Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday Favorites ~ It's Mardi Gras Season!

I'm back from South Louisiana with my mom! We headed down roux 61 on Tuesday afternoon for a business trip slash mama slash daughter get away. Love having my Mama join me on trips when Wayne can't break away from the brown truck. 
I'm not sure if it's because it's my birthday next week or what, but I'm in a celebration kind of mood! Give me all the things purple, green, and gold! Here are a few Mardi Gras favorites!
I've been on the search for Mardi Gras things for my tiered tray -that I VOWED I would not change from my winterscape until after my birthday. Third world problems here, but Andrea knows how I've struggled the last two years with, do I do a Valentine's tray or a Mardi Gras tray? Well, for this Louisiana Girl, it finally hit me and it was a no brainer. Mardi Gras it is! 

Now let me just clarify that I don't get into all the debauchery and total crazy chaos that is the New Orleans style Mardi Gras. Been there, done that back in the college days. We do not even attend our local parade because after seeing the floats and revelry in the Big Easy, our parade just does not compare. But what i DO love is having something to celebrate as a Louisiananian and all the things that make carnival season so fun. 

So this week, in my search for tray stuff, I found this beautiful door display of all the glitz of Mardi Gras! It was even more stunning in person. 
If by chance you are from Louisiana - or love all the themes of Mardi Gras and New Orleans, I highly suggest following David Nola on Instagram.  Some of his pictures are absolutely breath taking. Check him out!
A few years ago, I posted some South Louisiana recipes on my blog. This Creole Shrimp and Cheese Grits recipe was pretty amazing. I mean, you can't go wrong with cheese grits! One of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans is Mister's B's and they have the absolute BEST Bar-be-que Shrimp. We also love this jambalaya recipe, which tastes just like the real jambalaya I bought from a NOLA street vendor in college. But my best friend from childhood's mom made the BEST Crawfish Etouffee and that's the recipe I always make and we love a great, dark gumbo, too. Mom and I ate some pretty amazing food this week!
Speaking of New Orleans cuisine, last Friday, I was craving King Cake so I made a quick trip to the grocery store on the way home to pick one up to carry to a friend's house later that evening. Now, you have to understand that North Louisiana King Cakes do not even compare to South Louisiana king cakes, so this one did not knock anybody's socks off. 
Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the cake I picked up this week in South Louisiana because two vultures met me at the door upon my arrival home and whisked said cake out of my hand and began to devour it. True story. I have a recipe for King Cake that I plan on making for a Super Bowl party in a few weeks! 

I also picked up this fleur de lis for our front door. It wasn't quite what I was looking for, but I didn't want to wait on a custom order and they were so reasonably priced that they were selling fast. I snatched one up and I love it!
Let the good times roll!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wearing My Favorite Color With The Style Six

Good morning, Friends, and Happy Wednesday!

I'm a walking advertisement from Amazon today! But at least I'm in my favorite color! I actually wore this to work last week and my LSWho co-workers accused me of being a closet fan and predicted that I would be cheering for their team this past Monday night. What they DIDN'T know is that one of Clemson's team colors is PURPLE, too, so HA!  The joke was on them!
And no, I did not cheer for LSWho. I did not even turn the TV on.

I'm out of town today with my mom for a little early birthday trip, so this post will be short and sweet. All I can say is that this sweater and these ponte leggings are the bomb dot com! The sweater is in my favorite color (check), has a turtle neck (check), bat sleeves (check) and is longer in the back (check). If I look cold, it's because I am.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Show Us Your Books ~ January 2020

I actually finished three books during the Christmas holidays. And that's sayin' something, y'all. 2019 was not the best reading year so I have NO idea why I went and challenged myself to reading 35 books in 2020 on Goodreads. What was I thinking?
Here are a few brief summaries of the books I read. Linking up with Stephanie on Wednesday for Show Us Your Books. Click on the link to see what others are reading and find a new book! 

Redemption || This was my third book by David Baldacci, but my first book in the Amos Decker series. This book was all over the place! Leaping from burning buildings, Russian KGB agents, and drug lords, but it kept my attention and I enjoyed it. FBI agent, Amos Decker has a past and when he's approached by a newly released prisoner swearing that he was wrongly accused, Decker and his team begin wondering if they nixed the case thirteen years ago. 4 out of 5 stars. Looking forward to reading more books in this series. 

Regretting You || Colleen Hoover is a popular contemporary author, but her books are not for everyone. I really, really liked this book and gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. At first, I thought it was going to be a YA book, but it quickly transitioned, and I found myself totally identifying with mom, Morgan. I was surprised to read the twist right smack in the beginning, and there were times that I wanted to shake Morgan AND her daughter, Clara, but the writing was so easy and real life stuff, so it kept my attention. A must read for Colleen Hoover fans.

