It seems like this week is going to be THE week to enjoy before Summer comes to an official close. I woke up and saw this picture from King5 News on my Facebook timeline:
Thank you Jesus!
As much as I’m looking forward to my uniform of leggings and boots and maybe jackets and pullovers, there’s nothing better than seeing one last week to rock out in short shorts (minus tights), to get in one last tan and drive around with the windows down to cool off from the heat. I hardly used my a/c in the car this Summer. I think I use it enough when it’s cold so unless I’m baking I won’t turn it on. And even then, once I cool off, it’s back to windows down.
I’m happy with the Summer we had here (weather wise) despite being sick for most of it but I still had a good one. The nights have begun to get shorter already but a nice evening stroll in the crisp air will be done almost every day this week. I’ll put my t.v. shows aside to take in the last bits of Summer. In terms of fashion, you can read about what I’m looking forward to here. I would like to experiment more with Fall recipes and I’ll share those as well.
I *really* hope that the temps just drop a bit and it remains sunny for some time. If it’s a sudden change to the gloomy, misty rain then I can see I won’t be moving from my couch very often during the day. That’s life in the Pacific North West… But school is back out. Fall clothing is everywhere. Pumpkin and figs and Halloween decorations and candies are on the shelves. I’m slowly beginning to like this time of the year but it can’t beat Spring and Summer just yet.
I’m just being thankful for what a wonderful year this has been so far. We’ve been to Florida, San Francisco, seen Rihanna in Concert, Dominica, home (Barbados), Norway, my sister visited, my husband’s family and college friends visited, went to two weddings and who knows what else is in store for the rest of the year?! My other blog is doing well and I’ve got an opportunity coming up with that that I’m very excited about. I got my camera to take more and better quality pics (and maybe videos) and I’ve been feeling more self-confident. I don’t know if thinking of Fall and Thanksgiving has me in this pensive mood but either way I’m grateful.
I’m *really* going to try to post more on this blog. I’ve fallen back on both blogs being so busy but I will definitely try to pick back up.
My husband has been craving pumpkin soup and since I can’t find pumpkin I decided to try a squash soup and see how it goes. I’m on a low-fat diet (per doctor’s orders) and I searched for a recipe to guide me on the Spark Recipes app on my phone. I roasted two chicken breast halves, with the bone, to shred and mix in. My soup came out a little sweet and the chicken but the chicken mellowed it out to the perfect flavor. This is what I came up with:
1 large squash
1 med sweet potato
2 granny smith apples
4 inches of ginger
1 med onion
4 cups low fat chicken stock
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Cut onion into eighths and cook it in the butter until it starts to turn a little brown. Add chicken stock, squash, ginger and sweet potato and cook on a med heat, stirring occasionally. When squash and potatoes are cooked, but not falling apart, add apples, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until apples are soft. Puree in blender and enjoy :).
As I said, mine came out a little sweet. You can replace the sweet potatoes for regular potatoes if you want or use one apple instead of two. I was just having fun with this recipe and I’m going to continue to try different ingredients with it. Since Fall/Winter is coming, I’ll definitely post any good soup recipes that I’ve experimented with that work.
Just the other day I was fretting about the presence of fall items when it was just beginning to feel like Summer here, but they’ve gotten the best of me! With every year that comes, I’m learning about the “must-haves” that one should have in their wardrobe for every season. This is just a quick post to share with you what’s on my wishlist – a few items that I should’ve had by now.
It is quite amazing that I do not have a pair of boots like this as yet. I was searching last year but my stick legs didn’t help much. I became rather frustrated and just gave up the search. I saw this pair in Nordstrom, I want to try them on to see if they feel comfortable and then I should hopefully have a pair.
I was surfing www.loveculture.com because I hadn’t been on there for a while and came across this hooded anorak. I fell in love. I don’t have any light, hooded, coats – again very strange considering I live in Seattle. This item is definitely overdue for me. Hoods are more practical than umbrellas because of this lovely misty rain, so I’m trying to collect more hooded coats/jackets when I am on the hunt for one.
Yes the Trench! I’m going for a stretch here and that’s why this item is a wishlist item. I visited the store with a friend and we tried them on, got tips on different ways to wear them and got an idea of the styles that suited our body shapes better. The Burberry Trench is considered to be one of the most classic items of clothing every fashionista should own. I’d consider myself a budding one because I cannot wrap my head around trying to obtain every single thing a true fashionista should own. But this coat oozes superiority in every aspect. If I do get one by the end of the year, you can be sure I’ll have a post on it.
What are your must-haves for the season? Let me know!