Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea

Hello and happy Monday, ya'll! I hope you all had a great weekend. I am so excited for this week because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love being able to gather with family and friends to remember everything we have to be thankful for.

I wanted to put together a casual outfit that is cute and comfortable for Thanksgiving Day. This top is probably one of the softest things I own. I have it in the red wine vinegar color as well. I love it because it is a tad oversized, which makes it perfect for eating lots of good food.

I have had these Levi's for probably 5 years now. They are so stretchy and comfortable. Again, perfect for all of your Thanksgiving meals. I just added this knit scarf for a pop of color. And the riding boots were an easy pick to complete the look. 

I actually wore this exact outfit last week when I went to the Southern Christmas Show. It was great for a day full of walking around.

(The scarf was from last year so I linked a few similar ones at different prices!)
Boots (in color Cognac) // Similar Jeans // Similar scarves herehere, & here // Top 

If you're looking for more fall outfit inspiration check previous posts : Plaids & Greens

Speaking of being thankful, I am so thankful to have this space as a creative outlet. I am thankful for all of you for reading and thankful for your support. I am thankful for my family, friends, and faith. I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Happy Monday ya'll! It's a rainy, dreary day here in Locust. I hope this recipe will warm you right up!
Today I have my Mom's famous homemade hot chocolate recipe to share with ya'll. This hot chocolate is better than any you can buy in the store, at least in my opinion. The best part is it only has 4 ingredients! My sweet Mom makes it every year around this time and keeps some for us at home and occasionally gives it as a gift. 

25 oz. box powdered milk
32 oz. Nestle Quick
16 oz. nondairy powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup powdered sugar
P.s. If you can only find containers of these ingredients with a little extra or a little less, it will work just fine! The measurements don't have to be exact.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
(My mom has always used her large Tupperware cake carrier)
I used a whisk to make sure it all gets combined really well. Then I put the lid on and shook it up a little.

That's it! So easy isn't it?!

When you're ready to make a cup for yourself, put 1/3 of a cup of mix in your mug and fill the rest with hot water!

One of my fondest memories from freshman year of college was sharing a cup of hot chocolate with my roommate, Molly. It was such a comfort that reminded me of home. Molly LOVED this stuff. Those were some good times. So here's the recipe friends! I hope you love it as much as I do!

I decided to doctor mine up a little by adding just a little bit of Bailey's and topping it with whipped cream and chocolate syrup! I have to give my brother, Josh, some credit, the Bailey's and the deliciousness on top were all his idea!

P.s. If you're looking for a great blog to read, my brother is pretty good at writing. Check him out here!

I hope ya'll enjoy! Comment below to let me know what you think!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies & Easy Iced Mocha

Hey friends!

It has been a hot second since I posted, I apologize. Anyways let's jump right into this post today.
I am so excited to be brining your 3 super easy recipes. If I haven't already said it, I love fall. So naturally I love most pumpkin recipes. Today I have a pumpkin spice cookie recipe, a super easy iced mocha recipe, and a homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe for you guys.
These were probably the easiest things I have ever made. 

Let's dive right into these cookies. Guess what ya'll! There's only 3 ingredients! So, so easy!

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 box of Spice Cake mix, unprepared
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree (make sure it's not pumpkin pie filling)
1 bag mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix together cake mix and canned pumpkin. I just used the hand mixer which made it super easy. 

Fold in chocolate chips. I only used about 3/4 of the bag because it seemed like the whole bag would be too much and 3/4 ended up being perfect!

Drop cookies onto cookie sheet using tablespoons.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes! 
I let them cool on the pan for a couple of minutes then put them on a cooling rack before storing.

That's it ya'll! How easy was that!?

Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 Tbsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp ground ginger
3 tsp ground cloves
4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground all spice**

** So when I went to look in the spice cabinet for all of these spices I had all of them except ground allspice. So I put that on my grocery list. When I got home I started taking my pictures and realized I ended up buying more ground nutmeg. Ha! So I ended up just putting a handful or so of whole allspice in the spice/coffee grinder and grinding it up in there. It worked out perfectly!

Combine all of the spices and stir well until mixed through. 
I stored mine in a jar I found in the cabinet.

It smells heavenly!

Easy Iced Mocha
Coffee (I made my coffee first thing in the morning then let it cool)
Half and Half
Chocolate Syrup
Whipped Cream

Fill glass, or in my case a mason jar, half full of ice
Pour in coffee, about half full
Add as much half and half as you want (the more you add, the creamier the drink)
Add chocolate syrup to taste
Stir well
Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup

I hope ya'll enjoy all of these recipes! Comment to let me know if you try any of them!