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Rice Krispies Treats Halloween Pumpkins

Rice Krispies Treats Halloween Pumpkins 11

I feel like I’ve already celebrated more of Halloween this year than in that last several years combined. Last weekend a group of friends and I wore lederhosen at Oktoberfest; this Thursday we’re donning western wear for line-dancing; and Friday night we’re dressing up as Rockettes for a neighborhood party. That being said, it felt like time to begin preparations for the other best part of Halloween: the treats. I whipped up a batch of these Rice Krispie Treats Halloween Pumpkins, which are so easy and so quick, so the only thing left to think about is the costumes for the main day. Let the festivities begin!

Ingredients

3 T. butter
4 c. mini marshmallows
4. c. Rice Krispie Treats cereal
Orange food coloring (or I mixed red with yellow)
Chocolate chips

Directions

1. Melt butter on low heat.
2. Add marshmallows and continue stirring until melted.
3. While stirring, add drops of food coloring until desired orange color appears.
4. Add in Rice Krispie Treats cereal and stir until combined with marshmallows.
5. Form into small ‘pumpkin’ balls and add a chocolate chip on each.

P.S. Related: more treats — coconut macaroons.

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Leavenworth Oktoberfest

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This past weekend, a group of about 20 friends and I road-tripped to a little Bavarian village in the mountains for a second week of Oktoberfest. We arrived Friday afternoon in time for a hike up Icicle Ridge at dusk (after about an hour attempting to locate said hike) then donned Fräulein outfits and ventured into town for German beer, live music, and bratwursts piled high with sauerkraut. The festival happens every single year in Leavenworth, and we’re already excited for next time. Here are a few photos… Read more…

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Heart Swells

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Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine contained more quiet nights in than I’ve had in a long time – and a few days in, I FELT the difference. I woke up easier, had more energy in the evenings, and felt more relaxed throughout the day. I just started reading this book, and I’m hoping it continues to make a difference in how to focus on what really matters and simplify the rest. It’s a life’s work, huh? (: The moments that made my heart swell this week…

- Cocktails and conversation at Maximillien’s with V <3
- Snaps with M
- Surprise greetings from Italy and this girl
- A night spent reading in bed (been way too long since that happened last!)
- Finally getting a mini catch up with my sister. Excited for more next week. (:
- A fun night out at Wasabi + Shelter Lounge
- Homemade brunch with friends the next AM
- A lazy Saturday
- Satisfying sessions at the gym
- Halloween prep
- As always, my faraway girlfriends who bring a smile and laugh every day

{Photo via How Sweet It Is}

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Monterey

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Last week I visited Monterey, California for a business trip. After the conference had finished one night, I walked down to the wharf for a bite to eat. Dusk was just settling in, and the pier was covered in barking seals, brightly colored candy shops, and sailboats rocking in the marina. Here are a few photos… Read more…

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Fall Sweaters

Few things feel cozier than snuggling up in a fall sweater. I pulled together some of my favorite styles below in a variety of colors, textures and patterns. Wouldn’t these be great to pair with leggings, boots and a scarf?

fall sweaters

You may purchase the sweaters at the following links: 1/2/3/4/5/6.

P.S. More fall fashion: top bootie picks and outfit inspiration.

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Liquor Placecards

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We’re coming up on party season with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas just a few weeks and months away. I recently saw these liquor placecards, where each person’s name is wrapped around a bottle of their favorite kind of alcohol. Wouldn’t that be a great idea to implement at a party this season? For bigger parties, mini bottles might have the same effect of a personalized (and fun) way to get the party started.

{Photo via Cupcakes and Cashmere}

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Food for Thought

I saw this entertaining video over the weekend about unplugging from our cell phones and reengaging with life. It’s definitely worth the three-minute watch…

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Heart Swells

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This week went by so fast that it seemed like it barely started before it was over. It contained some of the best moments of the entire year, and I’m thankful for the opportunities that left me so sweetly exhausted. After a whirlwind few days, I’m looking forward to long, lazy days of recuperating this weekend. The moments that made my heart swell this week:

- Wedding dress fitting with my newly engaged sister (!)
- The kindest kudos email from a respected colleague
- Two days in Monterey, California
- Experiencing the same excitement flying into LAX as when I lived there
- Getting home safe and sound from a few days traveling
- A night in a luxurious hotel room at the Portal Hotel and Spa
- Dinner and a walk on the wharf with the barking seals
- Giving my all at a business conference. The high of learning new things.
- An all-day leadership training and flower-thanks at work
- Ryan Adams with my fam. My favorite kind of memories.
- Oktoberfest fun in the mountains. A weekend of great new friends and play.
- My sister getting engaged! And being a part of it for pre-proposal prep, photos and celebratory champagne on the beach. My heart is so full. <3

{Photo via Good Hood}

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Perspective

Have you seen this powerful video?

29-year-old Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma multiforme, one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. After discussing the course her life would take with several physicians — now limited to a prognosis of six months — she made the choice to relocate with her family to Oregon, one of five states with Death with Dignity laws, which allow physicians to prescribe medication to mentally competent, terminally-ill adults who wish to end their life peacefully and painlessly.

Regardless of which side of the issue you stand on, it’s an incredibly moving message that gives us all something to think about:

“The reason to consider life, and what’s of value, is to make sure you’re not missing out. Seize the day. What’s important to you? What do you care about? What matters? Pursue that. Forget the rest.”

 

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On Getting a Life

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I recently came across Anna Quindlen’s Commencement Address at Villanova University, and just had to share. Isn’t she spot on in this passage?

So I suppose the best piece of advice I could give anyone is pretty simple: get a life. A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house. Do you think you’d care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a lump in your breast while in the shower?

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over Seaside Heights, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over the water gap or the way a baby scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a cheerio with her thumb and first finger.

Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure; it is work.

You may read the rest of her beautiful speech here.

P.S. Related: another one of my all-time favorite commencement addresses.

{Photo via Bruno Paci}

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