My Throw And Go Outfit



I love maxi dresses. To me they are an easy throw and go option. Throw one on, add some layers.. sweater, jacket, boots, hat. You look put together when really, you got ready in 10 minutes. 
For me, putting together an outfit is torture. Does anyone else feel that way?! I need a personal stylist.  I also hate putting on makeup, so If you ever see me in real life there is a 99% chance I will not have any makeup on. As long as my hair looks somewhat decent then I feel good. 
Anyway, back to this H&M maxi dress.. Its only $20! It comes in this olive green color, which i'm obsessed with right now, and also black. I like to tie a little knot at the bottom to open it up a little bit and show off my shoes. (see last photo) Scroll all the way down the post and get this perfect basic maxi dress before it sells out!




H&M Dress {$20}  // J Crew Denim Jacket {$65} // Vince Camuto Booties (similar here, and here// Prana Wide Brim Hat {similar here}







Photography by Living Image Photography


Breakfast Parfait


Easy breakfast options are a must for me, and i've been a fan of R.e.d.d. bars for over a year now. So, with all their new flavors out now, I decided to make some little yogurt breakfast parfaits. Before I tell you how I did it, let me tell you why i love R.e.d.d. bars so much..
R.e.d.d. bars are soy free (a must for me), vegan, gluten free, and have 35mg of caffeine! Also, 10 grams of protein, 11 superfoods, and 19 vitamins and minerals. Thats a lot of good stuff packing into one little bar. They're great on the go, camping, hiking, whatever. I always keep one in my purse and my car.


INGREDIENTS

R.e.d.d. bars
Yogurt
Whatever toppings you like (I chose raspberries, crushed pistachios, and honey)


DIRECTIONS

1. With a softened R.e.d.d. bar, line a ramekin squishing the bar on all sides.
2. Fill the ramekin with yogurt, and throw on your toppings.
3. Let set in fridge or freezer for about 2 hours or over night. (The freezer makes it more like froyo!)







Special thanks to R.e.d.d. for sponsoring this post.




The BEST Pretzel Recipe


This time of the year, I have a tradition to make home made pretzels (with all kinds of different mustards and dipping sauces), and taste all the different pumpkin beers that come out. It's so fun to get together and have everyone make their own pretzels in the kitchen. It's even more fun to see how they all come out. Prettiest pretzel contest?! I might be a just a little bit competitive. 



INGREDIENTS

Frozen yeast dough, thawed
1 egg, whisked in a small dish
Course salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Thaw the frozen yeast dough. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
2. With floured hands, roll dough into 18 inch length. Taking the two ends, place on a center on a floured bread board or counter top. Pull ends towards you, cross ends and overlap to opposite sides to form pretzel shape.
3. Let rise 20 minutes on floured board.
4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat. Used a slotted spoon or skimmer to gently lower the pretzels into the water, about 2 at a time depending on how big your pot is. Once the pretzels are in they should float to the top. Let them sit for 1 minute and then flip over to boil another minute. (extend the boil time to 2 minutes each side if you prefer a chewier pretzel).
5. Once you take the pretzels out, top with egg wash and course salt.
6. Once all pretzels have been boiled, transfer them to a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.





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