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{thanksgiving kids table // graham cracker crust pumpkin pie}

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My dining room table isn’t large enough accommodate the whole fam-bam.  Someday when I grow up (I say this all the time..Ha) I’ll have a table that can seat an army!  Until then, we shall set up the kids table.

Not just a boring kids table though.  A fun + entertaining table is key.  They stay busy = you get to enjoy your wine + pie with a little peace…HA!  Love them to death, but let’s be real.

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I’m also sharing my graham cracker crust pumpkin pie.  Which I’m really sad to announce…I can’t take the credit for inventing.  Bobby Flay patented it about 8 fucking years ago.  What the hell.  As soon as you think you’re onto something BOMB.  Google it and it’s already been done!

Which isn’t always the worst thing.  I honestly had NO idea how long to bake.  So I followed Bobby’s baking directions, which gave me the perfectly set pies!

And how about this kids table.  The activity table-cloth is so perfect.  And the leaves.  My Mom collected each one of them at Casini Ranch while camping last weekend.  They have the most gorgeous trees that were dropping these giant leaves.  Thanks Mom!

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I kept it simple using everything I had on-hand.  Including the used to be white mini pumpkins that are now yellow-ish.  I did buy them in September, so I should stop bitching.  Coloring crayons…we’ve all got some lying around.  Poured some Trader Joe’s chocolate covered sunflower seeds…mainly for the color factor.  But, for snacking too!

This color on activity tablecloth is from the one, the only….Target.  There is a word search for the older kids.  A pumpkin + turkey maze.  Even a spot to write what they are Thankful for!  Love it so much.  It completed the kids table.

Color In Thanksgiving Tablecloth  $3.50 at Target

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Just bring on the turkey…we’re all set over here!

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Here are some of the recipes we will be enjoying for Turkey day tomorrow:

Cory has our Branigan’s Turkey in brine as I type.  He’s on turkey duty and will be cooking it in an air fryer.  I’ll be sure to snap some pictures tomorrow.

Pioneer Women Creamy Mashed Potatoes the main attraction, if you ask me!

I’ve been making these Stuffing Balls for years. I found the recipe in one of the old Kraft Magazines that used to come out monthly.  Do they still do that?  I sub the ground pork for good ol Jimmy Dean sausage.

My Mom will always be in charge of the gravy.  It’s the one thing that I just can’t get down with on the Thanksgiving menu.  Honestly I can’t even make it without wanting to gag.  Bay’s the same.

Her Pretzel Jello Salad (similar to this one) is probably our “weirdest” side.  Poop-A-Doop, my late Grandfather LOVED this salad.  Really, it’s not even a salad.  It’s a layer of pretzels + sugar + butter.  With a cream cheese center and strawberries + jello on top.  So random, so good!

Kissey will forever bring her favorite side, Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole. She makes it the BEST!!!

Along with canned cranberry (the only way to serve it).  With lots of cans of whole olives to stick on our fingers.

Mom makes homemade rolls that are to die for too!

And for dessert, my Mom is trying a new recipe for mini pecan pies and I’ll be serving my, I mean Bobby Flay’s Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pie (recipe below) with homemade whipped cream (made by Bay)

What’s on your menu?  I love hearing about families one random, kinda weird, side dish they can’t have Thanksgiving without.

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{what to wear to thanksgiving}

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Two days till the biggest cheat day of the year…HA!

Therefore I’m opting for stylish yet comfortable.  You know, so that you don’t have to worry about eating that second piece of pie.

Speaking of pie, I’m baking a new one tonight.  Pumpkin pie in a graham cracker crust?  Raise your hand if you LOVE graham cracker crust too!   I have NO idea if it’s going to be good.  So, I’m making 2.  One for tonight to test and one for thanksgiving.  Don’t even trip, I’m gonna tell you all about it!

I put together two Turkey day looks that I would actually wear.  I keep seeing chicks posting dresses.  Do people really wear dresses on Thanksgiving?

 

Thanksgiving Look #1

The Canadian Tux Pie Hider //

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{thanksgiving table setting // DIY centerpiece}

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Hi friends!  If you follow me on instagram, then you know my heart is 100% Christmas.  Butttt, I am hosting my family for Thanksgiving.  What do you think they’ll say when they see I have a mixture of Christmas garland + wreaths + pumpkins?  Ha!  Most likely nothing.  Nothing at all.  They know how batshit crazy I am by now 🙂

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BIG thank you to everyone for voting on my instagram poll this morning.  This setting won.  Although, it was really close.

