it’s Friday, gang! Black Friday. we hope your Thanksgiving was full of family, fun, and of course food. Thanksgiving was a real team effort over here at our house. my middle son made the potatoes, salad, and turkey. Kelly was in charge of the stuffing and put a twist on it this year: stuffing fried rice. it was all d.e.l.i.s.h. hopefully you have mountains of leftovers, and if you’re enjoying today from the comfort of your own home, we’ve got you covered. per usge, we’ve got a wonderful recipe and cocktail for you: chicken noodle soup for the soul. i’ve also compiled the top items of the month as chosen by you, my readers. so sit back and join us while you recover from your food coma.
outfit of the day: sweater & smoking slippers
fridays with oscar is always about the celebration of simplicity and comfort. this month, we’ve featured oversized sweaters and jackets, pullovers, and vests. today is no exception. i’m showcasing this turtleneck sweater from J.Crew. it comes in a variety of colors. if chosen vine, but if you’re looking for something more neutral, there’s one for you.
and how fabulous are these smoking slippers from Ann Taylor? they’re comfortable enough for when you’re lounging around the house and chic enough for when you’re entertaining guests. both J.Crew and Ann Taylor are having major 50% off Black Friday sales, so take this opportunity to pick up both.
our tablescape this week marks the transition from fall to winter—Thanksgiving to Christmas. the plaid napkins and placemats are perfect for fall harvest tablescapes but are flexible enough to make the transition into Christmas. same with these antiqued wood chargers and plates from Pier 1. decorations and place settings are investment pieces, and you want to get as much mileage out of them as possible. so when shopping for, say, fall decorations, keep an eye out for ones that can transition seamlessly into winter. similarly for all seasonal decorations.
entree: chicken noodle soup
i’m bringing you an old family favorite today: chicken noodle soup for the soul. it’s the perfect winter dish. super simple and unbelievably tasty. the recipe calls for rotisserie chicken. if you look, you can find organic or substitute the chicken entirely for your leftover turkey. both work great. and be sure make extras: this soup freezes and will be waiting for you if you catch a winter cold.
- Rotisserie Chicken (prepared)
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 96 oz chicken broth
- 12 oz (1 package) wide egg noodles
- 1/3 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup water
- Place the carrots, celery, onions, butter in a large stock pot on medium high heat and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5-10 minutes
- 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 a low simmer for 30 minutes.
- While the soup simmers, mix the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch is complete 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.
- 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.
cocktail: bourbon smash
we’ve got a totally fresh and new cocktail for your this week: cranberry and ginger bourbon smash. bourbon and whiskey are great for the winter season: hot toddy anyone? today we’re pulling in the flavors from Thanksgiving—cranberry—into an old favorite: the bourbon smash. cheers!
- 1 cup good quality honey
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup cranberries
- 3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut 1/4 inch chunks
- Favorite bourbon or whiskey to serve
- Club soda
- Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish
- 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.
- 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.
top items of the month & black friday sales
below, i’ve aggregated your favorite items for the month of November. blazers and sweaters were a big favorite. no surprise. but some of my favorites boots and shows topped the list as well.
if you missed any of the above, make sure to check them out today. with all of the great sales going on, there’s a deal to be had. no doubt. i’m reposting my top brands and their Black Friday sales below in case you missed yesterday’s post.
Talbots: 40% off your purchase until midnight Friday
Gap: 50% off everything
Banana Republic: 50% off everything
Athleta: 20% off your purchase
J.Crew: 50% off your purchase
Ralph Lauren: 40% off when you spend $125
Boden: 30% off almost everything
Ann Taylor: 50% off everything
Tory Burch: 30% off full-price styles 60% off sale styles
Theory: 25% off $300 or more 30% off $600 or more