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Friday, July 30, 2010

Things I am LOVING post for fall....

For the things I am loving post for fall, all those clothes came from Old Navy. And the bubble bath is philosophy. and the shelves came from that fancy store called TAR-JAY. It is French for CUTE BARGAINS. XOXO
KJ

Let Down Your Hair!

How cute does this new movie look?!
The title is Tangled. Disney's take on Rapunzel.
I have a feeling this might be up there with The Little Mermaid.
Happy Friday!
XOXO-
KJ

Thursday, July 29, 2010

CAKE MIX COOKIES....

CAKE MIX COOKIES:
This is the greatest cookie EVER!!
you need:
Yellow Cake Mix (I like Duncan Hines Classic Yellow)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
M&M's for Baking
Mix all together in your Kitchen-Aid
Once the dough starts to form, add in M&M's
Scoop with a melon scooper onto cookie sheet
I bake for 9.5 minutes on 350 degrees. They look gooey and uncooked, but let them set and they are PERFECT!!!
XOXO-
KJ

I am so READY FOR/INTO/LOVING/EATING....

I LOOOOVE summer, but I am looking forward to fall. Mainly because everything is SO FUN with a three year old! We have great pumpkin patches in Tennessee, and I love going home to Mississippi to the Canton Flea Market, and the State Fair!! ANd who could forget College Football?! The only REAL SPORT :) I kid, I kid. I am also excited about seeing my man
Chris Johnson. I also love decorating for fall, and trick or treating, and the turning of the leaves, and being able to take enjoyable walks when it is 70 degrees outside.
How cute is this pumpkin? I love the Potato head kits and dressing them up. SO CUTE!!

And what about Chuck Bass cheating on me with these girls?! SO ready for the return of Gossip Girl. PLEEEZE Netflix Seasons 1 and 2 if you don't watch this show!! It is SOOOO good!!

Stephen purchased these expandable colanders this week! Love them!
I bought this book shelf for Paisley's room. Mainly to organize stuffed animals, books, and Polly Pockets.



My friend Shannon gave me this set for my birthday! It smells like HEAVEN!!





I can't wait to read this book. She is a GREAT author!!
And now, all my fav clothes for fall for me and the princess...
I love this jacket!

I also love this blazer. This is a VERY versatile piece...leggings. skirts. belted, and especially jeans...
WHat a great shirtdress! SO cute over leggings with some riding boots.
Another great casual jacket....

I LOVE these. From Piperlime...



I think these two sweaterdresses are darling, also. How cute are these with leggings and ballet flats? Perfect for fall causal!

Great tank for layering...

I LOVE these leggings....

And I can't forget the princess...




Purple denim leggings? Oh, yes.

XO

KJ


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A TON OF TUESDAY!

This is just a random post of all the things going thru my crazy head!

-Today I took cupcakes to a few different offices. I went to this place called Muddy's in Memphis. It is located off of Sanderlin for you local folks. These cupcakes were ridiculous. The chocolate on chocolate are called Prozac. How appropriate. I went to the counter and tried to order 4 dozen. They told me the limit was 36. WHAT?! I am in the wrong business. There were probably 15 people behind me ordering, too.




-I am having a hard time giving up all carbs. I do really well with some things, but when it comes to macaroni or garlic bread, mmmmm not-so-much.


-I went to Target this aftenoon and noticed a poster for Lauren Weisberger's new novel. She is SUCH a great writer. I can't wait for this one.

-My cousin's (the cousin who got married in June-you all remember the 5,000 pictures I posted-ha!) father-in-law, Lonnie Bailey, filmed scenes as an extra in "The Help" this week in Greenwood, Mississippi. He played a postal clerk. How fun is that? I love to hear that they cast all the locals. If you haven't red The Help by Kathryn Stockett, you should pick it up. It is a great read.


-I told y'all this post was random. Don't you LOVE Barbara Jean on Reba? She cracks me up! I think this is a really funny show! I also love The Cosby Show and Everybody Loves Raymond. Why aren't sitcoms funny anymore? I love the re-runs. But NOTHING tops my Golden Girls!



-Speaking of TV, I watched The Bachelorette Tell All last night. I am pulling for Chris. He is HAWT and would make a great husband! I also like Roberto. She has two great choices!!! However, I think the proposals are ridiculous. That takes the cheese to a whole new level!



-Another show I LOVE is Jersey Couture! Hilarious! Do the Booty Bop Bop BOP!!!


-How cute is this backpack? I found it at BabyGap ....Paisley is just like her mama. She likes the glitter, too.

-And last, I found this cute dress at JC Pennys. It is perfect for summer.



Love you all and hope you are having a great Tuesday!
Don't forget to sign up for the Elle giveaway.
Just leave me comments to qualify for a year's subscription to Elle!!
XOXO-
KJ






Monday, July 26, 2010

Nap Nanny Recalled!

You girls (and guys) are the greatest.....I had about 12 people call me today to make sure I knew about the Nap Nanny being recalled. The main concern is that the Nap Nanny needs to be kept on the floor. Anyway, search google and you will see the recall.
Love you all and hope you had a fabulous Monday!!
KJ

MAR-A-LAGO TURKEY BURGER

Some of you may have seen this recipe on Oprah awhile back. This is Donald Trump's
Mar-A-Lago resort's recipe. It is the best turkey burger! I love to make it with corn on the cob and baked sweet potato fries! Happy Grilling!!!



PS- I love this sandwich round bread. The whole grain is perfect!! If you are a WW person, it is 1 point for both pieces.

