Kardashian Wedding Likes and Dislikes | Style

First of all it was not the wedding of the year, that title goes to my friend Kate for a little something called The Royal Wedding!  Just saying.  I do love a good wedding, even celebrity weddings.  However, I have to say I was not thrilled with Kimmy K’s special day.  It certainly was quite the event, and I wished she would have remembered my invite.  Let’s start with the dress dresses.  I mean come on, you can’t be happy with one Vera Wang?  I don’t think I even entertained the thought of a second dress at my wedding, I loved mine too much.  But I don’t have Kardashian money, and Vera Wang isn’t a personal friend of mine.  But I’m not bitter.  I know you have all seen the pics, but it is difficult to find any online to post.  Those Kardashians only let People magazine have rights, and you can’t even see those online.  Dress #1, tulle skirt ball gown with long @&& train and veil.  Dress #2, mermaid gown with a ton of stuff around the bottom.  How did she dance in this?  Dress # 3, bias cut satin gown which was my favorite of the 3.  She looked beautiful.  Her makeup was flawless, but not a fan of the headpiece.

I was surprised there was no necklace.  I think it was a good decision, but she wore diamonds everywhere else she could, why not her neck? Okay, now the black and white theme.  I guess to me it comes across as bridezilla when you give instructions on what to wear.  I get the formality of the black and white, but it’s just not pretty to me.  This is pretty.

Yes, I just compared my wedding to Kim’s.

Now, the sisters looked amazing. They wore ivory dresses also by Vera, and I loved them.  And I would love to have Kardashian hair.

I liked that the reception dinner menu was simple.  They had tomato and mozzarella salad, roasted chicken, pasta,and potatoes.

I like her ring.  Duh.

I will watch the wedding special once it airs on E in October. (October 9 and 10th) and maybe I will change my mind a bit on the dresses and theme.  I will let you know.

So what was your opinion of the wedding?  Did you love every detail, do you want to have a wedding re-do, do you wish you were a Kardashian?  Will you watch the wedding event on E or could you care less? 

P.S.  Kim, if you for some crazy reason stumble upon my blog, no offense.  I love you and I am just upset that I didn’t receive my invitation.  I would have worn white or black to your wedding like you asked.  I would have enjoyed every second of your wedding. Oh well, I understand.


The Pioneer Woman | Recipes

Did you all check out The Pioneer Woman’s show on Food Network?  It premiered Saturday and I am a fan!  I knew I would be, and I loved seeing my friend Ree in action, on her ranch, and with her family.  Okay we are not friends, but if we ever met I know we would be!

You have to check out her blog. Thousands of people do each day.  She is my blog inspiration for sure.  She has recipes, giveaways, stories about her life on the ranch, and so much more.  I received her cookbook for my birthday and love it.  Her recipes are yummy and pretty simple.  So, Saturday she was first a quest on Paula Deen’s show, where they cooked enchiladas.  I have actually made these, and they are delish.  Next was her show!  She made Chicken Fried Steak, or Country Style Steak as we call it.  This has always been a favorite of mine since I was little.  Seriously, if you see my Mom ask her what meal I would request.  Kevin has also perfected this dish, and it is a good comfort food meal we have on occasion.  Now this is not the healthiest meal, but if you know anything about me, it’s that I will not sacrifice good food…ever…period.  I am way too much of a foodie.  Anyway, guess what we are having for dinner tonight?  Any guesses?

Yep, Chicken Fried Steak.  We will probably have rice with ours for those of you who were wondering.  Our recipe is very similar to hers, we use Paula Deen’s house seasoning, and that may be the only difference.  So in summary, go check out her blog, and set your DVR to record her shows.  It airs Saturday mornings at 11:30 on Food Network.  Let me know if you love it as much as I do!

