Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Gorgonzola

I have been craving Brussels Sprouts since I saw this recipe in my new cookbook Eating in the Middle by Andie Mitchell.  I’ve been talking about this cookbook nonstop since I got it and I want to share one last recipe with you.  This salad is perfect for fall with the apple, gorgonzola and bacon and the flavors blend together perfectly with the brussels sprouts.  I am already planning to make this dish for Thanksgiving!  It comes together quickly and is hearty enough for a light lunch and can be easily doubled.

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Recipe adapted from Eating in the Middle by Andie Mitchell

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It’s almost the weekend and Saturday is my youngest daughter Sarah’s birthday!  She turns 20 and I can’t wait to share the day with you!  Have a great day and please follow my on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

 

Fall Trend – White Boots

For years we have all been hearing about the fashion rule that says we shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day but that is no longer the case!  White can be worn throughout the year and white shoes are a huge trend for fall and winter!  Ankle booties paired with outfits appropriate for the season have been spotted on the well heeled everywhere!  Every retailer is offering their take on white shoes and they can be found at every price point.  White shoes can be worn all year long…wear them with shorts in the summer and skinny jeans and oversized sweaters in the fall and winter.  You just can’t loose with this trend.  

Scroll through these pictures of outfits with white boots and I’m sure you’ll be convinced that you need a pair for the upcoming season and beyond!  I’ve also included links for white boots at every price point!

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ASOS Leather Bootie

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Modern Vice Boots

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Sam Edelman Booties

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Chloe Ankle Boots

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Jeffrey Campbell Ankle Bootie (my favorite)

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Kendall and Kylie Platform Bootie

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Rag and Bone Bootie

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Rebecca Minkoff Leather Booties

What do you think of white boots and will you be getting a pair for fall?  Let me know in the comment box below and follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

 

 

Banana Bread Porridge Bowl

If you’re looking for a quick nutritions breakfast, look no further!  This oatmeal quinoa bowl has all the great flavors of banana bread but you can make in about five minutes and the nuts and seeds are great for your skin and hair because they are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin B!  It’s a delicious way to start the day!

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You can enjoy quinoa in a hot cereal with quinoa flakes!  They are combined with oats in this recipe for a nutritional punch!

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Recipe adapted from GOOP

I served the porridge in a bowl made by my daughter Rebecca Smith!

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This recipe is baby approved!  Hudson loved it!

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I doubled this recipe for leftovers in the morning and I’m looking forward to a healthy breakfast again tomorrow!

I would love to know what you think of this post!  As always, I welcome your questions, comments and SUGGESTIONS!  Please leave any comments in the box below!

Spicy Tofu Stir-Fry with Bok Choy

Quick and easy meals with leftovers that taste great the next day are what we are all looking for on busy weeknights.  This recipe for Spicy Tofu Stir-Fry with Bok Choy is another favorite from Eating in the Middle by Andie Mitchell.  The recipe can be thrown together quickly and it is so healthy and delicious that no one will miss the meat!  The sauce is absolutely delicious over the still crunchy vegetables and tofu!  Brown rice is the perfect addition to this simple stir fry and if you have a rice cooker, you can cook the rice ahead.

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Cook the tofu in a nonstick skillet until it is golden brown and crunchy.

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Add the snow peas and red peppers to the skillet and cook until starting to soften, but still crunchy.

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Next, add the bok choy, garlic, and ginger and saute for about 2 minutes.

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Everything goes back into the skillet with the sauce.

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Serve over brown rice.

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If you’ve never cooked with tofu, this is a great recipe to start with, just be sure to buy extra firm tofu!  You’ll love this recipe for vegetarian night.  I hope you’ll make it and let me know in the comments box below!

