Fall

Fall Fashion Pick

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Apologies for the terrible bedroom shot.

Apologies for the terrible bedroom shot.

I only promote products I've tried myself and enjoy.

fall poncho

This is my new fall staple piece for 2018! This adorable and comfortable poncho from Amazon.

It's available in multiple different colors depending on your style, I chose the orange one to support my pumpkin spice addiction. This time of year give me orange everything! I grabbed it on a lightening deal and it appears that deal is here to stay (at least for a little bit) I highly recommend picking one up for yourself! 

fall poncho

Fall Bucket List 2018

With another autumn underway comes another fun list of must does! Here is my bucket list for Fall 2018.

Fall is my favorite time of year so I always try to get the most out of it! It's such a breath of fresh air after the hustle and bustle of wedding season, and combating humidity.

Fall Bucket list

Many of the items on my list this year create memories along with a few art and baking fun for the days the weather may not cooperate.. 

Fall To Do List 2018

O Fall manicure!

O Coordinate a fall photo shoot with friends or family (it doesn't need to be a huge event, just a couple of smiling shots with a pumpkin or some leaves will live long in your memory)

O Go visit a local pumpkin patch and buy your favorite pumpkin (road trip plus supporting local farmers? Yes please!)

O Rake a big pile of leaves and jump into them

O Find a fall cross stitch and make it ( Pinterest is a great tool)

O Catch up with an old friend over a pumpkin spice latte

O Bake some pies with some local fruits and squashes!

O Go for a hike in the woods, take photos of the changing leaves

O Go apple picking

O Visit a local corn maze

So many fun ways to create memories this fall! 

Download the Checklist right here to print it out!

Fall Fashion 2017

Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

I'd been down in the dumps over my wardrobe for some time... I hadn't really taken the time to create outfits and buy things to update my look in quite some time.

Also being busy with orders and life didn't help my case, where does the girl find the time to look good!?

I finally couldn't stand it anymore so I hit the mall and satisfyingly spent a whole bunch of money and updated my wardrobe. One thing I love this season is the layers! You have the simple base of jeans and a white shirt and then you layer up with a great big sweater or blanket scarf.

Below are some of my affordable finds!

Plaid shirt: Ardene's  T-shirt: Bluenotes  Jeans: Ardene's  Boots: Sears outlet 4 days before closing (SUPER CHEAP $$)

Plaid shirt: Ardene's

T-shirt: Bluenotes

Jeans: Ardene's

Boots: Sears outlet 4 days before closing (SUPER CHEAP $$)

I couldn't believe how difficult it was to find a basic white t-shirt! It took searching through multiple stores and weening out the ridiculously priced out clothes to finally find an economically priced t-shirt, the bonus was it was 100% cotton! 

Scarf: Ardene's  Shirt and Pants: Dynamite  Boots: Sears

Scarf: Ardene's

Shirt and Pants: Dynamite

Boots: Sears

Scarf: Ardene's  Jacket: ... Good question.. Value Village?  Blouse: Joe Fresh

Scarf: Ardene's

Jacket: ... Good question.. Value Village?

Blouse: Joe Fresh

Poncho: Cleo  Shirt: Winners  Leggings: Ardene's  Boots: DSW

Poncho: Cleo

Shirt: Winners

Leggings: Ardene's

Boots: DSW

Scarf: Ardene's  Sweater: Joe Fresh  Jeans: Winners  Shoes: DSW

Scarf: Ardene's

Sweater: Joe Fresh

Jeans: Winners

Shoes: DSW

Plaid shirt: Ardene's  Pants: Dynamite

Plaid shirt: Ardene's

Pants: Dynamite

Fall 2017 is an exciting breathe of fresh air. I can't wait until winter ;)

The 16 Hour Turkey

Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

I decided to take on the challenge of hosting Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year... Apparently I crave kitchen related chaos!

The best moist turkey recipe
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So I slapped on my favorite apron (equipped with it's own pearls) and went to work! I was absolutely obsessed with having the best and moist turkey possible!! So first came scouring the internet to mash up some of the best and brightest ideas from my favorite chefs on the internet. It didn't take long to realize this was going to be a huge project to take on- the bird's gotta sit in a sweet salty brine for a MINIMUM of 8 hours... But hey like I said whats life without whimzy...

 

The recipe I ended up collaborating together was as followed...

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1.5L hot water

2/3 cup sugar

2 cups coarse salt

1.5L cold water

1 container (I think it was like 940ml or somethin...) vegetable broth

 

Find yourself the biggest container you can find! Some internet peeps were using a giant cooler to be able to soak their turkey properly... Those guys also replaced the 1.5L of cold water with ice to ensure the bird stayed food safe. Mine however was nowhere near that big and I managed to cram it into my fridge for the night.

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See theeere's the big guy! ... Literally the cheapest turkey money could buy.

 

So! To make our lovely brine- pour the hot water into your tub and dissolve the sugar and salt into the water. Add cold water (or ice) and chicken broth.

Let the turkey soak for 8-12 hours.

Originally my plan was to wake up at 5am on Thanksgiving to ensure my bird would be ready for oven time at 1pm... But as the day went by that dream slowly became very unattractive and staying up until 1am became muuuuch more realistic. So at 1am with plenty of wine and excitement in my heart I was ready to get 'er done!!

Making the brine takes about 3 minutes... So I started the process at 1am and at 1:05 I proceeded to bed.

 

~~ The Next Day!~~

Next day is Thanksgiving day! The moment of truth!

At 1pm it was time to make magic happen! First things first- removing the water logged bird from the brine- giving it a really good rinse and patting it nice and dry. Now preheat your oven to 500°F.. 

Yep you heard right! Make sure there's no ickies at the bottom of your oven! Cus' they will burn up!

Prep your turkey pan with a small 1/2" layer of water then place that bird in the pan.

Take some fresh thyme and sage, 1/2 an onion, 2 celery stalks and 2 carrots all roughly chopped and insert it into the turkey (Make sure not to stuff it! Stuffing it will require more cook time for the bird to be done!)

I had some random baby carrots in my freezer that were not in any state to eat... but as a flavor enhancer in my bird they worked perfectly!

Now, take some time to measure how big your turkey's breast are (This was an internet find- not my own doing) You're going to want to have a piece of tinfoil that will fit on top of the breast meat perfectly to ensure it cooks a bit slower then the dark meat. Once you have your piece of tinfoil, set it aside- you're going to need it later. Make sure shiny side is up.

Next up we are going to lather that turkey up in butter! Literally massage it right on there. Make Colonel Saunders proud!

Once the bird is lathered up it's time to start cooking. Cook your turkey uncovered at 500°  for 30 minutes to seal in all that hard work that you just did! Add another 10 minutes if it doesn't look brown enough for you.

Remove the turkey from the oven and reduce the oven's temperature to 350°. Take the piece of foil we measured earlier and grease the bottom with oil/ PAM spray- whatever you have on hand and position over breast meat. This is going to ensure your white meat cooks slower then your dark meat and makes sure it isn't over cooked.

Once the oven is ready- return the bird to the oven and cook for 2-2 1/2 hours. DO NOT open the oven!! The turkey's skin has been prepped to hold in it's moisture so opening the oven to baste will do nothing but let out heat which will increase your cook time.

Your bird is ready when it's internal temperature is 161° - it will continue to cook the remaining 4° after it's been removed from the oven. Cover the turkey with more tinfoil and let it rest for 30 minutes- otherwise the moisture will all flow out and all your efforts will be for nothing.

Thanksgiving recipes

And there he is! This turkey was an absolute piece of art and tasted absolutely spectacular! It was received by my family very well.

Moist turkey recipe