Little Baby Boy is coming in a few months (May 2017!!) and I’m trying to transition my #foggydress wardrobe to be more bump friendly. I am so excited to see this little guy, but until then I have to figure out how to not look like a bum all the time (yes, I live in sweats 90% of the time). When I leave the house it’s low key, but for church I have to look my best, so you’ll probably be see lots of dresses during this pregnancy. That and I love wearing dresses because it doesn’t push on my tummy like a lot of my maternity pants do. Luckily I live in California so it’s pretty mild as far as winters go,
Here’s me and the babe at 23 weeks:
Long blush/black Floral Trench Coat via Le Tote | Tank Dress via Foggy Dress (coming soon!) | Toe-show Boots via Target | Silver Choker via Rocksbox
I have officially used the last page of my beloved 2016 Day Designer Planner…time to order another one. Working from home means I have to have a lot of discipline. I need daily goals, checklists, and a way to organize it all. But don’t you use your phone for reminders? Yes! I do, like conference calls, paying a monthly bill, etc. But I literally make checklists of everything to get done that day, and there’s usually 10+ items on my list like do laundry, dinner casserole, finish blog post, take pictures, etc. I love physically checking things off my list, and sometimes I add things after I’ve done them just so I can look at my day’s checklist and see a bunch of ✔✔✔✔.
My favorite planner for my needs is Day Designer planners because they focus on yearly/weekly/daily health, work, personal kind of goals. I’ve compiled a list of a few others that focus on different aspects, if you’re in the market for planners (I swear, when you get one that helps with your needs, they’re life savers!).
^Large or Small Day Designer Planners for a more practical approach ^.
Has anyone ever eaten at Sqirl in Silverlake? I haven’t either…I’ve only read Jessica Koslow’s newest cookbook from cover to cover and sleep with it on my bedside table. I may have shed a tear for the sheer passion and care Sqirl puts into their food. I can’t wait to make a pilgrimage there one of these days. I adapted her simple recipe for the ingredients I usually have in my kitchen. It’s so quick to make and will definitely be a hit at any holiday party. If you don’t have any parties to go you can do what I did and spread it on a piece of buttered and toasted sourdough bread, sandwiches, salads, or enjoy on crackers and cheese. I think this is best shared in the latter form and since the holiday parties are in full swing, you should all make some for your next holiday party! P.S. This recipe is vegetarian and vegan if you make sure you have the Worcestershire sauce sans anchovies.
Keep reading for full, step-by-step pictures and recipe…
The countdown is on…have you guys gotten all your Christmas shopping done already?? My friend Michelle told me she finished all her Christmas shopping in November! Impressive.
Christmas is almost upon us, and I haven’t gotten many physical “gifts” for people this year. I’ve realized that one of the most valuable things we have is our time. Sacrificing taking a trip to see someone, either by plane or car, can be a gift in and of itself. While they might not have been gifts people can open on Christmas Day, I’ve been giving my loved ones and friends “gifts” these past couple months by traveling and making sacrifices to be with them, spend time with them. We can’t take physical things with us when we leave this earth, but we can take our memories. I want to create memories! Gift memories! Make important people in my life a priority. There are still a few “things” that I’ve gotten people, but most of my gifts have been ones created from meaningful and memorable time spent together.
After all, Christ is the true gift of Christmas, and He spent his time serving and being with others. I’m always trying to follow that example. Merry Christmas!
PS – Here’s a cute song about what I mean, by my two little faves from the hit show (that I love/hate) Nashville:
I came across these pumpkin flavored marshmallows in the store and could only think of one thing to make, pumpkin spice krispies! I made two versions and found the pumpkin marshmallows alone didn’t taste like Fall enough for me and decided to add pumpkin pie spice and my all time favorite, cinnamon! I also attempted to free hand the krispies into a pumpkin shape, so excuse the imperfections. *This recipe could easily be made vegan by substituting the butter for vegan butter. Also, I’ve only seen these pumpkin flavored marshmallows at Sprout’s markets so if you don’t find them, I think they would taste just as amazing with regular marshmallows. In case you’re wondering, Kraft marshmallows are NOT vegan, but the Trader Joe’s marshmallows are and I swear on my life that you could not tell the difference between the two brands. AND no, I’m not vegan, I just like being aware of what I can share and enjoy with vegan friends.
Rice krispies are so quick and easy to make and I doubt you need step by step directions (they come on the cereal box), but I made a few tweaks to these bad boys.
On low heat melt the butter, then add the marshmallows, and pumpkin pie spice.Stir the marshmallows to assess the distribution of heat and make sure they’re melting evenly and then add the rice cereal and turn off the heat. STIR, STIR, STIR.In a parchment lined (not wax paper!) pan, you can either pack in the cereal tight or loose. OR you can gently pack it. Don’t forget to top with cinnamon!As far as shaping, I used part of a mason jar lid as a cookie cutter and pressed it into the tightly packed krispies and then cut out small triangles to attempt to resemble a pumpkin. Or if you’re feeling lazy, it is much easier to use the lid to guide your knife to cut the krispies in circle shapes and leave it at that.And there you have it! Easy and quick fall treats! Enjoy!
3 tablespoons butter
1 bag (10oz) of pumpkin marshmallows
2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
6 Cups rice cereal
Dash of Cinnamon
Line 12” x 8” pan with parchment paper. On low heat melt butter, add marshmallows, and pumpkin pie spice. Once marshmallows have melted, add rice cereal and stir to mix well. Gently pack the rice krispies into the pan and top with a dash of cinnamon. You can now either use a cookie cutter to make a shape of a pumpkin or cut them any way your fall-inspired heart desires!