What I Wore Wednesday and Thanksgiving Outfits

Wednesday, November 20, 2109

Another Wednesday and another round of outfits!  I am linking up with The Style Six so go right here!  Also, I promised you some Thanksgiving outfit ideas but I have hardly gotten there yet – How is it this close to Thanksgiving already?  Hoping to still do more of that on the blog!  

Comfy school outfit, but still in need of a longer black top!  

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That afternoon I switched to my liquid leggings and to booties to meet my friend for a happy hour meet up.  

I wore this dress for Thanksgiving a few years ago.  I have brown leggings underneath and the Versona vest you have seen every week.  

I got a new Old Navy tunic length button down and I love it!  This is part of my birthday money purchases.  

New black JCP vest and Old Navy jeans that I will tell you about soon – again, part of my birthday money purchases. 

Saturday errands outfit.  I love a vest instead of a coat for running in and out in the cold.  

Saturday night out outfit.  This poncho and these liquid leggings have already paid for themselves and both came from Target.  

And, school outfit with new Old Navy short sleeve plaid (another birthday money purchase).  I love this black watch plaid.  Also, because it is short sleeve it is good for those who run hot.  

And, of course, the first step to planning your Turkey Day outfit – the weather!  This is what ours looks like at this point.  Do you dress up for Thanksgiving or do you dress casually?  I think it is good to be comfortable but to make some effort.  That is sometimes hard to achieve!  

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I also love to dress in fall colors because after Thanksgiving, I like to start wearing my reds, greens, blacks, Christmas colors and some sparkle and velvet fabrics.  Are you like that?  

Here is an idea for a jeans look.  Take a cute blouse and pair it with jeans and some jewelry and some booties.  

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This could be a contender for this year.  It is comfortable and has fall colors!  

What do you plan to wear?  

What was your favorite outfit this week?  

Thanks for reading!  

Amy 

Easy Chili Recipe

Tuesday, November 19. 2019

I have a great chili recipe in my opinion.  I always make chili on Halloween but I usually make my first pot when the first sign of fall comes.  This year I think it was the first weekend of October.  My son Mason loves my chili.  My mother in law gave me this recipe which she got from a neighbor which she got from the back of the tomato juice can I have found out!  

What you need:  

One can of Red Gold tomato juice (it’s in the juice aisle and not in the canned goods aisle!)

One pound of browned ground beef

One packet of chili seasoning mix.  I use the Kroger brand. 

One can of crushed tomatoes

One can of petite diced tomatoes

One can of chili hot beans (or kidney depending on your preference)

Half of an onion sauteed (can do at the same time as the beef if desired

One teaspoon sugar (it cuts the acidity of the tomato!)

One teaspoon cinnamon (trust me!)

Let everything come together in the pot for about an hour.

Serve atop cooked macaroni noodles and top with Fritos and shredded sharp cheddar.  That’s the way we like it around here!  

The finished product!  

Don’t dirty another pot – just do the meat and onion first in the same soup pot!  

Are you a fan of chili?  Let me know if you try this!

Amy 

Hello Monday!

Monday, November 18, 2019

How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty good!  This is our last 5 day week before Thanksgiving break.  Unfortunately we do have school the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  I think it would be nice to have the whole week off like some districts have.  Oh well!  I am linking up today with Heather, etc. so go right here to see more posts!  

Friday after school I started the weekend off right with a margarita!  A co-worker and I headed to a Mexican place close to school.  Then, I went home, the boys got home from activities, and I made a hodge podge of food at home for dinner.  

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Our family is watching Schitt’s Creek together now that we have finished That 70s show.  Benefit to having teens – they can watch mature humor with you!  

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Saturday was a bunch of errands and running around.  

Tom and I went out to a new to us Mexican place (can one really have too much Mexican?) and I tried a smoked pineapple mezcal drink – yum!  

And, we split some bean dip and queso and a pork dish.  

After dinner, we stopped by our friends’ house because we were only a block away and they had a lovely fire going.  They had just gotten back from St. John and we wanted to see their photos.  We stayed for about an hour but it was a nice visit.  

Sunday, I tried to get organized for a busy week.  I had already done the grocery shopping, but I like to look at my calendar and write everything down.  Jack has a play this week that opens on Thursday and rehearsals every day until then.  

Then, Tom and I saw Ford v. Ferrari – his turn to pick after Last Christmas last weekend.  I really liked it!  

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How was your weekend?  Any highlights?  Hope it was a great one!

Thanks for visiting!

Amy 

Friday Faves

Friday, November 15, 2019

Happy Friday!  What a week!  I was out every evening except one and I am ready for some down time this weekend.  I am linking up with Andrea, etc. so go right here to see other posts!  

My first favorite was seeing these two laugh and hang out when Mason returned from Europe.  The laughter coming from their game room/study room in the basement warmed my heart.  

Mason brought me a mug to add to my collection!  I just love the size of these mugs and everything about them!  

I cannot remember getting snow this early!  And, it stuck around all week due to the cold.  Ignore the shutter-less windows.  We have new ones ready to be hung – another part of the makeover project going on at Casa Scott!  

