Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WHW: Lately

Hey ya'll and happy Wednesday! Having Monday off was so nice and it definitely doesn't feel like we're half-way through the week already. Andi and I spent our weekend at the Bay and it was lovely just getting away and having a change of scenery. It was cold and rainy but still lovely being by the water. We had some great seafood and did a lot of shopping! I scored a super cute (and semi-large) blue and white rug for our kitchen, fabulous white ceramic and gold pineapple salt and pepper shakers and picked out a potential fabric for that awesome wing-back chair we scored back in the Fall. The pineapple shakers ended up matching the large pineapple I already have in one of my kitchen display cabinets! The rug was only 12 bucks and needs a little cleaning but I fell in love with the colors. I'm not sure it will stay in the kitchen because I almost feel like I need a round one in that space so let me know what ya'll think.

I've decided I want to get back into crafting when I saw this super cute and easy bow display project over the weekend. It is a felt dress/tutu with a tulle skirt and it has ribbons hanging to display the bows. Miss A has SO many bows so it never hurts to come up with more display ideas. I've also been doing a lot of pinning for her upcoming 2nd birthday - I know, how the heck is she almost two?! Well...she's not two until April but doing a little pre-planning never hurt anyone right? I have to share the theme that Hubby and I decided on. It is so simple with a lot of DIY's and will definitely be a smaller scale than her first party but ya'll it is seriously fabulous. Tea for Two will be the theme! (more to come on this as we get closer to early April)

Work is going good thus far and I'm still staying afloat somehow. This job is so much different than anything I've done and there's definitely a learning curve. Working part time is so ideal though. I work Monday, Tuesday and a half-day on Wednesday. I'm in that phase where I'm trying my hardest not to bug people with questions constantly and still sort of settling in but the people here are absolutely fabulous and I adore working in higher education because really, I always have! I'm praying I start to get a grip on things and that everyone becomes second nature because I really see myself wanting to stay here for a long long time. Keep those prayers coming for this history and poly sci major that is now a Financial Administrator (I know, I wonder what resume they were looking at as well haha)

I also want to express my joy for something in our personal life as well. My heart is so full with our new church family! I've gotten hubby on board and Andi also loves it. I wrote it earlier but we decided to go back to the church I grew up in. It felt right the minute we walked through the doors and I've never been surrounded by such accepting and wonderful folks! Many of them, being charter members, I've known since I was 12 years old. We've met a fabulous new couple with 4 boys and another couple with 3 children and I'm so happy to be surrounding ourselves with such awesome couples and faith-based people.Ah it feels so good ya'll! They also decided to start a new bible study for the women in the church starting next Wednesday so I'm interested in seeing how that goes. Thanks for your continued support and prayers through this process!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Hey ya'll and welcome to What's Hap-Pinning Wednesday! We're currently enjoying our 6+ inches of snow here in VA still and super cold (like 5 degree temps) and guess what? It's supposed to be over 60 degrees tomorrow...why is VA so bipolar? Anyway, it was nice having my office closed yesterday for snow so it'll be a super short week for me. Since I'm part-time I only work Monday, Tuesday and a half day on Wednesday. This week is my first official week on my own so keep the prayers coming for an easy transition!

I have to share Miss Andi's less than thrilled reaction to the snow with ya'll. She is most definitely a beach baby and wanted literally NOTHING to do with the snow. It basically took longer to get her dressed for the snow than it did to have her out there in it. We snapped an obligatory snow pic and went right back inside to snuggle and watch movies instead. Bless her heart.

Seriously Mama, do I have to?

Ok I'm over it! 

Also, speaking of heading back to work, if you're like me then you like to pack your lunch most of the time. Sometimes its just easier, especially if you're trying to eat on the healthier or lighter side. Within walking distance of my office is a Mexican restaurant and then a couple fast food joints. My aunt Betty (aka the best Southern cook in these parts) gave me her recipe over Christmas for her chicken salad. As simple as chicken salad can be - ya'll this is just delish! I could eat it every day and you can tweak it to your liking for sure! I got a food processor for Christmas so now I can chop it to the consistency that she always does and I'm head over heels. With that said, here's the step-by-step recipe so you can enjoy as well!

