Apart from my birthday and Thanksgiving, the best part about fall in my opinion is definitely the layers. Some of my friends say fall is their favourite season, but for me, the nostalgia of summer creeps up just three weeks into my fall bliss, and soon after I’m wishing it were a balmy 28 degrees out again. While in California, post-Coachella, this year my love for Free People continued to grow as I found this perfect summer knit, which is easily translated to fall and winter with a few extra layers.
This is one of those soups my mom taught me to make, in fact it’s the first soup I ever made on my own. I can recall the exact day I made it solo; I was living in Whistler, and called my mom to confirm ingredients, and walk me through the daunting task of breaking the neck off of the whole chicken. I screamed at my mom through speaker phone, wishing she could be there to do the job herself. Alas, I can now tick “chicken neck snapper” to my resume – unfortunately, this is the easier process than a large knife.
Chicken noodle soup is a natural choice in the winter, and once you’ve perfected the homemade stock (it’s easy I promise), you won’t even need to follow a recipe. Until then, here is a recipe from Chow that is closest to the soup I made.
The t-shirt will always be a staple. Whether it’s a v-neck, crew neck, waffle knit, or concert tee, this staple brings a comfort and familiarity that just might trump all those other high and mighty pieces in your wardrobe. There’s something about the concert t-shirt. It might be the nostalgia it brings with a lingering memory of the set list, or maybe you found this tee at a vintage shop, and its cotton is perfectly worn. Either way, I think this is the perfect graphic tee, and of course we all know how I love to throw a t-shirt on just when things are starting to feel a little too girly.
Today’s concert tee, is one that is not so vintage, but brings me back to the weekend that may have ended my August on a high note, Mumford & Sons’ Gentleman of the Road. Paired with BDG black, high-waisted jeans (does anyone wear blue denim anymore? I know I don’t), this combination completed my casual Friday. While some questioned my concert tee on a Friday, I think it was just right.
As soon as the leaves start to turn and I feel the first brisk wind, I immediately turn to something that brings me comfort – soup. While I say this, I am also not one to turn away soup on the hottest of days; I recall this summer suggesting Pho for dinner, while temperatures were 35+ during the heat wave.
Every Sunday, during this fall and winter, I’ve decided to make homemade soup in effort to start my week off, cook more often, and eat more of my favourite thing! This week: potato & leek from the Joy of Cooking.
Makes approximately 8 cups
In a large pot over low heat, melt 3 tbsp of butter
Add and cook, stirring, until tender (about 20 minutes) 6 medium leeks, chopped
Stir in 1 1/4 pounds of baking potatoes, peeled an thinly sliced & 6 cups of vegetable stock
Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the potatoes are soft (about 30 minutes). Using a hand blender or blender puree until smooth. Add salt & pepper (I also added chopped rosemary and thyme). Add additional stock or water when blending if necessary.
Isn’t it funny how you come upon best friends? I have two best friends from my childhood, a few from university, and two from post-uni (re: real adult life). These specific stages of life act almost as pillars in the realm of friendship. I imagine the next wave will be post-children friends, meaning parents of our children’s friends.
This is one of my best friends – see post-uni/work friends. Her name is Madeline, but with an ‘a,’ Madelaine. Our friendship was initially based on our shared name, although when I heard that another Madeline was being hired I immediately put my guard up and decided there was no room for two of me. She goes by Madelaine, I go by Maddy. Like many of my post-uni friends, Madelaine is from Winnipeg, and she is married to a chef.
This brings me to the point of this post – Madelaine has a new blog, So, it’s Sunday. The premise is to showcase her husband’s (and his chef friends) delicious Sunday meals, as it surrounds football Sunday. Each weekly post is preluded with a story of how she has spent her Sunday – and escaped some of the football frenzy. Lucky for me, I am often included in these Sundays, from brunch, all the way to the last bite ending sweatpant Sunday. Follow Madelaine, as she takes on each and every Sunday of the NFL season.
You know those colleagues who have a slick remark for everything? This Jacob skirt was victim to one of these beloved coworkers – you know the ones who state the obvious, or make not-so-funny jokes and laugh while you stare back in horror. Every time I wear this skirt, which I love for it’s design and unexpected crossover slit, all I can think of is an old colleague telling me the print reminded him of the bottom of a swimming pool. They say any publicity is good publicity, and I say any conversation surrounding your outfit is a good thing – at least your grabbing someone’s attention! And hey, who doesn’t appreciate a good aquatic-inspired look?
*This is the last of bare-legged outfits. Onward to fall…