{friday 5}

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December 1st!  The final chapter of 2017.  31 days left to make it a great one.  Who else is planning to finish it off with a bang?  It’s been one of those weeks, and I’m so, so ready for the weekend.  Lots of fun things planned.  One of those weekends where you’re looking forward to everything on your calendar.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Have a good one peeps!

 

But first, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Elf on the Damn Shelf // Today, December 1st, our Elf on the Damn Shelf, Holly arrived.  It’s bittersweet.  On one hand, I LOVE the tradition.  The anticipation of where Holly may be hiding each morning.  Or what kind of mischief she’s gotten into in the middle of the night, while we’re all fast asleep.  On the other hand, it’s a royal pain in the ass to move the elf on the damn shelf every. single. night. for 25 days.  Being that I am a seasoned elf on the shelfer, I’m going to share a week of Elf ideas each Saturday morning.  For the next 3 weeks to get you though the agony.  Including supplies needed.  Promise, promise, promise…they will all be easy and with minimal items.

Come back tomorrow morning for {elf on the damn shelf // week 1}

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TWO – Christmas Place Setting // This may not look like much more than a place setting to you.  To my Mom and I, this is the place setting from hell.  Ha.  Not really.  It was a pain in the ass to make happen.  In case you haven’t heard me say it before, I’ll say it again, My Mom is THE SHIT.  I called her Wednesday and chatted with her on the phone for about an hour.  I told her everything I could think of.  From ideas to current events to real life shit.  She’s a fantastic listener.  Then when we were ready to hang up, I remembered 5 more things I need to discuss with her.  One of them being this table…lol.

I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with something I LOVE.  Also something that’s different from what I’ve done before.  Without spending a shit ton of money.  After 3 trips to the Dollar Tree, made by the one and the only….My Mom, I finally have a place setting I love.  She originally went for the gold chargers.  Then sent me a pic of the gold-rimmed plates.  My love for gold will never die. Then went back to get the matching salad plates.  Then yesterday, went back AGAIN for 2 more place setting.  I can’t even make this shit up.

THANK YOU MOM!!!  I’m going to buy you something really great for Christmas ♥

 

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Table Runner: World Market

Gold Charger: Dollar Tree

Gold Rimmed Dinner + Salad Plate: Dollar Tree

Plaid Linen Napkins: Target (Hearth & Hand)

Gold Flatware: World Market

Plaid Ribbon: Target (Hearth & Hand)

Garland Clipping: Trader Joe’s

I’ll share my full Christmas table soon!  Just a couple more finishing touches.

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{tip for hosting a stress-free holiday}

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T (urkey) minus 2 days!  Ha!  I had to.

Okay guys, I was thinking last week….

People get so stressed out about hosting.  I honestly LOVE it.  Weird?  Maybe?  I think I’ve done it so much that I’m really comfortable opening my home just about anytime of the year.  But, Holidays.  Holidays are my jam.  #holidaywhore.

I wanted to share some tips for stress-free hosting that I think might just make you chill the fuck out a little bit.

Here we go…..

 

Prep!

Do as much prep as possible ahead of time.  This is probably the biggest NO BRAINER!  It’s also is the one thing that makes the biggest difference.  Stay up late if you have to.  Run all your errands on your lunch break.  Make shit happen.  Groceries + paper products.  Grab an extra pack of TP.  And definitely DON’T forget lotttsss of wine.  That way the day of, you will be smooth sailing!

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You don’t have to make everything from scratch!

Cut yourself some slack sister.  I guarantee not a single person at your table is going to give a fuck that your rolls came from Nugget.  Shit, they might even be better than the 5 hours you could have put into making them from scratch.  Don’t chance killing the yeast!  How about pies?  You think guests aren’t going to smother that Costco pumpkin pie in cool whip and lick their plates clean?  Trust me….you’re gonna to be just fine.  And if they do mention somthing, then remove them from next years guest list.  You don’t want a jerk at your table anyway 🙂

 

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Set your table in advance!

The day before, or maybe even….the week before, take your time.  Set a pretty table.  Admire it.  Pull out all that fancy silverware + china you never use.  Have fun with it.  Then the night before or the day of, all you have to do is add some greenery or fresh flowers and you’re set.

I went with my forever favorite, eucalyptus.  It’s timeless.  Goes with everything.  You will always find a vase of eucalyptus in my home, year round.

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Ask your guests to bring a favorite dish!

