Super Bowl Eats

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Super Bowl Eats

Let’s Get Ready to RRRUUUMMMBBBLLLE!!!

Wait, is that a basketball song?  Who knows.  Anyways, word on the street is that there is a big football game coming up on Sunday.

So, we’ve gotta have some apps to serve all those who get “in” to things like that…I’ve rounded up some of our tribe’s fave “eats” to help you plan for the perfect Super Bowl party next weekend!  Here goes…

Cheesy Sausage Squares

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Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

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Sausage Pineapple Cheese Bites

 

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Fiesta Party Dip

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BBQ Crescent Rolls

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Taco Stuffed Shells

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What are some of your favorite go-to recipes for entertaining?

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Sunnies Style Game for the Frugalista

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Step Ahead for Spring

Sunnies Style Game for the Frugalista

If you have checked out my blog at all over the last few weeks, you know that I am willing Spring to get here.  Like, I am getting on my hands and knees each night and having a good ole fashioned begging session with God to make it happen.  Ya feel me?!?

So, lately I’ve been in an everything-spring-and-summer mood.  And this post is no different.  Here goes…

One of the questions I get asked the most is where I get my sunglasses…and I always love to tell people that I never pay more than $ 10 for any that I own.

Even Target is too expensive for my sunglasses game, folks.  I often refer to this as sunnies for the Frugalista.  Where my fellow Frugalistas at?!?

If you are anything like me, sunglasses are the last accessory you think about, and you tend to lose, or destroy them by accident, on the regular…

Since I am well-known to sit on, lose or completely destroy a pair of sunglasses, I have to be very thrifty when on the hunt for a new pair.  But even though they may be the last accessory I consider when getting dressed, I do admit that sunnies may be one of the biggest opportunities to show off your style game.

At any given time, I have at least five pair of sunglasses ready to go in the event that the pair I walked out the door with this morning somehow did not return with me that evening.  And since none of them are more than $ 10, I would say that’s a pretty good bargain!

These are a few of my best tips for finding inexpensive, yet still stylish, sunnies:

(1) Shop end of season sales – right now most retailers are slashing prices on their websites to make way for the brand new spring and summer looks to arrive starting next week.  So, check out places like Banana Republic, Nordstrom, and department stores for killer deals!.   Also, Shop for sunnies on special sale days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Since sunglasses are typically fairly inexpensive in the first place, they are SUPER affordable on these massive sale days.;

(2) Shop for sunnies at Forever21 and Charming Charlie.  Even if you don’t wanna rock the fashion from these two stores, you can totally rock their sunnies.  I have been buying mine from both of these places and can attest that even though they are very inexpensive, they hold up well! (In fact, Charming Charlie has a 2 for $15 sale going on right now!!!); and

(3) Pharmacies.  I know, this sounds crazy.  But, pharmacies are my GO-TO for cheap sunnies (and lipstick, by the way…).  Plus, if you provide your telephone number and sign up for their rewards programs, you can score even bigger savings on items such as sunglasses and makeup!

Here are some of the ones I’ve been rocking lately (and by lately I mean in 2017 – let’s get real ain’t nobody wearing shorts in the last 3 months!!)… [At the time of this post I am proud to announce that I actually have not broken any of these or lost any of them.  Well, I am not completely sure where the dark brown ones are in this very moment, but my best guess is at the bottom of one of my purses…]

 

Without further ado, here are my top picks to get you Spring / Summer ready, girlfriend!:

1: HERE ; 

2: HERE ; 3: HERE; 4: HERE

5: HERE; 6: HERE; 7: HERE

What are your go-to sunglasses? Please share in the comments!

NOTE: As always, sharing fashion inspiration with y’all is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16

 Do you have any tricks for making winter fashion more fun?!?

What are you playing with in your closet this week? Please share in the comments! 🙂

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Fab FriYAY Five

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(1) DuraComfort Hair Towel – I don’t know about you,  but drying my hair is one of my least favorite things to do each day.  With long, somewhat thick hair, it can take me upwards of 25 minutes to get it fully dry.  I scoured the market for a gimic that would make it a quicker process and always wound up with empty promises. BUT, this new DuraTowel is supposed to be out of this world amazing…at least according to 2000 very satisfied Amazon reviewers!  So, if like me, you need to speed up your hair drying maintenance, I say check one of these out!  For only $15, why not?!?

