Tag Archives: Fall

Pumpkin Bread

Baking is not my forté. Sometimes I accidentally skip steps like adding the sugar and/or leaving plastic tupperware in the oven while it’s preheating (we use our oven for storage when not in use).  But every once in a while I surprise even The Husband. I baked pumpkin bread with pistachios recently and somehow managed to not forget to add the pumpkin — or the pistachios. It tasted as pretty as it looked.

This recipe is from one of my favorite bloggers and photographers Lisa Thiele of With Style & Grace. I would never have thought to add pistachios to this baby, but so glad I did! Click here for the recipe (mine was not gluten-free).

All photos by me.


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Dogs and Food

I’m still pretty ill (thanks for the well wishes angels!).  Luckily my Iphone was busy last week and I have some stuff to share so you don’t write me off completely. Here’s a look at life according to my phone:

My little ewok finally stood still long enough to be photographed.

Fluffiest pancakes in town a la Beach Grass Cafe!

Poppy getting into trouble on the streets of Del Mar.

I baked pumpkin bread and it was edible. Recipe later this week.

Fall in Southern California. Our leaves change colors too.

According to my Iphone, I do a lot of eating and staring at my dogs.

And for those that asked, I have yet to publicize my Instagram account. I’m sure I’ll get comfortable enough to do it soon. So stay tuned!

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Street Walking

A little style inspiration to get your hump day started. Obviously, I’m drawn to anything that makes my legs look less stumpy. Hence the black pants and boots look.  You can assume this is my Fall uniform. What’s your go-to chilly weather look?

Images via

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Peace and Love

I’m seeing a lot of ’60s era glamour this season. It makes me happy. Anything that’s not ’90s era punk makes me happy.

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Cozy Squared

There’s a chill in the air this morning, which makes me want to adorn my elbows in patches and my legs in tweed.  I might even drink something other than wine tonight. I’m in lust with Fall at the moment. Also, I want to read without interruption. I started the Hunger Games trilogy this week and it’s really as good as all the hype around it. TGIF!

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I don’t know if this  makes me want to cut my hair, grow out my eyebrows or start shopping for fall.

Bambi Northwood-Blyth for Free People – July 2011 Lookbook

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Dinner Date: Butternut Squash & Leek Risotto

About once a week or so, I stray from my usual quick meals and make something a little more special for dinner. I light some candles, turn on jazz (our secret indulgence), open a bottle of wine and force the Husband to help me in the kitchen. We call these evenings date night and it gives us a reason to eat at the table.

On Friday night, I decided to use some of the fresh fall vegetables in our fridge to make a butternut squash and leek risotto that, I must admit, turned out amazing. Risotto is considered a difficult dish to make, but I’ve somehow managed to master it.

First, I peeled, seeded and chopped a large butternut squash into 1/2 inch pieces, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted it in the oven for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

While the squash was roasting, I sauteed half a chopped onion, several minced garlic cloves and the white and pale green parts of three large leeks thinly sliced in extra virgin olive oil.

Then I added one cup of arborio rice and 1/3 cup of dry white wine and let it simmer. Once the wine absorbed, I threw in the roasted squash and a pinch of saffron and stirred for a few seconds before beginning the hard part of making the perfect risotto.

While I was dicing, roasting and sautéing , I had a pot of six cups of vegetable broth heating on the stove. When I was ready, I added the broth to the risotto one cup at a time, let it simmer and absorb. I kept doing this until the rice turned fat and the mixture creamy. I took the risotto off the heat, added some fresh grated parmesan cheese and chopped rosemary and served.

The final product was divine.


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It Smells Like Fall

I’m not big into decorating for specific seasons and holidays. In fact, I try and stay away from orange in October and red in December. But I do love to incorporate unexpected textures and smells to make each season feel special. By changing out my throw pillows and adding fresh autumn flowers and new scented candles,  I embrace fall with open arms (and without cheesy Halloween paraphernalia).

(Aviva Stannoff Onyx Jewel Pillow)

(Anthropologie Small Lasso Candle)

(Mums and Roses: Image via Apartment Therapy)

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