Slow Cooker Roast & Potatoes

Hey friends!

This weekend was a pretty laid back one for Wade and I. We went out for supper with his parents one night, spent Saturday watching Netflix all day, and I cleaned the house a little on Sunday. I did, however, get one thing accomplished…I decided to switch up my usual roast recipe. The verdict? Amazing!!!

Seriously, it was one of the best roasts that I’ve ever had. Before, mine was a little dry and pretty bland. This time I added more seasoning, liquids, and vegetables.

Wade was a bit of a critic and claimed that he’s not a “roast guy“.

I know I know…I’m so nice that I let him sleep in the house after telling me that. 😂 I mean how can you not be a roast person…? 🙄

Anyway, here’s what you really came for. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pound beef roast (chuck or rump)

  • 1 packet of onion soup mix

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup of Coca-Cola (Coke)

  • 3/4 of one large can of cream of mushroom soup

  • Seasoning (we used Lawry’s)

  • Salt & pepper

  • Little gold potatoes

Instructions

  1. Spray slow cooker or place liner inside

  2. Place roast in slow cooker

  3. Sprinkle a small amount of seasoning, salt, and pepper on roast

  4. Mix the packet of onion soup, cream of mushroom, water, and Coca-Cola together in a mixing bowl

  5. Pour mix over top of the roast

  6. Rinse off / clean off the little potatoes (or cut up potatoes) and place them in slow cooker

  7. Sprinkle small amount of seasoning on potatoes

  8. Cook on low for 8 hours (or 4 hours on high setting)

  9. Serve and enjoy!

My recipe rating: 5 out of 5 stars! I loved it!

Lilac Sweater

Hey friends!

I’ve been dying to do a fashion post for a few weeks, I just haven’t had the opportunity to take some pictures in the day light and have some decent weather 😅.

It has been cold and snowing quite a bit lately, but this sweater gives me spring feels. Just what I need this time of year!

I hope you all had a great Valentines Day! I spent mine at work and did some household chores when I got home.

My boyfriend and I went to a local bar had some food and a drink there. (I’ve been craving cheese ball so I was excited to finally get those!)

We popped in “The Lucky One when we got home ” (great movie! How can’t it be with Zac Efron, right?! 😉), a pretty laid back evening.

Anyway, I got this sweater as a gift from my mom this past Christmas. It was on my list and I was stoked when I opened the package and saw this beaut. 😍

It’s from express and is on sale for about $36! It’s very comfortable and soft. Also, be aware that is not very long on the torso. I chose to get a size XS, as this is what I usually am.

 

 

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Sea Salt Living Room

Hey there!

A few weeks ago I decided that I couldn’t handle my fireplace wall anymore. There was too much going on for me to enjoy it and something was just off about it. My first thought was to paint every other board the same grey (Gatherings) as my dining room.

I tested it out on half of the wall, but it just made the room feel a bit gloomy. The paint color came off more of a beige tone on the wood. Not being totally sold on the muddy stripes, I used some of my left over Sea Salt color on the other half of the gigantic wall.

Sea Salt gave a better vibe, but I wasn’t sold on the stripes. I decided to paint the entire wall blue. The blue against the other stark white walls still wasn’t cutting it. So there I was, painting the entire room Sea Salt. I was hesitant at first… contemplated whether to paint it white all over again or to start it on fire (just kidding… maybe).

All this work wasn’t for nothing, right? So, I bought new curtains and switched out my clock for the mirror in my office. It’s official, it’s blue! I love the coastal farmhouse look and this really brings that out. It feels more clean, comfortable, and relaxing than bright white.

My only remaining fear is if I will miss the different colors in my décor against the white walls. I figure this is a good challenge for me. I can play with neutrals in my décor, but also seeing what other colors will play well with the blue.

Let me know how you feel about the change! I will probably be getting more décor/switching some out in the future…but I just wanted to get this post up so I could finally reveal to you all what I have been up to!

Have a great weekend everybody!


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Simple Slow Cooker BBQ Drumsticks

Hey there friends! I just wanted to share the new meal that I made last week.

