Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Day

We had a beautiful seven inches of snow fall overnight! Ryan and I sat up to watch it last night and it was gorgeous. We woke up early and jumped in the Jeep to go play. Caleb couldn't wait to flop around in the snow! 


Everything was so calm, peaceful and beautiful first thing in the morning. I am so thankful for our Jeep on mornings like this. I hate the idea of being stuck in the house. Fortunately, we had power all night and were able to get out and about with no problems.


I'm fairly certain this is now one of my most favorite places to be... The only thing more beautiful than seeing snow on this gorgeous barn is possibly seeing it on a beautiful, sunny day in spring. 






No snow day would be complete without snowball fights. Neither of these two fight fair.




Healthier French Meat Pie

I've been searching for new meals and making them a little healthier. An original recipe for a meat pie calls for ground beef, pork sausage, and potatoes. I wanted to try it with a few changes for my family. We actually fell in love with this!


Instead of ground beef, I used one pound of deer burger, a half pound of deer sausage and a half pound of pork sausage. You could easily use ground chicken or turkey instead.


Healthier French Meat Pie

1 pound of ground venison, turkey or chicken. 
1/2 pound of venison sausage (or you can use pork sausage)
1/2 pound of pork sausage 
1 large onion, diced
1 small can of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of sage
1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of Italian breadcrumbs
1 large egg, beaten
2 pie crusts


Preheat over to 400 degrees. Cook the meat and onion over medium heat until no longer pink, drain, add one can of tomato paste and water. Add salt and sage. Simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add breadcrumbs and egg to mixture. Roll out pastry and line a 9 inch pie plate with one crust. Fill with meat mixture and top with the remaining pie crust. Cut slits in top. Cover edges with foil and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove foil, reduce heat to 375 degrees, and bake for an additional 30 minutes.

It was so delicious! I brought some to work with me and everyone who tried it enjoyed it. I would serve this with a side of steamed veggies and it is a great meal on a chilly night. 

Regular French Meat Pie can have between 700 and 1550 calories per serving, depending on what's in them. This version is a little better for you! 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 486
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25 g38 %
Saturated Fat 9 g46 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 101 mg34 %
Sodium 779 mg32 %
Potassium 430 mg12 %
Total Carbohydrate 32 g11 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g2 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 31 g62 %
Vitamin A6 %
Vitamin C5 %
Calcium3 %
Iron18 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shhh... We've Been Keeping A Secret!

Remember how we did a survey a couple of weeks ago and I mentioned maybe a spin off blog because we had some major changes coming?? I'm still undecided on the spin off or just keeping it all here, but......

Can you keep a secret? No? That's okay.... Me neither!


Last week when Ryan and I painted the guest bathroom, I wanted to take some pictures first. We wanted a creative way to share our big news with everyone.


I have a totally fake surprised face, but Ryan.... he's much better! Bless his heart! 


Caleb has his silly faces perfected!



He is so terribly excited! This little boy has been dreaming of a big playset, a big yard, and chickens for a while now... Yes, I said chickens. He's a country boy, y'all!


Ryan and I have waited almost 8 years to own a home together and that moment has finally come. I bought my current house when I was still in college so it made financial sense to just keep it. We are able to take a huge step together now and we feel so blessed. 


Do we know where we are moving?    Yep....

Have we sold our current house? Not yet, but we are getting close to listing it for sale!



Relaxing Guest Bath

Last week I shared my guest bathroom with you. I am so excited to show you the final pictures. It's so beautiful. Getting ready in the mornings is so much more cheerful now. I love the peaceful colors in the evenings as the color darkens just a bit with a gorgeous grey tint. 

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Our guest bath was used by our little boy for several years. It was all kinds of froggy fun! 

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As Caleb has grown older, we felt like it was time to have a more peaceful and relaxing bathroom for guests to use.

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I absolutely love it! The color Cosmic Rays from Olympic. We used the ONE Interior Paint and it covered so well. No primer and only two coats. Twenty-five dollars worth of paint equals one huge difference for this bathroom! 

Would you mind pinning this to your favorite decorating boards on Pinterest? I'd really appreciate it!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dreaming of Spring

I've got some serious spring fever and I am so over the freezing weather! We had our boat show a couple of weeks ago and I am dreaming of boating and summer fun already. I'm preparing my summer wardrobe with some awesome new finds. I fell in love with this beautiful Anchor Watch. This is the best price I've found on one. 

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I would love this tote to carry all of our stuff out on the boat this year. It's just too cute! 
#boating, #summer, #fashion

Part of our favorite summer boating involves dinner cruises and eating at our favorite places on the lake. I love casual, but pretty dresses with colorful accessories. This Coral Branch Necklace would be perfect with a pretty dress. 

#fashion, #necklace, #boating, #beach

Yankee Candles are also on sale this week! Check it out {Here}! I love all of their candles that remind me of summer and the fresh smells of spring. 


