10.23.2017

Travel: Indiana Pumpkin Pickin

              Hi Everyone! Happy Monday! Reed and I had a great weekend back home in good ol Indiana this past weekend. While Reed had a relaxing guy day, my mom and I decided to head to the local pumpkin patch/market to pick up some pumpkins. We went to Sandy Ridge which is in Oaktown near Sullivan and the Vincennes area of Southern Indiana as well as the big peach as well which is in the same area. We thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of our Saturday morning.  Sandy Ridge was such a great place to visit and the sweet couple that helped us pick out the best ones and load them in the car for us. I can't wait to share with you later in the week- our new family tradition that I started this year. More coming later this week! I had a great time and it was a perfect October Saturday morning! Enjoy the Fall and Pumpkin views :)

 Here is the Facebook page for Sandy Ridge Market

Here is the Facebook page for The Big Peach

Next time you are in town, you should make a visit :) 




























10.18.2017

Recipe: Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

            Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all having a great week! In the season of everything pumpkin, I wanted to share an amazing gluten free pumpkin bread mix that I recently purchased at Trader Joe's. It's funny, I had several people message me asking me for the pumpkin muffin recipe from my blog post picture on social media earlier in the week and I told them I would post it, but surprise!! It's the easiest recipe ever, and from a box haha!

           Normally, I love baking things from scratch- it's that excitement and thrill of trying something new and creating something homemade that makes it wonderful; however, every once in a while I will try a box to see what it tastes like or for something new. In this case, I am glad I purchased this box because I will be going back for more. You can make muffins or bread out of this mixture. I sprinkled cinnamon on top to give it more of a cinnamon taste when you bite in and I love how good these are! Happy Fall, Happy Pumpkin Recipe, and Happy Baking :) Enjoy the easiest recipe I will ever post haha :) xo





Here is what the packaging looks like so you can look for it: 



Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix is easy to make (add egg, oil & water, mix, and bake), and even easier to eat. 


10.16.2017

Home Decor: Fall Kitchen Details

               Hi everyone! Happy Monday, what a great weekend it was. Reed and I had a great relaxing weekend that started with scary movies and dinner at home on Friday, which was so nice. On Saturday, it was a productive day of getting things done and then we had Fall family pictures that evening followed by a date night out :) Sunday was wonderful as well with my parents in town for a few days, which is always great! A good weekend is so good for the soul!

             Sometimes less is more when it comes to decorating and especially in the kitchen. I wanted to add a little color to the kitchen area but also keep the fall and pumpkin decor going throughout the house. I purchased these solid orange and also blue&white linen napkins last year from Target in the dollar section (score!) and I placed them with a charcoal charger to give the bar area of the kitchen some color. To keep it going with the pumpkin decor I placed a simple white pumpkin at the end of each napkin for a little fall touch.

           As you know, it always comes down to the details for me. Small details go a long way! :) I hope this post inspires you to create your own Fall Kitchen details in your own home. Have a great day! xo














10.11.2017

Travel: October Nashville Fall Festival Guide

               Hey Everyone! I hope you are all having a great week! I can't believe it is already Wednesday, I am excited for Friday haha and another fun weekend ahead! October is such a fun month full of fall activities. I wanted to gather some of the main festivals here in Nashville and Franklin to share with you all. If you are planning a trip here this month or if you are a local, this is a great quick guide that shows you what festivals are going on, when, and where. 

               Festivals are always so much fun, especially in the Fall. My family and friends and I went last weekend to a wine festival in Illinois and had such a great time. It made me think of all of the fun festivals that are happening this month and thought it would be great to share. All of these festivals and more specific information is found on the Nashville Event site: Nashville Event's

              We are looking forward to attending the Pumpkin Fest in Franklin in late October, as we have gone for the last two years and have really enjoyed it! I hope you all have a chance to visit and attend one of these festivals this month! I am sure you will not be disappointed :) There is something for everyone.

Have a great week! Let me know if you have any questions about any of these events and I can do my best to research for you and help! xo 



PUMPKINFEST- OCTOBER 28

Pumpkinfest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival that will return in it’s 34th year on October 28, 2017! With over 65,000 people in attendance, the festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin, and its avenues, and offers tons of festive fun for families!

CHEEKWOOD HARVEST - SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 29

Celebrate fall during Cheekwood Harvest. Enjoy viewing more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn as hues will take center stage in the gorgeous Robertson Ellis Color Garden. Stop by to see the Scarecrowsinvading their Turner Seasons Garden. Or pick the perfect pumpkin from their patch! Make sure to mark your calendar for El Dia de los Muertos, their annual Day of the Dead celebration.

BOO AT THE ZOO - OCTOBER 14-30

Everyone comes out for the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere's (Book Your Package) holiday celebration. This year, Boo at the Zoo is offering ten nights of fun that includes trick-or-treat stations, carousel rides, hayrides, and so much more. Whether or not you stop by for the celebration or another time the Nashville Zoo always brings a smile to families' faces.

