Happy What I Ate Wednesday. Hope you’re having a great day. My sister told me about a funny thing she saw on the internet the other day. Something like, “If you look in the mirror and say ‘Pumpkin Spice Latte’ three times, a white girl in yoga pants will appear and tell you all the things she loves about fall.” That gave me a laugh because, well, yeah.

This week’s installment of this blog link-up marks the first of fall 2016, so I’m going to share some snaps from this past weekend, which had all the wonderfully basic hallmarks of fall happiness: apple picking, hot coffee, baking pie, and even some yoga pants, cute dogs, and sushi thrown in for good measure. The only thing missing was a pumpkin spice latte.

Friday night I took a bus out to the burbs and went out for all-you-can-eat sushi with my sister, her boyfriend, and his brother.

sushi x
We brought a bottle of wine with us, which we enjoyed in these…goblets.

wine goblets

Saturday morning, my sister and I had plans to go apple-picking, so we stopped at a diner along the way. I enjoyed a veggie egg white omelet, some of the potatoes (I always eat all the crispy parts) and a piece of bacon.

diner veggie omelet

We shared some venison jerky and a few sips of cider before heading home with our giant bag of apples and plans for sweet and savory recipes.

Lunch was picked up from a b.good outpost. I ordered their kale salad, which had roasted squash and brussels sprouts, plus beets and manchego cheese. I left off the sunflower seeds and added chicken.

B good kale salad

We spent the afternoon cooking. On the agenda:

A soup similar to this roasted apple and butternut squash one. We added cannellini beans, turkey sausage, and spinach, plus fresh rosemary. Formal recipe to come.

apple kabocha soup

We also made a pie. My  mom showed us how to improvise a pie crust. This one had flour, canola oil, a dash of salt, and col water. The filling is the same as her classic recipe: apple, cinnamon, maple syrup. Because we didn’t have enough crust for a top, we made an oatmeal crumble topping (oats, flour, cinnamon, dash of salt, maple syrup, vanilla, and canola oil).apple pie with oatmeal crumble

We had late dinner plans, so I had some Greek yogurt with chia seeds and a few strawberries around 4:30 while catching up on a couple work things (yes, I am guilty of working on the weekends—only human!) before going to get my nails done.

Dinner was at a local Italian restaurant. I shared some grilled calamari

grilled calamari

as well a grilled eggplant appetizer with a red sauce (not pictured) and also enjoyed a simple salad. For my entree, I had grilled rainbow trout with sautéed broccoli rabe. Hit. The. Spot. I was surprisingly hungry enough to finish almost the whole thing. It was so good. Grilled trout and broccoli rabe

To drink, I was order a Maker’s Mark, neat, and was given this…martini glass full of whiskey. Part of my would like to say I finished the whole thing, but I only made it a little more than halfway through.


I slept like a rock that night. It was glorious. Eli made himself nice and cozy for bedtime too. I love that little dude.

eli bedtime

Sunday morning involved a workout and yoga with my mom and sister before heading back to the city and enjoying a relaxing catch-up before dinner out. Perfect weekend.

Have you ever gone apple-picking? What are your favorite apple recipes?  

To see more WIAW, check out founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons or visit hosts Laura and Arman‘s blogs.


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