Thanksgiving Cooking Hacks…these are real

21 Nov

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I’m posting this a week early, because if you are like me, you obsess about Thanksgiving and ensuring all is perfect.  So, lo and behold, look what I found!  Thank you, Buzz Feed.

1. Add a little baking powder to make mashed potatoes extra fluffy.

Add a little baking powder to make mashed potatoes extra fluffy.

Apparently, the heat of the potatoes triggers the baking powder’s chemical reaction, and the CO2 produced = extra fluffiness. Try this simple recipe from an old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

2. DIY a last-minute roasting rack with tinfoil.

3. Print or write out recipes and tape them to your cabinets for easy access.

Print or write out recipes and tape them to your cabinets for easy access.

Losing that piece of paper 17 times (or spilling pie filling all over it) is NOT going to help you get into a zen cooking space. You can also cut out pages from magazines or make photocopies if you want to do this with a recipe from a cookbook.

This also makes it a lot easier to recruit cooking helpers, since you can just point them towards the recipe and tell them to figure out the rest.

4. Bake stuffing in muffin tins to maximize crispy surface area and make easy single servings.

Bake stuffing in muffin tins to maximize crispy surface area and make easy single servings.

Just use your favorite stuffing recipe or try these Pancetta & Sage Stuffing Muffins.

5. Freeze rolled-out pie crusts so they hold their shape in the oven.

Freeze rolled-out pie crusts so they hold their shape in the oven.

Just pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes to an hour while you make the fillings, then bake (without thawing). This will let the gluten in the dough relax and minimize shrinkage during baking. This is mainly for single-crust pies like pumpkin and pecan; if you’re adding a top crust you don’t really have to worry as much about shrinking.

6. Microwave potatoes instead of boiling to save time.

Microwave potatoes instead of boiling to save time.

You’re going to mash ‘em anyway, so there’s no real reason not to do it this way.

7. Slow-roast your turkey overnight to free up oven space the day of.

Slow-roast your turkey overnight to free up oven space the day of.

Sounds crazy, but apparently it works like a charm: Put the turkey in before you go to bed, turn the heat down, and wake up to a falling-off-the-bone tender bird in the morning. Here’s the recipe.

8. Use a wine glass to cut out biscuits.

Use a wine glass to cut out biscuits.

Maybe you’re a true biscuit believer who keeps a metal cutter around, but if not this will do just fine. Make sure to dip the glass in flour after every few to keep the dough from sticking, and push straight down without twisting to make sure the biscuits can rise.

9. Make gravy instantly great by adding soy sauce.

Make gravy instantly great by adding soy sauce.

Your best bet is always basing a gravy off yummy turkey pan drippings. But if a) you didn’t save them b) you’re vegetarian or c) your gravy’s just a little bland, a splash of umami is the easiest way to bring out flavor (science says!). Try adding a spoonful of regular soy sauce, Liquid Aminos, or Maggi seasoning.

Try this basic recipe.

10. Ice down the turkey’s breast before roasting to keep it from drying out.

Ice down the turkey's breast before roasting to keep it from drying out.

This actually works! By starting the breast at a slightly lower temperature, you solve the problem of white meat cooking faster than dark.

11. Grate frozen butter straight into pie or biscuit dough.

Grate frozen butter straight into pie or biscuit dough.

You can use any normal cheese grater. This way the butter stays cold, which you want to keep everything tender and flaky, but you don’t have to give yourself an elbow injury cutting it into the flour.

12. Prep all your vegetables a day or two ahead and keep them in the fridge.

Prep all your vegetables a day or two ahead and keep them in the fridge.

You can peel potatoes and carrots, chop onions, wash greens, and do basically any other prep steps called for in the recipes you’re using. This is the kind of thing that will feel crazy when you’re doing it, and AWESOME the next day when you realize you already did.

13. Rice is an easy, non-wasteful way to weigh down pie crust for pre-baking.

Rice is an easy, non-wasteful way to weigh down pie crust for pre-baking.

Most people don’t have actual pie weights around, and using beans is annoying because they get funny-smelling after baking, and you probably won’t want to eat them. With rice, you can just make pilaf the next day.

