Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Roundup #4: Dinner

This roundup of pumpkin recipes is all about dinner.  Pumpkin is a very versatile food and can add flavor to any meal.  Hopefully, these recipes will inspire you to use pumpkin for dinner.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce



 The ravioli filling is made with pumpkin, spices and ricotta cheese.  And the beautiful sauce has rosemary, Parmesan cheese and pecans.  This recipe from Cupcake Project, is simple enough that a toddler can make it.

Baked Chicken with Pumpkin Rice



I thought the idea of pumpkin rice was new and interesting.  What meat eater doesn't enjoy juicy chicken?!  This recipe, found at Weary Chef, promises just that.  The chicken is baked with the pumpkin rice.  The rice is flavored with chicken broth, whipping cream and, of course, pumpkin.

Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna



This recipe is a great vegetarian option.  I love kale, so that makes it even better.  The lasagna is spicy, which isn't my cup of tea.  But it has a surprising ingredient:  couscous.  Wow.  And there are three cheeses.  This lasagna, from Foxes Love Lemons, appears to be packed with pumpkin and lots of flavor.

All of these recipes incorporate the fall favorite of pumpkin.  And they are all comfort food recipes.  So have some pumpkin for dinner.


Which of these dinners are you ready to eat?

**photos courtesy of referenced websites

**Find more pumpkin roundups here

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Who's Wearing What Wednesdays

Sweaters and Sleeves

Fall is here and winter will soon follow.  It's time to take out your sweaters for the cold weather.  Because I'm usually cold all the time, I am sure to have sweaters to keep me warm in the colder months of the year.



Not sure how to wear your sweater?  Try pairing it with a long sleeve shirt, as in this week's look.  The long sleeved collared shirt dresses up the neutral sweater.  The slim fit hunter green pants help to bring out the color in the shirt.  And the jewelry and heels add sophistication.  Don't forget that jacket that adds a nice pop of blue.  See more ways to wear you sweater at Dashingly Elevating.  


What are you wearing today?  Leave a picture or link to a picture in the comments section below.  Your look could be FEATURED tomorrow here on this blog!!  Find more information here.


Do you pair your sweaters with long sleeves?

**photo courtesy of dashinglyelevating.com

*****Fashion bloggers wanted*****
Planning to turn this weekly feature into a linky party in November
Please send an email if you'd be interested in hosting with me

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Feel The Music #25

I don't know why this song popped into my head last week, but it did.  I wasn't even born when this song came out.  Ok...I admit, I was a little kid at the time.  I remember always hearing this song on the radio.  It was a very popular R&B love ballad.



Young and old, alike, know and enjoy this song by Peaches & Herb.  If you've never heard the song before, you'll probably fall in love with it as well.  The song for the week is "Reunited".  

Enjoy!!








Monday, October 27, 2014

One Year Blogiversary Giveaway


I cannot believe it's been a year already!!  I've been blogging for a year, but it seems like much longer.  I had no idea the experience it would be to start a blog.  The long nights writing blog posts, the learning curves, the design headaches and the social media frenzy were all worth the wonderful bloggers and readers that I have connected with.  

I feel like a have a voice.  And people are actually listening!  I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts and my favorite things with my readers this year.  What I'm most proud of is that I've stayed true to myself.  I look forward to learning even more about blogging, and providing even more engaging content to my readers.  Thanks to everyone who has helped to make this year a success.  


So let's celebrate with a giveaway!!

And be sure to visit each of these wonderful bloggers who joined in to celebrate with me.  Stop by their blogs and say hi!

   Christine                           April                              Letty                                Holly

Enter below to win some of my favorite things:
  • Panera Bread Gift Card (for some pastries)
  • ShoeDazzle Gift Certificate (for some pumps)
  • Free Skype Math Tutoring Session (we can discuss pi)

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**Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Project Runway Season 13 Finale Favorites

I enjoy watching Project Runway.  I find it amazing how the designers can design and create a look in 1 to 2 days.  No, I'm not a fashion designer, and do not aspire to be one.  I did not fair well in homemaking class in high school.  I only sewed half a shirt, and never finished it.  But I do admire those who have the talent.

