September is for Apple Orchards, Birthdays, and Lil Bellies

If you know me personally, you might know that September and October are my favorite months. It's all the autumn feels, and Virgoness, and earthy vibes. It's apples, and pies, and pumpkins, and Halloween (also, my anniversary - Halloween, that is!) 

For my birthday this year, I decided not to really make any specific plans, other than to take Silas to the apple orchard for the first time. We meant to go last year but we missed the boat! We had such a lovely time walking the orchard and picking out apples, despite the oddly high temperatures of over 80 degrees! We even brought along his own little bolga basket from Lil Bellies for him to forage and keep his favorites :)

The first few apples of the day | Door Creek Orchard | Cottage Grove, WI

The first few apples of the day | Door Creek Orchard | Cottage Grove, WI

Since it was so hot and the sun was in my eyes, I decided to try to seek refuge under an apple tree and offer Silas some cold apple cider. He ran to me wildly then he tried a tiny sip which certainly he loved, but he was just too excited to sit down and share that moment with me. Partly I really wanted him to share that experience with me but on the other hand, I know I brought him to have his own experience - it's part of this letting go thing, letting go, knowing that Silas has is own personality and desires so deeply to explore, even if that means moments without mama. It's a hard lesson for me but I know I can't make him do everything the way I dream of it in my head.

"Silas, I have a treat for you!" Come on, buddy!"

"Silas, I have a treat for you!" Come on, buddy!"

Trying to guide him with a his enamelware from Lil Bellies - He still has a very had time drinking from a cup.

Trying to guide him with a his enamelware from Lil Bellies - He still has a very had time drinking from a cup.

After a little while, Silas's cheeks were getting rosy and I was beading sweat on my brow so I took this cue to start packing up to leave. Silas was so upset but we knew we couldn't keep him outside too much longer! Next time we go (maybe even again this year) we hope it's a bit cooler and feels a bit more like autumn so he can enjoy his time more!

Bolga Baket  & Pinafore Apron - Lil Bellies
Lil Bellies has the cutest little enamelware mugs and cups for your little ones!

Lil Bellies has the cutest little enamelware mugs and cups for your little ones!

And since I love Lil Bellies so much, I've partnered up with them to offer you a Promo Code to use in their shop Friday (Sept 22nd) - Sunday (Sept 24th) for 15% off your purchase. Use code WHIMSY15 at checkout. Yay for the first official day of fall!

Lil Bellies' mission is to keep children outdoors and to never stop exploring! They even have a section of their shop dedicated to exploration which I can't wait to delve into once Silas exhibits a bit more of that imagination that's growing so rapidly. Check out the explorers section HERE.

If you're interested in the beautiful bolga basket (they make adult sized ones as well) click HERE. I encourage you to peruse their whole site though because all of it is so wonderful and inspiring - all while being eco-friendly made with sustainable materials!

Thanks for reading and I hope you and your little ones find joy over at Lil Bellies!

XoXo,

Ashley

In My Kitchen: Honey Cinnamon Butter Recipe

You guys, I've had a lot of requests for my Honey Cinnamon Butter recipe. Apparently a lot of folks buy this as a seasonal novelty and I will say, I tend to make it as a seasonal novelty BUT you can totally make it yourself within minutes - less than ten minutes, people! It almost seems silly to dedicate a whole blog post to this but I will because I love you and there's no reason not to make it yourself!

Super quick and easy!

Super quick and easy!

There are so many variations of this recipe, some people like to use powdered sugar but I skip it and just stick with the essentials.

Silas sneaking in for a taste. (He totally had a tantrum right after this as soon as I took it away.)

Silas sneaking in for a taste. (He totally had a tantrum right after this as soon as I took it away.)

So here's the super quick and easy recipe:

Honey Cinnamon Butter

What you'll need: one stick of room temperature butter; one small mason jar, 1/2 cup any honey varietal of your choice; ground cinnamon. Also, a hand mixer makes for a nice consistency but it's not necessary.

  1. Place room temperature butter in small mixing bowl
  2. Measure just UNDER 1/2 cup of honey. I love using different varietals-each varietal will give you a slightly different flavor but Tupelo honey is my favorite to use with it
  3. Pour honey into butter in mixing bowl
  4. Add a few pinches of cinnamon to your liking
  5. Mix well
  6. Give your toddler a taste
  7. Spoon into mason jar and refrigerate

And that's it. Literally just a minute or two for delicious honey butter! 

I normally keep regular butter in a butter dish outside of the refrigerator but I like to keep this refrigerated and pull out a little while before use to soften. There's no real hard expiration time - just use your judgement. If it smells like it's time to toss, it probably is!

Enjoy, loves!

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