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Happy National Pumpkin Pie Day!!  At least according to my homegirl Martha Stewart.  I’ve seen some conflicting dates.  Some claim December 25th is the official day.  In my book, what Queen Martha say, goes!

Obviously I will be sharing my favorite, simple pumpkin pie recipe with you today!!

Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Doesn’t everything mini taste better?

Not only are these pies adorable, they are also the perfect individual portion.  Not that I would ever over indulge or anything.  Ha!  I’ve been known to kill two of these in a sitting.

They are GOOD #justsaying

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(styled by Andrea)

We served these mini pies at my sisters baby shower over the weekend.  Andrea gets styling cred.  The whole display was more that I could pull off.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{sweater weather}

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It’s officially sweater weather in California!!!  I’ve put one on every day this week and loving every second of it!

I grabbed this cute pink leopard print cardi last week.  Remember when I tried on the dress that Instagram Story Polls said “NO”?  Ha.  Clearly, I can’t let it go.  Not yet!  Maybe tomorrow 🙂

Do you follow Target Does It Again on Instagram?  If not, you really should.  Unless you don’t like Target.  Or super cute stuff from Target.  And if you fall under either of those categories, then we can’t be friends.

The reason I tell you, FOLLOW Target Does It Again….

They always post pics of the New Arrivals.  Sometimes before they’ve even hit the internet.  Then you drop what you’re doing.  Hop in your car.  Drive straight to Target to find the super cute shit they posted.

That my friends is how I found this cardigan.

 

$29.99 by Mossimo Cardigan

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Not to mention, they always look so damn cute in everything they post.

It’s currently only available in-store (not online yet).  Target Davis had a shit ton of them.  I  haven’t been to the Woodland store yet, but chances are they’ve got them too.

 

The rest of the ootd:

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{friday 5}

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Hello Friday, I’ve been waiting for you!  ALL week!

What’s the plan for the weekend?  My to-do list is growing by the minute.  But, it’s OK.  I’m going to sleep in + drink coffee in my pj’s before I conquer the world (and my to-do list) both mornings.  That’s something to definitely look forward to.  I’m going to drink some wine + indulge in yummy food too.  That’s what the weekends were made for!

Whatever you do, have a good one!!

Now, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – Veggie of the week // One of my {Fall To-Do’s} is try a new veggie each week.  Last week we tried Jicama (aka dirty apple).  It was a flop!  This week – Delicata Squash.  I prepared it following a recipe from the one and only, Skinny Taste.  You guys, it was sooo good.  Even Bay enjoyed it.  I have proof on Instagram 🙂  “better than brussel sprouts!”  I won that one!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 delicata squash, washed (99 cents/each at TJ’s)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray.

Slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.  Slice seeded halves into 1/4 inch thick slices and place in a bowl.

Drizzle olive oil + salt + pepper over squash slices and toss well to coat.

In a small bowl combine parmesan + parsley + thyme + lemon zest.

Lay squash slices flat on prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle parmesan mixture over the top.

Bake for 225 minutes until golden brown.

So good.  I can’t wait to make it again.

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TWO – Instagram Story Polls //  I’m fucking obsessed.  Who’s dinner looks tastier?  Who likes a full tank of gas + a clean car?  Should I buy the dress?

Instagram even keeps track of that shit.  I hope it stays FOR-EV-ERRRR!  That way you guys can all help this indecisive bitch make life decisions.

I cannot believe you think Bay’s dinner looks better.  I even had mayo!!!  But to each his own.

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Everyone can agree, it’s a good feeling!!  I do it every Friday and it makes my day start happy AF!

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I didn’t buy the dress:(  They only had it in a size large.  That’s why I’m holding it in the back.  It was huge.  Doesn’t mean that I wont find a nearby store that has a medium instock and drive there TONIGHT.  I’ve been known to do it!

