Food, Seasonal

Thanksgiving Menu

Slang on your apron & wash up, because it’s time to make your Thanksgiving feast!

I’m spending this Thanksgiving with my boo’s family in Minnesota, so I won’t be making my own menu this year. If I were cooking, this is the menu I’d be making.

Starters & Beverages

Cheese Plate- One hard cheese, one soft cheese, & one cheese you haven’t tried before; two types of crackers (I like plain water crackers & something with a lot of seeds); some dried fruit & assorted nuts.

Wine (a Riesling would be lovely), cider (non-alcoholic & boozy), good beers, & assorted sodas. And don’t forget to set out a pitcher of water!

Sides

Herb Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Peas- My mom always makes peas, so I make peas. I sautée some fresh thyme in butter then toss in (defrosted) frozen peas. Let it all get hot & friendly and boom veg done.

Cranberry Sauce- There are two types of people in this world, those who like home-made cranberry sauce & those who like the canned stuff. I’m one of the latter group. This babe loves cracking open a can & squeezing the jelly out onto a plate. Deal with it! If you’re one of the former people, bring 2 cup sugar, 2 cups water, & 4 cups cranberries to a boil. Let them go until the crans pop, turn off the heat and let the sauce cool before serving.

Biscuits- Again, I go the pre-made route for biscuits. There’s nothing like the rush of popping open a can of Pilsburry with a spoon. Here’s a good looking biscuit recipe if you’d like to DIY.

The Bird

Simple Roast Turkey– You can do it!

Dessert

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie

What must-have dish is on your Thanksgiving menu?

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Personal, Seasonal

Summer in Film

My boo and I recently had some film developed that included our trip to France last summer as well as some more local shots from this past summer.

I thought I’d give you a little look into our more recent summer’s adventures. Enjoy!

Do you ever shoot film?

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Fashion, Seasonal

Zip Up! 18 Coats To Keep You Warm & Toasty

My boo & I are headed to Minneapolis next week to visit family for thanksgiving, so I’ve had coats on my mind.

Here’s a look at some different styles sure to keep you snug in the cold.

Cool Collars

Textured Shawl Collar Wrap Jacket | Faux Fur Collar Coat

Down

AEO Get Down Hooded Puffer Jacket | Patagonia Down Sweater

Faux Fur

Story Of Lola Oversized Hooded Faux Fur Coat | Faux Fur Jacket

Leather

Silence + Noise Rib-Mix Vegan Leather Moto Jacket | Faux Leather Varsity Jacket

Parka

Double-Breasted Parka | Topshop ‘Verity’ Swing Jacket

Plaid

Festive Plaid Wool Moto Jacket | Only Checked Coatigan

Shearling

Faux Shearling Aviator Jacket | Denim & Faux Shearling Jacket

Toggle

Hooded Toggle Coat | Southwestern-Patterned Toggle Parka

Wool

Wool-blend Coat | ASOS Pea Coat In Double Breast

Which is your fave coat style?

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Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! Hope you had a grand weekend.

I’ve got a week of fairly eclectic dinners planned.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese from Food Network
  2. Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs from Food Network
  3. Better Than Take-Out Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry from Barefeet In The Kitchen
  4. Carne Asada from Closet Cooking

What are you making this week?

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Food, Home

Cozy Friday

I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what to write today when the smell of banana bread wafted out of my oven and inspired me.

I’ve made this recipe more times than I can remember at this point. In fact, after making it the first time, I haven’t made another banana bread recipe.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | What’s Gaby Cooking

So my banana lovin’ babes, here it isThe only Banana Bread recipe you will ever make again.

Now you’ll need some cozy gear for lounging on the couch and eating a 4 inch thick slice human-sized slice of this delectable bread. Try these on for size!

Women’s Cozy Socks $5 from Old Navy | Threshold™ Knit Throw Blanket $25 from Target | Ceramic Mug $7 from H&M

I’m going to snuggle up on the couch and indulge in some banana bread and tea. Another wild night in the Babe House!

How are you spending your Friday night?

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Personal, Seasonal

Happy Veterans Day

To celebrate this honorable day, I thought I’d share a photo of my favorite member of our armed forces, my boo! This photo was taken in 2010 in San Antonio, Texas when he first joined the United States Air Force.SAT 2010

His service has taken him across the country and overseas. It has also given me the opportunity to visit places I never thought I’d go, as well as ultimately taken me to the city (Anchorage, AK) I’ve grown to adore and now call home.

Every day I’m proud of my boo, but today is a day for an excess of my pride, respect, and appreciation.

To all members of the U.S. Armed Forces- past, present, & future -thank you for your service.

Who are you honoring today?

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Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! I trust you had a lovely weekend.

I’ve spent the morning cleaning and organizing the apartment with my boo and now I’m more than looking forward to dinner!

Here’s what’s cooking this week.

 

  1. Beer Battered Tofu Tacos from 40 Aprons
  2. Rigatoni with Swiss Chard and Sausage from Food Network
  3. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries from Creme de la Crumb

What are you making this week?

