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{weekend notes}

Hello Monday. May your coffee be strong and your week short! I woke up and immediately practiced gratitude this morning. I wrote down the first 5 things that came to mind that I’m truly grateful for. Instead of thinking about all the things I wasn’t looking forward to. It really works. Try it! We had another relaxing weekend. Friends + family + good food + good wine! Lots of laughs. We even snuck in a date night.

Intentions for the Week:

* VOTE!!

* Get my hair done…cannot fucking wait

* Go to be early. The more zzz’s the more better

* Pull out the Christmas tubs

* Plan our Thanksgiving menu

* Hit 15k steps per day

* Stay off the sugar. Goodbye chardonnay 😭

* Share all the things Target

* Not get sick

Highlights from the weekend…..

Doesn’t everyone show up to their homegirls house looking homeless AF? Budweiser sweatshirt + slippers for my Friday night #ootd

These two fell asleep and Tiger Raptor messed with them the whole time.

When Bubba shows up in his new G-ride. When’s the last time you saw a Miata?

Oops….I found Bays stash 🍫

Breakfast for lunch

Meal preppin. Going sugar free AGAIN. Pray for me k? Turkey + lots of spices + spinach + onion. Clean AF!

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But first, we’re having enchiladas. Look at that filling though. Sharing this one mañana.

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Another day, another tall boy. This time my fave BLL. Now you see why the sugar cleanse is happening? Lol.

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Date Night. I seriously made reservations for the restaurant that I’ve been dying to try. Put on my new dress. Told him to pick me up at 6. And it worked.

We stopped at The Barn in West Sac. It just officially opened over the weekend.

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Such a cool spot. As you can see, it looks really cool too.

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Situated on the Sac River. In a big open area off to the side of Raley Field.

Family friendly. Dog friendly.

Pizza oven and food trucks. You can totally bring your own snacks to. Which is really cool. Bring a picnic blanket or they have lawn chairs you can use. The really did think of it all.

Outdoor seating. Live music. Fire pits. Lawn games.

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Beer! Lots of beer. I believe they said 50 on tap.

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This was a ring on a string. You release it and aim for a little hook on the pole. This kid was really good. Cory picked his brain for a bit, but still failed to make one.

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They also serve wine and cocktails. We stuck with beer.

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Pretty views too. You can see Raley field and the Bridge.

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When you have a couple beers and find the perfect selfie mirror. You don’t give AF about the girl trying to wash her hands in the back or the fact the public restroom is a complete mess. Lol. Anything for the gram! Linking everything you see here below.

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Dress // Booties (similar) // Denim Jacket // Leather Tote // Necklace // Bracelet // Earrings // Phone Case // OPI

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{friday 5 // things I’m diggin}

It’s Friday, so naturally I have to share 5 things.  But, I’m craving change.  I just wanna change everything.  So, let’s do 5 things I’m diggin today……

ONE – Target BOGO 50% off sweaters // You’re NEVER going to believe this.  I went to Target….HA!  I didn’t mean too.   And all the sweaters are buy one, get one 50% off.  Which is a crazy good deal.  Here are a few I’m diggin….

Twist Front Sweater // Duster Open Cardigan

Back Interest Pullover // V-Neck Pullover Sweater

Lace-Up Back Open Cardigan // Crew Neck Pullover

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TWO – Rembrandt Toothpaste // Cameron from Southern Charm shared that she’s obsessed with this specific toothpaste.  So, naturally I had to try it out.  And I’m in 100% agreeance with Cam…this shit is bomb!!

Walmart (it’s 1/2 the price): Rembrandt Toothpaste // Target: Rembrandt Toothpaste

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{happy halloween // spider cupcakes}

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Happy Halloween!  It’s been a full month of all things orange + black + spooky!  We’ve baked.  We’ve decorated (twice).  Pumpkins are carved.  Pumpkin seeds roasted…(my mom’s best batch yet)  Bay DIY’d her costume.

The only thing left…Trick-Or-Treating!

Which is probably my least favorite part of the Holiday..lol!  The kids favorite, the adults…not so much.

 

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But, I realized today – this could possibly be that last time my girl dresses up for Halloween.  I was honestly unsure she was even going to be up for it this year.  I think the whole DIY costume really got her in the spirit.  Or the bribes?  HA!

