Monday, November 12, 2012

Weekend Basics

We woke up early Saturday morning to the sounds of clapping and cheering out front. We'd never been "cheered" out of bed before, but after a quick look out the top landing of our bedroom we realized the Richmond Marathon track was funneled directly onto our street for a short path of the run:


We actually think maybe the half marathon was on our direct path since the last of the runners finished up around 11am.


We were so excited to learn the route was in front of our house, since we've been accustomed to being right on the map in our old home. See the first runners come through in this video we captured last year. In our new home we are much closer to the start line, so it would be harder to determine when the first runners come through — plus we missed the sounds of the police cars and motorcycles coming by to alert us (I guess we've just gotten used to the sounds of the city in our slumber).

In any case, we were excited to see bits of the marathon from a bird's eye view and headed straight downstairs to brew some coffee and get cooking while we watched the runners pass by our glass front doors.

With the slight nip in the air and all the apples we received in our latest produce box delivery, we thought it was the perfect weekend to make our first batch of fried apples this season:


Fried apples are notoriously a simple comfort food to make, but I've found most people have a favorite version or variation on how they grew up with them or like them best. My recipe for these seasonal favorites is coming up this week in a guest post for Lot18.

In other food happenings, we've also got a savory recipe coming here on the blog this week just in time for Thanksgiving planning:


Hint — sweet potatoes, shallots & sage.

I mentioned heading downstairs to make coffee a little further up. What I failed to mention was how excited we were to try out our new dual coffee/espresso maker — it was what we got for our anniversary this year:


There's kind of a funny story behind this new coffee maker, so we hope to share it with you guys later.

Notice anything different about Basil in that photo above? Well, after Angie asked us what our plans were for Basil's collar post-Halloween, we needed to get on that. Basil is now proudly sporting his holiday collar which arrived last week in the mail from Uncle Barkley on Etsy:


So spoiled. We know, we know.


P.S. We were so excited to have our DIY mercury glass tutorial featured over on CasaSugar. Check it out here.

P.P.S. There's still time to enter our giveaway for $50 in stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils.

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