Wednesday, September 30, 2015

For the Love of Cooking {Pregnancy Cravings}

So far, I have only had 3 strong cravings to hit me 
 since being pregnant.  One of those cravings was for
a granny smith apple covered in caramel, chocolate and nuts.

You know the ones! 

Yep those lil' devilishly delicious balls of greatness!

Since the craving, I have had my fix thanks to Sweet Mama, 
but from time to time I feel the slight urge to devour another one coming
on again.  In an effort to keep some sense of sanity while I watch my 
precious little belly grow I decided why not have a little restraint with 
my cravings and make my own and downsize them.

So, I've been in search of a mini caramel apple recipe and I think
I might have two strong contenders!

First up, Apple Nachos (talk about hitting the jackpot)

  {What You'll Need}

5 apples, sliced
1/2 cup of peanut butter, melted
Chocolate chips to taste
Sliced or chopped almonds
Chop the apples. Slice 3 of the apples vertically, into wedges, and 2 of 
them horizontally, into circular slices.
Douse the apples with just a little bit of lemon juice so they don’t turn brown.
Melt the peanut butter in the microwave, using a Pyrex or
other measuring cup with a spout.
Arrange the apple slices on a large plate or platter
Drizzle the peanut butter carefully over the apples, 
then sprinkle your chocolate chips and nuts all around.
 Recipe Via Hello Giggles

The second recipe to cure my craving while keeping 
some self control, Mini Caramel Apples

  {What You'll Need} 

Extra-large apples
Caramels + 2 Tbsp milk
Lollipop sticks
Melon ball scoop
 Wax paper plates or a cookie sheet

Roll your wax paper out on a flat surface
Peel the apples and begin to scoop the balls out of them with the melon ball scooper
Push a lollipop stick into the center of each ball
Pat them dry and place in the refrigerator until time to dip in caramel
Unwrap the caramels and melt them in a pot over medium-low heat, with 2 Tbsp of milk
Once the caramel is melted and smooth remove from the heat and begin to dip each ball into the caramel letting the
excess drip before placing back onto the wax paper

Leave your Mini caramel goodness as is or sprinkle with your favorite toppings!

Recipe adapted from At Home in Love

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Show + Tell {Suite One Studio}

Here is a shop that you are all just going to swoon over!
There isn't a time that I stop by the  Suite One Studio website
or take a scroll over the shops instagram page that I don't 
leave feeling all giddy inside. Lindsay Emery, the owner, designer, and ceramicist
behind the company has true talent.  She has been recognized by countless 
magazines and once again yall, Lindsay and Suite One Studio is located
here on our back door steps in North Carolina!

Ok, so enough of my chit-chat, let's all have a pretty moment!

Have you had your pretty fix yet?!
Do make sure to stop by and shop the full collection!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Quote of the Week {Weekend Wrap Up}

Happy Monday!

Did you survive the rainy weekend?  I personally enjoyed the Seattle like weather. 
There wasn’t too much on the agenda this weekend.  Scott and I stayed in on Friday and had his favorite, spaghetti.  That boy loves some spaghetti!  I remember the first time I cooked for him when we were dating, this was what he requested!  I love it too, but geez Louise, every week is a bit much! Can you tell this is an ongoing battle at The Gaither house?!  The only meal I feel appropriate to have every week is, that’s right, you guessed it, TACOS! 

Saturday, Sweet Mama and I had a mother-daughter day.  We went shopping for my very first maternity clothes!  All I can say is you might have to pry my new comfy digs from my hands after Baby G arrives.  Oh my!  Who is this girl I’m turning in to??  But, seriously, tops and dresses were super easy to shop for, however, I still need to find some bottoms that I like. So I am open to suggestions from all you mommy’s out there!  I still have a little time, ok maybe a week, at most!

And you know the trip was not complete until we 
had our Starbucks fix.
My past two trips I have tried the new Toasted Graham Latte.
It is delish, really creamy taste to it.
On Saturday I tried to order my beloved Chestnut Praline, but
was shut down. Let's all pray they bring it back for the holiday season. 

