Wednesday Roundup | Goin’ Fresh

My mouth’s been watering over these salads recently since the weather’s been getting warmer … and I just can’t wait for the veggies in grocery stores to get fresher! Enjoy these yummy tomato, avocado, etc. salad ideas!

Flirty Fun Skirts (all $50 & under)

Time for some cute skirts to throw us into Spring (and hopefully help Summer
hurry up!)! This was my first try with Polyvore,…so apologies if you are a follower
and you got 4 or 5 notifications that I had published a new post.
That wasn’t supposed to happen….still figuring it all out ūüôā

I’m a big bargain lover so when I found out you could filter by price (not to mention
color and all that), I fell in love with this site. What’s your favorite skirt style?

Flirty Fun Skirts (all under $50)

Peplum skirt
$50¬†–¬†topshop.com

MTWTFSS Weekday red skirt
$25¬†–¬†weekday.com

Miss Selfridge skirt
$49¬†–¬†missselfridge.com

Floral skirt
$35¬†–¬†delias.com

Rare London knee length pencil skirt
¬£15¬†–¬†rarelondon.com

Victoria s Secret short mini skirt
$25¬†–¬†victoriassecret.com

Cheap Monday elastic waist skirt
¬£23¬†–¬†farfetch.com

H M short mini skirt
¬£20¬†–¬†hm.com

Pleated mini skirt
¬£12¬†–¬†desireclothing.co.uk

What’s for Dinner | Better than ever Enchiladas

Sometimes there’s extra ground beef around that I like to get creative with…. sometimes we do tacos, sometimes it’s stroganoff … but last week I decided to try enchiladas. Beef enchiladas seem a little less common than chicken enchiladas, but I figured they’d make a tasty dinner if I could find a decent recipe! Allrecipes.com was the winner this time. I went with the “Better-than-ever Beef Enchiladas” which seem to be by KRAFT! Sounds pretty hard to go wrong, right? Well, they did turn out pretty darn good…. I would definitely recommend!

Cheesy Enchiladas

Couple of things to note:
I added at least half a cup of salsa more than the recipe called for, I dumped in quite a bit more cheese (how is 1/2 cup enough for that many enchiladas?), and since there are only two of us, I only used 4 tacos instead of 8. Also, when it says brush the tortillas lightly with Italian dressing, it’s not a mistake. I think it adds just a little bit extra flavor and maybe helps keep them more moist. We were out of tin foil at the time, so our enchiladas were pretty dry, but loading them up with some sour cream really helped. Wow, I guess this is a really fattening meal when you add in all the cheese and sour cream, but come on, they’re enchiladas!

Thank you, Nuts and Bolts!

You can’t imagine the surprise I got the other day when I was notified that I had a new comment on one of my posts (you have no idea how one comment on my blog can just make my day!)…and it was someone I don’t even know nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award! I’m super flattered. Thank you very very much, Lindsey McKitterick! Do me a favor and check out her great blog, readers.

So the instructions for winning this award are:

  1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
  2. Let them know that you have nominated them.
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  4. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.

Seems kind of like an endless email fwd chain, but I’m doing this anyway!

versatile blogger badge

I choose to nominate:

Random things about me and my life

7 Random Facts:

(1) I come from a very large family — 3 boys and 5 girls altogether! Oh and 2 nephews and a niece too…

(2) At 22 years old I graduated from college, got married and started my first full time job, all in about 2 months.

(3) I proudly read all the Twilight books before watching the movies (and yes, I watched the movies too).

(4) I could eat ice cream for every meal of the day!

(5) ‘Where are you from?’ is one of the hardest questions for me to answer since I’ve lived in CA, SC, France, the Congo, and now MA… and my parents live in NC.

(6) I can easily sleep in til 1pm on Saturdays if you let me…

(7) I’ve never been able to blow a bubble with chewing gum. It’s a skill I just don’t have.

What’s for Dinner | OMG Chicken & Smashed Potatoes

I stumbled upon two wonderful recipes the other night. Healthy recipes? hmm,.. you decide…

First we tried Parmesan Crusted Chicken… easiest, creamiest, quickest baked chicken recipe around. By the way, I modified this recipe by using low fat sour cream instead of mayonnaise.

For a delicious side, we added Ree’sCrash Hot Potatoes.” One thing we left out was broccoli, green beans, or a fresh salad, which would have gone perfectly. We just were too hungry to wait ūüôā

Creamy chicken and smashed potatoes

Husband and I gobbled up every last bit. Can you say delicous? Thank you, Pioneer Woman and The Enchanted Cook!! ūüôā

Hope you all have a Happy Easter!

Drink | Peaches & Cream Daiquiri

I’m a big fan of icy cold drinks. Milkshakes, margaritas, daiquiris, smoothies… you know what I’m talking about. When I was at home, after a long day of sailing, we decided we had to have a daiquiri night. My mom was sure we had everything we needed, so I got the blender set up and looked in the freezer and fridge. I found some recipes online for peach daiquiris, but I believe when it comes to putting things in the blender, you can go off-recipe. It’s all about adding more of this or that. Because I’m always adding more of something, I end up making a crazy amount of whatever I’m blending, but that’s not usually a bad¬†thing. ūüôā

Peaches & Cream Daiquiri

For this “Daiquiri” I combined:

  • Frozen peaches since it’s not quite peach season
  • Milk
  • Ice and a little water
  • Rum
  • Vanilla ice cream (because the frozen peaches weren’t sweet enough!)