Friday, October 11, 2019

Playing it loose ...

Sitting around recovering from my broken leg has certainly given me more hours to work on the lessons for my style and fashion class!  I have shared a couple of easy fashion tips in previous blog posts and I thought it was about time that I featured another one.  The change of seasons is usually a good excuse to go thru my closet and take stock of what I have hidden in there that I have not worn in a while.  I like this idea of shopping my own closet and coming up with a new outfit or two!  So if you are doing the same at your house, keep this latest style tip in mind.



Style Tip # 3

Fashion proportion is key!  (In other words, pair loose & flowing with tight)
Very few people on earth can pull off head to toe baggy or top to bottom form fitting.  So take a cue here and team your flowing tops and sweaters with something body conscious on the bottom.  Or the opposite with a very form fitting top and a loose and full skirt!  No matter your shape or size this is a basic fashion principal that can work for all.



Above are all great examples of loose or flowing on the top paired with something slim on the bottom.
(Think skinny jeans, pencil skirts and leggings)




Just as these close fitting tops are the perfect go to with these full and flowing skirts.
(This dress also shows this principal in it's wonderful styling!)

I am sure there are some new combinations lurking in the clothes you already own...so go have some fun and put this style tip into action today!

~Connie

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Some favorite Fall Recipes!



Now that we have had a week of chilly temperatures and the calendar says October, I finally feel like Fall has maybe arrived here in central Iowa!  I am still hopping around my country farmhouse on my crutches but I have been fixing a few favorite Fall recipes that I want to share.

When I was a little girl, we had an apple tree in our back yard and every Fall I remember my mom making her yummy homemade apple sauce and apple crisp.  The house always smelled so wonderful when these terrific apple treats were cooking!  I hope you have gathered up some apples this Fall and can try these 3 great ideas.


Easy Apple Crisp

6 apples peeled, cored and sliced
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Toss apples with sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and set aside.

In a second mixing bowl combine 1 c. brown sugar, 3/4 c. old fashioned oats, 3/4 c. flour, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 c. cold butter (diced into small pieces).  Mix and mash with a fork or pastry blender until a nice crumbly dry mixture is formed.  Coat a 9 x 9 glass baking dish with cooking spray and fill with apple mixture.  Sprinkle the apples with the crumbly oat mix and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Yum!






Slow Cooker Applesauce

4 pounds of tart apples  peeled, cored and diced.
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp, cinnamon
1 c. water
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Mix apples (about 12 cups) with cinnamon and sugar and place into crockpot.  Pour water and lemon juice over the apples.  Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.  Makes about 6 cups of apple sauce.





Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 c. chopped apple
2 Tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. dried bread crumb stuffing
1 Tbsp. butter
1/4 c. sweet white wine
1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp. water
1 - 1/2 tsp. corn starch
Sprig of parsley & diced apple for garnish.

Combine apple, cheese and bread crumbs. Set aside. Flatten chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness between wax paper with a rolling pin.  Divide apple mixture between chicken breasts.  Roll up and secure with toothpicks.  Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Brown stuffed chicken breasts.  Add wine and 1/4 c. water to skillet.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.  Transfer chicken to serving platter and cover to keep warm.  Add corn starch and 1 Tbsp. water to skillet juices.  Cook and stir until thickened and serve as a sauce over chicken. Garnish with parsley and diced apple.  2-3 servings.

Just looking thru my recipe box for these 3 has unearthed a whole treasure trove of ideas for new Fall menus ... so stay tuned and I will share some other family favorites soon.

Hope the scents of cinnamon and apples fill your kitchen soon!

~Connie






Monday, October 7, 2019

When we think we have a plan...I think God winks and laughs!

My late summer and early Fall have not exactly gone according to my plan.  I expected to be very busy and probably off my blogging game due to my daughter's wedding in September.  She lives out of state and a lot of the planning and coordinating for their Iowa wedding was on my To Do List.

All things wedding were rolling along quite nicely in late August when disaster struck and I took a bad fall!  Four weeks before the wedding, I broke my left tibia and had to be scheduled for surgery with an orthopedic specialist.  I know my 1st words to him were not "Hello, Dr. Meyers" but "I cannot miss my daughter's wedding!!".  Surgery 2 weeks before and attending the wedding in a wheelchair were never in the plan ... but it was a lovely, beautiful day for my daughter and son-in-law!

So this whole experience has given me a lot of time to think and to reflect on what's important and what really doesn't matter.  And to try and open myself up to God's plans and to let go of what I think is my perfect plan.


I am still recovering and on crutches but I am getting pretty good at hopping around my kitchen and I hope to share some of my favorite Fall things here on the blog soon!  Hope you are out and about enjoying the cooler Fall temps and the crunching, colorful leaves. 

Always count your blessings!
~ Connie