14. Cook white and dark turkey meat separately to make sure both are perfect.

Never, never let dry breast meat happen to you. Check out this helpful video that shows exactly how to break down a turkey into parts, then cook separately with recipes like Butter-Roasted Turkey Breast and Braised Turkey Thighs.

15. If you boil potatoes whole, you don’t need to peel them.

17 Life-Saving Thanksgiving Cooking Hacks

Just shock them in ice water when they’re done and then slip the skin off with your hands.

16. Use a beaded necklace to make a cool, easy pie crust design.

17 Life-Saving Thanksgiving Cooking Hacks

Check out this video for more crimping ideas.

17. Instead of scrubbing lots of potatoes, put them through the dishwasher.

When you’re mashing in bulk, there’s no time for scrubbing by hand, like a chump. Just put the potatoes through a quick rinse cycle (WITHOUT soap, please) and cook away. You could pop sweet potatoes and other sturdy root vegetables in there, too.

Here is my favorite picture from last Thanksgiving


Song of the Day: Fly Me to the Moon, by Frank Sinatra

Fill my heart with song
and let me sing forever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

Next week, I will post about Dressing your Thanksgiving table.  I know, so, so exciting!!

Have a great weekend!  Another home Bears game.  Can’t wait!  Go Bears!



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This is for you, Connie!




Well that, and I’m witty.  ;)



Because we need a little Laughter…13 Amazing Food Hacks

20 Nov


My niece, Kaitlin, posted this on Facebook…and it’s really funny.  Now, since I am a very funny person (so I’ve been told, but I also kinda know it), and funny knows funny, when I find something that really makes me LOL, Howl, Snort, Giggle and think of all the people I want to share this with, I immediately think…Now that’s a blog.  You know, to get it “out to the masses”…or my 1000+ daily views.  Of course this doesn’t mean that all 1000+ daily views will see this, but it will be seen by the 20 or so people who loyally read my blog.  And that makes me happy.  We always need happy.

This also makes me happy.  13 Amazing Food Hacks.  


I know what you’re thinking- how could there possibly be any food hacks that I do not yet know? But read on and I think you will find that these are some you have never seen before. You will be amazed at how these simple food hacks can make your life easier and better!

1. Keep cake moist by just eating the entire thing in one sitting. 

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2. How to determine if an egg is fresh: do you remember buying the eggs? If you don’t, they probably aren’t fresh.

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3. For perfectly cooked burgers every time, go to a restaurant.

life hack burger

4. Can’t fold a fitted sheet? Don’t worry, nobody can. Unless you are a wizard or something. 

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5. To store asparagus for up to 2 weeks, first I would suggest you consider how much you actually like asparagus and why you bought so much asparagus 2 weeks before you planned on eating it.

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6. An excellent snack dispenser is the bag the snack came in. No need to put it in a different container, and certainly not an old creamer bottle. What are you, crazy?

life hacks chips

7. How to tell if your avocado is ripe: squeeze it, then cut it open and see if it is ripe. 

life hacks avocado

8. If you’re at a bar and need to leave your seat for a moment, always put a coaster over your drink. Having to lift up a coaster will definitely, without a doubt deter anyone who was planning to slip a roofie in your drink. 

life hacks coaster

9. To avoid messy hands while eating a popsicle, use a napkin.

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10. No time to boil water? You must be incredibly busy if you don’t have time for that. I think you might be overextending yourself. Take a look at your schedule and see if there are some things you could re-prioritize. You may be headed for a burn-out.

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11. To make perfect potato wedges, use a knife to cut a potato into perfect wedges.

life hacks potato

12. Trouble using chopsticks? Try a fork.

life hacks chopsticks

13. If you were thinking of turning an old plastic pants hanger into a chip clip or cookbook holder, you might be a hillbilly. 

life hacks pant hanger

Funny know funny.  Love your post, Karen.  Sometimes the most obvious is the funniest!
While we are on funny, something came across my Facebook stream by the Huffington Post, about “bloating”.  Of course, I had to glance at it…thinking that just perhaps, it wasn’t a summer of Stella’s, but something “medical” going on.  So, in reading the post, I realized, the comments made, were far more entertaining than this “article”, which I’m including here, for the curious.  10 ways to get rid of bloating.
Here are a few comments, that made me really, really giggle.

