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Friday, January 23, 2015

Fun Finds Friday.

Raise your hand if you love TJ Maxx & Marshalls?
{BOTH my hands are up - that's how much I love em.}

Spied these cute ceramic heart shaped dishes there this week.  $2.99.  Thought they'd be cute filled with candy, wrapped in cellophane and given to someone SWEET.

Over at Target...

Could these mini pinatas be ANY cuter?

Also found this 12 pk of mazes for $5. 

My brain immediately went to work and while I already have my own kiddos Valentines figured out {will share soon!} I thought these would be cute on a tag that read something like 'To an a-MAZE-ing Friend'....

LOVE these cute chalkboard jars for $3...

.....and I LOVE these LARGE glass jars as well.

These polka dot boxes in the $ bins were practically CALLING my name!

These tenny-tiny mailboxes would be SO cute to fill with little love notes for your kiddos or spouse the week of Vday.
{Also $1}.

Over at the Hob Lob ......

....you better believe I bought that big giant polka dot C.

Half off so only $8!
Score! It's going in my black and white bathroom.

I was also tempted to buy one of these...

Although those were a little more pricey {$29.99} 
and not on sale.

Ready for a few tidbits of randomness?

I discovered this string quartet on Pandora and now I am obsessed with them.  They basically do pop songs - - but it's all instrumental. I am in love.

Listen HERE to one of my faves.

Has anyone tried these?
I was tempted.
They were at WinCo today and they looked right up my mint chocolate loving alley.

Why is this bedspread so hilarious to me?

Have a HAPPY weekend!
It's my husband's bday so we are doing LOTS of celebrating.
And by 'celebrating' I mean....eating out.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sausage and Lentil Soup recipe.

Because I forgot to photograph this tasty soup 
{we were too busy snarfing it down!} 
this cute Throwback Thursday pic of London will have to do...

July 2013
She looooooves her some soup.
Even when it's 118 degrees outside in the middle of the summer. {I'm really not kidding.  It's her favorite 'food'}.

Anyhoozle...this recipe is bomb.

It's easy and super delish.

I even subbed the sausage for Jennie-O italian flavored TURKEY sausage {have you tried that? It's SO good!} and my fam didn't even know the difference.

Thank you Courtney for sharing it with me!

For those of you who eat at Carrabbas 
{I always forget about that place when we're out!}
apparently this is a COPYCAT recipe of a soup 
they serve there.



1 pound Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
6 cups of chicken broth
2 cans of diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
2 cups dry lentil beans, rinsed

*Black pepper, oregano, parsley, basil to taste*

Brown sausage and drain off fat.  In a large pot combine all ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover.

Simmer for about 1 hour or until lentils are tender.  Add water, if necessary, for your desired consistency.

Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and serve!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Valentine Party ideas.

For the last few years...Joe and I have hosted a little Valentine dinner/party at our house with some of our friends.

I had high hopes of doing another one this year but with our upcoming Disneyland trip + other commitments...looks like we'll have to push it back to a St. Patty's Day get together.

Tonight I'm sharing with you some of my FAVORITE things from last year's bash:

{Warning: it's a good thing our friends have such a funny sense of humor...
 and don't get offended easily.}

Yes...our invites included a real live thong attached.
{I've never claimed to be classy so.....}

The places settings might just have been my favorite part...

Every party needs a favor....

Homemade Hot Fudge!

We also played a 'Not-so-Newlywed' game that created lots of hoots and hollars.

For even MORE details, photos and printables of this party you can click HERE and HERE.

Happy Valentines Season!!!