Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5 Fall Recipes for the Sweet Tooth

Fall means nothing but pumpkins, apples, and caramel to me. I mean, what else is there? You really shouldn't indulge in anything else. I have round up a few recipes that look amazing and I will no doubt attempt because if you know me, you know I have never met a dessert I didn't eat. 

1. Mini Pumpkin Hand Pies by Sugar and Charm

2. Apple Pie Biscuits by Joy the Baker

 3. Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramel-Pear Sauce by Country Living Magazine

4. Salted Caramel Crunch Blondies by Culinary Concoctions

5. Baked Cider Donuts by Everyday Occasions


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Donuts





I made pumpkin donuts this past weekend because I just can't wait any longer for fall!! They were so easy and turned out perfectly moist and not overly sweet. 
Here is the recipe...


Ingredients:
(Yields about 18 donuts; I used a Wilton donut pan)
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter your doughnut pan (I used a 6-hole pan). 

In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger; set aside. 
In a seperate mixing bowl, whisk together brown sugar and granulated sugar. 
Add canola oil, eggs, pumpkin puree, and vanilla. Mix until well blended. 
Slowly add dry mixture and mix until well combined. 
Fill a plastic bag with the batter and cut the tip off of one corner. 
Use this as a piping bag to fill each hole with batter. 

Bake in preheated oven for about 13-15 minutes. Cool doughnuts slightly. 
In a seperate large resealable bag, shake together 1/3 cup sugar and 1.5 tsp cinnamon. Gently shake each donut in bag to lightly coat with sugar mixture. 
Place on cooling rack. Store in airtight container. 


Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Links



If you find yourself needing something to click on this weekend, check out this list of links below:

-Just off the tails of NYFW, Design Sponge has taken the Fall 2014 trends into the home and it is amazing!

-If you are like me and just need to know the basics when it comes to politic/world news-related stuff, The Everygirl Blog has a weekly round-up of facts to keep you in-the-know. Check out what's happening this week!

-Have you seen this smoothie girl yet?? She develops amazing smoothie recipes and then photographs them while costumed like a move/tv character 

-Here's your fall movie list

-While eating the pumpkin spice flavor of Angie's Popcorn today, I noticed they also have candy corn popcorn. Ugh. Fall. 

-Do you remember the video of the "apparently" kid that was trending? Well Ellen invited him on her show (of course you expected that) and you will die when you see it


Have a great weekend, everyone!!
With love, 
Allie 



Thursday, September 11, 2014

5 Inspiring Breakfast Nooks

What's for breakfast? Nooks. You need one in your house, especially if you have a small dining space to work with and need some seating for kids or guests or a small fam! I am thinking of eventually building a built-in bench in the "dining area" (if you can call it that) of my city rowhome. A bench along the wall, a small round table, and maybe 2 chairs would be the perfect addition. I just think these nooks are so inspiring and hope you do, too! For more inspiration of this sort, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to the topic. Best meal of the day? Definitely breakfast... 

Photo credit: 1/2/3/4/5





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Take Me To: Brooklyn, NY

Remember that time I posted all about Charleston, SC in an attempt to convince my husband to take me? Well, it worked and we were planning on going and then it just didn't fit in our budget as the time got closer. So we decided to take off of work for a few days and head to our family's beach house in Cape May, NJ instead. WELL that seems to also be falling through the cracks when we found out the weather report for the weekend reads chilly and rainy. So alas, I am left to choose another adventure.
I convinced him to take me to NYC on Saturday. He's never been to Chelsea Market (oh my gosh have you ever seen that place?! It's the bomb.) and given the foodie that he is, I think he would just love it!

While my mind has been in Big Apple- mode, I realized another trip I would REALLY like to take is one right across the bridge, to Brooklyn! Actually, this is more focused on the North Williamsburg region on down. So I have compiled a list of a few things I would love to check out and you should too if you so desire!!

I think if you are going to stay in Brooklyn, you should choose a bed and breakfast. This one looks so perfectly quaint and simple and relaxing! Each room is so unique! Or if you are more of the hotel type and money ain't no thang, stay at the Whythe Hotel, an old factory-turned-luxury-hotel on the waterfront in Williamsburg. Nu Hotel is also just about one of the coolest places I have ever seen.

Did you know there is more than one Brooklyn store front with a secret identity? The Brooklyn Superhero Supply is probably my favorite... a front for a tutoring program plus you can buy a cape. Don't tell my husband. Also among these are some speakeasies if you need to drink incognito.

Trying to grab a bite? Check out Pies 'n' Thighs. Talk about your comfort food. Or for something a little more reserved, go to brunch at Egg. Head to Mast Brothers Chocolate for dessert and then to wash it all down, the Brooklyn Brewery

Check out the Brooklyn Flea if you're in need of some antiques and vintage goods and if you're still hungry, Smorgasburg is basically a flea market of food, minus the flea.

End the day with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge  or a stroll through Prospect Park.




If you live in Brooklyn or have spent time there before and have more suggestions to offer, please let me know! I would love more input and look forward to visiting soon:) 


*Brooklyn Bridge picture from Google with edits by myself; Brooklyn drawing by Susan Hunt Yule via
Country Living Magazine

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rifle [Wall] Paper Love

Have you seen Rifle Paper Co.'s newest line of wallpaper? I found the collection on Hygge and West, a great site with wallpaper from even the likes of one of my favorite bloggers, Oh Joy!
I would personally love to put the Pineapple print in a bathroom! 
They all come in different shades, too, which allows for so many options! Now if only it was in the budget!! 








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