Sunday, was church, dinner with the family, and then I finished up my DIY dresser 
for our master bedroom!!  Once we get the ridiculously heavy piece moved up stairs and 
styled I promise to post pics!


This week we finally welcome October.   
I couldn’t be more excited for one of the most beautiful months of the year!

 Wishing you all a wonderful week!
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fashion Fix Friday {Rainy Day Styled}

Holy monsoon!
It's raining buckets outside today in NC and I'm 
loving it! I adore a good rainy day however, I love them most when I'm
in total lounge mode curled up indoors.

On occasion I do fancy dressing up in my rainy day best
and heading out doors to splish-splash around!

On days like today a girls got to look her best and not
like the horrid visual of a wet rat!

Here's a little something I pulled together to help 
us stay stylish in the rain!

Shop the Look

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

For the Love of Cooking {Fall Favorites}

Woohoo!!! I've been looking forward to this day 
for a few weeks now!  It's hibernation season (as I call it)!  Time to
break out those big chunky sweaters, your super stylish boots, 
and oh yea one of my favorite accessories, scarves!
My arms are reached out wide welcoming the cozy 
season that is FALL! 

I am by no means a chief, but I do love to cook!
On a busy week, for the simplest yet tastiest dishes I  turn
to my trusty ole crockpot! It is always a  guaranteed home run
in the Gaither house.  

Here are few of my faves!

Enchilada Orzo 
What You'll Need

1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (10-ounce) can Old El Paso mild enchilada sauce
1 (4.5-ounce) can Old El Paso chopped green chilies, drained
1/2 cup vegetable broth, or more, as needed
1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

 Find the complete recipe on Damn Delicious

Pumpkin Chili 
What You'll Need

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 can red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2-3 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp cumin
1 red and yellow bell pepper, chopped
Pinch of salt and pepper
Garnish with sour cream and cheddar cheese

Find the complete recipe on A Pumpkin and  A Princess 

This last super easy perfect for the cooler months crockpot recipe 
I just discovered yesterday thanks to my girlfriend Bishop! 
I so can't wait to try this one.  Remember, I am almost 100% vegetarian until
someone says BBQ!

Root Beer Pulled Pork
 What You'll Need

2 pound pork tenderloin
12 ounce can of root beer
18 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce
8 hamburger buns

Find the complete recipe on Table Spoon

What are your favorite Crock Pot Recipes?!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Show + Tell {Progeny}

So today, I'm going Mommy Blogger as I spill the beans on 
a shop I just discovered that has Baby G's name all over it!
Progeny is online boutique serving up some seriously adorable
clothes for the little ones along with decor for their new "crib", and wait
for it, you can even hire the Progeny talent for a little interior design guidance too. 

Did I mention the best part for all us North Carolina girls?!
Progeny also has a brick and mortar in RALEIGH! 
How lucky are we?! 

Here are just a few items from the collection I totally have to 
round up for sweet Baby G's much anticipated arrival! 

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Quote of the Week {Weekend Wrap Up}

Well, that's a wrap on another weekend and the last offical weekend of summer!
 What did you do this weekend?!

For us, we kept close by the house and worked
on any and every project we could.
I am almost finished with my latest furniture piece and
I am beyond determined to have Scott and some of his friends
move it into our master bedroom THIS WEEK!
I don't think I'll have to beg, he is so ready for me to have it out of his 
workshop.  He says all my projects are totally killing the vibe of 
his man cave! 

Here's a peak of the fab handles for the piece. 

Saturday night we did take a break, thanks to Sweet Mama, and had a little
comic relief with James Gregory in the big town of Liberty!
If you have never heard him before, you're missing out! Hilarious!
However, I do warn you, unless you are 100% Southern, you might not
fall in the floor laughing like we did! 

Sunday, it was church then family lunch, compliments of Sweet Mama again!
Then it was back to paint brush and projects!

Did I mention we also shopped paint samples for the nursery this weekend?!
SO, exciting!

This week marks the beginning of fall and I have a tendency to share the
same quote every year as he is one of my favorite authors and I really hate to 
break tradition, so…

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