Kimberly Ann: A Blog About Fashion, Beauty, and Life

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Everyone! I hope you all had an amazing day with your family and friends. I had an intimate dinner with the hubby here at home! It was nice to just relax, cook and enjoy each other. If any of you are braving the stores today, BE CAREFUL! I will be checking online for some deals,  I just can't handle the crazies this year! So, before I do some online shopping here is a few things I have been loving this week!

Linking with Andrea and Christie!

Have a Great Weekend!


KP


Favorite Holiday Dress via LaurenConrad




Favorite Song via Carrie Underwood






Favorite Tree Decor



Favorite Mantra



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Share-A-Chef

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Everyone! Once again I am sharing with you an amazing, delicious meal to add to your kitchen recipes. This week I wanted to share Katie Lee's "Ranch Turkey" in honor of the big day tomorrow. I already featured Katie Lee on Share-A-Chef so if you would like to read more about her, you can go here. This recipe was featured on the Thanksgiving edition of "The Kitchen". It looked incredible and it's definitely something I want to try. 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and remember to be thankful for all of
 the wonderful things in your life.

XO

KP




Ranch Turkey

Ingredients
One 15- to 18-pound turkey (neck and giblets removed)
Two 1-ounce packets ranch seasoning
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 carrots, cut into thirds
3 stalks celery, cut into thirds
1 medium onion, cut into 8 wedges
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
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Directions
Allow the turkey to come to room temperature for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove 2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning from 1 packet and reserve. In a small bowl, mix together 1 stick (8 tablespoons) of butter with the remaining ranch seasoning from both packets until well incorporated.

Arrange the carrots, celery and onions in the bottom of a roasting pan, then put a roasting rack over them. Put the turkey on the rack and spread the ranch butter all over and underneath the skin. Season generously with salt and pepper. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and put the turkey inside to roast.

In the meantime, add the maple syrup and 2 cups of chicken stock to a saucepan, then stir in the 2 tablespoons reserved ranch seasoning. Bring to a simmer just to warm through and incorporate the seasoning. Roast the turkey, basting with this liquid every 20 minutes, until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 160 degrees F (allow about 1 hour of cooking time for every 3 pounds of turkey). Tent with a piece of aluminum foil and let rest at least 30 minutes. (There will be carryover cooking and the temperature will rise to 165 degrees F while resting.)

For the gravy, strain the juices left in the bottom of the roasting pan into a fat separator and pour the fat off the top. Put the roasting pan on a burner on top of the stove over medium heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and whisk in the flour, cooking for a minute. Slowly whisk in the remaining 2 cups chicken stock along with any remaining braising liquid and the juices from the roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper and serve alongside the turkey.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Being Thankful and Giving Back

Hi Everyone! This week for Tuesday Ten I wanted to take the time to share ten ways that we can Give Back and Be Thankful. This year I have so much to be thankful for and I am sure all of you do as well. I have always wanted to give back in some way but wasn't quite sure how to go about it. I hope this post helps you or encourages you to get out in your own communities and give back in some way. 

I would love to hear what you are thankful for and how you give back!!

Thanks so much,

KP

Thank you to MakingLifeBetter for the great ideas!!


1. Consider a Charity Allowance






2. Research Local Charitable Opportunities






3. Collect Coins for Kids Worldwide






4. Find Ways to Support Our Troops
This is very dear to my heart....






5. Help Your Kid's School Donate






6. Go Green







7. Connect with Your Neighbors







8. Embrace Giving Tuesday







9. Share Your Pet
Your pet makes you smile so let him/her make others smile!!







10. Visit Local Seniors













Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

Who is ready for FRIDAY??? I know I am! This week has been a whirlwind of all things good, but I am super tired and ready to get the weekend started! This weekend my mom is coming up and we are doing some Christmas Shopping and going to see "Love the Coopers", our first holiday movie of the season! I am so excited, it's going to be wonderful day! So before I get MY weekend started here are few things that I have been loving this week!

What are you up to this weekend?

Linking up with Andrea and Christie!

XO

KP


 Favorite Stamp




Favorite Foundation




Favorite Mascara



Favorite Instagram Account via MissChrissyCharms



Favorite Pooch aka Peanut 


  




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Share-A-Chef


Happy Hump Day Everyone! This week I am introducing to you a new Chef and a new Recipe. Her name is Amanda Freitag and she is a judge on Chopped and a co-host of American Diner Revival.  She also competed for the title of America's Next Iron Chef in 2009. Growing up Amanda also had a passion for food that was passed down by her family, which in turn pushed her to pursue a cooking career. After graduating from culinary school Amanda's first job was in a New York City kitchen as a rotissier and garde manger at Vong under the supervision of  Jean-Georges Vongerichten.


 In 2008, Amanda took over as the executive chef at The Harrison in Tribeca. Amanda's first cook book "The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking was released in September of this year. When Amanda is NOT in the kitchen she enjoys traveling the world and collecting new menus to add to her collection.This week I will be sharing her "Pork on Pork" recipe, it looks delicious and I can't wait to try it!





Pork On Pork


Ingredients

1 pound pancetta or bacon, cut into small dice
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
3 garlic cloves
4 center-cut pork chops, each about 2 1/2 inches thick
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
3 tablespoons canola oil
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Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.



In a food processor, combine the pancetta, thyme, rosemary and garlic. Pulse until the mixture is finely ground. Set aside.


Make sure the pork chops are at room temperature, then liberally season them with salt and pepper on both sides.


