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Monday, December 5, 2016

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake | Recipe

Every Thanksgiving for the past three years, I've made pecan pie for our family dinner. I was getting bored of the same old recipe so with a little research on pinterest, I played around and made this delish pie/cake! Our family ate it right up. The little sliver I did taste was so yummy too! I will definitely be making this again! 

Ingredients:

+ 1 pre-made Graham Cracker Crust 

FOR THE FILLING:
+ (2) 8 ounce packages cream cheese
+ 1 cup plain Greek yougurt
+ 1/2 cup raw or granulated sugar
+ 2 large Eggs
+ 4 tsps vanilla extract
+ 1/8 tsps salt

FOR THE TOPPING:
+ 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
+ 3/4 cup whipping cream
+ 7 tbsp unsalted butter
+ 1 tsp vanilla extract
+ 3/8 tsp salt
+ 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans



Directions:

For the filling, beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Add in greek yogurt, sugar eggs, vanilla and salt. Mix well until combined. Place the pre-made crust in a glass pie dish to prevent any spillage in your over (your welcome!). Pour cheesecake mixture over crust and using a spatula, try to make as even as possible. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Only the middle should be a little jiggly. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 hours. 

For the topping, heat on medium over a stove top the brown sugar, cream, butter, vanilla and salt.  Mix until well combined. Let simmer for about 8-10 minutes or until caramel looks thin. Do not mix, but instead move pot from side to side to redistribute mixture. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes in order to thicken up. Mix in the pecans and pour over the cheesecake. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Best if served day of making or next day.
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Home Tour | Sun Room

It's so nice to have an extra sitting area and gathering space for when guests come over. But that also means another room to decorate for the holiday season. I am definitely not complaining, because any chance I get to decorate and purchase new items I jump right on! 
You may remember what our sun room looked like before.. if not check out this post!
I do love the way the red in the decorations really make the room pop! It's nice to change up (for a little while at least) with some color besides my typical mint and blue scheme!

Most items are linked at the bottom, but if you have any questions please let me know!





For this room I decided to stay with the beachytheme. When I saw this tree in the store, I new it would be perfect for the sun room. The flocked snow effect makes it fit right in with the whites and openness of the room! I added the touch of the nautical ornaments to really bring it all together. 

Sofa | Ikea
Chairs, Table & Cushions | Home Goods
Coffee Table | Antique DIY 
Ottoman Basket | Pier 1
Glass Panel End Table | Target
Tree & Wreath | WalMart
Nautical Ornaments | Pier 1 & Pottery Barn
Coffee table garland & little tree | Hobby Lobby
Snowman | Christmas Tree Shops
Christmas Pillows & throw | Pier 1
Grain Sack Pillows | Target (Dollar Section)
Friends Sign | Lowe's 



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Friday, December 2, 2016

Gift Guide | What to Get Your Bosses?

Every year I struggle to find gifts for my co-workers and bosses. I don't want to spend too much and let them think they pay me too much (do you think they would actually think that??) but don't want to look cheap.  
Here is a list I put together that may work for your co-workers and bosses!

Some things you can't go wrong with is a bottle of wine, craft beer or alcohol. Even if they don't drink, they can use it to entertain during the holiday's. Put it in a cute bag and it's that easy!

The ladies I work with in my office don't like to carry a purse, because they don't want to put it on the floor or take up space in a drawer. Therefore they carry just a little coin or change purse with just the essentials. 

I believe that any place you work, whether it be in an office, construction site, or retail you can never go wrong with food or coffee! A cute coffee mug or fresh baked goods are always a win!

Wine Bags
Coin Purse
Mug
Olive Oil
Christmas Cookie Mix
Business Card Holder
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

22 Weeks Update

22 Weeks Update:
size of the baby: Spaghetti Squash

total weight gain: 13 lbs

gender: BOY!

movement: some cramping when laying down. doctors said it is most likely the baby awake and trying to get comfortable

sleep: Still very tired, so going to bed early. Wake up numerous times a night and toss and turn to get comfortable.

missing: Wearing my normal jeans! I still haven't found a pair of maternity jeans that fit right.

craving: Mozzarella Sticks and meatballs for every meal!

symptoms: Haven't been sick in over a week.. thank god!

favorite momentsfinding out the sex and knowing baby boy is healthy and active!

hardest moments: Seeing my friends go out for casual drinks on thanksgiving eve.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Home Office Tour

Since moving into our home in July 2015 I haven't really done a 'home tour' and mainly it's because I never really felt I've completed any of the rooms. I just need to step back and enjoy these spaces, because whenever company comes over they tell me how well decorated it is. Please tell me I'm not alone on this?!
Anyway, it's now or never to give you a tour of my home office because in a few short months this little space will get turned into a cute little baby nursery and my stuff will be boxed up, stored or purged. But hey, I think the trade off of a sweet little baby will suffice! 
Way back when I was planning the rooms designs, you may remember this post with my inspiration board. I'm happy to say that everything in that board was purchased for the room! You may notice though the wall paper never got hung, but yet I'm okay with it. 

These pictures may not be the best light, because I used my only free time which is at night to take them! Hope you enjoy my REAL office aka NOT staged!















Most of the items are linked, but if you want to know anything please ask!

Desk | Target
Lamps | Target
Desk Chair | BizChair
Mirrors | Kohl's
Chevron Chair | Target
White Stool | Home Goods
Grey Pillows | Wal Mart
Prints | Josefina Fernandez & History in High Heels
Stacking Boxes | Home Goods
Canvas Picture | Canvas Print
Shipping Cart | Ikea

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Our Gender Reveal

Do you follow me on instagram? Well if you do then you know we announced to everyone the gender of our sweet baby! We are having a BOY!! We are beyond thrilled! Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I had this gut feeling it was a boy. Of course everyone else thought it was going to be a girl since I was so sick for the first 20 weeks. 
I have a feeling of relief knowing we will be having a baby boy, because now we can get started on things like planning the nursery (don't you worry I already have it all planned out- even a girls nursery!) and registering for items. 
We found out during our ultrasound last Wednesday and have been dying to tell everyone. On Thanksgiving we had a cake designed for Joe's family with the baby's gender color inside. It was so fun and everyone was so happy.


Now that we have that secret out.. anyone have any advice for baby boys!


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Fall Closet Clean Out | $10 & under

It's that time of year again, and I am doing a closet clean out again. Most of the pieces are priced to sell and hardly worn. This season I am donating all the proceed's to a local church to purchase Christmas gifts for the less fortunate in the congregation! 

If you would like to purchase any any of the below items, please email me here and list the item number! First come first serve!  Paypal only and $5.00 will be added for shipping! 

1. Old Navy Poncho | One Size | $10.00

2. Forever 21 Black Shear Back LS Top | Size Medium | $5.00

3. Silver Sequin stretch skirt | Cotton On | Size Small | $10.00

4. Red & Black Skort | Apricot Lane | Size Med- Fits like a small | $8.00

4. Red & Black Wool Skirt | Gap | Size 2 | $10.00

5. NWT Magenta & Gold Tip Heels | c/o Target | Size 8 | $8.00

6. Grey & White Stripped Shear back Light weight Sweater | c/o Francesca's | Size Medium | $5.00

7. Cream & White stripped light weight sweater | c/o Island Gypsy Boutique | Size Medium | $5.00


8. Green Suede Pumps | Forever 21 | Size 8.5 | $8.00

9. NY Knicks vintage inspired T-shirt | Old Navy | Size Small | $5.00

10. Tan Swing cardigan | c/o Target | Size Medium | $10.00

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