About Taylor Bradford

I am a shoe lover, book hoarder, wanna-be-fashionista. I call Texas home, Chai Tea Latte’s my go-to drink and time spent with my hubby and friends music to my soul. I call myself a Lifestyle Blogger, but really that just gives me an excuse to blog about what I want. You’ll find Blogging Edumacation posts, Fashion posts and Book Reviews frequenting my blog weekly. You might even see a craft, recipe or healthy living post every now and then. My motto in the blogging world is to roll out your own red carpet and keep your big girl panties pulled up high. I've always got something going in the works...my brain very rarely shuts down. Welcome to my blog!!

Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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outlanderOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars. I started the Outlander series back in 2006ish and have wanted to start over so many different times but I never seemed to find the time up until recently. Hello Audible.com. Since I’m on the road a lot for work, I finally found the time to start the series over. The Outlander books are ginourmous and have tiny print. I’m talking like 1700 pages per book. And because I love to read so much, I didn’t want to feel burdened by a long read (if you could only see my to-read pile, you’d understand this last statement). ;) Anyways…I truly do recommend this series. The first book get the action going. It’s beautifully written and the characters really do come back to life. I love learning about the history of the period as the story progresses. Whether to schlep out the time to read the book or listen to it on audio, I HIGHLY recommend this series. Historical fiction with some time travel thrown in. Definitely a great book investment!!!

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Craft: Thanksgiving Printables

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These Thanksgiving Printables will add the perfect touch to your Thanksgiving Decor!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I’ve got the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving decor. This pack of printables includes an 8×10 Thanksgiving Message print, Chalkboard Menu for you to fill in the details of your Thanksgiving dinner (use a paint pin or a chalk pin), a blank sheet to write what you are thankful for, Tent Cards (for the different dishes…tell people what each dish is!) and a Utensil Holder (Fold at the top of the Chalkboard, cut a slit in the middle and insert your utensils inside, tape the sides shut).

Thanksgiving Printables...the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving decor!

I’ve prepared two files for you….a jpg version and a pdf version. So take your pick!!

Thanksgiving Printables (JPG VERSION)

Thanksgiving Printables (PDF VERSION)

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Food: Cranberry and Pear Cobbler

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Looking for a fall cobbler recipe? This Cranberry and Pear Cobbler is the perfect choice!

This post is written in partnership with Market Street. All recipes, stories and opinions are my own.

Cranberries and pears are in abundance this time of year and I thought they’d be a great pairing in a fall cobbler. The tart cranberries, sweet pears and drop biscuits marry together in this super yummy fall dessert.

Filling Ingredients:
2 bags of fresh cranberries, rinsed
4 pears, cored and sliced
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup orange juice

Biscuit Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 sticks chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon cinnamon, for dusting

Directions:
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
2. Cook 1 bag of the cranberries, pears, the sugar, the spices, and the orange juice over medium heat until the berries have all popped.
3. While the filling is cooking, make the dough.
4. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and 3/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl.
5. Rub in butter with your fingers until a coarse meal forms.
6. Gradually mix in 1/3 cup hot water until a soft wet dough forms (some lumps are okay).
7. Pour filling into 9×12 baking dish.
8. Stir in the other bag of cranberries into the cooked filling.
9. Drop clumps of dough over filling. Be careful with how big you make these clumps. You want them to cook all the way through.
10. Dust remaining sugar and cinnamon over biscuits and filling.
11. Cook for 40-45 minutes (or until biscuits are cooked through and slightly browned on top).

Serve with ice cream if you’d like!

Looking for a fall cobbler recipe? This Cranberry and Pear Cobbler is the perfect choice!

I cooked this dessert in my Lodge Baking Dish (it’s actually called a Roaster). I am ABSOLUTELY loving my Lodge bakeware. I’ve been a huge fan of Lodge Cast Iron skillets since I started cooking. There’s nothing like a good seasoned cast iron skillet. I was thrilled to learn they had a Cookware & Bakeware line as well. If you are in the Dallas area, go shopping at Market Street. They’ve got the Lodge Cookware & Bakeware promotion going on right now (through January 6th)! For every $10 you spend buying groceries (we all need groceries!), you earn 1 e-sticker. You still have plenty of time to earn stickers towards all the amazing Lodge products!!

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