Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Project Alert!

It's hump day and I'm knee deep into a new project!



Hopefully, all goes well and I'll have details and a finished project by Friday! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Eggplant Pasta Casserole

Scrolling through my Instagram feed yesterday, I came across a healthy eats account that had posted this recipe. I couldn't resist. I had to try it out immediately.


The recipe sounded great as it was, but while shopping for groceries, I got the bright idea to add just a few more veggies. It turned out so well, that I HAD to share it with you guys!


1 large eggplant
1 package of sliced Baby Bella mushrooms
1lb of your choice of pasta (I chose wheat penne rigate)
2/3 cup of chopped yellow onions
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (mine is Kroger brand tomato & basil)
1 tsp of fresh-ish basil
1 cup of mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
Garlic Powder
Salt
Pepper


Start by dicing your eggplant into 1/2 inch cubes.


Spread them out on a parchment paper lined pan and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast in the oven at 500 degrees for 15 minutes.


I decided to beef up my casserole by adding some garlic, onion and mushrooms. Just saute the mixture until the mushrooms and onions are cooked through.


While this is going, cook your pasta according to its directions. Once done, combine all of your ingredients, including half of the cheeses, into a casserole dish. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top, and bake in the oven on 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until it's nice and bubbly.


Serve it up hot and enjoy with a little garlic bread. The hubs and the kid, both, cleaned their plates. I'm definitely calling this one a winner!



Monday, August 18, 2014

My Weekend in Photos

Happy Monday loves! Hope you guys enjoyed your weekend, because, I had one of the best weekends I've had in a really long time. Friday, the 15th, was my mother-in-law's 50th birthday, so on Saturday morning, we made the hour and a half drive to see her.

We showed up, balloons and gift in tow, sang "Happy Birthday", and collectively decided to throw some eats on the grill. While we waited on the food, hubs decided that it was a good time for a trip down memory lane. I, of course, decided to join him!

After, almost, destroying his mom's storage closet, he pulled out a big blue tote. He opened it up and proudly pulled out a tangled jumble of ribbons and medals...


This was maybe a third of his high school track medals...most of them were 1st place! He was quite the athlete, it tell you. But, while he was reminiscing about the good old days, I saw THIS still sitting in the tote...


Yes, ladies and gentleman...we have uncovered the Note Box! Hubs wanted no parts of this turn down memory lane, but I couldn't get it open fast enough! In it were all (maybe most) of the notes passed to him while he was in high school!


I swear to you that I killed about two hours of the day reading every single note and letter in that box! Just unfolding paper that hadn't been touched since 1999 was way more exciting than it should've been! These little pieces of history were great big windows into my husband's past and gave more than a glimpse into what he was like 10-15 years ago! They went from "Do you have a girlfriend, cuz I really like you." "I love you so much, we're going to be together forever!" to "You bastard! I hate you!" "Don't every talk to me again!" Entertaining to say the least.

After my bout of educational reading and a few steaks and hot dogs, we headed out on a little adventure. The drive through the bluffs is my favorite part about visiting my mother-in-law. Can you see why?


There's always something to see/explore! The road is sort of a trench dug into the side of bluff and has dirt walls that are about ten feet high on either side. 



Once through the "trench", you can stand on the side of the road and where there would be at least a 40 foot drop.

Drive a little further, and you'd see this


I could have stood at this vine-covered canyon for hours. Sadly, it smelled horrible.


We saw our fare share of horses and cows and even drove through a bean farm.


Our little adventure ended with a mini photo shoot in the front yard.


Saturday ended with a trip to the spirits store for a couple bottles of wine and a night under the stars.

Sunday morning was a lazy one. I spent the first couple hours just like this.


The next couple hours didn't look too different. Just subtract the book, add television and a lot of chocolate cake. 

That afternoon, we packed up, said our goodbyes, and headed home to beat this mess that was brewing.


And beat it we did. After settling in at home, and getting the kid into bed, the hubs and I enjoyed a night with our second bottle of wine and a little take out from our favorite place.


Family, fun, food, and nature are always my favorite ingredients to an awesome weekend. What's yours?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Reader Question: Gray & Yellow Bedding

Happy Friday! Hope you guys have had a great week! Mine was a little all over the place, so writing and prepping this post helped to bring about some focus.

I got a question from a young lady in my Facebook inbox with the following photo and question:

via FingerHut.com

I ordered this comforter set last night from Finger Hut. What color could I accessorize this with?

Since the question came from someone who's not quite out of high school, I created a mood board that could be used for not only teens, but any young woman coming into her own.


Bedding is a great starting point when designing a room. And, although, I'm not one who purchases or specifies the "bed in a bag", I, definitely, appreciate their convenience! They take away the "over-thinking" that can come with going the a la cart route and choosing separates. 

The graphic pattern and bold color of the bedding above led me to select pieces that contrasted by being understated and clean-lined. The bed would be the star of the show with every other piece as supporting cast members.
Simple mid century nightstands with colorful accessories are a great start.

rug / settee / yellow pillow / amour pillow / leather pouf / artwork

Add a shaggy area rug to ground the space and add some texture. Bring in a petite settee for additional seating and graphic accessories like art and throw pillows. The gray and yellow, although bright, can tend to be quite cold and flat. The leather pouf adds just enough warmth to keep things balanced.

desk / chair / lamp / gold letter organizer / desk accessories / yellow tray

Lastly, get organized and add tons of function with the right desk and accessories. Mix metals and finishes for a more collected look. Add life to the space with fresh flowers or an indoor plant.

So, whether you're still in high school or at the start of your career, you can make this room work for you!

Jada, I hope this helps!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eivor! Oh, Eivor!

EIVOR Throw IKEA
via IKEA

You've seen it EVERYWHERE! It doesn't make a lot of noise, but, boy, does it make quite the statement. Its simplicity is what makes it so versatile and after seeing it these spaces, I just had to get my hands on one!

via Dimples and Tangles
via Emily A. Clark
DIY pegboard headboard
via Sugar and Cloth
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Jillian Harris's Home via Danya Stapleton
via Jillian Harris
Isobel Benesch via Glitter Guide
Navy Velvet Curtains // brittanyMakes
via brittanyMakes
fall-decor-post-8-2
via brittanyMakes
My blog bestie, Shavonda, blessed me with my very own Eivor. Can you spot it?



How have you styled your Eivor?