Obviously the Black Friday move is to order online! The number of items are ENDLESS though so it takes forever to go through. I went through all of the sales and found these awesome clothing and shoe picks. I also have a post coming for Black Friday Holiday Decor, Beauty and my favorite general items. I listed all of the "rules" of the sale and then linked all of my favorite items from each retailer. Just click on an image to shop it!
For the man that I now call my husband...
You jump in the trenches right alongside me without a second of hesitation. During my weakest moments I have learned just how important a strong partnership is. I also learned how crucial it is to be with someone who makes life come to life. You make everything more fun. Everything. Every ridiculous giggle out of my mouth is evidence of the fact that I married the hell up.
For my family...I am who I am with you and you love me anyway. Your support is ridiculously unwavering. You consistently show up in all the best ways. The best part is that for as much as I love you, I also really like you.
For my tribe...
You're the type of quality people who make quality friends...the kind of friends that call you after a long day of work because they care about all of the details of your life that YOU hardly even care about. I can't believe that I get to surround myself with such badass women with such big ass hearts.
For my home...
You are so peaceful. You're the place where I am the most comfortable...physically, emotionally & in my skin. Plus, you've got all of the cozy blankets.
A cocktail (or 10) can definitely help all of the political + other uncomfortable conversations at the Thanksgiving dinner table! This apple cider Moscow Mule is delicious and ridiculously simple! I feel like a Moscow Mule mug makes everything look fancy and impressive. Just watch out because these are crazy delicious and hardly taste like alcohol!
Ingredients (Yields 1 cocktail):
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces apple cider
Juice of 1 lime wedge
1/2 cup ginger beer
A tiny sprinkle of cinnamon
Optional: Apple slice and cinnamon stick for garnish
Combine the vodka, apple cider, lime juice and ginger beer. Sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon on top. Garnish with an apple slice and/or a cinnamon stick if you'd like!
If you're shopping for someone who appreciates being cozy at home then you've come to the right place. A gift guide curated by the Cozy Curator for cozy girls?!?! What whattttt! All of these items are PERFECT for the cold months ahead especially. Give the gift of comfort with any of these. Click on any image above to shop the exact item. I also linked these items in different colors/variations along with some similar products below.
Insanely Cozy Pullovers/Zip Ups
Softest "Flannel" PJ Sets
The Cuddliest Throws
The BEST Winter Candles & Diffusers
Cute Pom Beanies
The Perfect Hot Chocolate Mugs
Luxurious Bath Products
For Binge Watching Shows & Movies
Fuzzy Slippers & Socks
The Kind Of Sweaters You Want To Live In
These cheesecake bars definitely take some time from start to finish but the end result is worth it! I made these for my husband's work Thanksgiving party and he told me that they were a big hit. It's no wonder because they taste like little bites of fall deliciousness!
Ingredients for the Crust:
10 full sheets of graham crackers (smashed into crumbs)
1/4 cup raw cane (or granulated) sugar
1 T brown sugar
6 T unsalted butter (melted)
Ingredients for the Cheesecake:
2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese (at room temperature!!!)
1/2 cup + 2 T raw cane (or granulated) sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup canned organic pumpkin
1/2 t cinnamon
1 t pumpkin pie spice
Ingredients for Streusel:
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 t cinnamon
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 t vanilla extract
Set out the cream cheese for an hour so that it reaches room temperature. Do NOT microwave it!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the crust ingredients and then press it into an 8x8 baking pan with a wooden spoon or your hands.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat until it is completely smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes). Add in the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat for another minute.
Pour half of the cheesecake mixture into the baking pan.
Add the pumpkin, cinnamon and pumpkin spice to the remaining cheesecake mixture and beat until combined. Pour this pumpkin cheesecake layer on top of the plain cheesecake layer.
Use the same bowl that you used to make the crust to make the streusel topping. Combine the brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon. Add in the butter and vanilla and stir until combined. Sprinkle this evenly over the cheesecake.
Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes or until the cheesecake has set.
Allow it to cool completely (might take an hour or 2).
Place in the fridge overnight. Cut into bars and serve!
My husband and I recently went to a pasta making class at Hudson Table. We had the best time and let's just say that our stomachs were more than happy! If you live locally to Hoboken and are looking for a fun date night idea, I definitely recommend checking out Hudson Table! It would also be a cool thing to do for a girl's night to mix it up. We actually went during the day on a Sunday so it was more of a date day and it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday. I feel like once the colder weather hits, I struggle to find fun activities to do on the weekends besides going to a restaurant. I want my weekend activities to be chill but fun and I think that this cooking class was the perfect balance of those two things. Most importantly, I want to make sure that I take time to do things that are out of the ordinary. I think that when we do that, we take moments and make them into memories. I am so grateful that I created another fun memory with my husband!
We signed up for the homemade pasta making class because its something that I wouldn't cook on my own at home. Also, who doesn't love pasta?! You can bring your own wine to the class and drink it as you cook and obviously while you eat. They also had a meat and cheese platter to snack on while you cooked, which is such a nice touch. They start the class with some demonstrations from the chef. She was really knowledgeable and very technique oriented, which was educational. Then, everyone breaks into teams of four. When we got to the class we ran into a friend and her boyfriend so we ended up teaming up with them, which was fun!
Within the teams, you kind of break up into pairs to complete tasks so I still felt like I got to do some stuff alone with Jay, which was nice. We were definitely the slower moving duo though (whoops haha). Each team makes all of the items but they do things to make it easier/quicker for you. The chefs measure out all of your ingredients for you in advance and they made the chocolate filling for our dessert to save time. We made fresh egg pasta that we then topped with roasted red pepper alfredo sauce, lamb and mint cannelloni, pan seared gnocchi with brown butter and safe (my favorite), and chocolate ravioli with vanilla mascarpone (whattttttt) for dessert. It was all delicious!!!!
While you're cooking, the main chef and her assistants walk around and check on you and give you guidance, which is awesome. Once all of the food is finished, you sit at a big table with everyone else and enjoy the fruits of your labor! They email you the recipes for all of the items that you made so that you can keep the recipes and make them again in the future, which I thought was such a nice touch.
I can't WAIT to go back to Hudson Table. I want to try out some of their brunch classes and a vegetarian class! They also do demonstrations, which was like chef's table tastings with multiple courses, which I think would be SO fun to do. They also have two spaces so they host private events, which is such a genius idea! I think that the chef's table option and the cooking classes in general make for great gifts! I particularly love the idea of gifting this to a bride for her bridal shower along with kitchen appliances/utensils. For example, a baking course would pair perfectly with a Kitchenaid Mixer as a gift! You can find the schedule of classes here. Now I just need to schedule my next class!!!
I LOVE shopping for men! I know that its not the norm and that men are actually difficult for women to shop for (they're a different species after all), but I have always loved shopping for guys. I love "styling" my husband but more so than that, I love introducing him to a new product that totally changes the game and getting all of the credit for the discovery (whoops, can't help it)! I thought that for this gift guide, I would round up all of my "slam dunks" over the past few years that any and every guy would like. These are all tried and true and male approved! You can click on an icon in the photo above to shop it. I also linked different versions of it and/or other retailers that sell it.
Game Changing Underwear!
I know that it seems lame to get underwear and pajama pants for gifts but these are far from lame! They are SO SOFT! They are nice and thin and breathable and they feel like butter. Jay refuses to wear any others now. They have a really flat and silky waistband that makes it feel seamless. Apparently, it feels like you're not wearing any underwear but still have all of the support that you need. I was out of PJ shorts recently and wore a pair of his underwear and wowwwwww. Honestly, it was kind of a mistake because now I only want to wear that but I'm trying to keep one semblance of pretending like I care about what I look like in my "loungewear." I can now confidently say that they are worth the money and more.
