Tuesday, November 15, 2016

White Chocolate & Pistachio Pudding Cookies


I've been adding a package of instant pudding mix to my cookie dough for a few years now - I love the result of thicker and softer cookies. For this recipe, I used pistachio pudding rather than vanilla, which perfectly accents the sweet white chocolate and salty, crunchy pistachios. 

ingredients
1 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
 3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 package pistachio pudding dry mix
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pistachios

recipe
 {1}
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars on medium speed. Add vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
{2}
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.
{3}
Slowly add the flour mixture, stopping halfway through to scrape down the bowl. Add the dry pudding mix.
{4}
Add white chocolate chips and chopped pistachios. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
{5}
Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, place balls of cookie dough on a non-stick baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Lightly press down to flatten the balls of cookie dough just a bit. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and store in an air-tight container or freeze for later. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Key West


 This past weekend I went down to Key West to check out some potential wedding venues and meet with a couple of caterers. It was a tough choice since pretty much every place in the Keys is amazing but I'm happy to announce Greg & I decided on our dream venue! While I'm keeping that a bit of a secret for now, I wanted to share a few photos from our tour of the runner-up. 

{outfit details}
Romper - William B || Bucket Bag - Joie || Gladiator Sandals - Target


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fringe & Flares


Even though it's still 80 degrees in Florida, I'm craving cozy fall sweaters. I love the fringe details on this tribal print cocoon cardigan, and the short sleeves make it ideal for a warm November day. I kept the rest of the look simple with a basic tank & flared denim. 

The fairytale I've been living in the last month is becoming reality - we are starting the wedding venue hunt this weekend! Eek! Hope you all have a great one!

{outfit details}
Fringe Cardigan - Forever 21 (similar) || Navy Tank - VS Pink || Flares - Zara (also worn here & here) || Cognac Satchel - Dooney & Bourke || Lipstick - Revlon "cherry blossom" || Nail Polish - Essie "playing koi"







Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Jalapeño Poppers


 New favorite appetizer: jalapeño poppers! I stuffed these hot peppers with sausage, scallions, onion, cheddar & cream cheese - they're totally addicting! 

ingredients
10 jalapeños, completely seeded
4 oz cheddar, grated (I used half sharp white and half regular cheddar)
4 oz cream cheese, softened at room temperature
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 an onion, chopped
1/2 pound sausage

directions
{1}
Wash jalapeños and slice in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out every seed - that's what makes the peppers hot so removing them completely is key to making them edible! I also suggest wearing gloves because the oil from the peppers soaks into your skin so if you touch your eyes or anything, it will burn like hell! 
{2}
In a bowl, add grated white cheddar cheese, cream cheese and scallions, but do not mix yet.
{3}
In a large skillet, brown sausage over high heat. Add chopped onion and saute until caramelized. Pour hot sausage and onion mixture into the cheese mixture and stir until the cheese melts and ingredients are thoroughly combined. 
{4}
Scoop out dollops of the filling and stuff each jalapeño. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or util cheese is melted. Right when I took them out of the oven, I sprinkled them with a little grated sharp yellow cheddar cheese. Enjoy warm or at room temperature!





Thursday, October 27, 2016

Criss Cross


I'm convinced I could wear these leopard ankle booties with 98% of my wardrobe (most recent evidence here, here, & here). I tried on a few other shoe options with this look but nothing was quite right. As soon as I threw on these booties, the whole vibe changed - leopard just adds that instant cool factor. This crisscross a-line dress is perfect for Fall in Florida - lightweight, soft, 3/4 sleeves and just enough detail to keep it from being boring.

Dress - Forever 21 (similar) || Bag - Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop || Booties - Sam Edelman || Sunglasses - Warby Parker || Lipstick - Maybelline "burgundy blush" 







Friday, October 21, 2016

Cactus


Sometimes a print just speaks to me, like this cactus muscle tee which instantly grabbed my attention while browsing through the racks at T.J. Maxx. I've had so many great finds there lately (this tank, dress & romper) that I've made it a routine to do a monthly lap around the store. I was too busy obsessing over the print to realize it was an x-large, but I held onto it while I hunted for another one in a smaller size. I searched high and low but no to avail, so I tried it on anyway. Using one of my favorite styling tricks, I knotted the extra fabric on the bottom of the tank and loved the over-sized look with a little peek of skin showing. Best part: it was only $10!!

I also have to mention this bag because it's pretty much the prefect fall bag - olive green, soft suede, classic satchel silhouette, with gold accents and long tassel pull details...so good. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Mine will be filled with wedding planning yay!

{outfit details}
Cactus Muscle Tee - T.J. Maxx || Jeans - Current/Elliot || Olive Suede Bag - Rebecca Minkoff (c/o Shopbop) || Sunglasses - Warby Parker || Booties - Steve Madden || Lipstick - Revlon "blase apricot" 







Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Vermont Food Crawl

On our last day in Vermont, Greg and I did a food crawl in Waterbury with all of my VT family including my aunt, cousin, god sister and both of their boyfriends. The morning started at Cold Hollow Cider Mill for for fresh apple cider, maple coffee and warm cider donuts. Next up: cheese tasting at Cabot - so many delicious flavors that you can't find in stores! We didn't quite have our fill of dairy, so we finished with a little something sweet at the Ben & Jerry's factory tour. It was such a fun day and the perfect way to end the most memorable trip of my life. 


{The cider donuts were so good! We immediately regretted not ordering more than one each, but we had to pace ourselves for the rest of the food crawl! }


{I don't discriminate when it comes to cheese - I love it all, but these flavors were so delicious! We went home with the garlic & herb and my parents bought the tomato basil - together they made the most epic grilled cheese sandwich!


{cookie dough waffle cone for the win}

{one of each, please}

{The cutest pin in the gift shop! Also got a comfy Ben & Jerry's tee that says "I like to spoon" - also known as, my favorite shirt to sleep in}
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