Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Best French Onion Soup

Hello Foxy Friends! Today I'm joining a few other bloggers for a little Fall Recipe Blog hop. When I was trying to figure out what I make for fall, we were/are still expereincing a heat wave. So the temps were pretty high, and it was hard to think Fall food when we are still wearing shorts and tank tops, haha. But I finally thought of something that both Mr. and I love! French Onion Soup.

What You'll Need:



1/4 Pound Butter
2-4 Pounds of Sweet Onions
1 Tablespoon of flour (2 Tablespoons if using 4 lbs of onion)
2 Quarts Beef Stock (if you prefer, you could use chicken stock, although I've never done this)
2 cups Dry White Wine (I picked Chardonnay)
salt and pepper to taste
Swiss Cheese
1 loaf French Breach

Directions:

Step 1: 

Cut the onions, I cut off ends of onion, cut it in half and then use my food processor. I used to cut by hand, but this is SO much faster. Mr. and I LOVE onions, so we like to go heavy, and even with 4-5 pounds it's never enough! If you like the flavor but don't like all the onions, go on the 2 pound side.


Step 2:

Melt 2 Tablespoons (if using 2 pounds of onion, 4 tablespoons if using 4 pounds of onion) in a large pot.


Step 3:

Add in the onion. It will look like a ton but trust me, it cooks WAY down!


Cook until transparent and brown.


Step 4:

Add the flour, if using 2 pounds of onions us 1 tablespoon if using 4 pounds use 2 tablespoons. Mixing the flour with the onions will make it slightly sticky and gummy (for lack of better word).


Yep this is 4 pounds of onions...see I told you it cooked down, so don't skimp on the onions!


Step 5:

Add in the beef stock. I use Better than Bullion, but you can use what you want. Stir in and let it come to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes.


Step 6:

Add in the wine...and continue to simmer for 30-60 minutes. Know that the longer you simmer the better flavor you are going to have. If you start to lose too much liquid, partially cover it.

Side Note: We have tried all sorts of wines with this, whatever wine you chose it will have an undertone with that wine, so if you use 2 buck chuck, that is what it's going to have a slight taste of. Mr. says that this is the BEST one I had ever made, so after 12 years of searching I think we found the wine that made it the best. So get the Castle Rock Chardonnay while you can!

Step 7:

Meanwhile, cut your bread into thin slices, you can do this several ways. You can butter both sides, and broil, you can toast it like regular toast, then butter, or not butter.


Step 8:

Set oven to 375°. Over the years, Mr. and I have decided that we don't like putting the bread into the soup, like they normally do at resturants, we REALLY like the crunch the toast part gives, and it sometimes just gets soggy if your slices aren't thin enough, so we've ditched the putting the bread in. However, if you want to add the bread in the soup before melting the cheese do it as follows to keep the crunch.

Add soup to bowl, add a shredded layer of cheese, add the toast, add sliced layer of cheese. This sort of protects the bread a bit from the soup and it getting soggy. Put in oven until cheese is bubbly and golden.


There you have it, the BEST French Onion Soup EVER!



Now go check out all of the other ladies recipes, my tummy is wanting all of these delicious Fall recipes!




Linking up here

Monday, October 16, 2017

$10 Target Haul: October Edition

Happy Monday Friends! It's that time of the month when we give you permission to go to Target and spend $10. You can tell your significant others that we gave you permission, cause that totally works right? Anyway, last month I got a bunch of stuff for Halloween and I sort of did the same this month.


I saw these little lanterns and I HAD to have them, they were calling my name. I had no idea how I was going to use them, but for $3 each, they were mine!



Then they had that little cute skeleton and I had to bring him home too, thinking I could hang him in the corning of the room, only it turns out he was small. So I moved him to by the table with the lanterns. I have something else for this wall, but have to put it together still, I'll show you on Friday.


So how much did I spend?

Lanterns: $3 each for a total of $6
Skeleton: $3

Total: $9.83

Under the budget again, woo hoo! So what did you get with your $10? Go see what the other ladies got with their $10.



$10 at Target
Stephanie | www.wifemommyme.com
Beth | www.ourprettylittlegirls.com
Becky | www.bybmg.com
Tif | www.brightonabudget.com
Heather | www.myglitteryheart.com
Ashley | http://www.ashleynewell.me
Emily | www.threeboysandagirlblog.blogspot.com
Shani | www.sunshineandmunchkins.com
Sarah | www.foxysdomesticside.com
Johannah | http://johannahsirois.blogspot.com
Stephanie | www.thegiftygirl.com
Kristyn | www.everyonessleepingbutmom.com
Danielle | www.sparklesandlattes.blogspot.com
Jess | www.secretsofasahmom.blogspot.com
Christine | www.swordfightsandstarrynights.com


Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites #138

Happy Friday! Full 5 day work week for me, with 12 hours of overtime...boo! Super sucks, I hate having to put the kids to bed and then going back to work, blah. Anyway, it's Friday and I'm going to try and limit my work over the weekend...Going out with the bestie tonight, first time since she moved in my area, super excited! So let's get to my Friday Favorites:



Monday: A Day In the Life
Tuesday: Dressember Challenge Recap
Wednesday: Common Threads Week 2
Thursday: Fall FabFitFun Unboxing

Here's the video I did. I have so many video ideas, not enough hours in the day to record, edit and process it all!



