AUTUMN WITH WARBY PARKER


when i was younger, i always wished i needed glasses. during my freshman year of high school, i realized i couldn't see the board very well in my algebra class. my mom took me to the walmart optical - yep. walmart - and my childhood dreams came true. my first pair of glasses was from that sketchy walmart, and when i went back six months later to get my prescription strengthened, i knew i wanted to get new glasses, and i knew where from. 

i can't remember exactly where i first heard of warby parker, but i'm really glad i did. i had caught word about their home try-on, and thought it was a really amazing idea! i picked out my five favorite pairs from their site and they were delivered to my house in less than a week! you can see which frames i chose here. (i look so young!) 

at about beginning of october, i decided it was time for some new frames. i repeated the home try-on process, and it was just as great as the first time. my sister claire and friend sarah got in on the action too. we headed out to a local cornmaze with my five fave glasses selections in tow and were ready to experience an amazing fall day. 








the frames i wear currently are durand in woodland tortise. my fall home try-on consisted of laurel in tea rose fade, percey in scarlet tortise (a part of their 2015 fall collection!), chamberlin in saddle sage, newton in aurelia tortise, and keene in beach glass

my friend sarah trying on chamberlin in saddle sage


 my sister claire wearing keene in beach glass




 my boots doubled as a nice glasses holder in between takes. haha!

 one of my favorites was newton in aurelia tortise

 keene in beach glass


 my sweater is from the mens section at urban outfitters + it's on sale right now!










 one of the best parts of fall is the ability to get apple cider donuts anywhere + everywhere. so good.

 the cornmaze we went to had a little petting zoo and one of the goats wanted in on the action :)









i really love glasses!!!


thanks to warby parker for being amazing and making equally amazing glasses. thanks to fall for being the best season ever. (just kidding i love all seasons equally) thanks to walmart for fulfilling my childhood dream. i'm sure next year, i'll need to choose a different pair, we'll repeat the same process over, and it'll be just as good.

PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLLS WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING



 

cinnamon rolls are one of those foods that make me happy. not necessarily because of the way they taste, (which is amazing by the way) but it's more the memories that come with them. when i was younger, taking a trip to my grandmas house was the best. you knew there would be an amazing home-cooked meal and family dinner, quality time spent, and memories made. most importantly, you knew there'd be cinnamon rolls, homemade. the smell of my grandparents house would remain in your mind for a long time, the taste of the dessert locked in your head.

i wanted to take my grandma's recipe and add a fall twist. i wasn't sure how they would turn out or if we would severely miss the standards of grandma's baking, and i guess you'll have to keep reading to see what happened!

INGREDIENTS for the rolls

  • seamless crescent dough
  • brown sugar (to taste)
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • a jar of pumpkin butter (about 12 oz)

SUPPLIES for the rolls
  • baking sheet or casserole dish
  • twine, string, or non-flavored dental floss

DIRECTIONS for the rolls 
preheat the oven to 375 degrees. start by rolling out your seamless dough and pressing it so it becomes even and flat. take a few spoonfuls of pumpkin butter and evenly spread it around. sprinkle on the brown sugar + cinnamon, and roll it up hot dog style, not hamburger :) take your twine, wrap it around the roll, and slice off two-inch rolls. place them in the casserole dish, and place the rolls in to the oven. 




INGREDIENTS for the icing
  • 3 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk (you can add more or less, depending on your desired consistency)
DIRECTIONS for the icing
combine all the ingredients in a stand mixer, the cream cheese and butter first, the sugar, and then the vanilla and milk. once the cinnamon rolls have cooled completely, pour the icing all over those babies. and enjoy, because they are so good. 






 






i was really pleased when they came out of the oven and tasted amazing! i'm happy to say that my grandmother would have been proud. i think she would have liked them. and i hope you will, too! happy autumn! -m