Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Majestic Grille

Hello again friends!

I picked this little ditty up from TJMaxx on clearance.


Calvin Klein.

On clearance.

Animal print.

Whoop.


(Dress: Calvin Klein, TJMaxx. Shoes: Anne Klein, Macy's. Earrings: JCPenney.)

(Makeup look for evening: smokey eye. my fav kind of look to do.)

So, this outfit was worn to dinner last night.


I decided yesterday that the man needed a night away from his books...away from his computer...and have a nice quiet dinner.

I thought I'd rave to you about the wonderful experience Brad and I had at The Majestic Grille.

He'd had never been to Majestic, so I thought it would be a nice time time to introduce him.

I had been once before with my sister in law, a few years ago when we went to go see Wicked at the Orpheum.

So, I was really wanting to go back myself.

Anywho, you can check out their yummy menus here.

We tried the Tempura Shrimp and it was very good.

Brad had the roasted mahi mahi.

And I had the roasted chicken.

So good!

I love the atmosphere in the restaurant.

They play old black and white movies on a big hd screen where everyone can see.

It's really neat.

Go see them if you've never gone before....I hope you'll like it as much as Brad and I did.

(the man and I at The Majestic Grille)


Well, then we decided to walk a few blocks down to McEwen's on Monroe after dinner for dessert.

Yes. I was being bad. But it felt oh so good.

Haha.

Anywho, the last time we had gone to McEwen's we fell in love with the Creme Brulee (and well everything about our entire meal.) That evening it was Brown Sugar Creme Brulee. OMG. It was to die for.

Well, we remembered when we got there last night that Creme Brulee is always the "chef's choice," and last night it was White Chocolate Creme Brulee.

Brad and I were both like "oh man." We were really wanting that Brown Sugar one.

Well, don't be sad for us people. (As I know you are right now...)

Because the heavens opened up and low and behold...there was a dark chocolate cheesecake (Chef's choice, also).

Of course, we had decided on that instead.

Let me tell you...it was THE BEST cheesecake I've ever had.

Regular ol' cheesecake...with chunks of dark chocolate pieces...and an oreo coookie crust.

Bam. 

Once again, please don't tell my friend the treadmill about this little adventure.

I'll never hear the end of it from him. :(

Here's my advice to you friends...

Go to The Majestic Grille.

Go to McEwen's on Monroe.

They don't disappoint!

Much love :)

Some more recipes!

Hello friends!

Thought I'd share a few more easy, and yum-o recipes with you guys that we've tried out.

We've had these enchiladas!

(this was actually a leftover picture...I forgot to take a pic the actual night we made them)

We served them with Spanish rice.

So yummmmy. But be warned. They do have a kick to them.

I also cooked up this little recipe the night before last:

Chicken Salsa!

I did make some adjustments.

First of all, I used black bean and corn salsa. So, I didn't add any corn like the recipe calls for.

Second, I added a half stick of low fat margarine to the bottom of the crock pot (before I added the chicken) and then to the top of everything after I added all the ingredients.
I find that helps keep the chicken moist.
That's just my opinion.

Third, I added the juices of two limes over everything.

Fourth, I added a packet of taco seasoning.

And finally, Brad and I served it all over brown rice instead of making little tacos.

So, basically I totally revamped this recipe.

But, it turned out great!!!!!!

I added a dollop of fat free sour cream to mine. (Brad would rather eat moldy bread than sour cream.)

Delish.

So, the point is, feel free to experiment with your cooking.

Sometimes it might go bad.

Sometimes it might go really well.

Hey, you never know until you try!

Happy eating.

Much love :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forever 21 finds....

Hello friends!

I got my Tiger shoes in the mail, so I thought I'd show you the other little treasures I also got.

(I would like to preface these pics by saying that I need to perfect the art of taking pictures in the mirror. I am terrible at it. My husband needs to be home more often to take my picture. Gosh...what is he thinking having a job?....)

Just kidding. 

Well about the having a job thing.

I am very grateful for that.

Okay, back to the subject.

First of all, here are the Tiger shoes in person:

(yes, I have my lounge pants on. probably would look better with jeans. I know.)

Aren't they just awesome?!

I also got this little gem:

(Yes, that is a tiger bejeweled ring.)

I love it!

Okay, this begins the portion of the blog where I try to take my own picture...

 (Tiger terry shirt...take 1. Awesome face.)

(The only pic I could get without a flash. And it's still blurry.)

(This is my Go Tigers pic...and my attempt to be lame. Wait...I am lame. Never mind.)

Anywho...I loveeeee my new Tigers shirt.

It's very comfy. And sparkly. And will be great for basketball season.

I mean, I would wear it for football season...but as you know....our football team is...eh.

(Hey, I still support my Tigers through thick and thin...Go Tigers Go!)

