Thursday, October 30, 2014

What's Cooking: October Edition

October was a busy month and I can't believe it's pretty much over! In case you'd like to see what's been cooking over on my Nooga column, I got you covered!

Above, ingredients for the most delicious soup ever - spicy sausage kale and potato soup. This soup is absolutely perfection for fall.  

Lemon and garlic baked chicken

Oh my goodness.  I can't even tell you how many times I've made this and I love hearing from my Instagram friends that they've also tried this chicken since I've written about it! It's easy and ridiculously delicious.

I also shared a few tips for a less stressful cooking experience.  With the holidays coming (very quickly) we all need a little reassurance that cooking can be stress free.

Salted brown butter Rice Krispies treats

I think this may be my favorite column this month.  Obviously making Rice Krispies treats are really easy but just adding a couple of extra ingredients can really elevate a basic recipe to something really yummy!

Brown sugar baked wings

Talk about easy. Pop these in the oven and call it a day.

Be sure to check every Wednesday for a new column!

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Weekend

Oh weekend, why do you have to leave me so quickly?  

Overall, I rank this weekend an A+.  We started with dinner and drinks with friends at Il Primo on Friday evening.  This place is starting to become one of my favorite dinner places.  The lasagna bolognese is ridiculous.  Saturday I spent most of the morning cleaning (fun) then chowing down on nachos (twice in two days) at Taco Nooga.  The nachos are so simple but I don't know why I love them so much but I do.  I'll hit the gym for yoga today and hopefully get back in the swing of 'healthy' living.  


I finally got my sequins pencil skirt I've been waiting for - it needs some alterations but the price was too good to pass up.  I baked a little Sunday afternoon - details on that coming soon to my column.

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Around the Web

I love to peruse the internet.  Here's what caught my attention over the last 7 days.

Remember David from the Real World New Orleans? - via The Grio

No words.

Tips for photographing cocktails - via Huffington Post Taste

I've always wondered how good (or bad) these kits are - via Tasting Table

Pharrell + macarons? - via Grub Street

How you probably look after you take a shot - via Bored Panda

Make money via Instagram? - via Brit & Co.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

5 Fall Necessities

Truth be told, I'm a summer/spring girl.  I've said it multiple times here, I'm sure. Though I'm not huge on the idea of it getting cold, there are certain aspects of fall and winter that I look forward to and enjoy.  For instance, I love wearing scarves.  Scarves don't necessarily mean it's freezing outside therefore, I don't only associate it with freezing temperatures.  I also love drinking apple cider - love.  The funny thing is that I will only drink warm apple cider when the weather starts to change.  It's the weirdest thing.  I drink coffee even when it's warm but not apple cider.  Strange.  As I continue to try and embrace the cooler months (it's definitely an uphill battle), I do have a few items that I need/love/want to help me pass the time until it's warm again.

Nail polish is my jam. I generally ALWAYS wear some form of pink polish but in the fall, I'm trying to do my best and wear darker more subtle colors.  Pictured above is Essie's 'Fall in Line'.

Fall cocktails.  There's nothing better than a warm apple cider and a bourbon or a whiskey and ginger ale to warm you up.  Check out Dot & Bo for 8 perfect cocktails for fall.

Boots. I was never into boots until a few years ago and now I love my riding boots; I can't imagine my fall or winter without them.  I'm in need of some new ones - like ASAP - but in the meantime, here's some Ralph Lauren riding boots that I think I like.

Graphic sweaters.  Graphic tees and sweaters have always been something that I'm into. I guess that would be another reason why I like the cooler months - an excuse to wear my graphic sweaters.  I'm just in love with the 'Oui' sweater pictured above from Nordstrom.

Cosmetics - specifically, lip gloss.  When the weather changes, it can do so much damage to your skin.  My skin usually gets a little dry in the cooler months but I always make sure to keep some type of fun lip gloss in my purse.  Currently, I've been getting familiar with the products in the PLĀ brand of lip gloss.  Check them out - their lip gloss smells really good!