(2) Shampoo Scalp Massager – This week is turning into a spa accessory directory, but I feel like I gotta try this out.  What could make a good long shower any more luxurious than a scalp massager?!?

(3) Charcoal Teeth Whitener – Gone are the days of umpteen boxes of Crest White Strips stashed under my sink.  I am ready to ramp up my teeth whitening game and Amazon reviews tell me this is the way to go.  I am planning to give this a try and will report back!

(4) One Line a Day Five Year Journal – I have mentioned these before, but y’all have got to do this!  It is like a special little time capsule for your family to look back on!  It is never too late to start and we are only one month in for 2018, so why not start now?!?

(5) Amazing Kitchy Pizza Cutter – I am sick and tired of sloppy condiments on my pizza after my pizza cutter ravages through all of them!  Anybody with me on this?!?  Yet again, Amazon reviews promise me that this thing will revolutionize my pizza cuttin’ game…so, here goes…

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

What were some of your favorite products this week?  And what are your snowbird necessities?

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Balsamic Chicken Bake

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Balsamic Chicken Bake

Ready for a quick and easy dish for dinner that should please most palates?  Look no further than Balsamic Chicken Bake.  An added perk: this dish is rather healthy boasting grilled chicken, tomatoes AND spinach!  My cousin introduced me to this deliciousness not too long ago and it has swiftly become a weekly staple.

You will need:

9 x 13 casserole dish

Bag of Perdue grilled chicken (if you prefer, you can grill your own chicken.  Perdue just saves me time!)

1.5 tablespoons of Olive oil

Bag of Spinach leaves

10-15 Campari Tomatoes

Small container of feta cheese

Creamy Balsamic salad dressing (I use Newman’s Own – feel free to use any brand you like)

Box of campanelle pasta

Dish Deets:

Prep Time: 10-15  minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Feeds: 2-3 adults OR 2 adults, 2 children

Directions:

(1) Preheat oven to 350.

(2) Bring a pot of water to a rumbling boil for your pasta.  (I usually add a 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil or a small scoop of butter to prevent the noodles from sticking while cooking)

(3) In a skillet, add half a tablespoon of olive oil and allow pan to heat up.  Add the Perdue grilled chicken.  Toss until the chicken is browning and heated through.  Set aside.

(4) Slice your campari tomatoes, as if you were slicing them for a salad or sandwich.  Set aside.

(5) Spray your 9 x 13 dish with a minimal amount of cooking spray.

(6) Layer the 9 x 13 dish with the following ingredients:

First: Layer the spinach leaves (use the whole bag if you wish or 1/2 bag if preferred)

Second: Layer your campari tomatoes in the following manner:

Third: Layer the grilled chicken.

Fourth:  Layer the feta cheese.  I use an entire container.  We are cheese lovers.  The amount you use is up to you!

Last: Drizzle the creamy balsamic dressing liberally over the entire dish.

(7) Place the dish in the oven for 20 minutes.

(8) Add the campanelle pasta to the boiling water.  Drain.  Set aside.

(9) After the pasta has cooled a bit, add enough balsamic dressing to cover the noodles.  Fold in until the noodles are adequately “dressed.”

(10) The balsamic bake should bubble and have a “soupy” consistency when finished cooking.  The spinach leaves will be wilted and the tomatoes will be soft.  The feta will have begun to melt as well.

(11) To serve: Put two large spoonfuls of the pasta in a bowl.  Next, put a serving of balsamic chicken bake on top – enough to cover the noodles.

I offer extra feta and balsamic dressing to my family so that they can add as a garnish once the dish is served!

Enjoy!

What are you fixin’ in your kitchen this week? Please share in the comments! 🙂

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Winter to Spring Shoe Must Haves

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Winter to Spring Shoe Must Haves

Y’all.  We may finally be exiting the worst stage of winter.

PRAISE THE LORD OH MY SOUL AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME!

It’s not a huge secret that I hate winter… Who is WITH ME?!?

SO, I always try to find ways to make Winter less miserably cold and dreary…by ramping up my shoe game!

This year I found a few pairs that are perfect for now AND later when the temps begin to rise…

Shoes: NY & Company

If I could design a dream shoe, these pink velvet bow pumps would be it.

