Friday, February 12, 2016

Lisa's Day of Fun!

Do you ever feel like you need a day to yourself? Like, a day for shopping and perhaps a little pampering too? I certainly do. I had some Christmas money that was burning a hole in my pocket, so I planned a whole day and coined it "Lisa's Day of Fun." Remember "Joey and Janice's day of fun" from Friends? Lol! 

Y'all, I had the best day! I couldn't wait to get to Ross. You see, back in December, I saw some Michael Kors bags there. A man had about five of them in his cart and I assumed he was buying one for every female on his Christmas list. I also thought to myself that they must be a great price for him to be purchasing so many, but I was in a hurry and never even looked at them. Mistake. I've thought about that purse every single day since then. :) 

So, my main goal on Lisa's day of fun was to track down that purse and I hoped it was still reasonably priced. So off I went to Ross and lo and behold...I walked about five feet into the store and right in front of me was a display that said "designer handbags" and front and center was this...

Squeal!!!! I couldn't believe my eyes! Then I slowly turned over the price tag and it said...$69.99! What?! It regularly sells for $200, Ross had it originally for $99, and now it was reduced to only $69. Yes, please. :) 

I really like it too. It has lots of room for all my things and I love the red handles. 

Okay, so up next I was looking for some cute $5 tassle necklaces I saw on the Whoa Wait Walmart blog. Remember when I told y'all about that blog and IG page? It's how I found out about the necklaces. I walked into the store and again, just like it was meant to be, there they were, with plenty to choose from. 

I went with this one...

So cute and such a good price.

Then I stopped at a few more places...Joann's to get supplies to make my Valentine's Day Banner, Dollar Tree for some circus peanuts (yes, I HAD to have them - lol!) then to Starbucks to pick up a Valentine's day gift card. When my boys were little, I would fill their Valentine baskets with all kinds of treats, fun toys, etc. but now all they want are gift cards, cash, and candy, so that's what they get. I've gotten them these Russell Stover strawberry cream hearts every year since they were born, and will continue to do so. :) 

I did a little clothes shopping too and managed to find five outfits that I liked (and desperately needed) I love when I find multiple things in one trip like that! 

Then I got my haircut, which is always a nice experience. I got three inches cut off and my hair still comes to my shoulders. It was l-o-n-g. 

I think I ran a few more errands, then I came home to find this on the porch...

I love happy mail days! I'll share what was in the box soon. 

And to top things off, my son texted me to ask if we could get pizza for dinner. It just so happened that Papa Johns was offering half price pizza all day long because J.J. Watt won the 2015 NFL defensive player of the year award. And bonus, my son picked up the pizza for us, so I didn't have to go out again, AND I didn't have to cook dinner. Win-win! 

Pizza nights are my favorite. :) So, that was my day of fun in a nutshell. I think we all deserve to have days like this every now and then, don't you?


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Decor 2016

I'm Finally getting around to sharing my Valentine's Day decor. Loving this cute heart pillow from the dollar spot at Target. 

Technically this frame is up year round, but since it has hearts, I'm including it. :) These are my boys about 15 years ago... 

I kept things pretty neutral in the living room. 

I made this new banner for a whopping $1.50. I bought one piece of floral scrap paper at Joann's and one pack of heart shaped paper doilies at Dollar Tree. I cut heart shapes out of the scrap paper and alternated them with the doilies on some twine and secured them with mini clothespins. 

Just a few Valentine touches on the rolling cart...

I promise that's not dust on the dough bowl. :) The sun was shining in at a weird angle, plus this pic is from my phone, so there's that. Not that there isn't dust in other areas of my home, just not on this dough bowl. Ha! 

I love vintage looking Valentines. 

The hutch in the breakfast room always gets a little love...

I even changed the wall paper on my Keurig to red in honor of Valentine's day. Lol! 

Finally putting my stash of paper straws to good use. Love the ones with tiny hearts! 

Another vintage Valentine in the kitchen with a pink Circle E candle. 

I had to add hearts to the welcome sign... 

And a little cheer to the door...

That's it! Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Greek Yogurt and Bunnies

I wanted to share my new favorite yogurt with y'all. It's Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt...

And no, I'm not getting paid for saying this, it's just a real favorite of ours. Oh, and I know the expiration date says January 26th, but don't worry, I took these pics awhile ago and am just now getting around to posting. Rest assured, this was consumed way before that date. ;) 

So, have y'all tried this? Here's what's under the lid of the Almond Coco Loco one...

