Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Favorites #80

Hey there sweet friends! Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of your Friday. This week was all about getting back in the groove around here. There was grocery shopping to be done...at all the stores. Laundry to get caught up on. Boxes to open that had been delivered while I was gone. Mail to go through and so on. You get the picture. Right?

Now I have piles. Piles of clothes to put away, piles of things to return and piles of things that are just organized to be taken care of.
#areyouapilemaker

I did manage to find a few things to share as favorites, so let's get to it.
               

This was good for a chuckle.

           

One of my many stops this week was of course Target. I cruised through the clothes and picked up 2 dresses to bring home and try on. (which I still need to do) I also saw this cute bell sleeve sweater and couldn't resist trying it on. In store they also had it in gray. It was soft and cozy and all things a girl loves in a sweater. And oh yeah, hey Target, clean your mirrors.😜

                 

Nannying is giving this girl right here a little taste of the mom life and I'm how show we say, feeling validated. LOL On a side note. Check out her lashes! Are YOU ready to try Lash Boost???
                     


Check this out! We love all things GODIVA! I was just cruising through WalMart minding my own business when I did a double take. GODIVA is now making pudding mixes?!?! I have no idea why this excites me, because frankly we don't do much pudding eating around here, but I was all happy when I saw this.

I don't know if you know this, but if you don't you're going to want to thank me here in a second.
Did you know...
If you join the GODIVA club and spend $10 a year you then earn a FREE piece of chocolate EVERY MONTH. Yep! Just walk into the GODIVA store and tell them you want your monthly piece. Easy as pie. That's seriously a great deal. OH, and you get a $10 reward on your birthday, so really your getting CHOCOLATE FOR FREE!
🙌🏼 🙌🏼 🙌🏼

                        

And speaking of chocolate. If you missed Wednesday's post about this decadent cake you should really check it out. After Kent saw the blog he came home saying, "maybe we should get some out of the freezer".
#wedidlastnight
                              

These were some of the boxes that came while I was away.


I love the new redesigned AMP MD roller. Did you know that rolling aka micro-needling is beneficial for stimulating collagen reproduction? And collagen is what helps combat all those pesky little lines. The reformulated Intensive Renewing Serum contains RetinAl with a capital A because it has vitamin A in it. It's 20X more potent than Retinol. This is the strongest retinoid you can get without a prescription. It's specially formulated to deliver maximum results with reduced potential for irritation making it safe for even sensitive skin.
If you've been thinking about trying some of these amazing products, now's the perfect time. I always love a gift with purchase and that's what we're offering. You get this great carrying bag when purchase the AMP MD system. If you purchase the AMP MD and a regimen then you get 20% off both plus 10% off for Preferred Customers and FREE shipping. (that's a savings of almost $75...more than enough to get an eye cream 👀)

Leave a comment, email me or visit my website for more info.

           
Okay, this next part wasn't a favorite, but I wanted to share.


Northern California has been having terrible fires. A lot of people have lost their homes and some have lost their lives. It's been really scary for this state. We live about an hour from where the fires have been. They have finally gotten them under control. THANKFULLY!

Tuesday when I went out to Target the air was really smokey and smelled terrible. I called Kent and he said the wind must have shifted up north and was carrying the smoke down here. Well when I got home I found out why it was so smokey. This hills behind our neighborhood had caught on fire. It was CRAZY. The big plane was flying so low right over our house and then dropping the flame retardant stuff on the fire. Fire trucks were coming up and down the streets and a few streets had to be evacuated. It was a little nerve racking.

Thankfully they got it put out and all is well. It burned about 40 acres. In the picture below you can see a small portion of the burnt area. 
#comeonrainyseason



                  

This is my current favorite shirt. I love everything about it and get compliments and turned heads every single time I wear it. For the moment it's sold out, but you girls who know Nordstrom know to keep checking because it can just as easily pop back up. These booties are back on sale too and they are a new favorite for sure. As for my jeans, well you know I've been loving my Old Navy jeans this year and these have built in sculpt and are on super sale.


P.S. EVERYTHING at LOFT is 40% off with code FRIENDS
EVERYTHING at ANTHROPOLOGIE is 25% off. No code needed.

WHEW, that about does. Every single week I sit down and wonder what I'm going to talk about and every single week I end up with quite the list.

Have a great weekend! I can hardly believe October is 2/3 over and in a little over a week we leave for Hawaii!
#aloha

                                           

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Calling All Chocoholics

I know it's no secret that our household is all about the chocolate and when it comes time for a celebratory dessert 99% of the time it will be chocolate. The other 1% would be when someone has temporarily taken leave of their senses.

Last month was Kent's birthday and his dessert of choice was an old favorite. I've been making this for special occasions longer than I can remember, but it had been a few years since we'd had it.


