Falling for Gatsby

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” -The Great Gatsby

Coincidentally, I found this quote a few days after I attended a Great Gatsby themed party that just happened to take place on the first official day of Fall. Even though Spring is usually thought of as the beginning of the seasonal cycle, there is something about summer winding down and the days getting cooler that is equally as refreshing.

Monday is the New Sunday

I usually spend my Sunday nights in the laundry room (serious laundry basket overflow issues if I don’t do it weekly), in the kitchen (cooking or baking sweets for the week), and in bed (catching up on my favorite magazines and blogs). These days, however, my Sundays are occupied by a little something called the Philadelphia Eagles. So Mondays are the new Sunday…for today at least. I squeezed in a quick run after work (gotta get time outside before it’s too chilly!), popped my laundry in, then whipped up some cookie dough. Not just any cookie dough…Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Did you just gasp? Because yes, they actually exist. I have one in my tummy right now and it’s a wonderful feeling. And now that the laundry is folded and put away, and the last batch of cookies is in the oven, and The Voice just ended, I think there’s an issue of Elle Magazine calling my name.

Happy Fall Friday!

Tomorrow is officially the first day of Fall but the temperatures have already started dropping in New York – thank goodness! Nothing like sleeping with the windows open after many nights with my (noisy) air conditioner. Although it’s not quite yet time to pile on the layers, a few mornings this week have been cool enough to merit waking my trench up from summer hibernation. You know what’s next? My favorite cheetah scarf. Get pumped.

Monster Cookies

Do you know what’s delicious? When you combine oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter and m&ms into one cookie. My mom used to make these when I was little, and I remember them being HUGE. But maybe I was just tiny? Either way, I make them normal-sized these days and they are still bomb.com. We had a bake sale at work  last week and I had a few care packages to send out, so I made a double batch of these last weekend and they were very well received (duh).

Monster Cookies

1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cup flour
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cup quick oatmeal
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup M&Ms

Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs. Stir in flour and baking soda until just combined. Add peanut butter and mix until smooth. Add oatmeal, chocolate chips, and M&Ms. Dough should be chunky but consistent. Drop by the teaspoon on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten. Bake at 350F for 12 minutes.

Rebecca Minkoff @NYFW

Although I already miss the summertime, New York Fashion Week makes ushering in the Fall season a bit easier to handle. I was lucky enough to attend the Rebecca Minkoff show on Friday and see her Spring 2013 collection. It was filled with bright whites and sheer florals, with plenty of denim and touches of leather, and a sprinkling of boho chic. Aside from the clothes, the show itself was so much fun. Music during the show bounced back and forth between DJ Cassidy and Tennis (still have their song in my head three days later!) And celebrity sightings always get me a little giddy — my favorites from this show were Ryan Lochte (hunk alert), Lauren Conrad (an oldie but goodie), and Kristen Chenoweth (for the Gleek in me). I also got introduced to Rebecca and her little nugget of a baby, Luca. (The two of them were featured on The Glow!) Although I’m not a total fashion week junkie, it was great to tap into the energy and excitement in Lincoln Center and the perfect little break from my first full-day Friday since May.

So Long Sweet Summer

I suppose summer is sort of unofficially over. (The first day of Fall is technically September 22, but let’s be real here, it’s over.) Labor Day Weekend kicked off with my cousin Bubba’s wedding — perfect weather, family dance party and lots of love. Weddings are just the best. Saturday morning we all hung in the hotel lobby to watch Notre Dame kick Navy’s butt in Ireland (!), then headed back home with Gram on board. Gram turns 87 on Wednesday, so to celebrate I made a farewell-to-summer strawberry rhubarb pie — my first! I used this recipe and it turned out a little too juicy but still delicious. Had I read the comments attached to the recipe, I probably would have used her “Improved” recipe but oh well! Pie is always a good choice. Although I love summer, I must admit that I am excited for the temperature to drop and to start churning out pumpkin bread. See you next year, summytime!