Winter butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Monday, October 24, 2016

I love spending time in the kitchen,and when fall rolls around and my favorite veggies are in season I always look for new recipes to try, at my last grocery trip  I found this perfectly green winter squash
and I immediately had a  craving to make soup, luckily most of Sunday was rainy and cold perfect for soup.

Since it was my first time making a butternut soup I did a little research on a few recipes, I don't normally like to follow a recipe exactly, because I like to add my own little flair, so I landed on two plus my own ideas. I have to be honest we were all hungry, and this was my first time making this soup I was nervous we were going to starve! BUT we loved it!!!!! it was so tasty and creamy and comforting.... Emilia loved it, how do I know, you ask well one she had two bowls, but when she tries something for the first time and loves it she gives you this huge smile of approval, and I got it!!! Mom win!!

With prep time and cook time I would say it took about 45 minutes, but  you can make an easier version and buy butternut squash noodles. It makes for a great weekday dinner and it holds up for a week in the fridge.. hey leftovers!

What you need:
1 Winter Squash
4 cups Butternut squash
1 Apple
Chicken broth
olive oil
yellow onion

How to:

Chop about 3 cups of onions,  cook until soft in olive oil so about 5 minutes, then add the squash and apple, about 5 cups broth, bring to a boil until everything is soft, about 15 to 20 minutes I left the pot on high heat. Once everything is soft carefully transfer the soup to a blender add stock until last, add depending on the consistency you're looking for... I added all of it back and used a 60 second puree option on blender!

Hope you enjoy!

Emilia is One

Thursday, October 6, 2016

We've been celebrating this little one since September, we took advantage of labor day weekend to have a small birthday party in Texas with my family. For the first party we went with a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme, I loved how girly and sparkly everything came out. My mom and I put our DIY skills to work she was in charge of table arrangements and they were the most fun star arrangements I've ever seen, I made the the banners I couldn't be more proud of our efforts.

It was so nice to share such a special day with my family and with friends I grew up but seeing Emilia fall in love with her cake, and get so excited to play with her cousin melted my heart!

Her actual birthday was September 29th our plan was to take her to Sesame Place, but the weather didn't cooperate so instead we make a big breakfast let her eat cake and opened gifts!

Saturday she had a celebration with her neighborhood friends, I can't explain how much fun she had, we had a Finding Dory, she is OBSESSED with Dory, she can point her out in a crowd and loved all her balloons, again it rained so we held the party inside our house, we decorated with balloons, dory treats, cake and cupcakes!

It amazes me how aware she is of her surroundings how, excited she gets when she gets to eat cake and see her friends, my little baby is turning into a little girl and it's so exciting!

Smile Brilliant

Thursday, September 8, 2016

We all know that once September hits, the holidays are just around the corner, and with holidays come holiday parties, and while we're all looking for the glitzy new year's eve dress, the ugliest christmas sweater for those beloved ugly christmas sweater parties and cute cocktail dress for drinks with friends, we can't forget the most important accessory our smile, it'll be in tons of pictures. It'll be what your guest, host and friends will be looking at, and let's be honest none of us want a stained smile.

I'll be getting a head start this year and brightening my teeth with a Smile Brilliant kit, right in the comfort of my own home, no more appointments at the dentist office, or whitening kits that were $500 + dollars. sure, the white strips seem as a friendly approach, custom fitted trays have so many more benefits check them out here. As a special treat to my readers Smile Brilliant and I will be giving away a $139.95 credit, good for 1 tray and 6 gel syringes of your choice! follow the link to register, Contest will close September 29, 206, also we are offering a 5% discount with code redsolesandstilettos, take advantage you won't regret it!

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As the Air Turns Crisp

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It's hard to believe Fall is around the corner when temps are still reaching a high 90, but the reality is Fall will be here, and we'll put away our sandals, summer dresses, air dried locks, and say good bye to the ripest peaches, and start thinking about sweaters, boots and that beautiful PA foliage.

I started thinking what would my fall wardrobe consist of, last year I had a newborn so leggings and nursing tops were my go to, but this year we'll have a one year old, I picture lots of fall festivals, leave gathering and early morning strolls. My look has to be above all functional with a side of chic. Thanks to Pinterest this is whats on my wish list.

flats instead 

Summer Shoulder

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

This summer has been all about the off the shoulder trend, it is everywhere and I seriously can't get enough of it. It makes an outfit a little more elegant or at least I feel that way, like I'm channeling the beauty's of the 50's hello Lucille Ball! Let's also talk about the serious collar bone action that come with wearing an off the shoulder dress or top, shows one of the sexiest parts of a women (in my opinion)  I found this little number at Anthropologie, they were having a 30% off sale and well I couldn't resist. The best part is it came in petite, and it had pockets, who doesn't love a dress with pockets.

I wore the dress on a day trip to New York, I paired it with fringe sandals and a white fedora, I felt that instant chic factor!

Mommy and Emilia 10 Months

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Last Friday Emilia turned 10 months, don't ask me where the time went, I have no idea, all I know is that I love waking up to that huge beautiful smile of hers, that currently is housing 3 teeth! watching her go from a new born to this little human has been more than rewarding, we've watched her learn to sit on her own, scoot on her little bottom to get wherever she needs to go, and being able to tell us where Elmo and Dory are whenever you ask her!

I've come to learn the she does better being out and about than being home, that little girl has energy to last her... her thoughts are naps are for the weak, which makes for a fussy baby, then an angry baby, sleeping certainly isn't her favorite thing which makes for an exhausted mommy, but we're getting through it, sometimes priorities change and I've learned that other task can wait if she needs me I'm there.

For her 10 months she's done her fair share of exploring. We've visited Niagra Falls, New York, San Antonio ( Sea world was her favorite!) she's been swimming and in a few days we'll be at the beach! I love that she has such a healthy appetite, and she can now partake in pizza Friday, she puts those teeth to good use!

Her milestones: she says DADA in the most beautiful little voice, she babbles all day and sometimes she sings, she didn't crawl she scouts and is in the process of learning to walk, this girl will be running all over town in no time!

Somedays are hard, some days are incredibly easy, Bill and I have become better at team work. When I take a step back and realize all this girl has in her, everything she is willing to learn and all the love she has to share, well I'm ok with the hard day, those will pass and we won't even remember!

Accessorizing with Kendra Scott

Monday, July 11, 2016

As a big believer in  accessories make the outfit, I have fallen love with Kendra Scott's necklaces, they add a delicate simplicity to any outfit. I alternate between Elisa gray pendant and Kiri white pearly necklace for every day use, they fall close to choker with a little more length, so it lets you double up on chains and its out of baby reach. When I'm looking to add a little more length and color I go with the Rayne collection.

My sister literally has a Kendra Scott right outside her apartment so last time we visited we had to stop by, it was our lucky day, they were having a sale, we picked up some pretty staple pieces I did a a Rayne necklace in Teal Magestine and my younger and much cooler sister picked up a body chain, it looked so awesome, and easy to wear, piling done right.

Not to mention the store is incredibly adorable !