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Shopping List: CultureMap Holiday Pop-Up

December snuck up on me this year! I can’t believe the holidays are almost here, but the Christmas tree is up in our first home and I’m ready to cover the floor around it with PRESENTS! I always love to shop local and share a little bit of Dallas with my friends and family, so I’ve made it a bit of a tradition to attend the CultureMap Holiday Pop-Up Shop (see last year’s post here!). It’s a great way to grab last-minute gifts from local holiday vendors!

Adeline Velvet Dress

Velvet dress by Adeline

G and I figured the pop-up would be the perfect time to do a little holiday Shopping List as well, so in this post you’re getting outfit details and an event recap! Lucky you! Adeline has SO many cute and cozy holiday outfits right now, but this velvet dress was a perfect fit. I also picked up a few (currently top secret) gifts while I was at it. Adeline is your spot for all the clothing, jewelry and shoe-lovers you’re shopping for! And not kidding, I got like 10+ compliments on this dress on Sunday alone. So it’s a winner!

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Pumpkin pancakes

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

What better way to kick off Thanksgiving week with pumpkin pancakes? I’m still in pumpkin mode (even though I prematurely decorated for Christmas because why not), so I see a few more weekends with this breakfast in my near future.

Pumpkin pancake

Pumpkin season still going strong for me.

I get major pancake cravings, but only treat myself to them every once in a while when we go out for breakfast because they can be super sugary and then I’m down for the count. Making them at home means 1. I get to stay in my PJs and 2. I can pick the ingredients! This healthier take on pancakes uses whole wheat flour and Mooala vanilla bean almond milk. If you’re over pumpkin season, you can adjust this batter recipe for whatever ingredients you like. Bananas, chocolate chips…you really can’t go wrong. Recipe adapted from Cookie + Kate. Mine turned out a liiiiitle bit crispier than hers (multitasking + pancaking).

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Sweet Potato Avocado “Toasts”

Sweet potato season is in full swing at our house! I love sweet potatoes year-round, but especially in the fall.  They’ve  been involved in many a chili dinner over the past couple of weeks. I also love avocado toast (basic, I know, but whatever it’s easy and good). So naturally, when I heard about combining sweet potatoes and avocado toast, I had to test it out.

sweet potato avocado toast

Loved topping these with pom seeds, but like any avocado toast recipe the toppings are up to you!

I put a seasonal spin on the recipe by topping the “toasts” with Pom Wonderful Pom Poms. I’m thinking this one will be a healthy addition to our holiday appetizer spreads this year. I kept it dairy free this time, but next time I might toss a little goat cheese on top. Who knows, things might get crazy.

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Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Hi everyone! I’ve been a little behind on the blog lately, but I’m bringing things back with a bang with this AMAZING shrimp recipe. To me, tapas make the perfect meal. As many shareable veggie and protein dishes as you heart desires, along with a ton of bread to soak up the delicious sauces…what’s not to love? Shrimp and garlic, or gambas al ajillo, is one of our favorites at our go-to Spanish date night spot: Si Tapas.

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Gambas al ajillo AKA garlic shrimp.

With a little help from Food & Wine‘s recent travel issue highlighting a few classic Spanish recipes, I made gambas al ajillo at home and it was a big hit (and a nice departure from our usual Monday night salmon and veggies). Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

It’s too early for chocolate chip pumpkin bread, but not to worry. I have a solution. I’m celebrating summer squash season (and Game of Thrones season) with this chocolate chip ZUCCHINI bread! This recipe contains two entire zucchinis, so I’m considering it a health food.

Chocolate chip zucchini bread plated

Is butter a carb?

This recipe is just about as easy as baking gets, but you wouldn’t know it! No mixer required. And, it does not taste like zucchini. I found this gem over on Love & Lemons, where you can also find instructions for a vegan version.

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Shopping List: Time to Fiesta!

Summer is full of opportunities to fiesta….AKA opportunities to wear this fun pom pom skirt from Adeline! One major opportunity to unwind after work is Adeline’s grand reopening party coming up on August 10 from 6-8pm! My favorite Dallas boutique is moving just a few doors down from its current location and will be unveiling a whole new experience and even more brands…in style, of course!

Fiesta skirt and bodysuit

Give me all the pom poms!

Adeline is offering all guests 15% off all purchases, along with exclusive giveaways, complimentary cocktails, and braids by new local business Mermaid Braid Bar! Because what’s better than a braid to keep you cool on a 90+ degree summer day in Dallas? Not much, and I already mentioned cocktails.

Adeline grand reopening

This party also happens to be the perfect pregame for a dinner at newly opened Hudson House, also conveniently located on Lovers Lane. Lots of opportunities for pineapple-themed snaps (and a menu that’s easy to fall in love with). OR go to Chip’s and have a burger and fries. Your call!

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Roasted Portobello Caps

A delicious, super healthy meal that is ready in under an hour and requires less than 10 ingredients? Yes please! TBH, I’m typically not a mushroom person. I have a hard time accepting them as a protein substitute (although they’re often positioned that way to vegetarians)! However, that was before I discovered this recipe. We are about to have these roasted portobellos for dinner for the third week in a row!

Roasted portobellos with asparagus

I love a simple recipe and this is the definition of simple. The portobellos soak up all the delicious flavor of the marinade and make a perfect main when paired with roasted asparagus. They would also be absolutely delicious grilled, but I do love the convenience of throwing both the mushrooms and the asparagus in the oven and serving dinner in under 30.

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Victory Park Victory Lap

Hunter and I lived in Downtown Dallas’ Victory Park neighborhood for three years, and have (finally) moved into our new home in North Dallas. We loved our little downtown apartment! We got engaged on its rooftop terrace, littered the floor with invitations to our wedding last September, and spent many a sunny afternoon at the pool with friends.

While I’m in love with our new home and can’t wait to post photos and progress updates, it would just be sad if I didn’t pay tribute to our Victory Park apartment beforehand! We (I) put together a list of the things we’d always wanted to do while we lived downtown, but never quite did (until last month, that is). I named it our “Victory Park Victory Lap,” as one does.

Cheese Wheel Tagliatelle

Naturally, one of the first items on the list involved going to dinner. But not just any dinner – dinner served straight from a wheel of cheese.

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Four Better Beauty Brands

I recently decided to make the move over to cleaner skincare and beauty products. When it comes to what I eat, I always try to buy organic and read labels, so I figured it was time to do the same with the products I put on my skin!

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Photo: @Glossier via Instagram

New natural skincare and beauty product lines launch every day, and it can be tricky to find high performing products that are also safe, so today I’m sharing four of my favorites!

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Shopping List: Spring Frosé Date

Time for the first Shopping List post in a minute! You guys know I love a good frosé, and The Standard Pour’s happy hour special hit the spot last week. Also, I’ve been dying to go check out the adorable new rewardStyle mural. The outfit I’m featuring today features a bodysuit from Adeline. Yes, a bodysuit. Your summer outfits just got WAY easier.

Adeline Bodysuit- The Liberty List

This ruffle bodysuit also comes in a variety of colors! I decided to go with my fave (black, neutral).

Bodysuits are seriously bringing me back to my ballet days…I paired this one with a J. Crew skirt and pair of leopard sandals. Throw on a fun pair of earrings like these tassel hoops I picked up at FleaStyle and you’ve got a winning outfit. Check out the other bodysuit colors here.

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