Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs, 
Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Apple Cider Sangria
c/o The Kitchn
2 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup cognac
2 cups apple cider
750ml bottle cava (or other dry sparkling wine), chilled
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Add the apples to a large pitcher reserving about 1/2 cup for garnishing. Add the cognac, apple cider, and chilled cava. Stir.

Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice and top with sliced apple and pomegranate seeds.

Oven Fried Buttery Chicken Legs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds drumsticks
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups ground butter crackers
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Place the butter in a cast iron skillet or cookie sheet and place in the oven to melt.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the mayonnaise and milk in a shallow dish.
  3. Add the cracker crumbs, garlic powder, and salt to a large zip bag and shake to combine.
  4. Coat the chicken in the mayonnaise mixture and place in the bag.
  5. Seal the bag and shake to coat the chicken in the cracker crumbs.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and place the chicken in the melted butter.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and then flip the chicken over.
  8. Continue baking for 15-20 more minutes or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees.

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
2 cups Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
3 VERY ripe Bananas, about 1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup Sour Cream, or Greek Yogurt
2 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
6 Tbsp Butter, melted and cooled
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In one mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In the other bowl, whisk together the eggs, bananas, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk in the melted butter until mixed in evenly.
Create a well in the flour, and add in wet ingredients. Using a rubber spatula gently fold the two sets of ingredients together until the two are just combined, and a couple of small flour streaks remain. Let the mixture set for a couple of minutes and move to the next step.
Spray a standard size loaf pan with non stick spray. Line the bottom and two sides with parchment paper, creating a cradle of sorts. Spray the paper again with non-stick spray.
Just prior to adding the batter into the loaf pan, gently mix in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake on the middle rack for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let the loaf rest in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then using the parchment cradle, lift the loaf out of the pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Slice, serve, and devour.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

This Wine Has Great Legs

Last year we had a lot of variety in the jean category. We saw coated denim, quilted, washed, jegging, and more. This year I think we will be seeing a more colorful look. Deep greens, blues, and even reds. Today we're dipping our toes into the wine pool (best idea ever, right?) and looking at some deep merlot denim.

Talk about a steal. These jeans are the perfect shade of burgundy and I love the look with chambray.

American Eagle, Utility Legging Jean, $44
A great military/cargo pocket makes these perfect for a casual Saturday.

Saks off Fifth, Rag and Bone Skinny Jeans, $89
These designer jeans are 51% off. Such a great deal.

I used the backside picture for these jeans because I want to change your mind about Landsend. These jeans rule.

A deep burgundy jean is going to be the go to bottom in your closet. It is great with fall colors and it will transition beautifully to winter sweaters. 

Be fabulous today!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

You Can Touch This

Let's talk texture. It's just about sweater weather and I love nothing more than a knit that gives a little something extra. A sweater that isn't just crewneck or cardigan, it's got some feeling, something that gives a little oomph. These sweaters are under budget and lovely to the touch.

I love a good Madewell sale and this sweater doesn't disappoint. Choose from six other colors but I love this sandy gold.

This sweater is crazy soft. The oversized fit and cowl neck just adds to the comfort level.

JCrew Factory, Textured Curved Hem Sweater, $39
Who doesn't need a beautiful dark green sweater in their closet? Right.

Old Navy, Textured Stitch Sweater, $34
A simple navy sweater is great for layering. This piece also has tunic-like side slits for a little something extra.

We will talk about a lot of sweaters this season, but starting things out with texture is just the way to kick things off. 

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

All About Timing

Let's talk timing. It's everything. And when you're not on time, well, it's embarrassing. Today we are looking at some casual, everyday watched that are affordable and chic.

Need Supply, Boheme Rose Gold Watch, $99
Worth the investment, kids. This rose gold watch is just stunning. Worn alone or add your own arm party.

Truth time: I bought this watch this weekend. I waited, I thought about it, and then I did it. I love it.

Studs are usually more rocker for me, but these are dainty and feminine. Certainly a statement watch.

I love this pop of color and a simple and chic watch face.

These watches are non-metal options meaning they are bit more casual. I think they can be worn to work, weekend, and in-between. While I wouldn't wear them with an LBD, they are workhorse pieces for sure.

Be fabulous today!

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