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life lately: fall party + kc weekend

3 R D   A N N U A L   F A L L   P A R T Y
[wine, appetizers + friends to celebrate the best season of all]


W E E K E N D   G E T A W A Y :   K A N S A S   C I T Y
[fun, albeit rainy, weekend getaway with friends + a concert][55 degrees and rainy shopping day on the plaza]

[KC must-eat: bbq!]

[the BEST brunch at the corner restaurant]

[WWI museum and memorial – highly recommend and beautiful views of the city]

[The National at Starlight Theatre – amazing show and we were so close to the stage!!
It did rain the entire show, but we made the best of it!]

[and THEN – Matt Berninger, lead singer of husband’s all-time FAVORITE band, came into the audience RIGHT NEXT TO US and husband sang into the mic with him. You have to trust me because I barely got a pic, but this “after” photo of husband is pretty telling. Life complete.]

xo xo


it’s fall y’all. [my favorite cozy recipes]

K + TC – this post is dedicated to you,
my favorite couple who tries all my recipes! 

Okay it’s fall, ya’ll. Officially fall in the books, and officially fall in the weather. Isn’t it crazy how that happens? 90+ degrees one day, then 57 on the first day of fall?! Someone up there knew us Arkansans were ready for some PSL weather. And yes, I did have my first PSL on that glorious fall morning.

This week I’m preparing for my 3rd Annual Fall Party next weekend. It’s been one of my favorite things to look forward to the last 3 years, and I’ve heard similar sentiment from friends. How could you not love a party celebrating the arrival of a new season with chunky sweaters, wine, cheese and all things pumpkin???

One of the best things about fall weather is FOOD. I have several recipes that only make their resurgence when the air turns crisp again. I’ve shared a few on the blog before, but here’s a roundup:

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup – this is one of my all-time favorite recipes, and can’t wait to make it soon
Pumpkin Fettuccine
Bourbon Apple Cake
One-Pan Enchilada Pasta

Now, a new one to share – one of the staples in the Alderman household this time of year – CHILI.
Everyone has their own chili recipe, which I love, because there are so many ways you can change it to fit your tastes. This one I’ve honed over the years and it’s perfect for us. I made my first batch Friday night and already thinking about making it again.

M I L L E ‘ S   C H I L I 

Ingredients
1.25 lb ground turkey
2 cans beans – I prefer black beans + light red kidney beans
2 8oz. cans tomato sauce
15 oz. can stewed tomatoes
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 4 oz. cans diced green chilies
2 tbs. chili powder
2 tbs. cumin
dash of cinnamon!

Directions
Cook the ground turkey.
Drain and rinse the beans.
Combine all ingredients in crockpot on low for 6 hours.
Our preference: Serve with sharp cheddar cheese and jalapeños!

 

Let me know what your favorite fall recipes are, and if you try any of mine!
xo xo


Picturebook: Fall Party!

I think we can all agree – Fall is the BEST season of all. If you don’t agree, you can just stop reading now.

(Just kidding. Kind of.)

For the first time, I decided to host a party celebrating all the best things of the season – red wine, pumpkin-flavored everything, scarves, boots, and the perfect weather.

And boy, did we have it all!!

See a few pictures below. Unfortunately I didn’t get quite enough for my liking … but I do have a couple of hilarious videos/snaps to show if you ask next time you see me.

img_0145{party outfit goal: basic white girl – fall edition}

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img_0130{drink table, including my signature drink: apple cider mimosas (delish!)}

img_0123{This was SUCH an easy appetizer/dessert – wrap butter-soaked apples, apple pie spice + brown sugar mixture, and pecans in crescent rolls. Cook for 8-10 minutes.}

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img_0029{These were our contributions – apple pie bites (recipe above), baked brie with fig, pumpkin cheesecake bars + pumpkin salsa from fresh market (which was seriously a hit!) This doesn’t show all the amaaaazing food our friends brought. Thanks, friends!}

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img_0038{Love these beautiful friends! Unfortunately didn’t get any other pics with the 20+ people who were there, but I love them too!}

img_0142{late night games: drenga + fingers}

img_0141{final pic of the night with husband <3}

[not pictured: shenanigans on our back patio, including boys + cigars, a hilarious 30 minutes trying to open a champagne bottle with a knife then a shoe, and stories that made us laugh ‘ till we cried.]

xo xo


Pumpkin Fettuccine {recipe}

Y’all know I love pumpkin. Over the years I’ve shared recipes for Pumpkin Butter Cake, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and my favorite – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies.