This recipe is one that I found in a Southern Living magazine years ago. The name couldn't be more fitting for this. Once you take a bite all that's left to say is, "that's incredible". I have a binder make that two binders of recipes that I've collected over the years and I affectionately refer to it them as my bible.

There aren't many desserts that I can't finish an entire piece in one sitting, but this one tests me and if you make it, you'll understand why. Oh the richness. This is beyond decadent. And while it's a labor of love due to the steps, it's really not hard, just time consuming.

Brownie Layer

Pudding Layer

Marshmallow, Pecans & Mini Chocolate Chips Layer

Ganache Layers

Finishing Touches


That's Incredible Cake
(Carolyn Jones - Foley, Alabama)

Ingredients for all layers
1c Sugar
1/2 c A-P flour
1/2 c melted shortening
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c water
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 lge eggs
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c mini marshmallows
1/2 c chopped pecans
1/2 c mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate Pudding (ingredients listed below)
2 c whipping cream
16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Brownie Layer
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 10" springform pan with parchment paper. Grease the sides of the pan.
Stir together first 9 ingredients until well blended; fold in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared springform pan and spread evenly over the bottom.
Bake on middle rack for 20-25 minutes. 
Remove from oven, and sprinkle top evenly with marshmallows, pecans and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips. 

While the brownie is baking make the pudding layer.

Chocolate Pudding
4 cups whipping cream
6 T corn starch
1 c sugar
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 t vanilla extract

Stir together 6 T of the cream and the 6 T cornstarch to make a paste.
Bring remaining cream to a simmer in a 2qt saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cornstarch mixture, sugar, chocolate chips and vanilla; cook, stirring constantly until the chocolate melts. Cook mixture, stirring often, 8 minutes or until thick and creamy. (I have occasionally had to strain this through a fine sieve because the cornstarch would slightly lump, so don't be upset if that happens)

Pour the hot pudding over the brownie with marshmallow, pecans and mini chocolate chips on it. (some of the marshmallows may melt and rise up through the pudding)
Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

Ganache
Heat 2 c heavy cream in a saucepan to a simmer. Pour over 16 oz semi-sweet chocolate and let stand 5 minutes. Stir until melted and smooth. Let ganache stand 1 hour, stirring occasionally until it's a spreading consistency. Remove the sides of the springform pan; pour and spread the mixture evenly on top and smooth down on sides. This will usually take 3-4 layers letting it cool in the fridge for a few minutes in between.

Sprinkle extra chopped pecans around the edge.




As I already said, this is super rich and so you only need a piece. I take the remainder of the cake, slice it, let the slices freeze on a sheet pan and then wrap them individually and put them in a Ziploc bag. We will pull out a piece for each of us and let it thaw as a treat from time to time. So I guess you could say this is the dessert that keeps on giving.

Let me know if you try it and how much you love it.

Happy hump day friends!
                                         


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

And She's Back...Home That Is

Hey friends! Good grief. Even though I've done some spotty posting during the last two weeks, I feel like I've been away from you forever. I missed y'all. I stay so busy when I'm gone to Tennessee that it's hard to squeeze in time for blogging. In past trips I've tried to stay up with it more, but this time I just decided I needed to soak it all in and live in the present.

Kent came out Friday for the weekend and a whole lot of celebrating. Often when I go on one of these extended trips he joins me at the end. I joke and tell people he's there to "escort me home" and make sure I return.

I don't think it's any secret just how much I love going to Nashville to visit. My kids are there and some of my favorite people in the world as well, but it's always good to get home.


So I thought I'd share a brief recap of our weekend and all the fun that ensued. 


Saturday night we attended the wedding of some our best friends daughter. Rachel or "Rachie" as we affectionately call her. It's not very often that we get to have our little family of 4 together but Kent and I really loved getting to spend a little time with both of our kids like "the good ol' days". I know my mom and dad always love the rare opportunity when my brother and I are with just them.


I was put in charge of the marriage license and felt very important...lol


Have you ever noticed no father looks thrilled when he's taking this walk with his daughter?
#alwaysdaddysgirl


The wedding took place in their cute little downtown square. The weather was perfect and the everything was beautiful.



One of my besties Dawn, was the beautiful mother of the bride.

Next up on our celebrating was Katie's big day.


She picked a favorite BBQ joint for lunch.


 And some of her favorite people were there.




Are you ever too old to sit on your daddy's lap? I think not.


We ended the day with the birthday dessert of choice and presents.
#wheresthefireexstinguisher



Turning 20 looks good on you "Katie the bug"!


Once the kids left we played spades. Girls vs. Boys. If you play, then you know this was a PITIFUL hand I had.


This hardly ever happens, but we were able to have a seat between us on both flights home.
#yasss

I hope you had as much fun over the weekend as we did. Now I've got suitcases, laundry and the grocery store calling my name. UGH!
#welcomehome

Have a great week my peeps!

                                         

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