I love updating our bedding for the prettier weather. I have completely fallen in love with this duvet cover

I love this coral area rug! It's gorgeous! 


I know you're probably dreaming of spring and summer just like I am! What are you looking forward to most? Boating..... Beach..... Cooking Out? 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fat Free, Low Calorie Refried Bean Soup

My Fat Free, Low Calorie Refried Bean Soup was born during a cold, icy, snowy week in Tennessee. I love soup during the winter. It's quick, easy and comforting on the coldest days. Y'all won't believe how incredibly simple this is.

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I've been pouring through cookbooks lately looking for different meal ideas. The same recipes get old after time. As I flip through cookbook after cookbook, I look for ways to lighten the recipes and make them healthier. I stumbled across an easy Refried Bean Soup and thought I could lighten it up a bit! 

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I made enough for three big meals for my guys. I froze one batch, we ate one, and I have leftovers for lunch.

You'll need:

2 Cans of Fat Free Refried Beans
2 Can of Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
1 Can of While Corn, Drained
2 Cans of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1 Cup of Organic Salsa
2 Cups of Beef Stock
1/2 Sliced Jalapeno
1 Cup of Water

You literally put all of that in a big soup pot and bring to a boil. That's it. Done!

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I topped Caleb's soup with some shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled tortilla chips and he loved it! 

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This is probably one of the easiest, quickest soups you can throw together! But it has tons of flavor, is pretty healthy, and super simple. You could add some shredded cooked chicken, black olives, or sour cream to change it up a bit. 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 124
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0 g0 %
Saturated Fat 0 g0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0 %
Sodium 737 mg31 %
Potassium 48 mg1 %
Total Carbohydrate 23 g8 %
Dietary Fiber 7 g28 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 7 g14 %
Vitamin A5 %
Vitamin C10 %
Calcium6 %
Iron11 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Don't forget to pin this recipe on Pinterest so you can make it yourself! If you're looking for another healthier recipe, you can check out my Million Dollar Casserole Recipe that is freezer friendly. 
*** Shared at the Pretty Preppy Party

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Advocare 24-Day Challenge with Ashley Scott

Many of you write to me each week asking about certain products and my thoughts on them. I love being able to give you an honest answer for the things I love and the products you can steer clear of. Several people have asked me to join their team along the way to sell different products. I think one of the best things about my blog is that I don't sell anything. I am open to different things that work for different people. If something works for me, I want you to know about it. If something doesn't work, I don't want you wasting your money on it! I am not a distributor for anything and I like keeping it that way so that I can recommend things without you thinking it's just a scheme to make me money. 

Several people have asked me about my thoughts on Advocare. I admit that there are some great before and after pictures circulating the internet that are all ties to Advocare. I even have some friends and family members who highly recommend it. Even my gym sells it. Surely there must be something to it, right?? 

Sweet Ashley sent me a 24-Day Challenge Kit to review and we're going to give it our best shot! 


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I'd love to share some the 24-Day Challenge Results she sent me! You can really tell an awesome difference in the midsection. 

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I am excited to try it out and see progress! I'll let you know how it goes... or you can go ahead and try it with me! If you order from Ashley, let me know and we'll email our progress back and forth. You can ask us any questions along the way! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Stunning Personalized Cutting Board

Twisted Branch Designs sent me one of their personalized bamboo cutting boards and I admit that I fell in love the moment I laid eyes on it. I go nuts over anything personalized, but throwing our wedding date on there? Perfection!

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Found Here
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What a great eco friendly gift for that couple about to say their I Do's! Their personalized handcrafted cutting boards make unique, personal gifts for weddings, anniversaries, Christmas or just because!

♥ Board Dimensions - 15"x10"x.75"

♥ Perfect for chopping or serving. Designed with both beauty and function in mind, the front is laser engraved for displaying on your counter while the back is left plain for chopping.

♥ Available in Caramel Bamboo (as shown in picture) or Natural Bamboo (light blonde color).
Due to the nature of bamboo, the coloring will vary slightly and may result in lighter and darker areas in the engraving.

♥ They treat each board with their own blend of Organic Beeswax, Organic Carnauba Wax, and Food Grade Mineral Oil, to seal and protect it. It is recommended that you treat your board every 4 weeks or as needed. You can purchase our organic board rub below.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/165844675/cutting-board-rub-wood-conditioner-all?ref=shop_home_active_1


♥ Bamboo is extremely durable and contains natural antibacterial properties making it the perfect choice for a cutting board. Due to the natural state of bamboo, the coloring and grain may vary slightly from the sample photo.

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Monogrammed Corner

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There are so many designs and you can even work with them for your very own design if you can't find something you love. Find them {Here}. This is the perfect wedding or anniversary gift for the chef in your life.

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