Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Happy Monday! Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea to share my favorite fall finds under $50.

Fall

  1. Marshmellow Fireside Candle  $22.50
  2. German Glitter Pumpkin $15.50 + free shipping (today only)
  3. Dip Dye Maternity Sweater $39.98
  4. Plaid Blanket Scarf $19.99 + free shipping on $25+

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Orange Cranberry Cake

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Ah! Are you still as full from Thanksgiving as I am? Not only am I still full, but still exhausted. Chris and I always visit both sets of families during Thanksgiving and as much as we enjoy seeing everyone, eating two big meals and running from town to town can wear a person out real quick!

On to the good part, the cake of course! I found this recipe at Mix & Match Mama and knew that I had to give it a try. I actually ended up making one for each side of the family. So easy and so good! This would be the perfect recipe to take to an upcoming Christmas event.

Ingredients:

  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1c fresh cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 2 boxes of vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2c vegetable oil
  • 3/4c water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2c powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bundt pan and set aside. In mixer, mix cake mix, half of orange juice, pudding mix, oil, water, and eggs until well combined. Stir in cranberries and half of orange zest and pour into bundt pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into center of cake comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving dish. Let cake cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, remaining zest, and half of remaining orange juice to form a glaze. If the glaze is too thick add remaining orange juice and even some water if the glaze is still too thick. If too thin add more powdered sugar.

Orange Cranberry Cake

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Broccoli and Cheese Soup

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Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a cold windy day. Temps have dropped to the 50’s here which automatically sends my brain into soup mode.  Monday night Chris’s family came over for dinner so  I fixed Chili and this Broccoli and Cheese soup. Needless to say, the broccoli and cheese soup was the winner. Zero leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 8oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of baby carrots (sliced lengthwise)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped fine)
  • 16oz half&half
  • 1/2 pound broccoli
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. While butter is melting, saute onions in separate pan and set aside. Once butter has melted, whisk in flour. Continue mixing for 3-4 minutes to form a roux. Once your roux has formed, slowly mix in the half&half. Continue to whisk so that  your mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Add your chicken broth and continue to whisk. Once combined, let simmer on low for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, season with salt and pepper. Mix in broccoli, carrots, and onions and cook on low to medium heat for 25 minutes. During cooking, stir occasionally to keep soup from sticking to pot. Mix in shredded cheese and stir until cheese has melted.

tips:

  • I served this with Sister Shubert yeast rolls which was a big hit!
  • I topped mine with sour cream which was delicious
  • If soup is too thick, add milk to thin

broccoli and cheese soup

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Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday! Today started off CRAZY when everything that could go wrong in a meeting did…. and yes, I mean EVERYTHING. Whew! Glad that Saturday is so close.

Here are a few of my favorites from this week.

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Because I’m cheap, I waited until the BOGO sale at Bath and Body Works to get new candles that I see everyone else raving about. I really wanted to try the Pumpkin Pecan Waffles but my local store was sold out so I settled with Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun. I also went in with the Flannel (not listed online but in-store) scent on my mind, but after smelling Sparkling Icicles, I knew it had to come home with me. The 3 wick candles are still 2 for $22 click here.

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FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY guess who got a new phone?! Yesterday, I was wanting to send my girlfriends a picture of a Christmas idea I had for my niece for their approval. When I opened my camera app, I got the “no storage” message which resulted in a phone call with Chris telling him to meet me at Verizon as soon as I got off work. An hour and a half after we arrived, I left with a new iPhone. Its just the 5s, not the 6, but its already so much better than my poor busted up 4.

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November, you sure did sneak up on me! Its time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I found these helpful printouts on Pinterest. I think I will kick off my Christmas shopping this weekend if all goes according to plan.

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

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Halloween Weekend

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The word that best describes our Halloween weekend would be COLD! Literally, the only time I took my jacket off Friday night was to take the picture above. If I would have known that it was going to be FREEZING, I could have saved myself the hours it took to add beads to my costume because no one saw it anyways. Oh well, as one of my girlfriends said, just save the dress and wear it again in a couple of years.

We attended “Fright Night at The Feltmans” in Florence. They went above and beyond with the decorating! Well done Ashley and Jacob! The menu was perfect with monster fingers, brain dip, guacamole pumpkin vomit, Halloween bark, Witches brew, and my spooky eyeballs! Such a fun night!

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Saturday, we visited family and watched football and yesterday we had a lazy day at home.

As of this morning, Chris is still sporting his “fu-manchu”. Fingers crossed that is it gone by the time I get home this evening! I hope everyone had as much fun this Halloween as we did!

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