All posts for the month November, 2011

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Published November 28, 2011 by Cassie

On Monday I saw my first house decked in Christmas lights. On Friday I heard Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” on the radio for the first time this season. Yesterday my parents and I picked out a Christmas tree in 80 degree weather.

The Christmas season is officially here! Which means I have to say goodbye to my wonderful pumpkin decorations and bring out all my favorite Christmas ones (hint: all my favorite Christmas decorations are covered in glitter).

I brought a few things up to my apartment in Gainesville to spread some holiday cheer in our little apartment.

This picture does not do this little bouquet justice. It’s so sparkly, I love it. I think I’m part parakeet.

Sparkles! Glitter!

Some glittery/snowy reindeer from my youth also make an appearance. These were my favorite decorations in elementary school.

I hung some ornaments in our empty picture frames (aka chic wall art) above the couch, but our white living room wall doesn’t lend itself to great photographs:

I’ve got a few more things I’d like to put up but already the apartment is feeling festive!

I love Christmas. Anyone else have a favorite decoration that they look forward to bringing out each year?


McIntosh, FL

Published November 27, 2011 by Cassie

Better late than never! I would wax poetic about my love for smalltown Florida, but I’m still halfway stuck in a turkey coma. Instead, enjoy some pictures from the McIntosh Fall Festival! McIntosh is one of my favorite places in Florida. Its quiet and charming and I could envision myself living there one day. It reminds me a it of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls except with more Spanish moss and less snow.

So many wreaths, so little time

These appealed to my cat lady tendencies, but I refrained from buying any.

The coolest snow cone cart around

I couldn't resist. Next year I'm bringing my Italian Greyhound dressed as Little Lord Fauntleroy

My friend Julie's dream house. It used to be the McIntosh Hotel when the town had a railroad!

My dream house. If I lived there, everything would be amazing.

A vintage necklace I bought at the festival! I’m still in love with it a month later.

A Little Night Pumpkin Bread

Published November 1, 2011 by Cassie

This weekend, I made pumpkin chocolate chip bread and by the time I was done, we had loaves coming out our ears. Next time I guess I’ll cut the recipe in half, but this time I wanted loads and loads of pumpkin bread to share with friends!

I used this recipe, although I add 1/2 cup more chocolate chips than the recipe calls for. I also use mini chocolate chips instead of full size ones, because I think they distribute a little better in the batter.

I made a few mini loaves as well, because everything looks and tastes better in miniature.

I love pumpkin chocolate chip bread. If I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life, it may very well be this bread. Or goat cheese. Close call.