Friday, September 19, 2014

Foodie Friday: Apple Cider Baked Chicken With Meyer Lemon And Yukon Gold Potatoes



 Hello again and happy Friday! I wanted to share with you all today the other apple-themed fish I made last weekend, apple cider baked chicken. The recipe stems from one by Gimmie Some Oven that I discovered through Pinterest. I changed just a few things but stayed pretty true to the original dish. It was full of fall flavors and so easy to make. Plus, the leftovers tast just as good as the first meal. Also, you are cooking potatoes and apples in the same roasting pan as your chicken, which is just one less side dish to think about. I hope you enjoy this delicious fall dish!  

 

Apple Cider Baked Chicken with Meyer Lemon and Yukon Gold Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1 meyer lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons of  apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder
  • 6-8 chicken legs or thighs
  • 2 large apples sliced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 pound of yukon gold potatoes sliced into 1 inch cubes

Directions

Whisk together the apple cider, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, mustard powder, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the liquid to a large, gallon sized zip-top bag along with the onions and lemons slices. Season the chicken slightly with salt and pepper and add to the bag. Close the bag, place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange the chicken pieces in a large roasting. Pour all of the marinade, including onions and lemons over and around the pieces. Tuck the apples and potatoes around the chicken. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through to re-coat everything with the marinade. Serve and enjoy!

*hint* The original recipe called for an oven temperature of 350 degrees but I read many reviews saying that the potatoes were still underdone. I cooked mine for 45 minutes on 350 and then 45 minutes on 375. My potatoes were still a little under as well, so I removed the chicken and continued cooking the veggies for another 10 minutes or so. I think cooking the dish the whole time on 375 should fix this issue, but be warned you may be leaving the potatoes in a bit longer. Also, the higher temperature thickens the marinade nicely and creates a sauce in the pan, which I loved!










XOXO

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hats And Fishtails



Hello all! Like I said yesterday, we had a nice little cold front this weekend here in Dallas and it finally started to feel like fall. I went to a design class this Sunday at our local Pottery Barn to learn how to decorate our living room. Since I live in walking distance to the store, I wanted a cute but comfortable out fit to wear to the event. It was chilly enough to wear a jacket so I was so excited to finally pull out one of my first fall purchases this year, a J Crew boyfriend fatigue jacket! I love the soft army green mixed with the dark denim of my Gap high waisted skinny jeans. Since it is still technically summer, I wanted to get a little more use out of my J Crew Sicilia scarf, Panama hat and of course my Tory Burch Espadrilles before packing them up until spring. I hope you enjoy this mish mosh transition outfit and it inspires you to mix you summer and fall pieces.










Jacket: J Crew HERE
Hat: J Crew HERE
Scarf: J Crew (sold out online) fall version HERE
T Shirt: Gap (sold out online) similar HERE
Jeans: Gap HERE
Shoes: Tory Burch, in a different color combo  HERE
Styling Products: Agave Oil Healing Oil Treatment HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Style Stay HERE


XOXO



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Apple and Blue Cheese Salad with Apple Cider VinaigretteDressing



Hello again! I hope you are all having a great week so far. This weekend we had a bit of a cold front here in Dallas and it finally started to feel like fall. I wanted to create a light salad to pair with my dinner on Sunday, both highlighting one of my favorite fall fruits, apples! I will share the dinner recipe later this week, but let's start off with this salad. I love combining simple ingredients that pack a ton of flavor. The creamy blue cheese, crisp apples, and crunchy toasted walnuts give this salad so much texture and flavor. The dressing is light and tangy with a hint of sweetness from the apple cider and the maple syrup. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your dinner party as well as a go to dish for a light meal. I hope you enjoy this simple salad! 




Apple and Blue Cheese Salad

With Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing 

 

  Salad Ingredients:

  •  2 hearts of Romaine Lettuce, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 Fiji apples, julienned
  • 1 English cucumber, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1 lemon, juiced (add juice to apple to keep from browning)

    Dressing Ingredients:

  •  1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

Directions:

Heat a skillet over meduim heat. Toast the walnuts until slightly browned. Remove form the heat and allow to cool. Whisk together the apple cider vinegar, apple cider, mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper in a meduim bowl to combine. Slowly add the olive oil while continuing to whisk. Chop all of your vegetables and combine in a large bowl with the blue cheese and walnuts. Toss with dressing to combine. Serve and enjoy!







XOXO



Beauty Thursday: Agave Oil



Hello again beauties! Today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite new haircare brands, Agave Oil. The company was sweet enough to send me a few of their products and I have been using them for about a month now. The three products are the Agave Smoothing Shampoo, the Agave Smoothing Conditioner, and, my favorite, the Agave Healing Oil Treatment. I have to say I have seen a huge difference in the quality and texture of my hair. Not only is it much smoother and virtually frizz free, but I am noticing my split ends are also much less apparent. The products are sulfate and paraben free and contain agave plant sugars to help hydrate and maintain hair's natural shine. I love using natural products, so I am very happy to talk about this particular brand.






First I want to talk about the Agave Smoothing Shampoo since it is the natural first step in any haircare routine. It is a light, creamy formula that lathers nicely considering the lack of sulfate and gently cleans my hair. I have not noticed anything mind blowingly different about this shampoo compared to other ones that I generally like, but I also know that it is hard to find a natural shampoo this compares on par with chemical based ones. It does do a great job of keeping my frizz at bay, and it smells FANTASTIC like some kind of tropical island. It may be the best smelling shampoo I ever used. I don't feel as though any residue is left, which is great because I only was my hair about twice a week and I need a shampoo that can get rid of the oil build up at my scalp as well as all the dry shampoo and hairspray that I use to style my locks. Overall I have to say that it is a solid product. 


