Friday, August 31, 2012

fur-baby friday!

this week was all about the browns apparently, no pictures of lex.  probably because she's so obsessed with her daddy that the browns are always with me.  here is a perfect example: when i leave they are at the top of the stairs with the most concerned look on their face as if i'm never coming back.  but lex, she could care less as long as loyal is staying...
Fur-baby Friday! Fur-baby Friday! Fur-baby Friday!
a very intimate moment with me and my maxer bear :)

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

gold bar necklace


I am so excited to share this and so in love with my new necklace!!!  I have seen these gold bar necklaces a lot recently, loved them immediately and obviously had to have one.  What should mine say?  That's an easy decision...
I decided to also get a simple gold tear drop shaped necklace to go with it.  Love them layered.

I got both of these necklaces from Etsy.  The store owner is sooo super sweet!  If you "like" her fb page, you get 10% off your purchase and she also posts discounts randomly.  The day I bought mine she posted a 30% off your entire purchase for that day only.  Lucky me!
www.chipandchisel.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/chipandchisel

Update: I finally got around to engraving the tear drop necklace.  Post on that here
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

the boyfriend tee

now if there is one thing i absolutely love from Target, it's the boyfriend tee.  these came out a few years ago and i get new one's every year and wear them religiously...running errands, grocery store, cleaning, sleeping...the list goes on.  so comfy!  this trip to target though, they seemed much softer than last year AND they were on sale for $5!!!  get outta town, i'll take 4 :)
Boyfriend tee
i got 2 regular v-neck's and 2 scoop neck.  love both.
Tee's
so as i'm going to get my camera after i arranged the shirts on the floor i come back to find this little munchkin... Lilly
 
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on another note...
i have been busy working on my invitation business.  i picked a new name, redeisgned the logo (again) and FINALLY submitted everything to register the business.  once i hear back that everything is good to go it will be time to launch!
so excited!!!
here is a little preview of the logo i have been working on
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the rest is coming soon! (i mean it this time)
 

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

baja pork tacos: "slow cooker sunday's"

slow cooker sunday's:
baja pork tacos
6 hours cook time
Baja Pork Tacos Text
 
ingredients:
pork loin (3 lbs or so)
2 white onions
1 green chile pepper
2 cans rotel
1 packet fajita seasoning
pork rub
salt & pepper
tony's
 
directions:
cut onion and place on bottom of slow cooker.  dice chile pepper and throw on top.
1 Onions
cover pork loin in pork rub and seasoning.
2 Pork Rub
add rotel and fajita seasoning on top of pork loin and around.
3 Rotel
cook on high for 4 hours.
4 Hours
once 4 hours has passed, take the pork loin out of the crock pot and shred it using 2 forks.  put it back in the pot, turn the setting down to low and cook for another 2 hours.
5 Shredded
remove and serve when ready.
Baja Pork Tacos Plate
 
toppings:
salsa verde (green)
fresh lime
crumbled queso fresco
cilantro
*i used corn tortillas

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Friday, August 24, 2012

atlanta trip

a couple of months ago i planned to surprise my sister by flying into atlanta for her birthday.  talk about a difficult secret to keep.  once it got to the week of i almost had to cut off all communication.  i kept catching myself thinking "oh, i'll just show you when i get there."  i pulled it off and omg she was so surprised!!!  the day before i flew in she told me that she almost cried because all she wanted was to have birthday margaritas with us like we always do.  so that very next afternoon, the day before her birthday, that's exactly what we did.
Pure Taqueria, Inman Park:
Margarita's Me and Kel 2
oh i had been craving these tacos since i booked my ticket!
Pure
her boyfriend/not really sure what they are...isn't he so fab!
Garrett All three
 
my sister had to work that night so i went out with the girlfriends to celebrate another birthday.  i swear it was everyone's birthday this weekend!

Girlfriends Me and Ali Me and Jess Girls
 
sunday was kelli's actual birthday so i spent the entire day with her.  i miss hanging out with her so much :(
 
Me and Kel Kels
it was so great to see everyone but i think my favorite part of the trip was just hanging out with my sister doing nothing.  we always laugh so much and honestly have the best time together.  my last day in atlanta i had lunch with my sister and some friends before i had to leave for the airport.
Tin Drum:
Basil Fried Rice
Tin Drum
oh how i missed this place too.  it is only in atlanta and i used to eat there at least once a week before i moved.  i could never resist.

til next time atl...
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this sweet little boy missed his mommy :)
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Lavender Cake Balls

A couple of weeks ago I found some really cute pastel purple sprinkles on clearance at TJ Maxx.  For only $1, I had to have them.  What I was going to do with them, I was on a mission to figure out.

