Easy Elegance: Festive Fashion and Fare 

Entertain with festive fare for holidays that are healthy and hassle-free! 

At this time of the year, it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday rush. I put together these light and lucious recipes to cut down on the hustle and bustle but also tuck healthy eating into my celebrations. They are all time- saving solutions for any busy host or hostess. 

However, whether I’m going out or staying at home I love to dress up and this time of the year gives me an extra excuse for more glitter and glitz! 

I was inspired by the sophistication and colors of the Classic Black Sheffield Daniel Wellington timepiece/bangle set  in rose gold to style this outfit. 

The set is now 10% off at https://www.danielwellington.com/us/ and if you use my special code: MTFxDW you will receive an ADDITIONAL 15% off !

My dress is Express brand found at http://www.thredup.com. My shoes and hat are from http://www.target.com and the necklace was a gift from my daughter found at http://www.charmingcharlies.com. 

Here are some different options available at https://www.polyvore.com/ for you to create your own ‘Daniel Wellington’ inspired outfit or shop for that special someone in your life. 

And of course, here are some healthy and hassle-free recipes to make any event easy and also elegant and special!

Glazed Beef Tournedos 

3 tablespoons steak sauce

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons orange marmalade 

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

1 tablespoon finely chopped onion 

1 garlic clove 

4 beef tenderloin steaks 

In a small bowl, combine steak sauce, ketchup, marmalade, lemon juice, onion and garlic. Set aside 1/4 cup for serving.

Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill. Grill steaks, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4-6 inches from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side, basting frequently with remaining sauce. Just before serving, brush steaks with reserved sauce. 

1 serving = 308 calories/ 12 grams fat 

Marinated Mushrooms

2 cups small fresh mushrooms 

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

1/2 teaspoon dried basil 

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/2 teaspoon mustard seed 

1/4 teaspoon onion salt 

Place the mushrooms in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Pour over mushrooms and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and discard marinade before serving. 

1/2 cup = 46 calories / 4 g fat 

Tortellini with Roasted Red Pepper Dip 

I package (19 ounces) frozen cheese tortellini 

1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained 

3 garlic cloves 

1/2 cup fat free mayonnaise 

1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 

1/4 teaspoon salt 

1/8 teaspoon pepper 

1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 large zucchini, cut into strips 

Prepare tortellini according to package instructions. Meanwhile, place red peppers and garlic in a food processor; cover and process until combined. Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper; cover and process until blended. Transfer to a small bowl. Drain tortellini; toss with oil. Serve with zucchini strips and red pepper dip.

14 tortellini and 4 strips with 4 tsp. dip= 143 calories / 5 g fat 

Cherry Cheese Pie

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 

1/4 cup cold water 

1 package (8 ounces) reduced fat cream cheese 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Sugar substitute equal to 2 tablespoons sugar 

1 envelope whipped topping mix

2 cups fat- free whipped topping 

1 reduced fat graham cracker crust (8 inches) 

1 cup reduced sugar cherry pie filling 

In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Heat, over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until blended. Gradually, beat in sugar substitute. Gradually add whipped topping mix; beat in gelatin mixture; beat 1 minute longer. Mix in 1 cup whipped topping. Fold in remaining whipped topping. Spoon into crust; top with cherry pie filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. 

1 piece = 259 calories , 10 fat 

Thank you so much, for taking the time to read this post !! Hope you found it worthwhile and hope you are inspired to spend some time entertaining with festive fare – fashionably and healthfully, of course!!! 

Yours truly,



Become A Layer Slayer: Fall Fashion and Fabulous Treats (You Will Love)

With the significant drop in temperature, I’ve prepped for fall weather by reviewing and revising some lessons in layering. I’ve put together some fun, easy looks using pieces I already had and added just a few new items I decided were ‘must haves’ for me. 

I had to have this Dot Tencel Dress from www.foxcroftcollection.com/blog. I added a burgundy faux fur vest I’ve had for more than six years. I remember my son being in a baby carriage as I wheeled myself ( and him and my daughter) back to www.bakersshoes.com in my local mall when I saw the vest in the window. I was actually wearing the burgundy Franco Sarto boots at the time and decided that the fact I was wearing the boots when I saw that vest was a sign I had to buy it. As the month went on I did end up going back to the same store and bought the vest in every color. Shhhhhh… no one needs to know all that! 

I layered the same vest and boots with a cocktail dress from Express which I actually found at www.thredup.com.

I found a cute little denim vest in the kid’s department at Target and decided to layer it over a Max Studio dress I found at The Rack. And quite obviously , I’ve gotten tremendous use out of those old boots ! 

I found a new pair of boots just a couple of weeks ago at Burlington Coat Factory. I wanted a pair of OTK boots and I was lucky enough to find these ( and a black pair) very reasonably priced. 

I wore them to keep cozy while wearing these deliciously bright layers. The dress is Dolce Vita from www.thredup.com and the jacket was from BCF years ago. 