They are also very comfortable and ONLY $ 16.99, so what’s not to love?

Next up, black pom poms…because who’s really surprised there?

Shoes: NY & Company

If you love faux fur, you will be head over heels for these bad boys.  Plus, they are only $ 19.99 – can you even deal?!?

Next up, leopard to take any look up a notch!

Shoes: Forever21

Now, for all my fellow Southern Belles, when I saw this next pair, I was in a hard core swoon until I got them on my feet!

I realize a monogram isn’t for everyone, so rest assured that you can order these without one, no problem!

Shoes: Marley Lilly

And finally, my favorite little bright pink flats.  I find ways to wear these every week because they just bring a smile to my face.

Shoes: Red Dress Boutique

NOTE: As always, sharing fashion inspiration with y’all is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16

 Do you have any tricks for making winter fashion more fun?!?

What are you playing with in your closet this week? Please share in the comments! 🙂

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Crowd Pleasing Apple Cider

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Crowd Pleasing Apple Cider

Well, it looks like we are in for a frigid winter, friends.

To help us tackle the tundra, I am sharing my go-to apple cider!  Hope it warms your soul like it does mine!

Ok, hope you’re snuggled up somewhere warm! 😉

You will need:

2 quarts apple cider

1 1/2 cups orange juice

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

2-3 cinnamon sticks (3 in)

Dash ground cinammon

Dash ground cloves

Dish Deets:

Prep Time: Under 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Feeds: Recipe makes 8 servings

Directions:

(1) Place apple cider in a large saucepan on the stove at a high setting.

(2) Wait until cider begins to reach almost boiling.  Pour in remaining ingredients.

(3) Allow the cider to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until heated throughout.

(4) Serve very warm in festive mugs.  Optional garnishes: sprinkle brown sugar on top or add a cinnamon stick to each mug.

* Side Note: To take the kick of this beverage up a notch, feel free to add one cup of dark rum to make it more fun for cocktail parties or festive get-togethers!

What are you fixin’ in your kitchen this week? Please share in the comments! 🙂

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A Guide for the Southern Belle Snowbird

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A Guide for the Southern Belle Snowbird

Y’all I am cold.

Like, my bones are cold.  And, all I want to do is escape to a desert somewhere.  Or wherever it is not 20 degrees or below. HA!

So, let’s take a glance at what we have to look forward to here in a few months when we can finally escape the tundra!

It is officially resort season … aka that time of year when snowbirds flood our newsfeeds with jealousy-inducing photos of their Sports Illustrated cover edition sun tans.

Why can’t that be me and you this year, sister?

If you have a warm getaway approaching, OR you just want to stock up to get yourself excited for summer…today’s post is for you.

Side note: did you know that fashion lines typically roll out resort wear collections in late October?  These lines include warm weather wear, swimsuits, beach accessories, etc.  All the happy things.  I will let you in on a little secret, NY & Company puts out one of my favorite resort collections every single year.  They surprisingly don’t advertise these lines well enough, but they come out with one every year.  I actually enjoy their resort collections sometimes better than their every day lines.  They are amazing.  So, be on the lookout for them and stock up on Black Friday next year!

DISCLAIMER: All of the items below are monogrammed, because well #SouthernBelle.  BUT, you can get all of these items without a monogram if you prefer a more subtle beach look 😉

Finally, Marley Lilly (the shop where you can find all of these items) is simply amazing.  If you are on the hunt for monogrammed goods, I suggest Marley Lilly or Swoozies! Happy shopping!

Ok, on to this season’s cute finds…

(1) Pineapple Jewelry Pouch – Nothing is worse than a sandy diamond ring, or sea-salt stained gold bangle.  Am I right, friends?  So, I searched high and low for an extra cute option for all us Southern Belles…and stumbled upon possibly the cutest beach bag addition since forever.

