Breakfast Crepe w/ Bacon & Egg

{serves 4}

What You Need
For The Crepes
3 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
1.5 TBS coconut flour
1 TSP coconut oil, melted
1/8 TSP sea salt
1 TBS coconut oil, more if needed

For The Filling
4 eggs
4 strips of bacon
Italian seasoning
Butter, melted for drizzling
Fresh oregano 
Fresh thyme

Directions
For The Crepes
1. Add all crepe ingredients into a bowl and whisk together. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. While the batter is sitting, heat a pan over medium heat. Once the 10 minutes are almost done on the batter, add 1 TBS coconut oil to pan and spread evenly throughout. 
3. Give batter one more whisk and then scoop out 1/4 cup and pour in to pan. Make sure to coat the whole pan in a circular motion. It should look like a thin pancake. 
4. Cook for about 1 minute or until edges start to lift. Gently flip when ready and let cook another 30 seconds to a minute. 
5. For Filling: Right after you flip the crepe, crack and egg into the center and sprinkle with bacon. Turn heat to low and let sit until egg is cooked to your liking.
6. Once cooked, you can fold up the edges if desired and then remove from pan. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, melted butter, and fresh oregano and thyme. 
7. Continue with remaining batter and fillings. Add more coconut oil to the pan if needed, you do not want the batter to stick! 
8. Enjoy you're amazing breakfast!

Happy Early Thanksgiving!

Happy Wednesday and happy early Thanksgiving! Today, I am headed off to Charleston to spend the holiday with my family. I am so excited to be spending another Thanksgiving down there, I just love Charleston. It always makes for a nice vacation. I wanted to take a minute to say how thankful I am for each and everyone of you. It means so much to me that you are taking the time to read this right now. Y'all are the best and I hope y'all have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. Talk to you Monday!

Links From This Week

For all my Costco shoppers out there, this is a must read.

Here is a list of some great Black Friday beauty deals.

Because coloring isn't just for the kids table.

Pass out these printables to find out what your family members are most thankful for this year.

Check out some of these stores that have already started their Black Friday deals: Amazon, H&M, and Best Buy.

Tidbit Tuesday: Favorite Thanksgiving Place Settings

Roasted Chicken Thighs w/ Bacon & Apples

{serves 4}

What You Need
4 chicken thighs
1 TSP sea salt
1/4 TSP fresh black pepper
2 TBS olive oil
1 cup chicken broth + splash balsamic vinegar
3 to 4 fresh sprigs of thyme
6 strips of bacon
3 large shallots, diced
1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2 inch-thick half moons

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 450° and season both sides of thighs with salt and pepper.
2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in oven-safe skillet. Once skillet is hot enough, add chicken thighs skin side down and cook for 4-5 minutes or until crispy. Next, flip them over and cook the other side for 2 additional minutes.
3. Next, pour in the chicken broth and splash of balsamic vinegar into the skillet. 
4. Top with fresh thyme and then let cook in the oven for 15 minutes. 
5. While the chicken is cooking, cut up your bacon into small chunks. Cook in a medium sized pan until browned and crispy and then transfer to paper towel to drain grease (make sure you save your bacon grease). 
6. Using the same pan with bacon grease still in it, add diced shallots and apples. Sauté for 4-5 minutes or until shallots are translucent and apples are browning. 
7. Remove pan from heat and slowly stir in half of the bacon bits. 
8. The thighs should be done by now, remove from oven (keep oven on) and add the apple and shallot mixture to the chicken skillet. Try and nestle it in-between the gaps, instead of on top of the chicken. 
9. Place skillet back into the oven and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. 
10. Once cooked through, remove from oven and sprinkle with the remaining bacon bits. Enjoy!

Weekend Time!

It's Friday and the weekend is almost here! I had a good, non-stressful week which was wonderful, because I needed to recover from the sleep deprivation I endured over my birthday weekend...all in good fun though :) This weekend, I plan on spending time with friends and starting to get everything ready for Thanksgiving next week. I hope you all had a fabulous week and weekend ahead!

Links From This Week
Here is some help to get you ready for turkey day!

This is a feel good video after all the bad this week. 

