Foliage and feasting

The leaves they were crisped and sere –
The leaves they were withering and sere;

-“Ulalume,” Edgar Allan Poe

We’re officially past October and I have decided to embrace the fact that I will be waking up to cool mornings and chilly weather for a few months. It is officially time for boots, sweaters, soups and festivities.

Our apartment complex has become a beautiful spattering of fall colors as the leaves turn from green to yellow to bright oranges and reds. I’ve enjoyed walking to my car while crunching the leaves, reminding myself of my 10th grade literature class where the Venerable Mr. Friedman littered the floor with leaves as we trounced around reciting Poe’s “Ulalume.” Continue reading

Cheesy delicious chicken casserole

This past weekend was, in a word, perfect. Alas, it is Monday but I am still reveling in the birthday party we had for my dad, the wonderful picnic and baptism event we had at church and the gloriously relaxed afternoon TK and I had together yesterday.


And I tried a new recipe! I found this recipe on The Fresh Market’s website. It was really good and we have plenty of leftovers for a lazy dinner tonight after my city council meeting.

Cheesy chicken and rice casserole

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Welcome to Moe’s?

For a long time TK and I have been talking about making huevos rancheros for dinner one night. I think this started back a few months ago when we were watching “Breaking Bad” on Netflix and they showed what I perceived to be huevos rancheros and for some reason we both thought it was the best thing ever.

This week while making our menu we decided that we should finally do it. We went to the store and made sure we had all the necessary ingredients – eggs, tortillas, black beans, etc. A couple nights ago I was getting ready to make it for dinner when I realized something.

I really had no idea what huevos rancheros were.

Our “huevos rancheros.” Mine is in front with cheese, black beans, a fried egg, rice and salsa. TK’s is in back with cheese, scrambled eggs, black beans and rice.

I mean, I knew generally what they consisted of – we already bought the ingredients! – but I didn’t really know what I was about to make. Continue reading