Friday, January 20, 2017

A Year of Color: White


A Year of Color Link Party

Happy Friday! Welcome to the first month of the linkup A Year of Color! I love that this will be a great way to get my creativity flowing, and can't wait to see what the other bloggers have to come up with as well! 

The color for January is:  

A Year of Color Link Party

When it came to the color white I immediately thought of a recipe I wanted to share with you all. January has been a month to get my eating back on track & well, I wanted to share a healthy recipe with you that quickly has become one of my favorites! 

One evening I was striking out on what to fix for dinner. I was craving tacos, something terrible, but didn't want to completely ruin my healthy eating & well, this recipe was born.

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Cauliflower Rice Taco "Bowls"

Ingredients:
Cauliflower Rice
Ground Beef
Taco Seasoning
Black Beans
Corn
Salsa
Sour Cream

Directions:
Cook cauliflower rice as directed. I buy the Green Giant Steamer bags of cauliflower rice. It makes dinner time so easy and quick! 
Brown beef in skillet and stir in taco seasoning as directed. (I also added black beans & corn as well. But this is optional.)

Scoop cauliflower rice on plate. Top with ground beef, salsa, sour cream and any other toppings you may like. 

Enjoy!! 

Linking up with DesirĂ©e today




Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Start each day with a grateful heart. More inspiration at Bed and Breakfast Valencia Mindfulness Retreat Spain: http://www.valenciamindfulnessretreat.org:

This week I am thankful for: 

* My hubby making breakfast for me this morning. 

That my Godfather and husband get along so well. My Godfather came and picked him up two days out of surgery to take him to dinner. For them to have a little guy time. 

* For unseasonably warm weather here in Kentucky. 

* Gym time in the evenings with the husband. We've started to get into a "groove" and I love that time together. He's my biggest motivator. And even though I may think i'm dying at the time, I love that he pushes me outside of what I think my "limits" are. 

What are you thankful for this week? 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Currently: January 2017

Currently.... 


Gathering: Clothes. I am striving this year to live more of a minimalist life and so this month I have been gathering clothes that the hubby & I no longer wear. So far, we've gotten rid of about 6 garbage bags of things! How is that even possible? It's amazing how "free" I feel after just getting rid of so much stuff! 

Making: Lots of healthy dinners this month! We have gotten back on the bandwagon of eating healthier and i can tell a huge difference on  how we are feeling. P.S. Cauliflower Rice has become my new obsession! 

Sipping: Lots & lots of water! Oh, and I've gotten on a tea kick. Tazo Organic Chai-Vanilla tea especially. 

Following:  a becoming minimalist page on Facebook. 

Resolving: to live a more organized life and strive to just be a better person.

What's going on with you currently? 

Linking up with Jessica & Anne

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blogger Christmas Exchange

I'm finally sharing what I received for the Blogger Christmas Cheer Exchange hosted by the lovely Olya & Mattie! I always love participating in these exchanges because it's a wonderful way to meet other bloggers and of course, to just spread some cheer!

My gifts came from Caitlin @ Its The Grad Life! She totally knocked it out of the park with my gifts! It's as if she knew exactly what I'd like! There wasn't one gift that I didn't love, so thank you!

So, let's get on with it, shall we....?







First of all, I absolutely ADORE tea towels! I never can seem to get enough of them and always love switching them out to add a little decor to my kitchen or bathroom! Maybe it's a southern thing? These couldn't be more perfect! Plaid & Christmas cheer wrapped up in one!

So, I was a total geek when I opened up the package and saw stationary & office supplies! I am always the one that loves "Back to School" time because I love finding new notebooks, pens & stationary! This couldn't have come at a better time since starting my own business! I've already put those binder clips to good use!

The scarf is seriously the softest thing ever! I can't wait to use it this winter! We've had unseasonably warm temperatures here in Kentucky so far, so hopefully there are a few days that I can wear this thing out! Also, Grey is one of my favorite colors!

The candle smells amazing! I immediately put it out on my dresser as soon as I opened the package!

Thank you Caitlin! 



Monday, December 19, 2016

Weekend Fun

Can you believe it's already the Monday before Christmas!? Wow, where has the time gone? I'm still wondering that about the weekend, actually. It seemed to FLY by!

