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Friday, October 24, 2014

Makin' me Blush

Blouse: Old Navy // Black Jeans: Old Navy // Glasses: ZeroUV //  Bracelet Stack: Charlotte Russe (always) // Bar Necklace: Gifted- similar here //Ballet Flats: Fibi & Clo- Cordobo Blush c/o

Well Happy Friday you gorgeous gals!

I'm so excited the weekend is here once again, I think I say it every single Friday but DAMN weekends feel good! I'm actually going to take a 1/2 vacation day today to celebrate being so close to the holidays and the gorgeous weather we're being graced with here in NWA!

Have I mentioned before that I love Old Navy? I can't say enough about these rockstar jeans. They are so comfortable, almost like leggings, but they're soft denim material. I could LIVE in them! This top is also so soft and comfortable. It has a star print that I originally thought was polka dots when I bought it online, but the stars are sort of cute, so she stayed in my closet! I love how casual this outfit is with the half-tuck, but it could also be dressed up for work with some pumps and a full tuck :)

Can we take a minute to talk about these cute flats?! Fibi & Clo were sweet enough to send me a pair and I have been living in them! They are literally so comfortable. For the price point, these flats seem so much higher-end than they are. They come packaged in a dust bag, with complimentary heel guards, and some extra rhinestones should you ever have any fall out. Talk about amazing customer service! Right now, if you visit www.fibiandclo.com/stephanieslack , you can also pick up their Daisy Sandal and for each purchase, they will donate $10.00 to breast cancer research. Doing your part to help save the world while wearing cute shoes?! Count me in.

I'm off to go finish up my work day, I hope you ladies have the best weekend ever. 7 days until Halloween- get excited!

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Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spicy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Last night I actually said out loud, "I can't wait for the first snow!" I want you all to remind me I said that when i'm complaining your ears off about how cold it is and how I can't wait for Summer lovin'. There is something just so romantic about Fall/Winter before the harshness of the post-holiday cold reality sets in. 

Nothing warms your soul quite like a big bowl of soup with some crusty bread on those bone-chilling days so i'm on a mission to stockpile the best of the best soup recipes to get me through to Spring. And clearly, i'm on a broccoli kick right now

This soup makes the cut. Its thick, creamy, and CHEESY with the most delicious spiciness from the Fire Roasted Chilis. The key to this recipe is using really good cheese. No pre-shredded crap here folks. Break out the grater and get to work on a block of cheese and you'll be glad you did. I served this soup with a fresh baked loaf of sourdough and it was divine, and it comes together in a snap!

You will need:

  • 1/2 an onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots (shredded)
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can spicy fire roasted chilis
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 8 Oz (1 small block) sharp vermont white cheddar
  • 4 Oz (1/2 small block) pepper jack cheese

I really like to prep all my ingredients first, especially on a Sunday. I'm able to cook so much more quickly on week days after work if my ingredients are already chopped! You'll need to shred 2 carrots on your cheese grater, chop your broccoli into small bite-size florets, and shave you onion very fine. Oh, and don't forget about that cheese, please. :)

Saute your onion, carrot, and garlic in 3 tablespoons butter until the onions are translucent and your house smells amazing.

When your veggies are cooked, sprinkle your flour over them, and let the flour cook out just a bit, medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

Slowly add your chicken broth a 1/2 cup at a time, stirring consistently to make sure the flour is completely dissolved. Clumpy soup is not delicious!

Slowly add your 2 cups of milk, and then stir in your can of chilis.

Next comes the star of the soup, the broccoli! Add broccoli to the soup and stir until well mixed.

Add a lid to your soup, and on low-medium heat let it simmer for about 20 minutes. You do not want to bring it to a boil because it will make the milk gritty and not tasty at all. After 20 minutes, when your broccoli is tender and the flavors are amazing, season with salt and pepper, and slowly add your cheeses stirring the entire time so that it becomes well blended. Don't forget to reserve some cheese for topping!

Top your soup with some leftover cheese, toast up some crusty bread, and voila! Kiss your winter blues goodbye. :)

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

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