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Happy Sunday, friends! Another week has passed since our last recap, so I’m back with another batch of photos to share from our action-packed week. I hope that you’ve enjoyed your weekend!

We started with a very cold (28 degrees, to be exact!) early Monday morning walk in the woods with my two younger guys after we dropped Gibbs off at school…




and a much warmer afternoon stroll with Spence that same day.


Watching a school bus!


Tuesday afternoon outside,

and hunting for fall colors.


My mom came to help for the afternoon so that I could go to a Board meeting at the preschool,


and we tried hard to get a group “selfie” on our walk…but this is the best that I could come up with…me and a part of my mom’s shoe! Mom told me that I need a Selfie Stick. Hah!

Now that the weather is cooler, the boys have a hard time with dry, chapped lips. I found these sports-themed Lip Smackers so that they don’t feel like they are wearing “girl” make-up (the tubes have basketballs, lacrosse sticks, soccer balls, etc. on them). The kids LOVE the smells and they all went to bed that night slathered in fruity lip balm! I haven’t heard any chapped-lips complaints recently either. WIN.


I snapped this photo of my empty slow cooker while I was cleaning up dinner on Tuesday evening so that I would remember to tell you about our meal. I made THESE Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks, which are always a hit in our house. So good, and so easy (especially when you buy the pre-sliced steak like I do!).


Wednesday was sunny, clear, and beautiful. I walked with Mollie in the morning after we dropped off the boys at the preschool, but didn’t remember to snap a photo until we were heading home…

A very quick stop in Costco,


and I couldn’t resist the 50% off store-wide sale at Loft!


I snagged this beautiful gold scarf (and some jeans), which I can’t wait to wear!


Two bored boys waiting in the pick-up line at Gibbs’s school,

and one very excited 5-year-old who finally lost that first tooth! He was quite the celebrity in the school cafeteria that day!


For dinner we had Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala, which is the only Indian dish that I’m brave enough to make at home. It’s a great, healthy recipe (I use the canned Lite Coconut Milk), and the boys LOVE it. Even little Spence cleaned his plate! It’s worth purchasing the garam masala spice just for this recipe…I return to it over and over again. I serve it with brown rice and peas!

And by the way, when I first made this recipe a year or two ago, I had to ORDER the garam masala because apparently that’s not a spice that the rural grocery stores stock in Central Virginia. Go figure! 🙂


We spent Thursday morning at the Pumpkin Patch with Casey’s preschool…






and I returned with Gibbs and the kindergarteners on Friday morning!


Before I met up with Gibbs and his classmates at the school, I made a quick run to Lowe’s to pick up some blogging supplies.


Thanks to Keith for taking the morning off so that he could stay with Spence and help to transport Casey to and from his own school while I was hanging out at the pumpkin patch.

Keith sent me this photo when he was on the way to Casey’s preschool in Orange…it’s BIG excitement for Spence when we get to stop and watch a train on the tracks!


After Keith picked Casey up from school at lunchtime, the three boys grabbed a quick lunch out. He sent me this pic as well…French Fry Heaven!


We ordered pizza for dinner that night, and then just before bed the boys had ANOTHER round of pizza on the couch while watching the trailer for the new Star Wars movie. Even little Spence would not be left out!


Yesterday was quite the whirlwind! We spent all morning on the soccer fields for the older boys’ games.

{Game #1: Gibbs in the yellow socks…giving directions, as usual}


{Game #2: Casey warming up}


{and a very bored toddler on the sidelines}


Then we came home, ate lunch, and got dressed in our Halloween costumes so that we could head up to Northern Virginia for our nephew’s birthday party. James turned two!


Can you guess the theme of this year’s Halloween costumes?!



Yoda was NOT impressed. In fact, he found his dad’s Darth Vader outfit terrifying!

{Keith and his brothers}


{Tina and Michael +1!}


And there you have it! Another week’s worth of iPhone photos uploaded and shared! 🙂

Today I’m catching up on laundry, grocery shopping, and housework. I’m testing a new pasta seafood recipe for dinner, and will be back tomorrow with a fun Halloween idea for the kids. Have a great week!



Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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    1. Hah, thanks Jeanette! The costume was all Keith’s doing. He loves Halloween and ordered me the outfit because he wanted me to join him when he dressed up as Vader! 🙂

    1. Hi, Shirley! I have no idea. I assumed that they are safe, which is why I use them. Have you heard otherwise? Let me know if there’s something I should worry about. 🙂