October Moodboard


This October has been beautiful! The leaves have changed, the weather is gorgeous (a tad warm this week if you ask me thought…), and we’re feelin inspired! What about October has made you happy? xo

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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts


I wasn’t able to take as many photos of these delicious donuts as I would have hoped because of the terrible lighting and bad weather on Columbus Day weekend in New Hampshire, but I had to share because they’re that good!

I recently picked up a donut pan from Goodwill and have been dying to make baked donuts! Awhile back, I made baked gluten free donuts with my friend Lauren (recipe here), and since I got my own pan, I had been on the lookout for the perfect recipe. I was having trouble finding the right baked donut recipe, and A Happy Food Dance’s recipe was just that! My family loved the donuts, and it was the perfect rainy day activity. Can’t wait to make more!

Donuts (Makes around 8):
+   5 tablespoons butter, softened
+   ½ cup sugar
+   1 egg
+   ½ cup milk
+   1 teaspoon vanilla
+   1 tablespoon baking powder
+   ½ teaspoon salt
+   1½ cups all-purpose flour

Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
¼ cup butter, melted
+   mixture of equal parts cinnamon and white sugar – most likely about a ½ cup of each
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly oil donut pan
  3. In a medium bowl, combined baking powder, salt and flour. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, add egg, milk and vanilla and beat mixture lightly. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. (*Note, I didn’t have a stand mixer, but here are great instructions on creaming together butter and sugar by hand)
  6. Add the wet ingredients in two parts, alternating with the dry ingredients and finish by beating until everything in just combined.
  7. Transfer the dough to a large ziplock baggie with the tip cut off. Pipe into the donut pan, filling only ½ the way full.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack allowing to cool just enough to handle.
  10. While the donuts are baking, melt butter. In another bowl mix the cinnamon and sugar together for the topping,
  11. Dip each donut in the butter and then roll in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. You may have to use a spoon to add more of the mixture on top of the donut. Flip over, and spoon over as much of the mixture as desired.
  12. Enjoy!🙂

G&M’s Fall Bucket List

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Fall is in full force now that it’s somehow the middle of October! The temps have finally lowered a bit and the sweaters are coming out. Before winter hits, we’re hoping to have the best fall ever…

Christa’s fall bucket list:
Hit up as many farmers markets as possible
Make donuts with my new donut pan (post coming soon!)
Figure out a storage system for storing my boots so they look this good next fall!
+ Actually watch Rosemary’s Baby this year
+ Travel to Boston more to visit Reg!
+ Hike more while the leaves are this gorgeous
+ Walk, instead of drive, to as many local things as possible
Finish Moby Dick by Thanksgiving

Reg’s fall bucket list:
Sunset wine on the Charles River with blankets
Hike Monad again!
Biking around the city
Make mulled spiked cider and wine
Walk the Arnold Arboretum
Teach a yoga class for my friends in the park
Get up early to take photos before the city wakes up
Bake all of the apple everything

What’s on your fall bucket list?


Happy Weekend!

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What a beautiful Friday! The sun is out, and we’re hoping it stays that way for the long weekend! Christa is heading up to New Hampshire and Reg is chillin in Boston to go apple picking/cider donut eating with her gal pals. We’ll both continue to binge on the new Bon Iver album – which is amazing. What are y’ll up to?

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CT Eats Out x G&M // Fall Picnicking

Isn’t this Fall weather gorgeous?! It makes us want to be outside as much as possible, enjoying what little outdoor weather we have left! With a long weekend ahead of us (and if the hurricane steers clear), we’re thinking about a beautiful Fall picnic! We created a pretty delicious picnic spread with CT Eats Out that we can’t wait to share with you! Links below to the tasty recipes.


Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches 


Strawberry Rhubarb Black Pepper Lemonade


Strawberry and Ricotta Toasts


Mediterranean Orzo Salad


Blueberry Hand Pies 

Styling by Gardenias & Mint, Photos by Allegra Anderson

Loving Now // Frayed Jeans

Guys, it’s finally cooled down enough for jeans, in fact it’s been *perfect* jean weather recently! Our newest jean love is frayed bottom jeans. Have you been seeing them around? We’re seeing them in stores all over the place (Loft, Urban, Nordstrom, Madewell) but did you know they’re pretty easy to make on your own?! Christa chopped a pair of jeans that were a bit too long recently and loves the look! Check out ways to style our new favorite trend…

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Happy Weekend!

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Hope everyone’s weekends are off to a great start! We’re kind of loving the grey rainy weekend vibes, because it’s making morning coffee in bed with Netflix that much better. Or why could always try to be at least a little productive by swapping out summer wardrobes for our fall layers. Hmm decisions, decisions.

See ya on Monday!

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Magical Pink Wall

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Happy hump day, friends! We’re trying to brighten up this gloomy day with fun walls! If you’re in the Hartford area, you should check out these cheery murals (on the side of the road on Pope Park Highway) – there are green, purple and blue ones too!

With the weather finally cooling down, it was the perfect day to break out the clogs and a long cozy sweater. To be honest, this outfit is pretty much my uniform in the fall! I love classic neutrals with some gold jewelry and a fun shoe.

I was most excited about my DIY necklace though! I grabbed some thin leather from Michaels and tied myself a little chocker. Thinking about doing a DIY post with a couple variations of what you can do with the leather strips! Stay tuned!

Gap Sweater (similar) // Gap Belt (similar) // American Eagle Jeans // White Tank from Marshalls (similar) // Lotta from Stockholm Clogs // Vintage Purse (similar) // Madewell Cuff // Urban Outfitters Sunnies 

Etsy Round Up // Vol 27

Happy Monday, loves! How is October a week away?! We’re officially into Fall and we’re excited for Fall things, like apple picking, Halloween & socks! We’re also into crafty goods, neutrals and graphic typography – visible below!

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^ Just so dainty & beautiful


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Happy Weekend!

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Hello first Fall Friday🙂 We welcome you with wide open arms. This weekend is looking like it’ll be just the right amount of crispiness in the air and we are mega amped. We also get to have a little galpal time, with us both hanging out on the Hartford scene for some catching up, dining out, and a photo shoot with our collab team over at CT Eats Out. Can’t wait!

See ya all Monday!

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