Sunday, October 4, 2015

Silent Sunday 10-4-2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Friday Favorites from Pretty Pink Tulips, Refinery 29, Julia's Album and More

Good morning! Happy Friday! I hope that your week went well. Here, all was well except the weather; it rained, and rained and the wind blew and then it rained some more and now we are in the path of a Category 4 hurricane. The stores are empty of "the staples" like water, bread, etc and people are preparing for the worse and hoping for the best. In the meantime I am going to take advantage of the rainy weekend and just catch up on a little reading.

I love walking and this article in The New Yorker Magazine, Why walking Helps Us Think reminds me of just a few of the reasons why.

Another thing that I love is pumpkin. I cannot get enough pumpkin at this time of the year,  basically if it has pumpkin in it I will eat it.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin soup, pumpkin donuts and more.

Image Dixie Crystals

I think this Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake might be just the thing to make this weekend. After all what could offer more comfort on a stormy day than something sweet?

Pumpkin Ravoli with Brown Butter Sauce and Pecans Image from Julia's Album

If you prefer savory pumpkin dishes to sweet than this Pumpkin Ravoli with Brown Butter Sauce and Pecans might be right up your alley?

Image Zara via Pinterst

I wrote this week about my 10 Everyday Classic Wardrobe Essentials for Fall and I realized that I actually should have had 11 wardrobe essentials, I forgot the black turtleneck! A black turtleneck is obviously a classic wardrobe essential and this article on Refinery 29 A Loveletter to Black Turtlenecks : It's History & Magical Powers tells why. 

Are you a Nancy Meyer fan? If so you should check out Elizabeth's post at Pretty Pink Tulips on the fabulous sets from The Intern.

Did you find anything interesting  to read, see, watch or do this week? If so please share.

For those in the path of the hurricane be careful and stay safe. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

10 Everyday Classic Wardrobe Essentials for Fall

Good morning! How is your week going? Everything is great here, the weather is crazy though. It is stormy, rainy, hot and humid! Fall is not here yet but I think it will be soon. I don't know about you but I am am getting my Fall wardrobe ready.

It's funny because although I love and appreciate fashion it does not really suit my lifestyle. I prefer not to follow the trends but to wear what suits my body, my life and me. I like to wear the classics, and they work for my life. Today I thought I would share my Fall "uniform" for everyday life. 

These are the 10 Classic Everyday Wardrobe Essentials for Fall that I wear day in and day out, like a uniform. 

White Shirt Image from Madame Lefigero

1. White shirt. 

2. Jeans.

Image Boden

3. Blazer in Tweed, Navy or Black

Image Tory Burch

4. Riding boots. 

Ballet Flats Image J. Crew

5. Ballet Flats, typically black but you can't go wrong with an animal print. 

Cashmere Sweaters

6. Cashmere sweaters, V-neck or crew neck.

Barbour Jacket

7. Barbour Jacket

Plaid Scarf

8. Plaid Scarf

Image Tory Burch

9. Cross Body bag for everyday or a tote for travel. 

10. Wool pants. 

Do you have a "uniform" or a "go to" style that you find yourself returning to again and again? Or are you hip and trendy following the latest fashion? What are your Fall staples or finds? I would love to hear about your fashion finds for Fall so please share. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Crock-Pot Black Bean Soup

Good morning! Did you enjoy your weekend? Mine was great. Mainly because I achieved a "personal best" of walking 20 Miles, well, actually 22.1 miles in one day, tracking  on my Fitbit. Although it was a less than optimal weather day, with 40 miles an hour wind gusts, rain, down pours and walking at the ocean with sand pelting me at certain points, it was a great time walking with my husband at the end of the day and achieving our goal.

Even better, this scrumptious Crock Pot Black Bean Soup was waiting to welcome us home. This soup is so easy, the hardest part is remembering to soak the beans the night before, you basically put everything in the Crock-pot and turn it on.

