Monday, September 14, 2020

Kitchen Confessions: Black Bean, Corn & Feta Dip

A few weeks ago we went over to some friends for dinner and I was in charge of bringing the appetizers. I don't love to cook, but I love making appetizers.  I made two different ones and they are both great for a crowd, easy to make, and great for tailgating!  Since football season is finally underway and most of us are going to be watching a lot of football at home this season, I thought I would share these easy dip recipes with y'all!  Today's recipe has been passed around and shared by several of my friends. The first time I had this one I knew I wanted the recipe because I love all things with feta cheese! 


Black Bean, Corn & Feta Dip 

Ingredients: 

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed 

2 cans white shoepeg corn, drained

1 package crumbled feta cheese 

1 bunch scallions, chopped 

1 cup apple cider vinegar 

1/2 cup olive oil 

1 tsp garlic powder 

salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

Combine all ingredients and serve with Scoops tortilla chips or Fritos. That's it...so easy and simple! 



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Friday, September 11, 2020

Pineapple Mule Recipe



Happy Friday friends! Even though it was a short week - it was a doozy of one. We're already counting down the hours until we can log-off for a few days. 

It's also a hot one. So Summer is still going strong here. On deck for the weekend we have soccer, soccer, baseball, flag football, cheer, and more soccer. 

All outside. 

So to cool off we have the pool, a cranked down A.C., and this delicious Pineapple Mule on the ready. All to be thoroughly enjoyed, but not necessarily in that order. ;)

Sharing the last recipe from our Summer Recipe series, and it's totally a "saving the best for last" situation.  



PINEAPPLE MULE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
- 2 oz of vodka
- 2 oz of pineapple juice
- 2 oz of lime juice
- 1/2 cup of ginger beer

DIRECTIONS
1. Fill a copper mug with ice. 
2. Pour vodka, ginger beer, pineapple juice and lime juice over ice. 
3. Gently stir and enjoy! 





Cheers to Summer! 


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Thursday, September 10, 2020

All Things Fall with Findlay Rowe {Giveaway!}

Pumpkin spice lattes have made their official appearance. Porches are donning mums. Mornings are less humid, and dare we say - crisp. That can only mean one thing - Fall has arrived!

Fall is one of those few seasons that seems to excite everyone. And judging from what we see on our social media feeds - we mean EVERYONE. We all have Fall fever. 

Especially this year. 

Football seasons look questionable. Halloween parties seem to be on the chopping block. And festivals??Well...here's hoping we perfect our culinary skills ASAP, otherwise does anyone know a good vender willing to deliver warm funnel cakes and all things deep fried directly to our doorsteps?  Even though so many things are up in the air, chaotic, and unknown - it seems like everyone is ready to move forward and simply enjoy the season.

Bring on all the Fall things!!!

{Love, love, love all the wreaths! They get re-stocked often!}


ALL THINGS FALL WITH FINDLAY ROWE

To get our local Fall fix in, we headed to Findlay Rowe. The shop is an instant mood booster from the minute you walk in the door. 


Gorgeous Fall decor touches are everywhere and spicy aromas are wafting through the air. 

(Ladies, I'm going to need you to order at least another case or two of this delicious scent.)

There are a ton of great items on hand to get yourself ready for all things Fall. Here were some of our favorite items. 

HOME DECOR

Findlay Rowe is known for their vast selection of home decor. Each season or holiday we like to pop-in because they always always have the latest trends and best brands (both national and local) stocked in their shop. 


We love these metal signs they had on display intermixed with mixed metal pumpkins and the infamous Hot Skwash plush pumpkins. These would be perfect for a Fall themed entry table! 

Speaking of everyone's favorite plush pumpkins - Findlay Rowe keeps a large selection of Hot Skwash pumpkins in their store. In every color, size, and pattern. There is even a to die for snow leopard pattern we just saw released on their Instagram

A local designer comes in each season and helps make wreaths and floral arrangements for the store. They are swoon worthy in person. Our pictures don't do them justice! All of them are available for purchase, and we've been warned they don't last long. 

Gorgeous florals, glass jar accessories and wood bead touches. We love it all. 


This welcome sign also caught our eye. We love how these are displayed on porches, but thought this option had a unique twist. 



It can simply be a "welcome" sign, or it can be topped with a removable attachment. They had several options on hand but we are partial to the magnolia one (obviously) and the "Happy Fall Y'all" ones. 


Fall Entertaining

Fall is one of our favorite seasons to entertain in. There are just so many opportunities to host gatherings. From football kick-off to Thanksgiving and everything in between. For years now Findlay Rowe has been our go-to shop for helping us entertain in style. 

They carry entire lines of Nora Fleming, Happy Everything, Mud Pie, and Beatriz Ball just to name a few (take a peek at some of the pieces here). Our favorite thing about them though is that even if you aren't sure how exactly how to put everything together they have great displays partnered with book suggestions and coordinating accessories to make it easy. 



Over the Summer our kids became obsessed with charcuterie boards (this was a movement we full endorsed). In store we found a ton of great boards in a variety of sizes. We already can't wait to create a fun Halloween themed one for the kids next month! 

This book had a ton of great ideas too!



Scents of Fall

We mentioned earlier that we love the Nest Pumpkin Chai candles, but the scent that we go back to each and every Fall is the Thymes Simmered Cider line

This is one of our items to always have on hand, and one of the first to as a gift. Those adorable little copper pot containers can be reused once the candle is done. A candle that turns into a Moscow mule? Yes please! 


Fall Fashion

Leggings, leopard, and lush cardigans. Need we say more? 

Okay, we will. But you and your credit card have been warned. 

