Thursday, March 31, 2011

awkward & awesome thursday!

i found out about sydneys blog (the daybook) from one of my blog favorites little miss momma taking about how awesome she is. so i checked out the daybook... and i LOVE it. her and her husband are so cute, she has great style and is super funny.

sydney started  featuring "awkward and awesome thursdays" on her blog and i think its a good way to learn to laugh at yourself. so i decided to join in the fun....

                                                      
AWKWARD:
  • accidently grabbing the hubbster's set of keys (which do not have a house key on them) and locking myself out of the house on my lunch break.
  • not realizing its my hubbys keys until i call my dad and complain and almost break my arm off from turning the key so hard because "my car is locked up and wont turn on". (to my defense: gregs f-150 key and my explorer key are almost identical)
  • since ive lost weight, my now too-big pants bunching up in the crotch. like bad.
  • people standing WAY too close to me in the line at the post office. every time i take a step forward, you do not have to take a step forward, too! i may be trying to get away from you. respect personal space, people.
  • driving home, coming up on a stop light, resting my elbows on the steering wheel... accidently honking my horn, scaring the crap out of myself while causing others to stare.
  • while waiting at the dermatologist's office, being forced to stare at this poster:
  • CREEPY, right?!
    AWESOME:
  • the fact that the hubbster is a morning person. and wakes me up (im more the "monster in the morning" type) so sweetly. every day. with morning rubbing, singing, and telling me how cute i am as i lay there with my eyes closed, grunting and whining. (yes, he is most definitely is lying, or at least exaggerating about the last part, but it makes me smile).
  • how many people have told me that you love reading my blog! seriously. makes my day. (and it would be EVEN BETTER if all of you would "follow me" and write comments, *hint, hint*)
  • the hubbster surprising me with these at work:
  • the fact that i get to see these sweet faces (my niece and nephew!) in approx. 1 month!!
  • 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

what i wore wednesday #5

its time for what i wore wednesday, again! if you're wondering why i post pictures of my outfits every week... check out lindseys blog

wednesday: work
navy cardigan, white tank, skinnies: old navy
green scarf: macys
shoes: new york & co.
ring: new york & co.
 Thursday: work
navy dress: old navy
belt: new york & co.
boots: maggie lane (local boutique)

yayyyy! for sunny weather so i can break out some of the dresses!!!

friday: work and dinner with my parents
red print shirt: kohls
white sweater: old navy
black dress pants: gap outlet

i wore RED on friday to support our military... you should join in every friday, too! read about it here

saturday: shopping with momma for baby shower stuff
black cardigan: LOFT (clearance!)
slouch jeans: new york & co.
shoes: new york & co.
scarf: target.. i think? ive had it a while

the weather got cold again... booo :(

 sunday: church, lunch and shopping (yes, this is in a dressing room. ha!)
dress: target
belt: charming charlie
shoes: new york & co.

 since it was cold and rainy, so i got to wear my (new) jacket:
it was an easter gift from my momma. and i LOVE it. the cutest part? the bow in the back!
its from kohls. designed by my girl, lauren conrad.

monday: work and grocery shopping
bright blue tank: gap (clearance!)
cardigan: old navy
black pants: maurices
white ruffle scarf: gap outlet
shoes: belk (clearance!)

 tuesday: work and doctors appt.
purple boyfriend cardigan, jeans, tank: old navy
ring: new york & co.

im linking up with the pleated poppy. head over and check out the other lovelies!

Monday, March 28, 2011

style revolution and a very embarressing story.

ive always said (one of the reasons) i love accessories is because they dont have to FIT. you can walk in a store, like something on a shelf, skip the dressing room drama, make your purchase and leave the store happy. (i also like accessories because they jazz up an outfit and make me feel pretty and put together. but thats another blog topic).

often i found myself buying clothes that were a little big and blousy because i didnt want the battle of the bulge to result from my clothes being too form-fitting. the looser, the better, right?

