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Bourbon balls!

photo-7Ingredients:

  • 4 cups ground vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup good bourbon whiskey
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar (for rolling)
Directions:
Mix all dry ingredients and liquid ingredients first then combine both in large mixing bowl. Shape in small balls the size of a large cherry, and roll in confectioner’s sugar. Makes about 40 balls, depending upon the size.
NO BAKING INVOLVED!
These “cookies” will keep for about a month when stored in a tin can.

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headbands are the new winter hat

I learned this was a fact last year by accident. I stumbled upon a headband and decided to buy it because I fell in love with the adorable snowflake pattern. But after wearing it a few times, I quickly realized the headband functions way better than a hat does when you’re trying to be cute and warm at the same time (enter hair in bun.)

This is me looking cute in my headband.

This is me looking cute in my headband.

This season I planned to follow the trend on purpose, so I started my search online. There are tons of blogs out there talking about headbands but not many that actually tell you where to get one that’s cute, warm, AND affordable.
So here’s our list, complete with links to the website you can purchase them from (just click on picture!)…

portolano chucky cable

Portolano Chunky Cable — Bloomingdale’s
On sale for $35 from $50

Owl Headband by Miss Pom @ Top Shop$32.00

Owl Headband by Miss Pom @ Top Shop
$32.00

Jack Willis headband $30

Jack Willis headband
$30

Grey Knit from Target.com$9.34

Grey Knit from Target.com
$9.34

Also comes in ivory!

…also comes in ivory!

Jack Willis Taplow$29.50

Jack Willis Taplow
$29.50

Free People Diamond Jacquard Twist Headwrap$28

Free People Diamond Jacquard Twist Headwrap
$28

...also comes in black and white

…also comes in black and white

...and cream

…and cream

Jack Willis Cambray$29.50

Jack Willis Cambray
$29.50

Knit headband from Etsy.com$22

Knit headband from Etsy.com
$22

And if you're feeling really ambitious, click on this pic for a pattern to make your own from NobleKnits Knitting Blog...

And if you’re feeling really ambitious, click on this pic for a pattern to make your own from NobleKnits Knitting Blog…

#CYBERMONDAYSPECIAL

ASOS PETITE Christmas Cardigan
$61.57

It’s Cyber freaking Monday and I just bought myself a boatload of presents for not a boatload of money on ASOS.com.

They’re offering 30% off of EVERYTHING right now – even sale items – when you enter in CYBERMONDAYSPECIAL in the promo code box during checkout. A few tips you might find helpful when ordering:

  • They only let you use the promo code once so get your order right the first time.
  • Items only stay in your shopping cart for 60 minutes so make fast, smart decisions.
  • If you’re like me and ended up with 74 different scarves in your cart on your 1st round and need a little extra time to pick the winners, stick your goodies in the “saved items” section instead of the shopping cart. Saved items are held for a whole 60 days!
  • Sign in or create a profile before you start shopping so if you accidentally click out of the window or lose internet connection, your stuff will still be there when you’re back up and running.
  • Despite possibly having the worst guy models ever, they do have a great selection of men’s clothing… this sale is not just for the ladies!

If you need a little inspiration, here are the gems I picked up today (prices listed below are pre-sale, do your own math!)…

ASOS Fur Hooded Detachable Lined Parka
$149.51

Motel Grandad Cardigan
$66.84

Pieces Kvopa Trio Earrings Set
$15.83

ASOS Check Snood
$23.75

Pieces Tiffany Mittens
$21.11

Pieces Tiffany Beanie Hat
$15.83

ASOS Fluffy Yarn Cardigan
$42.22

Rare Matte Rubber Leggings
$40.46

ASOS Bunting Bracelet
$10.55

River Island Borg Earmuffs
$31.66

River Island Stripe Tunic Top
$17.59

Autumn Recipes

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of one of our favorite holidays, we’ve compiled some recipes you can use today and throughout the season.

Candy Apples
Not only is this recipe perfect for Halloween but it’s also National Candy Apple Day today (yes, there is an official day for just about everything.) By serving these, you’re basically saying I just conquered the entire season of Fall.

Candy Apples

Butternut Squash Bisque with Frangelico
Ummm, did you just say butternut squash, bisque, and Frangelico in the same sentence. Yes. Please.

Butternut Squash Bisque with Frangelico

Pumpkin Waffles
Something that’s equally satisfying for breakfast or dessert without being too sweet undoubtedly deserves a spot on the list.

Pumpkin Waffles

Crispy Brussel Sprout Salad
For our fellow Chicagoans, I’m assuming you’ve heard of a little Asian place called Sunda. If you haven’t, stop reading this, go make a reservation, order the brussel sprout salad, and come back when you’re done….
That’s better. Now you’re inspired to make this sweet yet savory, Asian-but-not-too-Asian-that-it’s-impossible-to-make-it-as-delicious-on-your-own side dish. A few quick notes: I added sauteed shallots and raw carrots for extra flavor and crunch. Also, no one will judge you for eating the entire bowl on your own as a meal instead of a side dish. At least no one who’s tasted it.

Crispy Brussel Sprout Salad

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Lastly, we couldn’t leave out the sweet potato. Despite the fact that there are endless opportunities with this versatile vegetable (it’s considered a vegetable, right? Or starch? Whatever.), we’re bringing it back to basics. I drizzled a little extra-virgin olive oil before putting them in oven and extended the cooking time to one hour. When they were done, a little pinch of salt and dash of pepper is all it took to complete the dish… no butter required!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

What are some of your fall favorites?

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