So let's do a little catching up, shall we? It's been quiet on the blog front here. And while it wasn't intentional at first, it soon became so. I didn't have a timeline for when I would stop and start blogging. But I have been struggling with comparison, and then I came across this amazing post by Laura at Oakland Avenue. It hit home. And it was convicting. So I took a step back from blogging, and reading blogs (though I kept up with couple of favorites). She puts it so well: comparison is a thief. And it was stealing my time, my energy and my joy.
In my time "off" I've been enjoying my family, cooking, and investing time and energy into our home life. Here are 7 quick takes at life here during the last month:
1. I've been working on a few recipes to share and I will post those in due time. First, salsa pocha. I'll explain later. But know this, it is simple and delicious.
2. It's been colder here so we've been enjoying Mexican hot chocolate. This particular chocolate is extra special because it comes from a smallish town in Mexico, and I stole it from my grandmas pantry.
3. I finally got my mom to write down the recipe my dad uses (that my mom taught him) to make a simple roasted chile. You will not regret the tears you may shed whilst roasting these peppers.
4. We went to pick some apples with our family in southern Minnesota a few weekends back. It's a very fall-ish activity but the weather was very summer-ish. I wore shorts and sandals. Iggy wore his best cowboy get up.
5. I've been working on getting a few more blankets listed in my Etsy shop, Ceci Cebu, and I'll share more about that later. But this one is my favorite and I just might buy it for myself.
6. After we hit up the apple orchards we picked pumpkins. And if you know more than I did you would know that none of these beauties pictures are actually pumpkins, except for the little guy in the front, but squash. Inspired by my friend Susana over at Living with Lady Philosophy, I roasted, pureed and froze most of this goodness. I saved some for a pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. I used Smitten Kitchen's recipe for a the pie. It took a long, long, long time but was well worth it.
7. Lastly, I've been enjoying some fall decorating and cozy blankets around our apartment. The house is old, and drafty and we have problems with mice and wasps. But it has character, and it works for now. I've learned to lean into it, and love it. It's our home. It's Iggy's first home, and that makes me love it all the more.
Head on over to Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes