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Fall in Mississippi

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Not bad Mississippi, not bad. I did just come from Michigan where Harry experienced his first snow, but I respect your effort. You’re definitely not failing Fall this year. Sure, it’s December, so the white I’m really hoping for is snow, but the fog will do nicely if snow isn’t on the agenda. I give you a B+.

xoxo, Mallory

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Harry Sized Pumpkin

R.Simple Life | Harry Sized Pumpkin

We haven’t made it to the pumpkin patch yet, but we did find a Harry sized gourd at the grocery store this weekend. I told him he could take it home if he didn’t throw it on the ground… he carried it through the whole store and was very serious about his job. It did fall at one point and by the look on his face, I could tell he was concerned that I was going to take it away. I don’t think he’s ever held on to anything that long… except maybe the pear he carried around the grocery store last week.

Best 41 cents I’ve ever spent.

xoxo, Mallory

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Fresh Start Fall

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Fall comes every year, and every year, no matter where we are, no matter what kind of summer we’ve endured, no matter the emotional states of our lives, there is that first cool day that feels fresh. Like a new start. Like a breath of fresh air.

New Years is a time for resolutions, Spring is a time for cleaning, but Fall is a time of renewal. I’m not sure how you feel about fall, but at least for me, it’s time to open up the windows and clean out the closets. To mop and wipe down the baseboards. To fill up bags of old clutter to donate and bring home new (slim cut) baby jeans for the growing babies.

To get outside.

And so, at the beginning of this southern Autumn, I’m cleaning out closets and mopping floors. And I’m spending a lot of time outside with my baby… feeling the breeze, touching the leaves, smelling the sea. It’s so fresh (and so clean, clean).

xoxo, Mallory

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Making Apple Cider

As I mentioned earlier this week, Mississippi is a little slow on the uptake concerning fall. And as I also mentioned, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. Some days that means making soup, some days that means wearing (and sweating in) sweaters on our morning walk, and some days that means making apple cider.

Making Apple Cider | R. Simple Life.

Making Apple Cider | R.Simple Life

Making Apple Cider | R.Simple Life

Making Apple Cider | R.Simple Life

You guys. I grew up in Michigan, the land of apple orchards in the fall. An average October weekend was not wasted spent at the cider mill drinking apple cider, eating cake donuts, picking out pumpkins in the parking lot. I’m no Krispy Kreme girl, and 10 times out of 10 I’ll pass on apple juice. But hand me that cider mill donut and a warm mug of apple cider and I’m in heaven.

While I was doing my grocery shopping this weekend, I spotted the first apple cider of the season. I had the plastic jug in my cart and was turning away when I saw it. The rows and rows of bags of Jonathan Apples. I promptly put my half gallon back, grabbed a bag, and headed home to my (neighbor’s) juicer.

Making apple cider might just be the easiest juice I’ve ever made. Scratch that, it’s definitely the easiest. Three steps:

1. Wash the apples (and give one to Harry to play with).

2. Cut the apples in half.

3. Juice the apples.

That’s it. Sure, I added a little cinnamon when I heated the cider up that night, but easy, peasy. And ridiculously good.

So take that Mississippi. You serve me an 85 degree October day, and I’ll come back with a big dose of fall.

xoxo, Mallory

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Beef + Barley White Bean Stew

Where is fall??? Four years ago on this very weekend, Jon and I had to cancel his birthday camping trip because of too much snow. This weekend it was 85 degrees. I’m over it Mississippi. Time to get with the program and cool the heck down. I have two new pairs of jeans and three new sweaters I need to get some milage out of.

beef bulgur white bean stew

When football season started, I decided to bring fall back in a major way, even if Mother Nature had other plans. I brought back our “Souper Sundays” – which basically means I’m giving into my laziness and cooking soup every Sunday. Minimal effort with maximum taste output. And yesterday I hit the jackpot of soup recipes.

Martha Stewart’s Lamb + Bulgur White Bean Stew became my Beef + Bulgur White Beat Stew. Not because I didn’t want lamb. Oh, contraire. There is a disappointing lack of options when it comes to food where I live. Lots of seafood, but a girl can only have crawfish once or twice (in five years). So I substituted the lamb for beef stew meat. Still absolutely amazing, and I can only imagine what it would be like with the lamb (earth shattering). Anyway, if you’re looking for a stew that is going to knock your socks right off your feet, try this one. With lamb or beef.

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 1

November feels like a good month to be thankful. A month to look at everything I have and forget about the things I want. That being said, I’m going to attempt a series this month. 30 Days of Thanks. Every day, I’m going to blog about one thing I’m thankful for. Some days might be serious, others may be silly, but at the end of the month, I’ll have reminded myself of 30 things I am so grateful for. Whose going to join me?

Disclaimer: I’m a busy lady. I am aiming to post something new every day, but we all know that will most likely be derailed at some point or another. So if I miss a day or two here or there, hang with me… I’ll make up for it.

DAY ONE: I’m thankful for our healthy reproduction.

Some of you know it took us about 6 months of trying to get pregnant. I know heartache at the end of the month. I know jealousy when your friends announce their pregnant. I know what it feels like to get my hopes up only to find disappointment again. But I also know what it feels like when my unborn son is stretching. I know what it feels like when he kicks my ribs or sits on my bladder. I know what it feels like to see a positive sign on the stick, hear a heartbeat through the doppler, to see a little head sucking on an even littler thumb in the ultrasound. I’m so thankful we were able to create this little human life.

For those of you who have experienced the amazing emotions of being pregnant, I hope you can remember just how thankful you are for that. And for those of you who are still waiting for your little one, don’t worry. You’ll get your baby. Soon enough, one way or another, you’ll get your baby. And no other baby will matter.

xoxo, Mallory

PS Thank you Danielle for the sweet idea! You’re an inspiration. XO

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I woke up to thunder, lightning, and lots and lots of rain this morning. This kind of weather makes me gloomy. But the best kind of gloomy. Like the kind you get when listening to Bon Iver. Or when you experience something bittersweet – but a bit more milk chocolate than unsweetened chocolate. It’s the kind of gloomy I live for; it makes me think I would absolutely love living in the Pacific Northwest.

The only problem was, all I wanted to do was snuggle in bed all morning with my warm husband. And that couldn’t happen. So for now, I’m working in the dark living room listening to the sound of the rain outside. And I’m happy.

How does rain make you feel?

xoxo, Mallory

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Autumn’s Calling

This weekend marks the start of Fall 2012. Though I’m still enjoying (ahem:: could you hear my sarcasm?) days in the high 80’s here on the Gulf Coast, I plan on fully enjoying the autumn season, complete with pumpkin everything, scarves, lots of red and orange, football, and apple cider.

What’s your favorite fall activity? I think mine would have to be hiking on a brisk day through the changing fall colors. Or maybe curling up outside with a good book, a warm blanket, and a pumpkin latte. Or apple cider + doughnuts.

xoxo, Mallory

PS if someone wants to buy me this skirt, I’d take a medium to fit over the bump.

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