This is a great meal for people getting out on their own and trying to get the hang of things. It’s also great for those on a tight budget and those who just don’t have time to cook. Maybe you’re going through a renovation and are stuck without an oven??

All this recipe consists of is two ingredients:

  • 10 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce (18oz)

Instructions:

  1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray
  2. Place drumsticks in slow cooker
  3. Cover
  4. Cook on high for 3 hours
  5. After 3 hours, drain juices from slow cooker
  6. Pour entire bottle of barbecue sauce over drumsticks
  7. Cover again
  8. Cook for another 30 minutes on high or until chicken is done.

Wow. That was easy, right?

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this yet, but we don’t have an oven. Honestly, we haven’t in two years or so.

We live off Crock-pot, skillet, stovetop, Pizzaz, and microwave meals. You’d be surprised what you can make without an oven.

Although we have been getting by, an oven would be very convenient. It also would come in handy for chicken recipes.

I would rank this recipe as a 3 out of 5 stars. I thought it was alright, but Wade wasn’t a huge fan.

I’m not the biggest barbecue sauce lover, so I wasn’t expecting to fall in love.

Wade likes the flavor more than I, but the texture was too “mooshy” for him. It was nice and tender but maybe…too tender (is there such a thing???)

I think it was missing the crispy texture that an oven or skillet provides.

If anyone has a solution to this problem, let me know! There is always more room for knowledge and improvement!

Valentine’s Decor 2018


Hey there!

I decided to do a little decorating for Valentine’s Day again! I don’t really go “all out” for this holiday like I do with Christmas, but this holiday is so much fun to decorate.

It gives me an excuse to break out the feminine touches that I love to use. Pink is also my favorite color. It’s so happy to look at. A great change from the dreary winter.

I most of my decorating in the dining room, because I’ve been playing with some other ideas for my living room. (Hopefully will be showing you this soon!)

I don’t want to break the bank this year decorating, because I’m hoping to save for that addition. But who can go completely without?… I would be so bored if I didn’t at least do something 😅

Trying to stick a budget, I reused many things that I could. I used the same tulips that I had last year in my living room. I used some candle holders that I already had, wine glasses (which explains why they are not all perfectly matching), the lantern, some pillow cases, etc.

What I bought new was: the floral pillow cases, chargers, roses, napkins, striped plates, balloons, garland, jars, and gold candlesticks.

That may seem like a lot new, which I will admit it’s quite the list, but most of it was inexpensive or on sale.

I really wanted to go with a “Kate Spade” theme. I looked at new dining sets online and just couldn’t get myself to buy them. I bought striped paper plates instead. The six or seven dollars was an easier gulp to swallow than over $100.

The floral was all 50% off at Hobby Lobby, so I think I got a great deal there! The chargers were about two dollars a piece, the napkins were inexpensive as well (also purchased at Hobby Lobby).

I paid ten dollars for the balloons and about eight dollars for the garland of Amazon. The garland would have been a super easy DIY, but I was just running low on time. Besides, after all supplies bought and effort put in I would have probably spent the eight dollars making it or more. I felt it was a great deal.

If you plan on purchasing similar balloons, I highly suggest reading the description. I made sure to read it and knew that these balloons would not float with helium. There were some negative reviews that they didn’t float when the description clearly says that they are not made to (pet peeve of mine, please read before you buy).

I got the jars for candy at Hobby Lobby as well. When I went, they were not on sale, but of course the week after they were. Just my luck. Although they were listed at full price, I was able to use the 40% coupon for one of them.

I will have to admit I splurged a bit and spent some dough on the candlesticks. I bought them from Magnolia Market.

I got the medium and small sizes, but I may buy two large ones to complete the sets. It just wasn’t in the budget to buy all of them right now.

I better soon though, because one thing I have learned from shopping Chip and Jo’s site, is that things sell out and inventory gets changed fast.

Anyway, I went with a pink, white, and gold color scheme this year. I used a bit of red for Christmas so I wanted to see a different color the next couple months.

Hope you enjoy! 💕

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Crock-pot Bubble Pizza


Hey there!