Either way, we are going to Trick-Or-Treat our asses off tonight.  In the dark.  In the cold.  With strangers giving our kids candy.

I will have a wine in hand, though so I can’t complain too much.

Here’s to our kids ending up with shit-tons of Reese’s!  CHEERS!!!

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{friday 5}

 

It’s Friday (hu-frickin-ray)!  Honestly, it’s really hard to believe October is coming to an end next week.  I feel like I cannot keep up with this year?  Anyone else?  I’ve got the Holidays on my mind BIG TIME.  I’ve started shopping too.  Which is one of my Holiday goals.  And after the Serendipity Boutique + bella moda boutique Christmas Preview last night, my wheels are spinning.

Weekend plans: My to-do list is staring me down.  It’s been growing longer each day this week.  I’ve been so swamped with work, I hardly have time to check my email or order my groceries.  I’ve been on survival mode…lol.  Tonight Bay and I are having a date night.  Mani’s + pizza + watching La La Land (she hasn’t seen it yet).  I can’t wait to sleep in.  Spend some time with friends.  Possibly get wine tips with Alex.  Maybe church?  God knows I need a little church in my life.

Before I let you get your weekend started, let me quickly chat about 5 things on my mind…..

 

 

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ONETurkey On The Table //  Kinda like Elf on the Damn Shelf, but for Thanksgiving.  Except, it’s not a pain in the ass at all.  And you don’t have to move it daily.  So, basically it’s nothing like Elf on The Damn Shelf…lol.  It’s more of a lesson on being grateful.  I’m all about gratitude.  I actually started practicing it daily, thanks for #last90days challenge.  Here’s how it works…for every day in November, write down something you are thankful for on the paper feather.  Each family member can take turns or everyone can write on the same one.  It’s totally up to you.  Place it somewhere that you’ll see it.  On Thanksgiving day, you’ll have a “fully dressed” turkey to display.  You can then read all the thankful feathers aloud.  It’s such a cute idea.  And the best part, for each Turkey on The Table purchased, 10 meals will be provided to someone in need through Feeding America.

Nordstrom (free shipping): Turkey On The Table // Amazon: Turkey On The Table

 

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TWO – Currently Reading // I had to ditch my last audio book.  So many great reviews, but the voice-over was absolutely terrible.  If you’re an audio book listener, then you get it.  Picked up Reese Witherspoons new Whiskey in a Teacup : What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking BiscuitsBest part, she’s actually the reader of her own book.  Which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before?  Anyway, it’s so cute and lighthearted…I’m really diggin it.  I also grabbed Chrissy Teigen’s newest cookbook Cravings: Hungry for More And she nailed it.  Everything looks so good.  I can’t wait to dive into it more this weekend and dog ear some pages to add to my “must make list!”  What are you reading?  Anything good I should add to my list next?

 

 

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{10 minute salsa}

I have a killer salsa recipe. And since it’s Tuesday, kinda seems like the perfect time to re-share this classic. It’s super easy. You’ll likely have most of the ingredients on hand already. And 10 minutes…that’s pushing it. I’d say, 5 minutes and you’re ready to top your Tuesday tacos.

This recipe was one of my first blog posts. Almost 3 years ago. Three fucking years. I can’t believe I’ve been sharing random shit since about this time of year, back in 2015. Check it out: hey good lookin whatcha got cooking}

I love looking back at old posts. Really, not much has changed. I mean, they have, but not a ton. My photos have for sure gotten better with practice. Still exclusively use my iPhone 8 Plus. Of course, there are now annoying ass adds. And the look has changed a bit. Other than that, still the same ol girl that’s likes to throw back some wine, cuss a little or a lot, and loves to cook and buy cute clothes.

Anyway, I’m sharing this gem again today, because it’s almost impossible to find on my site.

And it’s wayyy to good to keep it hidden.

It was also brought to my attention how hard it is to search recipes. So I promise I’ll be sharing some shortcuts this week too.

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{weekend notes}

Good day. Ha. Can’t say good morning. Monday rolled around real, real quick! Our weekend was full of family + friends + straight up kickin it. I still wasn’t ready for today though. The answer – coffee, lots of coffee. Followed by wine, lots of wine. That’s just how I roll these days. So this photo above kinda represents life these days pretty well. Throw your hands up and enjoy the wild ride.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Hit my step goal every.damn.day
  • And my water goal #hellaounces
  • Listen to my damn audio book, not sure I dig it yet
  • Bays first sports banquet 🏐
  • Make my Hawaiian chicken
  • Visit Serendipity + bella moda Christmas Preview…the most wonderful time of the year 🎄
  • Talk about my favorite new J.Crew sweater
  • And 10 things I’m diggin
  • Maybe, just maybe get my Portland Travelogue up?
  • Share a good ol healthy chili recipe

Highlights from the weekend…..

