A lumpy, mishapen patched up pie crust before baking

You Can Learn a Lot from an Ugly Pie Crust

“Can I help you with the pie mommy? Please?”

“I WANT TO HELP!!!!”

Two young boys bound into the kitchen on a Thanksgiving morning.

My first response was an internal sigh. It’s so much easier and faster if I just do it, especially when it comes to a finicky pie crust. But I thought, hey why not. It was the point of the morning where they start to tire of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I like teaching them new things.

I made the pie crust the day before and it was chilling in the fridge so I laid it on the counter. They helped me measure the flour and cinnamon and they snacked on the apple slices and dipped their wet fingers in the sugar to sample.

Kids helping to bake a pie in the kitchen

My eager kitchen helpers. Photo: Audra Rogers, RealHonestMom Blog

Cooking with kids

It’s cooking with kids…but then again it’s cooking with kids, you know? A wise woman once told me to let kids make messes in the kitchen when they’re young, and though it goes against every fiber in my being sometimes, I oblige within reason. It does clean and they enjoy it.

We were all crop dusted with flour by the time I explained how we would divide the dough in half and make a top and bottom crust. They took turns sprinkling flour on the counter and rolling with the rolling pin.

They really enjoyed the process and laughed at the “argh!” style noise I made when I used too much pressure with the rolling pin and a part of the crust rolled off. The granulated sugar crunched underneath my shoes on the hardwood floor.

Even though I use a very forgiving and pliable pie crust recipe, this is our final product before oven time:

A lumpy, mishapen patched up pie crust before baking

Made with love. Photo: Audra Rogers, RealHonestMom Blog

Not my best work, and it required several patch jobs that they helped with, but they were so proud of the pie we made.

I of course threw in a comment about how this just goes to show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover because it was going to taste AMAZING no matter what it looked like.

And it did. It really, truly did. It was the best pie I have ever had. Ever.

Lumpy, patched up baked pie crust

Baked with love. Photo: Audra Rogers, RealHonestMom Blog

You can learn a lot from an ugly pie crust

I think it’s so important to make sure kids know that mistakes are okay. It’s important to try new things, and maybe even expect that it won’t be perfect the first time. If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t learning and growing.

It was baked with love, laughs, sweet memories and an honest effort, which is always welcome here.

I put a lot of effort into making a nice meal for the day, but in the end, the pie was the best part of all.

I spent sweet time teaching my sons how to make an apple pie with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the background, and Christmas music on the radio. I will always remember that, and I think they will too.

I was incredibly thankful for our little family Thanksgiving. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Thank you, ugly pie crust.

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Mom’s Dream

My 2 favorite passions: teaching kids basic life skills in the home and using my gifts of video and writing to explain things in a loving way.

I am going to combine the two to try something new in the new year. I am currently in the thick of creating the content to launch soon, and I’d love your support!

Even if you aren’t my target customer, you can help by spreading the word when the time comes.

I will still write on this blog, because it’s my first love that has saved me in countless ways.

I’ve had this idea burning in my soul for quite a while now, and it’s go time.

I am currently available on a consulting basis in the ways of the home in the meantime. I asked my sons to give me a few testimonials and they did!

You can see those, check my availability and schedule an appointment here. And stay tuned! ♥

children dressed in vintage costumes in the 1970's

Throwback to a Vintage Halloween

My mother is a saint. She gets texts like this from me on the regular, and she always delivers.

“Do you have that old picture of me in the library in my Woody Woodpecker costume?

-Oh my goodness, I don’t remember it. I can look in the trunk.

It might have been a newspaper clipping. It was in the story well in the library and I was sitting next to Michael Wayne.”

Michael’s last name isn’t Wayne but I knew if I said it like that she’d know right away I was talking about one of my all-time best childhood friends.

Seriously, how great were 70’s Halloween costumes?

