Monday, December 12, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Yes I wore this to the drug store

Sometimes you just need to wear a cute outfit and up your spirits a little-even if you're just running to the drug store. Yeah, the heels aren't that comfy, but since it was a short trip, I got to change back into my thick wool socks as soon as I got back home!


 Leopard top-Forever21
Leggings-Forever21
Blazer-'thrifted' from my mother-in-law
Heels-Glo @ Kmart
Earrings-Forever21
Necklace-Belk
                                                                       Getting bigger! She is already moving/kicking up a storm...my husband and I can actually feel the kicks by placing a hand on my belly. It seems so early-this must be a frisky baby!


Hope everyone had a great weekend!

xoxo,

L

pleated poppy

Friday, December 9, 2011

Drama

Nothing really says drama like a long black dress. This one is a huge score for me, because not only was it my mother-in-law's (way too big for her now) and therefore totally free, but also comfortable to wear during my pregnancy. I opted to use different shades of blue to play up the black, and added an armful of bangles! I also have some little Target flats on...I have a 'thing' about wearing heeled shoes with maxi dresses or skirts, unless of course it's an evening dress.








 Earrings-Kendra Scott
Scarf-made by my sister Meg
Bangles-Wal-mart
Faux turquoise bracelet-Forever21


xoxo,

L

pleated poppy

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Etsy Wish List

I have been more obsessed than usual with Etsy lately. Here's a few of the things on there that I'm lovin'! (Note: If you're not my husband, you don't have to read this)

BiFold Clutch Wallet - Handmade Wallet - Vegan Wallet / Azalea Flowers in Aqua -- Ready to Ship -- Last One
Wallet
Cotton Purr-$48

Baroque Pearl Stud Earrings-White
Rough Baroque Pearl Stud
Hanyou23-$25

Modern Toddler / Baby Blanket - Tarika Fuchsia and Natural Chenille
Baby Blanket (for the new nursery!)
Baby Mae Boutique-$33

1960's Beautiful Floral Wrap Dress Size S/M
Vintage Wrap Dress
Repodress-$65

Super Groovy 1960s Vintage Psychedelic Paisley Dress-Hot Pink & Orange
Vintage Paisley Dress
Linbot1-$18

pink geo earrings

Pink Geo Earrings
Amerrymishap-$13.99


Ocean Seashell Pearl Locket Necklace
Seashell Locket
Baby Loves Pink-$23


Vintage Long Full Yellow Cotton and Lace Dress with Bell Sleeves -Hippie Chic- Beautiful
Yellow Dress
Pohlmans-$15

Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge with Free Shipping
Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge!
Ohfudgestore-$10

Throw on and Go Classic...

I had an OB appointment early this morning, and between getting the three of us up, fed, and ready, and the twenty minute drive there, I didn't have a lot of time to dress myself. It's even harder to grab an outfit and go these days because of course some things either just don't look good right now or aren't comfortable.
Here's a classic 'throw on and go' outfit-A slouchy sweater, skinny jeans, and booties that will look great whether you're expecting or not!
I added some pearl studs and chunky rings to keep it simple but add some girly touches since the boyfriend sweater has such a masculine feel to it.
Sweater-my husband's
Jeans-Motherhood Maternity
Booties-Macy's



20 weeks!!

I also got just a couple pictures of my running-errands outfit yesterday, before my camera died. Just a cotton tunic and some leggings, but it was actually one of the most comfortable preggo outfits I've worn so far (not counting pajamas, of course!)
 Tunic-Wal-mart (I got it on clearance for literally $7!)
Leggings-Old Navy Maternity
Boots-Target
Earrings-Kendra Scott
And there's my wee bump again! I really liked this outfit because it skimmed my stomach enough for me to look pregnant (I still feel a little self-conscious about being in that stage where it looks like you're gaining weight but isn't always obvious that you're pregnant), but wasn't tight or form fitting.

I'm trying to drag myself through the rest of this day...the G baby woke up at 5:20 this morning, which is about an hour earlier than usual...an hour really makes a difference these days!

xoxo,

L

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Impress the man in your life with (easy) chicken-fried steak!

