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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

october {in an instagram}

1. Andrew’s favorite holiday is Halloween, so he rang in October by drawing a jack o’lantern.
2. Fruit cup snack o’lanterns I made when it was my turn to bring snack for Andrew’s soccer team.  The kids got a huge kick out of them!  (Thanks Josie for the idea!)
3. The first half of October was spent with towering piles of books, binders, and a host of other study materials.  Brain.too.tired.
4. At least I had things like this precious face to keep my chin up. I swear, she may be the happiest child ever.
5. Exam over, and couldn’t get home fast enough.
6. Halloween shirt = pretty great gift for this guy.
7. He was so glad to have me back from my months of studying and the exam that he actually held my hand when we went places.  I didn’t object.
8. We celebrated with a family dinner date at The Loft at Trader’s Point Creamery.  We live for that cheese board.
9. The Friday night after my exam, I came home to discover that Ben had thrown me a surprise get together with a bunch of my closest friends.  It was pretty great.  I can’t believe how lucky I am to have so many wonderful people in my life.
10. This is what most Saturday mornings look like in our house.  Love my creative boy.
11. My brother just bought his first home and the backyard is totally awesome, including a fire pit.  I think Ben may be moving in with him any day now.
12. Totally excited to be featured in this month’s issue of Midwest Living!  This article, photo shoot, etc. have been in the works for over a year now and it is amazing to finally see the end result.  You can see more from the feature on their website here.
13. Dance party in the living room, stuffed animals non-optional.
14. Pumpkin carving fun. I love how excited they get about stuff like this!
15. Caroline chose a ghost design. I had some help from the power drill to make the faces and it made the whole thing go much faster.
16. The little witch I’ve been knitting.  Technically I finished her up the day after Halloween, but since that was the day we trick or treated, we decided it still counts :)

Most of these images are from my personal (private) Instagram account.  You can follow my public stream here: user annieseats.

  • Molly

    Beautiful binders/notebooks. Can you share where they’re from?

  • annieseats

    Target :)

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    Congratulations on getting that test done! And your spread in Midwest Living! I just got a subscription in the mail (maybe from my MIL…haven’t figured it out yet!), and grabbed it as soon as I saw your picture above. It is wonderful!

  • annieseats

    Thank you!

  • Liz N.

    Annie! Congrats on your Midwest Living feature. The “How To” videos were awesome. It’s so great to hear see and hear your voice. We finally get to see and hear you in action! Love the pic of you and Andrew holding hands. It left a little lump in my throat. What a great October installment!

  • Angela

    As another person mentioned, it was nice to finally hear your voice in those great videos. It was also strange to see your last name. You’ve always just been “Annie” to me. :-) Anyway, congratulations on the spread. It is beautiful and I love your ideas. BTW…I think our daughters are the exact same age and the fourth picture made me smile as it reminded me completely of my daughter. Love that happy energy!

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    Ok…I had totally missed that there were videos referenced at the end of the article! Just went back and watched those. I agree…it is nice to see you and hear your voice!

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    Mystery solved…it was my MIL! She has a subscription too, so she was excited to check it out. She’s been a big fan ever since I made her your Cherry Coke Cupcakes several years ago!

  • Maria McCloud

    How cool to watch you in video and put a voice to the person whose blog I have followed for several years! You continually amaze me with your talents and I’m so excited to see the opportunities come your way. Congrats!

  • Judy P

    Love your blog. Love your recipes. It is amazing that you accomplish so much.
    I wonder if you would share where you got the pattern for the witch. It is precious.

  • Sherlie Magaret

    Congratulations on the Midwest Living article, I cant wait to check it out. I took the mag for many years and then stopped because I just had too many mags coming in. It is a great magazine and I am seriously thinking of taking it again. We have so much to offer here in the Midwest and it is where a lot of people’s roots are in cooking and family, etc. I love your blog and getting your emails. Thank you.

  • Kristi Kay Ellsworth

    You are such an inspiration!

  • annieseats

    It is a pattern by Alan Dart. You can find it here on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wilhelmina-witch

  • annieseats

    I must admit, I still haven’t watched them myself. Was waaay nervous while we were making them!

  • annieseats

    Thank you Maria! So kind of you :)

  • Patti

    congrats on the magazine spread! it looks great. i love how caroline has that bunny in her hands in every picture. :)

  • Kristin H

    I live in Zionsville and echo your sentiments about the cheese board at the Loft! So delicious! My husband and love that place. Congrats on finishing the residency and moving on to your fellowship!

  • Heather Shorb

    Good for you for doing the videos! They are great! Was it hard to pipe a straight line on film? I would have been sweating profusely, had frosting flying everywhere and most likely would have used the word um for 50% of the dialogue! Way to go!

  • Steph in Lex

    Like others, I thought it was really cool to actually see you and hear you talk after reading your blog for so many years! Your voice is very similar to my older sister’s–not a surprise, considering we in my family are from Northwest Ohio so we have pretty much the same accent that you do (as in, none at all until you move to Kentucky and people start pointing out things!). And if you still haven’t watched it, you look and sound great and don’t seem nervous at all! But I know I wouldn’t be rushing to watch a video of myself, either… ;)

  • annieseats

    Not really. I think I was a little shaky with the first one, but we just did a few so they could splice together the best shots. I definitely had trouble with the word “um” at first too, so I just repeated the dialogue a few times again so they could get the best version.

  • annieseats

    Haha thanks. No, I still haven’t watched it. Maybe sometime in the future after a few beverages :) Maybe…