Tag: fall 2017

'Friends' Thanksgiving

Have the Perfect Friendsgiving, Courtesy of Lauren Conrad!

We all know Lauren Conrad (or L.C., spoken in a Laguna Beach voice) not only for her time on The Hills, but her fashion line, design expertise, and writing career. Now, she gets to add another skill to the list and it’s perfect timing for the holidays!

 

Lauren Conrad

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According to Us Weekly, Conrad is showing us how to create a DIY recipe book for all those taking part in Friendsgiving! Are you having a few friends over and they’re all bringing something delish? Conrad will give you a step-by-step guide on how to take those recipes and make them into your very own personal cookbook to share with family and friends, no publisher needed!

 

She recommends first to gather everyone’s chosen recipes ahead of time before the celebration. After that, all you have to do is print it, put it together, and design it as you please. “You can pick whatever color or texture you want– maybe something that coordinates with your tablescape,” the author explains. This is going to be for your friends to take home after a lovely dinner together, so make it personal! Add stickers, labels, and any sort of design that will make it special and decorative.

 

Lauren Conrad

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Conrad’s little book of recipes includes some from her mom as well as from her friends. She’ll put together a group email to divvy up who brings what and she usually ends up with a good variety.

 

Typically how I’ve done it is while inviting everyone and put them all on an email and say I’ll be providing the turkey along with a few side dishes, if anyone has a favorite they’d like to contribute, please let me know. Then it’s first come, first serve basis — people call dibs

 

This is a really nice idea for sharing recipes with loved ones and it acts as a cute Friendsgiving gift! Stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, we are ready for you.

 

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Autumn

7 Bewitching Poems to Get You in the Fall Spirit

It’s almost that time of year again, folks. Fall will be officially arriving this Friday with a new surge of excitement and adventures.

 

From hot beverages, homemade pies, enormous pumpkins, sweeping vineyards, and the vivid changing leaves, fall is all things cozy and rustic. Did I mention pies?

 

So, with the crisp season (and sweater weather) right around the corner, how do you get yourself in the mood for it all? Well, here we’ve got a list of seven beautiful poems (and their excerpts) that capture the true spirit of autumn.

 

1. ‘III. Nature, XXVIII, Autumn’ by Emily Dickinson

 

This poem practically exudes warmth and paints a picture in your mind of what fall truly is. Plus Dickinson is pure magic. 

 

The morns are meeker than they were,

The nuts are getting brown;

The berry’s cheek is plumper,

The rose is out of town.

 

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2. ‘October’ by Robert Frost

 

Do you ever get those feelings that only an October morning or evening could evoke? Robert Frost is a genius with his words and describes those chilled dawns and dusks perfectly.

 

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled

 

3. ‘The Autumn’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning has numerous poems with language that could steal anyone’s heart. Let this work harvest all the feelings you have about autumn.

 

Though the same wind now blows around,

You would its blast recall;

For every breath that stirs the trees,

Doth cause a leaf to fall.

 

Bonfire

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4. ‘Autumn Movement’ by Carl Sandburg

 

This poem simply captures an ever-changing season and all the beauty that never lasts. It reminds us that, like the seasons, not everything lasts.

 

The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman.

 

5. ‘Autumn Fires’ by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Sparking bonfires and flittering embers tend to fill our minds when we imagine all the things that make fall spellbinding. Stevenson’s poem captures the fireside charm of these cooler days.

 

In the other gardens

And all up the vale,

From the autumn bonfires

See the smoke trail!

 

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6. ‘Once Upon An Autumn Day’ by Joseph T. Renaldi

 

This poem feels like a walk down a golden, leaf-strewn street. Sounds nice right? If you enjoy watching the leaves fall in the comfort of your favorite sweater, read this.

 

Once upon an autumn day,

The whispering breeze was here to stay

Moving aimlessly through the countless trees

Scattering leaves with the greatest of ease.

 

7. ‘Love In Autumn’ by Sara Teasdale

 

For the hopeless romantics whose feelings change with the harvest moon, this poem by Teasdale may be the brilliance that you need this season.

 

Perhaps when all the world is bare

And cruel winter holds the land,

The Love that finds no place to hide

Will run and catch my hand.

 

With October only weeks away and fall arriving in days, it’s time we become part of the season and everything it means. Late autumn evenings in your old flannel shirts and enchanting car rides through a tree-lined street is what makes fall so perfect. To me, these poems capture everything we could hope for in a single season.

 

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Fall Food

The Five New Cookbooks To Spice Up Your Fall!

Don’t you love that fall feeling?! We’re all getting ready for it. We’re all anticipating it. But have you thought about what you want to cook for it?

 

You can’t exactly bring your summer dishes through to autumn. The tastes and flavors just don’t match up to your mood once October kicks in. The air is cooler, the days are shorter, and all you want to do is put on a sweater, drink something warm, and curl up with your favorite book. So when dinner rolls around you’re in the mood for something comforting and delicious. Where do you get your inspiration for meals, you ask? These are the five cookbooks that’ll give you fall-inspired easy dishes and get you through the changing leaves, right into the snowy weather!

 

1. The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars by America’s Test Kitchen

 

The Perfect Cookie

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Yes, of course, we’re going to start with the most tempting one. For those of you with a sweet craving constantly this may be a book to consider. America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) spans over television, radio, and online to show their viewers the science of cooking. From cooking gadgets to the art of mixing and tasting, this brand will undoubtedly give you the desserts you need with an easy guide. If you can imagine a cookie, brownie, or candy, ATK’s book will most likely have it, from their book to your jar. It’s the season for hot beverages and you have to have something on the side (you know, so your drink doesn’t get lonely). It’s perfect for holidays celebrations, plus what’s better than walking into a house that smells of fresh-baked cookies?!

