Fashion Friday- Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving- we did! Watch for upcoming posts documenting what we ate yesterday 🙂

Let’s Fall In Love Skirt

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I thought that this was super pretty- of course I love the color.

Ponte Knit Blazer

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I would’ve used the picture of this blazer in purple, but I felt like I already had enough things in that color scheme. This blazer comes in a ton of cute colors and seems like a good classic.

Art Deco Beaded Top

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So sparkly and cool.

Swept Away Dress

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Sun and Moon Watch

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I’ve been really loving the large-face, old-fashioned looking watches, and this seems like a good one.

The Street Rules Mini

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Love this.

Mellaship Bracelet

mellaship bracelet in ivory

Sweet Side Pleated Dress

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I found this dress last night, and this morning when we went out for a bit of Black Friday shopping, I bought this dress…

Belted Pintuck Dress

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The similarities are astounding hahaha.

BDG Acid-Wash Cords

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For some reason I am really attracted to skinny cords, but I am yet to own any. I love the colors of these, and they look so comfy.

Jordan

Parmesan Pasta with Butternut Squash & Bacon

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We love our parmesan pasta recipe and we make it quite often.This time, I decided to add bacon and sautĂ©ed butternut squash to it. It was delicious! The sort of sweet, creamy butternut squash mixed with the salty and crunchy bacon and the always delicious parmesan pasta…this dish is amazing. The unfortunate thing was I pretended that I was eating something really healthy because of the squash so I ate way too much.

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Parmesan Pasta with Butternut Squash & Bacon

1/2 pound of bacon

1 pound of butternut squash

1 red onion

1 Tablespoon of minced garlic

1/2 tsp. of salt

1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes

Ingredients for pasta:

1 lb. dried pasta

1 stick of butter (I know, it’s a lot but totally worth it)

1/2 cup milk (I use 1%, cuz I’m healthy that way)

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish, along with fresh herbs if desired.

I started out with pre-cut organic butternut squash from Costco – so easy! After frying up the bacon, I scooped out most of the grease. I probably kept about 1 T of bacon grease in the pan. I added a chopped red onion and garlic and I cooked it for about 1 minute. I then added about 1 pound of cubed butternut squash. SautĂ© for several minutes, until soft. Add about 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes and continue cooking, until squash is soft. Once the squash is to the desired consistency, add the chopped bacon, and set aside until the rest of your pasta is ready.

While the squash is cooking, start cooking your pasta and preparing the sauce:

Cook pasta following package directions. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce: put all of the sauce ingredients into a large measuring cup and heat it in the microwave. It normally takes about 2 minutes, but you want to watch it – you don’t want any of that yummy goodness to boil over and end up in the microwave instead of on your pasta! So I normally microwave it for one minute and check it and then just let it sit until the pasta is finished and then heat it for the next minute once the cooked pasta is drained and back in the pot. Pour the completely melted and sort of bubbly sauce mixture over the top of the cooked pasta and mix well.

Add the 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and mix well. Then add the bacon and squash mixture and mix again.

When serving, we grate a bit of fresh Parmesan cheese over the top and if we are feeling particularly fancy, we add some fresh herbs such as basil or Italian parsley.

And now in honor of Thanksgiving, here are a few recipes that would be perfect to complete your delicious Thanksgiving spread!

Corn Casserole

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Crockpot Mac & Cheese

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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And in case you have any leftovers…

Ham & Swiss Cheese Quiche

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Chicken Pot Pie– just substitute turkey.

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Cindy

Winter Mint Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Have you seen these chips? I was so excited when I discovered them the other day at the grocery store. I just had to try the recipe printed on the back of the chocolate chip bag.

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I love chocolate mint and these cookies do not disappoint. Be warned- unless you are a huge fan of mint (like me!), these might be a little too mint-y for you.The cookies have a distinct mint flavor and the dark chocolate chips and chocolate cookie base are delicious. We also thought that the texture was perfect.

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They are awesome and they would be fun to bake for your friends and neighbors for Christmas.

Me-want-cookie.

^^^Words to live by!

Winter Mint Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 2/3 cups Nestle Winter Dark chocolate and mint morsels

Preheat oven to 325*

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, both sugars and vanilla in large mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in morsels.

Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 11 – 13 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then let cool on wire rack until completely cool.

Makes about 3 to 4 dozen, depending on the size of your scoop.

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Jordan and I enjoyed a couple straight out of the freezer today and they were amazing!

Cindy

Fashion Friday- Feeling Fancy

I recognize that the alliteration in that title is a little over-the-top, but it’s accurate. The things I picked for this week’s post range from sorta fancy to very fancy- perfect if you’re wanting to look especially festive.

Brocade Top

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Staring at Stars Dress

seeing starsWow. So gorgeous.

Becca Half Slip

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I really love how this slip looks- so pretty and delicate.

Along the Trellis Lace Dress

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Love this color.

Printed Chiffon Dress

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This seems more summer-y to me, but I still really like it.

Backstory Tee

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Fun and unique.

Cause for Cheer Embellished Dress

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Another gorgeous Christmas dress.

Jackson Meadow Ring

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Floral Lace Print Leggings

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These seem like the cuter alternative to wearing pajama pants out in public.

Jordan

The 100th Post!

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{From top, left to right. Click on blue numbers to view original post} 

1/ Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies 2/ Meet the Pets 3/ Corn Casserole 4/ Faux Banana Cream Pie 5/ Homemade Salsa 6/ Thai Pasta Salad 7/ Cinnamon Rolls 8/ Bean Salad 9/ Lemon Squares 10/ Kalua Pork 11/ Fresh Apple Cake 12/ Fashion Friday- Feeling a Little Winey 13/ Bruschetta Pizza 14/ Parmesan Pasta 15/ Snickerdoodles 16/ Best Blueberry Muffins

On April 18, 2013, we posted our very first recipe- S’mores Pie. And now, a short 7 months later, we are already posting our 100th post! Starting this blog has been an absolute blast- it’s so fun to hear about you guys trying our recipes!

Buying a domain, finding a photo editing program that improves our photos exponentially,  learning little tricks that make it easier for you to navigate the blog, and just coming up with creative ideas for post topics- it has been quite a learning process.

We’re looking forward to cooking more good food, posting about the silly things that are happening around here, and most of all, hearing from all of you. If you have any feedback or questions about our blog, feel free to leave us a comment, or email us at mydaughterandiblog@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for reading!

Cindy & Jordan