I wanted to take the pastel purple to another level so I decided to make the inside purple also.

Tutorial:
I bought regular white vanilla cake that comes in a box and white vanilla icing.  I went to hobby lobby and bought a small bottle of violet food coloring and also a small bottle of bright pink.

First: prepare the cake mix as directed on the box.  I started with about 3 or 4 drops of purple. 
The purple came out a little on the grey side so I added 1 drop of the bright pink to brighten it up.  You may need to add more or less of the purple and pink to get the color you are wanting.
Bake the cake according to time on the box.
The top came out brown but the inside was perfect purple!
I scrapped off the top layer with a tooth pic because I didn't want the brown to mess up my color, it was a little crunchy anyway.  After that, I cut the cake into small squares to let it cool faster.  After a little while I transferred it to a large bowl, crumbled it into tiny pieces and let it cool completely.

Next step: icing
Add the food coloring the same way you did with the cake batter until you get the color you want.
If your cake mix came out a little dull then brighten up the icing so that they balance each other out after mixing.
Tip: I emptied the icing into a tupperware for easier mixing.

Add about half of the icing to the crumbled cake mix and mix together.  You might need to use your hands with this part and don't forget to remove your rings!
Roll your cake into small to medium sized balls.  Put them into the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes before coating.  This helps them stay together better but don't let them freeze or they will crack!

Dip them into candy coating or melted white chocolate and decorate!
As you can see, the inside is purple too :)
Why not throw in some lavender nail polish to really get you in the mood...
OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

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I wish I could say that I made these for an awesome baby shower, bridal shower or some sort of party but unfortunately I didn't have one of those coming up.  Instead, me and the hubbs ate these by ourselves.  Hope you like these as much as I enjoyed sharing them and thanks for stopping by!

Update: here is another cake pop post that I did.  Cake pop baby shower favors.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

top 5: summer fav's

Every day I think to myself about how much I am ready for fall.  The clothes, the weather, the food...shall I continue?  No, because here we are...
right in middle of summer.

1. Summer waves
Summer Waves
and by waves, I am unfortunately not talking about the beach.  Darn.  BUT, the next best thing from the beach would be that wavy Victoria's Secret beach hair!  It looks good down and even in a pony tail.  I really love doing my hair like this, and if I add a little dry shampoo I can usually stretch it for a few days without washing.

2. Margartia nights
Margarita Nights
Rita's are a staple in my family but a good frozen marg to beat this summer heat is a must!  We go out for mexican and marg's at least once a week.  Seriously, cannot live without!!!

3. Brights & whites
Brights and Whites
white skinny jeans in the summer...yes please!  Brights are really in this summer too, especially neons.  And so is mint.
Brights, whites, and a little mint...perfect.
Arm Party
might as well throw an arm party in there too :)

4. Summer salads
Summer Salads
I love salads in the summer and soups in the winter.  I especially love spinach, throw in some fruit and you've got yourself a salad!

Spinach salad:
grilled chicken
fresh strawberry
sliced almonds
bleu cheese crumbles
balsamic vinagrette

5. Frozen yogurt
Frozen Yogurt
One of my guilty pleasures, enough said.

Five and a half weeks left of summer.  Hurry up fall!
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Sunday's:
Baby Back Ribs
8 hours cook time


Ingredients:
pork ribs (I used 3.5 lbs)
1 container BBQ sauce
1 small onion
pork seasoning rub
salt & pepper
garlic powder
Tony's seasoning
cayenne pepper

Directions:
Cut onion into slices and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
Rub all seasoning onto ribs and place in slow cooker, on top of onions.  I kind of made a triangle out of mine so that they were not on top of each other.
Pour BBQ sauce over ribs and cook on low.

{add corn after 6 hours}
Salt and pepper corn (I also used a little butter spray before so that the s&p would stick) and then wrap tightly in tin foil.  Place in slow cooker and cook for the remaining 2 hours.

Remove and serve when ready.

This meal was really easy and came out so tender and yummy.  The meat was literally falling right off the bone before I could even get the ribs out of the crock pot.  This was my first time making corn on the cob, much less in the crock pot...turned out great!

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