*There are bigger issues in the world than bloating. This “news source” has become a cesspool of mental trash.

*No. 1: Don’t die on the side of the road.

*Jeff, shove the apple and your comment straight up your a**. Constipation and IBS are a very complex and EXTREMELY frustrating thing for a lot of WOMEN, even those of us that eat plenty of fiber.


*what’s this picture have to do with bloating?

I am not poking fun at constipation, bloating, or IBS…I just find it hilarious, that people actually comment on these posts, some serious and some not so serious.  And those “not so serious”, always makes my day!  Plus, the above picture of the lovely woman looking longingly in the camera, while wearing a light sweater, indeed, has Nothing to do with bloating.  #stockphotos

Happy Birthday LAP!  To a loyal blog follower, and my #1 commenter.


I know, second blog in a week, and it’s only Thursday.  And, yes, there will be a blog tomorrow! Best. Week. Ever. <3






These Boots were Made for Walking….

19 Nov



I was watching the news, and there was a teaser regarding a woman who was now able to fit into her boots.  It then showed her prancing about wearing her knee-high boots.  I thought perhaps there was a cream that made pulling on your boots, easier.  Nope…not so easy.  They were discussing liposuction for calves.  Seriously, people are having lipo done on their calves to fit into boots.  I am Not kidding here.

I’m guessing lipo for your calves would be upwards of $1000, most likely much more.  So this woman, and apparently, many more, as it is now a “trend” (really?), would pay thousands of dollars having their calves surgically altered, to fit into a $100-$200 pair of boots.  Here’s as tip, buy new, wide-calf boots, and save thousands of dollars!  Sheesh!


I have a pair of black, patent-leather high heel boots, which happen to be fabulous.  They are pull-on boots, and while easy to pull on, after a long day, or night, they are difficult to pull off.  But I do it.  Why?  Because, they are fabulous, comfortable and I love them.  I was at an industry event and a colleague said, “Terry, I bet when you wear those boots, you basically get whatever you want?”. Correct, I replied, but I basically get what I want anyway….boots or not.  And I was reminded of that this morning. :)



From September through May, boots are basically part of my look, each and every day.  I love Uggs with leggings for casual, or leggings with riding boots.  For work or “play” I love skirts or dresses with high heel boots.  I guess one could say it’s my “uniform”.  I have to say I had so much fun putting together this blog and have gotten lots of inspiration myself.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together.



All about the Booties

fall booties

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The Boot Guide

the boot guide

Ways to wear your boots this fall



2014 Boot Guide





Styling those Rainboots
style your rain boots


Tucking Non-Skinny Jeans into Boots



Riding Boots




Boots I happen to love



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Looks with boots I love

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Song of the Day:  These boots are made for walking, by Nancy Sinatra.  Dedicated to my friend, Peggy, who always delights me with her dancing when this song comes on!

These boots are made for walking
And that’s just what they’ll do
One of these days these boots
Are gonna walk all over you

Are you ready, boots?
Start walking


Have a happy Wednesday. <3





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It’s a Shoe Thing

14 Nov


As I mentioned in a blog last week, I’m not nearly the savvy blogger I thought I was as  I missed both National Shoe Day as well as National Handbag Day.  Yes, I still have the nerve to refer to myself as a “blogger”, or actually, still blog.  I really don’t think I’m a blogger, nor ever say I’m a blogger, unless I’ve had 2 chardonnay’s, then I’m all about the blog. :)

In regards to the ecard above, “These shoes were made for sitting”.  I have the several pair of truly fabulous shoes…so fabulous to look at, but not so fabulous to walk around in.  These, I explained to Meredith are perfect shoes to either cab or valet park, and walk right to a bar stool, or table in the restaurant.   They are not for hobnobbing about downtown Chicago.  It’s because of the skinny heels.  The giraffe-print Kate Spade have a strangely angled heel as well…hence, valet to the table. No stopping on way.

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So, here you go…short and sweet.  A Shoe Thing!  Quotes and pictures about shoes that I happen to love.  Fancy shoes, not a practical pair in the bunch.   That’s all.