WRONG.

apparently the empire waist look does not flatter my bodytype. this realization hit me like a ton of bricks when i was paying a bill at GA power and the lady asked if i was expecting. (insert GASP of horror here). how to you tackfully respond to that (when of course, youre not pregnant) and you want to scream and punch the person in the face for being so RUDE?!

it played out like this: i stared at her in disbelief and simply responded that no, i was not pregnant. and we both sat there mortified until she could post my payment (which seemed to take FOREVER and a day) she apologized and said it was because my shirt looked like a maternity shirt- as if THAT made things better?!

when i (finally) got to my car, i proceeded to complain, pout and cry to my husband, mom and sister in law (my go-to people to make me feel better about these kind of mishaps). its probably not a secret that i sport an "apple" body type. i gain all my weight in my top half. (for the LOVE OF GOD, can a little excess fat go to my rear-end for once, PLEASE!?) dont hear that plea from many people, now do ya?

this experience has (obviously) been one of the key factors in inspiring me to diet and work out. (that and that bridesmaid dress that i will be wearing next month!)

i really believe that a confident person comes across as more attractive and im glad to say that i feel more confident and inspired to take more RISKS in my wardrobe choices. since i've been  losing a little weight (which of course seems like it is taking FOREVER... but i hit the 10 lb. mark on friday! woop. woop.) i've felt a little more comforterable in my clothes. i've found im much more open to bold COLOR options, patterns and unique not-so-matchy-matchy combinations.

so here is to fun shopping trips (not only for accessories), feeling good in my clothes and NOT getting asked if im expecting.... UNTIL i really am pregnant, of course.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

yummy spinach and mushroom quesadillas

these are seriously the best quesadillas that i have ever had. and I MADE THEM! i am kind of proud.
i found the recipe on the pioneer woman but altered it a little myself!
you guys should try these for a quick, EASY and DELISH dinner.

prep time: 10 mins.
cook time: 20 mins.
servings: 6

3 tablespoons butter (i used smart butter)
16 ounces, weightwhite mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup sherry or wine
3 tablespoons (additional) sherry or wine
salt and pepper, to taste
1 bag baby spinach
12 tortillas (soft taco size)- these are the tortillas i used... they're whole wheat, low carb, high fiber and only 50 calories! AND they taste good!
8 ounces monterey jack cheese
3 ounces goat cheese
i added steak and chicken peices (the pre-cooked kind in the deli meat section)... like i said, my man likes MEAT.
salsa (for serving)- i just mixed chopped avacado, canned (drained) tomatoes and a little garlic salt
(i added) reduced fat sour cream (for serving)

directions:
melt 2 tablespoons of butter in skillet. add sliced mushrooms. sprinkle with salt and pepper. saute over medium- high heat. then pour in the sherry. add salt and pepper. continue cooking for 6 to 8 mins. or until all liquid is evaporated. remove mushrooms from skillet and set aside.
return skillet to stovetop and reduce heat to medium- low. melt additional 1 tablespoon of butter and add a couple of tablespoons of sperry. add spinach to skillet and stir gently as it wilts. sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cook for 2 mins. max. remove from skillet. (if you added meat, heat the chicken and/or steak up in the skillet now)
(i assumbled and cooked the quesadillas the rest of the way on our griddle)
butter one side of the tortilla lightly and place on griddle. arrange half of the shredded cheese, spinach, mushrooms and meat on top of the tortilla. sprinkle goat cheese, top with the rest of the shredded cheese. lightly smear butter on the other tortilla and place on top. grill (alternating sides) until the cheese is all meled and the sides are golden brown.
slice quesadillas into four wedges. top with salsa and sour cream.

ENJOY. :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

what i wore wednesday #4

it is time again for wiww... dont know what this is all about? check out lindsey's blog for the details!

wednesday: work
pink cardigan: old navy
white tank: old navy
khackis: old navy
scarf: macys
leopard shoes: target
watch: new york & co.

this is probably a color combination i wouldnt have gone for... but it was so bright and springy... with a little bit of animal print. loved it.

thursday: ST. PATTYS DAY
work, dinner and shopping with my momma
every piece of clothing: old navy
shoes: target
jumbo sunglasses: target
the GREEN was in my scarf. its from old navy, too.

friday: work and DATE NIGHT.
red and white striped shirt: kohls
black cardi: old navy
trouser jeans: gap
red peep toe wedges (that you cant see): target

i wore RED on friday to support our military... you can join in every friday, too! read about it on facebook

saturday: bridal shower for michelle and blake and maggies wedding
black dress: target
can we talk about how nice my hubbster looks in his gray suit (macys), white tommy shirt (macys) and pink tie (idk where from)?!

sunday: spring cleaning and walmart
gray tshirt: new york & co.
white tank: kohls
black yoga pants: marshalls
uga hat: marshalls

i spent the day cleaning with one trip to walmart. no reason to shower, dress up or fix my hair. this is as good as it got, people.

