a fine fall day | fridays with oscar

hooray for friday! oh wait…it’s thursday. this is a special thursday edition of fridays with oscar. this week we are mixing things up a bit with an early delivery of everyone’s favorite german shepherd, oscar. not to mention, a recipe, a cocktail and a great casual outfit. fall in athens has been beautiful so far with nice mild temps. oscar and pax had a great time chasing and playing today. i know they must appreciate the cooler days. we have a fun and easy appetizer. along with a classic cocktail that is definitely worth revisiting. it’s a fine fall day on this special thursday edition of fridays with oscar!


outfit of the day

today’s outfit is easy and comfortable. this mockneck sweater from Talbots is a cotton blend and has a slight waffle pattern. i love the button detail at the shoulder.  the dark olive color is so perfect for fall. 

these jeans are by Wit & Wisdom. they are a raw hem version of my favorite Ab-solution jeans (last seen here). they are so comfortable and i like how the rinse is right between light and dark. 

mockneck sweater | similar shoes | similar shoes | jeans

these suede flats are old (similar here), but i could see styling this outfit with a leopard print flat. how about a croc or snake embossed smoking slipper? really, the sky’s the limit because with a neutral sweater and jeans, you can have some fun with your footwear. 


mockneck sweater | similar shoes | similar shoes | jeans

sun-dried tomato and goat cheese empanadas

this dish is fun to make! they are baked rather than fried and you can make your own pastry crust, or go for the store bought. i opted for store bought, and that made it all the easier. the filling is tangy from the sun-dried tomatoes and rich thanks to the caramelized onions and goat cheese. 

4.5 from 2 votes

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Empanadas

Course Appetizer, Snack
Author Lynn Scully via Taste of Home


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and diced
  • 1 pastry for a single-crust pie (9 inches)


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, 4-5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly. Gently stir in goat cheese and tomatoes.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. round biscuit cutter. Place circles 2 in. apart on baking sheets. Place 1 heaping tsp. of filling on 1 side of each circle. Brush edges of pastry with water; fold circles in half. With a fork, press edges to seal. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

once you’ve placed a tablespoon of filling, wet the bottom edge with a little water. then gently fold one side over and press the dough to close.

use a fork to make indentations and close up the empanada. 

classic whiskey sour

the classic whiskey sour calls for a little egg white to create the light foam on top. but this is optional. the egg white does nothing to the flavor, but i do recommend shaking a lot to get the froth right.

4.5 from 2 votes

whiskey sour

Course cocktail


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz egg white, optional
  • Angostura bitters or bourbon cherry for garnish


  1. add all ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake (no ice).

  2. add ice and shake again.

  3. strain into a coupe glass.

  4. garnish with 3 or 4 drops of Angostura bitters or bourbon cherry

coupe glasses | similar serving tray | tidbit plates | similar table runner

with our cocktail made and our empanadas out of the oven, we are ready to enjoy our evening!

fridays with oscar (on a thursday!)

these two had so much fun playing chase with the ball, i want to share their adventure with you.

i was finally able to lure oscar in for his close up with the smell of fresh empanadas.

coupe glasses | similar serving tray | tidbit plates | similar table runner

mockneck sweater | similar shoes | similar shoes | jeans


we are full steam ahead on holiday content, so be sure to stay tuned to the blog all season long! coming up we will have home decorating for the holidays, new holiday recipes, fashion and gift guides. so you don’t want to miss it! oscar, ollie, and i wish all of you a wonderful rest of the week! cheers to a fine fall day!



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  1. Violet wrote:

    Good morning! I love seeing Oscar, he’s so handsome and Pax is growing beautifully. Do miss seeing Ollie… does she get along with Pax? Hope to see her soon. Empanadas look delish!!

    Posted 10.15.20
    • we will try to get ollie into the action next week. she’s always off camera as she loves to be part of the action. she’s very social.

      Posted 10.17.20
  2. Georgia Peach wrote:

    Good morning. I sooo love fall. I think it’s our best season in Dixie!
    I know my dogs have so much energy when the temps cool. We have 4 senior rescues and a cat. We love traipsing through the meadows and woods in Fall
    I love this outfit. Those shoes are among my favs. I bought them from Talbots last year.
    You look cute as always and I love your handsome companions.
    Have an awesomely blessed day!