They were total fire hazard suits and the molded plastic masks were sure to cut your face by the end of the night, but were they not the greatest? I enjoyed them in the 70’s and the 80’s.

children dressed in vintage costumes in the 1970's

Photo: L. Hudson and RealHonestMomBlog

I couldn’t wait to be Woody Woodpecker and my mom came through. Michael Wayne was the Hulk, I believe. (Some things never go out of style)

My mom is standing at the top of the picture (dark hair) holding my little sister, who is now 39 years old. I was hit with a wave of nostalgia as I saw this picture of the story well in the library where I spent a great deal of time as a kid. I remember the librarian reading stories and moving around characters on the felt board at the front of the room.

nostalgic halloween costumes

Photo: L. Hudson and RealHonestMomBlog

It also took me back to old school trick-or-treating in our small town.

It was back before safety was much of a priority, but it was the best.

Our parents would load us all up in the car (seat belts, schmeet belts), drop us off at the end of the street and we would run up and down the block with our cousins and friends searching out the good stuff.

vintage halloween costumes

We would run down the block with our masks flipped up on top of our heads just before ringing the doorbell. Then it was masks-down and a big, breathy “trick or treat!” in unison.

Then we would flip the masks back up on top of our heads and race to the next house, oblivious to the larger-than-life high school kids throwing eggs at each other at the town square and t.p.’ing houses and trees.

vintage woody woodpecker halloween costume

Photo: Ebay

Okay, well maybe not oblivious exactly, but we definitely had bigger priorities.

The weather mattered even less than the time on the clock, and we would stay out until we scoured every block and found every porch line shining bright.

We would get home and dump our bounties in close, yet territorial piles and count out the loot.

Mom would check for needles in the apples and popcorn balls. Not that it mattered, she would end up eating those herself because well, you know. Not at the top of the kid list, really.

I try to keep trick-or-treating with my own kids as close to what I got to experience growing up.

As much as you can today, anyway. We hit several streets full blast with breathy trick-or-treats. I walk closely with them, but I enjoy dressing up just as much as they do.

 

Some things never die.

Except fire hazard suits, thin plastic-molded masks, eggs and t.p.

Another 1970’s gem from the trunk (treasure chest):

A picture of my preschool class in 1979.

Photo: L. Hudson and RealHonestMomBlog

I’m on the upper right.

My mom loves to tell the story about how my grandma dressed me for school that day. The clothes were too small and if you look closely, my belly is hanging out the front of my shirt. Amen for pilgrim hats and a sweet friend in the middle row!

Not that it wouldn’t be awesome for me to see now. It’s still a classic memory.

Take. the. pictures.

Looking back on times like these ensure that I’m taking all of the pictures and videos I can of my kids now. One day I will be the mom at the top of the picture holding the baby that has long since grown up.

What are some of your favorite nostalgic Halloween memories?

Whole30 meal of smoked pork loin, butternut squash and a green salad with Whole30 ranch dressing

Best Tips for Whole30 Success

I did it. I survived the Whole30 eating program. 30 days without added sugar, alcohol, bread, legumes and processed foods. I am very much the average Joe, and I simply wanted better health after an entire summer eating pop tarts, chips, ice cream and fast food.

I’m a sweets and carb-loader from way back, and I knew the food I was eating was driving my down moods, anxiety and difficult digestion. Inflammation was so common it was the sad norm, and I knew my physical health was also affecting me as a parent.

I read up and studied on the Whole30 body reset and wondered if I could possibly live without sugar-my favorite emotional crutch-for 30 days.

Whole30 meal of smoked pork loin, butternut squash and a green salad with Whole30 ranch dressing

Smoked pork loin, butternut squash, green salad with Whole30 ranch. Photo: RealHonestMomBlog

How Did You Prepare for Whole30?

I prayed for will power and a taste for things that come more naturally to the Earth.

I got busy creating margin in my freelance writing life so I could give this program the time and attention I deserved. I take terrible care of myself when I’m over-committed, and I had been for some time. I resigned from one regular writing job and scaled back on blogging and social media. I knew it was a sacrifice, but I really wanted a change.

I took a week to read the books and do a 7-day trial run to get a feel for how I would do meal preps with school back in full swing. I probably should have taken longer, but I didn’t want to lose momentum.

My results on Whole30

No cheating, no formal exercise, no measuring food or counting calories. Just a sole concentration on changing what was on my plate.

