it’s friday, gang! this week, i’ve got family on the mind. as some of you might know, a few weeks ago, my oldest and his wife landed in Athens. what some of you might not know is that Kelly—my daughter-in-law—has joined my youngest, junior style, in helping me here on style at a certain age.
you all remember Kelly from my Nordstrom’s haul post and video. she’s joined the team to work on all things design. (anyone notice the new logo!) and in just a few short weeks, she’s gotten up and running. you’ll see her influence all over the blog—whether you know it or not. we’re excited to have her here, so everyone, please do give her a warm welcome.
- 2 ounces good quality gin - I use Sapphire
- 4 ounces tonic water
- Lime wedges
- Rosemary to garnish
- Fill your glass with ice, all the way to the top
- Add your gin and the tonic water
- Squeeze two lime wedges into your cocktail and stir well to combine
- Serve immediately, garnished with a spring of rosemary
kelly loves to cook! maybe more than me if that’s possible. today she rustled up a delicious and healthy chicken and kale sheet pan dinner. and i do mean delicious!
- 1 (6-oz.) bunch lacinato kale, stemmed and torn into large pieces
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 (5-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 (9-oz.) pkg. frozen artichokes, thawed and patted dry
- 1 lemon, cut into quarters
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, divided
- 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Preheat broiler to high with oven rack in top position. Place a rimmed baking sheet in oven (do not remove pan while oven preheats).
- Combine kale and 1 tablespoon oil in a bowl; massage leaves with your hands until slightly wilted.
- Sprinkle chicken with black pepper and salt. Carefully remove pan from oven. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; tilt pan to coat. Add chicken to pan; broil 5 minutes. Add artichokes and lemon quarters to pan. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme. Broil until chicken is done, 10 to 12 minutes. Place chicken on a cutting board. Add kale mixture to pan; broil until kale is frizzled and edges are crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Return chicken to pan; sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, cheese, and red pepper. Squeeze lemon quarters over chicken and vegetables.
- Avoid thin cutlets here; the thickness of the breasts will keep them juicy as they roast.
the evenings are getting cooler even in georgia! so it’s time to slip a fringed tweed jacket from Ann Taylor over my shoulders. but if it gets too hot, this classic bow blouse can stand alone. the blouse is untucked this time around so you can’t see the brass buttons that line the sailor blue jeans. but that’s the beauty of a longer blouse. tuck or untuck the choice is yours. and to add a pop of color and texture leopard flats will do the trick. this pair is old, but Ann Taylor has a 2019 version available here, here, and here. and guess what? there’s 40% off 3 full-price items, 30% off 2 full-price items, and 20% off 1 full-price item. here are a few things that caught my eye:
with both junior style and Kelly now here with me on the blog, i find myself thinking a lot about new beginnings. might seem a bit odd, as fall just is the beginning of the end of the calendar year, but it does actually bring with it a lot of new beginnings.
those of you with (grand) kiddos know what i’m talking about, it’s back to school time: elementary, middle-, highschool, or college. whether it’s after school sports or clubs; parent-teacher conferences; moving the youngest into their dorm, it’s a new year full of possibilities. and there’s no shortage of comings and goings.
i think back to falls when my children were younger. monday night football practices. friday night sleepovers. how many of you had houses full of kids and their friends traipsing in and out?
all right gang, enjoy your weekend! we’ve earned. but before you pour a drink, oscar and i want to hear from you. what new beginnings are happening in your life? are you welcoming a new child or grandchild this fall? did you drop your son or daughter off at college? let us know down in the comments! and as always, oscar, alex, kelly and i wish each of you a lovely weekend!