    Posted 10.15.20
    • sounds like you have a full house! i know oscar is enjoying the cooler temps. he loves hanging out in the yard so much more this time of year. so glad you snagged these shoes last year. always a go-to for me.

      Posted 10.17.20
  3. R Dawson wrote:

    4 stars
    Lovely look. I wish the sweater was 100% one fabric. I hate dealing with pills. The filling in the empanadas would be great in puffed pastry too, I think. 😉

    Posted 10.15.20
    • i think it would too. give it a try.

      Posted 10.17.20
  4. Rory wrote:

    I really like your look today. You look great in that green color. Pax is really getting big. Oscar should be in a dog model for photo shoots, magazines, catalogs, ll bean etc. What a gentleman. You are so lucky to have him. I really enjoy your blog. I look forward to it every day. Oh, those empanadas look delicious may have to try them

    Posted 10.15.20
    • you are so right, rory. i am so lucky to have Oscar. he is truly a joy. and boy oh boy did he want an empanada today…

      Posted 10.18.20
  5. Francesca B. wrote:

    You look so beautiful Beth, such a lovely outfit on you and I love your make up. Please tell me your lip stick color?
    Oscar would love Lake Tahoe where we are having a “getaway” and have so much chasing the squirrels. Have a wonderful weekend:)

    Posted 10.15.20
    • thanks so much, francesca. isn’t this shade of green delicious? perfect fall color. enjoy your time at lake tahoe. can you say beautiful?!

      Posted 10.18.20
  6. Cheers to you, Oscar, Pax, and Ollie. Love the photos and upbeat attitude.

    Posted 10.15.20
    • being around these two happy dogs just gives you a little extra boost to your day. cheers!

      Posted 10.18.20
  7. Andrea wrote:

    Oh my gosh, I wish I could reach through this IPad and cuddle them – brothers-in-arms 💕. If Oscar’s pal is a puller, that collar may make it worse. Our son’s dog was quite bad until someone bought them an Easyleader. I thinks that’s the name, but the leash attaches to the front of a harness, so when they try to pull, they just turn themselves around. It doesn’t hurt and works within minutes. Dogs are smart lol. Working breeds are often pullers genetically and normal leashes just give them something to pull on.

    Can hardly wait to entertain again, that recipe is right up my alley – and thighs – grin.

    Posted 10.15.20
    • yes, easy leads are wonderful. but our trainer recommended the collar pax is wearing. oscar wears one on his daily walks and it works like a charm. and you’re absolutely right about how smart dogs are especially working dogs.

      Posted 10.18.20
  8. Janet Verbrugge-Gee wrote:

    I look for one beautiful “thing” each day that hits my happy spot and your post is it today! I love your elegant yet comfortable outfit, seeing pics of Oscar, and of course, I’m looking forward to trying both recipes. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 10.15.20
    • we are more than happy to hear today’s fridays with oscar hit a high note for you. oscar tends to do just that! and you will love today’s recipe. oscar wanted an empanada in the worst way…

      Posted 10.18.20
  9. Karen wrote:

    5 stars
    Beth, Oscar and Pax are so handsome, beautifully marked GSDs. I envy you I have the petite version 😉 Pembroke Welch Corgis, they think they are big dogs! Have a great week end!

    Posted 10.15.20
    • i have always heard good things about corgi’s! i think you are one lucky girl to own one. happy weekend back at ya!

      Posted 10.18.20
  10. Carolyn wrote:

    Always a good day when Oscar makes an appearance. You two are looking good.
    Best boy ever!

    Posted 10.15.20
    • oscar is definitely the best boy ever! thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 10.18.20
  11. Eve wrote:

    Nice comfortable looking outfit. Did you ever give Oscar a bite? Poor baby!

    Posted 10.15.20
    • right?! he wanted an empanada in the worst way. don’t worry, he had one of his special treats after his weekly gig.

      Posted 10.18.20
  12. mary ann ann christie wrote:


    Posted 10.15.20
    • awww, you made my day. and oscar’s too. thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 10.18.20

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