I shouldn’t be feared…but never should be underestimated.  I mean that in the nicest possible way, of course.

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I actually do need help, but don’t want help.  Big difference.




This happened to me.  Someone said, “Those shoes are so practical.   Where did you get those”?

Uhm…bite me.  :)








I am not a fan of heights.




These Louboutins will set you back about $825.



Everything, or most things, I learned in life I learned from my mother and father.  My mom always had beautiful shoes…and loved Red shoes.  My father wore wing-tips, and they were always well-shined.  My brother and I talked just about that, this week.  My dad’s shoe-shine box.  :)



Cheetah seems to be the new black…or the new shoe black.





I think both.




But I loan out my purses, and that’s nothing to sneeze about.




Today, I shall go shoe shopping!



I am in love with these shoes.



Just some shoe knowledge.


Shoring up my male fan base.




Can you wear white after Labor Day?  Heck yes!






Red bottomed shoes.  What’s not to love, except the price?






These, are super fancy.



Not a huge fan of chocolate.



Chunky heels are the way to go, if you are out and about.





I am also in love with these shoes.  When in doubt, buy both.  That’s my new motto!



Now that’s a blog!




True that.

More totally unpractical, but fabulous shoes.   

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More Shoe Quotes…because you can never have enough shoe quotes.


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 Song of the Day:  This must be the Place, by Talking Heads

Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me around
I feel numb, burn with a weak heart
Guess I must be having fun

Well, another weekend, another Bears game.  Lucky for me my friend Cathy is in for the weekend, so that will be fun, fun, fun and hopefully cap-off with a Bears win.  I’m being cautiously optimistic. #blondebutnotdumb

Next week I will post a blog about boots and a blog about purses.  Yup, best blogs ever!  I’m really a handbag gal, not a shoe gal, but is there anything wrong with being both?  Nope…So yeah…it’s a shoe thing. :)








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Consider that done! ;)



5 Styling Tricks…or Tips, as I see them.

7 Nov


It appears I have dropped the ball with my blog. It was brought to my attention this week, that not only did I miss National Handbag Day (Gasp), but I missed National Shoe Day as well.  Horror of all horrors!  Truth be told, I wasn’t aware there were 2 such national holidays. However, in these days of National Nacho’s Day, National Candy Corn Day and National Chocolate Day…why am I surprised?  So I will make up for this faux pas next week and post about purses and shoes.  Best. Blog. Ever!

So, here are some very, basic Styling “Tricks”…which I shall think more of “tips”.  Found these on Who What Wear, which is chock-full of great styling tips.   I am not a stylist, but am only a blogger.  While I know what I like, and think I know what looks good on others, a degree in Speech Communications/Public Relations and  Journalism, does not a Stylist make. Hence, why I sometimes like to give props to the professionals, but also like to pepper  some of my snappy comments and repartee into my blogs, to “make them my own”.  As quoted in Terms of Endearment, “my greatest strength is I recognize my weakness”.  Trust me, I have lots of weaknesses! :)


When it comes to knowing the best way to stock up our closets for just about any occasion, there’s no one we’d rather turn to than celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. We picked their brains on something slightly different: the true insider tricks they’ve learned from years of working with stars like Jessica Alba, Emma Roberts, and more.

None of these are actually earth-shattering tricks, but I do think these are some basic rules we can follow.  

Below, find fashion tricks culled from their years of experience! 

  • 1.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    As you all know, fit is key, and as stylists we learn that even taking up the hem of your pants three-quarters of an inch can add three inches to your silhouette! Know what is flattering and works on your body, and tailor things to those specifications. Get to know the tailor at your local dry cleaner, or better yet, invest in a sewing machine and do it yourself.

    My mother used to say that some women would buy clothes at a lower-end store and have the clothes tailored, which would give the clothes a high-end, designer look.  Poorly fitting clothes can ruin the entire look.  Sometimes it just takes a small tweak to have your clothes fitting properly.  Pants that are too long, drag on teh ground, fray the bottom of your pants and look schlock-y.  Your local dry cleaner can hem those pants, for usually around $8-$11.  Money well spent.  I just took 3 pairs of pants and a pair of Joe Jeans, and had all 4 hemmed, including contrasting thread, for less than $40.  A good tailor can also change the look of an ill-fitting jacket.  The price is more than $8-$11, but the finished look will be Priceless. :)


  • 2.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    While we all read the fashion dos and dont’s, they are all subjective—the most important rule is to have fun and dress for your mood. Things that don’t look good on one person look fantastic on someone else, so wear whatever looks good on you.

