10 Awesome Fall Soup Recipes

10 Awesome Fall Soup RecipesHi, friends, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. I feel like some kind of grade A baby today, but I’m still feeling completely knocked out by this cold I’m fighting. Or maybe it’s the flu? It might be the flu. Whatever it is, I hate it. So today we’re going to talk about soup! Because soup is about the only thing that’s of interest to me at the moment. Soup and naps, actually. Both are equally awesome.

We know so so many people who are sick right now. Hopefully you are feeling healthy and happy this week, but if you need a little soup in your life I’ve got you covered. Click through for 10 awesome fall soup recipes - the cure for whatever ails you!


Friday Link Love

Friends! This week has been a doozy. That cold I mentioned B was battling earlier in the week knocked me off my feet yesterday and I’m still fighting it today. Behind the scenes I’ve still had deadlines to meet and organizational calls to take, lining up holiday season fun and excitement, and that’s about all the energy I’ve been able to muster. We’re traveling for a wedding this weekend so I’m planning to take a nap this afternoon and get to bed early tonight so that I’m hopefully feeling better by the time it comes to hit the road tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m not running off without loading you up on Friday Link Love! Sending you all best wishes for an awesome weekend! xoxo

DIY Fall Floral Arrangement

[DIY Fall Floral Arrangement | Photo by Hello Love Photography.]




Toffee Bundt Cake with Mandarin Orange

Toffee Bundt Cake with Mandarin Oranges

If I had the option to by a fly on any wall, I think it would have to be one in Melina’s kitchen. The cakes and confections she dreams up make this sweets-loving girl just want to eat yummy things all day long. So let’s talk about this toffee bundt cake for a quick moment, shall we? B is sicker than sick this week. Some kind of nasty virus or sinus infection, I’m not quite sure. So naturally, as these things go, by this morning I’m feeling kind of under the weather myself. I took extra care making sure my coffee pour was extra dark and extra tall. And all I want is a piece of this cake to alongside. The breakfast of champions, right? Today Melina, the doll that she is, is sharing the recipe with us so we can all eat cake on the days we just need a little extra encouragement to get out of bed!

Toffee Bundt Cake with Mandarin Orange


For the Cake

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste (or 1 vanilla bean or vanilla extract)
  • 1-1/2 cup milk or buttermilk

For the Soak and Glaze

  • 1 small can mandarins
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C and grease a heritage bundt cake pan. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla seeds until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients alternating with milk/buttermilk. Stir until just combined and set aside. Bake for about 1 hour or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Once the cake is cooled down, remove it from the pan by turning it upside down. Apply some of the mandarin sirup (about half the can) onto the cake using a pastry brush. Mix the powdered sugar and the milk and glaze the cake.

Toffee Bundt Cake with Mandarin Orange

For an especially seasonal flavor, Melina suggest skipping the mandarin soak entirely and opting for rum or coffee. Oh man. Doesn’t that sound so delicious? I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!


[Photos + recipe by Sugary & Buttery.]


A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

Ok, friends. I get it. We’ve been talking about fall for a few weeks now, but now that fall is officially here as of today, I’m kind of in disbelief. Summer just went by so so quickly this year and after the bear of a winter we had last year, I’m just not quite ready to give up on the beautiful warm, sunny days that are the hallmark of our summers in the northeast. So what better way to embrace fall than with something really gorgeous and perfectly seasonal? Like this stunning fall centerpiece! Studded with persimmons, ranunculus, dahlias, and dusty miller all arranged in a shallow wooden bowl, it’s all kinds of lovely in my book. You can catch the DIY over at Santa Barbara Chic!

A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece

A Pretty Persimmon Fall Centerpiece


[Styling by Kelly Oshiro | Photos by Anna Costa.]


10 Best Apple Recipes

10 Best Back to School DIY IdeasI’m pretty sure that every year at this time I start going on about apple season and how I’m all levels of obsessed. Here in Upstate New York, apple season is no joke. Apple farms are clogged with cars and packs of merry apple pickers toting home baskets and bags to make pies, crisps and tarts. And I’m here to tell you what, there is nothing like the smell of baking apples filling up the house on a chilly fall day. It’s enough to make a grown lady drool.

Last year I shared 10 drool-worthy apple recipes and today I’m bringing you even more apple delights! From cocktails to breakfast to truly indulgent treats, there’s something here for every palate. Click through for 10 of fall’s best apple recipes!