Friday night Don & I went to a Christmas outing that was sponsored by my financial advisor with Edward Jones. They hosted it at the EKU Center for the Arts, and wow! They definitely didn't disappoint. This was the first time that we had been to the Center and it is gorgeous! I love that we have this right in our backyard, we definitely will have to take more advantage of the events that they host here. When we walked in they sent us upstairs to the Black Box, where there was a spread of appetizers and hordourves being served. We ate & chatted with a few friends that we ran into while we were there.

Afterwards we headed back downstairs to enjoy the musical playing that night, complimentary of Edward Jones as well.  The musical was "Rudolph."

Don & I didn't really know what to expect, but we thought it was super cute! It definitely was a production, and very enjoyable! We weren't allowed to take any pictures during the show, however. Bummer! Here is their promo video from their website....



Here we are waiting for the show to start....

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Saturday we ventured to town for a couple hours, only to realize we were not fighting the crazy madness so we came back home! We lounged around & watched TV & I made a big pot of Taco Soup for supper. Definitely a favorite recipe around here in the winter, & so, so easy!

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Sunday - We were complete bums! I did a load of laundry & we watched movies & football all day! I'm attempting to clean out our DVR, so we watched JOY. Have you seen it? It's definitely a little slow at times, but overall a pretty good movie! It was based on a true story, and played by one of Kentucky's own, Jennifer Lawrence! Later in the evening Don watched "Bourne Supremacy." I try SO hard to like those movies, but I just cant! I watched the first one with him a couple nights ago & it was intriguing, but not something I want to sit down and watch 5 of! Shhh, don't tell him I said that! Ha:).

Hope everyone has a great week!




Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Q & A

I found this lovely little Christmas Q & A at LoveYesiBlog,  so I'm going to steal it and give it a whirl as well! Make sure you go and check her blog out, too! 


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1. What is your favorite Christmas film?
Oh, man! There are so many good ones to pick from. My go to's every single year are How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version), The Holiday, Elf & Christmas with the Kranks. 

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes! Many, times! I despise the white stuff, however, at Christmas time it's such a joy to see! It just makes it feel even more like Christmas when you wake up and there is snow on the ground!

3. Where do you usually spend the holiday?
Christmas Eve we usually spend it at home. We cook dinner and just watch movies. Nothing too exciting, but it's nice and relaxing. On Christmas Day we spend it with family & close friends. It's been an annual tradition for years now, we all sit around and watch movies, exchange gifts & of course eat lots of wonderful food! 

4. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Silent Night has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. I even learned how to SIGN it when I was younger.

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
No, we hold out til Christmas morning! 

6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? 
Of course! Only if I sing the song though! I'm not sure I could recite them any other way. 

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
I'm looking forward to starting new ones with my new husband! This will be our first Christmas as a married couple. One tradition that I'm bringing back from when I was younger is having cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning before we open gifts. 

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake. 
It's fake. I LOVE a real tree, however I love being able to enjoy our tree for a long period of time. Plus, it's just SO much easier! 

9. What is your all time favorite Holiday food / Sweet Treat? 
Sweet Treat would definitely be peppermint bark. I could eat my weight in that stuff! 

10. Be honest, do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better? 
I love giving gifts! I always put so much thought in gifts, honestly, to the point that I stress myself out. However, the receiver's reaction is always something that I love to see! It just warms my heart to watch others eyes light up when they open their gifts. 

11. What would be your dream place to visit for the Holiday season?
I would love to go to New York for Christmas! I can only imagine seeing Rockefeller Center with the Christmas Tree, all the store fronts decorated and just to be able to experience the atmosphere that time of year. It just has to be incredible! 

12. Are you a pro present wrapper, or do you fail miserably? 
I don't do too shabby. I'm definitely not a professional, but I can make it look pretty decent! That counts for something, right? 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Recipe: Beer Bread

Happy Monday! The weather has gotten chilly here in Kentucky and they are calling for single digits, freezing rain and snow flurries later this week! Brrr! I guess winter is finally beginning to set in.

This recipe is the epitome of comfort food! My kitchen smelled amazing while it was in the oven. I made my bread with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale! Seriously, you have to try this recipe! Simple & delicious!



Ingredients: 
* 3 Cups of Self Rising Flour 
* 3 Tablespoons of Sugar
* 1 Room Temperature Beer
* Butter 

Directions:
Add 3-4 pats of butter to top of bread. Bake at 400 Degrees for 25-35 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Enjoy!!!