Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Best Apple Pie Recipe EVER


With less than a week until Christmas (!!!), I thought it would be fun to bake a little bit today! School got out so much later for me this year, so I feel like my holiday spirit is a little lacking... anyone else? I am so excited to really get into the swing of the Christmas season now (better late than never!!) 

In other news, let's talk about this pie. THIS PIE. It's everything you could ever want in an apple pie + more! I made this pie for my family on thanksgiving, and they all complimented my cooking (which never happens!!!)

INGREDIENTS
5 or 6 medium apples 
2 pie crusts (one for top and one for bottom)
for filling:
1 stick of butter
3 tbsp flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon


1. Peel and slice apples very thinly, and mound in pie crust. (I used the frozen gluten-free crust from Whole Foods because my mom is GF, and it was turned out great)

2. To make the filling: melt stick of butter in a pan, then add flour. Then add water, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer for five minutes. 



3. While the filling is cooking, take the second pie crust (for the top) and roll it out so that it's all flat. Begin to cut it into strips for a lattice design, or for whatever you want to do for the top crust.


4. After the filling has simmered, pour 3/4 over the apples in the pie crust.



5. Put the top crust on the pie. (Which ever design you choose, make sure there's holes for the filling to sink into). I was pretty proud of these leaves I made out of extra pie crust!


6. Pour remaining sauce on top of the pie. (Be careful not to overfill)
7. Put the pie in the oven on a cookie sheet (400 deg) for 15 minutes.
8. Turn down to 350 deg and cook for 45 minutes.


When the pie is done, the top should be hardened and crusty - like caramel. And it will smell amazing! If you read my fall break post, this is the pie we made in the mountains as well. It has quickly become one of my favorite recipes, and it is perfect for any Christmas celebrations you may be going to!

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If you make this pie, please leave a comment and let me know how it turns out! Looking at these pictures makes me want to bake it all over again...

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!




Monday, November 27, 2017

Gift Guide for the: Tech Lover






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Back at it again with another gift guide! Am I the only one that is obsessed with reading/watching gift guides this time of year?? I can not get enough of them! Today I'm rounding up my fourteen favorite gifts for all of the tech-y people in your life, from all different price points!

A tech gift is perfect if you're unsure what to get someone because you don't have to know their size, clothing style, etc.

Also, since today is Cyber Monday, a lot of these are on sale! Click the numbers above or the linked product names in the list below to see what kind of discounts you can get today :)

1. POPSOCKET | I have recently hopped on the pop socket trend, and I don't think I'll ever look back. If you're not familiar, these stick to the back of your phone. They can act as a phone stand or a "knob" to hold to carry your phone. They make it so easy to hold your phone, (especially if you have an iPhone plus like me!) and come in so many different styles/colors. 

2. WASHABLE KEYBOARD | I hadn't really heard of these until recently, but I think it's such a good idea, especially for the clean freak in your life! You can literally stick this under the faucet to get allll of the dust and crumbs out of the keys! It's under $25 and has great reviews.

3. BLUETOOTH SPEAKER | This could make a great gift or stocking stuffer because it's only $15! It's waterproof, so its perfect for the shower. This could really amp up someone's shower singing game ;)

4. BLUETOOTH BEATS HEADPHONES | These are on my wishlist for sure, I love the rose gold!! They are pricey, but I've heard nothing but great things about the whole line of Beats headphones. Also, I feel like these style of headphones look so cool and are perf for getting stuff done.

5. CHARGER TASSEL KEYCHAIN | Perfect for the girl who's phone is always dying (aka me!) This is such a cute gift, and who wouldn't want to have a charger with them ICE at all times??

6. IPHONE FAN | This is kind of funny, but again, such a great gift. One of my friend has this, and it was a lifesaver during football season! All you do is just plug it into your phone, and you're instantly cool'd off. This is a great gift for anyone!

