Friday, November 16, 2018

Menu Planning before the Big Day

Hey ya'll! Guess what!? It's almost Thanksgiving! I wasn't sure if you knew since so many have already decorated for Christmas. (*Insert Silly Sarcasm Here*)

In fact, that reminded me to share this video from a couple of years ago! "Let a Turkey Have His Day!" 

Funny stuff right!? Okay, so the purpose of this post is to simply share my menu for the next few nights leading up to Thanksgiving and how I am currently planning my menu plan for the week. First, let me add a little disclosure! I do not share my menu plans, grocery hauls and such to gain approval from anyone. My family is pretty healthy so if what I cook, buy does not appeal to you then these kinds of posts are likely not your ideal content to consume and that's okay! Just scroll through and come back another day! Also, this week is not your typical week because it contains a couple of gatherings, take out (maybe twice) and quick easy meals. 

B: Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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B: Bacon, Eggs, Toast, Hashbrowns
L: Leftovers from the week
D: Friendsgiving with neighbors!

B: Donuts (We haven't done donuts in a long time) or "find your own"
L: ??
D: Grilled Cheese Burgers & Fries

B: (Boys home from school ~ find your own)
L: (Boys home from school ~ find your own)
D: Philly Cheese-steak Sammies & Chips

B:(Boys home from school ~ find your own)
L: (Boys home from school ~ find your own)
D: Creamy Pesto Ranch Chicken w/ Steamed Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrots and Garlic Bread

B: (Boys home from school ~ find your own)
L: (Boys home from school ~ find your own)
D: Take Out! Popeye's Chicken or Hobo's.

Thursday ~ Happy Thanksgiving
B: Monkey Bread
L: Thanksgiving FEAST
D: Leftovers

Whenever I am planning my meals the first thing I do is check the weather! There is nothing worse than planning to grill a steak or chicken on the grill and it be pouring down rain! So, I always check to see the precipitation and especially from now through April the temps. Some people can cook by what sounds good ~ I like to plan by what we *might* would want with a little wiggle room to save grace. Just like the menu above. I often do not cook a big meal the night before Thanksgiving since I will be in the kitchen a lot of Thanksgiving day. How I planned during football season really was no different with the exception I tried to plan well for game days. Tried being the key word there. I have been using my Carrie Elle planner ~ not to plan since I do that on lists and such, but to display in my kitchen for the family to see what to expect. Having it posted somewhere visual (I live in a house full of males after all) they actually look at it and it cuts down on the whole "what's for dinner". And let me share this. I don't always display breakfast or lunches. They just know! 

I will share my Thanksgiving menu in the next couple of days but what I really want to know is what are YOU cooking that you are absolutely loving right now?

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday Nov 8th

It's November. Yes. Already! Do you know what that means?? No, I am not talking about Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking, or any other Christmas tradition! LOL Not yet anyway! But I think we all could use a reminder of sorts ~ and that is that November is about being thankful, finding the spirit of gratitude and to appreciate the things we often take for granted. 

I shared more about what I am grateful for in my video today, but I thought I would share about how to find that spirit of gratitude. Maybe the elections didn't go as you would have liked, or you got a bill in the mail you weren't expecting. Perhaps you are finding yourself in turmoil with your career, or at a loss to find friendships. Whatever it is, I can promise you that if you shift from focusing on what is missing to what is already presently in your face,  you will begin to discover how blessed you really are.

1. Make a list. It can be on paper, in paint, in your head! The point is to start counting your blessings! All the way from the $ in the bank to the toiler paper you wipe your hiney with! 

2. Start telling people "Thank you" whether it be for something mundane as holding a door open, to cooking your family a meal. The more you find to say Thank You about, the more opportunities you will be given to say it again, again, and again. 

3. Gratitude makes you stronger, not weaker. You are weak in spirit, mind, and body when you are no longer thankful and appreciative for the little things in life. Watch what happens when you begin to appreciate everything. You become healthy in ALL areas of your life. 

4.  Get up the next day and do it all over again! 

Seriously ya'll! I don't have to go be wordy to preach to ya to tell you to stop complaining and go be more grateful, now do I?

Ya'll have a good evening! You can watch the video here:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Autumn 2018 Favorites

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and it is not a surprise that I found several things that I am enjoying this season! Instead of sharing an October's Favorites video and blog post for you I decided to share several things that I have been really enjoying this Autumn! I will in November, share a November Favorites at the end of that month.

So, without further ado, here is  my list!

1. My Fireplace! I love my fireplace! I have discovered that wrapping logs with clear Christmas lights, I can enjoy the "atmosphere" of a fireplace without worrying about heating up the house! Now mind you ~ when it is finally cold enough for a REAL fire, I will take that little makeshift fire out and burn some real wood!

2. Entry way. I love our entry way! It has that warm rustic welcome that all homes should embrace! I always want our guests to feel welcome and that gives it a bit of warmth without being too cluttered. I will share items currently still available along with links for you!

Blessed & Grateful Shiplap Shadowbox Sign was purchased at Kirklands.

3. Leaves Candle from Bath & Body Works. This really is my favorite scent of all time & guess what?! They are on sale this week!
4.Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea. This tea is completely delicious and a great way to warm up your fingers and from the inside out. If you like spice tea you will like it!

5. Contigo Glass Water Bottle. This by far is my favorite way to drink water! I can add ice cubes, and it just feels nicer than drinking from plastic all the time.
6. Honey Crisp Apples. These are seasonal and I am not too sure I can get them anymore. We looked last week and didn't see anymore.  They would make a FABULOUS pie!

7.International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer! Talk about making your coffee delightful! 

8. Skinny Syrup: Pumpkin Spice. Zero Calories, Zero Sugars but TONS of flavor! 

9. HEB Pumpkin Seed & Spice Granola Bars. MMM Delish! I hate that they are seasonal though! Where can I go to vote to fix that?! :
10. Blouse. I cannot find a link or picture to show you ~ you will just have to watch the video!

11. Crush It (audio version) (To try audible for free check below)
   This book inspired me in many ways to quit selling Scentsy ... and go after my own dreams! 

12. Crushing It (audio version) 
This was a great book because it gave stories of people who read Crush it and then began crushing it in their own lives! Personal Development at it's best! 

13. A Peek Inside (Vlog channel) I love her positivity! 

14. My House Wife Life  (Vlog channel) Videos I have seen many times ~ this season though I have been enjoying her Vlogtober & Vlogidays series.  Plus I love her drive, productivity and how she pushes herself to just get it done even when she's rather do other things. She inspires me in her decorating, time management, and entertaining. )

All items that I could, I linked up for you! Some of them ARE affiliate links, but all opinions of the products are my own. This post was so fun! Thank you for letting me share! 

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Thanks again, for letting me share some of my favorite things! What are YOU enjoying this season?
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