50 days of no grey

To try and wear no grey for 50 days……

What’s For Dinner?

It’s kinda sad, but I feel so accomplished when I use the slow cooker and am not scrambling to figure out dinner at 5 o’clock when everyone is hungry and needs to be somewhere. Tonight we’re going with pulled pork (couldn’t get any easier) which I will turn into sliders or tacos depending on what everyone wants.

I’m blending a Betty Crocker recipe I found online with a different recipe I found on 100 Days of Real Food. Here is the spice rub I put on the pork shoulder. It was pretty simple: paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme.

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It looks like this when you rub it into the meat.
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It sits on top of cut onion and I’m going to add a half-cup of water, set the cooker on high and let it go. Fingers crossed!

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Thoughtful!

Eleven years ago Oprah Winfrey featured initial charm necklaces by Helen Ficalora (www.helenficalora.com). I fell in love and treated myself to an S charm in honor of my first daughter. Since then I have added an E and have introduced a few more people, including my sister, to these charms. Several companies have since produced similar lines but I love that these were most likely the originals (at least as far as I know). I wear it every day on the original chain.
Recently I got remarried and my thoughtful sister sent me a gift to complement my charms and pay tribute to my new hub. Courtesy of Stella and Dot, she bought me a charm in his birthstone. I LOVE it!
Nice work, sis! She’s awesome.

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Fall for Grey or Grey for Fall ?

It’s hard to believe, but Fall is just around the corner.  Here in beautiful BC, we are still having summer weather.  The sun is a little lower in the sky and the morning and evening temperatures have a coolness in them, but the days are incredibly warm!

I’m still wearing cotton pants, t-shirts and even shorts during the day.  So, I can’t quite get my head around sweaters, boots and scarves just yet.  That said, I am seeing all lots of ads for Fall clothes; the plaids, blacks, jewel tones, and of course…grey!

The Bay and Banana Republic caught my eye with these:

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I love the looks I am seeing.  Grey and greige together look so classic and timeless.  There will definitely be a few new pieces in these colours heading to my closet in the next few months.

Looking back, I think there is a reason we did our 50 days of no grey challenge in the Spring, because it would be way too hard to try and not wear grey in the Fall.

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New School and What I Wore

What to wear to show up at my youngest daughter’s new school for pickup?
Should I revert to my old lululemon pants and a shirt or develop a new rep that doesn’t include the word sweatpants?
This is what we’re going with today:

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Love my Citizens of Humanity boyfriend jeans…probably a little too much. At least today I don’t look like a mom who dressed like she was going to workout but didn’t go near a gym.

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Wedding Wear

It has been a busy few weeks for those of us at 50 Days of No Grey.  The BIG news was…a wedding!!

My sister remarried just over a week ago and below are just a few pictures of the day.

First up of course, is what we wore.  I’m in stripes (from the Gap) and she’s the one in the wedding dress – isn’t she lovely?

 

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Their daughters looked great in their pale pink dresses all in different styles:

 

Lastly, the decor was rustic and simply elegant.

 

All in all, it was a beautiful day – Congrats!

 

linking up with: The Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty OnBecause Shanna Said SoMusings of a Housewife

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Old Navy, New Grey

I have to admit that lately Old Navy is surprising me.  Everytime I go in there (which is often), I find cute tshirts, well fitting shorts and reasonably priced summer dresses, not to mention the great clothes for kids.

But this time, I think they know me, I mean really know me. This email from Old Navy arrived in my in box last week:

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and then a few days later, this one arrived:

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Hello ?  If this isn’t a sign that I need a pair of grey jeans, then I don’t know what is.  I guess I had better go shopping because apparently, there is a shade of grey for everyone :)

 

linking up with:  The Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty OnBecause Shanna Said So

 

 

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Black, White or Orange ?

I’m usually a little late to the fashion party, and the maxi skirt is no exception.  However, a few weeks ago, I finally did arrive at the party with a newly purchased maxi skirt.  It felt great when I tried it on and I quickly bought it (before I hesitated and changed my mind).  For its trial run, I decided to wear it for dinner out with my husband last week.  It was a fairly warm evening, so I decided to go casual and picked a t-shirt to go with it.   True to my usual form, I played it safe and tried on a white tee and a long necklace.