What are your fall necessities? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Weekend

Eventful. This is the only way I could describe this past weekend. 

I'm tired but in a good way.  John and I headed out of town to Murfreesboro/Nashville for a quick getaway and to see some of John's friends from Middle Tennessee State University.  The highlight of my weekend was the trip the Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, TN.  Saturday night a group of us headed up to the vineyard and listened to a little jazz while enjoying some of the delicious wines from the vineyard.  We had a wine tasting that I enjoyed so much that John and I ended up purchasing some of their rosé, which was delicious!  This was seriously such a fun time!  Now we're gearing up for Halloween - if we end up doing anything. In my column this week, you'll read my confession that Halloween is not really my thing but I pretend to participate like the cool kids.

Where do I even begin on where we frolicked this weekend?  We tried Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Nashville - the music is so good.  Pinewood Social is another restaurant I've been reading tons about and HAD to try while in Nashville and it didn't disappoint.  Staff was awesome, drinks were great and the food was delicious.

Seriously, the coffee food truck outside of McKay Books was the cutest and the best thing! And it's cleverly named, The Trailer Perk.  Awesome.

All in all, it was a great weekend!!

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Around the Web

I love to peruse the internet.  Here's what caught my attention over the last 7 days.  

Married couples reveal what really happens on their wedding night - via Huffington Post

I mean...some these are pretty funny.

20 Shift Dresses - via Brit & Co

I love shift dresses - I own #11!

13 things you never knew about Pop Tarts - via Huffington Post

I used to LOOOOOVE Pop Tarts!

A refresher on basic table manners - via Food52

Because everyone needs a refresher every now and then.

Coming to America meets Love Jones wedding - via A Practical Wedding

Ahhhh! I loved everything about this wedding!

10 things to help you start living the life of your dreams - via Grease & Glamour

Some of these are common sense but things I definitely needed to be reminded of.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Twice Baked Potatoes

Oh hello.  Meet my new obsession: twice baked potatoes.  

Let me explain a little bit.  I've always loved potatoes; they're my favorite. Fried, baked, mashed, dipped in ketchup - doesn't matter.  My initial love for twice baked potatoes started in Destin. We went to dinner one night and I had a twice baked potato that was so delicious, I probably could have eaten another one but I resisted the urge. Instead, I quickly searched for a good recipe that allowed me to recreate the greatness I had in Destin.  Eventually, I found it.  

I decided to go with non other than The Pioneer Woman. I love her.  Her recipes are so helpful, useful and just plain 'ol delicious. She wrote about the twice baked potatoes on her blog but the link above goes to the Food Network where there's more of a precise recipe.  Bottom line: I've made these 3 maybe 4 times and I just love it.  I did use heavy whipping cream instead of milk and turkey bacon instead of pork bacon and it was still all good.

These would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving table too. Deelish.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Weekend

The weekend was great besides the horrible sinus pressure headache I started my morning off with on Sunday. Friday was great because John and I did nothing.  Absolutely nothing. Felt sort of nice.  I chilled on the couch, watched a little Dateline, which I LOVE and had a little glass of sangria...oh and painted my mails. Very important. Saturday I cleaned and ran a few errands; we had people over for pizza and prosecco.  

I've hosted a pizza and prosecco party before but it was just with my girls and we made all of our own pizzas. This time around, we decided to take the easy way out and buy pizza from Pizza Hut.  This way, the oven isn't on all night and it's not hot in the house.  Sunday, John and I had some brunch and our weekly wedding meeting, which he loves [sarcasm font].  Looking forward to a calming week - I hope.

You can see the left over prosecco bottles from Saturday night in my recycling bag - good grief.  My awesome friend Sarah got us a gift to add to my bar and it looks so pretty. I've never toyed with Pimm's but I'm looking forward to it.  We ended the weekend with delicious Indian food and my belly was so happy.

Happy Monday!

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