*What we are eating.*
Way back in the summer, I had a Facebook friend that put up a code to try Hello Fresh for a reduced price, so we gave it a shot! And I absolutely LOVED it. Like I didn’t just kinda love it, I reallllllllllllllllllllllllllly loved it. Everything was perfectly portioned, the recipes were easy, and most importantly…the food was absolutely delicious. No wasted ingredients, and no need to buy a $13 bottle of sesame oil if you only need a tablespoon of it for a recipe!
The only problem with it is that I live with 2 guys that are kind of picky. #andbykindofimeanreally
So, they don’t tend to get excited when I’m making balsamic fig chicken. #sillyboys #itwasamazing
Here’s what I got delivered this week: balsamic fig chicken and sweet potatoes with mixed greens / classic beef chili / cream mushroom pork chops with crispy potatoes and brussel sprouts. (So my spell check is telling me it’s brussels sprouts. Is that right?!?)
Chris is going to be gone a couple of days this week, so I opted in for the delivery this week with the idea that I’d cook the meals and take one portion to my dad (who is still in the hospital and SICK of hospital food)….and I’ll eat the other serving myself!
Hello Fresh has several different plans to choose from including “Classic Menus”, “Veggie Menus”, and “Family Menus”, and depending on which plan you choose, you can select between 2-4 meals per week. Each week you have several meals to choose from, and you can schedule things on your calendar. You can also skip any week you want to, and you can do so up to 8 or so weeks out. I typically hop on and skip 8 weeks or so at a time, and then if I decide I want a delivery, I go “un-skip” the week. Does that make sense? I just don’t want to get stuck with a delivery that I don’t want.
Click HERE if you want to try it out and get $40 off your first box! I’m not totally sure how the referral program works, so you might get the $40 off automatically by clicking the link, or you might still have to enter the code “PINTER”. (By the way, this isn’t sponsored and they did not reach out to me at all….I just think the service is really cool!)
This week I’ll also be making Brisket Ranch Sandwiches out of Shay’s Simmers cookbook , a cookbook with ONLY slow cooker recipes! We will make sandwiches the first night (with the small Hawaiian rolls – I’m a total sucker for Hawaiian rolls), and then we will use the leftovers to make quesadillas another night! YUM! Behind steak, brisket is a favorite of my boys (and mine)!
*What I’m reminiscing about.*
This picture came up on my Facebook timehop this week.
He was 3.
AND AN ANGEL BABY.
I also looked back to try to find some Halloween pictures. Here are his first two Halloweens.
And this was my favorite costume ever. He was 13 months old, walking all over tarnation, and his little dragon costume had wings and a tail. He was the cutest dang thing you’ve ever seen.
*What I’m loving.*
I placed a pretty large order that arrived last Friday, and there are several things that I wanted to go ahead and show y’all today (even though I haven’t styled them yet).
I get tons of requests every fall to highlight tunics to wear with leggings. They aren’t the easiest to find…BUT Y’ALL! Look at this one! It’s realllllllllllllllllly long (too long for me in fact), but it should be perfect for all of you tall girls.
For the next top…if you are looking for something that hides a little pooch (not that any of us have a pooch, ahem) ;), look no further than this darling tie front top. It’s soft, oh so cozy, and the little tie front makes it both interesting and flattering. I got this for myself.
And for those of you that fell in love with the asymmetrical ruffle hem blouse back in the spring (with the orange, leopard, and turquoise outfit I put together), they now have it in fall and winter colors with a longer sleeve! I’m thinking the red one would be great with black skinny jeans or boot cut jeans and fancy jewelry for a casual holiday party!
*What we’ve been up to.*
We wrapped up our soccer and baseball seasons this week. Here’s a pic of Carter with Joel, one of his classmates that plays on both teams with him! We have a little break, but now we are ready for indoor soccer to start soon!
*What I’m working on.*
I have a couple of sponsored posts coming up that I’m super excited about!
On Monday I’m working with Sole Society and talking about these boots and this bag. THE BOOTS ARE FABULOUS. Look at the little pleated detail on the top!!! I’m most excited about wearing them with dresses, but look how cute they are with skinny jeans too! I think I’m also going to be working these earrings and this leopard wrap into the outfit as well!
And next Wednesday I’m working with LOFT to get the word out about some of their pants! I haven’t decided just yet what exact style I’m highlighting, but I know it will be their Marisa pants. I’ve been a loyal fan of their Marisa pants for YEARS, I just need to decide what color and what exact style to feature!
