It’s Everywhere!

Plaid.  It’s everywhere and I love it!

Maybe it’s my Irish/English/Scottish heritage that draws me to it.   Maybe it signifies Fall, warm clothes and coziness.   Maybe it’s because it is being featured everywhere in magazines and lifestyle TV for both your wardrobe and your home.

I’m not sure exactly what it is, but this year I am especially loving plaid. So much so, that I just bought this:

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and this:

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Both of these items are from Superstore – Joe Fresh.  The shirt fits great and surprise, it’s not grey!  Ok, well, there is a little grey stripe in the pattern, but it’s not entirely grey.  What surprised me was they were both predominantly red, which is so unlike me!

I wanted to use some plaid in the house to make things feel like Fall and I saw this sheet set, also at Superstore:

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They werent quite the right colours, so I didn’t buy it.  But I’m on the hunt for a plaid blanket for the family room in greys and blues – wish me luck.

Lastly, this is a bold move, but I saw this wallpaper and thought how fun would this be in a powder room or a rustic cottage bathroom:

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So that’s my plaid update this week.   Hope you have put some plaid into your life, too!

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Hello, Fall!

We haven’t done a Monday Listicles in a while, so when we saw this week’s topic, we couldn’t resist!

Who doesn’t love Fall ?  As I look outside my window at the sunshine and the ever changing leaves on the trees, I think it is my favourite season.

My sister and I are sharing this list and here are her top 5 favourite things about Fall:

  1. Sunny days with cool temperatures
  2. Leaves changing colour
  3. A fire in the fireplace
  4. Breaking out my sweaters and boots!
  5. Roasted squash soup

My top 5:

  1. The angle of the sun and the light it creates
  2. Clothes; plaid, boots, scarves, down jackets, vests, etc!
  3. More red wine than white
  4. Rainy days (yes, I did say that)
  5. Hockey

Hope all of you are also enjoying Fall wherever you may be!

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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.

Fall for Soup

The days are shorter, the weather is cooler and the leaves are falling.

This is definitely the time of year where my cooking style changes.  I lean towards warmer lunches and more comfort food for dinner.   I like to try and make different soups as they are quick, easy and a good way to get extra veggies into my family.  My husband has fond memories of his Oma’s homemade pea soup, and he also loves the pea soup my mom makes.  I have never made it, so thought I would give it a try.  I was surprised how easy it was!

I scoured a few of my cookbooks and a couple online recipe sites I use, and ended up using a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

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I love Jamie Oliver, his cookbooks and what he has done for educating people about the food they eat.  So, I figured his Pea and Mint Soup would be a good one to try.  All except the fact, that I didn’t have mint, but then again I have never had mint in my pea soup, so I figured it would be ok.  I wanted ham in mine, so I chopped some of the pre-cooked hams you can easily buy at the grocery store.

It required just a few ingredients and was so easy to make.  I actually did it in my crock pot on low for about 4 hours instead of on the stove.   All the ingredients were thrown in at the same time, and I blended it towards the end leaving some of the peas whole for more texture.   I don’t think there was any difference in the taste, and it was delicious!  My husband liked it a lot and even my kids thought it was pretty good (in a very small dose).

I would definitely make it again, omitting the mint.  After eating a few bowls of the soup, my husband said to me, “I don’t like peas, but I like pea soup.”  We have been together almost 20 years and I never knew he didn’t like peas.  You learn something new everyday!

Here is Jamie’s recipe:

Pea and Mint Soup
By Jamie Oliver

Serves 6-8
Prep and cook time: 30 minutes

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 ¾ quarts chicken or vegetable broth, preferably organic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ½ cups frozen peas
  • Fresh mint

Peel and roughly slice the carrots. Slice the celery. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Peel and slice the garlic.

Put broth in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Put a large saucepan on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add all your chopped and sliced ingredients to the pan and mix together with a wooden spoon. Cook for around 10 minutes with the lid askew, until the carrots have softened up, but are still holding their shape, and the onion is lightly golden.

Add the boiling broth to the vegetables. Add your peas. Give the soup a good stir and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Pick your mint leaves off the stems. (I used about 10, but Jamie doesn’t give an amount.)

When the peas have softened, remove the pan from the heat. Season with salt and pepper and add the mint leaves. Using an immersion blender pulse the soup until smooth.

Enjoy!

linking up with: The Jenny Evolution

50 Shades

It wasn’t the book, 50 Shades of Grey, but it was the 50 shades of grey in our wardrobes that made us start this blog.  It was Springtime, and we were coming off of a long Winter season of wearing too much grey.  I was personally tired of that look.   Fast forward 6 months and the weather is changing again.  It is quickly becoming Fall, and I find I am falling (get it, Fall-ing) back into old habits.

I can’t help it, but I’m wearing grey.   It started with a cardigan, then a sweater, Lululemon sweatpants, a tshirt, Toms, and Converse runners.  It’s easy and I am gravitating towards it like the rain on a cloudy day in Vancouver.  On a positive note, I’m trying to mix it up with coloured denim like this:

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I am remembering back to the Spring when my sister and I started our 50 day challenge.  It was a pretty easy time to ease the grey out of our wardrobe, but now that Fall is here?  Well, that’s a real challenge.

By no means am I suggesting we start a new 50 days of no grey (because I would fail miserably), but I am going to be watching how many shades of  grey I wear over the next few months.

 

linking up with: The Pleated Poppy and Get Your Pretty On

Fall Organizing

If January is a time of resolutions and fresh starts, and March is for spring cleaning, then September is the month of organizing.

I have been feeling the urge since the end of August to use my label maker, buy some baskets and clean closets.  Maybe it  was the post by Thrifty Decor Chick and how her house was being decrapified (love that word).  Read what she did here.  It is so inspiring!

I have been doing this on and off for months, but now I am way more motivated!  Fall is my season to decrapify (love that word) my house.   I have already accumulated about 4 small garbage bags of clothes, shoes, books, toys and random household objects.  All these will be donated to our local thrift store and I am excited knowing I will be adding more to my donation pile.

I have made a list of both indoor and outdoor projects that I would like to accomplish before November 30th.  Some of these projects are:

  • painting touch ups
  • finding a cabinet for the kids’ bathroom
  • storage solutions for our basement playroom
  • hanging pictures
  • planting bulbs outdoors
  • re-staining the deck
  • closets, closets, closets

The list goes on and on.  Wish me luck.

One of my first organizing tasks was my shoe closet.  I used to always remember what shoe was stored in what box.  Well, add a few years, 2 kids and I no longer have that skill.

Before:

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So, I decided to switch all my shoes into clear shoe boxes.  The shoe boxes were on sale at Canadian Tire for $1.24. I originally bought 6, but had to go back and buy more (of course…)

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After:

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This project was a quick win.   It took very little time, was low cost and now I can see my shoes.

And who doesn’t want to see her shoes ?  🙂

linking up with: The Jenny Evolution and Suburbs Mama and Thrifty Decor Chick