What’s Up: October 2023

Hi friends, welcome back! I just love fall and October. It finally cooled off in NYC, but with that came a lot of rain! It down poured seven weekends in a row!! We sadly skipped the Great Jack O Lantern Blaze because of the rain, next year I’ll get the tickets that allow you to go any day. Despite the less than stellar weather, we managed to get out apple picking with our friends, watched lots of football, made chili, indulged in pumpkin treats, and strolled through the fall decor in NYC. It was a cozy fall and I’m still waiting for the leaves to change.

On to my post 🙂 I’ve been linking up with the first blogger I ever read, Shay Shull, for my What’s Up posts. Each month I’m answering the following questions:

What I’m eating: I’ll be sharing my NYC Foodie Friday next Friday but some of the things we’ve been eating at home: Chef Jon made some delicious baked ziti.

I made my favorite fall cookies: Butternut Bakery Brown Butter & Maple Chewy Pumpkin Cookies. I was going to share a post about the recipe (I add chocolate chips), but I think that violates some copyright laws. I promise you will love these and the brown butter will make your home smell incredible!

It wouldn’t be fall without Jon’s mom’s delicious, homemade pumpkin bread.

What I’m reminiscing about: it’s been one year since we moved into our apartment! It was a long day moving by ourselves, but it was so worth it!

What I’m loving: our new bed! We decided on the Casper Snow mattress and we love it so far. I’m still working on the finishing touches of making it look like a Pottery Barn bed, but it’s coming along. My only complaint is I never want to get out of bed in the morning!

Favorite post of the month: Positano – Path of the Gods Hike, it was just so beautiful!

What I’m Up to: all the fall things! We went apple picking, checked out a pumpkin festival on Governor’s Island, saw the UWS and UES Halloween decorations, watched all the football, and are enjoying my cozy decorations.


What I’m working on: I’m planning on sharing Switzerland in January when it’s gloomy, but I’m working on it now before I forget everything we did. I’m also making a plan to see and share all the NYC Christmas decorations again.

What I’m excited about: the most wonderful time of the year starts in November for me 🙂

I think I’m going to send Santa this picture as my Christmas list 🙂

What I’m watching/reading: The Morning Show, Goosebumps, Frasier, football, and non-spooky Halloween movies.

Books I read this month:

  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
  • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
  • Did you Hear About Kitty Karr? By Crystal Smith Paul
  • The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

What I’m doing this weekend: my parents are in town and I’ve got a full itinerary of all my favorite sights in the city!

What I’m looking forward to next month: next month is busy again! I’m heading to Michigan for a baby shower and to decorate my parents’ house, we have a wedding in Nashville, and then back to Michigan for Thanksgiving. I am also excited to share all of the Christmas cheer in NYC again! They must know I’m ready because they started decorating parts of the city already.

What are you looking forward to in November?

15 thoughts on “What’s Up: October 2023

  1. Looks like you never sit still Lyssy. Good for you. It is always nice to have something to look forward to and something to look back on fondly. Stay well, travel safe and enjoy the coming season. Allan

    1. I only sit still when it downpours, or January through April 🙂 I do always love having a trip to write about or plan for, gives my mind a good place to wander.

  2. That picture with your twin sisters TOTALLY displays all your personalities. LOVE IT.

  3. Busy but happy times for you! The Halloween decorations are great but like you, I’m already hanging out for the Christmas delights. This will be my last Christmas living near London so I’ll be into the city to make the most of them. Wishing you a happy November.

  4. The ingredients for the Maple Pumpkin Cookies were already piled on my counter before you mentioned them here. I made them last year on your recommendation and was totally sold. You mentioned football one too many times Lyssy, so I’ll pass along my sympathy for the blowout by that other Michigan school (Hey, basketball season is almost here, right?) We’re heading to nearby Clemson in early November for the game when the Irish stop by. We had our own stumble a few weeks ago against Louisville, but 10-2 is still a possibility!

  5. Looks like you had a wonderful October filled with heaps of detectable goodies – Jon’s mom’s homemade pumpkin bread looks amazing and so are all the Halloween decorations from your beautiful city! I am looking forward to reading about your trip to Switzerland and Christmas decorations in NYC. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

  6. Yes, we have missed a lot of our fall fun we’ve had planned too because it seems like it has rained every single weekend (starting sometimes as early as Thursday or Friday!). It sounds like you’ve had a delicious fall. I simply MUST try that cookie recipe. Hope you have a wonderful November too.

  7. Such lovely photos. I’ve had Remarkably Bright Creatures on my TBR list for some time. Everyone that has read it really enjoyed it. Is it going to hit me in the “feels”? Is an octopus going to make me emotional? : )

  8. I didn’t know you were a baker, too! Your cookies look scrumptious; I need the recipe! 😆 Glad to hear that the weather’s getting cooler in NYC and have a wonderful fall season!

  9. Sorry to hear that you skipped the Great Jack O Lantern Blaze because of the rain. But it sounds like you’ve still been able to enjoy some fall festivities despite the crummy weather. I’m a fan of all things pumpkin flavoured, so naturally I’m salivating over the pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread.

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