Ask the Experts: 18 Trends, Tips & Tricks for Winter 2018

5 01 2018

 

Screenshot 2018-01-05 13.52.19This week, The Hutchinson News featured an article that highlights 18 Trends, Tips & Tricks for Winter 2018 by none other than long-time Adrian’s Boutique owner, Vicki Adrian. (Me!)  I thought some of our customers that are out of the area might want to read it, so here you go!

Ready or not, 2018 is here, and Vicki Adrian, owner of Adrians Boutique in Buhler has some insights to help you enjoy the winter season. This year it’s all about comfort, and whether you’re refreshing your home after packing away the tinsel and garland, doing a closet purge, or cooking a favorite cold weather soup, comfort is king this winter!

Screenshot 2018-01-05 13.54.25FASHION TRENDS

  1. January Clearance Sales are on, and it’s a great time to pick up some new accessories to perk up your existing cold weather outfits.
  2. Silver is making a comeback after a few seasons that have been all about gold jewelry. Time to bring back some of your favorites or shop for a couple of new statement pieces.
  3. According to Vogue Magazine, Denim is definitely back in style. From jackets to jeans and handbags, you’ll see denim all the way from winter into spring.
  4. Cozy Knits – the softer and more textured the better. Now is the time to layer soft tees with fuzzy sweaters, vests and jackets.
  5. Get “outside the box” and purchase one outfit that is a bit of a stretch for you. We don’t mean to go W-A-Y outside the box, just a couple of steps. Maybe try some leggings with boots and a tunic.
  6. Turquoise rarely goes out of style, as almost every skin color looks good in this color, but this winter it is front and center. Pick up a fun scarf or piece of jewelry that highlights this beautiful color.

Screenshot 2018-01-05 13.54.34A WARM WELCOME HOME

  1. In today’s hectic world, home needs to become an escape from everyday stresses, digital overload, and harried lifestyles. Establish cozy nooks within your home that include plenty of soft blankets, a lamp and a welcome place to just chill out and relax.
  2. Plan a family game night once a week through the winter. Whether you have little kids or are empty nesters, winter is a great time to unplug the technology and enjoy each other’s company.
  3. Brighten up your home with several candles (flameless or traditional) to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere during the long winter evenings.
  4. Lose the chemicals and clean your home using just water. We have sold the e-Cloth* line for many years, and with it, you can clean anything in you home using just water. You’ll get amazing results!
  5. Clean out one closet or cabinet each week this winter. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and a great head start for the traditional Spring Cleaning.
  6. Plan some down time to cozy up and read a good book. Visit your local            library and check out a book or two by a new author.

Screenshot 2018-01-05 14.01.49HEALTHY LIVING

  1. Eat at Home. Plan to have soup simmering on the stove or in the slow cooker a couple of nights each week. Check out Adrian’s Recipe Blog at AdriansBoutique.com for some delicious recipes shared by our clients.
  2. It gets so dry here in Kansas during the winter, and our skin can really suffer. Make sure you are keeping your skin hydrated by using natural products such as The Naked Bee’s* body lotion.
  3. Get some exercise! Buhler residents are blessed to have our brand new Buhler Wellness Center, but there are many other places to get your body moving in our area.
  4. Spend time with friends and family. The human connection can be the best cure for the winter blues. Use FaceTime to stay connected to loved ones who are farther away.
  5. If the budget allows, book a hotel with an indoor pool for a winter weekend getaway. A change of scenery is always good!
  6. Bundle up and get out and about this winter. Visit a museum, shop your local stores, take your dog for a walk or meet a friend for coffee.

*Available at Adrians Boutique

IMG_0944Vicki Adrian is the owner of Adrians Boutique in downtown Buhler. She has been a contributing writer for the Fashion Advantage Magazine and hosts workshops for retailers on Small Business Marketing.

 vicki@adriansboutique.com

PS…We have some great specials going on this week at Adrians Boutique!  Scroll down to our earlier post from this week to get all the details! ~Vicki

 

 

 

 

 





My Sister’s “Exotic” Spinach Salad

13 07 2013

My sister, Nila from Olathe, Kansas is so gifted in the kitchen…Her beautiful home is welcoming to many guests, friends & family and she is always making something delicious!

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I first tried this salad when Nila made this recipe for an event at church a long time ago, but have used it several times when I want to make something fresh & fruity…especially when it is so hot outside!

