fall baking…

I promise I have interests other than decorating, DIY, clothes and baking…but where’s the fun in talking about those?! This is the place I get to express my Martha Stewart/Rachael Ray/Rachel Zoe wannabe sides…so here I go again…

It’s fall and that means I want to be surrounded by pumpkin and gourd displays, candles, chrysanthemums, Bath & Body Works scents – and baked goods. Oh, I know I shouldn’t and that the danger of overindulging is ever present. I know that if I do, the scale isn’t my friend, especially now that I’m pregnant.

But alas, my love affair with baked good persists. It’s not only the scrumptious treats that come from the baking, it’s the baking itself that I’m drawn to. I find it therapeutic for some reason. I always have.

Luckily, I have two men in my house that will share in the burden of ridding the evidence and I won’t be tempted for too long.

The weekend after this I have four of my college roommates coming to stay with me, so I’ve already begun to plan the indulgent goodies I want to have on-hand for their stay. After all, late night gab sessions are no good without decadent desserts and junk food, right?

Here are a few of the recipes I might try:

Just the thought of this fall-ish breakfast food makes my mouth water! Check out the recipe for these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls at goodLife {eats}.


(Image found at goodLife {eats})


Then there’s always this Carrot Cheesecake recipe from Better Homes and Gardens!


(Image found at Better Homes and Gardens)


Or perhaps this Apple Crisp from Food Network’s Down Home with the Neelys is the way to go….


(Image found at Food Network)


Then again, maybe we’ll just try all three… 😉

layla grace…

Maybe it’s because our house is in a constant state of renovation. Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant. Maybe it’s because their stuff is just so dang beautiful, but I’m enamored….

“Enamored with whom?” You’re asking yourself.

Layla Grace.

My friend Jen sent me a link to the website some time ago and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the home and lifestyle company’s aesthetic. They offer something for everyone in the way of home decoration, personal style and children necessities. One minute I’m browsing through home accessories and the next I’m dreaming of crib bedding for Braden’s nursery or  drooling over a delicious fall recipe on the blog! It’s a whirlwind of sweet ideas!

Layla Grace is breezy and substantial all at once. I adore that. To me, there is nothing better.

So go ahead, pour yourself another cup of coffee and take a daydream journey through some of their latest blog posts this morning. I know I am.

{Photo found: Layla Grace The Backroom} we're doing Braden's nursery in gray with pops of accent colors, which is probably why this layout appeals to me soooo much!

{Photo found: Layla Grace The Backroom} i'm dreaming of cozy fall fires and boots and apple picking and comfort with this...currently remodeling our living room space and adding beautiful details like these are on my to-do list!

{Photo found: Layla Grace The Backroom} i love how sweet, simple and traditional this crib is! for Braden, we're refinishing an older crib

{photo found: Layla Grace The Backroom} yum...that's pretty much all i have to say about this...what an easy and delicious fall snack!

when life gives you pumpkins…make soup!

Okay, so day two of my debut into blog-land and I am still overwhelmed with everything a blog can be. Some blogs are serious, some are fun, some share fashion tips, some upload photography, some concoct recipes, some appeal to the diy in us, some do it all! I love it!

Since my job keeps me online for a lot of the day, I tend to spend time surfing the web. So I love stumbling upon little jewels that inspire me…I’ve shared a few of my favorites on the right hand side of this page. I’ll be adding more to the blog as I find them and get the hang of all this.

For now, I’ll share a recipe I recently came across on cooks.com (a favorite recipe site of mine). I made this specialty pumpkin soup a few weeks ago for my parents and the in-laws…it was a hit!

Here is the recipe, though I made a few adjustments, which I’ve included at the bottom.

2 cups pumpkin, cooked (I used a can, although you can spend the extra time boiling a pumpkin if you’d like!)
3 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup light cream**
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium apple, diced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Sauté onion and apple until tender. Stir in pumpkin, broth and spices. Remove from heat.
Process or blend until smooth. Return to saucepan and stir in cream.

Heat through and serve.

**I used heavy whipping cream instead of light. I also added a teaspoon each of nutmeg, garlic powder, pepper, chili powder and cinnamon. Okay, maybe it was a little more or less than a teaspoon…I’m not a “measurer.”

I served the soup with cornbread, which went perfectly. If you decide to make it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! In fact, in the spirit of the season, I think I’ll make it again this weekend! Bon Appetite!