I tried a new recipe this week and it was a hit! This is a remarkable accomplishment for me. Wade and I both know how the first time making a new dish goes…

Generally, we both know I have a back up meal planned (like a frozen pizza), because odds are that I am going to mess it up and/or burn the shit out of it. To both of our surprise…it was great!

It was delicious and I was impressed with how easy it was to make.

Serves:

  • About 4

Prep time:

  • 15 minutes

Cook time:

  • 1 hour and 30 minutes – 2 hours (depending on your crockpot)

Ingredients:

  • 1 container (16.3 oz) of Pillsbury Grands (or biscuit of your choice)

  • 3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning

  • 1 cup of sliced pepperoni

  • 1 cup of pizza sauce (I used Hunt’s tomato sauce)

    • I felt like the dish could’ve used a little more sauce, maybe I’ll shoot for 1 1/2 cups next time)

  • 2 cups (8 oz) of shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  1. Spray Crock-pot with nonstick spray

  2. Open biscuit container and tear each biscuit into 6 pieces

  3. Place biscuits into a large bowl

  4. Cut the pepperoni slices into quarters

  5. Place 1/2 of the pepperoni into the bowl

  6. Sprinkle the 3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning into the bowl

  7. Toss to mix

  8. Place the bowl mixture into the crockpot evenly

  9. Spread pizza sauce over the biscuit mixture

  10. Make sure that there is sauce on the edges so that the biscuits are not touching the crockpot alone

  11. Sprinkle cheese and the other half of pepperoni quarters on top of the sauce

  12. Cover the top of Crock-pot with a paper towel and place lid on top to prevent condensation dripping onto the biscuits.

  13. Cook on high for an hour and a half to two hours (depending on your Crock-pot)

  14. Make sure biscuits are fully cooked

  15. Once they are fully cooked, take the Bubble Pizza out of the Crock-pot, serve, and enjoy!

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Note: This not a family recipe or one I created all on my own.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping You Posted

Hey there!

I just wanted to peep in and say that I’m still here. I started a new job a few weeks ago so that has been keeping me pretty busy. I’m adjusting my schedule and routines to this new job. It has left little time to write or focus on my blog. I am hoping to do a couple posts the next week for sure.

As we all know, life can get busy sometimes. One of my goals for 2018 is to stay dedicated here and give you  more content. These first few weeks haven’t been the greatest start, but I hope I can make up for it.

I have a few other goals that I set for myself in 2018.

  1. I am trying to stay dedicated. I want to post on social media more often. I have been posting on Instagram daily for the past few weeks, but I may cut that back a bit. It’s all about quality rather than quantity. Also, I want to stay dedicated to my cleaning lists, beauty routines, working out, and my job.

  2. Expand my overall audience. For example, by the end of 2018, I would like to have 2,000 followers on Instagram.

  3. Be as creative as I can. I want to decorate more and become better. I want to do the unexpected and create signature trends.

  4. I would to be open to possibilities. The confidence to take chances and leaps towards my future and opportunities ahead of me. This isn’t easy for a shy, sensitive, and self-conscious person. It’s time to put a brave face on and have thicker skin.

  5. Which leads me to my last goal, I would like to believe in myself. I want to be able to brush the hate away and know my worth. Tonight I had a “troll” attack me in the comments section of a fellow bloggers post. It really has brought me down all night. I can’t get it off my mind. I don’t understand why some people have to be cruel, but I just have to keep my head up.

Anyway, I have been working on some Valentines Day décor and I can’t wait to show you all!

Thanks for reading!

Janessa’s Gift- Dresser Flip

Hello there!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I am so grateful I have such a wonderful family. I had a total of four Christmas gatherings I was able to make this year. I have quite a bit of family so it’s hard to fit everyone in every year. Although the holidays aren’t all about gifts, I did get almost everything I had on my list.

I feel like your officially an adult when you are more excited to give than receive. I like to go by people’s lists that they give for ideas, but a surprise is even better. I surprised my mom with a sign I purchased off Etsy. It had the family last name on it and year of her and my step dad’s marriage. She loved it and it felt good knowing she wasn’t expecting it.