*What I’m excited about.*
SALE ALERT! SALE ALERT! SALE ALERT! SALE ALERT! SALE ALERT!
THIS DRAPE FRONT JACKET THAT I JUST GOT IN YESTERDAY IS NOW 45% OFF!!!!
The jacket is stretchy, soft, and it drapes beautifully. And it’s extremely flattering. I love the waterfall styling, and think it’s a great addition to my closet. I’m wearing it here with a simple long sleeve black tee, but it would be awesome over a lacy cami for date night or girl’s night out! A medium is a 6-8 (and I would never be a 2-4 in a jacket), so I got a medium and it is perfect.
And it’s cute with regular denim too! I wish I had more pictures to show you of the jacket, because I’m thinking just about any color top would look great under it! If it’s still available, I’ll try to show you different tops with it on Friday!
I’m also excited about the new Barrington tote I ordered yesterday! Every season I work with Barrington to highlightthe new colors and patterns they are offering for that season….and this time I decided to go bold.
Could you die? #cuzicoulddie
Remember to use the code STMTSAVE10 for 10% OFF your order!
Oh, and great news! The bar stools that we have at our kitchen island have been unavailable for a really long time…BUT NOW THEY’RE BACK! Click HERE if you are interested!
*What I’m watching.*
I haven’t been watching much t.v. lately, which is not the norm for me at all! I need to fix that. 😉
*What I’m listening to.*
SILENCE!!!!!! The boys went to a field to practice some soccer skills, and the pups are asleep. The t.v. is off, and I’m just taking in the silence. #ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
*What I’m wearing.*
So I have 3 of the like buttah tees: burgundy, black, and white. They are such a wonderful basic and are incredibly soft. You can wear them out, but I prefer to do a 1/2 tuck with most of my outfits. They drape nicely and just feel great!
I have a small in all 3 of them, and the small is perfect in the burgundy and the black…but the small in white is huge. I’m not sure if it’s a mistake or if the white is sized differently. I’ve ordered the x-small in white, but it’s on backorder, so I’ll let you know when I receive it.
Here it is in burgundy. You know that plaid scarf I’ve been showing y’all pretty much every day for a week now? Well, it looks good with the burgundy tee, even though there’s not any burgundy in the scarf. I showed almost the exact same outfit below last week with the fringe infinity scarf (see that outfit HERE), but it looks totally different with the plaid scarf!
Do you have the pants yet? At almost 5’4″, I’m wearing the 27P.
And this is the same base outfit you saw above with the waterfall faux leather jacket. I just switched out the jacket for the fringe infinity scarf and added my beloved Frye bag!
*What I’m doing this weekend.*
So for a couple of months now I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a new rug. As you can see below, the rug in there now is a soft greyish green. The problem is, the dining room actually gets a lot of traffic, and the rug is really showing signs of wear. I often sit at the end of the table and blog…and I do all of my try on sessions in front of the mirror that sits in the front of the room.
So I’ve been thinking about going darker. I love this one, but it’s not the right size. It’s not a terrible deal at $1700 (and I love that it’s one of a kind!), but because of the traffic that this room gets, I want to try to find one that is super affordable.
I got excited when I found this one! It’s much more affordable at $555 for the largest size, but it’s not quite the right dimensions. I also think it would be great as a runner in my kitchen between the kitchen and the stove. I like how it would disguise the wear and tear….the only problem is, the chairs I have in the corner of the room are a red and cream check….so it might be way too much red and not enough contrast. So, what do y’all think? Any and all rug suggestions are welcome!
*Bonus Question: What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?*
A couple of year’s ago, one of Chris’s extended family members (Love you, Sue Sue!) let me know about a recipe she had made. She told me it was called “pineapple casserole”, and I turned up my nose at the thought. I mean, I love pineapple…but in a casserole? No thank you. In an effort to convince me of how delicious it was, she listed off the ingredients. It didn’t convince me. It did quite the opposite in fact.
HOWEVER….a couple of weeks later I was headed to our annual Christmas party and recipe exchange at Shay‘s house, and this recipe popped into my head. I’m always looking for unusual recipes (so I can hopefully win the contest!), and I was pretty sure I couldn’t get any more unusual than this.
WELL. People initially scoffed at the idea of a pineapple casserole, just like I had.
And then they tried it.
And they they loved it.
And then I won the recipe contest that night.
Click HERE for the recipe.
See y’all back here on Friday for Friday Favorites! Don’t forget to link up!