Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Bucket List & Easy Cheeseburger Bake

With the first day of fall just a few days away, I went ahead and put together our fall bucket list!!
I create one for summer and fall, most of the time we pretty much get it all done, I keep it hanging up in our kitchen, here is what I am hoping to get done as it starts cooling down:
-Ice cream sandwich cake-I made that yummy treat on Labor Day
-Pumpkin cream cheese and apples
-Girls birthday's and football games
-Kinsey Family Farm for a pumpkin
-Atlanta Symphony Orchestra date night
-Apple Cider on the patio
-Spooky Smores
-Decorate for Halloween
-Try some new fall nail polishes
-Chili Night
-Corn maze and county fair
-Fall and Halloween tees
-Finish Harry Potter
I recently just finished the Harry Potter DVD series, it was AWESOME!!!!!
I can't say enough great things and I think I am going to watch the entire thing again!!
If you have never watched it, trust me, give it a try and you will fall in love!
It's been pretty warm this week, but I have started seeing the leaves starting to change their colors.
Friday night lights at the football game!
Taylor even got her face painted!
West Forsyth for the win!!
2 girls snoozing on the couch=Mom's happy hour!
Coco working it at school!!
Smiling and having fun during outside time
Got a can of these?!
And some shredded cheese?
Then you almost have everything you need for these!!
This yummy recipe came from Jennifer at I Save A-Z, its super easy! We used turkey instead of beef:
Ingredients:
-Refrigerator biscuits
-Ground beef or turkey, cooked
-Shredded Colby cheese

Instructions:
1. Preheat over 350 and grease a baking dish, I used 8 x 6
2. Open your can of biscuits, separate each one and line the bottom of your dish
3. Evenly spread your cooked meat over the biscuits
4. Sprinkle your cheese over the meat
5. Top the cheese with another layer of biscuits
6. Bake 30-35 minutes, enjoy with some ketchup!!






Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nicole's 2nd Birthday!!

Our sweet baby girl Nicole turned 2 years old!! Party time!!
Her last night as a 1 year old, 2 Peppa's for 2 years old!!
She was not in the best mood when you work up on her big day, but I did manage to get a little smile out of her before leaving for school :-)
She took these yummy Peppa Pig cupcakes to school with her to share with all her friends. I got the cupcakes from Walmart and the toppers from Etsy. Hello pink!
Check out that super cute hat her teacher made her, so special!
A group pic of all her friends at school!
Looking so cute!
Give me that bottle Mom!
We celebrated Coco at home too with this cute little cake!
When I posted this video I got lots of comments calling for a re-light!
Taylor ended up blowing out the candle first, but Nicole was ok, trust me!
To ease the pain of getting your birthday candle blown out Nicole got a new Peppa Pig car the ride around on!
She enjoyed lots of calls from our family! Here she is talking to Aunt Amy, Ryder and Avery.
My pride & joy XOXO
Our first kiss 2 years ago XOXO
My pregnancy with Nicole came just weeks after I had a miscarriage which was quickly followed by another hardship with my Hubby. It was a difficult time and I know without a doubt she was sent to me from God as a gift. She made me stronger, she is a strong girl. I can already see that with her actions and how she gets right back up when knocked down.
Both of my girls are the greatest thing I have and I try everyday to be a Mom they deserve.
A lot of times I fail miserably!!
I regret a lot of my actions, but I keep trying to do better cause they deserve the best.
They are so loved by our family and I wish my baby girl many, many more Happy Birthday's filled with love and fun. Love ya Coco!!