    That is my motto, no rules, just wear what you like and what looks good on you.  It shouldn’t necessarily be “fashion” but should be “style”.  



    Style is personal



  • 3.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    No need to invest in a new wardrobe each season when sunglasses, handbags, and shoes are a great place to try out things like neon or bold ‘60s prints.

    I have been all about accessories, for as long as I had my own money to spend.  A fun watch, a snappy handbag, a funky necklace or chunky bracelet (how about those adjectives?) really can make your look pop.  I was wearing 3 bracelets, when everyone was wearing one.  I remember Stephanie said, “I’m gonna be like Terry O, and wear 3 bracelets together”.  And that’s when the trend started. :)  Of course now, more appears to be more and people are wearing 5, 7 and 9 bracelets together!  They call it “stacking”.  I like the look, but not a big fan of jingling when I walk.  Leave the jingling to the bells, not your wrist.  #wordstoliveby.  That being said,  I do love these looks, just want to make sure I don’t jingle!




  • 4.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    The right bra or undies can transform a dress. Invest in nude and black seamless underpinnings, and do not fear Spanx—they are not always necessary, but sometimes they simply make the outfit look better.

    The only tip I’ve ever known is to Always wear matching underwear.  Always.  #nuffsaid





  • 5.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    Believe it or not, we usually put clients in shoes a half size too big but filled with a bounty of shoe pads. Your feet swell as you are standing on them throughout the night, and planning ahead with extra room and extra padding is a lifesaver. It’s hard to have fun with throbbing feet!

    When your feet are miserable, you are miserable.  I have spent more money this year on shoe pads, inserts, gels, blister block and other things to make my shoes feel better than I have spent on new shoes.  I am seriously considering going to the Walking Store for “professional fit inserts”.   Ladies, wearing high heels ruins your feet.  And guess what?  I am still wearing high heels.  My friend C is my inspiration.  She has a stress fracture in her foot, yet wore her high heels during the entire wedding reception last weekend, and that included 3 hours of dancing.  I clocked in at 18,800 steps btw.  Of course, I thought I would have been north of 25,000.  #stingyfitbit



    Some good shoe tips from Good Housekeeping


    1. Enough space: there should be 0,9cm to 2,5cm between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the shoe

    2. Square or rounded toe boxes (or open toes); if you have bunions, make sure the toe box is roomy enough.

    3. Sufficient width, gauged by the broadest part of your foot. Minimal slippage at the heel.

    4. Wiggle room: when you stand, you should be able to extend all your toes inside the shoe.

    5. Instant comfort: don’t count on shoes stretching. They might, but you’ll have to put up with them squeezing and irritating your feet in the meantime.


    Song of the Week:  Let’s Go, by the Cars.  Dedicated to the Chicago Bears.  Come on, Let’s Go!!  Scheesh!  How can you hear this song and not dance?  It can’t happen…You need to get up and dance!

    she’s driving away
    with the dim lights on
    and she’s making a play
    she can’t go wrong
    she never waits too long
    she’s winding them down
    on her clock machine
    and she won’t give up
    ’cause she’s seventeen

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    I cannot believe it is already Friday.  Where or where did this week go?  In the past, that’s where.  So, many special birthdays this month.  Happy Birthday today to Shannon!  This month to Lee, D, Susan and my godson, Luke!  And a belated from last week to Colleen, whom we will be celebrating this weekend!

    Favorite memory this week.  I bought a cow at an auction for the Barrington Garden Club.  Super cute, 3-feet long, metal cow.  Can use as a planter, but I plan to use it on the deck to hold chilled bottles of beer or wine.  While I was post-gaming with D, I texted Paddy to ask him to let the Murph out.  His text back.

    Ok.  There’s a cow on the porch.


