10.28.2013

FUN FALL DECORATING

Another fall moodboard up in here!  After doing a fall fashion wishlist and a baby version that I wish I could have even more than the stuff for me, I had to do a fall decorating post.  I put one together last year and had so much fun doing so.  So here we go again... this is what I'm loving for the home this fall season as far as accessories go.  I really love putting together home moodboards that are comprised of accessories only - that way you can cozy up the look and feel of your home without making major changes or spending a bunch.

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you have cozy, wonderful week.


1.  Spicy Orange French Candle from WORLD MARKET
2.  Pre-Lit Grapevine Pumpkins and Gourd from Pier1imports
3.  Threshold Stoneware Canister from Target
4.  Dart Pillow from CB2
5.  Cleo Table Lamp from Crate&Barrel
6.  Pumpkin Bakers from World Market
7.  Regalia Pillow from ZGALLERIE
8.  Golden Antler Appetizer Plate Set from ZGALLERIE
9.  Telluride Throw from SERENA & LILY
10.  Moroccan Leather Pouf from SERENA & LILY

10.23.2013

BABY GIRL: 13 TO 16 WEEKS

After baby girl's first 12 weeks, I'm doing these posts one a month, although I'm still taking weekly pictures.  She learns new things everyday so I've got to keep up!  In the past month, she's really transitioned from newborn to baby.  She's imitating our speech, discovering that she can make new kinds of sounds everyday (and making some of them quite loudly!), she's at the very beginning of rolling, she's got a few lower front teeth buds that are doing their best to pop out and they stay hidden, she puts all her weight on her legs and stands with just the help of us keeping her balance, she's getting better and better at tummy time although it's still not her favorite and she is putting everything in her mouth these days.  Probably one of the many signs of teething in addition to the constant drool she's got going on too.

This girl makes my heart so happy.  I love you sweet girl.





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10.17.2013

PUMPKINS WITH OUR PUMPKIN

Isn't going to the pumpkin patch with you baby one of those things you picture when you think of having children?  It was for me, at least.  One of those things that I always dreamed about long before baby girl came along.  A few weekends ago, we did just that... went to the pumpkin patch and picked up her very first pumpkin to bring home and carve.  With a few obligatory baby-sitting-on-the-pumpkin photos, of course.

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon so Nana, Ryan, Hartlynn and I spent our time enjoying the drive down south, taking a little tractor ride, wandering the pumpkin patch and taking home some apples, cider and pumpkin pecan butter (oh yeah).

Get ready for a whole bunch of pumpkin pics!
















10.10.2013

AUTUMNAL ACCESSORIES

Fall, fall, fall.  Seems like that's all I've been blogging about lately, and that's fine with me.  I bet it is with you too, fall is the best.  As I've done in years past, I recently spruced up our home a bit with some fun fall touches.

First up are the two framed leaf art pieces I made last year.  So simple and fun and you can put together however you'd like.

And of course I put out all the fun little gold pumpkins I made a few years ago.  These are so easy too, just buy a package of faux pumpkins at a craft store and spray paint them gold.  Fall just got fancy.






Our entryway also got a few touches of fall as well.  Just some more spray painted pumpkins of the white and gold variety this time, some faux branches and a few more pumpkin-shaped goodies.


What do you do to cozy up your home for fall?  We all know we love to peek in other people's houses so give it up!  Have a lovely day everyone!

10.07.2013

THEY'RE BAAACK!


As I've mentioned before, I make about half a dozen rounds of these things every fall (...which may or may not be because I eat about half a dozen a day when I do make them).  Anyway, I've adjusted the recipe just slightly from last year by using whole wheat flour instead of white flour and I think they're actually better that way.  These were made at high altitude here, so if you're not a mile about sea level like we are, I would cut back the flour back just a bit, by a tablespoon or two.  Now go make a batch yourself and let me know what you think!



Ingredients:
  •  1 cup canned pumpkin
  •  1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  •  1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil and egg.
3.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
4.  Dissolve baking soda with milk and stir into the dry ingredients.
5.  Gradually add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
6.  Add vanilla and chocolate chips and mix.
7.  Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet and bake for approximately 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly brown.
8.  Enjoy!  ...but maybe not by the quantities that I do.

10.04.2013

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY 10.4.13


This is so true, my beautiful baby.  I look at her and realize she is everything I've ever wanted in life.  Carrying her around in my belly, experiencing the most amazingly intense event of my life together with her as my little partner in our labor and delivery, and now, being her mama, everyday.

Sometimes I think about all the "stuff" I'd like to do in life, it's fun to dream about.  And sure, a lot of those things could still happen, but honestly, some of them won't now.  And honestly, that is perfectly okay with me as long as I've got this little girl to wake up to every morning.  She is my bucket list.  I've accomplished it.

Oh - and this photo?!  That would be one of my favorites from her newborn session.  I love, love, love them and will post more soon.  Ugh, I can't get over how beautiful she is!  She was two weeks old here and we had some photos done at home with Love Roots Photography.  They turned out so wonderful.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I promise I'm done with the sappiness... for now, at least.

10.03.2013

PUMPKIN ENCHILADAS




Pumpkin enchiladas... I'm all for pumpkin anything but this sounds a bit strange, right?  Hear me out.  I was planning on making enchiladas for dinner one night last week but I wanted to mix it up a bit and try something new.  I was looking at different recipes and came across this one as one of the first listed on the Food Network website, found here.  I skipped over it but then started thinking... "Well, I've got about a dozen cans of pumpkin in the pantry and pumpkin does go really well with all kinds of spices..."

A few hours later, these were made, and boy are they good!  They are a little different and you have to like the sweet and spicy combo to enjoy them, but they ended up being pretty tasty.  I switched up the recipe from the original a little bit and kicked up the spices a notch.  I just added some hot sauce and they turned out wonderful.  Another note - I skipped the whole process of rolling up a bunch of little tortillas and just layered it all flat, lasagna style, which is much easier, faster and just as yummy!  So I guess it's technically pumpkin lasagna, but that sounds even stranger.  Let me know if you give these a try!

Ingredients:
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 2/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning mix
  • 1 package corn tortillas
  • 3/4 cup red enchilada sauce
  • shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • sour cream
  • chopped green onions

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Saute onion and jalapeno until it begins to brown and transfer to a bowl.
3.  Add pumpkin, hot sauce and taco seasoning to the bowl, mix well and season with salt and pepper.
4.  Layer baking pan with a layer of enchilada sauce, tortillas, cheese, then pumpkin mixture and repeat until all ingredients are used.  Top with another layer of cheese.
5.  Bake for about 10 minutes until cheese is nice and hot and bubbly.  Top with sour cream and green onions, then... enjoy!