October 5, 2012

.september books.

It's that special time again where I share with you what I read the month before. Is it just me or does it seem like the months go by faster and faster the older you get?

Through No Fault Of My Own: Felser Lampert  This was  a great little read before bed. It's the diary of young well to do girl growing up in the 1920's in St. Paul, MN. She gets in trouble at home, sneaks out to go to Friday night dances, and gets in trouble more than a few times! It was a cute little read that gives the insight to what Grand Ave. and St. Paul was like way back when. 

The Lost Continent: Bill Bryson  Oh, how I love Mr. Bryson!!! He is the only guy that I feel can write about anything in the whole world and make it both interesting and funny. This book is about his travels through small town America after living in Great Britain for 10 years. His snarky remarks are spot on at times and make you laugh out loud when reading. This book was written in 1989 but still holds some truths to this day. I highly recommend you picking up a Bill Bryson book and getting lost in his little world. 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling  I was recommended this book by my best friend, so I put my name on the library waiting list and waited for about 2 months for the book. I waited so long I forgot that I was on the list! The book was really easy to read it took me only about 2 days of casual reading to finish the book. Kaling shares many random funny stories about her life from childhood to writing on The Office. The stories are hilarious, but fall into random parts of the book. I would have liked the different stories to be more organized into chapters/sections of the books, however that is my only complaint. This book made me love Mindy Kaling!!! I recommend it for a light, easy read in between books or if you are looking to release some stress. 

What have you been reading?

Goal: 32/50 books!!

.apple picking.

Last week Dave and I had a wonderful day off together (wwwhoooooootttt!!!!). We slept in a little, went apple picking, hung out, and then joined friends for an amazing concert...hellooo great day!!!

I have only been apple picking once or twice as a kid at our neighbors few apple trees. We would have to climb up on ladders and use apple picking tools to get the apples from the top of the trees. This was what I was expecting when we went to Emma Krumbees and I was WAAAYYYY off, but it was still fun!!!

We went picking at Emma Krumbees in Belle Plaine, MN which is about 40 min. south of Minneapolis.  I have wanted to go apple picking here for Y.E.A.R.S., every time I have ridden or driven past it since the orchard opened up I was hoping to go one fall. Emma Krumbees not only has an orchard, it has an amazing restaurant...which is kind of famous in southern MN. They cook home cooked meals like pot roast, meat loaf, live and onions that taste delicious and affordable (they also cook other items too). We got to Emma Krumbees in time for breakfast, so we ate up and got strength for our apple picking.

Apple picking was way easier then I expected. We filled our 10lb bag in about 10 min... and then used the rest of the hour or so taking silly pictures! We were lucky because we found a few trees that had lots and lots of apples for the taking and we didn't have to search and search.  It was fun trying to find the best apple on the tree and race Dave on who was the best apple picker. 

So how do we do plan on using the 11 lbs of apples we picked? Welll...this is what we have made with it: 

It has been lots of fun looking up apple recipes and creating them in the kitchen! I'm not much of a cook so making delicious, easy recipes was right up my alley! I hope everyone gets to go apple picking or make some delicious apple recipes this fall! There is no better way celebrate the crispiness of fall!