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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! I hope everyone enjoys the holiday and gets to spend it with their loved ones.

I'm thankful for the newest addition to our family, Lola Chanel...our baby English Bulldog.  

Lola is 10 weeks old and is adjusting better than I expected. She is a puppy so she keeps up busy with potty clean ups but she is super lovable, easygoing and playful. We are in love and thankful for this blessing that melts our heart.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Fun Holiday Potluck Dips

The holidays are coming up and I, for one, usually have a few potlucks to attend with friends & family and at work. I've been looking for some fun dip ideas from blogs I follow and via Pinterest and wanted to share some ideas I came across. 

White Cheddar and Cranberry Dip
via Little Broken

BBQ Chicken Dip

Cauliflower & White Bean Dip

Pimento Cheese Dip

7-Layer Mexican Dip

Avocado & Yogurt Dip

Texas Caviar

Pumpkin Dip

Do you have any go-to potluck dishes (not only dips) to share?

Thanksgiving Weekend: Friday's Favorites

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day yesterday :-)

2013 has been a great year so far and I'm thankful for so much...where do I even start?

Joining Lauren for High 5 4 Friday.

~ Sparkly leopard infinity scarf perfect for the holidays. Purchased from Charlotte Russe for $10.99.

~ 2-4-1 Berry Mojitos: We left town after work on Wednesday and drove 2 hours to West Florida to stay with K's family for Thanksgiving. We settled in town and quickly started celebrating the 4-day weekend with some happy hour drinks & dinner.

~ Favorite local bar that we visit everytime we're in town for the holidays, weddings, birthdays etc.

~ Thanksgiving dinner. It's crazy how you try to take a little of everything and your plate still ends up piled high with food. #turkeycoma

~ Pretty sunset last night driving home after the celebrations.

How did you spend your Thanksigiving?

Happy Thanksgiving & Thursdays Trends: Statement Necklaces

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I hope everyone is able to eat some good food and spend the day with family/friends.

Today, I'm thankful for....

~ my family (both present and deceased relatives are cherished on this day).

~ my job and getting to work in a laid back environment with cool people.

~ new and old friends. Life wouldn't be such a fun ride without them!

~  that I've been on this earth almost 30 healthy years and my husband has a super fun trip planned for my birthday next month.

~ the home K and I bought over 2 years ago and all the work we've put into it to make it our perfect home and to continue creating lasting memories under that roof.

~ Last but not least, I'm thankful for all my blog readers and the friends I've made over the last year since I joined this community. I truly appreciate you and hope to make many lasting friendships.


Thursday Trends: Pretty Statement Necklaces

Statement necklaces are one of the "in" things these days. They can transform the simplest black outfit into an eye-catching look for any occasion. They are also great to give as gifts for the holidays.

The beach baby in me particularly loves the necklace with starfish and sand dollars from Tommy Bahama.

Enjoy Turkey day!

Taste of Tuesday: Thanksgiving Corn Casserole

Hi everyone!

Another successful recipe cooked this weekend for the "friends-giving" dinner I went to on Saturday night.

I got this delicious recipe for Cheesy Corn Casserole from here thanks to Denise for sharing!

1 (11 oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (11 oz) can cream style corn
1 (8oz) sour cream
1 egg
1 pack dry corn bread/muffin mix
1/2 onion
1 cup grated cheese

Use Pam or butter to grease the 9x13 inch baking dish. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl leaving behind 1/4 cup cheese for the topping.

Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and top with remainder of cheese.

Bake for another 25 minutes until inside is cooked and cheese becomes golden brown.


Joining Ashley and Jessica for Taste of Tuesday.

Friends-Giving Weekend

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I had a much-needed relaxing Friday. K and I went for dinner & drinks at Outback and then rented a movie from Redbox.

Saturday was hectic ~ gym, grocery, Christmas shopping & baking for our "friends-giving" dinner.
On Sunday, I put up our Christmas tree and spent the day at home "relaxing" aka laundry, cleaning, cooking and preparing for work on Monday

Joining Sami for Weekend Shenanigans.
Sami's Shenanigans

How was your weekend?

