Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nautical? Knee boots?

Okay, for some reason, this look made me feel very nautical.  I can't really pinpoint why, but it does.  I am liking the black and white stripe look that is popular right now, and I just love how comfortable this outfit was!  So without further ado, anchors away my WIWW friends! 

Black jacket - Rue 21, but several years ago

Red scarf - Catos recently $7.99

Black/white tshirt - Burke's $5.99

Jeans - actually got at a yard sale for $2.00 

Boots are actually thigh high leg warmers worn over suede short boots.  I figured this out a few years ago.   Love this.  :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Speaking of scarves! :)

Okay, I am a Pinterest lover!  I have always been a pretty smart chick, but Pinterest has inspired me to branch out and be creative.  I am more of a brainiac, so I need that nudge toward craftiness.  Pinterest does just that.  Pictured below is my new scarf curtain that I became inspired to build.  I am showing the pic that inspired me also.


So here is the picture that inspired me...












And...wait for it...here is my new scarf curtain...

                           
                             I LOVE it!   :)

Red scarf or brown scarf...hmmm.

So I decided to play around with scarves this weekend since it was too cold to play outside.  It intrigues me, just how much you can change an outfit with a scarf.  My closet is about to explode from the abundance of clothes that are in it, you see, I am a slight clothes hoarder.  I hate to get rid of something I might wear later, therefore, I have 100's of shirts.  So, this being said, I bought 3 new scarves to make out different outfits instead of buying new clothes.  Turns out, the scarves are awesome! 

The outfit consists of:
gray tank top - Rue 21
long sleeve open front top - forgot, will look
jeans - Cavaricci
boots - had for years
boot socks - cut arms off an old sweater
scarf - just got at Catos $7.99

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love love loved this outfit. :)

This is one of my favorite looks that I have just thrown together.  Sometimes, I will look, play and try on clothes for an hour and not find an outfit that really makes me happy.  This one, I threw on in 5 minutes and was extremely pleased.  The dress underneath is just a really stretchy cheap dress that I have had for probably 10 years and never worn, but it went perfect with everything.  I snapped this pic as I was running out the door because the hubby was already in the truck.  :)


I have never been one to mix browns and blacks or navy, but after seeing it so much on the internet, I fell in love.  It is one of those things that just doesn't seem right if you are not used to it.  My husband even thinks I should be wearing black boots, but I think the brown added a pop.  What do you think?  Ever wear black and brown together?  I am curious.  :)


Anyway, here is a breakdown of the outfit. 


Navy blue pea coat, a few years old...Old Navy (ha! no pun intended, but it worked out)


Short stretchy navy blue dress..very old...even remember that I paid $5.00 for it at a discount store.


Tights are black and came from Rue 21 recently.


Boots are Tommy Hilfiger from several years ago.


Scarf was just purchased at Factory Connection for $7.99, I don't know the brand.

Here is another pic.  I tried to brighten the color a bit so you could see more details. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bacon wrapped BBQ chicken legs.

These awesome looking legs are packing soo much flavor.  I first tried these about 5 years ago and have been making them ever since.  They are pretty simple to make, yet they taste amazing. 

To make these, all you need is a large package of chicken legs, a pack of bacon and a bottle of BBQ sauce.  I prefer Sweet Baby Ray's myself.  It is deliciously sweet and savory. 

Simply wrap one piece of bacon around each leg, at the meaty end of the leg.  You can use toothpicks, but if you tuck it in a bit, the bacon will stay on the leg surprisingly well.  These can be baked in the oven, but will be much better and crisper on the grill.  Either way, you will need to turn them pretty often to cook the bacon evenly.  Just cook them until almost done, then brush them with the BBQ sauce a couple of times during the last 15-20 minutes.  You will not be disappointed in the flavor!  :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Easy as pie!

Ok, now that I have your attention, especially if you love food like me.   I have to tell you about this pie.  My husband requested an apple pie made in an iron skillet.  This was the result, and it was fabulous, delicious and easy.   I got the recipe on Allrecipes.com.  Here it is.

