Posts tagged fall
apple picking in new england

Saturday afternoon I went apple picking with my advisory. These nine students are pretty awesome. Funny, smart, and kind, I am incredibly lucky to work with this group of students and to watch them grow up during their high school years. We headed out to Belkind Family Farm in Natick for some bonding and to continue to build our friendships. It was fun watching them be goofy with one another but more importantly inclusive of one another. I am hoping that this "advisory bonding" can continue to occur this school year. As juniors, they are so close to their final year of high school and it is just amazing how fast time is going! Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.52.18 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.52.04 PMScreen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.53.38 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.53.23 PMScreen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.52.33 PM

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.52.51 PMScreen Shot 2013-10-08 at 1.53.07 PMThat's right, we got to ride a camel!

butternut squash ravioli w/ browned butter, sage, & balsamic reduction

It is officially Fall in New England. The telltale signs are clearly present: cooler temperatures, an earlier sunset, turning leaves on trees and smalls piles of them on the ground, pumpkins on porches, people rushing by with pumpkin spiced lattes wearing sweaters, flannel, scarves, and, my favorite, the puffy vest! It is my absolutely favorite time in Boston. My wavy hair dislikes the heat and humidity of the Summer, the Spring is always so busy as a teacher trying to get through everything before the end of the school year, and Winter is beautiful and cozy and filled with snow-time activities but the darkness usually gets to me by the end of January. Fall is simply the best. The weather, the clothes, and the food are some of my favorite things. This recipe was first introduced to me by my friend, Lauren, and has since become a fall staple. Ingredients:

1 butternut squash

1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup of brown sugar

4 tablespoons butter

4-6 sage leaves

nutmeg, salt, pepper

Olive Oil

1 package frozen or fresh ravioli

Parmesan Cheese

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Start by peeling and scooping the seeds out of a butternut squash. Then dice it up into 1-2 inch cubes.

Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 6.43.36 PMLay the butternut squash in a casserole dish. Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 6.43.50 PMDrizzle with olive oil, Sprinkle generously with pepper and nutmeg and a dash of salt. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Take out the butternut squash and toss making sure all of the squash is coated in the oil and spices. Place it back in the oven for another 20-30 minutes, until the squash is cooked thoroughly.

Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 6.44.04 PMMeanwhile, add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce, and simmer covered for 5 minutes. Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 6.44.16 PMIn a small frying pan, melt the butter and brown, toss in the sage and simmer 5 minutes or so. Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 6.44.37 PMPrepare the ravioli according to the package. When all ingredients are done, toss together: ravioli, butternut squash, sage and butter sauce, and balsamic reduction into a bowl.

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Plate and top with fresh Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!

it's a fall tradition!
Does going twice to the Big E make it tradition? I declare that it does.  Somehow it feels more like Fall now that we have eaten our fill of fried cheese curds, chocolate covered bacon, pork chop sandwiches, fried pickles, kettle corn popcorn, and apple crisp. The weather was cool as we took in the sights, smells, and rides with our friends this past weekend in Springfield, MA. It wasn't until the next day when David said, "Now the Fall has arrived," that it became apparent how much we enjoy this wildly weird event. Clearly, Fall in New England is marked for us by two traditions: The Big E fried food extravaganza and Apple Picking. We have one down and now it is time for the next fall favorite!!
The Big E

Have you ever eaten so much fried food in one day that you quietly listened at night to your heart hoping that your arteries wouldn't slam shut?  That is life after attending the Big E.  Home of the biggest country fair in New England, the Big E is an amazing country fair held in West Springfield, MA. From the minute you walk through the entrance gate you are assaulted by laughter, cheering, and the delicious aroma of fried goodness.  The fair grounds is packed with the traditional carnival rides, games, and food. Add to this local agriculture showcases, farm animals, petting zoos and state specialties and delicacies housed in miniature replicas of the state houses and you have a truly spectacular Fall weekend!  It was our first time attending the fair and it definitely won't be the last. David and I ate to our hearts content, shopped through the miles of craft and kitsch, and sped through our quarters like lightening as we tried to win carnival games!  How did it feel to be 12 again? Awesome!  However, for the rest of the week, we definitely need to only eat veggies!!

