Recipe Round Up: A Review of the Recipes I Tried in September & October 2019

I missed sharing this post in September, so here are the new recipes I tried for the last two months!

 

Instant Pot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos with Ranch Corn Slow from Half Baked HarvestWell this is a mouthful, haha!  I tried another Half Baked Harvest recipe (my first I shared last month), and it was another winner.  And, big news, I finally used my instant pot for something other than hard boiled eggs!  But, back to the recipe.  It was really good.  So flavorful, and came together in about 30 minutes (includes pressurizing, cooking and sauteing).  I cooked the meat as the recipe specified, and gave the rest of it my own twist.  I served it over rice, and topped with a very simple slaw comprised of bagged coleslaw that I mixed with Tessamae's Avocado Ranch dressing.  And a little cheddar cheese.  It was really delicious.  And so very easy.  I was able to cook the rice, mix the slaw and shred the cheese all within the meat cooking time.  Gotta love quick and easy meals!  If you aren't an instant pot owner, you can make this in the slow cooker or on the stove - directions for both of those are included in the post.  
overhead photo of Instant Pot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos with Ranch Corn Slaw

Chicken Spaghetti from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl (also online) I was craving some good old fashion comfort food complete with some 'cream of' soups, and chicken spaghetti fit the bill.  My mom has made this before, so I was familiar with the recipe, but it was the first time I ever made it myself.  I made a full recipe, and split it between two 8x8 pans - one to eat then, and one to freezer for later.  To make it easier on myself, I just used rotisserie chicken and store bought chicken broth, instead of cooking the chicken myself.  Also, I used red pepper instead of green.    



Crock Pot Chicken Ranch Tacos from Funny is FamilyIt seems like there are so many different chicken taco recipes for the crock pot.  Some you just add salsa, some you add chiles, some you just add seasoning...the possibilities are pretty endless!  This one intrigued me, because it had ranch in there, too.  I figured I would give it a try.  And it did not disappoint.  I halved this recipe, and it was delicious, and enough for four servings.  I will say, I used onion powder, because I didn't have any onion at home.  I would actually probably just do this again, because the powder is so easy and it tasted really good. 
Whip up dinner in no time with this easy Crockpot Chicken Ranch Tacos recipe! Your family will love how it tastes, and you'll love how quick and easy it is to prepare.


30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen from Half Baked HarvestAnother Half Baked Harvest recipe for the win!  And another instant pot recipe!  I am slowly starting to use my instant pot for things other than hard boiled eggs.  The recipe came together pretty easily.  I did do a few things different than as it is written.  I cooked the ramen noodles by themselves.  Since I knew I was going to have a ton of leftovers I figured it would be easier to have them separate instead of fishing them out of the dish to store separately, which the recipe recommends.  Also, I didn't garnish with peanuts or sesame oil.  I didn't miss it, but of course I don't know any different.  All in all this was a really good dish.  It was flavorful and pretty darn easy.  I used already minced garlic and ginger, which helped cut down the prep time.  Also, the fish sauce was a little fragrant for me, haha, I think smelling it as I put it in just stuck with me, so next time I will probably halve that, and either add water or extra soy sauce to offset it.  I will say it seemed like it took longer than 30 minutes.  Not too much longer, but at least a good 45-60 minutes when everything was said and done.  In the comments, slow cooker instructions are provided (low 4-5 hours) which I might try the next time.  I think this is one of those dishes that probably gets better the more it sits and the flavors meld together.     
overhead photo of 30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen with hands on soup bowl

Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Elisabeth & Butter.  Goodness gracious, these cookies were so darn good.  I did make a tweak - I used all dark chocolate chips, instead of the semi sweet and the chopped dark chocolate bar - but other than that I made them per the recipe and they were soooooo good.  Especially with the sea salt.  That really takes them to the next level.  I brought these to work and they were gone by lunch.  Highly recommend making!

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Rice Casserole from Half Baked Harvest.  I was obviously on a Half Baked Harvest kick the past two months!  My mom makes the best broccoli cheese and rice casserole around the holidays, and I was excited to get this 'healthier' version with chicken in it a try.  It also has orzo, which I was excited about too, because I pretty much love any noodle.  This one wasn't my favorite, though.  I don't think I had enough liquid, and then the rice kind of overcooked and got mushy...I don't know.  It just didn't really work for me.  I will say that the flavor was pretty good (although I would suggest seasoning the chicken prior to putting it in the pan so it really gets seasoned) - the addition of the cayenne pepper adds such a great touch of heat.  It's not spicy by any means, but just adds a bit of extra pop to the flavor.  Overall, though, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.  It just didn't wow me like her other recipes.

