Just Like Mr. Rogers

October 2, 2015




October has arrived and a cool breeze has blown in with it, right on cue. Yesterday, we had the air conditioning on. It was humid and hot. Today, it is coat weather. Well, sweater weather anyway. Of course, I haven't unearthed my sweaters from the closet yet, they're still hibernating, so I grabbed my bathrobe and threw it on over my clothes. 

It's a really good look. 

Me. Showered, dressed and made up, walking around the house in my oversized, fuzzy, bubblegum pink, fleece robe. I do this a lot.

My husband teases me about it all.the.time. 

"What are you wearing?" 

"I'm cold."

"So put on a sweater."

"I don't have a sweater that's big enough and comfy enough and warm enough. I like the bathrobe."

"Well, it looks really good. Hot." His words are dripping with sarcasm. My kids like the look just as much. 

"My friends are coming over, can you please take off the bathrobe."

"I'm cold." And so the discussion starts all over again. 

I remind them all that Cher changed into something really warm and snuggly in Moonstruck and so did Mr. Rogers, whenever he came home. Then they remind me that yes, they both wore sweaters. 

Frankly, I don't see what the big deal is. I mean, I get it, it does tend to confuse people, like when they show up unexpectedly and see me in my robe at 2pm. They always ask if I am feeling well. Or when a crew of kids shows up after school and asks if I just woke up from a nap. My hair and makeup are done people, does no one notice this? 

The judgment is harsh, but I shake it off. I'm used to it. I have teenage girls, they think that everything I wear is questionable. I am not taking fashion advice from them.

Besides, they should be happy that I've upgraded. My old bathrobe was a tattered, grey number with black piping. I looked like I had escaped from an institution wearing that robe. My kids would watch Friends and see Mr. Heckles, the crazy neighbor from downstairs and say, "Mom, you look like that guy." 

But I was warm.

I guess, I really should swap out my clothes for the season, since it looks like fall is here to stay. There's got to be a big sweater in there somewhere. 


In the meantime, I leave you with a fall recipe to warm you up, we are just starting to dig those out from hibernation, as well. 

Baked Apples With Cinnamon and Granola

Cut an apple into slices. We like Granny Smith for this recipe, but you can use any kind. I have one of those nifty things you press down on and it cores the apple and slices it all in one shot. 

Lay the slices on a baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake for about 10-15 minutes on 350 degrees. When they come out, drizzle honey and granola on top and eat up.

You do not need to wear your bathrobe when you make these.

But I did.

How will you stay warm this fall?


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71 comments:

  1. Hello Kim,
    Oh I love it about how everyone kids you about the bathrobe. I have to admit that you and I do the same thing. In the winter I like to be dressed but wear my pj bottoms if I'm not going out anywhere! I get teased in my house all the time.
    Well I love this easy to make apple recipe and I think I'll make this soon. Thanks for the laughter today and the recipe. Have a nice weekend.
    Julie xo

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    1. Julie, you just made my day! I am telling my kids as soon as they get home that I am not alone! Being warm and comfy is a priority, especially when it’s cold!

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  2. You totally crack me up!! Not only can I picture you in the robe, I can so clearly hear the reactions of your family members. ;)
    Love it!!!

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    1. They are brutal, Nancy!! At least I'm warm...even if I do look like a crazy person! ;)

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  3. Ha! Crazy people of the world, unite!
    The rest of the family can run around in 'real' clothes if they want to, and be cold. You hereby have my permission to feel totally comfortable wearing your fuzzy pink robe.
    signed
    another crazy person!

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    1. There's strength in numbers, Nancy! Maybe I just need a prettier bathrobe! ;)

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  4. You made my day!! I laughed so hard good thing no one was around! Stay snuggly warm in that bathrobe! Love it, Like your recipe also! Also sounds cozy and warm! Have a great weekend, Lynn

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    1. Thanks Lynn. I may not be very fashionable, but I am warm! :)

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  5. Looks yum, and yes, there's no more denying that fall is here. Will be bringing out my sweaters this weekend too. Have a good one!