Monday, September 18, 2017

Some more fall around the house

Well its officially the last week of summer, its been a good summer and hopefully fall will be just as fun. Just with less hurricanes! I have shown a lot of pics of my fall décor so here are a few more to tie it all up!
Walking into our fall house here is what you see, along with the Hello Summer photo:-)
The only thing new this year are the beautiful matching brown boys I got of Etsy, these are so pretty, fluffy and great until Thanksgiving! I had some leaf garland around the house, my scarecrow flower holder, he came from Home Depot about 4 years ago. And of course my Go Dawgs football I got off Etsy, Woof!Woof!
My mantel was one of the first things I decorated for fall this year and my favorite spot. nothing is really new this year, my sunflower wreath and orange flowers came from Walmart.com, the cute burlap banner came from Etsy. My pumpkin plate came from Home goods last year and the basket with fake pumpkins was a gift from my parents I got a work when I had a hard week XOXO No fire yet though in the fireplace!


Hubby said for sure I got Halloween candy but I nope, they actually sell fall candy! Yum! I picked up some Reece's and Kit Kat and tied a pretty yellow ribbon around the candy jar and some pretty fall leaves.
I recently showed a pic of my new fall leaf blanket, but I wanted to show a wider view of our couch when its clean. I have my Happy Fall  Y'all Pillow and my brown Harvest pillow.
 This pretty brown and gold harvest pillow came from Kirkland's and the blanket was a gift from Gigi when we first moved it, love the warm colors in it.
I believe I shared this pic before, my home made Pumpkin Spice Girls decal in our bedroom, but I recently added some pretty orange flowers from Walmart on each side of the fireplace, I am going to keep these up until Xmas!
An oldie but a goodie!
This Target wreath Mom gave me is at least 5 years old but has held up great and I continue to love it!
If you caught my Instastories last week I gave a tour of our kitchen décor, this cute little table belonged to my Granny and PawPaw, I added the same Lakeside Collection table mats that are on the dining room table with a basked Hubby picked up for me from Goodwill filled with some fruit and pumpkins. The rug came from Walmart last year.
A different view, I keep the cushions up during the day cause its a favorite place for PK to hang out and it gets cat hair everywhere!
I don't show this kitchen desk often cause its just embarrassing, its a drop zone for a lot of things, but I did straighten it up so I could add this cute fall tray.
I found this tray for $5 off Ebay and added my smell good Harry Potter candle
Another cute and under $10 pillow case I got off Ebay, it does look a little Halloweenish with the spider web, but I promise its the only thing I have out yet, but the Halloween countdown will be on next week!
As I mentioned a few times on the blog, my sweet friend's Marc service was this past Saturday. It was very nice, I cried and laughed. He was in his Ohio State jersey which is no shock. His family was so kind to me and they all looked alike, especially his nephew who was also the Pastor doing the service, I swear it was Marc's twin. The service was totally politically incorrect, Marc said "don't be a snowflake!!". There were Hillary Clinton jokes told as well as University of Michigan ones, I was cracking up! Marc's language was gift giving to show his love, so Saturday night I made this yummy Perfect Apple Pound Cake from Anita at Far Above Rubies. I recently found her blog and love it! It's refreshing to see a blogger who is unique, love her style and a nice break from the same everyday granite pictures on Instagram. Don't get me wrong granite is beautiful, but not in everyone's budget!
Here is her easy recipe:

Perfect Apple Pound Cake

3 cups All-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup applesauce or stewed apples
5 eggs
1/4 cup orange juice or mixed fruit juice (apple/grape/cranberry)
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbs. baking powder
5 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. cinnamon
3 medium apples peeled and sliced (I use golden delicious)

In large bowl combine all ingredients except last three. In a small bowl, combine the 5 Tbs. sugar and 2 Tbs. cinnamon. 

Pour 1/3 batter into a greased (I use butter)  Bundt pan.
Layer half the apples, and sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture
Repeat, ending with batter on top.
Bake at 350 for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on your oven.
Cool before turning out onto
a cake plate.


