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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hello, Fall!

I am so over summer.  Now, don't get me wrong, I am a warm weather kinda gal.  I mean, hell, I grew up in the Mid East and the Caribbean, for Pete's sake. The closest I came to the change of seasons was watching It's a Wonderful Life on a bootleg betamax video. So, moving to the the Southeast US has at least allowed me to enjoy damp and hot as well as damp and chilly. But right now? Right now, I am sick of my warm weather clothes.  You know what I'm talking about.  The way you feel when you go into your closet after your morning shower, stand there in your knickers, and feel your shoulders slump at the prospect of putting on those damn shorts one more time. Or that tank. Or anything that you've worn in the last 4 months.  I've even threatened to just go in my lingerie.  I mean, it is always lovely, and it's perfect for 100+ degrees, but there might be an awkward moment or two with the neighbors and their kids. 

But today, my lovelies, it won't go above 80! Hallelujah, no shorts! I am experimenting with a new way to do the outfit of the day on the blog, so bear with me.  I suck at photography, but at least this way I am showing you my actual clothes, rather than an internet grab of them.  I feel like this is more genuine, and much easier than trying to find what I own online.

Jeggings: Loft
Boots: Just Fabulous (a monthly shoe subscription website)
Scarf: Buckle 
Purse: Franco Sarto from TJMaxx

I like this look because it is very casual, yet still has enough of an edge to keep interest.  No, you don't have to be a stick figure to wear this.  I am a fit person, but just like everyone else there are bits that I don't like to emphasize.  Surprisingly, the balance of the form fitting jeggings and the loose, boyfriend style top works well to do exactly that.  The deep v of the top shows a bit of skin (even a hint of lingerie if you are small like me) without looking trashy. And the boots, well, you know I'm gonna have a heel, but you could just as easily pair this with a great pair of flat boots.

Now in honor of the less miserable temperatures, it's time to break out a great chili. When my husband and I were in college, we were vegetarians.  We still eat many meatless meals, and this chili is one of our favorites.

Meatless Layered Chili: (makes enough for 12 people)

1 T. olive oil

1 c. onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, finely diced

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 14 oz. cans pinto beans

2 14 oz. cans kidney beans (light or dark, your preference)

2 14 oz. cans black beans

2 T. chili powder

2 t. cumin

1 t. salt

2 t. dried oregano

2 t. cocoa

1 t. hot sauce

Heat oil in large stock pot.  Add onions and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Add garlic and continue cooking for 2 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for at least one hour, stirring occasionally.

In bowls, layer with corn chips, cheese, sour cream, diced green onions, or whatever you love. Easy peasy and so delicious!

If I must be honest, the reason why I made the pie was because I cleaned out the fridge and realized I had 5 granny smiths that needed to be used and fast.  So, it was pie time!

This is the same pie crust recipe from my Way to a Man's Heart post.

Pie Crust:

For the crust: (Don't be tempted to use a store crust, it's just not the same.  They taste like cardboard.)

1 c. shortening

2 2/3 c. all purpose flour

1 t. salt

8 + T. cold water

Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add shortening. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut  the flour and shortening in together until the particles are the size of small peas.  Add water a tablespoon at a time, and tossing with a fork until all the flour is moistened and pastry cleans the side of the bowl.  Add more water if necessary to achieve this.

Gather pastry into a ball and split into two halves.  Tear a sheet of wax paper about 12 inches long and sprinkle with flour.  Place one half on the wax paper and roll out to desired size for pie pan (it should be about 1/8 inch thick).  Invert onto pie pan and trim.  Repeat for the top sheet of crust.

Apple Pie Filling:

5 large granny smith apples, cored, peeled and sliced

1/4 c. all purpose flour

3/4 c. sugar

1 t. cinnamon

1 t. freshly ground nutmeg (trust me it's so much better than the pre-ground kind)

3 T. butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.  Add apples and stir well to coat.  Pour into crust lined pie pan. Dot with butter and seal with top crust.

Bake for 40-50 minutes. Dust off your apron and feel like a sexy June Cleaver, 'cause that's what you are, my lovelies!



  1. Hi! You should come to Florence during Pitti, I'm sure you'll love it! ;-) fashion&Food! perfect!!! Simona

  2. Love the combination of style and food you bring to every post :) Totally dig those boots! And the apple pie and chili recipes too! Keep em coming!

  3. Glad you enjoyed the post, Swati! Thanks for the kind comments!

  4. what is your email. I would like to send you a photo. my email is