The next step in my haircare routine would be conditioning my hair, and I love the
Agave Smoothing Conditioner. It also does a fantastic job eliminating frizz without weighing my hair down. I normally use volumizing shampoos and conditioners because my long hair can be quite heavy, so I was concerned to switch to a product not geared for that. I was pleasantly surprised by the voluminous results after my first use. The smell is, once again, intoxicating which alone can make me switch permanently. I truly love this natural conditioner. 



The final step is the Agave Healing Oil Treatment which is the product I have seen the most drastic results with. It is a non-greasy liquid oil formula that you apply to damp hair about half way through the drying process. It is loaded with not only the agave sugars, but other natural botanicals like coconut, vanilla, sunflower, and safflower to nourish and transform hair’s outer layer. The botanicals are mixed with madagascar baobab seed oil to create a much lighter formula then typical nut oils. It has the same amazing tropical smell as the other products and works tremendously to combat frizz and tame my unruly hair. Like I mentioned earlier, I have seen a huge overall difference with this product particularly with the texture and shine of my hair. It works much better then any other shine serum or hair oil I have tried. Others can tend to look greasy and make the ends of my hair somewhat stringy. This product does an amazing job smoothing my locks and adding shine without all those negative effects. This will continue to be a staple in my haircare routine for years to come.


To learn more about the Agave Oil products you can check out their website HERE

All of their products are available for purchase at Sephora

Agave Smoothing Shampoo HERE
Agave Smoothing Conditioner HERE
Agave Healing Oil Treatment HERE
 Agave Smoothing Trio c/o HERE

 Thank you to Agave Oil for letting me try your amazing products!


XOXO




Monday, September 08, 2014

Made For Plaid



Hello again everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. With football finally starting, all I can think about is fall! I know this is no surprise, but it is without a doubt my favorite time of year, and my favorite time for fashion! This year, I am seeing plaid everywhere and I absolutely love it! I consider plaid a classic that is always in style, however this year it is particularly dominant, and not just on flannel shirts. I think it is a true throwback to the 90's and as a 90's kid, I think its amazing. I wanted to share with you all a few of my favorite plaid pieces that I have seen so far.




Made For Plaid


 



XOXO


 

Friday, September 05, 2014

Summer Lingers On


Hello again all and happy Friday! This week seemed to fly by because of Labor day and I am so excited that the weekend is upon us. For the Frue's, it is going to be filled with visiting friends and watching football games, which means fall is almost here! Autumn is definitely my favorite time of year, but in Texas summer seems to last a little longer then my native New Jersey, so it is hard to sport my favorite fashion trends too early because of the heat. To solve this issue, I am simply trying to gravitate toward darker colors, but still dress for the summer temperature. 

I wanted to share with you all today this transitional outfit highlighting this HUGE but fun hat! It is the perfect hat if I ever went to the Kentucky Derby, but it is also just a fun piece that makes a statement at a day to day affair. I found it while shopping with my friend Tia earlier this summer. We actually both tried it on, and I happened to be wearing almost the same outfit at the time. She told me it completed my look, and with those words, I had to have it. I also wanted to mention my adorable sneakers. they are Kate Spade for Keds and my sweet mother-in-law picked them up for me when she came for a visit in Dallas. I have never before seen pointy toed sneakers and I just thought they were beyond adorable. I am planning on getting much more use out of them this fall as well, since navy blue works well with any season. I hope you like this simple look!













Shirt: Banana Republic HERE
Shorts: Banana Republic, similar HERE
Shoes: Kate Spade for Keds, similar HERE
Hat: Anthropologie HERE
Hair: Bellami Ciao Bella Curling Wand c/o 32mm attachment HERE
Styling Products: Agave Healing Oil Treatment c/o HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE


XOXO





Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Last Bits Of Summer




Hello again lovelies! I am sharing with you today one of my favorite outfits of the summer. I was shopping with my sweet mother-in-law in Anthropologie back in July when we both saw this beautiful dress. She convinced me to try it on (lets be honest, it did not take much convincing) and we both absolutely fell in love! Since then I have worn it to a few fun events including the Lululemon Dallas Blogger event and my friend Tia's sweet baby shower. It has been my go-to party dress this summer and I would not have it any other way. I love how the top is somewhat sporty because of the racer back detail and the stretchy cotton fabric, but the chiffon on the bottom is so beautiful and flowey! It makes for such a versatile dress, in my opinion, because it can truly be dressed up or dressed down. Today I styled it how I wore it to the baby shower, which was two weekends ago. I paired it with my favorite wedges and this gorgeous chunky floral bib necklace. I hope you all get an opportunity to wear your favorite summer party dress one more time before fall rolls around!















Last Bits Of Summer





Dress: Anthropologie HERE
Shoes: Dolce Vita via. Piperlime, same available at Nordstrom HERE
Necklace: Lily Wang via. Shoplatly "Bling Bouquet Necklace" HERE
Hair: Bellami Ciao Bella Curling Wand c/o 32mm attachment HERE
Styling Products: Agave Healing Oil Treatment c/o HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE


XOXO