Pamela Lutrell in a fall Goodwill SA find on over 50 feeling 40

Happy Monday, everyone!  Monday has become the day when I give you ideas for ways to style affordable fall clothing, and cook affordable fall meals.  

This is also the day when I offer some encouragement for getting through these challenging times. 


Pamela Lutrell wears cable knit poncho from Goodwill San Antonio

I am so happy to start my week off with cool autumn breezes blowing in and blowing out the humidity.  I love it! So this cable sweater poncho is a great choice for going out and about.

Where did I get it?  My local Goodwill San Antonio! For $4.99.  One thing great about living in warmer weather climates is that many of the donated/thrift items are new or like new. 

We just do not have cold weather long enough to wear clothing out.  I was very excited when I found this poncho!  I will wear it often! Today, I am styling it with:

Talbot’s Pull On Jeggings

JJill’s classic white shirt

Aerosole camel flats (purchased on sale over the summer)

My new Patricia Nash handbag from Dillard’s (gifted for 10-year anniversary post)

I have owned the pin I am wearing for so long that I do not remember where it was from originally. 


Beef Stew Recipe on Over 50 Feeling 40


My good friend, Leigh Ann, sent this Beef Stew recipe my way.  She said it originated with her mother and that it is a family favorite…especially in the fall and winter.  Here is the recipe:

5 Hour Beef Stew by Leigh Ann


2 pounds of stew beef, cut into cubes

4 carrots, quartered

2 or more medium potatoes, quartered

2 stalks of celery cut into pieces

1 Medium green pepper cut into pieces

1 medium onion, cut into pieces


Place meat and vegetables in a heavy baking pan or casserole. Sprinkle over all 3 tablespoons of tapioca, 1/1/2 scant teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon sugar and a dash of pepper.  Pour over all ingredients 1 12-oz can of V-8 juice.


Cover with a heavy lid and bake at 250 for five hours…do not remove the lid while cooking.


I was really intrigued by this recipe, because it is very different from how I make beef stew…which is on stove top and includes the secret ingredient of All Spice.  But, I think I will give this a try and see what Mr. B thinks!

So, how do you make beef stew?  Let’s hear some ideas from this audience because you have already sent great ideas our way!!


Pamela Lutrell wears colorful shoes for fall

When planning your colorful fall styles, remember fun on your feet!  I picked up this pair of suede Cynthia Rowley flats a couple of years back at Marshall’s. 

I love to wear them in the fall.  You can just barely see that I have styled them with my military green pants on this day.  

Also, make sure your step out with your smile.  I know it has been a challenging year, but choose to enjoy the season’s gifts of color and refreshment.  Remember, autumn reminds us of the beauty in aging and this year reminds us that our normal life will return.

Second Spring Quote on Over 50 Feeling 40

Now, let’s wrap up with some fashion fun…….



Taking Juice Plus+ for seven years on Over 50 Feeling 40

There are several ways that I generate income through this blog in order to cover business expenses and give myself much needed income.  Purchases through the slideshow links is one way, ads on the page is one way and a new way is through ordering or re-ordering Juice Plus+ whole food capsules.  Please read my story and information HERE.



GOLI on over 50 Feeling 40

For everyone who agrees with me that Apple Cider Vinegar is great for the metabolism and other health benefits, then order your GOLI today.  Just go to my page at GOLI HERE.  




Chamonix on Over 50 Feeling 40

All natural, plant-cell technology skincare



By Pamela Lutrell

Disclaimer:  I am provided a small stipend to show Goodwill, but the looks and ideas are all my own.

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