2015 Summer in a nutshell

It’s officially boot season! With the weather turning quickly and fall officially here I thought it was appropriate to do a recap on my favorite memories this summer, boy was it a busy one! miami bach

Miami Bachelorette Party

indy 500

Memorial Day Weekend at Indy 500

brits bach

Chicago- Brittani’s bachelorette party

girls weekend

Annual Girl’s Weekend in Naperville

myrtle beach

Myrtle Beach wedding 

charleston

Vacation to Charleston, SC

mere's wedding

Meredith’s wedding

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Mary Helen’s Indianapolis Visit

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Danyelle’s Bachelorette Party

cayman

Cruise to Cayman Island & Cozumel

Phew, looking back I am not sure how we managed to squeeze in this many trips, weddings and parties into three months but we did it!

What are your favorite memories from this summer?

Mini Pizzas

If you’ve been following for long, you know that I have a slight obsession for all things pizza related.

Pizza bites, pizza muffins, pizza Panini’s, pizza pasta, pizza chicken, you name it I have probably tried it but my absolute new favorite small food pizza meal has to be these mini pizzas. They’re quick and easy to make and a fun way to try lots of different toppings.

These would be great for a summer party – you could even toss these little guys on the grill if you don’t want to heat up your house.

After greasing a baking sheet the first step is to cut your pizza dough into circles.

Choose a bunch of toppings: I went with stuff I had in the fridge but you can get creative (mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto, peppers, onions, jalapenos, pepperoni, pineapple).

Ingredients
  • Pizza Crust (I used store bought and cut into circles)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Topping Option #1: Tomato Pesto
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • pesto
Topping Option #2: Pepper
  • fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup red pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup onion
Topping Option #3 Jalepeno
  • fresh mozzarella
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup mushroom
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Assemble  pizzas with toppings of your choice.
  3. Bake for 12-18 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Drizzle with olive oil if you like and enjoy!

Trader Joes Beauty Products

Like we needed another reason to love Trader Joe’s even more than we already do…..

 

1. Aluminum-free deodorant- unscented

2. Vitamin E Oil- great for your skin and can be used for treating suburn or protecting you from the sun.

3. Tea Tree Oil – heals acne, chickenpox, cold sores, bad breath and fungal infections

4. Facial Cleansing Pads

5. JoJoba Oil – applied to the skin for acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped lips.

6. Green Tea Soap

7. Coconut Oil

8. Facial Cleanser

Smothered Chicken

Happy Saturday y’all! I don’t know about you but this cool weather is putting me in a baking/cooking mood!

We enjoyed a 4 mile walk, a trip to the farmers market and laundry galore this morning! For dinner we tried out this smothered chicken recipe that  I stumbled across on Pinterest the other day and boy is it a keeper!

With only 5 ingredients you may already have everything on hand!

Ingredients:

3 boneless chicken breasts

plain greek yogurt

1 cup onion, 1 cup mushroom & 1 cup spinach


1) Grease a cookie sheet or baking dish with oil adding two chicken breast onto the bottom of the dish. Next add one layer plain Greek yogurt topping with 1 cup chopped spinach.

 
2) Add 1 cup diced onions followed by a dash or two of garlic and pepper.


3) Next rinse baby Bella mushrooms and added a cup to then top of the onions


4)  For the final layer add 1 cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese


4) Bake in oven on 350 for 40 mins! Enjoy!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

There’s no doubt about it, it’s officially soup season. I have to admit this is one of the top ten reasons I love fall so much! Soup, soup, and more soups!

Today I made chicken tortilla soup for the first time and was pleasantly surprised with how easy and delicious it turned out! I had a whopping three helpings!

The best part is it’s healthy, cheap and makes enough for leftovers!

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In a large crockpot add 4.5 cups chicken broth, half a diced onion, one can of corn, one can diced tomato, one can black beans, and cooked chicken (I used rotisserie). Add lime juice, chili powder, paprika, ground pepper and fresh cilantro to the pot. Top with a lime wedge, grilled tortilla strips, avocado slices and cheese.

Best Pumpkin Desserts to Make this Fall

It’s almost fall, people- which means we are about to be inundated with all things pumpkin. Hey, I am not going to complain I am definitely on the pumpkin band wagon and love the flavor.

So when you are asked to bring a dessert to the next shindig on you calendar, it may seem appropriate to bring the ever popular pumpkin pie but why not switch it up instead?

Pour on some carmel, add some pecans, get crazy with it! Get inspired with these pumpkin inspired recipes below!

Happy (almost) fall ya’all!

  1. Pumpkin Ice Cream Piepumpkin ice cream pie
  2. Pumpkin Dream Cakepumpkin dream cake
  3. No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

no bake cheesecake

4. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal cookies

5. Double Stuffed Pumpkin Oreos

pumpkin oreos