I promise I haven't forgotten about a follow-up to this Four Stages post. I'm working on it. I just haven't been on the computer much and when I am, it's easier to post a photo and a few words or go with a post I've already written.
We have been enjoying this lovely Autumn weather. And- it's notable that my older children have begun teasing me because of my exclaiming over every single colored tree we pass on a walk or bike ride or drive. It's true- I am always pointing out that tree and those colors and this tree-lined road-- so beautiful! and "just LOOK at all those crunchy leaves on the ground and don't you all just want to go make a giant leaf pile and jump into it?" I can't help myself. The other day I heard from the back of the van all these little voices exclaiming about that yellow and those oranges and just LOOK already at that tree! and I couldn't help but laugh. :)
Speaking of Autumn, here's one of my favorite meals for the season, and our VERY favorite way to eat veggies.
Just cut up whatever you have in the form of vegetables- in this pan there are grape tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, whole garlic cloves, butternut squash, and some broccoli. (Anything goes, though- just use what you have.) Put it all in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil- maybe a tablespoon or two? Sprinkle some salt over the top and stick it in the oven. Bake on 425 for about 45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender (I always check the carrots; they seem to take the longest.) If you remember, while it's cooking, open up the oven and stir the vegetables once. But I usually forget and they turn out fine.
When they're done, you can eat as is or sprinkle with parmesan, smoked paprika or whatever else you like to eat.
Okay... I'm off to put a chicken in the crockpot for dinner, make some coffee cake for breakfast, welcome a new student to our school for the day (! Ella is having a friend over to join us in our school day-- how fun is that?) and enjoy the rest of the day with my kids. Hope you have a great day!