November 15, 2019

Friday's Faves | Put Your Positive Pants On




Happy Friday and cheers to the weekend! This has been a very busy week! I had a work event on Wednesday so I feel like the beginning of week was spent gearing up to the event and the end of the week was spent winding down from the event. And it's not that it was a super difficult event - but you know how it is leading up to something that is outside of your normal routine. It can be nerve racking! 

Anyway, glad to have made it to Friday! :) This weekend will be spent preparing my house for Thanksgiving - I want to do a living room refresh and incorporate different accent colors.  I also ordered a new bar cart that I can't wait to style in my dining room! All exciting stuff, I will be sure to share the updates here on the blog. 

Here are my five faves of the week: 


{Rocking all of the prints today and I loving it!}

Outfit Details: 
Striped Blazer ~ Zara { Exact dupe here!}
Turtleneck ~ H&M { Buy it here!}
Scarf ~ ASOS - { Buy it here!}
Black High Waisted Jeggings ~ American Eagle Outfitters { Buy them here!}
Snakeprint Mules ~ J. Crew - MY FAVE!! { Buy them here!}


{I spent the day in NYC on Saturday with my sisters and we had a great day of shopping, eating, drinking and simply enjoying each other's company.  It was a great {cold!} day.  We warmed up with a hot drink from Starbucks and of course I had to document the moment of cheers-ing the new Starbucks winter cups.}


{I found some really cute things in NYC that I am excited about.  I passed on these adorable Kate Spade fur mules though.  I am a sucker for a cute mule and these definitely caught my eye.  I decided against them though – they were too bedroom slipper-esque for my liking.}


{Wearing sneakers to NYC was a great idea and  these Nike Air Max 1 were a super cute choice! :)}



{Speaking of sneakers - I also tried these bright 97s on... I may have to back and cop them - they are kiiiiinda cute!}

xoxo, thanks for reading! ♥





November 14, 2019

Easy Smothered Baked Turkey Wings

With Thanksgiving being just TWO weeks away, I am super excited to bring you this amazingly simple and 1000% delicious turkey wing recipe.  These could absolutely be the STAR of the show for your Thanksgiving dinner.  And as a bonus, they are obviously SO much easier than cooking a whole turkey. Turkey wings have been a Sunday dinner staple of mine for a really long time.  They are so easy to cook, ridiculously flavorful and are absolutely perfect for a special occasion, holiday or just a nice dinner with your family. This is a no-fuss recipe – you literally put them in the oven and let them do their thing.  Another bonus: the delightful aroma of these cooking will engulf your entire home. :) 

It is worth noting that my 16 year old {my toughest food critic, if you don't already know) absolutely devoured them - after claiming that she "doesn't like turkey wings". Her exact words after dinner were "I LOVED them. I actually DO like turkey wings." So even if you are not a HUGE turkey fan, I think you would love this recipe.  

To her defense, all turkey wings aren't created equal. They are very easy to dry out in the oven - which is why I braise mine in a rich and creamy gravy that isn't too thick or thin...yet just glosses and smothers the turkey wings quite beautifully.  Another important step is to baste them at the end as they finish roasting ... this will ensure that they stay nice and moist. 

The absolute key to this recipe is the level of seasonings for the rub.  These are seasoned to perfection so although, the seasoning MAY look heavy to some - please trust that these will be out of this world flavorful. :) 

Ingredients: 

12-15 Small Fresh Turkey Wings
2 Tablespoons Lawry's Seasoned Salt
2 Tablespoons Granulated Onion {Onion Powder}
2 Tablespoons Granulated Garlic {Garlic Powder}
2 Tablespoons Lemon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Poultry Seasoning
2 Tablespoons Paprika
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
2 Medium Onions, Sliced 
1 Can or {1 and 1/2 cup} Chicken Broth 
1/2 Cup Water + 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch {to thicken}


{This is a VERY simple recipe - here is the lineup of everything you will need. While you gather your seasonings, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.}


{Add your cleaned and patted dry FRESH turkey wings to a large bowl.  Sprinkle all your seasonings on and mix with your hands to evenly coat and rub the seasonings into each turkey wing. Make sure each one is evenly coated. 


{Arrange the seasoned turkey wings on the sliced onion in a large roasting pan in ONE layer.}



{Pour the chicken broth in the BOTTOM of the pan.  Do not pour directly on the turkey wings, you want the seasoning to stay on the wings.}


{In a bowl or measuring cup, mix the cornstarch with the water and pour that in the BOTTOM of the pan, just as you did with the chicken broth.}


{Give the pan a good shake to evenly mix and distribute both the cornstarch mixture and the chicken broth in the bottom of the pan.} 


{Cover and seal tightly with foil and roast in a hot 350 degree oven for 2 hours.}



{After 2 hours, remove the foil and baste the turkey wings with the luscious juices at the bottom of the pan. Return to the oven and increase the temperature to 375.}


{Continue cooking, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes more, basting a few times more until the turkey wings are perfectly golden brown.}


{The skin will be cripsy and perfectly golden brown, the meat will be tender and falling of the bone and every single bite will be perfectly seasoned. This isn't a super thick gravy - but it beautifully  coats each piece.  I can't say enough about this recipe, you will just have to see for yourself!}



{Serve them piping hot over rice for an out-of-this world comforting eating experience and prepare to lick your plate clean. LOL! }

xoxo, thanks for reading and sharing ♥










November 8, 2019

Friday's Faves | Eat Play Love

Happy Friday! This has been a whirlwind of a week and as I reflect, I am extremely grateful that I had a lot of energy {that extra hour was much needed!} and was able to wake up, prepare my breakfast and lunch everyday to have something nutritious to put into my body. It's always good to acknowledge the things that we sometimes take for granted.  

