Best of September

September was a good month.  And a hot month.  Right now as I type it's 90 degrees....but I am still thinking of all things fall and am so excited for the final three months of the year. My husband and I spent most of Saturday discussing holiday plans.  I love the holiday season :).

I hope you guys had a good month....here are a few of my favorite posts from September ~


One of my favorite outfit posts from the month.

Finn's prized possession {he is still obsessed}.


We took a family mini-trip to Julian and it was so fun.

My crockpot apple butter recipe is so good and SO simple.  

merged my food blog with this blog and now you can find recipes galore here on {Acute}.

I love these fonts.

A few photos of my booth at the Queen Bee Market and a sneak peek of my Gatsby inspired photoshoot.

Here's to another great month in October!

xo, Gina


Hello Weekend

Thank god it's the weekend.  I have been draaaaaaagging all week.

Yesterday I realized that this weekend is the only completely free weekend I have until, ummm, Christmas.  This fact makes me part excited and part want to crawl into bed for three months.

Three months of lounging probably isn't an option, so I am just going to embrace the craziness.   But first I need a weekend off.  Or at least half off.  It's hard for me to completely not work all weekend.

All I plan to do this weekend is take my husband shopping for some much needed new clothes and give my mutts baths.  And maybe a dinner out.  I do love to eat....



A few links from my week:



*My friends at Noon are having a grand opening party for their newest shop in Providence, Rhode Island.  If you are in Rhode Island, you should totally go.  Details here.

*I really want one {or both} of these sweater dresses.


*I stocked the {Acute} Etsy shop with new vintage jewel hairpin sets.  Also, you can still take advantage of this deal through the end of the month.  Which is about three days away.  What?!

*I am hoping to get to the Rose Bowl flea market next month and this list of 15 Flea Market Secrets got me really excited.  And motivated to GO.


OK, that's all I got for you guys today.  And this week.  I hope you had a good one and that your weekend is even better.




oh, hello fall

Do you have any Fall goals?  I hadn't thought much about it until I saw this post on Shannon's blog.  It got me thinking about what little things I would like to accomplish this Autumn.  

It's good to have goals, even just little silly ones like watching Homeland {that show killed it at the Emmys, it must be good}...



In honor of the new season, I am having a little sale in my shop{s} through Sunday night.

shop here or here

I hope you guys are enjoying the first days of Fall!
I am waiting for cooler temps so I can make my first batch of pumpkin bread.....

xoxo


The Queen Bee and a little Gatsby

I have been super busy the past few weeks preparing for the first Queen Bee Market of the season and for my Gatsby inspired photoshoot.

Now that both the market and the shoot are finished, I have a few days to get my life in order.  I tend to let everything else go when I am busy!  Today was filled with cleaning, paying bills, and other boring tasks.

The Queen Bee Market was another great experience.  I loved the look of my booth, however it was a ton of work to set up on my own, so I doubt I will replicate it any time soon.  My arms/back are still sore!









The Gatsby inspired photoshoot I did yesterday went so well.  It was just what I envisioned and I could have never pulled it off without the help of Amanda from Thorne Artistry and Emily of MLE Photographs.  They are both just so good at what they do.

I have this little sneak peek pic {taken on Amanda's iPhone} and I love it.  I cannot wait to share the final photos and the ten new designs with you guys in a few weeks!


Also, my before and after makeup photo ~ I was so transformed!  I love the dark lips and went out today to get the same color gloss from Target.  This is new territory for me people.  Wish me luck ;).






CrockPot Apple Butter


After picking apples in Julian last week, I had a million pounds of apples that needed to be made into something.  One thing I decided to make was apple butter.  I looked at various methods and decided upon the easiest one - crock pot apple butter.

This recipe could not be easier and it makes your whole house smell like apple and cinnamon.  So delicious.

Crockpot Apple Butter

**Chop up about two pound of apples {leave the peel on but remove and discard the core}.  Rinse the apple pieces and toss in the slow cooker.   


**Cover the apples with 2-3 tablespoons of honey, a teaspoon of nutmeg, three teaspoons of cinnamon, the zest from one lemon, and 1/3 cup of water.  Stir all together, set the crockpot on low, and cook for about five hours.

Depending on how large or small you chopped your apples, it might take more or less time.  Check here and there and give the mixture a stir so it doesn’t scorch.

**Once the apples are cooked and cooled, dump the mixture into a food processor or blender and process until smooth.  If you prefer lots of texture, skip this step.


Store the apple butter in airtight containers in the refrigerator for a few weeks.


Apple butter can be spread on toast, waffles, etc.  Or, go crazy and spread it on cracker topped with a slice of good parmesan cheese.


Enjoy!


Friday Stuff


I basically ate no carbs all week and just treated myself with the most amazing mojito scone.  Sometimes it's better when you just indulge once in a while.  At least that's what I am trying to convince my carb and sugar loving body.