Nila's Exotic Spinach Salad

This recipe calls for papaya, mango, kiwi & strawberries…I don’t know about you, but I do not usually purchase papaya or mangos, so found the following video helpful on “How to cut and peel a papaya:

Here are some “Tips” for working with a Mango:

-It’s much easier to peel the mango if you cut it away from the pit, or stone, first. Mangos are very smooth and slippery and it would be much more dangerous to try and cut it after it has been peeled.

-The pit is oval and relatively flat. Cut about 1/2” on each side of the center of the fruit. If you run into the pit, just adjust accordingly and cut a little further out.

-The skin is edible but quite chewy. I usually can’t see wasting any bit of declious fruit though so I’ll sometimes eat them while I cut up the rest of the mangos.

Here is a Video to see how to cut up a Mango:

If you’re thinking that this is just too much trouble…I can assure you that it is WORTH IT…you will LOVE this delicious salad!

Nila’s Exotic Spinach Salad

8 c. spinach, rinsed, stemmed, and torn into pieces
1 papaya, peeled and cut into 1/2 in. pieces
1 mango, peeled and cut into 1/2 in. pieces
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 c. sliced strawberries
Combine spinach with papaya, mango, kiwi, and strawberries.

Sesame and Poppy Dressing

1/3 c. sugar and Splenda
2 T. sesame seeds
1 T. poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp. grated onion
1/4 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 1/4 c. cider vinegar

In a blender, combine sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, Worchestershire, paprika and oil.  Slowly add vinegar until dressing is moderately thick.  Toss with salad and serve.  *Note:  This salad is absolutely delicious!

*Or click HERE for recipe: http://bit.ly/12jPK8h

Thank you Nila! Keep those awesome recipes coming! You ROCK! 🙂

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Travel…It’s been awhile!

24 03 2012

Well, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve taken time to sit down and write a post to our Blog.  It has been a busy winter/early spring for us and although we have continued to add recipes to our Blog, I just haven’t gotten a post written for awhile!  Today, however, I was inspired by a photo that our friend, Deanna sent me.  She and her husband are traveling in the southwest and stopped by one of our favorite places in the southwest…The beautifully restored LaPosada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona. Now, I know that what we usually write about is delicious food…and trust me…you will not be disappointed!

La Posada Hotel, the “last great railroad hotel,” offers a unique cultural experience for Southwest travelers. Built in 1929 for the Santa Fe Railway, La Posada is truly one of America’s treasures.

La Posada embodies the visions of both Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the hotel’s renowned architect, and Allan Affeldt, its current owner. But the story really begins with Fred Harvey, who “civilized the west” by introducing linen, silverware, china, crystal, and impeccable service to railroad travel. (He was so legendary that MGM made a movie called The Harvey Girls starring Judy Garland.) Harvey developed and ran all the hotels and restaurants of the Santa Fe Railway, eventually controlling a hospitality empire that spanned the continent.

In the 1920s, Harvey decided to build a major hotel in the center of northern Arizona. “La Posada”—the Resting Place—was to be the finest in the Southwest. Construction costs alone exceeded $1 million in 1929. Total budget with grounds and furnishings was rumored at $2 million (about $40 million in today’s dollars). They chose Winslow, then (as now) the Arizona headquarters for the Santa Fe Railway. Winslow was ideally situated for a resort hotel since everything to see and do in northern Arizona is a comfortable day’s drive. They asked Colter to design the new hotel.

Colter worked for the Fred Harvey Company from 1905 until her retirement in the 1950s. Although famous for her magnificent buildings at the Grand Canyon, she considered La Posada her masterpiece. Here she was able to design or select everything from the structures to the landscape, furniture, maids’ costumes, and dinner china. Many people consider this the most important and most beautiful building in the Southwest.

La Posada was selected as one of the best places to stay in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Originally built for railroad passengers, this Arts and Crafts hotel near Route 66 “is the destination—skip the town.” Guest rooms, named for onetime patrons like John Wayne, “are comfortable but not fancy.” With a menu of Southwestern cuisine based on Navajo and Hopi crops, the Turquoise Room is “a true oasis in the desert.” “Staff are hands-on, and it shows.”

