a martini shaken, not stirred | fridays with oscar

November is almost over gang.  can you believe it?!  Thanksgiving is almost upon is, and then, well, there’s no looking back:  full steam ahead into the holiday season.  but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  after all, it’s been a great week over here on the blog.  all week we’ve brought you our holiday style and decorating inspiration series:  beginning with Thanksgiving and straight through New Year’s.  but, as you know, today’s friday!  and we’ve got a great friday’s with oscar:  we’re featuring a comfy sweater guide for women during the holiday season.

all week we’ve featured various gift guides, and today’s no exception.  scroll down for a comfy shoe and sweater gift guide, as well as ones for the home and pet lovers.   sit back and take one deep breath before we plunge into next week.  grab your cocktail glass and cheers to the weekend.  after all, it’s 5PM somewhere.  

outfit of the day 

over the past few weeks, i’ve tried to feature a healthy sampling of comfy, cosy outfits.  today is no exception.  i went with Anthropologie today. (make sure to check out their pre-Black Friday sale.)  this fall and winter, it’s all about the layering.  i’m starting with this beautiful wool sweater coat that pairs perfectly with the neutral-based cable knit sweater and pants.  the dark grey and blue stripes of the wool sweater coat offset the light greys and whites sweater and pants just enough to be create visual interest.  and boy, is this coat toasty warm.  

i featured these toby flat earlier in the week with my cashmere jacket and sweater.  i can get away with them because, although we do have cold spells in Athens, we’ve been hovering in the high 50s to mid 60s over the past week and a half.  if it’s cooler where you are and you’re looking for some shoes with real warmth, take a look at this Easy Spirit gift guide I’ve put together for you. 

easy spirit shoe gift guide

wool sweater coat | cable knit sweater | toby flat | pants

wool sweater coat | cable knit sweater | toby flat | pants

comfy sweater gift guide 

as i’ve said several times this month, what’s better than a comfy sweater on a cold day?  i’ve featured a lot of sweaters on the blog this fall.  some of my favorites include this cashmere one as well as this funnel neck sweater. if you’re still looking for more styles and options, i’ve put together a little collection of some of my favorites for this fall and winter.  

entree: stuffing stuffed mushrooms & blue cheese ricotta spread

for our entree today, i’m going a bit meta:  in the Thanksgiving spirit, we’re making  stuffing stuffed mushrooms.  that’s right, we’re throwing together a little stuffing pre-Turkey day and stuffing mushrooms—crimini or baby bell—with it.  trust me, you’re going to love it.  

in addition, we’ve put together a blue cheese ricotta spread that goes perfectly with just about anything.  you can spread it on crackers or bread, but today, we’re pairing it with endive leaves.  i’m a huge fan of blue cheese, and it compliments our mushrooms perfectly.  if you’re looking for a fast and easy way to entertain your kiddos or grandkiddos that are arriving over the next few days, keep this recipe in your back pocket!  

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms
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  1. (2) packages of crimini or baby bell mushrooms (or more depending on party size)
  2. 2-4 tablespoons butter
  3. 1 store bought box stuffing mix
  4. Parmesan for garnish
  1. Make stuffing according to package directions and set aside.
  2. De-stem mushrooms and saute in butter to release water from mushrooms.
  3. After about 3-5 minutes remove mushrooms and place in baking dish, let cool.
  4. Once cool, fill mushrooms with stuffing and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese to garnish.
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Blue Cheese Ricotta Spread:
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  1. (1) 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
  2. 8 ounces blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola or Maytag, crumbled (2 cups)
  3. 2 tablespoons apple cider
  4. Freshly ground black pepper
  5. Finely chopped walnuts
  1. Allow ricotta and blue cheese to stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together the cheeses, mashing with a fork until well combined.
  3. Stir in apple cider, add pepper to taste.
  4. Spoon onto frilly end of endive leaves, garnish with chopped walnuts
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cocktail: dirty martini 

stirred, not shaken?  no.  shaken, not stirred.  today, we’re featuring the classic dirty martini.  it’s been a while since i’ve had one, but Kelly suggested we feature it on the blog today.  and am i glad she did.  super simple to make.  you can go with either gin or vodka and some vermouth.  i’ve chosen to do a gin one.  let me know your favorite in the comments below! 

Dirty Martini
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  1. 2 1⁄2 oz Gin or vodka
  2. 1⁄2 oz Dry vermouth
  3. 1⁄2 oz Olive brine
  4. Olives
  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with 2 olives.
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gifts for the holiday home 

gifts for the pet lover

and that’s a wrap gang!  enjoy our Friday and take a deep breath before plunging headfirst into next week.  as a special announcement today, i want to give a special “shout out” to my friend Patrick—a journalist student at UGA.  Patrick spent last  Friday with Kelly, junior style, oscar, and me shooting fridays with oscar.  he’s doing a little feature on Style at a Certain Age, and we really enjoyed having him!  say hi to Patrick—I know he’ll be reading this post—in the comments below.  


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  1. Diana B Davis wrote:

    Hey Patrick! Go Dawgs!

    Posted 11.22.19
    • Susan wrote:

      Hey Patrick! You are a lucky dude to spend time with Oscar and his family! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

      Posted 11.22.19
  2. Lorie` wrote:

    Hi Beth! Thank you for inspiring me to look and feel my best in any situation! You are truly an inspiration to all women!

    Posted 11.22.19
  3. Deirdre wrote:

    As always, lovely outfit and yummy recipes! I just bought a sweater coat and I am in love with it. I won’t need it too often here in Central Florida but it will be perfect for quick trips up north.
    Hello Patrick! Great job on this Fridays with Oscar.

    Posted 11.22.19
  4. Jeanette wrote:

    Love your style Beth!!
    I have noticed even tho you’re wearing outfits suitable for colder temperatures you seem to be barefoot in any flats you wear. Any suggestions for your northern Canadian friends who must wear socks!🙁

    Posted 11.22.19
  5. Holly wrote:

    Hi Patrick!

    Love a dirty vodka martini up with Italian olives.

    Posted 11.22.19
  6. Becky wrote:

    Great Friday post, as always. The sweater coat is very nice. It’s always a pleasure to see Oscar & a guest appearance by Ollie.
    Hello, Patrick! You picked a great family with which to work.

    Posted 11.22.19
  7. Karen wrote:

    Great post love the recipes!! Was there no post on Thursday?

    Posted 11.22.19
  8. Sharon wrote:

    I love the idea of stuffing stuffed mushrooms! I can’t wait to try them! tt

    Posted 11.22.19
  9. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Love this cozy sweater–I tend to gravitate towards similar sweaters each winter and have one very like this one. They’re warm and look good over leggings or slim pants. I like the idea of the endive leaves for your cheese spread–I haven’t used them in a while and always like them. I’m trying to come up with some appetizers I haven’t made before and may try this–thanks! A big hello from your readers to Patrick–I’ll bet he enjoyed his time with your gang.

    Posted 11.22.19
  10. mary wrote:

    Great post as always. Would Patrick share the source of those gorgeous boots?

    Posted 11.22.19
  11. Gwen Ewing wrote:

    Happy Thanksgiving! All the best Patrick!

    Posted 11.22.19
  12. Marilyn wrote:

    Great filming work, Patrick!

    Posted 11.22.19
  13. veronique de moor wrote:

    Beth,reading your comments is very inspiring to me.
    a smile for the camera but in your eyes i somethimes remark a sadness.
    keep up the good spirit.
    greetings from Flanders-Belgium.

    Posted 11.23.19
  14. Cole Kilcrease wrote:

    Excellent fit Patrick! Happy holidays!

    Posted 12.2.19

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