October 2015

Cold Weather Calls for Warm Meals

Happy monday friends!  The recent cold & gloomy weather has been inspiring me to make WARM meals!  There is nothing better than a delicious crock pot or oven meal once fall & winter roll around (not to mention I am trying to do everything I can to occupy myself waiting for this baby to come!)  Here’s a little look into some of the meals I’ve tried recently.  Some of these recipes were found online but others we created ourselves, if you would like more info on the recipes feel free to message me!  PS – Is it lunch time yet? 😛

Beer battered biscuits & gravy (HEAVEN ON EARTH!)
Beer battered biscuits & gravy topped with fried egg & cheese (HEAVEN ON EARTH!) Beer battered bread recipe found here.
Carolina Tacos
Carolina Tacos: Smoked pork shoulder (courtesy of the lovely Reid Smith) with kale or regular coleslaw and horseradish mayo. We had a similar version to these at Dad’s Diner and Reid recreated it to be even more delicious if that was even possible!
Shepard’s pie filling, Alton Brown’s recipe, he recommends lamb but based on what we had in the freezer I went with ground beef…either is delicious!
A finished product: Shepard’s pie, smothered in delicious mashed potatoes. Yes please!
Stuffed mushrooms with beer battered bread crumbs and gruyere cheese
Stuffed baby Portobello mushrooms with beer battered bread crumbs and Gruyère cheese. Stuffing: Chopped up stems of mushrooms, sautéed sweet onion, flour, heavy cream, parmesan cheese & Gruyère cheese. Once stuffed, top with shredded Gruyère cheese and bread crumbs (I used our leftover homemade beer battered bread for our crumbs but any kind would do!)
Teriyaki burgers with traditional Hawaiian mac salad. Mac salad: Elbow noodles, mayo, diced carrots & onion, salt & pepper, paprika and a dash of white vinegar. (Don’t judge my mayo intake)
Jalapeno poppers with strawberry jam dipping sauce...awesome combo of sweet & spicy
Breaded jalapeno poppers with strawberry jam dipping sauce…awesome combo of sweet & spicy. Recipe found here.
Jalapeno poppers wrapped in Reid's homemade smoked maple bacon
Jalapeno poppers wrapped in Reid’s homemade smoked maple bacon. Jalapenos de-seeded, stuffed w/ cream cheese and wrapped in bacon.
Slow cooke loaded baked potato soup topped with Reid's smoked bacon, green onions, & cheese
Slow cooker loaded baked potato soup topped with Reid’s smoked bacon, green onions, & cheese. Recipe found via pinterest.

Since football season started one of our favorite days has become Sunday; we make it our “judge free eat and lounge day.”  Reid got a kick ass meat smoker for his birthday so he will normally smoke some type of meat and we will create fun recipes out of it and eat our little hearts out!  (The baby loves it!!!)  The second best part of this day is pants are optional, like I said, it’s a judge free zone 😉

We have a few more DIY projects were looking to start here soon so I am excited to share them with you all soon!  Thanks for reading cuties.


Nursery Reveal

Let me start this post off with saying that I am SO in love with this nursery!!!  I find myself opening the door all the time just to peak in and smile!  I cannot wait to raise our little boy in here…I’m actually a little bit jealous this gets to be his room 😉  As you can tell from our recent home renovations I am a little bit obsessed with the white and grey shabby chic look.  My overall goal was for this to be a calming and happy space, very important for mama and baby!

I found a lot of joy in getting to do some of the nursery decor ourselves.  As shown in some of my previous posts, Reid built and stained the bookshelves as well as the open shelves over the changing table.  I got to paint the giraffes over his sweet crib along with the black and white animals on the canvas’ above the changing table.  A lot of thought and love went into creating my dream nursery and I am so excited to share it with all of you.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Dresser: Blythe extra wide dresser w/ topper from Pottery Barn Kids, Rocker: Wingback rocker in custom white twill fabric from Pottery Barn Kids, Shelves: DIY via Shabby 2 Chic, Drapes: HomeGoods
Crib: Larkin 4 in 1 crib from PB Kids Bookshelves: DIY in weathered grey stain (see previous posts in my DIY section on tutorial) Giraffe painting: DIY courtesy of Pinterest (see previous posts in DIY section) Quit: Land of Nod
Rug: Wayfair

Let the countdown begin…2+ weeks!


Dressing the Bump


In honor of being a month plus away from little man’s delivery date I thought I would share some of my recent maternity outfits!  Dressing a bump can be very difficult but I have tried to make the most of it.  Fall came around at the perfect time this year because all my dresses were starting to become a tad bit short.  Not to mention, I LOVE a good sweater, scarf, and boot combo!  I also am thoroughly enjoying the hat trend this season…there is such a great selection!  I have focused a lot of my recent shopping on accessories.  Once I hit 30 weeks, buying clothes seemed like a waste of money so I have been making the most of what I have and accessorizing to make the perfect outfit.  The wonderful thing about fall is that you can pair a non-maternity sweater with one of your maternity tees or tanks and add a scarf, hat, or boots to really make it pop!  Below are some photos I have taken over the past few weeks.  I linked where I got several of the items if you are interested!  Please excuse the horrible phone selfies for some of them, but hey I have to work with what I’ve got!  🙂

Dress: Hat: Shoes: Sweater:
Dress: Motherhood Maternity, Hat: Volcom, Shoes: Target (from the summer) Longline Cardigan: Similar version @ Forever 21
Sweater: Jeans: Hat: Boots:
Sweater: Pearl Buttons (Boutique in Anacortes) Maternity Jeans: Vigoss, Hat: Forever 21, Boots: Sam Edelman, Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam 

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Light Wash Maternity Jeans: Destination Maternity, Green Rain Boots: Kamik, Blue/Grey Scarf: Forever 21, Black & White Fringe Sweater: Harlow & Graham via Nordstrom Rack, White baggy maternity tee: A Pea in the Pod 


More to come soon!  Thanks for reading 🙂