The SOFTEST PJ Pants Of All Time
These PJ pants are made of the same material and have the same waistband as the briefs above.
NFL Beer Mug
If the man that you're shopping for likes football and beer, he will love this gift! It's a classy way to incorporate sports memorabilia into your home too. The etching is really nicely done and the mugs are such great quality. The monogramming is also a really nice touch. I got this for Jay years ago and took it too far and wrote "King Jay" for the monogram...like he needed any more of an ego boost!!! Jay keeps this in the freezer a lot for a perfectly chilled beer.
A Classy Monogrammed Watch Box
It's such an awesome gift for a man that he really wouldn't buy himself. The quality of this box is so nice! The monogrammed touch really helps too. It's perfect to put on his dresser or on a shelf in his closet. It's nice to display your watches and have a "home" for them so that they are taken care of.
Leather Gloves-Such A Classic
Like I said...such a classic. Really can't go wrong.
The Most Luxurious Shaving Products
These products really elevate the whole shaving experience to feel like you're at a spa. Most importantly though, they are gentle on your skin and actually nourish it instead of harming it. Bonus that each guy feels like Don Draper using it. I love the blue scent the most, personally!
Google Home Is a Game Changer For His Home
It will become the guy's new bestie! What doesn't it do is the question?!
This Water Bottle Keeps Things Cold For Years
I can confidently say that everyone needs a S'well water bottle whether you're a man, woman or child!
The Classiest Sneakers
Jay gets SO many compliments on his brown leather sneakers. They are so versatile because they are a dressed up casual shoe so they work for a lot of occasions.
The "Non Stuffy" Tie Clip
The brushed metal gives them an edgier feel without veering away from the classic look.
Are you looking for an insanely simple appetizer for Thanksgiving? If so, I've got your back! This recipe has only 3 ingredients aka it's insanely simple. Brie, butternut squash, crescent dough...BOOM! Everything with butternut squash tastes like fall and everything with brie is an automatic win.
1 butternut squash
1 block of brie cheese
1 package of crescent roll dough
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Place the butternut squash on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and slice it in half lengthwise. Lay the squash with the inside of the squash face up. Bake for another 30 minutes.
Remove the squash from the oven and peel off the outside of it. Cut the squash into small cubes
Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Roll out the dough on a flat surface on top of parchment paper
Cut each triangle in half
Spread some brie cheese onto the crescent roll
Place the butternut squash cube on top of the brie cheese. Roll up the crescent dough into a little wheel
Spray your mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray
Place a wheel into each mini muffin tin space
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown
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I'm not going to lie to you guys, I took a lotttt of short cuts on this one. I knew that the assembly of these apple pie ice cream sandwiches would take some time so I decided to devote my efforts to that. Its really such a cop out that I used Apple Pie filling from a can but there is such a small amount of it that I gave myself the pass. I think that sometimes we have to do that or we just avoid the project all together. If you're up for it though, my home made apple-pumpkin butter-pie is incredible and the recipe can be found here. I also used pre-made pie dough that I bought in the refrigerated section of my grocery store. I really like the Immaculate Baking Company pie crust. All of the tools that I used are linked below under 'Shop The Post.'
1 pint of vanilla ice cream
Immaculate Baking Company pie dough
1 can of apple pie filling (or whatever pie filling you like)
Lay out the dough on a flat surface on top of parchment paper. Use cookie cutters to cut out whatever shapes you'd like.
Put a spoonful of pie filling into the center of the pie dough shape. Put another piece of dough on top of it. Then, take a fork and press down the edge of the dough to seal it.
Whisk an egg in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush egg on top of each little pie.
Bake according to pie crust directions.
Once the pies have cooled completely, take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it thaw a little bit.
Scoop ice cream on top of one of the little pies and then put another little pie on top of the ice cream. Gently push it together.
Serve immediately or store in the freezer in an airtight container until you are ready to eat it.