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    1. Thanks Vel, enjoy your fall fashion revival! :)

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  6. I do the same thing! Only now with hot flashes, I put it on...I rip it off. Over and over all day long. :)

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    1. Oh yes, Stacey, that is me in the middle of the night! Cold all day though. Funny how that works!

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  7. Hi Kim,
    I think you are so smart to wear the warmest and most comfy robe. I am the opposite I do not like all the bulk of my robe so when I put my pj's on at night I put on a heavy open sweater instead of a robe. My husband teases me am I getting ready for bed or to go somewhere. I just tell him it is warm and comfy and I am ready at a moments notice to head out the door lol! It is all about comfort and you got this girl.
    Kris

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    1. That is so funny, Kris! You are dressed for going out at night and I am dressed for bed all day long! At least we're cozy! ;)

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  8. Do you know who else used to wear a bathrobe? Years ago in New York, there was a mobster who pretended to be crazy (at least that is what I think) by walking around in the streets in a bathrobe. Now I don't know if he went to jail or not but you be careful...We don't want anyone getting the wrong idea.

    Thanks for the recipe, and have a great weekend. (I also walk around in pj's all day if I don't have to go out, one of the perks of being a blogger ;) )

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    1. Mary K - You're memory is correct. He was Vincent "Chin" Gigante, the head of the Genovese crime family. His act didn't fly with the authorities. They figured that if he could run the Genovese group, he wasn't too mentally incompetent. He died in prison. It makes an interesting bathrobe story.

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    2. A history lesson and fashion critique all in one day, all in one post. I love it! Someone once told me she wasn't sure if she liked reading the posts or the comments better. I can certainly see why! I remember this story...and Mary, my kids already treat me like I have committed a fashion crime! I hope that's not punishable by jail! ;)

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  9. I know about the bathrobe thing. I live where the winters can be very cold, the heating bills high, so I keep the thermostat low and wear layers. I like to wear coordinating colors even if I'm staying in. Rather than spend 10 or 15 minutes looking for a sweater that looks fetching with the two I'm already wearing, I put my bathrobe on over it all. It's white. It goes with everything. I always look good.

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    1. Bunny, that is an amazing idea. I am thinking I just need a better bathrobe! Thanks for the tip and I'm so glad you weighed in!

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  10. Kim, you are so funny! My warm cozy attire falls somewhere in between your bathrobe and a sweater. Technically, I guess it would be considered a sweater but it was originally from Gap body shop--I picked it for .50 at a thrift store ;) It is long, and big on me and I have always wrapped around me like a robe. It is the first thing I grab when I start to get chilly. Unfortunately, despite frequent washing the white is getting dingy but I can't bear to part with it. It feels like a warm hug every time I wear it! p.s. The apple granola looks delicious!

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    1. It sounds wonderful and cozy, I would have a hard time giving it up, too..and what a bargain. Can’t replace it for that price, for sure! ;) Stay warm this weekend. :)

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  11. LOL- I put a fireplace and keep the fire going all day long! I have a chenille celery green robe that sounds a lot like yours. xo Diana

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    1. I love the fireplace, too, Diana. Ours is in the living room, which is a small room off on its own. I also have an electric one (fake!) in the basement. I have been campaigning for years to get one in the kitchen, since that is where I spend the majority of my day. So far, no luck, but like my sweet husband always says, I can whine about things longer than he can stand to listen to it…so there’s hope yet! ;) Until then, I have my robe. Celery, huh? I do look good in green…

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  12. Too funny about the bathrobe! I don't like sweaters - they're bulky and itchy, for the most part. But I *love* hoodies and live in the all fall and winter. Try one of those! The apples with honey and granola sound delicious.

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    1. I am wearing a hoodie today, Melanie! Nothing fancy, it's an Old Navy special...but yes, warm! ;) Thanks!

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  13. Oh my God this was too funny!!!! I was cracking up reading this - thanks for the giggles!!

