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.

9.17.2014

A Fall Favorite - Snickerdoodle Cookies

We had some amazing rainy weather on Saturday so Tanner and I decided to take advantage of it and lock ourselves inside for a lazy pajama-clad movie marathon. Sometimes you just need to put your to-do list away and enjoy a little down time; luckily the weather gave us the perfect excuse! To do it right, we naturally needed a sweet treat to snack on as The Shining (don’t ask me why) played on. Given the cozy weather we were blessed with, a Fall favorite was in order – Snickerdoodle Cookies.  

Snickerdoodles are one of my husband’s favorites and quite possibly the easiest cookies to make. They also gave me the perfect chance to try Zulka, a Non-GMO Project Verified and unrefined pure cane sugar, I had picked up. If you've been around this blog any amount of time, you know I love to cook and I’m always on the hunt for products that make it easier to keep our meals healthy and clean. When I came across Zulka "Morena" style sugar, I thought it would be perfect to try out in the laundry list of Fall recipes I had bookmarked and so far it's been a great replacement for Sugar. It's also conveniently available at Walmart; no need to make a special trip to a health store! I'll continue to share more as we try new recipes with it.


Ingredients
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons Zulka Morena Sugar
2 medium eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick spray.


In a large bowl, combine the butter, 1 ½ cups of sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine until creamy; this took me about 1 ½ minutes.

Stir together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt until completely mixed. Then stir slowly until the butter mixture until it is all incorporated and dough is formed.

In a smaller bowl, mix together remaining sugar and cinnamon. Form dough into small balls (2.5-3 tbl. per ball) and then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture before placing on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool.

Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out Zulka Sugar for a cleaner and healthier alternative when cooking!

Have a great day!

Linking up with LaurenLaurenAmanda, and Jennie

9.16.2014

A Tribal Maxi + A Quick Update

Maxi Dress (Target - Similar) | Sandals (Vince Camuto) | LOVE Necklace (Nordstrom Rack - Similar) | Bangles (Target - Similar) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Clutch (GiGi NewYork) | Sunnies (Ray-Ban

Hello, friends! How are y'all doing? Sorry I've been so sparse around here the last two weeks. Some exciting things are happening in our life right now (no, it does not involve a baby) and all my spare time has been spent keeping the normals going. I'll share the details with you in the near future but for right now, I may be a posting a little less than normal.

On a side note, I love that blogging can move with life. Having a space like this to share ideas and creativity has been such a blessing, but when time is short moments with my husband, family and friends will always comes first. The pressure to have a post ready each day can't outweigh the chance to spend some quality time with my favorites.  

Ok, I'm off the box and on to this maxi. I think we have seen the last of our 100+ degree days but we are not into cooler temps just yet. I'm craving Fall like ever other person on Instagram using #PSL, but I can't ignore the fact that 90 degrees and plaid flannel don't exactly mix. So while I wait patiently for cooler weather, my summer favorites will march on. 

I hope y'all have a wonderful Tuesday! Come back tomorrow for a sweet treat with a non GMO product I'm LOVING! 

9.02.2014

Red Stripes + Chambray




Blouse (Loft) | Skirt (Banana Republic) | Wedges (Vince Camuto) | Red Purse (Francesas) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Braclets (J.Crew, BaubleBar) | Sunnies (Ray Ban)

Hello! I hope y'all had a fabulous holiday weekend! We took in a little shopping, Bar-B-Q, pool time, and some good lazy afternoons over the last three day, which made the unofficial close of summer pretty nice.

A little red, white, and blue seemed necessary this weekend so I broke out of my favorite skirts and a new top I picked up last month from Loft. It is such a comfortable and put together look which make it a win in my book!

I hope this Tuesday treats you nice! Thank you for stopping by!

8.29.2014

Weeks End

Happy Friday and Labor Day Weekend! I hope you have fun things planned for the next three days! The manfriend and I have decided not to plan anything. We've been going non-stop since June and a long weekend of laid back nothing sounded like an amazing idea, so that's what we are doing:)

I'll be back on Tuesday with labor day inspired wear and hopefully I will have another video up next week! In the meantime be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

Be safe loves!

8.28.2014

Austin Eats: Fabi + Rosi


On our continued quest to find and try Austin's every expanding food scene we stumbled into Fabi + Rosi...and boy was it yum. F+R is not a new fixture in town but it is somewhat off the beaten path which made it new to us. A quick drive down Lake Austin Blvd. will take you to their location; a little residential home that is perfectly decorated with a modern, french flair (interesting for a German restaurant). Massive and expertly positioned bay windows illuminate the restaurant with beautiful afternoon light that reflects off the wall of mirrors and hanging blown-glass ornaments. We took advantage of their happy hour and 1/2 bottle service on Thursdays which made a bottle of bubbles necessary. The food was exceptional but I have to say that my dish (Hühner-Roulade) was a very small portion. They source all their ingredients from local farms and the freshness of that comes through in the clean and savory flavor of their dishes. Dessert was a twist on the classic Crème Brûlée, which they call Chevre Tart + Preserved-Candied Lemon...so good! The experience was charming and the food didn't disappointment. This will definitely be a spot we will repeat in the future!



I hope y'all have a great Thursday! Thanks for stopping by!

8.26.2014

White Before Labor Day

 Blouse (Forever 21) | White Denim (Lauren Conrad) | Sandals (Sole Society) | Clutch (Target) | Earrings (J.Crew) | Tassel Necklace (Sole Society) | Watch (Michael Kors) | Bangles (Amazon, Madwell, The Limited) | Sunnies (Ray Ban) | Lips (Mac - Girl About Town) | Nail (Covergirl - Toasted Almond)

I feel a mad rush to get in all the white shoes, accessories and jeans I can this next week. I know some have moved on from the "no white after labor day" rule but I grew up in the South and mama ingrained that rule into my fashion book so it will be with me till I die. 

Also, I know that everyone is moving on to Fall and don't get me wrong, I'm ready, but it's about 106 up in ATX and the idea of wearing booties and a sweater right now sounds like a sweaty mess. The extent of my Fall style will be present on my nails and lips until the temps get below 90. Which by the way, I'm obsessed with this Cover Girl polish and Mac lip color...perfect transitions shades if you are on the hunt!

I hope y'all are having a wonderful day!

Linking up with MollyStyle ElixirTrend SpinRandom WednesdayThe Pleated PoppyGlossy Blonde and Vodka Infused Lemonade.
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