{mini pumpkin pies}


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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



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


(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.


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{marbled pumpkin diy}


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.


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.


Making them.  Like, TODAY!

Holiday Whore in full effect over here!



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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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{friday 5}

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Who’s with me?

I had to pay $80 this morning to keep blogging.  Really?  I couldn’t upload anymore pictures.  All my gigs were used.  I bought 10 more and I’m good to go.  I couldn’t leave you all hangin!  Haha!!

At least it’s Friday!  And I have plans to eat Pho tonight.  Soooo, that makes it a little better.

Friday 5 means I’ve got 5 things on my mind……..



ONE – Thai Pasta Salad // I swear I’ve shared this gem before?!?!  I searched the blog and couldn’t find it anywhere.  Just for good measure I’ll share it again.  Because, it’s a keeper.  A crowd pleaser.


My photo really doesn’t do it justice.  It looks so boring.  But, trust me – it’s NOT!  This salad is packed with flavor.  Sesame oil…need I say more?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package angel hair pasta (1lb)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup corn oil
  • ½ cup sesame oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey (seka hills preferably)
  • 5 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¾ cup peanuts, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds



Cook noodles, drain.  In a sauce pan, stir in red pepper flakes, corn oil & sesame oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.  Add honey, soy sauce and salt.  Mix well with noodles.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours. (I make mine the night before)

When ready to serve, add chopped cilantro, peanuts, green onion to noodles.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Is your mouth-watering?  Mine is.  My sister is making a double recipe for my Dad’s 60th birthday party this weekend….SCORE!!!


TWO – Have you ever heard of Julie Ann Art?  She’s so bad ass guys.  I’ve purchased many of her cards.  Her art speaks to me!  Check them out here.  Anyway, she released her new coffee mug designs.  Could it possibly get any better?  I think not!  These two mugs are me….to a T!   Best part, they come as a fucking set!  These were just too good not to share.


Julie Ann Art – Mug Set


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{pumpkin snickerdoodles}

To me, snickerdoodles are the quintessential cookie.  Not peanut butter.  Not chocolate chip.  Sugar cookies – no wayyyy!  What makes them so special you ask?  They are light and pillowy with a cinnamon sugar crust.  Yummm!  Not to mention, the dough….kill me now.  So so good!

I grew up on snickerdoodles.  Straight from the freezer.  In an old Folgers coffee can.  As soon as we walked into GG’s house,  it’s the first thing we always asked for as kids.  A snickerdoodle.  Let’s be real, I still walk in and grab a cookie from the freezer to this day….and a bud light too.  Weird combo, I know.

Anyway, I have my GG’s snickerdoodle cookie recipe that I make from time to time.  Let’s be honest, they NEVER taste the same as GG’s.  Maybe she left out some secret ingredient?!?!  Hmmm.  Now I have to ask…lol.

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{weekend notes}

Happy Monday!  The weekend is gone and I already miss it so much.  All I did this weekend was cook + kick it.  Like I kicked it hard.  Like chillin like a villain kicked it.    More than I have all year.  It was so nice.

When I got in my car this morning to drive to work, I realized that I hadn’t left my house in over 24 hours.  That NEVER happens.  I was a sweatpants wearing, couch sitting, tv watching lazy ass and I loved every second of it.

Today is the day – BIG news at our house…..Bailey has decided to fun for the Plainfield Elementary Student Council Treasurer.  I’m so proud of her for wanting to do this and signing-up all on her own.

Bailey said Lauren inspired her which is the sweetest thing ever.

Posters went up today!  Speeches next week.  Followed by the election.  I’m crazy excited for her.  Obviously hoping and praying she wins, but knowing it will be a huge learning experience if she doesn’t too.  Maybe I can sneak into the school and cast 100 votes!?!  Only kidding.  Fair and square is the only way I want her to win!

Thank god Korine was over to help with the posters.   Come on, how cute are these girls and the posters?!?!


“If it doesn’t make dollars, then it doesn’t make cents”

“Vote for me – Bailey B.”

“123….count on Bailey B for Treasur-y”

I mean, could they be any cuter?

Korine – we have to celebrate after the election, I owe you BIG time ♥

Friends that come over for breakfast and stay for dinner, those are the good ones.  The ones you keep forever!

Bailey’s snapchat was proof of our laziness 🙂

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{concrete pumpkin planter diy}

Today I will be sharing the ever so popular concrete pumpkin planter diy with all my readers.

You guys, it’s pretty damn simple and doesn’t cost much at all.  I’ve made 8 so far and spent a total of $20.  That’s roughly $2.50 each.  The succulents and flowers cost me more than double that!!  7 items are needed and you will have most of them in your house already.

Mastering this DIY took a couple of shots.  So bear with me…..

The first DIY I found and followed called for concrete mix.  So I walked my happy ass into True Value and bought a 60 lb bag.  I get home and made my first pumpkin planter.  It turned out ok, like ok enough for me, but not to give to anyone else.  The face was not nearly as clear as these below.  So, my second time around, I sifted all the rock from the concrete mix.  Basically took forever.  And I realized that more than half the bag was rock.  I ended up with hardly anything once the rock was sifted out.  The pumpkin planter turned out 100 times better than the first though.

With a little help from homeboy Ed at Home Depot, I tried a bag of mortar.  Ed is the shit and deserves a raise, by the way!!!  He was on point.  NO more sifting rocks.  Just add water and voila – perfect brownie like consistency mix.

Remember I told you I mastered this DIY…haha!  It took a couple tries to get it right.  But, once I did, I pumped them out like a pumpkin planter factory.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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