Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Just Curious...What Do You Consider a Classic Wardrobe Piece?


Good morning! Lately I have read many articles with titles like "50 Classic Pieces You Need for Your Wardrobe" or the "25 Absolutely Essential Items Every Woman Needs in Their Wardrobe" which had me thinking about my own wardrobe. I am not a trendy person, not for my home or my wardrobe. I have always loved classic pieces.


Image from Memorandum Blog via Pinterest


That said, I have learned as I age to find classic pieces that fit not only my body type but also my lifestyle. I work from home so I do not need a lot of skirts, dresses, heels, etc. My wardrobe essentially consists of yoga/workout clothes and "other clothes".



Little Black Dress JCrew


My winter wardrobe consists of white t-shirts, and button down shirts, white or dark jeans, and a cashmere sweaters peered with ankle boots. If I am dressing up it is a "little black dress" or a skirt and a blouse.



Image and Shirt JCrew

In the summer I like cigarette pants, or shorts paired with white t-shirts, or white button down shirts. Don't get me wrong I love a beautiful linen dress or a colorful sundress as well but for the most part that is my summer "uniform." So tell me, do you choose classics for your wardrobe? Or do you like trendy pieces? Or perhaps a combination of both?

What do you consider the top 5 classic wardrobe essentials? Is their a brand that you gravitate toward? Do you have a "uniform" or "go-to" pieces that you turn to again and again?  I am looking forward to hearing your classic choices.

Below are some of the items that I read "were classics for every woman's wardrobe?" What do you think?

Have a great day!







Sources:
1. MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Women's Clean Miranda Trousers Black  2. Volcom - Frochickie 5 Shorts Women's Shorts 3. Olive suede pumps • J.Crew Factory 4. A.P.C. Andrea python-embossed cross-body bag  5. Alfani Classic Pencil Skirt 6. The Perfect Long-Sleeve Shirt   7. Alfred Sung Woven Fit & Flare Dress  8. Ray-Ban - Sunglasses  9. Majorica Pearl Stud Earrings 10. Double Pocket Tote in Red 11. Cole Haan Daryl Leather Chelsea Boots  12. Mackage Babie Wrap Coat 13.  Decon DX in White 14. Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater  15. Equipment Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater 16. crewneck tee • Gap17. Mid rise curvy true skinny jeans 18. Mid rise best girlfriend jeans • Gap19. Striped boatneck T-shirt • J.Crew Factory20. Theory - Gabe Stretch-wool Crepe Blazer 21. Burberry Trench Coat 


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Limoneira Blood Orange Spring Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans





Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine was fabulous because I got to spend it with my mother. We stayed home, sat by the fire, read magazines, watched movies, talked and enjoyed one anothers' company. All in all a very relaxing and restful weekend. 





Recently I made this scrumptious salad using blood oranges that I received from Limoneira.   I love citrus fruit but typically only eat it as a snack. But when I was asked by  Limoneira if I would like to try a few different kinds of their oranges I though perhaps I would try a few new recipes as well. This blood orange salad was one of the things I came up with. 


Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans
Serves 2 

1 blood oranges peeled and sliced
11/2 handfuls of spinach
11/2handfuls of spring mix
1/4 of a small red onion sliced in rings
1/4 cup toasted pecans
2 ounces of blue cheese


In a large bowl mix the salad greens then arrange on plate, add onion rings. Sprinkle with toasted pecans and blue cheese, then arrange orange slices. Drizzle with dressing. 

Maple Vinaigrette Dressing
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup


Place olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup with salt and pepper to taste in a screw top jar and shake to combine. 

This salad is refreshing and a great recipe to add to your Spring table. The sweet blood oranges, with the creamy, slightly salty blue cheese and the crunchy nuts are a delicious combination. 





I hope that you have a great day!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday Favorites Simply Recipes, The Pastry Affair, Home Bunch, Once Upon A Chocolate Life and More





Good morning! How was your week? Are you enjoying the first week of Spring? My week could not be better because my mom is visiting. We always have a great time together, baking, talking, working on projects and just enjoying one anthers company. 

I have been trying out new recipes on my mom as well.





