Monday Outfit

I am off work today, so I’ll be dressed a little more casual as I run some errands, maybe go out to lunch. It’s warm today, so I picked a very springy and preppy outfit. Have a great week!

Monday Outfit

J Crew striped shirt
£50 – net-a-porter.com

Jack Wills skinny chino pants
$90 – jackwills.com

Sperry Top-Sider sperry top sider shoes
$90 – bloomingdales.com

Kate spade jewelry
$88 – couture.zappos.com

Kate spade jewelry
$58 – endless.com

Fluevogs

I went to an all girls parochial high school and every day wore the same thing – green plaid skirt, white collared shirt, green or white tights. Boring. To differentiate ourselves, we all (well, some of us) wore wild, colorful shoes. I was a fan of John Fluevogs because they were chunky, colorful, and on the brink of being inappropriate – perfect for my high school wardrobe!That said, I recently saw an ad in a magazine for the John Fluevog Spring campaign and can I say – I still have affinity for their chunky, colorful shoe style. Here are a few of my favorites from this season:

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You can buy them on their website or locally, at their store on Newbury Street in Boston.

John Fluevog foldable shoes
$305 – fluevog.com

John Fluevog buckle shoes
$299 – fluevog.com

John fluevog shoes
$289 – fluevog.com

John fluevog shoes
$269 – fluevog.com

John Fluevog high heel shoes
$219 – fluevog.com

Amanda
$239 – fluevog.com

 

Enuf is Enuf

I thought I would share my favorite nail polish color of the moment – enuf is enuf from Essie. I love that it’s red with a slight hint of coral to make it a little springy. Can you tell I have spring fever? I am so happy to be having this warmer weather this week!!

Tomato Soup

Who doesn’t love tomato soup? There is no better match to a grilled cheese sandwich!

We made Gwyneth’s tomato soup a few weeks ago and it was delish. You slow roast tomatoes ahead of time and then add them to the soup at the end so the soup ends up being a little bit chunky, which I loved. We snazzed up the meal and served with a little toasted bread sprinkled with cheese and placed under the broiler to melt the cheese. So. Good.

Slow Roasted Tomato Soup
from My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow
Slow Roasted Tomatoes
12 tomatoes (plum, beefsteak or heirloom), quartered, stems removed
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
olive oil
Kosher salt
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Line a 18×13 jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Place tomatoes skin side down and drizzle with olive oil until all tomatoes are covered. Drop unpeeled garlic cloves randomly around the sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle everything generously with salt. Roast for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until tomatoes are shriveled, but still juicy. When done, allow the pan to cool and pop the roasted garlic out from the skin and reserve for the soup.
Slow Roasted Tomato Soup
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil (or more as desired)
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 fresh, large basil leaves
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with juices
1 recipe slow roasted tomatoes, with the garlic roasted with them, removed from the skins
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Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for two minutes, stirring so that it doesn’t burn. Add the basil leaves, roasted garlic reserved from the roasted tomatoes, tomatoes and juice, and 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring the soup to a boil for 1 minute, then reduce the heat to low and simmer it uncovered for 40 minutes. As it simmers gently break apart the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. After cooking stir in the slow-roasted tomatoes with any juices and season with salt and pepper. Simmer everything together for 5 more minutes and serve hot. Sprinkle with Romano cheese if desired.

We made it “creamy” by adding a little bit of milk at the end.

Enjoy!

Taco Night

Taco night is a universally loved meal for dinner, wouldn’t you agree? So on a recent ski trip long weekend when we were trying to think of something to make for a group dinner, we thought – tacos! But, instead of the typical “seasoning pack mixed with ground beef,” we decided to make beef barbacoa from scratch.

Beef Barbacoa
from http://www.epicurious.com
1 ½ to 2 Lbs beef brisket
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
1 C chicken broth
¼ C red wine
2 Tbs lime juice
1 ½ Tsp dried ground cumin
1 Tsp dried ground oregano
1 sliced and deseeded jalapeno
3 Tbs cilantro
1 large thickly sliced onions
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2 Tbs olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a Ziploc bag. Marinate meat in all ingredients overnight or at least for 4 hours in refrigerator; turn bag over at least once while marinating. These ingredients can be frozen but needs to be completely thawed before cooking.Heat 2 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the brisket well on all sides, making meat caramelized but still raw in the middle. Place the browned meat in crock-pot. Combine all marinated ingredients from bag in to the Crock-pot; cover and cook for 8 hours on LOW or 5 to 6 hours on HIGH, or until the meat is fork-tender and can be easily shred with a fork.

We served in taco shells with all the fixins…enjoy!

Leggings

Leggings are so cute on little girls, so when I came across this website, I thought I would share. Polkadot What allows you to design your own leggings! Their motto is “Create what you want” and on their website you certainly can. You pick your “first leg” design from 3 options, then your “second leg” design from 2 options…and voila – you’ve “designed” your own leggings. Sizes start at 2T so I’ll have to wait a couple years to buy them for our baby girl, but here is what I would order…

And here is another design option styled into an outfit…