Weekly Crumbs

How was your Halloween week?! Ours was good, but I am officially ready to retire scary movies until next year along with not eating anymore Smarties for a very long time. Bring on the turkey gravy, an abundance of casseroles, and the will to resist listening to Christmas songs until December 1st 😁

Here’s our week in a nutshell:

1) Halloween

I kept my Halloween costumes this year as effortless as possible. For a party, I wore overalls, a straw hat, and scarecrow makeup! And for Halloween day on Wednesday I threw on clothes I already had, a pair of nerdy glasses, and taped Smartie’s all over my pants. “Smartie Pants”! I somehow managed to win our office costume contest which was surprising since I came up with the idea that morning!

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2) Duck Confit Lasagna

Have you heard three words more glorious?! We made duck confit for the first time this past week and then decided to make it even more decadent by putting it into a lasagna. I didn't take a picture of the finished product because we were so busy inhaling it, but I am DEFINITELY making this again and shooting it for the blog!

3) Date night at Toro Bravo

I have been dying to go to Toro Bravo and we finally went on Saturday for date night! We had a two hour wait, so we went next door to Secret Society and had sazeracs and a charcuterie board before getting called back to Toro Bravo for one of the best dinners we’ve had since living in Portland! We drank a pitcher of the homemade red sangria, had their “kisses” which are small individual bites, radicchio salad, the best braised lamb flatbread, and a giant pan of incredible sausage, chicken, and seafood paella.

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4) Planning a Friendsgiving menu

Since I want to do a lot of Thanksgiving recipes for the blog, I figured the best way is to cook everything next weekend, have a photoshoot, and celebrate with our closest friends for a Friendsgiving! I’m thinking bloody mary’s while cooking Saturday morning, making an epic fall cheese/charcuterie board for an appetizer for when our fraands arrive, copious amounts of wine (bon appetite said go with Poulsard), turkey of course, turkey gravy, of course, roasted brussels, a yummy rustic stuffing, a cheesy potato gratin of some sort, and mini carrot cakes for dessert. And a pie. There has to be a pie.

 Inspiration over at  Style me Pretty

Inspiration over at Style me Pretty

5) Recipes I’m dying to make

Weekly Crumbs

Ok, we may look ridiculous but I’m really in the Halloween/dress-up spirit alright?!

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This was from coolest photo bus at my brother’s wedding in Tennessee this past week! It was such a beautiful and quaint wedding with around 50 people at the Dancing Bear Lodge. It was so great to be with my family since I hadn’t seen them since our wedding 6 months ago!

However we did have a little mishap before the wedding…

On the flight from Portland to Knoxville, we had a layover in Chicago and we accidentally left our garment bag on the plane that had Thomas’ tux and my bridesmaid dress in it! The worst mistake ever right before a wedding! After filing a lost and found report and some serious sweating and anxiety on my end, United Airlines shipped it directly to the lodge the day before the wedding!! Some serious praise is indebted to United for delivering it so quickly! I had major doubts that it would arrive before the wedding since most of the time things like that take forever to get back, but they definitely delivered. Thanks United! :)

Anywho, we’re back in Portland and I’m in full Fall/Halloween mode! And the weather in Portland right now is incredible- blue skies, cool air, and the leaves are changing! I hope you all had a great weekend - Here’s some things i’m loving this week!

- We watched all 4 episodes of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and it is my new favorite show on Netflix. So so good. I just want her job!!

- I’ve been scheming up my halloween costume for this year, i’m not revealing yet what it is since i’m not 100% sure, but I loved all of these in this slideshow!

- Loved this 40+ list of the best Halloween movies! The classics like ghostbusters, Adams Family, and Hocus Pocus are my favorite 🎃

- I stumbled upon this list of the coziest cabins in the world. Can I please make my way through this list?!

- I love this fall reading list. I needed a good new book, so this is a great place to start!

- the best chicken recipes of all time from Food52. Definitely bookmarked!

