Octobers

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First of all, obsessed with this book. There’s something about classics that just make me feel like its time for it to be autumn, wrapped in blankets reading old pages that carry years upon years of history. And second, I colluding agree more with this quote, especially right now. Usually September is the start of fall and everything good about the last months of the year but due to all that rain we got here, it’s not feeling quite like it should. The grass is still very much green as well as the leaves on the trees, there aren’t nearly enough pumpkins out and there are still people wearing shorts. So I’m hoping that October changes all that! because we are lucky enough to live in a world with something as beautiful as seasons.

Palmiers

Every day when I come home from school my mom has Food Network going on the tv. I’ve grown up around Food Network, my first ever cookbook was Rachel Ray and I distinctly remember my dad teaching me how to “grill like Bobby Flay” when I turned 9. It’s in my blood. But now coming home around 2:30 every weekday, usually it’s Barefoot Contessa playing in the background. Ina Garten is by far my favorite chef and I definitely have a bit of a girl crush on her. Two weeks ago when I came home she was giving the inside scoop on cooking French- and I ate it up (no pun intended). I was ready to try her palmiers that minute when she showed just how absolutely easy they are. I figured I could pull that off and today after buying freezer puff pastry I was ready to give it a go.

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All you do is unfold a piece of puff pastry and lay it on a counter that is covered in sugar (about a half cup). Messy, but oh so worth it. Then you pour another half cup of sugar on top and lightly roll out the dough to be a 13’x13′ square. The key is, wait till it is completely defrosted to room temperature on its own. I tried to speed up the process with my handy dandy microwave and it was a mess, half frozen and half warm and it just caused the dough to split at the fold. It wasn’t the end of the world but it’s a bit easier to use when it doesn’t have tears in it.

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Then what you do is you fold it in on it’s self. Ultimately you’ll have 6 layers so fold each side in a quarter of the way, then again so they meet in the middle, then on top of themselves. Cut the log so that you an see the folds, like those holiday cookies with the pictures inside (definitely a favorite of mine, not going to lie) about an inch thick. If you pinch the dough down a bit, again don’t worry, I freaked slightly and thought it would be all mutated when I took them out of the over but they weren’t!

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Put them 3×4 on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and pop those suckers in the oven at 450 degrees. Once they’ve been in there for about 6 minutes pull them out and flip them over to cook for another 3-5 minutes. The picture above is at the 3 minute mark on the second go around, they were starting to look and smell pretty fantastic.

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Take them out of the oven and let them cool and then voilĂ ! Irresistible French dessert? I think yes.

Rainy Days

Something happens to me when I’m stuck inside for an extended period of time. My inner domestic goddess reaches out and takes hold of my high school persona which is perfectly content letting Madre do the cooking. And cleaning. And crafting (ok let’s be real here, I have no life, I craft plenty, but two sounded wrong.) If y’all have seen at all, Colorado is basically flooded. Like highways closing flooded. We even got a four day weekend for it! But because of this flooding everyone is being told to stay inside and *stay off the roads*. So I have now been inside for over 24 hours and we’re going on 48 today and I am about to go crazy. Here are some ideas for rainy days wherever you are:

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{something about peanut butter cookies just screams warm rainy day to me}

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{first off, this blog post: adorable! second, how fun would it be to add pompoms to pillows? or anything really, the list could be endless}

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{i know the elbow patch trend was from last fall, but I still think its a great way to add a little something to old sweaters, make your own here}

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{this roasted garlic, chicken and white herb pizza looks to die for. and it’ll keep you warm while its cold out}

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{i get that these are very not-rainy-day-worthy but in colorado peaches are at their prime in september, so how could you not take advantage? and anything peach will put you in a sunny state of mind}

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{get literal with this whole rainy day theme and make some cute rain cloud pillows! you could do so much with these! ps i know this link is to buy the pillows, but how easy would it be to make these?! or you could do what i do and get your online shop on, no judging here}

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{i have a thing for paper flowers, they make me feel so anthropologie-worthy! and these are the simplest i’ve found by far}

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{i’m in love with this, and the feathers are even stamped from potatoes! beyond brilliant. and perfect for curling up by the fire}

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{i have a thing for polka dots. anything with spots immediately catches my attention and this is no exception. all you need is a mug, gold sharpie and some creativity, let the sharpie set for 10 minutes then into the oven it goes at 350 for 30 minutes!}

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{now that you have a pretty mug for hot coco, you need homemade marshmallows to make it even more decadent. let me tell you something, you may think you like marshmallows, but you haven’t lived till you have homemade marshmallows, try it out when you have plenty of at home time}

These Boots Were Made For Walkin’

Now that September is official, I’m dying to wear sweaters and jeans and scarves and boots. It’s seriously killing me that it is still a cheerful 90 degrees here in beautiful Colorado. I mean who wants hot sunshine when it’s nine months into the year? Anyways, I’ve always had a thing for shoes. My mom still tells the story of when I was four and my grandma wrapped a Christmas present of mine in a shoe box, seeing the box I screamed with glee only to realize it was not shoes as I had hoped but rather some brightly colored toy I had circled in a catalog. Being the drama queen I was (and still can be) I cried. All over shoes. So when a new season hits, I get that same giddy feeling of new shoes, it’s not like clothes that can transition with some layers; shoes need to be updated seasonally! And that’s probably one of my favorite parts of a new season. So as soon as September hits I start scouring the racks for boots in every color and height. A few years back I found the most amazing Italian leather booties on sale at Zara and they are still on rotation in my closet. These are my favorites of the season so far, I might have to pick up a pair or two. Or three. But who’s counting?

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{all shoes available from Shoe Dazzle}