Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Funday-Baking Edition

HAPPY SUNDAY!!!

Lately, I have been making lots of desserts and one in particular. It is an old recipe my mom says she made in High School but I just discovered.

Dump Cake....:-) Yummy, Yummy and so dirt simple!!!

Ingredients
1 can of cheery, apple, peach etc. pie filling
1 box of Yellow cake mix
2 sticks of butter





Directions
1. Heat over to 250
2. Spray 9 x 13 baking pan with Pam
3. Dump pie filling into baking pan (I use a spoon to make sure I get all my filling spread evenly across the pan)
4. Dump a yellow cake mix on top of pie filling (cover evenly) I like to use a dry spoon and spread my cake mix evenly in pan
5. Melt two sticks of button and pour over dry cake mix (spread evenly)
6. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown


I like to put ice cream on top of mine (vanilla) once it has baked and cooled.

Yummy easy dessert and perfect for summer time.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Andrea, Narci and Erika for Friday Favorites!!!

Whew it sure has been a super hot week...with tropical storm Cindy I thought maybe we would see some rain but NOPE!!!

This week has been a whirlwind with the passing of my Godmother's husband and just the normal everyday things going on.

I have started a regular workout routine and taught my first Barre class this week at T3 in Temple. :-)

I am loving all the fun and bright colors of Summer and recently planted some flowers on my back porch....I love coming home and seeing them in the evening. A friendly neighborhood cat decided to enjoy my lounge chairs.



This week I enjoyed coffee (well the pink drink) so refreshing at Starbucks with a friend from small group, lunch with 2 friends from childhood and just time with family. It is good for the soul to spend time with those special to you.

Stella and Dot released some new favorites and some amazing studs this week and I am starting to look forward to all the fun Fall pieces they have coming out.


Recently I found a new blog LaLa Life thanks to a friend and have been following along. She does daily book suggestions of what she is reading and I have been downloading and filling my night stand with her book recommendations. Currently I am reading, When Life Happened and OMG I didn't see that coming. I thought it was pretty predictable but man oh man does it have a twist.


Hopefully I will be more exciting next week but I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekend Recap-Furniture and Father's Day

Whew what a whirlwind of a weekend!!! Happy Monday blogging world.

Thursday afternoon I headed to Shreveport, LA. We recently bought a townhouse there so I went to close on the property and help pack up and transport things back to Temple. I got there around 2 on Thursday afternoon and was back in Temple by Friday about 6ish.

The townhouse is in the subdivision we were originally going to build in. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 and a half baths and is perfect for when the hubby is in Shreveport...a place to lay his head and get some work done.

Friday afternoon I spent cleaning house, waiting on furniture for the bedroom and just relaxing.
I got a surprise while cleaning my grill....a little mouse was living inside. I think you could hear my scream around the whole it freaked me out so much. I don't do rodents!!!!

New furniture arrived from West Elm...I got the bed frame and a dresser for the hubby. My only complaint about West Elm delivery was the men who delivered the furniture spoke very very very little English so it was hard to communicate with them.


The random plug above the dresser controls the fan in our Master bedroom talk about strange!!! This house was built in the late 1960s and I believe the fan was installed afterwards.

I am truly loving how the room is all coming together though. :-)

Sunday, I hosted the first event at our new house in Temple. I invited everyone over for hotdogs and hamburgers for Father's Day.



Yesterday evening I finished watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix...I have to say the ending has me left questioning like what happens now?!?!

I am looking for a new series to watch now if anyone has any suggestions?!?!?



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Some Assembly Required

In March, we officially moved to TEXAS and bought our first mid-century modern house.

We have been getting used to being back in Texas, new jobs, commuting back and forth (for the hubby) and trying to decorate the space.


Last week I went to Austin to West Elm...cool fact West Elm is part of the Pottery Barn and William Sonoma family.
We decided to first decorate our bedroom....which meant we needed 2 nightstands, lamps, a dresser and a bed frame. Artwork will come later....
These are pictures from the website of the nightstands and dresser we decided on. I was able to bring home with me the nightstands and lamps and the dresser and bed will be delivered on Saturday.

The room still isn't fully put together but I am loving the lamps and nightstands and putting the room together to make it feel like home.





This picture was taken late at night when I got it all put together...:-)


More to come later...I am hosting my first event at the house for Father's Day.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Andrea, Narci and Erika for Friday Favorites.

1) SMALL GROUP

Since being back in TX I have reconnected with a friend from childhood who leads small group at her house. This past week I was able to have the opportunity to open up and let out all my feelings with these girls. I know they won't judge me and will love and help me during the tough times.

