Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Weekends

Charlotte Russe Lace Dress, F21 Leather Vest (this is one of my absolute favorite things that I own), leather boots from Marshall's
     I went home last week for a long weekend and, of course, found my way to the cider mill. I've gone every year with my family for as long as I can remember, and this year my boyfriend came with us. After talking to my out-of-state friends, I learned that cider mills are pretty much only in Michigan... Which leads me to ask, what does everyone else do during fall?! Nothing is better than hot doughnuts (pumpkin spice are the best), fresh cider and pumpkin carving. 
     In regards to fashion, my favorite trend right now is lace, and I love to mix it with more masculine pieces like a leather vest, studs and military jackets. 
Total side note:  I've been planning my Lady Gaga costume for Halloween for a while now, and it's slowly starting to come together. I'll be posting pictures after this weekend!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

     Last night I spent HOURS in my kitchen, but it all ended up being worth it. I've never made cheesecake before, but after seeing this recipe with gingersnap crust, I had to try it. Of course, I was so nervous about messing up so it took me forever to make it. After seeing that it was a Neely recipe, I was a little hesitant (my roommates were much more so), but I couldn't get over how good the crust would be. It definitely takes a while to make, but if you love pumpkin (who doesn't?!) and cheesecake then I suggest you try it...

A few tips: 
     I baked the cheesecake a little less than the recommended time because the springform pan that I used was smaller than what the recipe called for. For the cinnamon whipped cream (which is amazing, by the way, and totally necessary for the full effect), make sure that you don't beat it too long. I had this problem and it ended up being much heavier than whipped cream - almost like butter - but still delicious. 
Gingersnaps mixed with butter
Make sure that you wrap the pan really well with foil! (Excuse our dirty oven!)

     I've become obsessed with anything pumpkin so I'm sure there will be a few more recipes in the near future to make sure that we all never want to see a can of pumpkin again!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday #8

     The TOMS shoes aren't practical at all for winter in Michigan, but they would be adorable for spring! Shorts (especially dark colors like navy, brown, olive green and black) are perfect with tights and over-the-knee boots this winter. And we all know I'm a sucker for bows and satin...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I'm back :)

     After what seems like forever of being gone, I'm back from my hiatus! Although I can't guarantee how often I'll be posting, because life gets in the way of things (definitely not everyday... maybe every other?), I won't be going on another unannounced break again.
     School has been incredibly hectic but I've been loving it nonetheless and enjoying Ann Arbor. This is my first weekend home so my mom and I made caramel apples!
We just melted caramels, added some peanuts, sprinkles and mini M&Ms...And finished them off with chocolate :)