The Noel Stranger || I read my fair share of Christmas books in OCTOBER. Like five. So I just happened to find this one at our library when I was browsing and I have to say that I was disappointed in this book.  It hardly compares to The Mistletoe Promise, which I read a few years ago and absolutely loved! Bottom line: recently disgraced wife falls in love with a millionaire at Christmas time.

I'm currently reading one of my favorite author's book, The Wicked City, and LOVING it! Back on the historical fiction train for now. 

Also, so many of my friends and blog friends were either gifted or picked up this favorite devotional book of mine, New Morning Mercies. I started this devotional last year and actually finished it and decided to read through it again for 2020. Let me know if you're reading it, too. Would love to follow along together!

We had a storm blow through early Saturday morning with lots of rain, but I took a sleeping pill Friday night, so I didn't hear a thing! Ha! I tried to return some things at Hobby Lobby a little later that morning and their electricity was off. So I came home and got out all the Valentine's Day decor and then visited my mom and dad. Baby Girl was craving ribs, so her Daddy was all too happy to oblige. I contributed baked beans and loaded potato casserole. Yesterday was church (great sermon!), naps, meal prep for the week and a relaxing afternoon of reading. Total bliss! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Favorites ~ First Week of 2020

How was your first week of 2020? 

Y'all! I heard earlier this week that break dancing was going to be an Olympic sport in 2024!  What the what? Take me back to sixth grade and Brian Odom trying to spin on the carpet of our classroom floor while Ms. McDonald was out of the room.  Good times!
So back to the question: how was your first week of 2020? All I can say for us is, we made it! We survived an English test on The West Side Story the day we went back to school; a late night basketball game in Mississippi; the death of a friend; budget preliminary meetings; and cardboard pizza. But we made it!
I had a great Christmas in the gift giving department (SIX pairs of fuzzy socks!), but y'all! Y'all didn't tell me about Dr. Teal's Foaming Lavender Bath!! Wayne did something different this year in addition to my other gifts. He bought all my favorite toiletry items and put them in one big box and wrapped it up and included this bubble bath, even though I had never tried it. Seriously, I think it's my favorite gift! I'm not a bubble bath girl for reasons your gynecologist will tell you about, so I normally stay away from them, but this? This stuff is the bomb dot com and I've had a bubble bath just about every night since Christmas. Love the scent and the relaxing bubbles! Santa did good (He also bought me the lavender makeup wipes in the picture)!

Alise had a basketball tournament this week and the parents provide a "hospitality room" for the coaches and bad refs. I signed up last Saturday for breakfast and made these delicious breakfast sliders - minus the egg. They are SO good and my friend that was in charge of the event told me they were GONE in minutes! 
Did you happen to see my winter tiered tray on Monday? So many fun comments and compliments. Only a few more weeks and this baby will be switched out in time for Mardi Gras season! But in the meantime, I still love how this turned out for the weeks of transition between Christmas and January. 

While at the tournament this weekend, Alise's friends on a rival team left her a cute note on their locker room white board. They had "borrowed" Alise's team's locker room for their game and so when Alise walked in on Monday for practice, she was so excited to see their note. She said that it just made her day (and that extra suicide worth it!). Don't you wish we could all be more like this? 
I have literally been living in this chenille sweater from Aerie and its on sale now for even less than I purchased it for the week before Christmas. I would love to have the gray/black, but of course, it's not available in my size.  So soft and the perfect lounge wear! I love this store! 
Aerie Chenille Oversized Hooded Sweater
Have a fun weekend! See ya on Monday! 

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

The Christmas Blouse That Kept On Giving

I can tell I'm getting old. I buy a favorite piece and it becomes my go to for a few weeks. It's like I gravitate towards that particular item of clothing. Do you ever do that, too? But I love what I love, and I feel good when I wear it!
Around Thanksgiving, I visited a local boutique and fell IN. LOVE. with a bright red blouse with a ruffled mock neck and sleeves. The store had it styled with a pearl necklace and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. I love to wear red, especially during the holidays, so I bought it. My new favorite blouse made several appearances in December. From Amy Hannon to my parents' anniversary dinner, to all the in betweens!  Do you really think I love this blouse?
I've worn my new favorite blouse with jeans and boots, faux leather leggings and booties, and even to work with a black pencil skirt. Don't be surprised if you see it again for Valentine's Day! 
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