Left to right: Packing away summer clothes / Coloring with my nephew / Lounging on the porch after a long day of cleaning / Spending way too much time in the cookbook section of the library
September was a busy month! I’m sure that it’s true for many of you, since the month signifies the end of summer and transition into fall. As the weather cooled slightly (it’s still 75 here today), I went from spending my free time at the beach to being more productive at home.
Blogging only 3 days each week really helped free up more time for me to job hunt, clean, organize, and cook. Unfortunately, you may have also noticed I really only posted maybe twice each week? That’s because not being on a daily schedule for posting made it way too hard to get lazy about it. I started this blog with an insane level of inspiration and passion…but a few months later, I’m settling into a routine that’s more realistic to follow and better for my sanity.
Clockwise from top-left: Chicken and Nectarine Salad / Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese on a sick day / Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Mustard / Banana Bread Muffins…because I don’t own a loaf pan anymore!
I cooked a LOT of new recipes this past month (and a few old standbys). Many of the recipes came from Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen’s cookbook, It’s All Good . I also read several Barefoot Contessa cookbooks, and tried a few of her recipes as well. Since I was cooking dinner for just me a couple night each week, it was cool to try out a few new things I didn’t need my husband to like (though he did end up liking most of it). I have a ton of soup recipes to try out next month when it’s a bit cooler outside!
Clockwise from top-left: A great fashion-related read by Stacy London / Vogue’s September issue…which took me almost a week to get through / Burned through Mindy Kaling’s new book in an evening, and it was amazing / Just started The Happiness Project, and so far it’s making me want to write more “to do” lists…not sure if that’s good or bad yet!
One thing I wanted to do more of in September was read – and I definitely did! Now that football season is well under way, I need to find something else to do with most of my evenings. I never liked watching football, but in recent years I’ve had a much harder time even tolerating it. I don’t know what blitzing is after 10 years of being forced to watch it, and I don’t care to learn!
Reading is also one of those activities I just do more often when it’s colder outside – sitting under a blanket with a good book, a cup of tea, and if I’m lucky a lit candle is the best way to spend the fall and winter, in my opinion!
Clockwise from top-left: Seward Park in Seattle, WA / Sky Country Trailhead in Bellevue, WA / Another trip to Sky Country Trailhead / Lewis Creek Park in Bellevue, WA
Finally, this post wouldn’t be complete with some hiking photos! Instead of heading to the beach in the afternoons, I’ve been checking out new parks in the area. Seward Park has to be my favorite new park from this past month, and I can’t wait to get back there and spend more time by the water. Hiking this past month has helped me cope with stress, help with seasonal allergies, sleep better, and appreciate the little things more. I’m excited to explore more parks this month, and can’t wait to share them with all of you.
Well, I think that does it for September! I hope you all had a nice, productive month, and I look forward to hearing what you’ll be up to in October!