I have to say, I am loving this October.  September felt more like August, but for some reason, just as the calendar flipped the page, so did the weather.  I'm so excited to be bundled up for our morning walks.  We spend our afternoon walks collecting leaves of every color, shape and size... any ideas of what to do with them?  I thought about having a cardboard wreath form that we glue them to every evening so by the end of the month we'll have a really full fall leaf wreath (three times fast...).


 This is not really a very pretty stage of construction - but it is progress, so it looks beautiful to me.  This will be the third week of the House Project.  The first week was demo, the second week was digging, now this week will be pouring the foundation.  This is the side of the house where the new garage will go - the trench on the right is just the path the bobcat used to get of of the foundation digging hole to the left of me in this photo.   Last week was filled with a couple of delays due to rain and extra equipment that had to be rented because "PeeWee": ) discovered these while excavating with the bobcat.


They were about 2 feet out from our foundation, and spaced about every 4 feet running along the entire back of the house.


They seem to be some sort of piers - but have all of our builders stumped.


Long story short, they had to be chopped off with some sort of saw, so that took a couple of extra days... hoping it wasn't too much of a ding to the budget/schedule.  We're also hoping that was our "hiccup" during construction... there's always going to be something, we hopefully that was ours.  Right...?!

Here's what I'm planning for this week's menu :

Our Favorite Spaghetti & Meatballs

We didn't have this on Sunday, or last week, so it is at the top of my list for this week!  The meatballs make great sandwiches for Mike's lunches.

Potato Leek Soup with Parmesan & Bacon

I'll probably add a big salad to this to make sure we eat something green this week : )


This may seem like a weekend meal, but dressing frozen fries up with truffle oil and parmesan cheese makes these any easy, easy weeknight meal... and, there is nothing easier than searing or grilling steaks.  I will probably put some veggies on the grill along with the steaks, too.
This may seem like a weekend meal, but dressing frozen fries up with truffle oil and parmesan cheese makes these any easy, easy weeknight meal... and, there is nothing easier than searing or grilling steaks.  I will probably put some veggies on the grill along with the steaks, too.















Braised Beef Chili


Because it is officially October, chili is definitely on the menu.  This is the Braised Beef Chili I mad at our Pumpkin Carving Party last year - I love the meatiness and the texture that the shredded braised beef gives the chili, instead of just ground beef.
 
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