3.03.2015

Slightly Coastal

I’ve got a new little something something in the kitchen…

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Isn’t he just perfect?!?!  My sweet reader friend, Nancy, over at Slightly Coastal made it and sent it to me!!!   She designed her own coastal inspired textile line and is in the process of setting up a shop on etsy.  In the mean time, I’m sure you could contact her directly (slightlycoastal@gmail.com) for more info! 

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I tried this fellow in the guest room, the baby’s room and in the den (that room has been a revolving door lately) before I decided he was just too good to hide away upstairs or on a banquette with a billion other pillows.  I’ve been needing a third pillow for this bench, and the colors are great with the monogrammed chairs and curtains.

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I always love adding something “slightly coastal” to my d├ęcor.  It’s where I’m from and where I love to be…
xoxo
Slightly Coastal

3.02.2015

Musings

Bestie P brought me this Lilly coffee tumbler back from her grand NYC trip.  I LOVE that it matches one of my all time fave sweaters (tusk in sun).  When I posted it on IG I was laughing over the people that can’t do elephants due to their team affiliation.  I TOTALLY get it and am SO glad that UGA’s mascot is the awful bulldog.  Because I’ve never seen a bulldog anything that I even slightly liked :-)

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Y’all know I have a little thing going on with General Mills.  Well, this gluten free Chex granola mix was in the last box of goodies they sent and IT’S SO GOOD!!!!  If you eat GF you must try it.  I saw it at my Publix with the other granolas on the cereal aisle.

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I’m still churning out Disney items here and there.  I love it when someone orders a tag with a  bow.  Because I need any excuse for more bows in my life.  {Dixie Delights on etsy}

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I saw this on Instagram (have no idea who originally posted) and can’t wait to do it.  I think this would make cute centerpieces for Honey’s 40th soiree!  (eek… shouldn’t call it a soiree.  That’s way too fancy pants for him.)

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Speaking of Honey’s 40th, I’ve reserved the game truck.  Yep, the very same game truck his 6- and 9- year olds had to celebrate their big days last year.  So now we’ve got a grilled cheese, bourbon beer, game truck party in the works.  (I’m scared of what he’ll come up with next.)  Come to think of it, his big brother celebrated HIS 40th with a game truck too.  I’m seeing a theme here…

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I made Ina’s baked cinnamon donuts this weekend.  They didn’t turn out as pretty as usual (I overfilled the pans) but were still insanely yummy!  (Find all the info here)

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My bestie That Southern Chick had the cutest little barnyard party for her twins last weekend.  Whit was in HEAVEN.  John was interested in the little pig but kept his distance.

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After being brainwashed by lobsterfest commercials, the littles had been begging to try Red Lobster.  It had been a LONG time and is almost sacrilege being from the coast, but we had a pretty good meal and a whole lot of fun.  The littles were in love with the sheer quantity of food.  And me?  Well I can’t say no to a frozen fruity drink bigger than my head and a few baskets of cheddar bay biscuits.  We totally gorged and brought home four to go boxes.  (There’s nothing like leftover seafood, right.  Barf.  My boys will eat anything.) 

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I think I previously shared the pair of GORGEOUS oyster mugs bestie R sent me.  I miss him so much and think about him every time I use one.  We’ve GOT to make some plans to get together.

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I LOVE this and it makes me want to dive right into a master bath reno stat.  Since I last shared it, the toilet seat has cracked, one of the faucets broke and Honey has done a really bad re-caulking job.  Sigh.  But, we need at least another year to save for that project and it scares me to death to live through that sort of reno.  And next year we have some pretty lofty travel plans in the works so it really might be two more years before we can do it.  Until then, I’m dreaming of brighter, cleaner, fresher days…

Elegance in the bathroom! #laylagrayce #bathdesign

I love it when my baby girl comes to visit.  I don’t care what anyone says, boys and girls are just innately different.  Mine would NEVER sit like this and color for an entire hour.  She’s such a joy!

