Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread Recipe
If theres one thing I know that signifies it is really fall, it's when I make my pumpkin zucchini bread! I've been making this recipe for many years, and I have yet to meet someone who'd doesn't just love it! While I can't technically call it healthy, there are lots of healthy aspects of this delicious treat, and in a season where everything is loaded with sugar, calories and pumpkin, having something that is a little lighter on the waistline is always a good idea! I've been making this recipe for so long, I actually don't remember where I initially found/saw the pumpkin zucchini bread recipe, but I know it's delicious! And today, I'm sharing the recipe with you!
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 cup melted butter (substitue 1/2 cup of applesauce for healthier option)
1 Tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tsp salt
1 Tsp cinnamon
1 Tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups shredded zucchini
Handful chocolate chips or other topping (optional) I added streusel topping to a few of my mini loaves. 

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread Recipe
1. Heat oven to 350°
2. Shred and dry two large zucchinis (I use a cheese grater & remove excess water with cheesecloth or paper towel)
3. Combine sugar and eggs, lightly beat together
4. Add pumpkin, vanilla and butter to wet mixture.
5. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.
6. Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture, mixing well.
7. Stir in zucchini and optional add-ins.
8. Fill two greased 9x5in loaf pans. 
9. Bake for 40-50 minutes. (I used mini loaf pans so my cook time is different).
10. Let sit in pans for 10-15 minutes.
11. Move to wire rack to cool.
Pumpkin Zucchini Bread Recipe

And there you have it! That is my marvelous Pumpkin Zucchini Bread! If you aren't feeling this fab fall dessert, you have to check out my pumpkin snicker doodle recipe! They are equally delicious in their own way!
What is your favorite thing to make during the fall season?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Savvy Travel Tips {Planning}

I can not tell you how many people ask me how we travel so much. I think travel has just become so natural to us, we just make it happen. But obviously, for some people, that is not how it works, but it should be! Traveling is something unlike anything else, the experiences, the different cultures, foods, it's all just mind blowing sometimes, and I really think everyone should be able to experience it. I previously posted my Savvy Travel Tips, with a few tips for all aspects of traveling. But after tons of questions, and lots of travel talks, I thought I'd create an installment of travel tips that I live by! When we are thinking of where we want to travel next (tis the season) there are a few travel tips we take in to account before booking.

Can you travel in the off season? This one is kinda hard, because well off-season doesn't always mean we can travel during that time. BUT have you seen the differences in prices of hotels and things like that during the off season? For instance, hotels in a ski town during winter months are 4xs the amount they are during summer months, for all the obvious reasons. But if you're looking for a getaway, it makes sense!

Do you have different dates in mind? Obviously, being flexible when you are planning anything is imperative, but have two or three sets of depart/return dates is a great idea. You can compare prices for the dates, and see which works best with your schedule and budget.

Have you checked prices on With things like their fare calendar and the ability to search many airlines at once, makes it so much simpler to find flights that match your criteria. They will even find incoming/outgoing flights on two separate airlines if they think that is cheaper for you!

Can you leverage frequent flyer miles? Now, I know, FF miles are a pain in the butt to keep track of. They're kinda confusing, and they take a while to accumulate, BUT they can really come in handy. Where you or your travel companion might not both have enough to get free flights, one of you could use their miles for a free flight, and then you split the cost of the other flight between the two of you. If you haven't signed up for a FF program, but you've been on a airplane, I highly recommend signing up, you have nothing to lose!

Do you have Credit Card points? I get it, not everyone has credit cards. They aren't for everyone, but if you do have one, and you have one with some form of rewards points, use them! One of my CCs uses the normal 1% back on all purchases, but my Discover CC has 5% back every quarter on various things, and even now, my debit card (you read that right) has cash back deals! Scan the deals on your debit and credit cards. If nothing else, use some of those rewards points you've built up to cut down on costs!

Do not try to plan everything at once! This is something I have been so guilty of in the past. But after many failed attempts, I've realized this is not a good idea. Lay everything out that you want to do, sure. But don't try to purchase everything at once. Reserve the two biggest things- flight accommodations and stay. These are usually the things that fill up the quickest, and prices will go up quickest with these, especially flights. If you find a great priced flight, jump on it. But save the little things for later!

What's something you always do when planning your travel?


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Delicious Dallas Dessert Spots

If there's one thing I know about, it's food in Dallas. The only thing I know better than the places you can get the best meal, is the places you can get the best dessert. Hello, I haven't gained these extra L-B's eating salads and skipping dessert, duh! Don't get me wrong, Dallas has some great dessert spots, but there are a lot of overrated ones, and definitely a few that aren't technically Dallas based, but people have no idea. Desserting, as I like to call it, is such a fun adventure in Dallas. You can have a bomb dinner at one place and head off to another spot for a delicious dessert. That's just how Dallas rolls.

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Joy Macarons I can honestly say, these macarons are the BEST macarons I have ever had, and I have had a LOT of macarons since these little guys became so popular a few year ago. From the incredible every day flavors like lemon and cookie dough to the delicious seasonal flavors, every single one of their macarons will blow your mind. 

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Howdy Homemade This little ice cream shop will literally blow your mind with their incredible flavors. The first time Thomas and I popped in, the owner, Tom Landis, was serving up scoops and had us try every single flavor they had. Tom Landis not only serves up some of the best ice cream, he has the biggest heart, and employs adults with special needs in Dallas to work in his shop! Truly a gem of a spot!

