Falling

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Once again the season is stealing the spotlight from me. Can’t say I’m mad about it though. I mean seriously, how gorgeous is this backdrop? Moving on to less gorgeous  – but still pretty cute – things: I wore this outfit to brunch on Saturday, and I re-styled my polka dot jeans from my last look. So to sum up: Fall. French toast. Polka dots. Life is good.

Shirt // similar Vest // Jeans (on sale) // Bracelet* (great for small wrists!) // similar Boots // other similar Boots (33% off – Nordstrom Half Yearly sale!) // similar Necklace* // Bag (on sale in blue) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Necklace and bracelet provided courtesy of Asos.

The Fall-iest of All Fall Meals. Ever.

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Boy, do I have a treat for you guys today. It’s starting to really feel like fall out there, Halloween is right around the corner, and I’m about to tell you what you need to know to make the BEST. FALL. MEAL. EVER. Seriously, it doesn’t get any fall…er…fallier? I don’t know…than this: piping hot homemade vegetarian chili and a cool drink of cider and pumpkin beer.

While I can’t claim the beertail idea myself, the chili is my own creation based on a few other recipes I found. *Pats self on back.* Scroll down for the details on how to make your own fantastic fall feast! If I can do it, so can you, because I am about as effective in the kitchen as my cat. We both usually just stare at our reflection in the dishwasher.

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Sarah’s Sassy Chili Recipe (working title)

1 cup diced onion (about 1/2 an onion)

1 cup diced green pepper (about 1 whole pepper)

1 package (12 oz.) of imitation ground beef (I use Morningstar Farm Crumbles)

[Put these first 3 ingredients in the pot and heat for a few minutes until the onions start turning translucent. Then add the rest of the ingredients below, and simmer for at least 35 minutes.]

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (I did this in the can; doesn’t have to be perfect)

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1 mini can (I think it’s 6 oz.) tomato paste

1 can diced tomatoes with liquid left in

2 teaspoons(ish) minced garlic

1 tablespoon chili powder (or more if you want it spicy)

1 tablespoon cumin

[Serve with shredded cheese of your choice on top!]

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Pumpkin Cider Beertails

Put a cinnamon stick in each glass

Fill 3/4 of the way with a pumpkin ale

Top off with sparkling cider

Squeeze in a lemon, then use as garnish

Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top

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My Week in Over-Processed Photos

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The view on my way home from vacation last weekend

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…but coming home’s not so bad.

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Pretty yellow leaves on campus; Busting out the slippers…it got chilly in my apartment!; Window art on my balcony door; “Baking” Halloween cookies

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Friday manicure: sparkly mint statement nail

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Pumpkins at our front door!

Hope everyone had a great week. If you didn’t, well…do better next time. You know what might help? Following me on Bloglovin’.

MWOPP: It’s Fall!

This week’s over-processed photos are fall-tastic! Hope that everyone had a great week and that you’re enjoying the change in seasons…

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Playing with an early fall leaf

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Pumpkin spice latte with my studies; Sweetening probably the last strawberries for the year; Latest polka dot manicure; Coco making a psycho kitty face

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Simple autumnal breakfast at home: pumpkin muffin and breakfast blend from my Keurig (I was pretty proud of the composition of this photo – cool, right?)

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And the most exciting news of the week…My best friend is getting married and she set a date! Now I have something to look forward to at the end of next summer.