Wednesday, October 31, 2012


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Today is the last day of my favorite month of the year.
And no, it's not just because my birthday happens to be in October.
{although hitting the big 2-5 wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be}
I just love everything about October.
The weather finally cools down, leaves begin to change, and everyone gets in the fall state-of-mind.

Today I made little treats for everyone at work.
Also, it is the one year anniversary of Joe and I adopting AJ!
I've lovingly deemed the day "Halloweeniversary" if you didn't notice.
So, tonight will be spent hanging with the pup, catching up on TV, and eating copious amounts of candy in the hopes that a trick-or-treater will come and take it all away.
We'll see how that works out.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

creamy chicken noodle soup

Yesterday was a rough day, to say the least.
Work was the last place I wanted to be.
Wait, I take that back.
The grocery store was the last place I wanted to be.
After a long day of work, shopping is always my least favorite thing to do.
However, I was determined to make something healthy and warm to eat since cold weather is finally upon us.


This soup is hands down one of the best soups I've ever made.
{*shout out to Tiff for recommending it}

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
recipe adapted from {here}

Things you need:
1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 small-medium onion
3 celery stalks
2 medium-large carrots {or 7-8 baby carrots, which is what I had}
handful of mushroom {enough to make about a cup, diced}
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp dried thyme *optional
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp salt {I used sea salt}
2 cups shredded chicken
1 {12 oz} can evaporated milk - fat free/skim evaporated milk can be used here if you want
2 cups any kind of uncooked pasta you like

Grab a Dutch oven, or any large pot you have

Chop up your veggies the way you like them.
I did mine in a food processor/Slap Chop to make them really fine.
Joe doesn't like mushrooms or onions, so sometimes I like to be sneaky and chop them up real tiny.

Sauté your chopped veggies with 1 tsp of olive oil until they're tender.
Mine took about five minutes on medium heat.

Add the flour, oregano, pepper, and poultry seasoning.
Stir and cook for about a minute.
{Note: The original recipe calls for dried thyme also, but I didn't have that on hand so it was omitted.}

Add chicken broth and salt, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

While the veggies and broth are simmering, prepare your chicken.
I was obviously too lazy to cook and shred my own chicken, so I cheated and bought a rotisserie chicken.
One of these days I'm going to master the art of rotisserie.
However, that day was not yesterday.

After the simmering is done, add the chicken, evaporated milk, and uncooked noodles.
Cook for another 10 minutes or so until noodles are soft.
Mine took about 12 minutes.

While soup is in it's final stages, give some love to your animal friends.
Mine was not happy I was giving more attention to a pot of soup than I was to him.
I think he forgave me when I let him lick the bowl though.

After 10-15 minutes, you will have a pot of warm, soupy good-ness that is ready to bring you back to life after a long, cold day.

Then it's time to eat a huge bowl {or two} and watch The Voice.

Seriously, guys, I recommend dropping whatever you're doing right now and making this immediately.
I do not think you will be disappointed!

Hope you're all staying warm {and safe} wherever you are!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

the best saturday night ever

This weekend didn't exactly turn out as planned.
Long story short, we were packing to leave for Jacksonville and had to cancel the trip literally 30 minutes before we left because Joe just had too much work to do to feel comfortable leaving town.
Huge bummer.
However, when we woke up Saturday we decided to make the best of it and still try to have a good time for the game despite our sudden change of plans.
Honestly, it turned out to be one of the best nights out I've had in a long time.
And we've got the 400+ dollar tab to prove it.
{That's the only part of the night that I am not thrilled about ha.}
Anyway, not only did the Dawgs pull off an amazing upset and win a game that we had probably 10% chance of winning, but I think we all successfully forgot about the fact that we were supposed to be in Jacksonville and danced the night away.
Here are some photos {via my sweet friend, Tiffany} to recap:

Speaking of my sweet friend, Tiff, that's her.

The guys weren't convinced the Dawgs were going to win.

But the gang perked up when the game ended and it was time to celebrate!

Abby got arrested by our cop waitress and force fed her drink.

Also, for every beer we drank we got a free stadium cup.

Beer was spilled all over me during the Dawg cheer, but it was worth it.

