Friday, October 31, 2014

Foodie Friday~ Halloween Oreo Truffle Balls

Happy Halloween and Happy Friday my friends!

It's finally the weekend and it's a holiday- like can it really get any better than this?



I finally (sorta) got my life together this week and I actually had time to blog which meant I actually had time to make a recipe for Foodie Friday. And that is a major win in my book.

So today's recipe is super, duper easy and one you may have heard of before, but it's just so delicious I couldn't resist sharing. As I was brainstorming what I wanted to make my sister gave me the idea to make Oreo Truffle Balls- Halloween style. 

It turned out to be one of the easiest and hardest recipes ever. It is so simple it literally takes three ingredients; Oreos, cream cheese, and white chocolate.  We put the Oreos in the food processor, easy enough. We then mixed the Oreo crumbles and cream cheese together with a hand mixer, a few crumbs flew onto the floor but once again easy step. Then came time to coat them and that was a doozie. The first time we tried to make the coating we melted white chocolate and it quickly began began to harden. Thus began the never ending cycle of melting/hardening/tossing of the coating. I kid you not when I say that I had to melt the white chocolate hardening 4 times. Talk about a fail. 

Long story short, I finally got the white chocolate coating to melt the right way after about a billion tries and it was worth it. These things are so delicious and easy (if you know how to melt chocolate the right way) and the perfect treat for Halloween!










Have a wonderful weekend and have fun tonight!

Simply, 

Kendall Rose 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Girls Weekend

This past weekend my mom and I road tripped to San Marcos to visit my sister and have a girls weekend. In the midst of class, work, and projects, it's just so nice to spend time with family. As I'm sure many of you know by now my family is so important to me. They are my best friends so anytime I spend with them is great, even when it's not.




Friday was full of diet coke and swapping stories as my mom and I braved the Dallas 5 o'clock traffic. We arrived late that evening and my sister had pumpkin spice cookies waiting for us (talk about the best host ever). After the exhausting car ride (why is it that we get so tired from riding in the car?) we all crashed heavily.

The next morning we woke up later than we were supposed to. We had big plans to hit the San Marcos outlets for a full day of shopping! For those of you who don't know, my sister works at the Pottery Barn in the outlets (hello discount) which really just make buying everything in sight that much more tempting! We spent hours rummaging through the shelves and Dylan helped us find the best deals! I mentioned she was a great host didn't I? Once we finally made it out of PB we stopped by Kate Spade because, well, Kate Spade... and they were having their friends and family discount going on, so is that enough explanations?

Our sweet pup Sophie had tagged along on the road trip with us and up until now she had been in Dylan's apartment so I Siri'ed  "Restaurants that allow dogs near Austin Tx" but she was no help so Dylan took us to a local spot called Rail Yard Bar and Grill. The weather was awesome and so was the queso so really it couldn't get any better than that. The three of us sat eating chips and salsa/queso discussing our day and the upcoming holidays. The older I get the more precious the time I have with my family is. It seems that we very rarely see each other all at once so when we get the chance it is treasured.

 We couldn't end the day without any treats so we made cookie sundaes and snuggled up and watch Criminal Minds. Or more accurately my mom fell asleep within the first episode and I made Dylan change it to a funny show so I could get my mind off of murders and such.

Sunday morning, we grabbed breakfast tacos at Fuego (if you ever find yourself in College Station or San Marcos please I beg of you go to Fuego) and said our goodbyes which are always so bittersweet. Even though we knew we'd be seeing each other again within the next two weeks goodbyes are just always so dang sad. Side note, I cry every time I leave my family to go back to college... which is half an hour away, but really, I promise I'm no homebody.

Once again my mother and I braved the ever-so-daunting HWY 35 and made it home just in time to meet with my dad and brother for dinner. Family time for the win! Right after dinner ended I had to pack up and head back to college... and yes, I did cry.













 Here are some of the goodies I got from San Marcos!






Glitter pumpkins- here 
Vase filler- here
Gold leaf tray- similar here




Simply,

Kendall Rose


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Foodie Friday~ The Great Pumpkin Cookie

Happy Friday Sunday sweet friends!

I totally started this post Friday and had every intention of publishing it on time, but I got busy and had to go to work- forgive me!
Okay so after failing to post Foodie Friday for probably three weeks (#failure) I finally had time to bake the cookies! 

Ladies and Gents... these cookies are the bomb.com, literally. These pumpkin cookies are without a doubt my favorite cookies ever. Ever. Ever. Seriously, I am stuffing my face as I type. 