3 chicken breasts
2 celery stalks
1/2 medium onion
sweet pickle relish cubes
1/2 cup dukes mayo
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

boil your chicken breasts (about 30 minutes) drain and pull apart a little before putting them into the food processor. Use the chop option and just pulse it until it reaches the consistency you're looking for. I like it chopped pretty fine.Add other ingredients and mix well. She also says you can add a little chicken broth for added flavor. Keep refrigerated & enjoy! Simple and delicious!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cream Cheese Veggie Dip

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Today I'm sharing a super easy appetizer/snack I recently made. I'm sure this would be so much better in the summer when the ingredients are super fresh but I was totally craving veggies after I watched this being made on the Pioneer Woman during one of my Cooking Channel binges. (If you're like me, then you feel like you're a class A chef after binging the cooking channel!) Anyway, this is super simple and so easy to customize too. I also want to add, if you can, wait a few hours before serving or eating. The flavors blend and 'marinate' so much more if you let it sit for awhile! Try it and let me know what you think - also, send me all of your favorite food processor recipes because I'm addicted and want to learn more!

Veggie Cream Cheese Spread

  • 3 packages (8 Ounces Each) Cream Cheese, Slightly Softened (I only used 2)
  • 6 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • 1 whole Large Carrot, Peeled And Finely Diced
  • 1 stalk Celery, Finely Diced
  • 1/2 whole Red Bell Pepper, Finely Diced
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Red Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Chives (more To Taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Dill (more To Taste)
  • 1 clove Garlic, Peeled

Combine the cream cheese with all the other ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture reaches the consistency you want: it can be chunky, with larger pieces of the veggies, or you can keep going until it's very mixed together. 

Transfer the spread to a container and store, covered in plastic wrap, in the fridge. Serve cold with crackers, crostini, bagels, or use as a spread on a veggie sandwich.

Note: Add more or less of any veggie/herb you'd like!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Weekend + New Year!

Hey ya'll and welcome to 2017! Last weekend was a whirlwind but definitely post worthy. My college friend got married and we were all gathered together in NC for her big wedding. I loved being reunited with everyone and being able to spend NYE with my hubby for the first time in 3 years! I took as many pictures as I could but I'm really excited for the professional ones to start popping up because we all got some pretty fabulous shots as honorary bridesmaids and just in general. I hope everyone had a wonderful, safe and champagne filled new year and cheers to 2017 ya'll!

Now I have to admit just how nervous I am for tomorrow - I start my new job tomorrow ya'll and for some reason I am freaking out. A) I haven't worked in 21 months B) I've only trained thus far but tomorrow I'm on my own C) it is a brand new college with brand new people and policies so its always going to be hard, especially if you're a creature of habit and D) I just want to make sure I do well. Any good vibes and prayers will be greatly appreciated so thanks in advance!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WHW: Lately

Hey ya'll and thanks for joining in for What's Hap-'Pinning' Wednesday! Obviously there has been so much going on for all of us and I must admit that I'm just now (at 10pm) getting a chance to right this post. I have accomplished the depressing task of taking down the Christmas decor (except the 2nd floor tree and porch stuff - I lost steam) and I have cleaned and overhauled the entire house including getting together a Goodwill donation bag because Andi has so much stuff ya'll. Exhausted is an understatement! I also had a hair appointment and was able to meet up with my roomie from college for dinner and drinks so add driving around all over the place to the list too (but oh so worth it because girl time is good for the soul...and who doesn't love to be pampered?)

Other than having a fabulous Christmas, we're currently preparing for our out of town trip to my friend's NYE wedding and I couldn't be more excited! It's a black tie wedding and all of us girls from college will be reunited. Also, who doesn't love an excuse to dress up and all be together for new years eve and day? This will be the first time in three years that the hubs and I will be together on NYE because of his work schedule (I'm also pumped to see my hubster rock a tux ya'll, not going to lie!)

So what did everyone get for Christmas? What was your favorite moment? Leave a comment and let me know your favorite moment or tradition - it'll make my day for sure as I read through them over coffee! Also, I received a lot of new kitchen stuff including a food processor and my first cast iron skillet. With that said, can ya'll send my way your favorite things to do and make with each? I'd REALLY appreciate it because I'm so looking forward to trying each of them out this week or next!

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