Photo: MarleyLilly

(2) Insulated Cups – My love for Tervis Tumbler may be my strongest material love.  Nah.  Nevermind.  This girl is all about the purses and shoes.  BUT, I LOVE a good Tervis.  Nothing I’ve found does a better job of insulating your beverage and I love the texture of the cups.  Check these out if you need a fun cup for the beach…remember the “no glass” rule 😉

Photo: MarleyLilly

(3) Coordinating Pom Pom Accessories – If you’ve been in our little tribe for long, you know that I am unabashedly obsessed with pom pom anything.  Heck I would put a pom pom trim on my microwave if it wasn’t distasteful.  This hat and bag combo will have you turnin’ heads all the while shielding you from the sun’s harmful rays and keepin your pineapple jewelry bag (above) safe and secure 😉

Photo: MarleyLilly

Hat: HERE

Tote: HERE

(4) Clear Makeup Bag – I love this thing whether I’m headed to the beach or not!  Plus, you could totally use this for game days since most stadiums have now introduced a clear bag rule. SCORE!

Photo: MarleyLilly

(5) Pineapple Sandals – Keeping with the pineapple theme, how adorable are these sandals?  The monogram on these is subtle and the threading is divine.

Photo: MarleyLilly

NOTE: I do not receive any form of commission or affiliate revenue from any of my product endorsements.  These are simply just products I really love and thought you may love them, too!

What were some of your favorite products this week?  And what are your snowbird necessities?

Please share in the comments!

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Sip On A Cup of I’ve Got This

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Sip On A Cup of I’ve Got This

It’s Monday morning.

The kids are screaming.

You forgot to switch over the laundry, so the kids now have nothing to wear (or at least not if you consider clean underwear a necessity…).

It pops in your head that your gas light was on last night and you forgot to fill ‘er up.

You haven’t packed lunches yet.

Or brushed your teeth.

Heck, are you even wearing clothes yet?!?

Not to mention it’s 15 minutes before you have to be where you’re headed and it looks like you aren’t headin’ out for another good 30-45 minutes.

Cool.

Yeah.

Those are the best days.

The days that make you want to pull your hair out and ask God for a “do over.”

A few months ago I found myself having this kind of day almost every single day.

“What is WRONG with me?!?!” I kept asking out loud.

I just could NOT get it together.

Have you been there?!?

School started every morning at the same time.  And I knew it.  But, I just could not get myself up and motivated to get us there on time.

For a while I blamed the kids.  Well, if B had gotten up and gotten dressed like I screamed at her to…I mean gently encouraged her to do…we’d have been on time.

And then I blamed the hubby.  Well, if you had offered to pump my gas last night because you telepathically read my mind and knew that I needed some I wouldn’t have had to stop on the way to school.

And then I blamed society.  Because why on earth would any school (or anything in general, really) begin before 10:00 a.m.?!?

Eehhh.  Let’s just say, I needed to get over myself.  And fast

One night when I was channel surfing, I ran across a McDonald’s commercial that had nothing to do with my predicament, but I loved the tagline: “Sip On a Cup of I’ve Got This.”

Whoa.  That really stopped me in my tracks.  I LIVE for catchy slogans, people.

I am not a morning person.  Never have been, never will be.

So the notion of me getting out of bed to in the morning to claim that title of “morning super hero” eluded me.

But, this slogan made me want to be one.  Really badly.

So, I tried it…using the tiniest baby steps possible.

I set my alarm for 5 minutes earlier the next morning.

And spoiler alert: I did not explode.  Life did not come to a halt.  And if I’m being honest, nothing changed.

Each morning for the next week I backed up my alarm until I was waking up a whole 30 minutes earlier.

I’m not gonna lie to you, friend.  Those first few days of earlier rising were rough.  Like I’m ashamed of myself.

However, I survived.  My kids survived.  Even my hubby came out mostly unscathed 😉

I used those 30 minutes to collect my thoughts, read a quick devotional, pray and center myself.

I wish I could express to you through these typed words what a transformative process this teeny tweak in my agenda has had on my life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not all of the sudden in line for Mom of the Year or anything, but at least I’m not screeching in to carpool line on two wheels narrowly missing the safety patrol children each morning…

Maybe you’re like me, and the thought of rising any earlier than normal sends you into an unnecessary bout of over the top anxiety.

That’s ok.

Take those moments to Sip on Your Cup of I’ve Got This in the afternoon.  Or at night.

Whenever you can carve out 30 minutes alone, do it.

It will change your life.

As it turns out, no matter what our mommin’ looks like, we NEED some time alone.  Heck, the kids NEED some time alone, too.

