My Favorite Baking Accessories

Fall is here and that means I’m ramping up for baking season. I already have a few orders and I am so excited to create art in baked treat form.

I have been baking for a few years now and there are items that I swear by. Since I get a lot of questions about my baking utensils I use, I decided to share them all here. Clicking on the picture will take you directly to the site to purchase. 😉

Marble Pastry Slab

If you have been following along on my IG then this marble slab probably looks familiar. I literally use it to roll out all of my dough and use as a prop to photograph my baked treats.

Marble Rolling Pin

Of all the rolling pins I own this is my absolute favorite. I use it almost every time I bake something. The marble prevents he dough from sticking and it’s easy to clean.

Glass Heritage Jars

I keep all of my primary baking ingredients in these jars, except brown sugar. There are no seals on these jars, so I keep my brown sugar in one of my copper lid jars that has a seal.

Ruffled Pie Dish

If you’ve been following along with me then it’s no secret I love white. These pie dishes are classic and simple, just how I like it. I have baked dozens of pies in these as well as the individual sized ones and they have never chipped or discolored.

Simple White Cake Stand

 

All-Purpose Scoop

I love the simplicity and sturdiness of these scoops. These are the scoops in all my glass canisters.

Ruffled Individual Pie Dish
French Rolling Pin
Copper Lid Sealed Jar

These are the jars I keep items like brown sugar in because they have a seal. They are amazing and it fits right in with the copper trend I am seeing.

Flour Sack Tea Towels

After purchasing the first set of these I donated all of my other tea towels. They are so absorbent and clean very easily. Bonus, I use them as props in a lot of my baking photos.

Rectangle Cooling Rack
Round Cooling Rack

I LOVE this cooling rack. It’s great for photographing. Note, I would not recommend putting it in the dishwasher. Hand wash only.

Collapsible Funnel

This collapsible funnel is so versatile and has been used 100 times over. My husband liked it to, which is why I had to buy a second one. ☺️

Copper Measuring Cups
Copper Measuring Spoons
Kitchen Aid Pro Mixer

This is the ultimate baking accessory for an avid baker. I live by this thing. It was actually a gift to my hubby after graduating culinary school. However, I have taken it over.

Fall Pie Cutters
Fall Pie Cutters
Floral Pie Cutters
Winter Pie Cutters

Give me ALL THE PIE CUTTERS! I am not ashamed to say I use these every time I bake a pie. I know it is simple to use these to design pretty pies, but there is a lot of thought and art that goes with that. 

 

Pastry Brushes

 

Now you know all of my baking utensil secrets. I own all of these items and I swear by all of them. If you have any questions about any of the items please feel free to comment below.

Please note, all of these photos were taken directly from the site purchased from and are not mine.

Until next time. Xo

Autumn Home Tour 2017

Welcome to the Autumn Home Tour! If you are coming from Sarah’s blog @dreamingofhomemaking I’m sure you are still in awe. Isn’t her bedroom stunning?!? I am so inspired by her and the other accounts we are teamed up with. ❤️

My favorite season is here! Fall! 🍁 What’s not to love? The crisp air, the colorful leaves, boots, apple cider, festivals, I mean the list goes on and on.

I waited a little longer than normal to start decorating our home for fall this year, but life happens. Am I rite? However, the house is all decked out in fall now, and that’s what matters. 😉

Woods, whites,  and greenery are staples in our home, no matter what season. I went with simple touches of white mini-pumpkins and fresh eucalyptus to welcome my favorite season.

Kitchen

The kitchen is my favorite room in our home. My bed asleep is a close second. 😉

I love mixing old and new items. The old brass candlesticks were my great grandmothers. I found them in my parent’s basement when I went to visit during the holidays last year and my mom gave them to me. The crock was a $25 find at a thrift shop.

I have done tons of DIY projects but my most favorite of all are the open shelves in the kitchen. They really opened up the room and gave me a convenient place to put my baking necessities so I can bake things like this.

