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PEAR AND GOAT CHEESE PIZZA RECIPE

This Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza is a perfect combo of savory and sweet which is such a winning combo: fall pears, summer sausage, creamy & rich truffle goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar. It’s simple, elegant, and perfect for a little fancy dinner gathering!!!!!! I am loving any recipes with pears currently!!!

And it’s so simple!!!!! And so beautiful !!!

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Visiting Boston’s Seaport District In November//New England Fall

Every time I visit Boston, I enjoy it more and more. As a creature of habit, I do tend to visit a lot of the same places because I love them, but always add something new to my trip each time.

Lin and I have family there so this is our third trip to New England and we look forward to it every year. If you are looking for a guide to Boston’s most “Instagrammable” places, you can find it here. It’s still one of my most read travel guides to date. We decided to travel Maine’s coast prior to our Boston trip and I highly recommend everyone seeing this part of the world! Read my 7 day Maine itinerary before you plan! Cape Liz and Kennebunkport are must sees!

There are so many areas in Boston but we really wanted to explore The Seaport District this go around and of course I wanted to spend some time in The lovely North End too. I just have so many favorites there so it’s hard to not just spend all of my time there.

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Grand Hotel//Kennebunkport Travel Diary

The final hotel on our Maine coastal fall road-trip proved to be quite something!

T H E P L A C E T O S T A Y

The Grand Hotel in Kennebunk, Maine, sits prominently on Chase Hill, just steps away from bustling, downtown Kennebunkport. Featuring classic New England architecture and elegantly appointed decor, the hotel offers views of lively Dock Square and Lower Village. It’s the most perfect ideal spot to enjoy everything the town has to offer. There’s just no denying it! Grand Hotel has that warm beautiful boutique feel and the location is just superb!


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INN BY THE SEA: A LUXURY RETREAT IN CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE

In early November, Lin and I spent 7 days traveling The Maine Coast which you can read all about here. On day 6 we met the beautiful Cape Liz for the first time and ya’ll….this special place has just stolen a piece of my heart. It's natural beauty at its best!

Cape Liz is stunning. We spent some time exploring the area’s most picturesque lighthouses and their picturesque surroundings in the freezing cold rain! We began at  Two Lights State Park (free admission), where Maine’s first "twin" lighthouses were erected on the rocky shore in 1928. (The scenery inspired Edward Hopper’s painting Lighthouse at Two Lights.) Then we made our way to Fort Williams Park next and climb into the tower of Maine’s oldest lighthouse, Portland Head Light. Just see for yourself…..

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Scenic Drive Traveling Maine's Coast To Boston In The Fall// 7 day Maine Itinerary

On November 1st Lin and I landed in Bangor Maine to travel the coast down to Boston. This trip had been on my bucket list as long as I can remember and I am so happy that we followed through. Maine’s Route 1 road trip is as quintessential New England as the West Coast’s Route 1 drive is classic California. While this itinerary starts from Bangor Maine and heads down the coast to Kennebunkport, it can certainly be enjoyed in the opposite direction too. There are two ways to go about this ride: Make a lot of stops on the way up and then power home. Or, pick a few pit stops for the way up, and save a few for the way back. There are so many various options.

A lot of planning went into my itinerary and I really hope you enjoy seeing Maine’s beautiful coast through my eyes—the must-see’s and must-do’s and the amazing culinary scene…OMG. This was such an incredible 7 days and I will forever remember every second of Maine’s endless cute towns and all the lobster rolls!


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Doggy Birthday Party//Melvin Turns 6

Happy Almost Thanksgiving everyone! I cannot believe this is only my second blog post to publish this month but in my defense, I left town November 1st for 2 weeks traveling the Maine coast and had a huge event I worked as soon as I returned! Now I am in Houston getting settled for the holiday and have some free time to get lots of things published for you!

Just in case you have not been watching all of my insta stories, right before we left we had a little birthday party for Melvin. The party needed to be during the week midday which was not the ideal time for many of my friends with dogs whom Melvin loves and I could not host anything at my house because we had a window installation happening. Our local dog park was not ideal either because you cannot bring any perishable items. So my friend Brooke had the perfect solution to my problem!

We both board our dogs at Noah’s Bed and Biscuit in Kiefer and when we talked to them about hosting a little “puppy pawty” ! They have plenty of fenced-in yard options! And plenty of doggy companions who can attend!

Problem solved!

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HEALING KETO BONE BROTH LATTE WITH TURMERIC

I now always have bone broth on hand and beyond using for general cooking, most times I just heat up a cup or two and drink straight up out of a mug. What I love about this healing elixir is how easy it is to adapt to your needs and your tastes and it’s insanely delicious, to boot. You can use any homemade bone broth, chicken or beef, or if you’d like, a high-quality store-bought bone broth like Kettle & Fire (this is my first choice, I love that it’s shelf stable and I can aways have it around)


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Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Thanksgiving is less than a month away, and I could not be more excited. I’ve already got my menu all set! 🙌🏽


🍊 🍊 And today I wanted to share the recipe for my delish orange maple cranberry sauce in partnership with @unclemattsorganic ! I absolutely love their good-for-you delicious organic juices!! They are committed to farming sustainably and all of their products are free from GMOs and synthetic pesticides. 💕💕


This recipe is a healthier spin on this family favorite . It also freezes stunningly and it’s a super easy thing to make weeks ( or even months!) ahead of time!