Chicken Fried Steak

  • 3 pounds Cube Steak (tenderized Round Steak That’s Been Extra Tenderized)
  • 1-1/2 cup Whole Milk, Plus Up To 2 Cups For Gravy
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • LOTS Of Black Pepper. Lots.
  • Canola Oil, For Frying
  • Salt And Pepper, For Both Meat And Gravy

Preparation Instructions

Begin with an assembly line of dishes for the meat: milk mixed with egg in one; flour mixed with spices in one; meat in one; then have one clean plate at the end to receive the breaded meat.

Work one piece of meat at a time. Season both sides with salt and pepper, then dip in the milk/egg mixture. Next, place the meat on the plate of seasoned flour. Turn to coat thoroughly. Place the meat back into the milk/egg mixture, turning to coat. Place back in the flour and turn to coat.
(So: wet mixture/dry mixture/wet mixture/dry mixture.) Place breaded meat on the clean plate, then repeat with remaining meat.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop in a few sprinkles of flour to make sure it’s sufficiently hot. Cook meat, three pieces at a time, until edges start to look golden brown; around 2 to 2 1/2 minutes each side.

Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm. Repeat until all meat is cooked.


After all meat is fried, pour off the grease into a heatproof bowl. Without cleaning the pan, return it to the stove over medium-low heat. Add 1/4 cup grease back to the pan. Allow grease to heat up.

Sprinkle 1/3 cup flour evenly over the grease. Using a whisk, mix flour with grease, creating a golden-brown paste. Keep cooking until it reaches a deep golden brown color. If paste seems more oily than pasty, sprinkle in another tablespoon of flour and whisk.

Whisking constantly, pour in milk. Cook to thicken the gravy. Be prepared to add more milk if it becomes overly thick. Add salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until gravy is smooth and thick. Be sure to taste to make sure gravy is sufficiently seasoned.

Serve meat next to a big side of mashed potatoes. Pour gravy over the whole shebang!



No Sew Pillow | DIY

First of all I need to apologize for some blog laziness.  With getting back from vacation and jumping back into work, I have yet to figure out my blog/work routine.  Thanks for bearing with me!  So remember when I did the tray re-do?  You can see it here.  Well I had some fabric left from that and decided to make a new cover for a pillow on our bed.  The pillow was okay, and we had gotten it with this tray at a silent auction.  They matched, and both looked like a letter.  A letter you would mail, not of the alphabet…..It looked fine on our bed, but I decided it was time for a change.  What do you think?

So I gathered my materials from my craft bag…

I love the liquid stitch.  I would love to sew more but I’m not there yet.  I used the liquid stitch on my maxi dress last Saturday to fix a hem.  While I was wearing it!  Love it! Next I realized I could just remove the letter pillow cover and was left with the insert.  I will keep the letter cover, it may work in an office or something.

I measured my fabric around the pillow, and did not use one thing to measure, just eyeballed it.

And though that looked about right.  I then made a hem around all sides to give me clean lines.  You will have to imagine that because my camera battery died.  I almost didn’t find the charger.  It was still packed in my suitcase in case you were wondering.

So then I wrapped the fabric around the pillow again and joined the seams together on the side with the liquid stitch.  I just had to glue a bit and pinch it together.  I did this with the pillow inside so I could get a tight fit.  I repeated on the sides.  I was happy with the clean look of the seams.

Kinda blurry but you can see the seam.  And here is the final!

Here it is again on the bed.

I think it is a huge difference from the post office pillow.  What do you think?


Birchbox | Style

Guess what was waiting in my mailbox when I got back from vacation?

I get so excited to see that pink box…

And the brown box inside of that…

And here are my items for this month…

Befine Night Cream and body wash, Blinc Mascara, Kate Spade Twirl Perfume, Liftlab anti-aging serum, and not pictured a Twistband Hair tie ( I already had it in my hair before I snapped the photo)

Now, from just getting back from my vacation and a bit too much sun on my face, the night cream came in handy, especially since I had run out of my face moisturizer.  I like it, and use it other than at night!  I haven’t used the anti-aging serum yet, I should probably start thinking about that…eek.  I haven’t used the mascara yet, after all I am a Dior Show kind of gal, but Vanessa used hers and liked it.  I sprayed the perfume just to get a smell and it was pleasant, I will probably use it since I alter perfumes anyway.  I am already excited to get my next Birchbox!

