Harvest Focaccia Bread

If I had to choose my favorite type of bread, I think focaccia would be the clear winner. When I saw a recipe for Harvest Focaccia from Food Network, I had to give it a try. Topped with herbs, fruit and nuts, this bread showcases the flavors of fall – and with winter right around the corner, this bread is the perfect accompaniment to seasonal soups.

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Favorite Fall Footwear

As the seasons and styles change, so do the shoes.  It’s hard to send my colorful wedge sandals and leather flip flops to the back of the closet for 8 whole months, but the sad farewell is brief because I just may (and please don’t tell my sandals this) love boots and loafers a little bit more.

My favorites list this year is very boot-heavy.  I can’t help it.  I feel like I need them in every shaft height, color and heel height.  Unfortunately, the price tags on genuine leather boots don’t allow me to fully indulge, but I’m lucky to have cultivated this little collection so I’m a happy camper!

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Farm-Inspired Butternut Squash Salad

We’re hanging out today over at FOLK Magazine & Blog! Head over there to read about my recent farm wanderings that inspired a delicious recipe for Butternut Squash Salad!

And be sure to check out an amazing deal that FOLK Magazine has running! It’s only $11 for a whole year subscription if you purchase by Black Friday!

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Mulled Apple Cider

My husband and I just finished “winterizing” our yard – raking leaves, planting tulips (don’t forget to do this before the ground freezes!) and putting away deck furniture. I was rather thankful when the clouds started rolling in and I felt the first bits of rain, because we were forced to call it quits for the rest of the afternoon. No complaining here!

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REALLY exciting news! Offbeat & Inspired joins FOLK!!

REALLY exciting news!  Offbeat & Inspired joins FOLK!!

Well I’ve been a little busy this past week with something pretty major!! I’m SOOO excited to announce that Sarah and I have been working with Ben Ashby (editor in chief of FOLK Magazine) and some amazing bloggers over at the magazine’s new blog, FolkLifestyle.com!  A few weeks ago I was talking to Ben after he heard about our blog and I ended up writing a last minute article for FOLK’s Christmas issue which hits stores (and mailboxes) this week!  After that amazing event (pinch me, cause I wonder if it actually happened), we were introduced to some absolutely wonderful bloggers who were also asked to contribute to FOLK’s new blog, and we felt right at home joining the team!

We will be posting a few times a month over at the FOLK blog, and we HIGHLY recommend checking it out and subscribing.  The magazine and the blog are both phenomenal, and right up the alley of everything we love here at Offbeat & Inspired.  We’ll be contributing articles to the magazine too, and if you haven’t heard of FOLK yet, here’s a little note from Ben:

You may be asking what exactly FOLK is all about. Simply put it is about ALL AMERICAN LIVING. The driving force behind FOLK is to immerse the reader in a life that journeys at a slower pace, one that involves drinking iced tea on the front porch, having conversations with friends, reliving the olden days, hunting for the perfect antique and vintage items, eating at local diners, perfecting family recipes, picking tomatoes off the vine, summers spent in a swing under an old oak tree, buying locally made products, driving with windows down and Miranda Lambert blasting, creating unique collections of your own, finding the country life in any setting, and one that remembers the little things that make life worth living.

There you have it!  FOLK will be choc full of everything you need to get inspired and stay inspired.  Sign us up!!  If you’re half as psyched about this as we are, head over to the blog’s kick-off post and leave a comment to be automatically entered to win an autographed copy of the magazine!

Keep reading for an amazing discount on an entire year’s subscription to FOLK Magazine!

Our Open “Haus” Menu

I recently shared a few creative and simple entertaining ideas inspired by my brother and sister-in-law at their open house for FreshGround Roasting. As that event was being planned I thought, “Why not make this a weekend event and host an open house at our place the next day?”

OK, I’ll admit it was quite busy cooking, cleaning and setting up for two consecutive open houses. But it was totally worth it! We had a great time on Saturday with FreshGround. Then on Sunday, my husband and I invited friends, family and neighbors to our open “Haus” (our play on words since our last name is Hauser).

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pie has never been something I particularly loved.  I’ve always been more of an apple pie sort of gal, but when my sister was visiting we decided to do pumpkin pie for fall’s sake.

I’ve had these Le Creuset mini cocottes (baby Dutch ovens) for a while now and I’m absolutely in love with them.  Aren’t they adorable?  Basically, if something can be made “mini”, I’ll do it just so I have an excuse to use these cute little things.

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Downtown Color

We did a lot of exploring last weekend!  Having my sister and her husband here was so much fun.  We loved showing them around Lexington and introducing them to some of our favorite places.  On Saturday we went to Table Three Ten for brunch and spent the afternoon wandering the city, taking lots of pictures.

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Buttery Vanilla Breakfast Scones

My sister and her husband came to visit for the weekend! They’re on fall break from school right now and their campus is only about 4 hours away, so they decided to spend the break with us. They got married in July of this past summer and this is the first time we’ve seen them since the wedding, so we’ve had some serious catching up to do. I was the first of 3 girls to get married, so being able to finally share this common stage of life with one of my sisters is so exciting!

Becca has a lot of the same interests as me. We love to craft, we love to create, we love to bake, we love fashion and makeup – basically we haven’t come close to running out of things to do during this little visit. I’m loving how she’s adjusting to being a wife. Even though she’s swamped with classes and work, she still finds so much joy in the little things – like baking banana bread and brownies for her husband and friends in their tiny campus apartment kitchen.

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Fall Decorating: (Free) Mantel Makeover

A few weeks ago I spent some time helping my mom put out her fall décor. Growing up, my parents’ house always looked festive – not overdone, but cozy and inviting. In the fall, the house would be full of pumpkins, scarecrows and candles that smelled like freshly made Thanksgiving pies.

As part of my attempt to recreate the coziness of my parents’ house, I decided to give my fireplace mantel a little fall makeover. For this project, I had one goal: only use items I already have at home. I was determined not to spend ANY additional money on this project. Honestly, it was really hard! I mean, you can really do a lot to your mantel if you at least spend some money on garage sale items. But no, I knew I had too many odds and ends kicking around the house to allow myself to buy anything else.

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