Dressing for Fall Weekends: Mine was Messy

Our fickle weather finally switched to cold and blustery this weekend. The sky was gray; rain came in spurts and the wind howled. It was a nesting kind of day and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The benefit will be frozen homemade soup to bring out when I don’t have time to cook šŸ™‚

Welcome to this week’s Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40.


You’ve hit your Style Sweet Spot when your appearance is sending the message you intend, and you feel confident that you look your best. Last week we shared how we wear color. This week we’re dressing for our weekend.

I love cooking. I collect recipes but frequently like to doĀ my own thing. I’m also a messy cook so my apron needs to provide full coverage.Lifestyle blog for women over 50

I found this apron years ago at a small boutique in Livermore. The store has been out of business for a decade so I thought the aprons were too. I was delighted to learn they’re still in business!

Heavenly Hostess apron

These aprons are an investment, for sure, and now that I know they’re still available, one will be going on my Christmas list.cooking up a storm in my Heavenly Hostess apron

I purchased mine over 9 years ago and it’s been part of every dinner party and holiday celebration I’ve hosted since. Their fully reversibleĀ aprons are thick enough to really protect my clothes…yes I am cooking in a silk blouse.
cooking Carrot Curry soup in my Heavenly Hostess apron

I cranked up Beethoven, tied on my apron and spent 5 hours at the stove. Pure bliss. I started with Curried Carrot Coconut soup, a family favorite.

cooking butternut squash risotto

Then I roasted some butternut squash for Risotto that I put atop toasted portobello mushrooms. I got this and many of my very best vegetarian recipes from Janet, here. Check her out!

I’m not a pro a photographingĀ food so this looks grizzly, but trust me it was beyond delicious.

Portobello Mushrooms topped with butternut squash risotto

My back is sore from cooking all day, but I’m content and happy to have homemade soup in the freezer for when I can’t spend a day like this.

Let’s go see how Pam dressed for her fall weekend.

Do you love to cook like me?

Be well and be kind.




  1. I do love to cook…and I love aprons. I’ve acquired many vintage ones through the years (at yard sales and thrift stores for very low prices) – they are made to last. Your apron is lovely!

    1. Oh I love the idea of vintage aprons, Jen! What a terrific thing to hunt for. I’ll keep my eyes open.

  2. All looks yummy. I am making aprons for gifts. I am up cycling men’s shirts. I made 5 out of cowboy shirts. I even made 2 for the 5 and 2 year old sweeties in my life! Everyone needs a couple of aprons for cooking or messy crafts.

    1. What a clever idea, Haralee! I’d love to see what one looks like.

  3. hi jennifer! thanks for the link and i’m so glad you liked the recipe. you look absolutely beautiful in your kitchen wearing your lovely apron. i look nothing like that when i’m cooking! lol happy thanksgiving! xo

    1. Lol, Janet. Your recipes are the best and I am thrilled whenever you post a new one. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. Your apron is lovely. I use an official apron occasionaly but I usually cover up with an old button down shirt that I took from my husband’s donate pile.
    I too am a messy cook and I find I really need the extra protection on my sleeves.
    Isn’t it nice to have some meals in the freezer when you need them. YumYum.
    Suz from Vancouver

    1. Sleeve coverage is a brilliant idea, Suz. I used to wear a chefs jacket but eventually stained it beyond use. Homemade frozen meals are what we take on our trailer trips. They’re a real treat.

    1. I will get it together and post! Thanks

  5. marlene alves says:

    I find myself totally enjoying your blog as I can identify; being on the short side we have to consider not being overwhelmed by styles. You make it very real & helpful. And thankfully, your post today wearing an apron…I thought I was the last one..!! So cute..((: )

    I’m curious as to what city you live as I’m in Sonoma County and our weather has been just as you describe…last, and not least, the word you used is appropriate if you consider it’s secondary meaning: a state characterized by the coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements. .

    Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. Hi Marlene! I’m in Contra Costa county, and envy you living in Sonoma. We love it up there! Thanks for weighing in on my wording. It’s never my intent to upset my readers, and clearly I did.
      I wear an apron every day! This one is long on my short self but covers more of me, which is a good thing!

  6. Cute apron! I bought one myself recently, after staining yet another top. Not sure why I waited so long other than it seemed like an old fashion thing to wear. My mom was never without an apron, as she was always cooking, baking, preserving. I’m have such fond memories of coming home from school to the lovely smell of fresh bread or pickles…

    1. My Granny made fresh bread every week! There is nothing like that fabulous aroma! She grew and preserved berries too. As I think of it, my Mom never liked cooking so it skipped a generation. Most of my aprons are stained…I consider the sign of a good cook šŸ™‚

  7. Nancy Stewart says:

    Can you share your recipe for the Curried Carrot Coconut soup?

    1. It’s cobbled together from several but I will gather my thoughts and share soon.

  8. Love the apron! Maybe I should drop a hint too! Have a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I hope your day is sunny and filled with love!

  9. What a perfect way to spend a rainy, windy day! Now I wish I had made some soup, too! Maybe today…

    And a great apron is so important! I have a very similar one and love it.

    1. Today doesn’t look any sunnier so I may later today too! Have a great day.

  10. I would love a cooking day…how much fun and I really like your kitchen. I love fun aprons too.

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