The Big E

Have you ever eaten so much fried food in one day that you quietly listened at night to your heart hoping that your arteries wouldn't slam shut?  That is life after attending the Big E.  Home of the biggest country fair in New England, the Big E is an amazing country fair held in West Springfield, MA. From the minute you walk through the entrance gate you are assaulted by laughter, cheering, and the delicious aroma of fried goodness.  The fair grounds is packed with the traditional carnival rides, games, and food. Add to this local agriculture showcases, farm animals, petting zoos and state specialties and delicacies housed in miniature replicas of the state houses and you have a truly spectacular Fall weekend!  It was our first time attending the fair and it definitely won't be the last. David and I ate to our hearts content, shopped through the miles of craft and kitsch, and sped through our quarters like lightening as we tried to win carnival games!  How did it feel to be 12 again? Awesome!  However, for the rest of the week, we definitely need to only eat veggies!!

The Big E

Have you ever eaten so much fried food in one day that you quietly listened at night to your heart hoping that your arteries wouldn't slam shut?  That is life after attending the Big E.  Home of the biggest country fair in New England, the Big E is an amazing country fair held in West Springfield, MA. From the minute you walk through the entrance gate you are assaulted by laughter, cheering, and the delicious aroma of fried goodness.  The fair grounds is packed with the traditional carnival rides, games, and food. Add to this local agriculture showcases, farm animals, petting zoos and state specialties and delicacies housed in miniature replicas of the state houses and you have a truly spectacular Fall weekend!  It was our first time attending the fair and it definitely won't be the last. David and I ate to our hearts content, shopped through the miles of craft and kitsch, and sped through our quarters like lightening as we tried to win carnival games!  How did it feel to be 12 again? Awesome!  However, for the rest of the week, we definitely need to only eat veggies!!

separation anxiety

Today is my first day off since the end of summer.  A whole ten days have passed since the start of the school year.  During the summer, I get accustomed to being home alone and having long stretches of days without David. But on these days off that are scattered throughout the academic calendar like salt and pepper, I find myself missing David very much. Just ten days ago I was a pro at being home alone and filling my days with meaningful activity. Today, I find myself restlessly doing work for the week in my living room, listening to the "adult alternative" channel on my TV, and watching the clock until I can go and pick him up. While some may see this as codependency and frown upon my sentiments this afternoon, I don't care. I am a sap. Perhaps, all of this disquiet I feel is a result of having had a wonderful weekend together. Fall weekends always leave me with that lingering longing for more time to just be together.

separation anxiety

Today is my first day off since the end of summer.  A whole ten days have passed since the start of the school year.  During the summer, I get accustomed to being home alone and having long stretches of days without David. But on these days off that are scattered throughout the academic calendar like salt and pepper, I find myself missing David very much. Just ten days ago I was a pro at being home alone and filling my days with meaningful activity. Today, I find myself restlessly doing work for the week in my living room, listening to the "adult alternative" channel on my TV, and watching the clock until I can go and pick him up. While some may see this as codependency and frown upon my sentiments this afternoon, I don't care. I am a sap. Perhaps, all of this disquiet I feel is a result of having had a wonderful weekend together. Fall weekends always leave me with that lingering longing for more time to just be together.

separation anxiety

Today is my first day off since the end of summer.  A whole ten days have passed since the start of the school year.  During the summer, I get accustomed to being home alone and having long stretches of days without David. But on these days off that are scattered throughout the academic calendar like salt and pepper, I find myself missing David very much. Just ten days ago I was a pro at being home alone and filling my days with meaningful activity. Today, I find myself restlessly doing work for the week in my living room, listening to the "adult alternative" channel on my TV, and watching the clock until I can go and pick him up. While some may see this as codependency and frown upon my sentiments this afternoon, I don't care. I am a sap. Perhaps, all of this disquiet I feel is a result of having had a wonderful weekend together. Fall weekends always leave me with that lingering longing for more time to just be together.