Thursday, August 31, 2017

The BEST Onion Soup!!!!!

Yesterday I made this onion soup for my family and the ENTIRE pot went so quickly.  Rarely does that happen around here.  I will admit that this is a lengthy process but super easy to make.  You just have to be patient but it really does cook itself.  The results are worth the wait of the cooking time.  Bon Appetit!

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adapted from The Kitchn


3 pounds yellow onions, peeled, sliced, and cut into quarter-moons
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
10 cups beef broth
3 tablespoons cooking sherry ( I used a little more)

To Serve

4 to 6 baguette slices, toasted, for each bowl
1 1/3 to 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese (1/3 cup per bowl)
Chopped shallot or fresh onion

  1. Season the onions: Place the onion slices in a 5-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Stir in the butter and olive oil, salt, and a generous quantity of black pepper. 
  2. Cook on LOW for 6 hours: Cover and cook on LOW overnight or for 6 hours. The onions should be dark golden brown and soft. 
  3. Add broth: Stir in broth and cooking sherry
  4. Cook 2 hours on LOW: Cover and continue cooking on LOW for 2-4 hours. This is flexible; as long as your slow cooker holds moisture well (wrap a towel over the lid if quite a lot of steam escapes), you can cook the soup for hours. Longer cooking will only intensify the flavors. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired, and stir in the brandy if using. 
  5. Portion the soup into oven-safe bowls: Heat the oven to 350°F. Ladle the soup and onions into oven-safe bowls and place the bowls in a baking pan. 
  6. Top with toast and shredded cheese: Top each bowl with a slice of toast and a generous quantity of shredded Gruyere cheese. 
  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes: Bake on a rack in the upper third of the oven until the cheese is completely melted. 
  8. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes: Turn the oven to broil and broil the soup for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and browned. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Some Shoes That Caught My Eye For Fall

So last week when I was asked to give you mule recommendations, I pick out some of my favorite pairs.  However, I thought I could do ever better this week.  Here are a bunch of choices that are budget friendly and oh so stylish.  You can even get 2 or 3!!!!!!!!!!

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I love this floral print

Velvet is going to be HUGE this year

I love this pink velvet shoe as well

I'm obsessed with this metallic look

More velvet LOVE

I know I have featured these a few times before but they are just too good to leave out!!!!

This has to be one of my favorites!!!!!!

Another of my favs and I would love one in every color!!!!!

This denim one is too adorable!!!!

This pair is def. a MUST HAVE

Love the color of this pair

A perfect silhouette

I featured this in my last re-cap and it is so gorgeous I needed to show you again

This shoe will go with all your fall outfits day and night and it is velvet too

These Kate Spade are sooooo adorable.....such a fun party shoe

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ebates Works!!!!!! It Really Does!!!!!!!!

I have been using Ebates for over a year now.   Basically, I installed a "button" on my computer so that when I visit an online shopping site,  Ebates reminds me (via pop up window) to click on their logo to get my cash back.  The idea behind Ebates is that you shop at your favorite online retailers, you earn cash back on your purchases and Ebates sends you a check or Paypal.  It's THAT EASY!!!!  Ebates earns a commission from the retailers (and there are a ton who participate), every time you shop with them via Ebates and they share it with YOU (no fees, charges, etc)!!!!  When I signed up I thought I would never see a dime.  Honestly, I am here to tell you I have received a few hundred dollars cash back.  I am not kidding, you have to try it for yourself....your link to sign up is HERE to get your own button.  Happy Shopping!!!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Book Club Monday

Today's Book Club Monday choice is a cannot put down book....I am absolutely loving this is The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher.  Here is the amazing story:

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. 
Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves? 
For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price. 
A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain. -

For more information, or to order this book, click HERE.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Navy Jane

I am so excited to introduce you to the company Navy Jane.    All of the Navy Jane clothing is so adorable, cute, preppy, and sporty all at the same time.  The best part is Navy Jane is available in sizes s-3xl so no-one is left out.  My favorite item is the Emily and I LOVE the green with navy trim.  The company's founder Lauren, who is just a sweet as her designs, sent me 2 beautiful dresses.  I was so impressed when I opened them.  The quality is amazing.  And the fit is perfect.  I encourage you to check out Navy Jane, you will not be disappointed!!!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mules For Fall

So I received a request from a reader this week to post on my favorite mules for fall.   They are definitely a MUST HAVE for fall..... There are so many options out there so please consider this just a guide since most of these are wish list items...I just could not resist showing them to you....BUT the She In pair on the bottom is incredible and not expensive all all.  However, Gucci is still the front runner...I am still seeing them ALL OVER..three years running....It goes to show that good style really does last!!!!  Happy Shopping!!!!

Mules For Fall

Flat shoes

Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Club Monday

We are going strong with thrillers...and I have another one for you this week..  It's Always The Husband by Michele Campbell.  If you LOVED Big Little will love this will keep you guessing until the end.....

*Named one of "50 Best Books for the Beach" by Coastal Living
*Named one of "7 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Month" by InStyle
*Named one of "6 Books to Cure Your Little Big Lies Withdrawal" by
*Named one of "20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017" by Redbook
*Named one of "8 Thrillers You Will Devour This Summer" by BuzzFeed

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Kate was beautiful, wild, wealthy, and damaged. Aubrey, on financial aid, came from a broken home, and wanted more than anything to distance herself from her past. And Jenny was a striver—brilliant, ambitious, and determined to succeed. As an unlikely friendship formed, the three of them swore they would always be there for each other. 
But twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone is urging her to jump. 
How did it come to this?
Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door. But how can these three women love and hate each other? Can feelings this strong lead to murder? When one of them dies under mysterious circumstances, will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

A suspenseful, absorbing novel that examines the complexities of friendship, It’s Always the Husband will keep readers guessing right up to its shocking conclusion.

For more information, or to order this book, click HERE.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Personal Chef To Go

Don't you dream of having your very own personal chef?  Imagine coming home every night and having a gourmet diner waiting for you.  Well, now you can!!!!  Personal Chef To Go.  This healthy, affordable, fresh meal service is available nationwide, right to your door...

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Thank you Personal Chef To Go for sponsoring this always all opinion and thoughts represented above are my own.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

5 Minute Million Dollar Dip

I just made this dip to bring to a friend's house last weekend.  OMG!!!  It was sooo good..Everyone was raving.  I loved finding really easy yummy appetizers.  This is also going to be great for the holidays.  Bon Appetit!!!!

1/2 cup bacon cut in "bits"
5 green onions
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 almonds
8 oz cheddar cheese

Add green onions, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, bacon bits, and almonds in a small bowl.  Mix until combined and chill for at least 2 hours.  Serve with your favorite crackers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sparkly Pink Polka Dots

I just love anything with a monogram, especially stationary.  I recently found the cutest store on Etsy, Sparkly Pink Polka Dots.  You can get beautiful note cards, note pads, colorful prints to frame and vinyl decals to monogram everything from water bottles, to serving plates, to notebooks.  The prices are amazing so they make the best gifts.  Keep a look out for their Holiday items too.  Sparkly Pink Polka Dots is offering our readers 15% off their order.  Please use the code NSLIFESTYLES15 upon check out!!! Happy Monogramming!!!!!