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Fall Travel Destination: Picton, Ontario

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Fall is my favorite time of year to travel, I think. Maybe it’s because most of my favorite travel activities are optimal in the fall – eating local fare, hiking, drives in the country, visiting farms and markets. I’m really not much of a lay out on the beach person. I’m far too restless (anxious??) for that.

I recently came across an awesome blog called Compass + Twine. The blog authors, Sarah and Lindsay, document their travels to amazing places, most of which are pretty accessible. They also travel a ton in New England, which, as I’ve previously mentioned, is one of my favorite areas to travel to. They’ve given me several ideas for new places to try out on our next adventure out there and they do such an amazing job of capturing the vibe of the places they visit.

So, when I recently stumbled across a group of pictures from a past trip to Picton, Ontario in the fall, I thought it would be fun to follow their example and share with you why I so highly recommend the area as a fall destination. Read More

Butternut Squash, Wheat Berry, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Butternut Squash, Wheat Berry, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Salad (Trader Joe's copycat)

It’s rare that I leave Trader Joe’s without at least one of their Butternut Squash & Wheat Berry salads (in the prepared foods section). It’s my favorite salad there, hands down. Unfortunately for me, the nearest Trader Joe’s is about 25 minutes away, so I don’t get out there as much as I’d like to. Fortunately, the ingredients for this salad are easily found at our local grocery store, less than five minutes down the road. This salad is hearty and healthy and will probably go into our weekly rotation come fall, since all the ingredients will be in season! Read More

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are sooo yummy and perfect for a hot summer day. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is sandwiched between fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies, then rolled in mini chocolate chips. Tastes like cookies & milk. Say no more.

If you like to bake, you probably have a go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. The beauty of these is that the combinations are endless. This recipe is tried and delicious and highly recommended. But I wouldn’t be offended if you used your own chocolate chip cookie recipe – once you’ve found a good one, it’s hard to stray!

If you have an ice cream maker, you can make your own ice cream (which I’m sure would make these guys even better!); however, I don’t have one so I settled for some store-bought, but good quality ice cream.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Makes approx. 10 Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 c. Unsalted Butter, softened

1 c. packed Brown Sugar

1 c. White Sugar

2 Large Eggs

2 tsp. Vanilla

3 c. Flour

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 1/2 c. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and both sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.

In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat into butter and sugar mixture until combined. Add chocolate chips.

On an ungreased pan, drop consistently sized spoonfuls of dough. (Recipe will make 20-24 cookies depending on the size of the drops).

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Once the cookies have cooled, scoop approx. 1/4 of ice cream onto half of the cookies. Sandwich the top with another cookie. Pour the mini chocolate chips onto a plate or bowl. Roll the edges of the ice cream into the chocolate chips. *Note* you may need to work in batches – make a couple and then put into the freezer – to prevent the cream from melting while you assemble all of the sandwiches.

The sandwiches can be eaten immediately (recommended) or wrapped in wax paper and store in plastic freezer bags.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Peach Streusel Muffins

fresh peach streusel muffins

I’m not sure what it is about back-to-school season that turns me into some kind of Betty Crocker / Martha Stewart home-making type. But it’s undeniable. I’m cleaning, organizing, and baking like a maniac. Maybe it’s the promise of the routine that back-to-school brings, but I’m a nesting machine these days. Other perks of back-to-school? Less Kidz Bop on the radio, a playroom that’s not perpetually bombed out, and the end of  the frustration-inducing moans of “I’m bored”.

I’ve talked before about how great the peaches are where we live, in York County, SC. I couldn’t let the season pass without posting at least one recipe, so today I bring you these peach streusel muffins. Read More

DIY Fabric Covered Lamp Shade

 

DIY Fabric Lamp Shade

I’ve had two shade-less lamps sitting on a console table by the back door for a good 6 months. They combined two trends … geometric style and a gold finish. In someone else’s house, they would have looked great as they were. But in my house? Not so much. So, after staring at them for half a year, inspiration finally struck and I decided to spray them a fun color. Read More