Well, here’s a new one for ya – Pumpkin Fettuccine. To be honest, I can’t even remember where I found the recipe, but it looked easy, delicious and a unique way to use pumpkin!

I was skeptical to tell Husband what I was making. I thought he would turn up his nose and look at me like I was crazy. But he surprised me and was open to it.

Guys, let me be the first to tell you … it.was.amazing. Seriously. Amazing. It was so so easy and had just a subtle pumpkin flavor.

Even if you aren’t a pumpkin lover like me, but are a fettuccine alfredo lover, then take a risk and add some pumpkin. It is fall, y’all.

P U M P K I N   F E T T U C C I N E 

img_0197{you cook. I’ll drink. or in this case, I’ll do both.}

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img_0227{best served with sister schubert’s rolls!}

Ingredients:
1 box of fettuccine
2 tablespoons butter
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Cook the fettuccine according to package directions.
2. Heat the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic; saute until soft and fragrant. Add the pumpkin and heavy whipping cream. Simmer until slightly thickened. Add the cheese and stir to combine.
3. Toss the pasta in the sauce. Top with additional parmesan and season to taste with S&P.

xo xo


life lately [special edition]

It’s been almost a month since my last blog post. I’ve been busy, but not too busy. I’ve been enjoying life and husband and family and friends, and for some reason haven’t felt like blogging.

And that’s why I love this. I have no requirement or burden to blog every week. I blog for me, and if I need time to rejuvenate and not pick up a computer after work, so be it.

I love all my readers, and hopefully they’ve missed my posts at least a little. And while it was nice to step away a bit and enjoy the fall season moving in, I’m excited to be back with several posts on the tip of my fingers.

But first, let me catch you up a little on my life lately …

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-05-23-pm{loving this || wednesday over water at crystal bridges, presidential style!}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-06-06-pm{drinking this || first PSL of the season!}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-05-38-pm{dining in this || blindfolds… for dining in the dark at river grille – we ate alpaca! eek!}

img_0169{eating this || italian sausage tortellini soup – the best fall recipe!}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-05-58-pm{overly excited about this || fixing our walls after our puppy ate them. you can just call us chip and joanna}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-06-24-pm{buying this || amazing sunflowers + arkansas black apples at the farmers market}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-06-33-pm{enjoying this || tailgating + a birthday night out in fayetteville}

SUITS -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter -- Photo by: Robert Ascroft/USA Network

     {bingeing this || SUITS! love me some mike + harvey}

Other eventful happenings …
– a hand infection from my rose bushes that caused 2 dr. visits, 1 allergic reaction, 5 medications + countless sleepless nights
– a new KING bed! pictures and blog post to come
– FALL PARTY! celebrating the best season of all with apple cider mimosas, lots of brie + champagne soaked clothes. of course I have photos and of course I will do a post about it soon.

xo xo

 


Fall Wish List

This weekend, I realized another reason why Fall is my favorite season. No.more.yard.work.

 

No, I don’t have to mow and edge every week like husband does (and I know, that is awfuuuul), but I do work in our garden. We were fortunate we already had a nice flower bed when we moved in, with 6+ massive and gorgeous rose bushes. “How lucky we are!” I thought. HA! Who knew rose bushes were so difficult to control?! And don’t even get me started on pulling weeds and mulching, which I did this weekend … again.

 

Nevertheless, FALL. I’ve already shared my excitement for new Fall TV shows, but below are a few other things that get me giddy about the best season of all and are currently on my Fall Wish List.

 

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B O O T S
These Sam Edelman boots are exactly what I need this season.

 

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-5-58-43-pmP L A I D  B L A N K E T
Check! Found this one at Home Goods and used it on the front porch last weekend.

 

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F A L L  D E C O R
Looking for new fun ways to decorate this Fall, and love this idea!

