Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Fashion {Sweater + brown boots}





















Hello, friends!  Welcome back!  Thank you so much for stopping by!
This is another casual fall outfit, and definitely one of my very favorites!




















What I'm wearing:
Green jacket: Prince & Fox $30
Sweater: Aeropostale $10
Jeans: Aeropostale: $20
Boots: Walmart $20





















Who else loves casual fall outfits? Have a super amazing fall day!

Love,
Elyse

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Fashion {Sweater + casual jeans}


Hey friends!  Hope y'all are enjoying this amazing fall weather!  I know I am.  Summer's the best, but after over 5 months of summer weather, I'm ready for it to be over for now. :)  So today I'm showing you guys a genuine, casual, everyday outfit.  The kind I wear to piano lessons, shopping, and other casual events.  Nothing fancy, but it's me on an everyday basis.

What I'm wearing:
Sweater: Self Esteem ($15, department store-this is old; I bought it two years ago.)
Jeans: Aeropostale ($20, just bought these; check out their website today, because everything's 50-70% off!)
Fringe boots: Walmart ($20)






















Most days I wear my hair either just down, or with a headband, ponytail or messy bun.  Today I have a ponytail with a headband just to add a cute touch. :)  Plus, since it's cloth, it's super comfy, which is hard to find in headbands.
Headband: department store, $3




















And a picture of the pumpkin, just for fun! ;)  Have a lovely day!

Love,
Elyse



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall Baking: Banana Bread & Muffin Recipe





















Hey friends!  So today's recipe isn't specifically a "fall recipe" but fall is the perfect time for baking, so I thought I'd share a recipe I made recently which is so yummy! :)  A perfect way to use up bananas that are too ripe for eating by themselves. With this recipe, you have the choice of bread or muffins, hence the name. :)  Normally I would make one or the other, but this time I made both!

Banana Bread & Muffin Recipe
Makes: 2-3 loaves of bread depending on pan size and how full you fill them or 24-36 muffins (I made 2 loaves of bread and 12 muffins)
Ingredients:
11/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup oil (I used coconut, but any vegetable oil works)
2 teaspoons vanilla
31/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat to make it healthier)
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
6 ripe bananas,mashed
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease loaf pans/or put muffin liners in muffin pans.
2. Mix together sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix in bananas.




















3. Add dry ingredients and nuts, if desired. Mix well.




















4. Fill pans and bake.  Bake loaves for 60 min. Bake muffins for 16-20 min.









































Enjoy!  Make sure to schedule a baking session (or two) into this coming week! ;)

Love,
Elyse


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall fashion {green jacket + taupe boots}


Hey friends! Here's the next installment of my fall fashion series! :)  Again featuring my favorite green jacket!  

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So after this picture was taken, I realized I really should have gotten a picture from the back, so you can see the beautiful lace back of this shirt!  Oh well.  ;)
I recently bought these fringed taupe boots, and am really loving them.  Also, you can see my little brother's foot next to me. :D 

Outfit:
Green jacket-Prince & Fox (Aeropostale)
Top-thrift store $8
Jeggings-Aeropostale $12 (on sale)
Taupe fringe boots-Walmart $20

So there you have it!  My green jacket and these jeggings are both on my fall essentials list for sure!  What's on your fall fashion essentials list?

Love,
Elyse

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

Hello, friends!  Super excited to share this recipe with y'all today!  It's delicious and super easy, hence the name "dump cake".  Yep, you just dump the ingredients together, stick it in the oven, and voila! Your cake is complete! ;) I'm planning to make this for Thanksgiving in pie pans, because it's the taste of pumpkin pie with a slightly crunchy topping!





















Pumpkin Dump Cake
serves: 8-10
Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree (plain puree, not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 cup butter (melted) 
















Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 baking dish (or two pie pans) with nonstick cooking spray.  You can also sprinkle a bit of flour in pan to further keep it from sticking.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and cinnamon until well combined.  





















3. Pour into baking dish.





















4. Sprinkle the dry cake mix on top of the pumpkin mixture.

















5. Drizzle the melted butter over the top.





















6. Bake for an hour or so.  I baked mine a few extra minutes.  The middle will be a little jiggly when done, but the whole pan shouldn't still be jiggly.  The cake will set fully as it cools, which will take at least a half hour.





















7. After it's cooled, slice and serve with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.  The candy pumpkins add a cute touch, too. ;)
Refrigerate leftovers, and enjoy cold or hot. :)

Enjoy your fall day!

Love,
Elyse

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall Fashion Series {green jacket + floral lace}

Hey friends!  Today is day 1 of my fall fashion series, and I'm guest posting at Reflections of the Heart, hosted by my blogger friend Melani.  Check out the link to view outfit details!  Also be sure to check back here for another delicious and easy fall/Thanksgiving recipe later this week (isn't it crazy how close Thanksgiving really is?!)





















Have a very blessed day!

Love,
Elyse