 

2. Meyer’s Bakery by Claus Meyer

 

Meyer's Bakery

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Carbs are our favorite and probably yours too. Clause Meyer, a food activist and the head of several culinary projects, is giving us something to throw in the oven. His upcoming book gives us 80 simple recipes on how to (perfectly) make all things bread. From scones and baguettes to naan and pretzels, Meyer gives you the chance to really get your hands dirty and impress your guests. He gives us tips to get and advice for mixing, the degree of the oven, and even what flour is best to use. On a cold Sunday night with a hot bowl of soup or in the morning with tea anything of these recipes will work perfectly. We can sense a dough-verload coming.

 

3. The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart by Alex Guarnaschelli

 

The Home Cook

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We’re ready for this one. The executive chef and judge on Food Network’s Chopped is following in her mother’s footsteps and releasing her own cookbook. She’s tailoring it to a whole new generation. The book contains 300 recipes with an array of ingredients that consist of bold flavors, interesting veggies, and a feast of cultural dishes. Guarnaschelli knows that anything is accessible to anyone today. In her book, we can find dark chocolate rum pie to five-spice ribs. When we want to add a dish to the holiday table to show off to our family and friends, this may be the book. The not-your-mother’s cookbook. 

 

4. Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating by Gail Simmons

 

Bring It Home

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Another judge from the popular Top Chef, Simmons is bringing every continent right to your home. After years of her extensive travels and treks to discover new foods and recipes, she’s taking it back with her and serving it for dinner. All the traditional American drinks and dishes like veggie salads or upside down cake are all given a global twist with some kind of ingredient or spice. It’s simple, it’s easy, and she even includes behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and stories that fans will love and newcomers will relate to. So how do you spice up your Christmas brisket? Make it Christmas brisket fried rice. That’s one of the many recipes you can set down on the table (cue the oohs and ahhs).

 

5. Super Tuscan: Heritage Recipes and Simple Pleasures from Our Kitchen to Your Table by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

 

Super Tuscan

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One word: yum. Chef Corcos and his wife, actress Debi Mazar, have brought the rolling hills of Tuscany to us and we didn’t even need a plan ticket (although we’d still love that too). The dynamic duo is sharing loveable anecdotes, stories, photos, and traditional recipes that’ll warm your belly and your heart. This is tradition meets American with the passed down recipes of Corcos’s grandmother. Recipes for marinated chicken with Tuscan herbs and gnocchi in a savory butter sauce is all we need to know before getting this gem. Multicultural flair and the deep love of family is what makes this book magic. On a brisk evening, what could be better than al dente pasta, fresh sauce, and a (small) glass of wine?

   

At this point, we’re just torturing ourselves. The options are endless, as are the recipes, love, and traditions that fill these books. Get your oven mitts and your appetite ready; fall is on our tails

 

 

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7 Books You Have to Check Out This Fall!

Don’t worry, you still have time before the end of summer, but it’s never too early for book hype!

Here are some bonkers-sounding page-turners coming to shelves in the next few months.

 

1. The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley, Aug. 1

The cover of The Bedlam Stacks, which is a blue and gold illustration of monkeys and birds surrounding a lantern.

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In 1859, Cornish smuggler Merrick Tremayne embarks on a journey into the Amazon to gather quinine. The thing is, every previous mission has met its end at the hands of something mysterious and possibly magical.

 

2. The Walls by Hollie Overton, Aug. 8

 

The cover of The Walls, which is of a chainlink fence and a mysterious silhouette behind it.

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Kristy Tucker works on death row as a prison counselor, and is content with her job as it supports her family. However, her home life is filled with a different kind of horror as she deals with her abusive husband, Lance Dobson. The inmates she works with give her an idea for the perfect crime, but she has to decide if it’s worth putting her family at risk.

 

3. The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille, Sept. 19

The cover of The Cuban Affair, which shows a red silhouette of palm trees.

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When Mac is hired for a routine fishing trip in Cuba, he has a feeling there’s more to it than that, and soon finds out his clients are hunting for buried treasure. As relations between the US and Cuba are relaxing, someone is bound to dig it up soon; he just needs to be the first.

 

4. Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee, Sept. 19

 

The cover of Fool Me Once, which shows a woman in a black dressing sitting in a white room.

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Lori Cumberland is a divorce attorney who’s given up on love. That is, until she meets Reed Barlow, an undercover private investigator who’s been hired by one of Cumberland’s angry clients.

 

5. Paradox Bound by Peter Clines, Sept. 26

 

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A time traveler driving a Model-A Ford keeps bumping into Eli Teague, and he can’t wait to meet her again. But when she drives back into his life, she brings with her a sprawling adventure that puts all of Time in danger.

 

6. It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Oct. 17

The cover of It Devours!, which shows an endless circle of teeth on a yellow background.

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It Devours! follows up the bestselling novel Welcome to Nightvale, and tells the story of scientist Nilanjana Sikdar. Nilanjana must uncover the mysteries of the local cult The Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, but her plans are complicated when she catches feelings for Darryl, one of the Congregation’s devotees.

 

7. Artemis by Andy Weir, Nov. 14

 

The cover of Artemis, which shows a black and white image of the Moon.

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Author Andy Weir stranded Matt Damon on Mars with his bestselling debut, The Martian, and is following it up with Artemis. Jasmine Bashara, or Jazz, like any small town kid wants to escape into something new and exciting. The interesting thing is her small town, Artemis, is located on the moon. When she engages in smuggling, she soon finds herself in a conspiracy endangering Artemis.

 

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