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Happy Veteran's Day! I am proud to come from a legacy of Airmen, and salute all who have served - past, present, and future. This day brings a great sense of camaraderie in our country, and I absolutely love seeing all of the pictures people post of their ties to the greatest armed forces in the world. A very special thank you to those who have served, who continue to serve, and who decide to serve. Your sacrifice cannot be matched, and from the bottom of my heart, I am grateful.
I am lucky enough to have served, and still serve, with some of the most incredible men and women. These inspiring people have changed my life, made me a better person, and continue to amaze me each and every day. Thank you all of everything you have done for me, for the Minnesota Air National Guard, and for the United States of America. We are all in this together. We must continue to be strong, to serve with dignity and strength, and to trust God.
"We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free."
My heart races a little each time I get a notification that Nordstrom is having a sale. As a lot of you know, I'm an expert deal hunter (my best find is a super cute Burberry top for $.01. Yes, you read that right. ONE PENNY.) and I rarely pass up a good sale. Especially at Nordstrom. The thing I love most about Nordstrom is the fact that they carry both high-end and budget-friendly lines. A nursing student on a budget (ahem...yours truly...) can still find things to throw together pinterest-worthy outfits without spending an entire budget on one item. Case in point? Their semi-annual sales. Which are always KILLER. See below.
It's Fall! Although, in Minneapolis, you wouldn't know it. 70 degrees the last few days? Definitely not complaining, seeing this weekend looks a little chilly! I couldn't resist this gorgeous Fall morning...I had to bust out my favorite Old Gringo's and my new cozy scarf.
Happy Halloween, my pretties! I make this delicious dinner every Halloween and can't wait to make it tonight for my family! It's really easy, but a little tedious. I make my grandmother's chicken wild rice casserole (and a small portion without chicken for myself), stuff it into an expertly-carved orange pepper, and roast it in the oven for a few minutes. If you know my grandma, or have had the insane delight of enjoying one of her cookies, you know she's one of the best cooks on planet earth. Served with a simple spinach salad, it's the perfect festive dinner for Halloween! (And as a thank you to my brother and awesome parents for helping me move on Halloween...they're the best!)
"Bone" Appetit! (Get it??)
Peppers (however many you're going to make)
6 cups cooked wild rice (1.5 cups uncooked)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 (8oz) carton of sour cream
1 stick butter
3 stalks of diced celery
1 medium chopped onion
1/4 lb sliced mushrooms
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 cups cooked chicken
To make the casserole:
1) preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) prepare wild rice
3) combine soup and sour cream, stir to blend
4) melt butter in large skillet & sautee celery, mushrooms and onion.
5) Stir in salt & pepper. sour cream/soup mixture, wild rice, and chicken
6) spoon into lightly greased shallow casserole pan
7) bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
To make the spooky peppers:
1) cut the top of the pepper off, scoop out the seeds and guts, and carve to look like a jack-o-lantern
2) load some of the freshly baked wild rice casserole in the peppers, and place on baking sheet.
3) bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, so the pepper gets a little soft.
No tricks, just treats. How amazing does this Halloween candy bark look? Trust me, it tastes JUST as good. Surprise your friends and family with this super easy Halloween treat!
Chocolate Chips (I use Ghirardelli, the BIG bag)
Old Dutch Pretzels
Step one: gather supplies.
Step two: melt chocolate. I use the double-boiler system. Fill larger pot with water and bring to low boil. Pour entire bag of chocolate chips into smaller pot and place in larger pot. Be careful not to get any water in the chocolate, this will ruin it! Be mindful when stirring...if you let it sit too long, it will burn!
Step three: organize toppings. I chose Kit Kats and Butterfingers, but you can get creative with different nuts, sprinkles, candies, and dried fruits!
Step four: pour chocolate onto pan lined with parchment paper. I totally felt like Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka when doing this...
Step five: spread chocolate evenly and begin distributing the toppings.
Step six: completely coat in toppings, and place in fridge for several hours to set.
Step seven: break into chunks and enjoy! Super easy and equally delicious. Nothing beats that salty sweet mix of the pretzels with the chocolate!
Who doesn't love Fall? Gorgeous weather, delicious treats, chunky knits...and boots. I have a minor obsession with boots...anyone who has been in my closet can attest to that. I thought I would share my top 5 boots for the season. I love boots that are simple but have just a tiny bit of detail. My favorite pair? The dark eggplant bootie with the tassels. Can't wait to get those!