Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween snow!

We are getting some unusually early snow here!  I can't think of another time when we've gotten snow before Halloween.  Regardless, I am enjoying it!  It also put me in the mood to bake these Pumpkin Spice bars.  They are pretty rockin'!  I added some nutmeg and cloves but I think it could use even more; I like real spicy cake

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tough Mudder

 This weekend Alex and I made a trek to Wintergreen Resort for Tough Mudder.  We stayed in a small B&B in Afton, VA called Le Bleu Ridge; about 20 minutes from Wintergreen
 This handsome little fella lived there; his name was Le Mew

 He wasn't shy, either!

 We couldn't have asked for better weather!
 This is the view from the parking lot of the B&B we stayed at

 Right next door is the Flying Fox Vineyard. 
 We got a glass of wine and enjoyed the sunset

 Later that night, I decided to attempt my first start photography.  The sky was so incredibly clear and the stars so bright!  It was very cold but I captured a few shots I like
The green glow on the tree was from a small streetlamp not too far away.  It wasn't totally dark but the streetlamp didn't totally ruin my photos either.  I'll see if I can get some Tough Mudder photos up here soon, too!  Alex and I finished in 4.5 hours.  It was one of the physically hardest things I've ever done

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween and my favorite activity

 Check out these cupcakes my friend Jed and I made tonight!
They are so Halloween-y!  I love 'em :-)  Thanks for your help, Jed!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple Rings

 Here's a twist on the norm; these look like onion rings, right?  Close, but they are apple rings.  I found this recipe a few weeks back and knew I had to try it!  I had some still-usable oil left over from the donuts I made so I figured I'd give this a shot
They turned out really well!  I used Granny-Smith apples, which gave the inside a nice, tart taste.  The outside was light and crispy, drizzled in the cinnamon-sugar glaze.  These are heavenly!  I definitely recommend giving it a shot if you've got some apples that need using.  I halved the recipe, as it called for 6 apples and I didn't think Alex and I needed that many apple rings.  This is a fantastic fall recipe!  It would be delightful with some tea or coffee

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New kitchen floors!

Alex and I have finally had enough!  We did our own hardwood flooring a few years ago and it was a royal pain!  We never wanted to do it again.  So we hired someone to take care of it for us.  Here are some before and after shots!
 Kitchen overall before and after.  I feel like the hardwood really warms up the kitchen.  The white cabinets look less stark white.  I think I'll have to repaint the walls now

 Here's the bathroom before and after

 Apologies for the horrendous formatting; Blogger really sucks for adding photos.  I just can't get them to go where I want them.  Regardless, you get the idea.  The kitchen looks much more complete now!  It took the guys 2 days to do the flooring.  It probably would have taken Alex and I a month to finish!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oh goodness gracious!

 Holy moly; I decided to make homemade donuts tonight and can I just say I am so glad I did! 

 These are dangerous!  They are entirely too easy to make and waaaaay too delicious!

 You probably should not ask me how I made them because it is just a recipe for disaster.  Let me just say they are made with refrigerated biscuits; so easy!