How To: Be a Basic B*tch During Fall

22404064_10154771390636470_1126966821_oSOOO if it will ever cool down in Georgia and we actually get to experience FALL… life would be perfect right now for all of you basic b*tches pulling out your booties and flannels. It’s still 80 degrees in ATL people, but I’m right there with all of you! Fall, sweet fall. My first true love and all time favorite season. I LOVED YOU FIRST.

Growing up in north Georgia, we always had the coolest weather and BEST leaf change. I had to deal with traffic in my home town when all the “leaf lookers” came in! Now I understand from living in the city for so long and can emotionally accept that I’m now a leaf looker and I’M PROUD. I love going to visit with my boyfriend and friends!

Here are a few of my favorite spots for dates, friend outings or weekend getaways with whoever you want to spend time with for fall!

First, find a boyfriend, girlfriend or some friends, then grab a PSL from Starbucks, put on a great Spotify playlist and GO.

Here’s a fun day for fall that’s a close”ish” spot for a pumpkin patch in ATL…. Berry Patch Farms located in Woodstock, GA–there’s a ton of parking and it’s a cute little place no too far the city. You have to walk or take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch that’s in a separate field from the little “town” they have set up with snacks and drinks.

After you take all the pictures in the world and get your pumpkins–head over to Canton Street for some dinner+drinks at 1920 Tavern in Roswell!

If you’re already making the trek to Woodstock and are really feeling fall, and you love wine and fireplaces, then make a pit stop over to Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay, GA.

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Very quaint spot with a large outdoor space in front of this gorgeous fireplace. They have cute wine glasses with this fireplace on it for purchase, are dog friendly and have live music. Definitely a must!

Next stop! Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Parking is chaos because it’s literally off the side of the road, but it’s worth it. You 100% have to eat the apple cider doughnuts along with some apple cider. Trust me, you will thank me later. You can do the hay ride situation or walk through the fields to see the apples!

I mean look at how much fun we’re having–go pick em’!

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Another great pumpkin patch that would call for maybe a weekend or long day trip is at Burt’s Pumpkin Patch in Dawsonville, Georgia. This place is a little up there–but it’s a well-known and fun time. There are kids so BEWARE. They have awesome picturesque moments, a ton of pumpkins and great apple cider. Best photos of the day BELOW!

If you make the trip up there for either the day or to spend a whole weekend in a cabin, you have to go see Amicalola State Park. Beautiful waterfalls, hiking trails, etc. Pack your walking shoes, those stairs are intense–all 600 and something of them!

If you’ve seen all of these basic b*tches wearing cute fall attire and feel left out, then make a trip to the North Georgia Outlets and hit up Chik-fil-A on your way home.

Hope ya’ll have a great fall 🙂

-E

 

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Homemade Ravioli Bolognese

Homemade Ravioli Bolognese

Prep Time | Total Time

     10 min.  |  1 hour

 (Wine depending)

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[ Ingredients ]

Wonton Wrappers (Kroger)

[ Bolognese Filling Ingredients]

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 1/2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 4 tbsp. Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp. Water
  • 2 tbsp. Heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

[ Pasta Sauce ]

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup marinara ( I used vodka sauce as well )
  • Reserved pasta water

[ Instructions/Filling ]

  1. Heat a medium Dutch oven to a medium heat. Add olive oil. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic and salt. Saute for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add ground beef and pork. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up, brown until cooked through.
  2. Add tomato paste. Cook 1 minute. Add wine. Cook until reduced by half and then add Italian seasoning, nutmeg, water and heavy cream. Simmer until thick and almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 3-4 minutes. Turn the heat off and transfer to bottom of food processor. Cool completely. Once mixture has cooled completely, add cheese and process in the food processor until completely ground. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Flour a surface and lay out wonton wrappers. Note you will need (2) to form one ravioli. Whisk one egg in small bowl for sealing.
  4. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each wonton wrapper. Use finger or brush and wash all four sides with egg wash. Place another wonton wrapper on top and use the end of a fork to crimp all edges. Keep wontons floured or they will stick to each other causing the pasta to rip when boiling.
  5. Bring a large pot of water seasoned with a splash of olive oil and a generous portion of salt. The olive oil will keep your pasta from sticking together and the salt will season your water which you’ll later use in your sauce. On a side burner add a heaping spoonful of marinara and vodka sauce to a large skillet on medium to low heat. You will transfer pasta as it becomes ready.
  6. When you’ve reached a rolling boil begin to drop several wontons in. I do about 5 at one time. When they are ready they will float to the top, usually about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Immediately transfer to heated skillet with sauce. As you add more ravioli spoon more sauce. I typically add a splash of cream as well as a few spoonfuls of pasta water. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

 

[ Prep ]

Chop: Carrots, celery,  onions and garlic

Cut and food process meat: Pork and beef

Whisk eggs in a separate bowl

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THEN….

Place wonton wraps out on flour covered parchment paper. Spread butter on wraps and add meat and veggie mix unless your a vegetarian then don’t add meat 🙂 Top wonton and meat/veggie mix with another wonton wrap like a sandwich.

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Use fork to form and seal ravioli shape. Cover with a dash of flour.

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Boil water until rolling bubbles and place three to four rav’s in the pot–3-4 minutes.

[ KEEP GOING ]

In a separate pan heat pasta sauce–can be store bought or homemade (up to you).

Start placing cooked rav’s into pasta sauce and keep em’ coming!

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Garnish with herbs, salt, pepper, WHATEVER.

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Now grab another glass of wine and enjoy! You kinda sorta made ravioli and it’s damn good. We were drinking a Sauv Blanc White Haven + a Cab Layer Cake because who said we couldn’t have both?

Recipe cred goes to my friend Lexi–thanks for sharing! Now start your own blog lady ❤

–Erin