Outfit of the day May 30

In an unexpected twist, I got called up to sub for a coworker in my office for today. I was supposed to be out in my territory today, so it was just in the nick of time that my boss let me know. As a result, I wasn’t prepared to be home today (aka I slept too long/went to bed late, didn’t have clothes laid out) and my work outfit was too boring to photograph. 😂😂😂 Here’s my leisure outfit instead. 

  • Necklace: Doctor Who licensed merch, anniversary gift from my husband 
  • Blouse: Gap
  • Shorts: Faded Glory, thrifted  ( I know, it’s weird to thrift Walmart clothes, but I had bought a pair of these in a different color for full price, and I liked them a lot. When I went to buy another pair, they were sold out of this style. When I saw them at the thrift store, I was very excited!)
  • Sandals: Blowfish

Outfit of the day May 29

My thoughts and love go out to the families whose soldiers didn’t come home. ❤
I spent today tidying my house, buying my groceries, and spending time with my family. The fact that they all needed haircuts may or may not have had anything to do with them coming over today. LOL 

  • Shirt: Piko Green Earth Fashion, thrifted  (I have been on the fence about a drapey, amorphous top for a while. When this one popped up at the local thrift, I was game. Plus, it’s made of bamboo fibers… so dreamy and soft!)
  • Pants: Nike, thrifted 
  • Necklace: Amazon
  • Sandals: Teva

On not getting eaten by a tornado and other matters: Ootd May 28

So, we tried to go camping yesterday at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur. We pulled in, selected a site, and my husband got to work setting up shelter. It starts to rain, we hide under the hammock rain fly, then it starts to hail…

*There are cusses. Be warned… lol

Shortly after that, the rain lets up enough to continue setup. I get dinner made, then no sooner than it hits the plates, the tornado sirens go off! We take shelter, then when it’s safe, we go tear down camp. Just as we finish, they start going off again! We take shelter AGAIN, then trek home as soon as it’s safe. 
Today was spent being a bit lazy. Running around like a chicken with your head cut off is tiring! LOL

  • Dress: Old Navy, thrifted 
  • Sandals: Sanuk
  • Necklace: Imperial Elements on Etsy
  • Bracelet: unknown fellow okie, Cherokee Trading Post

One from the freezer: peach butter

Hey! Did you all know I used to write for a blog called Nerds and Nomsense? It’s true. I figured while I was on my little vacay with my husband, I would thaw some delicious “leftovers” from 2013 for y’all.

Post authored by me, originally appeared here: http://www.nerdsandnomsense.com/food/easy-food-gifts-peach-butter/

 

 

Fall is coming, I can smell it. Let’s make use of the last of the summer crops before they go out of season. I am getting nervous about the amount of time I have left to prep for the upcoming winter holidays. So, here’s the first of what will hopefully be several easy/inexpensive gift ideas I can can give you to work with. 🙂 This recipe will fill a 2 quart crock pot to the brim precooking and you’ll fear for your safety.  I know this from experience. 🙂  You can scale up if you wish, I just hate to buy stone fruits in massive quantity.

Homemade Peach Butter

  • 10-12 peaches (more like 12 if they’re tiny, 10 if they’re huge)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • approximately ⅛ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar (or other sweetener)

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Wash and peel your peaches. If you’re feeling lazier, you can blanch the peaches and slide the skin right off. I won’t judge you.  Cut them in half, remove the pit, then dice. Throw them in the crock pot as you go. Once you’ve got them all shoehorned in there, add the sugar and spices. Do your best to stir it all together without flinging peaches everywhere.

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I’ve done a bad, bad thing.

Cram the peaches down and sit the lid on there, then put the heat on low. Leave it alone for 8-12 hours (or overnight). If your lid doesn’t have a steam vent, prop the lid open on one side to let steam out/facilitate thickening.

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Mmmm… Imagine waking up to that smell…

Now, you’ll need to get rid of the chunks. Take an immersion blender and go to town right inside the crock, or you can transfer to a blender/food processor. If you take that route, be sure to put it back in the crock to heat back up for the canning process.

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Once it’s silky smooth, you can start canning. This recipe is enough for 6 half pints, with a little dab left for you to eat (RIGHT MEOW). Wash your jars in the dishwasher on super hot, or by hand. Just make sure they’ve been sterilized by the heat. Sterilize the lids in a pot of hot (not quite boiling) water. I throw mine in my canning pot while it’s heating up. Take your canning funnel and fill the jars to ¼” headspace (leave ¼” between the butter and the lip of the jar). Wipe the lip off and plunk a hot, dry lid on there. Follow the lid with a ring, tightening to “fingertip tightness.” Don’t Hulk out on it, you want it just tight enough to keep the lid on while it processes, but it can’t be too tight or the canning might not go so well.