You flip the toppings onto the yogurt for a delicious breakfast or snack. 

That's a lot of toppings!

The yogurt tastes like really thick, sweet whipped cream to me. (I've tried other Greek yogurts and they weren't nearly this good. They always tasted too "tangy" for me, but this one is just right) It also has 12 grams of protein, so it keeps you full for a long time.

It comes in lots of other flavors too...

Three of my favorites...Coffee Break Bliss, Peppermint Perfection, and Almond Coco Loco...

They have tons of other great flavors too. Here are a few more I pulled out of the fridge. Tropical Escape, Key Lime Crumble, and Peanut Butter Dream.

The Peanut Butter Dream has moved up to my favorite this week. This description says it all...

If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you'll love this!

Okay, now for the bunnies. My sister in law texted me to see if I wanted these bunnies...

She was cleaning out stuff and knew I'd always admired them in her home during Easter. I of course said yes, so they hauled them all the way from North Texas when they came for a visit. 

When they arrived, my niece said "Aunt Lisa, why in the world did you want these things?" I asked her what was wrong with them and she said "Well, for one...their EYES. They're SO creepy!"

Take a look for yourselves...

Hmm...Then she said "And the FEET! They're the creepiest of all!" 

Girl's got a point. 

 Apparently these two were the source of a few nightmares for my niece and nephews while growing up. Although Meredith's feet don't seem as bad as Finn's. (yes, I already named them Meredith and Finn and no, I've never seen Grey's Anatomy, although someone just told me there were two characters on there with these same names. Total coincidence, I guess)

So the jury is still out on these two. What do you think? Creepy or cute??? I think a little of both. They would be kind of cute holding decorative Easter eggs in their baskets this spring. Y'all should have seen Holly's first reaction to them...she approached them VERY slowly and sniffed them out before backing away. 

After all that, I must leave you with a smile on your face. Have y'all seen the Dairy Pure Milk commercial starring these adorable cows with a Valley Girl accent?

My favorite part is when the one in the middle says "Like, moo" at the end of the commercial! So funny! I was having trouble getting the video to upload, but you can google "Dairy Pure Commercial YouTube" to see it. 


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Homemade King Cake Recipe...Again

I know I posted this recipe last year, but with Mardi Gras approaching, I thought I'd share it again, only with more pictures and a step by step this time around. :) 

Once again, I used Emeril's Quick King Cake Recipe found HERE, only I omitted the fruit pie filling. If you click on the recipe, you can get a printable version. 

It was just as good as I remembered. :)

Here are the ingredients you'll need...

Crescent rolls, cinnamon, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, granulated sugar and food coloring.

You'll need the 12 ounce package of crescent rolls like this one.

First, mix up 8 ounces softened cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar.

Then mix 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup butter.

Unroll crescent rolls in one piece. Press seams together to form one piece of dough.

As you can doesn't have to be perfect. ;)

Then gently spread the butter/cinnamon mixture over the dough.

Then drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese/powdered sugar mixture on top.

Please excuse these pics...I was trying to take them quickly, with one hand, while trying not to get my phone sticky. :) 

Starting at the long end, carefully roll the dough, horizontally, with the filling inside. Then place on baking pan (I lined mine with parchment) with the seam side down in a circle, pinching the ends together and bake at 350 degrees 15-20 minutes.

Here's my (blurry) pic right before it went into the oven.

While it's baking, you can color your sugar. For some reason, the purple color is a little off in this pic.

To color the sugar, I filled three Ziplock bags with 1/4 cup granulated sugar each and added drops of food coloring. 

Here is the formula I used to get these particular shades of yellow, green, and purple:

Yellow: Two drops yellow food coloring
Green: Two drops green food coloring
Purple: One drop blue and three drops red food coloring.

I just put the drops in with the sugar and worked it in by massaging the bag until it was all incorporated.

So, here's what it'll look like when it comes out of the oven...

Definitely not perfect, huh? Ha! It doesn't matter too much what it looks like, because you can cover up any imperfections with the icing. 

After the cake cools, mix up 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 Tablespoon water for the icing. Pour the icing over the cake and add the colored sugar.

As you can see, mine's still not perfect (far from it, in fact) but it tastes SO good!

I refrigerate mine after I put the icing on.

I got lots of compliments on it. It's so moist and delicious! Much better than the store bought ones, in my opinion. :)

Have you ever made a King Cake? I was surprised at how easy this one was. Y'all have a great day!

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