1. Something about the beginning of November has me shopping for salted caramel scented candles, fur boots, warm cable knit leg warmers and a healthy assortment of all things chocolate. I finally had a weekend of literally nothing to do so I utilized my glorious time by packing up the black "spooky" Halloween decor ...cleaning... and then getting the abode Holiday prepared. I say prepared because I like to have a little simplicity when November hits and then closer to Thanksgiving start busting out the favorite large decorative pieces. My entry table (which I will post pics of soon) is now very simplistic with a "Give Thanks" sign, a few floral arrangements and candles. I am completely like my mom in that I enjoy being a homemaker. Yes I love taking the time to make my surroundings look and feel incredible...you are lying or lazy if you do not like doing the same to some extent. I am ready to start making many holiday plans and heading to Chetola in a couple weeks!
2. I just ordered two light-read novels and cannot wait to laugh and enjoy the comical side they both bring. I have been eyeing all things French for awhile now so it only made sense to finally hit purchase on amazon so this would be sent my way soon! Here is a pic of "How To Be Parisian Wherever You are" in case you are eager like me to add it to your shopping cart soon. "From four stunning and accomplished French women -- at last -- a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave themselves."-Goodreads
.3. I love a good easy recipe and devoured some chocolate chip muffins the other night. With this new chilly weather that has found it's way to Charlotte..I crave a warm treat especially at night. These are somewhat healthy but I stress the "somewhat"...
Chocolate Chip Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins..or 8 if you are like me and love them super jumbo!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray the wells of the pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla, mixing until well combined.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the liquid ingredients into the well. Stir until ingredients are just combined - do not over mix the batter. Fold in the chocolate chips.
5. Evenly divide the batter into the prepared muffin pan wells. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
6. Remove muffins to a wire rack and cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
(From My Baking Addiction)