Monday, October 21, 2019

Quotes of the Week

What a weekend! I think I almost had a heart attack three times during my Texas vs. Kansas game. I truly thought we were going to lose at the end — thank god for Dicker the Kicker but also...why were we relying on our kicker to get it done? Anyway, it was stressful but the rest of the weekend was nice. It was the first time where I didn't have any activities (aside from the watch party) so I got to lay in bed, try some new cafes and cross a lot off my to-do list. Plus, I threw a party for my girlfriends and that was super fun. What have y'all been up to? — xoxo darling, Hayden
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Friday, October 18, 2019

OU Weekend Vlog

Last weekend I visited Serena in Dallas for our big rivalry game and I thought I'd vlog it, because why not? We love content! So here ya go — xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Leftover Halloween Candy Bars

I wish as a kid I had thought to do something with my Halloween candy like these bars! I remember my candy would slowly dwindle and it would be sad when just a few things were leftover. But now, you have an idea of how to use that candy to make something equally as delightful...trust me, my office went crazy on these. You can choose whatever candy you want, the original recipe I used didn't specify what they used but I thought I'd tell you what I did in case you want to re-create it. What are y'all's thoughts? — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Leftover Halloween Candy Bars:

You'll Need:

1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Instructions:
1. Mix butter, sugar and light brown sugar together. 
2. Add eggs and vanilla extract. 
3. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
4. Slowly add flour mixture to liquid mixture. 
5. Pour approx. half the mixture into your baking dish (lined with parchment paper). 
6. Place as much of the candy as you want in the mixture.
7. Pour the rest of the mixture over the pan, make sure it covers the first layer. 
8. Put more candy on top — this will be the layer you see, so make it as aesthetically pleasing as you want. 
9. Bake for 34-45 minutes — depending on how you like your bars. 
10. Pull them out to cool, cut 'em and serve! 

Troubleshooting:

I used this recipe. The batter is incredibly sticky, so be forewarned!



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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Week Re-Cap

Cotton Candy Taco at the Texas State Fair
This week was a good one, except for the horrid snow. I got to visit one of the best friends in Dallas, attend our big rivalry game (we lost, but it's fine), eat too many cotton candy flavored items and just get back to my more college roots. When I got back it was just as crazy, I have been at Junior League each night this week but I'm now down for two nights before I host my Wisconsin Cheese Halloween Party...and I'm hyped about it. Then this weekend I'll go to the Texas football watch party, maybe convince a friend to do something fall with me, who knows. What are y'all up to? — xoxo darling, Hayden
My parents sent me the cutest care package. 
We had our first snow in Colorado — and I hated it. 
Uhm, everything truly is bigger in Texas.
Doing a little shopping at Rubial's in Dallas
Love this bean! 
Fall has hit the Dallas Arboretum.
Sunsets truly are the best in Texas.
Serena's new apartment still has Carl the Cactus — and yes, we were watching Twitches.
Saturday's OU vs. Texas game.
We lost, so I drowned my sorrows in sugar.
Is Big Tex creepy to you?!
Cotton Candy Beer at the Texas State Fair.
My boss told me about this lip balm last year, I finally needed to buy more lip balm, so here we are. Guess I'm set for the next eight years.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Monthly Inspiration No. 1

If you've been a Haute Table reader for a long time, you'll remember I used to do a series called Saturday Inspiration. Basically, I rounded up my favorite photos from Pinterest and put them in a post. Well, I kind of miss it but not in a sense that I want to do it once a week. But I was thinking, why not do a kind of moodboard each month, the post won't go up on the same day every month, more like when I'm feeling it. And it will just be a culmination of everything that has been inspiring me lately in photo form. It could be all food one month, all photos of forests the next — who knows. Anyway, here is the first of many, let me know if you like the concept — xoxo darling, Hayden.



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Friday, October 11, 2019

My Favorite Halloween Goodies

I've created two new Halloween themed bakes for you (the majority of this post) but I've also decided to round-up other goodies I've made over the years that I think would be perfect for your Halloween shindigs. Check them out and let me know what you plan on making this spooky — or spoopy, if you're like me – season — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies Recipe

You'll Need:
2 ¾ cup of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of salted butter, softened
1 ½ cups of sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 handfuls of candy corn
Instructions:
1. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
2. Cream butter and sugar together. 
3. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until blended.
4. Throw in the candy corn. 
5. Form dough into balls on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. 
6. Bake for 15 minutes.
7. Let cool & enjoy! 

Troubleshooting:

This recipe was adapted from Family Fresh Meals. I made really big cookies with it, but you could make smaller ones to get bigger return. Also, while the cookies came out soft and delicious, the candy corn seriously melted, I liked the way they looked, but if you want the candy corn to retain their shape, I would suggest baking the cookies for 10 minutes, pulling them out, shoving the candy corn in and then baking them for five more minutes. 

Pumpkin Chai Snickerdoodles

For the more adult people at your party, these cookies taste like fall and, therefore, taste like Halloween. 

Pretzel Rollo Delights

These snacky bits are great for a potluck situation, plus, they have candy so they're the perfect Halloween situation.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Probably my favorite cupcakes of all time, these cupcakes are great for any fall party. Or just...any time of the year when you want cinnamon cream cheese icing. 

Little Shop of Horrors Cupcakes

While, LSH is not usually a Halloween thing, I think these terrifying cupcakes would be great if you were going for a more "horror" themed party.

American Tiffin

A combo of chocolates and cookies, this will go over well with the kiddos.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

A Pom Pom Moment

Well...I mean are we surprised I bought a sweater with giant pom poms on it? Like come on...it screams me. And like...I want more of them. 
But in all seriousness, yes, I bought this sweater on hella sale from Neiman Marcus Last Call, it seems like it is currently sold out, but I'm hoping they get more in stock. At the bottom fo the post I've rounded up some other great alternatives — that might find their way into my closet at some point. We took the photos on Kenosha Pass the first weekend of October when the leaves were at their peak and I love 'em. What do y'all think? — xoxo darling, Hayden

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