Saw these cuties in a Nordstrom catalog and wanted to share them with you!

KS cupcake earrings

Perfect for all you bakers out there who love some cupcakes!  And they’re pink!! :)

Kate Spade Cupcake Studs at Kate Spade or Nordstrom, $48.

Halloween is upon us!  Miss F and I went to a mother/daughter Halloween party last week thrown by one of her new classmates.  It was super-fun and all the mother/daughter costumes were so creative!

Miss F and I went as bags of Jelly Bellys!  Easy DIY and cost $2 for the big bags!

On the way out of the party, each guest got a “Drink up Witches” wine glass or plastic tumbler to fill with candy.

I decided to fill mine with something else…

Drink up Witches

Chardonnay is my witch’s brew.

Not sure where our hostess got them, but almost identical wine glasses available on Etsy.  Happy Halloween!

Maple Syrup Cookies

Alright people, Fall is in the air.  Finally!!

I can see a subtle shift in the light and days are not SO oppressively humid.  Baby-steps toward a change in season!

These cookies had a light, chewy texture and the perfect amount of maple syrup flavor to make them totally addictive with the sugar coating!

Maple Syrup Cookies

I made the full recipe, but I gave some to the Misses for lunches and sent the rest to school for Miss F’s teachers, who expressed their gratitude and thanks!

A great fall-flavored treat!  Enjoy!

Maple Syrup Cookies

Yield:  About 60 cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup real maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

4 cups all-purpose flour

Granulated or organic sugar for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar.

3.  Add the egg, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix until well blended.

4  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

5.  Stir flour mixture into the creamed butter until well blended.

6.  Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.  Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.

7.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes until set and browning slightly.

8.   Remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire rack.

Source:  The Cooking Photographer

I haven’t posted a Monogram Monday since January?  What, what??

Don’t think my love of a perfectly placed monogram has diminished in any way!

But I’m back to you with these cute monogrammed baseball hats!  I wear baseball hats when I run and on the weekends when I run errands and/or go see my horse.  This would be a big step up from the icky hat I normally wear!  :(  Let’s just say it has seen better decades…

monogrambaseball white

monogrambaseball navy

monogrambaseball coral

monogrambaseball hotpink

I think this last one would be great with a navy monogram (or kelly green to be super-preppy!)

16 hat colors and tons of thread color choice and monogram fonts.  Regularly $24.99 , but on sale now for $19.99 at Marley Lilly

Alright, over halfway through October and I’m here with my September check in.  Beginning to get in the fall mood, although the weather is not quite cooperating!  :(  Please, Mother Nature, send me a cool breeze. Just one, and I will be forever grateful…

On to the September recap.

Here’s a quick summary:

Spring Veg Quinoa

Spring Veggie Quinoa – Not sure how healthy this is due to cheese and butter (I may try to eliminate butter next time), but loaded with veggies.  Great flavor and absolutely FANTASTIC with a poached egg on top!  :)

Vegetarian Pho – NO, NO, NO, NO Pho!  The broth smelled delicious, but this soup tasted like dirty dish water!  Ugh.   Sooo awful.  Beyond awful.  I haven’t tossed an entire meal in ages – nothing could salvage this. NOTHING.  Tragic error.

Turkey Meatball and Orzo Soup – Made this for the girls so we could all have soup on the same day.  (Didn’t work – see Pho above…)  They really liked it, D did too. One out of two is okay for dinner plans, right?


Open-Faced Avocado Sandwich on Chipotle Toast –  Really loved this for a quick and pretty healthy dinner!  So yummo.  Can’t wait to make this again.

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon and Caramelized Onions – I made this one night when D was out b/c he doesn’t like lentils (I don’t know what is wrong with him!).  The recipe makes two servings, so I ate for two nights.  Quick and easy and very good for you.

Shrimp Caprese Pizza – Two of my favorite things in one meal – I love a good caprese sandwich and I love pizza.  Let the lovefest commence!  Delish.

Beef and Cheese Noodle Bake –  Made this for the girls who both really, really liked it.  Might be because I don’t normally cook them meat?  D liked it too, but he is a snob, so wouldn’t make a meal of it.

Lentil Chili –  Have a bag of red lentils to use up!  Really yummy and flavorful!  I’ve made vegetarian chili before, but not with lentils.  Pleasantly surprised and will make this again!

Pumpkin Bran Muffins – I made a half recipe of these fat-free muffins, but realized during the process that I didn’t have enough corn syrup.  As a result, they were not that sweet, but still had good flavor and were moist.  Leaving this recipe out to try again the right way!

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna – So decadent, creamy, and cheesy.  Anything that calls for four cups of WHOLE milk and a stick and a half of butter has to be delicious right?  It was!

Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce – Again with the cream sauce?  I did space these last two meals out with some vegetable items just so you don’t think I sit around eating pasta and cream sauce every night…   As you can see from the photo, I didn’t have penne so I subbed in rotini pasta.  Very yummy pasta!

Key Lime Meltaways

Key Lime Meltaways – Yummy tart/sweet tiny cookies!

Laughing Cow Chicken – Weeknight dinner for the Misses.  They loved it!  The recipe uses two chicken breasts, so I split one for the girls and D ate the other.  He loved it too.  SUPER easy with six ingredients.  A definite keeper!

Thirteen cards to file away for a grand total of 119… wishing I were farther along in my quest, but here I am.  :)




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