Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WHW: Recipe Files

Hey y'all and welcome to another what's hap-pinning Wednesday. I haven't shared any good eats in quite some time and with the new year underway, we've tried some great new dishes! I have successfully picked back up on the meal planning and we still receive two meals per week from Home Chef. My meal planning consists of a grocery list that lists all ingredients needed to make 6 meals for my family. I've planned out 4 separate weeks so that we aren't repeating meals too often. So that method paired with the Home Chef ensures that we are covered meal wise. Woot woot! (so far so good but I still refuse to give up Mexican food) 

Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of super simple weeknight recipes that we've done and we've loved! Also, all of these are toddler approved which is a huge score in our household! 

1. Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbreads with almonds
you will need: olive oil, salt & pepper, white onion, arugula, chopped almonds, 1 pear, flatbreads, shredded mozz cheese, a little goat cheese

  • preheat oven to 400
  • caramelize the onion in a skillet with olive oil
  • quarter pear and core. cut into thin slices
  • toast flatbreads for 5 min in preheated oven
  • assemble flatbreads with mozz cheese on each leaving a slight crust border
  • layer pears on top and drizzle with olive oil
  • place directly on oven rack for 10-12 min
  • garnish with onions, almonds, arugula, goat cheese etc. 

2. Caprese Calzones & Sweet Vidalia Roasted bone-in Chicken w/ Roasted Pears & Brussels

3. Stuffed Poblano Peppers & Mesquite Chicken with Loaded Potato Wedges 

Roasted Red Pepper Tortellini Pasta with Spinach 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Reno #3: Progress!

SO. MUCH. PROGRESS! I'm literally over the moon with where we are right now in the progress of renovation numero tres. The dry wall has all been hung, taped and mud on y'all and it just might be a little more exciting than Christmas day. The house is so bright and it is so much easier to really envision the design style I want for each and every room. After the sanding takes place, it will be time to dive into picking out paint colors. I'm shocked we are there already and even more shocked that we may be listing another home in a little over 5 months or so. Also completed - the HVAC. The heat is on and working y'all! Ok this is a huge picture overload so bear with me. Are y'all ready to see more than just studs? (haha)


Living Room

Living Room leading into Dining Room

Dining Room


Half bath/Laundry

Master Shower

Master Closet

Master Bedroom 

Master Bedroom


Upstairs Hall

Guest Room with ensuite 

Guest Bath

Andi's Room 

Andi's Closet

Andi's Bath

Sunroom/Office space?

After paint, we'll hammer down a decision on floor refinishing and also a decision on what will be done with the kitchen floors. Luckily all of the original floors can be salvaged but unfortunately the the ones in the kitchen have to be replaced. If you remember from the beginning of the structural design phase, the kitchen was made possible by blowing through two sets of staircases and into an adjoining room. Because of this, the floors didn't match (and one was a gross and rotted vinyl) I think we're going to go with a slighter wider hardwood and run it horizontally with the island. Below I'm throwing in some current inspiration pics and pieces that have been pulling me into the design phase aspect of this reno. I;m so pumped to get started! As always, thanks for following along and have a fabulous rest of the week!

Kitchen color and floor inspiration 
This sideboard (or something similar in color) has to be in my dining room - love love love!
via Joss & Main

and maybe something like this little guy on the other side of the room - keep in mind that my dining room table and chairs are white this time around and that is so new to me! The blues will play off of the fabric I am using on the dining room chairs and we're also going to do a pretty loud statement piece by painting the dining room ceiling a deep blue. Stay tuned for that one!

Via J&M

via Ballard Designs

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!

Oh haaaay strangers! Did anyone else take a blogging break to soak up the holidays? Y'all, Christmas this year was simply magical and we loved every single second of it. I hope y'all had a great one as well! Seeing it all through Miss A's eyes was just fabulous. I could use some more snow though! An like I say every single year - why does it go by SO dang quickly? Ugh! Anyway, we've been plowing ahead on renovation #3 and the drywall is in! I cannot put into words how awesome and different it was to walk through the door and see it so bright with white drywall. I'll share an update next week hopefully so stay tuned for that one. 

