Thankful Thursday

thankful

  • Home-grown tomatoes.
  • My new Dyson Animal Digital Slim.
  • Sitting outside and enjoying the sound of my fountain. 
  • New Pillows. 
  • Spring Time decor. 

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Thankful Thursday

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  • J is coming home TODAY!
  • Celebrating with friends and family this weekend.
  • A mini-vacation with my mom and Jen’s.
  • Plants that are blooming. {Rose Bush is my favorite currently}
  • Connecting with new blogs that I have learned so much from.

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Savannah’s Rosemary Sip

Growing up in the South, I have learned that there are very few things comparable to a nice cold beverage on a warm day. Perhaps, there is nothing better than walking out into your garden and finding fresh ingredients to use in your own homemade ‘sip’. 
{My mom and I sipped on these while watching the Kentucky Derby.}

DrinkSavannah’s Rosemary Sip

Ingredients :

  • 8 Teaspoons Fresh Rosemary (Plus additional to garnish)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 12 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Bacardi Limon (You can change depending on your own desire) 

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Preparation :

  1. Mix rosemary, water & sugar in a saucepan and bring to a light boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain out the rosemary.
  3. Pour the mixture into the other 9 cups of water lemon juice and Bacardi.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Garnish with Rosemary or Mint. (Or both!)

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Thankful Thursday

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  • Fresh Seafood.
  • Parker’s Market Sweet Tea.
  • J is coming in ONE week.
  • Meeting new blog ‘friends’ and sharing this blog-life with them.
  • Neighbor’s who bring back treats from trips they go on to share with me.
What are YOU thankful for?

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Not Your Usual Chops

Walking into the grocery without a list is always interesting for me. I have my ‘go-to’ meals, but I also love to find new things and come up with a recipe. 
First, I walk in and go straight to the meat that is on sell. Usually I find a random mix of  pork-chops, filets, ribs, pork-sausage, and chicken. Depending on the day, I find the different types of meat. This particular day, I decided to buy the pork-chops.
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For those of you who live in the South, know what I’m talking about when you think ‘pork-chops’ you automatically think ‘fried’. Well, yes…fried are absolutely WONDERFUL, yet…I’m trying to be a bit healthier. Tough, I know. If you have never had a fried pork-chop, you must try one. They are heavenly. {Maybe i’ll branch out and put those on here one day!}
As for now…I’ll stick with my ‘healthier’ version–

Mustard & Vinegar Based Pork-Chops

porkprepIngredients :

  • 1/3 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste

Preparation :

  1. Mix all of the ingredients of the marinade together.
  2. Pour the marinade over the chops and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. {The longer the better.}
  3. Flip the chops during the marinading process so that all sides are covered well.
  4. Heat up the grill or skillet and cook your chops.
  5. Finish off with fresh parsley.

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{Delishhhhh}

What is your favorite way to cook your chops? I’d love to hear!

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Thankful Thursday

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  • Being able to have my very own garden.
  • Grilling on my new grill.
  • Jen allowing me to dress her any way I want.
  • Finding new delicious treats at SAM’s. {My favorite place.}
  • J’s excitement for coming home in 2 weeks!

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Get Fit : Playlist

Since I’ve been on my workout kick, I’ve learned how important it is to have a playlist that ‘gets you going’!
You know…like a particular song comes on that makes you want to run faster, peddle faster, or lift more weight. 
Well, for me…This is some of that playlist…
Of course, this is a random mixture. So, a few of my cool down songs are mixed in as well–
  • Feel Again :  OneRepublic

  • Scream & Shout : will.i.am ft. Britney Spears

  • I Cry : Flo Rida

  • Let’s Go : Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo

  • I Can Only Imagine : David Guetta ft. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne

  • Without You : David Guetta ft. Usher

  • Hata Que Salga El Sol : Don Omar

  • Feel So Close : Calvin Harris

  • Otta Your Mind : Lil John/LMAFO

  • Sweet Nothing : Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welsh

  • Let Me Love You {Until You Learn to Love Yourself} : Ne-Yo

  • Don’t Wake Me Up : Chris Brown

  • 50 Ways to Say Goodbye : Train

  • Wide Awake : Katy Perry

  • Blow Me {One Last Kiss} : Pink

  • Domino : Jessie J

  • Everybody Talks : Neon Trees

  • Scream : Usher

  • Don’t You Worry Child : Swedish House Mafia

  • One More Night : Maroon 5

  • Repeat : David Guetta ft. Jessie J

  • Turn Me On : David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj

  • Good Feeling : Flo Rida

  • Feel So Close : Calvin Harris

  • Where Have You Been : Rihanna

  • We Found Love : Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

  • Locked Out of Heaven : Bruno Mars

  • Don’t Wake Me Up : Chris Brown

  • We Run the Night : Havana Brown ft. Pitbull

  • Touch Me : Smash Cast ft. Katherine McPhee

  • Part of Me : Katy Perry

  • Wild Ones : Flo Rida ft. Sia

  • Good Time : Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Titanium : David Guetta ft. Sia

What do you listen to? I’d love to add new songs to my list!

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CLOSED : Reader Giveaway : Essie Nail Polish & Quick Dry

CONGRATULATIONS : ASHLEY ATKINSON–

{I will contact you about sending you your new Essie Spring Polish and Good to Go!}

Thank you all for joining in on my giveaway! I plan to have many more in the future!

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For all of you new and old followers, I am so very thankful! I am so humbled that this blog has grown the way it has. When I first started blogging, I was in college and it was a requirement for a class, so naturally–it wasn’t my most favorite thing. However, when I started this blog just a few short months ago, it has become sort’ve a passion for me. Something that can be my outlet to the world outside of my ‘little bubble’.
In the beginning I decided once I reached 5,000 views, I would have a giveaway. Yes, I know 5,000 is not a lot in blog land. But, hey–I’m new and I am ever so grateful for all 5,000! You must start somewhere, right?!
Since I love, love, LOVE nail polish I knew that would be the perfect giveaway.

cuteasabutton{Essie : Cute as a Button}

Of course, I would love to keep this polish for myself, but I want one of you to enjoy it just as I would! This is the perfect polish for Spring Time-

goodtogo{Essie : Good to Go – Quick Dry}

Have you ever used this? Heavenly is all I can say. Once you polish your nails you apply this–your nails will be dry literally within a few minutes. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without this little miracle! For those of you who have used this…you know exactly what I’m talking about-

Requirements :

  1. Follow SouthernExpressionsBlog

  2. Like this post

  3. Leave a Comment Below

Regulations :

  • You must live in the US to participate in this giveaway.

  • The entries for this blog giveaway will be closed on the 17th of April, 2013 at 12:00pm. 

  • The winner will be randomly selected on RANDOM.ORG

  • Then I will announce the lucky winner!

All blogs start from somewhere, and are built on making connections with other bloggers. So, I am excited to connect with more of you and I hope that you all enjoy this giveaway!
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