Ingredients:


Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 Granny Smith apples , peeled and diced
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 4 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Tabasco® chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1 lemon , juiced and grated zest
  • 1/2 bunch parsley , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney , pureed
Directions:


Sauté the scallions, celery and apples in the canola oil until tender. Let cool.

Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add sautéed items and the remaining ingredients. Shape into eight 8-ounce burgers. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Season the turkey burgers with salt and pepper. Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked. Let sit for 5 minutes.


When You WIsh Upon A Star...



I am about to embrace on the Disney planning for October. Griffin is going to stay here with his Grammy and Pappy, so it will just be me, Stephen, and the princess. Trying to figure out what resort makes me want to break out in hives. Planning for Disney is very overwhelming. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! We are just going for three nights, so not very long. But still! LOTS and LOTS to decide on!!
Hope you all had a great weekend!!

PS-How cute are these ETSY outfits?!

TOMATO PEACH SALSA

If you can't tell, I LOVE tomatoes and peaches. This one combines my favorites.

This is very easy and a great appetizer.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups seeded and diced tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 2 peeled and diced fresh peaches (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Table salt to taste

Preparation

Stir together diced tomatoes and next 7 ingredients. Season with table salt to taste

GREAT RECIPE FOR GIRLS NIGHT!!!

Heirloom Tomatoes with

Fresh Peaches,

Goat Cheese, and

Pecans

(You can substitute regular balsamic and it is still wonderful!!!)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large fresh peach, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • About 2 lb. sliced heirloom tomatoes
  • 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation

Whisk together balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, brown sugar, olive oil, and salt. Stir in diced peach and chopped fresh basil. Spoon over sliced heirloom tomatoes; top with crumbled goat cheese and chopped toasted pecans. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper to taste.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

JULY GIVEAWAY!!

DISCLAIMER: You get ONE VOTE PER COMMENT UNDER ANY JULY POST!! SO COMMENT AWAY!
My July giveaway is a year subscription to Elle Magazine (the magazine that Olivia Palmero works for on The City.) You get one chance for every comment that you leave!
Good Luck and Happy Reading!!
PS-If you post on your page, you get 5 votes!!
XOXO-
KJ

BROWN PAPER PACKAGES TIED UP WITH STRINGS....

I was gifted REALLY well!!! Lemme share a few of my little ditties....
My friend Lacey F., who owns a GREAT store at The Loft at Henpeck Market in Franklin called Swish, won the Miss Congeniality award! She had plans to attend market this weekend and rescheduled her trip for me. Lacey, I love you! She also gave me this great pink Scout Tote that is an insulated cooler!! SO CUTE!
Stephen gave me MANY gifts (thanks baby..I Love you!) and one of which was this book that I have been eyeing? Have any of you read it?

Lacey filled my cooler with Mad Housewife wine? I think that was a hint?! LOL.

My in-laws gave me this yummy Yankee Candle and room spray and money. Thanks Grammy and Pappy!!


My husband also gave me this SWEET Michael Kors watch that I have been wanting forever!! Thanks Stephen!! MUAH!




My girlfriends gave me a necklace similiar to this one from the Cotton Mill. It is SO CUTE!


I gifted myself with this DARLING bracelet from JC Pennys. My good friend Alexis also gave me a wonderful bracelet that is turquoise and it is sooo cute. Pictures to come..


I won my bag on E-bay. yay!





My girlfriends and my friend Alan all gave me Sephora gift cards!! Thank you all so very much!












And the greatest present of all is this noisemaker from Brookstone!
I LOVE IT!

I heart birthdays!!
XOXO-
KJ










RECIPE: Sweet Grilled Peaches with Blackberry Basil Butter


I LOVE peaches, especially when they are in season!
Happy eating!


Yield: Makes 3/4 cup butter
Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup seedless blackberry preserves
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
Garnish: fresh basil leaves
Preparation
Stir together softened butter, blackberry preserves, and chopped fresh basil until blended. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve with warm grilled peaches, or spread inside hot biscuits filled with thinly sliced pork tenderloin

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

COME ON BARBIE...LET'S GO PARTY...

Monday, I celebrated my 30th Birthday!! Wowzers. I am so old! I am trying to embrace it! HAHA! Anyways, my best girlfriends planned a spectacular soiree in my honor, complete with a Barbie theme.
We started with manis and pedis at the Venetian Nail Salon in Nashville. This is definitely my mothership. HA! We had such a good time getting excited about our upcoming night of festivities! Afterwards, we had a caravan to the downtown Nashville Hilton for a night of FUN!
Here are my besties before all the primping....
Becky and Brooke getting all dolled up. We had about 12 straighteners and a complete MAC store between two suites and 10 girls. HA!

Becky and Brooke



All my smoking HAWT friends. Can you believe all except two of us have 2 children a piece? Who says mommies can't look GOOD?!



Next was on to Virago, a great sushi spot in dowtown off of Division. We had such a great time!
Check out my Barbie cake made out of strawberry cake and cream cheese icing. SO delicious. From Homestyle Bakery.




My friends Amy D, Alexis, and Joshua S. Joshua hooked us up for the night. He owns a great restaurant called The Standard. You should DEFINITELY check it out!







My BFF Amy HH and Brooke.







The Vietnamese Justin Timberlake and some boy who SWORE he was 23. He looks like he is 18. Or maybe I am just getting old. If he saw my strect marks on my stomach, he would have ran the other way! HA!






Late night dancing at MAI
Alexis, Kelly, Amy, and Erin.







We had such a FUN night and I love my sweet girlfriends. They truly are my Nashville family.
Thanks for an unforgettable 30th birthday!!
XOXO-
KJ