7. SELFIE REMOTE | This is perfect for the instagram queen you know! It's bluetooth, so it's also helpful if you're trying to take a group photo with no one to take it! I feel like this is a very high-maintenance-Kylie-Jenner type of gift.

8. AMAZON FIRESTICK | Okay - these things are so cool! I personally have/love my AppleTV, but if you have Amazon products or Prime, I would recommend this 100%! My parents have this, and it's so cool! All you have to do is plug it into your TV, and then next thing you know you can tell Alexa to rewind your show thirty seconds, or ask her to show you all movies with Matthew Mcconaughey (duh).

9. POLAROID INSTANT PRINTER | One of the best gift ideas by far! I would recommend this so much more than a polaroid camera because this allows you to print out any pic you want from your phone onto the cute polaroid paper! My sister got this for Christmas last year and loves it! She likes to screenshot her instagrams and print them out. The app that you use to print also has an editing section so you can put words or stickers on a picture before you print it out as well! I can't recommend this enough!

10. LIGHT UP MAKEUP MIRROR | On my wishlist for sure! These are pretty popular, but can be expensive. The one I linked is from Target, and is surprisingly a pretty good price! These touch light up mirrors are supposedly so useful, and I love that this one has a little tray attached to the base for extra storage.

11. ECHO DOT | I can not stress how much I love having an echo dot. For one, they are such a great price for everything they do! I definitely don't use mine to all of it's abilities, but I do use it to play my Spotify playlists, for the weather everyday, the news, an alarm clock... me and Alexa are BFFs basically.  I love love love my echo dot!

12. MINI STEAMER | Such a great gift to give the person who you don't know how to shop for! This is a mini clothing steamer, which in case you didn't know, is like a million times better/easier/faster than ironing! My roommate has one of these and it heats up in seconds, and is perfect for travel. Also, this one is pink, so helllooooo..

13. KEY FINDER | One of the most helpful items on this list.. and perfect for that person that is always losing things! This is basically a tracker that you can put on your keychain (or wherever else you tend to lose things!) and you are able to track it through an app on your phone.

14. BLUETOOTH BEANIE | I've truly seen it all now. This is a beanie that has built in bluetooth headphones so that you can listen to music in your hat. What?? I really can't believe the price on this beanie, and the reviews are great! I think this would be perfect for someone that walks to work or class (me), or even for someone that enjoys running in the cold (not me ;).

I think these are all unique gift options that a lot of people wouldn't necessarily already have! I tried to include some good, affordable options in here as well! Please let me know if you have any other categories of gift guides you'd like to see before Christmas.

Thanks for reading!




Monday, November 13, 2017

Gift Guide For the: Hostess



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I am officially beginning the holiday season here on the blog! I know it's a little early, but I have so many great ideas planned so I want to get a jump start. One of the holiday series I am going to be doing is gift guides! I absolutely love reading other people's gift guides, and I have some interesting, different themed guides that will hopefully help you with all of your Christmas shopping.

This Hostess guide is probably going to be one of my favorites since I'm living in a house in college this year! I have had so much fun decorating it, and am obsessed with finding new ways to incorporate my style into my house. I absolutely love (and want!) (@santa) everything I put in the collage above:

1. GOLD EYE PLATE | I've been loving eye patterns lately for some reason and this plate is no exception. And it's gold so naturally I was drawn to it. Gold is definitely a pattern around here... And you really can't beat the price... At $6 you could buy a little set of them, tie some ribbon around them and create the perfect gift!

2. and 3. KITCHEN TOWELS | Me and one of my roommates have a running joke about my obsession with kitchen towels. I seem to buy one for every season because I always get suckered in to the ones with funny sayings on them. The "Stirring the Pot" one is my fav for sure.

4. GOLD SPARKLE CANDLE | This just screams Christmas to me. I want like eighty of these for my whole house. They also come in red and silver!

5. ROSES DIPTYQUE CANDLE | Not only are Diptique candles super trendy, they also smell so. good. They are pricey for the size of the candle, but are a good one-stop gift for someone.