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Since it was evening, I reached for my black shirt.IMG_6736

 

I kept the same long necklace and my new sandals from DSW (rumour has it they are coming to Canada!!) and with the simple change of t-shirt, I felt better.

Sometimes you just have to go with black and I’m glad I did.

My only exception is when you are looking for a pair of Native shoes.  These fun shoes are an alternative to those other rubber shoes, come in all colours and about four different styles.  My kids have been wearing them for a couple of years and this year I decided that I wanted needed a pair.  My hunt has taken me all over Vancouver and to no avail.  My size is SOLD OUT in every colour, except:

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BLACK!

Hard to believe, isn’t it?  The one time that I am not looking for black and that is the only colour I can find.  What does that tell you about how women wear fun shoes in Vancouver ?  ;)

I was tempted to buy them just so I could have a pair, but I held off as I am prepared to wait for the stores to restock.  I’m hoping to end up with a pair of turquoise blue or blue grey or yellow or orange ?

Maybe I should go with orange?  It’s the new black, haven’t you heard ?

 

linking up with: Musings of a HousewifeThe Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty On

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50 Shades update

This blog started almost 18 months ago and its sole purpose was for my sister and I to be mindful of what we are wearing, and to try and NOT wear grey for 50 days.  We have since moved past those 50 days and now write about lots of things.  The fact that our blog’s name name is similar to the popular 50 Shades of Grey trilogy is not unintentional.

The actual movie of 50 Shades has been filming over the past months and I see that just this week the production company has released a trailer.

For those that want a quick preview, here you go:

 

Although, I read the books, I got pretty bored half way through the second one.  The story has a theme and it sticks pretty close to it throughout all three of the books.  That said, it didn’t stop me from continuing on with the series.  Will I see the movie?  Probably?  Will I be there on opening night?  Not a chance.

But, I have to thank 50 Shades for helping us start 50 Days of No Grey.  And now back to our regular programming…

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Beer Can Chicken

I admit I am not a great cook and I am also dealing with not having an oven in
my kitchen right now.
However, I do have a BBQ and beer and therefore tonight we had Beer Can Chicken.
Sounds a little cheesy or South Park like? Well let me tell you something…it was delicious!

So simple! So Juicy!

Here goes:

Take a 4 lb whole chicken and remove the neck and giblets (gross). Rinse the whole thing and pat dry with paper towels

Season the inside and out with salt and pepper. Use your favorite spice rub on the outside of the chicken ( I didn’t really have one so I used Mrs Dash Grilling Blends for Chicken).

Open a regular sized can of beer and take a couple big gulps as the can only needs to be half full. Safeway only had Tecate beer available in single cans tonight so that’s what I used.

Set the can on a flat surface and place chicken on top as shown below.

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Cook chicken over medium-high indirect heat on BBQ grill for an hour then check it. No flame should actually touch the chicken during the cooking. It is ready when juices run clear when stabbed or when internal temp reaches 180 degrees F in the thigh or 165 degrees F in the breast.

Let it sit for another 10 minutes after removing it from the grill then carve and serve.

Future hub says while it was tasty and certainly moist (I hate that word) he thinks it might be easier to just buy a roasted chicken in the deli department. I say if I can cook a chicken that taste just as good if not better then I’ll definitely cook a chicken over a beer can again!

 

linking up with:  The Jenny Evolution

 

 

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Summer Chickpea Salad

We are having a bit of a heat wave right now and the heat is making me crave refreshing salads.  I had a version of this yummy salad at a friend’s and I have modified it slightly to suit our family’s taste buds.

It is full of protein and flavour and looks great, too!

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Chickpea Salad

  • 2 (19 oz) cans of chick peas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 package of cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • feta cheese (add as much as you like)
  • onion or scallions, diced (add as much as you like)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I used slightly less)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano.  Combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and pour dressing over and toss gently.  Add salt & pepper.

Try it – I hope you will like it!

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linking up with: The Jenny Evolution

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