Wednesday, October 14, 2020

What's Cooking Wednesday: TJ's Grilled Cheese

When I make a basic grilled cheese, I use white bread, american cheese, and spread mayo on the outside of the bread for the perfect sear.
When I make grown-up grilled cheese, I do the following. And it's oh-so-good.

Trader Joe's Grilled Cheese 
(named this because I get all my ingredients from Trader Joe's) 

Tuscan Pane bread
Gralic spread
Toscano cheese
Pickled jalepenos

Place butter in the pan to melt. Spread both pieces of bread with the garlic spread (inside the sandwich). Grate the toscano cheese onto one side and top with pickled jalepenos. Place other piece of bread on top (garlic spread inside). Grill in the pan and add more butter when you flip to grill the opposite side for an even grill. Enjoy!

Fair warning, it's got a bite to it with the jalepenos but it's soooooo good!    

Friday, October 9, 2020

Fashion Friday: Joggers

I always believed, for the longest time, that joggers were loungewear. That they were not meant to be "dressed up" and that they were to be paired with a tee or sweatshirt. Done. End of story. Well, I have been proven wrong and have gone to the jogger dark side. Quarantine will do that to you. Especially since they have an elastic waistband. 

I love a good pair of jeans. BUT I now love, and appreciate, a good pair of joggers. I will preface my post of my style suggestions with this blanket statement: you will NEVER see me in joggers with heels. Never. Sorry, but that's just a no go for me. It can totally be for you, and believe me girl, you do you boo. But me, I just cannot swing that look. 

I have a few pair of black joggers. A pair from Old Navy, a pair from Zella at Nordstrom, and this pair I gravitate towards from Athleta. (If you want to snag this pair from Athleta, just click here and use code AP192CA4T2 for 20% off) 

Here's how I took my go to black joggers for 5 different looks you'll see me in this fall.

Pairing a pair of basic black joggers with a fun, printed blouse, partially tucked, and a classic pair of black pointy flats makes for a fun outfit perfect for a date night, girls night, or even a zoom meeting!  

This is my normal go to outfit for joggers. Probably 90% of the female population. 

The JCrew sweater blazer seems to be a staple in my closet (I have it in a few colors) as I gravitate towards it as the top layer for just about any outfit. But check out my outfit with simple white sneaks. Now scroll down for a different look by just changing my shoes. 

Switching out the sneakers for a pair of fun flats changes the entire feel. Ever notice how one accessory can make or break and outfit?

If you've been here a while, you know my love for the button-down runs deep. I feel as though it can go with just about any bottom article of clothing. It works here too. 

My new favorite sweater, if you've followed me at all, is this beauty. Classic. All cotton. Easy to wash and wear. And always on sale. 

What do you think? Are joggers in your wardrobe? If not, what are you waiting for?! Jump on board this train! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

What's Cooking Wednesday: Pasta With Peas

People often give some whole sob story and random background info when they share a recipe. Me? That drives me batsh*t. Hence why you'll see a picture and a recipe and that's it. You're welcome. 

Pasta With Peas 

half a box of spaghetti or linguini (about 6 ounces) 
olive oil 
peas (one cup of cooked peas)
lemon zest and juice (one lemon)
salt and pepper 

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta to al dente. 

Cook the peas while pasta cooks (I just microwave a steam bag) 

Take 2 egg yolks and whisk them a little, set to the side. 

Drain the pasta and toss if with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Save a cup and a half of the pasta water. 

Put 1/3 cup of olive oil into the pasta pot you just used. Add in 5 gloves of garlic, minced. Cook barely one minute. Toss the pasta back into the pot with the garlic. Give it a swirl. Add the pasta water back in. Give it another swirl. Turn the heat off and add in the 2 whisked egg yolks. Swirl it a few times to give it a good mix. 

Then add in the cup of cooked peas and 1/2 cup to 1 cup of grated parmesan (to your liking) and swirl it a few times. Add in the juice of one lemon and the zest and swirl it a few more times. 

Salt and pepper to taste and done. Dinner in under 20 minutes. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Family Holiday Pajamas

We are always on the hunt for fun, cute matching holiday pajamas and some years we struggle for ones we like. This year, I'm on it early. Here's some great ones I've found!

Yes, they're pricey. I get that. But, you can get them on sale (like they're 30% off right now HERE) AND they last forever and are SUCH AMAZING quality. We have this matching set and will only need to get a set for our son, not us, as he outgrows his (but.... his set from last year still fits so we might even be able to swing two years out of it!) You can also sign up for their emails and get $20 off of a $100 purchase. 

The Dear Deer pattern has been our favorite pattern yet and what I like about Hannah pajamas is that for an adult, you can buy them as separates. So when you're busty and short like me, you can get an XL top and medium bottoms. Plus, they have different styles for men, not just the slim cut ones but also flannel pajamas in the pattern too. Their prices, right now with the sale, range from $30-50. 

You can find all of the patterns for women HERE, for men HERE, and for kids HERE. Be warned: Hannah family pajamas sell out early. In fact, several of the adult styles in many sizes are already sold out for this year. ALSO, the kids sizes run a little big so I always buy the bigger size for my son so he can get a full year wear out of them. 

Old Navy

The buffalo plaid set from Old Navy honestly is my favorite. It's classic, stands up well, washes well, and the best part, it doesn't fade. AND if you have somewhere to go to match and your kids want to be in jammies, you can just grab one of their buffalo plaid flannels and be matching while still wearing real clothes. 

Right now, they're 30% off and you can find all of the kids patterns HERE and the adult patterns HERE and HERE. Prices range from $15-$30. 


Oh Target, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. I know you feel me. 

When they came out with family jammies a few years ago, I was over the moon ecstatic. In case you didn't hear me down the street. Their quality is solid, their prices are fair, and they hold up well. 

We love this red plaid set but it is no longer available. This year they have 5 new patterns, and prices range from $10 to $25 depending on the size and style you choose. Buffalo plaid OR Dinosaur OR Hot Air Balloons (so cute) OR Black and White Flannel OR Safari  

Family pajamas aplenty over at Kohls. Tons of options HERE. Ranging from $6 to $42, all on sale, plus use code FAMILYSAVE for another 20% off and earn Kohls Cash. 


Holy toledo, more options than any of us care to imagine. But here's what I did. I researched and explored and read reviews and here's the best ones I found that are not only affordable, but have great reviews and come in ALL the sizes for a full family. 

Sleepyheads Pajamas, they come in deer, snowmen, bear, and snowflakes. Cute phrases on the shirts and patterned pants. Priced $10-35, depending on size and pattern picked. 

MadDog Concepts, a cute picture of twinkly lights on top and patterned flannel pants. Price $6-42 depending on size. Also has a clickable coupon for 20% off! 

IFFEI, adorable deer black and white top with buffalo plaid bottoms. $20 each. 

Burt's Bees, also available at Target but better priced on Amazon. Wide range of patterns and prints, all sizes available. Priced $20-40 depending on size. 

Tkria, saved the funniest for last. Dress up like an elf. All of you. $12-24 depending on colors and sizes. 

So many options, honestly. In my experience, I would rank them Hannah first, Target second, Old Navy third, then Kohls and Amazon tied for fourth. Just based on my personal experience. There are lots of other places to get family holiday pajamas but these are my personal go tos and fab finds.