You can learn all about Birchbox by visiting their website.  You can also see my loot from last month here!

Crash Hot Potatoes | Recipes

This recipe is from one of my favorites, The Pioneer Woman.  We make these as a side often because they are easy and so delish! If you like potatoes you will like these.

Boil your potatoes in salted water until they are fork tender.  (We use small new potatoes, but we have used larger red potatoes and cut them in half.)

Next, spray a cookie sheet with some non stick spray or use olive oil.  Lay your potatoes on the pan and with a potato masher (a glass would work too) mash them slightly until they break apart and flatten a bit.  Brush some olive oil on the top, add salt and pepper and whatever seasoning you like.  We normally use Parmesan cheese, but this time we added Rosemary.  Bake them in the oven at 450 degrees until they are golden and crispy.

These are great!  We love them.  I know they don’t look very pretty but wait til you eat them!  Simple right?  Is anyone else a fan of Pioneer Woman?  You must check out her blog! It is one of my faves!

Crash Hot Potatoes

  • 12 whole New Potatoes (or Other Small Round Potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • Rosemary (or Other Herbs Of Choice) To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.

On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of room between each potato.

With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil.

Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary (or chives or thyme or whatever herb you have available.)

Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.


Old rake | DIY

Here’s another simple DIY that my sister and I both did.  During one of my visits home we rummaged around my grandfather’s old house (actually the basement) looking for some treasures.  My sister found a great old, old, wicker chair, I found a mirror, and an old fridge, the kind that is kinda rounded on top, that I really hope still works!  It will be great in the garage for extra storage for drinks things.  Anyway, we grabbed some old rakes that were without a handle.  And this is what we did…

Jewelry/accessory holders.  Sorry that picture is so blurry….

And here is Kelly’s.

Oh, there is the chair she grabbed.  How great is that?   I know this is certainly not everyone’s taste and that’s fine.  I love how I can hang my necklaces instead of how they usually end up in a wad in my jewelry box.  You could spray paint the rake if you wanted, which may be an option down the road.  This may sound a bit cheesy, but I also wonder who all used this particular rake.  Did my great-grandfather use it, and would he smile knowing it’s holding his great granddaughters  jewelry?


More time | Wish list

I may cry as I type this.  This is the time of year I really despise.  It is the time of year that seems so far away when I am elated around June 10th.  That’s right, it’s the start of the school year aka I have to go back to work.  I love my summers.  I wish I had more time.  I am very lucky to have this time, so to anyone reading this thinking, “you have all summer off” I say to you, “you too could have become a teacher!”  My summer has been great!  No we haven’t moved into our house yet which I was hoping would happen, but I have decided that it is just God’s way of saying “not now, but when the time is right” and I’m okay with that.  I am happy to have nice place to live.  (Which is for sale btw!!!)  I have slept in, and stayed up late.  I’ve gone to the pool, got to hang out with my besties, and started my blog!  I’ve spent time with a certain bulldog, and have had days where I didn’t get out of lounge clothes.  (I had a lot of those days, don’t judge).  I have gone days without makeup or doing anything to my hair.  I’ve done pilates when I felt like it and took a nap when I didn’t.  I visited Bryson City twice, which wasn’t enough, and had the best time with Kelly and the family.  I saw Zac Brown, and Harry Potter.  I received our Ray LaMontagne tickets.  I drank some wine and my fair share of gin and grapefruit.  I have spent time with Kevin.  I watered my plants but they died anyway.  I celebrated special birthday’s and had a photo shoot.  I missed my husband when he was out of town.  I bought shoes.

I’ve had a good summer, I’m actually smiling right now.  And, we got to go to Tybee.  I  so missed spending this time with my sister and her family, but this will be the last year we don’t go together you hear me Carnes family!  Instead we spent time with the Hills and I so loved that too.  I hope to share more pictures soon.

Oh, so after all that the only thing on my wish list is more summer….