The Best Fall Soups

Soups, wonderful soups.

And by soups I clearly mean those made in the crock-pot. Or is it slow-cooker? Are those the same thing? Whatever….

Since I make soup in my crock-pot/slow-cooker at least once a week, but usually twice I thought I should share my favorites.

Seriously though, I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to soups….my love is deep rooted.

Best Fall Soups

Now these are all tried and true recipes I’ve made myself. So don’t worry, an idiot could get these right!

The first is my absolute favorite that I make several times throughout the season.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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This is actually one of my recipes. I was supposed to be making just chicken noodle soup that night when I decided to see if I could turn it into the Progresso pot pie soups JB loves so much.

I’m happy to say mine turned out better then the canned version. Make this soup now. You’re welcome.

I actually just recently used cream of mushroom and added different veggies to switch it up a bit and it still turned out bomb.

Lasagna Soup

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Oh my yum guys. I don’t adhere to the whole low carb thing obviously. And while I normally don’t eat red meta all that often, I do like to venture from chicken every now and then. JB thanks me for it.

This soup is so delicious and warm and you need it in your belly right now. Such a filling soup too, no sides needed.

It’s also another good one to sneak extra veggies into.

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Zuppa Toscano

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This was my, I’m trying to be fancy soup.

I don’t even really know how to say it correctly. I do know how to eat it though. Eating food is something I excel at…..

Anyway, despite the fancy name, this soup is so Fall it’s ridiculous.

Again, another red meat soup, but when you’re dating a Portuguese man who loves all the spicy foods you give him all the spicy foods.

Correction, you make the food how you like them, with only a little black pepper, and then he adds Sriracha, hot sauce, and any other number of spices to burn his taste buds off.

To each their own right?

Chicken Parm Soup

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via Foxes Love Lemons

I made this one purely because one time a very long time ago, long enough that he doesn’t remember it, JB told me Chicken Parm was his favorite meal.

I have since then made approximately 72 versions of it. And each time I proudly proclaim, I made your favorite meal and he says, “what?”

But even if he doesn’t remember telling me these things I still hold on to it like it’s the gospel truth and make his things like chicken parm soup.

It’s amazing so neither of us are complaining.

Corn and Potato Chowder

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Who doesn’t love chowder?

I love corn and JB loves potatoes so of course this one was a no-brainer.

Again, I always add extra veggies to kick up the nutritional value. Plus unless I trick him JB is like a child and doesn’t eat his veggies.

So there ya have some of my very favorite soups to make!

And by make I mean toss into a crock-pot/slow-cooker and come home to dinner. I’ll make an awesome wife one day 🙂

Do you have any favorite fall staples for dinner?

Are you in a relationship with a kitchen appliance?

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Small Town Fall Festival

Welcome to Wednesday Friends!

I finally got around to editing my photos from over the weekend. Not because I was too busy to do it of course. I only had a few episodes to go in the final season of Drop Dead Diva which of course took precedence over anything else in my life during my free-time. I’m what you can call a prioritization juggernaut.

Really the fact that I even have photos from that day is a victory. I usually either forget to take pictures, am too shy to ask anyone to take photos for me, or just plain forget my phone at home. It happens more often than I’d like to admit. I think my current record is having to turn back around three times for forgetting something. I’ve really got my ish together ya know?

Fall Festival

I was attempting to show you how awesome the solo cups I DIY’d into pumpkins looked on the trail but when the Sun was up you couldn’t really tell, as it got darker my photos turned out hazy like the one above and you still couldn’t tell, and once it got dark my phone couldn’t get a good photo. So this is what you’re left with…..

I am proud to report that I walked the haunted trail at least 7 times and was only scared for the first few. After that the kids knew when it was me and stopped trying to scare me. The final run through I filmed a few of the creepier scenes and got scared again but ya know, I’m alive and well so it all worked out 😀

So in case those last few sentences were confusing, or y’all just didn’t know, I’m still working a few hours a week at my local YMCA over some of their youth programs which includes the Teen Group aka Leaders Club. I’m the leader of the Leaders Club. So yea, Adulting.

I was also on the committee for the Festival, Though mostly because I had nothing else going on in my life at that point, not because I possess creative prowess. Oh and because there was free pizza at the meetings….thumbs up!

