Fall To Do List

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Hi ya guys, welcome back! Sorry about not posting yesterday, Colton and I were in Austin for ACL all weekend and had originally planned on coming home on Sunday, but ended up driving back early Monday morning. 

How was yall’s weekend though? And your Monday?! I kind of mention it yesterday on Instagram, but ya’ll, this weather has put me in THE BEST mood. I’m just giddy from ear to ear. Like it’s actually kind of starting to feel like fall! 

Love, Love, Love it! 

In honor of the weather  finally cooling down, I wanted to share a few fun things that I am looking forward to doing this fall. 

(1) Going to the pumpkin patch

When I was in college, every year, Colton, my roommates and all of our dogs, would make our way to the pumpkin patch. We would get dressed up in all of our comfiest sweaters and make quite the evening out of it! It became one of my favorite traditions.

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(2) Making all of my favorite pumpkin recipes! 

I have been working on a few that I cannot wait to share with you all!

(3) Switching to Early Morning Saturday Runs

Because it is so hot during the summer in Houston, I usually go to spin on Saturdays, as opposed to running! Although now that the temperatures are dropping, I definitely think it is time to start running more! Speaking of which, if you’re thinking about running in a Turkey Trot this November and have never ran a 5k before, this is the perfect time to start training!

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(4) Make a stew in the crock pot. 

 I love to do this on Sunday’s so that we can have it for the whole week! It’s warm and comforting and I swear it gets better every day. 

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(5) Finally put out all of my fall home decor.

I love dressing the apartment for the season. My favorite way to do this is by filling our home with fall candles and white pumpkins. They make our house feel so inviting and warm!

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(6) Wrap up in a scarf and head to the farmers market.

There is nothing I love more than grabbing a cup of coffee and heading to the farmers market on the weekends. It’s relaxing, I get to bring Bentley and I love picking up fresh produce to have for the week!

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(7) Spend one full weekend in Waco. 

I know this may seem weird, but Waco in the fall, is my absolute favorite! Last time we went up, I wasn’t able to do a lot of my favorite things. So I  would really like to go back and spend a full weekend there. Maybe even put together a Waco Travel Guide?! We’ll see.

(8) Clean Out Closet / Put Up Summer Clothes

Every season, I put up clothing from the previous season and store them under my bed until it is time to bring them out again. This is my favorite storage container for it. 

(9) Spend a whole Sunday watching football with Colton

Oddly enough, one of my favorite things about fall is just hanging out with Colton at our home and watching football all day. We open the doors, have music playing, and make snacks to munch on throughout the day. He brings out multiple TVs and we just kind of relax all day. I love it! 

(10) Curl up and watch Halloween movies / drinking cider all night.

If you aren’t planning on watching Hocus Pocus at least once this season, then we can’t be friends….. Kidding! Lol but in all realness, who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus? When looking for movies, I always run to ABC Family or… “Freeform?” for their 13 Days of Halloween schedule. You can find it here


xo,

Lauren

Watermelon Margarita Popsicles

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Watermelon Margarita Popsicles? 

Yep, that is right! If you saw yesterdays post, then you saw Bentley and I were loving our slices of watermelon. But when you have a whole watermelon and only two people + a dog, there is only so much watermelon you can have! So when deciding what to do with the rest, making these boozy watermelon inspired popsicles were at the top of my list. 

I love the idea of the popsicles because they are so much fun and made me feel like a little kid again, sitting by the pool, having a cold popsicle on a hot Texas day. These popsicles are surprisingly strong and naturally sweet too! 

So if you’re having a big get together this weekend for the 4th, then these popsicles would be such a fun addition! I swear, they will be a huge hit! 

Ingredients

4 Cups cubed watermelon

1/2 Cup high grade tequila

Juice of 2 limes

1/3 Cup mint leaves

2-3  TBSP Organic Maple Syrup 

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until it makes a slush-like consistency.

Pour mixture into Ice Pop Molds until completely full. 

Place tops on Ice Pop Molds and place in freezer. 

Freeze for 8 hours or until completely frozen. 

Enjoy! 

xo, 

Lauren

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Black Bean Brownies

 

Guys, I don’t bean to toot my own horn or anything, but….. TOOT TOOT! 

