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Aladdin Southern Luncheon

May 9, 2014
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Earlier in the week in my Weekend in Review post I mentioned that  last Thursday I attended  a luncheon hosted by Momtrends, Aladdin and Party BluPrints.

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The event was held at the beautiful Piedmont Estate. The location was absolutely beautiful, it was like an oasis tucked in the hustle and bustle of Buckhead.

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The food was excellent. From the salad to our build your own dessert, the fare was fabulous and mixed in well with the decor that was curated by Party BluPrints using the Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection.

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Prior to making our way upstairs to be seated for lunch, we had a ball downstairs chatting and having  sips on a plethora of drink options to include lemonade and some “mommy juice” as I like to call it. You can call it “sprinkling” your drink with a little vodka.

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It got a little tricky at times trying to maneuver my “mommy juice” and business cards and purse and camera but I found a way to get a couple of “Mug Shots” in

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While my guests were delighted to receive some products from the Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection at the party I hosted a few weeks ago, I now know that I could’ve upped the décor ante by utilizing these jars in a different capacity from holding flowers, to storing take away gifts, to holding a dessert base where guests can add on different toppings at a dessert bar.

We were able to take away some seasoning rub as well as build a delicious dessert with the mason jars. How clever of Party BluPrints. For more decorating ideas be sure to check out their blog. With products at this price point and accessibility there is no reason your backyard BBQs should be less than stellar this season.

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After I ate until I couldn’t eat anymore, and then still snuck in a little more I headed back home. What a delightful Spring luncheon with some fabulous ladies. Thank you Momtrends, Aladdin and Party BluPrints for a great afternoon!

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All images courtesy of Bellamy Blue Photography

I was provided compensation to facilitate this post. All opinions are mine….you already know!

DIY, Domestications, Gardening, Living, Our Home, Random

I’m Just Livin’

April 22, 2014
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Life around here has been quite uneventful *knocks on wood*

A great deal of my time has been spent working on some personal projects and schlepping my kids to their activities. I’m low key stressed at the fact that school will be out in a little over a month. I can’t even fathom the fact that this school year is already over, and I need to get serious about planning our Summertime activities. Can’t even.

I’ll do a house update sometime this week. There is so much that needs to be done around here that I need to take the time to write it all down and create a plan of attack….kind of like they do on Young House Love. The kitchen is improperly painted, the baby drew on my newly painted cabinets with a pink Sharpie…you know those little things that will drive you batty if you let them. I’m going to create a to do list, post it here and require y’all to hold me accountable.

I’d been moaning and groaning about wanting a rocking chair to put on the front porch but was too cheap to buy one. Finally found one in my price range. Placed it on the porch and now it just looks empty. Headed to Hobby Lobby the other day to get materials to make a wreath. Must’ve walked circles around that store for nearly 2 hours and ended up leaving with a large S. That’s all, not even a candy bar. Please don’t ask me what I am going to do with this S, I imagine at some point it will become a monogram wreath. I’ll keep you posted.

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Apparently the front porch needs more than a rocking chair.

Outside of obsessing over what to do with a large S, and a Sharpie emblazoned cabinet I’m really feeling this whole gardening thing. Who knew? My babies are growing well and when I find time this week I am going to finally put them in their permanent homes. It’s going to be like container heaven. I’m taking the deck over instead of raised beds. I just want to make sure the area where I want to put them will get enough sun.

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Plant roll call: Strawberries, scallions, watermelon, bell pepper, spinach, collard greens, tomatoes, green beans, kale, Swiss Chard, carrots, squash, lettuce, and mesulin mix.

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So that’s all going on in this burb’ of the ATL.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? Where are y’all going for Summer vacation I might steal your idea? Summer camp for the kids or days of playing outside and only coming in for restroom and water breaks? Do share friends!!!

I’m running another $100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway. Enter >HERE<

Crafting, Décor, decorating, DIY, Domestications, Our Home, Photography, Wordless Wednesday

{kinda} Wordless Wednesday – My Fall Wreath

October 2, 2013
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I have a confession.

Deep down inside I love crafting. I’m not very good at it but I would like to start trying. I’ve been perusing Hobby Lobby far too often, now that it is only a few minutes from my house. You can only go in there so many times without getting the feeling that you can actually make something.

I finally decided I would try my hand at something and decided to make a wreath for my front door to jump start my fall porch decorations.

I started off with a wreath that was $6.99 and a roll of burlap that was $4.99 both from Hobby Lobby. I also purchased this metal hanging sign from Kohl’s that was half off and ended up costing $9.99

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Cooking, Cooking, Domestications, Raves, Recipes

Baked Ziti

August 29, 2013
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I’ve been doing pretty good with keeping us on a schedule since we’ve moved. What I haven’t managed to do is put much diversity into our meals lately. We’ve been eating the same old things and I’m getting tired of it. Last week I went on a mission to find some other quick and easy meals to whip up and I came across this recipe for baked ziti.

