Eat Happy: Pan Fried Bone-In Rib Eye

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


This week, I was both excited and scared to discover I had this recipe.  Excited because, hello, steak… not to mention I was on my period something fierce and like to eat red meat during that time.  Then there was scared, because I have never cooked a rib eye myself.  Also, after the tenderloin debacle, I worried about my grocery store tab.

All that worry for nothing, y’all.

I went to several stores and none carried truffle salt, so I decided to skip that.  My store also didn’t have a rib eye with a bone, but I decided I sure didn’t care about that.  I’ve never enjoyed cutting around a bone.

That pizza is not part of my meal.  That is for kids who only wanted pizza and have a mom who didn’t feel like dealing with it that night.  Brussels are also not in the recipe, but I felt like eating some.

Listen.  This was phenomenal and stupid easy.  So easy, that I don’t understand what took me so long to try pan-frying a steak!  I can not wait to cook steak again.

What We Wore Wednesday

We may not be the best bloggers lately (that pesky life thing gets in the way sometimes), but we still have to get dressed most of the time.  Here’s what we’ve been wearing…

Rhonda-

Tee // Leggings [not online, custom made] // Shoes // Earrings [not online]

Cage Bra // Tee [men’s from Marshall’s, not online] // Earrings

Tee // Shorts // Sandals

Tee // Shorts [target, no longer online] // Sandals // Earrings

 

Ashley-

Shirt // Shorts // Earrings

Shirt (similar) // Skirt (similar)  // Earrings

Growing Up On Glendale

If you’ve been following along at all, you guys know that we recently moved. Like last weekend – recent. It was a much need and long anticipated move. We needed more space and to be in an area of town where we could plant roots and prepare to see the kiddos grow for years to come. Also, we just needed more space. Our house was TINY!

I’m so happy to have this new chapter of our lives laying out before us, but I am feeling a little nostalgic for all the memories that we left behind on Glendale Road.

Cooper was just six months old when we moved in there in August of 2013. Sophie came home from the hospital to our little house on Glendale. And even though Cooper is now just five and Sophie is only almost three, these two will have solid memories of our time spent on Glendale. I wanted to celebrate all those memories and make a little milestone post showing how they’ve grown up over the years that we lived there.

I tried to find a picture from the beginning of each year and one from the end. All these pictures were taken in or outside our house. I will always look back on them and treasure our time there.

6 Month old Coop!
First Birthday and Second Christmas at this house!
The year my bubs became a BIG BROTHER! Look how much he changed that year!
I mean, can you even handle how he puts his little protective hand on her??
Little Ms Sass Pants! 2017 was also the year that Coop started giving me a hard time taking pictures.
See? Coop still wasn’t feeling the whole group picture vibe. You can read his feelings all over his face. However, by this summer he was starting to get better. Sophie has always been up for a photo opportunity!

I can’t with these babies and the way they insist on growing older. Please excuse me while I cry over here. And thank you so much for going down memory lane with me.

We had a blast living on Glendale….but I can’t wait to see and experience life in our new home!

Eat Happy : Southwest Style Burgers

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


I was excited to make this one… because who doesn’t love a burger? I know I sure do! 🙂

As always, this recipe was uncomplicated and not surprisingly, I had all the ingredients for this particular one on hand! To say I enjoy southwest flavors is an understatement. They are in regular rotation when it comes to meals I eat.

My least favorite part about making burgers? The getting your hands down in the meat and squishing it around to mix all the ingredients and then form the patties. Anyone else feel the same way??

I pan fried these to get a nice sear on the outside and then stuck them in the oven to finish up.

I think they turned out freaking delicious – and I don’t know why this was my first time making this particular recipe! I’ve for sure been missing out.

I added a fried egg to go along with my burger patties…and it was the perfect compliment. For sure don’t mess up this delicious burger with a bun. It’s unnecessary and would totally screw up that whole “no sugar no grains” thing I’ve got going on when it comes to what I eat! 😉

What do you guys think? Have you ever had a southwest style burger?