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Yep, rather than sitting and coloring, mine are always running around plotting things.  And it doesn’t even stop in the car.  I get out to pump gas and find this when I go to get back in the car.  If you’re wondering, I OF COURSE pretended like I didn’t see it and sat on it.  Copious amounts of contagious laughter ensued :-)

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John has his 3rd grade music performance tonight.  It’s got to be the absolute WORST event of the year.  They cram pack the cafeteria (to the point where John actually passed out from the heat/close quarters during his 1st grade show), you can’t see anything to save your life, and your ears bleed from the “music”.  Fingers crossed they aren’t going to play the recorders we had to buy at the beginning of the school year.  He’s already begged us not to go, saying PLEASSSSEEEEE just say I’m sick.  I wish we could.  Truly.  But I’m a rule follower to a fault…

Wish us luck :-)
xoxo

3.01.2015

Sunday Supper {Chicken and Dumplings}

Somehow the quintessential Southern comfort food fell out of my repertoire in the last five or so years.  So when CallMeAng on Instagram posted her go to recipe I knew I had to try it!  The recipe is insanely easy and only takes about 30 minutes total.  John did most of the stirring while I cut up the biscuits and everyone here LOVED it and begged for me to make it again.

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Slightly adapted from Call Me Ang
1-1.5 lbs cooked and shredded chicken breasts*
32 oz box chicken broth
Family size cream of chicken soup (top shelf at my grocery – the condensed kind)
Can of water
2 cans Homestyle Grands Biscuits (each can has 8 biscuits)
1T. butter
Pepper (to taste)

  • In a very large pot, combine the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, can of water (fill the empty can of soup up with water and pour in the pot), and butter.  Bring to a boil.
  • While you wait on it to boil, quarter the biscuits.  I used my kitchen scissors and it was super easy. 
  • Stir in the chicken and add each piece of biscuit one at a time.  Put the lid on the pot and simmer for 20 minutes without stirring or taking off the lid.

*For any recipe that calls for cooked chicken, earlier in the day or the night before I line a pan with foil, add a few chicken breasts, rub them with olive oil and give a hearty sprinkling of salt and pepper.  I cook at 350 for about 35 minutes.  Once they cool slightly, I shred and store in the fridge until needed.  Sometimes I use the bone in/skin on breasts – depends on if Honey will be around to deal with the bones.  :-)

Call Me Ang uses a rotisserie chicken in her original recipe, so be sure to check it out!  She also uses 2 boxes of chicken broth, but I was going off her recipe that was posted on Instagram and it said 1 box.  My biggest pot wasn’t that big anyway.  I just ended up with a thicker sauce.
 
Honey took the baby to PSR and mass, but I stayed home with John who is claiming a stomach ache.  I think it directly correlates to the number of cinnamon donuts he has consumed this morning, but I’m not one to risk it.  Instead I’m getting a jump start on Monday laundry.  Good times.
 
Happy Sunday, y’all!
xoxo

2.28.2015

Lucky

Bronwyn Hanahan has a new shamrock and I couldn’t wait to get it on my door!  For once I’m so glad I waited because I’d been eyeing her original shamrock for two years now.

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I love the black and white accents on this one.  It looks super cute from the street.  I need to add some black and white to the ribbons on my dogs.

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I strategically cropped out my sad looking plants.  My pansies never do well.  What’s up with that?!

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Here’s to hoping you’re lucky in March!!  It’s one of my favorite months of the year...spring, almost Easter, St. Patrick's Day AND my birthday!!
xoxo

2.27.2015

Ditching Liquid

So, this is a totally random topic, but we have moved from liquid detergents in our dishwasher and washing machine to good old fashioned powders. 

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I actually never did use liquid or pods in my dishwasher because, for what might have been the first time ever, I read the directions *gasp* and they said powder is much preferred to get dishes cleaner and keep the appliance in top working order.  And it’s cheaper to boot.  It didn’t occur to me that the same might be true for my washing machine until I posted a pic about cleaning it on Instagram and the comments started rolling in.  So, once I used up my existing stash of liquid detergent, I traded out the dispensers for jars of powder and dryer sheets.  Truth be told, those dispensers ended up being the pits.  They were drippy and made it very hard to get all of the detergent and softener out.