My portion didn’t happen until that night though so I convinced JB to come with me and invited his sister and family. We missed out on the hot air balloon rides by the time we got there but rumor had it that it was a bit too windy anyway so not many people go to do that.

I think the bets part was watching JB’s niece run around after the mascots. Here she is meeting one of her heros. No warm hugs were given though, she got scared as soon as Olaf got too close for comfort. Comfort levels are a bit different when you’re only  2 feet tall I guess. I wouldn’t know, I’ve always been at least 5 feet tall, just look at my awkward elementary school photos…..

Ty and Olaf

As obsessed as she is with Frozen (specifically Elsa), Elmo was probably her favorite. It took about 7 encounters before she would actually give him a high five and then two more for a hug, but when you spend an entire hour following him around, it wasn’t hard to “run” into him.

Also I don’t know if you can tell but she’s wearing an Elsa dress under her dinosaur hoodie. That kids got style and she’s already cooler than me.

She also went in a few of the bouncy houses and tossed some rings at the carnival games. At one point we (TY and I) challenged “Uncle” (JB) to a relay race and I thought I was gonna eat dirt after the dizzy bat portion. JB’s Brother in Law got it all on film but I have yet to see it so until I can, you don’t get that hilarious video of 6’5 JB racing 2ft tall Ty as I tip-toe behind her on the balance beam.

Our last stop was the pumpkin patch of course. Scratch that, Ty rode a pony and cried when she had to get off, but happy again when she got to pick out a pumpkin and leave with a goody bag. I think her dad was more excited though because he immediately pulled out a DumDum and ate it. That’s called Parenting done right.

Ty and Pumpkin

The pony ride definitely got the biggest grin you’ve ever seen. I think we all know what she’ll be asking for for the next decade of her life. You’re welcome for introducing that to her 😉

I did snap some “family” photos of everyone too but since she’s not my kid I don’t like sharing too much of her here. Judging from these photos, just the back of her head is. If you were to steal my phone and look through my picture roll you’d think she was my kid though. Or you’d think I was a creeper, which JB says I am so I’ll let you make up you own mind about what to call me.

I’m just gonna leave you with this photo that near about melted my heart to see….

JB and Ty

Seriously a kid and her Uncle may be the cutest thing ever, second only to a Dad and his little girl. specifically if that dad is my husband and the daughter is mine. I imagine that’s a pretty heart melt-y moment.

Have you been to a Fall Festival in your area yet?

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How to Beat Football Widowry

Have you ever heard of a Football Widow?

It’s a thing, and I assume it could apply to any sports season your S.O. is really into.

Anyway, a Football Widow is “someone who has to deal with the temporary death of her relationship during football games.” So says Urban Dictionary. And ladies, we’re only at Week 7, which takes us to about the half way point so let’s buckle down and figure out how we’re gonna make it through the playoffs together.

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Girls, you know the struggle I’m talking about. Trying to get your guy’s attention when there’s a football game on the screen. Competing for his eye contact when there’s a QB tossing a pigskin on in the background.

If you’re lucky his attention is only taken for one game. One shining team that has his heart and soul. One enigmatic team that takes up every one of his waking thoughts. One set of players that he knows their stats going back to when the entered the league. For me and mine that team is the New England Patriots. That means every Fall I’m in a relationship with JB and Tommy B himself. Although if I have to share JB with someone I suppose there are less good looking options out there…..probably not less dorky ones though….

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JB sends these to me on the reg……I don’t care if you love him or hate him, Tom Brady is one dorky white guy on the top of his game. #hatersgonnahate

Back to the real issue at hand….

If you’re not quite as lucky, your football widow-ry isn’t limited to just one team. For most, football is football and it doesn’t matter who is playing, your man will be paying more attention to how many yards are run than your brunch plans for the two of you. It’s a sad truth. I really don’t know how men prioritize their thoughts, but food is never far from the forefront of mine.

Anyway, this dilemma can sometimes bring tension into a relationship. Fights, silent treatments, “woman bring me a sandwich” moments. If this sounds like you, then look no further to the answer to your problem.

