fall

It’s Tuesday.  It’s two days until Thanksgiving.  And I’m SO. EXCITED!  I daresay that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all time.  Christmas is a close second, what with all the twinkly lights and the holiday cheer, but I find Thanksgiving to be a less stressful version of it.  One filled with all the food and family and friends, but without the consumerism and stress of Christmas.

Usually, my husband and I go to one of our family’ houses for Thanksgiving, but this year everyone will be out of town, so this is my first year cooking a Thanksgiving dinner.  It will just be John and I with a few friends, but I could not be more excited (plus, that fact that we don’t have a dishwasher means less people = less time spent hand-washing dishes).  I’m doing a ham instead of turkey (to ease myself into cooking this bonkers huge meal), with the classic sides.  Fun fact: John is THE BEST mashed potato maker I’ve ever seen. My mom taught him long ago and now he’s my go-to tater guy. Love him.

My favorite part is the stuffing.  Honestly, is there anything more worthy of busting out your Thanksgiving Pants than gravy soaked bread?  I think not.

Here are a few of the recipes I will be making this year.  Fingers crossed it comes out well!

1. PEAR, PECAN, AND GORGONZOLA SALAD 2. OVERNIGHT HERB ROLLS 3. HONEY HAM 4. MARINATED OLIVES 5. CREAMY MASHED POTATOES 6. BUTTERMILK APPLE PIE (image via)

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by Kayla on 11/20/2012

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When the weather turns cold and the evenings get shorter, there’s nothing I crave more than food that conjures feelings of warmth and coziness.  Add to that a husband who makes a damn good fire in the fireplace, and, suddenly, I’ve got a rockin’ Saturday night.  Here are a few recipes that I’m filing away for the chilly days ahead:

1 / Spiced bourbon cider (!) from The Jewels of New York via Front & Main

2 / Oat and salted dark chocolate sandwich cookies from Cook Republic

3 / Baked sweet potatoes stuffed with feta, olives and sun-dried tomatoes from Gourmande in the Kitchen

4 / Fig jam from Delicious Shots

*All images from their respective sources via my Pinterest board.

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by Kayla on 10/25/2012

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I’ve got jewel tones on my radar for when the weather finally cools down and I can dress out in Fall’s best colors.  I’d wear this outfit for a ladies night out to a wine bar with the girls.  What colors are you wearing this Fall?

1/ H&M coat 2/ J.Crew chiffon dot top 3/ Target jeans 4/ Ban.do bow headband 5/ Claire Vivier gold clutch 6/ Madewell ankle strap wedges

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by Kayla on 10/22/2012

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I’m ready for it to be Fall.  It’s September for crying out loud.  And yet, temperatures are still climbing into the mid-eighties in and around San Luis Obispo.  C’mon weather.  My fall sweaters are getting antsy.  Compromise?  Okay.

I made pumpkin pie ice cream!  Fall flavors meet a cool summer treat.  It’s melt-in-your-mouth good.  Oh, and guess what?  It’s vegan, paleo, and gluten-free.  Win-win?  Mmmhmm. [click to continue…]

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by Kayla on 09/19/2012

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Rule number one: don’t go shopping when you’re hungry.  And for that matter, don’t search for pictures of doughnuts on Pinterest when you’re hungry, either.  Just don’t do it.  Although if you’re going to fall down the doughnut hole (see what I did there?), this recipe is a great place to start.  There’s no frying involved, just a doughnut pan and a hot oven.  (On a side note: did you know how hard it is to find a doughnut pan when you live in a small town? I literally drove all over town trying to get my hands on one and where did I end up finding it?  Ross. Really? I digress.) Tender cake doughnuts are “fallified” (that’s a word, right?) with pumpkin puree, spices like cloves and cinnamon, and baked in the oven until just cooked through.  They are moist and tender, and just sweet enough.  A quick dunk in a maple cinnamon glaze and these treats are ready to eat.  Enjoy with a hot cup of black coffee or some hot apple cider if you’re feeling fancy.  I won’t tell if you don’t want to share. :) [click to continue…]

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by Kayla on 09/04/2012

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