Jul 22, 2014

Homemade Bacon Mac & Cheese


Yesterday I recapped the first part of my trip to Nashville. I figured I'd stay with the southern theme by sharing a recipe for some good 'ol comfort food. I made this Mac & Cheese for Nick on his birthday this year and he loved it. I hope you enjoy it too!
 
 
 

Ingredients:
1 16 oz. Package of elbow macaroni
½ cup of evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 8 ox. Container sour cream
2 teaspoon of seasoning salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon of butter
6 slices of bacon
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook bacon (stove to or microwave). Allow bacon to cool.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  4. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.
  5. In a bowl mix eggs, sour cream, seasoning salt. And pepper.
  6. Chop bacon.
  7. Layer macaroni, bacon, and milk mixture until pan is full.
  8. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and pour melted butter on top.
  9. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until milk mixture is done.
 
 
Today is my first time participating in the Delicious Dish Tuesday link up. Stop by Mary's page and check it out!
 
 

Jul 21, 2014

Nashville Recap Part I


Howdy and Happy Monday! I had a blast in Nashville with my sister last week. We did some many fun, touristy things and really made the most of our time.
 
Courtney flew in from Philadelphia and I flew in from Detroit. We started our trip off right – with mimosas and manicures!

My sweet little sis!

We rented a place 5 minutes from the city center using Airbnb. It worked out really well!

On our first night we headed downtown to Broadway to check out some honky tonks and find some good food! Afterward we headed Belcourt Taps in West Nashville to see a singer/songwriter showcase.

In front of the world famous Tooties Orchid Lounge.

Rippy's became one of our favorite places to hang out.


They had amazing food too!
 
Belcour Taps in West Nashville.


Our second day was jammed pack with the Country Music Hall Fame + Studio B tour and live show at The Listening Room. Take a look!


Carrie Underwood's AI finale dress!


Miranda Lambert exhibit.


Studio B


Oh, just sitting at the piano Elvis used to record 262 songs. ;)

The outside of Studio B. Elvis, The Everly Brothers, and more recorded here!

Did I mention Vice President Biden was in town? This is part of his motorcade.

Jack's BBQ!

More amazing food.

Me outside of The Listening Room Café.



Jared Wade


Radio Romance
 
The first two days in Nashville were amazing. It's such a gorgeous city with laid back and friendly people. We had beautiful weather, awesome food, and heard so many talented musicians. Can't wait to share the rest of the trip with ya'll!
 
Here's where I party on Mondays:
 

Jul 18, 2014

Friday Fun!

//1//

This is all I've wanted to do the entire week. I had a jammed packed 5 days in Nashville, arrived home on Monday night, and immediately went back to work on Tuesday morning. My bed and I will be getting reacquainted with each other this weekend. I've only gotten by because of YLEO En-R-Gee!

While I'll be ready to check out my husband and dog will be like...

 
I don't think so.

 
 
//2// Jared Wade.
 
 
He's the next big thing in Country music. I had the privilege of seeing him play at The Listening Room when I was in Nashville. Check him out! He's phenomenal! Jared's EP Drunk on Sunshine has great feel-good songs for summer. I've been listening to it non stop since I've gotten home. My favorite song "I Knew." I'm such a sucker for a love song.
 
 
 

 //3// I had a blast with my younger sister in Nashville. I'd hadn't seen her since November so this trip was long over due. I feel so blessed to have had this vacation to make memories with her! Can't wait to share more of our trip with you on Monday.
 

 
 
//4//
 
Please tell me someone else is watching this!? It's the craziest and most entertaining show EVER! Here's the scoop:
 
Married at First Sight is an extreme social experiment following six brave souls who are yearning for a life-long partnership as they agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married the moment they first meet. Four specialists – sexologist, Dr. Logan Levkoff; spiritualist, Greg Epstein; psychologist, Dr. Joseph Cilona; and sociologist, Dr. Pepper Schwartz – will create what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will never meet or know each other until they walk down the aisle and see each other face to face, for the first time, when they get married. Each episode of “Married at First Sight” will follow the classic lifestyle stories of newlyweds – from the honeymoon to early nesting to other relatable events of married life. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to separate?
 

 //5// I read to relax. I'm currently reading The Finishing Touches by Hester Browne. She writes really cute, fun books! Check her out!


 
 
Have a great weekend!
 
 

Jul 16, 2014

Hey Ya'll!


I just got back from a wonderful vacation in Nashville! I can't wait to share some pictures and stories with you!

Any hoo, a while back I participated in Raise.com's closet swap and I just found out that I'm a featured blogger for this campaign!!! Make sure to support me and Raise by visiting https://www.raise.com/blog/closet-swap.




Here's a little preview of Nashville to hold you over...









Jul 9, 2014

Blogging the Bachelorette 10.8



Hometowns are my favorite episode of every season. I like that they don't involve crazy dates (like stripping or singing with Boys II Men). I think crazy families are much more entertaining!

So, we are down to four guys - Farmer Chris, Sports Nut Josh, Arrogant Nick, and Stage 5 Clinger Marcus. My thoughts this week will be short and sweet.

I don't have much to say about Nick's hometown. Personally, I find him boring. His little sister was really cute! Nick thinks he has this in the bag, so it's going to be super funny when she rejects him at the final rose ceremony.

"I feel like she's the half of me that has been missing."

Andi heads to Iowa to hang out in Chris's hometown. I really don't see anything between them. And Andi moving to Iowa? Never gunna happen. I love Chris, he's my favorite, and now that Marquel is on Bachelor in Paradise, I hope he is our next bachelor. He's super sweet and deserves to have someone to make babies and farm with. Just think about the shirtless tractor riding promos! Everyone is making such a huge stink about how Chris told Andi she could be a homemaker. If you actually watched the show you will notice that he said IF it was something she was interested in and when went on to encourage her to work in Cedar Rapids. So everyone just calm the F down.  His family seems really nice, but I swear his mom was drunk when he was talking to Andi. Just sayin'.


She thinks my tractor's sexy.

Uhhh, barf. Why is everyone so #TeamJosh? I don't care for the guy. I don't care for his family either. These people do realize there is life outside of sports, correct? I grew up in a sports loving family, but damn. I seroiusly doubt Josh is going to be able to cut the cord. Have fun with that, Andi. I wish Andi would just pick him already! They live in the same city and she's said from Day 1 that Josh is her type. #snoozefest



Oh, Marcus. I really did not need to see you strip again. Let's just keep it under wraps shall we? Andi seemed to really love Dallas. She seemed much more comfrotable there than in Iowa. Everything seems to be going well until she meets Marcus' mom who is really a dude in drag. Ok, just kidding, Andi and The Mom seem to get along fine, but she does look like a man in women's clothing.




So everyone is back in LA and Chris H. drops the bomb that Eric has passed away. Was there really a need for cameras to be there? That's the hot debate.

Once Andi is able to compose herself, she sends Marcus home during the rose ceremony. I was pretty suprised. I thought for sure that Chris was going home and pegged Marcus as one of her final two.




Next week we are off the the Dominican Republic for overnights and fantasy suites, and, where I am predicting Farmer Chris' days are numbered.

Until next time...