How to Beat Football Widowry

>> 1 Make Snacks! This might sound like the most cliche option possible, however if you’re anything like me you actually LIKE making snacks. I honestly make it a contest with myself and try to one-up my previous snack from the week before. I judge myself based on how many compliments I get. JB and I usually spend Sunday afternoons with friends watching all the games so there’s plenty of people around to boost my ego. I thrive on being better than everyone else so it’s an easy win-win for me. *shoulder shrug* 😉

I tend to stick to more dessert-y treats, but one of my favorite snacks were some pumpkin spice pretzels. Basic but delicious.

Snacks not your thing? move on to #2!

>> 2 Try Playing Fantasy. This is the first year I’ve ever played Fantasy Football and it had single-handedly improved my relationship with JB. I’ll admit that I’m still your typical girl who knows not that much about football. Wait, I’ll amend that. I know about the Game of football, but don’t ask me to name players and list their stats. All of which is pretty integral to being successful at fantasy football. However, JB also plays Fantasy, so now instead of him just talking at me, I can join in the conversation and excitement of the game.

Plus it makes the games way more interesting if you’ve got a player fro your fantasy team playing, or an opponent you’re facing. Trust me on this one. Give yourself a reason to be invested in the game.

Hate sports? Move on to #3!

>> 3 Don’t Make Him Choose. If you don’t listen to anything else I say, pretty pretty please listen to this. Do. Not. Make. Him. Choose. Between. You. And. Football!!! Seriously, you’re setting yourself up for a fight and inevitable failure. I’m not saying your man doesn’t love you. And I’m certainly not saying that he loves football more than you. However, think of some hobby, or interest, or anything that is your favorite thing to do outside of your relationship. Now imagine that right in the middle of doing said thing, your guy wants to talk about football or power washing the driveway, anything you could care less about. How do you feel now?

Maybe I’m the only one and you’re better than me and don’t get all annoyed. Good for you June Cleaver. But the rest of us normal people should understand.

Make it easier on yourself and your inner rage-y feelings and just let him enjoy his football.

Decided to let him enjoy football but now you’re bored? #4 is for you friend!

>> 4 Make Your Own Plans. This is where you get your similarly minded ladies together to do your own thing. Go hiking, shopping, or thrifting. Bake some cookies (pumpkin of course), some muffins, or an stellar brunch spread. Whatever your jam, get your lady friends together and have some fun together.

If you find yourself short on the friends thing, get your “treat yo’ self on! Run your errands, read a book, give yourself a manicure, eat some chocolate, do anything that makes you happy! You are a strong, independent woman and you don’t need a man to make you happy. (Although I’m sure he’s awesome)

I will admit that #1 and #2 are my favorite things to do during football season, but I really do love football season. It’s all weekends, friends, hot drinks, yummy food, and lots of laughs. Sometimes heartbreaks when you lose for two straight week in a row in your fantasy league, but ya win some, ya lose some.

So what about you? Love football?

Are you a football widow?

How do you cope with the season?

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Instagram Check-in

Happy Monday my Beautiful Lovelies!

I cannot believe that we are almost half way through October!

With that, that means my Instagram challenge is half over as well, what! It’s been awesome so far. I honestly thought I’d be the only one using the hashtag so the fact that there a re a few others that are sitting with me just makes my day. I also want to remind y’all that you can use the hashtag for any of your photos. I created the prompt but you don’t have to stick to it. Anything Fall, October, or Awesome can be added to the collection!

With that I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite posts that have been using the hashtag #Blondetober

Blondetober Schedule

 

 

I have to kick it off with Skylar’s donut photo. Seriously donuts are my fave and the fact that she nailed it with the tank as well. I want the tank top and I most certainly want the donut!

#DonutWorryBeHappy

Donut worry, be happy. It’s Friday!

A photo posted by @sky_starbuck on Oct 9, 2015 at 8:54am PDT

//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsNext up is one of my favorite people who’s joinin in all the way from Seattle! Hi Jess! She posted one of the most epic-ly Fall photos. Even though I was born in Seattle, I don’t really remember it so I love seeing her photos of all the beautiful things. #Leaves

  All the, fall things. #blondetober #leaves #rainydayz #soseattle #fall #october #newshoes #coffee #basic @kelsnsher   A photo posted by Jess Horan (@jess_livin3) on Oct 10, 2015 at 11:51am PDT

Next up is Rachel with her gorgeous view of Chinatown in London. I love the lanterns and the sky. Really I just love the entire composition of this photo. #FallIntoOctober

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The next one is obvious for so many reasons (Boston pride!). I actually almost made the challenge hashtag this one, but ended up sticking with the blondetober theme. Jen has been such a great friend and has checked in with me seriously every day of the challenge. She’s awesome.

