Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I’ve gathered all of the Black Friday Sales that my favorite online stores are having to share with you today. I don’t know about you, but there is no way I’m getting out of my cozy PJ’s and turkey coma on Friday. Especially since there is no reason to with these amazing online sales!
Also, I’m sharing truly great deals. Not those pesky “15% off, but only between these hours and only on these items” type deals. Those are no fun. These are the best all-inclusive deals I’ve found. So here they are, my FAVORITE stores that I shop at religiously and their Black Friday Sales. USEFUL TIP: I would add to and create your shopping cart and have it ready to go already so all you need to do is checkout on Friday. You don’t want to miss out on anything!
It’s (almost) here! Thanksgiving day is a couple of days away, which means most of us are about to get busy in the kitchen. If you’re still looking for the perfect dessert that your family will love, this Pear Upside Down Cake can be your answer. The deliciously sweet and rich top layer to this cake is balanced with a moist, but less-sweet cake base.
Did I mention that it is super easy to make? And you probably have most (if not all) of these ingredients in your pantry already!
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 pears, peeled and sliced
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ginger
1/2 teaspoon All Spice
1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pear, peeled chopped
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once it’s melted, stir in the brown sugar. Add the pears and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour pear and mixture onto the bottom of the pan and let cool for about 10 minutes.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, all spice, baking soda and baking powder. In a another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, oil and sugar. Whisk in both eggs until just combined. Whisk in the vanilla extra then add all ofthe dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined. Fold in the chopped pear. Spoon the batter over the pears in the loaf pan. Place the loaf pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 65 minutes, or until the cake is set. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes then flip onto a cake stand or serving platter of choice.
So, today was a rough one. I had a tooth extraction and it was easily one of the worst experiences ever. The oral surgeon told me instead of the usual 2 roots that are in every tooth, this particular tooth had 3. Three roots pulled. Not to mention the anesthesia shots didn’t seem to be taking well, so I received about 10.
I’m sharing this story because the one thing that was helping me get through the whole process was thinking about those who, by unfortunate circumstance, have to get most or all of their teeth extracted. Or, those who need to have surgery but can’t due to their financial situation. (Repeating the lyrics to the same song over and over again in my head helped too. My go to is 1234 by FEIST)
I sat there hearing the drill and feeling shrilling pains and I thought, thank you God. This is painful, but thank you. I was even praying for the surgeon and his assistant, thanking God for their talent and kindness. In the spirit of the season, I just wanted to share a very real moment that may seem very minuscule in the light of so many other things. But it was my little moment of thankfulness.
Now about this outfit! I’m sharing another classic, casual look that is perfect for lunch dates or shopping and definitely a look to pack in your suitcase for vacations. There is nothing more classic than red and stripes. Finding different ways to mix the two together is always fun! I chose a red bandanna (big current trend!) and with a swipe of red lipstick.
P.S. how cute are my suede booties? They’re comfortable and the jewel-tone color is so gorgeous!
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week before all the business of cooking and baking starts for Thanksgiving week. Today I’m sharing a weekend look that is classically feminine and casual. It can take as little as a print to give any outfit a girly feel. This My Velvet Vase gingham top is just that kind of printed piece. Classic prints like gingham, polka dots and stripes will always add chic vibes to even the most casual of outfits.
And because I believe almost no look is complete without a hat, I added my favorite wool hat to the mix in an ode to the Fall season.
If you love my top, you’ll love all of the pretty little things to shop at online boutique Her Velvet Vase. PLUS, I’m offering my readers an exclusive discount code for 35% OFF. Use code: KRISTA35. Yay!
Thanksgiving meals are all about dishes of sweet and savory flavors coming together. The rich taste of a freshly carved turkey with a slice of cranberry jelly are a traditional pairing. But how about combining sweet and savory all in one dish? Enter these Guava Glazed Brussel Sprouts.
This side dish is full of flavor, simple to make and requires only 5 ingredients.
Servings: 4 Ingredients:
– 1 12 oz. package of brussel sprouts
– 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1 can 17 oz. of Guava marmalade
– juice of 1/2 lime
-pinch of salt
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Remove brussel sprouts from package, wash thoroughly and remove any yellow leaves. Place brussel sprouts in a baking dish and combine with salt, lime juice and olive oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned.
Remove brussel sprouts from oven and pour into a medium saute pan over low heat. Pour 5 ounces of guava marmalade into pan and mix. Cover pan and allow to simmer low for 20 minutes, mixing every 5 minutes.
Remove from pan and place into serving dish. Pour a few ounces of the guava marmalade into a small serving bowl for additional dipping.
Confession, I don’t brush my hair nearly as often as I should. And by that, I mean I run a brush through my locks maybe a few times a month. I’ve just always enjoyed a pretty carefree routine when it comes to my hair. I towel-dry it after a shower and that’s it. However, lately I’ve been trying to incorporate simple ways that aren’t time consuming and will help give my hair some extra life.
For about a month now I’ve introduced the Good Clean Radiance Brush into my routine and I’m loving it! The brush has copper bristles which reduce buildup that causes your hair to look dull, so hair naturally gets shinier. This little extra TLC is exactly what I was looking for, not to mention it’s totally affordable. You can buy the Goody Clean Radiance Brush at Walmart for less than $15! I’m actually always surprised with the selection of hair-care at Walmart; I’m always leaving with something good for my tresses!
What are simple things you’ve added to your hair routine that gives your hair life?