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I threw together this pumpkin centerpiece over the weekend.  The things I do for a table setting.  It will definitely be rotten by Thanksgiving.  But, I was dying to do a little DIY.  Whenever I’m creating with my hands, I’m the most happy.  Whether that means cooking.  Rearranging.  Planting.  Organizing.  It makes me really frickin happy.

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I found these Hearth & Hand Stoneware mini pedestals at Target and knew I’d find a way to incorporate them some how.  Tealights are in Spice jars – World Market.

Found them for cheap.  6 for $6.  Pop the top off and you’re good to go.  I love the shape.  The eucalyptus clipping was the finishing touch.

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I love adding a clipping to the back of these target chairs too!  The burlap ribbon, I leave it there year round.

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These plates have seen more food.  Ha!  They are my everyday dishes.  Super affordable, I’m talking $20 and come in a set of 12.  They make a great gift for the hostess with the most too!   Along with the gold flatware (it’s 20% off).  Although we don’t use it daily, I don’t hesitate to pull it out.  Dishwasher safe and they come out like new!

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I really wanted to keep this table simple.  Mainly because, I’m ready to set it for Christmas…lol.  I’ve got too many ideas.  It’s killing me to wait.

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Here’s a little video I took to give you a closer look!

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{happy halloween // spider cupcakes}

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Happy Halloween!  It’s been a full month of all things orange + black + spooky!  We’ve baked.  We’ve decorated (twice).  Pumpkins are carved.  Pumpkin seeds roasted…(my mom’s best batch yet)  Bay DIY’d her costume.

The only thing left…Trick-Or-Treating!

Which is probably my least favorite part of the Holiday..lol!  The kids favorite, the adults…not so much.

 

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But, I realized today – this could possibly be that last time my girl dresses up for Halloween.  I was honestly unsure she was even going to be up for it this year.  I think the whole DIY costume really got her in the spirit.  Or the bribes?  HA!

Either way, we are going to Trick-Or-Treat our asses off tonight.  In the dark.  In the cold.  With strangers giving our kids candy.

I will have a wine in hand, though so I can’t complain too much.

Here’s to our kids ending up with shit-tons of Reese’s!  CHEERS!!!

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{friday 5}

 

It’s Friday (hu-frickin-ray)!  Honestly, it’s really hard to believe October is coming to an end next week.  I feel like I cannot keep up with this year?  Anyone else?  I’ve got the Holidays on my mind BIG TIME.  I’ve started shopping too.  Which is one of my Holiday goals.  And after the Serendipity Boutique + bella moda boutique Christmas Preview last night, my wheels are spinning.

Weekend plans: My to-do list is staring me down.  It’s been growing longer each day this week.  I’ve been so swamped with work, I hardly have time to check my email or order my groceries.  I’ve been on survival mode…lol.  Tonight Bay and I are having a date night.  Mani’s + pizza + watching La La Land (she hasn’t seen it yet).  I can’t wait to sleep in.  Spend some time with friends.  Possibly get wine tips with Alex.  Maybe church?  God knows I need a little church in my life.

Before I let you get your weekend started, let me quickly chat about 5 things on my mind…..

 

 

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ONETurkey On The Table //  Kinda like Elf on the Damn Shelf, but for Thanksgiving.  Except, it’s not a pain in the ass at all.  And you don’t have to move it daily.  So, basically it’s nothing like Elf on The Damn Shelf…lol.  It’s more of a lesson on being grateful.  I’m all about gratitude.  I actually started practicing it daily, thanks for #last90days challenge.  Here’s how it works…for every day in November, write down something you are thankful for on the paper feather.  Each family member can take turns or everyone can write on the same one.  It’s totally up to you.  Place it somewhere that you’ll see it.  On Thanksgiving day, you’ll have a “fully dressed” turkey to display.  You can then read all the thankful feathers aloud.  It’s such a cute idea.  And the best part, for each Turkey on The Table purchased, 10 meals will be provided to someone in need through Feeding America.

Nordstrom (free shipping): Turkey On The Table // Amazon: Turkey On The Table

 

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TWO – Currently Reading // I had to ditch my last audio book.  So many great reviews, but the voice-over was absolutely terrible.  If you’re an audio book listener, then you get it.  Picked up Reese Witherspoons new Whiskey in a Teacup : What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking BiscuitsBest part, she’s actually the reader of her own book.  Which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before?  Anyway, it’s so cute and lighthearted…I’m really diggin it.  I also grabbed Chrissy Teigen’s newest cookbook Cravings: Hungry for More And she nailed it.  Everything looks so good.  I can’t wait to dive into it more this weekend and dog ear some pages to add to my “must make list!”  What are you reading?  Anything good I should add to my list next?