#BasicIsBest

Try to look more tourist-y than me today. JUST TRY! #basicisbest #blondetober

A photo posted by Jen / 500 Days of Engagement (@500daysofengagement) on Oct 2, 2015 at 8:39am PDT

And finally I’d be remiss if I didn’t plug my own photos for the challenge. I was feelin my inner basic one day and snapped this pic. Y’all….I almost have 100 likes on this photo which may be nothing to some, but when you average 30-40 little hearts, getting 100 is kinda a big deal. Then again, 100 hearts on Instagram isn’t exactly life-changing so in the grand scheme of things isn’t anything….

But hey, make my day and get me to 100. Please and thank you.

#Blondetober

So with that I’ll just ask that you join in my Instagram challenge with me! It’s been so fun thus far, and if anything has been a good reminder for me to actually post something on Instagram. Remember, you can tag any of your photos, it’s all about friendship and support of one another.

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5 Things You MUST Do This Fall

Whoo! Welcome to October Friends!

October 5th, but still. It’s Fall and the weather has finally decided to cooperate around here. New England has the weirdest weather of anywhere I’ve ever lived. And seeing as how I’ve lived in all US geographic locations, I’m, somewhat of a weather expert…minus the expert part 😉

Anyway, since it’s fall and every other blogger on the planet will be compiling a Fall Bucket List, because we’re bloggers and it’s what we do, I’m throwing my list into the fray. What makes mine better than any other list you could possibly look at? Absolutely nothing! Seriously, all of these lists will be basically the same, something about leaves and pumpkins. Do me a favor and read mine anyway, if you comment I’ll send you an internet hug, and who doesn’t like hugs.

5 things to do this fall

1. Do something with Pumpkins. Drink em, eat em, pick em, take photos with em it doesn’t matter. Everyone knows Fall is the season of the pumpkin. Of course if you’re a communist and don’t like pumpkin then you can always substitute for apple. Just know if you do, you’re not really American AND your basic white girl card will be void.

2. Attend a Festival. Fall festival, food festival, beer festival, harvest festival, heck double points for a pumpkin festival! Go drink some cider, eat a donut, paint your face, ride the hay, play some games, toss the rings, win a prize, listen to the music, chuck the corn, pick the apples, kick the leaves, eat the food. Whatever your fancy there is a festival for you!

3. Drink hot beverages. Coffee, cider, hot chocolate, pick your poison and sip away. I prefer mine extra chocolate-y, heavy on the marshmallow, please and thank you 🙂

4. Host a Cookout/Dinner party. With the nice crisp weather comes perfect grillin weather. It doesn’t hurt that most sane people also love good food. (And if your friends don’t love to get together and eat than you need new friends.) Pair that with football, and you’ve got my favorite weekend activity! Of course only do this if you actually have the room for people over. I myself live in a studio apartment without even a couch so not really ideal to having anyone over….I take advantage of good friends who invite me over.

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5. Hike! Please for the love of everything holy in your life, do yourself and favor and get outside! Unless you live in Siberia (hey, hello!) nature is changing and you don’t want to miss it. Get off the internet, leave your car behind and get that booty moving outside. Besides think of all the awesome Insta content you can snap. The better to join my Instagram challenge with my dear.

So whatcha think? Have you done any of these things yet?

Better yet, how many Fall lists have you seen so far?

Tell me your favorite Fall activity!

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Month in Review: September

Is it bad that I just posted two monthly reviews in a row?

Oh well.

With all the new readers I’ve gained this month (hello!) I thought I do a little month in review. Not because you feel like you’re missin out, but because this is what bigger bloggers do and although I’ll never be one of those, I thought it’d be a nice review for me to see what September has brought.

Month in review

-I kicked off the month detailing all the things I still don’t understand as an Adult….26, why so confusing?

