Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lumberjack Chic & Buffalo Plaid

I've noticed as the weather gets colder I seem to dress like a lumberjack. Lumberjack chic?

I learned today that this particular plaid pattern is called "Buffalo Plaid". Some note the first shirt with this broad, two color, checked pattern was produced by Woolrich around 1850. Woolrich is in Pennsylvania, and I have been there several times. I can attest that they have a boatload of Buffalo Plaid there.

The history seems to go back a little further to the Rob Roy tartan of Clan MacGregor in Scotland. One of the clan descendants settled in Montana and traded blankets with the pattern for buffalo pelts - thus the name.

Aaron got me this outfit! I wasn't sure if I would like skinny cords or not... it seems contradictory, but I love them!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Roasted, roasted, roasted

When it turns cold all I want to do is roast vegetables. I didn't care for them when I was a kid but now I loved ROASTED BEETS. Here is a trick - roast them with the skins on and use a paper towel to rub the skins off after roasting. They come right off - like magic!

I picked up a variety bunch of beets at Wegmans and after roasting they looked like ombre beets.

Those beets went right into a salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts and a balsamic reduction dressing.

Other veggies I have roasted recently... ROASTED SWEET TATEYS.

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH. which I whipped into a soup in the Vitamix.

Remember the roast chicken? (oh yes, I like to roast meat too)... in the background sits a ROASTED ACORN SQUASH. I find myself standing in the produce department of Wegmans looking for my next roasting victim.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Critter leggings for fashion and warmth

With this cold weather, I'm turning cozy up to eleven. I found these fox sweater leggings at Target. It's like wearing a sweater... on your legs.

Leave it to me to find multiple articles of clothing with critters on them. Another pair of leggings found at Target, this time with rabbits and again, foxes. The foxes are a little hard to see.

Note the "find a great pair of shoes and buy them in multiple colors" habit strikes again. These booties... in black suede.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow ready.

We spent yesterday afternoon outside "winterizing" the yard. We put away lawn furniture, flower/veggie pots, lawn oraments and wind chimes. Aaron raked leaves, emptied the rain barrel and stirred the compost. As if on cue, this morning we woke up to snow.

I was so glad we did the work and was relieved the yard was ready for the snow... but my head wasn't ready for it. Seemed like it could have waited until December.

The flowers still had a bit of color.

Not all the leaves had been sucked up and carried away.

And the pugs don't have their winter gear out yet.

So glad we got the yard ready for winter weather yesterday. I'm not ready for the snow mentally though.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Have bowl, will eat.... chili

Last night was the Chili Cookoff at Genesee Center for Art and Education. A ticket gets you a ceramic bowl of your choice and samples of chili from 17 particpating restaurants. There are lots of bowls to choose from and it take awhile to find just the right bowl... your bowl of destiny.

I was there early because I was working the bar (believe it or not - don't get too excited, I was just opening bottles of beer) and I spied my bowl right away. It had a handle! Aaron got a really cool bowl with a nifty foot.

After my volunteer shift, I got to join my friends sampling chili. There were spicy ones, sweet ones, smokey ones...

We had a lot of chili.

Maybe too much chili!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Storychick at TedXRochester

I spent the morning at TedxRochester which is always an inspirational experience, but this morning it was expecially exciting as my friend Aprille was the first speaker. She talked about stories, storytelling and how stories can build up Rochester. Check out her work at Storychick.

Aprille did a great job and I was so proud of her hard work. Glad I got to see her and other people that are making a difference in Rochester.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Klout Perk - Fair Trade Faves

There were a lot of interesting goodies in this Klout Perk box that came for Fair Trade month. I was surprised to see some of my favorite brands had Fair Trade products. I love Celestial Seasonings tea, but it was my mom who latched onto the Celestial Seasoning's Organic Green Tea right away. The Barkthins and Larabar made great snacks. Who doesn't love/need tote bags and this Prana one is sturdy and cute. I plan on sharing the Near East Quinoa with my friend Aprille who LOVES quinoa.