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Holiday Style With A Twist

December is my favorite month you guys. Everything about it feels magical. The twinkling lights on every house, the smell of mocha lattes brewing, the classic songs on the radio, the excitement of seeing gifts under the tree. It is a happy and most joyous time of year! The street lights here, that run along the main street downtown, are shaped much like candy canes and are currently wrapped with red and white lights.. I need not express my childlike enthusiasm over candy cane lane. I inwardly squeal every time I drive down that road.
With all of the Christmas cheer comes holiday parties! A fashion lovers dream. Shimmery festive dresses are great, but I wanted something different this year. Something classic.. with a twist. I give you a romper. A romper with tights. YAASSS. I had this simple black romper tucked away in the back of my closet from summertime. Paired with jet black tights and a few unique glitzy accessories, it shines! It is a fun and flirty twist for this year’s holiday parties. Classic and oh so fun!
Speaking of accessories.. I am a little obsessed with the necklace I am wearing. The green glass beads catch the light and dance on the eye. It is so festive and sophisticated. I am in love! I am extra excited for you guys because Sierra, from Manic Trout, has so generously offered to giveaway one of her beautiful necklaces! Just in time for Christmas no less. You can enter to win in the Rafflecopter below. There are only a few entries so it is especially easy. Happy early Christmas, girls! 😉

Tell me about your holiday style! Love dressing up? Hate it with a passion? Would you try the romper with tights? Let’s chat in the comments!

Giveaway runs from Decemebr 9th – December 16th.
One winner will be randomly selected and announced/contacted Thursday December 17th.
Good Luck, girls!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Hello! As you may have noticed this little ole blog of mine got a facelift and a new name. Welcome to The Nosh Life. You may find that some recipes [ like this one ] still have Boone & Owl branding – Due to the number of styled recipes I have not been able to update the visuals for every post yet. If you enjoyed this recipe and would like to pin it for later please use the updated pinnable image below and help solidify the new branding! Thanks, loves – Jen

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are the most inviting sweet of fall. The onset of cool breezy fall weather has inspired me to bake quite a bit in the past week and a half. To me, there is nothing more relaxing than baking. Measuring, mixing, tasting.. it is a cozy release. Since Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner ( nine days away, you guys. NINE. ) I decided to whip up Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies. Say that three times fast! I try to make these at least once during November. They are Thanksgiving wrapped in a cookie. I am known for cake like cookies, and these little pillows of yumminess are exactly that. They are cake like; moist and packed with flavor. They taste like a pumpkin pie made by angels.. but better! 
For this particular recipe, I used a Betty Crocker base sugar cookie mix. This is simply a time saver. You can turn a sugar cookie base into anything you desire! It is a great little trick if you are short on time. 


1 box of your favorite sugar cookie mix ( I use Betty Crocker gluten free )
1 stick of butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla ( I use Spice Islands )
1 1/2 teaspoons of water
1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 
1 1/2 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips ( I use Ghirardelli 60% dark )
1/2 cup of walnuts ( finely chopped ) 
* you can use any nut that you prefer. Chopped almonds or macadamia nuts would be great in this recipe as well!
Preheat oven to 350˚. Finely shop walnuts ( or nuts or your choice ) and set aside. 
In a medium mixing bowl combine the sugar cookie base, butter, egg, vanilla, water, and spices ( pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and cocoa ). Mix until a soft dough forms. May appear slightly sandy. Fold in pumpkin puree. A loose dough will form.
Fold in dark chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
On your lined baking sheet drop hefty teaspoons full of the cookie dough. Because these cookies are quite cake like, you will need to press down on the dough with the back of your spoon so they do not rise too much. If you like super fluffy cookies, leave the dough drops as is.
Bake for 10 -12 minutes and enjoy!

You can store theses cookies in an airtight container for up to a week ( if they last that long! ) These cookies are amazing warm! Pop them in the microwave for 12 seconds and enjoy with a cold glass of milk during the week!
* do keep in mind that these cookies are very cake like. Once stored, the slight outer crust will soften much like a cupcake top. They are moist and fluffy.

What is your favorite pumpkin flavored dessert? Do you love chocolate and pumpkin together?

