Coffee & Plaid


Hello lovely readers! Today I'm teaming up with the ever fabulous Apricity to share with you another beautiful dress. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Eileen's designs and this dress is just as wonderful if not better than the rest. What makes this one better? It's got a bit of stretch in it! I love a good dress with stretch because nothing is more uncomfortable than a fitted dress after eating a meal. No one wants a dress made bulge when sitting down!

You may have noticed a bit of an outfit change. When I originally shot these photos it was late in the day and as a result my photos turned out blurry or too blue. Usually I can correct those problems but sometimes the only thing I can do is reshoot, which is exactly what I did. So two different looks, one beautiful dress! In the first set I had hoped to do a more urban theme. I love our little downtown area with its rich red brick buildings and mountain backdrop. When I did the second shoot, I opted for a more fall theme. This wonderful season is fleeting and I wanted to get at least one more post in.

As I mentioned before I teamed up with Apricity, not only to share this delightful dress but to do a dress giveaway! This will be Eileen's last giveaway of the year! I had planned to do this on my birthday (today) but I'm excited to share that my giveaway has grown! Since I'm still waiting on the others to ship their goodies to me, I've had to push it back a bit. Stay tuned for giveaway details and how to enter! It's going to be a big mix of all things fashion! Eeek, I'm so excited!

Outfit Details:
Dress: c/o Apricity
Cardigan: ModCloth
Red Belt: ModCloth
Fox Belt: ModCloth
Bracelets: Rue21
Black Shoes: ModCloth (Similar)
Suede Booties: ModCloth
Black Tights: c/o Tabbisocks
Red Socks: Forever 21

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heatther

Apple Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup


Hello lovely readers, I'm super excited about today's post! Apple pumpkin spice pancakes with vanilla maple syrup. Mmm these babies are fantastic. They make the perfect autumn breakfast, although I would totally eat these all year round. Did I mention they are gluten free & dairy free?! This can also be adjusted to be vegan, I just haven't dabbled with substitutes yet... but I'm working on it!

A while back my husband and I decided to clean up our diets. After being on accutane and previous digestion problems I realized it was time to make a change. We've always been healthy eaters but I've never gone to the extreme. With our new diet I completely removed dairy, gluten, beef, most soy products, corn, white sugars (and high fructose corn syrup), and any artificial ingredients. I know I know but what else is there to eat?! I get asked this a lot. It's challenging but it can be done without sacrificing all taste.

While I'd like to live a vegan life someday, I'm just not quite there. And although I've given up dairy, I know on a special occasion I'll probably go to the Melting Pot or have a coffee with cream because I love almond milk and other non milk products cold but they taste just plain odd in hot drinks.

Anyhoo I'm rambling! When I dove into this diet, I realized it was impossible to find quick meals that were healthy, within our guide lines, AND tasty. Sure you can make toast or a salad but those things get boring after a while. It's time to get creative! During the fall I love everything pumpkin. Unfortunately most of it is drowning in sugar, milk, and gluten. *sigh* Oh cruel world! I created this recipe from an old recipe of mine and with a bit of converting I made it into this wonderful more healthier option.

These are quick and easy to make. If you have an extra pair of hands, you can split the measuring and make it even quicker! That's what my hubby and I do. We prefer our pancakes small and on the thinner side. There is something about a super thick pancake that really grosses me out. Then making them smaller makes it easy to eat up before they get too soggy. Of course if thicker pancakes are your thing, just add a bit more flour to your batter.

Start with peeling your apple and shredding it with your cheese grater or processor. I like to cut up my apple a bit further so it blends easier in the batter, however I've made it with just the shreds too. My favorite apples to use are honey crisp apples. They are just so sweet! You can use whatever you have on hand.

After you're finished shredding up your apple, give them a quick squeeze. You don't have to squeeze them dry, just remove some of the access juice. If you are using honey crisps like I always do, there is going to be a ton of juice! I love to drink it afterwards. Yummm! Set apple shreds aside and begin measuring out your dry ingredients in one medium sided bowl, and your wet ingredients in another medium bowl. Mix each well then pour your wet mix into your dry mix a little at a time until it's all mixed together. Don't over mix, some lumps are okay.

Now fold in your apples. Mix until just blended together. Because apples vary in size & juiciness add a dash more flour to thicken or milk to thin as needed. If you are cooking these on a griddle like I do, you probably wont need any oil or butter to grease your pan. However if you are using a skillet you might need to add a bit of coconut oil or butter.

Cook pancakes till bottoms are lightly golden and sides are lifting. This is about 1-2 minutes depending on your pan. Flip repeat.

While those are cooking measure out 1/2 cup of maple syrup. Cut 1/2 a vanilla bean and remove the inner paste. Add to syrup and whisk till well blended. Place in microwave and heat for about 20-30 seconds or till warmed. Alternatively if you don't have vanilla bean, you can use 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I've used both with success and sometimes I mix the two for added flavor.

Serve your fresh pancakes with butter and topped with vanilla maple syrup. Enjoy!

Apple Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Celebrate your fall season with these delightful pancakes or if you're like me, anytime of year. Enjoy this blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice, paired together with fresh grated apples & pumpkin. These are light with a bit of fluff and a wonderful apple texture. 

Yield: About 8-12 small pancakes        Prep Time: about 12 minutes
Cook Time: about 8 minutes                Total Time: 20 minutes


Apple Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Dry Mix:
• 1 cup Gluten Free Flour (I use Bob's Red Mills all purpose baking flour)
• 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Mix:
• 1 cup alternative milk (almond, coconut, or soy) I love unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter alternative, melted & cooled
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 large tablespoons pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

• 1 cup peeled & grated apple (medium honey crisp is best)

- coconut oil or butter for skillet if needed

Vanilla Maple Syrup:
•1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed (for a healthier choice go with pure grade b maple syrup)
• a half a vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. For an extra boost add both!