Okay, so all in all I am happy with my purchases. (All from Forever21!)

Obviously, I have an obsession with Tiger-esque things.

Don't judge.

Coming up next on today's blog....

I went to JCPenney yesterday because I had a coupon. 

Let me tell you something.

I LOVEEEE JCPENNEY!

I think they really have affordable, cute things. 

I can always find something in there!

I wanted to try to find some dressy, dark jeans. 

Well, I did find some jeans...and a new top...and new earrings...and a new purse!

Whoops.

Anywho, I thought I would try out the skinny jean look.

Being a curvy girl...skinny jeans have always scared me. 

But, I really like the ones I got!

They are freakishly comfortable.

(And I guess they are a denim jegging. Didn't realize that until I looked up the specs online. Oh well! I still love them.)

(outfit pic take 1...going to visit the man at work)

(take 2...ugh...maybe I need to learn how to use a tripod...and the self-timer on my camera)


I didn't take a pic with the new purse. Oh well. Sorry!

And for whatever reason they don't have it on the website. Ugh. Sad face.

Makeup look for the night:

(I love my new earrings. Sparkly = obsession.)

They don't have my earrings on the website either. 

Fail!

Anywho, I will be doing a vlog in the next few days on some new makeup finds. And some old favs. 

As I am typing this, tornado sirens are going off. 

Hooray Memphis weather!

Stay safe friends. 

Much love :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What's For Dinner?

The Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti!

I was already a fan of her recipes and website...but after I saw this recipe on Pinterest...I HAD to try it.

So here ya go!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken
  • 3 cups Dry Spaghetti, Broken Into Two Inch Pieces
  • 2 cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Green Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Finely Diced Onion
  • 1 jar (4 Ounce) Diced Pimentos, Drained
  • 2 cups Reserved Chicken Broth From Pot
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon (to 1/4 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Additional Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Preparation Instructions

Cook 1 cut up fryer and pick out the meat to make two cups. Cook spaghetti in same chicken broth until al dente. Do not overcook. When spaghetti is cooked, combine with remaining ingredients except additional 1 cup sharp cheddar.
Place mixture in casserole pan and top with remaining sharp cheddar. Cover and freeze up to six months, cover and refrigerate up to two days, or bake immediately: 350 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly. (If the cheese on top starts to get too cooked, cover with foil).
So, I decided not to use a fryer chicken.  I just cut up three chicken breasts, cooked them in the skillet, and then mixed everything together. I cooked the noodles in a can of chicken broth and water, so that was also an adjustment I made. 
But, everything turned out great!

(Finished product)
The man had a happy face and a full belly...and gave it two thumbs up!
That makes my heart smile.
I am going to try to post more recipes that we try out because the man and I are trying to eat at home more often. 
I am making out a menu plan for us each week and then using that to head to the grocery store to shop. 
Here's template I am using if you'd like your own...
I love having a plan and sticking to it! 
It definitely has made shopping easier.
This past Sunday I made this super easy recipe in the crockpot! 
(I found it on Pinterest, too...)
(I LOVE PINTEREST...I am addicted.)
I made a few adjustments to the recipe: I added another packet of the Italian dressing mix and another half stick of light margarine (I used light margarine on the bottom, too) to the crockpot. 
We added a side of brown rice....
VERDICT?
SOOOOO good! 
And it made yummy leftover chicken that I used for sandwiches. 
So here's my message for the evening...
Don't be afraid of your stove.
Embrace it!
Much love. :)


Monday, September 19, 2011

Rawr!

I just ordered THESE shoes!!

(Yes, those are Tiger-sequined shoes.)

Don't judge!

Well, judge if you want. I don't care. 

I think they are adorable

The countdown to MEMPHIS MADNESS has begun!!

Go Tigers Go, baby.

Did I mention I love sequins?!

Anything that sparkles has my vote. 

Haha. (Obviously, I love sparkles. See the post before this one...)

I also picked up a few other Tiger-rific items from Forever21, too.

I'll show you guys when they come in. 

Sparkles for life!

Much love :)

I Want...

THIS dress for New Year's Eve.

Well, this is the dress I want as of right now.

Ask me in a few months....what I want then.

But as for today, I want that one.

I love cocktail dresses.

In fact, just give me every dress on ModCloth, and I'll be set for life.

Sigh.

Much love. :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Foreigner & Journey Concert...

Was AWESOME!!!

The man and I headed downtown last night to the Night Ranger, Foreigner, and Journey concert at FedEx Forum.

We went to Bangkok Alley downtown for dinner, and it was yummy!

The hubs had never been to a Thai restaurant before, so it was a new experience. I had been there years ago, and remembered how good it was.

We had made plans to go to the Majestic Grille, but it was PACKED. And Pa Pa Pia's was PACKED. (Not only was the concert going on, but it was also opening night for the Orpheum's season.)

