Friday Favorites – Episode 107

Can you believe October is right around the corner? I’m not entirely sure where September went, but I am ready for October. It happens to be my favorite month of the year (and not just because I have a birthday in October)!

All of my favorite foods are readily available (like apples and pumpkins), and it is the perfect month for wearing a sweater and boots and sipping a steaming latte.  In October, I can spend countless hours pouring over magazines with new holiday recipes… And, I enjoy cooking and baking on chilly evenings.

So, today, on the last day of September, I am ready to say hello to October… And, I’m ready to get into the kitchen!

  • Just the other evening, my husband and I had dinner with friends at a cozy, yet modern, restaurant downtown. I had grilled chicken with Brussels sprouts and polenta, and I’ve been thinking about recreating it ever since. Then I saw this Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Oven-Baked Polenta from Handle the Heat. Tessa has already done the work for me. Plus, I am loving the idea of baking polenta in the oven.
  • When I think of October, I immediately think of pumpkins. I love baking with pumpkin, and I can’t wait to try this Pumpkin Pie Coffee Cake with Crumbled Pecan Topping from Food for My Family. It looks like the perfect Saturday morning breakfast treat!
  • Speaking of pumpkin, I have to mention this Pumpkin Monkey Bread from Sugarcrafter. I have to admit that I’ve never made monkey bread before, but I’m going to be remedying that very soon. It seems like the perfect sweet snack for a get together with friends, right?
  • I find that chilly fall days are the perfect time to get out the crock pot. It gives me more time to bake! I cannot wait for a cool fall day to give this Crock Pot French Onion Soup from How Sweet It Is a try. Can you think of anything better on a cold October night than to enjoy a nice warm bowl of soup? I think not!
  • October is the time of year when I start getting my act together regarding homemade Christmas gifts. Of course, I save the cookie baking for December, but I love to get started on canning and other fun gift ideas. This year, I am adding this DIY Vanilla Extract from Bake at 350 to my list. I’ve been meaning to make some homemade vanilla extract for a while, and Bridget gave me the little nudge I needed!

 

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6 Responses to Friday Favorites – Episode 107
  1. Miranda
    September 30, 2011 | 9:10 am

    I am a sucker for coffee cake – that pumpkin one is no exception. I saw that onion soup earlier this week and it looks devine! Also, I have been wanting to make vanilla too, maybe I will check it out. Thanks for sharing your favorites!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 30, 2011 | 10:08 am

    thanks for sharing my soup love! :)

  3. Tracy
    September 30, 2011 | 11:59 am

    Thanks for the mention! I also find it hilarious that I bookmarked almost all of these recipes this week too!! ;-)

  4. Tessa
    September 30, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the mention :) Flattered to be featured with such fabulous food and foodies!

  5. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    October 1, 2011 | 7:39 am

    I need to check out that pumpkin monkey bread!

  6. Judith B.
    October 1, 2011 | 9:01 am

    I’m a newbie to your blog – love it! Definitely going to try the French onion soup and the braised chicken; however, all your choices sound delicious – guess I’ll have to make room for dessert too.

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