Quilted Florals

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Quilting is not just found on classic Chanel handbags anymore. The trendy texture is on everything this fall, from leggings and skirts to leather jackets and cardigans. This quilted crop top initially caught my eye because of the gray floral pattern with a hint of pink, but the final selling point was the fun, feminine texture.

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I love the juxtaposition of a feminine item paired with something edgy, so I balanced out the girly top with a leather skirt and caged sandals. To accessorize, I added some simple studs and basic black purse.

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Top: Nordstrom (Savvy)

Skirt: Kohl’s

Caged Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita

Links and Leather

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One of my favorite finds at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is this mixed metal necklace. I’m a sucker for statement necklaces and loved the edgy, yet feminine look of this stand-out accessory. The pastel stones soften the heavy-metal look of the chain links, creating a modern necklace that can instantly glam up an outfit.

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I wanted the mixed-media necklace to be the focus of my ensemble, so I paired it with a simple white tee. Staying with the edgy look, I finished the outfit with a leather skirt and lace-up booties. It’s a great feeling when you piece together an outfit that makes you feel confident and that is exactly what this outfit did for me.

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Caramel Apple Bread

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I’m a little late in posting this since apples and pumpkins have been replaced by peppermint and gingerbread, but I still wanted to share this fall flavored bread. Reminiscent of the childhood treat, this recipe takes the classic caramel apple and transforms it into a dessert grownups and kids can enjoy. Since there was left over batter, I also made a few muffins, which were just as tasty! The soft, moist bread with a caramelized crust is the perfect combination of textures.

Speaking of apples, congrats to my Washington huskies for winning the Apple Cup! Beating WSU never gets old.

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Ingredients:

For the batter:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups apples, chopped (I used Granny Smith)
For the toppings:
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cold
  • caramel sauce
How to:
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray loaf pan with canola oil.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
  3. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and lime juice. Let foam until dissolved, then add to butter mixture. Mix in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add flour and salt until batter has thickened. Use your hands to mix in the chopped apples. Set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine cinnamon, flour and brown sugar. Use a pasty blender to cut in the butter. Combine until crumbly.
  5. Spread half of the batter into pan (should be 1/4 full). Sprinkle with crumb mixture and drizzle caramel sauce. Top with remaining batter, crumbs and drizzle caramel sauce on top. *Be careful to not fill the pan more than half full because otherwise it will be hard to bake all the way through
  6. Bake for 40-60 minutes until toothpick comes out mostly clean (except for caramel). Cool on wire rack.

Tuesday Trends: Thanksgiving Edition

Only two more days until Thanksgiving! Time to eat, drink and be merry! Check out my favorite turkey day trends for decorating, dressing and dining.

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DIY banners are a fun decoration for any occasion, especially when made with pretty ribbons and beautiful calligraphy. Burlap banners, which have also been popular on Pinterest, add country charm and are a favorite of mine. This dessert table from Paddington Way, complete with a DIY pom pom garland and several tiered cake stands, is a simple, stylish way to serve sweet treats this Thanksgiving.  Hello, mini pumpkin pies!

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For a trendy twist on this traditional fall decoration, try DIY chevron pumpkins from My Sweet Savannah. With a little bit of paint and patience, this front porch staple is transformed from simple to stylish.

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Whether you are spending your turkey day at a fancy soirée or at home dining with your family, you can’t go wrong with a simple dress paired with a sparkly statement necklace. The tailoring and conservative style of this leather dress, found on ador.com, make it look classy and feminine. A statement necklace and simple cross-body bag are the perfect accessories for this polished, sophisticated look.

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Nailed it! This color-block mani featured on NailPop will match any Thanksgiving outfit. The jewel tones topped with gold studs  create a glamorous look and are perfect for fall. b974d59a22a878f6ecb6b8e00c862c29

Give thanks this Thanksgiving with customized place mats. This simple DIY project doubles as decoration and a fun activity. What am I thankful for? My family, friends, health and job, just to name a few. Plus fashion, food, Pinterest… the list could go on and on.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall Breakfast Medley

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You’ll fall for this Fall Breakfast Medley. Made with maple sausage, sweet potatoes and caramelized apples, it’s the perfect sweet and salty breakfast for a crisp, fall morning. It’s quick and easy to make, so weekend mornings can be spent watching football and lounging on the couch instead of working away in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 package of Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Maple Roll Sausage (8 ounces)
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 small Gala apples, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 eggs, fried or scrambled

How-to:

  1. Cook sausage as directed on package with the onion. Drain and set aside.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Place in medium saucepan and cover with water by about one inch. Stir in 1 tsp. of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10-12 minutes until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in sugar until combined and the sugar starts to dissolve. Add apples and cook for 8-10 minutes (stirring frequently), until tender and golden brown. It should start to smell caramelized. Set aside on low heat to keep warm.
  4. Drain potatoes and combine with sausage mixture and apples. Mix well and top with eggs.

 

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce

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Pumpkin and pasta – the ultimate comfort foods for fall. I’m trying to make every last pumpkin recipe on my to-cook list before eggnog, gingerbread and peppermint season arrive in full force. If you’re a Starbucks fan, you know that this season arrived on Nov. 1. Hello, red cups! This means time is running out, so here is a delicious dish that uses my favorite fall flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can pumpkin 
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped

How-to:

  1. For the ravioli dough: In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour and salt. In a small bowl (or measuring cup) mix water and eggs. Add to flour mixture and stir until incorporated. Knead the dough until firm. It shouldn’t be too sticky, so add additional flour until it doesn’t stick to your hands. Wrap ball of dough in plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for one hour.
  2. For pumpkin filling: In a medium-sized bowl, mix together pumpkin, brown sugar and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. To assemble ravioli: Unwrap ravioli dough and place on floured working area (I floured parchment paper and taped it to the countertop). Use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough until very thin. Use a ravioli cutter (or pizza slicer) to cut dough into 2″ x 2″ squares. Place about one tablespoon of filling in the middle of one square. Place another square over it and use a fork to press the edges together. Repeat until you run out of dough (makes about 25).
  4. To cook ravioli: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add ravioli and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  5. To make brown butter sauce: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter begins to brown and smells nutty, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Add ravioli and gently stir until coated. Serve on plates and sprinkle with pecans. Enjoy :)

 

Pumpkin Pancakes

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Breakfast never tasted so sweet. This fluffy, fall-flavored pancake is perfect for a lazy weekend morning. There’s nothing better than a cozy, fall day complete with sleeping in and cooking a delectable breakfast (or brunch). This recipe for pumpkin pancakes is simple, quick and tasty. Now turn on some football, curl up under a plush, plaid blanket and enjoy :) 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used non-fat)
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

How-to:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. In a separate bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture just until combined. If it’s really lumpy, try lightly stirring with a whisk.
  2. Spray a griddle or frying pan with cooking spray and heat to 250-300F. Pour spoonful of batter onto griddle. When the batter starts to bubble and the bottom is lightly browned, flip to cook the other side. Once cooked all the way through, take off griddle or frying pan and serve with butter and maple syrup. Makes about four generous servings. 

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