Posts tagged fall
Sweater Season 2018
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LDW has come and gone and that means that Fall is here/right around the corner. It's time to get our cozy wear ready for action. Sweaters are about to become a necessity. If they're necessary, they better be darn cute as well! I rounded up all of my favorites that are currently for sale.

The sweater that I'm wearing is cozy and warm but also breathable, which is perfect. It definitely has that oversized fit to it. I wore my true size (XS) but if its not tucked in it looks too big so I'd size down unless you want it really oversized. I wore a bodysuit under it but you could also wear a bandeau if it was really oversized on you. I bought a size Small (the size that I normally wear in body suits and one piece bathing suits) and it's perfect. It's nice quality, soft and has cool sleeves. The necklace that I'm wearing is cool and comes in a silver and rose gold color as well. It's perfect with sweaters! The jeans I'm wearing run true to size and have that 'mom' fit to them. They are super cheap (less than $30) and are soft and nice but definitely won't be jeans that hold their form for a ton of wears without washing. They're fun 'knock around' jeans but not a staple that will hold up for a long time in your wardrobe or that you'll want to wear out on a Saturday night per say. The booties really elevate any outfit! The studs are such a fun twist! They run a little big so I'd size down half a size if you have a narrow foot but if you don't then order your true size. All items I'm wearing are linked at the bottom of this post. 

Roll your sleeves up and let's get to my favorite sweater round up...

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Apple Cider Moscow Mules
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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

Directions:

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!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars With Streusel Topping
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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

2 eggs

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

Directions:

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! 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Butter Apple Pie
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What do you do when its apple season and pumpkin season?! You combine the two into the ultimate pie recipe! This Pumpkin Butter Apple Pie is fall personified in each bite. This pumpkin butter recipe is enough for the pie and for you to keep some pumpkin butter on the side. I used the pumpkin butter in my oatmeal and overnight oats. It'd also be great on waffles, pancakes and crepes..YUM! I think that half of the success while baking can be attributed to the right tools so I linked all of the ones that I used at the bottom of this post. Happy cozy baking!

Pie Recipe

Ingredients for filling:

5 cups of peeled and diced honey crisp apples

1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t pumpkin pie spice

1 t sea salt

1/3 cup raw cane sugar

2 T pumpkin butter (recipe below)

1.5 T all purpose flour

Ingredients for Crust (I frequently sub a homemade pie crust for an Immaculate Baking Company pie crust that I keep in my fridge):

2 cups flour

1/2 t sea salt

1/2 t cinnamon

2/3 cup + 2 T unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in the bottom 1/3 of your oven

Peel and slice the apples 

Toss apple slices with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, pumpkin butter and unbleached flour in a bowl and set aside

Make the crust by whisking the flour, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Then, use a pastry cutter to add in the 2/3 cup of cold butter until its crumbly

Add very cold water, 1 T at a time, until a dough forms

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and use your hands to mold it into a ball

Divide the dough into 2 parts, 1 for the bottom and 1 for the top of the pie

Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough

Add one of the flat doughs to the pan

Use a crust cutter (the one that I use and love is linked below) to cut the other half of the dough into whatever designs you want

Add filling to pie crust lined pan

Top with the lattice dough cutouts

Brush the top of the dough with the leftover 2 T of melted butter

Bake for 30 minutes and then place tinfoil over the edges of the crust to prevent them from burning

Bake for another 15 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown

Serve warm a la mode!

Pumpkin Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

4 cups pumpkin puree

1 cup brown sugar

1 T cinnamon

1 t nutmeg

1 t fresh lemon juice 

1 t vanilla extract

4 T pure maple syrup

Directions:

Place all items into your slow cooker and mix.

Cover and let cook on low for 8 hours.

Cool completely and then store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 weeks.

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Peach Crisp
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This is the PERFECT September dessert! Peach season is still going strong and I wanted to take advantage. The peaches provide a fresh taste that is perfect for that last leg of summer feel. The warm dessert makes it cozy for fall! Top it off with some vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt and it's bound to make you smile! I loveeeee a good hot-cold combo. I keep my frozen yogurt in a seperate bowl and get each bite with some yogurt, topping and peach. I like doing this because then the ice cream/frozen yogurt doesn't melt and you actually get to eat it. Try this recipe and you won't regret it! 

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or white flour will do)

1/2 cup quick cooking oats 

1/2 cup brown sugar 

1/2 t baking powder 

1/4 t cinnamon  

Dash of salt

Dash of nutmeg  

1/3 cup unsalted butter

6 ripe, yellow peaches  

1/4 cup powdered stevia  

1/2 t vanilla extract  

Directions: 

Let the butter come to room temperature and cut it into small pieces. 

Cut the peaches into small chunks  (approximately 1-2 square inches).

Place the peaches in a bowl with the stevia. Mix and let sit for at least 20 minutes.  

In another bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg  cut the butter into the mixture with a pastry blender  (if you don't have a pastry blender you can use two forks). 

Add the vanilla extract to the peaches and then place them in a baking dish.  

Spread the crumb topping in a layer on top of the peaches.  

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes.  

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Fall Shoes That You Need
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Bootie, bootie, bootie, bootie rockin' everywhere! Here they are...my favorite shoes of the season! I've got some amazing booties, mules, slip on sneaks, flats, and peep toed heels to keep your feet happy this season. I know that boots and booties can get expensive so I only linked shoes that are $150 and below. I can say with full confidence that I will be living in these slip on Nikes. If you want to be living in them too then I'd hop right on it because they are selling out fast! Happy Shopping my loves! 

Links to Fall Shoes