Everyone likes to contribute, well except for lazy assholes..Ha.  It can get fun to see what your peeps sentimental dish may be.  Doesn’t each family have that one weird/odd item they HAVE to have on turkey day?  You get to try something new and hear a fun background story as to how this dish became so important.  Ours would have to be pretzel jello salad.  Every time a newbie comes to Thanksgiving they never know what to think.  But you better believe they ask for seconds.

 

{Anna’s beautiful charcuterie platter}

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{friday 5}

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Raise your glasses….

Let’s make a toast to FRIDAY!  My your work day be short, and your weekend long AF!

C H E E R S!!!

The days are getting shorter.  The air is finally getting crisp (at least this morning was).  Pumpkins everywhere you look.  I’m so ready to see the season’s change.  I’ve got all kinds of new sweaters begging to be worn.  Ha!  I hope you have a great weekend.  I’m pretty pumped for 5 o’clock to arrive so I can get mine started off!

 

5 things on my mind this Friday…..

 

ONE – Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants // I’ve bought these before, probably over a year ago.  Then last Salinas, trip my homegirl Nicole made them for the kids.  I didn’t have a bite, because you know me…. I can’t cheat on Salinas breakfast burritos.  Bay requested them last week.  So, I bought a box.  This morning we baked 2 of them.  And I completely forgot how un-fucking-believable they are!

NOTE: Be prepared that you have to set these guys out the night before.  I’m talking like 9-12 hours to proof (rise).  You pull them out of the cardboard box and think….Whaaatttt?  I’ll admit, I had my doubts.  It looks like a flat frozen nutrigrain bar.  Then you wake up and in the morning and you have beautifully risen chocolate filled croissants.  Then you pop them in the oven for 22 minutes.  Your house will smell like a Paris bakery.  Not that I would know, but that’s what I imagine it smells like 🙂  Try your verrrryyy hardest to allow a couple of minutes for cooling.  Remember you just heated up chocolate for 22 minutes….that shit is HOT!

Take a bite.  And think, Damn, xoxo stacyb was right.  UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE!  Ha!!

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Delicious, warm and flaky as they are, I think they are well worth the hours of proofing!!

Next TJ’s trip you will need to pick up a box.  Or two, or three.  They sell out!

 

TWO – Velvet Tie Sweater // The sweater arrived.  After all kinds of nonsense.  On Monday, J.Crew cancelled my pre-order back from October 13th.  According to customer service, “they don’t know what happened?!?”  Anyway, after bitching to the manager of customer service, they agreed to give me 40% off and next day air.  Can I get a Whoop Whoop!  My Mom is shaking her head right now reading this.  She dies at all the deals I can get.  This time they truly owed me that deal after the fiasco.

You guys, it’s fucking gorgeous!!!  I’m going to Tahoe this weekend and I’m packing this pretty.  I’m thinking tucked into black jeans (like the J.Crew model, just a bigger girl version) lol.

V-back Sweater With Velvet Tie

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It’s thick.  Soft.  And that velvet ribbon tie on the back is EVERYTHING!!

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THREE –  Keto // You guys, I’m giving Keto a try starting Monday.  I’m on a FB page with some girlfriends who have been posting about their success and it’s so inspiring.  I decided to give it a shot.  Meal plan + groceries are purchased.  Meal prep goes down Sunday.  I think I’m ready?  Little nervous, not going to lie.  Has anyone done the Keto diet before?  Or doing it?  Tell me all your secrets + tips + favorite recipes.

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{jalapeno margarita}

Why, oh why do I love margaritas so much?  Is it the ice-cold beverage on a hot summer day?  The salt covered rim?  Maybe the fun glasses they come served in?  Or Mayyyybbbeee, just maybe it’s the tequila?  Yep!  It’s for sure the tequila!

When a margarita is good.  It’s good!!!

Whether frozen, blended or on the rocks…I haven’t met one I don’t like.  Except those lip puckering sugary ones.  No, not those.

Then I found jalapeno limeade at TJ’s the other day.  What else would you do with it other than add tequila?  I think peeps drink it alone?  What a waste of calories.

In  honor of Thirsty Thursday…..

I’m sharing this concoction that you’re going to thank me for 🙂

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I’m no bartender….I sit on the other side.  So, I’m not going to give you measurements.  I just eyeball it.  It goes a little somthing like this….

Jalapeno Limeade.  Some tequila.  A little more tequila.  Taste it.  Just a splash more tequila.  Shake!