That rounds out the past two months of new recipes for me!  I love a good recipe recommendation - please let me know if you have any!
       




What's Up Wednesday: October 2019

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What I'm eating this week... 
This week is a bit of a busy one, so things are going to be pretty quick and easy!
Monday: salad, cheese and crackers
Tuesday: leftovers
Wednesday: salad, cheese and crackers
Thursday: TBD - something Halloweeny though (think mummy dogs, jack o'lantern pizza, etc.)
Friday: out!

What I'm reminiscing about...
Honestly, not much right this second!

What I'm loving...
This time of year - I just cannot get enough of the cooler weather, the leaves turning colors, the fun activities, the clothes, the food...all of it!

What I've been up to...
I started out the month with a pretty low key weekend.  Lunch outside (yay for patio weather), some shopping, and some baking. (post here)

Enjoyed a beautiful sunrise one day before work (post here)...

I had a bittersweet weekend at home - the sweet parts were getting to spend time with my favorite little guys, see my parents, and my grandma (post here), and the bitter part was saying good bye to my family's cat (post here).


I had a good round up of some favorites for the month - everything from the clever sayings on the interstate signs to some new purchases. (post here)

I had the most wonderful visit from three of my favorite ladies - my grandma, aunt and mom.  We 'toured' my condo, took in some of the St. Louis sites, and all in all just had a wonderful time together.  I so appreciate them making the trek down to see me, and a peek into my life down here! (post here

My parents came to visit last weekend, and we had a great time checking out a local market called Vintage Market Days.  We all had some luck and came out with good buys!  We also did a few things around the house, including a fun Thanksgiving craft (post here).  The weather was dreary on Saturday, but was the perfect fall day come Sunday, just in time for my church's trunk or treat! (post here)

What I'm dreading...
I think this is the same as last month, but just how fast the time is going.  October seriously flew by.  

What I'm working on...
We still have a good two months of 2019 left, but I am starting to look ahead to 2020.  Trying to decide what projects I would like to complete around the house next year, what goals I would like to make, New Year's resolutions, things to improve upon - all that.  I want to enjoy the holiday season to the fullest, and already have a plan in place before it hits, that way when 2020 does come, I can go all in!

What I'm excited about...
While I am dreading how fast the time will go, I am really looking forward to these next few months.  I have lots of fun things on the calendar!  

I am also getting excited about decorating for Christmas.  I got some new garland to spruce things up (pun intended, haha!), and I also will be switching up my tree placement from last year.  My mom is coming down to help me decorate in the next few weeks, and I can't wait!  

What I'm watching...
My DVR is chalk full right now!  So many good fall shows back on (A Million Little Things, Modern Family, American Housewife, Single Parents), and I have rekindled my love for This is Us.  I am also really loving Bluff City Law, All Rise, and The Unicorn.  Of course, last weekend marked the start of Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas, so I am looking forward to all those.  Like I said, my DVR is chalk full of shows to watch!

What I'm reading...
What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand.  It's the second book in her newer winter series.  I didn't love the first one (Winter in Paradise), but it did hook me enough that I want to continue reading to find out what the heck is going on!


What I'm listening to...
My usual Pandora stations - Jazz for Studying, The Standards, and Chicago.

I have to admit I already started listening to a little Christmas music, too.  Lea Michele released her Christmas album last week, and I listened to a few songs via YouTube, trying to decide if it's one to add to my collection!

What I'm wearing...
Fall hit this October with a vengeance!  We have been having my favorite kind of weather - hitting the 40's overnight / early morning, and increasing throughout the day to usually somewhere in the 60's, give or take a bit.  I love it!

Here's a look at what I have been wearing lately...

Madewell Sweater.  I got this during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but it's currently on sale now for 20% off!  I suggest sizing one size up for a more oversized fit.

LL Bean Pullover.  I also suggest sizing up in this one for a more oversized fit.  This way there is room for another layer without making it too small!  If it's too pricey, Amazon has a look alike.  I can't speak to the quality, but it sure is cute!
LL Bean | Amazon

Ann Taylor Sweater.  I absolutely love the 'two shirt' look.  It's nice enough for work, but I can also see it paired with my Spanx leggings, too!

Spanx Leggings.  These leggings really live up to the hype!  Size wise, I suggest going up one, and getting petite if you are 5'3" or shorter.