Berrynaked There are other Popsicle shops in Dallas, so I can't give Berrynaked the title of first pop shop, but I can give it the title of the BEST Popsicle shop in Dallas. These Popsicles are all natural, and all delicious! I seriously can not get enough of them. I'd be lying if I said I haven't taken a few of the Greek yogurt ones home and had them for breakfast. Every single one of their Popsicles is amazing, and you won't even feel guilty after eating one... or five!

Cow Tipping Creamery I grew up just blocks from this little spot. The first time we headed over there, I almost cried seeing my old neighborhood. I reminisced of the things that used to be and fell in love with some of the new spots. Regardless, this little creamery has it figured out! They have a list of ice cream parings that are already designed for deliciousness, or you can chose your own mix ins. Did I mention on certain days you can get your ice cream in a donut? Yep. Heaven. My favorite is the High Tea (pictured above)!

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Emporium Pie I have an undying love for this spot. The cute shop, the delicious pie, it just makes for a fabulous spot. They recently opened their newest location in Deep Ellum! My favorite is the Smooth Operator.

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Sno Now, don't get me wrong, I love the little snow cone shacks just as much as the next person, but this all year round snow cone shop makes others look silly. They have such a huge array of flavors and you can get your snow cone "stuffed" with soft serve ice cream. *Insert heart eye emojis* because this place is heavenly, all year long! My favorite combo is a stuffed birthday cake sno!

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Kate Weiser Chocolates She isn't rated one of the top chocolatier in the world for nothing. These chocolates are some of the most fabulous, delicious, tiny little tasty things you have ever put in your mouth!

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Cake Bar Right next door to Kate Weiser is Cake Bar. A magical little place that serves only cake. The bright decor and friendly staff makes the cake going experience all the better! My favorite is the strawberry and the coconut cake!

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Scrumbcious This little spot is truly a hidden gem. Deep in the City of Mesquite lies this incredible spot. They serve PIE SHAKES! This is a slice of pie, in a milkshake... Let that sink in for just a second. They also have a stand at the fair! Where they not only serve their famous pie shakes, but another fab fair food like fried cheeseburgers! My favorite pieshake is the coconut cream pie shake!

Tiff's Treats I can not say enough about Tiff's. They deliver warm, fresh cookies and brownies. And ice cream if you ask nicely. Granted, this spot started in Austin, there are so many locations in Dallas, it just feels like home. You can have them ordered all day long, and the fabulous delivery drivers at Tiff's Treats will serve them up to you hot and fresh just minutes after you order... Does it get much better than that? My favorite cookies are the snickerdoodle and chocolate chip!

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Glazed Donut Works Is this breakfast? Or is it dessert? Does anyone really know? No. Does anyone really care? No. Because their donuts are delicious, and that's all anyone cares about. Nestled in the hustle and bustle area of Deep Ellum, hop in line around 11pm and patiently wait for GDW to open their doors. Or head over to Luck @ Trinity Gives and try their donuts & beer pairing, how can you go wrong with that one!?

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Super Chix Custard You know how they say most people crave Chick Fil A on Sundays... Well Super Chix is your answer to those cravings! They are almost parallel to Chick Fil A in their menu items, with the exception of a few variations, and their amazing custard. They usually have two main custards and one custard of the week.

Have you been to any of the spots I mentioned? Or did I totally miss your favorite Dallas dessert spot?

Monday, October 3, 2016

DIY Hanging Herb Garden

Have you ever been grocery shopping and you see how much packaged fresh herbs are? What the freaking heck. $3 for a few sprigs of rosemary or oregano? What is going on with this world, y'all? I've been dying to have an herb garden of my own, but I really just didn't think we had the room... I knew we needed something that would provide height versus as traditional garden setting. After a whole lot of thinking and browsing of the isles and isles of plants at certain garden stores, I finally decided I needed a hanging basket type garden. But that was the thing, I couldn't find anything that I thought would work in our space. So, I just had to come up with my own. I came up with a DIY Hanging herb garden. We don't have a massive patio, so a hanging herb garden was the perfect idea.
For the hanging herb garden you'll need a few simple items.
What you'll need:
2+ Baskets of any kind
A few herbs (seeds or already grown)
Potting soil
Strong rope
Heavy duty scissors
Nails/screws & hammer

1. First, you'll want to measure your rope out. This is easily the most difficult part. You will need to double the rope over, to ensure it can hold whatever you tie it to. You will also need to make sure both sides of the baskets have the same amount of spacing/rope between them.
2. Lay thin gardening fabric on the bottom of your baskets. This will help with drainage and also with soil erosion.
3. Fill baskets 1/3 of the way full with potting soil. I like to use a potting soil that has an organic plant fertilizer already mixed in.  You want to make sure you don't fill it too high, because you'll need plenty of room for your herbs.
4. Section out your herbs. Make sure you pairs herbs together that can complement each others growing process. Figure out how many herbs can go in each of the hanging herb garden baskets and get ready to plant!
5. Start adding plants to each basket. Remember to fill potting soil in around them as you go, and pack the soil.
5. Water yo plants! Of course, plants need water, duh. Do this before you hang them for the first time so they can have some time to absorb all the water before it begins to drain.
6. Decide on a place to hang your DIY hanging herb garden, and measure out at least two screws to fasten them to your main surface. We used two heavy duty screws, just to be sure there was no movement.
7. Hang your DIY herb garden and enjoy!
And there you have it! That's how our little diy herb garden came to be! This is the first in my additions and renovations to our little patio/backyard space and I really can't wait to see how it all turns out!
Do you have an herb garden? What kind of herbs are you growing?
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