Friday, October 24, 2014

High Five for Friday!

Another week in the books and another high five for Friday...only I won't high five you today because I've got a seriously yucky cold and I cannot stop blowing my nose.  Well, I can, but then it's stopped up or it itches, or I sneeze and it's gross.  But, I've had a great week aside from that and I'm excited to share the highlights!

ONE - sweet friends and new babes.
No, we don't have babes yet, but we did get to celebrate a couple from our Bible study who is expecting and is due in less than one month!  A very happy Thanksgiving gift for them!  Anyway, I got to help host a shower for them this week and I made these sweet and simple little party favors.  They were a hit.

I just used favor bags with ties, cut out cardstock for the tags and stuck on scrapbooking onesies to be special.  Easy peasy.

TWO - apples.  
I know it's pumpkin season, and I do love pumpkin things.  But apples also remind me of fall and the smell of them baking in the house...with some cinnamon...yuummmmm!  

I made a super duper apple crumble this week and I'll be sharing it with y'all soon so be on the lookout!

THREE - an awesome mail day.
I'm affiliated with a review company called Influenster and recently had the opportunity to try and review Herbal Essences new Naked line.  And a few months later, I got the full size items on my little front door step.  I do love some good old customer appreciation.  Also, if you haven't heard of influenster and you'd like to learn more, check them out here.

FOUR - meal planning.
Or really, meals prepared ahead of time.  Hubs was busy on Sunday afternoon last weekend, so I made all of our meals for the week and put them in their own little lunch tupperwares and dinner tupperwares for reheating/the final touches throughout the week.  Quesadilla night was by far my fave!  I had already cooked the meat, so I just needed to throw it on the stovetop with the tortilla shells, cheese, and avocado.  I can't promise to do this every week, but it sure has helped us this week. 

FIVE - sinex and tissue boxes.  
Wish I was kidding about that one.  

We've got a super duper fun weekend planned though, so I'm ready for this cold to cut it out.  

Hope you & your's are happy & healthy!  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diversifying my palette: My first time eating Indian food

This may come as a little bit of a surprise, but I am a pretty predictable eater.  I wouldn't call myself particularly picky, but I definitely do not always go out of my way to try new things.  

But, a co-worker of mine took a trip to India this past summer and when she came back one of our Indian friends suggested that we go get Indian food one afternoon during lunch.  I'd never had it (although for a few of my friends, it's their favorite kind of food), so we all decided it would be a fun little treat.  

And then a couple of months went by, but we didn't get Indian food.  

And then finally, last week, we put it on our calendars and just like that, we had firm plans to get lunch at a local Indian restaurant.  So, obviously I took some pics to commemorate the occasion.  (Remember I'm trying to take more photos these days.)

Our friend was so kind to explain all the different kinds of food and in what region of the country they are most common.

For my meal, I picked Saag Chicken, which was described as chicken tawa cooked with spinach and mild Indian spices.  I also got to try chicken chettinad, lentil fritters, and tikki masala.  Suffice it to say my little taste buds were going crazy and I was stuffed after.  But it was so good.  

I'll definitely be eating it again in my future.  

What's something you've been meaning to try?  Or someone you've been meaning to catch up with?  It really is as easy sometimes as just writing it on the calendar!  Do it today!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Favorite cookie recipe roundup

If you've been around here for any length of time, you know I'm a little bit of a cookie monster  major sweet tooth.  I love me some baked goods and frankly, cookies are one of the easiest desserts to whip up for a treat.

Today, I'm sharing my favorite cookie recipes - all previously share here before - in a lovely little roundup format so they'll all be in one place.  I'm sure I'll eventually add to this (I want to make red velvet cookies for Christmas this year), but for now, these are my go-to's.

1.  First up are my favorite chocolate chip cookies.  These are a classicmy friends rave about these whenever I make them.

