Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Favorites...Poncho Love

Who doesn't love a big, soft blanket around them when there's a chill in the air? That's exactly how this poncho feels when it's wrapped around me. The colors are perfect for fall and the fringe...need I say more? Ponchos are everywhere right now and with the temperatures in the high 60's here in Houston looks like I'll be wrapped in this all weekend. Trust me, I always keep some sort of sweater/jacket with me because the stores & restaurants are always freeeeezing. I actually have a crocheted poncho that I bought from Nordstrom over 10 years ago that I can't wait to wear this season as well. Have you fallen for this trend yet? Click here & here for two other great poncho options!
Hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Try It Tuesday...Coffee

Is your coffee bulletproof?
 The last five mornings our coffee has been quite different. It has been BAD. "Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good" to quote James Todd Smith. Apparently we're a little late to the game but thanks to our Arizona bff's we have now been invited to the party and we are really diggin' it! So if you know how to make your coffee bulletproof then you know how good it is and if not here's the skinny...
(accidentally picked up the salted butter which is shown above...oops!)
Ingredients for 1 8oz cup
1-8 oz. cup of your favorite coffee
1/2 Tbs. of Kerrygold Pure Irish Creme Unsalted Butter (or any grassfed butter) 
1/2 Tbs. of CMT Oil (it's a higher concentrate of coconut oil)

Brew your coffee-2 heaping Tablespoons per 8 oz.
Pour hot water in your blender and run it for a few minutes to prime your blender (if you do not have an aggressive blender then boil 16 oz. of water in a tea kettle and pour into your blender to get it hot).
Put butter and CMT oil into blender and add coffee and blend until froth forms at the top.
Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
We have been making 8 cups at a time so we have been using 4 Tbs of Butter and 4 Tbs. of CMT oil. Some people put as much as 2 Tbs of butter and 2 Tbs of oil in 1 cup. You'll just have to play around trying different amounts to see what works for you.
I thought it would have a strong buttery taste it but it makes it so creamy and delish...
Why should you put butter & MCT oil in your daily cup of joe?
Because it gives you energy, keeps hunger away and it boosts your brain function tremendously! Dietary fat does not make you fat and it's a better choice then choosing a carb filled me. I'm not an expert when it comes to all of the nutritional deets but I am a fan and I'll be curious to see if you are too! 
P.S. Sometimes we use a french press and this is our favorite!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Around the house...

Our weekend was full of friendly vibes and hangin' around the house. I'm always grateful for these times together. There's nothing better than good food, good cocktails and good friends. The weather has been unbelievable and we ate every meal outside together. Our outdoor patio has been our extended living room all weekend long watching football & baseball. By the way are you cheering for the Giants or Royals? Hope you had a chance to recharge this weekend and here's to Kansas City bringing home a World Series Ring.
I felt like wonder woman after last weeks heavy schedule so I started my weekend with this shirt and junie b begging me to hold her.
Friday night wine in my favorite stemless glass with the neighborhood girls.
I was inspired by this blog to decorate pumpkins with Ry.
Mexican & Marg's go hand in hand for dinner.
 My husband's homemade chocolate chip cookies & these made our weekend complete!

Linking to EmberGrey blog for Grateful Heart Monday!
Ember Grey: Grateful Heart

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.
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?
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