 

Jalapeno Margies

  • Patron (silver ONLY)
  • TJ’s Jalapeno Limeade
  • Limes
  • Ice
  • Salt

 

Run a slice of lime over the rim of your glass.  Dip in salt.

Into a shaker add patron (lots) + limeade + fresh squeezed lime juice + lots of ice.  Shake the shit out of it.

Dump it in your glass.

Stick a slice of lime on the side of the glass…because it makes it look fancy and all.

Drink it!

Probably make another one.  At least I did!

You guys, so so so good!

 

And since we’re on the topic….

Check out the tank I found at Target last week!

Margaritas made me do it!  I couldn’t pass it up!

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{20 trader joe’s products i’m obsessed with}

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My love for Trader Joe’s is so deep that I am willing to endure the most irritating parking lot situation in grocery store history.  Everyone’s shopped at Trader Joe’s at least once, right?  TJ’s features a wide array of foods at low prices.  It’s my go-to spot for everything from healthy (and not so healthy) snacks, pantry staples, cheese….just wait till you lay eyes on the massive selection.

Shopping here makes me feel healthy.  LOL.  Sounds so dumb, but I’m just being honest.  I feel good about myself when I walk through the doors.  The genuine workers, cleanliness and fab prices don’t hurt either.  Little does anyone know, I’m mainly there for the flowers, cheese and carbs….maybe something organic.  Sometimes.

I first hit the stems.  Aka gorgeous, I want to take them all, flower section.  They place this display, right smack dab in the center of the entrance.  Knowing B’s can’t contain themselves over all the beautiful varieties.  I probably spend the most time here.  Debating which ones will come home.  Even though they are a whopping $3.50, a lot of times, I even grab two and decide when it’s time to check out.

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Next, the produce aisle.  I have to admit – the pre-packaged shit isn’t that cool, but I buy it because it says “gluten-free,” “organic” or even “vegan”  Remember, I’m feeling pretty good about myself at this point.

Next up, the damn sample counter where a sweet old lady is slangin melt in yo mouth goodies.  And you’ve got to try it, or you’d be fucking rude.  Duh!  Next you scour the store, searching for a package of said free sample that you really don’t need at all.  Chances are, it’s going to sit in your freezer for the next two months before you even pop it in the oven.

Then you stumble upon the freezer section.  This is where the not-so-healthy comes into play.  Cookie butter ice cream.  Mac and Cheese Bites.  Mandarin Orange Chicken.   Chocolate Croissants.  It’s a lazy asses paradise.  Any and everything you can pop in the microwave.  I try to close my eyes as I make my way down this aisle.

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Before you know it you’re in the snacky stuff.  Lots of gems down these last two aisles.  Peanut butter stuffed pretzels.  21 Seasoning Salute.  Polenta.  Packages nuts.  Veggie straws.

Last, but definitely not least…the booze.  Two Buck Chuck might have been the wine that made Trader Joe’s famous, but it’s no longer the biggest draw.  Let’s cut the crap, Charles Shaw is just not that good.  Like at all.  Spend the extra five bucks and grab a bottle of Bogle and call it a day.  Your headache will thank you in the morning:)  They do carry lots of great bubbles + chards.  When in doubt, grab a cute bottle.  At least, that’s what I do.

 

20 Trader Joe’s Products I’m Obsessed With:

 

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{hey good lookin whatcha got cooking}

Hey, Hey, Good Lookin’, whatcha got cookin’
How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with me…
Hey, sweet baby, don’t you think maybe
We could find us a brand new reci- pe.

Gotta love good ol Hank Williams Jr.

This statement is tried and true.  If I eat crap, I feel like crap.  It is what it is.  I remind myself daily. This is why I’m dedicating this week to skinny, but delicious recipes.  I made our meal plan around my favorite Skinny Taste recipes.

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Here’s what I’ve got cookin’ in our kitchen this week:

Did anyone have a chance to check out Nugget Market’s Secret Special this weekend?  Angus Beef New York Steaks for $6.99/lb.  Great deal.  We stocked up.  Sign up for Nugget’s emails and you will receive a Secret Special weekly.  It’s always a hot deal.

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So, Sunday we had streaks…lol.  And this organic salad kit I found at Raley’s.  I actually got the salad for free from an Extra Friendzy coupon on Raley’s website.  Feta, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted chickpeas and greek dressing.  Yummm.  We always throw down on Sunday nights.

New York Steaks

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Salad Kit

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