It’s hard to believe it is already the last day of 2016! What an exciting, full and crazy year it has been for us. I took an un-planned blogging break for the past several weeks to focus on family, work and other responsibilities. The holidays are always a busy time, and this year I definitely underestimated and stretched myself a little thin! Now we are all well-rested, well-fed, the house is finally clean and back to normal.
New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year. Our 2016 flew by and as the dates run together, it is easy to forget all the things, big and small, that happened this year and get lost in the chaos of the past few weeks. Luke and I took the time this past week to go through all of the photos we took this past year and reminisce about the past year. To highlight our favorite moments, we put together a list of our best adventures and recipes from 2016.
Today I am guest posting for Kami at Faithfully Me. Kami is a fellow Minnesotan and Twin Cities’ blogger, and I’m so excited to work with her. Head over to Faithfully Me for my Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce recipe and check out her blog!
I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while, and I’m so excited to share it with you. If you like sweet potato, you’ll love these light and pillow-like gnocchi. So delicious, and totally do-able on a busy weeknight!
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November is here, which means Thanksgiving planning season has officially begun in my family. The emails start to pour in just as the last trick-or-treaters head home. October ends with Halloween and November begins every year with an enthusiastic email from my aunt titled “THANKSGIVING!!!!!” What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Where should we have for Thanksgiving dinner? Who is bringing the pie? Your cousin might be in town, can someone forward this email to him? What are your in-laws’ plans? Is this your first Thanksgiving as a married couple??? (Nope, it’s our third.) Does anyone even like sweet potatoes? YES WE LIKE THE SWEET POTATOES. And so on and so forth.
I’ve had Thanksgiving on my mind all week, and with all the talk of turkey and my cousin’s favorite sweet potatoes, I’ve been craving my favorite Thanksgiving treat- Pumpkin Pie. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know I have a pretty serious pumpkin addiction. I bake pumpkin spice bagels year round, and I started drinking iced pumpkin spice lattes in July with no shame. Flipping through my recipe book, I found my overnight cinnamon rolls recipe. Scrumptious, hearty whole wheat cinnamon rolls just waiting to be pumpkin-fied. And just like that, pumpkin pie rolls were born.
Happy Monday, Everyone! Can you believe October is almost over? We’ve had a beautiful and busy autumn, and the past few months have flown by. I sat down this weekend to plan blog posts for the coming months, and I am so excited to be able to share it with you. When I started this blog a year ago, I didn’t know what to expect. I hoped to share a few recipes, but I never expected to connect with people around the country- and even around the world! From Ingrid, With Love is more than a food blog, it is a community, a place to connect, to share and to grow. That’s why I’m launching a reader survey today- your thoughts and opinions are invaluable. I’ve never done a survey, and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions for the blog.
On Friday, I shared photos from our anniversary trip along Minnesota’s North Shore. We had a wonderful time exploring state parks, but that was only half of our trip. On Saturday, we piled into my brother’s car for a scenic road trip to Bayfield, Wisconsin and the annual Bayfield Apple Festival!
My brother Kristian lives in Duluth, and he knows the city and surrounding parks better than anyone else. Originally, we planned to take Kristian with us on our state park adventure and he would show us his favorite places and trails. Our plans changed when Kristian discovered our weekend up north coincided with the Bayfield Apple Festival. We didn’t know what to expect- only that my brother went with friends the year before and had a great time.
We met at my brother’s house in Duluth early Saturday morning and were on the road by 9. The drive from Duluth to Bayfield is just under two hours, but the drive was gorgeous, winding along the shores of Lake Superior on one side, and acres of farm land on the other. The fall colors were at peak, and we couldn’t have asked for a sunnier fall day. Bayfield is a small town of about 400 people, but there were crowds everywhere for Apple Fest! Last year, USA Today named the Bayfield Apple Festival one of the top 10 fall festivals in the nation, and people travel from across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Even though we arrived early, we had to park several blocks away and walk down a steep hill to the festival in downtown Bayfield.