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So far I’m much happier with this situation.  The jars are from Target and I’m using a teacup with a hairline crack for the scoop.  I used the scoop that came with the powder to measure it out the first time, and marked the inside of the teacup with a sharpie to use going forward.  Pretty and functional.

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In case you’re wondering (I’m sure you’re not), I blitz laundry day.  I save it up all week and then do five to six loads every Monday.  Of course, I’m terrible at folding and putting it away so most Monday nights I go up to crawl into bed and am greeted by this awful sight…

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We made over the laundry room last year.  Look here for the before & after pics and all of the sources!

Happy Friday, y'all!!!!
xoxo

2.26.2015

Snow No Show 2015 + Cookie-palooza

This week’s snow-pocalypse 2015 was a complete no show!  This was the most we ever got and it was all gone by that first afternoon.

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That being said, we’ve absolutely loved turning off the alarms and shutting down the routines.  We spent the last four day doing absolutely, positively nothing.  The littles played outside the first morning in the flurries, but since then we’ve lounged, ate cookies, watched movies, snacked, played video games, ate cookies, played laser tags, snacked, tormented our brother, ate cookies, and so on… 

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Now, you are probably asking yourself “What are these magical cookies that could sustain a lady and her two ravenous boys for three straight days?”  Well, I’m glad you asked!  They are Ina’s Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, the recipe makes about fourteen thousand, and they are pretty darn delish. 

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Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Makes about 32 cookies

  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ pound bittersweet chocolate chunks (I had dark chocolate so I used that)
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries (I had dried cherries so I used those)
  • Fleur de sel
 
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 sheet pans with parchment paper.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. On low speed, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl again.
Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix in the oats. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture. Don’t overbeat it! With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate and cranberries until the dough is well mixed. With a 1¾-inch ice cream scoop (or two spoons), scoop round balls of dough onto the prepared sheet pans. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until nicely browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: If you prefer cookies thin and crisp, bake them straight from the mixing bowl. If you prefer them chewy in the middle and crisp outside, chill the balls of dough.   Mine spread like CRAZY and made large, flat and somewhat crispy cookies.  I ended up doing them about 6 to a cookie sheet after the first pan.

MAKE IT AHEAD: Scoop balls of dough, place in sealed containers, and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost and bake before serving. Baked cookies can be stored in plastic bags and reheated for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.


Tonight I’ll be debuting Chicken ‘n Dumplings and I’m already excited about it after a few days of chili.  I’m a bit teary that it’s certainly going to be back to the grind tomorrow.  But, it’s also Friday so I’m thinking we *should* be able to survive one day of reality before heading into the weekend.
xoxo

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2.25.2015

Share Your Style #2 {Party + Features}

Y’all blew me away by making our inaugural Share Your Style party last week such a HUGE success!!!  A big thank you goes out to each and every one of you who joined in. 



Each week one of your hosts will take a turn choosing the features, and then ALL EIGHT of us will share them on our blogs for tons of coverage. 



This week’s host is Debra from Common Ground






…and here are her lovely features!!!!!!

 
Looking like it came out of a magazine layout,
this French Country Mantel from Pamela
at From My Front Porch to Yours has the perfect balance.





I've oogled this Ticking Stripe Ottoman Redo 
from Cindy at Beaux Reves, all week!



I'm lovin' this wonderful plate display
from Shelia from Note Songs;




Rustic and Refined Grain Sack Chair from Susan at Simply Stone Creek,
shows a beautiful alternative to white or gray paint
with this wonderful deep, rich, black accent.



I'm ready for an amazing Spring Wreath DIY  
from Ramon at Row House Blog.



And Amy from Ms.Toody Goo Shoes
gave us a yummy and good for you too, snack:



Now, on to this week!  We hope you'll join in with your decor, vintage, DIY, tablescapes, creations and yummies… in other words, pretty much anything STYLE related.  Grab our party button and add it to the bottom of the posts you link up:

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