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10 Cozy Things to Make in October 2019

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It is officially fall. The temperatures have cooled in Los Angeles. And I am living for this autumn vibe that is in the air. I am very ready for this. I have been scrolling through The Instagram and love the inundation of this season’s recipes popping up. I figured I’d add to the conversation with my own suggestions. These are a compilation of some of my favorites around this time of year. Shall we dive in? We should.

1. Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings – This is one of my all-time favorite fall recipes on this blog. When I figured out how GOOD dumplings are when cornmeal was added, I never looked back. You can use a store-bought rotisserie chicken, if you like, OR you can roast some chicken thighs. It’s a flexible recipe that is PERFECT for fall.

2. Spooky Mummy Pumpkin Pop Tarts – I’m not one for gross Halloween desserts. Like bloody fingers and spider web cupcakes, etc. But these are cute and tasty. I love that they’re just a small twist on a spooky dessert.

3. Cozy Pumpkin Chili – You can use this in a digital pressure cooker, which is amazing. I love this recipe. It makes the flavors merry together so quickly. You can set it on the “warm” setting and keep it there all day long. Delicious pumpkin chili.

4. Squash Saltado – Lomo saltado is one of my favorite Peruvians dishes. It’s so good. This is a vegan alternative that is so flavorful. The squash is delicious with the soy sauce, spices and peppers. Serve it over rice for a veggie fall meal.

5. Blood Orange Pomegranate Thyme Spritz – I love how these blood orange pomegranate thyme spritzes look. Fall flavors but still refreshing is exactly what I want from my fall cocktails.

6. Pumpkin Raclette Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese – Pumpkin puree mixed into the this cheesy mixture filled with the best cheese ever: raclette. It’s a bit expensive, I’ll admit, but it is so cheesy and funky all at the same time.

7. Cheddar Rye Apple Hand Pies – The flavor combo of cheddar and apples are celebrated in these hand pies. They are SO good. The filling is a delicious combo of gala apples and honey crisp.

8. Delicata Squash Ricotta Baked Shells – If you’re like what can I make that’s cozy and cheesy and full of pasta. Look no further! These stuffed shells are a dream!

9. Pumpkin Funfetti Cake – I love cake, you know this.Funfetti cake is so delicious because in between the two funfetti layers lives a thick layer of pumpkin cake. It’s like fall exploded.

10. Chewy Chai Masala Snickerdoodles – This is the most popular recipe from The Year of Cozy. They have flavors of chai tea, paired with a chewy snickerdoodle consistency. The ingredient that gives these snickerdoodles their delicious chewy texture: cream cheese. It’s a small amount but just the right amount.

10 Cozy Things to Make in September

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It’s September! Almost. A few days shy but I figured I’d put up a post of some things to make this weekend, for Labor Day. I’m headed to Hawaii but if I was here, there are some things in this list that I would be making for

1. Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies – I am ALWAYS on the look out for iterations of chocolate chip cookies. This version is a banger. I love it. Coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven.

2. Melty Baked Brie with Walnuts, Honey and Figs – Baked brie is so underrated. I think it’s because people are used to seeing it wrapped in puff pastry and drizzled with like honey. They’re used to a trashy version (and for the record, I LOVE that version). This is a classier version of that. It’s melty and gooey. The crunchy walnuts, sweet honey and ripe, juicy figs are glorious.

3. Earl Grey Scones – Having a blog can be weird. I have no idea why this recipe has taken off in the last couple of weeks but it’s brought in SO much traffic. It’s an oldie of a recipe but it’s good. I love these scones. So here ya go.

4. Peach Walnut Cocoa Nibs Snacking Cake – This cake is SO good. It’s a such a sleeper of a recipe. I posted this and no one cared. Lol. That happens sometimes. But I can assure you that it is so delicious. The streusel topping is amazing. And peach and cocoa nibs work surprisingly well together.

5. Miso White Chocolate Chip Cookies – An iteration of chocolate chip cookies with a hint of savory added via Miso. The white chocolate chips are a nice change from the regular dark chocolate chunks I use.

6. Roasted Carrot Potstickers – We can’t just eat sweet things in the month of September. I need veggies. These potstickers are an amazing vehicle for delicious pureed carrots spiked with ginger and sesame oil.

7. Spicy Sambal Oyster Noodles – This isn’t exactly “late-summery” or anything like that. These are what the internet likes to call “evergreen.” Meaning, you can eat them any time you dang well please. They’re spicy and savory and so so good.

8. Payday Lobster Cherry Tomato Pasta – For when that direct deposit hits! This is for that time of the month when you’re feeling sorta spendy and you got some money to spend. I actually love buying a lobster tail and putting it in dishes—it feels so luxurious.

9. Ginger Shrimp Stir-Fry with Garlicky Bok Choy – I can eat a whole bowl of sautéed green onions. This dish has A LOT of green onions added to bok choy the shrimp. It’s a delicious, easy to make dinner.

10. Pumpkin Tahini Loaf – I didn’t want to pull out the fall stuff all early but here it is: the first glimpse of the upcoming season. I’m excited for it!

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Cozy Bedroom Makeover

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My bedroom makeover is done! YAY! It’s taken a lot of time to get it to a place of total comfort. TBH when we first moved in, our bedroom resembled more of a dorm than a cozy, tranquil place. I was procrastinating on pulling the trigger on new furniture and decor—they’re hard choices to make haha.

Before we get into the cozy details, let’s look at some beautiful before photos! Lol. The bedroom furniture was way too dark and the curtains hardly let in light.

The bedroom needed a new fresh coat of paint and some new light fixtures. We also had a desk in there and it was just a place where we would keep folded clothes.

We have a pretty small closet so we definitely needed a big dresser that could hold a lot of our clothes.

I knew that I needed a whole lot of things and that’s where Lulu & Georgia came into the picture. I teamed up with Lulu & Georgia for this makeover and they supplied a good amount of the furniture and fixtures in the house.

I had my eye on this Aliyah Velvet bed (in color Pine) for a long time. I actually first saw it from this post and fell in love with it. I love that the velvet looked lush and soft. I also knew that I wanted the bedroom to feel like a hotel room: nice lighting, comfy linen sheets and just everything being nice and clean.

The first thing we had to do was get rid of the furniture in the room. We gave some away, stored some and gave the room a nice paint job. We painted the ceiling, too, which really brightened up the room. I picked Benjamin Moore “Paris Rain” for the walls and “Ivory Tusk” for the trim.

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