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  1. Pumpkin Carving and Seeds!


    October 19, 2013 by Jenn

    A few days ago Patrick and I carved the pumpkins we bought at the farm. This is my favorite part of fall for 2 reasons. 1. Carving pumpkins is fun, duh. 2. PUMPKIN SEEDS. Pumpkin seeds are one of my all time top favorite snacks but buying them at the store can be expensive. I started cleaning and baking my own years ago and I’m about to tell you how.
    We bought 4 pumpkins altogether, 2 large and 2 small. Luckily for me, there were a TON of seeds inside. First I clean out all the guts from inside the pumpkins and put them into a bowl.

    Lots of gunk. This was only from one of the large pumpkins! Next you need to separate all of the seeds and put them into a strainer. I rinse my seeds so that there are no sticky parts that might make the seeds soggy when they are baking.

    Separating the seeds is the most tedious part but if you’re lucky, you can convince your boyfriend to be your pumpkin seed sorter like I did. Cute and helpful. <3

    Place the seeds on a baking sheet or in a pan on wax paper. I spray a light layer of non-stick cooking spray just to be safe. Make sure that the seeds aren’t on top of one another. I like to sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on mine. Bake for 25 minutes in an oven preheated to 325 degrees. After about 10 minutes of baking I stir the seeds around to make sure none of them burn and our evenly distributed.

    Once ut of the oven, let the seeds cool completely and the store in an air tight container. Snacks for every day!!

    Eventually it was time to carve our pumpkins and I tried something I have never tried before. I used a drill. Honestly, drilling into pumpkins is really fun. It feels cool and you get all these tiny little pumpkin curly pieces. I drilled mine in a offset pattern using one small drill bit and one large drill bit.

    Once I was done drilling, I used a damp cloth to wipe off the outside and remove all the excess pieces.

    Done! This is one of the many things Martha Stewart has taught me. We are getting so close to Halloween I can barely stand it. I’ll have a post for you very soon that’ll teach you how to make a spooky front yard display! Stay tuned!

  2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies


    October 16, 2013 by Jenn

    I don’t really think I need to explain too much here, am I right? Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite combination of all time. These cookies are the absolute BEST and they’re just in time for the holidays.

    - 1 C butter, soft but not melted
    - 1 C white sugar
    - 1/2 C brown sugar
    - 2 eggs
    - 2 tsp vanilla extract
    - 2 C flour
    - 2/3 C cocoa powder
    - 1 tsp baking soda
    - 1/4 tsp salt
    - 2 1/2 cups Reece’s peanut butter chips

    - Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    - In a mixer or a large bowl, combine butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla and beat together until light and fluffy.
    - In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until well combined. Gently stir in the peanut butter chips.
    - Place the batter in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes before baking. This will help the cookies to rise instead of coming out flat.
    - Lightly grease your cookie sheet and drop the batter in rounded spoonfuls. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. I prefer my cookies to be softer so I took mine out after about 11 minutes. If you like crunchy cookies, leave them in a bit longer.

    I’m a big fan of recipes that are basic and can be changed a little here and there. This is a really simple and easy recipe that you can modify any way you see fit. I’m thinking that next time I might add pretzel pieces or maybe cherries for Christmas time. What are your favorite holiday cookies??

  3. Make Your Own Chai Syrup


    October 14, 2013 by Emily

    I don’t know about you, but once the weather turns chilly I need a little spice in my life. I don’t know if this theory has any validity or not… but I always think spiced food and drink helps keep me warm, I’m sure it’s just a metal/emotion thing… but either way, it means I’m drinking a lot more chai!


    To me there’s something so comforting about sipping on a chai tea, but alas, I can ‘t afford to buy a chai latte every day or I would be in the poor house. So I decided to make my own chai concentrate.. this way I can add it to anything I so desire… spiced coffe? Chai Latte? Perhaps a cocktail?!

    What You’ll Need:

    5 cups water
    1/4 cup white sugar
    4 bags of black tea (remove the tags!)
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1 teaspoon black peppercorns
    10 whole cloves
    8 green cardamon pods
    2 whole anise stars
    2 in piece of peeled ginger cut into slices
    1 split vanilla bean OR 2 teaspoons vanilla paste


    -Bring the water and sugar to a boil.
    -Reduce heat to low and add tea, spices and vanilla.
    -Simmer for 3 minutes and remove tea bags.
    -Simmer for 10 minutes and remove spices.
    -Allow liquid to reduce by half and cool before storing.

    I use this in a 3:1 ratio of milk to syrup for a chai latte, or add a shot to my morning coffee for an at home version of a coffee house favorite, the dirty chai.

  4. Photos from the Road..


    October 13, 2013 by Jenn

    So for my birthday this year my wonderful boyfriend took me on a vacation to Hector, NY to stay at his parents cabin. One of my favorite things as a photographer is finding small places and forgotten places along the way. Here are some of the photos from our trip.


    1-11: Off of the highway somewhere between New York and Pennsylvania I happened upon this old gas station that has been abandoned for so long that nature is actually taking it back. There were tons of vines and plants that have made their way inside. The paint was chipped and the walls are caving in but it was so amazing! I took about 100 photos but these are my favorites.
    12: Corn crops EVERYWHERE.
    13: Hector Falls. It doesn’t seem like a large waterfall but boy was it LOUD.
    14, 15: Another abandoned gas station. I love the old school pumps.
    16. The view of Seneca Lake as you’re leaving the cabin. It was so beautiful.
    17, 18: The Red Rabbit. Apparently this place used to be the spot to hang back in the day. It’s a burger, pizza, and ice cream joint. It is also the spot where my boyfriend’s parents had their first date EVER. How cute is that?!?!?
    19: This building used to be a drive through to rent video tapes. I liked how small and creepy it is. Like maybe the video tapes were not not totally legit…

    We had an amazing time on our trip and there are so many more photos to share. I’ll post more as I go through them. Sometimes it’s just nice to get out of the city and see some greenery. It helps me take a step back an appreciate things more. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

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