Here’s what happened:

  • 12 pound weight loss
  • Down 2 clothing sizes
  • Elevated moods and energy
  • More active, plus the will and motivation to be productive
  • Reduced appearance in varicose veins (was not expecting this one!)
  • Zero need for caffeine (I have 1 cup of coffee in the morning, more out of habit than need, and no sodas)
  • Whiter teeth
  • Smooth digestion, almost no inflammation, zero heartburn
  • Clearer thinking, less anxiety
  • Sense of calm, more patience, better parent
  • Better self esteem and body image
  • Restful sleep
  • No aches in hands in the morning
  • Desire to get out and be more active (family bike rides, nature walks, etc)
Whole30 selfie

Boom. Photo: RealHonestMomBlog

What was Hard on Whole30?

Lack of cheese. I thought I would die without bread, but I didn’t miss bread at all. I missed cheese, and the dinnertime burger commercials on tv with melted cheese almost did me in, but I refrained.

Dishes. So many dishes. I tried to do bulk preps on the weekend to reduce the load during the week, but I was cooking food for myself separate from the rest of the fam, and the dishes are real. (Helpful hint: paper plates)

Smells. Driving past Sonic made my mouth water, and I actually took my own little lunch box when I ate with the fam at McDonald’s. Fast foods have distinct smells that you recognize right away, but I felt so good on Whole30 I really wasn’t tempted.

The unexpected. I had to quickly grab leftovers from the fridge to eat before rushing to a school meeting I forgot about, but I made sure to regularly cook enough to have leftovers so it was okay. And I keep an apple and macadamia nuts in my purse if I’m out and about.

Portion sizes. This is something you work on from day 1, figuring out how much you should eat of each kind of food so you are satisfied and don’t need snacks between meals. I overate a few times and under-ate a few times, but you’ll get the hang of it.

Headaches. I started out with a 2-day headache from sugar withdrawals. I knew it would likely happen based on the “what to expect” schedule from the book so I planned to start on a weekend when my husband was home and I’m really glad I did. (My advice: STICK WITH IT, happy days are straight ahead.)

Whole30 meal of roasted chicken, potatoes, onions, carrots and squash

Hip hip hooray! Comfort food. Roasted chicken, potatoes, onions, squash, carrots. Side of green olives (not shown) Photo: RealHonestMomBlog

My Tips for Whole30 Success

Thinking about trying it for yourself? I highly recommend it. The whole30 book has a ton of suggestions on how to handle things that will come up. Here are the ones that really helped me, plus suggestions of my own:

1. Make a To-Do List

Make a list of light tasks to do around the house to keep your mind occupied when cravings hit. This helped me a lot. I cleared out and organized a few junk drawers and huge boxes of school papers. I cleaned out my closet and organized a book shelf.

2. Don’t Try Too Much at Once

Overwhelm is very real if you do too much at once. Go through the book and make a list of things to buy from 2 or 3 recipes you think you would like per week. Don’t run out and buy all the weird stuff you don’t need right away, slow and steady wins the race. I rarely use the coconut aminos, coconut flour and shallots I bought, but I use the heck out of ghee (it’s like regular butter without lactose). I had fresh herbs go bad because I didn’t use them fast enough. Go as simple as you can. Eggs are easy, as are canned olives and raw nuts and you don’t have to buy organic everything.

3. Cook in Bulk

Easy recipes in the book that guarantee leftovers are a good way to start. I loved the sweet potato soup, pot roast and roasted chicken recipes. If you find something you like, make large portions. It will be a relief on many occasions to just reheat stuff that’s already made.

4. Plan, Plan, Plan

The books helps you a lot with this. It runs you through several If/Then scenarios to think about. For example: If there is an office birthday party, then I’ll eat a healthy snack beforehand so I’m full. Or if I am traveling, I will pack xyz in a carry-on until I can get to a grocery store.

We just visited a pumpkin farm and I knew we would get hungry while we were there. They weren’t likely to sell Whole30 foods, so I ate a big healthy lunch before we left the house and I packed an apple and nuts in my bag to snack on. The family ordered food there so we all ate together.

It’s also a great idea to keep a food journal. Stuck on figuring out what to make? Look back to what you made in previous days to get ideas. Also notate what was good, what wasn’t and how you felt that day.