Switching gears to NYE, we actually stayed in! It was probably my first NYE at home since being preggo and I was oddly happy about it. Hubs was off and we had plans but everyone got lazy with the dreary weather and decided to stay in. We had friends stay with us the night before and needless to say we were slightly hungover from that visit so staying in seemed like the best remedy. Also, being with Miss A was super fun and of course we still popped all the bubbly. (she did cheers with her sippy of milk folks but stayed up the entire time!)

This new year brings with it a new motivation for me - my first time attempting a resolution. It sounds silly but I just never set a resolution and this year I'm determined to be a healthier version of myself for not only me but for my family. Hubs and I have decided to start a no fast-food or eating out (minus a date night here and there) plan for at least 30 days (you know, to make sure we can do it..) and I'm also jumping back on the meal-planning wagon because I honestly REALLY miss it. I'd like to keep up my workouts and definitely lose that 10 pounds that has been bothering me lately. So, with that said, can someone keep me accountable? I'm so ready! 2019 will be a great year, I'm sure of it! Cheers to a new home and a healthier me!

my fav meal planning template 1 and template 2

Oh, and definitely time to start focusing on these two books I might've just purchased... bring on 2019 y'all!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

WHW: Reno Update

Hey y'all! Welcome to another What's Hap-Pinning Wednesday with me and Jenn (which we accidentally skipped last week due to crazy schedules...but at least we were on the same page right? ha!) Today I'm coming at y'all with a little renovation #3 update. We've been kicking some serious you know what lately on the interior front and I'm so proud of the hubs and FIL. The electric is done y'all - we have lights! (aka just hanging light bulbs

The insulation is in and HVAC/duct work is underway. Andi thinks that the insulation was picked out just for her because its pink of course. Gotta love her! Once that was put in it really made the rooms feel like unique spaces. I will admit that its odd not being able to just pass through the walls but its so neat to see it become a designated space! You can really feel the difference temp wise too. Next up on the list is dry wall and I cannot believe we are at that step y'all! Whew! (dry wall is supposed to start next week and the window people are coming back to fix some issues this Friday) I feel like that just about gets us to the half-way point and that is insane!


Dining Room

Guest room/View into Andi's Room
Sunroom - no more Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom nails
hanging down from the ceiling 
Also completed - the roof! I repeat - THE ROOF! What a labor of love this has been from crews quitting and double booking to terrible and super wet weather conditions for weeks on end! The transformation is so fabulous though and once the trim and siding get going it'll be even better. I seriously love it.

Raise the Roof!

Shiny new charcoal metal

I spy the cutest little helper!

Look at all of that old metal!
Moving on to the back of the house, the hubs has finished the new back deck! Y'all, I simply love it. It really fits the layout and space so well and it was definitely needed. We toyed with the idea of the steps and landing for awhile but ultimately decided that having the steps go down towards the garage would make the most sense. We're also able to put the two heating/cooling units underneath the steps so it works out perfectly. We still need to decide on a stain and overall look but I'm leaning towards darker to play off the dark exterior framed windows. I'll also be painting the kitchen door black on both sides just to give y'all an idea.

Ohhh the entertaining that will go on out here!
 (Especially being right off from the kitchen)

Lastly, the bathtubs are starting to go in upstairs in Andi's bathroom and the guest  bathroom. We may have to put the master bath vanity in before the dry wall starts and this gets me all excited mostly because I just want to see the thing! I can't wait to get closer to the design phase AKA Jessi's Design into overdrive. I have so many light fixtures, tile options, wallpaper and colors to throw at y'all so be prepared. As for now, we're celebrating each milestone and we simply love how everything is coming together. Stay tuned for more updates and always tune in to my insta stories and highlights for real time progress!


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