Happy Reality Check Monday, ladies! On this day, I give you affordable fall fashion ideas, fall recipes, and a little inspiration to keep our spirits high during challenging times.
FALL FASHION IDEAS
My new “more at home life” has opened up a need in my wardrobe for simple tops that look good with denim, say fall clothing, but work in warmer climates. When I saw this Animal Print V-neck Blouse at Chico’s recently, I immediately was drawn to the style and color…and thought this is perfect!
It was on a recent sale making it affordable for my shopping budget. I have only been looking for what meets the needs of my new life-style as I step forward out of a professional business life.
This necklace is a Goodwill San Antonio find from the recent Goodwill Accents Boutique which recently opened in San Antonio. I think it adds more fun to the look.
Everything else came from the closet. Now, here is a money saving thought, women sometimes by pass……
Men are much better than women to take their shoes to a cobbler for touch ups. But, since the pandemic, it might be time we learn to care for what we already own rather than making new purchases.
Now, I need new tall boots, however, my friend Leigh Anne recently took hers to a cobbler and here is what she got back. Beautiful new leather boots!! Great reminder to find a cobbler near you!
Leigh Anne also shared another recipe for us this week and it is on my calendar to make for Mr. B!
She found a recipe for Chicken Broccoli with whole wheat pasta and modified it slightly. Her version is pictured here and she said that she and her husband really liked it!
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN BROCCOLI ZITI
YOU WILL NEED:
- 3 tablespoons butter – divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil. (I will use my garlic infused olive oil…really into it right now)
- 1 pound boneless – skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½-inch strips. or use rotisserie chicken, chicken sausage or turkey sausage. ( I like cooking with the rotisserie chicken and will probably go that route).
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt – divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper – divided
- 1 small yellow onion – chopped
- 3 cloves garlic – minced (about 1 tablespoon)
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes – optional; or reduce to 1/8 teaspoon if sensitive to spice
- 1 14-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk – plus additional as needed. (Leigh Anne used almond milk)
- 6 ounces dry whole wheat ziti pasta or similar pasta – such as penne, rigatoni, or fusilli (about 2 1/4 cups). (I may use veggie pasta…I like it better)
- 1 medium head broccoli – cut into florets (about 3 cups)
- 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts in water – drained, cut into quarters, and patted dry. (Leigh Anne left out the artichoke hearts)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice – for even more lemon flavor, add the zest also
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese – plus additional for serving
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley – (I am growing Italian Parsley and will use it)
Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium high. Once the butter is melted, add the chicken and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper. Saute until the chicken is golden on the outside and completely cooked through, about 5 minutes. With a large spoon, remove the chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm. Set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the onion. Cook until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Do not let the onion brown (adjust the heat as needed if it starts to brown). Add the garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Slowly stir in the broth and milk. Bring to a boil, then add the ziti. Let the ziti boil for 5 minutes, then stir in the broccoli florets. Continue boiling until the ziti is al dente, about 5 to 7 minutes more. Stir often to make sure the ziti cooks evenly. If at any point the pasta looks too dry, splash in additional milk as needed.
Stir in the artichoke hearts, lemon juice, Parmesan, parsley, and reserved chicken. Taste and adjust seasoning as you like. Enjoy hot, with a sprinkle of extra Parmesan and parsley as desired.
If all of the pandemic news is getting to you, find something…just one thing…to do every day that puts a smile on your face at home.
My daughter took this picture of the sunset recently at her home in North Texas. The beauty of this time of year can be appreciated all around us.
Take the time to do that…whether it is enjoying a harvest moon or dinner on the patio. Treat yourself every day to something (one thing) that makes you smile.
I love being home more now….receive it as a blessing!
Thank you so much for being here, and make sure you always………………………………………………………………..
AN AFFORDABLE FASHION SLIDE SHOW!
By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I am provided gift cards to shop Goodwill San Antonio and then report what I find.