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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - January 19, 2017

Happy Thursday!  We've almost made it to the weekend!  Thanks for popping in today for some Thinking Out Loudness.

I've been away from home all week for work and am really looking forward to getting back there on Friday.  It seems when I'm away I get all fired up about the things I'm going to do when I arrive back home.  Mind you, last weekend I was in my house most of the weekend and managed to get little to nothing done.  But I have high hopes that this weekend will be different.

As you know, Monday was Martin Luther King Day.  Since many people had the day off, it meant for those of us who had to work traffic was fantastic!  To make the day even better, I saw so many great quotes from Dr. King.  Now, I have to admit, I'm a true sucker for a good quote. So to keep my spirits high and my motivation at a peak level, I thought I would reminisce about some of the great quotes I saw on Monday ~

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Do you have a favorite quote?  Hope some of these inspire you!  And here's hoping I'll stay inspired to do some great things when I get home on Friday.  :)

Now it's your turn ~ link up below and let us know what you're thinking out loud about!  I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Five on Friday - January 13, 2017

This is what we are bracing for this weekend:

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The weather forecast has totally taken over normal life around here.  The grocery stores are packed, gas stations don't have a single available pump and school/events are getting cancelled left and right!  My plan is to head into work early and hope to leave before all the craziness starts.  If I miss my window to get home safely, I'll just hang out at the office and eat all the food in the vending machines.

Before the icepocolypse begins, let me present my five for this week ~

1.  Orly Coffee Break
Orly is my all-time favorite nail polish brands and last week I tried a new shade - Coffee Break. This hue has a light shimmer and a nice neutral color. It's lasted all week so that makes it a winner in my book.
Orly Nail Lacquer, Coffee Break, 0.6 Fluid Ounce

2.  STABILicers Walk Stabilicers Ice Traction Cleat for Snow and Ice
It's too bad I didn't pick up a pair of these before this weekend. These babies offer a traction cleat to help you walk on ice and snow. A pair in my size is less than $20! They even roll up small enough to fit in your purse. Want some? Click HERE to check them out.

3. Tocca Cleopatra Hand Creme
Thank you Birchbox for dropping in a sample of this lotion! It smells divine and feels like silk on my hands. I love it! The scent is grapefruit and cucumber -- doesn't sound great, but man it is! And look how cute the package is. It looks great sitting on my desk and I can just squeeze a little on my hands when I need a pick me up. It's available HERE.

4.  Patriots Day
Pretty pumped that Patriots Day is opening this weekend.  Here's the storyline from Movie Insider, "In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston."  Sounds like a great movie to see while the weather is making it difficult to do anything else.

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5.  Fashion Statement...

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Okay guys -- time for me to head into work.  Wish me luck!  Be safe out there this weekend.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Friday Favorites - January 13, 2017

Hello!  We are bracing ourselves for the big winter storm coming our way.  What a perfect time to stay inside and read the great features and link on today's Friday Favorites!  My feature is from Play Dates to Parties.  Check it out below.

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - January 12, 2017

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Today I'm thinking out loud about one of my newer loves - hot tea!  Do you enjoy a nice, relaxing cup of hot tea?  I think my love for tea came about when I was watching Downton Abbey.  All those tea parties and such sparked an interest.  Maybe I was hoping to become more like Lady Mary if I started drinking more tea!  So far I'm not sure that has happened, but my love for hot tea is still there.

I noticed yesterday that January happens to be hot tea month which is what prompted this thinking.  We are anticipating an icepocolypse overnight today and that made we dream about sitting at home, looking out the window with a warm cup of hot tea in my  hand.  In reality I'll probably be nervously trying to drive to work, but a girl can dream!

A couple of my favorite tea products are from Teavana.  The first one is this handy little Perfectea Maker.  All you have to do is add your favorite loose-leaf tea and hot water.  When your tea has steeped just the right amount of time, place your Perfectea Maker on top of your cup and press.  The tea flows out of the bottom and into your cup.  Makes up to 16 ounces.  I love it and have given it to a couple of my tea-loving friends as gifts.