This week was just busy.  I prepared for the Queen Bee Market {are you going?} and finished some pieces for my newest line.  It is Gatsby inspired and I am a little in love with all of it.

I will try to share some sneak peek pics next week.

A few other things on my agenda for next week....

  • Clean my studio.  It is a mess.
  • Take Gordita to the vet.  She is a month overdue for her shots....I am such a bad mother.
  • Finally get my car window fixed.  I might just miss the blue painter's tape that is has been holding it in place for the last three weeks.  {For the record, painter's tape held, duct tape failed.  Who would have thought?}
  • Get my hair did!  God, it's a mess.

And a few Friday links for your clicking pleasure -


  • I loved this post by Jenni at Story of My Life.  She always has such insightful and well written posts.
  • I so want to make these pretzel bites.  I hope that scone hasn't sent me down the carb rabbit hole.....
  • I am excited for sweater weather.  Even though it's the last day of summer/first day of fall, it's hotter than hot here.  Oh well, it will come soon enough and when it does I want one of these slouchy sweaters from Gap.
  • I love the new look over at Cup of Jo.  I am getting the itch for a new blog look.....I will have to call on Dana because my blog makeover skills are pretty below average :).
  • I so want to make these apple cider doughnuts.  Dang, there I go again with the carbs.  Wish me luck.
  • Finally, my friend emailed me this article and I loved it.  Love, love, loved it.


Have a fab weekend y'all!

xoxo,
Gina


Life Lately


Lately I have been....

listening to the new Avett Brothers album on repeat.

watching Gallery Girls.  It is so bad and so good.  Don't you love how Bravo can do that?

loving the return of Flipping Out.  It is just so.good.  I love me some Jeff Lewis.

making earrings and hairpins and headbands for this Saturday's Queen Bee Market.

eating so much kale. I think I am in love with it.

compiling apple recipes.  I have a million apples from Julian that need a home.

putting the finishing touches on my latest line...just in time for Monday's photo shoot.

confused by Blogger.  I was finally forced over to the new format :(.

What have you been up to lately?




Font Love.

I am someone who is guilty of spending hours searching and downloading new fonts. There are so many free and inexpensive font downloads that I find it hard to NOT download hundreds.

I tend to get stuck on a font {or two} for a while...until I discover a new one that I love.

These are my current favorites:




Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


I have a weakness for baked goods.  In another life, one where I don't care about my weight or eating too many carbs, I would bake every day.  You might say - "you can bake and not eat what you make."  But that doesn't work in my life.  I bake because I love the baking part and because I love the eating part.  The eating part is pretty much te best thing ever.

When I do bake, I try to be a little bit healthy {expect around the holidays, the holidays don't count} by eliminating some fat and/or sugar.  Last week I whipped up some low-ish fat chocolate chip cookie bars to take on our trip to Julian.

I loosely followed this recipe, but I cut down on the sugar and chocolate chips and I baked the batter in a square dish in order to make cookie bars rather than cookie cookies.

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars {makes about 12}
-1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
-1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-1/4 cup butter softened 
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-1 large egg
-1/2 cup all natural {no sugar added} applesauce
-1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Put the applesauce in a fine sieve and allow the water to drain out.  Let it sit for about 10 minutes and a good portion of the water will have drained.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.
3. Put the softened butter {let the butter sit at room temperature until soft or microwave for 10-20 seconds....just until soft, not melted} and sugar in the bowl and mix with an electric mixer until well blended.  One blended add the egg, vanilla extract, and drained applesauce.  Mix for another minute.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
5. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
6. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper {or spray well with non-stick spray} and pour the batter into the pan.  Spread the batter out with a spatula until evenly distributed throughout the pan.
7. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 mintes.



Enjoy!




Weekend Snapshots ~ Julian


The weekend in Julian was quiet and relaxing and full of perfect weather.  But you know what?  I think I am a city person.  That being said, it is so nice to have a place like Julian just an hour-ish drive up the mountain.

Every morning, I would look at the time and think "oh, it's three hours behind in San Diego..."  I had to constantly remind myself that I was pretty much still in San Diego. Julian is a totally different world.

The cabin we rented had one and a half acres of fenced in land.  My dogs ran and sniffed and screamed at deer.  They didn't bark, they made screaming noises.  Like caged monkeys.  I'm pretty sure the deer blew their little minds.  The only wildlife they ever see is an occasional skunk and the neighbor's cat so the screaming was completely understandable.

We went wine tasting at J. Jenkins Winery {apple wine - so good}; bought a pie and apple cider doughnuts at Julian Pie Company; picked apples; went to a bluegrass festival and just sat and walked the dogs run.  It was all so fun.

How was your weekend?




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