 If you haven’t made any of my recipes, this is the one you need to try. These Black Bean Brownies are soooo freaking amazing. Promise.

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I brought these to a dinner with some girlfriends last month, and they were a huge hit! Since then, I swear I have made them every week. I’ll even admit that I may or may not have had one for breakfast this morning lol. They’re just SO good!  I love them because they  tastes just like your normal brownie, but without the flour and sugar!

Since the main ingredient is indeed, black beans, I can understand why you might be a little hesitant, but I promise you will not be disappointed. You truly can’t taste the black beans. I originally found the recipe on Mind Over Munch, but since then have modified it just a little bit.

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So here is how you make these bad boys. 


INGREDIENTS 


1 can black beans 

1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Cocoa 

1/2 Cup Truvia Baking Blend

1 TBSP Coconut Oil

2 TBSP Fresh Almond Butter 

2 Eggs 

2 TBSP Egg Whites 

1 TSP Vanilla Extract

1 TSP Baking Powder

1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips 


DIRECTIONS


First things first, preheat the oven to 350 F. 

Next, completely drain and rinse black beans. This step is very important. If you don’t the brownies will come out tasting way too bean-y. 

Then, in a blender, add all of the ingredients (except for the dark chocolate chips). Blend until it forms a batter like consistency. 

While blending, coat a large rectangle baking dish with non-stick coconut oil spray. Once coated, pour in the batter and smooth evenly. 

Then place dark chocolate chips in a baggy, mash with a wooden spatula and then sprinkle dark chocolate chips over the batter.

Cook for exactly 20 minutes and let cool for 5 minutes! 

Enjoy! 

xo, 

Lauren 

Nutrition Information: Energy: 82 // Fat (g): 3.2 // Sodium (mg) 135.7 // Carbs (g) 13.8 // Fiber (g) 2.7 // Sugar (g) 1.1 // Protein (g): 3.3 

Peppermint Fudge

What is better than marshmallows, candy canes, and fudge?!?

A mixture of the three, of course! This is a vegan and all natural Peppermint Fudge that will leave your taste buds dying for more!

I’m not even kidding how addicting these are.

I originally found this recipe from The Glowing Fridge. She kind of makes some pretty bad-ass vegan recipes. I gain a lot of inspiration from her blog!  I’m not Vegan, but I do genuinely appreciate the the life style.  Because not only is Vegan food good for you, since it’s all natural, and mostly plant based, but most of it tastes pretty amazing too!

I love her recipes, which is why I wanted to share this one! I made it for the first time last year, and I love it (Colton approved as well!) It’s also filled with spinach, soooo double win!

It’s easy, has a quick clean up, and is de-li-cious.

**Note: I altered the recipe a little bit from hers. This is based on what I had in my pantry / fridge, as well as for taste.

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First Step, add 5 Candy Canes into a ziplock bag, and crush them into small pieces. I used a wooden spatula for this.

Next line a square pan with parchment paper. Spray with coconut oil so that the fudge doesn’t stick. Then sprinkle half of the candy canes on the bottom.

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In a large blender, blend all the ingredients together except 2 marshmallows and the rest of candy canes.

Pour the mixture into the dish. Sprinkle the rest of the candy canes on top, add the rest of the chopped of marshmallows, and then freeze for at least 4 hours.

  Then devour! 🙂


Ingredients


 

5 candy canes, crushed (and divided in half)
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut/almond milk
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
2-3 handfuls of spinach (for color, add more as needed)
5 vegan marshmallows ( I used the Dandies brand from Whole Foods)


 

Directions


 

-Cush candy canes, by adding them to a ziplock bag and smash with any kitchen utensil until they crumble into pieces.

-Line a square pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil so the fudge doesn’t stick to the paper. Sprinkle out half of the candy canes in the pan.

-In a blender, combine the cashews, milk, water, coconut oil, maple syrup, peppermint extract, 3 marsh mellows, and spinach. Blend until smooth. 

-Pour the mixture over the candy canes in the square pan. Top with the remaining half of the crushed candy canes and the remaining chopped marshmallows. Cover with saran wrap or foil and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.

-Remove the fudge from freezer and cut into squares. Leftovers are best kept in the freezer. .

xo,

Lauren