My Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Float

Each year I wake up on Thanksgiving to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade usually while enjoying a homemade cinnamon roll. I love seeing the new and classic floats and balloons (like Tom Turkey in the featured image who has been in the parade since 1971) stroll down the streets of NYC. My favorite part of the parade is when the Radio City Rockettes perform because who isn’t impressed with their synchronization?


As great as the parade is, I think that it is missing something: a float designed by me. If I could design a float for the Thanksgiving Day Parade it would resemble the perfect backyard – green grass, trees, flowers, a white picket fence, and dogs. Definitely dogs. I would fill the float with adoptable dogs from shelters across the city to raise awareness and help them find a new home (after all, they would be seen by over 50 million people). What good is a float that doesn’t get to stop in front of Macy’s with a performance? I would have one of my favorite artists, Sam Hunt, aboard the float to serenade all those watching – who wouldn’t be thankful for that?

Although my dog float won’t be in the line up this year, there is a new dog balloon flying in the parade: Trixie! Trixie is an adorable cairn terrier owned by the Executive Producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and she is being honored by having a balloon fly down the streets that looks just like her! (Dixie is jealous.)


If you could design a float, or a balloon, what would it look like?



Being Thankful

With Thanksgiving only a few days away I thought I would share just a few things I am thankful for in 2016.

  1. I went to the beach twice (once was with my Meme).
  2. The best friend I can call after months apart, and pick up right where we left off.
  3. Hart of Dixie, Jane the Virgin, and Gilmore Girls streams on Netflix (and the much anticipated revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is on the way!).
  4. Another semester of college is (almost) over.
  5. I have a job that I have always wanted – and my coworkers rock.
  6. The Tide is undefeated.
  7. Amenotherapy is helping to shrink my Meme’s cancer.
  8. My friends, family, and Ben.
  9. Dixie and I discovered the dog park.
  10. I get to go home tomorrow and spend the holiday with my entire family.

What are you thankful for this year?


My Favorite: Fall Dessert Recipe

I just got back to Tuscaloosa after a wonderful fall break at home. I got to surprise everyone by coming home a day early (I had to keep a secret from them all and it was so difficult). Ben and I carved pumpkins – our fall break tradition – and spent a day visiting his mom in Memphis, riding her horses, and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. And of course, we went to Las Brisas for chicken, cheese, and rice (yes, thats the meal and exactly how you order it). My mom and I got pampered with pedicures, I got my hair updated for fall, and I spent some time in the kitchen with my meme.

Because it was fall break, I couldn’t think of a better time to learn how to make Meme’s apple crisp – my favorite fall dessert. The featured image is of the original recipe she has, but she has made tweaks of her own throughout the years (as all great bakers do). We went by her own recipe that is only documented in her head – and now here. Enjoy & Happy Fall!

Meme's Apple Crisp

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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A sweet, tart, perfect-for-fall dessert.


  • 6 apples (I used Fuji but you could use Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or a mixture)
  • 4 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS + 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1.5 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1 cup butter


  1. Butter a 9×13 pan.
  2. Pare and dice apples. Place diced apples in bowl.
  3. Combine 4 TBS sugar and 1 TBS cinnamon to sprinkle on apples. Mix to be sure each apple slice has the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Place apples in an even layer along the bottom of the pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups brown sugar, 1.5 cup flour, 1 cup quick oats, 1 TSP cinnamon, and 1/2 TSP salt.
  6. Slowly mix in 1 cup melted butter to complete the topping.
  7. Knead topping mixture with hands until it is moist but crumbly.
  8. Crumble the topping over the apples in the pan.
  9. Bake at 350 until topping is golden brown (about 40-50 minutes).
  10. Serve warm à la mode.

For an even better apple crisp mix in 1 cup of powdered milk in the topping.



20 Fall Date Ideas

Let me start by apologizing that I have been non-existent in the blogosphere lately. With UA Homecoming thrown on top of my already packed class and work schedule (along with apartment and internship hunting), my last few weeks have been a whirlwind. However, the good news is: I am back (hopefully) and I have a lot of post ideas brewing.

During these past couple weeks my obsession and anxiety with the approaching season has not subsided any; it has only increased. The weather has finally started to cool down (it’s still a high of 80 almost every day, but that is progress), it is officially October, and I have hit midterm time.

The Tide is traveling to my home state, Arkansas, this upcoming weekend to face off against the Hogs. I am taking advantage of the away game and Ben (my boyfriend who lives 300+ miles from me) is getting to come visit! In preparation, I am coming up with some fall date ideas for us (and you too). Enjoy!

  • Pick out the perfect pumpkin at your local pumpkin patch
  • Drive around and have your own fall test tasting game – visit local coffee shops & bakeries to taste all of their seasonal specialties and rate them
  • Go for a hike somewhere new & take along your four-legged friend
  • Pick fresh apples at a local apple orchard
  • Build a bonfire & roast s’mores (live in an apartment? make s’more indoors)
  • Snuggle and watch a movie marathon (one of the best classic movies set in fall: You’ve Got Mail a.k.a my mom’s favorite movie)
  • Make homemade hot chocolate & don’t forget the marshmallows – want to get creative? Use this to create different  flavors!
  • Have a football watching party, just the two of you, filled with typical game day food
  • Do good: make a grocery store run to get your favorite canned goods and drop them off at a local food bank, visit the animal shelter and donate food / toys, or clean out your closet and donate the clothes
  • Create a shared fall bucket list – make it for all the fall seasons to come
  • Enjoy a picnic in the crisp fall breeze
  • Make caramel apples (from the ones you picked in the orchard)
  • Get the ingredients to make your favorite soup – or make a new soup that could be your favorite soup as a couple!
  • Carve a pumpkin (I always save this one for Fall Break)
  • Walk through a corn maze or haunted house hand-in-hand
  • Make a blanket fort – maybe even tell ghost stories
  • Bake – a pie, a cake, muffins, cookies, anything!
  • Go to a carnival or fall festival & don’t pass up the candy apples
  • Find a book in Barnes & Noble, grab a PSL, and read together
  • Fall in love

Okay the last one is cheesy, but I couldn’t resist! What are your favorite fall dates? Let me know in the comments below or personally through the contact page! Also, share this post with the photo below (it is perfect for Pinterest).




This is my first blog post (yay!) and you’re reading it (double yay). Thank you so much for visiting my blog. It isn’t much yet, but I am hoping it will be. Before you keep reading you should visit the “Start Here” page to learn a little more about me and what you can expect from Doodle + Denim.

So, hopefully you have taken my advice and now know what this blog will consist of. You’re probably wondering why I named a life and style blog Doodle and Denim. Well, this was a very difficult decision and, again, the difficulty stemmed from every thing I read about how to name a blog. Everything said to give your blog a name that clearly represents your niche (and if you read the “Start Here” page, you’ll know I don’t have one.)

I pondered the name for about a month, prolonging the launch of my blog, because I was trying to follow the rules of blogging. However, I decided to choose something that was cute, catchy, and consisted of things I loved – my dog, Dixie, and denim jeans. (Yes, I know doodle is not my dog’s name but it is her #1 nickname.)


I mean, is she not the cutest?

P.S. You can follow her on Instagram @dixie_thecockapoo

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