31 August 2016


I can't believe that I've never done a post for Mel, Sheaffer and Shay's What's UP Wednesday on the last Wednesday of every month. I always loved reading these so I decided to join in on the fun. As you know Wednesday's around here are fashion link ups with my dear sisters from The Blended Blog but I decided to incorporate this fun list of what's going on in my life in addition to what I'm wearing lately! Which reminds me next Wednesday starts the What I Wore Link-Up with the ladies and myself. Come see everything this great group of the ladies is sporting as we transition into Fall. And oh yeah and you can keep linking up all your fashion goodness!  
Here's my Outfit for the Link-Up and coordinates well with the fact that Monday's Post brought you my Favorites of Fall and 2 of the items were plaids and Hunter boots so this one incorporates both. The minute I saw this Avia plaid top at Francesca's, I knew it had to be mine. It's flowy and has such a cute neckline, not the traditional collared neckline and just look a the contrast polka dots when it is cuffed. I will be wearing this on repeat with jeans and boots. 

Now to the What's UP!!

1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK: Italian Turkey Burger Soup; Pork Chops with Mashed potatoes and golden mushroom gravy; 5 Ingredient Chicken and Pasta and Tony Sacco's Coal Fired Pizza
                                                      Turkey Burger Soup Recipe Here
                Put chops in crockpot with one can golden mushroom and one can cream of mushroom  soup (I use healthy request), then add one half cut up onion and cook all this on low for 4-6 hours until chops are tender, serve over mashed potatoes

                                                     5 Ingredient Chicken and Pasta Here

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT: Our Summer vacation especially since Summer is coming to a close; such quality times with the 5 of us together...miss that, miss the two older studs!!

3. WHAT I’M LOVING: Reading all the crisp Fall goodness that y'all are looking forward too!! Gives me ideas for recipes, fashion and decor AND it is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." I talked about some of my Fall Favorites on Monday 
4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO: Football for our youngest, Golf for my Mr. and all kinds of organizing by me in all our closets and drawers to keep busy when not actually busy with all life's other responsibilities.
5. WHAT I’M DREADING: The Farmer's Almanac Prediction of a Wetter Winter and colder than normal temperatures. I like crisp snow but not this kind of forecast. 

6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON: Getting my Scrapbooking up to date with the Graduation and Summer vacation pics.
7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT: Notre Dame FOOTBALL. Kick off is this Sunday night. Let's GO IRISH!!!!

Excited to wear these clothes and cheer on these guys!!!

8. WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING: Season One of "Billions" & Reading "One True Loves"
Just finished season one (12 episodes), Season two starts next February

9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: Adele "Send My Love", Prime and Old School Country, Ariana Grande's "Into You."

10. WHAT I’M WEARING: Besides Plaids, Lots of White Jeans, Pearls, Antro and still sandals b/c the weather keeps fluctuating. 

11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND: It's a long weekend, yay!! So any kind of shenanigans we can get into will be quite all right by me. Oh and I'm decorating the inside for Fall. Outside waits a few more weeks as don't want the pumpkins to rot and mums to die in the heat, lol.
12. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH: Seeing my babies, it'll be their first trip home from college. AND PSL's baby!!
13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW: Tomorrow is the 1 Year Anniversary Fashion Link-Up called My Refined Style that I co-host with 7 other lovely ladies. You don't want to miss it where we describe how we refine our style and you'll see all kinds of fashion goodness.


30 August 2016


Oh my how the words Cinnamon and Toffee in a recipe for a sweet treat makes me soooo happy. I made these a couple weeks ago, but obviously am craving some more because I swear I can still taste the sweet flavor of these blondies every morning when I have my coffee. Around the Holidays I made these Cinnamon Toffee Oatmeal Cookies
So when I was pondering and anxious to make a blondie of some sort, because I had never made a blondie before..I know..gasp; I knew they'd have to have cinnamon chips and toffee bits in them. I had never made blondies before but knew I wanted them to be oooey and chewy and not cakey. Yum
The crackle top makes them extra special.
What you'll need

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (8oz bag) toffee chips
1 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 inch pan with parchment paper and spray all sides and bottom of pan well with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan, heat the butter, brown sugar until melted and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon until just mixed. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla slightly with a fork, add the brown sugar mixture and slowly add the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the toffee bits and cinnamon and spread evenly in the pan. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the top starts to brown and crackle. Cool completely, then cut into squares.

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29 August 2016


Pull out your flannels, plaid booties, pumpkin spiced candles and cozy blankies, it's almost September which means one of the most important words in the dictionary: FALL; the season, the crisp, cozy season!! Now, hold onto your PSL's for just a minute, while super jazzed up, I'm not quite there yet. I am teetering between sandals still and cut out booties but not to riding boots or Uggs just yet. Summer is still hanging around Indiana. However, in honor of Andrea and Erika's Let's Talk Series topic: Fall Favotites, I knew I had to join in! Here's all the season's goodness that I'm going to be partaking in for the next several weeks! I thought it'd be kinda fun to show you my top 3 Favorite Fall picks in each category. 

Pumpkin Treats, Warm Bevy's and Soup
Pumpkin Drop Cookies with Caramel Frosting HERE // Malibu Spiced Pumpkin Latte HERE // White Chicken Chili  (My favorite recipe) HERE

PSL, Caramel Apple Spice Drink, White Chocolate Mocha

Diva's Can Cook actually has a better Make it yourself recipe HERE

I always get the Tall version only in Latte's and minus one pump of syrup to save on calories and sugar. To this I often substitute a pump of cinnamon dolce syrup for the white chocolate...sooo good!

Hunters, Plaids and Boots
Hunters, Plaid dresses and Plaid shirts call my name in the Fall Here and Here

These outfit posts Here // Here // Here

These Outfit Posts Here //Here // Here

Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and Kentucky Bourbon 

Buy Bath & Body Candles HERE // Kentucky Bourbon Candle HERE

High School, College and Pro...LOVE IT ALL
The REDHAWKS (our boy #9... 2-0 so far)

The IRISH (Kick off this Sunday night!)


Pumpkins, Mums, and More Pumpkins

See My 9 Easy Ways to Decorate Pumpkins HERE

Picking Out the Pumpkins, Being Cozy and Up North
Last Fall's trip "Up North" HERE

I got this mug last year at Target and I snuggle in my favorite blanket daily in the Fall.

                          HAPPY MONDAY and Let the Fall Countdown Begin!!