Nothing says "FALL-Y'ALL" like an afternoon at the pumpkin patch!
I grew up coming to this particular pumpkin patch, Lineberger Farm, and I was so happy that I got to share this special place with my hubby this year!
Not only was he my pumpkin pickin' buddy; but he was also my photographer - & he was such a good sport!
Check out our adventure and all of my outfit details below!
I think this is probably my favorite fall outfit...ever!! I have worn it approximately three times already.
Shop all of the details here!
Happy Fall Y'all!! Thanks for reading!!
Cheers to fall adventures!
Fall, football, & Sunday afternoons are just a few of my favorite things!
Check out my favorite "tailgate food" recipes below!
Parmesan Chicken Wings
From the kitchen of my Aunt Dana
Chicken wings (I prefer all drumettes.)
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
"I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets by covering in foil and spraying with Pam (really coat the trays well because the wings will stick). Rinse wings and pat dry. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Spray wings thoroughly with butter-flavored spray then roll them in the cheese mixture, covering completely.
Place the wings on the cookie sheets. Bake for 1 hour.
From the kitchen of my wonderful mother-in-law, Pam
1 jar Vlasic dill pickles
1 package cream cheese - softened
Dried oregano - to taste
Seasoning salt - to taste
Rectangular shaped ham slices
Soften the cream cheese. Add dried oregano and seasoning salt to taste, mix well. Take pickles out of jar and dry with a paper towel. Also, dry each piece of ham with paper towels. Lay out a piece of ham on a cutting board, spread cream cheese mixture evenly over entire piece, place pickle on edge and roll. Slice into rounds with a serrated knife. Repeat until finished. Chill in refrigerator or serve immediately.
P.S. Those adorable napkins are from Swoozies - Shop them here!
White Chicken Chili
From my very own kitchen :)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium/large sweet Vidalia or yellow onions - diced small
1 jalapeno pepper - diced very small
2-4oz. cans green chilies (do not drain)
4 garlic cloves - peeled, finely minced
32 ounces (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 1 whole grocery store rotisserie chicken)
2-15-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced
Diced avocado - for garnish
Sour cream - for garnish
Shredded mozzarella cheese - for garnish
Take 1 cup of the beans, add to a food processor or blender, add a splash of chicken broth or water
and blend until smooth; mixture should be thick
In a large Dutch oven, warm oil over medium heat and add the onion, jalapeno, green chilies,
and sauté for about 7 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir intermittently.
Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir intermittently.
Add the chicken broth, chicken, cannellini beans (including blended bean mixture),
lime juice, cumin, oregano, salt, & pepper.
Bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil gently for about 7 to 10 minutes.
It's unlikely, but if at any point the overall liquid level looks low or you prefer your chili to be thinner, add 1 cup of water
or as desired; you'll adjust the salt and seasoning levels at the end.
For thicker chili, allow mixture to boil longer and reduce until desired thickness is reached.
Add the cilantro and boil 1 minute longer.
Taste chili and a make any necessary seasoning adjustments.
Serve with desired garnishes & Jiffy mix corn muffins
Cheers to fall, football & Sunday afternoons!
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I am a huge fan of holistic remedies, both at-home treatments and doctors that practice Eastern medicine.
So, today I thought I would share a few of my favorite basic holistic options.
"Holistic," in medical terms, is defined as "characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease."
I think this form of treatment is often mistaken for being "hanky," but in reality it has been in existence a lot longer than Western medicine; so why not try it out?
Today I'll go over some basics:
-The benefits of hot lemon water
-Uses for tea tree oil
Sleep. We all could use more of it!
Getting sleep is important to the overall health of your body. It helps keep you from getting sick and keeps ya looking young and fresh. The sleep itself isn't always the problem - falling asleep and staying asleep can be.
Sleep Sound by Gaia, is my absolute favorite, but Melatonin is also a great alternative. These are all natural products that help your brain sort of "turn off" and your body relax.
I promise it works wonders and you'll wake up more relaxed and well rested!
Drinking a glass of hot lemon water in the mornings (or really any time) has many health benefits!
-For starters, it helps hydrate you.
-It helps to flush the toxins out of your body after sleeping all night.
-It helps activate and regulate your digestive system.
-It helps reduce pain and inflammation in joints, especially knees.
-It helps maintain eye health.
-And if nothing else, it helps prevent wrinkles and acne.
For a full list of benefits see: http://www.foodmatters.com/article/cheers-to-drin
king-warm-lemon-water for more!
Managing stress is a tough task! These are two of my favorite remedies to help take the edge off.
- Holy Basil Leaf : A pill form created from the holy basil plant. It originated in India
and is used to help reduce anxiety and stress.
Natures Way & Gaia are two good brands.
-Rescue Remedy is a liquid with no taste. Drop a few drops into your water, or any drink, a few times a day.
It helps you with calmness, focus, and relaxation.
Bach is the only brand I use.
Essential oils have been used for centuries to treat different ailments. Lavender, peppermint, and lemon are used in combination for the treatment of seasonal allergies. 3 drops of each one into a vegetable capsule does the trick.
The lavender oil can also be used to help with sleep, too. Dab a little behind each ear and under your nose,
and you'll snooze away.
Peppermint is great for treating headaches; dab a few drops on your temples to feel some relief.
Young Living is a great brand because they truly are 100% essential oils. You do have to order these through a dealer; so if you're interested, send me a message on the "About Me" page, and I can get you connected with someone!
My mother-in-law introduced me to these vitamins a few years ago. They are plant based and help keep
your immune system strong!
I usually take one of each twice a day, two vegetable and two fruit, with a meal and a glass of water.
Tea tree oil can be used for pretty much any type of skin treatment--rashes, sun burns, acne spots, scrapes & sores (it's a natural antiseptic), You name it; it treats it. It's great to use alone or mixed in with lotions.
The one down side is the less-than pleasant scent that can be quite potent.
Well that's all for today! With fall and winter right around the corner, I hope these remedies are helpful in
keeping everybody happy and healthy!
Cheers to alternative health options
Thanks for reading!