Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vay to the Cay

I'm really looking forward to July
It's going to be a month o happiness
And I will officially be out of town 

Between my long trip with Hubs to beachy sunny happiness
Weddings, bridal showers, and just for fun trips
I'm going to be allll over the place

So please excuse me if I post a little less frequently than usual
And then bombard you with ridiculous amounts of vacation pictures

But don't worry
I'm calling in a few of my favorite bloggy blog friends
To come guest post up in here

And if you're interested in jumping in and posting too
Shoot me an email at myhappilyeverafter0123{at}gmail{dot}com
(or just click below!) 
And let me know what you'd like to share!

What are you up to this summer? Pin It

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Day

Apparently, today is my day.

I interrupt this regularly scheduled programming for some totally awesome news!
My wine cork project as been featured 
In the Wine Enthusiast Blog
As one of their favorite wine cork projects!!!!
They have some fab other ideas too, so go check it out!!!

On top of that, I'm guest posting today over at Soundtrack To I Do
Talking about the importance of your last dance song
(Yea, you heard me right)
So all of your engaged ladies head on over

Now back to your regularly scheduled camera phone madness (below) Pin It

Camera Phone: Sometimes I'm Weird's been a while for the camera phone thing
Let's do this

Sometimes I take pictures of myself in the car
When I'm in traffic
And it takes me an hour to go a little over six miles
Is that weird?
What else am I going to do?

Sometimes I take pictures of myself in the dressing room
Or in the bathroom
When I try on dresses
With my pants and shoe still on
Because I'm too lazy to take them off
Is that weird?
I'm sensing a theme...

Sometimes I wear flip flops to the dog park
Which is mostly dirt
And I always regret it
Because my feet end up looking like this
But I do it anyway
Maybe not weird
But pretty gross

Sometimes this is what I have for dinner
Bread. Olive Oil.
Yes, it's weird.
I've accepted it now

Sometimes my dog is weird too
She looks like an old man sleeping
And somehow gets under the covers

Or tries to come with on vacation
By *hiding* in our suitcase

But sometimes she's calm
It doesn't really happen very often
It's pretty weird.
So when it does, I have to use the zoom on my phone to document it
So I don't wake the sleeping beast

And sometimes she's just plain cute

And that's not weird.
So at least I've got that going for me.

What's goin on in your camera phone land?
Anything as weird as in mine? Pin It

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

*Slow Cooker Scrumptiousness* Vegetarian Taco Soup

I've been wanting to try this for ages
I love me some tortilla soup
And I love me some A Year of Slow Cooking
So it had to come up eventually.
This is her recipe
With my twists

The only cooking technique you need to know for this recipe
Is how to use a can opener...

*Slow Cooker Scrumptiousness*
Vegetarian Taco Soup

2 cans kindney beans
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans corn
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can tomatoes and chiles
1 packet taco seasoning 
1 packet ranch dressing seasoning
Optional garnish: Shredded cheese, tortilla chip strips, sour cream, avocado 

I forgot to defrost my chicken and couldn't get it out of the packaging, so this became vegetarian.  You could probably throw a few chicken breasts in the bottom of the pot and shred it at the end if you'd like some meat.  But for now, this one's for you Mrs. D. 

Drain and rinse the beans and toss them in your pot

Throw the seasonings on top. 

Open the cans of corn and tomato and dump both the veggies and their juices in too 

Then stir it all up

Turn your crock pot to low and go craft.
Make this.  Or this.  Or this.
Just come back in 8 - 10 hours (or longer...mine cooked for about 11) and check out the yumminess.

Ladle it into a bowl and top with cheese, avocado and tortilla chips
(and sour cream, which I forgot to pick up at the store)


Linking. it. up. Pin It

Monday, June 27, 2011

Real {Weekday} Style

Usually I let my real style loose on the weekends
But on the weekdays, I change into sweats,
walk the dog,
make dinner
and only take off the sweats for PJs

The white spots are not on my dress
They're on my dirty mirror embarrassing...