I really loved this book and finished it last Sunday.  It was cute and heartwarming.  

I started this.  It seems a bit dry and a little different style than my normal chick lit easy reads.  No one recommended it – just saw it on a library shelf and it sounded interesting.  It is about the family dynamics in the 70s of a upper class family.  

I put my monogram on my beautiful rose gold Bru mate koozie from my sister in law.  It is so pretty and really keeps your drink cold!  

Hub and I saw this Sunday afternoon after I had already done my Hello Monday post.  He said I would not get to pick the next movie.  I liked it but it is probably a wait until it comes out on DVD/streaming service type of movie.  I love the two main characters, though.  Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding are soooo cute!  I swear I got my hair cut before I saw this movie.  Her hair is cute!  

 

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Last night I finally tried Narci of Grace and Love blog and Kellyann of This Blondes Shopping Bag blog Zuppa Toscana.  It is good. My kale needed a bit more time to get less crunchy, but I really liked it and it was perfect for the weather.  

I found time for a drink – look at that giant ice cube – of bourbon and gingerale – with my good friend and former co-worker of 17 years.  It always feels nice to do something fun during the work week and this was so nice!  Tell me about your week!  What was your highlight?  

Happy weekend!

Amy 

Renovation Update

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Well, I will be honest with you.  I was getting very frustrated until last week when suddenly a lot started happening!  

We had trim carpenters put trim on the doors and windows of new master and new mudroom.

We had flooring laid!  

And, we had asphalt driveway dug up and new concrete driveway and foundation for patio in the back poured.  

Mudroom will have tile instead of wood but trim is done.  

So now, we wait again, but next time I update you I hope I have paint to show you!  

Amy 

What I Wore Wednesday

November 13, 2019

It’s already Wednesday, folks!  I am linking up with The Style Six so go right here to see more fashion posts!  Did you see my recent fall purchases post yesterday?  You will see some of the items below!  

My sweet son returned home Monday evening!  All is right in my world again.  He had a great time but was happy to be home.  I may share some of his itinerary and photos.  

Easy outfit – start with an all black base and throw a leopard poncho over it.  This is my $17 Kohl’s find from the accessories section.  It does have designated arm holes.  I find this type of poncho easier to wear and maybe more flattering.  

I just think this rust sweater from last year Anthro is too long.  I love my vest, of course, love my Wild Fable from Target leggings, and love my new rust mules.  Maybe I will look for a long sleeved rust tunic?  It was really too cold for short sleeves, to be honest.  

And, another black base.  I think I have too much black on!  

And, you have seen this outfit three times  now!  I really need to work on my going out wear.  I am wearing Target Wild Fable liquid leggings, new black blouse from Marshall’s consignment suede poncho in front and sweater material in back.  

What have you been wearing lately?  

Any favorites here?  

Thanks for reading,

Amy 

Recent Fall Purhases

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

I have always loved having a fall birthday!  I make a list of fall items I want to add to my closet and it seems the perfect time to do some shopping for myself before I shop for others for the upcoming holidays.  I still receive some money for my birthday and it is always fun to have a guilt free shopping spree!  

Here we go…

I took my son Jack shopping at Kohl’s and found this on clearance by accident in the accessories section.  I am not a big fan of Kohls for myself.  I do not want to play the Kohl’s cash game and I think the prices are high without a sale.  Please don’t hate me!  I know many people love it.  I do think it’s a good option for men’s wear, but again, I feel like the prices are pretty high without sales.  My son is very picky, so I went where he requested.  

It is a lightweight poncho and it was only $17.  It is by Apt. 9 and the quality is pretty good and it is super soft.  I have already worn it a few times so I think I will get my money’s worth.  

Tip:  Look for ponchos, shawls, etc. in the accessories section of department stores.  Also, some shoe stores like DSW have ponchos.  

This is my JC Penney Liz Claiborne weekend cardigan.  It is super soft.  It was 40% off of $44.  I have already worn it several times.  

This is a blouse that was $16 from Marshall’s.  The brand is Green Envelope and I have another shirt by this brand from TJ Maxx.  It has buttons on the sleeves and is a great non-wrinkle material.  I have already worn it twice.  

I just loved these mules when I saw them on Lisa from Coast to Coast.  I wanted the rust, too and at only $22 a pop I ordered them online.  They are super pointy.  I think they will look nice with leggings.

I bought these pretty earrings for $10 from Old Navy.  I found myself needing this burgundy color and have already worn them 3 times.  

And, I finally decided on my half price Kendra Scott piece.  This was $46 and I love how lightweight it is.  It is soooo pretty.  I decided I wanted a longer necklace.  

What do you think?  Any favorites?  I have a few more things coming but I have to wait and make sure I can vouch for the quality and that I am going to keep them.  

Thanks for reading!

Amy 

Hello Monday

Monday, November 11, 2019

Thank you to our service men and women on this Veteran’s Day.  I am linking up with Heather, Tanya, etc. for Hello Monday!  Go here for more posts!  