Boil a big pot o’ water (enough to cover the jars by at least 1”). Once it’s boiling, you can add your jars. Put them in gently! I have a jar grabber for the purpose. It’s just big enough to keep my fingers several inches away from the boiling water. Put the lid on the pot once you’re all in. Leave them in the boiling water for 15 minutes. Once the time’s up, gently retrieve them and sit them somewhere safe to seal. The difference in temperature causes the lids to “pop,” making the seal airtight! (Don’t go pushing on the lids when you pull the jars out! I know it’s tempting.)

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Let them cool completely and tighten the ring down if you wish. If you get one that didn’t “pop,” you can try re-processing it. If it still won’t, just store in the fridge and eat that one first.

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Tasty, tasty bounty.

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Fancy time double feature: Ootd May 26

My husband and I went to his cousin’s wedding tonight! It was a lively time, and it was nice to see the family! We like to dress up a little, so it’s fun when we get a chance. He very sweetly agreed to an outfit pic! 🙂

  • Shirt: Joseph A Bank, thrifted 
  • Slacks: Kenneth Cole 
  • Belt: dunno. He bought it for our wedding. 🙂
  • Shoes: Johnston & Murphy (also bought for our wedding)

  • Dress: Danny & Nicole 
  • Shoes: Tsubo, thrifted
  • Necklace and bracelet: birthday gift from my parents 
  • Earrings: from my own wedding ensemble 🙂

Outfit of the day May 25

It’s my Friday! I have been looking forward to this long weekend for about a month now, and I am so stoked! I celebrated the last stop on my list today with frozen custard, lactose intolerance be damned! 😁

I think we might go camping. I will try and schedule some stuff for you guys while I am gone, but in any case, have a great weekend. 😊❤❤❤ 

  • Shirt: Old Navy, thrifted 
  • Capris: Ann Taylor Loft, thrifted 
  • Sandals: Teva
  • Fitbit: got left on the charger. Oops! Lol

Outfit of the day May 24

Another perfectly ordinary day, marred only by a sub-par prepackaged cookie I bought at lunchtime. Oh, it was not good. Rather oily and tasted like lightly sweetened modeling dough. 😝😭 

Oh well! At least the weather is nice today! 

  • Blouse: Apt 9, thrifted 
  • Jeans: Levi’s, thrifted 

Outfit of the day May 23

Another gray, chilly day in Okieland. There must’ve been a mixup at the sorting facility, because this isn’t typical late May weather here! 😁

Embracing the last bit of cardigan weather… 

  • Sweater: Clothing Co. by Notations  (I have had this for a long time, maybe 14 years. I wash it and dry it, and I have yet to have any beads come off. Fingers crossed.)
  • Shirt: a.gain, thrifted 
  • Jeans: Levi’s, thrifted 
  • Shoes: Born, thrifted  (they still had the original tags and stickers on them! There was no dirt on the sole! My best guess is that somebody got them as a gift, tried them on, decided they weren’t what they wanted, and put them in the box for Goodwill.)
  • Necklace: H&M (it’s a tiny golden dream catcher with three dangling little feather charms.)

Outfit of the day May 22

It’s been a cloudy, damp day here. I spent the day planning my work travel for the rest of May. I forgot to take my Fitbit off the charger today, but I doubt I would have gotten more than 2000 steps at work anyway. An interesting thing has happened as a result of taking pictures of my clothes everyday. I notice trends on what I wear a lot, and what I don’t wear very often, so it encourages me to wear things I don’t wear very often to justify keeping them. Today’s outfit falls into this category,  but it is so cute, I will be wearing the components more often.

  • Dress: Andrew & Co, thrifted
  • Sweater: Ambiance Apparel,  thrifted
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Necklace: Wild Hearts Handmade on Etsy
  • Bracelet: Premier
  • Boots: Nature Breeze (ordered from Zulily)

Easy like Sunday Morning: ootd May 21

Well, another weekend is drawing to a close. *cue sad trombone* We did our best to not squander it! This morning, we went on another bike ride around the lake. Instead of driving our bicycles in the car, we just rode them from our house. That added another mile or two for the day. It’s becoming less of a chore and more of an enjoyment for me to do these bike rides. That’s the motivation I need! 🙂 As a treat, we stopped at the grocery store to get a smoothie. Holy yum!

Banana, blueberry, peanut butter, coconut water, and some other stuff I can’t remember.

After that, we came home and got cleaned up, then did some small chores and got out again for lunch.

What, you don’t have a hood style hair dryer?

We went to a local trendy district with restaurants and shops (Plaza for you Okies), and ate at a breakfast place called Aurora.

Restaurant sign, with husband in soft focus (foreground).

We hadn’t been there before, and the food was good. The wait was awkwardly long, but if you go perhaps earlier on a Sunday, it wouldn’t be too bad.

  • Shirt: Pop Up Tee (Maleficent and Snow White’s evil queen stepmother takin’ a selfie. Yup.)
  • Necklace: gift from a dear friend at last fall’s Sweet Adelines international competition in Las Vegas 
  • Skirt: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Converse (bought these at Hot Topic in 2002. Yep. 2002. 15 years ago! They are purple satin with embroidered flowers, kind of like a qipao.)
  • Bracelet: gift from husband’s aunt