For delicious southwestern cuisine… don’t miss The Turquoise Room…

T.he Turquoise Room is an original restaurant incorporating some authentic Arizona food. Considered by many to be the finest restaurant in the Four Corners region, the Turquoise Room opened in 2000 under the direction of renowned Chef John Sharpe, who oversees every detail of the preparation and service. According to Sharpe,

John Sharpe and wife Patricia“We bake and cook everything from scratch, using only the finest and freshest ingredients. We buy all our fish from ports in New Orleans, Boston, and Nilinchic, Alaska. During the summer, we use fresh herbs and vegetables from growers in the Verde Valley, Chino Valley, and right here in Winslow. In winter, much of our produce comes from Crooked Sky Farms of Glendale, Arizona.”

Chef John Sharpe was nominated for the James Beard Award in 2011.
Rated as one of the top three restaurants in the U.S. in the 2009 Conde Naste Gold List.

You can see why we love to stop at this unique,historic hotel!  There are discoveries to be made around every corner…huge, original artwork by current hotel co-owner, Tina Noir, are presented around every corner…the gardens are beautiful no matter what time of year you visit, and the food in the Turquoise Room, is delicious.  If you’re ever traveling through Arizona, be sure to make the La Posada Hotel in Winslow a destination for your trip!

As promised, our focus comes back to delicious foods… Here is the recipe for the Turquoise Room’s Signature Soup, Black Bean &  Corn Soup.  Presented side by side with a gorgeous Red Pepper Ribbon garnish.  Enjoy!

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LaPosada Hotel Signature Black Bean Soup

Winslow, Arizona

1 lb washed black beans (soak for 12 hours)

1/2 Tbsp. New Mexico mild chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1 small bay leaf
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp fresh garlic
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 qt. water

Wash and soak the beans in cold water and leave to soak overnight. Place in a large thick bottom pot with all the ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours til the beans are tender. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Place the beans in a blender until smooth. Dilute with water as needed. The soup can be made one day ahead and reheated.

Cream of Corn Soup

2 lb cut fresh yellow corn off the cob
12 oz sliced white onion
2 oz butter
3 cups heavy cream
2 cup water
1 level teaspoon salt
Find the freshest corn you can and cut it off the cob making sure you scrape the cob to extract all of the milk. This is the sweetest part of the corn. Saute the onions in a thick bottomed pan until soft but not brown. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove from the heat. Place in a blender and puree till smooth. If the corn is not sweet you may add a little sugar to taste. This may be done ahead of time and kept warm in a double boiler.

Serve both soups side by side in a large, flat bowl…Garnish both soups with a Red Pepper Stripe

Red Pepper Stripe

1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup roasted red peppers, peeled and seeded.
Canned pimentos may be used
1 tsp chipotle puree
Salt and pepper to taste

It is important for both soups to be the same consistency so that when they are placed in the bowl they stay separate. You may adjust them with hot water at the time of service. Due to the starches in both soups they will thicken as they sit. Have the soups hot and side by side. Garnish with Red Pepper Stripe.

Delicious served with Cornbread and a Salad.

We would love to hear
about your favorite places to stay or where you like to go for a great meal!

Please email Vicki at adrians@buhlerks.net

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Winter Soup & Fun

26 01 2012

Left to Right… Felipe (Barros Family Exchange Student Daughter from Portugal), Ruth Meyer (our mom), Jenae Barros (my niece), Nila Meyer Barros (my sister), & Haylee Barros (my niece)…all having fun in Colorado!

My mother, Ruth, trained her girls well…she taught us the LOVE of Cooking!  My sister, Nila is a fabulous cook, and she shared some photos and recipes from their trip to my parents house in Colorado…delicious Hearty Hashbrown Soup, Garlic Monkey Bread & Quick Tossed Salad.  I thought this was the perfect time to pass along some easy and delicious winter recipes.  Enjoy!

PS. Click here for photos of some of our other cooking from our parents house in Colorado.

Hearty Hashbrown Soup… This is so easy to throw together and you’ll probably have most of the ingredients on hand.  You can make it ahead of time and keep it going in the Crock Pot for an easy meal to come home to, or mix it up at the last minute!  A delicious meal on a cold winter evening!  Click for Hearty Hashbrown Soup recipe.

Quick Tossed Salad… No recipe needed for this one.  Just open the fridge, put some greens into a bowl, then open the pantry and see what you might throw in on top.  Nila used dried cranberries, cashews and almonds this time, and other delicious toppings would be croutons, dried blueberries, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds, etc.