Dream Home Dream Board : Family/Flex Room (by Ashley)

Hey y’all haaaay! I hope that you are having a fabulous Tuesday. 🙂 By the time this posts we will have spent three nights in our new home which I’m pretty darn excited about.

After spending close to three years looking for the perfect house and neighborhood in which to plant and grow our little family we have FINALLY found what I will lovingly refer to as our dream home.

While the bones of this house are just what my dreams were made of – we have a ton of work to do in the way of furnishing this little babe. I recently read this post on one of my favorite blogs, Whimsical September, wherein she talked about how she has a ‘dream book’ for her new home. She gives each room a page and writes down a list of things that she wants to eventually add to the room in order to fulfill the vision that she has for it. It’s a way for her to remember things she’s thought of when it comes time to actually buy those things. Because, like me and I’m sure most of you – she can’t just go out and buy all the things all at once. 😉

I thought that her idea was just … such a great idea! So much so that I’m kinda replicating that here on the blog. 🙂 I’m a visual person – so I like the idea of an inspiration board which is what I plan on doing for each room in my house.

And really what better platform than to do it here on the blog where I can store links to the pieces I find and also drag you guys along for the journey?! 😉


So first things first, we are going to tackle/talk about our family / flex room. This little room is right beside our kitchen and along with the kitchen/dining area is the first space that you see when you enter our house. The outside door that you enter through is actually the back door of the house, but it’s going to function as our front door since that’s where the driveway leads to. 🙂

Without further adieu – here is my dream board and a breakdown list of all products shown!

  1. Classic Ultra Standard Sofa  
  2. Carlyle Tufted Chaise
  3. 4-Cube Vertical Organizer Shelf 13″ – Threshold™
  4. Quadra 71″ Tall Bookcase – Finish – Corliving
  5. Orourke Ivory/Navy Area Rug

Now, obviously these are not alll the things that I would need to fill up this room. BUT – these five things in that room along with the belongings like toys and books/dvds that we have would definitely give it a finished(ish) look! I think that choosing and implementing home decor is a continually evolving process, but it’s always nice to have your bigger pieces set in place for good. 🙂

What are we going to use this room for? Well, we have a regular living room – and I think that this room was actually meant to be a formal dining area which we have no use for – soo this is basically going to be the kids’ hangout space for when Coop wants to play video games or they want to watch a TV show that we are not interested in or for a place for them to hang while I’m spending time doing mom/adult things in the kitchen. I also want to store some of their toys down there to cut down on the dragging of toys up and down the stairs throughout the day! There’s a window that juts out from the house at the front of this room where I want to put that cube storage piece under the window to serve as toy storage. I’m thinking that I could even put a cushion on top and let is double as extra seating.

That’s my little fancy hand drawn look at the room layout I had in mind.

What do you guys think? How do you execute your home decor ideas?

Life Lately

Hey hey!  Welcome back to our little corner of the web.  We are so grateful that some of you return time and time again.  If you’re new here, welcome!  Go back and read older posts to see what we are all about.

Twice a month, we like to tell you what’s been going on in our worlds.  Now, let’s take a look at life lately.

Rhonda-

The last couple of weeks have been such a blur, but have been pretty good to me!  Really, I have been spending a lot of my time building my businesses and organizing the house….with a little shadow all up under me.

For once, we got an opportunity for a date night.  It’s getting easier now that Claudia has a couple friends on our street that she spends a lot of time with and the boys are old enough to fly solo for a couple of hours.  We went to Capital Grille in downtown Fort Worth.  I highly recommend eating there if you have one near you!.

Because Claudia has been super clingy lately, most of my activities involve her.  I have been making the most of it and enjoying my time with her.  We have spent time in the sun and have done our makeup together.  I wanted a girl for so long and boy, did I get it.  She is the girly girl I always wanted.

She has done all my work with me, helping me make videos on social media, packing orders, and “organizing” (that means she plays with her toys all up under me while I organize…and that I later am tripping on Barbies).

