The weather this week has been gorgeous in NC, and I’m thankful for Fall-ish temperatures, and some quality time with my little family. Last weekend involved time with extended family and a high school best friend, which was good for the soul! This coming weekend is going to be jam-packed, but it also involves time with a lot of our family, and we’re celebrating one of my best friend’s 30th birthdays, so I’m excited!
ONE: Pumpkin Maple Walnut Coconut Granola. I tried this recipe from Minimalist Baker with a few tweaks. I added some coconut, used walnuts instead of pecans, and used sunflower seeds instead of pepitas. I am really enjoying it, but I think it could have a bit more pumpkin spice flavor. Maybe add a bit more of the pumpkin, and a pinch more of the pumpkin spice? Also I think it tastes better on the second or third day. It has made the perfect afternoon snack this week!
TWO: I blogged late last night about a Fall Fashion idea: a long cardigan with a loose t-shirt, jeans, and a belt. Here is one of my outfits I put together from my existing closet. The only new item are those leopard flats, which I ADORE! It turns out that my mom bought similar flats for herself, and a pair for me. She wore hers to a family lunch we had last weekend. It’s no surprise we matched! 🙂
THREE: My cousin, Sarah, blogged about some Christmas gift ideas this week. She gave ideas of homemade, or less expensive gift ideas for your family and friends. Her tips are timely, and I plan to use some of her ideas whenever I begin Christmas shopping! Some of her ideas include a themed gift, like a book and a coffee gift card, a magazine subscription, a homemade sugar body scrub, or a platter of homemade treats. Love this inspiration.
FOUR: Real talk here for a second. I am not a fan of Halloween candy. Eek!! I know, that’s so boring of me. Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday in general because I am a TOTAL wimp with scary things, but I also don’t love the onslaught of sugar. So, how terrible would it be if we gave something out to trick-or-treaters like glow sticks or stickers? Completely lame? I don’t know, I might just do it. Here is a blog post with plenty of non-candy ideas.
FIVE: Carrie Underwood’s new song “Something in the Water” just gets to me. I turn the volume up every time it comes on the radio. I told Todd it makes me want to cry. (Powerful worship songs, and especially hymns, always have that effect). If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out!
TGIF! Have a wonderful weekend, ladies!