 

 

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{pumpkin donut holes}

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Fri-YAY! Hallelujah! It’s been a week. Sorry for the lack of posting here. I had the best intentions, but just couldn’t make it happen. No Friday 5 today. I couldn’t think of 5 things if you paid me. So let’s switch it up…..Since I did promise these pumpkin donut holes.

And tomorrow is Saturday, which would be the perfect time to whip up a batch of these bad boys.

Also, FYI – Anthropologie is having a good sale. So, I linked some fun + really pretty coffee mugs at the end of this post. Scroll down and check it out. I’ve also linked them in my Instagram bio for easy access.

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Crazy easy recipe. Baked, not fried. Pumpkiny….tis the season, right?

You do need a mini muffin pan. I picked one up at Walmart for $6.

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WARNING: they are so dangerous, so make sure you make them when your peeps are awake. I made the mistake of making a batch last weekend. When I was alone. BAD idea.

Remember you can pin it. Print it. Tag me. Message me. I love to hear what you think ❤️

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{all the things // target edition}

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Today I’m sharing ALL THE THING Target.  I spent wayyy too much time browsing the women’s clothing section.  Then strolled over to home goods.  The next best thing.  And I found so much good shit, I have to share it with you today!  Next week, I’m thinking ALL THE THINGS Old Navy?  When’s the last time you shopped at ON?  I was pleasantly surprised!

Let’s start with home goods.  All my top picks.

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{weekend notes}

Hi friends. Can you believe yesterday was my 3 year blog-versary? Time flies when you’re having fun!! I went back and looked at some of my first posts and wow. Things have changed. We’ll have to take a trip down memory lane sometime this week.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Ours was equal parts relaxing and productive. Just how I like it. And I stayed in my pjs till around 9am both mornings. When’s the last time you scheduled a “chill” weekend? Honestly, I can’t remember. It was needed and enjoyed!

Intentions for the Week:

  • practice daily gratitude(writing this down creates a huge shift in your mood..try it) 
  • date night with my 2019 planner  – (switching is so much work)
  • watch my girl play volleyball(still undefeated #gowildcats)
  • finish my Portland post – (almost done, so much to pack into one post)
  • dinner + drinks with the girls(perfect way to end a crazy week)
  • 15,000 steps per day(didn’t even make it to the gym Thursday and still did it.  Shocked my damn self)
  • clean up the back patio(now if the wind will just go away)
  • find something cute to hang behind my stove – (still searching) 
  • drink 1/2 my body weight in oz of water every day #hellabathroombreaks(fact: you eat less when you’re so focused on water intake) 
  • write a post on my favorite + easiest salsa(coming soon…stay tuned) 
  • one random act of kindness each day (“cute top” “let me hold the door for you” smiling at randoms…in the most uncreepy way possible) 
  • make chili(so bomb and packed with veggies)
  • wait patiently for my parents to get home from Cabo lol – (failed) 

Highlights from the weekend…….

Friday night at the movies // I saw A Star Is Born.  Such a great movie.  I’ve had so many people ask me if it “that good” YES, it really it.  Bradley Cooper is beyond handsome, even when they try to make him look like he’s not.  Gaga was amazing.  I bawled my eyes out.  And when the movie was over, nobody even stood up.  Everyone just sat there.  That’s a sign of a good movie, my friends.

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Tochos // aka tater tot nachos.  I accidentally made these. Ha.  They were so killer.  Bay and I sat the pan straight from the oven to the coffee table and started digging in.  It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll share exactly what I did on {friday 5} this week!

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45 Minutes a Day // It’s part of the #Last90Days Challenge.  Move your body every damn day.  I made it to the gym Saturday + Sunday.  Which is a really fucking BIG deal.  I’ve never, in my history, ever went to the gym twice in one weekend.   #shitsgettingreal

Coffee Table Vibes // In my {fall to-do’s} I listed that I want to do a coffee table series.  I LOVE changing up my coffee table.  Sometimes I do it multiple times a week.  It’s such a small space that makes such a big impact.  And I’m burning my fallen leaf Chloe & Co. candle.  You can now pick them up at Serendipity Boutique.  Go get one!

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Pretty Packaging // Love a pretty package.  Well done Free People.  I ordered the We The Free Molly Tee.  Hoping I can find a way to style it and keep it.  Stay tuned.

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Football // We watched my nephew Benny play football.  They are on a winning streak!

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I watched the game with Daniel in my lap, when Bay didn’t have him on her hip.

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This is how Bay watches football games…lol.