Head over to J. Crew for an extra 35% off their gift guide items.

Want to do something fun this weekend? Head to Firelight at SweetWater brewery. 

Tidbit Tuesday: Thanksgiving Menu

Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? I feel like just yesterday I was getting ready for Summer...and now it's Fall and Winter is quickly approaching! To help ease all the holiday craziness, I wanted to go ahead and share with y'all some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes so you can plan ahead. If you are still looking for a side to bring or dessert to make, I hope my menu helps you find the perfect one. Happy (almost) Holidays!

Szechuan Zoodles w/ Thai Ginger Steak

{serves 4}

What You Need
For Dressing
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 TSP ginger, minced
3 TBS sesame oil
2 TSP rice wine vinegar
6 TBS coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
2 TSP honey
1 TSP hot sauce
1/4 cup tahini

For Everything Else
3/4 lb skirt steak
3 zucchinis, spiralized
1 lime, quartered
4 scallions, diced
1/4 cup cashews, chopped
3 cups shredded red cabbage
Salt & pepper
1 TBS lime juice
1 cup edamame beans

Directions
For Dressing
1. Place all ingredients for dressing, other than tahini sauce, into a food processor and process until smooth. 
2. Divide the the dressing into two batches, one in a shallow bowl, and one still in the food processor.
3. Place steak into the shallow bowl and marinate for at least an hour. Add tahini to remaining dressing in the food processor and pulse until combined.
4. While steaks marinate, spiralize zucchini and then set aside. 
5. Heat a small pan over medium heat and add cashew pieces. Cook until fragrant and toasted, set aside.
6. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season both sides of steak with salt and pepper and add to pan. Cook each side for 2-4 minutes and then remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
5. Using the same skillet, add more olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the cabbage and half of the scallions. Season with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Cook until cabbage is softened. 
6. Once cabbage is softened, add zoodles to the pan along with half of the reserved dressing and edamame. Cook for an additional 5 minutes and then remove from heat. Add in remaining dressing and toss to combine. 
7. Divide into serving bowls, add steak, and top with cashews and scallions. Garnish with lime slice. Enjoy!!

24 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Today I turned 24...wow i'm getting old! Like last year, I am sharing with y'all 24 things that you might not know about me. I hope this helps y'all get to know me a little more! Also, today I am headed up to Blue Ridge so you won't hear from me again until Monday. I hope each and every one of you have a fabulous weekend!! 

24 Things You Might Not Know About Me
1. Sweet over salty any day.
2. One of my biggest fears is something crawling in my ear and living in my head. 
3. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian and part of me still wishes I had become one.
4. I have major wanderlust and feel the need to be on the move 24/7.
5. I never really learned to swim. I went to one lesson, skimmed my face on the bottom of the pool and never went back.
6. My favorite song of the moment is "Sorry" by J Biebs ("I'll Show You" is right behind it).
7. My favorite junk food is a tie between white Cheetos (with ketchup of course) and cherry twizzlers.
8. I've never broken a bone but I have had a concussion playing soccer.
9. Gracie is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I just want to squish her, she is so cute!
10. My most embarrassing moment was slipping while walking into the main entrance of the business building in college.
11. While writing this, I am listening to my Ben Rector Pandora station. 
12. This summer I want to plan a trip to Italy or Switzerland...who's down?
13. I once won $400 for winning a fundraising raffle through my high school soccer team. That was the only thing i've ever won. 
14. I'm a huge worry-wart. When I was little, I couldn't sleep over at friend's houses for the longest time because I was too worried something would happen to my parents while I was gone.
15. I've had 3 guinea pigs, 2 hamsters, 8 fish, 1 lizard, and a total of 5 dogs.
16. I'm the world's worst texter and will take a million years to text you back. Don't take it personally...it's me not you!
17. My favorite Disney movie growing up was Lion King.
18. My favorite color is blue and my room has been that color since I can remember. 
19. I want to open my own cafe one day serving coffee, grab and go breakfast, and brunch on the weekends.
20. I'm currently binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix.
21. I'm a huge planner. I have to write everything in my calendar or I will forget.
22. I always have music playing...it soothes me. 
23. I'm always torn between wanting to get out of the house and have fun and wanting to be home alone in my little bubble. 
24. I have always preferred NFL (go coons!) over college football.

