Friday, October 6, 2023

October So Far


We are still on baby watch and ready to travel when we get the call, but also staying busy as we wait.  October is my favorite month in Florida and this weekend we are finally being rewarded with some cooler weather.  It’s time to open the door wall to the lanai and enjoy indoor/outdoor living.

Golf is lovely this time of year, with a welcome breeze and great conditions from the rainy season.  One morning this week, I golfed first thing with some neighborhood friends and I even wore a jacket for a bit. I’m looking forward to getting the ladies golf group I run back together for weekly golf at the end of the month.

My book club is starting back up after the summer off and the first book we are reading is Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.  It is my kind of book - smart writing, unique and quirky.  Great characters too.  It reminded me a bit of Where Did You Go Bernadette which is on my all time favorites list.

Wedding planning is moving right along and I am along for the ride with the bride who is a wedding planner.  I am very excited about the choices she is making and think it will all be beautiful. She booked an appointment at a bridal shop in Sarasota and also an appointment when I will be in Michigan, so ordering the bridal gown will be happening very soon.

Finally, I made a delicious and different sweet treat with some leftover pumpkin puree and if you love pumpkin pie, this is a great crustless alternative.

Pumpkin Crisp 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, 1 c sugar, 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree, 2/3 c heavy cream,  3 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 2 tsp vanilla and pinch of salt.  Pour into prepared  baking dish.

3.  In a food processor, pulse 1 1/2 c brown sugar and 1 1/2 c flour.  Scatter 1/2 cup cold butter, chopped into small pieces on the top, then pulse until crumbly.  

4. Sprinkle crumble mix on top of pumpkin mixture.  Add chopped pecans on top of crumble mix, if desired.

5.  Bake 40- 45 minutes until set and top is lightly browned.



  1. So many exciting things are happening in your life right now. A new grandbaby and a wedding too! How fun for you. And cooler weather too. It would be so fun to have a pool and a lanai. Although, we are LOVING living in our condo. So much easier than a house and more freedom.

    1. Just being settled has to be nice. We downsized too and I have no regrets.

  2. I agree about October here in our coastal climates. We are looking forward to a weekend out on the patio here in Houston! What an exciting time for you, and I can't wait to see the wedding of a wedding planner! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Hard to wait for it isn’t it, but when it finally comes it is worth the wait. I love this stretch of weather 😀

  3. Loving this weather and the beautiful colors..Sounds like you are very busy with soon to be babies and weddings...Hope all goes well..

  4. We are discussing Lessons In Chemistry in November. This month we read The Secret Book of Flora Lea and everyone enjoyed it, which is not always the case. My mom is here so she read it too and liked it. Weddings and babies...doesn't get much better than that!


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