Pimento Cheese
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Pimento Cheese

I can chow down on some pimento cheese!!! These days, it just isn’t something you spread on crackers. I see restaurants putting it on burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches. It has become quite the star! Everyone should have a trusty pimento cheese recipe in their possession should the occasion arise for a party, tailgate or fancying up a backyard burger!

No need to fear, my sister shared hers with me and now I am sharing it with you after bragging to anyone I know that her pimento cheese is just the damn best! Have I mentioned that my sister is a non-criminal Martha Stewart? Because she totally is. I keep telling her she needs to open her own catering and cake decorating business.

Anyways, without anymore babbling from me, here is the recipe!!! You can always add or tweak things to change it up. Some people want something really spicy, I would add a pinch of cayenne pepper or hot sauce. My sister throws in sunflower seeds from time to time. My favorite addition to any pimento cheese recipe? Splash of Worcestershire sauce. It really adds something!

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What You Need

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese (softened)

2 1/4 cups of extra sharp cheddar

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 (4 ounce) jar of pimentos (rinsed and drained)

1/4 tsp of garlic powder

1/2 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce

What You Do

–Use a mixer to blend cream cheese until smooth.

–Add in the extra sharp cheddar cheese and keep using the mixer.

–Mix in the mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.

–Stir in the pimentos.

–Place in a bowl with a lid or cover with saran wrap and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!!!

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weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

You guys…it is hot as SHIT down here. Just felt the need to say that if you were wondering. I swear I just wrote last weekends post, no? Crazy how slow the weekdays are but how quick the whole week passes!

Friday started off with lunch at Babalu. I have one word for you: GUAC!!! I happened to mention something about guac to Laura on Thursday and it was all either of us could think about until we finally had our mouths full of it on Friday! I didn’t even snap a picture of it because I dove right in. I did manage to get my enchiladas before they were devoured.

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Saturday morning I read a little and cleaned house. I also borrowed my sister’s pimento cheese recipe and made my first batch to take to Sheffield’s first birthday party!!! Several people commented about the cheese and asked for the recipe so I will be posting it tomorrow!

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After the party, I headed over to Buy Buy Baby to register there. I found bedding that I fell in love with and have completely changed the color scheme I was originally going to go with. I picked up a blanket while I was there to use as inspiration for paint and decor.

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Sunday morning I headed to Home Depot to pick up some paint samples!!! You guys, this is going to be so hard!!! Why are there so many shades of every color? Yikes! And I haven’t even decided on what color the walls are going to be. I originally wanted a light gray but now I am not sure. I grabbed some other neutrals and pretty blush pink samples. Decisions decisions!

Behr Samples

After, I headed to Target to poke around and get our grocery shopping done. Ummmm how adorable is this mint green and gold heart ottoman??? And these wire baskets?!?!?!

Target Decor

I am really REALLY tempted to go back and get them for the nursery!!!

I came home and meal prepped and we are now up to the last season in Breaking Bad! Also, what would a weekend be without snuggling with our little Macachu. (Chris gave him a new nickname this weekend. Apparently he is a rare Pokeman to be caught!!!)

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I have made a little more progress on getting the junk cleared out of the nursery, got the clothes hung that we have so far, and have about a million other things I meant to do ┬ábut didn’t get to this weekend. There is always next week, right?

Linking up with Biana. Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!

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friday favorites

Moments and a Few Favorites

Favorite Song: Last weekend Chris and I were enjoying our lunch at The Tavern and Run by Collective Soul came on. I knew who it was right away but he shazammed it anyways because he said the song reminded him of Miss You by Blink 182. Probably for the best because I couldn’t remember the name of the song. So I am going to go ahead and drop that right here…

Favorite Moments:

–Going “social media official” with our pregnancy announcement on Monday. All you blogger friends got to find out before some people that I know in real life! Do you feel special now or what?

–Snuggling with Mac. He is still super clingy and needy and I don’t hate it one bit. I love his little snuggles.

–Opening my mailbox on Tuesday to find this sweet, sweet card from Andrea!!! Blogging is so wonderful for bringing fabulous ladies like her in to my life!

–Getting a bagel Thursday morning because why not?

Favorite Recipe: This zucchini chip recipe looks delicious and like the perfect side or snack! No flour or breadcrumbs involved.

Parmesan and Black Pepper Zucchini Chips Recipe from addapinch.com:
Favorite Lusts:

This Alex and Ani wrap bracelet would go with everything!!!

This chair for Baby M’s nursery! I love that it looks a lot nicer than just a baby rocker. I can see her crawling up in this chair to read when she is a little older. Or have somewhere for a friend to sit when she starts having sleepovers.

–Slides like these would be perfect!!! I find myself having the hardest time wearing heels all day these days. Darn the hip pain!