So, we just headed down the street to Bangkok Alley, and I'm glad we did!

We decided to opt out of the Night Ranger portion of the concert as we only knew one song..."Sister Christian".....eh.

We got there just as Foreigner was taking the stage.

And let me tell you. They still got it.

I mean, it was probably one of THE BEST performances I've ever seen.

(You may be rolling your eyes...but I kid you not!)

Granted, the person who is in charge of the graphic designs that go behind the band should be fired.

I'm not joking.

Brad and I were almost crying we were laughing so hard.

All the images looked like Windows '97 screen savers.

But, hey, it added to the charm.

So, next up was Journey.

And I freaking love Journey.

Annnnddd I've watched their concert special with their new lead singer.

And he is amazing. And the band is amazing.

However...

I think the band played just a little too loud. And I attribute that to the singer's still shaky English. So, the louder the band is, the less you can hear how thick the singer's accent is.

Anywho....it was still awesome!

But I will admit...Brad and I both actually thought Foreigner did a better job.

(Shhhh...don't tell my inner Journey junkie.)

Anywho.

We saw some amazingly bad outfits/hair/bad choices.

However, we WERE at a Foreigner/Journey concert. (Ooops...and Night Ranger...I forgot.)

So duh. Those things were guaranteed.

It's like all of 1987 showed up with a few 20-year-old-present-day scantily-dressed..well...skanks.

One of the bad choices was made on my part.

New shoes + walking downtown = blisters.

Sighhhh.

One day I'll learn my lesson.

Here are some pics from the evening...

(Found this dress on sale at Macy's...plus it has pockets...I looooveee pockets!)

(the infamous shoes....haha)

(the hubs and me)

Just remember...

Don't ever be as Cold as Ice.


It's also Urgent...

That you keep an open mind and Open Arms....


Ever.

Much love :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Current Obsession....

Anything leopard print.

I know it's big for fall.

And that make me happy. :)

By the way, this is an extremely girly post. You have been warned.

I picked up this new little cardigan at Old Navy yesterday...



(Please excuse the typical "in the mirror pose." And the blurriness. The man was at work.)

It is very comfy. And not too warm. 

So, I wore it to Jim's Place last night to visit the man. 

Because I miss him when he's at work. 

AWWWWWW. Aren't I a nice wifey?

And I could tell you some stories that I heard while sitting at the bar. 

But I'll spare you the details. And horror

All I'll say is that while the kids are away...East Memphis adults play.

And play hard.

Yikes. 

Anywho, I am still getting used to my new hair color...but I am starting to dig it. I can't wait until my hair gets long again, though!




I have to admit, I was pretty proud of my eye-makeup work last night....

However, upon further inspection of this pic...I can see that my eyeliner was not all the way straight on my (in this pic) right eye. Urggg.

Hey, can't win them all.

Nonetheless, I can't wait for more fall-ish things to start appearing!

But for now, I'll burn my Autumn candle from Bath and Body Works...and lounge around in my leopard print.

Have a great weekend friends!

Much love. :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

This lady...

Is starting to scare me.


LeAnn Rimes.

Yes, that is LeAnn Rimes.

This picture was taken a few days ago.

Okay, look. I don't want to seem judgmental.

However, that's what this is going to sound like.

I think people should be happy at whatever weight they want to be.

She has claimed that she DOES eat...and eats healthy.

Which may truly be the case.

However, I just think she she's starting to look...welll...unattractive.

Don't get me wrong. She is a beautiful woman. However, she's starting to look a little disproportional.

Hey, that's just MY opinion.

You may have a completely different one.

Here's a comparison pic I found of her:



Yikes.

On one hand I feel bad for her because she is constantly defending herself. And her body. And her habits.

But gosh. Sometimes concern can be misconstrued as negativity.

I just think it's so hard for young women (heck ALL women!) to really have a healthy body image anymore! It's so confusing! Do we look at her as an example of someone who is completely fit and healthy? Or someone who is wasting away?

Imagine someone like me who has this idea of herself:


(isn't this hilarious?!)

No, but seriously.

I, for one, have never had a good self-image. And I don't say that because I am looking for sympathy or for positive comments. I say that because I am being honest. It is a daily struggle for me. 

But I am working on it.

I just hope LeAnn is truly healthy.

And I hope that everyone can reach a point where they truly feel healthy. And beautiful. Without risk to his/her health.

Just check out this lady.

She could be my new hero. 

Much love. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reaching Goals...

Is something I'm always striving to do.

I know, I know..."Don't most people strive to reach goals?"

Well, I learned a long time ago not to speak for "most" anymore.

So, I hope that most do! :)

Anywho, one personal goal of mine was to run a 5K race. It has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.

