Fabulous Fall Accessories

I absolutely adore the transitional time between seasons. It’s like God knows His kids need a change. As much as I adore summer with its lazy days and slow pace, around this time of year I begin to look forward to the change into autumn. Now in the Deep South our temps will stay in the 80s and 90s for a while, so we can’t put away our summer wardrobe quite yet. However, we can begin to incorporate a few fabulous fall accessories to freshen up our look. I’ve spotted a few things recently that I thought you’d like to see:

The Sari Infinity Scarf from Work of Worth: This new company is hitting it out of the park with their beautiful accessories, as well as their commitment to women oppressed by poverty. Their Sari Infinity scarves come in rich colors, but the scarves are lightweight enough to wear now. They are a gorgeous way to add a little color, pattern, and texture to an otherwise neutral outfit.

Fabulous Fall Accessories

The Moonstone Chandelier earrings by Calypso St. Barth are a beautiful statement earring that are neutral enough to go with most any outfit.

Fabulous Fall Accessories

Tassel necklaces are everywhere this fall, and the Boho one from Blue Door Boutique is lovely.

Fabulous Fall Accessories

The Rustic Tote from Noonday Collection: This bag is perfect in so many ways. The color and texture of the leather is all kinds of rustic goodness. The size and shape of the bag are just what busy moms need.

Fabulous Fall Accessories

The Tribal Meets Regal necklaces from Work of Worth are made in India from hand-carved and dyed beads. They come in black, cobalt blue, and pink salmon (shown below).

Fabulous Fall Accessories

Because I’m in my 40s and these things are important to me, I’m definitely picking up a pair of these Ombre Round Readers from Forever 21. They are totally cute, and only cost $5.80!!

Fabulous Fall Accessories

I know it’s been around a while, but I’m still crushing on the Ancho Belt from Noonday Collection. And the good news is that it’s on sale for 50% off!

Fabulous Fall Accessories

I recently received a bracelet similar to the Sparti Metallic Cuff from Francesca’s in a Stitchfix shipment. I sent it back, and I have regretted it ever since! This is a fabulous bracelet!

Fabulous Fall Accessories

The Gypsy Relic Necklace from Work of Worth would look great layered with other necklaces, but it’s perfect by itself.

Fabulous Fall Accessories

What’s on your must-have list of fabulous fall accessories?

Make Your Own Flavored Cooking Oil

Make Your Own Flavored Cooking Oil

It only takes one trip to the local specialty grocery store to see that flavored cooking oils can be quite expensive. Not long ago, a recipe I was making called for garlic-infused olive oil. It was about $12 at my corner market, which I consider to be highway robbery. I’m a work-at-home mom who has to be careful about where to save and where to splurge, and this was definitely NOT a splurge item for me. So I made my own. It was super easy, and you can make your own flavored cooking oil with any of your favorite herbs and spices. You can even mix flavors and create wonderfully flavored combinations. You can use flavored cooking oil to sauté fish, veggies, or chicken. Substitute it in any recipe that calls for olive oil. You can also use it with your favorite vinegar for salad dressing, and it is to-die-for as a dipping sauce for bread!

Choosing Your Oil

To make your own flavored cooking oil, the first step is to choose your oil. Most any cooking oil will work, so there is no need to purchase the most expensive oil on the shelf. Besides, you are adding flavor to the oil, so it will be delicious. To get a flavor that is closest to the herb or spice you are using, use a more flavorless oil like peanut, corn, vegetable, or canola oil. My personal preference, though, is to use olive oil. While the olive oil has its own distinct flavor which will infuse with the herbs and spices, I actually prefer this blending of flavors because I want the flavor of the olive oil to shine through.

Choosing Your Herbs and Spices

Hands down, my favorite herbs to use to make your own flavored cooking oil are ones that come from my herb garden. Basil and rosemary are my go-to herbs, but I also love to use green onion. Fresh roasted garlic and whole peppercorns are terrific spices to add, and you can adjust the level of punch to your liking. Don’t be afraid to mix herbs and spices together in oils. For an Italian flavored oil, you can combine basil, oregano, and garlic. Another favorite combo is lemon and garlic. When using fresh herbs, I typically add about 15 leaves of basin, about 5 garlic cloves, around 15 peppercorns, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and/or about 5 long sprigs of rosemary.

Choosing Your Container

Most discount stores like Walmart and Target carry olive oil dispensers. They are found in the kitchen section, and they are pretty inexpensive, usually around $5. You can order the Tablecraft Olive Oil Dispenser from Amazon, and I believe it is the one I used when I made this basil oil:

Make Your Own Flavored Cooking Oil

A couple of things to note:

  • Flavored cooking oils will last around ten days in the cabinet or around a month in the fridge. If you refrigerate, give the oil about 20 minutes to come to room temperature before using.
  • Using dried herbs can make the oil last longer, but be aware that chopped herbs can clog up the spout.
  • Flavored cooking oils make a fun gift for your friends and family. Who doesn’t love a handmade gift, especially one that is as useful and thoughtful as this!

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