New York Trip Recap

Happy hump day, everyone! Sorry i've been so MIA lately...still trying to catch up from being gone. So instead of a wish list today, I wanted to share with y'all my trip to NYC. We went for a trade show, but went up a few days early to explore the city. I hadn't been since I was about 16, so I was super excited! I don't have too many pictures, because most of the sight seeing we did was the inside of Macy's...wasn't planning on that, but nonetheless, it was fun! 

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We arrived Friday afternoon and headed straight to our wonderful VRBO right in Chelsea, where the convention center is located. The manager was so nice and the location was great. We could walk to The High Line, Chelsea Market, shopping, and more! 

Once we were settled in, and Sandy and our manager chatted about Property Brothers for an hour (her first of many spottings), we headed down to Chelsea Market to find some lunch. We decided to walk The High Line because it went straight there and had a way better view than the streets. 
I stopped and took some scenic pics during our walk. New York is so pretty in the Fall!

Once we got to Chelsea Market, we did a full lap of the place to see what we wanted. We ended up deciding on some crepes from Bar Suzette. They were amazing! I got the Apple & Brie crepe (Local NY Apples, French Brie, Honey, Market Greens, & Balsamic Dressing) and Sandy got the Ham, Egg, & Cheese crepe (Italian Ham, Swiss Cheese, Fresh Organic Egg & Dijonaise). My favorite was definitely the Apple & Brie crepe. They made the crepes right in front of us and they were super fresh. It was pretty hot inside, so we ate them outside at a park right next to the market where we could see the Hudson River. I highly recommend getting a crepe from here if you are in the area!! 

The rest of the day we went shopping and then met up with our other roomie, aunt, uncle, and cousins for dinner at La Birreria. The food was great and the restaurant had wonderful views of the clocktower. La Birreria is part of Eataly, so before dinner, we got to wonder around the little market and see all different kinds of food. After dinner, we headed over to 230 Fifth for cocktails on their rooftop, which had great views of the Empire State Building. They even offer red robes if you get cold! 

The next morning, we got up and headed out to find some coffee and breakfast. We decided to walk The High Line again to Chelsea Market. On our way to one of the entrances to The High Line, we found a coffee shop called Think Coffee. We hopped in and grabbed a drink for our walk. Every place I travel, I like to try their Chai Tea latte's, so that's what I got. It was a great choice! Sandy just got a freshly brewed decaf coffee...yawn. The shop was industrially decorated and had plenty of seating if you wanted to hangout there. Another awesome thing about this brand is that they donate 10% of their profits to non-profits. Why not help others by purchasing a delicious coffee?

Yes, I had to take a #basic picture of my coffee overlooking the city on our way to Chelsea Market.

We finally made it to Chelsea Market! We saw a sign for acai bowls when we were there the previous day, so we decided to get one of those for breakfast topped with blueberries, coconut shavings, and almond butter. We took it outside and ate on the steps of The High Line. Probably not the best meal to eat on a chilly day, but it was still good! 

For lunch, we met with my childhood best friend Jake, who now lives in New York, at L'express. Brunch was still being served, so I had an amazing veggie omelet with a side of potatoes.

After lunch, he took us on the Subway (not as scary as it seems) up to Central Park. We walked around the park for a while checking out all the sights. It was the epitome of Fall with crisp smells and beautifully colored leaves falling everywhere. The park was filled with music and people, it was wonderful!

Once again, the rest of the day we shopped and then met clients out for drinks at Spyglass and dinner at David Burke Fabrick, both located at the Archer Hotel. The rooftop bar had a wonderful view of the Empire State Building. Above are some of my favorites! 

And here is me and Sandy Sue! The drinks and dinner were great, but the company was even better. After dinner, we went to the Baccarat for a drink. It is a real swanky hotel bar, where cocktails are $26 a piece. We decided to have Sandy pretend she was Felicity Huffman to help us get a table, and they totally believed us. We got seated immediately and had wonderful service all night. I don't think they realized it wasn't her until she paid...whoops, we didn't think that one out. Either way, it was so much fun and a great story to tell. 

