Saturday, June 23, 2012

he hunts, we shop

definitely missing garrett this weekend while him and his rowdy friends "work" at the deer lease.
good one garrett. good one.

 anywho, zooey and i hit up some local flea markets and antique stores, and ta-da...

beautiful jade-ite!

i hit the motherload.
a never-been used 8x8 casserole dish, a covered 2 qt round casserole dish with lid, 8 large dinner plates, a large mixing bowl, a measuring cup with juicer, s set of 5 measuring spoons, 3 saucers, 4 salad plates, a covered dish , salt and pepper shaker set, and a gorgeoud bowl with detailing.

all under $150. yep. pretty proud of my new finds to add to my collection.

after our trip home, a little neighborhood jog hit the spot.
oh zooey. you are definitely my four legged child afterall. :)

love her.

xo, linds

Thursday, June 21, 2012

peach-whiskey chicken

one of the easiest chicken dishes I've ever actually mastered :)
courtesy of the pioneer woman

we bypassed seconds and went straight to thirds!
make this for your man and he'll love you forever.
garrett told me this is now in the top 3.


2 T olive oil
2 T butter
6 chicken drumsticks, skin-on
1 yellow onion, diced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
11/2 cups whiskey
4 cups barbecue sauce
1 cup peach preserves
2 T worcestershire sauce
4 peaches, pitted and sliced

serve chicken over  a mound of egg noodles or mashed potatoes
shamely spoon excess sauce over top. enjoy.

Preheat oven to 300F.

Prep the rest of the ingredients.

Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Cook the chicken legs until golden brown on all sides, about 5-10 minutes.

Remove from skillet and set aside.
Add onions to the skillet.

Stir and cook over medium heat for about 3 min, or until translucent.
Pour in the whiskey, taking care if you are cooking over open flame.

Cook for 3 min or so, allowing the whiskey to cook and reduce.
Grab your favorite bottled BBQ sauce... and pour it in.

Add the peach preserves, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/2 cup water to the sauce, then whisk to combine.

Add the chicken back in the pan...

Then throw in your peaches.

Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil, then place in the oven
for 1 1/2 hours.

By then the chicken is tender and falling off the bone... the sauce is to die for... and the peaches are soft. That's when you know it's done!

Serve the chicken over a big pile of buttery egg noodles, spooning sauce over the whole thing. Sprinkle with parsley, then watch your loved ones gobble it up... and ask for more!

thanks pioneer woman for yet another tastey dish.

love, linds

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

obsessed. pioneer style.

just bought this...

and just ordered this off amazon...

it's true. i'm obsessed with her and her recipes.

if you haven't looked into these, i suggest you do immediately.

(her newest is 30% off right now at target.) go. now.

will be making her peach-whiskey chicken tonight for my whiskey lovin' man.
recipe and pictures to follow.

xo, linds

Friday, June 15, 2012

life lately, according to my iphone photos... part 1


zooey loves garrett

granny loves bella grace

the big "o" from dessert gallery

completed an order for some of the dallas legend dancers

"no dogs allowed in the bed" :)

finally started moving my stuff in with us

laundry and a sleepy puppy

happy friday!
xo, linds

meet little miss zooey :)'s been a crazy couple of months!
with construction of the house, my best friend's wedding, finally moving all my things in with us, (ahem and possibly most into a storage unit), family visiting, major holidays = crazy days at work, and a recent addition to our little family :) we have been SUPER busy.

of course this is what gets eliminated first, sorry. sometimes life just gets in the way.

 here's our newest addition and what i am MOST excited about...

meet little miss zooey :)

love, linds

Monday, January 30, 2012

crockpot: shrimp, chicken, and sausage jambalaya

no surprise garrett and i spent our sunday working on the house, so i decided to treat ourselves with some homemade jambalaya. so easy, and so good!

i made homemade mini maple bacon cornbread bites (garrett's fav) to serve along with it as well.

oh and it makes enough for 10-12 people, so lunches have been delish at work this week :)

grab a pen, you are going to want this recipe...


- 1 lb smoked sausage
- 1 lb large, peeled, devined shrimp (i used frozen)
- 2 lbs skinless chicken breast chunks

(i found a great little container at HEB of "creole seasoning" in veggie section of chopped onions, bell pepper, garlic, and celery and used that)
- 1 large chopped onion
-1 large chopped green bell pepper
-3 stalks chopped celery
- 3 cloves chopped garlic

- 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatos
-2 cups chicken broth
- 1-2 cups of uncooked rice
- fresh chopped okra
-1 pkg sliced mushrooms
-1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

(spices use to taste)
- old bay spice
- pepper
-splash of Worcestershire sauce
- splash of Louisiana hot sauce


dump everything in the crockpot.
slice sausage and okra and add in.

cover and cook on HIGH for 5-6 hours. stir occasionally.

serve with cornbread and voila. the perfect sunday dish!

i promise this wont disappoint! garrett practically begs me to make this.

happy crockpotting!

love, linds


Sunday, January 29, 2012

weekend update: construction progress report



yay to a wrap around bar in the kitchen.

and yesterday's labor of love... widening the hallway opening and patching the wood floors :)

now these lovely sliding closet doors (ahem my temporary closet for now) will be going away.
hopefully soonish.

garrett's plan is to add a linen closet inside the bathroom (making the right closet door disappear) and my lovely idea for the other side is a coat closet hidden with a bookshelf.

(stole this amazing idea off of pinterest)

ta da.
oh how thankful i am for my handyman.

the pictures may be deceiving, but i feel like construction is really coming along.
i could not be more excited to see the finished product!

... and back to stripping floors for me.

love, linds

Friday, January 27, 2012

a year full of dates: january

so january's date night included dinner at auntie chang's dumpling house and a night off gray st.

a slight change of plans.

garrett and i decided to have an impromptu dinner at a local mexican restaurant that has AMAZING margaritas the night before, so of course us being us, our 1 margarita each tunrned into about 5 each. oopsies.

needless to say, we were both loving the idea of chinese food, but not so much the night of bar hopping after. so moneyball it was, and 2 little pints of ice cream on the couch. perfect.

of course we had to get the dumplings. delish.

the food was perfection. we got the family dinner with general tso's and shrimp lo mein.
we are definitely going back.

garrett and is bluebell happy tracks. haha.
 i prefer ben and jerry's half baked. i'm a sucker for coookie dough and brownie batter :)

looking forward to february's date.

happy friday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

damn it, it's cookie time

damn it, girl scouts. and why am i such a sucker?

no matter if i'm pretending/attempting to diet or not i ALWAYS do these two things...

1. buy an obscene amount of samoas. yes samoas NOT caramel delights or whatever the hell they are named now.

2. watch troop beverly hills. yes i'm almost 28 and still love that movie. oh shelley long.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

3 etsy loves of the day: vol. 1

so between pinterest and etsy i would say my spare time is full.
ridiculous i know. but the good news is is that i'm definitely not alone

here are some new favs on etsy.
some of which i have purchased and some of which are waiting for a reason and my next paycheck :)

Abe Lincoln Quote - Yellow/Gray

1. abe lincoln quote in yellow by Mary Kate McDevitt. love her entire shop.
 just purchased. will be perfect framed in our new living room.

Letterpress Recipe Cards and Recipe Box

2. these adorable letterpress recipe cards and box by 1canoe2.
love them so much i bought a set with extra cards.

Coco Mademoiselle... Mini Poster

3. the lovely artwork from emmakisstina's adorable shop.

there they are my top 3 favs from etsy for today.

happy browsing!