Black Bean Soup
16oz. Package dried black beans
3 quarts  chicken stock
6 garlic cloves minced
1/2  medium onion
1/2 green pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
11/2 tsp. sugar
1tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 cans fire roasted tomatoes

Rinse and sort beans according to directions on package, soak beans in water to cover in a large bowl for 8 hrs or overnight. Then rinse and drain beans.

Place beans and chicken stock in a crock-pot on high for 3 hours.

Process green pepper and onion in food processor or blender until smooth, scrape down the sides.
Sauté garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 1 minute, then add onion, green pepper mixture and cook for 4 minutes. Stir constantly.

Add onion mixture to beans, the add sugar, oregano, salt, salt and pepper. And tomatoes. Cook and additional 3 hours.

Are you a Crock-pot fan? What do you make? 

How was your weekend? Did you travel, take an adventure or settle in and relax? Did you read something interesting, watch a great movie, make something delicious? Do tell! What were you up to?

I hope that you have a wonderful, successful week!

P.S: If you are looking for something sweet and chocolate to eat, pop over to Once Upon a Chocolate Life and try out these scrumptious brownies. 

linking to:
Coastal Charms

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Friday Favorites from Mark Bittman, 5th & State, Better Homes and Gardens and More!

Good morning! Happy Fall and happy Friday! I hope that your week has been great and that you have been enjoying the beautiful weather. 

I have had a busy week am looking forward to a lazy weekend.  It's funny there are so many people who love to be busy, busy, but I prefer to be at home nesting and relaxing. I will be going just that this weekend. What about you?

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times via NY Times

Cool weather, and early days call for a comfort meal. This easy Roast Chicken with Honey and Orange from Mark Bittman of the NY Times looks like an excellent Saturday meal. 

Chipolte, Chirzio, Bean Dip

Or how about this scrumptious Chipolte, Chorizo and Bean Dip? This would be a great dip to serve on game days.
Fall is the perfect time to change out your container gardens and who better than to get beautiful  examples from than Debra from 5th and State! Debra designs beautiful containers, gardens, and more. If you are in the St. Charles, Illinois area or Chicago, visit Debra at her stores and if not check out her great blog 5th and State

Great news! Adele is releasing a new album in November! I cannot wait. 

I love advice, especially from elderly women who have lots of experience with life. This video is great, not only showcasing these beautiful ladies as well as their advice. 

What did you dissever this week, any great movies, books, links? If so, please share. I love discovering new things and am always looking for a new book, or movie or blog. 

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Bucket List

Good morning and Happy Fall to you! Today is officially the first day of Fall and by the way it ends on December 21, so there is not much time to get out and enjoy it. Fall is my favorite time of the year, as it is for many, so I like to make a "bucket list" or a "wish list" of all of the things I want to do, see, make or enjoy. What about you?

This year here are my Top 20 things that I want to do, in no order, this Fall.

1. Savor the first cool, crisp, day. 

2. Watch the geese fly South for the winter.

3. Attend a Fall festival.

4. Build a bon fire, or at least sit at the outdoor fireplace. 

5. Take a road trip to see the changing leaves.

6. Make and eat some homemade caramel apples.

7. Visit the pumpkin farm. 

8. Eat some pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and anything else made with pumpkin.

9. Pick apples.

Apple Pie

10.  Make an apple pie.

11. Go for a hike. 

12. Collect some pine cones, acorns and fallen leaves.

13. Go to a football game.

14. Tailgate.


15. Host a chili night.

16. Make homemade donuts.

17. Enjoy a cup of cocoa or mulled cider by the fire. 

18. Go on a picnic.

19. Take a hayride. 

20. Give thanks.

What about you? What do you feel like doing, seeing or making this Fall? Whatever it is, I hope that you take some time to slow down and enjoy Fall!

Have a great day!

Linking to:
Coastal Charms
Inspiration Monday
Savvy Southern Style
Katherine's Corner(Thursday)
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