Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Weekend cooking recap!

I've been doing a lot of cooking lately, so I thought I'd do a little Tuesday meal recap. If you don't already know, I share all of my cooking on a separate instagram account here. Before I was married I did very little cooking. Chris came from a family where everything was cooked from scratch, and always ridiculously delicious. Needless to say, I had to figure it out fairly quick to keep my man happy! More than anything, I've just kind of taught myself as I've gone along. Sometimes I follow  a recipe, and sometimes I make it up. The past few days I've made a couple of delicious meals, that all got rave reviews!

Saturday morning I decided to make chili. It's not feeling even the slightest bit like fall here, but I didn't care. I like to make chili in the crockpot, but I brown the meat in a skillet on the stove first. Each time I make it, it's a little different, because I usually just throw in what ever I have. This time I threw in kidney beans, chili beans, rotel, half a large yellow onion, and half a green bell pepper. I also used chili seasoning, cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne. This is not an exact science. I taste it as it cooks and continue to add different spices until it's just right. There is definitely no measuring with this recipe, which I love!
We enjoyed it Saturday afternoon while we watched some college football.

Sunday, I decided to try a couple new things. First, I meal prepped for the week. This week I made teriyaki chicken casserole. I found the recipe here. It's also posted on my Pinterest. I added more of everything, since I was making it for lunches for the both of us for the week. Also, I cut the chicken into small pieces instead of shredding, just because Chris doesn't love shredded chicken, but other than that I pretty much stuck to the recipe. Y'all, this is good! I know the rice isn't super healthy, so I added more of the chicken and veggies. What makes the dish is the sauce. So good, and really easy to make! I'll never be using a pre-made teriyaki sauce again!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

My top 4 wedding day tips!

We are at that point in life when it seems like everyone is getting married. We are already attending four weddings in the next year, three that we are in, and I'm anticipating a few more save the dates in our mailbox soon. I am so excited for all of our friends tying the knot. Our wedding was the happiest day of my life, and although marriage takes some pretty serious work, it's so much fun, and so rewarding. I'm super pumped for anyone who is planning this special day, and it definitely makes me think back to our wedding. A couple people gave me some great advice leading up to the big day, and there are some things I'm just thankful I handled well. I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite pieces of advice for my friends, and any other people out there getting ready to walk down that isle.

1. This one is totally obvious, but don't stress. The weeks before your wedding, this will probably be impossible. There are so many final things to do and people to pay, and it's pretty much complete chaos. That being said, the day of your wedding, whats done is done. There is nothing you can do about the photographer being late, or those extra people showing up, or half the groom's family arriving an hour early, making it impossible to get all those "before" shots you wanted. Yes, this all happened to me. There was also a torrential down pour that threw a huge wrench in the whole getting ready process, a bartender that didn't have enough ice, and we were both late.. and not just a couple minutes. I hope you have designated someone to take care of all the little things that arise, but even if you do, you will likely hear about them. There's nothing you can do, so just don't worry about it. What matters is that you both showed up, your friends and family are there, and you're going to become husband and wife, and celebrate with people who love you. It didn't matter that all of those things happened. The music started, I walked down the isle, and everything went perfectly. My focus stayed on Chris, and on wanting to remember each and every second. Because of that, I just didn't have time to worry about anything else. Remember, this day is so much bigger than the party you are throwing. Focus on enjoying each second.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun Fall Snack Mix!

Fall is here! Today is finally the first day of fall, and although it doesn't feel like it here in Texas (95 degrees today) I am pumped. Fall is probably my favorite season, and with the Christmas season creeping earlier and earlier each year (No, I don't want peppermint coffee in October!) I decided to get a jump on things, even if it's still sweltering outside. When you walk in my house, I want you to feel fall. I have all the fall decorations out, the fall scented candles are burning, and the "pumpkin pie" wax is in all the scentsys. I pulled out my glass pumpkin jar I got last year, and I needed something to fill it. Candy corn seemed a bit too boring, so I went to Pinterest. I pinned a few snack mixes, but none were really what I wanted, so I made my own recipe. 

2c Honey Chex
2c Wheat Chex
3tbsp Butter
2 1/2tsp Vanilla
1/8c Brown Sugar
1tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1c Caramel Corn
1c Fall colored M&Ms (I actually used peanut butter ones)
1c Pretzels
2c Candy Corn

This recipe is so easy because you don't really need to measure. I am just not a measuring kinda girl. I really rarely follow a recipe. Usually I glance at a picture on Pinterest and just try to make it on my own. A lot of times I don't even bother reading the ingredients lists. Oops! There are a few similar recipes on my on my Pinterest here if you're someone who prefers something a little less thrown together. That is where I got some of my inspiration for this particular mix.

Here we go!

1.Melt butter in a dish, add vanilla and set aside. 
2.Mix together your brown sugar and pumpkin spice. You can use more, I just wanted a really thin coating. 
3.Toss your cereal in butter mixture, and then in the sugar/spice mixture. 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Little About Me

Happy Tuesday! What better to do on a Tuesday afternoon than share some random facts about myself? This morning I sat down and answered 25 questions about me so my readers could get to know me a little better! Here it goes!

1. What is your middle name?: 
I have two. Renee Campbell. My dad just really liked Renee, and Campbell is a family name. 
2. What was your favorite subject at school?: 
I've always loved writing, (Shocker!) so English, Creative Writing, and Newspaper were some of my favorite classes.
3. What is your favorite drink?: 
I love water. I don't really drink sodas so if it's not water it's a green tea from Starbucks. Also- margaritas! Duh!
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hello September

We're already almost through the first week of September. How did that happen? On September 2nd I turned 29 and we spent the long Labor Day weekend celebrating with friends.  It's Thursday and I still haven't totally gotten back into the swing of things. I've had a really easy week. The boys I nanny started a part time preschool this week, so I got some extra time off which was really nice. I was able to get so much done yesterday. Now that we're almost through the first week of September, I feel ready to conquer it. I decided this was a good month to start blogging some of my monthly goals. Maybe it will give you inspiration, and maybe it will keep me on track.  

September goals
Get everything bought/planned/packed for Mexico. 
Attend (and blog about) the Austin bachelorette trip. 
Visit the Texas State Fair.
Finally try to sell the pile of things we no longer need.
Attend Chris' work outing at the Rangers game. 
Stick to four day a week workouts. 

Bring on September, fall, football, and all the pumpkin things! I'm so ready! 
What are your September goals??

XO -Megs