Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween

Happy Halloween! I'm Mary Poppins today! Does anyone have any fun plans tonight? Hubby and I have started a tradition last year of getting a jack-o-lantern pizza from Papa Murphy's and handing out candy.




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What I Wore

Happy Wednesday! Here are two outfits I wore this past week- one for work and one casual. (I promise I wear more than 2 outfits a week; I just don't feel like their blog-worthy) I really love wearing scarves in the colder weather. It's my accessory staple during the fall-spring and you can see a couple ways I wear them.


Pants: The Limited
Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Shirt: thrifted The Limited
Tank: Old Navy
Scarf: Pashmina from Etsy (From my wedding; I just tied the ends together to make it look like an infinity scarf)
Shoes: Target

Here's a close-up of the pattern on my pants:


Jeans: The Gap
Sweater/Coat: Roots (I got when hubby and I were in Calgary, Alberta a few years ago)
Shirt: Target
Scarf: Old Navy
Boots: RCC Western Store in Mall of America

pleated poppy

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What I Wore Outtakes

My normal What I Wore will come tomorrow, but I wanted to share with you a couple outtakes. Every time I'm taking pictures, Zoe or Sadie pop in the picture and want to be a part too!







Monday, October 28, 2013

My Weekend

I had a pretty uneventful weekend. Got a lot of housework done over the two days. I cantered at church on Sunday, then went to the Fall Festival, which is always fun. They have a really good turkey dinner and different events going on. They had an "exotic" petting zoo which included a camel, a yak, and fainting goats! Hubby kept wanting to make them faint but I said no...

I only took one picture this weekend of a sleeping Sadie. (This was the first time we've seen her using her bed. Usually she sleeps on a chair in the basement):

Here are a couple others of her:

When we dressed Zoe up in her witch costume, Sadie jumped on the arm of the couch and was staring at her for a good couple minutes with that tilted head :)

This needs no explanation, haha!




Friday, October 25, 2013

Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

I'm back with another chili recipe! Not the one I was talking about yesterday, but a new recipe I tried. I really like experimenting with different chili recipes!

You will need:

  • Two cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • One 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 24 oz chicken stock (or vegetable stock to make it a vegetarian meal- chicken was all I had on hand)
  • One onion, chopped
  • Two cloves of garlic, minced
  • One tablespoon chili powder
  • One tablespoon cumin
  • One teaspoon oregano
  • One tablespoon olive oil
  • Two sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • One cup dry quinoa
  • Salt and pepper to taste

(I used some homemade chicken stock I canned last month)

1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are soft and starting to brown. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.


2. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly so the mixture doesn't burn.


3. Add the beans, stock, and potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes.


4. Add the quinoa and cook for about 15-30 minutes, stirring frequently until the potatoes and quinoa are cooked and the chili is thickened. (This took 30 minutes for me)



(I took a final picture of the chili in the bowls, but my camera deleted it, so you'll just have to imagine what it looks like)

We served ours with avocado slices and a bit of shredded cheese. Yum yum!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Originally, I was going to post one of my favorite chili recipes today, but cooking for 2 people, I find we end up eating leftovers more than we actually cook. Does that happen for anyone else without kids? I'll probably end up posting that recipe next week. It really is a good one! In the mean time, here is another breakfast smoothie recipe. This is one of my favorites, and it keeps us full until lunch!

Ingredients (makes one smoothie- double or triple as needed):
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup milk (I chose skim but you can use whatever your preference)
  • 2 ice cubes



Blend until smooth. 1 serving is 300 calories and 29g protein. Yum!


Happy almost weekend! Does anyone have any fun plans? Hubs and I saw "Gravity" last night. I loved it! Sandra Bullock was fantastic, the music was wonderful, it was very dramatic and suspenseful! I recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What I Wore: Sweater Weather

I love that the weather is starting to cool down enough to wear thicker sweaters and layers (or cold enough to pull out your winter coat... ick). Actually I wear cardigans most of the year because it gets so cold at work when the air conditioner is on. So I guess I could say all year is sweater weather? Here are a couple of ways I've worn sweaters this past week. 

I really liked this tank/shirt when I saw it at the store. I'm still trying to figure out what to wear over it, though, especially if I button or zip something up and only the navy blue shows through. 


Pants: The Limited
Tank: Target
Sweater: The Limited
Necklace: Target
Shoes: Target



This was an outfit I wore on the weekend for grocery shopping/doing some housework. Or as my hubby says, my tomboy outfit. Oh well.



