Have a Fab Thanksgiving!

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Happy Turkey Day!! We are so thankful that we started this space together to share our lives with you. A few links for your holiday weekend. We do hope you have a great one!

+ Do you guys do black Friday shopping? As much as I love to shop, I refuse. I hate the crowds and there’s no chance I’m getting up at the wee hours of the morning, I usually prefer to shop in my pajamas from the comfort of my couch. If you ARE a black Friday shopper, Refinery 29 has a great breakdown of deals.

+ Turkey day style inspiration.

+ 9 best brussel sprout recipes. These look delicious.

+ Darci has been dying to decorate for Christmas, I am a stickler for waiting until after we celebrate the turkey. I’m ready to celebrate now! I love these simple trees.

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! See you in December!

Turkey Day

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Jeans | Flannel | Boots | Tshirt | Necklace

We are so looking forward to Thanksgiving with the family this year. We’ve never been the type of family to get dressed up for dinner, in fact “fancy sweatpants” are a real clothing item in our typical holiday rotation. This outfit is the perfect mix of casual and stylish for our Thanksgiving dinner. I plan to wear those stretchy leggings jeans so I have more room for cheesy potatoes.

I’ve featured almost all of the items above more than once on the ole’ blog because they all happen to be some of my favorites this fall. The Gap legging jeans are a perfect fit and that slouchy tee from Nordstrom, trust me.. you need it.

Does your family get all gussied up for dinner or are you casual like us?

The Look For Less

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How do you guys feel about decorating with antlers? I was hesitant to jump on the antler bandwagon for awhile but after seeing so many great gallery walls and rooms with a touch of antler decor, I just had to have some!

I found lots of antler options at stores like West Elm, Pottery Barn, and ZGallerie. There are also lots of options on Etsy. I especially love these “Yard Bombed” Antlers.

Lo and behold, I was making my (tri?) weekly trip to Target when I found these adorable white and gold antlers for a mere $19.99. I love the gold antlers! I could even DIY yard bomb them. They also come in silver and there’s a larger bust for sale too.

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Things We Love

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If you know me in “real life” it’s no secret that I had a bit of a challenging summer. My wonderful blog partner (also known as my sissy, my lobster, or just Darci) sent me an Albert Camus quote that I loved. The quote meant a lot to me and I repeated it to myself often through the summer.

One night recently I was browsing Pinterest (as we do) and I found a framed print with that quote in it from a home tour featured on Style Me Pretty. I texted Darci immediately because I just had to have it. After some googling I found that it was a limited edition collaboration between Pennyweight Goods and Oh My Dear. I promptly emailed Chelsea at Oh My Dear to ask if it would ever be back in stock. She informed me they had lots of requests so they were working to bring it back.

Chelsea emailed me a few weeks later to tell me, it’s back for a limited time! I am so thankful and as you can imagine I ordered it right away. I can’t wait to frame it and display it in my home!

Do you guys like quotes? We have both always been quote lovers, wrote in quote books, and we often pin our favorites. I love the idea of decorating your home with all your favorite quotes.

P.S. The print is only available for a limited time. Purchase here!

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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My husband isn’t a big sweets person, but that man loves himself some apple cider donuts.  Since we’ve been married we’ve sought them out at a pumpkin patch every year, but this year we tried out a new place with family and they unfortunately didn’t have any of the sugary confections (the horror)!  So I took matters into my own hands and decided to make him some at home.  I’ll say this – baking them just isn’t quite the same as frying.  So they weren’t exactly what he was expecting but they’re still really good.  And now we have a donut pan of our very own….which might be dangerous!

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

+ 2 cups all purpose flour
+ 3 tsp baking powder
+ 1 tsp baking soda
+1 tsp cinnamon
+ 1/4 tsp nutmeg
+ 1/4 tsp allspice (ground cloves or pumpkin pie spice also work, if that’s what you have)
+ 1/2 tsp salt
+ 2/3 cup maple syrup
+ 1/2 cup apple cider
+ 1/2 cup apple sauce
+ 2 tbsp canola oil
+ 2 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

+ 1/2 stick of butter, melted
+ 3/4 cup granulated sugar
+ 2 tbsp cinnamon
+ 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a donut pan (this is the one I purchased).  The recipe yields 10-12 donuts depending on how much dough you put into the pan, so you could technically get two pans.  But I just used one and let it cool while I was topping the first batch, then threw a second batch into the oven.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. In a separate bowl combine the maple syrup, apple cider, apple sauce, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix gently.

Add the batter to the donut pan, until each of the wells are about 1/2 full.  You can use a pastry bag or cut the corner off a ziploc but I found that the dough was thick enough it was easy to just spoon it in.

Bake the donuts for 9-11 minutes, and let cool in the pan just until you are able to touch them.  Put the melted butter in one bowl and combine the rest of the topping ingredients into a separate bowl.  Brush the butter (or just dip it) on first, then dip the donut in the cinnamon sugar topping and let them cool.