This season on Project Runway, there were quite a few great designers.  Kini and Sean were two of my favorites, although I tired of their use of denim and fringe, respectively.  Amanda returned for another season.  Her designs were better than what she produced on her previous season, but I still wasn't too fond of the excessive Bohemian looks.  

Char was the underdog of the season.  She was a great designer, but she did have trouble with executing her designs.  She took a lot of slack from the other contestants, who never really appreciated any of her designs.  But I felt that she always stayed true to herself and actually designed clothing that women could really wear, not just admire on a runway.  And her street style of clothing was young and hip.  I am proud of her that she never let the others' negativity get to her.

Here are my favorite looks from both Char and Amanda from the finale.



I liked this outfit from Char, even though I could do without the word "fly" on the front.  I think the pencil skirt is made well and fits perfectly.  And the top is just fun.


Many of Amanda's dresses looked the same.  Admit it, you agree.  But I did like this one.  It is something that I would actually wear.


Who was your favorite designer this season?  Which of these looks would you prefer?

**photos courtesy of tomandlorenzo.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Today is National Bologna Day!!  Seriously, it is.  I couldn't believe that the deli meat from my past has its own day of recognition.  Although I no longer eat meat, I do remember the bologna.   

When I was younger, we would make fried bologna sandwiches.  We would take two slices of bologna and cut out a triangle from the end of each one.  Then we would fry them in a skillet and brown them on each side.  The cut in the bologna kept it from bubbling up when frying, allowing for even browning on each slice.  We usually accompanied ours with mustard on bread.



In honor of the bologna, I would like to share this recipe that I found on Pinterest.  Sean, over at Snack Fixation takes the sandwich to another level!  This is an example of a fine dining bologna sandwich.  I couldn't believe you could make bologna look that delicious!  So the next time you're craving a deli sandwich, try jazzing up the bologna.




Have you ever tried a fried bologna sandwich?

**photos courtesy of  snackfixation.com

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bakery Lorraine: New Location, New Favorites

Yes, I've made a few more trips to Bakery Lorraine.  They have a new store location at The Pearl, here in San Antonio.  The new spot is beautiful and very welcoming.  And with the new location comes new menu items.  God, help me!

When the bakery had its grand opening, I was sure to taste quite a few of the new menu items.  I'll be happy to describe them (although sometimes words are not enough), but the pictures speak for themselves.  Everything was absolutely divine!

The Cinnamon Toast was so reminiscent of the toast I would make as a kid.  We would spread butter on bread, then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar.  It would be placed under the broiler until browned and bubbly.  But this cinnamon toast was even better because it was made with Bakery Lorraine's fresh bread.


This beauty is called a Morning Bun.  And believe me, I wouldn't mind waking up every morning to this pastry.  It has a flaky exterior and a very tender interior, with just the right amount of cinnamon and sweetness.  It pairs well with tea.


The Baked Oatmeal is delicious! It is packed with wholesome oatmeal, walnuts and seasonal fruit (mine had juicy berries).  And I was happy that it wasn't overly sweet.


The Egg and Spinach sandwich is very filling and super fresh.  I love spinach and this sandwich has plenty of it.  I usually don't eat poached eggs, but this one wasn't all that bad.  The sandwich also has Fontina cheese and a lemon aioli.  Yum!




But those hashbrowns!!!  They are not your average hashbrowns made from shredded potato.  These are layers and layers of potatoes, perfectly seasoned and golden brown.  The outer layer is crispy, while the inside is soft yet firm.  Unfortunately, I can't just order these alone.  I could eat them all day.


And my favorite new item from the bakery....Orange Blackberry Muffin!!!  I am absolutely in love!!  I could eat these muffins one after the other.  I love the texture, juicy berries, citrus flavor and the nice crumb topping.  I almost cried eating one recently, because it's just that good.  My brother says that I have a 'muffin problem'.  Maybe, I do.  Might need to get some help with that.


Well, until my next visit...

Which of these breakfast items would you love to try?


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