I did a couple handmade gifts. I should’ve started much sooner than I did, but I did get them done in time. I made my brother a small “ribbon hanger” for his work at the fair. It was made out of wood from our barn that was torn down. I attached a wire to a couple screws and the ribbons will be held up by wood pins.

My sister knew what she was getting. She was searching for a new white dresser before Christmas arrived. Her  wooden one was very old and falling apart. I told her to hold off on buying one and I had one at my dads house I could refinish for her as a gift. She loved it and it was totally worth all of the hard work put into it!

I apologize for the quality of the “after” photos. By the time everything was dry and ready to go, we were heading to Christmas and it was dark out. I hate using interior lighting for photos, natural light is usually best. Bare with me here and enjoy!


Before



Painted White



Distressed



Finished Product



This project taught me a couple more things about painting furniture. One, white covers horribly. This took 4 coats of white paint, some parts could’ve used another to be perfect…but I was completely out so it was good enough. Second, you can get a cracked look from chalk paint, which I didn’t mind since this was a distressed piece. If I am doing a solid color in the future, I will sand in between coats next time.

I applied Bauhaus Buff by Amy Howard for my white color with a paint brush. It took me 4 coats of paint without using a primer. I let it dry 3 hours in between each coat. It was distressed with sandpaper. The handles took 3 coats of black spray paint. My top coat for this piece was poly, it didn’t seem to yellow at all (thank goodness). Overall, I love the transformation!

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Deep Burgundy Chenille Sweater


Hey there!

A couple weeks ago I went shopping with some gal pals of mine (like actual shopping, not the online shit that I do most of the time). I feel like when I shop online I can spend a bunch of moola in a matter of minutes, but when I shop in person I really have to fall in love with something in order to buy it. I should probably get away from the internet and save some cash, huh?

Anyway, I was doing really well. I spent less than I had planned on my boyfriend’s Christmas gift (score!). We were about ready to take off towards the exit until my friend said, “ooh lets stop in Aerie quick!”. You know this is the point of the trip where we are all ready to go to BDUBS and chow down on some mildly hot wings and stuff our faces with French fries dipped in ranch… and maybe a drink or two.

We put on our brave hangry faces and went in. Don’t get me wrong, I love Aerie/American Eagle, but at this point I was ready to go… Until I picked up a few amazing sweaters that felt like I was touching soft plushy clouds.

Seriously, you guys have to check them out. If I had the cash, I would buy a pile of them and just roll around in them. They are the most comfortable sweaters to wear.

Unfortunately, I have only enough cash to roll around in my tears, so I only bought three. I am a little hesitant to buy a top over $50. I really have to love it. The price tag was a little under that mark (forty-four dollars and ninety-five cents to be exact). But when I put this sweater on… I felt like I was taking the first bite into a warm gooey cinnamon roll, sipping hot cocoa with mini white marshmallows, and watching snow softly fall outside my window…there was no other option. I had to have it.

We brought the sweaters up to the counter and to my surprise, they were on sale. It was meant to be. *heavenly noise inserted here*

The sweater I am showing you today is a “deep burgundy” color. I would say it looks red in some lighting and slightly orange in others. The sale price I bought it for was $26.97! I spent less than $100 on all three sweaters together. *gasp* 

I wore a pair of my American Eagle jeggings, these awesome boots socks (I can’t remember where I got them, because it’s been like two years, whoops), and my Corral boots. To accessorize, I wore this amazing necklace from my hometown décor and fashion boutique, The Porch On Main. I love it, because it is so neutral.


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Christmas Tour 2017 Pt. 2


Hey there!

Today I have the second part of my Christmas Tour to show you! This tour will consist of my dining room. I had my tree placed in my living room last year. We rearranged the furniture so it wasn’t going to work there this year. I feel this corner of the dining room is a great spot for it!

I was hoping to get a flocked tree this year, but I didn’t have the money to drop on a new tree. There are DIY methods to create a flocked look for a low cost. We were gifted this tree so I would like to keep it the way it looks and use it on years I choose a traditional theme.

Here is the second part of my tour, hope you enjoy! 🙂


 

 

 

 

 


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