This is one of those meals that looks/sounds way more complicated than it is. I was scared to try it. Frying anything always seems to be a long, arduous process (not to mention messy!) and I have never before made gravy from scratch. But unless the the man in your life is a health nut (because let's be honest, this isn't the most diet-friendly meal out there), I promise he will be impressed with this! I found it extremely delicious myself...so much so that I sneaked into the kitchen around 9 last night to eat a little bit of leftovers.


You will need:


3-4 cubed steaks
1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
1 cup flour, divided into 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup
3 1/2 cups milk, divided into 1/2 cup and 3 cups
oil, for frying
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper (crushed or ground will work)
salt
pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

1. First, pour about 1/2 to 1 inch of oil in your frying pan (do NOT use a nonstick) and heat it up on medium heat. The sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on your steaks and set them aside for now.
2. Crush the beejesus out of your crackers. You really want them to be as close to a powder as you can get them, to ensure that they'll stick to your steaks. I found it was helpful to crush them some in the original cracker sleeve, pour them into a plastic baggie, and then crush them with the end of a screwdriver, lol (we don't have fancy kitchen tools at my house!).
3. Mix cracker crumbs, 3/4 cup flour, red pepper, baking powder, paprika, and about 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and about 1/2 teaspoon salt together. Mix in bowl but then pour on a plate to make it easier to coat your steaks.
4. Mix 1/2 cup milk and your egg together in a bowl. Then Dredge your steaks in the DRY mixture first. Then dredge in the milk and egg, and then BACK to the Dry mixture again. Don't be afraid to push the dry mixture in a bit to make sure you get a great coating.

5. Gently place your steaks in the heated oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes on EACH side. Remove, and place on foil-lined pan and keep warm in oven (I had my oven set at about 250 degrees).

                                             There's my steaks, looking all sexy in the oven!!

Now for the gravy!


Drain MOST of the oil out of the pan that you fried your steaks in. You want about 1-2 Tablespoons of oil left, and any cooked parts of steak/coating that were left behind when you removed your steaks. You won't really be able to measure the oil (since it will be extremely hot) so you kinda just have to eyeball it.
Mine looked like this:
Okay, now Whisk together 3 cups of milk, 1/4 cup flour, and about 1 teaspoon of pepper and salt, each. I just whisked mine together in the cup I measured my milk in. (Less clean-up!)
Okay, now pour that in with your drippings. Constantly stirring, cook it at medium-high for about 10 minutes.

I served my gravy over the steak, and also made some mashed potatoes. It was super-good!



And on a completely unrelated note, here is what the G baby looks like after he gets in my mousse!
At least he knows where to put it I guess?

XoXo,

L




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Monday, December 5, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Christmas tree!

This isn't perhaps the best demonstration of a fashionable outfit. But like I said earlier, my options are getting low. Our little family went with my in-laws yesterday to a tree farm to pick out our tree! I tried to use my outfit to get in the Christmas spirit-I was thinking some fair isle and a scarf, but it was 65 degrees outside! I compromised  my outfit wishes with the weather and opted for a poncho (with lots of holes to let the wind in) over a cami, and some cute boots.
The poncho still doesn't really do a good job of hiding the bump-she wants to be seen!
Jeans-Old Navy Maternity
Boots-Target
Poncho-Goody's (I've had it since high school)


                              The G baby mid-stride...he ran around the whole place!
                    Found the tree for us! The G baby is looking up into it to make sure there are no 'birds'.
                                                                          My main squeeze!
Some Dada love!

Later, (after a nap for me and G baby) we brought the tree in and decorated it. It seems like no matter how many strings of lights we buy each year, we always have so many strands that won't work the following year that we have to emergency-style go buy more. This year didn't disappoint! We had to run to town really quick and buy a box of lights-which really messed my schedule for dinner up. I was going to make chimichangas for dinner, and had set tortillas out. The G baby must have been starving by the time 7 rolled around (and we were still working on the tree), because this is what I saw emerge from the kitchen.
Notice the tortilla sticking out of his mouth...

With his own little tree


My tree-decorating outfit-my nightgown, hehe!


xoxo,

L



pleated poppy