Thanks for stopping by the blog, I hope everyone is having a great week!  Follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

Styling Jeans and Booties

Today I’m showing different options for wearing jeans with booties!  Boots and jeans should be easy…we’ve all been wearing the combination for a while now, but with so many different leg widths, lengths, and boot styles it’s not as easy as it sounds.  It’s sometimes hard to figure out which shoes to wear with which jeans and whether to roll or cuff and how high.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you probably know that I mostly like to wear skinny jeans and it’s  because I think they look better with booties and I usually don’t have to have them hemmed.  I have recently gotten a pair of jeans that are not so skinny at the bottom to wear with sneakers and I’m also determined to pull out my flared and wide leg jeans and wear them more.

If you are wearing wide leg pants or jeans, based on the time of day a wedge or stiletto is the best option.  If you are naturally tall, you can wear a ballet flat or low heel that will make you feel like Katherine Hepburn.  The hem must slightly touch the floor to create a long and lean look.  High waisted wide leg pants can seem challenging for tops as well.  A look that’s been popular lately and one that I love is the “half tuck”.  The “half tuck” is perfect for tops that a bit long or voluminous.  Simply tuck the front of your shirt into your pants loosely.  It is also an amazing way to conceal a wide hip.

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Outfit details:  Mui Mui shoes (old but similar here), Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Citizens of Humanity jeans (mine are old, but similar here)

A slim cropped jean can be worn with an ankle bootie.  The lower the boot on the ankle, the more awkward it looks to tuck your jeans into them.  Try to keep a space between the jean hem and top of the boot.  You can achieve this by rolling the jeans once or twice.  Ankle boots and skinny jeans are the perfect combination that will never go out of style.

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Outfit details:  Mother Denim jeans, Steve Madden booties, Cabi shirt, Lush Jewelry necklace

This is a longer version of a skinny jean with taller ankle booties.  These jeans have a frayed hem that sits just above the boots.  Don’t try too hard to tuck your jeans into the boots, just let them bunch a little for an effortless, just thrown on look.  Make sure your jeans are skinny enough so they don’t bunch at the knee.

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Outfit details:  Loft shirt, Lush Jewelry necklace, Rag and Bone Booties, Joes jeans

The look below obviously isn’t booties, but I’ve had a hard time figuring out what to wear with these jeans because they aren’t flared or skinny, but somewhat straight.  These sneakers seem to be the perfect option and are right on trend.

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Outfit details:  Joes jeans, Joie sneakers

Some booties are wider at the top and are perfect for jeans that are rolled up.  Try rolling, cuffing or scrunching your jeans to hit right above where your bootie hits.  The look below is rolled twice.

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The look here is scrunched.

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Outfit details:  Rag and Bone jeans, Jimmy Choo booties, Cabi sweater, Rag and Bone tee, Chloe bag

Baggier cropped jeans or boyfriend jeans are perfect paired with a heeled ankle bootie.  The extra height of the shoe balances the fullness of the jeans.  Again, to provide balance, show a sliver of skin between the jean and the boot.  This shows off the thinner part of the ankle.

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Outfit details:  Cupcakes and Cashmere vest, old Rebecca Taylor blouse, Zara booties, J Brand boyfriend jeans

The key to making the skinny jeans and bootie look work is to make sure that your jeans aren’t too bulky.  You want the shape of your leg to show.

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Outfit details:  Rag and Bone booties, J Brand jeans, Lilla P tee (similar here)

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Outfit details:  Rag and Bone jeans, Sundry blouse via Mynt Boutique, Joie booties

My Favorite Things!

I cannot even believe that it’s already Sunday!  This week has flown by and this is the short version of my favorite things!  I had so many but these really stood out!

I love these new pictures from Hudson’s Birthday that Sara-Anne of Sara-Anne Photography shared on her blog this week!  It was such a happy day and she captured it beautifully!

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I love this picture of Lauren wearing her cute new dress from Pink Lola!

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Have you tried Baby Foot?  I’ll spare you the pictures of my peeling feet, but trust me when I say that they are very soft!  This exfoliant is amazing!

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We had the best margaritas with chips and dips at The Mission!

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Going to the Carolina Game on Saturday with Mr. Crazy, Sarah and Katherine McHugh!

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How cute are these two?!

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I’m loving these new necklaces from Lush Jewelry!

