October Favorites: Food + Fun.
This apple caramel sauce. I realize I could probably make my own, but I tasted this in store and was SO hooked. My mom was dying over it too. And they have a pumpkin one! Eating by the jar commences… now.
It might be the eigth millionth time I’ve mentioned these, but the breathe tanks from athleta are INCREDIBLE. I can’t believe I ever thought the long tanks from lululemon were so awesome, because nothing compares to these. They obviously stretch with my bump too, but that’s not all. They are so soft and comfortable and flattering – they work perfectly right now under sweaters and what not and layered but go far enough over your butt (even while pregnant!) that you can wear them with leggings too, or at least under a layer. I can’t express my love for these enough. And they DO have fun colors every now and then, you just have to look.
Last week I talked about my lack of reading, but I’m REALLY into Amy Poehler’s book and loving it. I normally wouldn’t include one that I haven’t finished, but it easily takes the cake for October.
This blog, a bowl full of lemons. Remember when I talked about trying to organize last week and mentioned it? I mean, I’ll never TRULY be organized because I’m nuts, but I want to do everything on this blog. It’s very helpful. Even if I’ve just lost myself in it’s wonderful vortex of how to do everything… instead of actually doing anything.
This black truffle sesame salt! OMG. A wonderful reader (thank you!!!) gave this to me at one of my cooking classes a few weeks ago and I.have.been.hooked. She said she uses it on avocado toast – I only got to try that once so far since good avocados are few and far between at the moment. But I’ve also tried it on eggs and with some toast and humboldt fog cheese. And then on some mac and cheese. It is… GAH. So delicious.
Um, when it comes to TV, I can’t believe I’m going to declare this my favorite for the month, but I’m going with Showtime’s The Affair. Yes, I could easily give it to SOA or Boardwalk, but this show has sucked me in and I didn’t even realize it. First off, Pacey. Second, I love the rest of the cast. Third, I feel like I’m IN the story. I have anxiety for the characters. The past week I was like “omg, wtf, you told your wife you’d be home and you’re NOT, hello, we’re gonna get caught.” I mean, YOU’RE gonna get caught. See?! I have no idea. I feel like I’m IN this show. I want to know more.
On the topic of TV, uh, I’ve found something wonderful. I’ve started listening to freaking TV podcasts the next day!! I am obsessed. Hello, why can’t I do a TV podcast? I could talk about these shows all day! I listen while I’m cooking or walking and I feel sort of ridiculous but I also feel like I’m discussing the shows with friends. I’m mostly listening to the Afterbuzz TV podcasts and I’ve tried The Walking Dead ‘Cast and a few others. I wish I was technologically savvy enough to do one myself.
Well all known my stance on scarves and how too many scarves isn’t even a possibility, but these ones from Target are killing me. They are so soft and warm and wonderful. Actually, they are almost TOO warm as I wore one to the grocery store yesterday and nearly died of heat stroke. Still super cute though. They sort of (but not really) satisfy my I-want-a-Burberry-scarf-but-can’t-imagine-paying-for-one issue.
Let’s talk about candles since I’m such a sucker. Yes, I’m one of the crazy candle ladies. They replace cats for me. All time favorites? Leaves from bath and body works (shocking) and autumn wreath from yankee candle are staples that make me nostalgic and feel like home. But two that I burned this month that smell SO delicious are this oatmeal cookie (it has some spice!) and this tiny french bourbon vanille candle.
While I’m on the topic of scarves, I have to mention another one. It’s made it into my favorites before because I seriously feel like it’s the BEST infinity scarf ever. And it comes in a million colors. My brother and his fiancee got me this circle scarf from American Apparel two Christmases ago. It’s probably my most worn scarf. I want every color. Just LOOK at the colors!
The Trader Joe’s coconut chocolate almonds. OMG. Have you tried these? It’s an almond… covered in coconut… then covered in chocolate. DYING. They are ridiculous. And surprisingly enough, I find them to be the perfect snack that I only need a handful of. Gosh I love them.
More loving on Target? Of course. These boots! Yes, it’s true that I’ve hated nearly all the Target maternity things, but the regular stuff I normally enjoy still ranks pretty high up there. I got these on sale over a month ago and adore ’em. They are pretty comfortable too. And I love the taupe-ish shade. I am also loving my low freebird by Steven boots (pictured here) that I got two years ago. They are totally out of my comfort zone, but make me feel BAD. Yeah right.
This apple cider grilling sauce. I think it’s been a favorite of mine every year at this time, but it’s so good. Chicken, pork… even steak! Wings. WOWZA. I’ve been buying this for years and could eat it by the spoonful. I have an apple cider addiction right now.
When it comes to photo apps this month, I’m really liking the camera awesome app. Now, it won’t ever replace afterlight for me, which is the only app I use to brighten any of my iPhone photos. But the camera awesome app makes it easy to take silhouette photos (like we did here) and there is an awesome tutorial on Amanda’s blog. I’m learning!
[none of this is sponsored, just like to talk about things that I discover and love. there may be a few amazon affiliate links above. love love.]