Zella Leggings.  These live in leggings also live up to the hype!  They are just so good - so flattering and so comfy.  I will say I haven't actually ever worked out in them, I just wear them for athleisure, which I think they are absolutely perfect for.  

Blondo Booties.  I purchased my second pair of Blondo booties this year, and they have quickly become a favorite.  Not only are they super comfortable, but they are also waterproof.  And very cute - I have gotten some nice compliments on them!  Bonus, they are on sale right now for 33% off, making them just under $100.00.

Also, I got a new pair of earrings, which I can't say enough good things about.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
I have a bunch of fun things planned, but at the the top of the list is Thanksgiving.  It's my favorite holiday!

Linking up with Lindsay . 

DIY 'I'm Thankful for...' Countdown to Thanksgiving

Today I have a fun DIY to share, just in time for Thanksgiving.

For some reason this year, I got a bee in my bonnet about finding a Christmas countdown hanging.  Kind of like an advent calendar but without little treats - more of a countdown.  Something I could hang on the door in my kitchen as decoration, and a fun way to be a bit more festive.  As I was searching for Christmas options, I started thinking about having the same for Thanksgiving.  

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I love the idea of thankfulness around it.  The past few years I have been filling out a gratitude journal, and I really feel like it has helped my mindset.  Everyone has a ton of not so good things going on in their life, but focusing on the good, especially the small things, can make a difference.

So, I thought it would be fun to incorporate both a countdown and thankfulness into this DIY project.

Here's what you'll need:
An empty frame
Twine, wire or ribbon
Numbered tags
Small clothespins
A staple gun, glue or tape
2 screw eyes

Here's how to put it together:
Screw in the screw eyes at the top of the frame.  Depending on what your frame is made of, you may need to drill a pilot hole.  Alternatively, you could just tie ribbon around the frame, and forego the screws all together.

Cut four lengths of your twine/wire/ribbon to fit the frame, leaving a bit extra for attaching.

Using a staple gun, glue or tape, attached your twine/wire/ribbon to the side of the frame, leaving equal spaces between the rows.  We 
used a staple gun, but if you don't have one, I think that you could use glue or tape to secure the twine/wire/ribbon.

Attach your numbered tags to the twine/wire/ribbon using the small clothespins.  I found that if I put the clothespins up and down, they would overlap the above row of tags, which is why I ended up putting them to the side.  Also, for the tags, my mom printed numbers on card stock, then using a tag punch she had, punched them out.  If you have the materials, this is a good option, or could you buy premade tags, and write numbers, or use stickers.

Tie the hanging ribbon through the first screw eye, then loop through the other.  Hold up to see the length you would like it to hang, then tie it off on the other screw eye.  

Add any decorative touches.  My mom had made a tag that said "I am thankful for...' which we attached to the top.  I also think it would be cute to add a little mini garland to the top, or a bunch of leaves, or something for added decor.

Each day in November, write what you are thankful for on the back of the tag, rehanging the tag so that the 'thankful' side shows.  

I really loved how this turned out - it was exactly as I had pictured in my mind!

I can't wait for Friday to start on this, and then for the end of the month, when I can look back on all the little things I was thankful for.

I am curious if you do any type of countdown, or counting of your blessing leading up to Thanksgiving?  I'd love to know - please feel free share in the comments!

Weekend Recap: Vintage Market Days & A Full Sunday of Church Fun

Hey all!  Happy Monday.  Coming at you live this morning, haha.  I had a very fun and full weekend - so much so that I ended up crashing on the couch last night before finishing up my blog post.  But, since the weekend was such a good one, I still wanted to document it!

The weekend started with a happy hour on Friday.  It was kind of a bust as service was pretty crappy, and then I ended up having a bug die in my wine, but what can you do?  It still was Friday, so I couldn't complain too much!  The rest of the evening was spent catching up on the DVR.  And recording the first Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movie!

My parents came to visit on Saturday.  It was Vintage Market Days and we always love going to that together.  After unloading the car, we started on a craft project, and then headed out shortly after the market opened.  It was inside this year, which was so nice, because it was a rainy and dreary day.  We all found some goodies, then headed to check out the antique mall.  It had been awhile since I last was there, so I was excited to check it out.  

With adding the bench to my kitchen, I thought it would be cute to add a crock with rolling pins next to the bench for added decor, and as a tie in to the rolling pins I have on the kitchen wall.  There was a crack I had been eyeing at the mall for months, but it was just more money than I was willing to spend.  I was so excited to see that they had decreased the price, and quickly snatched it up, along with a few rolling pins.
   
