Saturday, December 31, 2011

InstaFriday (2 weeks)

Another round of InstaFriday and still love Instagram.

This Instafriday full of busy holiday loveliness.

: Wine & Christmas tree..perfect combo :: Ol time memories at 50th anniversary basketball game :: Sewing lessons for Miss Whitney :: Sweet babe sleeping :: Neighbor Gifts :: Bestie in town! :: Girls night out :: Christmas tree..I miss it already :: Boots & Bows. My new favorite : 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

recipe :: creamy artichoke dip

This was a new recipe for me before the holidays. I saw it here and thought I would give it a try.

Easy was in the title so I thought I could handle it.

We had a bunch of holiday parties this year and after taking it to the first, I knew that it would be on the agenda for the next few.

It takes about 15-20 minutes to prepare, throw in the oven for an hour and pull out right before you head out. I had almost all of the ingredients on hand which makes this even easier.

Easy enough.

Ingredients ::
2 cans of Artichoke Hearts (chop them)
2 -8oz packages of Cream Cheese
1 cup of Mayonnaise
1 tsp. of Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp of Lemon or Lime Juice
1 cup of Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 can of Diced Green Chilies
Dash of Garlic Powder
1 Sourdough Bread Bowl
1 loaf of Sourdough Bread (they didn't have sourdough so we used 
Ciabatta and it worked just as well)

Chop. Mix. Pour. Bake.
That is about the extent of what this takes.

Soften cream cheese and chop artichoke hearts. Then mix all ingredients together. Hollow out your bread bowl and pour mixture into bowl. (You are then suppose to put the bread bowl lid back on before baking but I overflowed my bread bowl so it wasn't possible, and it turned out just fine.) Wrap in foil and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Unwrap foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes so bread bowl and dip brown. While it is baking cut up your loaf of bread to use to dip. Take to a party and be the hit of the party! Enjoy!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Easy neighbor/teacher/coworker gift!

Each year you have those gifts that you have to give. The ones where you don't know the person so well to know what personal gift they would enjoy, but just enough to know something that would be useful and make them smile.

Enter a gift that requires little brain work and a cute outcome.

All you need is a candle (bottle of wine, liter of soda, etc), ribbon, a hole punch and a gift card.

Hole punch card.
Wrap ribbon through hole. (I used tulle and raffia).
Tie around candle.

Super easy and highly appreciated.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Recipe :: cream cheese chicken enchiladas

I have a few rules when I do the cooking.
--Close to five ingredients or less.
--All ingredients I can get from a grocery store or Walmart, no special trips to Whole Foods or anything.
--Simple to cook.

Lately I have been on a new recipe kick but finding recipes that abide by these rules are difficult. This week I tried this one. It did not disappoint.

I have posted the recipe below with a few simple changes that I made. So amazing.

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas ::

2-3 chicken breasts, shredded {OR rotisserie chicken}
1 {8 oz.} pkg. cream cheese
1 28 oz. can green enchilada sauce 
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cups cooked rice 
1-2 cups shredded monterrey & colby cheese

Mix chicken, 1/3 of the enchilada sauce, and softened cream cheese.
Meanwhile cook rice and rinse and black beans.

Pour another 1/3 of the enchilada sauce into a greased 9x13 glass pan.
This is something I did not do and ended up with missing bottoms of my enchiladas.

Put rice, then beans, and then top with chicken mixture.

Put upside down in baking dish.

Once all in dish, top with cheese. The more the better!

Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Turn on your broil and broil with the foil off for five minutes to 
get the cheese brown.

Enjoy with sour cream, salsa, or plain since they are so delicious already.

(sorry for horrible dark pictures, we tend to not eat dinner before 8pm)

Friday, December 16, 2011


Another edition of InstaFriday. The past couple weeks have been slow on the Instagram front.

Enjoy the few I have.

Love Christmas shopping in front of the Christmas tree and a 
Lifetime movie. Love me some free shipping.

10 orders of fabric. Stress city but the best kind of stress.

Four of the ten on the way to delivery.

Two yards of Amy Butler fabric for $8.62. 
Yes please.

Olivias room makeover complete. Run out of room in my house for 
all my ideas so I go for making over others houses.

First time I have craved a thing ever.

#ATB Never Forgotten. Love my West community I came from.

Cuptakes App..beautiful backgrounds for my iPhone. Next up...cute case.

Shooting for four posts in the next week. Stay tuned!

Monday, December 5, 2011

InstaFriday (a day late)

While I am running a few days behind, Fridays around here will be Instafriday! 

Instagram has become a new addiction. It has the ability to make simple, everyday pictures turn beautiful. Love it.

So here is the past couple weeks crammed into one post.

Massages and facials with mom! Groupon!

 Busy life is much more fun carrying this beauty.

Lovely view from the office. Besides Nashville getting dark at 4:15 in the afternoon, leaving the office staring at the Rymann isn't too shabby!

 I swear, the Etsy shop will be up and running soon. Many hours of work put into it.

When signing up for Pinterest, they should warn you of the addiction. It only gets worse when I put it on my iPhone also.

My neighbors are quite festive. I appreciate their Holiday goodness when finding my house in the dark.

Yes, this is what happens a half hour before quittin' time at work.

Wonderful tastings with Miss Sara Fried before Thanksgiving. A big thank you to Chef's tasty!

 Ahhh. Many, many labor of love hours spent on this beauty. Now just waiting for Baby Stuhr to make her big debut.

Home sweet home for Thanksgiving. The early morning flights come with gorgeous sunrises.

The wonderful wedding of two amazing people. So perfect for the two of them.

Going to start collecting clear ornaments after the holidays. Inspirational DIY.

And the sad departure of this lovely red door. I will miss that cute Nashville apartment.

Linking up with Life Rearranged.