This is just a friendly reminder that it's the BEST TIME OF THE YEAR right now!
Fashion is at it's best in the fall and winter. I know, I know, most people prefer to throw on an easy tee and flip flops, but seriously fall is the best!
It's easy and effortless to look really put-together, and the colors are much more complimentary to a wide variety of skin tones.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this photo from CMT's Next Women of Country. I'm obsessed with the color ox blood, and I love ALL these looks!
photo credit to Getty Images
Kacey Musgraves, Jana Kramer, Angaleena Presley, Sarah Darling, Rose Falcon, Kristen Kelly, Sarah Zimmerman, Cassadee Pope, Kelleigh Bannen and (seated) Rachel Farley, Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, Ashley Monroe, and Holly Williams
My favorite highlights:
Cassadee Pope's necklace
Kelleigh Bannen's pants
Kacey Musgraves' jacket
Ashley Monroe's boots
Holly Williams' hat
Monday - Moroccan Meatballs with Couscous
This is one of my ALL-TME favorite recipes! It's by Melissa d'Arabian of the Food Network and it is truly a kitchen triumph. Just imagine how awesome you'll feel when your kids say, "hey mom, can you make that awesome MOROCCAN food again?!" Rockstar.
It's VERY easy, even though it may seem a bit labor-intensive, it really isn't. This meal cannot be made ahead really, unless you cook the meatballs and sauce in advance, and just heat them in a baking dish in the oven while you cook the couscous.
Tuesday - Pumpkin Penne
Making a pumpkin pasta sauce is almost too easy! You can really personalize it to include whatever you have in your kitchen. Essentially, you want to melt butter in a saucepan and add flour to make a roux. Then add a can of pumpkin puree (or homemade!), along with a cheese like parm, mozzerella, goat... Truly whatever you have on hand but think Italian. Then add fresh herbs like sage or rosemary or parsley. Salt, pepper, milk... Done! I add some red pepper flakes for a little kick as well. Make pasta and fold into sauce.
Wednesday - Archer Farms Frozen Pizza
This is terrible to blog that I'm "making" frozen pizza for dinner this week... But it's the truth! AND there's good reasoning behind this that you can benefit from... Archer Farms frozen pizza is on sale right now at Target if you have the Cartwheel app! It's 50% off the "Farmer's Market" style pizza so go grab a box and give yourself the night off. I have guests visiting this weekend so Wednesday will be my scrub-the-house night and frozen pizza will be perfect. No shame!
Thursday - Risotto and...? Soup? Yes? Maybe...
Thursday night... This is going to be a bit of a work in progress... I am LOVING this recipe for mushroom risotto! Risotto is one of my favorite things in the world to eat, and while this recipe looks awesome, it looks a little weak. Only one vegetable, so it's not really hearty enough to be a single-dish meal. But what could really go with it? I'm thinking maybe some soup? Tomato and roasted red pepper soup? Leave comments if you have ideas!
Friday - PARTY TIME!
EXCELLENT! I have guests visiting this weekend and Friday will be a bit of a party at my house! Check back later this week for a full, awesome menu for hosting parties with delicious food that's EASY for you! Just in time for the holiday season!
This is so awesome!
This January, Carrie Underwood will have her own nail polish line! The line includes 14 total polishes, and you can see a preview here!
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) November 5, 2013
I LOVE a good pink on my nails; pinks like Love My Pups and Southern Charm are neutral and timeless, and you can wear them year-round!
I really love her gold glitter polish, Carrie'd Away. It'll be PERFECT for a little winter glitz this January! I think my favorites though, will be Fisher Queen and Backstage Pass.
Monday - LAZY Soup
No but really... I'm having a lazy day today! I decided yesterday while running errands that the weekend was WAY too short so I decided to pretend today is still sort of the weekend. I made plans for after-work mani's and pedi's with a friend, and decided dinner should be SUPER easy. Trader Joe's makes these AMAZING organic boxed soups. All different kinds! I picked up the tomato and roasted red pepper soup, a loaf of delicious-looking artisan bread, and a bag of salad. Ta-Da! Organic delicious dinner with NO COOKING and NO CLEAN UP and sometimes we all need a day like that! Your kids will never know the difference, but they will notice you're in a great mood for a Monday!
Tuesday - Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie
This is great comfort food for cold weather, but chicken pot pie can be a bit of a pain. A couple years ago I started making what I call "deconstructed pot pie" and it's been a big hit! Make a chicken pot pie filling stew in a slow cooker, and when there's about 20 minutes left on the timer, pop some Pillsbury biscuits in the oven! Serve the pot pie stew in crocks or bowls, with tons of biscuits on the side for dipping and scooping. It's SO easy, there's very little clean up, and you get that awesome pot pie taste! For the stew, I use a bag of frozen veggies (peas, corn, carrots, onions), a couple of chicken breasts diced up, 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup, and a diced potato.
Wednesday - One Pot Alfredo
This recipe is a Claire-Original because I absolutely hate washing pots and will do anything to avoid it... Including creating new recipes! This is an awesome alfredo that does NOT require boiling the pasta! In a large saute or sauteuse pan with a lid, saute diced chicken breasts or tenderloins in EVOO, salt, and pepper. When cooked through and just slightly browned on the outside, add 8 oz of uncooked rotini (or similar) pasta, 2 cups chicken stock, one can alfredo sauce, and about 1 cup of shredded Italian cheese (parm, mozzerella, asiago... any kind will work great, or a mix is perfect!). Stir, put the lid on, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the pasta is cooked! At about 15 minutes, add in broccoli, peas, or chopped asparagus (depending on which you like best! I've had it with all). Cook another few minutes for the veggies, and boom!
Thursday - Open Face Meatball Subs
Since I'll have leftover bread from Monday that will be getting a little crisp (read: stale) by Thursday, this recipe will be perfect! Slice long, thick pieces of a crusty bread, and pop them in the oven for just a couple minutes to toast. I'll make the meatballs and the sauce ahead of time, and I'll just put them on the toasted bread and back in the oven to heat. Topped with shredded Italian cheese (leftover from Wednesday's dinner). Bake on a foil-covered baking sheet (to prevent melted cheese from wrecking your baking sheet) for about 12 minutes until warmed through and cheese melted.
This list, by one of my all-time favorite designers Kate Spade, is 31 Things to Do Before December 31st!
I'm posting it NOW because let's be honest, it will take more than just one month to do all these things!
So it makes a nice little November/December fun to-do list!