Have a beautiful day,

Savory Roasted Carrots

Hey guys! Need a quick healthy recipe? Roasted carrot disks are both savory and sweet! These roasted carrots are so delicious, and you do not have to feel guilty after chowing down.  I have eaten an entire pan by myself! I also turned orange from doing that one too many times. Beta-carotene at its finest. If you are not up for looking like an oompa loompa, share these scrumptious carrots with your loved ones and spread the beta-carotene around 😉


10 large carrots ( I use orange, purple, and white carrots ).
2 tablespoons of olive oil.
A palm full each ( about 1 1/2 teaspoons) of black pepper, Italian herbs, and onion powder.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dice carrots into round disks and spread out on a lined baking sheet. Pour olive oil evenly over carrots and sprinkle spices. Toss evenly to coat. Bake for 25-30 minutes and enjoy!
It is that simple! The prep is very easy and only takes a few minutes. If you want slightly crisp edges on the smaller disks, roast the carrots for 40 minutes.
* I use organic carrots from my local fresh market that are absolutely huge. If you are using the typical orange carrots from the grocery store you will need to up the number used x2.
Do you have a healthy recipe that your family loves? Share it/link it up in the comments!



Just a few things…
ONE. I am so happy about this crisp weather lately. I can finally wear all of the cozy tops that I have been hoarding in my closet! Summer is great, do not get me wrong. It has its own treasures. But that fall tho. I ordered this amazing top from Joseph Ribkoff a month or so ago. Cropped top overlay, leather piping, gold zippers on the sides.. It is everything a girl could want! Did I mention that it is extremely comfortable? Well, it is!
TWO. Long walks, deep conversation, and effortless laughter has reminded me lately how precious each moment is. It is easy to take the people we cherish most for granted, and overlook how special even the smallest moment can be. Sometimes it is the smallest things that mean the most. Soak up every minute you have with the dearest to your heart. Wallow in the moments. Drink them in.
THREE. Why is it that cool weather deceives me into thinking that I can eat whatever I want? Ice cream.. by all means. What’s that, a cookie? Better eat it. Need help finishing that piece of quiche?
Perhaps it is the high-waisted leggings and slouchy sweaters. All of that room for a few extra pounds!
FOUR. Speaking of gaining weight. Asparagus hash brown crust quiche is the best thing that your tastebuds will ever encounter. I found this out in a moment of desperation. I popped into Common Ground, a local coffee shop, and selected a piece of asparagus quiche out of extreme post-gym hunger. It was the best thing that I have ever eaten. End of story.
FIVE. A friend of mine did me a really sweet favor yesterday. She took a few minutes of her time and graciously gave them to me, walking down to my work to bring me lunch because I could not leave the shop. It was a simple favor, a generous gesture, and it touched my heart tremendously. Even if you have just a moment to give to someone or to do a small favor for them, it matters. It is no small thing in the end. Take advantage of those moments. You never know how impactful they might be.
Your turn! What are a few happenings or thoughts that you would like to share?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake ( Gluten Free )

Hey! I am especially excited about today’s post you guys. Why? Because it’s the most delicious post ever. You can never go wrong cookie dough. You can never go wrong with chocolate cake. So why not just put them together! It’s a blissful, addictive marriage of rich chocolate cake and the classic chocolate chip cookie flavor we all love! Each bite is a symphony.
For my 24th birthday I decided to shake things up with the cake! I’m a chocolate cake kind of girl. Always have been, always will be. Chocolate cake is the most delicious base for everything. I had fun with the flavors this year. This cake has cookie dough in the middle and on top! Holy yum. The cookie dough adds the perfect little surprise. Who doesn’t love cookie dough!? I could eat an entire tub by myself, and may have done so in the past.. but let’s not dwell on that 😉 This cake is especially fun because it is a personal sized cake. You could eat the whole thing by yourself. If you make it for your birthday there are no calories. Isn’t that what we dream of? Cake without the consequences!
Because this cake has a whipped topping in place of frosting you will need to pop it in the fridge so it doesn’t start to droop. If you love regular frosting use it! It will be just as delicious and remove the necessity of fridge time. 


| 1 box of chocolate cake mix ( I used Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate). 

| 1 small tub or stick of chocolate chip cookie dough ( I used Pillsbury Gluten Free ).

| 1 tub of So Delicious CocoWhip ( You can use cool whip or regular vanilla frosting! ). 

| 2 glass 6″x 6″ baking dishes  ( You can use a normal 8″x 8″ baking pan if you prefer ).

Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease baking dishes with coconut oil and set aside. Move the So Delicious CocoWhip from the freezer to the fridge to thaw out. 
Combine 3 eggs, 1 stick of softened butter, and 1 cup of water with the cake mix and beat on medium speed for one minute. Pour cake mix evenly into baking dishes and bake for 25-30 minutes. These mini cakes will rise quite substantially. Toward the end of baking, shake the baking dish gently to make sure it is fully baked. If the center jiggles, leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes!
Pop fully baked cakes out of baking dishes and set aside to cool for 30 minutes. After the cakes have cooled cut the rounded dome tops off so you have  flat top cakes ( The domes are so delicious. Indulge! Munch on the cake tops while you put the cake together! ). Grab the So Delicious CocoWhip out of the fridge and put a medium/thick layer on the bottom layer of cake. Break chocolate chip cookie dough into chunks and place them all around the bottom cake layer. Add plenty of cookie dough chunks! You want every bite to have a little taste of cookie dough. Top cookie dough with a thin layer of coconut whip and place the second cake layer on top. 
At this point you will need to put the cake in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. This ensures that the coconut whip does not start to break down too much and become runny. If you choose to use regular frosting this step is not necessary. 
After the cake has chilled, frost the entire cake with the coconut whip ( or frosting of your choosing ) and place chocolate chip cookie dough chunks around the entire edge of the cake. You can eat it right away or pop it in the fridge till you’re ready to munch!  
This cake is incredibly easy to put together. I chose to use a cake mix, but you can certainly use your favorite scratch cake recipe! You can swap the CocoWhip for Cool Whip or regular vanilla frosting. The coconut whip does add a light and refreshing element to the rich chocolate cake, and cookie dough. Happy baking!

The baking dishes that I use are Anchor Hocking and they are 3″ deep. When it’s all said and done the baked cakes are about 5″ thick. I found the So Delicious CocoWhip at my local Walmart. I’m linking you HERE to the product locator so you can find it in a store near you.
This is by far my favorite cake. All of the elements make it irresistible! What is your favorite cake recipe?



Hello again! As you know, I am doing the Blog-tember Challenge hosted by Bailey Jean from Brave Love. There are so many wonderful women participating in this challenge! It really is a fantastic exercise to help you get through writer’s block. If you have it. Some days I write so freely, and my thoughts just spill out through my fingers. Some days I just stare at the screen, stuck, unable to uncork my thoughts. Today comes more easily, but with a bittersweet pang..
Day 4: What are you passionate about?

_______ W I L D  H E A R T _______
I read the prompt for today and immediately knew what I wanted to share. I waffled about whether I should shove my first response aside and write about one of the more creative things that I am passionate about.

That one quiet little word drifted across my thoughts.
Share your heart.

I have always had a deep passionate love for horses. There is a peacefulness that comes over my heart when I am on the plantation around horses. They are wild and strong, with fire in their hearts. They are gentle and playful, and faithful until the end. They teach you patience, and they test your courage. Riding is serene. You learn to ask, and admire their willing response. When you create a bond of trust with a horse they will run through fire for you. Such courage is bound in the heart of a horse. They carry you across the hot dusty earth, gliding with heavy graceful strides. In those moments you are free. They give you wings.
I started riding when I was seven at this tiny local barn. I adored that place. I learned so much in the years that I rode there. My instructor, Mrs. Kay, taught me something that saved my life years later. She used to say: “When you fall off, and you will, be a rag doll. Don’t be afraid. Relax and roll.” She drilled that into us during riding lessons. Falling from your horse is just common place when you first start to ride. I became rather proud of my rag doll skills. 
Two years ago I suffered a severe head injury in a riding accident. It shook me to my core, and it stole  my wings. I was training my sweet off the track thoroughbred during a very hot summer day in the middle of June. He was still just a baby. He had never known anything but the racetrack. I had saddled him up and headed down the long dirt road to the arena. All of the barn girls, and my trainer, were already warming up their horses for a solid workout. As I walked down the road I had this gnawing feeling. Something was not right. I walked into the arena and hopped up on Ice, my willing chestnut wild heart. We trotted around the arena dodging the others riders and horses that were warmed up by now. My trainer called to me to move my thoroughbred into a canter. I had a check in my spirit. Ice was not warmed up, he had too much pent up energy. I knew my horse. He was a bolter when you asked him to move forward. He was still learning. All he knew was racing. 
I asked him to canter, pushing my concerns aside. 
Everything happened so fast, and yet in slow motion. I saw the adrenaline of the racetrack capture my young horse. He flew forward in a frenzy and galloped with all of his heart toward the young riders ahead of me. I pulled him through the arena away from the young girls, and he found the nearest jump and leaped for his life. When he landed I lost my left stirrup. He was so wound that I could not bring him down. As we raced around the arena I felt the saddle begin to slip underneath me. My horse was pouring sweat and too much of my weight was in the one stirrup. I knew I had to jump. I heard my truth echo back at me through my trainer’s voice. Bail, you have to bail. Jump!

