Tuesday, August 31, 2010

hurry up chicken pot pie

Monday was a hectic evening between my wedding dress shopping (more on that later!) and Guy visiting a family member in the hospital. We wanted to make something good but also something that wouldn't take a lot of time.
Enter Paula Deen's Hurry Up Chicken Pot Pie
For as little effort it took... it was delicious! A perfect week night meal.

Paula Deen's Hurry Up Chicken Pie
2 cups chopped chicken
2 hard boiled eggs (we only used one)
1/2 frozen peas
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup chicken broth
salt & pepper
1 1/2 cups instant biscuit mix (we used bisquick)
1 cup milk
1 stick melted butter (we used 1/2 stick)

Preheat oven to 350
In a greased 2 quart casserole dish, layer the chicken, eggs, carrots, & peas. Mix the soup & chicken broth, and season with salt and pepper.  Pour over layers. Stir the biscuit mix and milk, & pour over the casserole. Drizzle butter over the topping. Bake until the topping is golden brown, 30-40 minutes. (Ours took 50+)

Hope you try and enjoy!!

In other news... the dress shopping was amazing. I loved every minute of it and found two dresses that I absolutely fell in love with. How I'm going to choose between them?? No clue. I'm going back Wednesday to try them on again.... I already can't wait!

Monday, August 30, 2010

the day has come.

Today I go wedding dress shopping! It's a little surreal actually... I mean you wait years (29 in my case) to do this and then the day comes and it feels exciting and overwhelming all at the same time.
I'm not one of those girls that has pictures cut out of her dream dress nor do I have any clue what kind of dress I want. I guess that's a good thing? It means I will try anything and everything on.
Hm. This could be a long night.
There better be champagne.
In honor of dress shopping....  I decided to take a peek at JCrew's wedding shop. There are some beauties in there! I wish I could go to their new Madison Avenue wedding shop... that would be amazing.
{teeny tiny polka dots make me happy}
{love this detail.... so feminine}
{i'm on board with the asymetrical trend but it's probably too on trend to incorporate into my wedding day}
{is that a pocket?? Oh please let my wedding dress have pockets!}
{simple is more no?}
{love the dress. hate the way the model is posing.}

Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

hope is the thing...


"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all."
-emily dickinson

Thursday, August 26, 2010

we got your tshirts and finger prints.

Two videos.
The first: A true story about an awful event. Antoine Dodson, however, is amazing.

The second: A song using the clip above. HILARIOUS. And the best part - Antoine gets half the proceeds. It's number 35 on the Itunes downloads if that gives you any perspective.

This completely made my day. I love the creativity around this. And I especially love that Antoine's family is benefiting from this and supposedly using the money to get out of the awful neighborhood they live in.
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

hi, i'm morgan

...and I'm a carb-a-holic.
That's right... my daily consumption of food is based on carbohydrates. I fully know these have little to no nutrional value and yet I can't step away from the bastards... I mean breads. And just between you and me.... it's not looking pretty on my waist line. :sigh:
Let's take yesterday as an example:
Exhibit A
An english muffin for breakfast. And this was me being good... I really wanted a bagel with cream cheese.
Exhibit B
 I thought about the bagel all morning so I made a sandwich using a bagel. I tricked myself into thinking it was just the vehicle to get me my protein.
note: my sandwich had no where near the vegetables you see above.
Exhibit C
Not a carb but I had to make myself feel better by showing you the one healthy thing I ate all day.
Exhibit D

I ran errands after work and had too much caffeine so I had to get one of those soft pretzels from the mall vendor. Shameful, I know. (but oh so good....)
Exhibit E
Um, yeah. Nachos. Guy went out for the night so we weren't eating at home and I didn't feel like cooking for one. Welcome to Moe's.

Yup, so there you have it. I'm addicted to carbohydrates. I'm going to be the only bride that GAINS weight before her wedding. Someone please help me!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

little did you know....

...I go to movies for the previews as much as the movie itself.

...I love to bake but my skills never quite meet my expectations.

...I went to college for gender studies but am working for a technology company. Go figure! 

...I sleep best if I've watched an episode of The Office or Friends before I fall asleep.

...I need a Diet Coke to make it through each and every day.

What don't I know about you???

I'm also excited to say Miss Rasha Marie is the lucky winner of the Nana by Sally bag! Enjoy it sweet girl!

Monday, August 23, 2010

oatmeal cream pies...without the cream

I love Everyday Food magazine. Every month I find a plethora of recipes I want to try. This month's was no exception. I immediately saw an oatmeal cream pie recipe.
I loved these as a child. They were my favorite.
So when I had the opportunity to make these... I jumped at the chance.
The good news is that the cookies are delicious. The bad news is the frosting was notsomuch. I made two just so you could see what they're suppose to look like.... but left the rest so they'd be edible.

{deceptively delcious}
{the frosting was too much cream cheese...not enough sugar}
{fortunately the cookies were worthy of the effort!}
{these puppies were my dinner last night... and my breakfast this morning!}

You can find the recipe in September's Everyday Food!
Hope ya'll had a fantastic weekend! xoxo

Thursday, August 19, 2010

if only she had eyes on the back of her head.

Hmm..I see seven pair of eyes on Eva's backside. Pretty funny and not at all surprising.
Love that someone captured this!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

giveaway! nana by sally!

Readers! Do I have a treat for you. The lovely Sally from Nana by Sally has offered one of my readers this beautiful clutch! Sally makes one-of-a-kind handmade clutches and handbags made from vintage and vintage inspired fabrics. One lucky reader will win this gorgeous clutch (versatile enough to be a make up bag too!)