Since I can remember, my mom has been making these cookies every single October/November. Back in the day, these were the cookies we would give our teachers for their Halloween/fall treat. (Is that still a thing to bring homemade presents to a teacher? If not, it should be). You should be generous and make these for your loved ones and I promise they will love you forever.

Without further adieu I give to you the famous Great Pumpkin Cookie!

Ingredients

4 c of flour
2 c of oatmeal
3 t of baking soda
2 t of ground cinnamon
1 t salt
1 1/2 c of margarine (softened)
2 c of firmly packed brown sugar 
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1- 16 ounce can of pumpkin
1 c of chocolate chips 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350
Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and set aside
Cream butter, gradually adding in the sugars, until light and fluffy
Add egg and vanilla, mixing well 
Alternate additions of dry mix and pumpkin, mixing well between each  
Stir in chocolate chips
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until firm and lightly browned














Enjoy and let your life be changed!

Simply, 

Kendall Rose


Friday, October 17, 2014

Woodsy Wardrobe









Ever since seeing this jacket on Camp Patton I have been so in love. When I finally got my hands on it, I just couldn't resist (actually my mom was just really nice and decided to make my dreams come true)!


I of course took this act of kindness and figured she wouldn't mind extending her kindness a little more and let me borrow her sweater as well.  
The weather was gloomy and chilly but not cold enough for a coat so this sweater/jacket combo was so great. 

This sweater is everything. It's the perfect thickness (throw on a jacket for fall and thin enough for spring) and it's oh so pretty! 

And these boots. I just can't get enough of them. Like I said in my favorites post I am obsessed with booties. They are my go-to shoe right now and they should be yours too. 
Please excuse my awkward posing-- I'm sad to say there will be no future modeling career in store for me. 

Shout out to my brother for taking the photos of me although I will be hosting a seminar on how to hold a camera straight next time. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful week! You are almost done--hang in there!

Simply, 

Kendall Rose



Jacket- here
Booties- here
Sweater- similar here




Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Noticer

In the midst of everything going on around us in the world it is often hard to remember the good we have in our lives. One of the first things that pops into my head when I wake up each morning is how bad or busy the day ahead of me is going to be. Doesn't that sound horrible? It does to me... but it's the truth. I dread having to sit through all my classes, I dwell on the fact that I have little or no free time, I think of all the possible ways I could be catching Ebola-- all of these negative thoughts consume me before I can even eat breakfast.  
                                                                             
A few years ago my dad gave me a book called The Noticer. It tells the story of several individuals and the trials and struggles they are facing. While the characters seem like they have it together on the outside, that is not the case. They are all facing serious problems-- marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy. And they all feel hopeless, alone, and ready to give up until Jones comes along. Jones helps them realize that everything is not always as bad as it seems. He helps each individual characters notice the world around them. Instead of focusing on their lives and their problems, he encourages them to focus on others.




"Sometimes all you lack is a little perspective."

I encourage you all to step back and look at your life-- are you focused primarily on yourself and your problems? Is there anything going on around you that you could be a positive influence on? Take the time to slow down and notice life around you. We all have it so much better than we realize. When you feel that negativity building up inside you take control and fight back. 




I've made a conscious effort to be a Noticer these past few weeks and it's made all the difference. 










When your day sucks and your feeling down-- remember to be a noticer. 

Simply, 

Kendall Rose

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October Favorites

Hello all~

It's Tuesday! Which isn't quite as great as hump day, but we're past Monday and that my dear friends is a plus. 

October is here! And has been for 7 days... but still, it's here. So far October has been just as busy at September which I am not too happy about, but I'm just holding on to the hope that it will slow down soon... or at least get easier. October is a great month and I have found some great favorites for you all. 
I am so excited to share what I'm swooning over!


October Favorites




Old Navy ankle boots / Bobbi Brown Cosmetics matte eyeshadow / Opi nail polish, $19 /Xhilaration Gray Brim Baseball Hat Black / OPI Nordic Collection Laquer - Ice-Bergers and Fries, $19




One// These booties are everything. First of all I used to hate booties (sad, I know) but none-the-less I have gotten over that hiccup and now I'm obsessed. They're the perfect way to dress up an outfit without being too dressed up you know? These booties (from Old Navy) stole my heart because they were only 30$ (hello college student budget). And also they're super comfy which is always a plus whether you're a student, teacher, SAHM, and so on!