This past weekend, I took a super rare girls night out to the Stockyards with my friend Natalia.  We have never spent any time one-on-one and it was so much fun.  We went to a Terri Clark show, but I was really just there for the drinks.  Turns out Terri is pretty good, so that was a nice bonus.

Let’s see what Ashley has been up to!

Ashley-

Heeey you guys.  🙂 What’s been going on in my world? Well, we have for sure been enjoying the sun, sand, and water from wherever we can get it. We haven’t had a chance to go to the beach in a couple weeks, but we’ve been taking advantage of the park and my parents back yard!

Per usual, there has been lots and lots of shopping happening. We have been getting ready for our new house PLUS back to school shopping AND regular day to day shopping. Let’s just say Sophie and I have been in heaven. 😉

Speaking of back to school stuff, I took both kids to go get their hair cut. Cooper has been getting regular hair cuts since shortly after his first birthday, but this was little Soso’s FIRST hair cut ever. At the ripe ole age of 2 and three quarters I decided it was time to trim those scraggly ends. 😉 She was over joyed at finally getting a chance to sit in the chair. And she did really well with keeping still and not fussing. I mean, no one can compete with the perfection that is Cooper Grice in a hair cut chair BUT Sophie did really well. LOL Seriously though, Coop has always behaved so well during haircuts. Anyway, I almost teared up watching Soso get her hair cut – but we all escaped tear free and with two little babes who now have much more manageable hair!

This weekend we packed up and loaded up our house to move everything to our new forever home! It was sooo much work, but sooo worth it!

To say that we are exhausted from all the moving is a YUGE understatement, but we’re thoroughly enjoying our new bigger and better surroundings. Even if I had to yell no less than a million times,  ” STOP RUNNING ON THE STAIRS. GO SLOOOW.”

 

What about you guys? How has your summer been going?

Eat Happy: Leek and Mustard Crusted Tenderloin

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


I was looking forward to this meal, because Stuart and I often treat ourselves to some tenderloin steaks on the weekend and I’ve been known to really polish some off.  I got to the grocery store and walked right up to the butcher’s counter like I own the place.  After all, I buy from there a lot.  I told the kid running the counter that I needed the 2-3 pounds of the beef tenderloin, unsliced.  He lit up when he weighed out the meat and wrapped it up.

“He must love his job.  Or maybe he loves beef,” I thought.  Oh, how naive I was.

I took my neat brown-paper-wrapped package, set it in the buggy, and glanced at the price.  Then I picked it up to inspect closer because there’s no way I was seeing the price right.

$55.  FIFTY-FIVE dollars.  For a hunk of beef.  oh, but no big since with my shopper’s card I got it for $50!

Oh boy.

Anyway, I had a brief panic attack, checking all my cards and accounts to make sure I could even buy that and the other stuff I needed, then headed home to put away my prize beef.

With the cost of the beef, the pressure to not mess it up was really freaking real.  You know what I’m saying?

I gotta say, once again, Anna did not fail me.  Her recipes are all reasonably easy to follow without fucking it up.

Honestly, the hardest part of this one was the cleanup, because not only was my blender involved, but I transferred the meat a thousand times trying to get the right pan for this project and then once done, the right platter to slice it on.  I did come to the conclusion during the process that I need a roasting pan, new knives, and some other things for the kitchen.

I could NOT get the consistency of the crust just right, nor could I get it to stick to the meat.  I have no doubt that is partially due to the fact that I made a couple of substitutions based on what was available in my pantry (after already spending so much on the meat).  It smelled amazing in the oven though and holy crap, the coating alone tastes amazing.  When I was slicing it, I was eating the pieces that fell off.  I could eat JUST that for dinner.

But listen.  I am just going to put this out there – this is a special occasion dish for us because of the cost.  I am going to venture a guess and say there are probably less expensive tenderloin options.  Mine was just extra fancy, I guess?

Now, the verdict – was it worth $50?

Abso. Freaking. Lutely.  It melted in my mouth and Stuart, who is super picky about how beef is cooked, LOVED it.  We rationed it out over 3 days to stretch our grocery budget.  I will definitely make this again for Christmas or Stuart’s birthday!