We need to check out for our own little Mommy Time Out and breathe.

When we take control of our thoughts, we give ourselves back power and focus.

Sometimes all we need in life is to take a sip of I’ve Got This and keep it movin’, friends.

Do you need to take a breather?  What do you do to center yourself each day? Please share in the comments!

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Melt In Your Mouth Ham and Swiss Rolls

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Melt In Your Mouth Ham and Swiss Rolls

Friends, there is so much Whole30, healthy / clean eating, diet information flooding the internet right now that I thought I’d keep it real and bring you some of the best soul food you’ll ever put in your mouth.

I mean it’s below 40 degrees here.  I have no interest in changing out of these pajamas and surviving the tundra just so I can snag coconut flakes and zoodles from TJ’s (Trader Joe’s for anyone confused… 😉 )

So, I give you: Melt In Your Mouth Ham and Swiss Rolls.

All you need to know is that the base ingredient of these sinfully good treats is Hawaiian rolls and you should completely comprehend the magnitude of their amazingness…

These little wonder rolls are delish any time of the day for any function!  The condiments are baked into them, so there’s no need to hassle with setting up a station with mustards, jellies, etc.  These puppies stand alone!  They even travel well – so that makes them perfect to become your go-to snack for parties / get-togethers when you’re tasked with bringing a little something to eat with you.  These rolls are so delish, they will make you feel like a kitchen superstar – the secret is the sauce you pour over them just before baking 😉

You will need:

2 packages (12 count each) of King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Dinner Rolls

1/2 to 1 pound or 24 slices of deli honey ham (I use Honeybaked Ham because…is there anything more scrumptious?!?)

12 slices of thinly sliced Swiss cheese, cut into fourths

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3/4 cup butter melted

1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

Mayonnaise for spreading

Dish Deets:

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Feeds: 12-15 people

*NOTE: You can divide this recipe in half if you only desire to make 12 rolls.  OR you can multiply depending on how many rolls you need to prepare.

Directions:

(1) Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 9×13 baking dish.

(2) Separate the tops from the bottoms of the rolls.  Line the bottoms of the rolls in your greased 9×13 baking dish.  Using a knife, place a very thin layer of mayonnaise on the rolls.

(3) Next, place a slice of Swiss cheese on each roll (or cover the entire layer of rolls with thinly sliced Swiss cheese).

(4) Layer the ham onto the rolls, evenly making sure to put the same amount on each roll. (Don’t forget the edges ;))

(5) Arrange the remaining Swiss cheese over the ham.  Place the tops of the rolls back on top of the top layer of Swiss cheese creating mini sandwiches.

(6) In a bowl, mix together butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds and dried onions.

(7) Pour the mustard mixture evenly over the rolls.

(8) Bake in the oven until the rolls are lightly browned and you can see the cheese melting – this will take 20 – 25 minutes.

(9) Remove the rolls from the oven and slice evenly creating mini sandwiches.  Serve and enjoy!

* QUICK TIP: Using aluminum foil during baking can help to cook the rolls more evenly!

What are you fixin’ in your kitchen this week? Please share in the comments! 🙂

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Boucle All Day

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Boucle All Day

Dress: Red Dress Boutique

Sunnies: J Crew Outlet

I’m not gonna lie, friends.  This cold weather is gettin’ pretty old for this southern belle.

I thrive in that 70 degree range where I can get away with a cute dress during the day and layered up at night.

Oh well, we must work with what we are given! 🙂

I bought this dress the second I saw the boucle material.

Boucle happens to be one of my all time favorite materials, and this color was a neutral I didn’t have currently hanging in my closet.

Plus, who doesn’t love those flirty ruffle details?!?

Purse: Francesca’s

Shoes: DSW

Sunnies: J Crew Outlet

I paired this dress with my fave stud heels and tortoise shell sunnies to give it few extra pops, but laid low on the jewelry.

This dress is a bit short for church, but would be perfect for a night out or a party with friends!

The material is so cozy, it feels like you are wearing a big sweater or blanket!

NOTE: As always, sharing fashion inspiration with y’all is super fun, but please remember most importantly, that true beauty is found within : “[T]he Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16

 What are you playing with in your closet this week? Please share in the comments! 🙂

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