I already recapped Saturday here, so Sunday we FINALLY made it to the movies. Truth be told I fell asleep..only for a second...it was SO BORING! We saw Ninjago...I really liked the Batman movie too.



Monday girl had her gymnastics class, she is loving it, and I am so glad, since she was hesitant to take the class to begin with.


Showing off all of her after class stamps.


This girl had her 4 year well check this week. She is 80% in height and 70% in weight.


Hearing check came out good.


Doctor listening to her heart.


Both kids needed shots, Baby Fox needed a flu shot, poor thing started crying the night before at dinner when we told him, then again in the car on the way there, but as soon as he got the sucker was okay. Poor Mini Fox went second and tried to hide when he heard the ruckus that her brother was making, then started screaming/crying the whole time. She had to get three shots, but the nurse did the first two so fast, Mini Fox still counts it as one...she was all smiles as soon as the nurse put the band aids on her wounds.





He wanted me to take a picture of how he caught the ball. Here is a conversation Baby Fox had with Mr. the other day. Wanted to write this down before I forgot it.


Baby Fox: Dad, did you know that I meditated last night?

Mr.: You did? How did you learn that?

Baby Fox: At school, want to mediate with me?

Mr.: Sure.

Baby Fox: Okay, now sit criss cross applesauce, and put your fingers like this (pinching thumb and pointer finger, hands resting on knees). Now avoid all thoughts.

(silence for a bit while they meditate)

Baby Fox: Okay, you can be done now.

Then the next night they meditated again, this time Baby Fox ran and got his iPad so he could time them for a 3 minute mediation session.



As always linking up with The Blended Blog to share some lover around the blogger community.

First up is Crissy from Granola and Grace, she wrote a review on Guiltless Goodies, which is an online company that makes snacks that are gluten, grain, dairy, soy, yeast and preservative-free. What? That's awesome? They even have donuts, I'm in! 



Anne from Anne In Residence has the cutest DIY series, where she tries Pinterest pins. This week she tried a super cute and EASY pumpkin project. Take a look at just how easy this project was.
 
 





OH my gosh, this is the sweetest thing ever, so happy he found his missing toy. Watch this little toys journey to find his owner.




Thank you Target, now my obession can go beyond needing to actually walk in a store...haha!




I am so making this...I'll let you know how it comes out!





Happy Friday! Have lots planned this weekend...need to come up with a Fall recipe...any ideas out there? Need to film it on Sunday...hmmm....Have a great weekend, see you on Monday for a little $10 Target link up. So go to Target spend $10 and then report back on Monday, tell your hubby the blog made you do it :)

Linking up here

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall FabFitFun Box

Happy Thursday Foxy Friends! Good news, the project I thought was due tomorrow, is actually due next week, so I'm not stressing as much, so that's good :) Anyway, on to more fun things, like the FabFitFun box, have you heard of it? It's a seasonal box that comes with anything between scarves to beauty products. They also have add ons, so if you see something you like you can grab it for a great price. I put together a video of what I got in my box. It's so fun to get 4 times a year. I think I might even upgrade to the yearly plan, save a few bucks, I'm already doing it, might as well right? Okay onto the video!



If you want to get a box yourself, here's my affiliate link, and you get $10 off too if it's your first time! So go try it out, it's super fun to get a fun box of beauty stuff in the mail!


Linking up here

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Common Threads Challenge Week 2

I've mentioned this a few times, but this month I am participating in the Common Threads Challenge, where we pick 5 things from our closet and then each day have to use one of those 5 things and pick our outfit around that. So here is day 4 through 10


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Wondering what I picked? Wait no longer, here are the 5 things I picked.


Black and Whit Striped Skirt (Similar) / Burgundy Tee / Black Blazer / Skinny Jeans / Booties (Similar and 50% off!) /

* indicates what I picked from my 5

Day 4



Skirt (similar)*/ Shirt (similar) / Jacket (similar) / Shoes (Similar)


Day 5



Shirt / Jeans* / Jacket  (Similar here and here)Shoes (Similar)

Day 6 




Day 7 


No picture, was in fundraising mode and forgot before I changed for the event.

Shorts (Similar) /  Shirt* / Flip Flops

Day 8 




Skirt  (similar)* / TankFlip Flops


Day 9 

Dress (same pattern different silhouette) / Booties (Similar)*


Day 10 


Pants (Similar) / Blazer* / Heels (Similar)


So far 10 days in and I'm doing pretty good, although I'm fairly certain people in my weekend life are going to get sick of me wearing that striped skirt or shorts with the burgundy top, as those are my coolest things to wear in this 90° heat.




Linking up here


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dressember

Back in June or was it July, Stephanie came up with this idea to wear more of her dresses and skirts in her closet. She realized that she had a ton that she never wore, so what else do you do when you have a blog? You ask all of your blogging friends to join in. We all said we didn't think we could do a full 30 days, so we settled on 10. I made my 10, and then forgot to take pictures of 2 outfits, so really I got 12 days, woo hoo!

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So what did I wear? Here ya go.


Date night dress.


This dress is one of my favorite Spring time purchases.









So what I get from doing this challenge, EVERYONE should own a jean jacket, apparently I wear it a lot as a completer piece. Perhaps I need some new completer pieces...hmmm... Also I love floral and stripes. 

So did you try out the challenge? How did you do?