Spanx are our biggest Fall wardrobe staple. We wear them for everything. With tunic tops, as workout wear, with heels to a party - literally with everything. We were so excited to see that Findlay Rowe has a huge selection of Spanx in stock. From the trendy snake skin denim to our favorite black camo pair - there's a whole back corner dedicated to the best pants ever. 


This "Dolly for President" tee is about as political as you will ever see us get. But we fully endorse it. 

Headbands are a big accessory this year, and these ones are totally on trend. We love that leopard bee embroidered one! 


And give us all the Fall jewelry

Inspiredesigns is bringing it this year with their new Fall lines. We love all these layered looks! 


Football Ready

Football isn't dead yet. And we hope it comes back so that we can homegate with this super cutie little beaded football handbag from Mary Frances

{spanx, black earringsblack leather wrap bracelet, Inspiredesigns leather bangle}

Seriously, how cute is it? 

{dress, Mary Frances bag, red leather wrap, black beaded ID bracelet, leather game day wrap ID bracelet}

We've chatted before about all the great things Findlay Rowe has in stock for football season, but as a quick refresher here's a little sneak peek...



And because we are partial to one team (ahem, GO DAWGS!) we can't resist these fun accessories. 






GIVEAWAY TIME! 

Since we all love Fall so much we couldn't resist doing a little something to bring all the Fall things to one of you too! While we were shopping in Findlay Rowe, we teamed up with Barbra and Audrey to curate this fun little Fall entertaining and decor set. 


One lucky winner will receive the entire set (valued at $175!!). It includes: 

- 1 Hot Skwash baby pumpkin
- 1 Mud Pie Paulownia Tray
- 3 Mudpie Serving dishes
- 1 Mudpie serving ramekan
- 1 Mudpie toothpick holder
- 1 decorative magnolia branch




To enter please comment with your favorite thing about Fall. For extra entries please visit this post on Instagram. 



Winner we be selected at random and announced on Friday, September 18, 2020. Entries open until 11:59p.m. Thursday, September 17th. Winner must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident. Winner will have 48hrs upon announcement to claim prize or another winner will be drawn. 

Good luck everyone!! 


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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Wall Organization Inspiration

Now that we are back in the swing of a new school year and Fall activities, I am desperately trying to get my busy family organized. I constantly feel we are living a groundhog's day version of that moment in Home Alone. You know the one I'm talking about? The panicked rush from the house through the airport scene?  

We're all running around in different directions, with different activities, and my husband and I have a mostly well coordinated afternoon activities pick-up/drop-off routine that luckily hasn't left any poor child behind or forgotten. 

Somewhere along the line I realized that I was the keeper of all the things. The four other people were constantly asking me, "Where are we going today?" or "What time is practice today?" or "What are our weekend plans?"

wall organization system

I've been eyeing this wall organization system from Pottery Barn for forever, but for some reason I've never pulled the trigger. I love the idea of having everything written and available in a central location so that my kids and husband all know what our schedule is or where they need to be without asking me. Because bless them if I suddenly go missing one day. 

I think part of my hesitation is that the wall system is on the pricier side. I know there are less expensive options out there, but it is nice this one is all packaged up and ready for you in one click. I also remembered last year Carrie Beth did this same thing for her family and found a super cute chalkboard wall calendar that she loves. 

acrylic wall calendar


After looking a little deeper, I realized our faithful shopping friend - Amazon - has some great options available. I still haven't decided what to do, but.... I am planning on getting this done by the end of the week. Here's are some of the fun wall organization options I've found so far in case you are thinking you want to organize your family too! 


wall organization available from Amazon

  1. Oversized Framed Monthly Calendar - Love this option! It comes in a variety of wood frame options as well as different backgrounds aside from the traditional white board option (ex: chalkboard, galvanized tin, etc.). It's the perfect calendar to mix and match other organization pieces with. 

  2. Hidden Chalkboard/Corkboard - What a great way to keep everything nice and organized while still being decorative. Love this option - especially to hide away messy pinned projects and invitations. 

  3. Custom organization board - Am I the only one who didn't know Amazon offered personalized items too?! The minute I saw this customized framed white board I fell in love. It comes completely customized and every section/name/frame color/etc. can be something tailored to organize your family. And it's a steal! 

  4. Framed White Board w/Notes - Similar to the one above, but slightly larger without the customization. I love the fact that it has a "notes" and a "to do" section included. 

  5. Get Things Done - I thought this framed "Get Things Done" white board was the perfect addition to a wall organization system. I like the size of it as well as the fact it has a ton of different frame and background options (it even has a galvanized version!)

  6. Galvanized Framed Monthly Calendar - Speaking of galvanized things, I thought this galvanized monthly calendar was perfect for all the farmhouse decor lovers we know. It is also magnetized as well!



  7. Acrylic Calendar Options - Acrylic decor is having a moment right now and there are so many on trend calendar options on Amazon as well as accessories to make your own complete wall organization system. I like this monthly version with gold detailing (comes with matching gold accessories and a weekly option!), but I thought this square one was cute too!  

  8. Hanging Burlap Organizer - I thought this framed organizer was genius! It has burlap wrapped pockets that can also be used as a push board with pins. It's dual purpose makes it a great mix and match piece with the wall calendars! 

  9. Hanging Basket Organizers - Almost all wall systems I looked at had some sort of hanging basket organizer to hold mail, magazines, etc. There are SO many great options on Amazon, but these triple tiered wire ones that come in various color finishes were some of my favorite - especially at that price! I also like this little trio of baskets


I'll follow up with what I pick soon! But let me know if you have one of these and what are your favorites! 




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