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I'm not the hugest pumpkin fan but I like how it can make desserts taste like fall. I gave these pumpkin brownies a shot a few years ago for Thanksgiving and they were a huge success! Everyone crushed them and said that they were their favorite dessert. I also was a big fan of how easy they were and how good they tasted so I've made them again over the years. I think that they are a great dessert for any fall related party or Saturday night at home!
1 (15oz) can of pumpkin purée
1 family size box of brownie mix
2 T canola oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup butter (softned)
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1/2 t vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
1 T heavy whipping cream
Caramel sauce for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray the bottom of a baking dish/rectangular pyrex.
Take 2 T of pumpkin purée out of the can and set it aside for the icing.
Combine the rest of the pumpkin purée and the boxed mix in a large bowl. Add 2 T of vegetable or canola oil. Stir to combine.
Pour the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in it and it comes out clean.
While the brownies are baking, make the icing with a bowl and mixer.
Place 1/2 cup of softened butter in your mixing bowl with a fitted paddle attachment and beat until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and pumpkin spice to the bowl and beat slowly until it looks wet and then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Gradually add the 2 T of pumpkin purée and beat for another minute.
Wait for the brownies to cool and then spread the icing on top of the brownies.
I LOVE creating a tablescape! It was by far my favorite part of playing hostess for my Friendsgiving dinner. I wanted to keep it clean, neutral but have soft undertones. I also wanted to distract from the fact that it was set up on a folding table in the middle of our living room (850 square foot apartment problems haha). I think that the runner added great texture and interest. I also think it paired well with the linen tablecloth. I loved getting to use my marble napkins and gold flatware from our registry! I served everyone's mac and cheese with cornbread topping and sage in these cute stoneware bowls. The guys got the big pumpkins and the girls got the Le Crueset ones..kind of sexist but let's be real the men ate a lot more! I bought a big bundle of fresh eucalyptus from my local florist and just laid it flat down the table. I set up my Tablescape a day before the dinner and it was totally fine to leave them out of water. They will probably last for like a week instead of two but it was worth it to not have to set up the table on the day that I was doing so much cooking! All of these items are linked below. Just click on an image to shop!
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The Holiday season is upon us! We all need a resource of some 'can't fail' gift items that every gal would like. This is that! These items are safe bets for a home run. The throw is the coziest, warmest and prettiest throw (that I'm sure you've spotted on my couch)! The Silk pillowcase is great for women of all ages because it helps keep your skin younger looking and soft. It also is better for your hair and will help prevent a lot of damage. You can even go to sleep with your hair done and wake up with it looking a lot better than it would if you slept on a regular/peasant pillowcase! I have had mine for a while now and LOVE it. This set comes with a bonus eye mask! I think that everyone should have an essential oil diffuser in their home! It helps me with sleeping but it can be used a million different ways and for a million different reasons. I linked some great 'starter' essential oils to gift along with it. We got my mother in law one for her birthday and she loves it and said that it was such an amazing gift! The parka is one that I have been dying for because its such a great every day coat that won't go out of style. My personal favorite color is the grey! These hair tools are winners...they are the best of the best! The choker is the one that I wear all of the time and I get SO many compliments on it from women of all ages.
I also included two items that I put on my 'wish list' this year. I have felt this PJ set a billion times in stores and died over it each time. I am a huge fan of soft and cozy loungewear so it's 100 percent confirmed that I, and every girl, need it. The set comes in all different variations for pant lengths, sleeve lengths, and colors. It even comes in a nightgown. I linked them all below! I also included this at home micro needling facial tool on my wish list because I have heard great things about it (from other bloggers) and have read amazing reviews. It's supposed to help with wrinkles, fine lines, and make your skin glow. It's the 'vampire facial' tool but since this one is an at home version, it uses smaller needles and doesn't make your skin bloody. I am dying to get my hands on it!
You can click on the item that you want to shop in the image above and it will bring you right to the link.