Hello and thanks so much for visiting! I hope you are all doing ok and staying at home if you don't have to be out. I'm finding plenty of stuff to do to keep me occupied and I try to get the kids (teens) involved in many of the daily activities around the house. They are getting a few assignments from teachers but nothing is required here in our disctrict at this point, however I am very happy that they are deciding on doing them anyway. I've also had them more involved in cooking and general housekeeping. (I usually do these things when they are in school during the week - At the end of this post I've shared some of the things we've cooked in case you're looking for some ideas.) Earlier this week we finally got all the oak leaves raked when we had a sunny day. Now if we just had some warmer weather again...
As I mentioned in my latest blog post
, I am trying to keep my home life as normal as possible while following the government guidelines, that means I will continue to blog as long as I have something relevant to my blog to share about.
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For this week's style post I'm sharing a typical (to me) spring outfit - blue jeans, stripes and a thin jacket. Of course this outfit works just as well in fall, although our fall days here in the midwest are usually either warm where no jacket is needed or too cold for a thin jacket like this one.
My utility jacket was purchased at Rue21
a couple of years ago. Another one of those days when I took my daughter shopping and I ended up finding something for myself. I'm not used to shopping at Rue21 and that was the only time I ever shopped there, but I had to size up in this jacket as my usual size was way too small. My exact jacket is no longer available, this olive green utility jacket
from Target looks very similar.
If you've been following my fashion posts, then you might remember seeing this striped top before when I styled it with gray skinny jeans last fall. You can see it here
if you're interested.
The tasselled sweater was purchased last fall from LOFT and is no longer available, but I found the same style of sweater
in navy. Then this sweater
is similar in the colors but a litte bit different style. By the way, LOFT is currently offering Free Shipping and Free Returns
until through March 31st. Use code EXTRA
Options from LOFT below...
My crossbody bag is by Nine West (similar option
) and my booties are by Miz Mooz, the same style I've shared in this recent outfit post
, but in black. While they are lace up boots, they do come with a practical zipper in the back as you can see on the picture above. As mention in a recent post mine came from Nordstrom. While no longer available there, Miz Mooz still has a couple of sizes left directly from their site, otherwise you can find them on Amazon. These are the Lennox style. But now that spring is here, I will be putting these boots away until fall.
These jeans are my AG skinny jeans I got from eBay a few months ago. I would have preferred a mid rise over these lower rise jeans, but missed that detail when I bought them. Still, they are my current go to jeans. I'm sure most of us don't feel like clothes shopping at the moment, but I did notice some great choices
of AG jeans at great prices (compared to the original price) at Nordstrom Rack.
So before I sign off for today, I wanted to share the things we've been cooking ....nothing fancy or special, but favorites that I hope my kids one day can cook by themselves because I know how nice it is it to be able to re-create meals from the childhood.
We made French Toast
. I don't follow a specific recipe but I make mine similar to this one
(minus the nutmeg and vanilla - I like things plain :-). My son and hubby eat theirs with maple syrup, I love mine with plain granulated sugar and my daughter eats hers with powdered sugar. You can always add some sort of fruit or cinnamon, but we don't usually.
We also made Semolina Pudding
(ate it for breakfast). Again, I have no recipe, but it's similar to this recipe
. (Please note, this is a single serve recipe. I always make enough for 4, use regular granulated sugar and I also add one egg.)
We made Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. I just follow the instructions on the box of Old Fashioned Oats, then add a couple of diced apples, sugar and cinnamon.
For lunches we made Old Fashioned Cabbage and Noodles with Kielbasa
. I found this recipe
a few years ago from Pinterest and we all love it. I don't use chicken stock, and use just water instead.
We also made Potato Salad (without mayo - we don't eat mayo). I just make mine with peeled boiled potatoes - sliced, sliced sweet onion and a simple oil, vinegar and salt dressing.
We made Pork Chop Sandwiches with thin cut pork on steak roll I buy from Walmart. ( I ususally keep a bag of these rolls in the freezer.)
We also made simple Homemade Pizzas. I love using Aldi's Artisan Flatbreads for the "pizza dough". This is another item I usually keep in the freezer for when we want to make pizzas.
Today we're going to make Potato Soup
with ham shanks. I again don't have a specific recipe but this one sounds similar
. As usual, I don't use any chicken stock or broth and I use water instead. To me the soup get enough flavor from just using the vegetables and meat, but everyone's tastebuds are different and you may want to use the chicken broth instead.
Still have some some frozen Salmon Filet left and frozen veggies and things to make a pot of Chili, but will definitely need to get to the grocery store this weekend. It's crazy how one full cart of groceries is just enough for a week....
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