6. DOTTED PORCELAIN BOWL | How. cute. is this bowl!? I am obsessed with this one and the leopard print version (it says go wild inside!) It's $10 and I don't want to be too dramatic, but I think I only want to eat out of these bowls for the rest of my life...

7. GLASS DOME | This is the perfect addition to any table's centerpiece. I love how the website styled it with Christmas ornaments inside! So fun and you can change out the decorations inside for every season. 

8. TRIANGLE NAPKIN HOLDER | Another perfect addition to any table. I love the hammered detailing! ($10)

9. CHRISSY TEIGAN COOKBOOK | I don't have this cookbook, but if you follow Chrissy on social media you know that girl can COOK. Her food always looks so good, so why wouldn't you want to gift someone with a book full of her recipes!? It also makes great kitchen decor (with this bookstand?)

10. GLAMOROUS WASH DETERGENT | This is currently in my amazon cart. I haven't ever used it, but I have heard RAVE reviews all over the internet saying it's the best smelling thing they've ever had! (read the amazon reviews!) Sounds like a great gift for a hostess that you love.

11. FOOD CONTAINERS | I am obsessed with these! These fall in the category of something people don't like buying for themselves, but as a gift, they're great! I also love the circular version.

Does anyone else get as obsessed over home decor items as I do?? Writing this makes me so excited for the holiday season and buying gifts for others! 

Check out my "giving back" gift guide from last year. 
Send this blog post to your favorite hostess ;)

Thanks for reading!
















Thursday, November 9, 2017

Distressed Sweater for $20








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Welp. It's officially fall here in South Carolina. Today (wednesday) was so gloomy and it rained on and off all day. The high was only 53!!! 

I have been living in sweaters lately, but this one is probably my favorite of the season. (It also comes in grey 😍I get so many compliments when I wear it, and I have found a couple of similar ones online that range from $200+. It is surprisingly good quality for the price point. I was kind of nervous about the whole "one size" thing once again, and you can see that it hit me just at the waist - it's definitely not an oversized fit!

These boots... I ordered these during the Nordstrom anniversary sale this summer, so I had them for a few months before I was able to wear them. They were SO worth the wait! These are hands down my favorite boots I've ever owned - no joke. They lengthen your legs and actually stay in place (which is a problem I've had with over the knee boots in the past.) My favorite part about them is there's no ties in the back! I really want them in brown, too! So worth the money.

In other news, this cold weather really has me excited for the holidays! I have so many ideas for the next few weeks, but if there is any holiday-related content you want to see (Thanksgiving or Christmas) please let me know! I'm always taking suggestions from comments, email, or Instagram! 

Thanks for reading, and Happy Thursday!


Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall Break in Hendersonville, NC



Happy Friday! As promised, I am here to recap my fall break trip to Hendersonville, North Carolina last week. I went with my friends Mercy, Katelin, Jillian and Haley (pictured above) and we had so much fun! I did a similar trip my freshman year fall break, so I was looking forward to celebrating fall again with my friends and checking a few things off of my fall bucket list!

- BRUNCH AT HONEY AND SALT - 


Brunch at this restaurant was one of the few things we had planned for the trip. My friend Haley found it on Yelp, and it did not disappoint! I got the Farmhouse Skillet (above) and it looked wayyyy better in person. It had hashbrowns on the bottom with pimento cream cheese, sautéed spinach, egg, bacon, avocado, roasted tomato, and a creamy jalapeño sauce. And wow. It was one of the top ten best things I ever eaten in my life. Their coffee, homemade biscuits, and avocado toast were A+ as well. (They also have plenty of dairy and gluten free options including gf pancakes!) We all talked about how good this meal was for the rest of the trip. I can not recommend this cute little breakfast spot enough!

