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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - November 20, 2019

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Whew! The holidays are coming up sooner than I want them too. But I love all the decorations in the stores and the holiday music in the background. Do you have your decorations up yet?

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Weekending - November 15, 2019

Happy Monday!  Rewinding the weekend on the blog today - and it was a fun one!  Let's start right at the beginning.  At 5:00 pm on Friday we (and by we I mean me, my friend Linda and Eric) converged at our house to get the weekend started.  It was my birthday weekend and Eric brought home the most beautiful, delicious cake!  We had to have a piece before we did anything else!


After a quick bite to eat and getting a sugar high from the cake, we headed to the theater to see Ford v Ferrari.  If you haven't seen it yet, put it on your list.  All three of us thoroughly enjoyed it.  I would not be surprised is Christian Bale got an Academy nod.  


Saturday morning Linda and I met my daughter-in-law Kayla for a cooking class at one of my favorite stores, Fezziwig's.  I've done cooking classes there before and always enjoy them immensely.  Saturday's class had an added bonus - Theodore Leaf was helping teach the class along side his Aunt Ellen.  His YouTube channel is definitely worth checking out!  You can find it HERE.


The theme of the class was Thanksgiving sides, but let me just say the recipes we cooked are going to be showing up at my house a lot more than just on Thanksgiving!  We watched as Ellen and Theodore whipped up mashed potatoes, gravy, Brussels sprouts, and a tossed salad.  They weaved in so many helpful tips and tricks, making the class even better than just sharing the recipes.   I've got to share the recipe for the Brussels Sprouts with you guys sometime.  They were devine!


Highly recommend checking out the classes at Fezziwig's (website found HERE).  They are informative and fun and leave you with a renewed pep in your step. 


After the class, Linda and I popped in a couple of my favorite stores so I could spend my birthday coupons.  Loft had gifted my $15, Ulta sent me a coupon for a free tube of MAC lipstick, White House Black Market gave me $10.  Chico's had a $25 off of a $25 purchase on their latest flyer and I had that with us also.  All said and done, I ended up with a tube of lipstick, an adorable black dress, fancy t-shirt and a pair of earrings for $13.  Happy birthday to me!

We picked up Eric and made a beeline to the outlet malls before dinner.  Of course we found a few more things that had to come home with us.


Dinner was next on the agenda.  We met up with Ian and Kayla at Piccadilly at Manhattan.  It was fun sitting in this corner neighborhood establishment enjoying each other's company.


They are known for their pot pie, so that's what each of us ordered.  It was the comfortable food needed after a busy day!


After dinner we ventured back to our house to enjoy a piece of cake.  Linda and I had to pack for our adventure on Sunday.  We were flying to Vegas!

Sunday morning we left as the sun was coming up.  I'll be sharing our adventures in Las Vegas later, but let me just say that the start of the trip was pretty epic!  Our goals while in Vegas are to see Aerosmith, have dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant and get a picture in front of every casino on the Strip.  Oh yeah, and maybe win a big jackpot!!


Have a wonderful week!  I'll be back to share more about my trip to Vegas soon.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Five on Friday - November 15, 2019

After a crazy start to the week with a snow storm on Monday, we've made it to Friday.  I'm ready for a weekend!  Who's with me?  The start of the week was rough, but the rest of the week leveled out and was a lot of fun.  Wednesday night I hosted supper club at our house and yesterday I attended the Girls, Inc 13th Annual Strong, Smart and Bold Luncheon.   Now it's Friday and I'm ready to share my five for this week with you ~

Michelle Obama's journal hits the stands on Tuesday just in time for the holiday gift giving season and you are going to want to pre-order yours today.  Here's the description from Amazon ~
What’s your journey of becoming? Based on Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir, this gorgeous journal features an intimate and inspiring introduction by the former First Lady and more than 150 inspiring questions and quotes to help you discover—and rediscover—your story.

