Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend Recap

Last week was a little extra busy with me and my husband both working an extra shift, yet this weekend made up for it as we had lots of fun with close friends!! I would say there were some themes to the weekend: pizza, friends, and board/card games! And, the weather warmed up and it was nice to see the sunshine! 

Friday night was spent sitting on the edge of our seats watching the final minutes of both the Michigan and then the Michigan State games. Two great wins (only to break everyone's hearts on Sunday-- boo!!)

Saturday we got together with some girls I work with (and who are my close friends as well)! Last year we started a kind of tradition with pizza night. It is a friendly competition where each couple creates a pizza to their liking and everyone samples all the pieces and chooses a "winner". It is a lot of fun and afterwards we play games and drink wine/beer!! :)

This year before we got our game night on, my friend's girls taught us how to loom!

Sunday turned out to be a nice day with some sunshine so we took the dogs for a walk. Right now we are watching a dog of one of the physicians I work with too. This is them enjoying some sunshine! (There is MUCH needed spring yard clean up to do!)

That night we went to a friend's house for a monthly get together where we all have a dinner together and then hang out and play board/card games! This month we all chipped in for pizza.  I can't wait until it warms up and we can start grilling out!!

Dateless in Dallas

Did you do anything fun this past weekend?!?!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Closet Remix Challenge: Week Four

I can't believe this is the last week of outfit posts for the Closet Remix Challenge! 
I think it is crazy how fast March flew by!
I have had a lot of fun getting creative and finding new ways to wear current pieces in my closet. I am excited to see what I can come up with once the weather starts to warm up too! I am SO looking forward to some warmer temps but must confess I will slightly miss wearing layers. These Michigan legs need some color before showing them to the world! (haha)
Next Sunday I will post a recap of how this month went with the no shopping and the closet remix challenge.
Now, on to outfits!!!

Day 23
top: TJ Maxx || black pants: Simply Vera for Kohl's || boots: Macy's ||
necklace: Francesca's Collections

Day 24

Striped top: Forever 21 || Chambray: Forever 21 || Leggings: Kohl's || Sperry boots: Macy's || 
Scarf: Very Jane || Watch: Fossil @ Macy's

Day 25
Polka dot top: Kohl's || Cardigan: Target || Pants: Forever 21 ||
Flat: Old Navy || Necklace: Francesca's Collections

Day 26
t-shirt: H&M || Blazer: Francesca's Collections || Black pants: Simply Vera for Kohl's ||
Booties: Kohl's (similar) || Necklace: Our World Boutique

Day 27
Tank top: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's || White shirt: Old Navy (similar) || 
Jeans: Old Navy || Flats: Target || Necklace: Kohl's

Day 28
Top: Charlotte Russe || Pants: TJ Maxx (similar) || Shoes: Express ||
Necklace: Very Jane

Day 29
Dress: H&M || Jean jacket: TJ Maxx || Tights: Target || Flats: Target ||
Necklace: Purple Peridot

Thanks for stopping by!! Even though the Closet Remix Challenge is over I will still continue to try and post my weekly outfits and where I got them from.
Have a good week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pad Thai Recipe

I love some good Pad Thai take out and there is a place close to our house that has some really yummy Thai food! A few weeks back our friend Stacy made this delicious Pad Thai and since then I just HAD to have the recipe! I made it last week and my husband and I couldn't get enough of it!
Here is today's Delicious Dish Tuesday:

What you need:
  • 1 pkg/box of Rice Noodles (I used the Thai Kitchen Stir Fry Rice Noodles)
  • 1 lb. of chicken or meat of your choice (or omit if vegetarian)
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1 pkg. extra firm tofu
  • 1 medium bag of bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch of green onion
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar (I chose the rice vinegar)
  • Fish sauce
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Crushed red pepper (to taste)
  • Olive oil

The prep:
  • Cook the noodles according to the package. On the back of the box it states to cover the noodles with saran wrap if not using for a little bit. I drained my noodles once they were done and covered them but I also needed to rinse them lightly with some warm water since they got a little bit sticky.
  • I had to crush my own peanuts because I could not find any in the store. I bought the Planters salted peanuts and put a little in at a time in a food chopper.
  • Cut up your green onion, chicken and tofu.

