Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites...Halloween Style

Happy Halloween


All I can say is TGIF today! This week, well I should say the past two weeks, have worn me out. Between spirit week, pink out, red ribbon week, homework, activities & everything else that comes along with parenting it's time for me to say Calgon take me away! Needless to say we will all be recharging our batteries this weekend and slowing down a bit. How fun is it that Halloween falls on a Friday this year? This time next week my kids will be stocking up my   reese's peanut butter cups for me on their trick o treat route. I've trained them well and they know how to make their mom happy this time of year!

 Here's a little Halloween outfit inspiration and the scarf is such a classic I really should add it to my wish list! Have a great weekend and do you have a favorite accessory that you wear every year for Halloween?




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Try It Tuesday with Spaghetti Squash...

I'll admit it...sometimes  on the daily I stalk Brody Jenner's Instagram account and because of it I have a new dish that my whole family will eat. He posted a picture of his dinner one night and it made my mouth water. He made spaghetti squash with chicken sausage and that sounded like a good idea to me. I winged it since I didn't have a recipe to go by and it has turned out to be one of our favorite meals to make. This is healthy, tasty and has very few ingredients. It was one of those crazy, busy nights and I didn't have much time to get a good shot but give it a try. I'm definitely not a food blogger!
The few ingredients you will need:
1 spaghetti  squash
12 oz. of any sausage you like
avocado oil (or of course you can use olive too)
1 shallot
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt & pepper
parmesan cheese
Let's do this:
Pre-heat oven to 375
Cut your squash in half, spoon out the seeds and drizzle with oil & salt. 
Oil your cookie sheet and place your squash open side down and cook for 30-40 minutes depending on how big it is.
You will want to shred with a fork after it's finished baking. Click on the video to see how it is done.
video
When your spaghetti squash is about half way done start heating your sausage (I use a dutch oven so there's room to add the squash making it a one pot meal) with the shallot & garlic. I prefer to break it up into crumbles as we are heating it. So when you have your squash shredded and sausage heated toss together in your pot and add a little more oil of your choice, salt & pepper and stir together. Serve with shredded parmesan cheese on top and enjoy! 
bowls (similar)//charger//flatware

Monday, October 20, 2014

Around the house with ceiling light sizes...

It's that time of year when lighting and furniture is on sale...probably perfect timing in order to get everyone's homes ready for the holidays. I am still in denial that it is that time of year already. A couple of years ago we decided to switch out the lighting in our dining room, living room and added a light above our kitchen table that I am still infatuated with to this day. The above picture is the light in our living room. What a bright idea it was..hee hee (I will have to tell you the story about my first choice that wouldn't fit through the front door nor any other door in our home on another post).  

Lighting can make such a big difference in changing the look and feel of a room. Although I don't think there are any rules when it comes to decorating, there are some guidelines that you can loosely follow when deciding on what size of lighting would be the right size for your room. So just in case you are in the market for a new light this formula might help you...

Add the length and width of the room in feet, convert to inches and that number will give you the diameter of what your light should be.

Check here, here or here for lighting inspiration!




Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Favorites...

 It is really starting to feel like fall here in Houston and I can't stop thinking about wearing my sweaters & flannel plaid tops. Actually, now that I think about it...getting out my warmer clothes is on my list of things to do this weekend. It seems like all Fall, print patterns have been calling my name. I have enough leopard & cheetah, but I have been on the hunt for the perfect buffalo plaid shirt that isn't sold out in my size! I have been so disappointed lately at my misfortune and the mere thought of me going through this season without a buffalo plaid shirt is really disheartening...Help! I might have to settle on this jacket. What is your favorite buffalo plaid right now?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Try It Tuesday with Zucchini...

Who doesn't love a good pasta dish...especially a healthy one? I've been eating zucchini noodles now for awhile but have kept it pretty simple with a marinara sauce. I love the crunch when I bite into these, they just scream freshness, plus they are just too much fun to make. BTW the easiest way to make the noodles is with a spiralizer and there a few options to choose from here. So while I was browsing on one of my favorite athletic apparel sites this raw, vegan & gluten-free zucchini recipe caught my eye. It was so easy to make, although I did prep the "parmesan" & pesto sauce ahead to save time. Click here for the recipe and below are a few pictures of this zucchetto pesto in the making. 
The recipes doesn't tell you this step but after spiralizing my zucchini I salt it and put it on paper towels while it sweats for about 30 minutes. If you skip this step your dish will be very watery. Notice the water from the above picture.
"parmesan"
Pesto


Monday, October 13, 2014

Around the house...DIY

Lately our weekends have involved some kind of home project-big or small. As a lot of you know I've been on the hunt for outdoor dining furniture and still haven't found a 60" round table that I can have STAT. We went all summer with only two chairs and with cooler weather here there was no choice but to add a couple more chairs to our mix so we would all have a place to break bread. I ordered two stackable chairs here that will tie us over until I find exactly what I want. Yes, I know they don't match or even flow with what I have going on (don't judge) but they were on sale, they are stackable and will be great for extra seating. Plus they are gray and will tie in great with our next set. As you will see below our table & the two matching chairs needed an overhaul. We headed to Home Depot to pick up 4 cans of spray paint and in a couple of hours we had ourselves a brand new outdoor table, chairs and three lanterns. 


We had enough paint leftover to give our rusty lanterns a makeover. FYI-the glass easily comes out to make painting a breeze. Glad I didn't throw these out in the trash!




Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Favorites-GAP does it again...

I spent last Sunday in this outfit and it's a contender for my fall "uni." TBH (to be honest as my daughter would put it) I could have slept in this if I hadn't been sitting at my son's baseball game during the afternoon...it's that comfortable as you can see from the smile on my face. The Gap is always game on when it comes to comfortable and basic pieces. Ignore that I don't have "my lips on" but it was Sunday so we can let it slide right? Most importantly remember to Love Yourself because that's where it all starts and find some more inspiration from good hYOUman.  I'm looking forward to our three day weekend because we most desperately need a break from the daily grind. Here's a few other favorites of mine below and Happy Friday Y'all!


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