October Thoughts

Hey! I am so glad you stopped by to check out my recent bakes. My name is Kelsey. I love baking all things but especially pies and pastries.


This month was SO fun!!! We went to a Thomas Rhett concert, hosted a Murder Mystery Party and took a week-long vacation! My husband and I took our annual Anniversary trip and this year we went to New York City and Newport, Rhode Island. It was the perfect weather (mid 60s) which makes everything better. We were outside the entire week and got to see some of the most amazing things! Most importantly, we ate some really great food haha! Onto my monthly thoughts…

NYC + Newport… I could talk for hours about what we did for a week in these places but I think all I will do is show you all the amazing food we ate and where its from! Did we mainly eat baked good and snacks? Yes. No regrets.

Murder Mystery Party… I bought a boxed murder mystery with the theme of 1900’s Circus (think Greatest Showman). The box came with everything you could need for the party, it even came with awards for best dressed, best detective and best actor. It contains three endings so you can actually have three murder mysteries if you want to! We had my family and my cousins attend and it was so much fun! Seeing everyone’s costumes when they show up brings me so much joy. Below are some pictures of the decorations and food we had.

Currently reading… While on the subway, planes, and trains during our trip I was able to listen to an Agatha Christie book – Murder in Mesopotamia. It was good (as are all her books!) Getting back to our regular schedule, it was time for me to move to another Cozy English Mystery series, I have landed on the Augusta Peel Mystery series. First up, Death in Soho. Emily Organ, who wrote two other series that I really love, has started writing this series, so far there are only three books.

Currently watching… Andor. My husband and I have been binging Andor this week (even in the airport and train stations) and it is just so good. We had watched the first two episodes before our vacation and just finished the whole series! Disney+ drops a new episode each Wednesday, it is so hard to wait until next week after binging 9 episodes!

Thanksgiving plans… This year we have 3 thanksgivings planned! One with my friend, Madi, and one with both sides of our family. My go-to dessert to bring is a bourbon or spiced rum pecan pie, the alcohol elevates it and makes it a little more special. I also have the best pumpkin roll recipe, I will post that soon so you can try it out! Last year I made strawberry butter and a copy Texas Roadhouse butter recipe, I think it’s my new annual thanksgiving addition. Its so simple but makes any bread so much yummier!

Christmas decor… This year I am obsessed with greenery, candlesticks, bells, and dried orange slices.

DIY Gift ideas… Homemade Vanilla Extract, Homemade Vanilla Sugar, Stovetop PotPourri, Hot Chocolate Mix, and Mulling Spices (my favorite!!). Click the photos for instructions!

Stocking stuffer ideas… My favorite stocking stuffer will ALWAYS BE mascara!!!! Because of several reasons… One – its like $10 for even the cheap kind, I hate buying it myself. Two – they are so small and fit perfectly in a stocking. Three – I only wear mascara and color in my eyebrows so it is great to stock up on mascara for the next year haha.

Jewelry… I am loving small hoops right now, especially a double hoop.

Christmas gifts I’m asking for… The main thing I want for Christmas is an espresso maker, I don’t know which one I want yet. I don’t want to spend too much money on one but I also want a good machine that will last! If you have any suggestions, please let me know! I found this cute honey dispenser, we use honey for everything, it would make clean-up so much easier to have it in this dispenser. I love this thin wallet, all of the colors are cute but the color “Nate” is my favorite. Ballerina Farm has the cutest apron, I found a cheap version on Amazon with tons of cute colors! I have a lot of board games on my Christmas list, some of them are below. I would really like some large storage containers, I love these with the scoops stored in the tops.

September Thoughts

Guess what, I am late posting my monthly thoughts again! Oops! This month has been full of projects on our new house, which I love! We have made a ton of progress and it is starting to really feel like home now. We had our house power washed, bought a shed, picked a kitchen cabinet color, painted wallpaper in the laundry room, hung shelves in our closet, and hung bathroom hardware. The next project on our list is to weed-eat the pond and rake out as many lily pads as we can, it will look so good after that! But first, look at our view… Gorgeous!!! I can’t believe that I get to see this view every day and watching the leaves change and start to fall has been so fun.

September home renovations… This months we have finished a lot of small projects as well as a few big ones. As I said above, we had our house power washed, bought a shed, finished our master bathroom, picked a kitchen cabinet color, installed our Ring Camera (which we love!!), painted wallpaper in the laundry room, hung shelves in our closet, and hung bathroom hardware. Here are some pictures (before and afters will be in a separate post once the house is actually complete)!

