Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl Foods

I confess that the only reason I'll be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday is because I love football.  I'm just not excited about either team this year.  There's always hope for the Bucs next year!  We're not having a watch party but I will be preparing food for the family.

If you have never tried Savory Saltine Seasoning, you are missing out.  This mix turns an ordinary saltine cracker into a gourmet party cracker.  I first tried the crackers at Save the Date in Macon.  They keep a canister of the crackers for tasting at the checkout desk.  These are so addicting y'all!

These crackers are great by themselves or try some of these recipes.  Serve them at tailgates or watch parties and they will definitely be a crowd pleaser!

The love the Original spice, but it's also available in Texas Chipotle or Garden Dill.

Recipe for Savory Saltines:

1 package Savory Saltine Seasoning
1 2/3 cups Canola Oil
4 sleeves of saltines
2 gallon zip lock bag

Combine Savory Seasoning and Canola Oil in a 2-gallon zip lock bag and mix well.  (The mixture will look similar to bar-b-que sauce).  Add the crackers and seal bag (leaving as much air as possible).  Toss crackers in the bag every 5-10 minutes for one hour to evenly coat crackers, or until Savory Seasoning is absorbed.  Allow crackers to sit in the bag overnight.  The next day, remove the crackers from the bag and they are ready to serve.  You may also transfer them to another airtight container and they should stay fresh for 2 weeks.

To make 1 sleeve of saltines, add 5 teaspoons of seasoning to 1/2 cup Canola Oil and follow the above directions.

Need a quick hostess gift?  Give the Savory Seasoning along with a box of saltines!

Of course, we're not just having saltines on Super Bowl Sunday.  I'm fixing a big pot of White Chili from my Taste of Gourmet pantry and loaf of Roasted Onion Garlic Bread.

The White Chili is fabulous!  I add 4 cans beans, chicken broth, and 2 pounds of shredded chicken breast.  The Roasted Onion Garlic bread mix is easy to prepare with one can of beer/club soda.

Y'all enjoy the game!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nine Of The Most Popular Lilly Prints Of All Time

For Throwback Thursday, here's a picture of me, back when I photographed my Outfits of the Day in my bathroom.  I'm wearing the "Jumbo Lilly" pajamas.

According to Town and Country magazine, this print is one of the nine most popular Lilly Pulitzer prints of all time!

"Jumbo Lilly"

And then there was the day I coordinated my gift wrap with my outfit...wearing "Taboo," another one of the Lilly most popular prints.


I love the "See Ya Later" print and have worn the shift in this pattern for years!

"Scuba Monkey" I don't have a thing in this print, but it is darling!

"Orange Blossom" nothing in this print either.

LOVE the "Checking In" print and I have a few of the accessories.

"Stuffed Shells"  The shift in this print is on my long list of Lilly-Wants!

"Cherry Begonia"  Cute, but I have nothing in this print.

"Let's Cha Cha" is a fabulous print and I have the skirt and some of the accessories.

Do you have any or all of these prints.  Do you agree that they should be the most popular prints of all time?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wish List Wednesday

When the Lilly Pulitzer "Janice" dresses first came out, I just knew I had to have every single one!   This dress is a good fit for me and I like that it can be worn as a casual daytime dress (not for the workplace though) or dressed up for the evening with a shawl.  I have purchased many of these, but here's a few I passed by for some crazy reason.

This one is at the very top of my must-buy list in the "High Beams" pattern.

"She She Shells" is adorable cute to wear at the beach.

I love this "Lioness Patch" pattern...very preppy, very Lilly.

I'm ashamed that I ever let the "Cosmo Pink Mini Party Favors" get away.  This dress is simply adorable!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monogram Monday--$1 Monogram Decals

This is my view when I'm doing the dishes.  I don't have a kitchen window above my sink with a fabulous view, so I keep my favorite little kitchen things nearby.  Cute napkins, boxwood plants, scented candles, and hand products help to cheer me up while I'm doing the dreaded chore.  I have tried many scents and although I love all the Park Hill candles, Seda France "Japanese Quince" is my absolute favorite.  I have the hand soap, hand lotion, and candles and the fragrance is amazing!  Of course my candle jar is monogrammed.

'Cuz if it's not monogrammed, is it really yours?

Today, I'm pleased to announce a great deal from Miss Sarah, who owns Vinyl Memories and More, a monogram decal shop on Etsy.  Sarah is a stay-at-home mom and creates vinyl decals to help pay for her schooling to become a Crisis Counselor.  I really believe that we were brought together for a reason and I hope that y'all will order as many decals as you can to help her business!

 You may purchase any of her three-inch decals (custom decals included) for only $1 each.  That's a steal y'all! You can also purchase any of her six-inch decals for $3 each!  This size is perfect to use for car monogramming.

This offer is good through January 31, 2015, or while supplies last.  Hurry and stock up on your decals!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Miss Universe 2015

The new Miss Universe will be crowned tonight.  I'll be watching with my popcorn and diet caffeine-free coke and cheering for Nia Sanchez--not only because she our country's reigning Miss USA, but because she gorgeous!  Her red gown was my favorite of the evening at Miss USA last year!

The 5'8" brown-haired, brown-eyed beauty is not just a pretty face with a fabulous figure.  She's a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  I'm not sure exactly what that means, but I wouldn't want to make her mad.

I LOVE this green gown...pageant perfection!

Of course, she is tall, slim, and toned.  Look at those long legs!  She said that she is counting down the minutes until she finishes the swimsuit competition and she can finally indulge in her favorite treat.  "I have a jar of Nutella I'm going to have backstage."

The pageant will be televised tonight at 8pm EST on NBC.  Here's hoping she brings home another crown tonight!  Good luck Ms. Sanchez!

Social Graces Sunday

Lately I find myself visiting Facebook less and less.  I love the idea of keeping up with family members and friends who live far away.  I confess that I also like to keep up with friends I haven't seen in years...being curious about third grade classmates or high school friends.  I especially like following businesses so I can keep up with sales, etc.

What I do not like is the ever-increasing political/religious arguments.  I'm also not a fan of bashing your boss or workplace, trashing ex partners, or over sharing.

The over sharing is out of hand.  Seriously, when did sharing a photo of your naked, pregnant belly become interesting to anyone?

Horrific photos of your latest medical procedure are also considered over sharing!

And would someone please tell me why parents are sharing photos of their naked children in the bathtub?  Why anyone would post such a thing, especially in today's world?  It's baffling!

On another level of annoying me is the "Poke."   Am I completely out of the loop?  Why would grown people do such a thing?

Those vague status, attention-seeking{vague booking}posts crack me up too.  You know the ones meant to generate comments of interest.  Whatever.

People don't like complainers in real life and certainly not on social media.  Keep your negativity and ailments to a minimum, or better yet, keep them to yourself!

Please, please stop with the game application requests...Lord have mercy, I don't want to be your FarmVille neighbor!

Be considerate when tagging others in photos.  Not everyone wants their photo to appear online.  It is not a breech of Facebook etiquette to untag yourself in a photo.

You don't have to share every little detail of your life on Facebook or any other social media site.  I do have a tendency to over share my whereabouts{per my husband who shares nothing}, so several years ago I decided that I would not advertise where I am in real time.  For instance, I post photos of a restaurant, store, etc. after I have left, not while I'm there.  Of course, I don't do this all the time, but whenever possible.

Last, but not least, don't like your own posts.  That's just plain tacky!