    Correct.  It’s just a temporary resting spot, till we can bring Clarence (yes, he was already named) back to the deck. Then the sunroom in the winter.  #options

    Ok, big weekend for football.  Round 3 in the playoffs for the Barrington Broncos.  Go Broncos!  And our Chicago Bears go to Lambeau Field (ugh) to play the Packers.  I don’t remember the last time we lost 3 games in a row…and hoping I won’t have to!  Go Bears!





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    This is why I always pepper in sarcastic ecards. :)


    Obviously I won’t be saying this to Mer Mer!


    Darn!  Who knew?!






Things Every Man Should Know…

3 Nov

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It’s Back!  MANic Monday… It’s been awhile since I’ve done a MANic Monday post.  I’m sure my few male followers will be super excited.   Funny enough, I’m now over 900,000 lifetime views on this blog, and MANic Monday topics remain the highest read blogs.  That, and It’s All About Me or Stylish Things to Know or Things I Know.  Perhaps I’ll post more MANic Monday topics.  And perhaps I’ll post in the morning like I typically do, and not at 3PM.  #lazy

There was this great little article, that boasts 40+ things every man should know.  I’ve decided to pick and choose the ones I want to share and think men should know (again, it’s DressedtoaT so I do what I want) but know there are some things Men probably should know, that I’m choosing not to share…so I’ve shared the Entire post of  48 things men should know at the end of this blog.  #alwaysgiving


Nice to Meet You


Changing a car tire.  This reminds me of a story when I was driving to a Bears game with Susan, Patrick and his friend Matt.  I was driving (or pushing as the younger kids say) a Porsche Cayenne, and turned around in the street, because that’s how you get into the parking garage.  There was no traffic and this was a safe maneuver.  My tire clipped the curb, and it Immediately went flat.  Changing a Cayenne’s tire, is not like changing other tires.  It appeared to be complicated.  Susan said we needed to call Roadside Assistance.  Oh she of little faith.  Within 2 minutes, I found 3 men, all in Bears jerseys, and explained that while I was Not a damsel in distress, I was a damsel who did Not know how to change the tire in my car…and could they please assist, and in turn, I would allow them to sit in my seats for 1/2 the game.  Boom…tire changed, and they did not take me up on my offer, but asked that I frequent the restaurant, that a family member owns in South Barrington. Boom, I’ve frequented Jersey’s Pizza and Grill  about 15 times since.  #greatpizza  #servesStella



Tie me Up



Hey Bear…clap. clap.


Good Manners are Always in Style



Positive to Positive.  Negative to Negative

How to build a camp fire


The 3-Button Rule



How to break down a door



How to make whiskey drinks.  Kevin…this one’s for you.  I do not care for whiskey, however my daughter does.  Like father like daughter…and that’s about where the similarities end, btw.



All about the Beer Glass


Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.



How to jump from a moving car.  I’m sure this will come in handy.  


How to tie a bow tie.  Featured in a previous blog, but it’s easier to include it here, than always refer back to old blogs.




Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up?



How to clean and filet a fish


How to sew a button.  


The wide world of beer


Tie the Knot




Ways to escape zip ties. Hmmm…





I’ve fallen and I can’t get out


How to Escape a Sinking Car.  #chappaquiddick



Great weekend, only 1 trick-or-treater (correct only one) and a  great wedding…More pics to follow, but this is me and Mer.  Best line of the night came from my darling daughter who told me that I appear to Not know the words to any of the songs, I was singing, loudly, while dancing and singing to the band.  #duh.  I don’t know the words to any song, other than Paradise by the dashboard lights, or perhaps, Build me up buttercup.  So, she says, “Hmmm.  I thought you were a karaoke singer.  So, what you really are is  a dancer”.  Yes, Mer Mer, your Momma, is a dancer.  But I’m also a singer in a rock and roll band! :)



Song of the Day:  Living on a Prayer, by Bon Jovi, which I love to sing (just not the right words) and dance to at a wedding.  No matter, as I’m still fun at parties.  And weddings.

She says, “We’ve gotta hold on to what we’ve got.
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot.
For love we’ll give it a shot.”

