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.
Luke and I had a chance to go to the North Shore for our anniversary a couple weeks ago, and we leapt at the opportunity. The North Shore is one of our favorite places, and the fall colors up north are breathtaking. The fall colors were near peak and though it was cold, it was sunny and glorious. Visiting the North Shore in the fall was on our list of adventures for 2016, and I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for months. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, and I’ve been dying to share some photos from our trip!
Overlooking Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake, the North Shore stretches from Duluth to the Canadian Border. The North Shore is saturated with state parks, and with stunning vistas, rocky beaches, raging rivers and waterfalls, it is easy to see why. Lace up your hiking boots- you’re in for an adventure.
Sweaters. Crunchy Leaves. Scarves. Crisp Mornings. Boots. Pumpkin Flavored Everything. These are a few of my favorite things about fall. Autumn is my favorite season, and I could go on and on about everything I love about this time of year. There’s nothing better than going for a long walk to enjoy the fall colors and coming home to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea. Except snuggling up with a warm bowl of soup.
Soup is one of my favorite foods. When I was a kid, I used to ask for soup for lunch every day- even during the summer. My mom worried terribly about my sodium intake and couldn’t believe how many cans of soup her daughter went through over summer vacation. While I’ve curbed my soup addiction, all I want to eat on these crisp fall days is a nice, warm bowl of soup!
Even though soup is one of my favorite foods, I often avoid ordering it at restaurants because they can be greasy and loaded with sodium. Italian wedding soup is often one of the worst offenders, with a greasy broth and lots of mini meatballs and little pasta noodles. But it’s still so delicious! I found myself craving Italian wedding soup last week, and was determined to make my own lighter version.