THE GLOW: A JACK O'LANTERN EXPERIENCE - OCTOBER 13-30 (SELECT DATES)

Over 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins will be placed throughout the grounds at Fontanel Mansion during The Glow. They will be carved into beautiful scenery, dinosaurs, pirates, and more.

NASHVILLE HAUNTED WOODS AT PRIEST LAKE

Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort is offering a real scream of fun this fall season. Head on over to walk the abandoned Silver Screams Studio filled with creatures that make up your nightmares. Do check their website before thinking about taking small children.

CENTENNIAL CRAFT FEST - OCTOBER 21

Food trucks, live music, craft beer, handmade goods, and children's activities will fill out Centennial Park for the Centennial Craft Fest. Last year's lineup included Andy Davis, Elenowen, Jill Andrews, Josh Gabbard, Korby Lenker, Kyshona, Reuben Bidez, and Sarah Potenza.

TENNESSEE HISTORY FESTIVAL - OCTOBER 20-21

Head on over to Nashville's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for the 14th Annual Tennessee History Festival. Hear the roar of the cannons and the stories of Tennessee's past. The event typically begins at 10am each day and lasts until 4pm.

TENNESSEE BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL - OCTOBER 21

This is a Nashville event put on by Nashville residents in hopes to provide the perfect festival for beer aficionados! There will be plenty of craft, seasonal, and micro beers for everyone to enjoy and all festivities will be located on the grounds of the Historic Two Rivers Mansion.

TASTE OF NASHVILLE - OCTOBER 27

Taste of Nashville is an annual celebration of restaurants, bars, brewers, distillers, dessert-makers, and other fine food and beverage creators. This year's event is on October 27 at Rocketown.

10.03.2017

Recipe: Gluten Free & Dairy Free Peanut Butter Protein Balls

              Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. We had a busy weekend full of family fun and moving my brother in to his new apartment downtown Nashville. We had a great weekend, I hope you all had a great one as well.  Although it was heartbreaking to wake up to the tragedy that has happened in Las Vegas. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this terrible crime.

               I  can't believe it is October, I feel like I say this every month when a new month arrives. It's crazy how fast this year has gone. What a great month this is; full of pumpkins, new fall recipes, festivals and so much more.  I wanted to share with you a new and improved recipe protein ball recipe that will make you want to eat 100 of these things. Think of a very  healthy reese cup! Yes I know, sounds amazing. Well they really are!


These protein balls are considered vegan also known as dairy free, they are also gluten free, and free of refined sugar. It makes eating a few of these, feel better knowing the ingredients are good.


Here is the recipe: 
Depending on how big of a batch you want to make, I made an extra large batch as I was taking them to co-workers. You can definitely take this recipe and cut it in half to make a smaller batch for your family if desired.

Large batch:
-2 jars of organic peanut butter
-1 bag of vegan chocolate chips 
-1 cup of flaxseed
-1 cup of chia seeds
-4 cups of gluten free oats 
-1 cup of blue agave nectar 
-2 tablespoon of organic vanilla 

(cut recipe in half if you would like a smaller batch)


Details: 
-Mix all ingredients together in large bowl
-line a baking pan with parchment paper
-use your hands or a cookie scoop to form balls 
-line the baking pan full of the protein balls
-place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden 
-eat and enjoy!
-I leave them in the fridge overnight and all day to keep them firm


 










9.25.2017

Home Decor: Fall Decor 2017

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Reed and I had our second weekend at home in a long time and it was very nice and relaxing. We relaxed a lot, watched new movies, watched football, had our friend John over for dinner, and just enjoyed our weekend together. 

Even though the weather isn't so much "fall" like yet, and it was extremely hot in Nashville all weekend (yuck) haha! I thought I would go ahead and share my Fall decor on the inside of our house with you. Last week, I got our fall porch together and now have the inside the way I want as well. I decided to use a lot darker/deeper colors in my fall decor this year. 

My go-to color right now for accessories, tops, and also my home decor is a deep wine/maroon color. I am loving it! Luckily I am finding several great pieces in this color this year. I  chose wine colored mums for the outside and carried this on throughout the inside as well in my flowers and several small details such as books or fabrics to tie it altogether. 

The pieces that make up my fall decor come from: Kirklands, Joann's, Hobby Lobby, The Faded Farmhouse, Old Time Pottery, Antique stores, and The Nashville Farmer's Market.

I hope you all enjoy my Fall details for this year and I hope this gives you a little inspiration to create your own displays at home. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day :) xo T

















9.18.2017

Home Decor: Fall Porch Details

       Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Reed and I were actually home for once (which never happens) and we decided to make the most of it and make it a productive weekend. We deep cleaned our house, cleaned out closets and our attic. Let's just say it was much needed and we are so glad to have it done.

