My goals for October were:
Take the kids to the corn maze and pumpkin patch.Done. They had a blast! You can read about it here. Get everything ready for Cecily's birthday.Done. Her birthday was a success and I posted about it here. Do something special for Alan's birthday.He doesn't like a big deal made out of his birthday, even though I tried. I made him his dreamsicle birthday cake that I do every year and I also made chocolate orange cupcakes. However, he wouldn't let me tell anyone at work that it was his birthday, nor would he let the kids and I sing to him at home or blow out his candle! Lame. Continue to can and dry herbs until the frost takes everything.Done! We had our first freeze this past weekend and I think everything is pretty much done. I definitely got LOTS of herbs that will last all winter, not to mention all the goods I canned and froze from our CSA this year. I'll still probably wind up buying some produce when it gets closer to spring, but it will be a lot less than in previous years.
- Make lots of pumpkin things! I actually didn't make ANYTHING pumpkin during the month of October! I'm not really sure why, but that will change this month. I have five pumpkins on the porch that need to be carved and seeds roasted, plus I found this awesome pumpkin almond butter dip recipe that I want to make.
Here are my goals for November:
- Plan Ewan's birthday party and get everything together. His birthday is at the beginning of January and it always seems to sneak up on us. I started planning way early last year and it worked out really well so I decided to do that again this year. I already have the venue set, just need to order invitations, any decorations and figure out the food. I so want to share what his party is going to be because it's so cute, but you'll just have to wait til it happens ;-)
- Make lots of pumpkin things.
- Finish Christmas shopping. Call me bah humbug, but I try to avoid the stores in December if I can help it. I worked in retail so much when I was younger that I want nothing to do with that mess during the holidays.
- Rake the yard and/or mulch leaves. We have several large trees in both the front and back yards. I love them for their shade in the summer, but there sure are a lot of leaves this time of year!
- Enjoy Thanksgiving but don't overdo it. Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday because there are so many yummy goodies. However, I intend on not stuffing my face this year with all the tempting desserts and just sticking to turkey, potatoes, green beans and a small piece of pumpkin pie.