Apple pie time!

It’s my favorite time of year; fall! There’s nothing quite like cool nights, changing leaves, apple picking, and pumpkins. ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ I love it!

Earlier this week, my husband and I took the kiddos apple picking – our three children, and my two nephews. It was a challenge to say the least. It can be difficult to manage five children under six, but we did it. One kid was running this way, the other that way, one in a tree, one stomping apples… boy, they are a task! But seeing them all try to reach the apple way high and the tree was such a joy. There’re so sweet and innocent.

Naturally, when we got home, we made some apple pie! We love apple pie! And not to toot my own horn, but I can make a pretty great pie. ๐Ÿ’ž

As of this morning, there’s only a sliver left. The mix of apples, crumb top, and crust is simply heavenly.

Thank heavens for apples! ๐ŸŽ

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Catnip & Fennel

My little one hasn’t been the best sleeper at night. He’d fall asleep then jostle himself awake five minutes later. Occasionally, he’d let me sleep for an hour. ๐ŸŽ‰

Until last night.

Let me say, I’ve tried everything to soothe his colic nature. I tried store bought gas drops, I tried changing my diet, I tried using formula, I tried taking him for car rides. Nothing would help him settle.

So, I found a website that suggested using catnip and fennel seed. Naturally, I thought “I’m not giving my kid catnip!” But further research changed my mind. Catnip you give to cats and catnip herb are used in two totally different ways. Did you know catnip has been praised for its soothing properties for centuries? Neither did I. But the benefits of catnip have been long known and used by many. A mild tea made from catnip is said to improve digestion, help insomnia, and calm nerves.

I made a tea for my son last night to see if it would help him. I used two teaspoons catnip and one teaspoon fennel seed. I added it to one cup of boiling water, and let it steep about twenty minutes. Once cooled, I gave my son a small dropper full. I’d love to say the results were immediate, but they weren’t. He was still rather fussy. I took him for a short walk outside and finally fell asleep. He slept for five hours. Let me say that again FIVE HOURS! This little boy who never sleeps more than an hour finally slept!

I’m praising the Lord and catnip tea for a good nights sleep! ๐Ÿ’ž

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I’m tired.

My husband doesn’t seem to understand what that means. He’ll say “didn’t you sleep?’

No, I didn’t. You see, right when I got the baby to sleep, the oldest woke up. He had to use the restroom and insisted on letting me know. Once I got him back to bed, the middle child woke up crying. She needed mommy to hold her for a bit. Once she was settled, the baby woke up again. He then proceeded to be up for 3 hours. As soon as he fell asleep, the cat started meowing. And then I needed to use the restroom. And then I realized I hadn’t eaten dinner, so I made a snack. Guess what happened once my snack was done? The baby woke up.

Not every night is like this, but most are. My youngest is only a month old, so I can’t really complain. I love my children, and I’m thankful to have them.

But, I’m tired.

Pasta E Fagioli

Do you ever make something so good, you can’t help but feel proud of yourself? I did last night.

I tried to make Pasta E Fagioli soup once before, a few years ago. It was a disaster! It came out tasting more like tomato soup with hamburger tossed in. Needless to say, I didn’t eat it. And I haven’t made it since then.

So, yesterday, I had no plans for dinner. With baby #3 on the way, I’ve been pretty tired and haven’t put much effort into cooking. I was out with my husband helping to bring in some wood for our wood stove and I told him I really wanted soup! We had none but man, I sure was craving it! I was going to make my favorite potato soup, but we didn’t have any bacon Gouda cheese, my special ingredient. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I decided to once again, try to make Pasta E Fagioli soup. I was nervous, but I’ve really come pretty far in my cooking so I thought I could do it. It turned out amazing! If I could give y’all a taste, I would! It’s really the best soup I’ve ever made. I felt so darn proud that I accomplished something that seemed so impossible to me. ๐Ÿ˜„

Recipe as follows: (I uses sausage and hamburger, and used elbow macaroni) Viaย Cooking Classy

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef or mild Italian sausage
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans low sodium chicken broth or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water, then more as desired
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 scant cup dry ditalini pasta
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • Finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  • Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium high heat, crumble in ground beef or sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Drain fat from beef then transfer beef to a plate, set aside. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in same large saucepan, onions, carrots, and celery over medium-high heat until tender about 6 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Reduce heat to a low, add tomato sauce, beef broth, water, canned tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram and cooked beef then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until veggies are soft, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile prepare ditalini pasta according to directions on package, cooking to al dente.
  • Add cooked and drained pasta to soup* along with kidney beans and great northern beans. Thin with a little more water if desired. Allow to cook 2 minutes longer. Serve warm with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.
  • *If you don’t plan on eating all of the soup right away I recommend adding the pasta to individual servings. Then whatever is left over you can add the pasta to that the next day. Otherwise the pasta get’s really soggy and soup doesn’t have enough liquid.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

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A lost hat

So, I couldn’t find my son a hat this morning. I looked everywhere, but God only know where this kids hat went to! So, my sweet son goes “You can just sew me a new one!” I thought “yeah, like I’m just going to sew a hat all willy-nilly.” And then I thought about it, “I CAN just sew him a new hat!” I love sewing. I love creating new things. I know the basic shape of a hat, so I knew it couldn’t be too hard. I grabbed two different fleeces, one for the base, and one for the fringe top. And I just cut out a pattern and sewed him a hat! Thanks Logan, for the encouragement. โค

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