Garlic Monkey Bread

When I called my mom, Ruth, for this recipe, she said …”Vicki, I think that one came from you!”  Hahahah! It had been a long time since I had made this, but it is so easy and delicious.  This is a great recipe for when you have little helpers in the kitchen.  You can keep them busy dipping the dough into the butter and garlic mixture, and it bakes up fast.  It is the perfect accompaniment to a winter soup meal, and most of us have refrigerated biscuit dough in the fridge.  Click Here for Garlic Monkey Bread recipe.  

We hope you enjoy this simple, but DELICIOUS dinner idea from our family!  I wouldn’t mind a snow day sometime soon! 🙂  Vicki Adrian





Turkey Vegetable Soup (Meyer Family Favorite!)

24 11 2011

We’re all about “WHAT’S NEW” at Adrians… BUT we share a copy of this recipe every year at Thanksgiving…This is my all time FAVORITE soup!  My mom, Ruth Meyer  has been making this since I was in high school…great way to use up those delicious turkey leftovers!  The spinach, curry, and whole cream give it a different twist! Of course, we double or triple this recipe, for great leftovers! 🙂

1/4 cup margarine
2 medium onions, chopped
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 cup potatoes, chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
3 cups chicken broth (or turkey)
2 cups cooked turkey, cubed
10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach
1 1/2 cups half & half
salt & pepper to taste

Melt margarine in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour and curry powder and cook 2-3 minutes. Add broth, potatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, and sage and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add turkey, half & half, and spinach. Cover and continue simmering until heated through, about 7 minutes. Do not boil. Season with salt and pepper.
Makes 6-8 servings

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Darrell’s Homemade Beef Vegetable Stew

20 11 2011

Darrell’s Homemade Beef Vegetable Soup
Darrell & Holly Adrian
Tulsa, Oklahoma

We recently had an invitation to visit Darrell & Holly Adrian at their home in Tulsa, OK… Darrell had given me this recipe about a year ago, and our family has enjoyed it, but we had never had the opportunity to taste the “original”… It is delicious!  Darrell & Holly have a warm, welcoming home, and we had a great time visiting over bowls of this hearty stew. They served it with corn muffins, and a wonderful Sour Cream Raisin Pie, which I am hoping to get the recipe to share with you all later! (Hint, hint!) Here is the recipe!

2 1/2 – 3 lbs. stew meat
2 lbs. carrots
2 good size potatoes
1 large onion
1 med. size turnip
1 pkg. frozen corn
1 pkg. frozen green beans
4 small cans tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
3 T. sugar
2 beef bullion cubes
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
2 or 3 bay leaves
some minced garlic
salt, pepper (can substitute seasoned salt) to taste
for extra flavor, you can add 1/4 cup wine
Add anything else you like!

Cut up the vegetables and mix everything into a large crock-pot and let it cook all day.

Thank you Darrell & Holly…sounds delicious on a cold, snowy day!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup on a Frosty Kansas Night

3 11 2011

Evelyn McIver
Buhler, Kansas

Last night was really the first truly “frosty” night here in Kansas, and we had an invitation to Jim & Evelyn McIver’s home for dinner…one of my favorite evening activities, by the way.  Evelyn had prepared this delicious soup from a recipe she got from her sister-in-law, Pat Franz. She served it with some fresh, homemade bread and a delicious pumpkin dessert…but the soup was definitely the star of the show!

3 T. parsley
3 T. lime juice
3 T. olive oil
3 T. minced onion
3 t. cumin
3 c. chicken broth (ok to use 1/2 to 3/4 c. more broth if desired)
1/8 t. salt
1 can tomato paste
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
3 cans Bush’s black beans, DO NOT DRAIN
3 c. corn
3 chicken breasts, cooked, chopped but not too fine

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot.  Add chicken last and do not stir too much to break up.  Simmer gently for several hours or on low all day.

Serve with optional toppings:  tortilla chips, Monterrey Jack or Mozerella cheese, avacados

DEE-LICIOUOS!

I agree!  I’ve made several versions of Chicken Tortilla Soup and this was wonderfully rich!  You could top with some shredded cheese, sour cream, avacados or ??? but honestly, it doesn’t need it!  Evelyn just served with some crunchy tortilla chips on the side.  Wonderful!  Thanks much!

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