       We also had some time spent with my brother this weekend for dinner and a movie which is always fun.  As much as we love being on the road or traveling as much as we can, it's also very nice to be home. I had some time in the midst of the cleaning to go to the Nashville Farmer's Market, which is my favorite! They have all of their Fall seasonal goods and pumpkins that came in and I wanted to get an early start and the best pick of pumpkins :) As you all know, between Fall and Winter I just get so excited about these two seasons. From decorating, baking, festivals, and so much more it's just the best time of year.

       I thought it would be fun to start out my Fall decor with the front porch area. I loaded up on pumpkins and used a few larger pieces I already had to make it work. I hope you are enjoying your day and hope this gives you a little inspiration for your Fall decor! Now, we just need the weather to cool down some more and we are set :) Enjoy the details of our front porch. More coming this week on the inside decor! xo

Also, thank you Dad for painting our front door! I wanted to lighten it up from the chocolate brown that it was to a lighter grey to match the stone in our home! Thanks Dad :)




Wreath found last year from: Kirklands




Loving this pumpkin stack I put together from The Nashville Farmer's Market 




Home Sweet Home Welcome Mat: Target


9.05.2017

recipe: holy fudge black bean brownies


                Yes, I know what you are saying right now... Ew black beans in brownies? Yes! Coming from someone who doesn't even like black beans and just made them for my husband, they are so good! Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor day weekend, long weekend that is. Reed and I went to Memphis for the weekend to visit his family and had such a good weekend with them. We got back on Sunday night and I had all day on Monday to catch up, be productive, and get creative.

                I made these black bean brownies last week from my most recent obsession. Do you follow Laura Lea Balanced? If you don't and if you want healthy recipes especially for those of you who need gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, or vegetarian recipes.. this is your gal! She is based in Nashville and I have followed her blog and social medias for awhile but recently ordered her cookbook and have been blown away by super healthy dishes & desserts with really clean ingredients that actually taste really good!! It's been exciting but also very inspiring to mix up something new and actually good for us.

                I will tell you, I don't even like black beans; but Reed loves them. He wanted something with chocolate and thought this recipe would be a test to see how good these were. They are truly delicious. You can't even taste the black beans at all. This recipe is great because it is dairy free & gluten free. Reed ate 3 in one night if that tells you anything haha! I wanted to share the recipe with you all from Laura Lea's cookbook.

Recipe from: Laura Lea Balanced Blog

makes 15BROWNIES
Holy fudge black bean brownies
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 15 ounce can unsalted black beans (prefer organic), drained and rinsed thoroughly
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder (I like Ghirardelli or Trader Joe's brand)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup, grade A
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla powder (or sub vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate roughly chopped (sub chocolate chips)- dairy free chocolate if wanting DF
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a loaf tin with parchment paper, making sure there are at least 5 inches of parchment overflowing on each side.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chopped chocolate in a food processor or high speed blender. Puree until completely smooth, scraping down the side as needed.
  3. Empty mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in chopped chocolate/chocolate chips. Turn dough into loaf pan and shake gently to create an even layer. At this point, you can trim back some of the parchment but leave an inch or two overhanging.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with only a tiny bit of batter. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 30 minutes before removing and slicing. If you can wait an hour the pieces will hold together better.








9.01.2017

style & beauty: jord watch

         Hi Everyone! Happy Friday!! I can't believe this weekend is September and Labor day weekend. Fall is right around the corner and I am so excited (as you know). There are so many great things that I love about the fall season but one of my favorite things is the fall clothing and accessories. I love wearing casual flannels, jeans, boots, and fun accessories during this chilly season. 

         One of my favorite new accessories that I will be pairing with my outfits this fall is my newJord Watch in Maplefieldcrest. Jord is an established watch company known for their raw material designs and hand-crafted natural wood watches. Both for men and women, these watches are light-weight and look great for any occasion. I love that you can dress this watch up or down and wear this year round. Whether you are pairing this with a sun dress for a summer festival or picking pumpkins this fall, this is a great go-to accessory. 
  
        I am so excited to share this watch with you and this wonderful brand that I am hosting a giveaway with. I have really enjoyed the quality and versatility of this watch and I know you will all want to experience this great accessory as well. Now, you have a chance to win $100 off for their online shop! Here is how it works: 

 To enter the giveaway:  CLICK HERE

*You will receive a $25 off code just for entering the giveaway!! 

  The giveaway contest will close September 24 at 11:59pm


The natural maple is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils. The Fieldcrest is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM).

Lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood. When storing this timepiece, avoid extremely hot, cold, and excessively dry/humid environments







 
Wooden Wrist Watch

Thank you to JORD for your partnership on this post