10.14.2014

Totes Magotes

Tunic (Loft) | Jeans (Jolt) | Suede Booties (Steve Madden) | Hat (Target) | Monogram Leather Tote (Gigi New York) | Earrings (J.Crew) | Leaf Necklace (Old Navy) | Sunnies (Ray Ban) 

Hello Friends! I hope y'all are having a wonderful day. We had a rainy cool weekend and start to this week which makes my little fall heart sing! I wore this soft tunic look on Saturday for a cozy movie day with the family and it was so just so comfortable. I love the sweet front pockets and it pairs so well with skinnies and suede booties. I love the neutral palette but I've been slightly obsessed with this fuchsia monogram tote and couldn't leave it at home. The gold details on it are just beautiful!

Cheers to the first Fall look of the year! Thank you for stopping by!

10.01.2014

The Turkey Burger

Happy Hump Day! I hope you're week is flying by.

I’m so excited to share a recipe that has been on repeat in in the V House for the last few months – Turkey Burgers! Last year I shared Venison Burgers, which we still love, but in an effort to cut out as much red meat as I can, a Turkey version was in order. You can vary the spices to meet your taste; this version is a classic take on the traditional burger.

I hope you enjoy!


Ingredients (Makes 4 Patties)
1 LB Ground Lean Turkey
1 Egg
¼ Cup Bar-B-Q Sauce
2 Sprigs of Green Onions; thinly sliced
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Salt
Season All
*Note: You can also add Italian bread crumbs if your meat isn’t holding patty form. I’ve only had to do this a few times, but it is a great way to firm up the meat.


Directions

Preheat grill to medium heat and coat with a generous amount of non-stick spray. Keep in mind that turkey is very lean and will stick more easily due to the low fat content; use lots of non-stick spray to help during the grilling process.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients listed above together. Then quarter the bowl and form each section into a patty.

Grill for 10-13 minutes. Serve on a toasted bun with fresh veggies!


If you have any leftovers, they are also great served over a bed of fresh spinach!

Thank you for stopping by!  

9.30.2014

Light Layers



Denim Jacket (Forever 21) | Dress (Old Navy) | Heels (J.Crew) | Bag (Franchescias) | Necklace (Jane) | Bracelet (Jane, Similar) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Sunnies (Ray Ban) | Lips (Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Smitten Eprise) 

Texas hasn’t quite got the Fall memo yet so 90 degree weather is still showing it’s lovey face all over our forecast. This little reality makes it hard to layer on the great textures and fabrics I’m eager to break out, but I think I found a few pieces to get me through this Indian summer.  I wore this look last weekend and this vest is a perfect transition piece into Fall. It is lightweight and can be easily layered on top of breathable warm weather clothes.

What transition pieces are you pulling out to get through the slow arrival of Fall weather?

Thank you for stopping by today. See you tomorrow!

9.26.2014

Week's End

Lunch Dates | Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattee | First Pumpkins of the Season | Afternoon Thunderstorm | The Perfect Sweatshirt for Mondays | A Pretty Fall Dress via Loft | A Sweet Note in my Lunch Bag:) | Fall Lips

Happy Friday! 

We made it through another work week...well almost...and I'm looking forward to the weekend! The Fall is our busiest time and sometimes I feel like we are just running on steam in opposite directions. I'm so thankful for weekends that allow us to settle down and enjoy time with friends and family! I hope yours is spent doing the same with you favorites! 

Cheers to the first weekend of Fall! See you Monday! 


Linking up with LaurenLaurenAmanda, and Jennie. Go stop by these sweet ladies spaces!

9.24.2014

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home


Fall is official here and while the weather hasn't permitted the use of flannel layers or warm boots just yet, it has made way for a transition in the kitchen. Squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkins haven taken the place of Summer fruits and veggies and I couldn't be more excited. 

One of the first signs of Fall, commercially at least, has to be the mention of the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. I admit, I get a pep in my step when I think about holding that warm cup of yummy pumpkin spice goodness but recently my mind was blown. You see, that #PSL doesn't really have a whole lot of actual pumpkin in it. On top of that, it is almost $5 and 470 calories with 15 grams of fat! 

Well that escalated quickly...
But don't you fret, you can make this cult favorite at home with 
more natural ingredients and actual pumpkin, which means you will be sipping a #PSL@home everyday of the week.

I found a handful of great recipes online and incorporated feedback from others to create the version below. It takes very few ingredients, about 15 minutes of your time and it will stay good in you fridge for up to one month!
Before we jump in, a quick side note about the sweetener in this. You can absolutely use more sugar (up to two cups) if you would like it more sweet, or you can use organic agave nectar. I decided to use this recipe to try out Zulka again, a Non-GMO Project Verified and unrefined pure cane sugar. It worked just as great in this drink as it did in last week's Snickerdoodle Cookies; it's safe to say I'm sold on it. 

Alright, let's jump in.



Ingredients
1 1/3 Cups Zulka Sugar (you can use up to 2 cups of sugar for a sweeter taste or you can use agave nectar)
2 Cups of Purified Water
1/3 Cup Organic Pumpkin
2 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/8 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/8 Tsp. All Spice
1/16 Tsp. Nutmeg
1/16 Tsp. Black Pepper
Coffee
Milk (you can also use almond or coconut milk)
Mason Jar

Directions 
Add sugar, water, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and black pepper to a saucepan and medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking the mixture the entire time. When finished, pour the mixture through a strainer into a mason jar for storage. Be sure to write the date on the jar.


When you are ready to use, put 2 Tbl. of the #PSL syrup into you coffee mug with espresso or coffee and a splash of almond milk. Top with almond milk froth and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and enjoy! 


There are so many sweet ways to package this up. I'm planning on making a few as Fall gifts for a few friends of mine that LOVE #PSL. I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Fall!

Linking up with Random Wednesday.

9.23.2014

Cobalt Ruffles


Dress (Franchescas) | Heels (Nine West) | Clutch (J.Crew) | Necklace (J.Crew) | Earrings (Franchescas) | Bangles (J.Crew and Nordstrom) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Sunnies (Ray Ban)

Happy Tuesday - I hope your week is off to a great start! We are in line for some cooler temps in the next few days which makes me a bit giddy. While I wait for Fall, let me share this sweet ruffle cobalt  dress I wore for our anniversary dinner. The neckline and vertical ruffles framing the gold zipper is what sold me. I'm also loving the mix of sweet details with such a dramatic blue; the perfect amount of girly.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

9.18.2014

Four Years

Today marks four years since I walked down the aisle to this man. Four years! It feels like I whispered "I Do" yesterday, but it also feels like I've been his forever. I still have these moments in the midst of our every day normals where I'm just taken back; I can't believe I get to share this life with him.  

So to this sweet man, I say thank you. 
Thank you for your steadfast commitment to guide our family in faith.
Thank you for being a strong partner through the blessings and challenges we face.
Thank you for working so very hard to provide for our family.
Thank you for the giggles, encouraging words and judgement free moments we share.
And thank you for filling my heart with more love than I knew was possible. 

Boy do I love this sweet, sweet man of mine. Cheers to 94 more years next to his side.
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