January 2015 archive

Things That Make Me Happy

 

Hello, again!

With most of the country facing super cold weather I thought today’s post could be dedicated to a few things that made me happy today! First are these beautiful flowers I purchased. The bright color makes me really crave Spring weather!

flowersNext are some beautiful cupcakes I made today. My boss’ birthday is tomorrow and I have become the unofficial cake maker for work birthdays. They are white cake with white icing that I colored to a pretty light blue.

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So there you have it! Stay warm!

 

 

 

Barbeque for Monday Blues

 

newHey, y’all!

I heard on the radio that today is “Thank God It’s Monday” day since it is the first Monday ushering in the first full week of the new year. I had a pretty good day at work so I would agree with the sentiment for today’s holiday. Some of you may not agree and have a standing rage against Mondays simply for what they are (which is totally cool too). Rory and I often go out to eat on Mondays because I don’t feel like cooking after work. A barbeque place just down the street from us opened a few months ago and we are IN LOVE. I thought for today’s post I would share that love with y’all. The restaurant is called Meat U Anywhere. Andy, the owner, always greets us with a smile and we love the local feel that it has (since Meat U Anywhere is not part of a chain). The food is DELICIOUS and Rory and I will keep coming back many many times. The picture above is of my (half eaten) dinner of a sliced brisket sandwich with a side of jalapeno bacon mac n’ cheese. Another bonus about this place is they serve RC cola!

Hope you have a great week!

4 Step Guide to Maintaining a Clean Home

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Howdy! Happy Sunday! I’m sad to think that the weekend is almost over. Sunday’s for me are often about cleaning my house and prepping for the week ahead. Rory and I moved into our house a few months ago and I have tried so hard to keep it (mostly) clean and organized. I am not a super organized and tidy person (neither is my husband) so this can sometimes be a daunting task. I’ve decided that one of my resolutions will be taking care of a few daily tasks to keep my house clean and organized throughout the year.

I sometimes go into panic mode when I find out that guests are coming over within 30 minutes and I have a messy house. Then I franticly clean (and shove things into closets) which I HATE doing. If I stick to my daily cleaning plan I can avoid the frantic clean and feel more confident with last minute guests coming over (and be happier in my home!).

So here are the four things that I am pledging to do every day in order to keep my house tidy. Let’s hope I stick with it!

    • Dishes: unloading and loading the dishwasher every day.
    • Vacuum/sweeping: My dogs shed like CRAZY so this is a must-do! Luckily I have a great vacuum that cleans hard wood and carpet floors. Here’s a link if you want one too Hoover WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum, UH70931PC
    • De-clutter the coffee and dining room table: I am always amazed by how much cleaner my living and dining room look when I clear off the tables.
    • Put laundry IN the laundry basket: Rory is notorious for putting his dirty clothes next to the laundry basket (and I’ve been guilty of this too). This leads to clothes all over the floor causing my room to look super messy.

Have a few things you could do around the house each day? Join my in my cleaning resolution! Have some other ideas for maintaining a clean home? Sound off in the comments!

Recipe: Egg Noodles with Sausage

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year! I had a great time celebrating with awesome friends. Here are a few snap shots from the night.

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Today’s post is a recipe that is a staple at my house. It is super simple to make and is delicious!

WP_20150101_012Egg Noodles with Sausage: (serves 2)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 package of No Yolk Egg Noodles
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 turkey sausage link
  • a few handfuls of fresh spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste (or for Rory, Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning)

Here’s what you do:

  • boil noodles according to package directions
  • cut sausage link into bite size pieces and heat on medium
  • combine bell pepper with sausage and sauté
  • add the handfuls of spinach to the pan to wilt
  • combine noodles, meat, and veggies into large bowl and serve to your hungry family

Enjoy!