Monday, February 26, 2018

VALENTINE'S DAY | 2018

Back tracking a little here, but we celebrated Valentine's Day the weekend before the 14th, and I am so glad we did. Fighting crowds and going downtown on a work night is not our ideal kind of date, ha!

Matthew planned Valentine's last year so it was my turn this year. I made reservations at The Old Spaghetti Factory downtown for dinner. Sadly, the service and food weren't as good as we were hoping for, but it was still a fun night out!


I saw a cotton candy limeade on the menu and was intrigued so I ordered it, and it literally came out with a puff of cotton candy on the straw! Definitely worth it.

It was a messy and rainy night, so instead of going to see a movie we went home and changed into comfy clothes and watched Parenthood. We're so predictable ;)

Valentine's Day landed on a Wednesday this year, so I decided to make one of The Pioneer Woman's 20 minute recipe, Bowtie Chicken Alfredo. It is one of our favorites for a quick meal!


aaaand then around 9:30 I woke up to Matthew standing over me taking a Snapchat lol. #noshame I was exhausted and could hardly keep my eyes open after 9:00pm.


Very low key Valentine's Day this year, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
 I am so lucky to have my sweet husband and adorable puppy!

Monday, February 12, 2018

CREAMY TOMATO SOUP | DINNER RECIPE

We have been having a lot of soup around here lately with all this cold and rainy weather. I typically always have a couple of cans of tomato soup on hand for a quick and easy dinner, and we have been loving it! Recently I thought, I could probably make this on my own instead of buying the can version. I found a recipe, tweaked it a bit, and we ate the whole thing. It even reheated well for a couple of lunches throughout the week. This recipe has definitely added to our meal rotation now!

Adapted from The Pinning Mama

Ingredients:
- 1 can 28 oz crushed tomatoes
1 can 28 oz diced tomatoes
- 1 can 6 oz tomato paste
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp Basil
1 tbsp onion powder
2 Tbsp sugar
2.5 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:
1. Combine the tomatoes,tomato paste, broth, and garlic bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes.

2. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the sugar and butter and mix until they are dissolved, melted and well combined.

3. Stir in the basil and onion powder.

4. Very slowly pour in the heavy cream while simultaneously stirring until all the cream is combined and the soup is creamy.


Friday, February 2, 2018

7 ON FRIDAY | MUD-PIE SALE

Matthew got home last night, a night early, and I am SO happy to have him back home! Other than that it's been rather boring over in my neck of the woods lately, so I though I would share what I snagged in Mud-Pie's end of the season sale

Rarely do I ever pay full price for a piece of clothing, I just can't do it, but when I see a close out sale, I'm all over it. I have been saving my spending money so I was able to get quite a bit, ha! I have purchased a few things from Mud-Pie before and loved them, great quality, prices, and quick shipping. 

| ONE | 
Can't go wrong with a classic white tunic, perfect for layering and I love the length on the back.


| TWO | 
I have been searching everywhere for a black vest, but didn't want to pay full price, so I snagged this one as quickly as possible! I love the gold zipper on these as well. I am obsessed with vests. I have quite a few colors already from other places, and love them. You can dress them up with a nice blouse + dress pants or go for a more casual look with a sweater + jeans and boots. I got the burgundy one, too.


| THREE | 
Give me all the cute, flowy, comfy sweaters. It's only February so that means we probably have, at least, another 2-3 months of cold weather. I also got the tan one.

| FOUR |


| FIVE |
I love the color and pattern on this tunic, and I can wear it in the summer and winter/fall (just layer with a black cardigan). Also, it was $4.99, I was not about to pass that up!!!!


| SIX |
This was the highest price item that I bought, but I have been eyeing it for a few months and it's on sale, so I went on and got it. I'm thinking this could be my Easter dress this year, but we'll see once it gets here. I'm also thinking it would be cute for beach pictures this summer. Also, how cute is that dog?!


| SEVEN | 
The last thing I purchased, randomly, but I thought it was so cute. I got it with a C. It was only $10.99, and I thought that was a really good deal!


So that's what all I got! I rarely buy a lot like that at one time, but I have been saving and I thought everything was very reasonably priced (& cute!). 

This sale ends on February 4th, so go check it out!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

WEEKENDING

I'm going to back up to last week a little, first. Matthew was out of town again for work, so my sister came over and we went to The Grilled Cheeserie for dinner. It was AMAZING. I have been searching for that tomato soup recipe every since, seriously so good and nothing compared to a can of tomato soup! We also got their fresh squeezed lemonade and it just made the meal!

Thursday afternoon Reagan had a grooming appointment so after I dropped her off I decided to use a Starbucks gift card for an afternoon treat. I got an upside down iced caramel macchiato and a cake pop. Believe it or not, this was my first cake pop, ever! I got the cookie dough flavor and it was good.

Friday afternoon Matthew got home and we went to dinner at The Standard. Matthew's parents had a gift card to there that they were not going to be able to use before it expired, so they gave it to us and we went. It was a BEAUTIFUL place and the food was absolutely delicious. The restaurant is an old, charming home in downtown Nashville that they made into a restaurant. You can read all about the history of the home, here. It was a very nice dining experience!


Matthew went to the office on Saturday morning and I went grocery shopping and then back home to put together chili in the crock-pot for dinner. I did some laundry and cleaned up around the house a bit and took Reagan on a long walk. The weather was really warm and overcast and they were calling for a lot of rain for Saturday, so I wanted to get a long walk in before it hit. After Matthew left the office we went to his parents house for dinner. My in-law's are hosting dinner the 4th Saturday of every month at their house and we are excited about it! This month my MIL did soups + chili. She made beef stew and Tex-Mex cheesy chicken chowder, homemade pimento cheese sandwiches and cornbread. She also made a delicious chocolate pie! Matthew's uncle brought his beautiful golden doodle over and we were obsessed! He was so calm and well behaved and beautiful!! Matthew loved on him allllll night and kept trying to get Charlie to sit in his lap on the couch like Reagan does, ha!

Reagan wasn't so sure of Charlie at first, she's never been around a dog that bug, but she slowly warmed up to him. Can you spot Reagan?


Sunday we met Matthew's parents and brother for lunch at a local favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch and then headed home for a nap. A little later I went outside and did my nails while Reagan got some energy out. I always know when Reagan is ready to go back inside because she'll come get in my lap until we head back inside.


Sunday night I put an Aldi pizza in for dinner. I tried the Mexican style pizza and LOVED it. Have any of you ever tried a pizza from Aldi? Literally the best frozen pizza I have ever had. We have tried the classic, pepperoni and cheese pizza too and loved it as well. Definitely a big pizza that is reasonably priced!