Sunday, October 30, 2011

weekend winsome



Halloween is one of my favorites and I look forward to it every year. I love the cold weather,warm bonfires,pumpkins, and scary movies that come along with it and I had the chance to enjoy some festivities this weekend. Luke and I carved up our pumpkins,made some yummy roasted seeds, and  baked pumpkin bread while having a spooky movie marathon ..our tradition. We always have to watch Arsenic and Old Lace, it's our favorite Halloween movie!

Last minute costume..Dorothy!
vintage dress,shoes,and bag from the flea market

Zizi is a stand in for Toto

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween weekend!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

midweek menagerie

a collection of thoughts and things from my week..

The weather has been especially crisp the past few days and it's really starting to look and feel like fall. We went for a walk around the neighborhood and had some fun with the pups at the playground near our house.
I don't think I'll ever be too old for the swings..

It's finally cold enough for my vintage beret, I'm so glad I found one in a camel shade!


The view from our back porch..I love the huge old trees and the pretty fall leaves.

I've been making these pumpkin spice lattes, so good.

I hope everyone is having a lovely week!

Monday, October 24, 2011

creature comforts

This weekend was spent enjoying the weather,listening to music, and hanging out with these furry creatures..I love my animal crew!




and introducing Mogwai!!

This cutie is my little brother's pug..he recently got a new job so Mog will be living with us. I love all of his little snorts and piggy sounds and his howl is so adorable/funny haha He's fitting in perfectly so far!

It was the perfect weather for my favorite kind of outfit, light layers. I wish it was 70 and sunny year round!
tights-diy color

my favorite vintage find..a locket with our initials!

These tights were originally cream but I was dye-ing for a deep red pair haha..I ♥ rit dye

I was admiring this dandelion in the yard..they always remind me of my grandma Nola. She used to make wilted dandelion greens for me,I think it was the French in her!

I found this pretty piece at the thrift store later that day..I love when that happens!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

dish : pecan n' pumpkin pie recipe

I had a slice for breakfast,it's that good. Pie is appropriate at any time of day..the perfect food.


2 pie crusts

1 29oz can of pumpkin
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. cold butter cut into small pieces
1 bag(2 cups) chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 425

Mix filling ingredients together until smooth, pour into the 2 pie crusts. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile combine the topping ingredients to create the streusel, stirring in the nuts last.  Remove the pies and reduce the heat to 350. Sprinkle each with the topping and continue baking 40 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center of each pie comes out clean. Cool.

The result is a creamy pumpkin pie topped with buttery caramelized good! I've nicknamed it the flea market pie, the topping reminds me of those heavenly Cinnamon sugar roasted pecan stands. Baking in the fall/winter is one of my favorites things, along with watching Pushing Daisies. I'm going to attempt to make a Pear/Gruyere pie next!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

day tripper : pumpkin patch

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

We had the most amazing fall weather this weekend..sunny, 70, and breezy! We took a day trip to the farm and had a perfect weekend full of a few of our favorite fall traditions. Pumpkin picking and pie baking. We'll be carving them up soon..can't wait for pumpkin seeds! I'm so glad we spent the weekend outside, it's going to be in the 50's this week..ugh.


We found our perfect pumpkins!

My vintage plant stand serves as an impromptu pie rack..these turned out amazing! I can't wait to share my recipe with you!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!