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Cozy Weekend Finds

Happy almost Monday, readers. This weekend flew by way too fast, but only a few more days until Halloween! We are heading to our friends house for a Halloween party and I am pretty excited for us to dress up. John and I have never done a couple's costume before, and I think we nailed this Halloween's ;)

We spent most of the weekend picking up some new home goods and headed into the city to review a new restaurant that opened on the Upper West Side called Tessa. It was absolutely delicious! I figured I'd rock some fall stripes, overalls and a red lip. This is definitely one of my favorite seasons for fashion and makeup. Sweaters, scarves long sleeves, boots and makeup shades in reds, berries, browns, wines, and every other rich, deep shade! I haven't gotten my hair done in months, but I am kinda feeling this color that evolved on its own. Sort of ombre-esque.

We headed to the outlets and hit up West Elm, William Sonoma and Pottery Barn. We weren't looking for anyth…

Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Hey there fellow readers. Another day down and a few more until the weekend. The weather is shaping up to be decent and I've been getting in some walking at night, which feels awesome. Trying to savor the last of this glorious fall weather to say the least. Tonight we wanted something hearty and healthy so I decided to make my mom's classic beef stew recipe. Its another easy one with minimal prep and "set it and forget it" cooking instructions. Here is what you'll need for this comfort meal.


-1 lb of beef chuck cut into 2-inch cubes
-1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
-2 tsps of olive oil
-5 large carrots peeled and chopped
-4 potatoes peeled and diced
-2 yellow onions peeled and diced
-1 large can of tomatoe sauce
-1/4 cup of cooking wine
-garlic powder 


Take your beef cubes and dredge in your flour tossing a few times to coat all sides. I added a pinch of pepper to my flour. In a deep skillet, heat your olive oil and brown your …

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Happy Monday W+A readers. Hope everyone's weekend was enjoyable and filled with lots of fall cooking! We spent our Sunday celebrating our first wedding anniversary with antiquing, Thai food and indulging in some champagne and wedding cake, which was as delicious as I remember on our wedding night!

After work on Friday we headed to Trader Joe's for some special foods that we can't typically get at our local grocery store and we also went a little pumpkin crazy. Talk about pumpkin cranberry and rosemary crisps, pumpkin cheesecake spiced apple cider and some other tasty treats. We also made a variety pack of some seasonal beers and I snagged these adorable little pumpkins for our entryway table decor. Aren't they the cutest?

Friday night John whipped together an iced toddy by mixing some Woodford Bourbon, Trader Joe's spiced apple cider and cinnamon to top. It was absolutely delicious.

Monday started off pretty busy catching up on some work emails from over the weeke…

Fall Into Cooking

Hey there W+A friends. I have to say, I absolutely love summer and warm weather, but fall is hands down my favorite season, especially since the weather has pretty much stayed warm these past few weeks, minus today's rainy cold front. There is nothing better than warming up with some Starbucks, a good read and my favorite fall scented candles, like pumpkin spiced cheesecake from Bath & Body Works.

I've totally been digging my crockpot to prepare some hearty fall meals. Everything from roasts to soups, stews to just about anything else your heart desires can be slow cooked. Its a simple task to wake up in the morning, set your food in your crockpot and come home to the delicious scents of your dinner cooking.

The other night I decided to make some slow cooker carnitas. I had a whole pork loin, so instead of roasting it in the oven, I decided to slow cook it for 8 hours. Its an easy meal to prep ahead of time and leftovers are always just as delicious if not more the next da…