The best part about the open shelves, they cost me a total of $55! I get a ton of messages about them and when I tell them the price they are flabbergasted! Cray cray right? CLICK HERE for the full tutorial on my DIY open shelves.

 

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Dining Room

If there was one thing I wish I was better at it would be gardening. It’s not that I don’t think I could plant a garden. It’s more about the maintenance and attentiveness needed. Maybe one day…

So until then, I will use my terra-cotta pots for tablescaping. 😂

I am in love with the 2 gallon Vintage Galvanized Watering Can with Wood Handle that I scored at Amazon. After I am done using it as a centerpiece, I will definitely use it for reals.

 

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Living Room

One of the things that genuinely makes me happy is having fresh flowers in the house. No matter how many times I redecorate, I will always see fresh flowers. I buy a majority of our flowers from Trader Joes. They are super inexpensive compared to a floral shop.

I really didn’t fall-ify this room, just added more house plants and Lightening McQueen. ⚡️

 

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Entryway

I made this wreath last year and I still love it! The one I originally wanted from Pottery Barn was more money than I was willing to spend, so I made it at a fraction of the cost. The tutorial is HERE.

This space is more bare than I prefer, but I have a hard time styling this space. Maybe one day I will figure it out.

 

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That’s a wrap! I hope you leave here feeling inspired. Xo

 

Next stop on the Autumn Home Tour is Meeghan @caligirlinasouthernworld! Her home is nothing shy of breathtaking so make sure you to head on over by clicking the picture below.

Meeghan

 

Make sure to check out the other autumn home tours as well. Click on any photo below to be directly taken to that bloggers autumn home tour.

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A Carrie’d Affair Fall Style Favorites

There is just something about Fall that gives me ALL THE FEELS. If peonies grew in the midwest during the Fall season, I would be totally content without the other seasons. ☺️

One of the reasons I love the Fall so much is the clothing. Mainly because I can hide my lack of gym time. 😂 But really, what’s not to love about oversized sweaters & booties?!?

I found a few items that I added to the #acarriedaffaircapsule this season that I am really loving. Don’t worry I let go of a few items too. I am still 100% strong on keeping my closet completely manageable. If you haven’t checked out the #acarriedaffaircapsule series you can check out part 1 HERE. There is also a part 2 HERE & part 3 HERE.

Currently I am OBSESSED with ruffles and velvet and oh man did my go-to places to shop deliver!! 😍 The best part, all my favs are work wear appropriate, but can easily be transitioned to a night on the town. Not that I would really know what that life is about, but if I did…

Please note, some of the items are no longer available, so I provided similar sources for those. 

Shirts & Blouses

Ruffled tops with wide legged pants, jeans, pencil skirts, mini skirts, etc. basically anything. No joke, I love my blue and white ruffle top so much that I wore it twice in one week to work. The blue and white ruffle top I have is no longer available, but I found one that looks identical and half the cost. Win, win! I linked it in the look book directly below along with other ruffled items I am currently obsessing over. 👇🏼

Shoes

Give me all the boots, booties, & mules!

These Royale Flats have quickly become my favorite fall-inspired shoes! They are easy to slide on & go with just about anything.

Tip: If you buy these exact shoes, I would recommend sizing down 1/2 size as they will stretch.

I linked some other fall shoes I am currently loving.

Pants

If you have been following along with me on my Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns then you’ll know that my favorite color is green. Emerald green to be exact. So when I found these green trousers on major sale at Old Navy for $20 I was sold. They are currently $15.97  and come in multiple colors.

oh hey again! Side note, I got bangs! I do this every few years then immediately regret it because they are high maintenance. However, I’ve been told I look younger, so maybe I don’t regret them now. 😂

Now let’s talk about these fringed hem jeans! I am loving them so much I bought two pairs. 😍 I am curvy and have a very hard time finding jeans that I feel great in and these jeans checked all the boxes! I have wore them several times in the month I’ve had them. Definitely my new favorite jeans!

