Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday Link-Up: Halloween Desserts


Honestly, Halloween is not really my thing.  It used to be the best night of the year when we were growing up -- all that free candy, why yes please.  But since then, I would be good with just skipping right over it.

You know what is my thing though?  Dessert.  Alllll the desserts.

I was going to make a Halloween themed dessert to share today and per usual, I was scrolling through Pinterest first looking for ideas.  I realized that there are already SO many dessert options out there that are a million time more creative than anything I could have come up with.  I put together a list of the top five that I found... make one of these for Halloween next week so you don't eat all the candy that's meant for your trick-or-treaters!

ONE | GRAVEYARD PUDDING CUPS
This is my very favorite option because they remind me of "dirt cups"!  Did anyone else eat those?  Seriously still one of my favorite desserts.

Recipe here

TWO | WITCH BROOMS
Could this "dessert" be any easier?  Stick a pretzel in a peanut butter up and call it a day.

Recipe here

THREE | STRAWBERRY GHOSTS
These are too cute and white chocolate + strawberries are one of my favorite combos.

Recipe here

FOUR | DRACULA'S DENTURES
These are ridiculous and I'm not sure how great cookies and marshmallows would taste together but I still love them.

Recipe here

FIVE | FRANKENSTEIN CUPCAKES
Since these require baking cupcakes, they are more work -- but when aren't cupcakes worth the extra effort?

Recipe here

So those are my favorite Halloween desserts!  Which one would you make to snack on while passing out that candy?!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekending

Good morning!

I kind of liked the format I used for last weeks 'weekending' post so I think I'm going to stick with that again!
This weekend I...

Had a pizza + movie date night with Nick.  We tried out Blaze Pizza which was really cool, kind of like a Subway but for pizza.  They had a few signature pies (I tried the Art Lovers) while Nick went the make your own route.  I'll definitely be doing that next time because I couldn't believe the amount of toppings they had!  It was also really reasonably priced.. two pizzas and drinks for under $20.


Saw Gone Girl after dinner!  It definitely lived up to the book although I still wish the ending would have been different. Of course seeing a movie requires sneaking in candy.


This one is a huge we, not I.  Nick and I put up wainscoting in our dining room!  And it is looking SO.GOOD.  We followed this tutorial by Jenna Sue literally to a T.  It was a process but overall pretty easy.  I think the step that took the longest was the math, calculating how far apart the boards would be ha.  Next up is primer today and paint tomorrow!



Didn't wear any makeup.  For two days straight.  It was really quite nice but I will say thank goodness for sunglasses and Instagram filters ;)

Ate a whole bunch of Spicy Tomato Soup.

Visited the cider mill!  Check that one off the fall to do list.  It was just a quick Sunday evening trip and we were beat from working all weekend so we grabbed the goods (donuts + cider) and were out of there.


Overall a good and VERY productive weekend!  What were you up to?
Linking up with LeeannBellaCarly and Biana

Ps. don't forget to link up for the first edition of our Holiday series tomorrow!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday 10/17


Friday, already?!?  I have been running around like a crazy person this week trying to get ready for our big Homecoming/housewarming party next weekend.  So much to do, so little time!

Before we moved in and we planned this weekend with our friends a few months back, I honestly thought I would have everything practically done in the house.  HA!  I'm probably 5% done so yeah, not even close.  It's been hard for me to accept that the house isn't going to look straight out of Pinterest when everyone comes to visit but there's just no way.  Not to say that's going to stop me from doing everything I possibly can in the next seven days before they arrive ;)

Here are some goodies from this week...

Soup Weather
Monday was a rainy, chilly day so soup and grilled cheese were on the menu for lunch!  I picked up a couple of these Panera soups for the first time and they did not disappoint.  We had lobster bisque and creamy tomato and they were both really good -- and half the price of having lunch AT Panera.


Uplifting Your Husband
Maegan from The Modern Tulip wrote an awesome post yesterday talking about how we treat our husbands.  It really got me thinking and I'm most definitely guilty of so many of these same things (especially nagging him to clean up, ugh) but at the end of the day, that's not the wife I want to be.  Check it out here -- such a great read!

Bar Cart
Introducing the newest addition to our fireplace room, this bar cart from Target.  When I first brought it home, I wasn't sure if the wood paneling would match with our floors... and it doesn't really but I'm going to do something like this with fabric and that should take care of the problem.


Halloween Link Up
This coming Tuesday, October 21st, is our Halloween link up and we would LOVE for you to join!!  Share anything you want... a recipe, a costume idea, a fun Halloween memory, literally whatever:)  We can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

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Weekend Fun
Nick and I will be crossing a couple things off of my fall "to do" list this weekend -- fingers crossed the weather holds out.  Make sure to follow along on Instagram @ka5ohare :)

Have a great one!
Linking up with KarliLaurenJennieRebecca and April

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Most Girly Room In The House


One of the rooms in our new house that I'm most excited to start working on is the office!  This is going to be my spot, my domain... so all that decorating with keeping my husband in mind is going out the window.  The office is going to be straight up girly and I can't wait.