I highly recommend making this if you want to impress someone with a fancy meal!

 

What We Wore Wednesday

Hey y’all! Welcome back to What We Wore Wednesday which is a weekly post that we do showing you guys some of the outfits we wore. 🙂 We are super glad you’re here. Leave us a comment and let us know if you found some inspiration or even if you didn’t. 😉 We just love chatting with you guys.

 

Rhonda-

Tank // Shorts  // Earrings

Tank // Shorts // Shoes // Earrings

Tank [Target, not online] // Shorts // Shoes // Earrings [Nickel & Suede, not available]

Top [Ross] // Shorts // Shoes // Earrings

Dress // Shoes [not online, not even sure of brand]

Ashley –

Shirt // Shorts // Earrings

Jacket // Shirt [Kohl’s not available] // Pants // Earrings

Shirt // Shorts // Earrings

 

Ashley’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

If you’re anything like me, and follow bloggers on Instagram or on their actual blogs… you are probably aware of this little Anniversary Sale that Nordstrom has going on right now. There are a lot of fashion bloggers out there who just go cray and buy a crap ton of stuff. Unfortunately we are not THAT fancy around here yet, but I couldn’t help but be swayed to shop a little due to the inundation of posts about the sale that are filling up my social media feeds!

What is Nordstrom? It’s an online and brick and mortar retailer that sells all kinds of clothing and home goods. Basically it is a department store that sells name brand things that are usually out of the average shopper’s price range, but during their annual Anniversary Sale – you can get things like a pair of Hunter Rain boots at a fraction of the original price! It’s just honestly a great time to stock up on some basics that will last you for years without having to pay that shocking full price.

While there are a TON of things that I want from the sale, I’m going to keep it real real and show you the few things I’m actually getting. 😉

And, as I said above – the sale opened to public access on July 20th – so there are a lot of things that are sold out. However, I would suggest go ahead and add them to your wish list, because they are continually restocking items!

Anddd – speaking of wish lists –  if you’re interested these are some things that are on MY wish list to scoop up whenever they are restocked which MAY be after the sale ends on August 5th – but I’ve been coveting them for a while now so I’ll pay full price for them. 🙂

Aiden Wedge Sneaker

( Sale $79.80 // Original $119.95 )
[size 10, 11, & 12 still available at sale price]

Flashback Sneaker – ADDIDAS

( Sale $67.90 // Original $90.00 )
[ Sizes 5 & 5.5 still available at sale price]

What are you guys’ picks? Have you shopped the Anniversary Sale before?

 

Cute Finds: Toddler Girl Clothes on Amazon

Hey you guys! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Hopefully at the time that you’re reading this – we are moved into our house. While I’m writing this, I just found out that some things happened that could possibly delay our closing for 3-4 days which SUCKS … so I decided to console my little broken heart with some good ole retail therapy!

Honestly this whole thing started with a dress I saw on an instagram account I follow which then turned into a whole wormhole of digging through some CUTE stuff on Amazon after realizing said cute dress was on Amazon!

So anyway, here I am sulking and sharing with you some super cute things I found for my little Soso. I realize we are now all thinking of preparing for fall and winter wardrobes so maybe your little girl’s summer wardrobe is stocked – BUT I really think that most these pieces will transition well into the fall with some cute jackets and tights. Not to mention here in Mississippi – we don’t get fall weather until late November. 😉

I hope you enjoy!

Hongshilian Unisex Kids Cute Cartoon Cotton Sweater Shirt

$11.99

Fiream Girls Cotton Long Sleeve Dress 

$14.88

ALLureLove Cute Little Girls Short Sleeve Plaid Checked Party Princess Dresses 2-7 Years

$9.99

Jobakids Girls Summer Cotton Sleeveless Casual Dress

$14.99

HILEELANG Little Girls Cotton Dress Short Sleeves Casual Summer Striped Printed Shirt

$14.99


What do you guys think? Did you immediately add any of these to your carts? I can’t wait to see Sophie in that striped / rainbow plane dress!