monday: work
pink ruffled top: new york & co.
black cardi: old navy
jeans: old navy
pearl necklace: local boutique
tourquoise ring: new york & co.

i need to find a new brand of jeans. almost all of mine are from old navy. and they dont even fit THAT great. but i despise jean shopping. anyone have any ideas of a good store to start? i am 5'7ish.. so they need to be a little on the longer side. have no hips or butt to speak of and carry my weight in my tummy. suggestions appreciated. please and thank you.

tuesday: work
black top: belk
white cami: kohls
trouser jeans: gap
peep toe flats (that you can barely see): new york & co.

i am linking up at the pleated poppy. go check out all the other lovely ladies!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

baked lemon pasta with grilled chicken

after seeing the pioneer woman mentioned on several blogs, i decided to hop on over here to check her out

and i found some recipes i wanted to try! everything looked sooo yummy! unfortunately most of them are not exactly "diet appropriate" for the williams household.

and i was practically DROOLING as i browsed through the desserts...seriously. the lady is a genius in the kitchen. everything looks SO PRETTY. (i did save and file away a couple calorie packed delectable delights for the next time i do need to make a dessert).

anyways... i did find a couple recipes that i felt like i could make healthy enough to serve for dinner by making a few changes...first up (this makes about 6 servings. so plan accordingly with your measurements- the pasta should not be dripping in sauce) :  the baked lemon pasta:

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti (i used wheat pasta)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter (i used smartbalance)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 cups sour cream (i used reduced fat)
  • ½ teaspoons kosher Salt, or more to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • extra lemon juice
preheat oven to 375 degrees. cook spaghetti until al dente.
in a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over LOW HEAT. when butter is melted, add minced garlic. squeeze lemon juice into the pan. turn off heat.
add sour cream and stir mixture together. add lemon zest and salt. pour mixture over drained spaghetti and stir together, then pour spaghetti into an oven safe dish.
bake, covered, for 15 minutes. then remove foil and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. (don’t bake too long or the pasta will dry out.)
when you remove it from the oven, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the top. top generously with parmesan cheese, then chopped parsley. give it a final squeeze of lemon juice at the end.

i added some grilled chicken on top (my man likes some MEAT with his dinner. haha). he's been wanting to grill chicken forever. so he seasoned it with a little garlic and herb marinate.

turned out to be pretty yummy! i loved the light lemon-y taste on the pasta... perfect for a springtime dinner :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

i ♥ wedding season.

saturday night greg and i headed to greensboro to celebrate the marriage of blake and maggie! blake works with greg and we've had them over a couple times for football parties. maggie is the kind of person that you immediately love. she is so warm and friendly. and i love that her and blake always seem to be so happy. they are always joking around and seem very supportive of each other.

now, on to the FUN stuff... maggie was stunning. her dress had a gorgeous sweetheart neckline and a pretty, simple beaded belt. LOVED it. here is her mom walking her down the aisle.
and blake saying his vows. they looked sooo happy.
the mr. and mrs. getting introduced at the reception...
leading right into the first dance
and now for the details. having been through this myself... i can honestly say i view weddings differently now. i pay so much attention to the details that make each couples day unique and special. (and since i know the bride put so much thought and effort into it, i want to recognize her efforts!)

i loveeed their "guestbook". each guest put their thumb print and name on the tree.
this drawing was at the sweetheart table...
maggie's "something blue"
and of course, you have to have a picture of the cake. (willow tree topper! loveee)
the bridesmaid bouquets were GORGEOUS.
as was maggies... she even had my flower of choice (peony!)... the charms are in memory of special women in maggies life, her great great aunt and great grandmother, i think it was.
GORGEOUS and lovely wedding... congrats to blake and maggie. and i hope you have a LONG and HAPPY life together!

ohh! and check out my STUD of a date:



Friday, March 18, 2011

deliciously healthy shepherds pie


1 small onion, peeled and chopped (i didnt have an onion, so i added a little onion powder and season salt)
1 stick smart balance butter blend
1.5 lbs lean ground turkey
salt and pepper
8 to 10 medium red potatoes (i didnt have red potatoes, so i just used normal ones)
2 cups low fat milk, divided
1/2 cup low fat sour cream
2 cups of dry buscuit mix
2 cups mixed veggies

prep time: 35 mins        
cook time: 35-45 mins

step 1:
preheat oven to 350 degrees

step 2:
potato layer: slive potatoes 1/4 inch thick. place in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. cook for about 15 mins or until fork tender. drain potatoes and transfer to a mixing bowl. mash potatoes with 1/2 cup heated milk, 1 stick smart balance butter blend, and sour cream. season with salt and pepper, to taste. mix until its the consistency you like.