2) Rodan and Fields

I had fake eyelashes on and off for about the last 4-5 years. I LOVED them and used several different people throughout having them on. When I moved to TX I just didn't love the way they were looking so shortly after Disney I took them off. I started using Rodan and Fields Lash Boost this week and am truly loving it. It is so simple and easy to use. I apply it right after my morning shower, finish getting ready and apply my makeup last thing so it has time to set and dry. I am excited to see the results and will keep yall posted.

3) JCREW shorts

For several years I have been wearing the Jcrew 4 in shorts and have them in sooo many colors. They fit true to size and wash and wear very well. They are a simple, easy put on and go item and I always know they will work. :-) I wore them daily at Disney.


4) SUMMER TIME

I am ready for BBQs, time in the sun and just relaxing. I love Summer because there are so many fun celebrations. From Memorial Day to birthdays and 4th of July there is just something festive going on all season long.

5) BOOKS

I love reading Shay (Mix and Match Mamma's) monthly book review and just started Behind Closed Doors. For some reason I can't get it sync with my iPad so I have been reading on my phone but I am loving it sooo far.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday

Hi Friends...it is Tuesday and I am linking up with Andrea over at momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday. Today's topic is TRAVELOUGE...I am going to highlight some of my most recent fun vacations!!!

1) Disney World

Recently we went to Disney World. This was the first theme park experience my husband and I have had and we have been together 11 years (married 8). I enjoyed Disney as an adult. My favorite rides were Soarin (at EPCOT), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Animal Kingdom) and of course Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom). We enjoyed yummy food at California Grill (Contemporary Resort), Japanese at EPCOT and many many Mickey Mouse ice cream bars.



2) Alaska

June 2016 we went on a family cruise to Alaska with my inlaws, brother in law and then husband and I. It was so nice to escape the warm temperatures of Louisiana and Texas and explore Alaska. We saw bears, hiked a glacier and went dog sledding. We are returning in May of 2018 for another Alaskan adventure.














3) Vail, CO

Each year in either February or March my husband and I take a ski vacation to Vail, CO. My husband grew up skiing Vail. We know the mountain, village and restaurants and it is something we look forward to every year.







Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Disney World Recap....

Let me just start by saying we had a WONDERFUL, MAGICAL, UNFORGETTABLE (in more than one way trip). Traveling with my husband is always a comedy of errors and we have a running joke that there is a BEASON curse with traveling. We never seem to be able to get anywhere without some sort of flight delay, lost bags, etc.

We had a 7 day trip (6 park days) planned to DISNEY WORLD which turned in 6....


We did a park a day and I believe this is the best way to do your trip in my opinion. We had one day at each of the 4 parks and then planned another day at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

The day we left we were expected to arrive at the Orlando airport at 6ish P.M. plenty of time to ride the Disney Magical Express to the hotel, get luggage and get cleaned up for dinner out RIGHT?!?! Well, our flights out of Shreveport got delayed and we arrived in Orlando at 1130 PM. Thankfully our luggage arrived at the hotel before we even did. It went on a separate flight and if you book though a Disney travel agent and get Disney Magical Express you don't have to fight baggage claim and getting your luggage Disney takes it to your resort for you.

We stayed at the Contemporary Resort which was wonderful because it had a Chef Mickey and the monorail we could grab at the rest for EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. To go to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios we grabbed a bus.


Day 1....Magic Kingdom

We had fast passes for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and Peter Pan's Flight. Fast passes are awesome because you don't have to wait in line for rides. Once you use your 3 fast passes for the day you can continue making more.

We also road the Big Thunder Mountain, the Tea Cups, It's A Small World, Toy Story/Buzz Lighyear ride, Haunted Mansion and walked around the Swiss Family Robinson house. We of course enjoyed Mickey Mouse ice cream bars and watching the parade. We left the park about 730 to come back to the hotel to rest and get ready for a late dinner at our hotel. Dinner at California Grill was amazing and for sure a must when we go back.





Day 2...EPCOT

I love exploring all the countries at EPCOT....we spent the first part of the day at the front and then worked our way to the countries.

We had fast passes for Soarin', Meet the Characters and Mission:SPACE.

I really enjoyed SOARIN' the best...you sit in a seat and then it lifts you and you feel like you are gliding through different countries. We meet Minnie, Mickey and Goofy at the character spot and then Mission Space...fun fact it is 18 stories tall. They have added a fun little thing at the end which predicts your future with technology and such. We were at Epcot during the Garden Festival so there were lots of flowers and even a butterfly garden we walked through.





We explored some of the countries but I got a little sick so we returned to the hotel for the evening around 8.

Day 3-6 continued later....