Iron Skillet Apple Pie

Ingredients


1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

5 Granny Smith apples -- peeled, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced

3 (9 inch) refrigerated prerolled pie crusts

1 cup white sugar, divided

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon butter, cut into small chunks



Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place 1/2 cup butter into a heavy cast iron skillet, and melt butter in the oven. Remove skillet and sprinkle with brown sugar; return to oven to heat while you prepare the apples.
  3. Remove skillet, and place 1 refrigerated pie crust on top of the brown sugar. Top the pie crust with half the sliced apples. Sprinkle apples with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon; place a second pie crust over the apples; top the second crust with the remaining apples, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Top with the third crust; sprinkle the top crust with 1/4 cup sugar, and dot with 1 tablespoon of butter. Cut 4 slits into the top crust for steam.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.
I only changed a couple of things.  Instead of the 5 granny smith apples, I used 4 granny smith and 2 fuji apples.  I mixed the sugar and cinnamon together before putting it on the apples.  I also cooked it more like an hour to make sure it browned nicely.  That is all. Enjoy!  It was the best tasting apple pie I have ever had!  :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Oooh. Sparkly.

This is the first time in my life that I have worn a tank top over a button up shirt.   I saw a similar look and went for it, and I loved the look!  The tank is a very shiny iridescent material made of little squares that I have had for probably 6 years and never worn.  I hardly ever get rid of something that has potential in an outfit, and this is why.  :)

Jacket and blue shirt were thrifted from Goodwill.

The colorful tank was purchased at Rainbow, years ago.

The jeans are American Eagle stretch skinny.

The boots are Tommy Hilfiger bought on Ebay, a few years ago.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A vesty outfit for What I Wore Wednesday.

I have always been a huge fan of vests.  I think they add a little bit of class to just about any outfit, and I love the whole layering look.  I wore this to Applebee's for a quick bite to eat.  It was super comfortable.  The temperature was in the 30's, so I threw on a dark brown jacket to go with it.  I think it could use a necklace, but I am still learning in the jewelry department, and had rather wear no necklace than a bad necklace.  :)


The outfit:

White undershirt..Rue 21


Top...button up dark blue pinstripe...Abercrombie


Vest...brown very lightly patterned...Maurices


Jeans...dark wash stretch skinny...American Eagle


Boots...dark brown knee boots...Bamboo brand


Jacket...dark brown...thrifted at Goodwill
Thanks for looking and any comments you leave!   :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Vacation outfit!

Just wanted to post my comfortable vacation outfit!   Here are the details...
Boots...online at Zooshoo.com
Jeans...American Eagle, bought at Factory Connection
Shirt...Rue 21...navy and cream stripes
Jacket...bought at Goodwill
Scarf...Rue 21, a few years ago

Questions...just ask.    :)

It's a wrap.

So, while on a short vacation, the husband decides to buy some pre-made wraps at the deli counter in the grocery store.  They were delicious.  Of course, I had to deconstruct one and make them myself.  He didn't think I could match it.  I feel he underestimates me quite often, but I don't mind a bit.  I had much rather be the underdog and come up fighting than to feel like I know it all and then crash and burn.  I might not succeed next time, but this time, I did.  Here is a picture of the outcome.


They are pretty simple to make.  I made 2 kinds.  The top one was made with the low-fat tortillas that are usually found in the deli section of the grocery store.  The second photo is with the regular tortillas that you would find near the bread aisle.  Both worked well, one is just less calories.  If you are watching your weight, you can really lower the calories and fat by reading the labels.  To make these, lay out your tortilla, then lightly spread the whole tortilla with ranch dressing (fat free for lighter ones).  Next, add a thin layer of your favorite deli meat in the center section.  I used a variety of roast beef, turkey and ham.  Towards one side of the tortilla, add your spinach and/or lettuce.  In the center, add a sprinkling of diced veggies, I used tomatoes, red onion and bell pepper.   Toward the other edge, add your favorite cheese.  I sprinkled the whole thing with black pepper also.  Now, starting at one edge, roll the whole thing up.  It took a little practice for me.  The first ones were a little over-stuffed and wanted to fall apart, but you should get the hang of it quickly.  After you roll it, cut it into sections about an inch or so wide.  You can use toothpicks if they want to fall apart.  The ones from the deli did not have them, but I needed to use them on mine.  Yum!   :)