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September 9, 2013

Fall Favorites!


I've been away far too long! Fall is one of my favorite season and I just see too many cute and delicious things not to share! There are so many delicious recipes out there. 
My crockpot is cooking dinner for me tonight.

Crock Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken
Crock Pot Sweet Garlic Chicken

Ingredients
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda (diet or regular)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
Direction
Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken (frozen, thawed or fresh) inside slow cooker. Mix together brown sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper together. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. 
Take chicken pieces out of slow cooker (mine basically fell apart) and pour remaining sauce into saucepan. Place saucepan over high heat. Mix together corn starch and water, pour into saucepan, and mix well. Let sauce come to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze. Remove from heat and let sit for a minute or two (it will continue to thicken as it cools down).

Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top if desired. This can be served over rice or noodles


Look how cute these McKenzie Child look alike pumpkins are! I know one mom who would be delighted to have these!

Mackenzie Child's pumpkins...
These are totally my style! And I noticed pumpkins were already out at the grocery store! You have to pick the good ones fast, I always wait and get the lumpy crooked ones.... not this year!
painted pumpkins
Landry is going to want to paint these Monsters Inc. pumpkins! She loves those monsters.
Monsters Inc painted pumpkins - Mike Wazowski & Sulley... We scare because we care
And last but certainly not least...
enjoy one of these apple cider margaritas while painting your pumpkins!
Apple cider margaritas  serves 1, is easily multiples    1 ounce Grand Marnier    1 ounce gold tequila    5-6 ounces sweet apple cider    orange segments and apple slices    cinnamon + cane sugar + coarse sugar for glass rimming    cinnamon sticks for garnish

Apple Cider Margaritas

YIELD: SERVES 1, IS EASILY MULTIPLIED
 
TOTAL TIME: 5 MINUTES

ingredients:

1 ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce gold tequila
5-6 ounces sweet apple cider
orange segments and apple slices
cinnamon + cane sugar + coarse sugar for glass rimming
cinnamon sticks for garnish

directions:

Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Add a few orange slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and stir to mix. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. Enjoy!
Note: As a rule, I generally prefer silver tequila in my margaritas, but the gold here really gives a “warmth” that matches the cider and cinnamon perfectly.

April 9, 2013

Spring Style

It has been so nice here! We've been spending many evenings on the back patio.


I've gotten to dust off my short and sandals! Vince Camuto has helped me empty my pocketbook lately! 
Here are some of my inspiriations for outfits chasing a kiddies on the go!
I'm obsessed with the boyfriend shirts from gap!

Cute, cute cute!
source: Beautyti.ps

March 22, 2013

Hello Again!

Hi Everyone! Sorry for the prolonged silence! We've been busy busy around here! We were down at the beach house for two weeks while Clay had to work (poor Clay). Landry has turned into a Miss. Priss ( and she can say it which is really cute)! She loves make up, jewelry, sparkles and pink!
 Landry is a beach bunny! She loves the water and the sand and everything beach.

 We did a lot of lounging and playing with pups.
 While Landry napped, I'd read on the second story balcony... it was so nice! 

And before that we went to Napa with some good friends for my birthday! It was my first time out there and it was a little piece of heaven on earth.

 Above is Cakebread Winery and below is us at Opus One. Being in the deserts of West Texas it was crazy to see some part of the work actually had green vegetation!

I'll show you the wreaths I made for my front door for a little spring inspiration! It was so simple. I got the grapevine wreaths and bagged moss at my local craft store, then I made bows from burlap ribbon! Easy and it will carry me through the summer! I literally just stuck the moss on the wreath with no glue or adhesive, the stick of the wreath cling onto the moss.
Is everyone ready for Easter??


March 1, 2013

St. Patty's Day Snack Mix

I found the perfect St. Patty's Day snack for Landry! This lucky charms snacks mix looks delish!
Lucky Charms Snack Mix

What you need:
Lucky Charms
Green M&M's
Peanuts
Pretzels
White Melting Chocolate
Green Sugar Sprinkles (optional)

How to:

Take your Lucky Charms (about 6 cups)
and separate out the Marshies!

Take the cereal WITHOUT marshies add pretzels, peanuts and well..whatever you want, then spread it out on a rimmed baking sheet or pour into bowl to get ready to mix with the chocolate.
Melt some white chocolate and pour over and mix well. 
I ended up using about 2 bags of the wilton white 
chocolate melts in the Colorburst pastel. 

Next add the magically delicious MARSHIES
and some GREEN M&M's. I  had some green sugar
sprinkles and tiny shamrock sprinkles that I added
to be really GAUDY FESTIVE! Oh yaaaaaaaaa.

We've been busy busy over here! We just started gymnastics!
Clay and I also just got back from Napa, specially Yountville. That little town is heaven on earth!


