Recipe: Braided Spaghetti Bread

I actually mentioned this recipe 2 months ago (see the post here) and I JUST now got around to trying it over the weekend.

Braided Spaghetti Bread

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The hubby and I were both SO excited about this recipe. Let’s be honest here, the idea of it sounds amazing! I didn’t really alter it too much – I just made my own spaghetti sauce and added ground beef. Unfortunately, the hubby and I were both mildly disappointed. It was good, especially dipped in extra meat sauce, but it wasn’t amazing. There was just too much BREAD flavor. I brushed the top with butter and then added garlic powder and Parmesan cheese, but it still just tasted like bread.

Overall, I would say it was good.. but I’d rather just make baked spaghetti. The time and effort that went into this meal was more of a pain in a butt than anything.

Another Pinterest recipe that I tried.. Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole. And (not so) surprisingly, I forgot to take a picture of it. It actually looked so pretty too! Now this recipe was definitely a winner! I loved it, especially with some sour cream on the side. Yummmyyyy. Although, I did cook the chicken prior to putting it in the oven – the idea of putting raw chicken on top of cooked potatoes kind of grossed me out.

What did you find on Pinterest this week?

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Summer, please!

I was starting to feel a little bad about neglecting my lovely blog recently.. but then I realized MANY other people are doing the same thing. Maybe it’s the winter blues? The weather here in NC is quite frustrating lately. We keep having sunny and warm days.. and then yesterday there was sleet and rain. UGH!

So my inspiration for today.. bright and summery outfits from Pinterest!

 

 

And now for some purses.. how could I resist?

 

Who else is excited for summer clothes?!

What I’m Doing Wednesday #4

Oh crap, it’s been a WHOLE WEEK since I updated last?! And I’ve actually been off work for over a week too.. so no excuses! EXCEPT I kind of have an excuse, because I finally painted another room in our house! The master bathroom is now a gorgeous burnt orange from Sherwin Williams called Pennywise 🙂 Go me! Unfortunately, now I really, really want to get new flooring and a new vanity put in there.. oh how I wish we could win the lottery and support my redecorating desires!

Okay, whining done… time for another edition of What I’m Doing Wednesday!

What I’m Wearing

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Life as Mrs. Burnett for What I Wore Wednesday!

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Flats – Guess (purchased from Macy’s), Shirts – Aeropostale
#oldclothes #perkypony #ithinkimcute

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I just liked this one, so I’m adding it.

So this is actually yesterday’s outfit. I’m returning to work tonight and currently in scrubs, so I figured that wouldn’t be very interesting! Unfortunately, this outfit isn’t very interesting either.. considering all I was doing was going grocery shopping. I think I look kind of cute though?

What I’m Obsessed With

Seriously.. MANGO SALSA. Oh my goodness, first of all (confession time).. I have a total love affair with cilantro. I mean, full on obsession. So this mango salsa was SUPER yummy and it was the perfect addition to this Jamaican Jerk Pork  🙂 I actually made a pork loin in the oven instead of the slow cooker pulled pork, but it was so, so good. It’s from this awesome website called Skinny Taste that has TONS of delicious and healthy meals.

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Not gonna lie, I ate it by the spoonful.

What I Bought

A Himalayan Salt Block! I actually bought this 2 weeks ago for my mom’s birthday but she just got it in the mail last week and finally got to use it this weekend. You can read more about them on this website (which is also where I purchased them).

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Picture courtesy of my mom.

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Picture courtesy of my mom.

What I Pinned – And Did!

I made THE CUTEST makeup brush holder based off a pin I saw on Pinterest! My hubby bought me these awesome makeup brushes for Christmas, but it was always such a hassle to use them because they were being stored under the sink. Now they have an adorable display right on the counter which makes them super easy to find and use! Once we figure out an actual decor for our bathroom, I might try to make a little canister with an actual design/pattern on the outside. But for right now, I seriously love this! More ideas can be found here.

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((Vase – $2 from Michael’s, Stones – $5 Target))

What are YOU doing today? Feel free to link up!

It’s Friday, Friday

Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Fridayyyy

And thank you Rebecca Black for this song! 😉

 

Ok, I’m truly sorry for getting that stuck in everyone’s head, but for some reason it’s in mine today and it’s driving me CRAZY. I know I’ve been MIA recently. I’ve just had one of those weeks (ok, two weeks). Work has been insane, the weather has been off and on miserable, it’s been cold, blehh. I just can’t seem to get myself together and my days have consisted of watching DVR’d shows.. and not cleaning my house. Which is what I’m supposed to be doing right now.. but I wanted to take a minute to chat with all my lovely readers 🙂

A few weeks ago I made a post about my Top 10 Favorite Reality TV Shows, you can check that here. But today I’m going to make a post about some of my favorite recipes that I’ve discovered on Pinterest. I’m not sure if I’ll come up with 10, but we’ll see what happens!

