Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites 1/23/15

Ohhh heyyyy!!  Happy Friday!!! TGIF!!  I am here to share my Friday favorites here with you, just in time for the weekend. Any big plans on the agenda?

I am currently escaping the cold and will be the first to admit that I am not quite ready to return to winter.  I have truly enjoyed the beach, beautiful scenery and total relaxation that our trip to Kauai has provided. My last weekend here will be rather low key and I would not trade that for the world. I will be back next week with a full recap of my trip, but now, it's time for Friday favorites!

Housewife Glamour

Food - Single Serve Desserts

  • Give me a quick and easy dessert when I decide to indulge. I made these single serve desserts last week using the microwave and a few basic pantry staples - they were a hit! Pancake mix + applesauce + chocolate chips + almond milk topped with vanilla ice cream. Oh so good and oh so easy.

Fashion - Puffer Jackets

  • I am all about the puffer coat this winter.  I love mine for keeping me warm during these brutal Cincinnati winters! Most puffer jackets are filled with down, allowing them to be warm without leaving you looking like a marshmellow.  Unfortunately, the one I own and love is sold out, but here are a few alternatives: similar, similar, similar
Find - Maaji Swimwear

  •  I love the thick fabrics and fun patterns. Maaji is a little pricier than other swimwear but all of their suits are reversible, giving you up to 2-4 different looks per suit. Word to the wise - I have found that the bottoms run a little smaller than most, so size up. Need a little winter inspiration to stick to your workout? How about a new swimsuit as a reward. See my top pics here, here, here and here (on sale!) 

Fix - Iced Coffee

  • I'm all about coffee. My newest warm weather fave? Iced coffee with soy milk. The soy adds just the perfect touch of sweetness, without needing to add any additional sugar. That makes it a winner in my book!
Fun - Overdrive
  • Did you know that you can borrow books from your libary and read them on your tablet for free? I have already sped through 3 books on my trip. My library uses the Overdrive App. It's easy peasy - just download the Overdrive app, search for your libary, sign in using your library card number and browse through hundreds of books! If the book you want is checked out by other readers, you can add yourself to the holds list and it will download as soon as it becomes available. It really is the perfect app for bookworms like myself.

What's your Friday fave?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Eggcellent Start to the Day

Slow cookers are one of my favorite kitchen appliances. Have you ever used your slow cooker to make breakfast?  It's life changing. This breakfast casserole was everything that I dreamed it would be and will quickly be making its way into your breakfast rotation.  It reheats beautifully, making it perfect for leftovers during the work week.  Planning breakfast for dinner?  Set this up and let it cook while you're at work.

If my kitchen walls could talk:  Feel free to leave out the bacon to make this a vegetarian option.  Saute onions in a saucepan and throw them in to add warmth and flavor to this dish. Depending on the size of your slow cooker, the potatoes may not all fit. I removed about a half a cup from the top prior to pouring the eggs in the last step. Add salt/pepper based on your personal preference; I used about 1/4 tsp of each.

Overnight Breakfast Casserole,  adapted from According to Elle


2 tbsp olive oil
28 oz shredded potatoes, frozen
6 slices bacon, cooked
1/4 cup green onions, diced
8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
1/2 cup 1% milk
12 eggs

1. Add olive oil to slow cooker. Lightly grease sides of slow cooker. Layer half of potatoes into the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with half of the bacon, green onions and cheddar. Top with remaining potatoes.  Slow cooker will appear very full, eggs will fill in spaces.
2. In a small bowl, beat milk, eggs, salt/pepper.  Pour egg mixture into slow cooker.  Top with remaining bacon, cheese and green onions.
4. Cook overnight on low for 8 hours.

Have you ever made breakfast in the slow cooker? 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

From Drab to Fab: Jeans Edition

Hey there. If you are anything like me, you have a pair of favorite jeans that you just cannot bear to part with... am I right?  They might be falling apart or might just be looking a little worn.  Well, you can breathe new life into that denim and get more miles out of them before you part ways.  Want to know how?  Keep reading.

Distressed denim is everywhere - stores, style blogs, fashion magazines.  I owned quite a few pairs in college and like before, everything old is new again.  Back in those college days, one of my friends taught me a trick for times when those "new" destroyed jeans were not quite destroyed enough.  Today, I am going to share that trick with you. All it takes is patience and caution!

These J Brand skinny jeans were my favorite.  However, they started to develop a hole in the knee.  I have been craving a pair of destroyed denim, so I threw caution to the wind, broke out my tools and got to work.  All you will need for this project is an X-Acto knife, available at any arts and crafts store, and an old pair of denim.

DIY Destroyed Denim


Old denim
X-Acto knife
Chalk (optional)
Cutting board

1. Begin by selecting the area you would like to destroy. Feel free to try the jeans on and mark with chalk as desired. Remove jeans and place on a steady surface.

2. Place something sturdy behind the area that you are destroying, such as a cutting board.  Make a few horizontal slits across the denim in your desired area. Use the tip of the blade to gently pull apart the threads as shown.

3. Next, run the blade vertically across the new destroyed portion to collect the balled up thread.  The threads will begin to ball up along the sides of the fabric, remove them using this method and move on to the next area you wish to destroy. 

3. Repeat until your desired look is achieved.  

Do you like the look of destroyed denim?