Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What I Wore: Flower Power

Dress- Forever21 | Sweater- Forever21 | Shoes- Modcloth | Watch-Macy's

Looking through all of my dresses, I realized that I have a lot of florals. I think that when I see a floral dress, I love how many colors are in the pattern and can imagine matching that dress with so many different kinds of sweaters. Obviously, I just have to buy it! I wore this dress for my 21st birthday with a jean button-up shirt and I already pulled it out again to pair with my pink sweater. I love how the sweater makes the pink of the dress pop more. Oh, and I definitely can't forget about the shoes! I got them from Modcloth and they are amazing. Seriously, they fit like a glove and are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes I own. I'm obsessed! I'm so sad, though, that they're not available anymore because I would definitely buy these shoes in every color possible. They're just perfect!

I know I talk about the weather in almost every one of my posts, but it's been crazy lately! The temperature has dropped a good 10 degrees since last week and now it's constantly in the 60s, if not the 50s. I wore this dress out when I had class at 11:30 am and it was just the perfect amount of layers to feel comfortable. I had class until 6:30 pm and then I had book club from 7pm (which was super fun because we read Jane Eyre and gushed about it for a solid hour). By the time I was walking home at 8 pm, the temperature had dropped a good 15 degrees and I was freezing! I guess that's Ohio for you...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Craft Corner: Apfel Strudel Cowl

That's right, I crocheted something other than a blanket and it actually didn't turn out awful. I've always had a problem with crocheting and turning at the end of the chain. My row typically turns out all wonky and I never have the same amount of stitches in the end as I did in the beginning. I finally sat down on Youtube and watched a couple of tutorials on turning and it's actually not that hard! I struggled a bit for the first couple of rows of this cowl, but my friend helped me through it and I ended up flying through this project while catching up on the latest episodes of Outlander. 

Apfel Strudel Cowl 
Found on Ravelry

Tools
1 skein yarn
size J (6.00 mm) hook
tapestry needle

Instructions
Chain 35
Chain four (counts as first triple crochet stitch)
Work triple crochet in each stitch until piece is at desire length
Fasten off, sew seems together, and weave in ends 
Enjoy!

This was probably one of the easiest cowls I've ever made once I got the hang of crocheting in a line. The original pattern from Raincloud & Sage says to use treble crochet, which I hadn't used before. When I googled it, some sources said it was a US double crochet while others said it was a US triple crochet. Based off of what her picture looked like, I decided to do a US triple crochet and think it was the right choice. Also, she used a larger hook (size 7mm), but I only had a 6mm, so that's the one I used. Feel free to use a bigger hook if you want a bigger stitch! 

I can't wait to wear my new scarf as the temperature starts to drop into the Fall weather. It's my first scarf of the Fall season, but it definitely won't be my last! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sweet On Sunday #22

1. Yes, more sweaters! This Beautiful Color Blocked Knit Cardigan adds the perfect amount of color to cheer up any chilly day. 

2. Tee hee, how cute is this Feline Bold Bag? That face, though…

3. I absolutely adore this Writer's Notebook Set from Etsy. I'd definitely be more inspired to write if I had these adorable journals to jot notes down in. 

4. I don't know why, but the simple design of this Pebbled Faux Leather Tote caught my eye and I fell in love. It's perfect to carry around while running errands or meeting up with friends and it would definitely fit my current read inside. 

5. I literally want to buy everything from Forever21, including this Crossback Woven Dress. Aren't the colors adorable? 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ten Things Making Me Happy

I absolutely love Rosie's blog Cider WIth Rosie and adore her lists of ten things that have made her happy during the past week. Making a list of ten things is such a simple thing, but it can really make you appreciate life so much more. It's those little moments that always make me smile. So, here's what's made me happy this week…

1. Finding my favorite fall candy at Kroger, especially the white chocolate candy corn M&Ms. I may have eaten half the bag within 5 minutes of getting home... 

2. Joining running club. Wow, running with a bunch of actual runners seriously kicks my booty. We run at a steady 8 mile pace and on our last run, which ended up being 5.6 miles, we ran the last mile in 7:30. I'm definitely going to be in fantastic shape by the end of the semester. 

3. Staying up reading well into the night. I've been making an effort to not fall asleep while reading and it's finally working! I've managed to stay up until midnight for the past two nights and have made good progress on my TBR pile. 

4. The drop in temperature. Finally, no more sweating while walking to class. I absolutely love how the temperature has been in the 60s lately. Fall has definitely arrived. 