I’m sure it’s the same for every household – with or without kids – we have the same meals almost every week. It gets SO boring and I’ve been trying so hard to find yummy meals that don’t take forever to make. I haven’t exactly been making sure they’re super healthy, but maybe that’ll be my next challenge? And so.. some of my favorite Pinterest meals!

1.  Chicken and Mushrooms in a White Wine Sauce – Mine never looks like the picture does and I don’t like mushrooms, but I still love this recipe. It’s quick and yummy and the sauce is sooo good.  Recipe here.

2.  Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce – I can’t seem to successfully cook pork chops, but I’m getting super good at making pork loins. This says to cook for 30-40 minutes, but just keep an eye on it while it’s cooking to make sure it’s actually done before you serve it (yes, I learned this the hard way). Recipe here.

3.  Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup – I seriously LOVE this. My hubby isn’t a huge fan of having soup for supper, but I seriously love this soup. Oh my goodness. Now that I’m thinking about it, I think I want to make it this weekend! Recipe here.

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This is actually my picture!

4.  Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni – I made this for the first time last week and it was a huge hit. The hubby ate like 4 servings of it that night and then for breakfast and then for lunch the next day. I added lots of extra bacon and cheese, yummy. Recipe here.

5.  Twice Baked Potato and Ground Beef Pie – I guess this is a rendition of Shepherd’s Pie? I was a little hesitant about this one, but it was seriously awesome. (Side note – I browned the beef before putting it in the oven. Putting in raw beef kind of grossed me out.) Recipe here.

Well, I’m only going to do 5 recipes because I seriously need to get going and start cleaning, but here’s a few recipes I found that I’m dying to try!

1.  Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole – Recipe here.

2.  Braided Spaghetti Bread – Recipe here.

Seriously though, do they look AMAZING or what?!

What awesome recipes have YOU found on Pinterest?

Marriage and Old People

Source: lovequotesrus.tumblr.com via Cybill on Pinterest

Words of Wisdom

Just thought I’d share some words of wisdom with everyone 🙂

 

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I want this in my house!

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Always be yourself!

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Never, ever settle.

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Love this.

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Hmm, interesting..

((None of the above pictures are mine. I found them all on Pinterest. Click on each image for original source.))

What I’m Doing Wednesday #1

Let me begin with some background information.. Amber from MommaInBloom was my first friend on WordPress (and is actually a real life friend too!). I keep finding all these awesome ideas from her blog, so pleaseee go check it out. I’m borrowing some of my ideas from the section of her blog titled “Loving and Pinning,” where she talks about the things she’s currently loving and currently pinning. She linked her Pinterest/pinning idea to a blog called The Vintage Apple that has a section titled “Oh, How Pinteresting!”  – you should definitely check that out also.  I ALSO discovered “What I Wore Wednesday” from The Pleated Poppy, which another fellow blogger (MrsBurnett22) linked up with here. (PHEW!!)

Now that THAT is out of the way.. let me introduce you to What I’m Doing WednesdayIt’s going to be an (almost) weekly update on random things that’s happening in my life at that current time. It might not be the same things every time. It may be only 3 things.. or maybe 7 things.. I really have no idea. It’ll pretty much be random (of course), but feel free to join in and link up! So here we go!

What I’m Reading

I Like It Like That,” which is book #5 in the Gossip Girl series. I loved watching the TV series and now I’m heartbroken that it’s over, so I felt like the obvious next step was to read the books. It’s a little bit weird because there are definite differences, but it’s a quick, easy read – I’d definitely recommend it!

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From Google Images.

What I’m Wearing (on my nails)

I’m not allowed to have my nails painted when I’m at work so the first thing I did when my mom came to visit (and I was off work for a week!) was get a manicure. I think the design is supposed to be zebra print. Either way it’s super adorable and I’m going to be so sad on Friday when I have to go back to work and back to ugly nails. Bleh.

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It’s really hard to take a pretty nail picture.

What I’m Buying

We have a local spice shop that sells all sorts of spices for really reasonable prices. I happened to come across this yummyyyyy Dill Dip spice. You’re allowed to taste everything while you’re there and this stuff is so so good. You can add it to sour cream for a dip, cream cheese for a spread.. or you can just sprinkle it over some cooked vegetables like we did for dinner. Seriously, so good.

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Blacked out the address, don’t want stalkers, lol.

What I’m Looking At

I recently discovered this website called Reddit. It’s full of hilarious pictures – sometimes I almost cry because I’m laughing so hard – but it also has a lot of drug related and perverted pictures, so look at your own risk. Anyway, I came across this insanely awesome picture of a bookshelf that someone uploaded. Not only do I LOVE bookshelves, but this one is seriously a piece of artwork. Gorgeous!

