The Weekender: 4 October


Another week bites the dust and it’s time for personal bits. I feel like all I can comment on is how busy my weeks are becoming. I mean who schedules all their tests for the same day? Apparently every professor I have this semester. But Monday was a pretty great break from the normal. My bestie and I spent plenty of the morning dutifully annoying our local KISS FM station about playing the new One Direction single. Now, yes, I am in my twenties and that seems like such a 14 year old thing to be doing, but to be fair it was over Twitter and the song deserves to be played. I stand by one thing, good music, despite the countless claims they stole the piano intro. just to comment on that: it sounds most like Faithfully by Journey which is also a great song. But moving on….


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Okay so maybe this post has nothing to do with the classic Charlie Brown television special. But it does have to do with something pretty wonderful: pumpkin. In the past few weeks not only has a plethora of pumpkin and Oktoberfest flavored beers hit store shelves, but Starbucks announced the beloved pumpkin spice latte would be hitting stores on Monday, August 25th. Then just yesterday on my morning commute I heard there just may be pumpkin spice Oreos in the works. Say it isn’t so! Actually…that sounds kind of delicious. Way more delicious than the caramel apple ones that recently hit shelves at Target.

All of this pumpkin business got me thinking: what else can I make with pumpkin? Every year I make my favorite pumpkin chili. I’ve made pumpkin spice pancakes and even pumpkin brownies. In need of fresh ideas I headed over to Pinterest in search of some things yummy enough to make it feel like fall is here.


Savory: Pumpkin gnocchi / Creamy pumpkin pasta with parmesan & sage

I’ve never dared to make my own gnocchi, but, for some reason, I really, really want to try this one.


Sweet: Pumpkin bread with struesel topping / Pumpkin spice Rice Krispie treats

I made a similar pumpkin bread with streusel topping once before for a class project. It was fairly delicious and I’m quite the sucker for a streusel topping…


Drinkable: The Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail / Clean Eating pumpkin spice latte

The tried and true classic pumpkin spice latte. A fall staple for nearly everyone. I’ve made them at home just once, but I couldn’t pass up this recipe when I saw it. I can’t wait to give it a try…when it cools down just a bit more.

Fall Uniform


And so the fall appreciation rolls on here on the blog with my fall uniform. Well in this case uniforms. Cold weather is my favorite weather. All of my clothes, in my opinion, are much more stylish. What can I say I love a good jumper. So much I’ll even wear light ones in the summer too because oh well. Not everyone can be confident in tiny summer fashions, right? So shown above are takes on two of my current favorite go to outfits. These items are much better than ones in my actual (sensibly priced) outfits, but that’s probably because with online browsing budgets never matter. (Most of these items are still reasonably priced) Sadly the real world doesn’t match up with this philosophy even though it should. I think we can all agree on that. Nevertheless the outfits are very similar to the ones I can be found wearing any given day of the week with a few minor additions such as a coffee cup. That’s an accessory right? No. I know it’s not. 

Truth be told I was a bit skeptical of booties but I’ve always wanted some. I’m probably one of the clumsiest people on the face of the Earth. Seriously, I just found another magical bruise and can’t recall which instance may have caused it. I tried on countless pairs but it seems flat ankle booties are my only savior. Who wants to look like a newborn giraffe learning to walk while trying to maintain some form of confidence in a cute outfit? I feel utterly ridiculous talking about this, so on to the shopping links.

Shop the look:
Look 1: 1. Jumper 2. Mind Your Mittens by Essie 3. Watch 4. Bag 5. Black Skinny Jeans 6. Boots
Look 2: 1. Knit Hat 2. Black Skinny Jeans 3. Plaid Top 4. Vans Sneakers 5. Ring 6. Handbag

November Mix: Chilly Fall Nights

Comfy, warm jumper. Check. Cup of tea. Check. Fire in the fireplace. Check. Well, if I even had a fireplace. It’s my favorite time of the year but I think I’ve mentioned that about half a million times since I started this adventure almost two years ago. Daylight Savings Time has come along and brought with it evenings which get dark much much sooner. There are some positives and some negatives with this, but since this isn’t a blog about DST I’ll refrain from listing them. That would be a weird blog topic though, right? Anyway, time to get a little young adult novel up in here. There’s something slightly perfect to me about beautiful tunes, a warm beverage, and nighttime. I could be doing anything from pretending to study (which, 98% of the time, is bookmarking recipes), cooking, or just taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life, and somehow, during fall, night becomes my favorite time of day. That’s saying a lot since everyone knows I’m really a morning person. The crisp chill in the air has officially arrived (and comes and goes here in the desert) so for November’s mix, I put together a collection of songs I’ve been listening to on these nice fall evenings.

It’s ideal, at least to me, for the special times I mentioned above in the excerpt from my forthcoming YA novel: Really Nicole? Okay so maybe that’s not a real book I’m writing, but I could. So, I hope you enjoy some nice tunes. Perhaps enjoy them with a warm beverage, a nice dinner party, or a slice of delicious pie (preferably pumpkin because, well, seasons).


Find it over on 8Tracks and Spotify

You can also find an older fall mix on 8Tracks

Original image from Kinfolk