Tuesday, September 19, 2017

one pot recipes

I'm all for simple cooking, people. I got quite a few questions on the recipe for the dishes below, so wanted to make sure I shared with ya'll! 

White Chicken Chili

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts trimmed of excess fat
1 yellow onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
24 oz. chicken broth (low sodium)
2 15oz cans great Northern beans drained and rinsed
2 4oz cans diced green chiles (I do one hot, one mild)
1 15oz can whole kernel corn drained
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
small handful fresh cilantro chopped
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese softened
1/4 cup half and half

    Add chicken breasts to bottom of slow cooker (we have this one and LOVE it), top with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
      Top with diced onion, minced garlic, great Northern beans, green chiles, corn, chicken broth and cilantro.  Stir.
        Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
          Remove chicken to large mixing bowl, shred, then return to slow cooker.
            Add cream cheese and half and half, stir, then cover and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes, or until chili is creamy and slightly thickened.
              Stir well and serve with desired toppings.

              One Pot Lasagna Soup

              1 pound lean ground beef or half Italian sausage
              1 yellow onion, diced
              4-5 garlic cloves, minced
              1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
              1 24 oz. jar Prego Traditional Italian Sauce
              8-10 cups low sodium chicken broth, divided
              1 14 oz. can can crushed tomatoes
              2 tablespoons tomato paste
              2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
              1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
              1 tablespoon dried basil
              1 tsp EACH dried parsley, dried oregano, salt
              1/2 teaspoon pepper
              1 whole bay leaf
              10 uncooked lasagna noodles broken into approx. 1-2 inch pieces*
              1/2 cup heavy cream,optional**

              1. Heat large Dutch oven/large soup pot over medium high heat. Add beef and onion and cook, stirring occasionally until beef is browned. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 30 seconds. Drain off any excess fat.
              2. Add Prego Sauce, 6 cups chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, spices and lasagna noodles. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until lasagna noodles are tender, stirring occasionally (approximately 20-30 minutes).
              3. Discard bay leaf and stir in heavy cream (optional) and 2-4 cups chicken broth to reach desired consistency. Garnish individual servings with desired amount of cheeses.


              Monday, September 18, 2017

              prepping your wardrobe for fall

              With the first day of Fall starting this week, I've been full steam ahead on prepping my wardrobe for the upcoming cooler temps. Sharing with you guys some of the picks that I've added to my closet!

              via (under $50 and free monogramming!)

              via (under $40!) 


              Thursday, September 14, 2017

              falling for mules

              Something I have not been able to get enough of this season are mules. From super versatile to wild and crazy pairs, they can complete any outfit effortlessly. Here are a few pairs I have my eye on (and in my closet!) 

              The best part? All are under $200 (most under $100!) You're welcome. 






              Thursday, August 24, 2017

              The Real Raleigh

              Remember me? I swear I'm going to get better about posting! Anyway, yesterday our little house was featured on The Real Raleigh with our lovely neighbor and designer, Jamie Meares! 

              Make sure to check out the full feature here

              Monday, October 17, 2016


              This weekend was quite the eventful one! Friends had babies, got puppies and surprise parties were thrown! Whew, Monday you came too fast.

              Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to head to the hospital. Close friends of ours welcomed their precious baby boy on Friday evening and meeting that sweet little baby was the highlight of my weekend. Little Liam, you are already so very loved! 

              Saturday evening I helped a friend plan a surprise 30th birthday for her husband. It was a success! He was surprised and we all had a great time.

              Sunday was absolutely gorgeous. 80 degree perfection. We spent most of the day outside with friends..and of course puppies. Can you even believe this face?

              And of course we can't forget the OG (original golden) who had quite the day accompanying us to outdoor bars and restaurants all day. 

              sunglasses (similar), top (similar), jeans, sandals
              Despite the warm weather this week, I know the colder temps are on the way...that said, I took full advantage of the outerwear sale going through today at J. Crew
              I got this coat for over $100 off and think it'll get a ton of wear this fall and winter!
              Its a busy week ahead as we prep for Nashville at the end of this week to celebrate the Mr's 31st birthday! Any must see/do/eat/drink spots? 



              Thursday, October 13, 2016

              hurry! shopbop sale pics

              Just as quickly as it came, its nearly gone again! I picked up a few items during the sale that were just too good of deals to pass up! Here are my top picks!

              I may be biased, but I may never wear any other pair of jeans other than FRAME. These are the perfect, classic cut that I love. Yes please. 

              Now is the time to get those investment pieces! I cannot wait to wear my leather jacket this season. Dressed up or down, it's the perfect go-to.
              If you haven't already, now is the time to stock up on LAFCO candles. This one is wonderful! I  found this the perfect time to stock up for upcoming gifts (and for us!) The Ski House came with me too, its perfect for upcoming cold nights!

              Love this! 

              These booties will get so much wear! I have a similar taupe pair that I wear nearly 5 days a week! Plus, they are just at $100!

              Hurry, ends tonight at midnight!



              Thursday, September 8, 2016

              best fall booties (under $150!)

              Today, I've rounded up some of my favorite pairs of (affordable!) booties.

              These booties come in under $100 and are the perfect versatile option. I envision them being able to be dressed up or down, and I love the color! 

              I've had my eye on these the past couple of weeks. They are the perfect wear now and later option. The reviews mention that they are super comfortable and I see them paired perfectly with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans. These babies are also under $100.

              Ugg has the most comfortable shoes, and these booties look no different! I love the shorter option with skinny jeans and a button down for weekend errands. These are currently marked down and $30 off! 

              I had the hardest time finding a black pair that I loved last year. I wish I had seen these! The best part about a stacked heel is that even though they are a bit high, they are always super comfortable. 

              Okay, so these are a smidge over budget, but only by a few! They were just too cute not to mention. I adore the buckle detail.

              Jack Rogers have been in my wardrobe for over a decade. Their booties are too cute and for the price and Jack Rogers quality, they are the perfect Fall wardrobe staple!

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