Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Spinach Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine was so relaxing and for the first time this season it actually felt like Fall. I went to yoga, read, went for a 7 mile walk and relaxed. Sadly I did not bake this weekend as I am trying to loose the few pounds I gained from my gluttonous summer. I am normally a pretty healthy eater but this summer I was not very good, truth be told I ate terribly.  So I have to get myself back in line before all of the holidays and the baking begins. 

This week I did have this easy salad so I thought I would share. This is not a recipe because basically you throw it all in a bowl and dress it with your favorite vinaigrette, I made pumpkin vinaigrette and it was delicious!

Fall Spinach Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette
Serves 2

4 cups spinach
1 honey crisp cored and sliced
8 slices cucumbers
2 Tablespoons pecans
2 teaspoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons crumbled cheese

Pumpkin Vinaigrette 

4 Tablespoon pumpkin puree
1/4 cup cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Finely chop garlic and put into a bowl with all of the ingredients EXCEPT the oil, whisk the ingredients. Then slowly add the olive oil and whisk well. You must add the oil slowly and whisk well otherwise the dressing will separate. 

Tell me, what did you do this weekend? Did you relax, read or do anything fun? Are the leaves beginning to turn or are there any other signs of Fall in your area?

I hope that you have a great week. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Friday Favorites from Velvet & Linen, Hello Lovely Studio, Cooking Classy, The Recipe Runner and More

Happy Fall y'all! I cannot believe it is already the start of the holiday season, can you? It seems like it was just the start of the new year, already I am making plans for 2017! This is my favorite time of the year and I cannot wait to enjoy the changing colors, Fall foods, harvest festivals and all that comes with this season. 

Image from The Sweetest Occasion

If you are a fan of Fall and would like a few ideas for hoisting a Fall party, check out the 5 Festive Fall Parties from The Sweetest Occasion, this post is filled with beautiful photos and ideas, as always. 

Autumn Apple and Pear Salad

I have this Autumn Apple and Pear Salad from The Recipe Runner on the menu for dinner this weekend doesn't it look delicious?

Pumpkin Cornbread from Cooking Classy

I have seen this Pumpkin Cornbread made by Cooking Classy all over Pinterest this week and I think it looks delicious. I have to try this soon.

If you would like a few Fall pasta ideas check out my post from last week.

Or if you need decorating and baking ideas be sure to check out my Pinterest boards I have pinned a plethora of sweet treats and other ideas!

Image Brooke Velvet and Linen

I love the work of Steve and Brooke Giannetti and this week on their blog, Velvet and Linen Brooke shared a fabulous barn/house that they designed in Maine, the house and the view are spectacular!

Michele Hello Lovely Studio

Michele of Hello Lovely Studio wrote a  post this week featuring her serene and beautiful paintings. If you are in the market for a new piece of art check out her work on her blog and soon on her etsy store. 

If you love Paris, than you will love this VIDEO.

Speaking of Paris, this article, Meet Cora Pearl on The Vintage News, about one of the most famous French courtesans is both interesting an amusing.

Did you find anything interesting this week in the world to share, if so please do! 

Have a great week and happy Fall!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall in Love with Fall on My Pinterest Boards

Good morning! Happy hump day. How is your week going? I am having a great week, the weather is stormy and dark and while that would be depressing for some I am enjoying a respite from the heat. There has been no actual fall like weather to inspire my creative juices but thats ok because inspiration is everywhere, at the market, on the blogs, Instagram and of course Pinterst

As Fall is one of my favorite seasons I actually have two boards dedicated to it. One " Fall" which contains drinks, savory foods, fall decorating inspiration, the colors of fall, quotes, fashion and so much more. 

Pumpkin Spiced Mulled Cider from For the Love of the South

Image Pine Cones and Acorns

The second board, Fall Baking is all about the sweet treats of Fall. There are cookies, pies, cobblers, breads, breakfasts, puddings and more. Whatever your Fall sweet tooth is, I have probably pinned a recipe for it. 

Harvest Apple Pie

Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Pumpkin Bars

Have you created any Pinterest boards with Fall inspiration? If so please copy the links in your comments. I am always looking for more recipes and inspiration as well as boards to follow. Or are there any pincers that you think I should follow?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Hershey's Chocolate Frosting and Candy Corns

Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine was great, we went to the beach, made grilled pizza, read and relaxed. I also made this scrumptious Chocolate Pumpkin cake with chocolate frosting and candy corns! Bring on Fall!

Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Candy Corn Decoration
Cake recipe from I am Baker

11/2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of buttermilk, room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin
1cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
4 eggs, room temperature

Cake Directions:

Heat oven to 350 and prepare 8" round, or square pans with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment paper for easier removal.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine buttermilk,  and pumpkin and mix together until incorporated. 
In a mixer, beat together the sugars, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated. 
Alternately add the flour and the buttermilk mixtures to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. 
Mix on low for 1 minute, until fully combined then divide batter between the pans. Bake for 18-26 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack for 5 minutes then remove from pan and let cool.

Frost cake with Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting or your favorite frosting. Then decorate with candy corn candy in whatever way you like.

I think that you will love this cake even if you do not like pumpkin, the pumpkin does not alter the chocolate flavor, it simply makes the cake more moist. So basically this is a delicious chocolate cake with creamy chocolate frosting and candy corn decorations. 

What did you do this weekend? Did you do anything fun? Make anything delicious? If so please share. 

I hope that you have a fabulous week.

Linking to:
Savvy Southern Style

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday Favorites from French Country Cottage, Everyday Occasions, Lost in Arles, Thistlewood Farms and More

Good morning! How are you and how was your week? Have you been having any cool, crisp nights and beautiful Fall weather yet? We haven't yet so I have been savoring the sunny days because soon I will be complaining about the cold. 

Image Jenny Steffens Hobik Everyday Occassions

I love pasta and I think this Penne with Grilled Chicken, Spinach and  Cherry Tomatoes with Lemon Parmesan Sauce from Everyday Occasions looks perfect for this weekends dinner!

I made the most delicious treats this week, Dulche de Leche Fluff Brownies. Fudgy brownies topped with marshmallow fluff and dulce de leche caramel does it get any better? 

French Country Cottage

Do you decorate for Fall? If you do and you are looking for a little inspiration check out French Country Cottage for 5 Easy Ways to Use Copper in your decorating this season. 

If you are looking for a Fall craft check out this Fall Leaf Book Page Wreath from Thistlewood Farms. I think even I could make this.

Image Lost in Arles

Gratitude and Red Barns by Heather of Lost in Arles is a beautiful post not only for Heather's stunning photos but for the beautiful reminder that there is something to be grateful for every day, even if it doesn't seem like it. 

What did you discover this week, a book, a movie or a recipe to share? We would love to hear about it. 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

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