It’s always fun to use comfy blanket scarves when pulling together a look this time of year. I love this one from @momajuicy ( Instagram). The colors are so vibrant and the material is ultra soft yet warm. 

This time of the year we are always looking for new dessert options , either to entertain with or just enjoy after a busy day. I try to incorporate some healthy foods into treats for my family so that they are delicious but not a nutritional failure. 

Try layering pears with almonds and chantilly cream for a super easy after school snack or refreshing dessert. 

You will need :

1 package of fat free vanilla pudding cups ( 4 cups) 

1 container ( 8 ounce) fat free whipped topping 

1 teaspoon almond extract 

2 cans (15.25 ounces each) light pear halves 

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted 

1. For chantilly cream, in a medium bowl, combine pudding, whipped topping, and almond extract. 

2. To serve, arrange 3 pears halves in each of 4 serving dishes. Top each with chantilly cream and sprinkle with almonds. 

Try layering healthy apricot compote over vanilla ice cream for an added serving of citrus which is so beneficial this time of year. 

Apricot Compote 

You will need:

1 can (15 ounce) light apricot halves 

1 cup dried apricots 

1/4 cup golden raisins 

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint 

3 cups fat free vanilla ice cream 

In a medium saucepan, combine apricots, raisins, lemon juice, and mint. Slowly cook over medium high heat until liquid is almost gone and dried fruit is rehydrated. Serve warm with ice cream.

Layer a delightful sorbet with raspberries for an extremely easy yet pleasing treat. 

Chocolate- Hazelnut Sorbet 

You will need : 

2 cups hot water 

6 decaffeinated chocolate-hazelnut tea bags 

1/2 cup chocolate flavored syrup 

2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur 

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder 

Fresh raspberries 

1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and add tea bags; let stand for 5 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, combine tea mixture , chocolate-flavored syrup, liqueur, and espresso powder. Cool to room temperature. Chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator. 

3. Freeze tea mixture in a 1 1/2 quart ice cream freezer according to manufacturer’s directions.

4. Serve with raspberries. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I hope you found it worthwhile and that inspires you to have some fun with layering, either in your wardrobe or with your recipes ! 

I appreciate your time and attention and I’m interested to hear from you. 

What are your favorite ways to stay cozy, yet fashionable? 

What are your favorite go- to recipes during this busy time of year ?

Any suggestions? 

Thanks again !

Yours truly,



Fall Classics:  Fashion and Fun Food Inspiration 

A striped button down might be the most basic menswear staple, but on a woman it becomes fresh and sexy. 

If this Sateen-Striped Non-Iron Tunic from https://foxcroft.com received a report card it would read, “Plays well with others.” 

You can dress it up or down, and it will never go out of style. 

I loved wearing it with tights.

It was easy to layer with a faux fur vest.

I think it would also look fabulous with a belt. 

It’s an easy top to pair with jeans for a chic weekend look. 

I found this tunic on a shop I follow on Instagram: @foxcroft. They have classic styles for every woman. I follow them to see latest styles, trend alerts, contests, and giveaways. They offer free shipping and returns so ordering is risk-free. This tunic is only one of the great items I found @foxcroft. I’ll be sharing lots of other fabulous finds from this company within the next few weeks. 

Speaking of stripes and fall classics, this is a really easy recipe I make every fall. 

It’s great to bring to a Halloween Party or just serve after dinner as a special treat. 

Striped Delight Dessert

You need: 

1 1/2 chocolate graham cracker crumbs 

1/4 cup sugar 

1/3 cup melted butter 

1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 

1/4 cup sugar 

2 tbsp. milk 

1 8oz. container Cool Whip 

2 pkgs. instant pudding 

3 1/2 c. cold milk 

Combine crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and melted butter. Press firmly in the bottom of 13X9 inch pan. Chill 5 minutes or for firmer crust, bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool. 

Beat cream cheese with sugar and milk until smooth. Fold in half the whipped topping. Spread over crust. Prepare pudding as directed on package using 3 1/2 cups milk. Pour over cream cheese layer. Chill overnight. Spread remaining topping over pudding. 

Another easy classic recipe for this time of the year and perfect for a party is this fun fondue.

Zombie Slime Fondue

You need:

9 oz. white chocolate, broken into pieces 

1/2 cup whipping cream 

7 drops food coloring 

1 oz. semi sweet chocolate 

10 pieces gummy candy 

10 jet puffed marshmallows 

2 Granny Smith apples, each cut into 10 wedges 

Microwave white chocolate and cream in microwaveable bowl on high 1 to 2 minutes, or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir until completely melted. Stir in food coloring until blended. Pour into serving bowl. 

Melt semi-sweet chocolate as directed on package; drizzle in spiral pattern over fondue. Starting at center, use a toothpick to draw a line through chocolate to side of bowl; repeat to make several lines. Repeat, but start at outside edge of bowl and draw lines through chocolate to center to resemble spider web.

Serve with remaining ingredients as dippers. 

Hope you are all enjoying this lovely fall season ! 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. 

Your time and attention is always appreciated and any feedback is welcome. 

Yours truly,