- GRANDAD'S APPLE ORCHARD -


This little orchard was the perfect little fall spot. Because we went pretty late into "apple season", they weren't many apples left to self pick. The orchard definitely made up for it however, because it had a pumpkin patch, corn maze, frozen and hot cider, apple donuts, ice cream, and plenty of apples already picked and bagged! We had such a good time there. They also had goats, but we kind of forgot about them and unfortunately never made it over to see them :( 

- SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE - 


This is something that we repeated from our fall trip freshman year. There isn't too much to Downtown Hendersonville, but if you've never been, it's fun to walk around and look at all of the bear statues. There are local boutiques, local cafes and a Mast General Store.

- HOMEMADE BREAKFAST - 


I just want to take a quick moment of silence for the breakfast spread you see above. This may have been one of my favorite memories from the whole trip. We all woke up and started making breakfast, lit candles, and had Jack Johnson's "En Concert" live album playing over the speaker all with the beautiful view of the mountains behind the windows. We ate way too much to fuel up for our hiking trip at Pisgah National Forest after that. PS- those are pumpkin pancakes are were AMAZING.

- HIKING THE CAT GAP TRAIL AT JOHN ROCK -


This was such a good hike. It was the perfect balance of flat and steep, making it a good workout but not exhausting. (If you've ever hiked Table Rock, this one is definitely easier.) The weather was so good to us, and the view at the top was so worth it! 

- TUPELO HONEY CAFE IN ASHEVILLE - 


We decided to spend our last night in NC by heading into Asheville. I had never been to Asheville before, and it was an experience for sure! I'm sure if it was extra ~weird~ because it was a Friday night or what, but there were some very odd people there! I saw a human statue, a guy feeding his pet goat a Coke, and I held a python! You can say it got pretty wild. All of this occurred while waiting over an hour for a table at Tupelo Honey Cafe for dinner. It was such a long wait (and we were all HANGRY), but it was well worth the wait. I got the fried chicken BLT and baked mac and cheese. SO YUM. Also, their biscuits were everything I ever could have wanted in life.

-COFFEE IN ASHEVILLE AT OLD EUROPE- 


This place was another lucky Yelp find, and was the perfect last stop to grab something warm for the car ride back. (Downtown Asheville was about 45 min from where we were staying.) They had a dessert case full of huge cake, cobblers, macaroons, etc but we had other dessert plans so I got a coconut milk latte. 

- HOMEMADE APPLE PIE - 


Once we got back from Asheville, we made apple pie from the apples we got from Grandad's orchard. This was my friend Jillian's family recipe and I've never tasted a better apple pie. What you see on top is a homemade caramel sauce that was also drizzled in the middle of the pie too. I can do a recipe post on this pie if you would be interested. 

This trip was the perfect little get-a-way to help me celebrate my favorite season. It was filled with so many memories, some late night dance parties, and way too much food. 

In the wise words of Katelin, "the food was good, but the company was better!" 

Hope y'all enjoyed this look into my fall break trip. What are your favorite fall time traditions? Leave me a comment below. 

Have a great weekend!






Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Star Sweater for the Season






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The weather in SC is finally cooling off and it finally feels like fall aka I'm bringing out ALL the sweaters! Every time I see this sweater it makes me think of the song "Shine bright! Shine far! Be a star!" from the Life Size movie. (it was stuck in my head the entire time I was shooting this outfit!) Which reminds me, Tyra Banks tweeted last year that they were making a sequel to that movie... I really hope she wasn't kidding because my inner twelve year old can not wait for the day that movie comes out!!!!

Geometric star patterns have become all the rage lately if you are unaware. I don't know what it is about stars that is so trendy, but I'm not complaining! When I saw this sweater, I knew it was time for me to hop on the bandwagon. This sweater was so much more high quality than what I was expecting, especially because it only came in one size. (does that freak anyone else out!?) My exact sweater has unfortunately sold out, but the grey version is still available as well as similar orange, red, and black with colored stars options are available on the site too!

If you're wanting to start small on the whole star trend, each of the three choker necklaces I linked above are $5 or under - just an fyi -

Be sure to check the blog later this week for a recap of my fall break trip to the NC mountains!

"if you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it"
Have a great Tuesday!