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So awesome.

What I’m Pinning

I’m still trying to figure out how to embed these directly from Pinterest, so for now.. they will not be centered and I haven’t figured out how to add any additional words.. so I’ll write my little notes up here.

1. Glue wooden letters to canvas and paint. Super pretty and seems super easy!

2. A Jack Daniel’s bottle as a soap dispenser? Pretty sure my husband would not only approve of this, but would also LOVE it. Maybe for our downstairs bathroom??

Anyway – let me know what you think of What I’m Doing Wednesday

A Good Day of Purchases

Well, I noticed I’ve been quite random in my updates lately.. but apparently my life is quite chaotic. So let me begin with this (only because it’s currently the #1 annoyance in my life).. some people think that having curly hair is so cute and EASY. Everyone assumes that you put in a little product and blow dry with a diffuser and BAM, you have luscious, curly perfection.

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Not my hair.

Well, I’m going to share something with you all.. something that might scare you a little bit.. the picture below is what REAL curly hair looks like after some product and some blow drying. (I only use about 2-3 hair products a day, but I feel the need to frequently and obsessively alternate them). Yep, this is what I deal with on a daily basis. I get my hair trimmed religiously every 6 weeks. I buy hair products that are way too expensive. Hair products that when I tell my husband how much they cost.. I only tell him 50% of the real cost. Seriously. It’s like Medusa meets Mufasa! After blow drying, I have to let it “settle” for about 10 minutes before I can even make it slightly manageable. Ugh.

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Only some of my hair products.

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Apparently I have a lazy eye in this picture.

Someday I’ll learn to deal with – and successfully manage – this scary mop on my head. Until then.. Ugh.

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From Pinterest.

And Realization #2 – I realized my boot addiction has reached a new high.. especially since my mom has been in town visiting. I’ve purchased THREE pairs since Friday. Yep, three pairs. I’m too lazy to go upstairs to take a picture of the third pair.. so I’ll only share two of them with you right now. The first is an awesome pair with tassels from Ninewest that was on CLEARANCE. They’re dark brown and super comfy.

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Ninewest.

The second pair is a camel colored bootie with a little bit of a heel and some buckles. Super comfy and beautiful! I’ve been dying to try this camel trend but I wasn’t really sure of what to pair them with.. apparently anything matches! LOVE! And again, super awesome sale from Rue21. Just because I’m almost 26 doesn’t mean that I can’t find awesome deals at Rue21!

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Rue21.

Next stop in our journey was Costco. Again.. LOVE! Picked up another set of stemless glassware – supposedly they’re meant to be used for wine, but I love using them for just plain ol’ southern sweet tea (you can find the PERFECT recipe right here).

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Wine is always yummy.

We also found an awesome set of ceramic knives by Kitchenaid. It’s a set of 3 knives and a peeler. I didn’t take an actual picture (and again, I’m feeling particularly lazy right now), but I found this picture (below) of the exact same thing on Google images. You can read about ceramic knives here.  I can’t wait to actually use them!

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Oooh, sharp!

AND THE BEST PART OF THE DAY.. THRIFT STORE SHOPPING! I found a whole bunch of baskets for about $2 a piece that hopefully become something awesome. I’ll keep you updated!

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Not quite a Longaberger..

Found these ideas on Pinterest.. looks adorable and seems super easy!

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Not my baskets.

And then.. dun dun dunnnn…  A Keurig machine for $10!!! Neither my husband or I drink coffee, but there’s all sorts of delicious teas and hot cocoa flavors that I’m super excited to try. And since I have an (awesome) habit of buying random vases whenever I see them on clearance.. I found this perfectly sized vase in my storage closet. My little K-cups look adorable.

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I feel fancy!

So there you go.. a crazy, blabbering, excited post of everything random. Which seems to be my habit. But I think I like it that way – because it’s exactly how I actually talk to my family and friends. Enjoy!

 

And lastly.. I’m not sure about the exact lingo, but let’s put it this way- no one has paid me to talk about any of these products.  (Although, I wish someone would!)

Oh, What A New Year

Oh gracious. I promise I’m not neglecting you my faithful readers (there has to be some of you.. right?!). I wish I had more time to update, but I’ve been way too busy being sick (I think I’m finally better now), working, and cleaning like a crazy person because I was preparing for my mom’s arrival. She arrived on Thursday and is staying until the 10th so I can’t guarantee a ton of updates this week.. sorry!

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She really, really wanted a sign.

We had a billion days of rain last week so on Saturday when I took the dogs out after working all night.. my precious little Roxie decided to lay on her belly and pull herself through piles of mud. Yep, through the mud. She was quite pleased with herself.. until she realized that it meant I would be giving her a bubbly bath. At 8am. After I worked 12 hours. UGH! But look how cute she is 🙂

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Muddy feet.

