WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY, FIG & FASHION LINK-UP

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! 
Leopard was the perfect accessory with this top. Jeans are J-Lo from Kohl's

 The drape front gives the illusion of a front tuck and the back is the prefect length.
                                                   LUSH top in FIG HERE

Now it's time....

1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK: Mom's Meatloaf recipe, Chunky Chicken Chili (recipe to come soon), Sausage Manicotti, Just Right Chocolate Chip Cookies and ALL Things Pumpkin 

Recipe HERE

Recipe HERE

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT: Chicago with my Mr. Nine. Recap and Tips HERE. We just said it's about time to go back!!! YES!!


3. WHAT I’M LOVING: I mentioned it on Friday Favs but My New PSL MUG from the most talented watercolor artist I had ever seen. Plus she's as beautiful as they come and she's offering a 10% off Promo Code: LIVINGONCLOUD9


4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO: Football, Football, Football and missing the oldest two at college.....spending lots in postage for care packages.

5. WHAT I’M DREADING: Fall Coming to an end..it just got here, please don't take it away soon.!

6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON: Don't hurt me but CHRISTMAS Shopping. Yes, it's true, on the hunt for the perfect gifts..

7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT: Having another kiddo home from college this weekend!!! Have not seen his sweet face in 46 days!!!

8. WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING I talked about my Favorite Forms of Entertainment on Monday.....
Bye Bye Netflix for now; Watching the new season of Fall TV, so many goodies to list...but favorite new drama...THIS IS US and comedy: KEVIN CAN WAIT


Gotta Love Kevin James, although he'll always be a UPS man to me, lol

Reading the Secret Life Of Cee Cee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain



9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: If you watch American Idol, you know the winner of the very last season was Trent Harmon. Here is his new video and debut song "There's a Girl"..it's a goodie.


10. WHAT I’M WEARING: Besides the FIG Colored drape blouse I showed you today:
 Football attire and tennis shoes
Plaid Dresses

11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND: Watching our son's school play our other son's old school in a football; match-up sure to please and spending the day on campus when we take the college boy back on Sunday.

12. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH: Our getaway up North to our favorite town to chill, eat, hike and see the leaves. Wrote about last years trip HERE

13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW: A fun couple of projects for 2017.....think HGTV

BONUS: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FALL RECIPE: Well, if you now me, you know I love me all things Pumpkin and yesterday just finished up Tasty Tuesdays with Pumpkin Palooza. My favorite pumpkin recipe came outta this andI'm still thinking about it and will make again soon. Oh and soups start next week cause soups, pumpkin treats and Fall just go hand in hand!! 
PUMPKIN SPICE WHITE CHOCOLATE CARMELITES HERE

Oh and this is always a family pleaser, especially in the Fall
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice HERE

Happy Wednesday, LINK UP YOUR FASHION PRETTIES!!


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xoxo


PUMPKIN MONKEY BREAD WITH MAPLE DRIZZLE

I'm sad, its the last day of PUMPKIN PALOOA. No worries, my favorite sweet treats are not going away any time soon but for now, this is my last recipe for the orange love extravaganza. My mom used to make a great monkey bread that I would literally stand over the kitchen counter and devour warm. I knew with the sweet cinnamon taste and brown sugar/butter goodness of monkey bread, that it only made since to add a little pumpkin for the perfect Fall treat. 
Yum




What you'll need

PUMPKIN MONKEY BREAD WITH MAPLE DRIZZLE
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup butter 
3/4 cup light brown sugar 
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 
2 cans refrigerated biscuit dough, biscuits cut into quarters   

ICING DRIZZLE
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer
1/4 tsp maple syrup

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add in 3/4 cup brown sugar, pumpkin purée and salt. Whisk until smooth. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, mix sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Add in the biscuit dough pieces and toss in the sugar to coat. 
Place 1/3 of the pumpkin mixture into the bottom of a bundt pan. Arrange half of the biscuit pieces on top and layer in another 1/3 of the pumpkin mixture. Top with the remaining biscuits and then the remaining pumpkin sauce. Place into the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until browned on top. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes. While cooking, mix all of the icing drizzle ingredients until smooth. After the 15 minutes, Invert monkey bread onto a plate. Drizzle with the icing and serve.