step 3:
ground turkey and vegetable layer: in a large skillet over medium- high heat, add chopped onion, and ground turkey. when the turkey is cooked, add the veggies, and turn on low heat. cover with a lid for about 5 mins, stirring occasionally. season with salt and pepper to taste. set aside.

step 4:
buscuit layer: combine buscuit mix and 1 1/2 cups of mix. the mix should be thinner than that of normal buscuit mix but not runny.

step 5:
spray casserole dish with cooking spray. layer mashed potatoes halfway up the sides of the dish. next, spread a layer or turkey and mixed veggies on top of the potatoes. then pour the biscuit batter over the turkey/veggies. bake for about 35 to 45 mins or until top is golden brown. let stand for a few mins. before serving.

ENJOY :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

im a happy girl!

it is a driving with the windows down, radio up, singing at the top of my longs GORGEOUS day! hello, spring, won't you stay a while?

i am feeling on top of the world today. partly because of the weather. partly because its ST. PATTYS DAY! (and i love holidays (of any kind)... i would normally have made green cupcakes or some fun, festive treat)... BUT im on a diet. which brings me to another reason today is so GREAT... this morning, when i stepped on the scale...RIGHT after i got out of bed, went to the bathroom and stripped down (because your undies can add on lots of weight, dont you know?)... i saw WEIGHT LOSS. now, this may not sound like a big deal, especially for those of you who have read my blog or know me on a pretty personal level and know ive been dieting and working out (like a maniac... by my standards anyways).

but let me tell you... this is a BIG deal. ive been teetering between (a certain number) and (a few pounds less than that certain number) for weeks. WEEKS i tell you. and ive been doing everything right. i eat good, try to sleep a decent amt... drink water... and EVERY DAY i work out, at LEAST once. but it has been a serious struggle. like so hard that you want to throw in the towel. but you know you would feel worse if you did that. for WEEKS i could not get down below (a certain number)... but today...

I DID IT!!!! i got below that certain number (like 1.4 lbs below). HALLELUJAH!

so that gave me a great start on my day. i have seen a difference in the way my clothes are fitting (my "fat" pants are now embarressingly baggy and my "normal jeans" are fitting much loser. and i cant rewear them after they stretch out a little. which (obviously) means: a) im strinking! *slowly but surely* and b) i need to go shopping.

convienently, im about to shop with my momma. the only way things could get better is if i have a fabulous shopping day and come home with fun finds.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

what i wore wednesday #3

its that time again... heres my outfits this week so you all can judge. haha. i feel like my looks were a little "blah" this week. i shall aim to be more exciting next week. 

Wednesday- work
green and white keyhole striped tank: old navy
navy cardi: j.crew
wide leg khackis: old navy

thursday- doctor & work
navy/white tunic: new york & co.
white tank: kohls
skinnies: old navy

i pretty much wore this tunic bc i had a doc. appt to get blood taken and since the sleeves are big they could access my veins well. i have had it for a couple of months but havent worn it because i wasnt in love with it... but i am now! it was feminine, yet comfy! and the nurse complimented me on it, too!

friday- work
black tunic: belk (clearance!)
skinnies *that werent so skinny bc i was re-wearing them*: old navy
leopard wedges: target
necklace: target

this is about the point where i REALLY needed to do laundry because my choices were getting limited (especially in the "bottoms" department). but i refused...

saturday: augusta for lunch with bridge and ashley's bridal shower
black utility dress: target
leopard wedges: target

i know it doesnt look ultra flattering in the picture... but i stick to my belief that it looked better in person.

sunday- lunch with the in-laws, impromptu shopping
ruffled button down: old navy
distressed jeans: old navy
flip flops: gap
huge sunglasses: target

the button down is actually PEACH. not pink as it appears... i must point this out because i bought it in efforts to include different colors in my wardrobe.

monday: work
floral tank: old navy
green cardi: old navy
jeans: old navy
shoes: target

tuesday: work
floral tank: old navy
gray cardi: old navy
skinnies: old navy
shoes: marshalls (they're rocketdogs)

again, i desperately needed to do laundry... or... maybe i just need to go shopping... ;)
which i am... tomorrow. with my momma. and i CANNOT wait!

and that james avery ring i wore several times this week?
isn's she a beauty? i got it in the mail this week... got it engraved at a local jewelry store (saved $15 that way!). and im in love with it.

my hands look extra wrinkly. maybe i should invest in some anti-aging hand cream. do they make that?

oh, and im happy to report... i have now DONE THE LAUNDRY! (well, some of it anyways).

im linking up to the pleated poppy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

cream cheese & pesto stuffed chicken

this was our DELICIOUS dinner tonight... even though the picture looks messy- i swear its good! i found this on eatingwell.com. want the recipe? here you go...

2 tbsp. reduced fat cream cheese
1 tbsp. basil pesto
freshly ground pepper, to taste (i didnt use any)
4 skinless chicken breasts halves
1 egg white
1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees and coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray
  2. combine cream cheese, pesto and pepper in a small bowl with a fork
  3. cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of the chiken breast, nearly through the opposite side. open up each breast and place 1/4 of the filling in the center. close the breast over the filling, pressing the edges together.
  4. lightly beat the egg white with a fork in a medium bowl. please breadcrumbs in a shallow glass dish. hold each chicken breast half together and dip in the egg white, the dredge in the breadcrumbs.
  5. heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. add chicken; cook until browned on one side, about 2 mins. place the chicken, browned-side up, on the prepared baking sheet. bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 20 mins.
with the chicken i served:
baked parmesan tomatoes

4 tomatoes, halved horizontally (i did slices)
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1. preheat oven to 450 (i did these in the toaster oven while the chicken cooked.
2. place tomatoes cut side up on a baking sheet. top with parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. drizzle with oil and bake until the tomatoes are tender, about 15 mins.

(note: since i did slices, i should have reduced the cook time by A LOT. mine ended up way mushy. but still had a good taste!)

EASY PEASY and DELISH dinner!



another one for the books

im backkkk! ive been super busy and havent had time to blog the past couple of days. but now im here to catch up! what a FUN and BUSY weekend!

friday was DATE NIGHT. we went to amici for dinner and planned on seeing a movie... but dinner ran over and then we decided that we were both pretty tired after a crazy week (sadly, this is often the case on fridays. oh the joys of being "grown ups").

saturday i drove to augusta for another of ashley's bridal showers. i met up with my (old) roomie bridgette for lunch... bridge, erin and i all lived together for several years at the grove. we talked over sushi and hung out for a bit.

then i headed to daniel's parents house for ashleys "CLEAN SWEEP" shower. that was the theme... so everyone gifted cleaning supplies (for daniel to clean the house with, of course) and fun stuff like that. i did manage to take a couple of pictures at this shower since i realized we had ZERO pictures from the one last weekend.

I stretched the theme a little and made up a basket with towels and bathroom stuff like a hand soap, body wash, a candle, and loofahs (i had to google how to spell that). oh, and i threw in some of the chlorox wipes to tie in the theme (no the picture of the colorful basket above was not mine). i have to admit i didnt know what half of the cleaning supplies were... that probably says something about me as a wife, huh?

i HATE cleaning. i dont mind doing the laundry, but i hate putting it away... and i especially HATE ironing. and vacuuming (had to google how to spell that too). and doing the dishes. poor greg. at least i cook to make up for it, right? our deal is usually i cook and greg does the dishes (i help put everything back into the fridge and pantry, too!) and sometimes he irons my clothes... and if the floors get cleaned, its because HE vacuumed. i know, i pretty much struck gold in the husband department. sorry, ladies. im not letting this one go!

after the bridal shower, ash, lizzie (her sister), and claire (another bridesmaid) and i finished putting together the invitations for the wedding. i know ashley was relieved for that to be taken care of. and to be honest, I WAS TOO! i addressed all her invites last week for her and stressed myself out a little. but its okay, because i LOVE everything wedding related. i miss planning my own. so i told greg we need to renew our vows so we can do it again!

anyways, back to my weekend... sunday was a chill day. we planned on going to church... we've been talking about it for a while we just are so busy on the weekends that we havent gone (i know: excuses, excuses)... unfortunately we picked daylight savings weekend to try to go back and things just didnt work out. maybe this weekend.

we went to lunch with the in-laws and then shopped in macon for a bit (mostly for shower/wedding gifts) ahh, wedding season. i REALLY do love it. and then we rented toy story 3 and had a cozy evening at home. GREAT way to end the weekend. :)

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