Have a fantastical weekend and week, see you next Friday!

Here are my Five Faves on Friday: 


{Whenever I am struggling in my closet in the morning and can't find anything to wear, I simply grab all black! I feel like you can't go wrong with an all black outfit.  I grabbed some black trousers, a black turtleneck,  threw on a necklace, some booties, a jacket and called it a day! }


{I couldn't wait to pull  these suede boots out this year and I loved wearing them with a pair of cropped summer jeans. That's a great way to transition your summer pieces - just add a cute bootie! I need to revisit some of my summer dresses by adding tights and booties{note to self!}.



{I had this salad for lunch twice this week, and once for dinner.  It was so tasty and flavorful.  It was simply coleslaw mix, chopped bell pepper, green onions, chopped rotisserie chicken, cashews, a few wonton strips and my homemade sesame peanut dressing! Recipe post coming soon! :}




{I love pulling out all the stops for Football Sunday for hubby by putting together an epic snack plate.  He was very happy to see me coming with this plate of goodies!} 


{I loved having an impromptu date night.  His and hers drinks above - gin for me, red for him. :)}

xoxo, thanks for reading and sharing! ♥








November 6, 2019

Wear It Wednesday: Houndstooth Pants







Houndstooth Pants ~ Forever 21 
Chunky Knit Sweater ~ H&M {buy it here
Faux Leather Jacket ~ Asos ~ {buy it here}
Suede Booties ~ {old ALDO}

Happy Humpday, aka Wednesday, aka "Wear It Wednesday"! Today's outfit post is all about these houndstooth pants that I picked up in the summer on clearance. I decided to rock them for the first time this past Saturday.  I received endless compliments on this simple little pulled together outfit.  I knew I wanted to pair them with a chunky sweater and this H&M sweater was an obvious choice.  It's so soft and warm, I need it in ever color!  

I just love how relaxed and cozy this look is.  When it comes to dressing for a cool fall weekend, I have a few musts for my outfit: no frills, not too overdone; simply comfy, stylish and warm.  My husband and I had errands to run and another coffee date, so this little number was perfect. And of course, a dark vampy lippie completed the look.  

And for the record - this sweater is THICK! Which is why I had to drape my leather jacket over my shoulders... there was no way I was comfortably rocking it with this thick sweater; my arms would literally stick out like a scarecrow. LOL It's all good though, I am here for a draped jacket moment. :) 

xoxo, thanks for reading and sharing! 



November 1, 2019

Friday's Five | Live in the Moment


Hello Friends, Happy Friday! ...and Happy November! This is going to be an amazing month, I can just feel it! I love November - I am ready for all the holiday festivities and fun. :) I am also super excited for Daylight Savings this Sunday - I am so ready to fall back {literally!}.  Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the extra hour.  Here are my faves of the week:



{I whipped up a quick pot of SPICY chili yesterday for dinner.  It was fun being in the kitchen blasting music, cooking and sipping wine while my husband gave out Halloween candy. Check out my always perfect chili recipe here.}

  

{I have been obsessed with these two Bath and Body Works candles for the last few months.  They smell so insanely good, but I'm not surprised that I love them so much. I have been a fan of rose scented anything for as long as I can remember.}


{Remember the dress I wore with jeans in this post, a few Fridays ago? I switched it up this week and rocked it with tights and booties.  I threw a blazer on and it was the perfect outfit to wear for a work seminar.}


{There is something about rocking navy blue nails that is so classic and sophisticated.  This shade is "Russian Navy" by OPI and is one of my all time faves. There is a slight chrome effect to them, which I love.}


{If you are a fan of warm and cozy sheets, it is a MUST that you immediately go online and order  these. They are the most softest, luxuriously warm sheets I have ever slept on. LOL They make getting out of bed SO HARD.  Looking forward to sleeping in on these babies for an extra hour this weekend. :)}

xoxo, thanks for reading and sharing! 






October 31, 2019

Vintage Vibes







 

{Denim: American Eagle // Blouse: Vintage/Thrifted // Metallic Booties: Old Aldo // Chain Belt: Thrifted}

Happy Thursday! Just a little outfit inspiration coming your way on this gloomy and rainy Halloween Thursday. I rocked this outfit last Saturday for a coffee and lunch date and felt so cute and put together.  I was happy to discover this vintage blouse that I completely forgot about.  I almost had a closet meltdown; my closet is in desperate need of organizing.  Speaking of organizing, I was just looking at this blog post of mine from 2011 for some much needed inspiration - I may group it together by color again, I remember that being so much fun! I'll be sure to share the process here again, stay tuned. 

xoxo, thanks for reading and sharing!