Friday morning, I got a text about a Girl’s Night Out!  My two besties and I met at a newish Italian place in a strip mall called “Grassa Gramma”.  Once inside, you do not feel like you are in a suburban strip mall.  The interior is a sight to behold!  

The server starts with a toast to life that is on the house followed by some amazing ciabatta bread!

My friend’s beautiful sangria!  

I got a specialty cocktail with vodka.  The glasses are so pretty!  

We decided to split the artichoke dip with flatbread, ceasar salad, and two different types of pizzas.  

I forgot to get a photo of the salad but it was the best I have ever had in my life!  

Look at this fountain in the middle of the restaurant!  

Yes, I am wearing the same outfit from last weekend!  I swear we did not plan the burgundy and black color scheme!  My friend in the middle does have on camo  but the light makes it hard to see.  

Saturday bright and early was hair day!  

Oops – I said I wanted to go shorter, but not this short!  I will get used to it and it will grow quickly.  I love the updated color, though!  

The rest of the day was grocery, cooking soup, a dip, and a dessert, tv watching, reading, and nothing big.  It really was so nice after going, going, going.  I miss Mason so much!  We just feel lopsided around here.  Both Friday and Saturday nights I was in bed around 9.

Sunday morning was coffee, reading, meal prepping, and school work.  I have managed to get behind again and we have grades due for the 12 weeks grading period. 

What did you do this weekend?  I hope it was a great one!

Amy 

 

 

Friday Favorites

Friday, November 8, 2019

Welcome to Friday Favorites and the link up with Andrea, etc. right here!  Today I have a hodge podge for you, but coming soon – how I spent my birthday money, fall color combos, what to wear for Thanksgiving, and some gift guides/gift ideas as you start your shopping!  I am excited to work on these posts and hope you will come back and visit me.  

I definitely read more in the summer but I think it is important to read all year long.  I cannot be a happy wife, mom, teacher, etc. if I give up my favorite hobbies.  So, when do I read?  I read instead of scrolling on my phone while I am waiting, in the early evening, and mostly on weekends.  

I just finished this cute and easy read.  I liked hearing about the behind the scenes of a rennaissance faire but the book was about characters who have some baggage when they meet.  

Then, I started this.  I have had this on request at the library since this summer.  Again, another cute story about people with some baggage.  All of my books come from the library because I am on a budget and I cannot handle the book clutter that my hobby could lead to!  

Tuesday was exciting because our election day in Kentucky got people excited about exercising their voting privilege!  We had a nail biter for our governor and the candidate that had been so nasty to educators and the public education system was defeated. 

Whose hand is that?  Well, it is mine of course, but do you ever look at a body part and think when did I get that old?  

After voting I took myself to the nail salon.  It was time to get rid of OPI Malaga Wine.  This was 4.5 weeks.  

I went with Suzi and the Artic Fox by OPI.  Hope you do not tire of my nail saga.  I like to get color ideas, personally!  

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I am starting to think about bedding for my new room (even though it is still not that close to being ready) and my bestie is good with decor and told me to look at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Steinmart, TJ Maxx and Home Goods, and Target to start.  

This is on sale for under $40 but I have not gotten to feel it in person.  I will not  buy anything scratchy!  The walls are going to be a light greige and I want to keep things neutral and calming.  

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With the time change and the weather turning, I have been turning to all things cozy.  I have been lighting a candle in the mornings with my coffee and it makes me happy.   img_0101.jpg

These are the Starbucks mugs I collect.  This one if from our 2016 trip to Germany.  

I am loving my Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize and here is a strange close up of my eyelid.  It is a pot of creamy product and you can put a little or build up and it kind of is eyeshadow for dummies (me) like I said in my birthday gift post here.  

My son is in Prague now but here are some photos from Vienna.  They took waltz lessons in the photo below.  

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I stopped into Trader Joes this week and thought you might want to see these turkeys!  I am not hosting but thought if you were they would make great table decor or place settings?  

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What were your favorites this week?  

Thanks for reading!

Amy 

Fall Comfort Food – Crock Pot Roast

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Are you a fan of the crock pot?  Fall definitely screams crock pot season to me!  I recently took the time on a weekday morning to get this started and I wanted to share it with you.  It could not be easier!  I cannot express to you how satisfying it was to come in the door to the wonderful smells and to know that dinner was done!!!!

Grocery List:  

A pork tenderloin (I got the already seasoned kind but I added spices, too. You could also get a beef roast.)

onion (cut into large chunks)

baby carrots (I like these the best for this recipe and you just dump the bag in!)

potato chunks or little red potatoes (I had to peel and cut into large chunks because that is what I had on hand)

EVOO and whatever spices you like (I did some garlic powder, cajun, pepper, and garlic salt)

water

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I lined the bottom with foil for easier clean up.  Layer in your onion, carrots, and potatoes and add roast on top.  Add EVOO, spices, and water (about a cup).  Set for 8 hours on low is my recommendation.  

I forgot to get a final product photo!  Serve with a salad or bread!

Also, this same day I had my Instacart grocery delivery and I felt like I was winning!  Ha!  Let me know if you try it!  

Amy