At Marc's request, the last song played was What A  Wonderful World, perfect for him, cause he made the world more wonderful XOXO 



Friday, September 15, 2017

Simple Joys

This week has been pretty eventful for so many, especially around the southeast. I know for me with a friend passing and finding out another family member has passed away its really important to find the simple joys in life, cause they are always there! Here are some of mine for the week!
On my evening stroll with Nicole last night, I thought the sunset looked so pretty, a pretty night!
Sometimes they really do like each other!!
Taylor has been watching a lot of Harry Potter with me, I found this super cute tee and skirt from Target, I want one for myself!
Speaking of wanting my daughter's cloths, how cute are these kitty cat boots from Carter's?!
I want a pair in my size!
School picture day was last Friday, I can't wait to show you when they come in! I got these cute mustard color dresses from Kmart.com.
SCORE!!
Hubby picked me up some Chicken Salad Chick on his way home from work, I was a Happy Wife!
My den is one of the messiest places in our house, I cleaning it up for this pic! I wanted to show this pretty leaf blanket and Happy Fall Y'all pillow case I got off Ebay, love the cozy fall colors!
And to end this work week on a sweet note, Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in my pretty Rae Dunn pie plate.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend whatever you end up doing, be safe and have fun!! XOXO


Thursday, September 14, 2017

What I Wore & Cheesy Taco Pasta

Around here at work today and on social media I have been seeing more and more people getting their power back, that is wonderful news! I hope it keeps going for those still cleaning up after Irma came thru. Hoping if you have been without power, its coming soon.
 I wanted to share some outfits with you I have been wearing, I am really trying not to by too much new cloths right now, with the girls birthday's coming up our budget is tight, so with the help on Pinterest I have been trying to shop my closet and put together some new outfits!
I got this older Lilly P dress from Ebay last year, I am pretty sure it was around $30 which for Lilly is a steal! Ebay has lots of great, gently used cloths that are very affordable!
We have been having a couple of cooler days here in GA so it was a great chance to pull out my favorite brown boots. Its too warm for tights, so I wore this long sleeve green dress I also got from Walmart last year. I paired it with my owl necklace.
This dress came from Shein.com last year, its great for this time of the year, keeps you a little warmer but with short sleeves, its still works when its warmer in the afternoon. These sandals came from Walmart.
This outfit combination came form Pinterest in the spirit of shopping my closet. I searched yellow skirt on Pinterest and tons of outfit ideas came up, I scrolled thru and took a screen shot of tops I had like this denim Target shirt Mom got me after I had Taylor. I tied it in the front to fit better and felt like I had a brand new outfit.
This is my Amazon.com outfit that is super comfy. These cute coral jeggins stretch big time in the waist...SCORE! I paired it with a white tank top and put my Grace and Lace top extender under it for some extra coverage. Coral and mint go great together to that is where the necklace outfit came from.
This is a pretty olive green Target dress I paired with brown booths and my owl necklace, any easy fall look.
Another Pinterest idea, I've had this Gap yellow cardigan for years, so I paired it with my white dress (white after Labor Day, I am a rebel!) and my mint Amazon.com. I also wore my Target booties.
For this outfit I looked on Pinterest for blue skirt outfit, a picture came up with a leopard top and I was like, awesome, I already have that! Both of these pieces came from Walmart years ago, but I think you could pair most any color with leopard and it look great!
With a lot of school still being without power, Hubby got to enjoy 3 days off. One of the perks of him being home is he fixed dinner..SCORE!! This was a new recipe for us, called Cheesy Taco Pasta and its a winner! Simple and cheap!
It came off the blog Dinner then Dessert I found on Pinterest, here is the recipe:
Cheesy Taco Pasta is easy to make and tastes like the Hamburger Helper you used to eat as a kid except better. Much better.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound large shells pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup jarred salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions:
  1. Cook the shelled pasta according to the directions on the box and drain.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan and brown well.
  3. Drain the fat.
  4. Add the taco seasoning and 3/4 cup of water, stir and cook until water is gone.
  5. Add the pasta back into the pot with the salsa and cheese.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Serve immediately, preferably with crunchy tortilla chips on top.