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Beauty, Fashion

The Look | Date Night

The Look | Date Night

 

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Home, Seasonal

DIY Autumn Decor: Bringing The Outdoors In

I’ve been pinning up a storm while looking for some autumn decor inspiration, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite DIY finds.

Wreathes

  1. Fall Twig Wreath from Design, Dining + Diapers
  2. DIY Autumn Wreath from Tiffany Zajas Photography
  3. DIY Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Lia Griffith

 

Candles

  1. Birch Bark Candles DIY from Just a Smidgen
  2. Twinkling Twigs from It’s Kriativ
  3. Tree Stump Candle Holders from Cozy•Stylish•Chic

 

Garland

  1. Super Easy Leaf Garland from Lorajean’s Magazine
  2. DIY Pine Cone Garland from CAKE.
  3. DIY Felted Acorn Garland from Style Me Pretty

What DIY Autumn decor will you be making for your home?

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Beauty, Design, Fashion, Food, Personal

October Favorites

October was a pamper heavy month for me. I bought a plush new bath robe, and took an excessive number of baths. I think it was the crisp air that made me constantly want to have a warm soak.

Halloween was also a large theme in October (obvi) as you’ll see in the rest of this favorites post.

Beauty Faves

Wizard Bubble Bar from LUSH

It’s no secret I love LUSH, and as you read above I also love baths. In my spirited, October-long Halloween celebration, I purchased all the LUSH Halloween products, and this little guy was my fave! Crumpled under running bath water, this bubble bar produced mystical amounts of beautifully scented bubbles creating the perfect bubble bath.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from LUSH

After purchasing the Halloween products, I returned to LUSH once more in search of a way to have all the scent pleasures of my baths but in the shower. Ro’s Argan was the solution. I was obsessed after the first use of this truly lush body conditioner. It smells warm and soothing and leaves my post-shower skin moisturized and silky.

 

Design Faves

What I Ate Pad from Knock Knock

I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat less and this pad has helped immensely. A food log of any sort is a great tool because it helps you see what you’re actually shoving down your throat ever day. Then you can make the necessary adjustments to your diet. I especially like that this pad has a column for logging fluids. You’ve got to hydrate people!

“Gold Glitter Hello” Free iPhone Wallpaper from Wonder Forest

My phone’s wallpaper rarely gets changed because I’ll find an image I like, that looks right on my phone, and I stick with it. My computer, on the other hand, gets a new wallpaper quite frequently. It was while searching for autumnal desktop wallpapers that I stumbled upon this beauty. The gold glitter is quite festive and I love a good, simple “hello”. There are 3 more lovely fall inspired wallpapers available on Wonder Forest.

 

Fashion Faves

Stretch Knit Leggings from Forever 21

I’m a leggings babe, so trust me when I tell you these are fabulous. They’re not see-through, they don’t give you a muffin top because of the high waist, and they’re $7. I normally wear cotton leggings, but they show a lot of fuzz. Since I purchased an insane number of fuzzy sweaters recently, I needed a pair of spandex leggings that don’t hold onto as much fuzz. I’m going back for more!

Fuzzy Sweaters from Forever 21 and H&M

It started simply enough with the purchase of one light pink v-neck sweater, then escalated to the addition of 5 more fuzzy sweaters to my closet. They are so soft and comfy, and so easy to throw on over leggings, so I bought another one in mint. Then a waffle knit in both blue and cream. Then one in a leopard print that I simply had to have. Then finally, a cardigan in standard black. I’m wearing one as I write this. I’m a babe obsessed!

 

Food Faves

Brookside Dark Chocolate Açai with Bluberry Flavors

I ate two bags of these in October! They are a great treat for snack time and perfect for fighting off that after dinner sweet tooth. They come in two other flavors (Pomegranate and Goji & Raspberry) that are just as delish. You can tell how yummy these are because in a month where candy is king, I still reach for my Brookside!

Jones Halloween Blood Orange Soda

I’m a sucker for blood oranges so when I saw these I was too stoked. The fact that they were also a Halloween special edition put me over the moon. My boo managed to drink 3 of the 4 pack before I even knew it, so the last can was highly coveted and then highly enjoyed by this babe.

 

Personal Faves

Literature- Dracula by Bram Stoker

Sparked by an interest in vampire lore, and by recommendation from a brilliant friend, I made Dracula my Halloween read. And I couldn’t be happier that I did. I enjoyed ever minute spent reading this book. It is written as a series of diary/ journal entires, letters, and telegraphs which really bring you into the story on a personal level. Stoker set the bar for virtually all modern vampire stories, so, if you  haven’t already, I highly suggest you give Dracula a read.

TV/Film- Gone Girl

I didn’t get around to reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, so my opinion is solely based on the film. I don’t normally go for anything mystery or thriller, but I do love a good drama. Plus, I heard Ben Affleck goes full frontal so I was like, yea I’m deff going to see this one. Gone Girl absolutely had all the drama I was looking forward to. It had great characters played by even better actors, and the relationships between those characters were dynamic and honest. Not a smart choice for a date, but it did make for a lovely girls night.

What are some of your October favorites?

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