Friday, September 29, 2017

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday! We are heading to Florida today! Hooray!

one. On Monday I got to hang out with my sweet friend and talented makeup artist, Lindsey Regan Thorne, for a super fun makeup lesson! A long, very sweet story short...a few months ago Matt asked LRT for a list of makeup must-haves and then surprised me one day with a ton of new makeup that he knew I'd never buy for myself (yes, he is seriously the most thoughtful person of all time). Then, LRT offered to teach me how to use all my new products. The lesson was life changing. She gave me tons of tips and taught me new techniques that have made such a difference in my makeup routine! In fact, I loved my makeup from the lesson so much that I slept in it overnight to wear it a second day.
two. Matt and the kiddos surprised me with this gorgeous bouquet of flowers for my birthday on Monday. Four days later they are still going strong!
  Top (on sale 40% off) // Pants // Flats
three. I snagged this super cute Garden Party blouse during the Loft sale! I liked it online but I love it even more in person.

four. I was cleaning out my camera roll yesterday and found this fun picture from Food Truck Friday a few weeks ago. My friend Brooke and I are the social chairs for our HOA and thought a neighborhood gathering at the food truck rally down the street would make for a fun Friday evening. And it was! We had a strong turnout and stayed way past the kiddos bed time.

Watch ($17) // Necklace // Flats // Shirt // Bracelet

five. Target is seriously killing it lately with their shoes and accessories. I usually shop online to scale back on unnecessary impulse purchases (the cosmetic aisle gets me every time) but couldn't resist this pretty watch for $17!!! I've been wearing it every day and get so many compliments on it!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

White Chicken Enchiladas

A few weekends ago I had a craving for white chicken enchiladas. I didn't have a go-to recipe to make but I have been lucky enough to have two friends bring me their homemade white chicken enchiladas on various occasions. Both meals were amazing so naturally I texted them both, got their recipes and combined them. Then I tweaked the recipe a bit and boom...
White Chicken Enchiladas
5 chicken breasts
2 cups Mexican cheese, divided
1 cup sour cream
1 4 oz can diced green chilis
Trader Joes Chili Lime seasoning
10 Flour tortillas

1. Add chicken breasts to slow cooker and sprinkle generously with chili lime seasoning. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Shred cooked chicken.
2. In a large bowl combine 1 cup cheese, sour cream and green chilis. 
3. Add a scoop of chicken mixture to each tortilla. Roll them up and lay them in a pan.
4. Top with remaining cheese. [You can freeze at this point and save for later]
5. Cook at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
The slow cooked chicken was so amazing that I could have stopped here and just made chicken tacos. But I kept going! Also, if you're low on time you can shred a rotisserie chicken for this step instead.
THIS SEASONING. Oh my gosh, y'all. It's incredible. Just enough salt and just a tad bit of spice.

You can substitute corn tortillas for flour if you prefer. I used low carb flour tortillas.
SO GOOD. The recipe yields about 10 enchiladas so I cooked one batch and froze the other for another night.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September Supper Club at Lisa's House

Last week Lisa hosted Supper Club for September! From the food to the tablescape, everything was absolutely perfect...
Lisa set up her table on her back porch and we got super lucky with perfect fall weather. The table looked gorgeous with fresh bouquets of hydrangeas, lots of candles, apples sprinkled around and bunches of eucalyptus which smelled heavenly.
Inside Lisa set up the wine bar and a delicious meat and cheese board.
For dinner she served a salad, butternut squash soup and loads of cheesy bread.
So beautiful, right?
In typical fashion, Sara and I were the first to arrive to get the party started.
Laura + McKinsey + Lisa + Abby + Sara + Me + Cristina + Meghan + Mel
The night was so fun and perfect. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, Lisa served homemade S'mores Whoopie Pies for dessert.
Previous Supper Clubs Hosted by Lisa:
2016 St. Patty's Day Dinner
2015 Pizza Sprinkle


Monday, September 25, 2017

Asheville Birthday Weekend

We spent the weekend in Asheville celebrating my birthday! This is actually our second time celebrating my birthday in my favorite city (read about the last trip here), only this time we were sans kiddos! Early Saturday morning Ms. Jamie arrived and Matt and I were out the door 3 seconds later. 
We arrived in Asheville just in time to grab some BBQ sandwiches at Buxton Hall before checking in to our hotel.
We stayed at the Grand Bohemian Hotel which is one of my favorite places to stay in Asheville. I love all of the details of this hunting lodge-inspired property and the service is always top notch.
Our room was so amazing! 
After we got settled in, we ubered to the Grove Park Inn for an afternoon of day drinking on their gorgeous terrace overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains. We arrived just in time to snag the most secluded table on the patio. It's a little grainy but Matt snapped a pretty cool picture from the top of the Inn...
Later, we both agreed that this was our favorite part of our trip. It was so relaxing and nice to spend quality time together over cocktails instead of our sweet but very loud toddlers. We brought books to read but ended up chatting away and forgot about them.
When we arrived back to our hotel we popped a bottle of champagne and slowly got ready for our night out. But first, dessert! The Grand Bohemian surprised us with a complimentary dessert for my birthday down at The Red Stag Grill so we stopped there on our way to dinner for a round of beers and dessert. We devoured the most amazing blackberry swirl goat cheesecake.
We ate dinner at Curate. I have been dying to try this Spanish tapas restaurant for a very long time but it is so dang hard to get a reservation. So when we booked our hotel a few months ago I immediately called and secured our reservation (yes, three months in advance)!
We arrived a few minutes early and grabbed a drink at the bar before being seated. The ambiance was incredible and our meal totally lived up to all the hype.
Everything was delicious, but Matt's favorite was the smoked pork sandwich and my favorite was the sauteed garlic shrimp! Oh, and we enjoyed a second round of dessert...because you only turn 31 once!
The next morning we slept in! On our way out of town we stopped for breakfast at our favorite restaurant, Early Girl Eatery. My favorite menu item was sadly discontinued, but to my surprise our waitress offered to put in a special request for it which made my day.
After breakfast we rushed home to squeeze our babies and spend the rest of the day with them. After naps we picked out Halloween costumes and ate dinner at Cowfish (Caroline's request), where Thomas devoured my birthday dessert. It was the best birthday weekend!
Previous Birthday Celebrations
30th Birthday Surprise Party 
29th Birthday
28th Birthday Weekend in Asheville
27th Birthday

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