The next day, the show started and we were there from 10 am - 5 pm, so it didn't leave much room for anything else. We did walk around the corner from our place and get dinner at Friedman's Sunday night. The decor was so cute and the food was great. I even got a festive Fall drink called the Smashed Pumpkin...yumm! The next day we had the show again at 10 am and had to leave for our flight at 1 pm, so we didn't nothing exciting the last day. I loved New York and cannot wait to go back, but for now, I am so happy to be home! 

NYC Bound

Welcome to the weekend! Yesterday, I am jetted off to New York City for a weekend filled with work with a little fun on the side. I'm so excited to explore around the big apple for a couple days before I have to kick it into work mode. I am also super excited to get the heck away from all this nasty rain and finally see the sun!! I don't even know what it looks like anymore...not ok. I hope you all have something fun going on this weekend! See you next week!

Links From This Week

This scare cam will give you a good laugh.

Weekend dinner recommendation: Italian Mushroom Bake - just add some marinara sauce when layering and it is amazing! 

Check out Shopbob's killer sale.

Ever wonder why you dog tilt's their head when you talk? Here is your answer. 

Wish List Wednesday: Winter Florals

Tidbit Tuesday: Famous Dave's Tanner Review

Happy Tuesday, everyone! So for today's Tidbit Tuesday, I decided to share with y'all my favorite self tanner. With it starting to get colder, the sunny pool days are coming to an end. I use to go to the tanning bed to catch my rays, but decided it just wasn't worth the risk of skin cancer. *Bear with me here...I'm not trying to sound like a nagging mother, but it really isn't worth it. You never know what could happen or how your body could respond. Why even take that chance when you have other ways to stay tan out there?...Okay i'm done* That's right people, Famous Dave's is your tanning solution! Without this magic lotion, I would be a ghost 365 days of the year. I even use this in the Summer because I don't have much time to go to the pool. The first time I ever used Famous Dave's, I really liked it but didn't know if I wanted to pay $28 for it. Instead, I decided to give Jergens Glow Daily Moisturizer a try for only $6 and I will never deviate from Famous Dave's again. The Jergens tanner had the most potent tanning lotion smell. It also didn't work as well as the Famous Dave's, I went through the bottle a lot faster, using it more often. The bottles only have a .5 oz difference, and I feel that I got so much more out of the Famous Dave's bottle. I probably go through a bottle in 2-3 months depending on how often I am using it. I have actually tried two different Famous Dave's tanning lotions, Famous Dave's Moisture Tan Original Formula (medium), which is $28 and Self Tanner Small Batch Reserve (light-medium), which is $38. Personally, I like the Original Formula because I don't want to have to apply my self tanner everyday. I usually apply it every other day, and then cut back if I start looking too tan (doesn't that sound great?!). Another bonus, is that I found the same bottle on Amazon for $19 and it is eligible for Amazon Prime free shipping. I'm telling you, if you are in the market for a new self tanner, you need to give this brand a try. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Sausage & Kale Spaghetti Squash Skillet

serves 4

What You Need
1 lb Italian sausage
1 medium spaghetti squash
Olive oil
1 bunch of kale, de-stimmed and chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup coconut milk, or milk of choice
4 garlic cloves
4 TSP Italian seasoning 
Salt
Pepper

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°
2. Microwave spaghetti squash for 4 minutes. Remove and cut in half lengthwise. Discard seeds and place squash on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Flip over, face down, and bake for 45-50 minutes. Once done, set aside and let cool. Keep oven on.
3. While squash is cooling, melt the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until no longer pink. Put on separate plate and set aside.
4. In the same skilled add a little olive oil if needed, and add onion. Sauté for 2-3 minutes and then add garlic, kale, and Italian seasoning. Cook 2-3 minutes or until kale is starting to wilt. 
5. Next, reduce heat to a simmer and add coconut milk and chicken broth. Stir well. Let simmer for 4 minutes and then remove from heat.
6. Now, scrape out the inside of the spaghetti squash using a fork. It should look like thin pasta. Stir into the skillet along with cooked sausage. 
7. Add skillet to the oven and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the top is slightly brown and crispy. Enjoy!