Fall · My Favorite Recipes · Read With Me · Travels

Blackberry Cobbler, a Stephen King Novel, and the Pumpkin Patch.

Hello, my dear friends. I fear that I was a bit impulsive in my last two posts, saying that I was “back”. I am back, but perhaps not in the way I intended. In my blogging tips post, I talk about the importance of finding a blogging schedule that works for you. And I still stand by that, but I had been sacrificing the quality of content just for the sake of my schedule. I don’t want to do that. I want to post three times a week, but I don’t want to force a post out of the oven if it isn’t ready yet.

Over the weekend, Bobby’s family came up to visit, and we made a trip to the pumpkin patch! We had such a lovely time, and afterwards, we painted our pumpkins. Painting pumpkins instead of carving them is revolutionary, at least in the pumpkin decor world. Not only did we paint pumpkins, but we also did a corn maze. I hadn’t done one since middle school, and I think that this one was quite a bit larger. I’m glad that I wasn’t alone in this corn maze, because my sense of direction is horrendous.

The pumpkin patch owners’s dogs were also wandering around the patch, and they were all so friendly and kept coming up to say hello. We enjoyed their company while we sat at a picnic table, drinking apple cider and eating cinnamon sugar donuts.

I also made the most delicious blackberry cobbler for when they visited. I can’t really take much credit for it, as it was a Pioneer Woman recipe, but I definitely wanted to share the recipe with all of you. It contains self-rising flour, which I admittedly never heard of before. I read that you can buy self-rising flour at the store, but I used this recipe to make my own. We paired it with some french vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee for an after-dinner treat. I have such an excess of frozen blueberries, so I made a blueberry cobbler yesterday, using this recipe again. Bobby liked the blackberry one the best, but I think that I liked the blueberry one the best. It tasted a bit like a blueberry pancake. Speaking of pancakes, I think that this cobbler would also be delicious for breakfast, paired with eggs, and again, a cup of coffee.

Over the weekend, I finished the book I had been reading, Stephen King’s Thinner. I don’t think that I’ve ever read a Stephen King book before, although I have seen a couple of the movie adaptions of his books. Apparently, there is a movie adaptation of the book, which I had never heard of. This book took me quite awhile to finish, but I found the last sixty pages to be the most exciting. And that ending! My goodness.

This post is a little bit scrambled, but I enjoyed writing it quite a bit. I think that it’s sort of like a mini monthly favorites. It’s a nice way to document the things that I do, and the things that I like. It feels a bit more personal than some of my other posts. Perhaps I’ll do more of these in the future!

I hope that you enjoyed it, my friends.

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Crafting · Fall

Giving Bullet Journaling a Second Try.

Hello, my dear internet friends! Happy Monday to you all! Today feels like a fall day, and I am over the moon about it. It’s a little gloomy, a small chill in the air… I love it! I’m sitting on my balcony right now writing this post, just soaking it all in.

Today’s blog post is definitely different than our usual posts, but I love trying new things on this blog of mine. I fell down a bullet journaling rabbit hole on youtube, and it made me want to give it a go. It’s not my first time trying bullet journaling, here is one that I did a couple years ago…

Bullet journal: August 2017.

Now, I don’t think the one I did in 2017 is too bad. HOWEVER, as someone who struggles heavily with perfectionism, I kind of gave up on bullet journaling… And I decided today to give it another go. And let me tell you, I struggled the entire time of wanting, DESPERATELY, to give up on it. I think that Pinterest and Youtube are great places for us to find inspiration, but gosh, I find it so difficult to not compare my creations to what I see online. And if I continue to be super honest with all of you, I spent about four hours straight working on this bullet journal entry. Just overthinking it completely. I think it’s important to put thought into whatever we create, but it’s not helpful to our creative process to completely overthink everything. Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU.

All that being said, and all things considered, I’m pretty happy with how this entry ended up. It’s a fun way to be creative, and afterwards you have a homemade calendar, completely tailored to your own taste!

I’m not an expert on bullet journaling, but I felt like drawing, and I had the fall itch! I don’t think that we have to be experts in something to enjoy doing it, because more often than not, we’re not going to be great at something right away. Let yourself be confident in not only the creative process, but also YOURSELF.

Bullet journal: September 2019.

If nothing else, I think my eye for photography has gotten better! And now my dear friends, I think I’m going to cuddle up with a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee, and peruse Netflix for a nice fall movie.

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

Fall · Musings

Coffee Coffee COFFEE

Hello, again! Long time, no talk. As I’ve said before, I’m in college and things get BUSY. I’ve missed blogging though, so I thought I’d hop on and do a little one.

It’s mid-October and I’m already starting to get sad about the end of fall. Does anybody else do that? Halloween hasn’t even happened and I already feel like it’s over with! My mind is starting to get excited for Christmas… I’m one of those people that gets excited for Halloween in July and for Christmas in October. I’m ready for Christmas music! Even snow! (I know I’ll regret saying that in a month or two — haha)

I feel so behind because I haven’t even decorated my apartment for fall yet! I’ve bought all that I need to decorate it, but I just haven’t gotten around to decorating. When I do, I’ll be sure to post pictures.

One of my favorite things in the world is coffee and I’ve made the transition from summer iced coffee to fall hot coffee. I know there’s a huge debate about which is better, but for me, it just depends on what the weather is. I have a Keurig which makes coffee such a quick and easy thing to do, especially when you’re running out the door to class. Also, Keurigs look so dang cute on your counter!

My favorite coffee right now is french vanilla. It doesn’t really matter what brand it is, I usually just get what’s cheapest.  Then, I use a caramel almond milk creamer. And oh my goodness, is it tasty. I usually have at least two cups a day. I gave up drinking coffee for a couple months in the summertime, but now that school is back in session…

Speaking of coffee, I’ve been LOVING going to coffee shops lately. To be fair, I’ve always loved going to coffee shops, but coffee shops when it’s cold out are just something extra special. There’s this new coffee shop near my apartment that I went to for the first time over the weekend. My boyfriend and I were looking for somewhere to have a yummy Sunday breakfast and we sure did find one! I had a salted caramal latte and a croissant. It was so tasty and it hit the spot, especially on such a cold day. My boyfriend, who isn’t much for coffee, got a hot chocolate with waffles that had the most delicious whipped cream on them and green apple slices. Of course I had to steal a bite! Or maybe I stole two…