Wednesday, May 30, 2012

EASY Poppyseed Chicken

I love a recipe that only has 6 ingredients -- that's my kind of dinner!!

3-4 chicken breasts (I use organic/free range)
1 can cream of chicken
1/2 carton of sour cream (I use fat free)
1 stick of melted butter
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers

Heat oven to 350.  Boil chicken and shred.  Combine sour cream and cream of chicken -- once combined add shredded chicken to mixture.  Spray the bottom of your dish with cooking spray and sprinkle 3/4 the crumbled crackers on the bottom.  Pour the chicken mixture on top and then sprinkle remaining crackers.  Pour the melted butter on the top of the dish, sprinkling poppyseeds at the end and pop into oven.

Bake for 30-35 minutes and serve over brown rice.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Guest Post on Always a Blogsmaid!

So excited to guest post on Always a Blogsmaid today for Cassie's new series, Training Tuesday!

Cassie asked me to share my bridal workout I shared my current bridal body plan with her readers...I'm not a marathon runner like Cassie, so here's to hoping they don't LAUGH at me.

Y'all check it out here!

Monday, May 28, 2012


I think everyone has their own method to packing -- whether you're a "throw everything in a suitcase and hope it works out" kind of person or over-the-top organized like yours truly.

For me, I have to carefully pack.  I don't like surprises and I am always prepared - so I have to try on every outfit and here's the kicker -- I actually photograph myself in the outfit.  For example, on this particular trip I need 5 cute outfits.  I tried on about 10 -- took photos in each of them.  When you can scan through the pictures back to back on your phone it's obvious which make the cut and which don't.

You know that feeling that you think you packed some cute outfits and then when you look in the mirror when you're on vacation you think, "this is fugly?"  I've found that taking pictures of the outfits helps eliminate that fugly-outfit-on-vacation moment.

Let's get started.

A couple days before departure I'll pull out my suitcase.  I think the visual helps me brainstorm what I should  take in the days ahead.

As I brainstorm, I'll throw some items in there so when I do start the packing process, I have some items I've already considered to work with.

Then I'll start trying on.  On this particular occasion I tried on while I watched Duck Dynasty. LOVE.  




Do you see how this works?  For me it is so much more obvious to see what is going to work and what isn't by taking photos.  By doing this I have already got the basics that I will pack and when it's time to pack toiletries and accessories I will simply pull up these photos to pull what accessories will work best.

I just thought I would share what works for me.  I love reading packing tips, my grandmother who was a flight attendant in the glam 1950s STILL has ridiculously amazing packing skills.  She always has what she needs but that bag is like Mary Poppins -- it's so small but she gets everything in there!

Another packing tip that works for me: I have travel size shampoo/conditioner, pepto, tylenol, toothpaste, lotion, etc. that I keep in my travel case.  When it's time to go somewhere I can simply pull it out, add a hairbrush and a few other things and I'm good to go.

Do you have any secret packing skills?  I like these packing tips from Marie Claire if you're traveling by flight.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday's Five

1 -- Fresh roses in my favorite shade--pale pink.
2 -- Having lots of opportunities to bring out my favorite oven mitt.
 3 -- Having a bottle of wine on hand at just the time I need a glass (or three).

4 -- Home grown vegetables from the future in-laws house in the country -- YUM.

5 -- Leaving for this beach house in two days.

And taking these new Zara heels with me:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

I've been looking to mix up my workouts lately and if someone tells me I can get a well-rounded workout in only 25 minutes complete with cardio, weights and abs -- I'm in.

With 4.5 stars and almost 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon -- I decided to go with the ripped and frightening Jillian Michaels as my new personal trainer.

I have to admit...I'm kind of loving it.  It's a quick workout that is nonstop and gets right to it.  Broken up into three levels that progress with intensity -- each level follows a 3-2-1 interval system that combines strength, cardio and abs to burn calories and shred fat.  It takes such a small amount of time and I'm definitely sore the next day.  That means something is working!!

All you need is a mat and some 3-5 lb. weights.

**Black cat is optional.**

Try level 1 for yourself:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fresh Salsa

Homemade salsa is a totally different game than the stuff you buy in a jar.  This salsa recipe is a summer go to and ridiculously easy.  I would call it "dump salsa" but we all know that sounds MUCH less appetizing.

Summer Salsa

1 can black beans (rinsed)
2 cans shoepeg corn
1 can rotel
1 can diced tomatoes
1 onion (chopped)
1-2 limes (squeezed)
optional: chopped cilantro

Monday, May 21, 2012


If this tank top wasn't sold out I would totes buy one:

Friday, May 18, 2012

All White

To keep up with my white clothing obsession, I purchased some new white denim recently!! You might remember my post here begging for idea for a cute pair of white flares.  Well I splurged on some William Rast jeans on HauteLook -- thought I would give them a try.

I'll let you know how it turns out!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Monster Cookies

Made these Paula Deen MONSTER cookies and may have developed type 2 diabetes.  Delicious!  Warning:  these are the kind of cookies you make if you can take 3/4 of them somewhere else or give them away.  Paula Deen = butter, eggs & sugar.