I can’t believe this week puts us at only seven weeks away from meeting our baby girl!! (Well, according to her “guess date”). Everything is basically ready and now all I can do is wait!! Meanwhile, her sweet nursery is only missing one thing- her!!
I have put a lot of thought and meaning into decorating it and I just can’t wait. I hope she can feel the love. In case you missed it, we had a total blast restoring my childhood dresser, creating a matching mirror, and putting together a little craft to hang! We also have a piece hanging from our wedding above her bed!
//Changing Pad Cover: Little Unicorn (it can also be found at Spearmint LOVE, where you get free shipping & 10% off your first order)!
// Sheets: Little Unicorn (it can also be found at Spearmint LOVE, where you get free shipping & 10% off your first order)!
// Ballerina: Target // Pillow: Target // Elephant: Target
I am so so excited to meet this little angel. She is all I can think about! I am going crazy with anticipation!
Last weekend Michael, Steph, Virginia, and I went and had brunch downtown. Michael has been begging try out the brunch at The Southern. I am really not a breakfast girl so i’ve been putting it off. However, with two other breakfast lovers in the house that weekend I decided it was finally time to try it! Michael was of course, beyond happy.
The Southern is located on Third Ave South. I was worried about parking (I really hate parking downtown), but there is complimentary valet for customers! That was so smart of them. It made it so convenient! Another convenience factor is you can make reservations ahead of time, so no wait line. (I seriously would make a reservation if you can! We saw a ton of people waiting for tables).
The atmosphere itself was cute. I loved the decor and the waitstaff was incredibly friendly for 10am. We all ordered a variety of things from the brunch menu so that everyone could try each other’s food. Michael tried the Steak and Biscuit Benedict, I ordered the Hot Cakes, and then we also got an appetizer called S.O.S.- Two buttermilk biscuits with country ham gravy. Steph and Gia ordered Chocolate Chip Hot Cakes to split, then Gia got the Southern Fried Egg Sandwich, and Steph got Crab Cake Hash. Everyone seemed to love everything. I know my Hot Cakes were fabulous… I literally scrapped the plate clean!
The wait wasn’t too bad either. The only less than great thing was the bathrooms. They have the weirdest sinks ever! There is no basin, it’s just like a slightly tilted piece of marble. I understand the concept. The water is just supposed to run to the back of the marble where there is a drain. However, really just water and soap is flying everywhere. Also, I’m so short and my belly is so huge that I was having to press up against the counter to reach the faucet, getting my shirt seriously wet. Stylish in theory, but not the most functional sink i’ve ever seen.
Overall, I would definitely recommend trying it! I’ve had lunch there before and it was fabulous, but I have a feeling Michael will want to go back for brunch soon!
If you’re a follower of my blog, you’ve heard me mention a local event planning company, Inspired Help. Inspired Help was the genius behind our GORGEOUS wedding style shoot. (Also, our wedding invitations). The main amazing woman behind the company is Brittany. She just so happens to be married to Michael’s best friend- making her Aunt Brittany to our soon to come baby girl!!
Brittany is one of the most creative, talented people I know. So when she offered to throw our shower I was THRILLED. I sent her some Pinterest pins of things I like and told her I 100% trusted her.
Brittany handled the invitations and all the decorations, so my mom only had to prepare the food and one of my “sisters,” Virginia, prepared a game. (She brought Polaroid film and had people write Nolie a letter to open on her 18th birthday. Then they included a photo of what they looked like that day). It was so nice for us not to have to worry about any of it! I had zero concerns because I know Brittany never doesn’t anything less than excellent.
Saturday morning I was so excited I couldn’t sleep at all. I literally laid in bed for three hours waiting for an acceptable time to wake Michael up. The morning was spent at my moms house getting ready and prepping some small things like fruit salad. When it finally came time to go over to the clubhouse I was so excited! Everything was beautiful. Brittany had created a gorgeous space with vases and cases of my favorite flowers!! Everyone commented on how beautiful it was.
So many of our friends and family were able to come to and they showered us in so much love. It was actually really overwhelming. I am so blessed and I am so thankful that our little girl will grow up with so much support!!
If you have any event planning needs, you seriously should look into Inspired Help. Brittany and her team are the most hard working, creative, detail oriented people I know. You will love it!!
Balloons: LovelyPartyStudio // Dress: Ross // Shoes: Aldo’s // Michael’s Shirt: J. Crew // Michael’s Jeans: Lucky // Michael’s Boots: Levi // Flower Crown: Hand made by Brittany
(All photos by Sophie Davison Photography)
Last weekend Sophie invited me over and we had a great night crafting! It was seriously so fun. We put on a movie and set to work embroidering burp clothes and blankets. Sophie was a great teacher and had me going in no time.
In the end I embroidered five burp clothes and six blankets. I am seriously so excited!! I wanted to embroider EVERYTHING, but I had to have some self control. Since we want another baby sometime in the future I thought it might be best if not everything literally had Enolia’s name on it.
Next craft night I think I’ll embroider her special towel and robe. It’s going to be so fun!!
Recently I decided to make chocolate covered strawberries for the first time in years. It was so much simpler than I expected! It literally called for two ingredients. And took me less than 10 minutes to do. They turned out great and were so easy!
To start I washed the strawberries. They were on sale at Publix for $2.50 for an entire carton! After washing I dried them and then picked out the prettiest to use. The rest I packed for Michael’s lunch for the next day.
Next I got the chocolate ready. I ended up using the Ghirardelli white choclate melting chips. (Less than four dollars after tax). I loved them and it was so simple. Literally I poured them into a glass bowl and microwaved it for thirty seconds. Then stirred it. Then microwaved again for another thirty seconds and it was ready!
