Busy Bee

Whew! It’s been a while.  I’ve been w/out a computer for a few weeks (mine croaked) and things have been slightly wild here. We’ve had two sets of house guests come through in the last few weeks which was absolutely fun. But also really crowded. Ad and I agree that our next home needs to have two bedrooms. I love having family and friends visit but it really sucks that someone always has to have the couch. The bonus of having visitors is that you end up doing all the touristy things that you never do when you live somewhere. For example, we visited Chicago to see some sites. And we finally drug ourselves to a Badger’s game, which we probably wouldn’t have done otherwise. I don’t watch sports. At all. I don’t even have a TV. But the atmosphere and energy makes it pretty enjoyable, even when you have absolutely no idea what’s going on. And you can buy giant soft pretzels so….that’s a plus.

While we were wrapped up in entertaining visitors, fall arrived – my favorite season. I usually decorate the house but sadly that didn’t happen. The boxes full of decorations got shoved to the very back of our storage area at some point, and I just didn’t have the time or the energy to pull them all out. So instead I’ve been taking the pup on very long walks and appreciating the natural decorations that are so abundant at this time of year.






For those who haven’t yet heard, Ad and I are moving to Houston, TX in the coming months. He did an internship there this summer for three months, and it resulted in a job offer which he has accepted. It’s pretty safe to say that I have ultra-mixed feelings about this move. I’m not terribly attached to Madison, but I do have a good job and good friends here, and my most favorite bar ever is w/in walking distance.  We also live in a beautiful neighborhood with great places to walk the pup. I hate heat, crowds, and big cities, so the thought of moving to one of the largest cities in one of the hottest states is a little tummy-turning for me. But I know there will be good things there as well, so I’m trying my very best to focus on those. It’s likely what we’ll able to rent a larger home than what we have now, so I plan on having lots of visitors (hint, hint)!

With that said, I hope you’ll all understand if my posts are a little sparse for the coming months. Our exact move date is unknown, and with the holidays coming, some important family functions, and ongoing wedding planning, who knows when I’ll get a few glorious minutes to sit down and fill you in!

Easy Apple Crisp

I’m not a good cook, and I don’t bake very well, but I can make a mean apple crisp. Cause it’s so easy! I’m talking easy like not-peeling-the-apples easy. Here’s what you do.

1. Grease your pan. I used an 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan, but you can pretty much use whatever size you like. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cut your apples into pieces no larger than an inch. You need about 4 cups, but it’s not crucial. You can peel them if you want to, but there’s no need. The skins are where the nutrients are at anyway. Throw those bad boys in the pan and poor about a tablespoon of lemon juice over them, then stir to coat the apples. Lemon  juice helps to bring out the sweetness.

3. In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup oats, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and a spoonful of honey. I’m a great believer in “eyeballing” it, so the only things I really measure are the butter, flour, and sugar, and even then I’m far from accurate.

4. Combine the ingredients above using a pasty blender or fork, until you get a nice crumbly texture. Spread the crumbs over the top of the apples, and bake for about 30 minutes, until crumbs are crispy and apples are soft when poked with a fork.

5. Enjoy!