Every blogger reads other people's blogs. It's kind of an unspoken rule...if you write you must read also. How else are we supposed to get that inspiration going?
I have 5 that I am going to share with you today. Of course I read more than 5, but these are the ones you can count on me sticking to pretty regularly.
1. Pocketchange Gourmet
This website has definitely earned it's number one spot in my top five. It's a fairly recent find, but it's brilliant! Doug has hundreds and hundreds of recipes in any category you could possibly think of. He also has a monthly menu plan that has each week's meals for dinner planned out for you, all you have to do is shop! They are very easy, budget friendly recipes that are to die for! Perfect for working women and moms. Oh, and each week's meal plan comes with a weekly dessert. It's a win for everyone involved really.
I have been following Caroline for a little over a year now, and have watched her website change and grow so much! She was one of the first bloggers I consistently followed, and was the one who inspired me to start a blog of my own. So hello Caroline, and thank you! Her blog is based around capsule wardrobes. If you aren't familiar with what those are, she explains it perfectly here. She originally started with posting a new capsule wardrobe each season, and posting almost daily different combinations of outfits within her capsule. I love her minimalist style, and the whole idea around capsule wardrobes and ethical clothing. Although she doesn't post seasonal capsules anymore, I still love the direction Un-Fancy is going towards. Keep it up Caroline!
3. Barefoot Blonde
Can we all just take a moment and appreciate how perfect Amber Fillerup Clark and her family are? If you haven't been to her website, just take a gander (although it will make you extremely jealous of the life she lives). Her style is perfect. Her hair is perfect. Her kids are perfect. Oh, and they travel EVERYWHERE. Barefoot Blonde is the perfect mixture of lifestyle, fashion, makeup, and hair tutorials. It's such a fun blog to follow!
4. Beauty Broadcast
I originally found Emily on YouTube 2 years ago and fell in love with her beauty channel! Her channel was the first channel I ever watched consistently on YouTube, I'll link it here. She is an avid makeup and beauty product geek who gives honest, unsponsored reviews and tutorials on various high end and drugstore makeup products. She was the one who introduced me into the beauty industry, and eventually inspired me to become an Esthetician and makeup artist. Outside of her channel, she occasionally posts on her blog some bonus reviews that never see the channel. I love watching her grow as a YouTuber and a blogger!
4. Clean My Space
My fifth and final favorite blogger would have to be Clean My Space! Melissa also has a YouTube channel (which is where I originally found her) all about cleaning and organizing your home! On both her website and YouTube channel, she gives various tips and tricks that you would never think of when cleaning your home. She also has several recipes for homemade, nontoxic cleaning products using essential oils. I don't particularly enjoy cleaning, but reading her blog and watching her channel make it a little more fun and motivating to clean my own space.
There you have it! My five favorite blogs are all very different styles, but that's why I love to read them. They are all super unique, and it gives me a different variety to read from. Go check them out, and when you do say hello for me! Let me know what you think of them.
Thanks for reading. Love you all as always!
Earlier this week, I made one of my very favorite treats during this time of year. My love for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies is in fact, true love. I could eat these babies all year round!
I would say that the recipe I use has got to be one of the easiest there is. I probably am not the first person to use this recipe, but seriously guys it's SO GOOD. Not to mention, it's only 3 ingredients. Talk about having some delicious cookies ready in under 30 minutes!
All you need is a spice cake mix, a 15 oz can of pumpkin, and bag of milk chocolate chips. It's that easy! I use the Ghirardelli chocolate chips, because they just don't taste quite the same with any other brand.
All you need to do is dump your spice cake in a mixing bowl, dump your can of pumpkin in with it, and blend together until smooth. It should be thicker than cake batter, but thinner than a dough. Add the chocolate chips in after it's blended. I use the whole bag of chocolate chips, but use as much as you'd like. Just like that, you've got your cookie dough! It should look like this:
Since the dough isn't quite thick enough to grab with your hands and roll, I use a large spoon to drop the dough on a greased baking sheet. They won't grow much while baking, so make them as big or small as you'd like. I make mine about this size, and keep them about an inch apart:
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden. They may look a little under cooked, but they will continue to harden as they cool. Do not overcook! Let them cool for about 15-20 minutes...or don't.
Just like that, you have delicious, soft, gooey cookies that taste delightful. And yes, there is a cookie missing from this picture. I needed to...um...do a taste test to make sure the cookies were done.....
There you have it! These cookies are so easy and perfect for the person who doesn't like to bake. ;)
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Much love!