Wednesday, November 5, 2014
What I Learned in October
It seems hard to believe that we're already into November!! I went to the mall on Saturday and was shocked to hear Christmas music playing. While I love the holiday season, I also really love November and I refuse to think about decorating and getting ready for Christmas right now.
Emily hosts these end of the month link-ups every month, and I love to think back through the different things I've learned. Some serious, some silly, but all lessons worth noting.
1. Southern food continues to be my favorite to eat and cook. I was sent a copy of the new Southern Living Community Cookbook to review, and let me just tell you it is hands down, the best cookbook I've ever used. I've made several recipes from it, each of them being a hit. Sweet Potato Biscuits, Butternut Squash Soup, Grillades and Grits, Sausage and Pinto Bean Dip, just to name a few that I've cooked so far. I look forward to trying out more recipes, including a Hummingbird Cake, which has been on my 'to-do' list for awhile.
2. Persimmons are a fruit that grows on trees. They look like oval oranges, but aren't supposed to be eaten on their own; usually you put them into jams or baked goods. We didn't taste any, so I can't comment on the flavor, but I had always been curious about these things.
3. Cotton fields are beautiful, particularly when the cotton is ready to be picked. It's like big snowballs growing in a row. We found this patch on a back road near an Alabama farm. I might have picked some to take home...
4. Losing weight in my 20's was way easier than losing weight in my 30's. In college, I could simply cut back on my calories. I've found now that doesn't work. Exercise and cutting back are necessary. But, when I combine them, it works. As of this morning I've lost 62 pounds since giving birth to Jennavieve 15 months ago. This is very exciting to me, and it's fun to finally wear some clothes that have been collecting dust in my closet for the past few years. My favorite pair of red pants will be worn this year, without fear of ripping the seams when I bend over. Ha!
5. Running is way better with a friend. I had a goal to try and do a 4-mile run by the end of October. My sweet friend Trish was in town for the weekend and she agreed to accompany me on Friday. With her help I did it! Having someone to talk with made it go by more quickly, and I didn't even want to give up. Now, my goal before Christmas is to try for a 6-mile run. I may need to find a running friend :).
6. Writing everyday on this blog is not realistic during this season of life. I thoroughly enjoyed the #write31days challenge, and had fun with my topic, Made to Pour, but it's been nice to take a break the past few days from writing.
7. Fall does come to Florida, it's just not full of cold weather, brightly colored leaves, and snuggling under blankets. There is beauty to be found, though, and the colors on these plants by the ocean are gorgeous. I have always loved wearing shorts and a long-sleeved shirt, so this weather is perfect for me. My sandaled feet are quite happy each day, and it's possible I'll still be wearing them come Thanksgiving. I'm very much okay with that.
What did you learn in October?