Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Posted by Tara

I completely stuffed myself to the brim today. The food was delicious and I couldn't stop eating all day! Even with all the eating I did, there were still tons of left overs. Here are some ideas I found that will help in the following week of leftovers.

Wine and Glue gives a great recipe on one of my favorite things: PANINI'S. They made a Turkey, Cranberry, and Pesto Panini that looks delicious! This is on my menu for the next week!

Mashed Potatoes
Foxes love Lemons shares a yummy  Loaded Mashed Potato Bake! This recipe includes all the toppings: bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. My mouth waters just thinking of this!

Cranberry Sauce
Sunny Side Up re-purposes her cranberry sauce in a unique and delicious way. When I think of cranberries in the baking world, I love how they pair with white chocolate. This is what drew me to this recipe! Can't wait to try these Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Simply Delicious makes Pea and Gammon Frittata. While looking through their recipe, the Gammon can easily be replaced with your ham. Who doesn't love ham in their frittata?! This recipe is on my to-do list for recipes!

Sweet Potatoes
Makeshift Nest's recipe should be what you will be making tomorrow morning. Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes recipe looks easy and delicious! When I think of reusing my sweet potatoes, I think of breakfast. They add pecans to their pancakes to make this recipe complete!


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Leopard Ankle Boots

Posted by Devin

My mom has great style. And I'm super lucky that she does because she does not like to return items to the store. So if something doesn't quite fit her right or she's not totally happy with it, guess where it goes... That's right! To me! Woot woot! Ergo, today's fashion post is brought to you by none other than mi madre! These awesome leopard ankle boots were given to yours truly in brand new condition. And aren't they fab? Told you she has good taste. Thank goodness we wear the same shoe size!

Apparently Miss Kitty wanted to make her fashion debut this week.

Shocklingly enough, these boots are pretty comfortable!  I was a bit skeptical at first but after a full and busy day wearing them, I was pleasantly surpised!

As much as I love these ankle boots with my skinny jeans, they are also perfect paired with dresses.

I have a feeling ya'll will be seeing these ankle boots quite often around here. I am in love!

I'm still not exactly sure what color this dress is. Green? Gray? Green-gray? Whatever it is, I like it! And guess what. It's another great donation from my mom. I'm spoiled, I know.

Little fashion tip here: if you ever have a dress that is just slightly large on you, belt it! Works like a charm and belts always add a little character and style to your outfit.

What I Wore:
Leopard Ankle Boots - Target
Outfit 1:
Polka Dot Blouse - H&M
Mustard Skinnies - Rue 21
Necklace - Charming Charlie's
Outfit 2:
Dress - Boden
Belt - Ross
Necklace - Kohl's
Bracelet - Charming Charlie's


Monday, November 25, 2013

DIY Holiday Wreath

Posted by Tara

A week ago I did a round-up of Last Minute Wreaths. It put me in gear and helped me get a wreath done. I chose a super easy one that was neutral for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Here is what you'll need:
18" Wire Wreath
4" burlap ( I used 3 rolls)
Any ribbon of your choosing (Larger than 3 in)
I initially got a letter for a monogram in the middle, but when I finished I liked it without. It's all in your preference.

I found a great tutorial on how to weave the burlap through the wire here. StoneGable blog helped me make this wreath a lot easier! As I weaved the burlap I would scrunch it together to fit as much burlap as I could in each section. 

After I finished putting the burlap on the wire, it was on to the ribbon and bow. Devin and I found this ribbon at Michael's and they were the last two spools! We love the gold polka dots! I followed a tutorial from On Sutton Place to make the bow. It was extremely easy, which is why I chose it! Will definitely save their link for upcoming bows for parties and other wreaths. 

Here is how my bow turned out. My only suggestion is to make sure your ribbon is larger than 3 inches. Mine isn't and I felt like it would have been cuter if it was. I still love the finished product!

Here is my wreath hanging on my door. Since I live on a dirt road, the burlap worked out well hiding the dust. I really love how I can use this now for both holidays. 

Devin also purchased all of the materials to make a burlap wreath following my tutorial and here is how her's turned out!
Devin decided to use the letter monogram and to put the ribbon throughout the wreath instead of in one large bow. To make this wreath follow the same instructions for weaving the burlap through the wire, but you will also weave the ribbon through the wire in the same fashion, alternating 2 rows of burlap and them 1 row of ribbon all the way around. She used exactly 2 rolls of the 4" burlap and 1 roll of ribbon, plus a little twine to tie the monogram to the wire on the wreath.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Spicy Chorizo Stuffing

Posted by Devin

A number of years ago my Dad requested that my Mom attempt to make a spicy stuffing using chorizo (always a family favorite for making chorizo and eggs when I was growing up).  Let's just say my Mom rose to the challenge. This stuffing is my absolute favorite part of our Thanksgiving (and even Christmas) dinners. It's always a hit at our holiday parties and once you try it you'll see why! Mmmm... just thinking about it makes me hungry! Click here for the Printable Recipe.
12 hamburger buns
1 lb pork chorizo (for spicier stuffing, use whole pound; for less spicy, use 1/2 pound)
1 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. minced onion
1 can chicken broth
1 stick butter
Sage, thyme, salt, and pepper

Step 1: Tear hamburger buns (or hot dog buns if you have them) into small pieces to make the bread crumbs. Throw crumbs in a large bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Spray skillet with cooking spray and brown chorizo.