This is the current situation.  Blah blah blah.  Those buttercup walls have GOT to go, hopefully this week.  I'm thinking I want to do white walls with pops of color in everything else.  Kind of like this...


The most popular wall color that I'm finding is Benjamin Moore's Simply White.  We tried this one in our fireplace room but it was too blue based and didn't work down there.  The office has more natural light so this color may be perfect for it.

Over the long run, I'd love to get a new desk (loving this one) but in the meantime I'll probably just give the desk a paint refresh, too.  We actually bought it for $40 off of Craiglist a few years ago.  It wasn't in the best condition but it's amazing what sanding + paint can do!  I'm thinking I'll go with white for the desk, too.


And can we talk about these ghost chairs?  I l-o-v-e them and my husband despises them, no surprise there.  He has put a kabosh in having one downstairs but all bets are off when it comes to my office.  I think they are just so cool but my one concern is comfort... I have a hard time believing these can be comfortable.  Anyone own one?

If we're talking dream chairs... this is one that I would never be able to have in another room, ha! I saw it at World Market this week and wanted to just throw it in my truck and call it a day.  It's so fabulous (and on sale).


But back to more practical things now.  Storage is a must and I love the look of these bookshelves.  I could do this super cheap with IKEA Kallax Shelving Units.  Oooh and maybe gold polka dots on one wall?  This room is going to be out of control.  Fun frames with quotes are also a most definite MUST.


I can see it all now in my head... the girliest, whitest, polka dotted, most inspirational home office ever.  What's the most girly room in your house?!

Linking up with Shanna and Liz

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes


I can't believe I forgot to share with you my VERY favorite fall side dish on last weeks Taste of Tuesday!   We still haven't made it to the apple orchard/cider mill yet but it's on the agenda for this coming weekend... and you can bet I'll be making a few batches of this delicious and easy side dish.  Apple cider + sweet potatoes = match made in heaven.  I dare you to try it!

Shopping List
1 lb cubed sweet potatoes (I buy them in these precubed bags below, all ready to go.  Sooo much easier!)
1/2 cup apple cider
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste


Directions
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2) In a mixing bowl, combine your sweet potatoes, olive oil and S&P.  Stir well until each potatoes is coated.

3) Transfer potatoes to a baking sheet.

4) Bake for 25 minutes, turning the potatoes at the halfway mark.

5) Meanwhile, bring your apple cider to a boil in a saucepan over high heat.  Cook until the apple cider is reduced to about 3 tablespoons.  *Keep an eye on this, it will burn if you're not stirring often!  Been there, done that ;)

6) Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven when finished cooking and pour the apple cider reduction over them.  Pop back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

And voila!  Apple cider glazed sweet potatoes :)  Enjoy!
Linking up with KateMarySusan and Kristen

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekending

It's funny how different our weekends are now, living in Michigan compared to Chicago.  They used to revolve around our friends, trying new restaurants and just generally whatever we wanted to do... and now they revolve strictly around the house!  We had another busy and productive weekend so I'm going to keep things short and sweet today since I still have quite a few things to check off the "to do" list that we didn't have time to get to.

This weekend I...

Had a Friday night date night with my favorite guy!  My Apple Sparkler drink was quite delicious and I'm kind of wishing I had one to sip on right now.


Picked up our new Kendall sofa.  Totally worth the terrifying drive home with it hanging out the back of my truck, ha!  I can't wait to fill it with lots of fun pillows.  We'll probably rearrange this room once we buy all the rest of the furniture but for now, it just feels so good to have something in the previously empty space.



Finished Gone Girl.  No spoilers but I did find the ending pretty unsatisfying... anyone else?  This is one book that I wouldn't mind if they altered the ending in the movie.  Hopefully we will have time to see it this week!

Fell in love with a chair at Home Goods that I didn't buy.  We're looking for two of the same chairs for the fireplace room and we thought this could be the winner... until we found out there was no second chair.  That's the worst part about those stores - they have no stock!  The search continues.


Got all caught up on Nashville, finally.  Love love love that show!

Also watched the first episode of How To Get Away With Murder.  Obviously, the ending of the show hooked me... but is it worth continuing to watch?  So many shows, so little time you know.

Ordered this pretty for the entryway.  World Market is having a Friends & Family 25% off sale that ends today - I snagged this for only $75!


Visited a new church but sadly, it wasn't the right one for us.  It's hard to find the right fit!  I remember it took us about 5 churches in Chicago to find our favorite.  3 to go maybe?

Went on a little hike with Nick.  Sunday was the most beautiful day and it was so nice to get and check out all the colored trees and leaves.  Fall has to be the prettiest season.


Ate WAY too much pizza.  Hence why we needed to get out for a walk ;)

Painted our kitchen!!!  Definitely the highlight of the weekend.  Goodbye orange/red/brown walls, hello Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter!  Can't wait to show you guys pictures later this week after the second coat goes on.


So yep, another busy one!  What did you do this weekend?
Linking up with Leeann, BellaCarly and Biana