Friday, September 15, 2017

Five on Friday [9.15.17]

Happy Friday!  It's been quite a week, so without further ado, here are this week's five:

Hubby and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this week.  How time flies.

We took our 4th grade kiddos on a field trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It's incredible to see things through the eyes of a child.  One might think "boring art museum" but they loved it.  Our art teacher is clearly doing a great job.

These three have visited me a couple times this week on my morning walk.

The moon shines on the first half of my walk.  Then I turn the corner and the sun is rising on the second half.  It's pretty awesome, actually.

The Le Creuset Oulet opens today!  This could mean trouble, friends.  I may have even mentioned something to Hubby about getting a job there.....

Trying to remember...

via Pinterest

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Katie                                              April

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Le Creuset Love

A few weeks ago a little invitation arrived in my inbox and I was absolutely giddy!!  A Le Creuset outlet is opening here in Indianapolis and I was invited to attend a special little event.  Tonight, I jumped at the chance.

I first visited the outlet in Destin while on vacation, and although this store seems slightly smaller, it certainly did not disappoint.  The shelves were packed with beautiful pieces of all sorts, in both function and pricing.

The majority of my pieces are in flame, save a few pieces of my grandfather's that are Caribbean.  While I'm a devoted traditionalist with the flame, this evening the pink caught my eye.  A mug may or may not have ended up in my basket which will, no doubt, bring a smile to my face each time I use it.

I would love to share the other pieces I snagged, but started my Christmas shopping and just can't spoil the surprises.  Instead, here are a few of my favorites.  In this hive, the Le Creuset gets daily use, and even though some of it is as old as I am, you would never guess.

My very favorite, and most versitile piece, is the dutch oven.  The possibilities are endless with this one...soups, stews, braised meats, roasted chicken, you name it, you can do it.

I'm certain there will be many more trips to the new store before Christmas (and let's be honest after Christmas, too)!  Do you, too, share a love of Le Creuset?  What color have you chosen?  What pieces are your favorites?

Happy Shopping!

*While Le Creuset kindly invited me to the opening this evening, this is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are strictly my own.  I have, however, included affiliate links for some pieces.  Thank you for supporting The Happy Little Hive.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nine Years

Nine years ago today Hubby and I said I do!  While some days it seems like just yesterday, some days it seems like I can't remember life without him.  

 Happy Anniversary, Hubby!  I love the life we've built together and can't wait to see what's in store.

 So, as the saying goes, grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.

Happy Anniversary, Hubby!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pumpkin Love

We love all things pumpkin in this hive and are so excited that along with fall temperatures comes all sorts of pumpkin goodness.  I picked up several cans of pumpkin this weekend and am anxious to whip some old favorites!  Our top three favorites (at the moment) are:

Homemade Pumpkin Latte

Pumpkin Crisp

Pumpkin Dip

We love the non-edible pumpkins, too, like this easy DIY monoram pumpkin.

We will also be cooking up some brownies, soup, and some other goodies, so stay tuned.  What's your favorite pumpkin goodie??

Happy Fall!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Look for the Helpers

Just like most Americans, I remember exactly where I was on this day all those years ago.  I had actually just returned from a visit to New York for the US Open, but was at school that day.  We watched the horror on the small tv in the teachers' lounge.  While we didn't say much to the kids that day, we talked a lot in the days following.  We assured them of their safety, we gave a lot of love, and we followed Mr. Roger's lead, telling them to look for the helpers.

As our country braces for another natural disaster today, we are once again reminded to look for the helpers.  (Although this, of course, is a completely different kind of horror.)  There were so very many selfless helpers that day, just as there has been recently in Texas, and just as I'm sure there will be in Florida in the days to come.  So as we watch the memorials and relive the devastation, don't forget to look for the helpers.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Throws]

As the weather begins to turn we're slowly changing our hive around from light and airy to warm and cozy.  The easiest way is adding throws.  We keep our home pretty chilly, so not only do they add the look of coziness, they're necessary, too.

So this morning we're channeling fall and sipping Salted Caramel Mochas....

....and shopping for throws.

Love the plaid and that it can be monogrammed!

Believe it or not, this one is $10!!

While this might not be the prettiest option, it's probably the coziest.  Hubby and I have been debating adding a heated throw to our collection.  

While I'm not quite ready for winter, I sure do love the change of season.  We will, however, be keeping Florida in our prayers and continue to pray for the recovery in Texas.  Hoping the weathermen are wrong - like they often are.  

Happy Sipping and Shopping!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Whole Roasted Okra

Happy September!  While everyone is pumpkin happy (myself included, just wait until tomorrow's post) we're enjoying whole roasted okra with every meal.  I love okra in any form, especially fried and even stewed, roasting it whole is a new found love.  It's so easy and gives a little healthier, but still crunchy, spin on breaded and fried.  Give it a try -- I promise it's not slimy in the least!

Whole Roasted Okra
  • 1 pound okra, whole
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Drizzle okra with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Mix until all pieces are coated.  
  • Make sure okra is in a single layer and bake for 20-30 minutes, shaking pan a few times, until slightly brown and crisp. 
  • I've only tried this with fresh okra, as it's readily available this time of year.  (If you're in the Midwest, Fresh Thyme has it!)
  • It's so good that I have a feeling I will try frozen, but defrosed, okra this winter.....
Happy Cooking!
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