As my brother-in-law would say, “I’ve got that wintertime, wintertime fatness…” Tis the season for eating and I love crackin’ out the ole’ crock pot for some feel-good fall flavors. Here are some recipes for fall that I can’t wait to make over the next few months.

1. Crock Pot BBQ Chicken (for sliders, tacos or lettuce wraps)

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

This is as easy as it gets. I make some variation of this recipe every month or so. It certainly satisfies year-round but is especially comforting this time of year. Take your favorite BBQ sauce, throw in some boneless, skinless chicken breasts with some chopped onions, salt, pepper and garlic salt and you’ve got yourself a meal, my friends. I love to have it on Hawaiian sweet rolls or you can have it in a lettuce wrap if you’re trying to be healthy.

I always look for recipes that can be re-constituted as leftovers throughout the week and this is definitely one of them. You can easily turn this into zesty tacos or a spicy grilled cheese so you don’t get bored while you’re working through the leftovers.

2. Brown Butter Garlic Carrots – Rasa Malaysia 

Brown Butter Garlic Honey Roasted Carrots

So this is definitely more of a side, but I brought a similar dish to Thanksgiving at my family’s last year and it was a hit. These look easy enough to make so I can’t wait to test this recipe out next. It would be great paired with any of the recipes in this list which shows its versatility.

3. Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese – Jessica Gavin

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut squash, sharp cheddar, classic elbow macaroni and panko bread crumbs make this twist on a classic a winner. I haven’t tried making this yet but it looks easy enough to attempt on a weeknight and I love Mac and Cheese enough to want all the leftovers for myself.

4. French Onion Soup – Tyler Florence 

French Onion Soup

This one is an old favorite of mine. It can take awhile to make so it’s probably more of a Sunday night meal for me but the leftovers get better and better as that rosemary steeps, so it’s well worth your time. Hot, herbacious, comforting and enough leftovers to last a week. What more do you want?

5. Apple & Gouda Grilled Cheese – Domestic Superhero

Apple and Gouda Grilled Cheese

I love apples. I love gouda. I LOVE grilled cheese. This looks so easy to make and so delicious for an easy weeknight dinner. I plan on having this with some tomato soup for dipping and a side of those weirdly addictive Trader Joe’s White Truffle Potato Chips. Treat yo’self.

6. Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Feta & Cilantro – The Wiegands

Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Feta and Cilantro

How insane is this pic? The second I found this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it. Most of my family is now vegetarian so I think this could be the perfect dish to make at our next get-together.

7. Spicy White Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup – A Flavor Journal

Spicy White Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup

Okay, so I’m not even going to try and pretend that this is remotely healthy. But I friggin love beer cheese soup and this one looks like a must-try. The next time a cheese craving hits, I’m making this.

8. Thai Butternut Squash Red Curry – Little Spice Jar

Mmmm…curry is perfect for a cold winter night and this recipe utilizes all the flavors of the season with butternut squash and warm, flavorful spices. Served over some jasmine or basmati rice, I think this would be a perfectly satisfying vegetarian supper!

9. The Best Healthy Turkey Chili – Ambitious Kitchen

This is another one of those recipes that looks easy enough to make on a Sunday but versatile enough to be enjoyed throughout the week – on sliders, tacos and of course, as classic chili.

10. Slow Cooker Apple Crisp – The Kitchn

I love apple crisp (with ice cream) and this one couldn’t be easier. Toss the ingredients in a crockpot and 3 hours later, you’re good to go. Plus, that paper towel trick to catch the steam and keep things crispy is SO genius.

What are your favorite seasonal recipes for fall and winter? Comment below and link to the recipe if you can! Sharing is caring. 🙂

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Fall is just getting started here in Virginia but I’ve been loving a few products and fashion pieces so much over the last few weeks, that I thought it’d be worth sharing.

1. Alpha Skincare 14% Serum
Alpha Skincare 14% Serum
Paula says you shouldn’t use glycolic acids of over 10% on a daily basis but despite that, she gave this product a raving review – and so do I. I used it every other day for a week, (after doing my 10 day skin detox), and my skin has transformed. Also, it’s worth noting – I’m no stranger to glycolic acid. I use the Paula’s Choice 8% gel on a semi-regular basis and this stuff DEFINITELY took things up a notch.

2. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary
Kat Von D Lipstick in Sanctuary
I never thought I was a liquid lipstick person. I tried the one from Lime Crime and several from Anastasia and they just weren’t for me. That is, until, I picked up the Kat Von D one. The applicator is very firm but also pretty small so it’s easy to get a precise lip look with just one coat. I have 4 shades so far but I’ve been loving this spooky one for fall. It’s sort of a grey-ish taupe but it’s oddly flattering on my fair skin.

3. Short A-Line Skirts
Ya know when you discover a type of clothing that works for your body type and then you just start buying them in bulk? Yeah. That happened.