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    1. So glad I could send a laugh your way! :)

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  14. Now here's a fall decoration that I can go with!!!! Your apple concoction looks wonderful!!!
    I like my bathrobe too....I would hate to admit how old it is, but I will tell you that it is/was RED!!!!!!!!
    Who would have ever guessed ;^)
    Blessings,
    J

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    1. Fabulous J!! Instead of trying to fit in, I should embrace my robe habit full on and get a red one!! ;)

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  15. The recipe looks good and easy. Just last week it was hot and humid and today I am looking for my sweater. Love the fall though.

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    1. We just had the heat on in the car, Betty. It was chilly out there! :)

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  16. Hi Kim, Your recipe looks and sounds delish! I'm enjoying a cup of tea right now, and these would make a perfect snack! We're having the same kind of weather, it goes from really hot, to really cold, seems like over night! Yesterday it was spirit day at my daughter's school, and this specific day was PJ day. My daughter didn't wear her PJs, but she did wear her 'Diva' Pink leopard bathrobe, and then walked about half a mile in 100F heat! I just wanted to stop by and say Thank you for visiting, I've been a silent reader of your delightful blog, visiting from Benita's! Wishing you a lovely weekend! ~Christine

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    1. Wow, she is a dedicated fashionista! 100 degrees is very hot...even I would not be in my bathrobe, but I am sure she looked fierce and fabulous! ;)

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  17. I'm all warmed up from laughing at your post! I bet you would be ready for a fashion shoot compared to me. I just keep layering, not wanting either my robe or a sweater. Until winter gets here I keep putting on summer shirts until I'm comfortable. As a matter of fact, I probably look like a bag lady on the street, wearing my whole wardrobe sometimes!

    Apples and cinnamon, now that's Fall in my book!

    Dewena

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    1. Haha, Dewena, now I am laughing at your comment. I do that, too! I start with a tank, add a tee, then go for a long sleeve over it all…BUT if it were acceptable to wear that bathrobe outside, I totally would! ;)

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  18. Hi Kim, The apple recipe looks so good and easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing. I do the same thing at times with my robe. I seem to always be cold even in the summer when the AC has to be on because we are 102 degrees. Now the nights and mornings are cooler but the day heats up so the AC still has to stay on. Like you, I have not taken out my sweaters yet so it's easy to grab my robe. My son stops by and says, are you okay mom? Yes, just cold. LOL
    Your post just makes me smile knowing, I'm not the only one freezing in October!!
    Hugs, cm

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    1. I am cold with the AC on in July, too, CM! They say cold hands, warm heart…I say we go with that! ;)

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  19. At least your hair and makeup are done! Half the time I don't have makeup on (hair is always done!) and you wouldn't believe what I walk around the house in. I do own a fluffy white bathrobe but it is brand new because I don't want to ruin it by wearing it! Anyways, your baked apples sound perfect for Fall and something I would love to eat for breakfast.

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    1. My girls motivate me to get that hair and make up done...otherwise I am not sure that I would be wearing it regularly either! I used to love it all, now I am getting lazy! ;)

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  20. I'm all for everyone doing what makes them happy, and if you want to wear your bathrobe then go for it I say!!

    It's cool here, the furnace is on, the rain is sprinkling...a comfy bathrobe would be a delight..but I've got a extra sweater on...and the heater at my feet.

    Your baked apples look so good that despite the fact that I can't smell them I still think I can.

    Jen

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    1. I love that, Jen, when your senses kick it and you can smell right through the screen! I got a whiff of pumpkin pie myself this morning! ;) Enjoy your toasty toes!

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  21. What a YUM recipe!! Will be giving it a try this weekend...I'm so loving this weather!! We've got the influx of cold as well and I've been bundled up around the house and the office. I used to have a big, pink, fluffy robe like that and I wore it until it literally fell apart. Now, I wear big sweaters, lots of layers and then snuggle up with the heating pad on the sofa if I'm reading...but that's a secret...LOL. I love cold weather and like to be a little chilled, but also want to be snuggly! :-) Hugs!!