Whoa, we’re half way there
Whoa, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it – I swear
Whoa, livin’ on a prayer

Oh Monday…

oh monday



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may your coffee strong and monday short

Things Men Should Know – the whole kit and kaboodle




What to Wear to a Wedding

31 Oct


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I’m getting married in the morning.  Ding dong the bells are gonna chime!  And no, I am not getting married, but we get to attend a wedding this weekend and I cannot wait!  I love a fun party!  Truly, I am giddy with excitement and can’t wait to frolic with my best peeps, celebrating the wedding of Ronnie and Jon (no h).  A great time will be had by all starting with a beautiful ceremony, fun dinner, lots of dancing, libations and did I mention lobster rolls being passed as a late night snack at 11PM.  And a late-night snack truck! And lots of dancing…and I love, love, love to dance!  I mean, OMG…So, of course this begs the question, what to wear?

Especially in these days of social media, when everything is documented, you want to be appropriately dressed for any occasion.  You also may not want to  wear the same thing over and over again, for fear of people thinking you have but one outfit. #Terry’slife.    If you do choose to wear the same dress, you can change it up with different accessories.  #options.  I have always thought that was important, hence one of my first blogs The History of the Fashion Journal, in which I explain why I journal what I wear,  so I’m not always wearing the same thing with the same crowd. #savvyblogger


Top 5 Wedding No-No's - What NOT to Wear! - to see more:  - A MUST-READ for all wedding guests!

Top 5 wedding no-no’s – what not to wear!

Here are five of the most common wedding dress guest mistakes women make when choosing a wedding outfit.  Courtesy of The Perfect Palette (
 A lot of people think that this is an old-fashioned, old-school rule. Maybe the bride is super cool and doesn’t care one bit. But wearing a white dress to a wedding can rub a lot of people the wrong way. Truthfully, the most obvious mistake female wedding guests make is wearing white. In fact, anything that looks remotely bridal is out of bounds to avoid offending the bride. It’s never a good idea to wear anything that could conceivably be mistaken for a wedding dress.
Some say it is okay, however, according to Martha Stewart Weddings, “If you do show up in white, you’re not technically doing anything wrong, but people might talk and you’ll be known as “the girl who wore white at so-and-so’s wedding.” It’s just not worth it. Let the big day be about the guest of honor — the bride — and save your white dress for a special occasion that doesn’t involve vows.” So with that being said, I think you shouldn’t wear all white. Because believe me, even if you look your best in white, you won’t care what color you’re wearing when she’s staring daggers into your eyes instead of saying “I do.” Exceptions to the rule are white dresses with bold colored patterns.
The truth is that there’s really nothing wrong with wearing a red dress to a wedding. The real underlying issue with red is that it draws the eye, BIG time. And if there is only one bright red dress among a sea of pastel shades, it will stand out like a sore thumb on the group photos. To avoid stealing the show, I’d suggest avoiding red all together. Especially if the dress color could be described as “fire engine red.” Bright red is just too loud and distracting. Deep cranberry is a good alternative.
This dress would be fabulous and give you that pop of color!  I’m not sure I agree with not wearing red, btw.  Neither does the picture below, from The Dress Code.
A common wedding dress guest mistake is failing to check the invitation dress code to see which style of outfit is appropriate. For a black tie dress code an evening gown or cocktail dress is expected, for a white tie dress code nothing but a ball gown will suffice, and for a lounge suit dress code a daytime summer dress, a skirt and top or a light suit is required. If there is no dress code on the invitation, a colorful summer dress is usually a safe bet. Dress codes should be paid attention to. Believe me, you don’t want to feel out of place. Nothing could feel more awkward.
I love this dress! I also live by the rule it’s better to be overdressed, than under-dressed.
Wedding guest outfits shouldn’t look too much like the bridesmaids’ dresses. Some guests make the effort to find out the wedding color scheme and choose a coordinating dress, which is a great idea. Wearing an identical dress to the bridesmaids, however, can give the impression of being offended at not being asked to be one. Of course coincidences happen and sometimes guests will unknowingly turn up in the same color as the bridesmaids, which can’t be helped.
You can never go wrong with your LBD.
A wedding is a classy occasion. Don’t cheapen it by wearing what you wore to the bachelorette party or the club the night before. Even though the reception will likely feature dancing and single cuties, it’s not the time or the place for tiny clothes that hug every curve. Skimpy clothes fall into the bachelorette party dress code. Believe me, no one needs to see your upper thigh or your cleavage hanging out. Seriously. It’s just not a good look.
One rule, that isn’t mentioned here,  “It’s better to be overdressed than under-dressed”.  That rule applies to most occasions and it’s a rule that I happen to abide by.
And more “decoding”
So there you have it!  The top 5 wedding No-No’s when it comes to wedding attire for guests! I know there are a few exceptions to this rule. For instance, different cultures have different traditions when it comes to white and red. But generally speaking, these rules will keep you safe when you are on trying to decide what to wear (and not to wear) to your next wedding!
Great wedding guest dress ideas
:) I just thought this was Precious!
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T his is appropriate, since it’s actually Snowing today, in Chicago!
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I love, love, love animal print shoes with a black dress.
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More good winter options!
One side note here… spikey heels are never good on grass.  When I know I’m going to be walking on grass, I always wear a chunkier heel, so I don’t sink into the ground.
My friend, D, would rock this dress!
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One of my favorites, here. I love yellow dresses.
This is my option #1.  Different shoes.  I’m thinking High-heeled, red patent leather peep toe pumps.
This is my option #2.  Similar shoes.  No Tattoo.  :)
Top 20 Most Requested Wedding Dance Songs of 2014
20. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
19. “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz
18. “Yeah” – Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon
17. “Twist and Shout” – The Beatles
16. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Def Leppard
15. “Wobble” – VIC
14. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
13. “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
12. “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” – Beyonce
11. “Love Shack” – B-52’s
10. “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
9. “Cha Cha Slide” – DJ Casper
8. “Gangnam Style” – Psy
7. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
6. “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/D
5. “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
4. “Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO
3. “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
2. “Cupid Shuffle” – Cupid
1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
And so the #1 most requested wedding song of 2014, will be today’s  Song of the Day:
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Some will win
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