September Amazon purchases… We bought SO much for our house on Amazon this month, I have linked everything below 🙂 We bought vent covers, which we learned are so expensive! Ugh! We also noticed our air vents weren’t the most clean, we vacuumed them out and I scrubbed what I could with bleach water but I still felt the need to buy vent filters (I had to cut them down to fit the vents). We bought a floor lamp for our living room, we love the sleek and minimal look of this one. Our master bathroom is finally complete, we replaced the toilet (from Lowe’s), vanity (from Lowe’s), mirror (gifted) and faucet (Amazon). One of my favorite Amazon products are these little motion sensor lights, we use them for the bathroom and hallway so we don’t have to turn the lights on in the middle of the night. For the kitchen, we ordered the kitchen hardware and rubber bumpers for the kitchen cabinets and drawers.

Things I have made… I didn’t post a blog post (or take good pictures) about these recipes but I did make two different bread puddings. One was a Cinnamon Croissant Bread Pudding and the other was a Chocolate Chip Croissant Bread Pudding. They were both so delicious. Also I made the Autumn classic Pillsbury ghost and pumpkin cookies, of course!! Every single year I am reminded that they aren’t that delicious but they are so fun and nostalgic so I keep making them haha!

Currently reading… Rotten to the Core by T.E. Kinsey. This is one of my favorite “Cozy English Mystery” series. Lady Hardcastle and her lady’s maid Flo are so goofy. I love their banter, making fun of each other and just having fun solving mysteries together.

Currently watching… White Collar. It is an older show (it aired from 2009 to 2014) about the white collar crime unit in New York City. I love crime shows and I really like the spin on white collar crimes instead of your typical murder-solving crime shows.

Fall fashion/outfits I’m loving… I love mixing neutrals, I have linked a bunch of pins I have saved recently. I love a chunky sweater and black skinny jeans combo. A few other of my favorite fall combos are black on black and a sweater with a white tennis shoe. Fall is my favorite season for fashion!

Halloween party ideas… My husband and I love to host people in our house, we think we can have our house ready (at least the living room and kitchen) to have a halloween party! We have been doing Murder Mystery Dinners for the past few years and they have been so fun! This year we will be doing a Circus-themed Murder Mystery party with our family. Below are some of the decoration ideas I have gotten off Pinterest.

Anniversary trip… When Jared and I got married we agreed we wanted to set aside a few days of just us each year and go somewhere new together. This year we are going to New York City! We have both been but have never been together, we are so excited! We will spend several days in NYC then take a train to Newport, RI and spend 2 days there before heading home. If you have any food recommendations for either place, please let me know!!

August Thoughts

This month has been a whirlwind! I am a few days late on posting my August thoughts because…. we bought a house! We closed on a little house in the country with 4.5 acres last Thursday. Jared and I are so excited to move in, start a garden, and enjoy the slow life. I will be posting plenty of before-and-after photos because who doesn’t love those! Here is a little sneak peek of our new home.

Home ideas… I am really feeling a wallpaper and some wood shelves in my laundry room, I really like the ones below, something not too busy but still fun! The granite in our house is pretty dark with lots of browns in it, which I would not choose myself. However, when I got on Pinterest I saw a similar granite paired with green cabinets… I know! Green cabinets! That may be too much but I think it is just enough haha. I like that it will be unique and fun. Also I want to get chickens, like immediately.

Recipes to make… I am so excited to get back into cooking! We have been living with family so we haven’t been cooking and using the kitchen as much. The first thing I want to make is this Baked Pineapple Salmon. Jared and I love salmon, we could eat it for dinner every single night. I am also ready to get back into my sourdough starter. It’s been about a year since I was baking a lot of sourdough bread. I had a ton of discard and didn’t realize there were discard recipes! I have found sourdough crackers which is exciting because I love to eat brie and crackers for lunch (not very healthy but it is delicious haha). So this time around I am going to focus on the discard recipes and try to throw away as little discard as possible.

