Most Loved Hat

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I can’t even tell you how much I adore this cat hat from H&M.

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I knew I had to have it the minute I saw it, no matter what the cost.

The fact that it was only $10.00 made me love it even more (if possible).

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Also wearing a Forever 21 top, thrifted Forever 21 skirt, Hue tights, and those MTNG boots that I also couldn’t live without.

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Alas, Benson the actual cat doesn’t appreciate my sense of style.

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$12 Shoes

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That’s right, I said $12.00. Oh how I love the change of seasons and the clearance sales that they bring…even though it depresses me to see bikinis for sale already when I know I have at least two months of winter left to survive.

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Oh well. Things have thawed out here a little over the past couple of days and I am taking full advantage by dusting off my ol’ cutoff shorts and by finding adorable booties on clearance for $12.00.

Wearing Forever 21 booties and tights, H&M sweater and bag, and Mavi used-to-be-jeans that I decided were more useful as shorts.

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Note: 5 minutes after these photos were taken my husband and I skied down the tiny little snow mountain in our yard. I said things had thawed out a little. 

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No, I didn’t ski with shorts on.

 

 

Healthy Vegetarian Pumpkin and Ale Chili

It is a whopping f-f-f-five d-d-d-degrees  in M-M-Massachusetts right now.   I am so cold even my written words have the shivers.

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Okay that was a bit dramatic…but it is seriously fa-reezing! And that means I need chili…with beer in it.

So, here is my favorite recipe for vegetarian Pumpkin and Ale Chili.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 28 oz. can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded
  • 2 small sweet potatoes (or in my case 4 itty bitty ones), peeled
  • 1 12 oz beer, preferably a dark, rich porter (I used Harpoon IPA because that was what I had on hand)
  • 1 TB chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened coco powder
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB honey, optional (I added this to mine because I wanted my chili to have a hint of sweetness)
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Roughly chop the onion and carrots and mince the garlic.

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In a large dutch oven or soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once pan is heated, add the carrots and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute more.

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I know the bottom of that pan looks filthy…it’s not. It’s just well-loved.

Add the sweet potatoes and squash and continue to saute, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to caramelize, about 5-7 minutes.

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I like to let the veggies caramelize first because it enhances their flavor.

Add the beer and cook for about 2  minutes.

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Finally, add the canned tomatoes (juice and all), black and kidney beans, pumpkin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and coco powder. Stir to combine.

Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.

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Now scoop that baby into a bowl, top with a fat dollop of sour cream, and serve with a nice hunk of crusty bread.

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Mmmmm…I am ever so slightly warmer now.

New Years Eve Party

Happy happy New Year!!

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I decided to ring in the new year wearing this velvety goodness from Evil Twin that I bought from Nasty Gal-love that store!

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I finished the look off with a Forever 21 belt, my DIY headpiece, and a pair of shoe accessories of my own design! You can find those shoe accessories in my Etsy store here.

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We had such a blast celebrating with our friends. I hope your night was as amazing as ours!

xoxo