Sunday, November 10, 2019

3 Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Decor DIYS

Hello everyone!
The season of Thanksgiving is fully upon us!
I struggle with Thanksgiving decor...
That's one of the reasons I put up Christmas in November.
But, there are a few things that say Thanksgiving to me.
Candles, pumpkins and greenery.
I felt that my decorations were getting boring after years of the same thing so, I decided to update them a little bit.

Greenery Candles

You will need:
Greenery, I Used Fresh Sage

Simply place your greenery on your candle.
Tie into place with the twine.

Pinecone Vase Filler

You will need:
Glass Vases
Fairy Lights

Simply add the fairy lights to the glass vase making sure to leave the battery pack out to operate.
Add in your pine cones.

Pumpkin Succulents

You will need:
Wire Cutters

You can use real or fake pumpkins and succulents.
I went with fake so I could use them for years and years.
Simply cut a small hole in the top of your pumpkin large enough to fit your succulents.
Trim the succulents with the wire cutters if needed.
Place the succulents into the opening.

How easy (and cute!) are those!
And each takes only a few steps.
It's the perfect way to update Thanksgiving decor you already have on hand or to throw together at the last minute. 
Which one is your favorite?

All my love,

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

It's Time For A Few Changes

Hello everyone!
What's this?
A post on Wednesday?
That's right!
I have been feeling really overwhelmed lately.
I have been frustrated with myself.
Frustrated with where I am and where I think I should be.
Frustrated with things that have tripped me up.
Frustrated that I am quite possibly failing in every aspect of my life.

I spend too much time and energy beating myself up and it always comes down to this.
I can give up or keep moving forward.
So, whatcha going to do?
Give up?
The first thought that comes to mind when I ask myself this question is a quote.

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I love creating things and sharing them.
But trying to stick to posting two times a week here, while posting content on other platforms, working two jobs, trying to keep my house going, maintaining my relationships with friends and family and trying to keep my sanity has been hard. 
Things I have been so excited to create have left me filling unfulfilled because I do not give myself enough time to execute them. 
That's why I think this switch up will be better for me with the holidays upon us. 
For the last month or two, my Friday crafts and recipes have been going up on Sundays.
So, why not just change my upload day to Sunday so I don't feel so bad?
And heck let's change my Monday posts to Wednesday so that I have a nice space between my posts. 

I can sit and stew or I can get to work.
No one is going to make a beautiful life for me, besides me.
And maybe Erik but we are basically the same person. 😉
Here's to hoping these small changes make a big impact on my life.
How have you been feeling lately?
Let's check in with ourselves and make some necessary changes. 

All my love,

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Individual Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

Hello everyone!
Today I am going to share our favorite mac and cheese recipe with you.
We originally started with this recipe and adjusted it to our liking.
We love that the green chiles and pepper jack cheese give it a kick!
I thought this would be the perfect side dish for all of the Thanksgiving festivities coming up this month so, I decided to bake them in individual servings.

You will need:
4 Tablespoons of Salted Butter
1/4 a Cup of Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
1/2 a Cup of Shredded Pepperjack Cheese
1/4 a Teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 Pound of Cellentani Noodles
1/2 a Cup of Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 a Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup of Half and Half
1 Large Egg, Lightly Beaten
1/4 a Teaspoon of Ground Pepper
8 Ounce Can of Roasted Green Chiles, Drained
1/2 a Cup of Bread Crumbs
1 Tablespoon of Salted Butter

Preheat oven to 350o.
In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to a boil. 
Add the cellentani noodles and cook until just tender, about 11 minutes.
Drain well.
In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of salted butter.
Stir in the cooked pasta.

Add the half and half to the saucepan and stir.
In a medium mixing bowl, mix the mild cheddar, pepper jack, monterey jack and sharp cheddar cheese.
Add half of the cheese mixture and the egg to the pasta.
Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Add the roasted green chiles and stir gently.
Transfer the pasta to 8 ramekin dishes.

Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
In the now-empty saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of salted butter and stir until melted. 
Once melted, add the bread crumbs and stir until it creates a crumble.
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the cheese and the pasta.

Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.

We absolutely love this macaroni and cheese recipe!
We have it at least once a month.
We like to sprinkle black lava salt over the top.
It takes the whole dish to another level.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

All my love,

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Black Cat Whoopie Pies

Hello everyone!
Halloween is tomorrow!
That means I am here to share my last Halloween treat for the year...
I thought it would be fun to do a Halloween twist on whoopie pies.
What's more fitting for Halloween than black cats?
I simply used Martha Stewart's whoopie pie recipe and shaped the dough into a cat silhouette.

You will need:
1 and 3/4 Cups of Flour
1/2 a Teaspoon of Salt
3/4 a Cup of Cocoa Powder
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
1/2 a Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Softened
1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 Cup of Buttermilk, Room Temperature
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 400o.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder.
Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat until well combined.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until combined.
Using a 1 and 1/2 tablespoon cookie dough scoop, scoop two balls and roll together.
The dough is sticking so you will want to grease your hands.
Place the ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand and mold the top of the ball into two triangles to resemble cat ears.

Complete with the remaining dough.
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove to a rack to cool.
Prepare the buttercream frosting.

You will need:
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Softened
3 to 4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1/4 a Cup of Milk
1/2 a Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Beat the butter until it's smooth and creamy.
Add 3 cups of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.
Mix until light and fluffy.
Add the remaining cup of powdered sugar if necessary to reach your desired consistency.
Transfer buttercream to a disposable pastry bag and snip the end.
Take one of the cooled cookies and pipe 2 tablespoons of the frosting onto the flat side.
Sandwich with another cookie, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies.
Repeat with remaining cookies.

These were so fun to make and I love how they turned out!
The cookies are easy to make and transforming them into cats was quick and simple.
Plus they are delicious!
Erik had never had a whoopie pie before and could not stop gobbling them up.
I can't wait to enjoy these for Halloween.
What are your Halloween plans?

All my love, 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Happy Birthday To You

Hello everyone!
Erik turned 27 on Saturday so we spent the entire weekend celebrating!
Erik was lucky enough to have Thursday and Friday off for Fall Break so we packed it all in.

Wednesday I spent the day decorating the house.
Erik requested a donut theme so, a donut theme it was!
When he came home we went out to dinner and opened presents.

Thursday we went and grabbed donuts from Erik's favorite bakery.
We stacked them on top of each other to create a cake and Erik blew out the candles.

On Friday we had a relaxing night in.
We ordered a Jack O'Lantern pizza and Erik played his new video games.

On Saturday we slept in, hit up some stores and caught a movie.

It was a very relaxing weekend and over sooner than we liked...
Erik is very excited to be 27.
He has a good feeling about this year.
How do you like to spend your birthday?

All my love,

Monday, October 21, 2019

Pumpkin Patch Picking

Hello everyone!
Over the weekend Erik and I had a date night to the pumpkin patch.
Going to a pumpkin patch is on our fall to-do list every year.
The pumpkin patch we usually visit is a locally owned and operated farm.

They have several types of animals that you can feed.

They have a year-round market where you can shop fresh produce and home goods.

They have a corn maze, hay slide and offer tractor rides.

Among other things!

It was rather busy as it was a Friday in the middle of October...
We grabbed ourselves a wheelbarrow and started our search for the perfect pumpkin.

I don't know about you...
But I am pretty picky when it comes to my pumpkin.
I have to feel like I have seen everyone in the patch before I can make a decision.

We both found ourselves some pumpkins that fit our guidelines.
Erik and I each got one large one and then I grabbed a few small ones as well.
The sun started to set shortly after we got there.

It was gorgeous and slowly added a golden hue to everything around us.

I love going to the pumpkin patch each year.
It doesn't feel like fall until we make it there. 
And doing it each year with my main squeeze makes it all the better.
Have you found your perfect pumpkin this year?

All my love,