But my little brother turned 22 last week
And a fancy dinner made me rethink my post work weekday style
So I put on a little makeup
Threw on a little black dress
Took the curling iron to my hair
And (of course) took a couple photos to share with you

This outfit was mostly courtesy of my epic Target shopping trip
I love you Target
And even though this is very much not a sponosored post in any way
If Target ever decides to sponsor me, I will give my first born child for that gift
(or something like that)

Cardigan: Target, Dress: Target, Shoes: Nine West Outlet, 
Bracelets: Boutique, Nail polish: CVS

Do you usually dress up on weeknights?
Or do you save your fancy pants for the weekend like me?

Linking up with
Real Momma, Real Style
Haute Hog 
No Model Lady
Pleated Poppy Pin It

Friday, June 24, 2011

My Fairy Blogmother

Not sure if you noticed
(how could you not)
But my little bloggy blog blog got a makeover
It used to be a bit of an ugly stepsister
But now it's all ready to go to the ball

The old design...

I've been behind the last few iterations of blog design
Slaving away in design mode and trying desperately to figure out what codes to switch to make everything look pretty (you've probably been there too, right?)
But then I got an email from Erika
Appropriately named *The Fairy Blogmother*
She turned the whole thing around
And gave my blog the professional look that I couldn't do on my own

Thirty something emails (and a ridiculous amount of patience on her end) later
She created the magnificence that you see here today
She replied quickly to my emails
Made every change I asked for
And even switched things back when I changed my mind

My new button makes me grin every time
It's me, Hubs and Booger!
My Happily Ever After

Oh and she says *perf*
And abbrevs things like I do
So we were besties from the beginning

So if your blog is in need of a facelift
Go check out my girl Erika at The Fairy Blogmother
And she'll make it perf for you!

*Note* Erika did not in any way solicit this recommendation.  I wrote it on my own towards the end of our design process, simply because I wanted to share how awesome she was with all of you Pin It

Thursday, June 23, 2011

*Slow Cooker Lite* Homemade Pesto Chicken

We're doing a bonus recipe this week people!

Hubby loves everything pesto.
I love everything crock pot.
And right now, I'm trying to love everything low carb.

Ok, but seriously, this was inspired by a normal pesto chicken dish
And modified by me to fit your slow cooker.

*Slow Cooker Lite* Homemade Pesto Chicken

2 chicken breasts
(mine were frozen)
1 can chicken broth
1.5 cups basil
2 - 3 tblspns olive oil
1/2 tblspn lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup parmesean cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

First we're going to make our own yummy pesto from scratch.  I had no idea how easy this was. 
Put the basil and olive oil in your mini food processor and chop it up
(perhaps my second favorite kitchen appliance to the slow cooker)

Add in your lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, and about half of the pine nuts (you can add them all if you want, but I like to have some chunky ones in there). 
You can add about 1/2 a cup of parmesean too, but I was trying not to make it too cheesey.  And I think the cheese might melt weird if it's in the crock pot for too long.
Blend it up, and throw in the extra pine nuts afterwards if you held them aside.

Now open your broth and put it in your crock pot
Hopefully your pot isn't as dirty as mine...geeze I'm embarrassed...
You can add less than a can if you're only going to cook the chicken for 6-8 hours.  I often have to leave mine for up to 10 hours, so I add more broth to keep it from drying out.

Add the chicken in the pot.

Throw your pesto on top of the chicken.
I added some leftover onions too.  You don't have it.  It's your call.

Set the crock pot to low and chillax. 
Or if you're me, feed the dog, go to work, go to spin class, come back, take the dog for a walk, take a shower, do a little blogging

Come back about 7 1/2 hours later
(again, add more or less broth depending on how long you're going to be gone and how strong you want the taste to be)
Throw some deeeelicious parmesean cheese on top of that baby.
And then let it cook for another fifteen minutes, or until the cheese turns into melty goodness

**Note: time got away from me when I made this and it got a little burn-y looking.  I had it in the crock pot for 10-11 hours before I took it out.  And it was still deeeeelish, despite being a touch oogly.  Sorry for the only eh pictures**

Serve over pasta, in a sandwich or with veggies.
Spoon some of the pesto-y onion-y broth-y goodness on top for an extra treat
(I've clearly been on an asparagus kick lately...I threw these in a pan with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and threw a little extra parmesean on in the end...yummmmm)

It may not be gorgeous, but it was simply delicious.

Linking it up with these lovelies.  Pin It

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