Friday links.

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Happy Friday invisible internet friends! Take a look at some fun things from around the web…

I can’t believe this mash-up of Harry Potter and Mean Girls didn’t come into my life earlier. Hilarious.

Are you swooning over Lorde’s “Royals” like the rest of the world? This Pentatonix cover is amazing.

Calling all hipsters! Our your prayers have been answered! Urban is building a “lifestyle experience development!” (Read: a hotel).

Did you know white wine drinkers pour themselves more wine? Wouldn’t have it any other way.

The things to do. Love this.

This is not just any pen. It writes like a dream. Am I the only one who obsesses over finding a great pen? I only have a couple black ones but those colors! Gonna need those.

12 things successful people do.

17 things you wish someone told you about buying stuff for your first apartment. Good to know.

Things I don’t need in my life. Cinnamon sugar donut ice cream.

It’s still 80 degrees here but my mind is on scarves. Doesn’t this one look cozy?

Michael sent me this video of a man making a rocking chair this week. The talent of some people never ceases to amaze me.

It makes me laugh that someone even wrote this post.

It’s like I can feel the sparkle through the screen.

Have a great weekend!

Recipe: Pumpkin Bread.

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I’d be lying if I told you that the fact that we’re in the middle of pumpkin season wasn’t a big influencer in my decision to start blogging now. I know if I hit a plateau on ideas, a pumpkin recipe will be able to fill in. This is not to mention that I have multiple dozen pumpkin recipes on my “to make” list this time of year.

The main requirement I have when looking for recipes online is that I have to have all the ingredients. This is all the more reason to STOCK UP on pumpkin in the beginning of the season.  I was looking for a good, basic pumpkin bread recipe, but most of them made two or three loaves. This college girl and her roommates can make do with one, so I combined a few recipes to match up with what I had in my kitchen and used this recipe to make a loaf of pumpkin bread.

It’s good. So good. This quick bread is perfect for an easy pumpkin fix and is great for sharing. Somehow, this bread gets more moist (the ONLY time the word moist is acceptable) after a day or two, so that is incentive to make one this weekend to eat throughout next week if you’re not keen on that sharing concept.

Pumpkin is also technically a vegetable, which makes this health food right? I actually  stumbled across a much healthier pumpkin bread recipe here right after I made my bread (of course) that is packed with protein. I will definitely be making that one soon.

 Pumpkin Bread Ingredients

Here’s your lineup:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 can pumpkin (Try stirring the left over into greek yogurt – yum!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Cooking spray and flour for flouring pan

Set your oven to 325° F. Spray a bread loaf pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.

Pumpkin Bread DryPumpkin Bread Dry Sifted

Sift together your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice) together and set aside. Pro tip: instead of sifting through a strainer or sifter (Because how many people really own a flour sifter?… Is that even what they’re called?…), you can place your dry ingredients in a bowl and wisk them together. This will give a similar sifted effect.

 Pumpkin Bread WetPumpkin Bread Wet Stirred

Now beat (wisk) the wet ingredients (pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil, water, sugar) and combine with the dry ingredients. Stir together until just combined. The batter will be slightly thick, much like a typical banana bread batter.

Pumpkin Bread Batter

Pour the batter into a bread pan.

Bake for 1 hour and fifteen minutes. The bread is ready when a chopstick inserted into the crack on the top of the bread comes out clean. (Everyone says toothpick but I almost always use a cleanable chopstick because it is more eco-friendly I actually own chopsticks and they go all the way to the bottom of the pan.)

Note: Make sure you know your oven. If it is particularly hot, like mine, the bread might be finished after an hour. Trust the chopstick method.

 Pumpkin Bread

 Pumpkin Bread SlicedPumpkin Bread Cream Cheese

*smear of cream cheese only partially optional

Maybe my Saturday was just cows, pigs, and carnival rides.

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ImageDo you ever take a day full of photos, thinking you got have great documentation of a beautiful day, but then realize when you look at them that you mostly just took a bunch of pictures of cows, pigs, and the top of a ferris wheel? No? Just me? Glad we got that cleared up.

Anywaysssss,

I would like to point out that the title of this post is an extreme understatement.

My Mountaineers (Yes, “my”) had a 30-21 win over number 11 Oklahoma State, after a less than stellar start to the season. I also got to spend some much needed quality time with my family. We headed over to the Preston Country Buckwheat Festival that evening.

I know everyone sits around their homes wondering what a festival in Preston County, West Virginia is like. Fear not, I’ve got you covered.

Cows, bull, pigs, and goat exhibits. Arts and crafts. A buckwheat pancake dinner. Carnival rides and games. Bingo. Pumpkin funnel cakes!

That pretty much sums it up. It’s pretty country but also a fun tradition. It was great to do something a little different than the usual Saturday, getting to spend it with good friends at the game and good family at the festival. The day was gorgeous! I’m loving that it is beginning to feel like fall around here.

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Here We Go.

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Charming

(adj) \ˈchär-miŋ\

: very pleasing or appealing : full of charm

Hey there. I’m Megan and I’m living that charming life, or at least attempting to do so.

This is my own little space on the internet to share my life with whoever is interested in sitting on the receiving end. That might include the things that inspire me, music, outfits, recipes, crafts, day-to-day activities, me trying to be funny, really anything!

You might be wondering, why That Charming Life? If a life full of charm isn’t the kind I want to live, I don’t know what is. I’ve been talking about a blog for so long that it is past time I make those thoughts a reality. If you know me, you’ll know I’m pretty excitable, so of course I’m so excited to start this blog and see where it goes!