If you’re technically not the worlds best chef, it’s okay, I’ve got you girl. Here are some of my “no fail” dishes to get everyone on board with your new kitchen skills.
H E R B E D B U T T E R
Because I’m not cooking for a large group of people, I decided to get turkey breast fillets. I’m not going to show you exactly how I made that, because I figure most people would be using a whole tukey, or at least a whole turkey breast. But when it comes to flavoring your bird, your taste buds will really get going with a some herbed butter slathered on top of it. To make it, follow bellow:
1/2 cup of room temperature butter
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1 T dried rosemary
1 T dried thyme
2 t oregano
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t red pepper
Smash all together and rub onto turkey.
B A C O N W R A P P E D A S P A R A G U S
This particular dish is quite simple, but time consuming. It is also one of Scott and Aspen’s favorites. To make at home, get one buschel of medium thick asparagus and one package of bacon. I also cut all of the excess fat off the bacon and then sliced it down the middle to create smaller pieces. After that, wrap your asparagus with them and lay each one flat onto a baking sheet. Bake at 420 degrees for 20 minutes to get them nice and crispy.
P E C A N P I E
What is Thanksgiving without a slab of pecan pie on your dinner plate? Pecan pie happens to be both Scott and my all time favorite pie, or dessert in general. You could choose to make your own crust (which I don’t because I’m typically trying to make a million other things in the kitchen all at the same time, and have to comprimise somewhere), or you could do like me and get a frozen one. For the filling, follow the directions below:
1 cup white corn syrup
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1 heaping cup chopped pecans
dash of vanilla
pinch of salt
Mix ingredients, pour into pie shell, and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour.
As promised, park three to our Thanksgiving outfit ideas is here. The purpose of this series was to prove that you don’t have to necessarily go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe for the holidays. You can recreate very similar looks with items you already have in your closet. And if you do not have anything in your closet that can be worked into these basic outfit ideas, I have linked very afforable and convenient shops to shop from. Two of my most reliable last minute clothing stores is always Old Navy, Target, and Charolette Ruse because of how afforable and near by they are. Have fun shopping my Thanksgiving Feast looks!
O U T F I T D E T A I L S
Sadie’s first outfit: Sweater // skirt sold out, similar here // heels, similar here // pearls // glasses
Sadie’s Second outfit: Sweater // Denim // boots // pearls // glasses
Aspen’s Outfit: dress sold out, similar here // mocs // bow
M I S C
This particular post is part two to a three day style series.
In this series I go over outfit ideas for Thanksgiving day that you will more than likely already have in your closet. If not, I link similar items below to stores that are 1) affordable, and 2) conveniently located. To see the first post, click here.
Outfit Details: skirt // flats // sweater // jean jacket
I’ve always been a procrastinator. It’s actually something that I have been working on the past few months. I’ve been reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching youtube videos on how to put an end to procrastination and how to reorganize your life. Although it has been incredibly helpful, and I have been practicing quite a few of these methods, I feel like I am not the only one who has mastered the art of waiting until the last minute to do something. So, the next few days, I will be posting last minute Thanksgiving outfit ideas that you already have in your closet, or something you could find similarily at any local store. The first one consists of a basic Tshirt dress, a cardigan, and flats (or in my case, oxfords)
Because these are all pieces I had on hand in my closet, the links might not all take you to the exact item in the images. Rather, they will be linked to affordable and similar items in convenient and typically near by stores.
Sadie’s Outfit: dress // shoes // Necklace// cardi: I made this particular one, but you could shop a similar style here. Crochet pattern for cardi here
Aspen’s Outfit: Clothing set // boots
I walked into Axis Wellness Center nearly four years ago, after a long beach run with one of my friends. My husband had gone there for lunch one day with his coworkers and recommended it to me. Since then, the owners, Chad and Lisa, have become like family to us.
AXIS Wellness Center is located in Fort Walton Beach. They provide protein shakes, teas, and more. It also has the most relxing, friendly vibe, which makes it hard to walk away disatisfied. The owners, Chad and Lisa, treat everyone like friends, and they always welcome the kids.
Aspen and I love to meet up with Scott during our lunch breaks to catch up mid day, hang out with good company, and to drink a Nutter Butter (#14) shake. They also always make a complimentary mini shake with half the protein for Aspen, which as you can see, she loves!
I could not recommend this place more to those living in the Fort Walton area. It’s a perfect place to learn more about nutrition, get fitness assessments done, take zumba classes, and to sign up for fit camps.
With the Holidays approaching, and the New Year on the horizon, AXIS is a great way to help stay on track, or to gain the tools and motivation to get on track.
** Bonus: First shake is free! **
Follow AXIS on Facebook to learn more.
Lately I have found myself intrigued with the idea of simplistic living, and because of it I have began a week long process of de-cluttering and re-organizing my home and life. The first on my list? My desk.
Why? Because this is where the most cluttered parts of my life stem from. My desk drawer was an absolute nightmare. It was filled with random papers, recipts, old checks, to-do lists from over a year ago, chords to electronics that I have apparently lost, and a clutter of batteries. It’s honestly emberassing how disasterous it was. But after an hour or two of going through each and every item in that drawer, it now has a whole new (and neat) look. Next on my list is to get actual drawer organizers so I can put everything in a specific and purposeful place. I can’t wait to show you all pictures of it when I am done.
But, because I am a thrifty shop-aholic (I get it from my mom), I can’t just walk out ot TJ Maxx without a few goodies. While trying to stay consistent with my more organized lifetsyle, I decided to pick up more intentional pieces, such as: a journal to write out my thoughts, a list to write out my daily to-do’s where I can see them in plain sight, a cute little “mom boss” name plate to keep me motivated, and some delicious coconut cookies (Aspen approved).
Next on my organizational list is all of our closets, and then my coffee bar. And hopefully soon I will have a pretty, white toy organizer for Aspen’s books and toys. Decluttering is something I try to do at least once a year, but I have a difficult time maintaining it. If you have any tips and tricks with keeping an organized home while raising a toddler, please comment and let me know!
When my mom confirmed she was going to be visiting us, I made sure to reserve a night at our newest resturant for a girls night. Conveniently, one of my greatest Florida friends had texted me as we were leaving if we wanted to go out for dinner. I quickly invited her to join us, and for the next few hours we laughed, ate delicious food, and drank coctails while listening to the waves hitting the shore.
It is hard to get he same experience as tourists when you live in a travel destination town. I mean, although we go to the beach bi-weekly, we rarely get to truly experience the natural scerenity this place offers to the anual visitors. But when we have company in town, we try very hard to give them that experience.
I first heard about this new resort and resturant by a YMCA member (btw- I also work at the Y). After hearing about the menu, I immediately decided it would be on our itinerary while my mom was here on her visit. And let’s just say, it did not disapoint. Between the three of us, we spit a fried fish appetizer, a salad, pasta primavera, and a caremel cheesecake. My mom and I also ordered a mojito and a whisky based coctail that was to die for.
All in all, between the views, the breeze, the food, and the drinks, we had a wonderful time and I could not reccomend this place more.
For more details, visit here