5. Buying an anniversary card for my parents and writing them a cute little note to let them know that I love them and miss them. I can't wait for them to get it on Wednesday!

6. Chatting on the phone with my sister on my way home from classes. 

7. Visiting the local library and browsing through the shelves, picking up anything that catches my eye. I walked out of the library with 5 books today, which definitely shouldn't have happened since I have so much to read. But they all looked so good and I just couldn't resist. 

8. Still obsessing over how I got to meet some of my favorite authors last week. 

9. Slowly making progress on the granny square blanket for my sister. Each square just gets prettier and prettier. 

10. Waking up early Saturday mornings to run 6 miles through the sleepy town of Oxford. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kitchen Krazy: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

I don't know how much more I can obsess over Sally's Baking Addiction. I follow her on Instagram and get her email updates, so I always know when she has a new recipe up on her blog. And almost every time she posts something, I want to drop everything and make her latest recipe. I first saw the picture for her White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles on Instagram and about had a heart attack. I love all things Pumpkin and she made a pumpkin snickerdoodles? Yummy! 

I made a batch of the cookies on Sunday and realized that you definitely have to wait at least a day to enjoy the cinnamon, pumpkin goodness. If you eat them right away, the flavor isn't quite there yet and it feels too mushy to really enjoy. Wait a day, though, and the flavors are ten times stronger and the mush has turned into chewy goodness. While waiting 24 hours to devour these cookies is hard, the glorious taste is well worth the wait. I brought the batch to my knitting meeting and walked out with only two cookies left. While I was disappointed to only have two cookies left to enjoy after only eating one measly cookie from the ones I had made, I was delighted that everyone loved them so much. Nothing can compare to the feeling of people enjoying your homemade baked good. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles 
Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients 
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons pumpkin puree 
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup chocolate chips or white chocolate chips

Directions 

1. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla and pumpkin until smooth. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft. Fold in white chocolate chips. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to have them evenly dispersed among the dough. Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes, or up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory.
3. Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
4. Roll the dough into balls, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each. Mix together the remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Roll each of the dough balls generously in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and arrange on 2 baking sheets. Slightly flatten the dough balls because the cookies will only slightly spread in the oven. The photo above shows what the cookie dough balls should look like before baking.
5. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. Keeping them in the oven for longer may dry them out.  Remove from the oven and press a few more white chocolate chips onto the tops, if desired. If you find that your cookies didn't spread much at all, flatten them out when you take them out of the oven.
6. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to a wire rack. The longer the cookies cool, the chewier they will be. I let them sit out for at least 1 hour before enjoying. I find that their chewiness and pumpkin flavor is more prominent on day 2. Cookies stay soft, moist, and chewy stored at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Freezing directions: Roll the chilled dough into balls and freeze in a large ziplock bag for up to 2 months. Baked cookies may also be frozen up to 2 months.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I Wore: Spring Into Fall

Dress- Delia's | Sweater- Ann Taylor Loft | Sandals- Forever 21

Whenever I look at this dress, I think of Spring. I even wore it to Easter mass last year, which is pretty much the definition of Spring. Despite the fact that it is definitely not Spring right now, I couldn't stop myself from wearing this dress. I love the bright floral pattern and I'm obsessed with the fact that it has pockets. I've also been trying to stock up on cardigans that can be worn with dresses and I fell in love with this sweater at the Ann Taylor Loft Outlet I went to while I was on vacation in Myrtle Beach. I could already think of all of my floral dresses sitting in my closet that would go with the green color perfectly. 

Despite the fact that I've been dying for Fall weather, I'm definitely going to miss days that stay in the 70s with a cool breeze that stop you from becoming a sweaty mess after spending only five minutes outside. Yesterday was one of those days and I did not want to change out of my dress when the day was over. And those sandals! Walking at least a mile to and from class means that I definitely have to have a pair of comfy shoes one (I already have blisters up and down my heels from wearing new shoes) and these sandals are heaven. I could have walked for miles and been totally fine. That's the beauty of a good pair of shoes that look good but also feel fantastic. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sweet On Sunday #21

1. These Vintage Cutout Sunglasses are perfect for Fall weekend trips. 

2. These Little Owl Necklaces are just too adorable. I'm especially in love with the white one on the right. So cute!

3. I am totally a Cat Lady for Life. Well, you know, when I finally get my own cats… 

4. I know that I already have a Lion King sweatshirt, but I am so tempted to buy this other Felted Lion King Sweatshirt

5. This Granny Square Snood from Lulu Loves is definitely going to be the next project I make this fall. 
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