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9 Nov

Current loves….

Favorite Drink….

This August, we visited James and Natalie in Athens and happened upon Blenheim Ginger Ale.  Made in South Carolina, this ginger ale is spicy and delicious.  It’s hard to find around here, so we ordered from their website.  Bonus: add some Maker’s Mark for a happy hour treat.

Favorite Artist…

Festive, right? Love the colors.  Purchase here!

Favorite Look…

Chunky, cozy scarves.

Favorite Song…

Favorite Thought…

Favorite To-do…

 

Chalkboard fun. Obviously.

 

I hope everyone has a fabulously fun Friday!

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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

7 Nov

Perfect for cold, rainy nights…

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of shredded chicken (I toss mine in the crock pot on low.  Cook all day with a bit of broth.  Shreds perfectly when you’re ready to cook!)
  • 1 14 oz. can chicken broth
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 quart half and half
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • 1 cup fresh, chopped spinach
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounce package gnocchi

Heat butter and olive oil in large saute pan on medium heat.  Add onion and garlic.

Saute til done.  Add flour to form a roux.  This should take about a minute.  Add half and half.  Add shredded chicken and carrots.

In another pot, cook gnocchi according to package directions.

Be sure to stir the roux frequently, and when it begins to thicken, add the gnocchi, spinach, can of broth, rosemary, salt & pepper.

Not thick enough?  Add some more flour (I had to do this!) Too thick?  Add some milk.

Heat through and serve with some toasty bread!

Also, even more delicious the next night.

Happy cooking!

Chalkboard fun.

6 Nov

Over the next few months, I’m going to be in bridal/baby shower mode!

My sweet sister and her wonderful guy, Amelia and Brad, are getting married on July 5th (no such luck talking her into American flag bridesmaid dresses…yet).  Our sweet cousins Linsday and Steve are having their first baby in January.  I’m in shower-throwing heaven right now!

I’ve been dying to get my hands on some chalkboard paint and try some fun projects, and these showers have given me the perfect excuse! I thought I would make some food labels that can be used over and over at different showers.

I tried a few different chalkboard paints, and the one I liked most was Martha Stewart’s.

I wanted to paint the bottom of a ceramic tray (you’ll see why in a bit!), and I came across the acrylic frames in Hobby Lobby.  I thought they would be perfect as food labels.  They’re the ones that you can slide a picture into. They have a lip, so they stand up on their own!

Next steps are easy.  Paint 1 coat.  Wait an hour. Paint another coat. Wait 24 hours.

After the 24 hour period is up, you’ll need to season the paint.  Just rub some chalk lightly over the area that you painted.  Then, you’re ready to write!

I painted the bottom of the ceramic tray because I thought it would be neat to put ramekins with different sauces that will be used at the shower.

I’m excited about how these turned out, and I can’t wait to use them at showers!

Hope everyone is out there VOTING!

Rock the Vote…Georgia Edition

5 Nov

I certainly hope that everyone takes the opportunity to go out and VOTE tomorrow.

If you’re a Georgia voter, PLEASE take a few minutes to educate yourself on Amendment 1.

The wording of the amendment is extremely confusing and misleading.  The wording leads you to believe that it is a vote for or against Charter Schools—that’s just not the case.  You’re not voting on whether we have charter schools or not but rather who approves them.  The amendment would change the Constitution and give decision making power to the state…instead of keeping it with the local community where it belongs!

Here are a few places to learn more about Amendment 1.

Do you know how your vote will impact the amendment?

Vote Smart Georgia

State Sen. Jason Carter on Amendment 1

Happy voting!

 

Menu Monday

5 Nov

What a wonderful weekend!

I spent Friday night with the lovely James and Natalie, along with Megan and Amber.  James was our chauffeur while we enjoyed a fun girls’ night out. We ate wonderful pizza at Ted’s Most Best, drank delicious drinks at The Globe and Manhattan, and danced the night away at 9e’s bar. Our trip was topped off with Saturday brunch at Mama’s Boy.

Sunday morning (after an extra hour of sleep!), David and I headed to Flying Biscuit…where we dined with a CELEBRITY! Brenda Wood!  An Atlanta celebrity!

On the menu this week….

Sunday–Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (DELICIOUS.  I’ll share the recipe later this week!)

Monday–Panko Crusted Salmon Cakes

Tuesday–Lasagna Soup

Wednesday–Chicken Stir Fry

Thursday–Burrito Bowls

Friday–Leftovers!

Hope you have a great start to your week!

Athens love…

2 Nov

 

In just two hours, the lovely Amber will be joining me as we trek eastward to the Classic City.  We’ve planned a fabulously fun girls night with Megan–who is in town for work–and Natalie–who is lucky enough to call Athens home.

 

Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Friday Favorites

2 Nov

Every Friday should be filled with favorites.  These are currently mine…

My favorite drink….

Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice Coffee.  Absolutely perfect.  And, Green Mountain is a really great company, too.

My favorite artist…

Caroline Wright. Stunning.

My favorite look…

I love everything on bhldn’s website.  It’s all gorgeous. Including this dress. Which I need. Obviously

My favorite recipe…

Lasagna soup with ‘cheesy yum’ topping? I’m in. Definitely on our meal plan for next week.

My favorite song…

We’ve been lucky enough to see Alabama Shakes twice in the last month.  And they are just getting better and better.

My favorite thought…

Nathan Ripperger has illustrated some amazing things that his kiddos have said.  Please take a look. They will make your day!

My favorite to-do…

If all goes as planned, my version of this will be on our front door in the next few weeks.  If all does not go as planned, I’ll be purchasing this here.

Hope your Friday is fabulous!  Have a fun weekend!