Thursday, October 30, 2014

Revisiting Scotland








Finally rounding up these endless trip pictures! As I'm flipping through them, I can't seem to decide what part of this trip was my favorite. I thought it was London, then Brighton, but now I'm remembering how wonderful Scotland was. Screw it, I'll just have to go back!

My Friend I was traveling with actually lives in Scotland and attends Veterinary school in Edinburgh. We spent the last week of my visit here so I could visit the school (and hopefully get accepted sometime soon) and we hiked up Arthur's Seat, checked out some local art exhibits and visited Glencoe as well. We got some solid relaxin' in too since we pretty much walked our legs off up until this point. It was soo nice having our own bed, shower, personal space and towels since we stayed in some pretty sketchy hostels along the way. Don't get me wrong, hostels are amazing and extremely cost efficient but none of them gave us towels for the showers! What is up with that? We were supposed to rent or buy them for about 6 pounds (uh, no) so we just air dried. 

Tomorrow is Halloween! Eek! Are there any good last minute costume ideas out there? 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

National Kitty Day!



Did you know National Cat Day was a thing? Me either, but I gotta keep my crazy cat lady status intact somehow! Had a less than glamorous "photo shoot" with Carl but he always gets a little wild the second I whip my camera out. Time to curl up with this fella and take a little nap. 
Happy Cat day to all the fellow cat lovers out there! :) 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dreaming of Brighton









Whew! It's been quite a long time since I've revisited these vacation photos. In all honesty, it's been really difficult to get back to my normal life since I got home. I lost two very important people the day I left for this trip and then in the following weeks after I got home. It's been extremely hard for me to cope with and needless to say, it's been even more difficult to gain momentum and start up my hobbies again all the while keeping up with school and work. There's been a lot of stress, sadness, and worry for my family but I FINALLY feel like I can focus and think clearly again. I feel extremely lucky for having both of these people in my life and I count my blessings every single day.

So, as I was going through these photos all over again, I realized that I almost forgot how much Brighton stole my heart. I mean WOW, isn't she a beauty?! We stayed for 2 days and nights and leaving Brighton was probably one of the hardest things I'll ever do in my life (seriously). We spent most of our days soaking up the sunlight on the rocky beach and got ourselves into some hilariously sketchy situations at night. We absolutely could not get enough of the sounds the waves made when they rolled over the pebbles, so we watched the sunset and spent several hours of the night on that beach. Probably not the best idea, but we were O.K (aside from me losing my phone on the pitch black beach and then falling asleep on it). We mastered the art of rock stacking and skipping and stayed on that beach well into the night with some drinks and good conversation. Man, we need to go back ASAP!

Not going to lie, most of this time we were completely drunk so it was humanly impossible to get a good photo of ourselves or each other. Yikes! These are hands down the best photos we have of ourselves from Brighton which is sort of sad and pathetic but you gotta do what you gotta do. I have my back turned because we quickly realized that my face and grin were drunk, and Colette is just a big sass. Whoops!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Neutral lovin'



Jacket: Primark//Bag: Steve Madden//Leather Leggings: La Fee Verte//Shoes:Urban Outfitters//Tank: Target

I did some light shopping before leaving Scotland since I had a little bit of room left in my carry-on.. Boy, was that a mistake!  I could hardly close my suitcase, let alone lift it into the overhead compartment for the flight.  Whoops!  Luckily there was jjusstt enough room for this insanely warm and fluffy jacket.  

Time to relax and enjoy this beautiful Sunday with a cup of coffee and cozy up with a good book.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Delicious pumpkin recipe


As promised, I have a really tasty Fall recipe for you!  This recipe is super easy to make and produces several soft, cake-like pumpkin spice cookies.  Without further ado, here is the recipe!

You will need:

  • 1 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Penuche Glaze: 

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2-2 cups confectioners sugar

**The reviews for the Penuche Glaze mentioned that it was VERY sugary, so I took the lazy person route and used some store bought cream cheese frosting I had on hand!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, granulated and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in the canned pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  5. Mix the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture.
  6. Drop spoonfuls 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until he edges are golden brown.
  7. Cool the cookies completely on a wire rack.
  8. Frost them with the Penuche glaze or frosting of your choice! I sprinkled a little cinnamon and nutmeg on the tops of mine for added flair.

I hope you enjoy!  These babies remind me of muffin tops in the way that they are soo light and fluffy.  Here is the original link if you would like to take a gander at more photos of the finished product and read some other reviews :) Link here 

I would have taken even more photos of the final product but my naughty cat, Carl, just had to intervene and knock the entire plate off the stove while I was out!  Of course they all made direct contact with the floor and were covered in cat hair before I could rescue them..  Thankfully, this recipe makes A LOT, so there is enough dough to save and bake later.

 Please let me know if you try this recipe out!  Do you have any favorite fall recipes?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

London Pt. 2






Somebody please tell me what's wrong with this dog

Hello everyone!  Can you believe that it's October already?  September just FLEW by, didn't it?

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been s l o w l y making my way through all my trip photos and have found and edited a few more to share with you :) 

We made it over the London Bridge at this point and headed towards the Borough Market where we were overwhelmed by all the sampling options..  After consuming most of the free things offered, we sat and had lunch in the beautiful garden area.  Not bad!  We headed over to the National Gallery afterwards and naturally, our animal nerd selves gravitated to the animal paintings and portraits. 

Currently going through MORE pictures (it's never ending!) of Brighton, Leeds and Scotland and I'll toss those up here as soon as they are edited.  Until then, there's this awesome fall pumpkin cookie recipe that I'm dying to share, so please stay tuned for that Tomorrow. I really hope everyone is having an incredible week!