Isn't it great?! I can totally see myself using this with all my travels and am completely jealous of whoever wins.
The rules:
For one entry: Visit Nana By Sally and tell me what your favorite bag is
For an extra entry: Let me know you're a follower!
For double extra credit: Post about this giveaway and let me know about it!

I'll draw a winner via random.org on Sunday evening!
Good luck!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

philantrophy is beautiful.

If money was no object, I'd wear all of Joan Hornig's creations.
Why you ask? The reason is two fold:
1. She makes amazing jewelry.
2. She donates 100% of the profits to charity. (a charity of your choosing! brills!)
Exhibit A

Exhibit B

For those of us without dough but still want to help... she's recently created the Oil Drop Necklace. Joan was inspired to help the Gulf Coast and made this beautiful and affordable necklace. It's priced at $50.40 which represents the site of the leak: 5,000 feet below the surface and 40 miles offshore.
I think Bumpkin would have loved.  :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

happiness is...

Happiness is.....
funny faces...
and watching movies in mommie's bed.

Happiness is....
water gun fights with dad....
and birthday parties with fire engines.

Happiness is....
swinging with all your might at a pinata...
with anticipation for the reward!

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Omaha, NE with my brother and his family. Being with my niece & nephew is always a sound reminder that life pretty much couldn't get better.
Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

for you bumpkin.

{Lisa's swing}
We'll miss you Bumpkin. You were a compassionate and amazing woman. We were all lucky to have known you. I know you're swinging in your swing, watching over Captain John & your entire family.

To all my blogging pals.... losing one of us drives home the realization that what we have here is real. We're shoulders to lean on, sounding boards, and most importantly friends. Thank you for reading each day, for all of your comments, and for your friendship.We're pretty lucky aren't we?   


yay or nay open toe booties?

Alrights ladies... here's one I'm not decided on.
Open Toe Booties?
Yay or Nay????
{I feel like I could make some of these work.. but not others....}

{I think I could work with these.....}
{Umm... NO. I hate these. Don't even tell me you like these.}
{All 'eh' for me... not bad... not great}
{Rachel can do no wrong in my book.. somehow she always looks amazing....}

So what do you think? Will you be wearing open toe booties this fall?


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

what would you do with one hundred dollars?

via google images

If someone gave you $100 and the catch was that you had to give it away - what would you do with it?
Overtip a waitress?
Give all or some to a nonprofit?
Give it to a friend in need?

Can't wait to hear your answers!

Monday, August 9, 2010

playing with paper dolls

I knew exactly how I wanted to invite my girls to be my bridesmaids. I saw this & immediately knew I wanted to use it as inspriation for my bridesmaid invitations. I wanted something special and personal.
I started out by making four paper dolls representing my four girls who will be standing up in my wedding. This was surprisingly difficult and I had to request Guy's assitance in creating the outline for the doll. My 3rd grade skills failed me!
After all four sets were made, I had to create the dresses.
Next up, the hair! Also surprisingly tedious & difficult but so cute in the end.
I finished them off with little faces, names marking the dolls so the girls would know who they're standing with, and a personal note asking them to stand in my wedding. It was such a fun process and I was so excited to send them off and envision the girls opening them! I've already gotten fanstastic calls & messages which made all the hard work worthwhile.
Hope you have a fantastic start to your week!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

yep, she's really that fabulous.

As if there was a question... I just need to put it out there.
Summer truly is THAT fabulous.
I am so happy that after a year of being blog buds, friends, and confidants that we finally got to meet! She was nothing short of sweet & welcoming. We met at her apartment (which is AMAZING btw) and went to a nearby Italian restaurant for dinner. I got to meet her sweet friend Sydney but she couldn't make dinner so Sum & I just go to catch up, giggle, and have a lovely dinner.
After we took a walk around her neighborhood, snapped a few pics, and finished off the evening on her rooftop so I could see the Brooklyn Bridge in all it's glory.

{excuse my demon eyes}

Summer.... thanks for being so sweet, welcoming, and FUN. You're adorable and I heart you lots.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

oxfords: yay or nay?

I'm going to put it out there.
I just cannot get on board with the oxford trend.
On paper, they make sense. They're a throwback.
What's old is new.
A bit hipster.
Whatever. They're not cute.
They make your feet look like a hoagie sub.


Almost but no.


The best of the bunch.. but still not great.

What do you think? Have you been wearing oxfords? Are you planning to in the fall?
Heading to NYC today! More on that tomorrow! : )

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

today's a good day!

And here's why:

1. I got a TON done last night, including my Save the Dates!

Last night was spent stamping, licking, writing, closing, piling, etc etc. And don't you love the stamps! I couldn't go for the cheesy wedding stamps. Not this girl. I also got the 'Charming' rubber stamp from Paperwink for our return address.... it turned out great!
I love it!
2. Anthropologie added new 'fresh cuts' to their sale section and two of the pieces I've been eyeballing were marked down!
Love this dress! I purchased it in navy.

Imagine this cozy thin knit cardigan in yellow, and pairing it with the navy dress above.

3. I get to see the beautiful Summer tomorrow! I'm headed to NYC for work and we're meeting up for dinner. So freaking excited.

4. Last night I also finished a little DIY project that I'll be posting later this week. It's damn good if I do say so myself!

Hope you're having a productive/happy/good start to your day!
{Blogger is messing with my fonts... excuse the use of two to three fonts!}