Short a-line skirts with buttons or zippers, in denim or suede, embroidered or basic – I can wear them without tights and some sandals or flats for warmer days, or with tights and ankle boots for cooler days. Something about how it nips in at the waist and then flares outward over my lower tummy (ie., my danger zone) is just so flattering. If you have a similar shape to me, and have a small high waist but tend to bloat in your lower tummy area, this style might work for you too.

4. Harry Potter
This is more of a lifetime favorite – but this time of year I love to break out these movies and books and just dive back into that world of magic. It makes me feel like a kid again and gives me all the nostalgic feels. FYI, I’m in Ravenclaw. Luna Lovegood FTW. What house are you?

Morning Walks

Looking serious but feeling lighthearted on a breezy morning stroll.

5. Morning Walks

As the weather gets cooler, but not TOO cool, I like to take advantage of it by doing nice little saunters outside in the woods behind my apartment. There’s a little trail and it’s the perfect distance (about 15-25 minutes there and back) depending on how fast I walk and how much time I have. I’m not gonna lie – sometimes I’m lazy and I definitely don’t do it every day. But when I do (mostly on the weekends), I find that it just does WONDERS for my mood. Sometimes I listen to music but usually I just walk in silence and listen to the wind in the trees. It’s a great way to be alone with my thoughts, and start my day off on the right foot.

6. Nest Indigo Perfume

Nest Indigo Perfume
I’ve had this one for a year but hadn’t worn it much over the Spring and Summer. I recently started wearing it again and I forgot how much I loved it. I’m a big fan of the Nest fragrances in general – they’re all so unique and the packaging is beyond gorg. Sephora describes it as warm, aromatic and mysterious with notes of Moroccan tea, kashmir wood, cardamom and wild fig. Seriously, perfect for fall.

7 & 8 Eyeshadow Palettes (because I couldn’t decide and they’re similar) – Urban Decay Heat and Marc Jacobs Scandalust 
Urban Decay Naked Heat and Marc Jacobs Scandalust

Both of these palettes are amazing quality and contain perfect shades for fall – lots of warm burgandies, plums, warm pinks and browns. The Urban Decay one has more shades and was oddly a summer release, despite the fact that the shades are so perfect for fall. I purchased the Marc Jacobs one more recently as a birthday present to myself and I’ve been enjoying switching between the two.

9. Trader Joe’s White Truffle Potato Chips
Trader Joes Organic White Truffle Potato Chips

I thought it couldn’t get any better than the honey butter potato chips – but I was wrong. These chips taste so amazing. If you don’t like the flavor of mushrooms, you might not like these. But they’re so herby and greasy – it’s the perfect thing to snack on while you watch all your fav. Halloween movies.

10. Celestial Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea

Celestial Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea
This stuff basically tastes like apple cider. It’s zero calories and feels like such a treat anytime of day.

As I write this, the sun is shining and the temperature is at a slightly stuffy 85 degrees. BUT, cooler fall weather is on its way and I can’t wait to start breaking out the boots and sweaters.

Like, LITERALLY, can’t wait. I tried rocking a rib knit long-sleeved sweater yesterday when I was running errands and paid dearly for it.

But I digress. Fall is my favorite season to dress for. Hats, coats, scarves, boots…all the best clothes. Plus, the colors are great! Who doesn’t love those warm mustards, plums and teals?

Cozy textures like flannel and wool in khaki and jewel tones that flatter just about everyone make this season my bank account’s worst nightmare. Here’s what I’ll most likely be spending my pennies on over the next few weeks:

 

1. Chunky Knits

Asos Chunky Knit Sweater

New Look Lattice Back Chunky Sweater – Asos, $32

 

2. Camel Colored Scarves

H&M Cashmere Scarf

H&M Cashmere Scarf – $59.99

 

3. (Faux) Suede Skirts 

H&M Short Skirt

H&M Faux Suede Skirt $24.99

 

4. Tops with Bell Sleeves

Free People Soo Dramatic Long Sleeved Top

Free People Soo Dramatic Long Sleeved Top – Asos, $39

 

5. Platform Boots

Zara Black Boots

Zara Track Ankle Boots – $49.90

 

6. Flannel Shirts

Vans Check Flannel Shirt In Red

Vans Check Flannel Shirt In Red – Asos, $55

 

7. Peacoats in neutral colors

H&M Pea Coat

H&M Pea Coat – $69.99

 

8. Black Jeans

Topshop Black Jamie Jeans

Topshop MOTO Black Jamie Jeans $70.00

 

9. Sock Boots

Topshop Sock Boots

Topshop HOLI Leather Sock Boots $160

 

10. Backpacks

Urban Outfitters Backpack

Matt & Nat Small Mumbai Backpack – Urban Outfitters $125

 

There we have it – my fall wardrobe shopping list.  What’s your favorite season to dress for? Comment below, I’m curious to know if everyone else is as obsessed with fall as I am!

In the meantime – stay cozy, peeps.