Fashion Friday- In Case You Want a Gift for Yourself

Considering that most of us are in the throes of Christmas shopping right now, the chances that you’re going to want to buy clothes right now seems slim, but in case you’re looking for a last minute gift, here’s your chance to find it! Or, better yet, buy something for yourself, and label it from “Santa”- you’ll fool everyone 😉

All-Time Hike Bootie

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I really like the interesting zipper detail on these.

Magic Hour Printed Blouse

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This would be perfect during all seasons- great worn on it’s own, and even better under a jacket or blazer.

 

Need I Say Moor? Jacket

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I’m a sucker for a cute military style jacket.

 

Nestled in for the Night Cowl Scarf

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For the most part, I can’t figure out how to wear regular scarves, so cowl scarves (or “scarves for dummies”) are my favorite.

 

Peppermint Mocha Crochet Blouse

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This is so pretty- I can’t get over how gorgeous the color is.

 

Lace Overlay Maxi Dress

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Completely inappropriate for winter garb, but oh so pretty.

 

Greet Your Day Socks

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My favorite alternative to tights.

 

Edith Embellished Sweater

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Something about this sweater makes me absolutely love it.

Jordan 

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Easy Crockpot Lasagna Roll Ups

My Daughter and I- Easy Crockpot Lasagna Roll Ups. Click through for full recipe!

I love lasagna – it is one of my all time favorite dishes! This lasagna variation is hardly gourmet and I can barely call it homemade, but it was easy and delicious! I realized I had some ricotta cheese and a block of mozzarella that were almost passed their sell by date and I knew it was time to make something yummy! I dug through the pantry and found a box of lasagna noodles and a jar of spaghetti sauce. The recipe calls for two jars of sauce, but I had some leftover spaghetti sauce with ground beef in it, so I used it along with the jar of sauce. I threw this dish together in a matter of minutes – really! I cranked the crockpot to high and by the time we got home from church we had a delicious Sunday lunch to enjoy! I love days like that, don’t you?

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our growing edgeThis post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Christine and Kath over at Garden Eats.

 

 

 

Easy Crockpot Lasagna Roll Ups
Ingredients
1 box lasagna noodles
15 oz container ricotta cheese
1 16 ounce block of mozzarella cheese, grated
⅓ cup parmesan cheese
2 eggs
Italian seasoning
2 jars of spaghetti sauce

Instructions
Cook the lasagna noodles, al dente. I prefer my noodles to be firm. The noodles will cook a bit more in the crockpot. Drain and set aside.

Mix together ricotta cheese, eggs, half the shredded cheese, parmesan and 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning.

Pour one jar of spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker and turn on.

Lay the cooked lasagna noodles on a cutting board a couple at a time. Plop about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture at one end of the noodle and carefully roll up. Place the lasagna rolls in the sauce in the slow cooker vertically. Continue until the slow cooker is full, just a single layer. Don’t double stack the roll ups. The roll ups will expand a bit. I was able to use the entire box of noodles. Pour the second jar of sauce over the top of the roll ups and shake on some additional Italian seasoning. Top with the rest of the shredded cheese. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Serve with salad and bread.

I found this recipe on The Gunny Sack, and just made a few minor changes

 

Cindy

Soups and Stew and Chowder, Oh My!

I love to put a pot of soup on the stove and bake a loaf of homemade bread when the weather starts getting chilly. It’s so nice to get dinner all ready and have it just cooking away on the stove, that way you can get everything else cleaned up so once dinner time rolls around, you just have to serve it up. I also love how when you make a big pot of soup, it seems to feed a ton! When we had both boys living at home, soups and stews really helped stretch our grocery money. Below are several of our favorite soup recipes.

Pasta e Fagioli

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Tuscan Bean Soup with Kale

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Taco Soup

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Fiesta Chowder

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Crockpot Beef Stew

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Cindy

Fashion Friday- December Outfit Inspiration

Just a few fun photos to inspire your outfits this week! Hope you have a great weekend!

Flannel + Leggings- via

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The most comfortable combination ever.

Velvet- via

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Clearly, wearing velvet can go terribly wrong, but done right (see above!) it makes an outfit fun, different and perfect for Christmas time.

Statement Tights + Shorts- via

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I’ve been having fun recently mixing up my outfits by wearing summer-y clothes and making them work for slightly cooler weather. Shorts and tights are an easy way to do this- Target has some great options, for an amazing price. Urban Outfitters is always a favorite, especially for thigh high socks- the non-tummy-squishing alternative to tights 😉

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Layered, simple solids- always a great option for easy cute outfits.

Classic- via

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When we were thrift store shopping a couple of weeks ago, my mom found me this amazing herringbone blazer for $3. A total score, especially since it looks new. For some reason, this blazer reminded me of the thrift store find and made me want to wear it again very soon.

Mixing Prints- via

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Mixing prints can sometimes be a little tricky, but if you focus on simple backgrounds and color combinations, it can be quirky and cute.

Oversized Cardigans- via

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Men’s knit cardigans are my new favorite kind of sweater.

 

 

Casual + Sparkly- via

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Jordan

 

Mint Mania

I love chocolate mint! It’s always been one of my all time favorite flavor combinations! Over the years we have made several chocolate mint related desserts. We have compiled them for you all in one post, in case you were looking for something chocolatey and minty! This time of year I love making desserts like this to take to events or even wrap up to give to friends and neighbors. I hope you enjoy these delicious chocolate mint recipes.

Homemade Dark Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Jo-Jo’s

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Look at these beauties. Seriously- these are some of the best, easiest, yummiest treats.

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Plus, look how much prettier ours are compared to the Trader Joe’s version that we based them off of- no comparison 🙂

Winter Mint Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Cookies

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These are a great option if you’re wanting to bake something a little different in the Christmas cookie category.

 

Peppermint Fudge

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These are perfect treats to give as Christmas gifts- so pretty and delicious. We put ours in mini muffin liners, which was a fun, festive way to present them.

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Andes Mint Brownies

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Wow. My photography has clearly come a long way. These photos were taken back in April 2013- just look at the difference compared to the peppermint fudge pictures above- ha! Despite the picture, these brownies are delicious- an amazing twist on a basic brownie recipe.

What have you been baking (or cooking!) recently? We’d love to see your delicious creations! Upload a picture to Instagram and tag us @mydaughterandi and use the hashtag #mydaughterandiblog so we can take a look.

Cindy & Jordan