I know, baked ziti isn’t an earth shattering, palette improving meal but it’s quick and this recipe was one of the best that I’ve tasted. Of course I did a little tweaking! Find the original recipe here.

The recipe calls for a preheated oven at 400 degrees. My oven is convection and the converted temp is 375.IMG_9304

The recipe called for making some type of quick Tomato sauce that had sausage in it. I didn’t have time for all of that so I took some lean turkey meat and pre-cooked it with some seasoning.

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then added in some jar tomato sauce. Don’t be like me, make the sauce from scratch. I’m sure it was delicious.

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While that was simmering I cut up some fresh Mozzarella cheese. Now this I will tell you probably made the difference in this recipe. Normally I just use the one in the package but this was life changing. I cubed half of it and thinly sliced the other.

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While I was slicing and cubing the cheese the noodles were going for a little boil.

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Once the noodles were done, I added in the cubed portions of the cheese, the turkey mixture, a little pepper, Parmesan cheese and mixed it all together.

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Put it all in a baking dish, covered with the thinly sliced Mozzarella and topped that with a little shredded Parmesan and stuck in the over for about 30 minutes.

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Voila! This picture is a little bit of a struggle but I didn’t get a photo once I cut it. Trust me this was really good. I’m sure the fresh cheese made all of the difference.

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….cause you have to let the edge cheese burn just a little. Not a lot. Just a little.

Have you tried a new recipe lately? Do share!

Cooking, Cooking, Domestications, Recipes

5 Quick and Easy Meals for Summer

May 30, 2013
5 Quick and Easy Summer Meals

If you were one of the 10 people who read my blog in the beginning you know back then I absolutely hated to cook. Within the past two years I have really learned to love cooking except in the summertime. I despise cooking in the summer. Summer is all about relaxation not  slaving in a hot kitchen. I would totally eat watermelon and cold pasta salad for the next 2 months but since I have little people and a husband that needs to eat….

Seeing that I have no choice I went on a hunt to compile a list of 5 easy recipes for summer cooking.

Summer Meals

Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Lasagna: I’ve tried this and it is de.licious. My sister in law sent me this recipe a few months ago. I will say I cheated and didn’t use skim anything but I’ve tried it both ways and it is really good. I was under the impression that people only used their crock pot in the winter. Thank goodness for my FB page fans who got me right about the year ’round use of the crock pot.

Chicken and Basil Stir Fry: I made this recipe here. So good and easy.

Seared Steak Fajitas: Yummy. Made this one as well. Super easy and quick. The steak is marinated in soy sauce and while you would think soy sauce and Mexican food doesn’t go together….trust me. I also learned how to warm my tortilla shells on the fire from the burner, which added a great smokey taste to it.  Less than 30 minutes from chopping to plate.

Shrimp and Penne with Spring Herb Pesto: This recipe took a bit of time because the pesto was made from scratch but the extra time was so worth it. Outside of the pesto for the most part this was a one pot dish. Very light and perfect for a summer dinner.

New Orleans Style Barbecued Shrimp: I’m not native to the New Orleans region so I’m sure someone from this area would likely tell you that this is a main stream version. If this is a watered down version then let me find my way to New Orleans to try the real deal. This was a little spicy but the lemon really paired well with the spiciness. This required minimal prep and everything except for the rice cooked in one dish.

I will be trying new recipes and will continue to share them with you. Hope they help you get dinner on the table with minimal effort.

Are you like me and despise cooking in the summer?

 

 

Cooking, Cooking, Domestications, Recipes

Granola From Scratch

May 7, 2013
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I was at it again. I made granola from scratch.

It was good, easy and best of all it was cheap!!

I used this recipe I found on allrecipes and I did few tweaks

Started off with organic oatmeal, sliced almonds, and bran. Since I didn’t have actual bran flakes I just used Raisin Bran and plucked the raisins out…What?!!

Simply Truth Oatmeal

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I poured I mean Addison poured all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Who doesn’t love a little helper

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Then I took these products in which I substituted olive oil for vegetable oil

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…and brought them to a rolling boil

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and poured the mixture over the dry ingredients and mixed it all together

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I baked the mixture at 350 for about 20 minutes, tossing lightly to make sure the bottoms didn’t burn. Once I pulled it out of the oven I added in some raisins and dried cranberries. I later molded some into bars and stored the rest in an air tight container.

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Over the course of the week I just added a few spoonfuls to some greek yogurt for breakfast and gave them to the kiddies for snack. Turned out really good with just the right amount of sweetness. Will definitely be making this again.

Time taken from start to finish was about an hour.