Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

31 October 2011

One of my most favorite fall treats is these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I discovered last year via Darby (the photo above is hers!). They’re not particularly impressive in the culinary department, but they are delicious and incredibly easy to make. Ready for the recipe? One Betty Crocker chocolate chip muffin pouch + 1/4 cup of pure pumpkin puree (I like Libby’s) + 1/2 cup of water – 4 Tbs. of water + a healthy dash of cinnamon. Mix together and bake in a 400 degree oven! (I do 12 minutes for the mini muffin size!)

See Darby’s original post here.

Steve Madden flats

28 October 2011

These two lovely pairs of shoes have been on my wishlist for months. I do already have a pair of leopard-print flats, and though they’re my favorites, they’re pretty tired (probably because they’re my favorites…). On the other hand, I don’t have any light neutral flats, and I think these would be a good addition to the wardrobe. But what do you think — is it silly to buy two pairs of the same style of shoes, even if they’re in different colors/patterns? Which one would you go for?

Leopards $89.95 // Natural $55.45

Wedding planning update: 10+ months to go

25 October 2011

Wedding planning took a bit of a backseat this month (especially compared to last month!), but I still feel productive because of what we did get accomplished.

Breathtaking photo by Anna Kuperberg

— We finally signed a contract and put down a deposit with our recalcitrant venue
— We chose a caterer and signed a contract with them (SO excited about our pick!!)
— We inquired with ceremony musicians
— We received a proposal for a custom lounge grouping
— We chose save the dates (thanks to your help!)
— I’m really starting to flesh out what I would like our invitations to look like
— Completed some hotel block research, thanks to my Momma
— I’ve been working hard on our wedding website, which I’m crafting from a Blogger template (can’t wait to share this sucker, plus a full tutorial!)

November promises to be a full month, with likely decisions on a wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, a band, and ceremony musicians!

Hostess gift idea!

21 October 2011

As some of you may remember, John and I traveled home for an engagement party back in September. We were lucky enough to have five hostesses for our party — my three best friends from childhood, and two of their three moms. We were so grateful to them for throwing us a wonderful party, and I really wanted to do something for them as a thank you.

However, buying “good” gifts for five hostesses was looking a little challenging to my budget. I also was hoping to get them all something similar, despite the 20+ year difference in age between moms and daughters :) I’m pretty happy with the solution I came up with, and thought some of you might be able to use it for future hostess gifts, too!

Basically, I went wild on Shop Sweet Lulu. SSL is an amazing source for pretty party supplies, and I happily indulged my love for colorful goods by packing an assortment of chevron bags, tiny pastel candles, cupcake wrappers, nut cups, and fringy garlands into my shopping cart. It was so exciting to finally have a legitimate reason to do so! :)

Once my box arrived…

I split everything up evenly between the five hostesses and added in a few goodies I already had in my supplies (including striped paper straws, of course!). I loved that I could include a large sample of pretties for each person, which would have been cost-prohibitive if I had been shopping for just one gift. Being able to mix and match made it possible to design a custom mix for each gal!

I packed each gal’s goods into one of my favorite metallic + kraft bags, and added a matching handmade tag marked “for your next party.” :)

They seemed to be a hit!