Friday’s Favorites

Hi there!

I know Friday is almost over but while it’s still Friday I wanted to share some favorites, favorites from our engagement photo shoot!! Woo! I was so excited when our photographer emailed us saying the photos were ready. We have been Anxiously waiting for two and half weeks! Two and half weeks isn’t that long but we wanted to see them right after we did the session. :)

I’m glad we were able to take engagement photos before the wedding because it certainly gave us experience with a camera being around us and taking A LOT of pictures in an hour. I can only imagine how many photos we’ll take for the wedding!

We chose a cute little town, Cedarburg, where we went for Strawberry Festival the day after Mike proposed and it was a perfect fall day! Remember how I said I was guilty of that list of things white girls do in the fall? Engagement photos in the fall is on the list! :)

Here are my favorites!

Me and Mike

Me and Mike Fall

Me and Mike Bridge

Me and Mike Steelers

Photos were taken by Sarah Jayne Photography.

Brown Butter Banana Cookies

Hi there!

How are you doing? It’s been rainy and dreary in Wisconsin ever since yesterday and will continue through tomorrow. But I think these Brown Butter Banana Cookies from Iowa Girl Eats will cheer up any rainy day blues you might have (because I certainly have them!).

I don’t know about you but sometimes Mike and I will get a bunch of bananas and eat them throughout the week but then there are 2 or 3 sad bananas that we just don’t feel like eating. And then they sit there on the counter and get browner and browner. And then I wonder what can I make with these bananas so they don’t go to waste? I love banana bread and I’ve made banana bread muffins which are delicious, but this weekend I wanted something different. I scoured the internet (IGE’s blog) and found these delicious banana bread cookies made with brown butter and brown butter icing!

I need to work on my browning butter skills (I’m way too impatient) but that didn’t matter when tasting these cookies because I could have ate the entire batch! Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Banana Bread Cookies

Friday’s Fab Five

Hi there! How’s it going? Happy Friday!

Do you have any plans for the weekend? Tonight Mike and I are going to the home opener for Milwaukee’s AHL team, the Admirals, and I’m excited! It’s nice to have hockey back!

The Pens played last night and won 6-4, what a high scoring game! This year I am definitely more excited to see hockey than football. Usually I prefer football over hockey but with all of the penalties the referees are calling right and left, you can’t watch much of the game before a penalty is called. At least you can be more physical in hockey. ;)

Well whatever you have planned for this weekend, I hope you have a fabulous time! I think it’s time for us to decorate our apartment with some Halloween decorations and buy some pumpkins.

Enjoy the Friday’s Fab Five!

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#5 Sweater Weather
It’s sweater weather, especially since we had a frost advisory last night, brr! I love this combination, especially because I own the checkered shirt underneath the sweater from Forever 21. I think I might try this out with a different colored sweater but I love the necklace. Time to go shopping!
Sweater with Statement Necklace

#4 One Giant Monster M&M Cookie [Sally's Baking Addiction]
I found this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction for one giant cookie and I definitely want to try it! Sometimes  you just want one big cookie and this sounds perfect!
Giant Monster M&M Cookie
#3 Pilates for Runners [MSN]
I like to run and I like to do Pilates. When I started running longer distances I injured my IT Band which runs from your hip to your knee and which causes me to have knee pain if I increase my mileage too soon or increase my speed too soon. I ended up doing physical therapy but rather than continue to do physical therapy I like to do Pilates at least once a week. Pilates helps your core plus so much more. The MSN article gives you plenty of exercises that will give you great benefits as a runner, check it out!
Pilates for Runners

#2 Feyonce Tank Top [Three Two One]
As I’ve said before the wedding industry is crazy especially with all the things they say you need for your wedding but you may not actually need. Whether it’s because it doesn’t fit with your wedding or you just find the suggestion to be ridiculous. I know some brides (or bridesmaids) like to wear matching shirts when going out for the bachelorette party that say ‘Bride’ or ‘Bridesmaid’. I’m not a huge fan of that idea but I do love this ‘Feyonce’ tank top. I would wear it, call me ridiculous but I’m ok with it. ;)

#1 Quinoa with Corn & Scallions [Just a Taste]
I wanted to try this recipe last night but after Mike and I ran what we thought we would be a short run, 48 minutes later we got home and I was starving. We rummaged through our fridge and pantry and I ended up cooking spicy shrimp with pesto pasta and fresh tomatoes. (Delicious by the way) This weekend I would really like to give this recipe a try. We’ve made a dish with quinoa before and I’d like to make another one featuring it. I think it sounds like a great side dish. What would you pair it with?
Quinoa with Corn and Scallions


Fall Crochet Hats

Hi there!