All my finds for the day.



When we got back home, we had a yummy lunch of beef vegetable soup and sausage bread, then go to work on some projects.  

Awhile back, I was looking for a countdown to Christmas wall hanging, then thought about how neat it would be to have one for Thanksgiving.  There weren't a ton available that I could find, so I had the idea to make one myself.  I plan to share a full tutorial tomorrow on the blog, but here's a look of how it ended up.  At the end of each day, I plan to flip the tag over and write something I am thankful for, all the way to Thanksgiving.  


I ended up having to work a bit on Saturday, so while I was doing that, my parents helped me out by working on some projects solo.  I so appreciated it!!!

We had one more project to complete on Sunday, and that was hanging the mirror above this cabinet.  Right before we headed to bed on Saturday, my mom remembered I had this mirror (a clearance find from Target years and years ago), and it was perfect for the space!  My dad was able to hang it in a jif, and it's such a nice little area now all decorated!


I was able to enjoy a coffee before getting ready for Sunday school and church.  It was a full day of church fun, because we had lunch after service, and then a few hours later I headed back up for our Trunk or Treat.  Last year was my first attending - both my church's and any trunk or treat period - and this year seemed like it was even better.  So many kids and families, it was really great to see.  We really lucked out, too, and had the most perfect weather.  I was on chili duty, but next year I have big ideas for a trunk!

The rest of the night was spent eating dinner and watching that Hallmark movie I mentioned above...which I fell asleep in the last 20 minutes, haha.

It was a really great weekend.  I found myself multiple times looking around and feeling like everything seemed a little bit brighter and richer.  I really feel 'full' so to speak and am really hopeful I can carry that feeling through what is going to be a super busy week.

Linking up with Lindsay.

Friday Favorites: Hallmark Countdown to Christmas & The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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Happy Friday!  Today's post is going to be short and sweet.  This week was kind of an 'off' one for me - I wasn't feeling well a few days, and then Thursday I sat through my first HOA meeting.  Which, if you have ever attended one, you probably know how that went...

So again, short and sweet today with two favorites and quick recap of this week's posts!

Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas.  Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas starts today, and I am excited about that!  I know it's way too early - still not sure why they don't fully embrace fall and do more fall / Halloween / Thanksgiving movies - but I love a good Hallmark Christmas movie any time of the year, so you won't hear me complain!  I've got my checklists ready to go (seriously, both Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries have printable schedules online, and I may or may not have printed off earlier this week)...now I just have to clear off my DVR a bit to make room for all the holiday goodness to come!  

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier.  I mentioned this before, but I preordered The Pioneer Woman's new cookbook as soon as I found out it was coming out!  I like the preorder items on Amazon, because by doing so, you get the lowest price that the item hits between the order and delivery date.  For example, I originally purchased the cookbook at a price point of $25.99, but ended up only paying $17.99 (which happens to be the current price!).  Gotta love the passive savings!  And while that is a favorite, the real favorite is the cookbook.  I have to admit, I wasn't super impressed when I first flipped through it.  Once I actually sat down and looked through it thoroughly there are quite a few recipes I am hoping to give a try.  I should have known even after that first look, because truly, does The Pioneer Woman make anything that is not good?!

And here's a quick look at this week's posts:
Weekend Recap: A Visit From My Grandma, Aunt & Mom 
Home Tour: Kitchen 
Super Simple Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte 
  
Linking up with Erika and Andrea. 

Super Simple Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Since discovering I liked pumpkin spice lattes, I have been on the hunt for an easy, at home option.

There are oodles of recipes online, but most of them are a bit more involved than what I was looking for.  I wanted something super quick and easy.  Time in the mornings before work is precious and I want to spend it actually drinking my coffee, rather than preparing it.

During my search, I came across this recipe on The Babbling Blondes blog.  While I don't use the recipe, I had a major takeaway from it - Jordan's Skinny syrups.  In the post, they recommend using the Pumpkin Caramel syrup.  I quickly ordered it off Amazon and as it is with Amazon, it was at my doorstep in no time at all.  

Side note - I actually saw this brand at Tuesday Morning, too.  I can't remember the price, so I am not sure which is a better deal, but it's just another option if you shop there.

I was a little nervous to give it a try - this was my first time using a syrup with my coffee - but it was really good!  I paired it with my favorite coffee, creamer, and voila, an at home pumpkin spice latte in minutes.