- Fall recipes that I’m planning to make from other bloggers this week:


Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Crumbs, Vol. 13

FALL IS HERE!!! Sorry to scream that at you, but I am so excited! Anyone who knows me knows that Halloween is my thing - but it’s also so much more than that. I love the crisp mornings and chilly evenings, the beautiful leaves saying goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall, making cozy meals at home, and yes, watching lots of scary movies and Hocus Pocus at least 3 times in true Halloween spirit. I have been researching everything I want to do on the blog for this month so i’m giddy with excitement at the thought of LOTS of pumpkin. Basic maybe, but you know you love it ;)

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In love with these decked out houses for Fall/Halloween

Thomas and I were house/dog sitting for our friends who were on their honeymoon, and it made me even more excited to buy our own house! The next place we settle we will definitely buy and I am SO READY. I love all of these cute Fall/Halloween decor ideas!
- chic not cheesy
- these fall front porches
- Halloween dinner party decor
- minimal fall mantles

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Cozy meals we’re making this month

Last week was the first week that I felt was cool enough to start making all of my fall favorites. We made my favorite lamb and butternut squash curry which I am putting on the blog this week! Here are some of the other recipes already on my mind:
- wine braised beef with parsnip puree is one of my favorites!
- steel cut oat risotto with butternut squash is the best comfort food
- roasted autumn salad is the best quick weeknight meal!
- butternut squash and black bean enchiladas

Fall cocktail game is strong

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- Boozy pumpkin hot chocolate
- Aperol pear cider spritz
- this apple-groni sounds amazing!
- apple cider bourbon cocktail
- I love a good sangria - this autumn version looks amazing!

Fall Staples I have my eye on

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photo by livvylandblog

- I really want a cool hat like this one!
- a cute mustard colored sweater
- I need a new jean jacket for layering and when it’s not too cold out.
- Always in need of an oversized sweater

Weekly Crumbs, Vol. 12

This week has been a jam-packed celebrating two of our best friends getting married! Thursday night was the rehearsal dinner at an amazing Italian restaurant Nicoletta's Table, Friday was the actual walk-through at the venue which was located at the beautiful Maysara Winery, and Saturday was the big day starting with hair, makeup, and mimosas at 8AM and then we danced the night away until Midnight. To say I was pooped out is an understatement, but it was the best weekend! I feel like I've been to so many weddings this year, including our own, that I should be a pro by now!

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 On Sunday we got up and had brunch in McMinnville at The Community Plate, which is always so good! Thomas got the heritage pork hash and I got an egg BLT on a homemade biscuit. They have an awesome lunch menu as well! If you're in Oregon and want a cute weekend getaway, I love McMinnville! You're in the heart of wine country, there's great restaurants and bars, and you can stay at either the 3rd Street Flats or McMenamins Hotel Oregon

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The rest of our Labor Day weekend was lazy to say the least. Sunday night I made Thomas watch Steel Magnolias for the 100th time and we made pinch of yum's vegan crunchwrap supremes. Healthier than Taco Bell of course, but not dousing mine in sour cream and guacamole isn't an option for me. I also packed mine so full that it ended up falling apart in the pan, not quite the pretty picture, but delicious nonetheless. On Monday we decided we would just stay home and relax since it was such a crazy weekend- We slept in, went for a quick run, made yummy açaí bowls, and in spirit of Labor Day and the kickoff of football season, we recipe tested oven-baked chicken wings with a spicy honey glaze! It's hard to beat fried chicken, but they are still pretty dang good! 

Have a good week everyone!!

Weekly Crumbs Vol. 3

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Normally this post is usually light-hearted, but this past week has been particularly somber with the deaths of two people I have idolized in my adulthood. From Kate Spade's evolutionary groundbreaking career to Anthony's ability to transcend and captivate an audience to follow his travels around the world, but of them are inspirations to me in more ways than one. From the outside, they both had made their dreams come true and were living these incredible lives, but in reality you never know what people are going through and the struggles they are facing.

The way I try to live my life and the way I hope that you live yours is to always be kind, be open to the world, and remember how much power you have to make a difference in someone's life however big or small. 

"As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt." - Anthony