2.  Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I know what you're thinking after I just posted my favorite chocolate chip cookies above these.  But the bisquick ones bake in bite size little cookies and smell de-licious baking.  These are the perfect ones for grab and go treats.  

3. Soft Brown Sugar Cookies.  These are the ones I'm baking next.  The brown sugar cookies melt right in your mouth.  I love the twist on the traditional sugar cookie and it's been way too long since these have been in my kitchen.  


5.  Cheesecake Cookies Dipped in Chocolate.  These are the most recent ones I made.  I halved the original recipe to create a batch that makes 1 1/2 dozen - perfect for the hubs and me.  If you like cheesecake, you've got to give these a try.  


What are your favorite cookies?  Or desserts in general?  I always love new treats!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Five on Friday

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I cannot even tell y'all how happy I am to be sharing a Five on Friday post with you today!  I used to do these posts regularly and always looked forward to them each week.  I love recapping some of the fun things that are going on in a quick post, almost a snapshot tour of my day to day.  I finally started carrying a camera with me more often and making a real effort to take photos so I can share more here on this ole blog.

So, here it is for this week ladies and gents -

-ONE- Sister shopping day
First up this week is going shopping with my sister.  I've got two sisters of course, but A is the next oldest after me and she just moved closer to me, which means we can see one another way more often.  It also means that if we have time on the weekend, we can spend hours going shopping together.  Love having family close.

-TWO- This little guy.
I'm not a huge small dog fan.  But having my sister nearby means also having this little one nearby also.  And sometimes...just sometimes he stands nice and pretty and lets me take a good photo.  (And even if he is small, I do enjoy getting to play with him sometimes.)

He is cute though, am I right?
-THREE- Making my own coffee
Ok, so I'm still getting better at this.  But it is SO.MUCH.CHEAPER than buying coffee from the shop regularly.  And because I'm going to have coffee, I've recently started making my own at home.  It also gives me an excuse to use the pretty mugs we got for our wedding.  :)

-FOUR-Pumpkin Carving
Because it's the fall.  Also, because it's fun.  Also, none of these pumpkins are mine.  My friends made these and mine didn't make the shot. But, didn't they do an awesome job?  Not one of them traced a stencil either.  They are so good.  

 -FIVE- Jamberry nail wraps.
I love these so much.  This is after a full week of wear compared to regular polish and after washing lots of dishes and scrubbing the bathroom.  Don't forget, I'm hosing a facebook party for these on November 11-15!  Contact me for more details to learn how you can get your own nail wraps!

And that's a wrap, friends!  Do y'all have fun plans for the weekend?  I'm hoping to get some relaxing in...hopefully some blogging, and spending time with lovely friends.  

Until Monday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jamberry Nail Wraps: Follow-Up

Remember last week when I told y'all that I was trying out Jamberry Nail Wraps (if not, go ahead and see post below)?  It's been a week and y'all.  The wraps are still going strong.

Honestly - I'm shocked.  I've washed dishes this week and scrubbed the bathrooms, which understandably takes a little toll on your finger nails.  I was also a little shocked because after a day, I realized that I had left a small bubble in the jam wrap so I just knew it was going to peel off totally due to user error, but still totally not giving a fair run this week.  (Don't worry though, I just clipped that nail a tiny bit shorter to get rid of it...there are tips and tricks to smooth it out, but I just didn't.)

Seriously though - look at that.  I can't even.  You can see where my nails are growing back at my cuticle, which accounts for some of the needed touch ups on all my nails, but I really don't see any comparison between the polish and the wraps.  

So with that, I'm sold.  I love the fun designs and definitely do not have the time to create them myself.  Most importantly, I really love that I can do all the things I normally do - like clean the house without my nails paying for it.

I'll also be hosting a facebook party on November 11-15 if anyone is interested in getting your own nail wraps!  There are TONS to choose from and they would make GREAT stocking stuffers this Christmas...I'm just saying.  Be sure to "like" Thrift for Today on facebook here, and let me know if you'd like to get in on the party!