Here's what you need.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte 1 Cup of Coffee (I use the Green Mountain Dark Roast K-Cups)
1 Tablespoon Jordan's Skinny Pumpkin Caramel Syrup
1 Tablespoon Natural Bliss Caramel Almond Milk Creamer 

Brew your cup of coffee.  Add in 1 Tablespoon of syrup, and 1 Tablespoon of creamer.  Stir to mix.  Enjoy!

Easy peasy!  Now, depending on how much coffee you make, you may need to alter the measurements, but I would keep the ratio the same - equal parts creamer, equal parts syrup.

If you give it a try, let me know how you like it!

Linking up with Lindsay.

Home Tour: Kitchen

When I first looked at my condo, the kitchen was a pleasant surprise.  The footprint is a good size, and while it isn't open, the doorway provides a nice line of sight into the living room.  While I would love to have a quartz countertop, the current counter is nice and neutral, and I really like the dark wood tone of the cabinets.  

I have made quite a few changes to this room - painting, replacing the hardware, adding a small island, rugs, and of course the piece de resistance - the board and batten wall!  And on top of that (literally), old rolling pins I collected at various antique malls and flea markets.  

Most recently, I added new shades, and a bench for under the hooks.

I still have a few things I would like to do - figure out a new rug situation for the backdoor, upgrade my shoe tray under the bench, and find a cute crock plus some more old rolling pins to place by the bench as a little decorative touch.  Otherwise I would say this room is as good as finished for now!

My cookbook collection is a bit extreme, haha!

Coffee station - usually I have a mug on the coffee maker ready to go, but it was in the dishwasher when I grabbed these pictures.

The bowls on the refrigerator are hand me downs from my mom, as is the blue striped bowl on the island.


This basket tray I got from the antique mall serves as kind of a catch all for things that need to be sent out, or looked at.

I absolutely love this wall - the board and batten, the rolling pins, the bench - it is one of my favorites.  There is usually a coat or two hanging on this wall, along with my 'library' bag, and my apron.

And that is a quick peek at my kitchen!


Weekend Recap: A Visit From My Grandma, Aunt & Mom

How is it that another weekend has just flown on by?  As always, the weekend is just too darn short.

The weekend started with lots and lots of cleaning to prepare for my grandma, aunt and mom's visit.  I finally sat down to read, and ended up staying up way too late to finish a book that was already overdue at the library.  

I had a few odds and ends to finish up Saturday morning, so I did those, got ready and impatiently awaited for their arrival.  It was so very fun to have them and show them my place!  We spent quite a bit of time looking around, then sat down for lunch.  Things were kept simple with sandwiches, and bean salad.  My mom made the best spread for the sandwiches, though, and I am super excited to have some leftover for lunches this week!  And my aunt of course made some cookies for us to eat for dessert.  After lunch, it was time to do some exploring.  

First up was the Arch.  It had been a long while since I was actually down on the Arch grounds, and since then they had been completely redone.  They look really nice, and of course the Arch is a site to behold.  It's always so crazy looking up at it - for us, it seemed to totally throw us all off balance - it looks like it's swaying and then you feel like you're swaying - a definite head trip!  





Since we were already downtown, we checked out another area that had recently been redone, and did a quick walk by Busch Stadium, where the St. Louis Cardinals play.  Again, it has been awhile since I was down there, and it was crazy to see all the new buildings that are being put up to expand on the Ballpark Village area.  

We took the scenic route back - both to avoid some traffic, and to show some of my favorite St. Louis spots.  When we got back to my area, we hit all my 'hot spots' - church, work, and the library.  I always talk about these places to them, and it was neat to be able to actually show them around the area I live.

Dinner was at Brio, one of our favorites.  We all got the pasta alla vodka, which is so darn good.  Back at home, we settled in to play some cards - both Blitz and Kings in the Corner.  My grandma killed us all at Blitz.  We kept saying how we need to go get a lotto card, because she was winning hand after hand.  Kings in the Corner was an old favorite I remember playing growing up.  We had to look up the instructions, but shortly got into a groove with the game.  It was a great night.

Sunday was a bit of a slower morning, starting with coffee, a later breakfast, and more visiting.  We even got in a quick FaceTime with my brother and the boys - it was his birthday and as my nephew excitedly told us, they were having cinnamon rolls for breakfast!  I was sad to see my family going.  It was so nice of them to come all the way down to see my place and where I live, and just to all be together for the weekend.  I spent the rest of the day doing laundry.  I finally caught up on This Is Us and after not really being into it the last season or two, and really not being a huge fan of the premiere, I am all in again.  I can't wait to see where the rest of the season goes!