P.S. how amazing is this copper rose velvet tank?!? J Crew is on point this season. Well, I am biased because I love everything J Crew. 😍 But this velvet tank is AHH-MAZZ-ING! I wore this outfit on date night a week ago. I also wore it with a pencil skirt and oversized sweater to the office. I got several compliments on the color.

Well that’s it friends! Hope you found some inspiration to spruce up your wardrobe this season. Happy Fall, Y’all!

 

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Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider Recipe 🍎

One of the things I love about fall is hot apple cider. I Usually buy store bought, but it gives my hubby heart burn, so this year I attempted homemade apple cider. I asked my chef hubby how I should make it and he told me to use the crockpot. After that I literally just started adding different ingredients hoping it would taste good, and guess what?!? It tasted like Fall! Plus it made the entire house smell AHHH-MAZZ-ING!

Below is the recipe my hubby helped me put together if you want to make this yumtastic beverage. I just made that word up. I think I’ll keep it. ☺️

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3.5 hours
Please note, this recipe makes a little over 2 quarts. 

Ingredients:

2 large granny smith apples
1 large red delicious apple
4 medium gala apples
1 large orange
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp of ground nutmeg or 1 whole nutmeg
1 tbsp of ground or whole cloves
5 cinnamon sticks
Water

Note: I did not measure the amount of water I used. I just filled the crockpot leaving about 1 inch of room at the top. 

Step 1: Wash all the apples & orange.

Step 2: Cut all the apples in 4 halves and remove the core and slice the orange. 🍊

Step 3: Add all the ingredients in the crockpot, then fill the crockpot with water about 1 inch from the top.

Tip: If you do not want the residue from the ground spices in the cider, I would recommend using whole cloves & one whole nutmeg instead of the ground spices. I only had the ground spices on hand and was too lazy to go to the store. 😂 

Step 4: Turn the crockpot to high and allow to simmer for approximately 3.5 hours or until you can easily mash the apples with a wooden spoon.

Step 5: Using a large wooden spoon, mash the apples.

Step 6: Using a strainer and large bowl, dump the contents into the strainer over the bowl. You might want to do a little at a time depending on the size of your strainer and bowl.

I used a colander because our fine mesh strainer ripped a few months ago and I keep forgetting to replace it. So I had some apple & orange particles left in the cider as well as some of the ground spices, which I was ok with since this was my first time making it. However, I will use a fine mesh strainer and opt for whole cloves & nutmeg when I make this again. Either way it was still yummy! My hubby loved it and that’s all the confirmation I need.

Tip: If you don’t have a fine mesh strainer, you can use cheese cloth. I wish I would have thought about that before now. 😏

Step 7: Push down on the apples/orange in the strainer until all the cider drains into the bowl.

Step 8: Pour the apple cider into a drink dispenser or pitcher. That’s it!

Tip: I used a collapsible silicone funnel to pour the cider into a pitcher from the bowl. I have few go-to kitchen items that I swear by, and my collapsible silicone funnel that I got for $2.95 years ago is one of them. CLICK HERE for the details on one of my favorite kitchen items.

Serve immediately if you prefer hot apple cider or put in the refrigerator to cool. I prefer hot, so I drank it immediately. 😋 You can also hear it up later. Your choice!

Easy peasey apple squeezy right?!? 👈🏼 see what I did there?!? 😂 I realize I am not that funny. 😉 I garnished the cider with a cinnamon stick and two apple wedges and enjoyed my homemade hot apple cider.

Side note, aren’t these mugs amazing?!? I have always wanted clear glass mugs, so when I saw them online for $3.95 I was sold! Plus they make hot drinks look pretty. 😍  CLICK HERE for the direct link to buy the mugs.

Well friends that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed it! If you decide to make it please let me know! I would love to know what you think. You can tag me on Instagram at @acarriedaffairdesigns or comment below!

Until next time. Xo

 

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