October, my very favorite month, came and went in the blink of an eye.
Unfortunately, September ended on a very sad note for me, as I lost my grandma - my beloved Yaya - on the 28th. She was truly one of a kind, with the biggest heart and a beautiful spirit.
I feel lucky that we had so many years of wonderful memories with her, and I'm so happy she got to meet our little Minion before she passed. But it was very hard to say goodbye, and there are no words to describe how much she will be missed.
On a happier note, my "baby" girl is officially a threenager. And in true Mini fashion, we had two food-filled celebrations - a great family party complete with a make-your-own-taco bar, and a donut-making party with her little friends.
Best. Birthday. Ever.
We also had a fabulous Halloween! Which is amazing, because I feel like occasions & holidays are always very touch & go with young kids.
Actually, that's an understatement- when they don't completely suck, I consider that to be a great success.
But this Halloween totally exceeded my expectations. Mini had a blast being a fox....
...and while the Minion was cranky at points and clearly did not want to be a bat...
... he did rally at the end of the day, and was very cooperative for trick-or treating (which lasted for about 2 hours!) So aside from the grumpy bat, we couldn't have asked for a better day.
For Mini, it was basically the best week ever. One weekend was her birthday, and the next was Halloween. Cake and treats and fox costumes galore, what could be better when you're 3?
I actually think she is taking after her momma in her love for Fall, which is totally fine with me! I'm especially happy that she also seems to enjoy the Autumn flavors. So we have been getting our fill of pumpkin pancakes and apple pie smoothies as we watch the leaves fall.
I like to make her smoothies a few times a week (or as she calls them, "smoovies") and along with yogurt and fruit, I usually throw in some kale or spinach... which are things she refuses to eat otherwise.
We were having salad recently at a family party, and she commented, "I don't like salad. Except when it's in my smoovie."
Haha. As delicious as "salad smoothies" are, I decided it was time to switch things up and add some fall flavor to our smoovies, so the apple pie smoothie was born. Mr. Vittles and I drink her leftovers, and he commented that it really does taste like apple pie! Straining it before drinking it is totally optional, but I'm personally not a fan of seeds and chunks in my smoothies.
Apple Pie Smoothie
- 3/4 C. apple cider
- 1/2 C. Greek yogurt
- 1/4 t. cinnamon
- 1 T. pumpkin (or mashed banana)
- pinch nutmeg
- pinch allspice
- 2 t. oatmeal
- 3-4 ice cubes