Beer me

Friday night at Blue Note. We need to make this a habit again.

How we feel about Taqueria Guadalajara nacho Friday 👍🏻

So, I didn’t win the Lotto Friday night, but I did walk around the corner at dollar tree to find my nephew, Benny with these stunna shades on. So it’s kinda the same thing, right?

Facebook memories that stop you in your tracks.

Watching our #4. Bay even made a sign, which Benny was pretty pumped about.

Orchard dinner set-up. It was all Anna, we just helped. She has a vision like no other and it came out better than I imagined.

To the pumpkin patch. Via jeeps, side-by-sides and pickups taking the back roads. Crossing a ditch and this was the view 🇺🇸

But first, solo cup roadies

And they’re off…..

The cow train

Bay + Spencer!

Hands up in the air, wave um like you just don’t care 🙌🏻

(Photo cred: Alex)

Pumpkin patch kids + Jessie ❤️

Bays shuttle service. She had more fun giving rides than anything lol.

Dinner time

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{pumpkin donut holes}

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Fri-YAY! Hallelujah! It’s been a week. Sorry for the lack of posting here. I had the best intentions, but just couldn’t make it happen. No Friday 5 today. I couldn’t think of 5 things if you paid me. So let’s switch it up…..Since I did promise these pumpkin donut holes.

And tomorrow is Saturday, which would be the perfect time to whip up a batch of these bad boys.

Also, FYI – Anthropologie is having a good sale. So, I linked some fun + really pretty coffee mugs at the end of this post. Scroll down and check it out. I’ve also linked them in my Instagram bio for easy access.

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Crazy easy recipe. Baked, not fried. Pumpkiny….tis the season, right?

You do need a mini muffin pan. I picked one up at Walmart for $6.

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WARNING: they are so dangerous, so make sure you make them when your peeps are awake. I made the mistake of making a batch last weekend. When I was alone. BAD idea.

Remember you can pin it. Print it. Tag me. Message me. I love to hear what you think ❤️

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{monster tacos}

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Two things I really, really love.  Tacos + holiday themed food.  If you’ve been following for some time now, then you know I’ve got a thing for tacos.  If it’s Tuesday, I can almost guarantee we’re having tacos in some shape or form.  Homemade tacos.  Maria’s Taco Tuesday.  Taco salads.  Scroll down and bit and I linked up some of my favorite taco recipes from xoxostacyb.

Thing #2 you also know, I’m a complete sucker for Holiday themed dinners + treats.  My now 12-year-old has had her fill of spooky treats.  And I have to admit, I can’t get the reaction I used too…lol.  Maybe I need to have another kid?  Nahh!

Last year around this time I made {mini spider pizzas} and {monster treats}.  I LOVED seeing everyone recreating them for their kiddos at home.

 

This year, I wiped up Monster Tacos.  Just your average taco.  Any kind of meat will do.  Toppings, the more the merrier.

 

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Honestly, I’ve had to become the 30 minute meal mama the last couple of weeks.  We legit have maybe 30 minutes between Bay’s Volleyball games + Faith Formation class on Tuesdays.  So I’ll let you in on a little trick.  I went to the Nugget on my way home from the gym.  Bee lined it for the salad bar.  They have cooked chopped chicken for salad toppings.  I diced it up a little smaller.  Threw it in the skillet with some taco seasoning to warm it up.  Bam!  Done!  I used the leftover chicken over salads + quesadillas for lunches the next day.

 

In case you’re looking for some Taco Tuesday inspo, I got your back:

{halibut tacos + roast corn salad}

{baked chicken tacos}

{spinach pesto tacos}

{ranch chicken tacos}

{taco salad bowls}

{sheet pan shrimp fajitas}

{tomatillo salsa + crispy cheese taco shells}

{taco shells}

{taco tuesday….salad}

{slow cooker carnitas}

I even went as far as making a Taco Pizza once

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{friday 5}

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Hey, Hey, Hey…it’s Friday!  I hit the ground running ready to check everything off my to-do’s.  Because, guess what?  We have another kick back weekend.  You know, the weekends where they only things you have to do, you actually want to do?  Does that make sense?  I can get used to this!  What I’m looking forward to: dinner + probably a little too much wine with girlfriends tonight.  Hiking with my homegirl.  Making it to church #homework.  Picking up my parents Saturday evening.  That’s quite possibly the highlight!