Goodies to bake… So it’s September. Which means its Autumn (please no one disagree with me haha I have already made up my mind)! It’s time for some fall baking. I can’t think of anything more fall than an Apple Fritter. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it looks really good and not too difficult. All the fall spices in one recipe – Chai Scones with Maple Glaze. I love Baklava but it is pretty time consuming to make (totally worth it in my opinion). But I found a recipe, Baklava Cookie Bars, on Pinterest. I always replace whatever nut the recipe calls for for walnuts. This recipe calls for almonds so I will alter it and post that recipe on the blog later. Last but certainly not least…. Cinnamon Sugar Swirled Apple Butter Bread. I don’t even have to describe or explain why I would like this one. If you are unsure, read the name of the recipe again.

Most excited to… start a garden!!! I cannot wait to garden, it has been my biggest request – “I want land to have a garden” – and now we have it! It really is a dream come true, to plan my own garden. That may seem so small or silly or insignificant but I just love it! The house we bought was very bare, no hardware on the cabinets, no landscaping, etc. So I am also excited to landscape, pick my own hardware, pick my own paint color, stuff you don’t get to do when you rent.

Currently reading… Murder in Ratcliffe by Emily Organ. It’s another one of those “old English mysteries” that I love so much. They are quick reads but I love it, they are so cozy.

August Amazon purchases… I recently broke my phone case which gave me the perfect excuse to buy a fall-themed phone case and pop socket haha! I ordered some more of my favorite socks, they are so soft! With all the planning I want to do for the house (I love making lists if you can’t tell…) I bought a few super cute Rifle Paper Co. notebooks! I make my own face serum out of jojoba oil and essential oils but I ran out so I had to reorder my favorite jojoba oil, its easiest to buy it on Amazon. I also bought some things for the house but I will share those in another post 🙂

Currently watching… so I watched Partner Track in one day… I have another confession… I also watched Echoes in one day. They were not the same day for the record! My go-to feel good shows that I love to watch in the fall are Gilmore Girls and Call the Midwife.

Nighttime routine… My nighttime routine is pretty relaxed, I first wash my face with my diy face wash which has unscented Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap, water, and essential oils (Lavender and Frankincense) in it. Immediately after I put on my diy face serum (following Becca Bristow’s recipe) which is made of jojoba oil, Lavender essential oil, Frankincense eo, Patchouli eo, and Blue Tansy eo. It definitely doesn’t soak in like a moisturizer would but since I immediately go to bed, it doesn’t bother me by feeling greasy or too oily. Then I brush my teeth, I have a Quip toothbrush which I LOVE! My favorite clean toothpaste is Tom’s Botanically Bright Toothpaste. I take my vitamins (B Complex, Pre/Probiotic, and a vitamin for my thyroid) and hop in bed! I usually play on my phone and do a crossword puzzle to help get some of my extra brain-energy out from the day haha. Then I read my kindle until I fall asleep.

Fall decor I’m loving… I am so excited to move into our new house and immediately decorate for fall, its my favorite time of the year! I have linked some fall decor I have seen this year that I am loving. It will probably shock everyone that it is mostly made up of pillows and throw blankets.

Favorite Instagram accounts… Just Ingredients, I love following Karalynne because she is the best at informing her audience on what is really in the products we use daily. What I used to think was “clean” once is no longer! She really helps break down the big words they hide on the packaging to tell us if its good or bad. I also like following her blog too! Ballerina Farm – if you don’t follow Hannah, you need to!!! She gives daily insight to her life on a farm and she used to be a ballerina! Every once in awhile her and her daughters will dance and it is the sweetest. Also her milk cow, Daisy, makes me want to have a milk cow.

Cookies to bake… I said I was going to bake all the cookies for the rest of the year and this is true! While we are in the middle of this move, I am compiling family cookie recipes, Pinterest cookies I want to make, and recipes I have clipped out of magazines. I am super excited to get started with that and post them all on the blog!

July Thoughts

This month I had the privilege of going to Myrtle Beach with my husband’s family. I had never been to Myrtle Beach before, I didn’t go in with any expectations other than I would get some much needed sun! The weather was great, we did have some rainy days but overall it was perfect. Nothing beats a quiet morning on the beach with the sound of the waves, reading a new book, sipping on an iced coffee. I mean… maybe a mug of hot chocolate in front of a fire in late autumn but that would be a pretty hard debate. Enough of my rambling, so here are all my thoughts from the month of July:

Favorite restaurants at Myrtle Beach… I loved Pier 14. They had the best hushpuppies I think I have ever had! I got the salmon as an entree, which was delicious. I know that salmon in South Carolina isn’t fresh but it was still amazing.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Murrells Inlet

Favorite blog… Half Baked Harvest, obviously. I mean she is the QUEEN of all things food/baking blogging, I aspire to do all that she has done. She is actually where I got the idea to do this post. She does something called “Nine Favorite Things” each week which I love to follow.

