Mini Cider Donuts !

One of the best things about this time of year + growing up in Kansas is going to Louisburg Cider Mill ! They have an apple orchard where you can go and pick your own apples, see them being harvested, and watch fresh apple cider donuts being made. But of course the best part is eating the donuts and sipping on yummy, fresh squeezed apple cider! They also have a pumpkin patch and hay maze this time of year which is always fun — no matter what age ;) If you’re in the KC area and haven’t been this year there’s still time! It’s totally worth the drive south of town to Louisburg, KS. Fall just isn’t complete without it!

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Kale Crusted Salmon w/ Turnip Mash & Roasted Daikon

Fall is my new favorite thing ever — not because of flannels, walking through piles of crunchy leaves and chai tea, but because vegetables. Yes, Fall vegetables have my heart singing and my mouth watering. I just can’t seem to get enough of the fresh colors of this lovely Kansas City Autumn.

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Birthday Dinner : for my Nico

I had to go big this year for Nico’s birthday and since last year I made him a serious cake I decided to go the savory route and make him a dinner feast! However, I always get a little nervous feeding my pup anything new (and especially people food) because he has such a sensitive tummy and a handful of food allergies. I’ve done a lot of research on what is and isn’t okay for our furry friends to eat, but when it comes to the interwebs how are you supposed to know what’s really real and what’s just a bunch of bologna?! When it boiled down to it I kept some of the basics in mind (like no onions, garlic, salt, oil, grapes, chocolate etc.) and left the rest up to my gut feeling, which is always 1) I want to feed him something healthy & nutritious, 2) something simple & fresh, 3) something he will like.

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Puppy Prints

It’s Nico’s birthdayyy!! My little furry brown man is three years old this week <3 and I can’t believe it’s been that long (but at the same time has it really only been three years?!) since I swooped up this silly fluff ball and named him Nico Terranova – most spoiled, annoying, precious, stinky, and incredibly irreplaceable joy in my life. So in honor of his birthday I made him step in ink and walk all over paper for me! Because I’m a proud doggy-mom and Travis and I needed more art to hang up in our new(ish) apartment ;)

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Pumpkin Alfredo

Made my first trip to the pumpkin patch this season! I was in search of the perfect pumpkin to eat rather than carve this time. I’ve never baked with a real pumpkin so it was the first thing on my list this Fall :) I was a little unsure about which kind of pumpkins are the ones you want to cook with, but the internet told me to look for the smaller, brighter ones that have a good stem and no serious blemishes or bruises. I picked two pretty ones and whipped up some homemade pumpkin puree. Which, by the way, is so much more simple than I had anticipated. Not to mention quite gratifying — Nico loves pumpkin puree and giving him a spoon full of the fresh stuff instead of something out of a can felt pretty special. ( yes, he’s spoiled but is there really any other option? ) Anyway, before feeding it all to my dog I made Pumpkin and Sage Alfredo Sauce. Yum! Check out the recipe and photos below and make some for yourself this fall! You won’t regret it :)

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