Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

My Favorite Holiday Movies

                                                                 Its a Wonderful Life

The Holiday 

                                                                  Muppet Christmas Carol

Love Actually

White Christmas

Thursday, December 5, 2019

My Favorite Smells Ever

I was talking with my husband about smells and how much I loved certain smells better than others I had to share my top 3 smells it's a goofy post but it's something I enjoy sharing and why I love the smells so much.

My daughter once she was born and months and years later the smell of her was the best smell ever. this would be my number one smell. Sometimes I think I smell her baby scent on her hair but maybe it's a memory.

Coffee is the second smell that is close to my heart I love love love coffee I get such a java jolt from the smell. I think the first memory I have is sitting in Starbucks with my then boyfriend now hubby reading and smelling fresh brewed coffee. We use to spend hours with our coffee talking reading and having many dates here. Our prom date after prom was Starbucks.

Aww the smell of rain my third favorite smell I have many memories of rain but one was once when I was 25  I played in the rain my husband has it on tape and it was the most fun I have ever had in wet clothes. (I hate wet clothes) . I love the smell of rain and the feeling of my stress being washed away.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Hygge Lifestyle

Oxford Dictionaries

I have recently stumbled upon this lifestyle it feels so natural to me . I am readying everything I can I realize that I normally live like this I can't wait to share my finds with you all. 
Friday, November 22, 2019

Bacon and Chives Pasta Recipe

8 Strips Cooked bacon, Chopped 
Handful of fresh chives, Chopped 
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese 

1 Pound of Pasta, any kinda (we like veggie or whole grain).

Cook pasta according to directions.
Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces, sautee in pan until crispy.
Chop chives into short pieces. 

 Butter pasta, and scoop into bowls.
Sprinkle on bacon, chives, and cheese to taste.
Serves 6.

(updated) You can also add (pancetta ) 
We love this meal, it's simple and fast after a busy work or school day

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Oranges and Cloves
Open Fire
Fresh Baked Sugar Cookies

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Atlanta Bound

I am heading on a plane for the first time in almost 10 years to Atlanta for a work function. I am pretty excited I can't wait to share some photos from my trip!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Cowgirl Casserole

This is a lightened version of a casserole I used to have as a kid. That's not to say that this version is full on "healthy" per se, but sometimes you need comfort food, and this does the job without feeling like you're going to die after you eat it. 

1 lb. any small pasta (I've made it with macaroni, all the way up to rigatoni, and each gives a slightly different taste experience)
1 lb ground turkey or boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2" cubes
1 lb cubed ham
1-2 small yellow onions
1 8oz can tomato sauce
8oz shredded cheese (medium cheddar or casserole mix is good, sharp cheddar can be too strong a flavor)

Preheat oven to 400°. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, prepare pasta according to directions, draining when pasta is still al dente, set aside. Dice onions. Brown turkey in pan with onions, and add ham at the end (if fully cooked) otherwise, cook together with turkey and onions. Add pasta to your favorite casserole dish, and mix with meat and onion mixture. Pour in tomato sauce and stir. Add half your cheese, and stir again. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is slightly browned, bubbly in the middle and crispy at the edges. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite salad or vegetable.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Five Hygge Songs to Listen to


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

I love this song!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Garden of Eatin’: Five Herbs You Should Be Growing This Summer

You know it’s that time of year. The signs are all around you. Children are running loose. Everything is turning green. Ghostly legs emerge from Winter’s wool and stand upon sandaled feet. That woman (you know the one) is exposing far more skin than could ever be considered appropriate, but still not as much as that guy on the riding lawnmower. Or that guy riding his bicycle. Or that guy jogging down your side of the street. Or that guy cutting in front of those kids to use the slip n’ slide. Every block you drive offers a wisp of smoldering charcoal; the promise of an appetite satisfied by flame-kissed meat. That’s right, it’s Summer. It’s that time of year when the word “fresh” finds its way into our vocabularies. When we want to bite into an ear of fresh corn, and smell fresh cut grass on fresh breezes. When our tables are adorned with fresh cut flowers, given as a peace offering after a boy has gotten a little TOO fresh. It’s also prime time to start growing and cooking with your very own fresh herbs. Here are five basal herbs that you’ll thank yourself for planting every time you pick a fresh sprig for your Summer supper.
  1. Rosemary (Perennial)
    Right off the bat (hey that’s a reference to a Summer sport) one of the great things about rosemary is the fact that it’s a perennial herb. That means that if you plant this fragrant, flavorful evergreen shrub, it’ll be providing you years of deliciousness for nothing more than a little water every now and then. Just remember that if you live in a climate that doesn’t have to dream of a white Christmas, it’s best to plant this herb in a pot and bring it in out of the cold for Winter. Rosemary excels when it is flavoring all different kinds of meats.
  2. Sweet Basil (Annual)
    This versatile herb will need to be replanted each year, but the number of times I find myself cutting some fresh basil every Summer more than makes up for the “hassle.” Basil will add a fresh flavor to just about anything. Whether you are chopping it up with some pine nuts and citrus for a light pesto, or just tearing it up for a little flavor in a romaine salad, you’ll be surprised how often you come back inside with some basil in your hand.
  3. Chives (Perennial)
    Another hearty herb, like rosemary, chives will return each year. Once you get hooked on these little green spears, you’re going to find that you’re garnishing everything you can think of with these wonderful oniony shoots. Put them on your baked potato, sprinkle them on your steak. Heck, just try some pasta with a little butter and chives. It’ll become your Summer comfort food when it’s too hot for casseroles or meatloaf. Hey, I should try them on meatloaf!
  4. Cilantro (Annual)
    This is for when you are in the mood for some Mexican inspired dishes. Cilantro is a great offsetting flavor to the chiles used in a lot of the spicier dishes that come from south of the border. It is one of the necessities of a good salsa, and if you’re feeling adventurous, throw some into the pesto we talked about before. You’ll be surprised how much you like the results.
  5. Mint (Perennial)
    Mint is often overlooked as an ingredient. Most people think it’s just the “breath freshener” herb. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Try taking a few leaves and using them as a garnish on an otherwise heavy dessert, or chop them up and toss them into a fruit salad with a little Triple sec. Not only will it add a welcome color to your plate, the refreshing flavor will be a welcome addition to your palate. And of course, lest we forget, there is only one acceptable cocktail to drink during the Summer: the mojito.
These are, I believe, the essential basic herbs to grow. If you can only grow some, these are probably the best. Once you cook with fresh herbs from your own garden, you’ll wonder why you ever bought dried herbs from the store.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

National Cheesecake Day

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

My Top 3 Favorite Songs right now!

My Top 3 Favorite Songs right now!



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

First Day of Spring

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Simple Pleasure

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

No-Chop Chili Recipe

I have to say this is my one go to dinner for winter and fall. Its an old recipe from @cookinglight it's a hard to find recipe I have adapted my own version of this and also used the same one as the link below. I change up the salsa and don't really measure as what's suggested. 

No-Chop Chili
 Cooking Light Magazine

1 lb. ground Turkey
2 cups water
2  cups frozen whole-kernel corn
1 cup bottled salsa (medium)
2 Teaspoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2  can chili beans, undrained (we like more beans)
1  can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

Cook the meat in a large pan until meat is cooked and drain any excess fat. I put the tomatoes in first and let simmer for a min and then add in everything else and let boil and then reduce heat.

Click here to view the recipe someone else had saved I used the same measurements but I don't measure in mine. 
Friday, January 18, 2019

Teal Mood Board