The second is my Contour Tumbler.  My friend, Linda, gave this to me a couple years ago and I didn't realize until I started using it how much I would love it!  It comes with a removable tea infuser basket for easy steeping on the go.  The push-button stop is great for preventing leaks and spills.  You will find this baby with me on my way to work every morning.  That is, every morning I don't forget it on the counter.
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Ever wonder what the proper way to sip tea is in public?  Found this cute little YouTube video to answer all our questions.

So enjoy the rest of National Hot Tea Month!  What are some of your favorite hot tea items?

Now it's your turn ~ link up below and let us know what you're thinking out loud about!  I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Let's Make Four Cheese with Bacon Mac

Sometimes when it's cold outside don't you just want some comfort food?  One of our go-to comfort food dishes is this Four Cheese with Bacon Mac.  I found this recipe in Family Circle magazine about six years ago and it's so delicious I've been making it even since.

Family Circle is one (of the many) magazines I subscribe to and each month find a helpful hint or recipe that's fantastic.  You can pick up a subscription from Amazon for $5!  Click the link to start enjoying it for yourself.

But back to the recipe ~ 

Here's What You Need
1 box (1 pound) cavatappi
6 slices bacon, sliced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups 2 percent milk
1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup shredded colby-Jack cheese (4 ounces)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
8 slices Kraft Deli american cheese (6 ounces)

Here's What You Do
1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a 3-quart broiler-safe dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2.  Cook cavatappi 8 minutes in boiling water, then drain.  Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 minutes.  Transfer to paper towels.  Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 tablespoons to pan.  Add butter.

3.  Whisk in flour until smooth.  In a thin stream, whisk in milk.  Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.  In large bowl, toss together cheddar, Colby-Jack and mozzarella.

4.  Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 1 and 1/4 cups of the cheddar mixture.  Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese.

5.  In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce.  Pour half into prepared dish.  Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture.  Repeat layering.

6.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.  Increase oven temperature to broil and broil 3 minutes until top is lightly browned.  Cool slightly before serving.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!  Stay warm out there!
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekending - January 6, 2017

Oh my -- this weekend felt good!  We were off work last Monday, making it a 4-day work week.  A 4-day work week that felt like 25 days!  Friday night could not have gotten here any sooner!  We decided to stay in, eat pizza and watch a movie.

The movie we decided on was Mr. Church.  I had wanted to see this movie when it came out, but we missed it in the theaters.  I was thrilled when Amazon picked it up - and it was free with Amazon Prime!  Eric and I both loved it!

Here's the summary from Rotten Tomatoes, "Set 1965 Los Angeles, Mr. Church begins with a stranger arriving on the doorstep of 10-year-old CHARLOTTE "CHARLIE" BRODY and her single mother MARIE BRODY (40), who is battling breast cancer. They soon learn that the quiet man, HENRY CHURCH (40), has been hired by Marie's recently deceased former lover to cook for them and help maintain the household. As Mr. Church's time with the Brodys extends from months into years, he becomes a father figure for Charlie during her formative years, nurturing her love of literature and making a lasting impact on her life. Even as Mr. Church tries to keep his own life separate from the Brodys, he eventually learns that the connection he feels to Charlie is what family is all about."  Eddie Murphy delivered a magnificent performance!  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

Saturday we were still in the movie watching mode so we headed to see Hidden Figures in the morning.  Great film!  Highly recommend you see this one if you haven't already.  Great story and the three leading ladies were wonderful.  Kevin Costner also brought it.

That evening I had girls night with my friends Tracy, Sherri and Carol.  For years, we have celebrated Christmas in January.  Best decision ever!  We can truly have a relaxing evening and share all our stories from our varies Christmases.  Tracy hosted this year and she fixed an amazing chicken dish!  We exchanged gifts, drank wine, laughed and made plans for 2017.  There's just not many things that are better than spending time with true friends.

