October 8, 2015

Fall Apple Picking with the Family

Fall outfit for apple picking

Fall is seriously my favorite season! It's such a beautiful time to get outside and experience everything your town has to offer! One of our favorite things to do is to go apple picking!  We go every year (you can see last year's adventure here!) - and it's the perfect morning activity to do with little ones. 

One of our very favorite Kansas City local apple orchard is Cider Hill Family Orchard.  Last time we were here, Nora was still in my belly and Liam was half as tall (tear, tear).  We went back this year because we had such fond memories!  It's a bit smaller, not as crowded (but I still suggest going early!), there is a tractor ride out to the apple fields that we knew LIim would LOVE and the apple cider is too good.

Here is a photo-overload post of our morning adventure and some fun we had:

And oh my, they have the best apple cider donuts and slushies you could ever want. So we got it all, plus some lunch and perched right on a curb - ate and danced.  Danced because they had music going, and it was just such a perfect fall morning/midday!

P.S. Our clothing details: You can see my whole outfit with details right here; Liam's outfit c/o FabKids; Nora's dress & sneakers

What are YOUR favorite things to do in the Fall?

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October 6, 2015

To Make: Blackberry Ricotta Toast

Blackberry Ricotta Toast

I have a hard time getting enough protein in my diet (and veggies, but that's for another day...one problem at a time!), so when I realized how high ricotta cheese was in protein - I decided to give it another try. It's been awhile since I've eaten it, last I remember is that the texture didn't suit me.  But I tried it, pretty simply - in a bowl with my favorite fruit of the moment, blackberries. I slightly muddled the berries which created a pretty ugly bowl of mush, but SO DELICIOUS!  I've been eating it a few times of week as a great alternative to a dessert or a post-workout snack.

I'm sure you guys have heard of the ever popular Avocado Toast trend (which I also love!), but in the same vein, Ricotta Toast is another popular meal or snack!  So, I decided to turn my mushy bowl into a more beautiful and flavor diverse meal - which also led to an awesome appetizer dish with just a slight variation!  See below for both recipes!

Kansas City bread bakery

I picked up what I like to call fancy bread from a local bakery (Heirloom, for those of you in Kansas City, is delicious!). This sunflower flax seed bread really adds to this recipe - making it more robust with a flavorful base.

Ingredient List:
Bread - Sliced and Toasted
Seedless Blackberry Perserve - Chilled, Optional
Light Ricotta Cheese
Blackberries - Halved
Organic, Raw Honey - Warmed

Kansas City Heirloom Sunflower Flax Seed Bread
Ricotta Toast

 I love the layered effect of this meal - layering different textures and temperatures really adds to the flavor and richness! But if you crave something more simple - you could also forgo the Blackberry jam and skip straight to the Ricotta!

I spread the cool jam on the warm, freshly toasted slice of bread, then topped that thin layer with the cool Ricotta.  I sliced my blackberries in half and line the toast with as many as I can squeeze on! The final step is to drizzle warm honey (microwave for only 6-8 seconds at a time to avoid burned honey!) all over the top. Enjoy right away!

And if you'd like to turn this same mixture of ingredients into a super easy and very pretty appetizer dish to bring to a party... without further ado, I bring you a slight variation of the above recipe!

Blackberry Ricotta Bruschetta

All you need in addition to the previously mentioned ingredients is Baguette Crustinies or slightly stale, sliced French or Italian baguette in lieu of your regular sliced sandwich bread.

Easy and healthy party appetizer
Party Appetizer

What are some ways YOU are enjoying Ricotta Cheese?!?!

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October 5, 2015

Favorite Wears: Two Updated Looks for Fall

Easy fall looks with basic pieces and summer clothing

Last week I showed you 8 fall pieces to spice up your wardrobe and turn simple outfits into looks ready for fall in party of my CommunityAmerica Credit Union challenge!  For under $240 I created two new looks with pieces that can be worn over and over again to show you how much you can do with $240!  As a reminder, CommunityAmerica members can receive up to $240 per year by maximizing their Cashback Free Checking and High Interest Savings accounts, and by receiving the average annual Profit Payout dividend.

Look One:
 I started with a base of a basic white, button down blouse and skinny jeans, which are super simple pieces everyone owns (swap the blouse for a white top of any kind if need be!).  Then, I layered this print and neutral/neon scarf as a wrap, slipped on this season's it-color loafers, and added some jewelry! Ta-da. An easy fall look.

Look Two
This one is probably my favorite - because I LOVE pieces that transcend seasons. With simple layers, like shown below, lots of summer dresses can be worn all year round. I started with a stripe swing dress I wore a lot this summer, and layered it with the most fall-like print, a hat and booties, plus my wear with everything leather bucket bag.

How to turn a summer dress into a fall look
Fall pattern mixing
Cute fall outfit with stripes and plaid

Shop the looks and the pieces right here:

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