The Pumpkin Patch

Despite my surgery on Tuesday we did manage to make it to the pumpkin patch this weekend. We had such a blast. Little Ginger loved standing up on the pumpkins and Milton of course just ran wild picking up one pumpkin after the next!
There were so many photos that I decided to finally try out making a few simple photo collages. I have been wanting to learn to do this forever and just never could find the time or patience but I have to tell you if you just want to make simple collages {picnik} is the way to go. It was SO, so easy!

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What I Wore After Surgery

Wrist surgery on Tuesday did not go as well as expected and I ended up going under general anesthesia for the first time in my life. Well,  lets just say that General anesthesia and I do not get along. I couldn't hold a single thing down for 4 days. I had to miss an entire week of work and so did my poor hubby so he could care of the kids. 
Well, All I can say is that I am very grateful it is over and I am okay now. I'm still a bit nauseous and in a lot of pain but I am doing much better. 
In fact, I think we may even brave the pumpkin patch with the kids today. 
Next week I hope to be well enough for my chocolate, pumpkin mini breads. 
Love to you all!!!

Collared Shirt: {EmersonMade}
Sweater: J Crew
Flats: Gap
Vintage Purse: {beso handbags}

So, how FABULOUS is that purse? Love. Love. Love beso and right now shop owner Johanna is offering the Eve clutch for $40 dollars. Custom made with your choice of vintage fabric. It's normally $52 so great deal folks. Click {HERE}to see the eve in person. Deal only good through the weekend. Happy shopping friends. 

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Deep Dish Chocolate Chunk Cookies

It has been getting really chilly here, especially at night. I have been craving warm delicious treats. I saw {THIS} recipe ages ago and knew I HAD to make it. It came out just as good as it looks folks!!!! 

On a little side note, I am having surgery on my wrist this week and then have to work 2 shifts as well so you might not see me for a week or so, I'm not sure but I promise I will be back with something delicious. I am thinking chocolate pumpkin cupcakes!!!! 

 (3/4 cups)  Light Brown Sugar
 (3/4 cups + 1 T)  Granulated Sugar
 (1 cup) unsalted Butter at room temperature
2 large Eggs
1 t Vanilla Extract
1 t Sea Salt
 (3 cups) all-purpose, unbleached Flour
1 t  Baking Soda
(.75 lb) Dark Chocolate (cut into 1/2″ chunks or smaller)
Preheat oven to 375° F (350° for convection ovens)
1. Beat together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
2. Sift together the flour and baking soda.  Stir into batter, then add chocolate chunks and stir until well mixed.
3. scoop into large size ramekins
4. Bake at 375° F for @20-25 minutes, making sure to take them out when they are still slightly underdone. They will be a light golden brown on the outside edges.  Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

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What I Wore White Cuffs and a Monogram

Here I am after 3 consecutive 12 hour night shifts and 4 hours of sleep with no makeup. HA!!!!! I don't mind looking a wreck, it's honest!!! 

My style comes from all ends of the spectrum.  I'm a little preppy and a little Bohemian. I have always loved a classy, classic look. Clean lines, simple colors. 
One thing I absolutely L*O*V*E are monograms. I have some monogrammed towels and card stock and a few of my button down shirts are monogrammed on the cuff. I just think there is something so charming and delightful about it. I also happen to love white cuffs on a button down shirt so this is one of my faves from J Crew. 

Shirt: J Crew
Jeans: J Brand
Belt: Gap
Shoes: Payless

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I am so glad I tried these because they were SUPER easy!!!! I really hope you will try them. They were really rich and delicious, just like a Reeses but slightly more rugged which I L*O*V*E! Honestly, I would enjoy these much more any day over a store bought peanut butter cup. 

1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 graham crackers (crushed into crumbs)
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 pinches salt

 Place 12 cupcake liners in a standard size muffin pan. In a plastic or glass bowl place the chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a pinch of salt and melt it in the microwave using 30 second intervals, stirring in between as not to burn it. Once melted and smooth, spoon one heaping tablespoon of chocolate into each lined muffin cup. You should have about 1/4 of the chocolate left on the bowl for the topping. Set aside. 
Mix the rest of the peanut butter, pinch of salt, crushed graham crackers and confectioners sugar in another bowl. You can mix is with your hands if you are having trouble combining it. Once combined form little discs with your hands. They should be slightly smaller than the width of the muffin cup so that the peanut butter will be completely concealed by chocolate. Once formed, press into the center of the melted chocolate. You want the chocolate to come up the side of the peanut butter, cradling it. Once they are all filled then spoon a small teaspoon of chocolate on top and carefully spread it across the top of the peanut butter disc. You don't need much chocolate for this because your bottom and sides should already be formed. Now place in the refrigerator to set. 


White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Bites and Linky Party

Well, I guess Fall is oficially here and I wanted to start out with something pumpkin of course!!! I saw these the other day {HERE} and just couldn't stop thinking about them so I adapted the recipe and tried them for myself. DELICIOUS!!

Also, the method for my homemade peanut butter cups works great for these which you can find {HERE}
  • 10 oz good-quality chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips
  • 10 muffin  liners
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely ground cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (a food processor works best here)
  1. Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler (or make your own by setting a heat-proof bowl over a pot with 1 inch of water) over high heat. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce stove heat to low or simply microwave in 30 second intervals stirring in between.
  2. Spoon one tablespoon of white chocolate into each cup and spread out with back of the spoon
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, condensed milk, vanilla extract and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Stir in graham cracker crumbs.
  4. Using a mini ice cream scoop or a small spoon, evenly divide the pumpkin mixture between the chocolate cups. Smooth the top to create an even surface.
  5. If the remaining melted chocolate has hardened too much, simply repeat steps 1-2.
  6. Evenly divide the remaining melted chocolate amongst the filled cups, smoothing the tops and making sure the chocolate reaches all the way to the edges in order to seal the cups.
  7. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 1-2 hours.
  8. Unwrap cups and enjoy!
  9. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Please join me and link up ANYTHING handmade or homemade. I would love to see recipes, DIY projects, party planning, and craft projects of all kinds!!!
And if you didn't make anything this week, no worries, link up an old favorite!!!
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So, please join me! LINK UP!!! I can't wait to see what you have in store!!!

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