Plus Size by Fashion Bug – Blue/Black Sleeveless – Size 2X

Plus Size Fashion

Plus Size Dressing Fun

Who says plus size has to be boring? With brilliant colors and patterns, you can dress with style and pizazz!

This lovely sleeveless top has an eye-catching geometric print.  The perfect addition to your favorite jacket or sweater. The black detailing at the neckline draws the eye upward. Generous sleeve opening for comfort. Easy wear, easy care.

COLOR: Black / Ocean / Teal / Aegean (See color chart.)

FABRIC: Unknown

CARE:  Machine wash. Gentle cycle. Tumble dry on low.

MANUFACTURED IN: Philippines

MEASUREMENTS

  • Chest: 54″
  • Shoulder: 17″
  • Waist:  48″
  • Hip:  56″
  • Length (From back neckline.): 29″
  • Sleeve Length: Sleeveless
  • Sleeve Width (opening at hem): 26″

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Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie

Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie Final

The Versatile Crescent Roll

There was one good thing about being an only child for the first 12 years of my life. I got to be the one who cracked open those rolled up packages of refrigerated biscuit or crescent roll dough. There was a certain element of apprehension to the process — rather like breaking a balloon. I knew it was going to be loud, and if I did it wrong it would pop open and sting my fingers. Still, I just couldn’t wait to do it. All these years later, I’d still fight for the right to break open that can, that unlike so many other things, has not changed one iota.

These flaky gems are the basis for so many wonderful recipes from savory to sweet.


Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie Prep

Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie – Serves 4

6 ounces cooked chicken breast, chopped in 1/2″ pieces (pre-cooked from the deli or leftover from another meal is a time saver here)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup diced celery

1/4 cup diced shallot

1/2 10-ounce package frozen peas and carrots, thawed

2 T snipped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup dried cranberries (soaked in hot water or orange juice just to cover until plump)

1/2 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

3 T chopped walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 package stuffing mix (like Stove Top)

Cranberry sauce – either canned or fresh

1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Measure out 1/2 package of the stuffing mix and prepare according to package directions, using one half the liquid. Set aside to cool.

Combine the cooked chicken, mayonnaise, chopped celery, shallots, peas & carrots parsley and drained cranberries in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Open the rolls and separate into 8 pieces along the perforations. Lay the pieces on the parchment-paper-lined baking sheet with the pointed ends facing out — like star. The wide ends should come together in the middle, forming a solid base for the ring. Press the dough together in the middle to accomplish this.

Layer the room temperature stuffing is on the center of the ring. Then spoon the filling over the top. Pull each corner to the center to form a ring.

Place the egg in a small bowl or ramekin and beat with a fork until smooth. Using a pastry brush (or your fingers), brush the egg mixture over the dough generously and evenly. This will ensure a beautiful, golden crust.

Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown. All of the ingredients are pre-cooked so we are just heating and browning. Serve with cranberry sauce as a condiment. Recipe can be doubled.

Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie Final

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping Can be a Joy

Christmas Shopping Should be Fun

Make Christmas Shopping Fun Again

This should be a happy time of year, but we place such pressure on ourselves to provide that “perfect” gift for everyone on our list. It’s an unrealistic dream. Think back to the things that made you happy at Christmas. Was it the toys, or the clothing or the super duper television? Okay I’ll grant that the super duper television may be memorable. Or, was it time spent around a fire Christmas Eve as a loved one read Twas the Night Before Christmas? Was it gathering around a table for Christmas dinner, whether it was with a horde or just gazing across the table at your favorite person. Maybe it was spending the evening downtown watching the Christmas tree lighting or singing carols while sipping hot cider and Christmas shopping without buying. You get the energy without the hassle. Our minds are funny things. The very thing that at the moment, we think is going to bring joy, is fleeting and not the fodder of memories that will follow us into our rocking chair years.

Christmas Shopping can be a joy
Photo by Kylie Sabra at Calas Galadhon Christmas Pavilion in the Second Life Grid

Many holiday activities are free. Take advantage of them. Spending time with those you care about is going to stay with you far longer than what gifts you give or receive. If you are alone this year, then try hooking up with a group on meetup.com, or find a community caroling group and tag along.There’s not really a way around it, we must do at least some Christmas shopping. There are alternatives to the traditional mall experience. Consider buying gently used clothing for your thrift shop savvy friends. reFresh Boutique is excepting holiday gift returns for store credit through January 6th (requires receipt), so you can shop without worry. Or you can purchase a gift certificate. Christmas shopping at reFresh lets you give a beautiful gift that won’t leave you scrambling for money in the new year.

Merry Christmas

 

Kylie

 

 

What We Need Today – The New Thrift Shop Experience

A New Kind of Thrift Shop

We take in items for store credit and we are in need of the following. We like to keep our trunk full.

  • Everything in sizes large and above.
  • Sweaters in all sizes.
  • Purses
  • Costume jewelry.
  • Belts
  • Scarves
  • Coats in all sizes

Visit here for more details on how to trade with reFresh.


The Thrift Shop with a different point of view.

We work hard to make the thrift shop experience enjoyable by maintaining a store that is clean, bright and smells fresh. reFresh turns the consignment experience into a fine boutique experience. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you enter the store.

Pandora is Singing the Blues and So Am I

 

I know, reading my blog is like getting the Pacific Northwest weather report. With whispers of temperatures approaching the 80s this coming week, I am sitting wrapped in a black sweater and my fingers are blue from the cold. My Pandora radio station is wailing the blues and so am I, which is embarrassing when customers walk in. Hence the blues are heavy on my mind today. So I figure . . . go

Amidst a sea of brightly colored tops and blouses I picked a few fun blues to play with. Blues can be utterly pure, unaffected by the reds and yellows that pull them into shades of lilac or periwinkle, or turquoise and aqua.  Even if they decide to dance with these colorful neighbors, they remain ever blue.

From top left to right. Bue & White by Sonoma Size Small/Petite $5.00; Blue with Black Lace and Sequins by Espresso, Size M, $8.00; Dark Blue with Lace Cap Sleeves by Doe & Rae, Size L $15.00; Turquoise Tank by Tempted, Size S $7.00
From top left to right.  Blue & White by Sonoma, Size Small/Petite, $5.00;
Blue with Black Lace and Sequins by Espresso, Size M, $8.00;
Dark Blue with Lace Cap Sleeves by Doe & Rae, Size L, $15.00;
Turquoise Tank by Tempted, Size S, $7.00

Not to worry, the “tops” corner of reFresh is alive and kicking with color!

The Tops