Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend was a busy one. My son is leaving for Europe this week on a school trip. He's going to Milan, Italy, the south of France and Barcelona, Spain. So, lots of shopping happened on Saturday.

Last weekend, we discovered this great mall in Paramus, New Jersey but Dylan wasn't feeling well enough to go with us. We didn't let that stop us. I got this white tee from Banana Republic for $6.99 and this J Crew statement necklace for $14.98. Score!

For lunch, we ate at Bobby's Burger Palace Bobby as in Bobby Flay of The Food Network. I had the Carolina turkey Burger. It was so good. The kids also shared this onion ring and sweet potato fry combo. I may or may not have stolen a fry or two.

It was a successful shopping trip for the entire family. Dylan got new luggage, pants, shirts, etc. for his trip. The hubby got new shoes for work. Natalie got new running gear for track. And mama got new white jeans and shades from JCrew.

That night, the girl and I needed some pampering after a long day shopping so we applied The Body Shop face masks that we got at Ulta. I used Tea Tree and Natalie used a clay mask.

Sunday was a much quieter day. The girl made homemade blueberry waffles for brunch. They were delicious. And how cute do they look on my serving platter from Southern Living and Target table runner!?

After we ate, Stew went on some errands and I dropped Natalie off at her friend's house. I spent most of the afternoon catching up on the laundry. For lunch, Dylan and I had fresh veggie pizza from the grocery store. It was so good!! I'm glad I bought two.

Later that afternoon, we took the boys to get their hairs cut.

Stew grilled ribs for dinner and I baked red velvet cookies for dessert. Since it was late, I cheated and used break and bake. No one complained.

It was such a nice weekend. I really wasn't ready for it to end. But, spring break is next week! WooHoo!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What I'm Reading Now

I am a total book nerd. It's not uncommon for me to have more than one book going at a time.

I love bookstores and I absolutely love the library. I wanted to be a librarian when I was younger. LOL!

I like to read all genres. It really doesn't matter. If it interests me, I will read it. If it comes highly recommended, I will read it.

You know how people binge watch tv series on Netflix? Well, I binge read authors when I find one I like. A couple of years ago, I picked up a Nancy Martin book while I was perusing the library mystery shelves. I got hooked instantly on the zany but lovable cast of characters and have gone back to read the earlier ones in this series. I love reading and seeing the characters develop. These are the two newest ones I picked up at the library yesterday. I can't wait to read them.

Next up, I'm going to binge read Lianne Moriarity. I am going to start with Big Little Lies. I can't wait!

Monday, March 09, 2015

What Happened This Weekend

Lately the weekends seem to go by in a blur. So, I am determined to be better about documenting them here. That way when I get around to actually scrapbooking the photos, I wont have to try and remember everything that happened.

It was really nice and mild out so I wore a sweater and jeans with my Ugg boots. I love not having to wear a coat.

Saturday started out with getting McDonald's breakfast for the boy before he has to go to his SAT tutoring session.

After the tutor, just he and I went to lunch at Chop't. He had the Mexican Caesar Salad and I had the Chicken Tinga. It was so good. Oh, and I love Fresca. Not a lot of places carry it, so when I see it, I have to have it.

Starbucks is right next door so we popped in for a couple of lattes. I tried the Tiramisu latte for the first time It was really good. I always get a kick out of those photos that people post where Starbucks butchers their names. Well, I am now one of them. The funny thing is that the same guy wrote it on both cups?!

I hit up Target for some necessities and then we headed home.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing watching Spring Training Baseball!!!!

I managed to oversleep on Sunday and missed church I woke up at 9:19 and church starts at 9:30?! The time change really throws me for a loop. I love it being lighter out later but it takes me a week to get used to it.

I did laundry all morning and I'm still not caught up.

A quick trip to Taco Bell for lunch and then BJ's for some things. I have a love/hate relationship with warehouse stores. I go in for a couple of things and wham $131.00 later.

It was finally nice enough to actually take the dog on a walk. She was so excited!! I love her in her little coat.

The hubby grilled dinner (boneless pork roast) and then it was off to read before having to start the busy school/work week.

I hope you all had a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday

Over on Pens and Pencil Skirts, Karen and I are sharing what we wore this week.

This is what I wore this past week:

If you want to see what Karen wore or any of our outfit details, head on over to www.pensandpencilskirts.wordpress.com. See ya there!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stuffed Peppers

This is one of those meals that I make only on the weekends. It's a bit time consuming but totally worth it if you have the time.


1 lb ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
5 oz mushrooms, chopped
1 Tbsp adobo con pimiente
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1 egg
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup of marinara sauce
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
6 large green bell peppers, tops cut off and seeded


*Preheat oven to 375 degrees
*Brown first 7 ingredients in cast iron skillet until turkey is no longer pink
*Put turkey mixture in bowl & wipe skillet clean with paper towel
*Mix turkey, rice, egg and parmesan cheese until combined
*Stuff peppers with mixture and place in skillet

*Pour marinara sauce all around peppers
*Cover with foil and cook 30 minutes in an oven preheated to 375 degrees
*Remove foil and cook for an additional 15 minutes

*If using mozzarella cheese, sprinkle on top of each pepper and broil for 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Homemade Shower/Bath Bombs

I recently came across the idea to make homemade shower and bath bombs online. I have a teen daughter that absolutely loves to take baths and could spend a small fortune in Lush. I have tons of essential oils and it seemed easy enough to do so I gave it a try.

Pictured above are all the supplies that you will need:

1 cup of baking soda
1/3 cup of water
2-3 drops of each essential oil of your choice
silicon baking mold
bowl to mix it in

I used the following oils as we are fighting colds nonstop this winter...


Measure 1 cup of baking soda in mixing bowl.
Slowly add water, stirring constantly.
It should stick together and form a paste.
Then drop 2-3 drops each of whatever essential oils you prefer.
Pour into molds.

Heat for 40 minutes in a 200 degree oven.
Cool for 5 minutes.
They pop right out of the molds.

Package them up pretty and they make great teacher gifts!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Strawberry "Brownies"

These could not be any easier, any tastier and any cuter for Valentine's Day.

All it takes is a box of Strawberry cake mix and a couple of ingredients. I used this cake mix:

Strawberry Brownies
Author: Family Savvy
Serves: 10-12

•1 box strawberry cake mix (I use Duncan Hines)
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup powdered sugar
•½ -2 TB water or milk

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.Line 8" square baking pan with parchment (and spray with Pam).
3.Mix strawberry cake mix, eggs, and oil with hand mixer until well combined.
4.Spread batter evenly into pan.

5.Bake for 15 minutes or until just set; be careful not to overcook.
6.Allow brownies to cool for 10 minutes; lift carefully from pan using ends of parchment to lift.
7.Mix powdered sugar and water until smooth.
8.Pour glaze over brownies, spreading to edges so that glaze will drip down sides.
9.Allow brownies to cool and glaze to set before cutting into squares

They were a big hit with the fam!