I’m old school like that. Photo: RealHonestMomBlog

5. It’s Okay to be That Person

I took a little lunch box to McDonald’s a few times and no one cared. I was there with family from out of town and we bought food for others there. You have the power to choose what you eat. Research nutrition info for various restaurants on their websites ahead of time when picking a place to go, they are very detailed.

I only felt confident ordering food at a restaurant once on Whole30. It was our wedding anniversary, and my husband was happy to go there. Thank you Chipotle! You can get the pork carnitas salad bowl with pico and guac and it’s a-ok! A whole, compliant, glorious meal in one. Not exactly romantic, but happy wife, happy life.

I’ve done this long enough now, I would feel more confident ordering like Meg Ryan or just bringing my own dressing or making a special request.

6. Prep Work Makes the Dream Work

There is a ton of prep cutting vegetables on Whole30. I ended up buying some pre-cut at the grocery store to save on prep time. It’s more expensive, but to me it’s worth buying zoodles since I don’t have a spiralizer, and diced butternut squash because that stuff is hard to cut! I do most of the prep myself but a little break is nice once in a while starting out.

Whole30 meal of grilled chicken, cucumbers, watermelon and guacamole

Grilled chicken, cucumbers, watermelon, Whole30 guacamole. Photo: Audra Rogers

7. Meals 1, 2 and 3

I love how they say in the book not to think of meals as breakfast, lunch and dinner but as meals 1, 2 and 3. Because then you won’t limit yourself to only certain foods at certain times.

This was a lifesaver because I ate approximately 8 billions eggs in the beginning. It was getting old, so I am fine eating grilled chicken in the morning. Trust me, at one point you’ll be all cooked out and you won’t care what you eat when, and leftovers are a blessing. It’s great for variety too. I’ve even mixed up diced chicken with eggs for protein in an omelet.

8. Pay Close Attention to Your Body

They describe this phenomenon called “Tiger blood” when you feel so good, it’s amazing and you feel like pure power is running through your veins. It’s true! I had it, though it was more mild than eye of the tiger. But I could definitely tell when I had crossed over into real health.

9. Eat with as Few Distractions as Possible

If you have kids and you just laughed out loud, I hear you. I got up 30 min before the kids in the morning and quietly sat and ate by myself. No tv, no phone, just concentrating on every bite, the taste and how I felt before the kids woke up.

We get so busy and eat on auto-pilot a lot of the time, so this was really valuable to me. Sometimes the kids get up and it’s business as usual, but it’s a good exercise.

10. Savor Favorite Foods

I am massively in love with sweet potatoes. When I knew I would be taking my own food to eat somewhere, I would pack things I truly love that feel like a treat, and sweet potatoes always got me through. I also love green olives. So I try to slow down and savor the foods I like. I’m a fast eater and I can throw down on a big meal, but slowing down to savor things helped me feel satisfied.

11. Fails Happen

It’s okay to fail. Sometimes you have no idea how to care for fresh herbs.

Sad herbs went bad

My apologies, cilantro and parsley. I’m trying. Photo: RealHonestMomBlog

Sometimes you use coconut flour to dredge the chicken in your favorite chicken marsala recipe and it destroys the whole meal. It’s okay.

chicken marsala failed recipe

Chicken marsala fail using coconut flour. Doh! Photo: RealHonestMomBlog

This is another reason it’s a good idea to keep a running cycle of leftovers. I had hard-boiled eggs in the fridge as a protein and I ended up mixing and matching weird foods together to make a compliant meal.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. You are taking steps to get healthier because you want to do better, and that’s a win in any ledger to me.

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Interested in learning more? See also:

2 Weeks In: How I’m Surviving Whole30

I Went Without Sugar for 30 Days and Lived to Tell

Also, here are the books I followed: (affiliate links)

Whole30 and It Starts With Food books

I once was blind but now I see.

It Starts With Food concentrates more on the way your body processes food, which is great background info to know how your body is reacting to what you eat. It also includes details of the program.

The Whole30 Book is all about the program and what to expect, how to plan for travel, the unexpected and a busy schedule. I recommend both. And please feel free to ask me any questions!

(Also available in paperback and Kindle)

 

Best Tips for Whole30 success and winning in a whole foods diet.

Little Rascals Zipline at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

9 Things to Look for in a Pumpkin Patch

This is a sponsored post with Honeysuckle Hill Farm. Experiences are 100% real!

