Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m so excited today because my sister is in town and we’re headed to Bliss Home Market this morning. If you’re in the Columbus area, this is a not-to-be-missed chance to shop for terrific home goods at truly amazing prices. I’ve gone before and it was a lot of fun!
And heads up – if you’re in the Columbus area, next weekend is the Granville Barn Hop. It only happens twice a year and it’s a lot of fun to wander through the barns and shops – even if you aren’t buying a thing. (If you do make it out to Granville next weekend, you’ll definitely want to check out Cedar & Thread, Green Velvet, and Kussmaul Gallery too!
Last but not least, when you start getting hungry, Snapshots, The Pub on Broadway, Hashi, Three Tigers, Alfie’s, RayRay’s, Donatos, and Elm’s Pizza are terrific lunch options. River Road Coffeehouse, Village Coffee, and Whit’s Frozen Custard are excellent snack choices too. Can you tell I love my little village?
ON THE BLOG this week: It’s all about apples this week on the blog and I’m loving it. I teamed up with a few friends to share all the apple deliciousness and to give away a $250 Amazon card too! (Make sure you’re entered to win on Instagram before the giveaway closes tomorrow!)
Have you tried a German Apple Pie? This is an apple pie like no other you’ve tasted. With little more than fresh apples, cream, sugar, and spices this pie is loaded with so much flavor you’ll hardly believe how easy it is to make.
This Apple Walnut Salad with blueberries, goat cheese, plenty of fresh greens, and parsley is a fall favorite and it is a perfect match for this Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette too.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal smells like apple pie and tastes as if fall has arrived. The aroma of spicy cinnamon and apples cooking always gets me in the mood for autumn. It’s everything I love about apple pie in a hearty, comforting breakfast.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with salty bacon and sweet apples makes for a truly outstanding side dish. This is one of those dishes that I kept hearing about from friends over and over again. Eventually, I couldn’t resist trying it myself. And I’m so very glad I did! Oh. My. Goodness. Absolutely DELICIOUS. My whole family LOVES this dish.
Apple Crisp Ice Cream – the name alone sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? That’s before I tell you that it is made with the creamiest of homemade vanilla ice creams, then completely loaded with bits of cinnamon sweet baked apples and crunchy streusel topping. There is nothing about this ice cream that I did not love and every single person who has tried it has agreed.
What I’m CRAVING: All the hot drinks! From Cafe con Leche (every single morning) to Chai Lattes, London Fogs, and Peppermint Hot Chocolate – this absolutely charming Hot Cocoa Bar has me dreaming of a holiday party.
My FAVORITE THINGS this week are my fleece-lined leggings. They aren’t too warm, they maintain a really cozy temperature. (I wore them in Phoenix in the winter too – though admittedly only on the colder days.) And the super-high thick waistband is incredibly comfortable.
I have these leggings unlined for working out and fleece-lined for casual walks or just hanging out. Paired with a long sweater or sweatshirt they’re a winter go-to for me.
What I’m WATCHING: Uptown Girls. This is such a sweet movie. Jenny and I watched it last night. She’d never seen it before and we both give it two thumbs up. It’s perfect for a girls movie night.
What I’m READING: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede. I’m only about halfway through this one, but I have no hesitation in sharing that it is an excellent read. When 38 planes were forced to land in Gander on 9/11, the small town’s population went from 10,000 to 17,000.
This is the story of the way the town embraced all of these strangers, welcoming them into their town and their homes. This is an inspiring story filled with acts of kindness that touched countless lives.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!
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