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This unbelievably beautiful painting by my daughter Rebecca Smith!

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What were your favorite things about last week?  Let me know in the comment box and follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

Game Day Bloody Mary’s

I love a good Bloody Mary and this recipe is so delicious with fresh tomatoes and lime and garnished with pickled okra and bacon!  Prepare the tomato puree and fry the bacon the night before and serve for brunch or pack into a quart jar and have a tasty addition to your tailgate menu!  I can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend!

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We love pickled okra in the South and Wickles is my favorite kind!  It is a little sweet and wicked hot!

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A Bloody Mary Bar on the front porch or at your tailgate is a great way to start the festivities!

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I like to serve Bloody Mary’s in mason jars because they have a wide rim, leaving plenty of room for extras like bacon and pickled okra!  Rim the glasses with a slice of lime and dip into a mixture of Maldon Sea Salt and Old Bay Seasoning.

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I skewered the bacon while it was still warm and pliable.

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The fresh tomatoes make all the difference in these Bloody Mary’s!

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  Mr. Crazy would like it if I could figure out a way to make these Bloody Mary’s Carolina Blue, but I don’t think that’s going to happen!

You definitely need to try this recipe and let me know what you think and follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

 

 

Drama In The Dressing Room at Mynt – Fall Edition

Welcome to Drama In the Dressing Room at Mynt Boutique!  Sarah and I went on Wednesday to Mynt in Durham to try on some of the new fall clothes!  It was such a fun way to spend a rainy Wednesday afternoon!  One of the things I love about Mynt is that the selection is so well edited, however, that is a problem because I want everything in the store!  Whitney Sandor, the owner, took such good care of us and picked out things for both of that she thought would be great additions to our wardrobes.  All of the pieces that are pictured can be purchased from Mynt!

Sarah and I arrived at Mynt ready to shop!  Sarah is wearing a dress by Splendid and I am wearing a Cupcakes and Cashmere Dress with a necklace by Ashley Wescott of Lush Jewelry.

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Our first outfits!  I’m wearing a Rebecca Taylor chambray jacket with a Marie Oliver top with a Gorjana necklace and my own straight leg Joes jeans.  Sarah is wearing a Rebecca Taylor sweater and Joes jeans.

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Close up of the Marie Oliver tank!  It has a soft suede feel and would be a great layering piece for fall!

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This is Sarah’s idea of helping me put on a choker!  I didn’t say choke me!!  I’m wearing a Rebecca Taylor blouse and a Cupcakes and Cashmere vest!  The vest and blouse are two of my favorite pieces.  Also both very versatile for right now and when the weather gets cooler.  I would also wear the vest with a short sleeve tee right now because it’s still so warm here.  Sarah’s dress is Velvet…so cute and soft!

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The choker is by SR Jewelry and is a Mynt Boutique exclusive!  I have been resisting the choker trend, but I really love this one!

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These Joie western inspired booties go with absolutely everything and are the perfect heel height!

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Rebecca Taylor sweaters!  They are classic!

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The embroidered dress on the mannequin is Cupcakes and Cashmere!

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A soft and comfortable flannel dress from Trovata paired with the Joie booties.

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Sarah is wearing a Feel the Piece tee shirt, Joie sneakers and a great vest that makes the perfect layering piece.  We both love the sneakers, so comfortable and cute with most everything and the lace up tee is a basic with a twist!!

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Always the clown!

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Straight leg Joes Jeans with Joie sneakers.  Sneakers are a huge trend right now and are being worn with everything from dresses to jeans!

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Sarah’s top is Amanda Uprichard (similar here).

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I love this Joie top with a SR Studio necklace!

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This teal green Marie Oliver Top is one of my favorites (have I said that about everything?)!  Sarah’s flannel top is Trovata.

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I has become a tradition to go across the street to NanaTaco after shopping at Mynt to have chips and margaritas!  If you haven’t been to Nanataco, you are really missing out!

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I have tried to give links to as much as possible in this post.  Mynt Boutique carries many items that are boutique exclusives, so if you see anything that you want, they will be happy to ship!  I am so excited to wear some of my new purchases from Mynt this weekend!  Be sure to check back and see how I wore them!

Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

LOVING MY NEW CABI CLOTHES!

Cabi is a women’s clothing company that brings stylish clothing collections directly to women through “The Cabi Fashion Experience”.  The company was founded by women for women and offers not only beautiful quality clothing but also flexible careers for women.  Cabi has thousands of stylists that bring the clothing collections into a home setting and provide a fun and easy way to build a beautiful wardrobe.  I was recently invited to a Cabi show hosted by my sister and met Michele Terry, our Cabi Stylist for the afternoon!  Michele showed us each piece and gave different styling ideas for them.  We sipped wine and shopped the afternoon away, trying on clothes and deciding which pieces we wanted to purchase!  I love the pieces that I got and they came in less than a week!  Michele also has a website where you can purchase Cabi clothing online.

The first Cabi piece is this fabulous black cardigan.  It goes with everything and will be a fall staple for me.  Sometimes cardigans can be boxy, but this one is fitted and hangs beautifully.  I paired it with a short sleeve white tee, jeans (both Rag and Bone) and black booties.  My choker and earrings were purchased at Mynt Boutique in Durham and my black bracelet is from Lush jewelry.  Keep scrolling to shop all of these pieces including the Cabi sweater!

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I was clowning around and this isn’t the best picture but it shows off my Cabi tee perfectly.  This tee has an asymmetrical hem and is so soft!  It goes right into fall paired with white jeans and Sam Edelman booties!  My necklaces are from Lush jewelry.

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This outfit is my very favorite!  I love the colors in the blouse and it truly can be worn year round!  It is beautiful with white, but I thought the Cabi olive green pants were better for the fall season.  These pants fit me so well and are very comfortable.

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Outfit #1 details:  Cabi black cardigan, Rag and bone tee (similar here) and jeans, Chloe bag, Jimmy Choo booties (similar here and less expensive here), black bracelet by Lush jewelry, Choker via Mynt Boutique

Outfit #2 details:  Cabi striped top, Joes white jeans, Sam Edelman booties, Lush necklaces

Outfit#3 details:  Cabi pants and blouse, Gigi New York bag, Dolce Vita booties, Lush necklace

I love my new clothes from Cabi so much that I’m hosting a show in November!  Let me know if you would like to be invited!  Thank you to Michele Terry for helping to sponsor this post and to Ashley Westcott for helping me to style these tops with her beautiful necklaces!

Follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog, Lush Jewelry @lush_jewelry and follow Cabi @cabiclothing for more styling ideas!

 

CHICKEN AND MUSHROOMS IN MUSTARD MARSALA CREAM SAUCE

I read about a cookbook called Eating In The Middle by Andie Mitchell on a blog the other day BUT, I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember which one!  I am grateful to the blogger who was introducing this cookbook because somehow I knew it was going to be a good one and I ordered it immediately (you should too)!  I was not disappointed!  This is one of the best cookbooks for great recipes with easy to find, yet wholesome ingredients that I’ve come across.  I am not just saying this, I own over 200 cookbooks and this one really stands out!  Let’s just say that I have a collection (or a problem)!  

When Eating In The Middle came, I immediately sat down and looked through every page and I seriously wanted to cook almost every single recipe!  I decided on Chicken and Mushrooms in Mustard Marsala Cream Sauce and it was easy and so very delicious!  Next, I’m planning to make Andie’s recipe for Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Apple and Gorgonzola!  It sounds like the perfect fall recipe! 

I will admit that I am not a photographer, and these photos don’t do justice to this dish, but trust me when I say that you need to make this!  It would be perfect for a dinner party with a salad and a light dessert!

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Sauce the chicken in a skillet until golden brown and cooked through.

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Saute onions and mushrooms.

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Add Marsala and chicken broth.

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Reduce the sauce for several minutes before adding cream cheese and Dijon mustard.

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I served the chicken right out of the skillet!

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Let me know if you try this chicken and if you order the cookbook!  Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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