Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Early Christmas Decor Shopping

Can you believe it's Thanksgiving Eve already?  I have to admit as much as I love Thanksgiving, I'm ready to get into all things Christmas.  It started with some early holiday purchases and has turned into full scale Christmas decorating around the house.
 My first pre-holiday purchases were from Cost Plus World Market. I had some reward dollars that were about to expire and used them on this cozy throw, alpine cabin and some holiday blend coffee.
 I also saw this amazing giant marshmallow sheet but I didn't buy it.
 After that the floodgates kind of opened and I couldn't resist the buffalo checked accessories at the Target Dollar Spot.
 Speaking of my buffalo check obsession, I found this handsome buck at Michael's and knew we were meant to be!
It was worried that he'd be hard to put together but it was actually a fun project for me!  Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! See you back here next week!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

[Recipe} Restaurant Style Salsa in a Flash

This recipe has been a game changer for us.  I made it for Miss High School's 18th birthday party and it was such a big hit, that I've made it weekly ever since.  It comes together so quickly with things I usually have on hand.  It's very flexible and forgiving, if you don't have a fresh lime, you can use bottled lime (or lemon like I did here) juice.
I usually use the tamed sliced jalapeños in a jar for this recipe but on this particular day I had a fresh jalapeño.   I use a BIG handful of cilantro. I like extra garlic too.
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 onion, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 fresh jalapeño, seeded (4-6 sliced from jar)
handful cilantro (depending on how much you like)
juice of 1 lime (can sub bottled)
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
 This is the size of the handful of cilantro that I like to use.
 Add all ingredients to a food processor.
 Pulse a few times until combined and chunky. Don't over process.
 I like to store ours in a Mason jar.
It will keep in the fridge for about 5 days (if it lasts that long!).

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Monday, November 20, 2017

{Entertaining} Third Annual Halloween Chili Cook Off

It's become a tradition and we're in our 3rd year of the Halloween Chili Cook Off in my neighborhood.  How cool that a Fall Bucket List item has become a yearly thing!  I found these napkins at TJ Maxx.
The dining room was set up for eating but we didn't need it.
The 2017 wooden spoon trophies. This year I spray painted them.  We added some new categories and scoring methods this year. I don't have a copy of the score card but it was loosely based on this one.
We teamed up with our friends for this fun costume.  Do you know what we are?? *see the answer below*
 Miss High School helped us with our make up.  I think I liked the silver glitter a little too much.
 We had 7 chili entries this year and the competition was stiff! It was my first win ever and I won Best Overall!!  I used my Three Bean Quinoa Chili recipe with some tweaks that I may or may not share. Maybe I should guard my prize winning recipe?!
 *We were French KISS, get it?
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Friday, November 17, 2017

More Dollar Tree Finds

I'm back with some more Dollar Tree love.  Sometimes you don't see something until someone else (usually a blogger/vlogger) points it out to you. I can't remember which vlogger told me about these handy bottles but once I found them I was hooked!
 They are in the cosmetics section and come in at least 3 different colors (there's a pink topped bottle too).  They are for dispensing liquids through the top with a little button that draws the liquid up to the top (like they do at the nail salon with polish remover).  I've been using them for eye makeup remover and nail polish. Miss High School has about 4 of them for different things.  They are pretty darn cute too.
 Speaking of nails. I tried out their nail polish and I really love this color. I think it's just as good as any other nail polish that I've tried.   This is an inexpensive way to try out a fun new shade.
And finally this lint roller that come with a bonus mini lint roller...for $1!  I think Catherine from Do It On a Dime had sung the praises of Dollar Tree lint rollers. It's a great place to pick them up!
Have you found any Dollar Tree "must haves"?
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