Jana's going away get-together

Last Saturday we organised a party for Jana, my god-child, who is going to Cameroon for 6 months.
I made a buffet with things she likes - wraps (she calls them fraps) with chicken or chili con carne, all sorts of veggies and of course desserts without chocolate. We had strawberry tiramisu, panna cotta and apple crumble with crème anglaise. Her friends were in charge of the entertainment and they came up with some assignments to see if she is ready for her new life (she is), they brought back good memories by showing little movies & photos from good times, they even wrote a song for her.

We also had a photo booth with jungle props and a top secret booth where guests could write letters for Jana to open on Christmas, her birthday or just when (or if) she is homesick. Some people spent ages there. She is going to have lots of things to read.
Petti spent half of the night in the top secret booth entertaining the people in there and making art for Jana. The other part of the evening she was in Jana's arms (or eating crisps).
I hope Jana had a good night with the people close to her/
I'm so proud of her for doing this and taking this step in life!
It will enrich her life forever.
See you soon, kiddo! We love you!
(and write a blog, so we can follow you!)

Lolo in Singapore

A few weeks ago Lolo went to Singapore for "work" meetings and these are the pictures he kept sending me. Rooftop bars, swimming pools and good food and drinks!
Not too shabby, I would say!
Here are a few impressions right before we go into a busy weekend!
Have a great one!

A Sunday in the Fall

This year we did not have an Indian Summer at all -  we went straight to late fall, chilly days, early dark evenings, blankets and autumn food.
This Sunday was Pumpkin Sunday. We bought a few pumpkins at the pumpkin patch on Saturday, so I decided to bake a pumpkin pie for Sunday afternoon. I never ate a pumpkin pie before, so I did not really know what to expect, but it was tasty, sweet, moist, rich and very yummie. Olivia had 3 pieces and her playdate friends really enjoyed it too.
I would really recommend it.
For dinner we roasted some butternut squashes and made them into a heart warming soup topped with bacon and self made croutons.
We love pumpkin autumn Sundays!

A trip to the Pumpkin Patch

This weekend we made a trip to the pumpkin patch. It is becoming a new family tradition. This year, the kid was totally into it, with her new princess rubber boots. She was ready to go and search for the most beautiful ones and splash in a few puddles on the way. It was a great walk around the fields, in the late October air. 
A bit of family quality time, back to the simple things: pumpkins, riding wheelbarrows with daddy and muddy boots. 
But it's the simple things that matter the most, right.
PS: how cute is she with her pumpkin?
PPS: Other cute pumpkin stories here, here and here