So, my best memory from the song, Don’t Stop Believing… It was 2010, and Kev, Patrick and I were at the Giants game, where we thought they were going to clinch to go to the world series.  So, 7th inning stretch and instead of “Take me out to the Ballgame” as we do at a Cubs game, they started playing, “Don’t Stop Believing”.  The Entire crowd started to sing, and they flashed to a picture of a man from a skybox, signing out to the crowd.  Kevin asked who it was, and I said, “Steve Perry from Journey”.  He was like, “no way”.  Way!  It was Steven Perry, and we sang that song, at the top of our lungs, with the 40,000+ other fans, for 3 minutes.  The Giants lost that game, but it was one of my all time favorite memories!



Pre-gaming…when I sent this pic to Joe, he said, “slumming with Franciscan”?  Yeah, maybe. :)



This pic was from 2010, not last weekend.  AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco, is my all-time favorite ballpark…yes, I love it more than Wrigley Field.  They serve Stella and Napa Valley wines.  What’s not to love? <3
Looking forward to Ronnie and Jon’s nuptials. Pictures to follow no doubt. #RonJon2014.  And, a Very Happy Birthday Jay!  Sorry to miss the soiree this weekend…but we’re gonna be busy dancing at the wedding of the year and eating lobster rolls!  So glad we could spend time with you last week. :)
Way to Go San Francisco Giants!  At least one of my baseball teams, sees some post-season play, and goes on to win the World Series.  #OctoberTogether.  On a little side note, I love #ChevyGuy #TechnologyandStuff.  I also love that GM has gotten behind the Rikk Wilde, who had an unfortunate, awkward, and super nervous appearance presenting the MVP award to Madison Baumgarner.  Who hasn’t flubbed up when speaking, let alone speaking in front of a crowd?  Most of us, probably aren’t doing it in front of millions, either, which as he showed, was obviously  terrifying.  So Hats off to GM, for having Rikk Wilde’s back, by tweeting, “He was on message.  The truck has technology and stuff. We will use that term and stuff.”  For the full story, Technology and Stuff.
Happy Halloween…Murphy is dressing up as a  “LineBarker”.  Brian Urlacher should watch his bark. :)

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