fridays with oscar (and ollie)

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so many of you have asked for photos of ollie. here’s an update on our favorite maine coon kitten! it was a perfect day to hold the photo shoot indoors. first, it was raining, second, mr. style has come down with a nasty bug in spite of his yearly flu shot. flu season has hit with a vengeance this year. mr. style gets major kudos for rallying to snap his daily pics. 

but oscar, ollie, and i thought it would be a good idea to rustle up some homemade chicken soup for our cameraman. and a hot toddy to boot. then send him off to bed. both are tried-and-true cold remedies. our mothers were right gang! (we always are). the chicken soup is soooo good and perfect for this time of year. it’s fast and easy by taking a shortcut with a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. but you could start from scratch if you were so inclined. recipes are included at the end of the post.

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denim | striped tee | pullover | sneakers

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for all of you northern gals that are looking for ways to stay warm, this wubby pullover is for you. it’s perfect layered over a tee or lightweight sweater. it comes in a darling buffalo check pattern as well. it’s keeping me cozy on this dreary day. and i’m going casual all the way with a j.crew factory boyfriend jeans (these run big so size down) and a new pair of jazzy sneakers from target. you just never know what will end up in my cart when i run in for paper towels and toilet paper.

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oscar thinks he wants a carrot. do you think he ate it?

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Homemade Chicken Soup
Perfect for a cold winter evening.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Rotisserie Chicken (prepared)
  2. 2 cups chopped celery
  3. 2 cups chopped carrots
  4. 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  5. 6 Tbsp Butter
  6. 96 oz chicken broth
  7. 12 oz (1 package) wide egg noodles
  8. 1/3 cup corn starch
  9. 1/4 cup water
Instructions
  1. Place the carrots, celery, onions, butter in a large stock pot on medium high heat and sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Place the entire chicken on top of the vegetables and then pour the broth over the top. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. While the soup simmers, mix the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. At the end of the 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the soup and pour the cornstarch mixture into the broth slowly while continuously stirring. Once it is all combined, stir in the noodles and let them cook 6-8 minutes or until just tender.
  4. While the noodles are cooking, remove the chicken meat from the bones and chop it into bite sized pieces. When the noodles are tender, stir the chicken in and mix well.
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cranberry and ginger bourbon smash | hot toddy

Hot Toddy
Serves 1
A cure for the common cold
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 8oz Hot Water
  2. 1 Bag Herbal Tea
  3. 1oz Bourbon
  4. 1 Tablespoon Honey
  5. 1 Lemon Wedge
Instructions
  1. Pour hot water into mug and steep tea for 2-3 minutes. Remove tea bag and add honey, stirring to dissolve. Pour in whiskey, add squeeze of lemon, stir and find relief.
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Cranberry & Ginger bourbon smash
Serves 4
a winter cocktail
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup good quality honey
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cup fresh cranberries
  4. 3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch chunks
  5. Favorite bourbon or whiskey to serve
  6. Club soda
  7. Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan bring the honey and water to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cranberries and ginger. Simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by 1/3. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for an additional 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
  2. Fill each cocktail glass with a little ice, an ounce of bourbon and 1-2 Tablespoons of the syrup. Top with soda water and serve.
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it’s friday gang! you know what that means. oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend!

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  • Cyndi Anderson
    January 12, 2018 at 9:22 am

    If Oscar is anything like my dog Rex, he loved the carrot. Rex also likes the rib of romaine lettuce. Love the outfit and glad to see you are an apron gal like me. Where did you get it. It is very cute. I also celebrate my big 60 this year. Thank you Beth for taking my style up a notch. I have never felt this good in style and health. Bring on the 60’s. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • beth djalali
      January 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

      gosh, cyndi, the apron is several years old so i’m racking my brain as to where i purchased it. i want to say Sur la Table as i used to bop in there regularly back in our san francisco days. and i’ve had it since then.
      we’ll be celebrating together as i head into a new decade as well! i’m with you – bring ’em.
      xo

  • Maria João
    January 15, 2018 at 5:20 am

    My dog Sam (a mix labrador) loves carrots (better saying he loves everything he can eat) and the little one (a mix poodle whatsover) is very peculiar with food and carrots are the only thing he eats besides his proper food (cookies don’t count). Did Oscar eat the carrot? I think he did! Your Ollie is so pretty!!