Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Mel, Sheffear and Shay for What's Up Wednesday....

What I'm Eating This Week..

I prepared this yummy healthy meal for a friend who just had a baby the other night and it is ooo so yummy!!

  1. Ingredients
  2. 1 pkg. Uncle Ben’s long grain wild rice
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 1.5 lbs of chicken (breast, thighs, legs)
  5. 1 bag of small carrots
  6. Ingredients for Optional Cream Sauce
  7. 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  8. ½ cup milk
  9. ½ cup sliced almonds
  10. 1 Tbsp butter
  1. 1.) Combine rice, spice packet and water in bottom of a 9 X 13 inch Pyrex pan.
  2. 2.) Place chicken pieces on top. Add carrots.
  3. 3.) Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees until chicken is almost done (Usually 60 min-75 min depending on the thickness of the chicken)
  4. 5.) Optional Cream Sauce – Mix together soup and milk. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle almonds on top. Bake 15 minutes uncovered.

What I'm Reminiscing About...

My birthday is coming up soon and I am reminiscing about turning the big 30 it is hard to believe another year has come and gone so quickly.

What I'm Loving..

Pinning all things Fall on Pinterest...I don't know what is about 100 plus degree days but it sure is making me want it to be Fall. I even pulled out my Fall decorations the other day to go through what I had and what I would like to add to the new house.

What We've Been Up To..

Work, work, I got a hair cut and color and am loving it!!!

What I'm Dreading....

As much as I love Summer I am dreading it ending because it means no more lazy days, waking up later and the sun setting so late. I enjoy being able to come home in the evenings and sit in my little sun room and read.

What I'm Working On.

Decorating the that things are a little more settled I am looking and Pinning like crazy ideas for the house. I can't wait to see it come more together in the next few months.

What I'm Excited About..

An upcoming trip with the hubby for our birthdays...I have no clue where we are going. AHHH

What I'm Watching/Reading

RHOC and I just finished reading Ladies Night...thanks Narci for the suggestion.

What I'm Listening To...

Country Fitness Radio
80s Cardio Radio
Sam Hunt Radio

What I'm Wearing...

Shorts, shorts and more shorts!!! JCREW shorts are my JAM in the summer!!!

What I'm Doing This Weekend....

Spending time with family and friends and having a Stella and Dot trunk show. The new arrivals are amazing!!

What I'm Doing Next Month..

Celebrating my husbands and I's birthday with a surprise trip.

What Else is New?!

Not much I can think of right now

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Narci, Andrea and Erika for Friday is hard to believe that is already again Friday.

1) Stella and Dot's new Fall collection...the new Fall collection launched Tuesday and I have to say I am in love....these are a few of my favorite pieces from the new collection. The best part is ALL of these are under 50 dollars!!! The druzy bracelet also has an adorable earring set and the pave comes in gold and silver (earrings, necklaces and bracelets) :-)

2) The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Tuesday I went to shop the anniversary sale and I have to say I wasn't all the impressed with the selections this year. They had a lot of the store roped off to show what was part of the early access sale and that made it feel less inviting. :-(

I got some undies, thanks Sheffear for the recommendation!!!
An Ugg poncho
Vince slip on sneakers

3) Blogs....

I recently found This Is Our Bliss blog and am in LOVE with her design style and DIY projects!!!

4) Fall

I can't wait to make this wall art project for Fall and style my home. While, I love summer I am so ready for cooler temperatures and cool days!!

5) Friends and Family

Our leader in small group welcomed their second daughter today. I am loving spending time with precious friends from HS reconnecting and meeting new people in my small group.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

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

1) The Nordstrom anniversary sale is open for card holders. Sadly I am not a card holder but my mom is and we are going to shop the sale next week. I have been wanting some booties, new sweaters for a trip in May (Alaska) and also my birthday is next month and I love to shop the sale for that and early Christmas gifts. Which are your favorite help me decide?!?!

2) Small Group
This week I hosted small group at my house...we had fun playing in a kiddie pool and just being social. We made s'mores as the evening went on and it was so fun to see the excitement on the kids face.

My grill isn't working so I used a terra cotta pot, some aluminum foil, charcoal and lighter fluid and BAM I had a mini fire pit for roasting marshmallows for S'mores. SO YUMMY!!!

3) Fresh fruits and veggies

I needed to go get some whey protein (I make smoothies and drink it after workouts) and discovered the store I went to was more of a grocery store with fresh fruits, veggies, vitamins etc.

4) Fresh Flowers

5) TX certificate

I renewed my Texas education certificate and now can teach again in TEXAS!! YeeHaw

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Mel, Sheffar and Shay for What's Up Wednesday.

1) What I'm Eating this Week...

I am trying to get back on track with meal planning so I have been enjoying oatmeal, greek yogurt, pretzels, and lots of healthy protein (chicken, shrimp and steak) along with veggies. My current favorite is a mix of cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese.

Recently I also have been enjoying the RedRock Grilled Shrimp at Longhorn Steakhouse which is near my house in Temple.

2)  What I'm Reminiscing About...

Our trip to Alaska last June...we are going again in May 2018 and I can't wait to see all the whales and glaciers.

3) What I'm Loving...

Sitting out on my little sunroom when I get home from work each evening and just relaxing and reading a good book. :-)

4) What We've Been Up To...

Sadly, I have been to two funerals in the last week. My godmothers' husband passed and family friend. I have been busy working on the house and just enjoying time learning the family business.

5) What I'm Dreading...

Tomorrow I am getting some new air units installed at my business. I am just dreading it because hubby won't be here to help and I know nothing about AC units.

6) What I'm Working On...

Things around the is a constant project. I am planning some new plants in my front flower bed and adjusting to life in TX.

7) What I'm Excited About...

Getting to see my husband this weekend and celebrating my father in laws birthday and the 4th of July!!!

8) What I'm Watching/Reading

Currently I just finished When Life Happens and I started Elin Hilderbrands' new book The Identicals this week.

9) What I'm Listening To...

I am not a big music listener I listen in the car but that is really it. I have been listening to the sounds of business...quarters, candy machines, and issues at the stores.

10) What I'm Wearing...

Shorts and summer outfit is JCrew shorts and a basic Banana Republic tshirt.

11) What I'm Doing this Weekend..

Celebrating my father in laws birthday and the 4th of July.

12) What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

Celebrating my grandfather's 85 birthday!!!

13) What Else is New...

Nothing really...just enjoying every moment. I am looking forward to a weekend of relaxation and family time.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Funday-Baking Edition


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!!!

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

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?!?!?