Be a rag doll..
I leaned away from the slipping saddle and pushed myself from the freight train beneath me. I hit the ground with such force it felt like my body shattered. And then nothing.  I came to in the middle of the arena covered in dirt, my horse standing over my body, sniffing me with great concern. It felt like a dream. Everything around me was blurry, covered in an ethereal haze. I do not remember much about what transpired in the rest of that day. I have never really recovered those memories. I was told later by my trainer, and the other girls in the arena, that my entire body started seizing after I hit the ground.  I suffered a traumatic brain injury in the form of a concussion with whiplash. It left bruising on the front and back of my brain. I was physically unable to ride for a year. I could hardy get up and complete normal tasks for months. It has been two years and I still have crippling pain when I move too quickly or bend over. Words do not come as easily, and my thoughts get lost sometimes. 
Because of the trauma I most likely will never be able to ride again. I remember the doctor telling me how lucky I was that I did not break my neck, or that the trauma had not done worse. I didn’t feel lucky at the time. Honestly, I felt sorry for myself and angry that something I loved so much evaporated so quickly. The risk that comes with riding now is life altering. And possibly ending. 
What does this have to do with passion? Well, I had such a deep passion for riding. It lit fire in my very soul. The embers of that fire burn gently now. I think there is something healing and instructive about being around horses. I am not fearful of them. Accidents happen. I still have my helmet. It is cracked from the brim to the back. A reminder. Having passion for something is awakening! We should all have something in life that makes our heart sing, something that sets us free. For me that passion has taken on other forms now. I cannot ride. It is frustrating and honestly hurts. But I can still spend time with the creatures that I feel so much like in spirit. And I can help light that fire in another wide eyed little girl who just wants to fly on chestnut wings of her own.
Whatever your passion is, share it with others and cultivate it! It may not always take on the form that you hoped, but it does not have to burn out.
There you have it. That is my uniquely personal take on today’s prompt. Did you make it through the whole thing with me!? That was a long one. 
I would love to know what you are passionate about. What sets your heart on fire?


Hey lovelies! Today’s post is just a touch different that usual. Bailey Jean from Brave Love is hosting the Blog-tember Challenge again this year! The Blog-tember challenge is a daily linkup, with prompts for each day provided by Bailey Jean HERE. Blogging every. single. day. can be daunting, but who doesn’t love a challenge! If blogging everyday is too much, just pick the days/prompts that work for you, and join in! Be sure to use #blogtemberchallenge If you share your posts on Twitter or Instagram
Day 1: Introduce yourself.
___  H E R  ___

For those not familiar with the girl behind the blog, let me introduce myself; I’m Jen! I’m a fresh college graduate ( Hallelujah ), follower of Christ, blogger, graphic designer, and gym rat with a foodie’s heart. 
I have a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies. Why? Well, one of my heart’s desires is to be married and have a family. I want to homeschool my children, and give them a solid foundation rooted in God’s Word. I was homeschooled myself, and it was an amazing experience!  
I love clothes. 
Fashion is a very personal way of expressing yourself for the world to see! It’s your personality personified in a dress, a necklace, that perfect pair of heels..
It is something that everyone can have fun with, and should! 
I love food
Food is something that can be shared with others. It almost encourages friendship bonding! Plus, it has the power to make you feel strong and energetic, or run down and sluggish. I’m quite fond of the former, and adore sharing fresh, healthy recipes that help you feel strong too!
I love encouraging/inspiring others
Being a woman is hard. There are so many pressures that weigh heavy on our hearts and minds. I know what a small word of encouragement can do for my outlook. My goal is to encourage and uplift the hearts of the women around me, and those that I meet through this blog, and brighten your outlook too! I so genuinely care for each of you. If I can encourage or inspire y’all for even just a minute, I am content. 
That is really what is at the heart of Boone & Owl. Expressing who you are through fashion, eating well, and encouraging others in our day to day lives! This space is my heart. It is me, and I want it to be a sanctuary for purity, creativity, style, individuality, healthy living, inspiration, and encouragement. 
That is little ole me. I would so love to know more about you guys too! Link me up to your blogs in the comments. Tell me more about yourself. Let’s connect!



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