hi gang! this week’s fridays with oscar has us nearing the end of october. my neighborhood is looking the part too. some neighbors have elaborate halloween scenes set up in their yards, complete with skeletons, spider webs and jack-o-lanterns. others have harvest-themed porch decor with fantasy pumpkins, leafy wreaths and pots of mums. all of this festive decor and the crisp evening air make oscar’s after dinner walks just that much more enjoyable! so sit back and enjoy a cocktail and appetizer with us, all together now!
it’s easy to put together a casual outfit when the base is a pair of comfortable boyfriend jeans (similar here, here). add a touch of sophistication with a light and airy printed button up top, like this one from Ann Taylor. and then bring it back to casual with a warm and soft cardigan. this sweater is several years old (similar here, here).
similar sweater 1 | similar sweater 2 | printed top | similar jeans 1 | similar jeans 2 | similar driving moccasins | similar belt these driving moccasins are old, but there are always similar options (here, here, here). i like the soft leather typical of driving moccasins. they are so comfortable, like wearing slippers!
similar sweater 1 | similar sweater 2 | printed top | similar jeans 1 | similar jeans 2 | similar driving moccasins | similar belt
today’s appetizer is super easy to whip up at a moment’s notice. it’s a delicious mix of sweet and savory flavors. it’s gluten free and overall not an unhealthy indulgence.
preheat oven to 375 degrees.
slice the stems off the figs and slice lengthwise to create quarters, leaving the figs attached at the bottoms.
fill centers with crumbled gorgonzola.
slice the prosciutto slices in half lengthwise and wrap each fig with prosciutto, leaving the tops exposed.
bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and prosciutto is slightly crisp.
all wrapped up and ready for the oven. meanwhile, oscar and pax are hoping for a piece of prosciutto to hit the floor.
similar rectangular trays | tidbit plates | coupe glasses | similar plaid napkins
hot out of the oven, i topped these delicious bites with toasted chopped walnuts. they added a perfect amount of crunch and flavor to cut through the soft and sweet fig.
this cocktail is a wonderful fall drink, thanks to the apple cider and the slightly bitter Amaro, it’s just the ticket for a crisp fall cocktail. and don’t skimp on the garnish! Gala apples are particularly good in Athens this season. the fanned apple slices are a pretty topper for a delicate fall drink.
In a shaker, combine everything except the ice and apple slices. Fill the shaker with ice, cover and shake well. Using a fine sieve as well as a cocktail strainer (preferably a Hawthorne), strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe. Garnish with the apple slices.
doesn’t that just look so tempting! a perfect fall cocktail.
it’s days and weeks like this in athens that we make full use of the three-season porch. the air is fresh and crisp. the sun is warm and keeps the chill in the air at bay.
many of you have been asking after ollie. she is always with us on fridays with oscar. but she often prefers to remain behind the scenes, batting around my fall decor or otherwise being mischievous while our concentrations are elsewhere.
this week though, her curiosity and interest in watching oscar and pax play in the yard brought her front and center. and junior style was right there with his camera to catch her.
well ladies, another week in the books. in case you missed monday’s post, the Talbots friends and family sale is in full swing until october 25, so be sure to head over there to take advantage of great sale prices. as always stay tuned to the blog for all our upcoming posts. we are heading into the holiday season; beginning next week, we will kick off the season with our annual gift guides. think of style at a certain age as your one stop shopping guide for the holidays! oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a wonderful weekend!
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, and shares a recipe on Saturdays.
She’s 45, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
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Beautiful cat,wonderful color. Happy Halloween!
Hello Beth, Thank you so much for including Ollie….she is beautiful. As a cat owner I know how they behave, not always cooperative as a dog. And as always I love to see Oscar & Pax. I look forward to Fridays with Oscar….good food, good drinks and 2 handsome dogs.
I’ve only been reading your blog for a short while and wonder where you live. Is it Athens, Ohio?
Great post! Great OOTD! Ready for a fun Fall day. As ever, you knocked it out of the park. The cardigan may be old, but some of our old pieces and shoes are like old friends. They make us feel so good when we get to wear them again. Then there’s the fur family. Delightful! Fall is my favorite season and today you’ve reminded me why. Thanks for such a great post~
Hi Beth, love the casual outfit, your porch looks great, nice and bright. It was lovely to see Ollie too cats can be elusive at times can’t they. Have a lovely weekend, you are looking well xx
Looking fab as always Beth! So nice to see Oscar, Pax (boy has he grown!) and Ollie! Enjoy the weekend!
I like the jeans, blouse and cardigan. Very cute look. As always, I love seeing Oscar and Ollie too.
Wonderful post Beth, thank you for the fun ideas and the gorgeous appetizer. That’s what I am going to cook tonight!
I can just imagone those beautiful porches on your walks.
Happy weekend to you and yours!
Yum! Now that is both very sophisticated and very healthy. Also excellent for anyone battling blood sugar issues. I used to do Majool dates stuffed with soft goat cheese and topped with a pecan – long before it became popular. I concocted it for a dear friend, since passed, who had diabetes, so she could safely partake in festivities. I will try adding the prosciutto and crisping to the date combo. All roads lead to Rome – and hips.
When Oscar lays down, he has his very own lux fur shawl effect going on – precious 🥂
Great outfit Beth, as always….
I have been making the figs for years, but many times without the proscuitto,
I cut the figs & use whatever blue cheese is around and put them into a non stick fry pan on low covered for a few minutes…then take off the lid for a few more minutes…no oven needed
Love the look!
I guess Oscar, too, went thru a time of missing Mr. Style. I like your two tops-blouse and sweater!
Oooh, love the figs and prosciutto idea. You’re making me hungry. Happy weekend!
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