Two// This has to be the best pallette I have ever, ever owned. My mom bought hers during the Nordstrom half-yearly sale and ever since I have been thinking of as many excuses as possible to  use hers. I just got my very own pallet courtesy of my mom and dad and I couldn't be happier! 

Three// Gilmore Girls is on Netflix, y'all. Need I say more? Well, I will anyways. Before DVR was a thing (but taping on a VHS was lame)  I would literally run from the bus stop to get home in time to catch Gilmore Girls. I was always hopelessly waiting for the day that Lorelia and Luke were finally getting together.. oh the agony!

Four// I have been longing for a chic baseball cap for sometime but have yet to stumble upon a price-friendly one until now. Target for the win! I'm hoping this cap will give me the cool,casual look we all strive for... I'll keep you updated!

Five// The OPI Nordic collection is insane. I love these colors for fall and winter so much. Sometimes the cold weather can make everything feel drab but these bright colors are far from it. 

Six// It's October which means Halloween and Fall. And Halloween and Fall mean pumpkins. Each year people have slowly been moving away from the traditional pumpkin carving to pumpkin decorating, and I for one love it. You can find tons and tons of different ways to decorate pumpkins via Pinterest and all the ideas are just so great it's really hard to pick just one.

Seven// With it being flu-season (and the recent discoveries of the Ebola cases) it is super important to stay healthy and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when a sink is not available. Plus this is just one more pumpkin spice flavored item to add to your life!

Have a great day my friends!

Simply, 

Kendall Rose

Thursday, October 2, 2014

10 Secrets to being Happy

Happiness is something that we're always searching for in this life. People always say happiness is a choice. And although it may be, it's a hard choice to live out. You have to make a constant, conscious effort to maintain your happiness and sometimes it gets exhausting.  

A few days ago I considered the idea of making a 10 secrets to being happy list so yesterday when I came across an article about Pope Francis where he shared 10 tips on being happy, I knew I had to to create my own, or expand on his. His list rocks and you should definitely go read it.



1. Ask God to help you- Whenever I start to feel grumpy and stressed out I close my eyes and just ask God to help lift my mood and focus on the positive in my life. When you ask, He delivers.

2. Keep a "grateful" journal- Each morning when I wake up I (try) to write down what I'm grateful for. This really starts my day by putting everything in perspective. Sometimes we forgot just how lucky we are to have simple things such as shelter, food, and water. That's when I realize how fortunate I really am.

3. Surround yourself with happy and positive people- I have written a post about this before and it is just so important to understand. When you're around people who are negative and mean then you become negative and mean. Take a look at your friends and ask yourself if they're a positive influence for you.

4. Treat yourself- or treat yo' self as Tom Haverford would say. Buy something or do something that you enjoy. It's okay to do something for yourself, in fact you should so something for yourself. It promotes happiness.

5. Exercise- this is a hard one for me still. Really hard. As in if I do work out it's pretty much a miracle. But I have to admit when I do work out it makes me feel so good. It has to do with dopamine being released or something like that, but all science aside it works.

6. Take a shower and get dressed- Okay maybe this applies to college students more than anyone else but I've realized I'm much happier on the days that I take care of myself then on the days I bum around in sweats with my unwashed hair. Moral of the story, listen to what you're mom has been telling you for years. Get dressed.

7. Laugh and laugh a lot- There's no denying laughing reduces stress and can change a frown upside down (even when you don't want it to). Put aside 10 minutes of time to talk to a silly friend or watch a funny TV show to brighten up your day.

8. Go outside (or at least out of the house)- This kinda goes along with #6. Even though we all need those lazy days when you stay inside all the time it is easy to get depressed.  Outside in the real world there is an unlimited amount of adventures that you can go one which leads to an unlimited amount of memories you can make.  So get off the couch and go be adventurous. 

9. Do something kind for someone- When you focus on someone other then yourself, you (a) forget about your problems/struggles you're going through and (b)  when you make someone smile it makes you smile. 

10. Take what people say about you with a grain of salt- I used to (secretly) be so worried about what everyone thought of me. I would avoid people and social interactions because I was always thinking of the what ifs. What if these people think I'm annoying? I've come to realize that it really doesn't matter. At the end of the day one person's opinion (or 100 people for that matter) doesn't define me and who I am. 


Happiness is contagious. Be change and then you will see the change. Life is too short to be unhappy. 

Okay, enough of the clich├ęs. Just be happy.

Simply, 

Kendall Rose