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

We finally (!!!) just had our first semi-chilly day in Tulsa, and you should have seen me… totally pulled out the boots and turtleneck! You would have thought we were experiencing an arctic blast, when it was actually just under 60 degrees. It’s amazing how the changing temps cause such a shift in what I’m craving for dinner, and the most visible evidence is the return of my slow-cooker to the countertop. There’s something so comforting about putting all the ingredients in the cooker in the morning, turning it on low heat, and then coming home to the most amazing smells before you even open the front door

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Boozy Pumpkin Milkshake Featuring Heritage Distilling Brown Sugar Bourbon

Today’s recipe by Sarah from Broma Bakery had me literally sprinting for the grocery store, especially since I just received two bottles of delish brown sugar bourbon. Their bourbon is made from a Corn/Rye/Malted Barley mash. Barreled at less than 125 proof for <2 years in new American Oak Charred Barrels, then cut to 60 proof using our private crystal clear water source with natural Brown Sugar and Cinnamon flavors added. 30% ABV/60 Proof. Mmmmmm!

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Go French Yourself’s Guide To Memphis// Where The Beat Goes On

Memphis is somewhere that I really wanted to spend some time exploring. I had been there once before when I was 17 but that doesn’t even count. And Lin had never been before and I had a feeling he would really enjoy the rich history. I also really wanted to see one of my favorite Frenchie bands Phoenix play as they booked a stop in Memphis for Mempho Fest, a two day music festival. Being such a music lover since as long as I can remember, I just had to experience one of the most musically charged cities in the country. Being a foodie too I also needed to get my hands on some of this Memphis style BBQ! So when I reached out to the lovely Memphis Travel team to experience all that Memphis has to offer-well we made it happen! This post was in collaboration with them and I hope that it will make you consider exploring more of our beautiful world here in The U.S.!

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Sam's Top Ten Gift Items From An Affair Of The Heart Tulsa

And I don’t know about you but I am so fed up with mass-produced merchandise and stuffy, crowded stores! I really would love to avoid shopping mall options and big department stores this year all together if I am being 100% frank.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got quite a long list of ladies (and gentleman) to shop for and the idea of finding the perfect present for all of your family and friends can be a little bit overwhelming. So today, I am here to help you get your gifting done all in one place. 

And that is why I have partnered with An Affair of The Heart Tulsa and their vendors this year! They do so many great shows all year long (I attended the summer July show and just loved the concept) and I am so excited for this November show November 16th-18th in Tulsa! This event is on trend and so chic! Not only is this the place to find unique gifts but An Affair of The Heart is just the best weekend to get together with your family and/or best girlfriends and spend some time together shopping and doing something off the beaten path.

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SHEET PAN CHICKEN WITH POTATOES, BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND APPLES

Ohhhh my goodness……Happy October everyone!!! Bring on all the fall veggies, scary movies, and pumpkins please!!! It is truly the most magical time of the year in my opinion.

I had the best weekend involving the farmers market, the fair, kettle corn, and a horror movie on the couch in cozy pjs. It ended with the most delicious sheet pan chicken with roasted veggies. And some red wine!

Fall flavors are speaking to me, even though the warmer temperatures have not gotten the memo that it’s time to cool down now.

Anyway-this is the easiest dinner to throw together in a matter of minutes and it’s so so delicious!

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Tallgrass Prairie Day Trip Essentials Featuring Pearls Olives to Go

The prairie has been known to evoke powerful emotions in those that let it.

With nearly 11,000 acres of Mother Nature, see wide open space, beautiful vistas, wildflowers, wildlife, bison herd, a historic ranch and one-room school with limestone buildings, and plenty of solitude, each season brings something new to experience. Their motto is "Tall in the Fall" as it takes all season for the tall grasses to reach their maximum heights, which differ each season and are dictated by the amount of rainfall. Greater rain equals taller grasses. So if visiting in the spring, expect to see grasses up to 6 inches that continue to grow all year until they reach their maximum heights in late September/October. 

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Escaping To Carlton Landing/ The Verana House Staycation

A STAYCATION ON OKLAHOMA’S SCENIC LAKE EUFAULA...

Fancy a weekend stay at a beautiful vacation rental home in a coastal inspired lakeside gem that is nestled in the town of Carlton Landing at Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma?!! You don't have to ask me twice! Carlton Landing is such a lovely escape destination and so close to us here in Tulsa my dears.

As I mentioned before, Carlton Landing is the most picturesque little place. From the moment you arrive in the heart of the little town, your camera is ready and your eyes dart from quaint corners and pretty streets and the most beautiful homes--plus you are greeted by the cutest animals! I loved taking the time to just explore on foot along all of the streets just wandering around, getting lost and uncovering every little nook. You seriously cannot turn a corner without something catching your eye. It's just so incredibly charming and I cannot get enough. 

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