Sunday after church, I ran my errands as quickly as I could so I wouldn't feel bad plopping myself on the couch to watch The Golden Globes.  They didn't disappoint!  Did you watch?  Here is some of my highlights ~

Favorite Dress on a Pregnant Lady
Natalie Portman nailed it!  The dress didn't cling to her stomach, she didn't have to worry about her boobs falling out and the color is great.

Favorite Couple
Did you see John Legend opening the door to the limo for his lovely wife?  How sweet!  Then the interview with Ryan Seacrest -- Chrissy saying to John to tell Ryan her favorite line from his movie.  They were just adorable!  I think they truly like each other.  

Best Line on the Red Carpet
Milo Ventimiglia saying his tux "moves like smoke".  You apparently don't want your clothes to crinkle like paper, but rather you want it to move like smoke.  Nice analogy.

Best Marketing Idea
Bryon Cranson went into various airport bookstores along his book tour, purchased one of his books and wrote a note inside.  The book was free to the person that opened the book and saw the note.  Kind of makes me want to run out to the airport and go through the books to see if there is one in St. Louis!  

Now, here we are at Monday.  Boy, the weekends sure go by fast!  I have a few things brewing for posts this week.  One is a scrumptious mac and cheese recipe.  It will be coming at you tomorrow and you don't want to miss it!  

Check out what others were up to this weekend.
The Quinntessential Mommy
How To Get Organized At Home
Over the Moon

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Five on Friday - January 6, 2017

Hello everyone!  We've made it to Friday!  I have to admit, early in the week I didn't know if I would.  But then again, half the week I didn't even know what day it was.  I'm glad that this first week back to work after the holidays is behind us!

My five for today spans the whole weekend.  Two of my items are actually for Sunday, but we can all use a little advance notice on things, right?!?

1.  Golden Globes
Award season is upon us!  The Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, is this Sunday! Our TV will definitely be tuned into NBC at 8 PM Eastern on Sunday evening and I'll be judging every dress the camera lands on.  Do you get into award shows?  I'm a bit behind in seeing all the nominations, but it will still be fun to watch.

2.  VitaFusion Women's Vitamins
At one of our girls nights, the subject of vitamins came up and two of my friends mentioned they take these gummy vitamins.  My next trip to Sam's I picked some up and oh my goodness - within a week I could definitely tell a difference in my energy level.  Wish I had started taking them long ago!  If one of your New Year's resolutions is to get healthier, you might want to add these to your shopping list and start taking them yourself.  You can also get them from Amazon HERE.  And did I mention how great they taste?!?  Just like getting candy.
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3.  National Bubble Bath Day
Sunday is a fun little holiday - it's national bubble bath day!  So before you plop on the couch to watch the Golden Globes, take a nice, long bubble bath to get all relaxed.  I have to admit, I rarely take a bubble bath.  But when I do, I always love it.  Guess that's something I should try to do more of.  Are you a bubble bath type of person?  If so, Sunday is your day!

4.  Hidden Figures
This movie has been getting a lot of hype and it's finally released.  Definitely on my want to see list.  Have you heard about it?  Here's the story line from Mover Insider, "Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big."  It's too bad that John Glenn passed away in December before the movie was released.  I wonder it he got an advanced copy.

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5.  Watch out....


One more thing I'd like to mention to you - earlier this week I had an opportunity to pop in Eckert's to see their new ice skating rink.  So cool!  The rink itself is a synthetic material so no actual water is involved in the "ice" rink.  That means when your kids are skating around and fall, they won't be coming off the ice all wet.  Which also means when they are done skating you can enjoy Eckert's Country Store and Restaurant without having to change your children's clothes into dry ones.  Wins for everyone!  This activity will be available until February 26 so check it out if you are in the area!

Hope you have a great weekend!  I have a get together with my girl friends on the agenda - fun times! We are also planning to take down our Christmas decorations.  Yes, we still have all five trees up and it always makes me a little sad when they come down.  I also have a couple birthday parties in February that I'm helping with the decorations so I'm hoping to get a start on that.  What's on your agenda?  Whatever it is, hopes it's fun!

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