This weekend offered up all the best delights of fall -- football, a chilly breeze, a picnic in the park, and some festive fall foods. This is my absolute favorite time of the year, and I'm feeling energized and excited JUST BECAUSE of the presence of orange pumpkins, and yellow mums, and even the appearance of the Christmas-themed kleenex boxes at the grocery story. I suppose it's the reprieve from months of oppressive heat, because, goodness knows, I'm not eating the candy corn. Sad.
Becca finally spurred me on to drag down the Halloween boxes last night. We don't have a ton of decor, but we spruced up the mantel and strategically placed spiders and large rubbery rats along bookshelves and side tables. Sterling wrangled the scratchy grapevine garland around the front door and then flanked the whole shebang with Carl and Bob, two 3 foot skeletons I bought from Walmart about three seasons ago. Yep, it's all about tradition and togetherness around here.
The spiders took a back seat to the pantry moths I spent most of the weekend eradicating. Seriously. I think I've been permanently traumatized. I've been fighting these moths off and on for at least 6 months. I read on the all-knowing Internet that the moths arrive in one's pantry via dried foods, where they are in a larvae stage (gross) just waiting to hatch. The first two times I tried to get rid of them I took all of the dried goods out of the pantry, threw away anything that looked suspicious, and then sealed up everything else. Seriously, our cream of wheat is sealed inside a ziplock. This method seemed to work momentarily. But over the last week the moths have been back with a vengeance. This time I took EVERY LAST THING out of the pantry...wiped down EVERYTHING...with water and vinegar...placed cotton balls soaked in peppermint essential oil...and sprinkled bay leaves on all of the shelves for good measure. That last sentence? Took me about 8 hours to perform. I wiped down every can, appliance, and cookbook in that pantry. You see, those darn moths lay their eggs everywhere...even on non food items. So I could leave no stone unturned. If the moths return, I've warned Sterling I'm throwing away everything in the pantry and setting off a bug bomb. Of course, he'll have to actually do the throwing away and bombing because I'll be sucking my thumb in the fetal position under my bed. Ugh!!! What a waste of my beautiful fall weather.
In other news:
- I read a cool article by Jennifer Weiner. Check it out here.
- I made PW's chicken and dumplings last night. So, so good. It's pretty easy to make except for the removing the chicken from the bones part. I hate that part.
- I'm planning on Butternut Squash Soup with Sage and Parmesan Croutons for tonight. Already got the stuff.
That's it folks. Happy Monday out there...