It's Sweater Weather


About a month ago, I began my hunt for the perfect turtleneck sweater. After searching on ShopStyle day after day after day, I FINALLY found the best beige colored, perfectly tailored, turtleneck but not long turtleneck, turtleneck sweater on Nordstom. I so excitingly clicked on the photo and there it was.. the price. Disappointment flooded over me and I was back to square one. The perfect turtleneck sweater was only $695. 
I don't know why but I have this very special gift. I can pick out the most expensive item without even looking at the price tag. I'm just drawn to the great quality fabric I guess. It's both a blessing and a curse! Haha! 
So, since I have been trying so hard to up my sweater game for Fall, below are some of my favorites in all price points!




H&M Sweater {$30} // Rag & Bone Jeans {$190} // Urban Outfitters Panama Hat {$39} // Vince Camuto Booties {Similar Here, Here, and Here}








My Trader Joes Must Haves

Ok guys, I have finally rounded up all of my favorite Trader Joe's products that I get EVERY time I go. I definitely go to Trader Joe's at least once a week. Please tell me i'm not the only one! Haha!


Sweetened Dried Lemon & Orange Slices
These are the perfect little topper for a cocktail! They look cute and they taste delicious. Keep them in the fridge to have on hand for girls nights in!


'Gone Bananas' Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Slices
The perfect little treat to kill that sweet tooth! I haven't tried the strawberry one yet, but I bet it's just as good. Who doesn't love chocolate covered strawberries?!


Dolmas
If you don't know about dolmas, do yourself a favor.. put your shoes on, get in your car, and drive down to Trader Joe's right now and get like 5 cans. These little bundles of heaven are rice rolled in grape leaves. Trust me on this. 4 of them are only 140 calories. The perfect snack or lunch for a vegan or vegetarian!


Rosemary Italian Style Crackers
I used to HATE rosemary.. until I tried these crackers. They are the perfect hint of rosemary and salt. Pair these with the cheese below with some wine and you have a great snack for girls night. This has actually been my dinner many of nights!


Tapas Sampler Cheese
I love that you get three different kinds of cheese in one back. And they all are great cheese! I'll use these on crackers, sandwiches, and more.


Pizza Dough
You can't beat amazing, pre-made, pizza dough for $1.19!! No explanation needed. 


Perfect Bars
I love Perfect Bars! I could eat one a day. This is the cheapest price I've found. I've purchased the bulk pack from Costco but I'm not a fan of one of the flavors, and it doesn't include the dark chocolate chip peanut butter which is my favorite.


Yellow Jackfruit Curry With Jasmine Rice
Such a yummy vegetarian/vegan option! And, with no soy! That is super hard to find! I always have one on hand in case I forget my lunch or need a quick dinner option. 


Channa Masala
Also a great vegetarian/vegan option. This is also really good with the above yellow jackfruit curry!


Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower
So. Good! Over a little brown rice and broccoli, its a great quick dinner option. Only down side is that it doesn't reheat well so be prepared to eat all of it.


Chocolate Coconut Almonds
I just got these on my last Trader Joe's run after seeing them on Somewhere Lately's Inststories. They are addicting!! But if you like coconut, you'll love them!


Vegetable Masala Burger
These are always in my freezer. I actually made one for dinner last night. I throw it in my convection oven, and while it cooks I get a bed of lettuce ready, and half an avocado. Right before its crispy enough I'll throw some cheese on it in the oven and let it melt. Then I'll put it all together and top it with some Goddess dressing (also at Trader Joe's).


Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask
I love this!! It makes my hair so hydrated and conditioned. I'll put it on in the shower and leave it on while I shave and do my thing. 


Honey Mango Shaving Cream
I was reluctant to try this at first. I didn't know if I would like a cream because I'm so used to a lather like regular shaving cream gives you. But to my surprise, I'm now addicted. It leaves my legs feeling moisturized! 



What are your favorite Trader Joe's products?! Leave me a comment on my latest Instagram. I feel like there are still so many products that I haven't tried yet. 



Apple Picking



Today was my FIRST time apple picking.. can you believe it?! 
I get to check that off of my 'Autumn To-Do List'!
We went to the cutest little apple orchard, Leonard Orchard. The weather was perfect! We filled our bucket and it was only $3! I highly recommend checking it out. 
So many apple treats are going to be made. Starting with my favorite, caramel apples. I love to freeze a candy bar and then crush it up and roll the caramel apple in it. 
I'm sure you will be seeing lots of treats real soon on my Instastories!