We ate at the French Laundry which is literally the best food I've EVER eaten. We went to Mumm, Del Dotto, Cake Bread, Silver Oak, Domaine Chandon and Opus One. They were all wonderful. I had a lot of fun on this trip... a little too much fun... back to the treadmill so my jeans can button again!!

February 13, 2013

O'verlays

I couldn't be more obsessed with this company I found! O'verlays. They create wood overlays that you can attach to furniture and cabinets to make them more interesting! I already have 1000 places I want to place them! The company started to dress up boring Ikea furniture... so if you have any pieces left over from college you can revamp them. They do custom sizes too, so really any boring furniture can get a makeover! These were $10 mirrors from ikea! I'll take a few!
From this...
To This!!!

Um yes please!! I have flat doors in my house that have always bugged me.... by always I mean I've lived here for 6 months now :) I'm highly thinking about painting my doors place and attaching these overlays.... or leaving them white and doing gold overlays... Such choices.
Also loving this design. I'm thinking about the large x's for the side panels of my kitchen cabinets. We are repainting them soon, so now is the time to decide.
Here is our kitchen inspiration... Sarah Richardson knows how to design!
And that is all this morning. I'm in full house mode!!

February 8, 2013

Lucky Leaf's Valentine Recipes!

Need some ideas for a delicious Valentine's breakfast? Look no further. Lucky Leaf has come us with some delicious easy recipes! These would be just sweet treats for your family, co-workers or children's classmates.
  • Ingredients
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 118.25-ounce package devil's food cake mix
  • 121-ounce can LUCKY LEAF® Premium Strawberry Pie Filling
  • 3eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ⅓cups dairy sour cream
  • 1egg, lightly beaten (separate mixture)
  • ¼cup sugar
  • 2Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 °F.
Lightly coat 24 to 30, 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cake mix, pie filling and 3 eggs until moistened.
Remove 1 cup of the batter and set aside. Divide remaining batter among prepared muffin cups filling each about half full.
In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, 1 egg, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Spoon small mounds of reserved batter over sour cream mixture in each cup (batter will not cover sour cream layer).
Bake for 25 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.

Remove and cool in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes. Loosen edges and remove from pans. Cool completely.  Chill within 2 hours. Makes 24

Ingredients

  • 121-ounce can LUCKY LEAF® Premium Apple Pie Filling
  • 118.25-ounce package spice cake mix
  • 3eggs
  • 1Tablespoon butter
  • 2Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¼cup pretzels, crushed
  • 3Tablespoons pecans, chopped
  • vanilla ice cream

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease or line twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper baking cups and set aside.
Chop one can of LUCKY LEAF Premium Apple Pie Filling into bite-sized chunks. Reserve 1/2-cup of  LUCKY LEAF Premium Apple Pie Filling for topping.
In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix, eggs and  LUCKY LEAF Premium Apple Pie Filling. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes (batter will be thick).
Fill prepared muffin cups about 2/3 full with cake batter.
Bake about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.  
Cool in cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  Remove from cups and cool completely.
For streusel: In a small skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and stir to combine. Add pretzels and pecans. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place each cupcake on a dessert dish. If using paper cups, pull paper down around bottom of cupcake.
Top cupcake with a small scoop of ice cream, then top with reserved  LUCKY LEAF Premium Apple Pie Filling and streusel.
Makes 24

Ingredients

  • 1teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
  • 2packages Refrigerated pie crusts (3 crusts)
  • 121-ounce can LUCKY LEAF® Premium Blueberry Pie Filling
  • 1Egg
  • 1Tablespoon Milk
  • 1Tablespoon Sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400° degrees.
Unroll the 3 refrigerated crusts. Using a 4-5” circle cookie cutter (or even the rim of a glass/bowl), cut out 12 circles of dough.
Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray.  Lay each circle on top of the muffin hole and gently press down to the bottom and along the sides, covering the whole muffin cup. The side crust should come to just below the top of the muffin cup.
Fill each with 2 large tablespoons of pie filling.
Cut ½” strips of dough and lay down in an overlapping pattern to make lattice tops. Use a pastry brush to brush the lattice of each mini pie with an egg wash (egg and milk combined).  Mix together cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top of each pie.
Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
Let pies cool slightly before removing from the tins Makes 24.


You can go to Lucky Leaf's website for many more inspiring recipes!

February 5, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

People.... this is soooooo good! I'm so busy today, but I HAD to post about this recipe before I forgot, this is an instant family favorite. All you need is.... 3 chicken breast, 1 jar of your favorite salsa and taco seasoning mix. Put the chicken in the crockpot, cover with one jar salsa and taco seasoning and cook it on high for 6 hours. I used the thin breast tenderloins and it took them 3 hours to cook. 
Slow-Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos Recipe

Once your meat is done shred and serve with your favorite taco toppings! Easy Cheesy... and great for entertaining a large group of people without having to lock yourself in the kitchen all evening!