“It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.” —Michelle Obama

In writing Becoming, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama shared her own extraordinary journey to help create space for others to tell their stories and to give people the courage to discover the power of their own voice. With this journal, she now provides you with the encouragement to find value in your own personal journey of becoming. Printed on cream writing paper, with a grosgrain ribbon, foil-stamped cover, and removable half-jacket, Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice includes thought-provoking prompts designed to help you reflect on your personal and family history; your goals, challenges, and dreams; what moves you and brings you hope; and what future you imagine for yourself and your community. Writes Mrs. Obama in the Introduction to the Becoming journal, “I hope you’ll use this journal to write down your experiences, thoughts, and feelings, in all their imperfections, and without judgment. . . . We don’t have to remember everything. But everything we remember has value.”

These pages will help you capture your own voice and journey so you can nurture your sense of belonging. Inside, you’ll find an opportunity not only to take heart in the experiences that brought you to where you are today, but also to feel empowered to take those next steps, wherever they might lead.

2.  National Bundt Day
Okay, I honestly can't type or say the word "bundt" without thinking of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  Let's all celebrate today with a slice of bundt cake because it's National Bundt Day.  I've blogged about an orange bundt cake (HERE) that is so delicious!  If you're looking for a bundt recipe to make today, check this one out.

Recipe HERE

3.  Ford v Ferrari
Tonight I'll be in the seats watching this freshly released movie - Ford v Ferrari.  The previews look fabulous!  Plus, who doesn't enjoy watching Matt Damon and Christian Bale for a couple hours.  Here's the summary from Fandango ~
Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

Get ready - Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.  Buy this Thanksgiving Activity Tablecover and make the kids table the envy of the party.  It would also be a great hostess gift if your Thanksgiving is going to have kids involved.  Heck, I bet even a few adults would enjoy doodling on it too.


5.  Monday - Friday.....


Okay guys - have a great weekend.  My friend is rolling into town this afternoon and we are going to start celebrating my birthday weekend.  The weekend is full of fun and then on Sunday we're flying to Vegas to go to the Aerosmith concert!  Yes, it's going to be an epic birthday celebration!  Pop back in next week to get the recap.  

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - November 14, 2019

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  This is a space for you to link up below and share what's on your mind today.

Today I'm thinking about the great time I had at hosting our supper club gathering.  As I type this, it's late on Wednesday evening and my guests just left.  I still have a bit of cleaning up to do so this post is going to be short and sweet.

Sitting around the table and chatting with friends is one of my favorite things to do.  There's something about gather around the table that just warms my heart.



In preparing for the evening, out came the silver, pumpkin dishes and the fall centerpiece.  It would be so easy to not use the good stuff, but why keep it put away?  With the holidays right around the corner, are there special family heirlooms you would like to share with your guests?  Now's the time to get them out and let everyone enjoy them!



Now it's time for me to finishing cleaning up and get to bed.  And it's time for you to share what you're thinking out loud about today.  Link up and tell us what's on your mind.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - November 12, 2019

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Gringo Chicken Tortilla Soup on Soup Recipe Swap

Winter arrived in St. Louis yesterday and every time I looked out the window at work I felt like I was in a snow globe.  As the wind whipped the flakes around, all I could think of was getting home and hunkering down with a warm bowl of soup.  Which, as luck would have it, coincides with the Soup Recipe Swap I had planned to do with some of my blogger friends.

We have a few soup favorites and today I'd like to share the one I decided to whip up yesterday - Gringo Chicken Tortilla Soup,


Here's What You Need
1-1/2 cups cooked chicken
1 jar of black bean & corn salsa
1 lb. Velveeta (cubed)
2 - 15 oz. can chicken broth
1 - 15 oz. can corn (drained)
Sour cream


Here's What You Do
Stir broth, chicken, salsa and corn together.  Simmer 10 minutes.  

Add cubed Velveeta, stir and simmer until melted.  

Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream.  

The black bean and corn salsa we use comes from a local vendor.  If you're in the St. Louis / Southern Illinois area, look for Gringo George's Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  The stuff is amazing!  It has just enough spice to give it a nice little kick. 


Once I made it home last night, this recipe came together and was ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes.  Using a rotisserie chicken pre-made from the grocery store helped cut the prep time.  If you're in need of a quick meal that will warm you up from the inside out, give this recipe a try!

For more soup, stew and chili recipes, please check out the others participating in the swap.  I'm passing it over to Cindi at Diary of a Mad Retiree.  I'm excited to see what she is sharing! 


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