Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

May 31, 2011

And the winner of the $15 Trader Joe's gift card is comment number........

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Congrats to THAD!!!

Shoot me an e-mail to with your address and I will drop your gift card in the mail.

100th Post Giveaway!!

May 26, 2011

Who's ready for the long weekend?!?!   :)

To celebrate this being my 100th post, I'm giving away a $15 gift card to Trader Joe's. You can use it to buy some of my personal faves........

....or buy whatever the heck you want!! You can't really go wrong.
The contest ends on Monday 5/30/11 at 5:00 pm CST. You can enter one of two ways:

-Leave a comment below telling me a good book you've read lately. We've got vacay coming up and I need some beach reads.

-Share this giveaway on Facebook using the buttons at the bottom of the post and leave me a comment telling me you've done so.

Good luck and thanks for reading!!!!

***Disclaimer: This post is in no way sponsored by Trader Joe's. I just love me some TJ's.***

Pinterest Love

May 21, 2011

Let me introduce you to my latest obsession, Pinterest. Here's the explanation of what it's all about, directly from

What is Pinterest?
Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by people with great taste.

People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things -- wedding inspiration, favorite T-shirts, DJ equipment. You name it, people are pinning it.

We know you have great taste in something. Our mission is to make Pinterest the best place for you to share your taste with the world.

Right now I have 10 boards. It has been an *awesome* tool for finding wedding ideas, and it's great to NOT have to junk up my favorites folder every time I find something that catches my eye (it saves the photo AND the website it came from). Here's a sampling of my boards.

Beautiful White Kitchens | Restyling Home by Kelly 

Dream House board

Quotables board

Wedding board

Decor Ideas board

It's fun to follow your friends who are also on Pinterest, and to just look at the daily trends of what everyone else is posting. You do need an invite in order to start pinning so if you are interested leave your e-mail address in the comments and I will send you one. If you want to see more just check out or follow my boards at Happy pinning!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

May 17, 2011

Here's a new recipe we tried out tonight, creamy lemon chicken pasta! It's *very* easy to prepare and was delish. Recipe's at the end (adapted from here).

The 3 chicken tenderloins are cooked at 350 for 40 minutes then cut into bite size pieces for tossing into the pasta.

 The pasta cooks in seasoned chicken broth with lemon juice which gives it a LOT of flavor.

 Toss in the chicken and add the heavy cream.

All done!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

3 skinless, boneless chicken tenderloins (I use the Tyson 'thinner sliced' tenderloins)
2 tsp garlic powder, divided
1 tsp ground black pepper, divided
2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
1/2 cup lemon juice, divided
1 (8 oz) package penne pasta
1 cup heavy cream
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in a lightly greased baking dish. Use 1/4 lemon juice to season chicken on both sides. Also season both sides of chicken using 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 3/4 tsp pepper. (I also sprinkled mine with a little salt). Bake for 40 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink inside.

2. In a large saucepan, season the chicken broth with remaining 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and 1/4 tsp pepper. Bring to a boil and add 1/4 lemon juice and pasta. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and pasta is cooked, approx 12-13 minutes. Drain excess broth from pasta. (It is OK to leave a little bit of broth, doesn't have to be completely dry.)

3. Cut cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces and stir into cooked pasta along with heavy cream. Cook, stirring, over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes. Stir before serving. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese to your taste.

Sneak Peek

May 15, 2011

Here is a sneak peek at one of our engagement pics taken Thursday night by the *awesome* Ryan Towe of Ryan Towe Photography. Check out his blog (linked on the sidebar) for some more of his work, it's worth your time! We can't wait to see the rest! :)

Tulip Time in Pella

Weekend Rewind

May 4, 2011

Last weekend my mom and I hit up the outlets in Williamsburg where there is now an ANN TAYLOR LOFT OUTLET. Soooooo exciting!

Of course we had to stop in the Coach outlet too.

Is it weird that I kinda like the purple lining as much as the outside of the bag?

New tops from the Loft outlet. Probably gonna be in some engagement pics!

I also got to meet our friends Megan and Matt's new little cutie on Sunday. Isn't she adorable!?!!?!
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