Currently reading… Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – recommended by my best friend, Chandler, she knows everything about YA books. She has gotten me hooked on so many series. I can’t read one book at a time, maybe I should haha but I don’t! I am loving these books called “cozy English mysteries.” Basically a mystery set in England (or Ireland… love) usually in the late 1800s or early 1900s that isn’t scary or suspenseful, usually has some humor which makes me chuckle. Its just a good happy little read. Some of my favorite series are the Churchill and Pemberley series by Emily Organ, the Posie Parker series by L.B. Hathaway, the Lady Hardcastle series by T.E. Kinsey, and the Penny Green series by Emily Organ. I may or may not have read every book in these series and are waiting for the authors to write the next book… in each series lol…

Favorite recipes… Jared loved this Creamy Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pasta by HBH. I am obsessed with pancakes, I mean I could eat pancakes every single day. I love this Dutch Baby by HBH with Strawberry jam… so good. We both loved HBH’s Creamed Feta Garlic Herb Butter Salmon… What’s not to love??

Wanting to buy… a beach cart. I mean why would you carry all your stuff to the beach when you could have one of these carts?? I had some major jealously over the people that had already figured this out. I really like this one from Amazon.

Currently watching… Rosewood, I really wish they had made more seasons of this. It’s a medical show (from a pathologist view) that makes me giggle. I am also watching Chicago PD, Med and Fire. I am almost caught up and I will be really sad when that happens.

Dream Kitchen Inspo… Um look at these tiles!!!! A corner kitchen window is my dream. I love this accent wood on the ceiling and the beam on the side! Lastly, this dreamy little baking nook by a window (talk about some good lighting), don’t forget to peek at the double ovens.

Current Bible study… Entrusted – A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore, I am LOVING this study. I’m not watching the videos that go along with it but I am still getting so much out of it. I have learned so much about Paul that makes me even more in awe of our amazing God! God’s plan is truly perfect, so detailed and deliberate (obviously).

Kitchenware… I love this Le Creuset set: Square Baker, Cast Iron Skillet, and this Rectangle Baker. I am obsessed with this kitchen set, I don’t even think you can buy these anymore so if you know anyone that can make them for me…. Let me know lol Drink Dispenser, Canisters, Storage Bin, and this Bread Bin.

Worship songs on repeat… Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel Music, Charity Gayle’s entire album but especially I Speak Jesus, We Need a Miracle, and Endless Praise.

Amazon purchases from July… these cute notebooks, mini packets of raw honey for my sugar cravings, these large claw clips (am I too late for this trend? lol), this hat for the beach, and this swim top to match this cute swim skort.

Podcasts I’m obsessed with… Whoa That’s Good with Sadie Robertson Huff, she has really great guest speakers that say some awesome stuff about God. Rope Drop Radio with Derek and Doug. I love a good Disney podcast, plus Derek and Doug are hilarious! The Crumb from Bake from Scratch. I mean a podcast by my favorite company ever, come on now!

Jewelry I want… Pinterest has been hitting me hard in the jewelry department. There are so many things I like, here are all the links.

Stuff I want to bake… Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake from Bake from Scratch… Delicious. Have I made this Magnolia French Silk pie 10 times? Yes. Do I want to make it again? Yes. These Hazelnut Sourdough Cruffins… There’s not a single thing in there that I don’t love. Since it’s technically August can I start planning my Halloween baking yet? I want to make this Spooky Pie, maybe without the skull, that’s a little far for me lol. I made these Swedish Cardamom Rolls one time, it was extensive, took me so long and made my back hurt. But it is one of the treats that still make my mouth water when I think about them, maybe it’s time to do it again!

I have recently taken a break from the blog, I am feeling motivated to come back with a new idea…. COOKIES! I want to bake all the cookie recipes I have dreamed about, ones from my grandmothers, ones from Pinterest, ones from blogs I love, and maybe a few of my own concoctions. If there is a cookie you want me to bake, comment or message me and I will bake them! I hope you all tag along only cookie journey. Love you all!