Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Reading

I love to read.  Ever since I was little, I enjoyed a good book. I especially love reading Christmas books this time of year! Curled up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a crackling fire with a book is a great way to spend a cold winter day.

Here are some of my favorites and ones I can't wait to read:

Blue Christmas and Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews (sequels to her novels Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze - LOVE this series!)

Winter Street, Winter Stroll, and Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand (my favorite author ever! All of her books take place on Nantucket and are GREAT beach reads. This series is perfect for Christmas!)
**Warning - there is another Elin Hilderbrand book called "Christmas on Nantucket". It is the SAME BOOK as Winter Stroll. For some reason they gave it a different name. Don't let it confuse you!

A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe (A great South Carolina author!)

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe and Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan (Haven't read this yet but can't wait to! I LOVE Jenny Colgan, and both of these are sequels. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe and Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams are two amazingly sweet and engaging reads! I love all things warm and cozy and any of Jenny Colgan's books definitely fit that bill.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Festive Sweaters for the Holidays

Sweater Weather! As soon as the air gets a chill in it, we can't wait to break out our coziest sweaters. I can't wait to see what fun, festive styles brands have each year.  Here, I have collected some of my favorites this year. Nothing like a reindeer sweater to make running errands feel a little more like Christmas shopping :)

crown and ivy Reindeer Sweater (love the back!)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Outfit

Lots of pictures get taken during the holidays. Time to look our best! And the more festive, the better. Thanksgiving Day is one spent with family and friends - and eating lots of delicious food! We will want the outfit we choose for this special day to be comfortable as well as stylish. (Need to impress those cousins we haven't seen in months!) 

Here are some pieces I've been eyeing and will style my own outfit after. 
Mix and match as you please!

Metallic Fair Isle Sweater 
(Can't go wrong with this classic style! Could go with any of the three pants below)
Lace-trim blouse 
(Will stand out beautifully with the white pants or get it in
white for a monochromatic look;
and the blue would also complement the tan corduroys!)

Camel cashmere turtleneck
(An investment that will get its money's worth!
Let me count the ways I can wear you!)
Sequin tank
(Love this with the white pants or black velvet skinnies for a glam look)
High waisted wide leg pants
(So comfy and fancy at the same time!)
Velvet skinny jean
(A classic style and texture that will take you all the way through
New Year's)
Tan corduroy flare pants
(A rich color that will serve as a base for any fall outfit)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Gingham for Fall

Gingham! A classic print that will never go out of style. While it did not originate in the South, I think gingham has a very southern feel to it.  It fits right into that lady-like/country style us southern girls go crazy over. Effortless, yet put together.

Commonly seen in spring and summer fashion in pastel shades or in a good dose of red for your classic summertime festivities, I feel gingham can and should be worn year round. When styled correctly, gingham will fit in with your fall and winter wardrobe, right next to all that plaid and buffalo check.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Tulle and Pleated Skirts for Fall/Winter

A few styles I am loving for Fall and moving into Winter are midi or maxi Tulle and Pleated skirts! I keep seeing them when I do my on-line "window" shopping and really want to try them out! 

The Tulle is so ethereal and magical and the Pleated is such classic style. I love the fluidity of both styles! Paired with a simple tucked in T-shirt, an oversized comfy sweater, or a delicate lace top (crop top even if you dare), these skirts can be so versatile!! Ok, I think I've sold myself... 

Express (also comes in bright red and black)


Monday, September 19, 2016

Apple Picking at Skytop Orchard (and recipes!)

The hubs, pup and I took our yearly trip up to Flat Rock, NC to go apple picking at Skytop Orchard! We went a little earlier this year thinking we were smart to beat the crowds. We were wasn't as crowded as last year mid-October, but it was still packed! Different apple types come in season at different times so we were able to get some apples that are available mid-September that were already out of season in October, so it pays to go different times of the fall season!

It was a lot of fun and Aspen had a great time running through the orchard, sniffing the apples, and meeting all kinds of people! We got the famous apple cider doughnuts again but this time there wasn't a 45 minute wait! I bought a voucher in the barn when I bought my apples and apple cider so we just walked right up to the window and got our doughnuts!

I couldn't wait to start trying out apple recipes! The first thing I did was peel and slice a few then sauté them with sugar, cinnamon and butter. SO GOOD and SO EASY. You can pretty much just wing this one, but if you are nervous about how much of this and that to use, this recipe from Southern Living and My Recipes is a good one to help you find your way

I tried to make some applesauce from a recipe from The Pioneer Woman and it was going well until I left it on the heat too long and all of the liquid dried up and the sugar burned on the bottom of the pot... Note to self, keep a closer eye on the applesauce.

After ruining the applesauce, I was determined to make something else with my apples that I could enjoy so I made an apple cake with browned butter frosting. Oh my heavens this is a delicious cake! The large pieces of apple and the spices in the cake with the nuttiness from the frosting make a glorious combination! I ripped this recipe out of my September 2010 copy of Southern Living and had it in a binder with other recipes I've saved over the years. A hard-copy Pinterest if you will. 

This is the next recipe I want to make. Gotta love a good bundt cake! And a brown sugar glaze makes everything better :)

What apple recipes have you been dying to try?