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Let’s try fashion…

Don’t laugh… I have zero sense of style but I also love, love, LOVE fashion. I follow lots of fashion blogs (The Sweetest Thing, Extra Petite, and The Northeast Girl are a few of my faves) and hope that I will magically be able to pull off their looks (or afford their clothes) but for some reason I feel silly when I try to be fashionable!

So, here’s my first attempt at a post about fashion. Here’s the catch: I haven’t yet taken any #OOTD (outfit of the day) pics specifically for the blog so I’ve collected some relatively recent pictures of outfits to discuss. In future fashion posts I hope to be able to link to all pieces and take better pictures! My apologies for the blurries and lack of info on some of the clothes, but let’s give this a shot! Also, don’t make fun of my funny faces… I didn’t tell myself that I’d be publishing these in a blog one day.

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Picture 1: this is a look I nabbed straight from the Northeast girl’s blog! The boots are Frye Tall Paige Riding Boots that I’ve had for about three years – a staple of my Fall wardrobe! The sweater is Loft, sold out, but similar here. The plaid shirt is a very old Old Navy find, but plaid is my new obsession so I’m thinking about getting this one on sale!. The jeans are also old, but Gap still makes them: Always Skinny. They’re great quality jeans but I don’t consider them truly skinny – the ankle opening is pretty substantial. However, I wear them all the time and think they’re flattering!

Picture 2: Same Frye boots and Gap jeans as above, this time with a top I got at the Banana Republic Factory store and a scarf I honestly can’t remember where I purchased! Navy/nautical stripes are really hot right now so a similar top should be easy to find, but here’s a really cute b&w peplum style from J.Crew. I think my look would be cute with a mustard colored scarf or jacket!

Picture 3: Target special! Neither of these pieces are available at Target any longer, so I hesitated to even post this one. However, because I think Chambray should be a staple in every girl’s wardrobe I decided to go ahead with it! I found this skirt literally hanging all by her lonesome on a clearance rack in Target (when, of course, all I had gone in for was a few groceries and a birthday card – I can’t help it that clothes are between those two things!). I bought it without knowing what I would pair with it or even if I could get away with wearing it to work. When I got home I tried it with a few cardigans but finally settled on my trusty Chambray (also on clearance from Target a few weeks fine, days, earlier).

Stay tuned for outfits 4-6… we have another snow day tomorrow! Be safe out there!

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Snow Day & Enchiladas!

Snow Day & Enchiladas!

Okay, so if you haven’t heard about all of the snow down South, you live under a rock. I also want to know where this rock is so I can come visit to get away from my mother in law. You know, when I get a MIL. Although, I’m sure my MIL will be *splendid*. Moving on…

We got to leave work at 11:30 yesterday because the forecast went from “light dusting” to “EVERYBODY PANIC!” It took everyone I know anywhere from two hours to never-made-it-past-the-hill-let’s-turn-this-party-bus-around to get home. Thankfully, I chose some very random back roads to weave my way home and, by the grace of God, I made it without incident. If the conditions hadn’t been so dangerous, it actually would have been a beautiful scene. I love how quiet everything is when there’s a layer of snow on it!

Eventually, work announced that there would be no work today and I immediately did my happy SNOW DAY dance! Of course, it was tempered by my “and also Lord, I pray for those who are currently stranded on the interstate” dance. Because whoa, there were lots of people stranded in lots of places. My brother and sis-in-law were stuck at their respective places of employment overnight while many others were peeing in bottles in their cars (because yes, that’s what I think of… where will they pee?!) until traffic cleared up.

Anyway, with an impending mid-week snow day, I decided it would be the perfect time to attempt a new recipe a friend had passed along. Baked enchiladas filled with cheese and salsa and chicken! My friend’s exact recipe is in this post below, but here is how it went down for me:

First, don’t forget to grease the pan. I’m not confirming or denying that this happened to me, but should it happen to you, it might suck. Grease the pan.

Second, the recipe calls for 6-inch tortillas. Those are wee baby tortillas. I couldn’t find that size in the flour variety (and let’s be real, flour tortillas > corn tortillas). So I ended up with four pretty big enchiladas rather than 6-8 that the recipe predicts. All was good in the hood; the chicken filling is pre-cooked so the size of your enchiladas is moot, irrelevant, innocuous.. I could go on, but I won’t.

You know I didn’t use onions because, let’s say it together, onions are evil. But do whatever you want, I won’t judge.

I used a rotisserie chicken from Publix and it was delish. I recommend.

Verdict: semi-success. These were a little bland. I might try this recipe one more time with a few tweaks (my fingers wanted to type “twerks” there, why?). For one, better salsa from a local Mexican restaurant. Also, I might look harder for smaller tortillas. I think having more enchiladas in the [greased] pan, pushed against one another while baking, covered in better salsa would actually make these turn out more like enchiladas than just hot soft tacos. I ended up sprinkling Tony Chachere’s on it to kick up the salt and the spice, because hey, I put it on everything anyway. The best news is: this is a super easy recipe to customize your way!

Here’s the recipe:

1 Medium onion / chopped
2 Tbs margarine
1-2 cups shredded chicken (about 2 cooked breasts or buy pre-cooked)
1 12-16oz jar of salsa
3oz cream cheese
1 tsp cumin
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 6inch flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook onion in margarine until tender. Stir in chicken, 1/4 cup of salsa, cream cheese, and cumin. Cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in one cup of cheddar cheese.
Spoon 1/3 cup of mixture in center of tortilla, roll up, and place seam down into greased 12×7 dish. Top with remaining salsa and shredded cheese
Bake for 15 minutes

Serving suggestion: serve with iceberg lettuce salad with tomato and cucumber.