Hi all. It's another TWO-FER post for MelSheaffer and Shay's What's UP Wednesday on the last Wednesday of every month. I always love reading these so joining in on the fun. As you know Wednesday's around here are fashion link-ups with my dear sisters from The Blended Blog so I incorporate this fun list of what's going on in my life in addition to what I'm wearing lately for the Wednesday Fashion Post! Let's get to it with this cozy cocoon cardigan and lightweight scarf. All the outfit deets below. 

The theme for this week's October Series Link-Ups is scarves. While I like the blanket scarves, there is just no way this hot blooded mama can wear that flame inducing big piece of material around my neck for long. I prefer a lighter weight scarf for fashion and cooling purposes.

Just LOVE the Fall-ish colors!

Cardigan from Nordstrom HERE // Sole Society Scarf HERE //
Old Navy Skinny Jeans in Caramel HERE // OTK Boots HERE

                 Now Let's Get to What's happening in The "Nine" Neck of the Woods

1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK: BBQ Pork Potatoes, Turkey Soups Casserole, and Parmesan pork chops with green beans and Loaded Cauliflower Casserole.
Recipe Here

Recipe Here

The Loaded cauliflower Casserole Recipe Here

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT: A CUBS game several years ago with 2 of our boys. Being fairly close to Chicago, we have always been Cubs fans so pretty excited that they are playing in the World Series for the first time in over a 108 years.

3. WHAT I’M LOVING: Rainy Weekends...while crisp sun shiny weekends are great, occasionally it's nice to have that rainy weekend where lots gets done...or marathons anyone?

4. WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO: Mr. Nine and I got away last weekend for a couple days...more to come in a an upcoming post.

Trip to come

5. WHAT I'M DREADING: Same as last month...approaching winter prediction is worse that last year. While pretty, I just don't like to drive in it. 

6. WHAT I'M WORKING ON: the holiday work schedule..the department that I am in charge of is a 24/7 one so the gals have to trade off Holidays. Making this next several weeks schedule bites....


8. WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING: Watching TV: more of our favs returned like Chicago Fire and The Middle and this one after The Middle on Tuesdays ABC at 8:30; American Housewife is a funny keeper. For Mike and Molly Fans the gal who played Molly's sister finally got a starring role and she is fantastic! 

Movie: The Accountant with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick...Excellent 4.5/5 stars

Reading:  Sophie Kinsella~Shopaholic to the Rescue ..Just started but have read all the ones before. Such  fun, light reads and love Becky Bloomwood Brandon so much!!

9. WHAT I'M LISTENING TO: 80's Music, Jeff Foxworthy Comedy channel; these are the things Mr. Nine and I listened to on our little get away recently.

10. WHAT I'M WEARING: Military wear, scarves, boots, retro tennies, Plaid, all things Fall.

11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND: Watching Round 2 of my baby's football's an hour trip down there as an away game but looking for a  "W"!

12. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH: Decorating for the Holidays!! Shopping for Christmas Presents...the warmth and good cheer in the air!!! Having my babies all under one roof for the first time since August 6th!!

Christmas Decorations from Last Year HERE

13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW: Excited about my Pal Amanda's new blog....coning next Tuesday, November 1st. Y'all are in for a treat!!!

Bonus: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN Memory/Picture/Tradition
My fav costume will always be my Britney Spears but since I've shown it so many times before my 2nd fav is the only time I ever dressed up for Halloween in my teens. This Pirate Wench costume was for a fab party.....
Circa 1989....Big hair LOVE!! 



Can you believe, up until a few years ago I had never heard the term "white chili?" I was always used to your old fashion tomato based version chili that my mom so lovingly prepared every winter and served up with saltines or grilled cheese. Staying away from beef more often, even though now in my regular chili I usually use ground turkey and some good ground sirloin, I needed to start making chili recipes with chicken. Chicken and regular red chili bases just don't jive, so a yummy white-based sauce with the chicken broth, canned cream of chicken, and beans is perfect and no white flour needed. I especially love this one, for it is cooked in the crockpot on low all day and has a tad bit of Mexican flair. It makes for great versatility other than just heating up bowls of it. I like dunking tortilla chips in it or crushing them for the top. 

Another thing I like to do wth the leftovers, is put inside tortillas for either chicken soft tacos or grill in the skillet for quesadillas. Just add some cheese fold over and heat on both sides in a lil olive oil til a little crispy, then cut in 3rds and add some sour cream, salsa, etc...

What you'll need

1 1/2 lbs uncooked chicken breast (can be frozen) 
2 – 15 oz cans of white beans (drained)...I like
1 package taco seasoning
1 – 7 oz can of chopped green chilies
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 – 14 oz can of chicken broth
2 Tsps good chicken base
1/2 cup sour cream (I used low fat)
Fine shredded cheese (I used Colby-Jack)
Tortilla chips 

Place chicken in the bottom of the Crock Pot.  Add 1 can beans and the green chilies. Mash the other can of beans with a potato masher and add to a medium bowl. Add the broth, chicken base, taco seasoning, and cream of chicken; mix well and pour over the top.  Cover and cook on low in the Crock Pot for 8-10 hours.  Before serving use a fork to break up the chicken.… the consistency should change from brothy with chunks of meat and beans to a very thick and even consistency. If desired, Add sour cream and stir until mixed. Add shredded cheese, a and either crushed chips on top or I like to dip my chips in it. YUM!

Another soup to please the tastebuds and soothe the soul!! Gotta love it!



Happy Fall Friday loves. We have a bye week before football sectional starts so Mr. Nine and I are going to be doing all things Fall and I am so excited for all we have planned and a lil downtime from all the recent hustle, bustle and work stress. Added to the stress was my lost Fitbit last night. The Mr. and I looked for it for hours (it's a clip on)...not easy when you're addicted to it like bees on honey. I'm having FitBit withdrawals today and will need a Baileys and coffee stat! Hope your weekend is grand and includes a little something Fall!!! It's going waaaay too fast, that is for sure. I actually saw a Christmas commercial on Monday. What????

1. Mom's Caramel Corn
You know I love tradition and a great Fall one I have is eating my mom's caramel corn. Once a year in October, she makes up a batch of this perfect and amazing caramel corn and I dig into tub of it she brings me and eat it all my myself. It is never sticky, always crisp and just the right amount of sweet. No one can make caramel corn like my mom. Maybe if you're all lucky, she'll share her recipe sometime. :-)

2. Daisy
While it is not my favorite thing that she has been sick lately, she is our favorite doggie EVER. She had a rough week and has her paw slung up from a hip out of socket so she is 3 legged right now and has to have a towel to hold her up to go to the bathroom. My sweet mom is going to babysit so please pray all goes well for Daisy these next few days.
Poor girl, just look at that sweet face.

3. Week's Attire
The Loft top, Kohl's necklace
Target Top, Wal-Mart necklace
Old Navy swing dress, TJ. Maxx vest, Macy's Boots, scarf from mom

4. Plaid Scarves
Fall is just not Fall without a plaid scarf or two...or a dozen. This lightweight infinity is one of my Favs!
 More Plaid Scarf inspo......

5. Etsy Mug About Target
Me to a Tee...Buy HERE


Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // Oh Hey, Friday  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday //