LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fried Onion & Feta Salad

A local steak house in our town not only has amazing steak, but their house salad is equally as good. Although my version isn't quite the same, it's pretty close and the best part is it takes less than 5 minutes to put together.

What You Need:
-Cold chopped iceberg lettuce
-1/4 cup finely chopped red and green pepper
-1/3 cup finely chopped cucumber, skin removed
-1 tbsp crumbled feta
-1 Tbsp french fried onions (like you put on green bean casserole)
-1 Tsp chopped walnuts
-Ranch dressing

What You Do:
There's no right or wrong way to any of this and the measurements don't have to be exact. You can add more or less of almost any of it depending on your preferences. 

I usually fill a bowl with the lettuce then add the peppers combined, cucumbers, feta, and walnuts then top with the fried onions. Add ranch and eat immediately!


Linking up with SusanAlesha, & Kate.
Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a little longer than normal since it's our Spring Break and I took some time off towards the end of the week so Ben and I could have some one on one time together. We saw Cinderella and both really loved it. Spoiler alert: when Cinderella says, "I forgive you," to her stepmother I about lost it.

We also tried out an egg dying project I saw on Pinterest that used shaving cream and food coloring but it turned out to be a big fat fail. At least they looked cool before we washed them. Has anyone made these and had success? What did we do wrong? We even let them sit in the dye overnight.

The next morning we hit up a new donut place downtown. A simple photo turned into Jack yelling for his brother to back away from his food.

I had half of a gooey butter cake donut which was really good and we took home the maple bacon, Samoa, and general custard for daddy. Other choices included Stoner's Secret, Mexican hot cocoa, and red velvet.

The rest of our weekend included a birthday party for one of Ben's friends and another Pinterest project which actually turned out pretty cute. I'll be posting the easy diy Easter project later this week.

How cute is this Target Dollar Spot bag?


My little helper was eating the goldfish faster than I could pour them out.

No Spring Break is complete without candy and adult beverages so I picked up a little of both :) Do yourself a favor and double up on the jelly beans but skip the Lemon-ade-rita. It was pretty gross and this is coming from a gal who used to drink Congress vodka in college.

J's cousin was in town from Florida so we ended the weekend with Mexican food and cheese dip. Note Jack's poor cousin who also got too close to food. Sensing a theme here :)


How was your weekend? 


Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Friday, March 27, 2015

5 on Friday

I'm back! Between computer/photo issues and a week long sinus infection, I'm feeling better and  ready to share what we've been up to these last couple of weeks.

One. 
We've been spending as much time outside as possible and trying to keep up with our crazy weather which switches from 70 degrees one day to 35 degrees the next. The forecast for this weekend has everything from rain to snow and then temps in the 60's so needless to say I'm ready for Spring and some consistent weather.

Two.
J and I have made an effort to go on a few dates lately with just the two of us and also with friends. Man does it feel good to get out, get dressed up, and have a drink (or two).

Three.
We celebrated St. Patrick's day by making treats and building a trap to try and catch that elusive little leprechaun. Not only did he get away, but he left a pretty big mess and tiny green footprints to clean up.

Four.
Do you have a Lego obsessed fan in your house? Then you have to get tickets to LegoFest if it's coming to your city. We went last weekend and the boys had so much fun, including my husband. I'll do a full post on it later, but these pictures of Ben and Jack crack me up. 

Five.
I've been pinning all the Easter things lately and have several goodies that I can't wait to start making in the kitchen. This pin is a one stop shop to so many cute edible ideas.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Linking up with ChristinaKarli, & Amanda.
Friday, March 6, 2015

5 on Friday

Well we finally made it to the end of the week. Did anyone else feel like this week just creeped by? Let's get this weekend started with my 5 from the week.

One.
I've been obsessed with succulents lately and the fact that they are virtually kill proof is a bonus. I've already asked J to help me make a little planter box this weekend so stay tuned.
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Two.
Ben's school had a fundraiser at McDonalds and it was the first time I'd eaten inside an actual McDonalds in forever. Despite my better judgement, the kids got to play in the play place followed by a bath the minute they got home.

Three.
We're having a girls night on Saturday and I'm in charge of bringing the Sangria. I have a recipe I've used in the past but does anyone have one that's just amazing? Bonus points if it's extra easy to make.

Four.

I have been working and praying about something for a while now and will hopefully be able to share the big news next week. Sorry for being so vague, but I don't want to count those chickens before they hatch.

Five.
Did anyone else celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday this week? If you're looking for a fun activity to do I made this super simple snack for Ben's class.

What You Need:
-Box blue jello + water
-Box Sweedish fish
-Clear plastic cups
(serves 6)

What To Do:

Mix the jello according to the box. Pour the jello liquid into the plastic cup and add one Sweedish fish. Place the cups in the refrigerator to set. Once the jello begins to set slightly add another fish and continue to let jelly set until firm. Serve and enjoy!



Linking up with ChristinaKarli, & Amanda
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

That Time I Spent 24 Hours With My Husband

When was the last time you and your partner spent 24 straight hours together with no friends, kids, anyone else? While J and I are super lucky to have parents who like spending time with our children, we usually fill up that kid free time cleaning the house, DIY-ing & baking (me), working or doing man things (him) and we don't usually just hang out.

Those 24 hours away from home last week, just the two of us, reminded me of a few things.

I really love a dinner where I don't have to feed someone else or get up from the table 65 times because someone needs ketchup or a drink or they crapped their pants.

J and I are perfectly capable of having a grown up conversation where we don't talk about our kids.

I remembered why I started dating my husband in the first place.

An adult drink while cozied up in a hotel bed is perfection and it's even better when you've got someone next to you. 

When our kids get older we are going to make them serve us every meal in bed, room service style. And by older I mean in a few weeks.

But the biggest thing I took away from this time together was that I really do love my husband. Not that I doubted it or didn't, but it's nice to feel that connection with your partner again which can easily get lost in the day to day hassle of diaper changes and dishes.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crockpot Cuban Sandwiches {2 ways}


My husband loves a good cuban sandwich which I usually pass on because of the sauerkraut. Turns out I've been confusing cuban and rueben sandwiches almost my entire life. Duh.

When Lindsay posted this recipe for cuban sliders I knew I wanted to recreate them. But let's face it, I'm way more lazy than she is so what's great for lazy people? The crockpot.

I turned to the internet to find a highly rated cuban crockpot recipe and stumbled upon this one from the food network which was pretty similar to Lindsay's. I didn't have everything needed to make each recipe, so I tweaked them both and came up with what turned out to be a pretty tasty pork without being too citrusy which I was worried about. 

What You Need:

-3 to 3 1/2 lb pork shoulder (twine removed)
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp pepper
-1 tsp onion powder
-1 tsp garlic powder
-4 tbsp orange juice
-4 tbsp lime juice
-1/2 cup chicken broth
-Potato rolls, Texas toast, or whatever other sandwich bread you like
-1/2 to 1lb deli sliced ham
-1 lb deli style swiss cheese
-Dijon mustard
-Dill pickle slices (short round kind)
-Sliced banana peppers

What To Do:

1. Mix the oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, orange juice, and lime juice in a bowl and set aside.

2. Remove any twine from the pork and make 1 inch deep cuts into the meat. This will allow the marinade to really soak in.

3. Place the pork in the crockpot and rub the marinade all over making sure to coat the entire thing. 

4. Add the chicken broth and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until you can shred it with a fork.

5. Shred the pork and place in a covered bowl to keep warm while preparing the rest of the sandwich.

6. Cover a baking sheet in foil for easy cleanup and place mustard on one half of the bread. I used potato rolls the first time I made them and then used texas toast for leftovers. My husband liked the texas toast one the best but I liked the potato rolls.

7. Layer 1/2 a slice of swiss cheese on top of the mustard followed by 1 slice of ham. 

8. Add a heaping pile of the pulled pork to the ham and top with banana peppers or dill slices. 

9. Cover the peppers or pickles with the other 1/2 slice of cheese then bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese melts and the bread is slightly toasted.

Enjoy!


Linking up with SusanAlesha, & Kate.
Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekend Recap + Life Lately

Since I didn't get my 5 on Friday post up in time, today's recap will catch you up on what we did this weekend as well as what we've been up to this last week.

Tuesday night J and I snuck away for a night away to see Hozier.  The concert was at The Pageant in downtown St. Louis and we stayed at the Moonrise hotel right next door so it was a quick 30 second walk.

Even though we were gone for less than 24 hours it was exactly what we needed. We ate dinner without rushing through it or having to take kids to the bathroom. At the hotel we lounged around in bed, ordered room service, and slept in before checking out and hitting up a few stores on our way out of town. Hozier is just as good live as he is recorded. 

I mentioned we did some shopping before we left town and I found 2 deals at Nordstrom Rack one of which was my very first pair of Kate Spade earrings. You can't really tell in this photo but they're a gorgeous maroon color. Want to know the price? $10.99! You can barely buy earrings at Target for that cheap.

I was also really needed a new pair of black boots but didn't want to spend a ton since winter is winding down. I snagged these leather boots for $40. They were originally over $100 and I love how the look and how comfortable they are.

The rest of the week was spent catching up on work, attending meetings, and getting hooked on The Blacklist. Have you all watched this? If you like Scandal, Homeland, or just a good suspense, this show is for you.

Saturday evening we got our second big snowfall of the year which ended up being about 5 inches. We had tickets to see Disney's Frozen on Ice and I went back and forth about if we should go. Early Sunday morning I decided to brave the roads and headed to St. Louis once again. Although it took almost double the time to get there we finally made it safe and sound.

One last thing. My dad was admitted to the hospital late Friday night and he may need surgery in the  next few days. He will be in the hospital until later this week so if you could say a prayer or send good thoughts his way it'd be greatly appreciated.

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.