Apple Picking in Greenbluff



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I can't do fall without a trip to the apple orchard, so last weekend we drove up to Greenbluff for an afternoon of autumn fun! I always have a list of things I want to do each season, but it seems like unless I specially plan them, time flies and before I know it, it's over! So this year I'm determined to check off every item on my list, starting with apple picking!

There are a ton of apple orchards in the area, which made choosing one kind of tricky! Luckily I stumbled upon Hidden Acres Orchard, which still had plenty of apples and even a few early pumpkins!



The weather is starting to turn, getting a little chillier and also a little more unpredictable. Since I wasn't sure if we'd be having summer or fall weather (or a mix of both), I ended up choosing to wear this vest which is one of my fall staples. It's perfect for in between weather, and even cozier worn over my sweater, which I was thankful for when the breeze picked up!



I was so excited to see that the farm had a few early pumpkins this year! Most of the farms we stopped at were starting their harvest celebrations in a few weeks, and didn't have their pumpkins out yet. We're planning a trip to a local pumpkin patch in October, and I literally can't wait!



The minute we drove up to the orchard, Charlotte spotted a little toy car, and wanted nothing more than to drive herself around. It was so cute, and she had such a blast! It was crazy watching her and remembering our trip to the apple orchard last year when she was so small!



We ended our day with some fresh pumpkin doughnuts (freaking amazing), and my first pumpkin spice latte of the season before calling it a day and heading home. Fall is my favorite season, and I'm so excited to create even more autumn memories this year!


For more autumn inspiration, check out my fall fashion posts here and here, and my pumpkin spice latte cupcake recipe here!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes


Well friends, Autumn officially begins in five days, so give me all the pumpkin, all the spice and all the fall things! I wanted to create a pumpkin cupcake that was a little different from the standard, and knowing the popularity of the pumpkin spice latte, I thought that could be a fun twist on the classic!



If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I'm a little obsessed with cupcakes. I think they're so fun, and I love thinking of cute new ways to decorate them! You can see my other cupcake recipes right here.


The cake is full of pumpkiny goodness and spices, as one would expect! The frosting is a whipped cream frosting (since the pumpkin spice latte is usually topped with whipped cream), but I also mixed in a little cream cheese because pumpkin and cream cheese are such a perfect pairing.



So go ahead and whip up a batch to satisfy that pumpkin spice craving! These cupcakes are super easy, so you'll probably be enjoying them in the time it would have taken you to get through that crazy drive through line!


Cupcake Ingredients: 

 2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup melted butter (1/2 stick)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Frosting Ingredients: 

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbs instant espresso powder
8 oz cream cheese, softened

Directions: 

Put the stand mixer whisk attachment in the freezer. Weird direction, but go with it.

Preheat the oven to 350, and line a muffin tin with foil liners. The pumpkin will stick to paper liners, and make for an unhappy baker!

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the wet ingredients, pumpkin puree through vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture in two batches, stirring on low speed until just combined.

Using a cookie scoop, fill each liner until about 2/3 full with batter. I usually get about six extra cupcakes which are perfect for taste testing, am I right?!

Bake for about 14-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove them to a cooling rack.

For the frosting, you want the stand mixer bowl to be room temp or cold (I wash mine while the cupcakes bake, and then stick it in the freezer). If the bowl or whisk attachment are warm, the whipped cream won't solidify the way you want it to. Dissolve the espresso powder into the heavy cream, stirring until no pieces remain. Fix the cold whisk attachment, and mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar until combined and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low, and slowly drizzle in the heavy cream mixture. Once the cream begins to thicken (after a few minutes), increase the speed until the frosting becomes light and fluffy like whipped cream! Frost the completely cooled cupcakes, and enjoy.

These frosted cupcakes need to be stored in the fridge, but can be taken out an hour or two before serving if you prefer them at room temperature.

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Autumn Decor to Spice Up Your Fall!

Anyone else feeling especially ready for all things autumn? Fall is definitely my favorite season, but this year I'm way more excited than usual! I can't wait to get our house all decorated in pumpkin and harvest decor, take out the warm cozy blankets and bake some pumpkin goodies! (By the way, for all the fall feels, check out my pumpkin spice latte cupcake recipe!)

Today I've rounded up some of my favorite fall decor pieces for this year.  I'm so excited to share them with you, and hopefully spread some fall frenzy! So grab some hot apple cider, cozy up, and let's dive right in!


The Flats I'm Wearing Into Fall


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Trench coat, Jeans, Flats, Hat (old, similar here).

We've been having such hot weather the last month, and it has made me want to spend all of our time inside in the air conditioning! But last week we finally got a little bit of relief, and I was jumping at the opportunity to pull out some fall clothes!

My Favorite Things: Stationary


If you follow along with me on Instagram, you probably saw my post a few weeks back about my love of planners and really, all things paper. I admit it's a fairly niche obsession, but even my friends who previously didn't understand my paper-lust have started to come to the dark side!

So whether you're already a certified paper nerd like myself, or a soon-to-be new convert, I've outlined below my very favorite, tried and true stationary products.