Jack-O-Lantern Hand Pies



This recipe is for all you moms out there! Its quick, easy, sooo cute, and THREE ingredients! 
Not to mention delicious.. these cute little guys didn't even last 24 hours. Personally, I like to have one still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. There's something about the hot and the cold together that I just love! 
Keep scrolling for the recipe..




INGREDIENTS

1 package pie dough (2 sheets)
1 can pie filling (You can use any flavor! I did apple)
1 egg
Pumpkin cookie cutter


DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. When pie dough is thawed, unroll and cut out 6 pumpkins per roll, 12 total.
3. Lay out 6 of the pumpkins on your baking sheet. Place pie filling on them, leaving about 1/2 inch from the edge.
4. On the other 6 pumpkins, cut faces to make Jack-O-Lanterns then place on top of the pie dough and use a fork around the entire pumpkin to squish together top and bottom dough.
5. Whisk together egg in a small bowl and use to brush a thin layer of egg wash on tops of pumpkins.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until pumpkins are golden brown.




What's On The Ultimate Cheese Board


I just LOVE a good cheese board. I could eat this for dinner every day and be perfectly content and satisfied. Last month on my Instastories, I asked you guys if you wanted the next blog post to be a cheese board, or a fig recipe. The cheese board won by a landslide so here you go! 
The key to a great cheese board is options. You want to have enough components to make endless flavor combinations. Different flavors such as sweet, spicy, salty etc, and different textures. Plan for 1-2 ounces of meat per person, and also 1-2 ounces of cheese per person. 
I like to start with the bread, crackers, meat, and cheese on the board and then fill in with fresh fruits and spreads, then lastly fill in all the small holes with the nuts. 
Below, I've listed my go-to items but feel free to use the list as a starting point, and add/take away components based on your preference.




Crackers and Bread                                                                    Fruit
Sourdough bread                                                                        Grapes
Whole grain crackers                                                                  Cantaloupe 
Herb crackers                                                                             Pear
                                                                                                    Figs
Cheese
Goat cheese                                                                               Spreads
Gouda                                                                                         Spicy mustard
Sharp cheddar                                                                            Dijon mustard
Pepper jack                                                                                 Honey
Blue cheese                                                                                Pesto

Meats                                                                                          Accoutrements
Salami                                                                                         Olives
Proccutio                                                                                     Assorted Nuts







My Autumn 2018 To Do List


It's finally Fall! I'm ready for cozy sweaters, Ugg boots, apple cider, and the smell of pumpkin candles. Trader Joes has their Pumpkin Vanilla candles back, and also the cinnamon whisks and brooms that smell amazing! I think I need to do a whole Instagram stories haul. What do you guys think?!
Anyway, I made a list of everything that I want to do this fall and decided to share it will all of you.. so enjoy!



Fall 2018 To Do List

  • Make soup
This French Onion Potato soup from Half Baked Harvest, and Broccoli Cheddar Cheese soup from A Cozy Kitchen are on my list. 
  • Apple picking
If you live in Southern Oregon, you can choose from Valley View Orchard, or Leonard Orchard.  
  • Pumpkin patch
Here is a great list of pumpkin patches in the area put together by What To Do In Southern Oregon. 
  • Pumpkin carving
Pumpkin carving is my favorite fall activity. This year, I'm thinking either this constellation pumpkin, or an owl like these from Martha Stewart
  • Take pictures in leaves
Who doesn't like a good picture of leaves falling down around you?!
  • Bake pumpkin treats
I just saw this Pumpkin Roulade With Mascarpone And White Chocolate recipe this morning and added it to my list. Also, here is a list of all my pumpkin recipes on the blog.. more to come!
  • Watch scary movies
I'm looking forward to seeing The Nun and Halloween.
  • Wear Uggs
I know people are so anti-Uggs these days, but I don't care. I love mine. They are the most comfortable and warm shoes on the planet. I wear these Dakota moccasins everyday around the house, and I'm loving these Irina ones right now.
  • Corn maze 
This corn maze at Fort Vannoy Farms looks awesome!
  • Caramel apples
I loveeee carmel apples! Last time i made them I rolled mine in crushed up Snickers. SO GOOD!
Here's a simple caramel apple recipe for you from Just A Taste.
  • Pumpkin ale and pretzel night 
I love doing a tasting with all the different pumpkin beers that come out and make homemade pretzels. Here are a few homemade pretzel recipes for you to choose from.
  • Halloweentown
If you haven't seen Halloweentown.. watch it. I grew up watching it on the Disney channel, and every year St. Helens, Oregon (where the movie was filmed) decorates and has a festival just like in the movie. Here is all the information for 2018
  • Apple cider
A couple years back I made this Apple Cider Cocktail. So tasty! 
  • Pumpkin candles 
Like I said above, I love the pumpkin vanilla candle from Trader Joes, and here is a list of the best fall candles of 2018 from PopSugar. 
  • Haunted house 
This Just Scream Haunted House benefits The Southern Oregon Humane Society, which I love. Then there is The Circus Of Screams Haunted House.. I am such a baby. I've never done a haunted house before, especially the ones where people jump out and scare you. 




