And the Winner Is…

Congrats, Leah!  You just won a pair of earrings from ThreeWishesStudio!  I can’t wait to find out which ones you choose.  The sweet Caramel ones that would perfectly complement some chocolate chip cookies?  The aromatic Vanilla ones that you can wear while eating spiced rice pudding with vanilla bean?  Or the luscious Candy Apple pair that you can sport while making apple crisp?  Hmm..that’s a toughie.  Oh wait!  You’re choosing, not me!

Thank you to everyone who responded with their favorite things about fall!  Football and changing leaves seem to be what most everyone looks forward during this season.  Also a big thanks to everyone who “liked” P.L.P and ThreeWishesStudio on Facebook.  It’s a great way to stay connected in between posts.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry!  You can still purchase a pair of these earrings, and if you like the style but want a different color, there are most to choose from on ThreeWishesStudio’s Etsy site.

On a side note, I am finally in my new place in Miami and have been super busy unpacking and trying to find my cookbooks and bakeware so I can post some new recipes for you!  So hang tight for just a wee bit longer, pleeaaassse.

Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.  -Vince Lombardi

Giveaway: Fall Earrings from ThreeWishesStudio

Labor Day has come and gone.  In most places it is beginning to cool down.  Well, not here in Miami where it is currently 90º, but in other parts of the country I hear it’s becoming sweater weather.  Fall is my most favorite season of them all! (I totally didn’t mean to rhyme there, promise.)

The smell of cinnamon, the look of burnt oranges and golden yellows, warm beverages between my fingers and cute boots on my feet.

The taste of nutmeg and pumpkin.

Squash in everything I make!

Even though it doesn’t FEEL like fall here, I can still enjoy the smells, colors, and tastes of the season.  Plus, I hear it gets to be 60’s in the winter which means I can even break out my boots!

So in honor of my favorite season, I have teamed up with my friend Jeanne over at ThreeWishesStudio for a giveaway!

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Betcha’ just love these earrings, don’t you?  Betcha’ already picked out which ones you want.  Betcha’ know what you’re going to wear them with and where you will wear them to.

They are available in three “flavors”:

Caramel:

Vanilla

and Candy Apple

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And if you win this giveaway you can choose which pair you want!

The Rules:

– There are 4 chances to win:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing about fall is.
  2. Head over to ThreeWishesStudio on Facebook and like the page, then return here and let me know you did it!
  3. Like Peace.Love.Pastries. on Facebook, then return here and let me know!
  4. Subscribe to the Peace.Love.Pastries. blog and leave a comment on this post saying you did so.

– Sorry parents, parents-in-law, and siblings, this is not open to you, however you can still do all the things listed above :)

– One winner will be chosen at random using a random # generator which will correspond with the # of that comment.

– The winner will choose one pair of earrings shown above.

– The giveaway closes the evening of Friday, Sept 17th.  The winner will be announced by Sunday, Sept 19th and has until Sunday, Sept 25th to claim the prize

-Please make sure to leave an email address where you can be contacted if you win!

And if you just can’t wait to find out if you win them, they are also available for purchase for only $15!  Super cheap and super cute!

Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year.  ~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010

A Trip Home

So remember last week when I told you that I had a MILLION things to tell you?    I kind of lied.

It’s really only a few things to tell, but they are things that have been going on in my life and I like to share them with you, my friend.

Jacob coming to visit was the 1st thing.

Onto my 2nd thing:

About a week after my photo shoot with Jacob I traveled back to Kansas City to visit my family and friends.  I hadn’t been home since my wedding and figured it was about time to visit.  Of course, I picked the hottest week to be there!  I left the 105° in NY for the 106° in KC.  The good thing about KC is that you ride in cars and not in subways, so this makes for a much cooler commute.

So let’s see, what did I do while I was there?  I ate.  Visited with people.  Ate some more.  Ate again.  Then slept and woke up and ate some more.  The only reason I like vacationing is because I get to ditch my homemade meals and get down on some greasy, grimy, fatty food!  Ok, and I like to see everyone too!

The first day, my mom picked Jon and I up at the airport and we went to Houlihan’s.  They are everywhere but for some reason I only go to them when I’m home.  For being a chain restaurant, I was really amazed at their plating.

On the third day, we celebrated my little brother’s 21st birthday.  How strange to see him with a beer in his hand.  It seems like only yesterday he was talking about yumpf-yumpf (oatmeal) and calling me Oxney (Ashley.)  Not having time to make a cake myself, nor my mom having any proper baking supplies (we seriously need to upgrade your kitchen, mom) we picked up some cleverly cute cupcakes at Target.

I must say, I am super impressed with the way grocery stores and shopping centers are stepping it up.  No more star tips and air-brushing!  I even saw this cute cake:

Then I got to have some of my favorite pizza from Minsky’s.

It’s my own concoction: whole wheat crust with alfredo sauce, monterey jack cheese, and almonds.  Don’t judge.

The next day I met up with my friend, Jeanne from ThreeWishesStudio.  She lent me some jewelry to wear during my photo shoot with Jacob and I had to return them although I desperately wanted to “misplace” them because they were just SO adorable! Below are the two pictures that Jacob took.

Don’t tell her, but I may have worn the flower one out to dinner the next night.  It was just too cute!  I did get lots of compliments though.  You should totally check out her Etsy shop.  She does some amazing things and even made my wedding jewelry for me and my bridesmaids!

On our final day there, my in-laws had a small bar-be-cue with the family; Jon and I got to cut into our wedding cake.  It hasn’t quite been a year, but I don’t think the cake would make it back to Jersey and I knew we wouldn’t be back on our anniversary.  I hope that wasn’t bad luck?

Chocolate-strawberry marbled cake with vanilla buttercream.  I was weary of eating it but it was actually really moist!

It was a great trip and so wonderful to see my friends and family but it is great to be home!  Our trips are always so jammed pack that I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation!

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.  ~Seneca

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