How’s it going? Recently I’ve been busy making some really cool crochet hats for friends. Yes, I feel like an 80 year old woman saying that but hey, it’s fun and people like my hats.

I’ll be taking a break from hat making tonight because Mike and I are going out to dinner with friends to celebrate our engagement! I’m excited to see everyone and I know it’s going to be a great time. By the way, does anyone still have engagement parties? I know if I was asked to go to an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, AND the wedding it would seem a bit overkill on the gift buying part. But I’m ok with having dinner with everyone in town to celebrate!

Now for the hats. I had a friend contact me for a pumpkin hat for her soon to be son. She sent me a photo of one she liked and I quickly got to work making it! I went out of my comfort zone on this hat incorporating three different stitches. I used a double crochet, single crochet, and a shell-like crochet stitch (pattern here, start at Round 7) where you skip stitches to make the design in the middle of the hat. Then I switched to double and finished with a single crochet stitch. I started the hat using this pattern for baby hats. I used the pattern from the Buckeye hat I made to make the leaves and then for the stem I used a corkscrew pattern. I’m very happy with how the hat turned out and excited to see the newborn photos for the little guy!
Pumpkin Hat

The next hat I made was a candy corn hat. The idea of candy corn hat came up when Mike was explaining to a friend what corn hats are in reference to the Nebraska Huskers and the hats the fans wear at football games. When Mike googled ‘corn hat’ some of the images included candy corn hats and our friend really liked them. He asked me to make one for her as a surprise. I used a Red Heart hat pattern for this one and made a gauge beforehand because I’ve had some hats turn out larger and ended up redoing them. The gauge was really helpful and after adjusting my stitches based on the gauge, the hat fit perfectly. This was the first time I made a poof ball which was a lot of fun too! I love the look of the poof on top.
Candy Corn Hat 2

Candy Corn Hat

The last hat is a Packers themed hat for a friend who is a huge Packers fan. I’ve seen yellow and green yarn at Joann’s that’s really cool because it switches from yellow to green throughout the skein and you don’t have to switch while making a hat, it automatically creates a striping effect. I used the exact same pattern as the one I used for the candy corn hat and with a poof, of course!
Packers Hat 2

Packers Hat

What do you think? Which hat is your favorite? Interested in a hat for yourself or a little one? Check out my shop Rachel’s Yarn Creations on Etsy!

Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccolini

Happy Friday!

How was your week? Are you ready for the weekend? I’m excited for tomorrow because Mike and I are going to see my alma mater, Kent State, play Northern Illinois. Hopefully it’s a good game and Kent State leaves with a win. It’ll be tough, Kent hasn’t won in Illinois since about 1999! But Go Flashes!

Today I’m sharing one of our favorite go-to dishes to make when we want leftovers after and that we both enjoy: Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccolini. This is our own version of Mario Batali’s Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe. I’m not a huge fan of broccoli rabe, it’s a bit too bitter for me, but broccolini works great in this dish. We’ve also made it with spinach and broccoli but this version is our favorite. Also, Mario makes his own pasta but we didn’t make our own.

Let me know what you think! Which vegetable do you like the best for this dish?

Orecchiette Spicy Sausage and Broccolini

Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccolini

1 bag of orecchiette pasta
Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage, casings removed (this is our preference but any spicy sausage will do)
Olive Oil
Red pepper flakes
Parmesan cheese

You can follow Mario’s recipe here but start at step 4 if you’re not making your own pasta. We add garlic to ours and make sure to boil the pasta for one minute less than the package directions. I love how there isn’t much sauce to this pasta but it’s still filling and delicious. The water from the boiling pasta mixed with the olive oil makes a sauce and incorporates everything together.