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THREE – It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers // I read this.  Laughed my ass off.  Therefore I am sharing it with you.  I want to be friends with this writer.  I think we’d get along GREAT!

IT’S DECORATIVE GOURD SEASON, MOTHERFUCKERS

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{marbled pumpkin diy}

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I’m a big fan of no carve pumpkins.  Until, the day before Halloween.  We all know once they are carved…they are dead in a day or so.  Full of bugs.  Stinky.  But I’m still all about making them pretty + festive for Halloween.

Bay’s 4-H club hosts a no carve pumpkin contest every October meeting.  All the pumpkins are then donated to a rest home to be enjoyed.  LOVE this so much.

We had to get to work a little early and get a pumpkin decorated for next week.

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These nail polish marbled pumpkins caught my eye.  They were all over social media this week.  I’m sure you saw all the different methods.

Clicked on the link.

I have ALL the materials needed.

DONE!

Making them.  Like, TODAY!

Holiday Whore in full effect over here!

 

Supplies:

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{weekend notes}

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Weekend Notes //

Intentions for the week:

  • Make a big ass salad for lunchesmade a bomb.com quinoa salad
  • Find the perfect 2018 planner I finally decided.  Stay tuned, I’ll share this week
  • Purchase a new makeup bag + makeup ordered!
  • Make something using pumpkin (it’s Fall y’all) I made not 1, but 2!!!
  • Bust out all the fall decor tubs
  • RHONJ premierIt’s going to be a good season
  • Decorate a cute pumpkin for 4-H {marble pumpkin diy} is ready for tonight
  • Stay sugar-free (ish)
  • Workout 5 days a week – 4 days was all I could squeeze in
  • Work on November budgetdone
  • Sign-up for running groupSigned up and ready for this weekend
  • STAY AWAY FROM TARGET – FAILED big time.
  • Watch Tom Petty Runnin’ Down A Dream on Netflix  –  Hopefully this week

 

And for the weekend highlights…..

 

Damage //

Sometimes you have to treat your damn self to some cute shit!!  I partly blame this purchase on Salinas Julie!!!  I had to!

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Heaven //

After a full week of eating clean, I caved and had pizza.  But not just any pizza.  This is Masullo pizza.

1/2 Margarita + 1/2 Pepperoni (so basic)

Gilda (not so basic)

Mozzarella, Fontina, Olives, Red Onion, Garlic/Parsley/Anchovy Persillade

With a side of oven roasted mussels + chard.  Pure heaven!

If you are a pizza lover, like myself.  Do yourself a favor and try out Masullo!  The Hildebrand chicks told me all about this place!!  And it didn’t disappoint.

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The City //

A day in the City with your girlfriends is good for the soul!!!

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{mozzarella stuffed meatballs}

When you say comfort food, I think pasta!  Always.

With Fall in the air, I’ve got pasta on the brain.  Big time!

I tried out a new recipe and it was such a hit.  Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs.

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Also, I’ve never, until now, ever made meatballs.

Now I want to throw them into the weekly rotation, like every week!  I feel like I need to make up for lost time.

But, you know I can’t just make the classic meatballs.  I always have to jazz things up a bit.

Cheeeeessseee.  It’s always a good idea, right?  The more the better!

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED THESE MOZZARELLA BALLS?  OMG!  Pure heaven!  If you’re anything like me, then you could kill this whole tub too!!

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The ooey gooey melted cheese center is an unexpected surprise.

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{fall to-do’s}

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It’s no secret that Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  As sad as it is to say goodbye to those long summer days, I’m literally craving the cooler temps + pumpkin everything + cozy sweaters!!!

Especially the month of September!!  It’s like summer’s last hoorah!

And I plan to enjoy it to the fullest!!!  Since the seasons come and go so quickly, I like to make a list of the things that make me love this time of year so much.

You can check out some of the older To-Do’s below…..

{fall to-do’s}

{spring to-do’s}

{summer to-do’s}

 

Here are our 2017 Fall To-Do’s….

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