What to Cook For Thanksgiving?

I have 3 different Thanksgiving lunches/dinners this year - one this weekend with friends, a potluck at work next week, and then actual Thanksgiving day with family - and really don't know what to bring to the table. 

Of course, this is where Pinterest becomes my creative thinking cap and I've found some new recipes to consider.


Sweet Potato Croquettes with Pumpkin Seed Chipotle Cream
via this site

Garlicky Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Soup
via this site

Side Dishes:

Chipotle Smashed Potaotoes
via this site

Cornbread Casserole
via this site
I've actually cooked a different version of this casserole for our family Thanksgiving 2 or 3 years in a row but this recipe looks so much better so I will probably experiment with this one this year.

Butternut Squash & Apples
via this site

Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Honey Mustard
via this site

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria
via this site

Do you have any fun thanksgiving recipes to share?

Almost Friday!

Cyber Monday Sales

What deals do you have your heart set on today?

I've already purchased most of my Christmas gifts so I've been trying to avoid additional shopping but the Cyber Monday promotions continue to flood my inbox. 

Some sales that I've been browsing through today are:

Coats and jackets are over 50% off at Macy's so I've found some huge deals like the two jackets below both going for $17.99 (originally priced at $59.50).

Cyber Monday only comes once a year right? 

Have some fun with it!

Thanksgiving Festivities & Black Friday Shopping

Phew! We're back home after spending a hectic few days in B-town with K's family and friends for Thanksgiving.

On Thursday morning we left home and drove to B-town on Florida's west coast to spend Thanksgiving day with K's super large family. We caught up with everyone and ate a huge spread of food including turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and about 10 other sides. The dessert table was also packed with every type of pie and cake imaginable.

Thanksgiving Desserts
Thanksgiving 2012
Thanksgiving night we went out to catch up with all of K's friends from childhood and high school days. Several drinks and laughs were shared!!

On Black Friday, I convinced K to take me to the outlet malls to browse around "quickly".  I thankfully didn't do much damage just bought myself a blue chiffon blouse and black booties that were 50% off. I got most of my Christmas gift shopping done last week so didn't really need to buy much else.

Charlotte Russe

Rack Room Shoes

After the Outlet mall we went for lunch at this awesome seafood restaurant and tiki bar on the inter-coastal called Tarpon Point. We enjoyed eating outdoors in the beautiful 70 degree weather.

Friday night we went out again for one last hurrah with K's friends and to also celebrate a birthday. We started off at our favorite spot in B-town. It's become a tradition to visit this bar everytime we're in town because they are known to serve the strongest Mai Tai's probably in the country.  They're so strong that they don't allow you to have more than two.

So we had our two Mai Tai's and went on to continue the birthday celebrations for one of K's good friends at another bar.

This morning we said our goodbyes and hit the road to head back to our quiet home. So thankful today is Saturday and we still have 1 more day to relax before the work week begins.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Writing a quick Thanksgiving post via my iPhone Blogger app while my speed racer husband drives us to B-town for Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

I hope everyone has a happy & hearty Thanksgiving with your loved ones!


What I'm Loving Wednesday

It's our Friday everyone! Almost time for turkey, family fun and sleeping in for the next 4 days. Woohoo!!  Linking up with Jaime for What I'm Loving Wednesday.

I'm loving that we're heading out of town this weekend to see K's family and close group of friends. Always nice for a change of scenery!

I'm loving all the amazing deals flooding my inbox (very hard to resist going nuts shopping online)!
Macaroni Grill

I'm loving my newly found creative skills being used for gift giving ideas this year. I made this Fall-themed housewarming gift for a friend a couple weeks ago.

I'm loving that my friends send me random stuff to brighten my day.

I'm loving my recent Pinterest Fashion finds:

Of course, I'm always loving K:

Have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving weekend everyone!!