11/16/17

Soup’s on!

Y’all.

I can feel it.

It’s in my bones. It’s officially the dawn of winter here in the Deep South, and all I can say is that it’s about time!

This time of year I always crave one thing- soup.

Soups. Chilis. Stews. I love them all. But, I do play a few favorites.

So, make a big, big batch in your dutch oven or crock pot and then freeze your leftovers for another night when you are running low on time and still want all the comfort and flavor slow-simmered soups have to offer.

Here are a few I return to over and over… and I think you will too!

Crock Pot Ham & Bean Soup

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect meal to come home to and easy to make. No soaking is required, just place your ingredients in the slow cooker and this recipe is effortless! Dinner is ready when you are!

This is a shortcut miracle soup that begins with Hambeen’s 15 Bean Soup from your grocer’s shelves and ends with a totally amazing supper! If you aren’t crazy about ham, I have also had great success with ground Italian sausage or even slices of smoked kielbasa as well. It’s all good!

Pasta a Fagioli

I first fell in love with this soup as a young girl at the local Olive Garden, and the truth is, I still love it as an adult, but I love my version of this recipe even more than the kind that comes with unlimited salad and breadsticks.

amazing-slow-cooker-soupThis recipe has been adapted for your crockpot and it’s full of hearty Italian flavors, lots of veggies, beans, pasta, and herbs.

You will love it!

Zesty Chicken & Rice with Lime and Cilantro 

Is there anything in this world more comforting than chicken and rice?

Not for me at least!

Zesty Chicken & Rice Soup, and Finding Pleasure and Gratitude at the Bottom of an Empty Bowl

And this recipe is a zesty, Tex-mex version of the classic with big, bold flavors of both lime and cilantro. And, it’s absolutely delicious!

Serve with some tortilla chips and sliced avocados for a great meal, anytime!

Blissful Butternut Squash Soup 

Slow Cooker Blissful Butternut Squash Soup – an EASY crock pot recipe with very little prep and only 6 ingredients!

For a great Vegan soup that eats in a very non-Vegan way, try this Butternut Squash Soup from SkinnyTaste. It’s super simple, only 5-6 ingredients, and is both Gluten-free and Paleo!

I am very partial to Butternut Squash soups this time of year. Love the color and love the flavor!

With a big piece of crusty bread for dipping and maybe a simply-dressed tossed salad on the side, I don’t know anyone who would turn this down!

And speaking of another 5 ingredient soup…

5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup 

Another tremendous recipe that is both easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, but is also incredibly economical as well.

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com

I love a big ladle of black bean soup served over some hot, brown or white rice for soaking up all that rich bean broth. So comforting!

And a tip for this recipe? If you prefer a smoother finish, like I do, just simply pulse your salsa in a food processor before adding to the soup and it will become a part of the broth and not be quite as chunky as pictured above, but still, every bit as delicious!

Crockpot Magic White Chicken Chili 

White Chicken Chili by www.cookingwithruthie.com is delicious magic in your slow cooker!

“Magic” because you dump all the ingredients in a crockpot, walk away, and come back to something totally amazing, comforting, and delicious!

I’d choose a white chicken chili over red beef chili any day of the week.

Potato & Corn Chowder 

Because no list of soups would be complete without a good, creamy potato soup!

Slow Cooker Potato and Corn Chowder - The easiest chowder you will ever make. Throw everything in the crockpot and you're set! Easy peasy!

This soup is unbelievably easy, makes a ton, and freezes beautifully. Makes a great gift also to someone needing a little extra help over this busy holiday season. Make a big pot and share it with the ones you love!

Hoping these soups give you some ideas and some inspiration to pull out the crock pot, Dutch oven, or Instapot and get cooking!

Enjoy!

xoxo….

 

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11/08/17

Graphic Tees 101

Graphic Tees.

They are everywhere this season!

And, I for one, love this trend! Mostly because I love a good, soft, cuddly T shirt, and if they are constructed and made well, there is no limit to how you can style them this fall & winter!

Of course they are the perfect accessory for your Saturdays at the farmer’s market or at the football game…

but, even for the office? 

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Yes!

It might feel like you are breaking the rules a little bit, but that’s what fashion is all about! It’s fun to break the rules every now and again.

So, here are a few styling tips for adding those trendy graphic tees into your fall & winter professional wardrobe.

Tip No.1 : Size up!

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Go up just 1 single size on these tees and they become much more versatile to tie on the side for a more casual silhouette, tie in the back for a more fitted look, or you have a bit of added length to tuck in a skirt or pants.

MIX YOUR PRINTS Combining colors, scale, and patterns in a way that looks dynamic takes practice, but there are some basic tricks to getting it right. You can wear two prints that repeat the same colors or mix a large-scale pattern with a smaller one. What's even easier is to use the second motif as an accent.

Tip No.2 : Pair with a tailored blazer, jacket, or cardigan sweater.

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And, it’s really as simple as that and you are perfectly polished for a business meeting or professional luncheon.

Tip No.3 : Put a collared shirt underneath to elevate the look.

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With a skirt, or pants, this look is a winner!

Tip No. 4 : Use it as a shell with a suit rather than a blouse.

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It’s the perfect somewhat quirky and unexpected layer underneath a classically cut suit.

Tip No. 5 : Pair with the unexpected! 

Tulle, Animal Print, Lace, Sequins, and even Leather! I just love the idea of the unexpected.

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These classic wardrobe staples will elevate your graphic tees for work, a night out with the girls, or for just about anywhere you want to go!

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And, if you are in the market for a Graphic Tee and your closet is devoid of this fun and sporty staple? Here are a few of my current favorites on the shelves…

Sol Angeles Cuffed Graphic Tee, “Pardon Moi”

Sol Angeles Cuffed Graphic Tee

Illustration Tee 

Illustration Tee

Leopard Tee 

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Globetrotter Graphic Tee, comes in Ciao! and Merci!

Globetrotter Graphic Tee

{clearly I have a thing for gray this season also…} 

Hoping this inspires you to think outside the box just a bit…

Personal style is all about fun and being true to you!

xoxo…

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