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    1. Oh I have used the heating pad trick...where is that thing? I think it's almost time to break it out! Thanks for the reminder! ;)

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  22. Your attire sounds good to me....that is if it ever cools down here! I'm anxiously waiting for cool enough weather to wear a sweater or even long sleeves, and I cannot wait to wear my "faux Uggs".....best Costco buy I ever made! The recipe sounds good and simple! My double oven has been broken for a couple of months (didn't really need to use it), but hubby found a place to repair the "mother board," and we (actually he, I was napping) just got it hooked up yesterday. Now, I'm feeling the need to make something "pumpkiny!"

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    1. Everyone needs a pair of faux Costo Uggs, Carol! ;) Fabulous!

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  23. My ROBE. Where the hell is it? LOL

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    1. Haha! I used to have two for just such a dilemma! ;)

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  24. You are so much fun!
    This was delightful . . .
    I think we need a full modeled shot of you!
    Thanks for the smiles and giggles!

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    1. Next time I am dressed and robed, I will try to take a shot, Lynne. My kids will be thrilled! ;)

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  25. Hey, it could be a whole lot worse for your family, Kim. You could be walking around in your robe with sponge rollers in your hair and a green facial mask on your face, and bunny slippers on your feet. They should count their blessings. ;-) xo

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    1. They really should Nancy, because the addition of what you described is a real possibly! Especially the bunny slippers! ;)

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  26. I think a fuzzy pink robe is fabulous, says the girl who always changes into pajama pants and a t-shirt as soon as she walks in the door. ;)

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    1. The perfect attire, Kristi...great minds think alike!

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    1. Glad you got a chuckle out it, Deb!

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  28. Kim,
    How funny! I would do the same thing if I lived in a cold state. Nothing feels better than wearing your fuzzy robe. Love it.

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    1. Definitely warm, Vanessa, but in February, I'd trade you my fuzzy for your Florida sun! ;)

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  29. Ha! Love it!! Very funny!!
    Thank you for the recipe.
    Carla

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    1. Glad you liked the funny and the food, Carla! Happy Monday! :)

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  30. Make up and hair done...what's the issue?! Too funny!!!
    The recipe sounds and looks so yummy and good for this time of year!!!!

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  31. I get the irony of saying you don't like to cook in your last post and then giving us a recipe in the next lol

    I do the same thing with a really ugly sweater. If it's not cold enough for a robe, I even wear it with my pjs. I even wear it out of the house with my dresses. Not a good look either. I do have other sweaters, but they're not as cozy, so I get it.

    xo

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    1. Yes, the recipe irony...unfortunately, while I may not eat, I have other people in the house who are ALWAYS hungry! ;) So easy is the name of my game. Take out...that's another game I play often! ;)

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  32. Girl, you are sooooo funny! Your posts always make me snort laugh. At least your dressed and makeup's done under your robe. Me, not so much!!!

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    1. I'm glad I could make you laugh Brandi. That's what it's all about!!

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  33. Hilarious post Kim! I have a fuzzy turquoise robe that stays close by me through the cold winter months here too! You are not alone, lol! Your recipe sounds simple and wonderful too! We have been enjoying warmer temps here than usual, and it has been amazing. Hope you are having a wonderful day today :)

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    1. I am glad to know that I am not alone!! Sounds like a lot of us are fans of the fuzzy in fall and winter. We should start a club! ;)

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  34. For me, as long as I have warm socks on, I'm happy, and these can be hidden in some very stylish slippers :-)
    I like this recipe, quick and simple when you want a treat, and we have wonderful apples just now.
    Happy Friday.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Oh, warm socks are a must…mine don’t always match though! Another fashion faux pas! ;)

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  35. I love this post!!! I'm having a ball browsing around your blog tonight. :) I laughed so hard because my boys say the same thing to me about my clothing choices. And LOVE the Mr. Heckles reference! Okay, I'm off to look at more of your old posts...while cozying up in my robe and pom pom blanket. ;)

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    1. You are hysterical and you just made my day! I am so glad that you are finding things that make you laugh and inspire you...and browsing in your robe? Awesome!

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