There has been major party prep going on in the KERF house! We’ve been planning this party since before we moved here to be a nice fall escape, and I’m so glad we have great crisp weather for the occasion. And pumpkin beer!
First, we made dough. Really, really delicious gingerbread dough!! These would be Caitlin‘s famous Gingerbread Cookie Recipe a la Martha Stewart. The recipe was easy enough (although it called for chilled dough and I found the dough impossible to shape without letting it warm back up first) and I’m making the lemony Royal Icing glaze too!
After the dough went in the fridge to chill, we went for a run – to the farmer’s market! It’s 2 miles there and then we picked up our goods and walked home. 4.8 miles total, and a WONDERFUL way to get exercise. I enjoyed walking there almost more than I did biking! We ran with a lightweight nylon sack on our back with some lightweight cash in it and Matt carried it home. This meant we couldn’t buy much as the market though. And no photos!
Then it was time for dough shaping –
See that little dough ball pulled aside? That was my morning snackI love dough so much!
Plus a little extra sumpin’
Which was incorporated into lunch.
At 1:30 I realized I was starving and hadn’t even thought about lunch yet! Put together an arugula salad (fresh from the market – there was a big in it and lots of dirt to be washed out!) with avocado, olives and sun-dried tomatoes tossed in the Garlic Gold Lemon Vinaigrette.
Plus a yogurt (free with a coupon from BlogHer!) with a little granola
And my treat 🙂
Then, we made chili, cleaned the house, set up tables, chose dishes.
Then we iced!
While I cleaned the bathroom, Matt got happy with the icing. Look at the cuteness he created!
Salad to prep! Veggies to chop!