Ready to pop in oven
Warm from the oven before inverting



HAPPY TASTY TUESDAY SWEET FRIENDS!!

xoxo


LET'S TALK: ENTERTAINMENT


Let's Talk Entertainment with Andrea and Erika! Whether Netflix, prime time TV, the lounger movie theater, magazines, books, bloggers, concerts, music; we have a plethora of entertainment these days. Really anything at your fingertips and I happen to LOVE it all!!! I am a child of the 70's, teen of the 80's so you know how different we had it back in the day. As a kid, encyclopedias were my jam!! We had 2 tube TV's with 3 channels, 4 with PBS. No remote, had to get up to change it every.single.time!! Yet, we never complained. Drive in movie theater night and a brown bag of dads home popped popcorn was such a treat and music was on vinyl or 8 track. Things are different now, some say better, sometimes you feel not, but choices abound, that's for sure. 

Before I get to some favs of mine and speaking of entertainment, Do head over to my Dear friend, Emily's Blog Simply A Rough Draft where she is interviewing a middle aged crazy woman today......me, lol
Sweet Emily

I told you about my top 3 favorite movies of all time HERE. I could literally make this post a mile long with all the entertaining type things we enjoy, but I won't bore you, instead I'll throw out some of my favorites in various categories. It's a mishmash for sure cause this category had my head spinning. 

Books
Way too many books to choose from but one thing I will say, since two are away at college, I am reading much more than the past few years and loving it.
My Favorite Book of all time



Books Turned into Blockbusters 
Confession: I LOVE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS, Series especially. After a son got me hooked a few years ago on Twillight, I had to read al the books and see all the movies, Here is the order of my favorites

1. Twilight

 2. The Hunger Games

3. The Maze Runner

4. Divergent...did not like this ending

TV
I LOVE TV, sometimes I feel like current shows are not as good as the ones I loved growing up but there are still plenty of goodies. My husband and I DVR so many shows it's almost full.

MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME:
PARENTHOOD
Oh Zeke, I miss you!!

Favorite NEW Show of the Season
THIS IS US
The whole Fall line up is not out yet, but I think this will be my it show!! It's reminiscent of Parenthood

MORE FAVORITES
THE CHICAGO TRILOGY

THE GOLDBERGS

DWTS
K, who is with me...a Dancing with the BLOGGERS??!!!! (DWTB) Yeah, I'm in but only if Derek can be my partner.

And when nothing is on HGTV to the Rescue!! 

MUSIC
We love Music of all kinds and usually try to go to a concert every summer. This summer, it just never worked out with dates and venues but next summer, we'll give it a whirl
Some fav concerts of the past: Luke Brian, Barry Manilow (yes) and Cole Swindell 

SONGS
I have so many favorite songs and I wrote a post about My Life as a Mixtape but it's hard to narrow down but here ate first few that popped in my head:
Copacabana by Barry Manilow // Don't Stop Believing by Journey // Middle of A Memory by Cole Swindell // Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker // That's My Job by Conway Twitty // Hey Jealousy by The Gin Blossoms // Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew // Rocky by Dickie Lee // Hotel California by The Eagles // Dani California by The Red Hot Chili Peppers // Wicked Game by Chris Issak // You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban // Jolene by Dolly Parton // Hit Me Baby One More Time by Britney Spears // Suspicious Minds by Elvis // Da Doo Ron Ron by Shaun Cassidy 

FAVORITE OF ALL TIME: THE SONG Of MR. AND MRS. NINE, Our Wedding Song
ME AND YOU by Kenny Chesney


COMEDY
Bucket List Dream: DANA CARVEY!!!!
my Favorite Comedian ever!

3-D-No
One year for Mr. Nine's birthday we saw a 3-D movie, nope not really 3-D movie fans. Just give me my blanket, candy and the comfy Lounger theater seats and entertain me Hollywood....AND CUT!!

HAPPY MONDAY!!

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