Sunday, November 25, 2012

Leftovers Galore

And just like that, my fave holiday is over :(

Thanksgiving was so wonderful this year. It was our second on our own and I am proud to say we do it well. We spent our day cooking, drinking, and chatting with family via Skype. Warning; this post will be picture heavy.

Dressed and ready to cook!

The beginning (our kitchen is TINY)

Nothing sexier than a man helping in the kitchen!

Carving the turkey

Our turkey came out SO tender. It was pretty amazing (if I do say so myself). My mom always put our turkey in a marinade the night before and now I do the same. I will post the marinade later this week but it really gives it an extra something. 

Sadly, the Cowboys lost and I had to go to bed early to work the Black Friday sale (lame), but it was an amazing day. I love it when The Husband and I can just be home and laugh and be silly. Plus, the leftover will feed us for the rest of the week.

Hope you had an amazing turkey day!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving week!

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. I love everything about it! The food, parade, football, and coziness is tough to beat.

Everyone has things that makes their Thanksgiving the best (in their minds) and I thought I would share some of the things that make my Thanksgiving the best in my mind.

1. Martinelli's Apple Cider- This is like the official drink in my house. Growing up, my mom always served it to us in a champagne flute. Even though I drink wine, I always drink cider with my Thanksgiving meal.

2. The stuffing from inside the turkey- Depending on how you grew up, your turkey is either stuffed with deliciousness or completely alone. My mom always put some stuffing inside the turkey and that is the absolute best! It always saddens me when it's all gone.

3. Watching the Cowboys play- Since I met The Husband, football has become part of my traditions. Watching America's Team play is a must.

4. Pie- Enough said.

5. The Hickory Farms platters- I love the cheese and crackers to snack on while we wait for dinner.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Talk about yummy!

I love pumpkin pie but The Husband is not a big fan (tragic, I know). So since it is not included in our Thanksgiving menu, I got on Pinterest to find an alternative that would satisfy my craving. The recipe is from this blog.

These were super easy to make and definitely satisfied my pie craving. The recipe makes one dozen.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup evaporated milk

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or silicone liners.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and evaporated milk until well combined.
4. Add dry ingredients and whisk until there are no flour streaks.
5. Fill each muffin cup with 1/3 cup of batter and bake for twenty minutes.
6. Cool cupcakes, chill before serving and top with whipped cream. They will sink in a little as they cool.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Outfit of the Day

I apologize for how awkward my hand looks but it was the best I could do. I've never done an outfit of the day before but I really like how I feel in this dress. The polka dots make it fun and flirty and the colors are good for fall.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hello all!

This chilly night has turned out to be a delightful one. Although The Husband is away, I have been able to make it pretty enjoyable. Baking and Christmas music are two of my favorite things and I was finally able to do both! There is something so soothing about listening to Christmas music while you have something in the oven that fills your home with the aroma of deliciousness. Two glasses of wine doesn't hurt either.

I found this recipe through Pinterest and it was linked back to this blog. It was super fast and I had the majority of the ingredients in my cupboard. I am attending a jewelry brunch tomorrow and hope the ladies enjoy them as much as I did.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used the jumbo kind because that's what I had)

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, peanut butter, eggs, and milk until smooth. 

3. Pour liquid mixture into flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. 
4. In a paper lined muffin tin, scoop 3 tablespoon size scoops into each muffin cup. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

* I only cooked mine for about twelve minutes

Is everyone ready for the holidays? I can't believe it's already November but I am so excited for the holidays. I did all my Thanksgiving shopping yesterday and am ready to cook it into a delicious dinner for The Husband and I.