Here’s a quick run-down of 5 things on my mind today……

Free People We The Free Molly Tee

ONE – Same, right? // Proof that everything I order does NOT work out…lol.  Lisa Allen fucking failed me on this one.  How does she have that perfect bunched up front tuck?  (Not to mention, she’s tiny and I could technically eat her as my afternoon snack!)  My top came really, really cropped.  Even Bay made the comment, “who’s that shirt for”  lol.  As much as I love this print, pretty sure I shouldn’t be rockin my 36 year old belly hanging out.  Return!!!  Or maybe exchange for this Daydream Textured Long Sleeve?

Totchos

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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TWO – Totchos // Totchos, like nachos.  But, with tater tots.  Piled high with all the toppings.  I’m not going to lie, these are straight up dangerous.  It’s impossible to not dig in once you pull them out of the oven.  I originally made these for Bay last Friday night, but couldn’t resist.  To die for!  And super easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  • cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread tater tots on baking sheet at bake for 20-25 minutes.  Give them a good shake about 1/2 way though.

Sprinkle cooked tots with shredded cheese and stick under the broiler till cheese is melted and bubbly.  About 3 minutes.

Pile on the toppings.  I had some leftover turkey taco meat that I added.  And I also added sliced radishes on “my side” because Bay said eww.  Ha!

Set baking sheet on the table and dig in!

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{magnolia table lemon bars}

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Yesterday was just one of them days.  Instantly as I typed that first line, a song popped into my head.  You know, the Monica song from the 90’s?  “Don’t take it personal!”  Now do you remember?  In case you have no flippin clue what song I’m talking about: Monica – Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)

And now it’s going to be stuck in your head, like it is mine.

We had one of dem days (as Monica would say).  Sometimes I look at my calendar and thinks Dayuuuum Gina!  What exactly were you thinking Ha!

I went from work straight to a smog test.  The good ol Honda Pilote passed.  Flipped a bitch and almost ran into my homegirl, Andrea on West Street as I passed Bay’s school (on accident).  Grabbed her from volleyball practice early to make her 5:15 pm 12-year doc appointment.  Then to the 4-H officer meeting which is followed with a club meeting.  But she missed dinner, so I had to make a detour at good ol Taco Bell.  Then go back to the meeting…lol!  Too bad I don’t get paid by the mile.  We left the house at 7:20 am and got home around 8:15 pm.  These are the days of our lives…..

Since we’re on the subject, how about a Bay update?

At her doc appointment, we discovered she is currently…….

144 weeks old (sorry, I had too)

64 inches (5’4″)

92 lbs

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Bay grew 4 whole inches in 365 days.  What happened to my little girl?  She wears the same size shoe as I do.  And frequently tries to steal my shoes too.  Bay also rocked one of my plaid shirts to school.  Tried around her waist.  She looked so cute.  And so grown up.

Bay obviously still LOVES to bake.  She’s always up to try a new recipe or google ingredients we have on hand to create something for her sweet tooth.  Like these amazing lemon bars she scoped out in the Magnolia Table cookbook that lives on our coffee table.

Magnolia Table Cookbook

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Bay’s still riding horses once a week.  She’s competed in two English horse shows and loves every second of it.  So much, that she opted to spend her whole Saturday volunteering at this coming weekends show.

1st quarter report cards come out this week.  I never thought the sight of a 4.0 would stress me out.  Bay’s been kicking ass at school in all zero – 6th periods and has straight A’s.  She was sick one day last week and logged in and messaged all her teachers for the days assignments and completed them from her bed.  I’d like to say she’s just crazy excited for school.  Ha.  But, truth is, I made a promise that if she gets a 4.0 and maintains it – She get’s social media.  I know, I know.  I said I wouldn’t do it.  I’m crazy proud of her and this is the ONE and ONLY thing that she wants in exchange for acing the first quarter of middle school.  We shall see how this goes!

 

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