Favorite Links:

Steph’s post this week. Be sure to read the article Jennifer Aniston wrote too.

Favorite Funnies:

Shortcut to Temptation Hahaha:

For me, all the time....:

Gym humor:

When I realize I accidentally ate a half a bag of peanut M&Ms in one sitting.

My life views….

When my sister texts me about some of our “step family” drama…

 

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The Estee Edit

I was so excited when I opened my mailbox and saw a Voxbox waiting for me. I was even more excited when I opened the box and saw four….FOUR…full size Estee products! I love Estee!!!

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First Impressions: I loved the packaging!!! So clean and professional looking. I loved the white and blue.

The Products

Beam Team Hydrate + Glow

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What it is:This is a double-double decker with an illuminating hydrating lotion in the tube and a touch-on shimmer concentrate in the flip cap.

Thoughts: I liked the feel of this lotion. It went on smoothly without feeling greasy and gave my skin an all over glow. It looked nice under my makeup and didn’t irritate my skin. The flip cap shimmer is really pretty and I used it as a highlighter of sorts and really liked it. I wish it was a little easier to apply. I ended up using a brush to apply because trying to rub the cap on my face wasn’t happening. Two in ones are perfect for traveling or touching up on the go!

The Barest Lip Color in 06 Nude Scene

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What it is:A lipstick/balm hybrid with muru muru butter and real flower petal waxes.

Thoughts: I loved the color of this!!! It is a dark nude and will be perfect for the fall and winter for me. I love that you can swipe on a quick layer for a sheer coverage or you can really layer it to get it whatever color you want. The formula was smooth and creamy without being sticky or drying. An all around win in a lipstick for me!

Pore Vanishing Stick

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What it is: Glide-on stick to blue the look of pores and minimize shine and oil.

Thoughts: I used this around my nose and cheeks and went on nice and smooth. While I don’t feel like it got rid of all my pores, it certainly made my skin look better. Also, my makeup applied very nicely over it. You can wear this under or over makeup.

Flash Illuminator in 04 Day Light

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What it is:A high-impact highlight cream that instantly illuminates skin while proving skin care ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

Thoughts: Unfortunately, this color is way way way too dark for me!!! This comes in five different shades and I wished they would have sent me the lightest one so I could have tested it out appropriately. What I can tell you just from sampling it on my hand is that the color is gorgeous and it gives you a nice glow without looking too done. This would be perfect as a highlight, blush or for strobing.

Overall I loved this line from Estee and I will certainly be checking out more of the products! Have you heard of these or tried them?

I received these Estee Edit products compliments of Influenster in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own.

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

We are just cruising right through July, aren’t we? I am not even sure where my weekend went or how it can possible be Monday morning already. I want a recount!

For Friday Lunch Club we hit up Real and Rosemary in Homewood. I can always could on having healthier options there. Well, minus the fried green tomatoes we split as an appetizer. Hehe!

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I tried out their Strawberry Mint “Spa Water” and am determined to make some of this on my own at home. So refreshing!!! I had the roasted turkey plate with seasonal succotash and corn polenta as my main dish. Everything was fabulous, as was the company of my Friday Lunch Club!!

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Saturday I started on a new book (The Restaurant Critic’s Wife) and cleaned the house. Chris and I headed over to Babies R Us to start our registry!!! We had so much fun picking out things that we are going to need to Baby M! You guys, there are sooooo many choices in every item category. It gets a little overwhelming! I had gone in having researched the shit out of car seats, strollers, bottles, and a few other things…but I clearly have more research to do after walking around that store for a few hours. It’s so exciting though!

Also, Laura bought Baby M her first dress! How adorable is this???

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After all that registering, Chris and I headed to The Tavern for a late lunch. It was delicious!

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Sunday my sister and I headed over to Kohls to pick out some baby clothes! My mom had gotten me a gift card to go crazy once we found out the gender. And crazy we went! We picked out so many cute things. Plus, Kohls had 15% off your purchase and they were giving $10 Kohls cash. They know how to get me back for more.

Tracy took me out to lunch at Jim n Nicks to celebrate, and then we headed to Target to start the registry there. Unfortunately, after 45 minutes of going back and forth with customer service we gave up. Their system was having issues and we weren’t able to sign in to scan things. Ugh! So I took pictures of some stuff I don’t want to forget to add online.

Have you guys tried to Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiatto at Starbucks??? I grabbed a small one this weekend and it was amazing!!!

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There was also a lot of snuggling this little guy while watching Breaking Bad.

Mac snuggles

And just like that, the weekend was over! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!! You can find me fixing our registry today. Somehow a bunch of diapers and stuff we didn’t register for ended up on it. Maybe they default when you start a new one? I don’t know but it was ridiculous and it must be fixed! Any baby favorites out there I just have to have??

Linking up with Biana.