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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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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Turkey Meatloaf

With this terribly yucky weather outside, I decided I wanted to make a delicious and warm meal to enjoy. When I went to my favorite store {SAMs} I bought two big packs of turkey meat, so I knew this recipe would be perfect– 
Turkey Meatloaf

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Ingredients :

  • 1 1/4 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire  Sauce
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Preparation :

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the Olive Oil or Butter in skillet.
  3. Sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. {Stir occasionally.}
  4. Remove the onion and garlic from the skillet and let cool.
  5. Combine the rest of the ingredients {turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, 1/4 Ketchup, mustard, worcestershire, salt & pep} into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add in the onion and garlic and mix all together.
  7. Transfer the meatloaf mixture into a {greased to cut down on the clean-up process} loaf pan and press flat.
  8. Cover the top of the meatloaf mixture with the remaining ketchup. 
  9. Place in over and bake for 50-55 minutes.

My most favorite way to enjoy meatloaf :

  • Get a sheet pan and lay tinfoil down on it {to cut down on the clean-up process}
  • Cut a few pieces of the meatloaf and lay on the tinfoil.
  • Put more ketchup on the slices and put in the over on medium/low broil for aprox 10 minutes. {I love when the ketchup has browned a bit}
  • Toast a slice of my homemade bread.
  • Put a bit of mustard on the toasted slice.
  • Lay the meatloaf on top and ENJOY!

What is your favorite way to enjoy meatloaf?

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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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2 Girls in Cowboy Boots

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There is something about being Southern and owning a pair of Cowboy boots.

They go hand-in-hand.

Perhaps It’s because a lot (NOT all) of folks in the South listen to County music.

Lauryn Pumpkin and I (as well as the rest of my family) are going to see Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean & Jake Owen tonight @ Sanford Stadium.

Ekkk. I am beyond excited.

To say the least—

I hope you all enjoy a nice cold bev, listen to some Country music or whatever you perfer, and have a fantastic weekend!

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Barbie Wedding Weekend Re-Cap

This weekend my dear sweet friend got married to the man of her dreams, so I just wanted to share a few pictures with you because I’m so obsessed. Literally.

The wedding was absolutely breathtaking, and Emily, the Barbie bride was stunning–

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Of course, Em couldn’t get married in any other shoes! These describe her perfectly!

I loved them!558946_10100860493087081_538387200_n Beautiful, Beautiful, BEA-ut-IFUL flowers that went along with our grey dresses so nicely!

Once I go through my pictures, I will upload more. I just couldn’t stand not posting some of the ones I had on my phone!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend–

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Thankful Thursday

It's not happy people who are thankful, 
It's thankful people who are happy.
On the gloomy-rainy day, it only seems appropriate to remember what I am thankful for. This week I am thankful for many things, however I have managed to narrow my list down to 5.
So, here you have it…
  • Not only sharing Easter with my family, but also enjoying the delicious food that goes along with every holiday.
  • Enjoying all things homegrown.
  • Going out-of-town for a dear sweet friends wedding.
  • Being able to work out (although I am currently so sore, I am hating myself for going to the gym).
  • Finding a place for myself in the ‘blogOsphere’.

What are you thankful for? I’d love for you to share–

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Awaiting the Arrival of Lemons & Limes

To me–there is nothing like eating something that is ‘homegrown‘.

I’m an avid ‘gardner’ with a precious gardening shed. (I’d have to say so myself.) I choose to believe that I was born with a green thumb, but maybe it has just developed over the years.

Ehhh, Who knows. But, what I do know is I love veggies and herbs that I have grown in my garden.

So, while I was visiting Hilton Head I couldn’t help but stop by a local nursery and check it out. I immediately found lemon and lime trees. Ahhhh. Yes, Ahhhh. What could possibly be better than a homegrown lemon or lime to add to a yummy beverage?

Of course, I had to purchase one of each, so now I’m checking my trees daily to see if anything exciting is happening.  TODAY I found something growing on my lemon tree. Yes, that would be a baby lemon.

{Squealing is appropriate for this occasion.}

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{I’m seeing lemons, many lemons, in the near maybe far future.}
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Thankful Thursday

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
 If you concentrate on what you don'e have, you will never, ever have enough. 
-Oprah

While I was in college, I had a class that I had to blog for. We were told each day to blog about a specific ‘topic’ for the day. We had to write 5 things that we were thankful for. Thursday’s were always ‘Thankful Thursday’ and it was my most favorite day to blog.

One reason being that I actually got to sit down and write out what I was thankful for.

Another reason is I became so much more grateful for the things I was writing about because I actually was forced to think about them. I could focus on how those particular things I’m ‘thankful for’ help me–Not only daily, but weekly, monthly, and yearly. It made a huge difference to me and I’ve always thought that it was such a great idea.

So, here I go with my Thankful Thursday…

  • Conquering the freezing cold to go to the gym.
  • Cleaning out old boxes and giving things to the Thrift Store.
  • J’s love for Jen’s and I.
  • My mom taking me shopping and talking me into things I wouldn’t buy for myself, yet I need.
  • Finding a ‘squirt’ form of Publix Sweet Tea.

What are you THANKFUL for? I’d love to hear!

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