Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Utterly Random

Veggie Ranch Pizza
I tried this recipe a few weeks back and it is super yummy. The ease of it is just icing on the cake. 

Piperlime
Can I just say how much I adore Piperlime. Precious stuff and free shipping... the complete package. Their "Girl on a Budget" section was made for me.

Taziki's and Newk's
Atlanta got a Newk's a few months back and Taziki's is about to open a few minutes from our apartment. Can I get a woohoo? Finally a little bit of home is making it's way to the ATL.

Pandora 
This bad boy has been my lifesaver these past few days. A little 90s throwback sprinkled with some Whitney does wonders for the soul. Seriously a must when I need to focus.

DIY
I am really in the mood for some DIY. My last attempt at a homemade wreath was a disaster.... a poor, pitiful sight. I think I need a TJ (Trader Joe's) run for cheap wine, pump up the aforementioned Pandora and paint a beautiful picture. Sounds like a date. 


Laughing Cow Cheese
You know the commercials I am referring to... the one where the woman looks so happy eating a tiny, measily wedge of cheese. Well, they are actually really good! I don't think I am grinning from ear to ear while eating it but I bought the mozzarella, sun-dried tomato basil ones... a pretty tasty afternoon snack.

Cinebistro
Aaron and I went to Cinebistro in Brookhaven the other weekend and we were sold. Tickets are the same price as other theaters, yet Cinebistro has massive leather chairs for you to enjoy. And.... you can drink/eat a full meal here. Unlike the AMC Buckhead the waiters will not serve you during the movie to minimize interruptions. In love.

Spring has sprung
.... or is in the process of springing. I love fresh flowers, sitting outside and driving with the windows down. Ah can't wait.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Family Addition

So we did it! We got another bully, Miss Winnifred, and she is the sweetest thing ever! Like seriously, the sweetest.

You may be speed-dialing the psych ward but we really did think it out. Reasons for all you doubters:
1. Winston is super lonely. He won't eat sometimes when he comes back from a weekend with his cousin, Aubie. The kid needed a friend.
2. We aren't having kids anytime soon. We can't even close on this dang house, much less be able to house a little one. We are also never in one place for too long...I can't even find time to sleep a few extra hours. Maybe in a few years after I have traveled to the places on my bucket list we can re-address this topic:)
3. Winston's mom was retiring from Mommyhood. Winnifred was from her last litter and I think it is the cutest thing that they are half-siblings. They even look alike.



How is Winston taking it, you ask? Well, he doesn't realize that his feet are the size of her head nor does he realize that when he loses her he should just look down... she is most likely hiding under his belly. Lately he just rests his head on her bed to see what she is doing or attempts to steal her toys when she isn't looking.




There is a lot of Bully love in this house now :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

All about the attitude

Some people say I still have a lot of living to do before I "grow up". Well hunny...I have done a lot of living and figured out a lot of things lately.

These past few years, I have finally realized that is all about the way you handle things. There are a lot of crappy situations out there (cough, cough: buying this **** house). And it is all about the way you have handled them. Did you grow from it? Did you learn from it? If not, you need to think about why.

Stuff happens that you will never be able to change. I finally learned that. It is something I hope my kids learn one day. You can't change what happens but you can be a better person because of it.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Accessorize Yourself!

We can all use some new accessories each season (although the men in our lives may deny this fact). I love all sorts of jewelry, bags or scarves. You can never have too many in the wardrobe.

I am so tempted to add a few of these in my wardrobe as soon as possible.











And this necklace is not in the under $100 category but I am dying for one. Love, love, love!


Love,

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Breakfast Casserole

So I found an altered spin on the staple Breakfast Casserole. This one was super yummy and is perfect for a house full of guests.

Ingredients
1 pound of mild sausage
1/2 onion, chopped
8 oz package of sliced mushrooms
2 cups frozen tater tots
6 slices white bread, cubed in large pieces
3 cups of grated Cheddar cheese
8 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tomato, thinly sliced

Directions
  • In a medium skillet, brown sausage, onion, and mushrooms until sausage is no longer pink. 
  • Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • Place the tater tots in the casserole dish followed by a layer of the bread cubes. 
  • Add the sausage, onion, mushrooms over the bread and sprinkle an even layer of cheese. 
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, milk, mustard, salt and pepper. 
  • Pour the egg mixture over the casserole. (I topped with more cheese)
  • Layer the top of the casserole with sliced tomatoes. 
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 
  • The next morning, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • When the oven is ready,remove the plastic wrap and bake casserole for 1 hour.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

V-Day Treat

So I did follow through and made a yummy treat for my co-workers. These babies were super good and super cute. I may just have to repeat everytime MM's come in holiday colors.

Disclaimer: the images on the original site look a heck of a lot more appetizing!


 Valentine Blondies

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup to 1 1/3 cup M&M's


Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). 
  • Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. 
  • Melt 1/3 cup butter. 
  • Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly. 
  • Add egg (beaten) and vanilla and blend well. 
  • Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. 
  • Mix in 2/3 cup M&M's. 
  • Spread in 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle 1/3 to 2/3 cup M&M's on top. 
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 

- I tripled this recipe which filled a 9x9 and 9x13 pan -

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy V-Day

I am not big into Valentine's Day but I do love the excuse for pretty flowers and a nice dinner.

I also love this verse from 1 Corinthians. It was at our wedding (like everyone else) but I love the meaning. Can't sum it up any better.



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Question Mark

I know your life dream is to get to know me better.... oh stop flattering me.

The truth is that I got nothing for you guys so I am copying some other blogging peeps. Prepare to be inspired:

Guilty pleasure?
Right now I am on this chocolate/raspberry kick. I made some "lowfat" brownies and a raspberry sauce for the Super Bowl. It is a problem.

I can't travel without?

Headphones... I hate the cheap ones you buy from Delta and I can't stand to give them $2.

Recent splurge?

Our sofa

My go-to flower?

I wish my go-to was peonies but girl doesn't have the budget for that. Otherwise, I love fresh hydrangeas preferably out of the yard.

In bulk, I buy?
Mascara - Target sometimes sells a 2 for 1 pack so I stock up

Comfort food?

Mac and Cheese or Japanese (random but my favorite restaurant in college was a Japanese restaurant, Bento)

For breakfast?

Special K and coffee

For dinner?

Usually chicken of some sort

Love/hate relationship with?

Exercise

Can't stop watching?

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Real Housewives of Atlanta, etc.

Best online shopping find?
I looks for deals all the time. I am sucker for promo codes

I love wearing?

Pajamas - Comfort is key

Dream job?

Private Investigator or Boutique owner (again random)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hey May....

Oh wait no... it is only February! Could have fooled me with all these 70 degree temps.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE spring weather but my closet needs a clear direction on which way to go. Pack up the coats or pop out the skirts? The indecision is stressful when I am already running late to work each morning as it is.

I would like to give a quick applause to all my favorite stores for their awesome spring apparel. All these bright colors make this girl one happy camper :)






Here's to bright colors and awesome weather :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Blog Reads

I am sure many of you have a list of blogs you read daily. I do as well and my trusty Google Reader keeps them all organized for my viewing pleasure each morning. If you don't read any others than this lovely one here and would like some suggestions here is a sampling (key word: sampling).

I would love to go into detail about what I love about each but that would get wordy and drawn out. Some of these are killer at fashion, home decor or just have a knack for blogging and giving us a glimpse in their life. Hope you will read them too :) And.... if you have some favorites, please share. Finding new blogs fills me with a strange sort of joy!












I will do another feature in the coming weeks to show some love to other favs. Have a great Thursday!