Happy National Coffee Day! (includes recipes!)

Today is National Coffee Day but you don’t have to rush out to the local coffee shop. Making your own tasty coffee drinks at home is easy and can reduce a lot of waste. Here are some of my favorite recipes.

cafe au lait

Mint Blended Coffee

cookie dough coffee

caramel coffee

black forest coffee

What is your favorite way to drink coffee? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.

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Date in The City

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This past Saturday my husband and I went on a nice day trip to the Oklahoma City area. On our way there we stopped in the small town of Purcell. Purcell was a railroad town and was founded in 1887. It has a very historic downtown. We stopped there because I had heard they have some very nice antique stores.

Hotel Love

The first store we went to was amazing. I could have spent hours there. It’s in the historic Hotel Love. It was built in 1895. For the past 30 years it has been owned by a lovely couple, Jerry and Elaine Butler. They were there today and were such sweet people.

Hotel Love

When Jerry and Elaine first owned the hotel it was a drug store. After Jerry went to an auction and got some antiques, which they placed in the windows. People started asking where the antique store was. They wanted to look around even when they told them there wasn’t one. After some of their items ended up in the movie Twister they went into the antique business full time.

Hotel Love
The shop is two stories and you go through several of the beautiful old hotel rooms. They items are displayed in such a beautiful way. The other stores in town were great as well but this one was really special.

After Purcell we headed up to Oklahoma City to Dave and Buster’s. We had a nice time playing games for awhile and then went to an antique store I really like in Oklahoma City. They have a lot of beautiful furniture and other great items.

Benvenuti's

My amazing dessert!

After that it was a quick stop in Whole Foods and back down to Norman. In Norman we had a wonderful dinner and Benvenuiti’s, a really nice Italian restaurant. After dinner we made a quick stop at Target, then grabbed some coffee and headed back home. It was a lovely day.

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What I Wore

Mint Polka Dot Skirt: LeBomb Shop
White Cardigan: New York & Company (not available anymore)
Purple Top: ModCloth (not available anymore)
Purple Flats: Payless (not available anymore)
Black Vintage Inspired Purse: Etsy (not available anymore)
White Vintage Bangle: Antique Store
Black & White Polka Dot Hair Tie: ModCloth
Pearl Stud Earrings: Gift from Husband

antiques

Haul: two pairs of vintage gloves and a vintage navy purse

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Pin Up Night

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Last weekend a local shop had a Pin Up Night event. I wear vintage/vintage repo daily so I used this as a good time to go all out. It was a lot of fun to see everyone in the pinup inspired clothing.

pin up night

JJ DeVour, myself, and my cousin Leslie. (photo by Casey Howard)

The night was featuring a friend of mine JJ DeVour, a pin up model. She was selling and signing some of her beautiful prints. I have seen a lot of work but it was fun to see some photos I hadn’t seen before. She is such a beautiful model and also a very sweet lady.

Pin Up Night

Ash & Ange, Pandamonium (photo by Casey Howard)

Music was provided by some Happyland Music Alliance (the business my family and some friends started) bands. Ash & Ange opened, they were wonderful. Pandamonium then played and everyone really enjoyed them.

pin up night

My cousin Leslie and myself (photo by Casey Howard)

After the party we headed over to a local bar. It was a lot of fun and kind of funny to see people’s faces when a lot of people dressed in pin up showed up. It was also nice to have a night were I wasn’t the only person wearing vintage inspired clothing. Plus my husband bought me a new outfit for the party, that’s always a good thing!

What I Wore

Navy Floral DressDress: LeBomb Shop
Black Petticoat: ModCloth
Navy Cardigan: New York & Company (not available anymore)
Pearl Necklace & Earrings: Gifts from my husband
Navy Pumps (not pictured): ModCloth
Seamed Stockings (not pictured): ModCloth (not available anymore)
Blue Purse (not pictured): Vintage from Etsy

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Eco-Friendly Fall Decor

I love to decorate my home for fall, it makes it feel so warm and cozy. The only problem with seasonal decor is that a lot of the items you find are poorly made and are often made of toxic materials. There are better options out there though! These are some of my favorite fall decor pieces that are made with eco-friendly materials.

Eco-Friendly Fall Decor

Many of these items come from Etsy.com, one of my favorite places to shop for eco-friendly decor items. Simply search for terms like “eco-friendly fall decor”, “eco-friendly halloween decor”, “recycled fall decor”, and so on. Also be sure to check your local thrift stores for used decor items.

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Leaf Ornaments Leaf Ornaments, $42, UncommonGoods

 

Book PumpkinBook Pages Pumpkin, $15, AnthologyOnMain

 

Autumn Dish Towel

Upcycled Autumn Dish Towel, $26, Two Girls Laughing

 

Fall Candle

Fall Scented Soy Candle, $23.99, Abe’s Market

 

Reclaimed Wood PumpkinReclaimed Wood Pumpkin, $25, TheWoodpeckersShed

 

Fall Wreath

Artisanal Orange Herbal and Berry Wreath, $76, Bambeco

LED LightsLED Halloween Lights, $13.93, Amazon
*Note: Lights contain lead, keep away from children and wash hands after handling* 

Halloween Paper StrawsHalloween Paper Straws, $12.11, Amazon 

Zulily Halloween

You can also find some cute items on Zulily for amazing deals right now. They have some neat LED decoration.

Do you decorate for fall? If so, what are some of your favorite decor items or places to shop for fall decor? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.

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Black Forest Blended Coffee

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The other night I was making German sausage with onions and spaetzle, and wanted a German inspired dessert that was easy and not very heavy. Black Forest Cake is a great German dessert but not easy or light, so I made a blended coffee version.

Black Forest Blended Coffee

Makes 3-4 servings

Black Forest Blended Coffee

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients, other than the whipped cream and cherries, in the blender until smooth. If desired, top with whipped cream and a cherry or two. And don’t forget to serve it with a glass straw and in a cute glass.

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