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the beautiful changes in nature, cooler weather and we always head to an area pumpkin patch to spend the day on a weekend.

Everyone walks, talks and pees in the potty in our family of 4, so we race straight to the more adventurous stuff now, but we still need things for littles since our youngest is 4. There are several things we look for when choosing which pumpkin patch to support in our area.

I’ll use our visit to Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN as an example since we found everything we needed there. We hung out for 4 hours! (Check out the video to see all the action!)

Here are the things we look for when it comes to finding family fun at a pumpkin patch:

1. Innovation

There is no group of people on Earth more equipped for creativity and innovation than farmers, amirite? We love finding family farms with homemade attractions. Some of our favorites at Honeysuckle Hill Farm:

Spider playset at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Spider playset at Honeysuckle Hill Farm. Photo: Audra Rogers

Human hamster wheels at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Human hamster wheel races! Photo: Audra Rogers

Miner's Mountain slide at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Miner’s Mountain slide. Photo: Audra Rogers

New in 2017, the mechanical Corn Swing. I saw it on the map, and I was like, what the heck is a corn swing? Well it was a refreshing and surprisingly powerful ride that brought on a nice breeze to cool off after we had been walking around for a while. We rode it several times!

Mechanical corn swing at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Fresh air! The mechanical Corn Swing. Photo: Audra Rogers

2. Thrills

Speaking of fresh air, this is me on a zipline!

Zipline at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Wheeeeee! Photo: Audra Rogers

My 9-year-old son and I did the zipline that runs above the farm. For $15 per person, you get two zips across the property. My 9 year old was a little timid at first, but loved it after giving it a try. I had a blast, it felt so good!

There is also a Little Rascals zipline for kids that sits low to the ground and doesn’t require a harness.

Little Rascals Zipline at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Wheee! Photo: Audra Rogers

The boys also stepped up to the bungee trampoline ($5/person) and they were both able to make back flips happen.

Scream Creek is a haunted house attraction on the property after dark, but we didn’t stay for that because it isn’t recommended for kids younger than 10.

3. Things for Dad

I feel you, dads. Though you love spending time with the fam, there isn’t a lot that necessarily caters to you at a pumpkin patch.

So this was probably the coolest thing we’ve ever seen thus far. Brand new in 2017 at Honeysuckle Hill Farm, you’ll hear them when you’re taking the kids through the petting zoo and wonder what the heck that sound is.

Regulators, mount up! The Apple Blasters do not disappoint. Photo: Audra Rogers

For $5 you get 10 apples to load into the chute and shoot at Halloween-themed metal targets hanging in the woods. They have a lot of power and they make a cool sound! We all gave it a go, and there was a dad next to us with a young daughter having a blast with it. This is no doubt a dad favorite, and one of our favorite things.

We did 2 rounds and it was well worth the $10.

Nearby, there is also a large structure with cutouts for throwing footballs, baseballs, shooting hoops and nice shade, just fyi.

4. Things for Littles

We still want plenty of stuff for littles, since our youngest is 4. He really liked the Little Rascals zip line, the tractor playground and the tree house play area.

Tractor playground at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Tractor Playground. Photo: Audra Rogers

The tree houses are adorable and you can go inside them. There are 3 total main tree houses and other climbing structures behind them. So crafty!

Treehouse playground area at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN.

Tree House Village. Photo: Audra Rogers

You’ll also find the popular trampoline-like Corn Poppers to jump on and a Corn Box where kids can play in corn kernels.

5. Photo Ops

Families love to take Fall pictures, no doubt. There are several points to stop and take plenty. Again, lots of homemade attractions from the big wooden monster truck/tractor to covered wagons, face cutouts in the petting zoo, a giant rocking chair and tall wooden horse to name a few.

Play truck in Tiny Town at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Play truck in Tiny Town. Photo: Audra Rogers

You’ll come away with plenty of Fall family pics.

6. Shaded Places for Down Time/Rest

You’ll need to plan for the elements, no doubt. Be sure to dress in light clothing and bring water, it was warm the day we went. We stopped to rest and refuel twice after being out in the open areas.