I’m working on organizing my life and my first project was using my awesome new makeup organizer that I talked about here and that you can purchase here. I seriously love it! It’s meant to be placed on top of the counter, but I have a serious issue with things cluttering my counters.. so I made room for it under my cabinet and it’s beautiful! I seriously love using it and now I need to go out and buy more makeup because the whole back half of it is literally empty.

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Perfection!

Today is Playoff Sunday.. let’s go Redskins! My mom and I made a feast with tons of yummy foods and most importantly, we made Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria! You can find the awesome recipe here which I found on Pinterest, of course. It’s seriously amazing. Unfortunately, the Redskins appear to be losing and will most likely have lost by the time I end up publishing this. My dear hubby is not very happy.

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Pot ‘o Sangria.

So I guess I’m going to finish this update with my New Year’s Resolutions.

1. To become a better, more successful blogger. I want to become more involved in the awesome WordPress blogging community and participate in daily activities. Or maybe even make my own daily activities/topics to blog about! I have a seriously hard time updating when I have to work, so I can’t promise daily updates, but I hope to update at least 3 times a week. One of my favorite things is “It’s OK Thursday” by an old coworker of mine. You can read her blog here.

2. To become more involved at work. I’ve already begun working on this goal, go me!! I’ve been working as a floor nurse for 3 1/2 years now and I feel like it’s time to start working on my career. I’ve agreed to be a preceptor to a senior nursing student for an entire semester (which should be starting in the next few weeks). I’ve agreed to take a charge nurse class. I signed up for an ACLS class. I’ve signed up to be on a committee to help educate other nurses on new nursing skills. I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, especially because education is something else I’m very passionate about.

3. To become more organized in my life. Pinterest exists for a reason!! I’ve pinned a billion different ways to clean and organize my life.. now it’s time I get started! I’ve already begun working on this goal. Go me! My next task is figuring out how to make my closet a little less chaotic.. at least until we can have someone come in and customize/rebuild my walk-in closet for me. I also hope to FINALLY paint some more rooms in this big ol’ house. I’ve only succeeded in painting the living room, the downstairs half bath, and the upstairs guest bathroom.. and we’ve lived here since May!

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I have way too many beauty products.

I think I’ll just leave it at that for now. Wish me luck!

And now something to make you giggle.. that I found on Pinterest.. of course.

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Holidaze

This cloudy, cold, windy, dark weather has been KICKING MY BUTT. So here I am blogging in the attempt to keep myself awake since I have to work tomorrow night and can’t be going to bed at 10pm!

First – TV show updates! – The hubby and I finally watched the mid season finale of The Walking Dead – wooo, things are getting crazy! Then after he went to bed (way early because of not feeling good) I got myself caught up on Teen Mom 2, Gossip Girl (oh my god!!) and now Toddlers & Tiaras. I can’t even begin to talk about how crazy some of these shows are getting! Mainly Gossip Girl. I’m pretty sure I still have chills. Wowwww.

So anyway, the main reason behind this update is Christmas and the holidays! Or holidaze – considering my current mindset. My family is not the type to have elaborate or expensive traditions. Honestly, I can’t even think of too many. We would always have a huge family dinner on Christmas Eve, but other than that.. I can only think of two traditions that we did every year.

One – Christmas pajamas. On Christmas Eve, everyone gets a new pair of pajamas that they’re supposed to wear that night so when we wake up to open presents on Christmas Day.. we all have our awesome new pj’s on! I saw a pin on Pinterest about doing this when you have children – you can include pajamas and favorite snacks for everyone and then a holiday movie to watch before going to bed on Christmas Eve. I love it! Also, I found this.

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Our new pajamas

Two – the pickle ornament. I actually had to look this up on Wikipedia because I never really knew the meaning behind it. We just always had a pickle ornament and we always had so much fun looking for and hiding the ornament. Click here to read the meaning behind this tradition.

And this year I’ve decided we’re going to start a new holiday tradition for OUR family. It’s our first holiday in our first house so I figured it’s the perfect time to start finding new traditions. Since we don’t currently have any nice or original ornaments, we’re going to buy a new ornament every year to add to our tree. This way we can start getting rid of the cheap, crappy ones from Walmart and Target and start building our ornament collection. As of right now, our first (tradition) ornament is the pickle.. but we’ll see if I find something else before Christmas because our pickle was only $5 from Target lol

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Our pickle ornament

Well I guess I’m done because it’s been 3 hours and I can’t seem to focus and I have a furry little dog sleeping on my left arm. It’s quiteee difficult to type with one hand!

What traditions do you do every year?