Cabernet Day With Flora Springs


Happy Cabernet Day! Today, I'm celebrating with Flora Springs and their 2015 Trilogy. It's truly an amazing Cab blend 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 8% Petit Verdot, aged for 18 months in French and American oak. This is such a smooth and delicious red. You can taste the boysenberry, black cherry and dark plum. The oak adds just the right amount of toast warmth, and the tannins are round and smooth. I'm so grateful that I have one more bottle that I'll be saving for a special occasion.  
Today, for Cabernet Day, if you Tweet or Instagram with Flora Springs and use the hashtag #CabernetDay and @FloraSprings you will be entered to win a Flora Springs prize pack! (Must be 21+ to enter. Void where prohibited.)
Lastly, only 5,400 cases were produced, so if you want to get your hands on a bottle of this delicious wine, which I suggest you do, head over to www.FloraSprings.com and get your order in before they're all gone!









Special thanks to Flora Springs for sponsoring this post.

Peach Streusel Coffee Cake




Ingredients

For the streusel:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 ripe peaches, pitted, skinned, and sliced

Directions

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 inch square baking pan.
2. To make the streusel, in a bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut or rub butter until course crumbs form. Set aside.
3. To make cake, in a bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
4. In another bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together egg, melted butter, milk, vanilla and almond extract until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat just until evenly moistened. There should be no lumps or dry spots. Do not over mix.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Mixture should be thick. Arrange peaches in rows on top the the batter. Gently press the slices into the batter and sprinkle with the streusel.
6. Bake until the topping is golden brown and tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cut into squares. Serves 9.


Recipe by Williams-Sonoma











Why I Wear Sunscreen Every Day


A few years ago, I've made it a point to wear sunscreen everyday on my face. I was crabbing on the coast and forgot my sunscreen. I was out on a dock all day, and it was cloudy so I didn't think anything of it. At the end of the day I noticed my face was a little burnt and I had the classic sunglass tan line. Little did I know that when I would wake up the next morning my face would be so swollen, that it looked like I was having an allergic reaction. It took days for the swelling to go down. Not only was it scary, but I also looked like a mutant for like four days and had to explain to everyone that saw me what had happened. 

Did you know that SPF only protects against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays? A broad spectrum sunscreen is required to give protection in the UVA range as well. UVB rays were once thought to be the most damaging because they penetrate and affect the epidermis, but UVA rays are now known to be equally, if not more damaging. A tan is a sign of injury. More than 90% of the visible signs of aging are due to sun exposure. Lines, wrinkles, and sagging are direct results of sun damage to the underlying collagen and elastin fibers. Not to mention it promotes the 10th most common cancer in the United States, melanoma. So if that isn't reason enough to start wearing sunscreen daily, I don't know what is. 

"People often ask me what I think is the most potent anti-aging routine you can practice. Without hesitation, it’s sunscreen."
- Jane Iredale

Luckily, there are brands like Jane Iredale who make wearing sunscreen easy and convenient. If you know me at all, you know I am absolutely obsessed with Jane Iredale's Lip Drink. I have at least two tubes in my purse, one by my bed, one in my desk, and one in my makeup bag at all times. Not only does the 'sheer' make my lips the most perfect shade of pink, but it also contains broad spectrum SPF 15. Scroll down to check out more great products with broad spectrum SPF. 










Special thanks to Jane Iredale for sponsoring this post.


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