Step 3: Remove chorizo from pan and set aside. Melt a stick of butter in pan and add the celery and onion. Brown for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Put chorizo back in pan and heat up.

Step 5: Dump the mixture into the bread crumbs and stir. Add about 1/3 c. of chicken broth to moisten. Add seasonings (sprinkled to taste) and stir again.

Step 6: Put in casserole dish and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Moisten with leftover chicken broth as needed.
I am ready for Thanksgiving, are you?!! Let the holidays begin!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dressing Up for the Holidays

Posted by Tara

As the holidays approach I can't help but look in my closet and think of what I would like to wear to some up-coming family parties. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, and then New Years; I have plenty to think about when it comes to outfits. 

I decided to pick neutral colored pants to help make this outfit look classy. These skinnies are from H&M and I cannot express how much I love the way they fit me. They are my favorite!

An easy way to fancy up an outfit is to throw on a blazer with it and some nice jewelry. I added some pearls and loved how they added to the outfit. 

The bow is probably my favorite part of this entire outfit. My dear friend Bridgette made it for me. She makes the most adorable bows for all ages. Here is her site and info. This bow was a great touch to my holiday outfit!

 What I Wore:
Blazer: Gift
Polka Dot Top: Forever 21
Skinnies: H&M
Black Booties: Target
Belts (Gold, Nude): Target
Pearls: Gift from Auntie Esther

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Handmade Commemorative Ornaments

Posted by Devin

A month ago our family took a special week long vacation to the beach to celebrate my mother and father-in-laws 40th wedding anniversary. My husband's two brothers and their families also attended and it was a such a fun and fabulous trip! I know we will all remember it for a long, long time.
I decided that to commemorate the occasion I wanted to make special Christmas ornaments for everyone this year! I brought home some sand and small shells from our trip to fill glass ornaments with. I love these mini-beachscapes inside of a  beautiful glass ball. I know every time we hang it on our tree we will remember the wonderful time we had.
I thought I'd share this simple idea with all of you! If you took any kind-of family vacation or special trip this year, there are so many possibilities of things you could fill these ornaments with: ticket stubs, leaves, small rocks or stones, little maps... you name it! If you are interested in creating your own ornaments with your personal souvenirs, here's the how-to.
What you need:
- empty clear glass ornaments
- glass paint marker
- twine or ribbon
- special souvenir items to fill ornaments

Clean the glass ornaments using glass cleaner. Write the name and date of your trip on the ornament with the glass paint marker.

Remove the cap and fill the ornaments with your special items. Replace the cap and tie twine or ribbon to the top for hanging. I started with ribbon and then switched to twine as I liked the look better with the sand and shells.

When you're done you can hang your ornament on your own tree to treasure year after year or give it as a special gift or Christmas present to a loved one! Personalized ornaments are the best, in my opinion. Happy holidays!

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Rustic Christmas Centerpiece

Posted by Devin

Last spring I made this pallet box (modeled after one from the Shanty 2 Chic girls) and I am still so in love with it. It was super simple to make and it just looks lovely as part of my dining room decor.

But with the holidays approaching I knew the box and bottles with the flowers was going to have to be put away for awhile. It just wasn't going to go with all of the holiday decorations. But I still loved the box so much that I decided to keep it out and refill it with Christmas-y items instead! And here's what I ended up making!

I think it turned out super pretty! If you'd like to make one like this, here's what you'll need:

- pallet box (tutorial here)
- pine cones (I purchased ones that are scented with cinnamon and my whole house smells heavenly)
- real or fake pine garland (if you buy real it won't last long, but it will add to the fantastic smell!)
- white candles

Once you have all of these items, assembly is simple. I laid garland along the bottom of the box and snipped it off with wire cutters to my desired length. My garland is from Walmart and only cost $2.  Not too shabby. After the garland is laid in the bottom, I placed my candles where I liked them. I then placed pine cones on either sides of the candles and cut off more sprigs of pine from the garland to stuff in between everything and give it a fuller look. 

That's it! I now have a beautiful rustic centerpiece for Christmas!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Plaid at the Fair

Posted by Devin

I've been seeing a lot of plaid on Pinterest lately and have loved all of it. I was actually kind-of shocked when I looked through my closet and discovered I didn't have a single plaid button-up shirt! Say what?!! How had I gone this long without one?!! Another thing I have been dying to purchase was a pair of boots WITHOUT high heels. I have a lot of boots but they all had heels! Not so great for a day of running around with the kids. So my first two purchases for the Fall season were this plaid shirt and these brown riding boots. And how did I decided to spend my first day breaking-in my new boots? Why a trip to the fair of course!

Here's Cash looking a bit glum, but we had a big surprise for him after his brother's soccer games: this was their very first trip to the state fair!
Jake won't touch the swings with a 10-foot pole, but Connor and I thoroughly enjoyed them!

Am I not the luckiest lady having these cool cats as my dates?
Cash LOVED the monster truck show. The noise. The flying dirt. It was right up his alley.

I'm pretty sure the big boys had a good time too.

Jake and I decided we weren't going to leave without trying atleast one nasty-fried-fair-concotion. So we opted for the deep fried snickers. And yes, it was pretty gross. Although the boys thought it was good! I'll stick with funnel cake next time (which we also had).

After six long hours at the fair I am happy to report there were no sore feet here! I think I can consider my boots broken-in!
What I Wore:
Plaid Shirt - JC Penney
Skinnies - Old Navy
Boots - JC Penney
Chevron Bag - Macy's (Red by Marc Ecko)
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