Tiny Town play area at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN

Dump trucks and covered wagons in Tiny Town at Honeysuckle Hill Farm. Photo: Audra Rogers

There are several areas throughout for parents to sit and watch kids play. You can also take a little bit of a breather on a hayride or splash a bit in the water in the duck races and while mining for rocks.

7. Food

We found two large sheltered areas with picnic tables and food. Both are in clear view to watch kids since they usually finish eating fast and want to run back out and play.

Shade and grub! Photo: Audra Rogers

We ate a big lunch before we went, but we played pretty hard and got hungry for another meal while we were there. (I brought an apple with almonds and walnuts to snack on since I’m on Whole30) but the fam loved the hot dog meals. They smelled so good!

Hot dog meal at Honeysuckle Hill Farm. Photo: Audra Rogers

8. Bathrooms

I’m not too proud to use a port-a-potty, but it was nice to see regular bathrooms at the main shelter area with real toilets, sinks and hand washing setup. Sometimes it’s the little things when you’re roughing it, you know?

Find the bathroom signs when you first arrive, you’ll need them!

9. Pumpkins, of course!

Of course you want to round out the day with a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins. We like smaller pumpkins because they’re easier to carry and seem to last the longest when we paint them. But anything goes!

It’s also nice to browse the handmade items for sale in the Farmer’s Market. They’re sure to be at every pumpkin patch, be sure to check it out!

Check out the action packed video of our day at the Honeysuckle Hill Farm pumpkin patch! What are your favorite Fall family activities?

We bought a coffee pot at Target for our anniversary

It’s Okay to Buy a Coffee Pot on Your Anniversary

Well, it’s that time of year. Pumpkin spice, pumpkin farms, beautiful turned leaves in Tennessee… and us trying to figure out what the heck to do for our wedding anniversary at the last minute.

Last year was our 11th anniversary and we went to Target and bought a coffee pot.

We bought a coffee pot at Target for our anniversary

Happy Anniversary to us! New coffee pot, boom. Photo: Audra Rogers

And you know what? It was us, and it was awesome. Simple and inexpensive make the grade for us every time.

We tried to up the ante by getting dressed in decent clothes and finding a fancy restaurant.

“Well, we didn’t wear all this fancy shit for nothing.” -Danny Rogers

We added an extra layer of bliss by throwing in new memory-foam tennis shoes (because comfort is king). But we didn’t really need the added layers, it was more out of obligation.

Comfort truly is king, isn’t it? When it comes to marriage and anniversaries, that’s what it’s all about in my book. Who cares what you do as long as you’re comfortable, content and celebrating in a way that’s uniquely you?

We had a mechanical bull at our wedding reception for pete’s sake, and if that isn’t a feature that’s unique and personal to the bride and groom, I don’t know what is.

We had a mechanical bull at our wedding. Best night ever! 2005 Photo: Audra Rogers

Valentine’s Day for us is a comfy cozy night at home with Netflix and ice cream after the kids are in bed. I think every couple gets to decide whether or not it’s a big, expensive hairy occasion or quaint and basic.

Sometimes it’s just good enough all year to not have to make a big fuss over anniversaries. As long as both parties are in agreement on what to do, do whatever you want.

We’ve had date nights at Home Depot and basic, budget restaurants the kids won’t eat in. One year we went to a virtual gun range and that was fun.

I’m not saying we wouldn’t benefit from an all-inclusive weekend away on a private island if someone gave it to us for free, but when that’s not in the cards, we are fine just going with the flow and moseying around Big Lots.

I saw a friend recently post on social media about how on a night away from kids, she and her husband went to JC Penney’s and bought a new cookie sheet with a coupon. Another talked about their anniversary night at Sprouts and I was reminded about that weekend we went and looked at new mattresses at the mattress store.

(Be careful with bored shopping because you might end up with a new mattress, just fyi!)

A coworker of mine used to love to tell the story about how his parents got married during the gas crisis many years ago and couldn’t go anywhere for their honeymoon so they just made do at home.

We still don’t quite know what we’re doing for our anniversary yet this weekend, but I’m pretty sure we’re about due for another coffee pot. I’ll keep you posted!

What are some of your favorite basic celebrations for date nights, honeymoons or anniversaries? I’d love to hear more in the comments!