Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kelsey's Sunday Brunch

I hate to break it to you guys but summer is quickly coming to a close.  One week until Labor Day say what?!  While I will be sad to see summer go, I'm really excited to get this coming year rolling!  Plus, let's be real, fall is one of the best times for cooking and baking with pumpkin in everything and big batches of chili.

Instead of thinking about all the things I didn't check off my summer to-do list, let's stick with the positive and I'll share a few things about this fall that I'm looking forward to:
  • Football: Nothing beats downtown Madison like a Badger football game day, not to mention I become obsessed with my fantasy football teams.
  • Wedding planning: There should be lots to do including engagement photos and dress shopping.
  • Moving: Although putting all your stuff in boxes just to unpack it again a few days later is a hassle, it also feels really good to get a fresh start in a new place sometimes. Plus I get to have my big sister as a roommate again!
  • Applying to law school: Scary and exciting all at the same time.
Lately I've been putting some thought into what we are going to be putting on our wedding registry.  In terms of what I'm going to be asking for to have in my grown-up kitchen I've been considering which brands and materials to pick and found these articles on the best materials for pots and pans and metal, glass, ceramic and silicone pans: when to use each very helpful.  It feels like such a big decision because they are pieces that I know I will be using for many years to come!  Any product suggestions that you love?

Last week my two big sisters and I cashed in Groupons we had bought to do a Paint Nite event.  The events are held at various alcohol establishments (ours was at Fisher King Winery) and there is a teacher who coaches everyone through the same painting over the course of a couple hours.  It ended up being a really fun girls night!

One of my favorite hobbies besides cooking is crafting.  In elementary school I learned how to knit at The Sow's Ear, a local yarn store and coffee shop.  I've enjoyed knitting every since and recently started working on my first project for the fall, this cute little baby pumpkin hat.

If there's any other knitters out there I wanted to share with you this new pattern by Tanis Fiber Arts for the Lady Sunnyside cardigan.  She has a code on her blog for a free download of the pattern that expires tomorrow night!  I've never had the guts to try making a sweat but I'll be stashing this one away for when the time comes.

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  1. I couldn't agree more! I love Fall for these reasons! cooking and baking with pumpkin in everything and big batches of chili. You read my mind. And wow, you have so many things to look forward to! Product suggestions: Le Creuset, for cookware, I say start out with non-stick and you can't go wrong with good ole Calphalon. . or if you want to go big right off the bat, All-Clad. I think every appliance I own is KitchenAid, which I love. . so excited for you!! Fall is going to be fun!

    1. Thanks for the advice Alice! I drool over Le Creuset dutch ovens on the regular and I don't think I've ever heard anything bad about KitchenAid. I've been using non-stick hand-me-downs for a few years now so I'm thinking besides a couple of skillets I'm ready to step it up to stainless steel or a try-ply. I've heard great things about All-Clad!



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