11.24.2016

Happy Thanksgiving From My Family to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving from Tanner, Lincoln and I! We are getting things ready for lunch at my Memaw's house and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is playing in the background. Lincoln was up before the sun this morning and while he was drinking his bottle, my heart was breaking, in a good way. I'm just so thankful for my family, our health and our freedom. All the other stress and setbacks don't matter when I look at how much love I have. God is so good.

Love and blessing to your family from ours! 

11.22.2016

Wear: Loving Emerald

Emerald Season

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Happy Tuesday! I've been drawn to emerald pieces lately, so I thought I would share a few that are on my wish this Fall. My favorite pieces are the Kate Spade backpack, J. Crew Coat and Topshop ruffle sweater!

Linking up with: SHOE & TELLWALKING IN MEMPHISFASHION CANVASSTYLE ELIXIRJESSICARACHELGOOD HUES-DAYSANDYLEANN#WIWWLINKUPGRACESHEREEALISONKELLY,  THE PLEATED POPPYADAA LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING, SEPT FARM, CLAIRE JUSTINE, BIRDIE SHOOTS, LIZZIE IN LACE, FASHION SOULD BE FUN, HELLO HAPPINESS, RACHEL THE HAT, XOXO REBECCA, NANCYS FASHION STYLE, A POCKETFUL OF POLKA DOTS, THE BLOSE BY CHRISTIE, JO LYNEE SHANE, OSY, COLOR AND GRACE and POSH CLASSY MOM.

11.18.2016

Friday Favorites: Decorating Simply for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I know there might be a few of you who are stressing a little about the menu and decor. There are a ton of great menu options here, so I thought I might help you out with a few simple table setting ideas. Enjoy and happy crafting!

1. Tips on how to set a beautiful Thanksgiving table without breaking the bank!
2. Keep the kiddos entertained with a little crafting at their table.
3. Pick up pumpkins of all sizes and paint them to match your holiday style. 
4. Add a personal touch to each place setting with family pictures.
5. Keep the conversation in the spirit of thanks with this cute idea.

Have a great weekend! 

11.17.2016

Caramelized Acorn Squash Pomegranate Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

This salad is one of my favorites for fall. I have been adding it to my weekly lunch menu with the addition of a little roasted chicken and it is divine. It is also beautiful, which makes this mama feel fancy when it's noon and I'm still in my PJs. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients
1 Acorn Squash: washed, de-seeded and sliced in one inch disks 
1 Box (5 oz) Organic Baby Spinach 
1/2 Cup Pomegranate Seeds 
Goat Cheese
Roasted Pecan Pieces 
Organic Maple Syrup 
EVOO
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Smoked Paprika
Rubbing Sage

Dressing Ingredients
1/3 Cup EVOO
4 Tbl. Apple Cider Vinger
1 Tbl. Organic Maple Syrup
Dash of Smoked Paprika 
Salt 
Pepper

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a light spray of EVOO. 
2. Add acorn squash to baking sheet and drizzle with EVOO then sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and rubbing sage. Rub in, then repeat on opposite side. Finally, drizzle with maple syrup.
3. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, then flip squash and bake for another 15-20, or until golden brown and fork tender.
4. While squash is baking, mix all the dressing ingredients in mason jar and set aside. 
5. Once squash is done, remove from oven and cut in half. Finally, plate spinach and top with squash, pomegranate seeds, roasted pecans, goat cheese and dressing.

Note: If you need a little extra protein, add roasted chicken as well!

I hope you enjoy! 

11.15.2016

Wear: Leather Up

Floral Swing Dress  (On sale for $16) | Jacket (Option 1, Option 2) | Riding Boots (Similar) | Purse (Similar)  | Gold Leaf Necklace (Similar) | Lips (Cherry Cream Pie)

Fall is starting to settle in and we couldn't be happier! I picked up this sweet swing dress on MAJOR sale at Old Navy a few weeks ago, and it's been a perfect transition piece to pair with sweaters and jackets as our mornings and evenings get cooler. I also love these riding boots from Vince Camuto - so comfortable and easy to chase my toddler in! A few of these pieces are no longer available so I have linked to similar options above!

Have a great Tuesday!

Linking up with: SHOE & TELLWalking in MemphisFASHION CANVASSTYLE ELIXIRJESSICARACHELGOOD HUES-DAYSANDYLEANN#WIWWLINKUPGRACESHEREEALISONKELLY,  THE PLEATED POPPY, ADAA LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING, SEPT FARM, CLAIRE JUSTINE, BIRDIE SHOOTS, LIZZIE IN LACE, FASHION SOULD BE FUN, HELLO HAPPINESS, RACHEL THE HAT, XOXO REBECCA, NANCYS FASHION STYLE, A POCKETFUL OF POLKA DOTS, THE BLOSE BY CHRISTIE, JO LYNEE SHANE, OSY, COLOR AND GRACE and POSH CLASSY MOM.

11.14.2016

Pumpkin Patching

Hello friends! My computer has been in the shop for the last month and I'm so happy to have it back and finally able to talk with y'all. We have been soaking up all things pumpkin and Fall over here with our sweet boy. A few weeks ago we visited a local Pumpkin patch to pick out this year's pumpkin and little man had the time of his life making friends with their goats! We are building new traditions for our little family and it is already so neat to look back and see how he's grown!


 My  boy can turn on and off those tears like a class A actor! Two seconds later, after the promise of a blueberry, you have the face below! 

Have a great day!

Linking up with:  Let it shine , Creative Monday ,  Hello Monday ,  A Little Bit of EverythingMommy and Me Monday, Mommy Moments and Weekending.

10.07.2016

Make Ahead Breakfast: Gluten Free, Dairy Free Pumpkin Bread

Happy Thursday! I know some are preparing for a weekend full of rain while we are preparing for a little bit of a Fall cool-off here in Texas. In the spirit of crisp temperatures, I wanted to share a recipe I have been perfecting over the last two months, Gluten Free and Dairy Free Pumpkin Bread! My family isn't Gluten or Diary Free but we do try to watch how much we consume, and anytime I can make a classic recipe like this healthier, I'm excited! I hope you enjoy this as much as my family and friends have!

INGREDIENTS: 
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tbl Molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice (I like a ton of spice but if you don't, leave this out)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 Tbl. Vanilla
 3 Tbl. unsweetened organic applesauce
3 tablespoons raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with coconut oil or an oil mister and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, almond flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, Molasses, pumpkin, applesauce, vanilla and eggs.
3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until well-incorporated. Note, the batter will be very thick. Spread the batter evenly in the pan. Sprinkle the pepitas over the top if using.
4. Bake until golden brown, the bread lifts away from the edges of the pan a bit, and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack. To store, wrap tightly with plastic wrap or foil and keep at room temperature. Keeps well for 3-4 days

TIPS:
DAIRY OPTION: Sub melted butter on top for the coconut oil.
FOR BREASTFEEDING LADIES: Add 3 tbl. brewers yeast and increase brown sugar to 3/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup. This will help build up a good milk supply and increase fat content of milk.

Linking up with these great ladies today: Fabulous Foodie FridaysFoodie Friday and Everything ElseFoodie Friends FridayFoodieFriDIYFreedom FridaysFriday FavoritesI’m Lovin’ It, Weekend PotluckOur Mini Linky PartyLink Party PaloozaPretty Pintastic Party.
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