From there it’s a simple matter of dipping the strawberries in the chocolate. (You just hold the greenery in your fingers and rotate the strawberry for even coating). Then I laid them to dry on a sheet of aluminum foil- I was out of wax paper but the foil worked just fine!
Lastly, you just leave them to cool so that the chocolate hardens. Literally less than ten dollars and ten minutes to complete. I also had a bunch of leftover chocolate so I made chocolate covered pretzels too. It was so simple.
I was thrilled with how it turned out. Michael was so impressed (he’s about to read how easy it was though!) I also couldn’t help but get excited when I realized this is going to be the perfect activity to do with the baby when she is older! It’s simple and a fun treat!
Last week I decided to search Pinterest for some new dinner ideas. Michael didn’t have any requests, so when I stumbled on a recipe from a blogger, Sweet Dash of Sass, I decided to try her recipe for Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells. (Now that’s a long title).
Her recipe called for the following ingredients:
- 1 jar (16 oz) alfredo sauce
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheddar (or mozzaerlla) cheese
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan
- 21 jumbo pasta shells, cooked
- 1½ – 2 cups spaghetti sauce (optional, but I love the combination of alfredo with tomato sauce!)
- Salt/Pepper to season (if needed)
Here is what I used:
- Kroger brand Alfredo starter mix
- Barilla Jumble Shells
- Cheddar Cheese
- Half a head of broccoli
- Chicken- cooked & shredded (I just eyed how much I thought Michael and I would eat)
- Three Cheese Spaghetti Sauce (Just enough to line the pan)
I honestly didn’t really look at her directions, but upon further reflection they were easy to follow. However, if you are super unfamiliar with cooking maybe confusing. Here is a breakdown of how I prepared them. (AKA here is where I started to just do what I wanted).
First, I trimmed the fat off of the chicken while I boiled water in a larger pan. When the chicken was prepped and the water was boiling I put the chicken in the pan to boil it.
While the chicken boiled, I chopped the broccoli and washed it. Then I put it in my rice cooker. It has an option for steaming that makes preparing our veggies super easy! While they steamed (there is a timer that turns it off when they are done) I made the Alfredo sauce.
Right as the sauce finished the chicken was done boiling. I put the sauce on a back burner and turned off the heat. Then I strained the chicken and put it in a mixing bowl. I refilled the pot and began boiling the water for the noodles.
As the noodles boiled I used two forks to shred the chicken. Then I put the broccoli and the Alfredo sauce in the bowl, along with the cheddar cheese. I mixed it all together.
When the noodles were done I drained them and let them cool for a few minutes. While I waited I poured spaghetti sauce along the bottom of a glass pan. Then I took the shells and stuffed them with the chicken mixture. I lined them up along the spaghetti sauce lined pan. Then baked them for like five minutes on 350 degrees.
After that they were ready to serve! I like mine plain, but I soooned the spaghetti sauce on top of Michael’s. I put together a fruit salad and dinner was done! It was delicious. We both absolutely loved it. This is definitely going to become a regular meal.
Side note: can we talk about how cute my Kate Spade pots & cutting board are?? I also have the pan set & muffin tins. I’m so obsessed 😍plus, the color almost perfectly matches my Kitchen Aid set.
This was literally two weeks ago, but I am so excited to finally have the time to share this recipe with y’all!! For Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something special. I love going out to eat, but honestly the thought of dealing with an overwhelmed waitstaff, hungry crowds, and bad parking was not appealing to me. So I decided to cook Michael dinner. At first I was at a loss for what to make. I wanted it to be special, not just another night of me cooking. Then I remembered that a few months ago I had asked his Great Grandmother for some of her favorite recipes. I knew Michael hadn’t had them in at least a dozen years, if not more.
Everyone who knows me, knows I am the pickiest eater. However, I pushed that aside for one night and began my adventure of trying to make my first corned beef brisket. It was very intimidating. If we ever eat red meat Michael usually goes and buys it. I hate looking at it, it makes me super squeamish. But I went to the store and one of the employees helped me find what I was looking for!
Here is what you will need:
- 3-4 lbs corned beef brisket
- 2 onions quartered
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 turnips (diced)
- Potatos (diced)
- Cabbage (optional)
The recipe starts by putting the meat in a Dutch oven or large pan and then adding enough water until it is submerged. (Note that I halved the recipe listed above)! I added in the bay leaf and the corn beef seasoning that came with the meat and the garlic. Next you bring the water to a boil. Once it reaches a boil you turn it down until it is just simmering.
(Featuring my gorgeous Kate Spade glass cutting board)
From there I let the meat cook for about thirty minutes. Then I added in the potatoes, turnip, and carrots. (All diced). I covered it again and just let it simmer!
In the end it took much googling and a few frantic phone calls but I had everything going!! When Michael got home the first thing he said was how great it smelt! (Ironically I had all the windows open because I felt like it smelt bad!) he was so surprised and crazy excited. It was such a sweet Valentine’s Day surprise!
We sat down to eat and I was so happy to hear that it turned out perfect! Michael gobbled it down. (And took the leftovers for lunch and ate them all). That made me feel like a real winner! I’m so happy that he was happy.
Unsurprisingly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the brisket. The texture of the meat is odd to me. However, I ate a ton of the veggies. The best part is that the smallest piece of meat I could get was over three and a half pounds. It was HUGE for two people! So I cut it in half before starting… the bigger half is in the freezer now. I’ll have to make it again! The gift that keeps on giving haha. I hope you guys try it and let me know if you are with Michael and love it!