Make it:
  • This is made in batches.
  • Heat some olive oil in a large stock pot and add approx. 1 cup of chicken.
  • Cook the chicken through and then add one egg, handful of bean sprouts and a handful of tofu (or more if desired).
  • Cook for another minute or two.
  • Then add 3 Tbsp. of crushed peanuts, 1 Tbsp. of vinegar, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. fish sauce.
  • Add pinch of green onion and a pinch of red pepper (or to taste, we liked adding more red pepper for a little bit spicier).
  • Cook until heated through.
  • Add to a large (oven safe) bowl or dish. Heat oven to a "keep warm temp" (I did 200 degrees) and repeat the process until everything is gone! I think I made about 3-4 batches. You can always get more ingredients if you have a larger crowd and make more batches! :) 
  • Serve with lemon if desired.

Again, special thanks to my friend Stacy for this recipe!!
Linking up today (and every Tuesday!) with:

Full Time Mama

(Martinis and Bikinis and Green Fashionista)

Do you have a favorite "take out copy cat" that you love to make at home?

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy some goodness today!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Closet Remix Challenge: Week Three

As you know, it's a new week and it's time to recap last week's outfits!  I can't believe that Week Three of the Closet Remix Challenge is already over and so is March almost!! Keeping this week's post short and sweet; you're just here for the outfit post right!?!? ;)
Here are Days 16-22

Day 16

Sweatshirt: Forever 21
Vest: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy
Ankle booties: Kohl's
Necklaces: Kohl's and Kohl's

Day 17
MSU tee: Kohl's or Dick's?
Cardigan: Charlotte Russe
Jeans: Old Navy
Ankle booties: Forever 21
Necklace: VeryJane
Bracelets: VeryJane and Old Navy

Day 18

Cardigan: VeryJane
Chambray Dress: Old Navy
Leggings: Kohl's
Ankle booties: Forever 21
Necklace: Francesca's

Top: H&M
Black Pants: Simply Vera for Kohl's
Boots: Macy's
Necklace: Kohl's?

Day 20
Pants: Forever 21
Necklace: VeryJane
Flats: Charlotte Russe

Day 21
Lace top: VeryJane
Jacket: JC Penney
Jeans: American Eagle
Boots: Walmart
Necklace: VeryJane

Day 22
Dress: VeryJane
Tights: Target
Boots: Walmart
Necklace: Francesca's Collections

What are you most excited for with this upcoming wardrobe transition to Spring!?!?
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Have a nice week!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Five on Friday: Bridal Edition

Spring is on the horizon and before we know it--- summer will be here! And that means: Wedding Season! This weekend I will attending a bridal shower for one of my best friends and college roommate. So, I decided to make this Friday's blog post about bridal/wedding gifts! I have chosen three top items that I received as a gift and use VERY frequently (and they are budget friendly items!). I have also chosen two items from Etsy; I just love personalized and monogrammed things and Etsy has tons of great options if you are looking for more of a unique wedding gift!
Enjoy your weekend!!

1: Oxo mixing bowl set.

(Found at Target for $24.99)

2: Crockpot (best invention ever!) I love the one I received with a timer
as well as my three crock one. 

(Found at Target for $49.99)

3: Small step ladder. This comes in handy SO much!

(Found at Target for $34.99)

4: Mr. & Mrs. Beer and Sangria glasses (how cute are these!?!).
(Etsy shop: ScissorMill for $25.00)

5: Wood sign with last name.
(Etsy shop: CRSWoodDesigns for $41.50)

Along with the 5 on Friday ladies I am also linking up with:

The Grits Blog

Do you have a favorite wedding gift that you received? 
Were you given a personalized item? If so, what was it?
Do you have any other tips for buying the perfect wedding gift?

Here is my friend and I in Mexico last year (when I got married!!)
Can't wait to spend some time with her!!

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!!