-I wallowed in self-pity for a bit about not having a full-time job yet. Y’all were amazingly supportive though so I quickly bounced back 🙂

-We all learned a thing of two about Google Analytics.

-I grew the balls to post my very first vlog.

-I also re-did my entire website diy style. Again, y’all were super supportive and emailed me about everything I’d done wrong. Hopefully it’s all bueno now 😀

-We compared our online and in real life selves. I think we can all agree that I’m the same basic chic here and there.

-I for some reason thought I was qualified to create an Instagram challenge for October. Not sure what possessed me but please join me. #pleaseandthankyou

-I shared 5 of my fave ladies. Y’all know I’m all about supporting others.

-I linked up with Allyson for what’s In and Out this Fall. (Hint, comparison is out!)

-Finally I recapped the books I’ve read in September. I stepped my reading game up and I’m back on track for hitting my 100 book goal for 2015.

Also don’t forget The Secret Blogger Club is coming back as a weekly linkup every Thursday (that’s tomorrow people)

What have you accomplished this month?

What are your goals for October?

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Celebrating Friends in Philly

Happy Monday Friends!

Y’all know I couldn’t attend a giant wedding bash in Philly last weekend and NOT write about it right?

If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve seen some of the snapshots of my weekend, but I figured I’d go a little more in depth on here because I’m an adult and I do what I want. Except all the stuff I can’t afford because I’m broke as a joke and have student loans up to my armpits (#ThanksObama)

So here ya go, if photo dump aren’t your thing, then I’ve sprinkled in a few tidbits here and there for ya 😉

The rehearsal dinner kicked off at a Brazillion steak house in the suburbs of Philly. The food was delicious. Since I didn’t know anyone but a total of 3 people I didn’t whip my phone out for any photos beyond the people kind. Again it was dark in there as well so you just get the dress and accessories in the car over. I posted this photo of my entire outfit on Instagram and Kohl’s asked to regram it. Why? Because I went on a LC Lauren Conrad bender the other day and was wearing practically only her line. They have yet to follow through with that so we’ll see.

Wedding Rehersal

Next up, wedding day! Of course not my wedding day like a few friends thought I meant on Insta. Apparently I’m the type of friend to get married and not invite anyone. 😉

I did my own hair and makeup so excuse me for not being supes fancy. Actually I was pretty proud on how it all came together. Shocked really….

Wedding makeup

As you can see, even with pretty makeup on I can’t make a serious face. Ignore the lighting in like every single one of my photos, I claim reception lighting for some of them and the rest just bad blogger skills 🙂

I found the absolute PERFECT lipstick the day before we left and I’m seriously in lipstick love. It’s a matte shade and didn’t wear or rub off all night. I did reapply maybe three times between the hours of noon and midnight but only because I wanted to, not because it was actually coming off. I highly recommend. Mabelline Matte Lust for Blush.

Wedding LC Dress

Here is my entire look. Again the lighting was dark so I tried my best to lighten it up and this is what we are left with….weird lighting….. Whatevs. I wore on of Lauren Conrad’s new dresses from her runway collection. It was absolutely perfect and I felt so beautiful all night long. If you wanna know what this dress looks like on a model instead, look here.  I got it on sale (plus 3 other LC dresses all under $20) so really it was a steal.

I had a friend take a few different photos of accessories, the back of my dress, shoes, etc but those are boring and I’d rather show you a few fun snaps from the reception.

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Remember Jesse? She wrote this post for me. She’s also one of the coolest people I know who lives in Seattle now…boo, but she’s so happy so I’m happy because that’s what good friends do.

Look here she is again! Also I cut JB out of this photo to my right because he wasn’t looking at the camera and was I guess moving at the time because his face if all blurry. Either that or he self-censors himself in order to not appear on my blog. It’s really not my fault I swear!

Wedding Friends

So there ya have it. We’re a classy bunch. 😉

Ok, ok, ya pulled it right out of me. Here’s a photo of me and JB. Cue the doves!

Wedding Kiss

It was really so so fun though. And I’m so happy for Mr. and Mrs. Lint (who are currently traipsing around Europe, specifically the Swiss Alps!)

Have you ever attended a wedding that you knew next to no one at?

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