 

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 C R O C K P O T  R E C I P E
I love a good, hearty crockpot recipe and this one is next on the list – Potato and Corn Chowder.

 

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P A T A G O N I A
Husband and I live in these in the Fall, and we decided we’d buy a new one this year on the first day of the season. Picked mine out!

 

196a4ca4313f5864d3b92a986be2f15cB L A N K E T  S C A R F
I already have one of these, but definitely need another one. These colors are gorgeous.

 

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Check! My pumpkin pie woodwick candle is burning constantly, and it’s amazing.

 

4092776110b5fa6450c49e2481dbbd67O X B L O O D  P U R S E
Like this one. Except a little more affordable than Celine. Maybe someday.

 

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A L L  T H I N G S  P U M P K I N
Pumpkin spice macarons will happen soon thanks to my amazing friend M.

 

I’m even hosting a Fall-themed party for the first time this year. I’ve already been Pinterest-ing in anticipation and can’t wait to share the details in a few weeks!

 

Xo xo

Fall TV: 5 New Shows To Watch

September is here! My favorite month of the year for several reasons …

It marks the official start of Fall and the return of: PSL (and all things pumpkin for that matter), early mornings and late evenings on the porch with Husband, tailgating and calling the Hogs with family and friends, scarves and boots and more scarves and boots, and of course, Fall TV.

Every year I get so excited for my TV shows to come back on and to see what new shows might be added to my regular watch list. Our Summer list has included: The Affair, Stranger Things, Veep and The Wine Show. All amazing shows I would highly recommend, but there’s just something about the return of Fall TV that makes me giddy. (I know, I’m a TV dork.)

Here’s a look at what shows I’m excited to watch this this Fall.

T O P  5  N E W  S H O W S

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This Is Us – NBC, Tuesday, Sep. 20

Synopsis: The ensemble dramedy follows a group of people who share the same birthday and whose lives intersect in various ways.
Why I’ll Watch: The preview made me cry, it reminds me of Parenthood, and JESS (Milo Ventimiglia) is back on TV. This one is at the top of my list.

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Designated Survivor – ABC, Wednesday, Sep. 21

Synopsis: Keifer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who becomes president after an attack on Washington kills everyone ahead of him in the line of succession.
Why I’ll Watch: Drama, suspense and politics –all the ingredients for a great show.

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The Good Place – NBC, Monday, Sept. 19

Synopsis: When Eleanor realizes that she’s not a very good person, she gets a chance to start anew with the help of Michael (Ted Danson) in the afterlife.
Why I’ll Watch: This has the potential to be really funny. Also Kristen Bell is amazing.

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Making History – FOX, Midseason

Synopsis: Pally, Meester and Lester play three friends who travel through time while trying to get through their everyday lives in the present.
Why I’ll Watch: Adam Pally is hilarious (Mindy Project, Happy Endings) and Leighton Meester is one of my all-time favorites.

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Riverdale – CW, Midseason

Synopsis: Based on the Archie Comics characters, the series finds Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Josie trying to navigate life in their small town, which is not as wholesome as it seems.
Why I’ll Watch: Growing up I was obsessed with Archie, Betty & Veronica, so I’ll give this one a shot purely for nostalgia. Also, it has a creepy Pretty Little Liars feel.

 

C U R R E N T  W A T C H L I S T

Blindspot – NBC, Wednesday, Sept. 14

The Big Bang Theory – CBS, Monday, Sept. 19

How To Get Away With Murder* – ABC, Thursday, Sept. 22

Quantico* – ABC, Sunday, Sept. 25

Younger – TVLand, Wednesday, Sept. 28

The Mindy Project – Hulu, Oct. 4

Jane the Virgin – CW, Monday, Oct. 17

The Walking Dead – AMC, Sunday, Oct. 23

iZombie – Midseason

Scandal* – ABC, Midseason

The Affair – Showtime, Midseason

Nashville – CMT, Midseason

The Royals – E!, Midseason

*Currently on the chopping block. I didn’t LOVE the last seasons, so will give them a couple of episodes to see if I will continue watching.

Are you as excited as I am for Fall TV?! What’s on your watch list?

xo xo

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