  1. Start with peeling your apple then shredding it with your cheese grater or processor. Lightly chop them further so they aren't too large.
  2. Gently squeeze out the access juice from your apple. They don't have to be dry just remove the extra juice. Set apple shreds aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, measure your dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. In another medium bowl measure your wet ingredients, mix well.
  5. Pour your wet mix into your dry mix a little at a time until fully blended. Don't over mix.
  6. Now fold in your apple shreds. Again mix until just blended.
  7. Oil pan with butter or coconut oil if required. On medium/ medium low pour your pancakes to desired size. Larger sizes will take longer to cook. 
  8. Cook till bottom is lightly golden and lifting at the sides, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and repeat another minute or so. 
  9. Mean while slice a vanilla bean in half and scrape out the bean paste. Place in microwave safe jar along with your syrup. Mix well and heat for about 20-30 seconds or until warm.

  10. Serve your pancakes with butter (or peanut butter) and topped with your delightful syrup!

These pancakes are a huge hit with the family! We've made these several times. They aren't overly sweet as many are because we anticipate topping them with syrup. These are meant to be thinner, if you prefer thicker pancakes, try adding a bit more flour.

Share your thoughts! I don't share recipes often because I cook from sight and almost never measure anything. I'd love to hear what you thought of these! I have a ton of recipes I'd love to share.

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Live Your Color!


Hello beautiful readers! I was recently contacted by Tabbisocks who asked if I might be interested in sampling their tights & socks. Not long before that I was introduced to them from another fabulous IG lady who wore them. I was completely smitten they asked me and immediately said YES. These are quality tights and socks and while I was provided with several pairs to try, I completely stand by that statement! The pairs I picked out are thick and seem to be built to last. I know I will get a lot of use out of these beauties this winter. FYI, they hold up beautifully in the wash.

This particular pair, Tyrolean Over the Knee Socks, comes in 4 different colors. I have the color bitter yellow. It's not exactly a yellow or mustard color. It does have a slight twinge of green to it. I tried to capture its hue but my camera had other plans on this very overcast autumn day. It's funny how warm my photos look against a fall background. I could adjust the photo temp but I love the warmth these give.

You can see another post with a fabulous pair of their knee high socks here.

As for this delightful dress, it's one of four that I own from ModCloth. This particular color is currently not available to purchase. I can't be sure if they will bring it back but they are constantly adding new colors. You can also find this dress in 7 other colors along with another two that have long sleeves.

Oh and I just have to share my glee about ModCloth sharing my photo on their Instagram account! Yea! That always makes my day.

Dress: ModCloth
Socks: c/o Tabbisocks
Shoes: ModCloth - Similar (by: Bait Footwear)
Earrings: Etsy

Take Care & Enjoy!
♥ Heather

Happy Halloween 2015


Hello lovely readers! Happy November!!! Well mostly happy, my birthday is in exactly 17 days and as usual I'm not thrilled for it. Good bye fleeting youth. Okay I'm mostly kidding...mostly.

Today I'm excited to share with you photos from this year's Halloween. As some of you may know, I love making homemade costumes! There is nothing more satisfying than wearing something you know no one else is wearing. However this year I was completely behind on getting started. I bought everything ahead of time but with our usual chaotic schedule I didn't actually start making anything till just two days before. Yep reigning queen of procrastination! I once was the craft coordinator for a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. We had over 60 members. I was terrible about waiting till the day before to come up with a craft, get a sample ready, and do all the prep work. Somehow, by the grace of God, I always prevailed and with success! I think I work better with a fire lit under my arss.

This year Piper wanted to be a faerie. Naturally it had to be a blue faerie. Everything with Piper has to be blue, ALWAYS! I love that about her. I did a lot of surfing on Pinterest for inspiration. Some ideas I had planned on doing didn't pan out well but ultimately I'm pretty happy with how everything turned out. I'm especially excited about her floral crown. I've never made one before but after reading a tutorial I quickly caught on. These are so much fun to make. I might have to make a few ton more! Her wings, were store bought. I wanted to make them but time didn't allow time! Piper loved this costume so much she didn't want to take it off. She tried to bargain to keep her ears on for just one day of school. I wasn't agreeing to that so we compromised on allowing her to keep a few jewels on her face.

This year I didn't make Chloie's costume. I'd like to next year if she'll let me. Instead we went with a sort of Victorian harlequin, piecing together things we already had. It was really exciting finding pieces from previous costumes and reusing them in a different way.  The necklace was from her Renascence costume a few years back. She wore that same corset last year too, you can see it here. She looked fabulous for such a simple look. She loves wearing that corset.

 At the last moment I decided I wanted to dress up this year. Ever since I became a redhead I've always wanted to be Daphne for Halloween. I whipped up a scarf for myself and an ascot for Jedidiah. Boy did the girls love saying ascot. It made me think of Pee Wees Playhouse and the secret word of the day was "Ascot!" Every time I said it they screamed and giggled. Girls are so silly. I even researched how to tie one of those darn things! I think we must have looked pretty good because we had at least 4 people stop us to take photographs with us.

Our entire day turned out to be so wonderful! The weather was fantastic, making it easy to trick or treat for several hours after it got dark. I didn't even have to wear a coat! Tons of layers but no coat! That's pretty epic for around here.

 Gotta love this last shot! Just like Jedidiah to be goofy when I'm not looking. How was your Halloween? Did you dress up or do anything fun? I'd love to hear about it!

Cardigan: ModCloth
Dress: ModCloth
Stockings: Local costume shop
Shoes: ModCloth

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

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