Yesterday I made this  Carbonnade Beef and Beer Stew from Simply Recipes. It is not only easy but delicious and can be served over french fries, potatoes or noodles or just eaten plain with some vegetables. 






If you are looking for an easy sandwich for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner check out the Hot Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups using Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough that I recently made for the Rhodes Blog. They are great with a bowl of fruit for breakfast, or a salad for lunch or dinner. They are also great as appetizers for parties, picnics and weekend game days.


Image from The Pastry Affair


I cannot wait to make these Oatmeal Fudge Bars from The Pastry Affair.





But if you want something a little more decadent what not try this Oreo Fudge Baked Cheesecake.


Image Home Bunch


I love a cute beach house and the Beach Cottage featured on Home Bunch looks like the perfect place to spend summer days.

Have you seen the movie Collateral Beauty with Will Smith? I watched it last night and I really liked it.

What is the secret to happiness? I am not sure but here are 3 Habits of the Happiest People in the World

I always write "to-do lists" do you? Are you successful at ticking things off of your list? If not perhaps you want to try this list instead.

If you read a good book, watched a movie that you enjoyed or made a delicious recipe I would love to hear about.

Have a wonderful weekend!




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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Just Curious...What is on Your Spring Bucket List?


Good morning! Spring has finally arrived, at least on the calendar that is, the weather is not cooperating though. I was saddened to read that over half of the Washington D.C cherry blossoms probably won't make it because of the bad weather last week. They are a special sight to see so if you ever get the chance to be in D.C when they are blooming make an effort to take a look.




Here the daffodils are in full bloom and the trees have buds just waiting to burst. I personally am waiting to start ticking things off my bucket list. In the past I never really made bucket lists but as I get older I find myself making lists at the beginning of each season or holiday so that I can enjoy not only my old favorites but also add a few new experiences in as well.

I am curious, do you make "bucket lists" for the seasons? If so, what do you want to do, see or experience this spring?

Here are a few items from my list:

Pick berries at a local farm
Go bike riding
Make an herb garden





Decorate Eater eggs
Plant containers
See the cherry blossoms
Get a new bird feeder
Spring clean





Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month
Have a picnic on International Picnic day April 23





Make ice cream
Take a walk in the park
Pick some daffodils
Feed the ducks
Read on the porch

Aside from a few weekend jaunts and a stack of Spring recipes I do not have much else on my list. But I would enjoy hearing about what you like to do in the Spring.

I hope that you have a great day!













Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Apple Streusel Bars




Good afternoon! Happy Spring! I cannot believe it tis the first day of Spring when yesterday we had a freak snowfall for about 10 minutes. Today it is bright and sunny although it is a little cold. 




Did you have a good weekend? Mine was busy. We are remodeling two bathrooms and we spent the day picking fixtures, lights, sinks, tile, etc. We are also having 4 rooms painted so we spent what seemed like days picking out colors. 





I also made a few treats because my mom is coming for Spring Break! I cannot wait. One of the things I made are these easy and delicious Apple Streusel Bars. If you like apple pie that you will love these bars, they have a shortbread type crust and are spicy, sweet and nutty. 


Apple Streusel Bars

For the Crust

21/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter cut into pieces

Filling

5 cups of apples peeled and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 8 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Topping

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the over to 375. Line a  9 x 13" baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving some excess on the sides for easy removal from the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray or lightly butter.

Crust: 

 In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt, stir to combine. Then using two knives, a pasty blender or a fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like damp sand. Set aside 11/4 cups of this mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. 

Filling:

Add apples and lemon juice to a large bowl stir to coat the apples, then add the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir again to combine. Pour the filling into the warm crust and spread in an even layer. 

Topping:

Add the brown sugar, oats and nuts to the reserved 11/4 cups flour mixture. Stir to combine then sprinkle the mixture over the filling. Bake for 30 minutes. 

Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan using the foil overhang and cut into squares. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. 


Sources: White Elephant Porcelain Teapot


Have a beautiful first day of Spring!



Source: Elephant Teapot//Cups with Stars are vintage Similar Cups//Demitasse Spoons are vintage Similar Spoons//Tray//Napkins



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