I definitely have always been jealous of runners. I just never thought I could be one. Especially with my tendency to get shin splints.

Well, fast forward to the week before July 4th of this year. My friend Ellen and I were working when the topic of the Chick-fil-A 5K got brought up somehow. We both commented on how we've always wanted to run a 5K, but never had. And then like magic, we both said at the same time, "Hey, I read about this program online called Couch to 5K!"

And then and there we both decided  to sign up for the race....we'd train with the program together...(well on our own time)....and then run that bad boy. It was perfect timing. The program trains for 9 weeks...and it just so happened our race was 10 weeks from then on Labor Day.

9 weeks ago I was not a runner. But thanks to this program, I can proudly say that I am!

I encourage anyone, (at any fitness level!) if you want to run, ease into it with this program. I am no athlete...and have never been. But the program is forgiving...maybe you need to repeat a week to get into the hang of things (for whatever reason). The program allows you you to do that.

I was so nervous yesterday before the race. Actually, I'd been nervous for days. I had been under the weather the week before, and my runs had been awful. I had made it through all of them, but I had to stop a lot..and it was taking way longer than it should to get through them.

So, I was worried. "Am I going to be last one across the finish line?" "Will I be able to run the whole thing without stopping?" "Am I just going to look silly?"

Ellen and I had made an agreement that we didn't have to run together because we both were at different paces. (She is a fast lady!) So, when the race started at 9am, off I went all on my own.

Or so I thought.

Actually, I felt like I was running with a big group of my friends. It was so nice to have company to run with. I mean, we didn't talk to each other, but each person helped me get to the finish line.

I stopped twice at the water stations because, frankly, I'm not that coordinated to run with a cup of water in my hand. It would have provided entertainment for those around me, however, that's not really what I was going for. And, I took about 30 seconds to stretch out at the stations, also.

From my experience, what I like to call "mind blockers" had always appeared around the 1.5 mile mark... they go a little something like this...."Ugh....My calves are burning....I am having a hard time controlling my breathing...I'm bored....blah blah blah..."

And yesterday they appeared. But you know what? Instead of stopping and giving in...I just kept going. Because people around me kept going. And then bam! There was mile marker 2....and then I could see the ballpark (Autozone ballpark was where the festivities were being held)...and then the finish line!

I had done it!

And to be quite honest, it took everything I had not to become emotional. Yes, I wanted to cry. Truthfully, I wanted to cry a few times on the run. Not because I was hurting...or out of breath...but because I  passed the site of my recent wedding reception. I thought of my sweet, supportive husband who has done nothing but be the best cheerleader along this process. Then around mile 2, as I headed up the hill (oh, I did walk for about 30 seconds here, too because I wanted to save my energy for the last mile...and if any of you have seen the hill at Beale and Riverside...you understand why I took a few seconds to walk too!)...anywho as I headed up the hill, Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" came through my headphones. Okay, I know that sounds really corny, but being such a huge Memphis fan, that song holds special meaning in my heart. And thinking about how far I'd come in 9 weeks (bad days, long runs, overcoming mental blocks), started to get me teary eyed.

But, I just kept going. And pushed the tears back. And as I crossed the finish line, the tears that were trying so hard to pour out were replaced with the overwhelming sense of accomplishment. And, well, the need to catch my breath. Haha.

So, now is the time when I say thank you.

Thank you to Ellen for agreeing to start this journey with me.

Thank you to all the friends and family who had encouraging words along the way (especially on facebook!)

Thank you to Brad for being my cheerleader.

Some of my favorite Brad quotes throughout this process were:
"It's okay you're talking so much about working out. It's kind of like your hobby now."
annnddd
"You look delightfully East Memphis." (said to me as I'm in my new workout gear).

This has been a such a learning experience.

I now know what people mean when they told me that soon all I'd been thinking about is running. It's true. I am constantly thinking about my next run.

And striving to improve my time and distance!

Bring on the 4 miler...and one day a 10K...and then a half-marathon!)

So, here are some highlights of my whole running adventure yesterday!


(The husband and I at the starting line)


(My friend Ellen and I at the start!)


(Our friend!)



(So many people!)


(I'm the one in the blue shirt...haha)


(Finished with a time of 43.03...what a horrid pic of me though!)


(After race smiles!)


(At Autozone Park)


(After race jubilation)


(After race place of breakfast consumption...since Brother Juniper's was closed. Does anyone else think that CK's menu looks like something straight out of 1974?!)


(My new best friends. Check out the specs here.)


(And this is my other new bff. Nike+ Sportswatch GPS powered by TomTom. Amazing. Just amazing.)

So get out there and set some goals. 

Small.

Big.

It doesn't matter. 

Just get out there and try. 

You'll be amazed at what you can do when you set your mind to it. 

Promise.

Much love. :)