Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Try It Tuesday...

So this past summer my kids found a new love for baked potatoes thanks to our friends who decided to make them for dinner one night on our summer vacay. We've been on a roll ever since and they are the easiest sides to make. Easy prep with olive oil, salt & pepper that I used to brush on and sprinkle until my light bulb moment last night. Now I put them in a bag with oil & seasoning so they are evenly coated. Brilliant! Maybe some of you already prep yours like this but since I'm new to the baked potato game just thought I would share. 
I bake mine on 350 for an hour uncovered. Don't forget to fork your potatoes ;)

Friday, October 09, 2015

Friday Favorites...OOTD & Spooky Spiders

shades (similar)//tshirt//denim//blazer//sneakers (similar)

I've never been fond of wearing blazers until recently. The blazer fairy has hit hard here and within the past two months, I seem to have found two blazers that fit me like a glove. It's amazing what you can do if you set your mind to it. Don't worry, I'm not getting all fancy. I'll be keeping this look casual with fun t-shirts and shoes. This one was under $30 and love how casual and stretchy the material is. Even though the temperatures have dropped a little, inside the stores and restaurants they still keep the temps as if it were 100 degrees outside. I'm always prepared with a sweater and now I love how I can keep warm with a casual blazer. Seriously, check it out...this item is a steal. In other news, I finally put a few Halloween decorations around the house because my kids still get a kick out of it!
spider dish (similar)
spooky spider (similar)

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Try It Tuesday...Chicken Noodle Soup

If you don't have a "go to" homemade chicken noodle soup recipe...then look no further. This is the easiest thing to make and boy is it good! I've made it two weeks in a row because soups are one of my favorite dinners to make in the fall and winter and especially when the cold symptoms have hit the kids here lately. Soups are easy, healthy and there never seems to be any complaints when we sit down at the dinner table.  I know the boxed soups are convenient to throw into your cart at the store, especially when they are on sale, but this homemade chicken noodle tastes so much better and takes no time at all. Check it out...

What you need
1 T butter
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c chopped celery
1 c chopped carrots
1/2 t basil
1/2 t oregano
2 cloves garlic
 salt & pepper to taste
64 oz chicken broth
1 14.5 oz can vegetable broth
1/2 lb cooked chicken breast-chopped
1 1/2 cup noodles of your choice (I used rotini here but sometimes I use egg noodles)

How to
Melt butter and cook onion, celery & garlic until tender. About 5 minutes. 
Add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes before serving.

I always serve this with soup crackers and a couple of dashes of hot sauce ;) Enjoy friends...

Friday, October 02, 2015

Friday Favorites...

This week has felt "like for ever" but glad to say TGIF! Even though it was a long week I felt like a lot was accomplished around this house of ours. I even knocked out homemade chicken soup. I'll post my recipe next Tuesday...it's sooooo easy. I've had the above print for quite some time, as in two years maybe, and this is the third wall it has graced. Pretty sure it's going to stay put although I think it would be perfection in my daughter's room. I'm just not ready to let go of it quite yet! I'm up for 48 hours of not being held to a tight schedule and to choosing however we want to spend our days. Have a wonderful weekend everyone...
 these hair products
by far my most comfortable sneakers (similar)
here's to putting in some extra miles at football practice
homemade chicken noodle soup

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Try It Tuesday...Spinach & Artichoke Dip

 Whether I like it or not it's that time of year where Sundays are for snacking.  I'm not a big fan of football but love the snacks that come along with it. Plus it's always fun to make it all look pretty with different platters, bowls, and whatever else I have around our casa. I made this supah easy spinach and artichoke dip recently and although it's not exactly like Houston's famous spinach and artichoke dip it's pretty damn close. Check out the recipe below...
wearing  dulce de leche
1 can artichoke hearts (diced up)
1 10 oz bag of frozen spinach (thawed)
3/4 c vegenaise (or mayo)
3/4 c grated parmesan
3/4 c mozzarella (next time I'll try using monterey jack thanks to Laura's tip)
1/2 t garlic powder

Mix these ingredients together and place in your favorite oven safe dish. I use a 9" pie plate just to give you a reference to size.
Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until hot. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream and salsa on a platter for fun!
I'm crushing on this and this to serve my snacks on...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Favorites...

Fall Favorites...
I keep drooling over everything plaid for this fall! It was hard not to put more than one plaid item on my favorites for today. Everyone needs a good, warm cardigan for cooler temps and this toffee cardigan on the top left is going to be on repeat. It's the perfect sweater to throw on with jeans, a casual dress or just around the house. I'm lovin' all the fall styles this year and btw the black dress is on sale!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Try It Tuesday...Layer of Love Taco Salad Review

This is by far my favorite taco salad evah! It's healthy, fresh, tasty and a little time consuming but so worth it. I came across it on Tracy Anderson's 3 Green Hearts Instagram account and I was immediately smittened as it's mexican and yet, so good for you! You know what makes me feel even better is when I drink a 'rita with it.  As I promised, here is the recipe so you can try it for yourself! I did leave out the cilantro it called for and I used can corn instead of fresh (I hope that you can forgive me). Also, the recipe doesn't specify amounts for some of the ingredients and there were a few other things I left out so just improvise to your liking.  FYI-this wasn't kid friendly but the hubs did enjoy it. Let me know what you think of it and a big muchas gracias to Tracy for the recipe!
2 cans of kidney beans (drained)
1 lb. ground turkey (optional)
garlic cloves (I used 2)
red onion-diced (I used about a half of 1)
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
sea salt
purple cabbage 
rice wine vinegar
corn (I used 1 can)
coconut oil-refined
1 cup cooked Lundberg Black Japonica Rice
homemade guac or whichever brand you prefer
romaine lettuce
plum tomatoes
trifle bowl
How to:
Start cooking your rice since this will take about 40 minutes. 
Brown your turkey if you decide to add this to the mix.
Take your rinsed kidney beans and blend them in a vitamix blender or a food processor. Saute them in a pan (along with your cooked turkey if you so wish to add this) with onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin and sea salt.
Put this bottom layer in your trifle dish. 1st layer
Mix your cabbage with rice wine vinegar and place on top of bean/meat mixture. 2nd layer
Saute corn with coconut oil and this will be your 3rd layer.
Add 1 cup of cooked rice to the dish and this is your 4th layer.
Add your guacamole to make the 5th layer.
Your final layer will be your romaine lettuce.
Top with a few halved plum tomatoes and diced avocado and Enjoy!

*you can also add salad dressing to this.

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