It’s fall, y’all!

It is officially October and I have officially already killed a pot of mums. It’s a breezy 79 degrees outside, pine straw is blowing around everywhere, and the leaves are starting to change colors. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the weather, the colors, the scents, and the fashion that come along with this time of year.

I always like to reflect and set some goals for the upcoming month. This month, my goals are pretty simple:

  1. I want to get and STAY caught up on grading papers at work
  2. I want to cook and eat healthier meals
  3. I want to exercise at least 5 days a week
  4. I want to save a much money as possible on groceries and household items
  5. I want to read at least one novel for fun (not work related)

These goals seem simple, but they are actually going to be super hard for me. I am constantly staring down a stack of 200-300 papers or more that need my attention. Cooking and eating healthier meals isn’t really that hard, but it can be expensive, which contradicts with my goal of saving money on groceries this month. Exercise is something that I am always glad I did, but it takes a ton of motivation to get me out there. I need to be way more self-motivated (and that’s HARD!). As far as the reading goal – that’s one that I have always had since I started teaching, and I have never been able to get it done while I’ve been teaching. It may seem silly, but I miss reading for fun (without a red pen or highlighter in my hand), and I think I will be so much better at fostering a love for reading in my students if I am well-read.

I know I’ve been absent on the blog this week. It’s the end of the first 9 weeks at school and I have been trying to catch up grading essays. Here’s what’s been happening at the Wallace house:


Last weekend, we went to Lowe’s (our favorite place to shop together) and bought some beautiful fall colored pots and flowers.


I found this super cute rug at Target for $12 and just couldn’t pass it up.


Jeff took me to Montgomery last Sunday to see Agatha Christie’s famous play, The Mousetrap. We had so much fun and the play was awesome! It’s a murder mystery and it kept us guessing until the very end.


Hobby Lobby had a huge fall sale (which is always a dangerous thing for me) and I found this adorable owl welcome sign. I wired it into a grapevine wreath with some fall ribbon for the back door (and remembered how bad I am at tying pretty bows).


I found a recipe for apple pops on Facebook and made some as an after dinner treat for Jeff and myself one night. They were super easy, cute, and tasty, but I would recommend only making as many as you’re planning to eat that night, because they weren’t very good the next day (the chocolate kept falling off). Basically, you just slice some apples, stick a popsicle stick in each slice, and dip them in melted chocolate. Then you top them with candy, nuts, and melted white chocolate and caramel drizzles. They would be great for a party!


We had dinner with friends at River, a new restaurant on Jack Warner in Tuscaloosa, last night. It is easily our new favorite restaurant! The atmosphere is awesome. They are located right on the river and since it was such a beautiful night last night, they had the doors open to connect the indoor dining room to the large deck. The food is all fresh. They partnered with local farmers and use fresh farm eggs and vegetables in all their dishes. We got the fried okra, fried oysters, and smoked catfish dip for appetizers. They were all equally good. The smoked catfish dip was really unique. I’ve never had anything like it before, but it was so good! Even the chips they served it with were smoked. It smelled like a campfire and tasted sooooo good! I’m going to try to create a copycat recipe soon.


Jeff got their catfish, and I got the crispy chicken. My dish was served with buttermilk mashed potatoes and they were the best mashed potatoes I have ever eaten. 


We will definitely be going back! I’ve heard they have an awesome brunch menu on the weekends, so we may go check that out soon. 

Today, we’re headed to an Alabama football party, so I made some sausage balls, sausage and cream cheese rolls, and apple nachos. Here are the recipes:


Sausage Balls

1/2 lb ground sausage

1/2 package cream cheese

1/2 cup baking mix (like Bisquick)

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used Pepper Jack today because that’s what I had on hand, but I normally use Cheddar. Jeff loved the Pepper Jack because it made them more spicy.)

Lowry’s Garlic Salt and Seasoned Salt

On medium-high heat, brown the sausage. Season with a sprinkle of garlic salt and seasoned salt. Once sausage is done, remove from heat and stir together with cream cheese. Add baking mix and cheese and mix well. Use a small scoop to place mixture in a mini-muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.


Sausage and Cream Cheese Rolls

1/2 lb ground sausage

1/2 package cream cheese

1 tube crescent rolls

Lowry’s Garlic Salt and Seasoned Salt

On medium-high heat, brown the sausage. Season with a sprinkle of garlic salt and seasoned salt. Once sausage is done, remove from heat and stir together with cream cheese.

Roll out 1/2 of the cresent roll dough into a flat rectangle of dough. Spread sausage and cream cheese mixture over the dough and roll into a log. Cut the log into 8 slices and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat with the second half of the dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until the rolls look golden brown.


Apple Nachos

2 Granny Smith apples

1 Gala apple

Caramel

White Chocolate

Chocolate

Walnuts

Cut the apples in half and slice, removing the core and seeds. Place in an even layer on a platter. Melt caramel, chocolate, and white chocolate. Drizzle the melted caramel, chocolate, and white chocolate over the apples. Sprinkle walnut pieces on top. You could also add chopped candy bars, M&Ms, or pretzel pieces.

I hope you enjoy these game day treats! Happy fall, y’all!

 

 

 

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