Five Friday Favorites Fifty and Less October 20 2017

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Five Friday Favorites Fifty and Less October 20 2017

The leaves are changing and the temps have certainly dropped.  I am LOVING this weather, it is truly my favorite time of year!!  (That may or may not have something to do with my birthday being on Monday…eeeekkkk!!)  But, I do love me a great scarf, a pom pom hat and a jean jacket.  And, I have truly fallen in love with cardigans…who what have thunk it?!?!

Make sure you’re following on Instastories and Facebook Stories, it is my sister’s Bachelorette Weekend (on my way there now!!).  There will be TONS of pictures I will be sharing!!  Spa, wine tasting and maybe a Pantie Game (insert angel halo emoji!!) is on the agenda for the weekend!!

Five Friday Favorites Fifty and Less October 20 2017

Oversized Square Scarf in Plaid – $29

My gosh, these oversized scarves completely scream Fall and I love it!!  I adore the traditional plaid in the one above, but I am also loving the grey herringbone check or the pink gingham check (obviously ;-)) or this black and red check (reminds of a Burberry scarf).

Five Friday Favorites Fifty and Less October 20 2017

Faux Fur Trim Knit Tech Gloves – $32

How adorable are these gloves??  I personally like the grey because it would go so well with most of our (we are all guilty!!) black winter coats.  But, there are 10 colors to choose from it’s IPhone friendly!!

Five Friday Favorites Fifty and Less October 20 2017

Denim Jacket – $36.99

If you do not already own the perfect jean jacket, now is the time to grab one.  I love the color on this one.  Not too dark and certainly far from white washed.  Jean jackets are just soooo versatile!!

Five Friday Favorites Fifty and Less October 20 2017

Knitted Chunky Pom Pom Hat – $45

Would it make your day like it did mine to know this hat (and so many more) are made right here in St. Mary’s?!?!  How warm does this look??  You will see me rocking one soon on the blog!!

Five Friday Favorites Fifty and Less October 20 2017

Rib Trim Long Cardigan – $49

So, this is my favorite pick this week.  Why…because it is so darn functional.  I used to think cardigans were so frumpy.  I used to think of my nanny that we had for over 10 years, an elderly lady and she always had one on and it was not cute.  Things have changed!!  They are trendy and anything that keeps me warm, I am a FAN!!

Peter's 41st Birthday

Peter’s 41st Birthday

Hi friends!!  How’s it going this Tuesday??  It’s a busy week for me, but something SUPER FUN is waiting for me at the end…my sister’s BACHELORETTE PARTY!!!  I CANNOT wait!!!   In the meantime though, we celebrating a birthday a couple weeks ago (I know, I know, another one…hahaha) and I wanted to share a quick post on it 🙂

2 weeks ago, Peter turned 41.  We had a very small dinner party at our house.  I reached out to No Thyme to Cook only 2 days before his birthday and lucky for me, they had just had a cancelation and could fit me in.

We discussed a menu, Gwyn sent me choices and we decided on –

SALAD – Spinach & Radicchio Salad with Pears, Goat Cheese & Toasted Pine Nuts with Honey-Orange Dressing

ENTREE – Cranberry-Orange Glazed Pork Loin

SIDES – Orzo with Olive-Mustard Butter & Lemon Roasted Green Beans

DESSERT – Pumpkin Caramel Bars with Bacon

Peter's 41st Birthday

Peter's 41st Birthday

Peter's 41st Birthday

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Peter's 41st Birthday

Matti Jane is watching Peter make hers, Chandler and Shay’s “fancy drink”.  That FACE!!

Peter's 41st Birthday

This salad was INCREDIBLE!!  My girlfriend Nicole and I were discussing it again yesterday.  It was that good.  The combination of goat cheese, pears and pine nuts…PERFECTION!!

Then the main dish…YUMMY.  I decided on Pork because so many of the other dishes were chicken and steak.  I know those would have been just as delicious but we make so many of those at home already…lots of variations, so I wanted something outside our dinner box.

The cranberry orange glaze really made this dish for me.  But the pork itself was unbelievably moist and cooked perfectly.  And, the orzo with the olive-mustard butter was soooooo delicious!!  I will certainly make that side again and again and again!!

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As you can imagine, lots of fun was had!!  Mike and Peter could not hold back on the cream cheese frosting leftovers.

Peter's 41st Birthday

And this little girl!!  Her personality is infectious!!  I didn’t even know she had taken my shoes when I went upstairs to put Shay down.  Too darn cute!!  And thanks to whoever grabbed my phone and scored this shot!!

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Then there was dessert!!!  So. darn. good.  With a name like Pumpkin, Salted Caramel, Bacon cupcakes, how can they not be OUTSTANDING?!?!?

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These were as delicious as they look!!  You can find the recipe here.

It was the best last minute dinner decision ever.  I highly recommend No Thyme to Cook…extremely professional and super easy to work with.  And, my kitchen was SPOTLESS when they left.  That in itself is priceless!!

Michigan/Michigan State Game Trip

Michigan Trip

Somehow in all the chaos of school beginning, sports going full speed and lots of events for my sister’s wedding, we managed to fit in a trip to Michigan this past weekend.  The Michigan/Michigan State game was the main activity, but what motivated this trip was a visit from one of Peter’s fraternity brother and his family this past Summer.  All of our lives are so busy, that making time for old friends can be so difficult and all too often, never actually happens.  When Chris, Amanda and their 3 amazing kiddos made the time to visit us from Michigan, we knew we had to keep it going.  Plane tickets booked, Michigan football tickets purchased and an awesome family willing to welcome by crazy crew, we had a date on the calendar!!

We had a VERY EARLY morning…Peter and I woke up at 4 AM, and got the kids up at 430. Needless to say, we had some sleepers on the way to the airport 😉

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But, everyone did great on the plane.  Chandler’s first plane ride was when she was 6 months old and Shay has never been on a plane, so this was a very exciting trip!!

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And the Delta staff was amazing…cockpit visits and special wing pins!!

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We arrived in Michigan around 930 AM and it was raining.  That was no surprise to me as every. single. time. I have visited the state of Michigan, it has been cold and rainy.  Peter is from Michigan, the suburbs of Detroit and that is where we met and the first part of our dating began.

We chilled at our friend’s home for a couple hours and caught up.  When another of Peter’s fraternity brothers and his family arrived, we headed down to Ann Arbor for a quick tour around campus (Peter’s fraternity house!!), a great dinner and some Michigan gear shopping at the M Den.

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The fact that he was sucking his thumb again told me he was EXHAUSTED!!!

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There was actually an adult table and a kids table!!!  There is light at the end of the exhausting tunnel 😉

Saturday AM we got everyone and everything organized for a Michigan tailgate.  The kids tailgated with us but headed home for the game.  When the time changed to the night game, we decided it wasn’t a great idea to include the kids at the game…GREAT DECISION!!

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After the tailgating, Peter and I and the rest of the parents headed into the Big House.  2 and a 1/2 quarters we had PERFECT weather.  But you know when there is a stadium announcement that the storm is about 10 minutes away and includes relentless rain and 50 mph winds…and that if lightning happens w/in 10 miles of the stadium, the game will be postponed…it was LEGIT and to be take seriously!!

I have never purchased a poncho before but something told me the night before to spend  $5 on them and it was the best decision I made!!

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Game performance resembled the weather that last quarter and a half of the game.  The Wolverines did not come to play which was very disappointing.  But, a GREAT weekend overall.  GREAT friends and GREAT times.  We all hope to make this an annual tradition!!