That pretty much wraps up my weekend - hope you had a good one, too!


Linking up with Lindsay.

Friday Favorites: Interstate Signs, Amazon Find, Macy's Purchases, Hoops & Dallas

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First, I just want to say thank you for all the sweet comments about my family's cat, Lily.  I shared yesterday that my parents had to let her go earlier this week.  It was tough, but she was sick and it was time.  We sure had a wonderful 16 years with her, though!

Onto lighter topics...  

Interstate Signs.  I forgot to include this in my post on Monday, but the interstate had an awesome texting / driving sign over the weekend.   With Monday being Columbus Day, they stuck with that theme and the message was - Columbus made it because he didn't text while sailing.  I literally laughed out loud when I first saw it!

It's kind of silly, but whenever I am heading on a longer drive, those signs are one of the things I look forward to seeing.  Whoever comes up with them can be pretty clever and provide me with some good entertainment!  The things you appreciate on a long drive...  

LL Bean Pullover Look Alike.  I know I keep posting about the LL Bean Pullover I got, but this time I am not actually posting about the LL Bean version, rather the look alike available on Amazon.  It looks super duper similar (minus the brown patch that is on the LL Bean version), and comes in a variety of colors.  And the real kicker is it is a fraction of the cost - only $24.99.  I can't speak for the quality (although I think the gray is calling my name), but it has really good reviews.  So if you like the look of the LL Bean version, but not the price, then I would suggest checking this one out!  And lesson learned for me - always check Amazon for a cheaper option before shelling out the extra cash.  I know the quality doesn't always match up, but it's good to know your options! 

Face Wash, Pumps & A Coupon Code.  I was in need of some new face wash, and decided to give Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser a try.  The mask is one of my very favorites, and I am hoping I like the cleanser just as much!  

Since I was already placing an order, I figured I might as well add in the new work shoes I have been needing.  A few pairs of mine have been looking a little worn.  If you have read here for any length of time, then you know I swear by Calvin Klein's Gayle Pumps.  They are a classic pointy toe pump, and I find them to be super comfortable.  I grabbed a navy and a cognac suede pair, both of which I can't wait to get in.  

I was able to get a great deal, because right now Macy's is offering 30% off items (some exclusions of course - no discount on the face wash, but the code worked on the shoes) with the code TREAT.  Pair that with Rakuten (when I ordered they were offering 10% Cash Back!), and voila, a nice chunk of savings plus some cash back in my pocket.  Can't beat that!

Kendra Scott Hoop Earrings.  Last weekend when I was home, I stopped by my favorite boutique, Charmed.  I have been on the hunt for some hoop earrings, and these Kendra Scott ones fit the bill!  I wanted something a little larger, but nothing to heavy.  I actually gave some from Macy's a try, but they dragged down my earlobe and were not comfortable.  I realized after that, I need something that didn't clip to the back - those gave me the saggy earlobe look.  The Kendra Scott ones are open in the back, and use earring backs which I feel like have made all the difference.  They are feather weight, too, and while I wouldn't say they are light as a feather, I don't find them to be heavy at all.  They even have a cute little jewel touch where the hoop ends.

I have a bunch of Kendra Scott jewelry and wear it year after year, so I don't mind spending a bit more to get the quality.  That being said, I honestly don't think they are too expensive at $48.  They are classic and can be worn both for everyday and also when you want to look a bit nicer, too!  And again, you get the quality that comes with the brand.  

I can't find the earrings on the Charmed website, but Nordstrom has them, too - link here.  
KENDRA SCOTT Colette Hoop Earrings, Main, color, RHODIUM/ WHITE CZ

Dallas Trip.  I am going to Dallas in November!  It was super spontaneous - a friend text me about doing something in the morning and by the end of the day we had flights booked!  Usually I hem and haw about trips, and end up not going on them at all, so it's kind of crazy we already have everything set.  So exciting!  We will be staying around the downtown area.  If you have any recommendations, please send them my way!

And for a look at what was on the blog this week...
Weekend Recap: Happy Hour, Nephews & Sunday Cooking 
Home Tour: Living Room 
Welcome to My Parents': Fall Home Tour 2019 
Bye, Bye Birdy 
  
That's it for today - hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with Erika and Andrea.