My Week on Instagram: Lakes, Pumpkin Pancakes and Fall Style

Last weekend Steve and I headed out to Lake Mojave with my parents for a mini vacation-- we've been going to the lake almost every year since I was 9 but hadn't been for about 4 years. It was great to take a few days to relax, swim (or rather, float) in the lake, and have some fun! And yeah, that's me up there skiing :P

The last few weeks have been super hot so a fall cool down is more than welcome! This past week I shared two transitional fall maxi outfits, including the one above with this gorgeous magenta scarf I picked up who knows where for super cheap. I love a great find! Oh, and the ring is from jewelry designer Meredith Kahn (Made Her Think)'s collection for mark. several years ago-- still one of my favorite pieces!

Our friend Panda was serving up her Pandini Paninis at a local Chino brewery. Stuck amid industrial buildings, the tiny small batch I and I Brewing serves lagers and IPAs-- Steve and I had the Session IPA, which was really good! I'm not much of a craft beer person and tend to stay away from IPA's but was digging this one.

I love when fall rolls around, not only because of the cooler weather, but because I feel like cooking and baking a lot more-- and I feel more creative with recipes. Sunday I made pumpkin pancakes using a SUPER simple recipe. If you love pumpkin pancakes but hate to cook or mix too many ingredients, then this recipe is for you. Be on the lookout Friday for the recipe!

Panda ended up giving me her leftover tray of Mac & Cheese from her paninis on Friday-- I ended up eating mac & cheese for breakfast and lunch on Saturday so by Sunday I needed to mix things up a bit. I rolled my cold mac into balls, dredged them in seasoned flour, egg, and bread crumbs respectively and then tossed (okay, gently placed) them in a pan of canola oil to fry them up. To dip, I mixed a few squirts of Sriracha into ketchup for a spicy Sriracha Ketchup... DELICIOUS! 

Not the most exciting week, but sometimes an uneventful week & weekend is just what I need. Wishing you a wonderful first week of October!

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