a good job picking them out!
Next on our docket, actually putting the invitations together! Turning 7, Miss. B wanted her very first sleepover party and I couldn’t think of a better way to send out the invites than in pillow boxes with pillow themed name tags, and a Sleeping Mask themed card! I’m sure I could have figured out how to print the text if I’d had time, but for now we went with the handwritten touch to get them out in time. I may have stayed up until 10pm to get them all done… crazy hours for a country girl!
I’m ready to hunker down this week and enjoy the relaxation before I try pulling off Halloween & a Birthday party in the span of 2 days! One short week and I’ll soon find out if I’m in over my head!
How far are you into your Halloween planning?