#FRIDAYFOOD A great bowl of #chili for the Fall


I will admit, I was a picky eater growing up. And while I am trying to expand my “gourmet palette,” it took a while to like chili. Can I just say, chili beans. I didn’t like them in any way, shape or form.
A few years ago, I worked as a food editor for a newspaper. I LOVED it, but a lot of people went to a lot of trouble to fix food for me. I was compelled by reasonably good manners (and let’s just say I had to say that to myself every time) to eat what was prepared for me. (The voice of my mother and both grandmothers resonating through my head.) Eventually, I had to eat a bowl of chili. At first, I just picked around the beans. After the next couple of times, I like it. I do not cook it, but I have grown to LOVE IT! (This is also from a girl who would not eat pizza until high school.) Continue reading

#FRIDAYFOOD Fall Soups 2017 – Part 1


It is getting a little chilly outside and what could be better than a piping hot cup of soup and a cornbread muffin? YUM! Just thinking about it makes me happy.

Now Bob Graves thinks it is Beef Stew time, “Soup is for lightweights,” he said, all in good humor, I am sure, because the rest of us “lightweights” love a steaming, hearty bowl of soup! But I will indulge one of my favorite Facebook friends for a minute. Continue reading

#FALLFASHION Tips from Special Treasures in Winona


Chrissy Little is wearing several Fall trends for Special Treasures. The blouse is burgundy – a very trendy color this fall—that has a peak-a-boo cutout at the neckline, which has also been trending this Fall. Also, ankle boots and wedges are a hot item again this year. (Photo by Gwen Sisson)

 

Trisha Windham of Special Treasures in Winona also said crushed velvet is huge this fall, and anything in burgundy, blush or olive green.

Lily Sheppard is wearing ankle boots, an olive blouse –another trendy color this fall–a denim jacket and Love, Poppy earrings from Special Treasures. (Photo by Gwen Sisson)

Other trends Special Treasures is seeing this fall includes:

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#FALLFASHION Tips from Whitney’s Boutique in Vaiden


Whitney Welch models the kimono, beaded necklace and flair jeans that are popular this fall. (Photo submitted)  

Susan Welch at Whitney’s Boutique in Vaiden said velour is HUGE this year. From tops to dresses, Welch said velour is extremely popular this season.

Welch said other popular trends include:

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#FALLFASHION Tips from Hammond’s Gifts in Winona


 

Kellum Harrison is modeling one of the fall’s hottest looks from Hammond’s Gifts – a burgundy cut out shoulder blouse with embroidered skirt. (Photo submitted)

 

It is time for tailgating, fall leaves and pumpkin-spice everything! And this fall, local clothing stores say a floral dress with gray suede ankle boots and a short olive green jacket or a crushed velvet blouse with distressed denim jeans will be on pointe with so many trends this fall.
LoriLee Chambley from Hammond’s Gifts in Winona said velvet is everywhere this fall.
“The vintage look –lace and velvet are big this fall,” Chambley said.
Chambley said florals – “the bigger the better” are trendy this fall.

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#FALLFASHION Tips from PasTymes in Winona


Bailey Cook is modeling one of the biggest trends this fall – florals – at Pas Tymes

At Pas Tymes, two of the most popular fall trends they have seen really take hold locally has been the vinyl print tees and the cutout tops—either keyholes at the neck or shoulder tops.

Rochelle Armstrong of Pas Tymes in Winona said they have a wide variety of cutout tops for every trend. Continue reading