Abby and Joe breakin' it down.

The part that isn't pictured here is the 2am walk home, where Tiff and I were stopped by police and offered a ride home...
Or the part where we went back this morning to pay the rest of our tab and were told that the staff had been talking all night about how rowdy our table was.

The conclusion of this story of debauchery is that things may not always go the way you plan them, but if you have a positive attitude, everything will work out in the end.
A celebration is a celebration no matter where you do it, and this morning {besides the headache and achy body I had} I woke up feeling so happy and blessed to have such great people surrounding me.
So thank you, friends, for being amazing and for making the best of this weekend even though we all were so disappointed at the beginning of it.
You are all awesome.

Friday, October 26, 2012

friday favorites

I think I've come up with some sort of 'work-in-progress' template I want to follow when writing for this blog.
I may sway from time to time, but I want you guys to have something to look forward to when you come here to see what I'm up to.
So here's what I'm thinking:

Tuesdays - Tuesdays will always be recipe day.  I am pretty consistent in my actual life with cooking on Monday nights, so I feel like Tuesday is the perfect day to get my thoughts together and share something yummy I've tried.

Wednesdays - This will be a day that I will share a recipe that a friend has tried.  Whether it be a close friend, family member, fellow blogger, whoever...I want to dedicate at least one day to hearing what you guys have been cooking and to learning something new myself.  So, if you make something awesome that you feel everyone needs to drop what they're doing and make, please let me know and it will absolutely be featured here!

Friday - Hence the post title, Friday's will be "friday favorites" day.  I will share with you some things I am currently loving - special projects, products, plans I'm looking forward to - it could be anything really.  I'm a big ball of love on Fridays because I'm ecstatic for the weekend, so lets talk about things we're obsessing over!

Sunday - These posts will vary from week to week.  I may share something delicious I  whipped up over the weekend, talk about exciting things going on, or just recap the week.  There's no real structure to this day...but I guess that's why it's call Sunday Funday, right?

If ya'll have any comments/suggestions or things you'd like to read about, please don't hesitate to let me know.  These days are subject to change whenever the mood strikes me, so let your voice be heard!

In the spirit of this new schedule idea, let's start off with the first 'friday favorites' of many!

1. Crocheting

picture via {here}

My friend, Tiffany, taught me how to crochet this week, and I seriously can't stop.  I'm working on a blanket right now, and albeit crooked, it's coming along quite nicely!  I can't wait to finish and start on a new scarf!

2. Essie "Don't Sweater It"

picture via {here}

I've gotten into the habit recently of painting my nails once a week, mostly on Sundays, and seriously every other week I go right back to this color.  It's just the perfect shade for fall!  It matches everything and it doesn't make me look like a complete ghost.  {Does anyone else have that problem with the dark navys and deep reds?  They make me look like a straight up vampire.}

3.  The GA/FL tradition

picture via {here}

This weekend my friends and I are headed down to Jacksonville {3rd year in a row!} to cheer on the Dawgs and pray for another victory.  In the two previous years I've been, I've seen a loss and a win and let me just tell you - Jax is way more fun for Georgia fans when the Dawgs win.  You're probably like "duh, captain obvious, of course it is" but seriously, I've seen things gets pretty hostile so I'm just hoping first and foremost for a fun, safe trip {and in a close second, a Georgia win would be nice :)}.

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!  See you all Sunday!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I'm back, ya'll!

Brand new blog, brand new look.
I don't know about you all, but I'm excited!
Over the last year I have kept up with your blogs religiously while letting my own sort of fizzle out.
In all honestly, it was a sorry excuse for a food blog and really just stressed me out because there was no real structure.
But all that changed today when I was saved by Claire at The Little Lollypop Shop.  With her expertise I have finally created a blog I can be proud of, and for that, I thank her.
I can't wait to get started swapping recipes with you guys and showing you all of the projects I've been trying to delve into!
Tomorrow I will go into a little more detail about how I am going to structure my posts and what you can look forward to during the week here.
Until then, have an amazing Thursday night and enjoy all of the amazing prime time TV we've been blessed with this fall...I know I'm going to!