Chili extravaganza

Sunday, November 9, 2014

We've got a lazy Sunday upon us and NO LEFT OVER CHILI?!!!!
What is a girl to do?!!!!!!!!!!

We had such a blast yesterday with lots of family, good pals and some finger linkin' good food. My mom made the last shot in beer pong and then proceeded to pass out by 7:30pm (2 hours before Hadley) so I'd call that a real party success. 

We made two batches of chili.. one mild and one spicy. You can see the recipe in this post. I added some of Lucy's famous tomato sauce this time around to give it a little bit of a deeper flavor. We also added some sautéed habaneros, red chili pepper flakes and spicy McCormick's chili seasoning to the spicy mix for some KICK. 

We had a smorgasbord of toppings such as cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapeño, avocado and salsa along with some cornbread and chips for dippin'. But enough about the chili.. lets talk DESSERT.

Woahhhh baby. I think I've found some new favorite recipes! Thank you Pinterest, you beautiful broad you.

This pumpkin pound cake with powdered sugar glaze will make your house smell like Fall amazingness. Between the pumpkin and the nutmeg and the cloves you've got yourself a cozy treat great for Thanksgiving, Christmas or everyday of the week. This recipe is also considered "skinny" since they substituted yogurt so eat the whole loaf if you really want to. No one's judging.

Now for the real star of the show...
THE salted caramel apple hand pies.

You can find the recipe here because I know you need it!!! 

These may be the best things I've ever made and eaten. I'm not gonna lie, I was so impressed with myself. This was my first attempt at making a (mini) pie from scratch and I think I fuggin' NAILED IT. 

They have the perfect amount of sweet and salty in a light and flaky puff pastry dough. The mini size is great for parties or an after Thanksgiving dessert.. although next time I'd probably double the recipe because they got gobbled up way too fast!!

The dough was definitely the most challenging part of this recipe. It takes some lovin' to knead it all together and it gets really wet and sticky after you add in the sour cream. But if you can work through it I swear it's worth it! I used a shit ton of flour on every surface so definitely keep that near by. You could also buy pre made puff pastry dough if you want to skip that part ;)

I think these will definitely be making an appearance at Thanksgiving this year.. and for the rest of the time.

Today has been all about snuggling and football.. and baby kicks!

Can you believe that BUMP? My god, I feel like I'm 6 months pregnant already!

Our little nugget dances in there all day long. With Hadley I usually felt her move only at night time when I was laying down. I remember she used to always get the hiccups at 10pm. But this babe is a mover and a shaker alllll the time! I love feeling her. It always puts a smile on my face.

On Tuesday I'll be 18 weeks along. We get to see her again a week after that for our sonogram and I just can't wait :)

Before I relinquish myself to the couch and a plate of leftover pumpkin pound cake, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful feedback on the new holiday prints!!!!! I love seeing pictures from your own homes (thanks for this one, Angela!) and events. It means so much... you guys are THE BEST.

Keep an eye out this week for more festive, holiday items :)

Love to you all,

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