Target Basket // Julie from Salinas sent me a photo of her front door hanging basket from Target.  Straight up front door #goals  And the eucalyptus.  I’ve already warned her I’m going to steal clippings the next time I’m in town.

Target Basket $19

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Side Hustle // Worked on my side hustle.  Which I realized I don’t believe I’ve ever shared here on xoxo stacyb.  I’ve started doing social media for a couple of downtown shops.  I get to snap pictures and come up with catchy one liners.

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Front Porch // Which inspired me to get creative and complete my front porch.  Pumpkins + purple fountain grass for the win.  It’s killing me to not clip the fountain grass and stick it on my dining room table.

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Rib Cook-Off // The only photo I took, so not like me.  Cory’s team, Whiskey River BBQ Crew didn’t take the win this time.  But, it was still a good time.  And of course I’m wearing my J.Crew scoop neck Henley, AGAIN!

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The Fight // Cory taught my nephew how to place bets…lol.  For the record, he didn’t win.  But the fight was pretty entertaining.  Not the actual fight though…I’m talking the after show.  WOW!  What happens now?

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Pizza // Cory’s homeboy Rich made the BEST homemade pizza on this bbq insert.  And I officially added one to my wish-list.  Or better yet, maybe I should get Cory one for Christmas so he can make me pizzas?  Hmmm.

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Cousins Sleepover // My nephew Joe stayed the night with us.  I was nice to have an extra kid around.  The laughter make me crazy happy.

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{friday 5}

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It’s Friday.  I got a job.  And I’ve got a shit-ton to do.  Ha!  But, I don’t have a single plan for the whole damn weekend.  You guys, I’m going to drink coffee on my couch in my PJ’s tomorrow morning.  And again Sunday morning too.  It’s been so long.  And maybe a little day-date with my girl.  Nephews football game.  Meal prep.  Outfit prep.  Done!  Oh, I did splurge and grab some extra wine.  So, I’ll be gettin tips too!  I almost forgot… the one thing I’m most looking forward to (other than drinking wine + coffee obvi) shampooing the seats in my car…Ha!  It’s the little things peeps.  Have a great weekend friends.

Before I let you go……

Let’s chat about 5 things on my mind real quick!

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ONE – A Star Is Born // Oh man everyone keeps saying how great the new Gaga + Bradley Cooper movie is.  I have my fingers crossed I can sneak away at some point and go see it.  For those of you that have seen it….on a scale from 1 to 10.  How good is it?

You can watch the movie trailer here: A Star Is Born movie trailer

 

 

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Threshold Decorative Basket Natural with leather strap

TWO – Target Basket // Posted a photo of the basket I found at Target yesterday.  You guys clearly liked it as much as I did.  My ShopStyle account as of this morning showed 5 basket orders.  BIG thank you to all of you for clicking on my affiliate links and placing orders.  Today, my first ShopStyle check posted for $47 and I’m fucking giddy…lol.

I found inspo image with a similar hanging basket for my girlfriend Nicole.  She has the best front porch.  She picked up the Target basket yesterday and I can’t wait to see how she styles it!

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{fall to-do’s}

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Bay’s LA Sweatshirt  // My LA Sweatshirt  // Van’s // Levi’s

 

Happy October, friends!  Am I the ONLY freak that was uber excited that October 1st fell on a Monday?  Monday’s are already for fresh starts, but when the 1st + a Monday collide….happy AF!

A happy little buzz (not the wine kind of buzz) comes along with the month of October.  How can you not crack a smile when you walk past piles of pumpkins at the grocery store.  The temps start taking a slight dip.  Dream of hearty recipes.  Fluffy blankets.  Cozy sweaters.  Red wine…oh yeah.  Festive fall candles.  Changing of colors.  We saw a lot of this in Oregon last week, which I’ve never experienced before here in California.  Slowing down.  And starting fresh.

Hence the 1st falling on a Monday.  And it being the last 90 days of the year.  It’s the perfect time to freshen up.  Change your routine.  I’m jumping on the #last90days challenge.  Basically living the last 90 days how you lived the first 90 days of the year. We’ll touch more on that next week though.

I need to add #twinning with my tween to the list!  Ha!

Our LA sweatshirts have been on maj repeat.  We’ve declared them to be our weekend wear.  And she still thinks it’s cool to match me!  Insert happy dance.

Wanna twin with us?  lol!  Our sweatshirts are 40% off with code: BIGSALE  And the Levi’s are marked down today too!

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Bay’s LA Sweatshirt  ($23) // My LA Sweatshirt  ($35) // Van’s // Levi’s ($73)

 

Today, let’s chat about ALL THE THINGS we plan + hope to do this fall!

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