Heat the canola oil in a large ovensafe skillet or grill pan over high heat. When the oil is hot, sear the pork chops for about 2 minutes on each side.


Stick the pan in the oven to finish cooking the pork, 5 to 6 minutes. Depending on your oven, of course, and the thickness of your chops, this should result in a medium to medium-well chop, still slightly pink in the middle. If you prefer a more well-done chop, add a minute or 2 to the cooking time.


While the pork chops are in the oven, heat a large saute pan over high heat. Add the pancetta and herb mixture. Turn the heat down to low and continue to cook the pancetta, stirring continuously to break up any large chunks, until all the fat is rendered and the pancetta is crispy, 8 to 10 minutes.


Serve the pork chops topped with the crispy herbed pancetta and rendered fat. Serve while hot and bubbling!



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Thanksgiving Fashion

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you are getting ready for the big Turkey Day that is coming up very soon. I think I will be spending the holiday with the hubby and the pooch and then celebrating with family a couple days later. I am so excited to do some cooking and to spend some quality time with the ones I love. 

This week for Tuesday Ten I wanted to share with you some fashion ideas for the big day! Now, personally for me I ALWAYS reach for comfort over fashion or style simply because I know there will be tons of eating going on, BUT with that being said it is still nice to have options. So, here are a few ideas that would look super fabulous for Thanksgiving!

What will you be wearing for the holiday?


1. Flowy and Comfy




 2. Mixing Patterns




3.  Neutrals




4. Add A Fun Scarf




5. Dress & Leggings







6. Poncho





7. Red





 8. Be Festive





 9. Classy and Comfortable




10. Simple

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Favorites: Veteran's Day Edition

Happy Friday Everyone! This week in honor of Veteran's Day I wanted to make a point to show my support to all the veterans in my life who make the ultimate sacrifice for our everyday freedoms. These people are so precious to me and I am so happy to have and call them my family. I hope that in some way you took the time to honor any veterans that are in your life, they truly deserve it! I also have family members that don't have their pictures online that I would like to honor as well, you know who you are!

Thank you to all of you and I love you!

I also wanted to mention that I have officially been adding videos to my very own YouTube channel! I would love it if you checked it out! The videos will range from beauty, fashion, and a few vlogs! You can find me here.

I hope you all had a wonderful week!

Linking up with Andrea and Christie!

KP





1. My Father




2. My Step-Mother Christina




3. My Brother Jeff




4. My Brother-n-Law John




5. My cousin Johnny



6. My Favorite Veteran's Day Song






Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Share-A-Chef Wednesdays


Hello Everyone! I have a very delicious recipe for you this week. I actually cooked this up last Saturday and it was amazing. It is so easy to make, you use one pan and basically throw it all in together, simmer, and enjoy! I stumbled upon the recipe via Pinterest from a blog called No.2Pencil.
The blog is created by Melissa, a wife,  mom of three, and a blogger who enjoys creating family-friendly recipes, crafts, and DIY projects. I definitely am looking forward to trying out some of her other delicious meals!

What are you all cooking up this week?

KP











One Pan Chicken Alfredo
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Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time:  
Cook time:  
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Serves: 4
An easy, One Pan Chicken Alfredo Pasta dish.
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1¼ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 14 oz can of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • ½ a pound of penne pasta, or any bite-sized shape pasta, uncooked
  • 2 cups of freshly shredded real parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flat leaf parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Start by cutting chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces. Season with ½ a teaspoon of kosher salt and a few turns of pepper.
  2. Brown chicken in olive oil over medium high heat.
  3. It does not need to be cooked through at this point, it will continue cooking as it simmers.
  4. Once chicken is browned, add minced garlic and saute for about one minute.
  5. Add chicken broth, cream, and uncooked pasta to pan and stir.
  6. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer.
  7. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in shredded parmesan cheese.
  9. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
Notes
Note: Keep pan covered while pasta and chicken simmer.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday Ten: The Perfect Thanksgiving Table

Happy Tuesday! It is officially 2 weeks and 2 days until Thanksgiving! I have to say Turkey Day is one of my favorite holidays. I always remember growing up and starting the day with my family watching the "Macy's Thanksgiving Parade", as my mom put the bird in the oven. The smell of that turkey all day long was simply amazing! We would all be snacking on goodies until the bird was complete! We always had the best times and the best food! This year I am not quite sure how I will be  spending it since my hubby has to work. Either it will be an early dinner for the two of us, or I will be heading to my sisters house. 
What are all of you planning on doing for the big day?

This week I wanted to share with you Ten Ideas for getting your table Turkey Day Ready! I always love decorating for the Fall and this holiday is NO exception! There are so many cute ideas out there and here are a few that I am loving!!

Talk to you soon,

KP



1. A Touch of Burlap




2. White




3. Thank You




 4. Pumpkins




5. Gold Accents




 6. I Am Thankful For.....




 7. A Touch Of Corn




 8. Colors of Fall



9. Something For the Kids (There is candy inside the drumstick)



10. Buffet Style





Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Everyone! I am so glad this week is finally OVER! Today is a big day for the hubby and I and one of the reasons why is we are celebrating my birthday one day early due to his work scheldule! The hubby has planned the perfect Birthday Dinner and I am super excited to spend the time with him.  Before we get our day started I wanted to share with you a few things that I have been loving this week!

What are you favorites this week?


KP


 Favorite Top 




Favorite Table Centerpiece



Favorite Album


Favorite Mantra