Pants: Gap
Button-up: Old Navy
Sweater: Old Navy
Shoes: Target (old- like right after I graduated high school!)
Necklace: farmers' market in Door County






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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Wreath

One of my projects over the weekend was making a fall wreath. I made a burlap wreath about a month ago, but hubs said it was kind of small above the mantle, so I hung that one outside the house and planned on making a larger one- which I finally got around to doing this weekend while watching a little Downton Abbey :) (is anyone else really looking forward to season 4 in January?)



I gathered some materials: a grapevine wreath I got from Michael's for under $5, and 2 different colors of hydrangeas (Jo-Ann's had all their fall stems on sale for 60% off this weekend!) 


I also needed a hot glue gun and a wire cutter to trim the stems.


I started by clipping the flower stems pretty short and fit them into the wreath to see how I wanted them arranged. I also clipped off some of the leaves and fit them in between the flowers.



I hung the wreath on the wall before I glued all the flowers down to make sure I liked the way it was arranged. Then I clipped the stems a little shorter so they wouldn't stick out of the back side of the wreath, glued them down, and added a ribbon to the top (which I'm honestly still not sure I like the ribbon- maybe if I would have used thicker ribbon?)


A nice festive fall touch to our living room! Has anyone else been making any fun fall crafts this season?






Monday, October 21, 2013

Weekend: Apple Orchard and Crafting


I hope everyone had a good weekend! I had a very good one with lots going on. Ours started on Friday afternoon when Hubs and I went to an apple orchard. I may have gone to one before when I was in kindergarten or first grade, but this is the first time I actually remember going to one :) It was perfect weather, a little cool, but just right for all the walking around we did.





This was the biggest apple I've ever seen!!


They also had raspberry patches and we did some raspberry picking!

Saturday was busy with grocery shopping and running to JoAnn's for some crafty items I worked with this weekend. I've learned not to go there on a Saturday right before Halloween, though, as I waited for half an hour to get some fabric cut... We had pretty crumby weather on Saturday, so I got some housework done, made a fall wreath (post to come) and then we snuggled on the couch and watched TV and movies.

Sunday was more of the same weather. We went to church and to some hardware stores. Our shower head broke and we needed to find a new one. We had some credits to Menards and ended up finding a really nice one with 8 different settings! Very nice :) 

I spent part of yesterday making some pillow covers for our couch (which had pretty bland ones to begin with). I'm still learning how to sew and how to figure out my machine, so after some fighting and frustrations, I got 4 sewed yesterday. I have one more to do tonight, then I need to find some more fabric for 4 more. 

I also made a really delicious dinner, taco soup, found here at Snyders Tell All. It was very good! Definitely a repeat dinner. We watched The Amazing Race to wrap up our weekend. 

Did anyone else do anything fun to enjoy the fall weather? It was probably one of the last we will see here- I saw snowflakes this morning!

Oh, and we saw this painted on a garage as we were driving:


I mean, I love The Lion King- have since I've been younger- but not sure about a mural on your garage door... (sorry if you're really into this type of thing and I've offended you! Just let me know and I won't post this type of thing anymore!)





Thursday, October 17, 2013

Butternut Squash Enchilladas



I have a very delicious, vegetarian recipe for you today- Butternut Squash Enchiladas! They are very good, even hubs approved :)

Ingredients
  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans (or any of your choice)
  • 1 package softened cream cheese
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • shredded cheese
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • tortillas (I believe I used the taco size, but depending on how big you want them, you could use a larger or smaller size too)
  • (There is oil in the picture, but I ended up not using it- just an oil spray)



To start off, I cut my squash in half length-wise, sprayed a little oil/cooking spray on it, and sprinkled a little salt and pepper on top too.


I baked it in a 350-degree oven for about 30-45 minutes (depending on the thickness of your squash) until it was fork-tender.


I left it out to cool, then peeled off the skin and mashed it in a medium-sized bowl.


Then I diced my onion and minced my garlic clove and heated them in a pan until they were translucent and a little brown.


I mixed the onion/garlic mixture in with the squash along with the cream cheese, corn, and beans. You could add some salt and pepper to taste, but I felt the flavors were good as it was.


Take your tortilla, place a heaping spoonful or two at the bottom of the tortilla, top it with some shredded cheese, roll it up, and place in a baking dish that has been sprayed or oiled. (I fit 9 into my pan, but could have done 10 as I had some filling left over)



Smother the top with the enchilada sauce and top with shredded cheese.


Bake for about 15-20 minutes in a 425-degree oven until the cheese is bubbling. Serve with sour cream on top and enjoy!




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