Thursday, March 31, 2011

The nerve...

When I was a little girl, I was OBSESSED with Selena. Well, really I think a mix of JLO playing Selena too. I don't sing, I am not a dancer, I didn't speak Spanish, so I don't really know why said obsession took place but it did. and it was very real. I chalk it up to a couple of reasons 1. being  Selena is from Texas (Corpus Christi to be exact) so there is the Texas pride (duh!) and 2. I'm still, I'm still, Jenny from the block. gotta love JLO.

But seriously, I would watch that movie that it was my job. and bawl my eyes out every. single. time. Picture it. bleach blonde, blue eyed 10 year old girl bawling her eyes out watching Selena. I wonder what my parents thought I was smoking....


Anywho TODAY is the anniversary of her death (R.I.P.) I was reminded this morning, thanks to a friend who knows about my childhood obsession and kindly reminded me on my facebook wall. It is still so sad to me she died at such a young age! She was so talented and SO many people loved her!

Therefore, I'm not sure why today is not a national holiday... but maybe certain people who declare national holiday's aren't aware what TODAY is.. cmon people, respect!

Thank you to Selena and JLO for hours and hours of joy for my childhood!

Always follow your dreams people!
(and be careful who you hire as your manager)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

cheese louise.

I am fully aware how corny the post title is and frankly, I don't give a you know what. I LOVE cheese. Wedge salad with bleu cheese crumbles. I dream of them. not even kidding. so when I saw this post on A Cup of Jo I had to share!

Joanna met with as she says "Murray's head cheesemonger Sydney Willcox to discover her tried-and-true tips [on creating the perfect cheese plate]". Enjoy!

Overall pointers for putting together a cheese plate:

* When you invite friends over, buy one ounce per person per cheese; and stick to five to six cheeses total.

* Choose a fun variety of cheeses: different textures, countries, and all three milk types (goat, sheep, cow).

* Serve all the cheeses on one big board. You want your guests to start with the mildest and work up to the strongest, so place the cheeses in "clock order"--12 o'clock being the mildest and 11 o'clock being the strongest.

* Take the cheese out of the fridge at least an hour before serving. Cheese should be eaten at room temperature, when it's at its full flavor and texture.

* Put out a few different knives. Goat and blue cheeses crumble if you use a regular knife, so cheese wires are the best thing to use--if you don't have one, you can use dental floss! Softer cheeses work best with a butter knife. Harder cheeses, like parmesan, are good with a triangle-shaped knife. Cut circular cheeses in wedges, like a pizza. (GREAT tip!!)

* If you have leftovers, don't store the cheese in Saran Wrap, which will make the cheese sweat and leave a plastic-y taste. Cheese is living and needs to breathe, so wrap it in parchment or wax paper, and keep it in the most humid part of the fridge (usually the vegetable drawer).

She also gives you the 6 cheeses for a perfect cheese plate! (see her blog for details on the differences)
Have any of you tried any of these, I have not but am very intrigued and will definitely be trying these out soon!

Also make sure to pair with dried cherries, walnuts, fresh grapes, crackers and French bread.

Right now I am loving cheese on salads - my favorite of all time like I said, the wedge with extra bleu cheese crumbles, tomatoes, bacon bits, and salt & pepper. Fleming's has one that is to. die. for. {funny thing, I used to HATE bleu cheese...I guess I am just evolving so much ;)}

Another salad that I love and am munching on quite a bit lately (b/c it is so easy to mix up real quick and take to work) is...
mixed greens, FETA {lots}, cucumbers, tomatoes, dried cranberrys, with balsamic vinegar
when you get a bite of the feta with a tomato and cranberry in there it is heavenly!

If you need to get your cheese fix also try that recipe I cooked last week - cheesy chicken roll-ups! FREAKING amazing.


Click HERE for the recipe

Another great little treat that I made for Thanksgiving last year was these brie cranberry puff bites that I found on Bailey's blog

I hadn't had brie before so I was a little hesistant but these were a big hit with my family and really easy to make!

Here's her recipe:

Brie Cranberry Puff Pastry Bites


Cranberry Sauce (I use the ocean spray canned jelly, because Pete prefers it, but homemade is recommended for those with more discerning guests)

Pillbury Puffed Pastry Sheets


Muffin Tins (The smaller muffin size is preferable, but either will do)

  1. Preheat oven to 400° and let the puff pastry dough defrost
  2. Coat muffin tins with non stick spray
  3. The puff pastry sheets will sort of be divided into thirds from how they were folded, cut along those lines so the dough is in 3 long strips, then divide each strip into 3 equal squares.
  4. Fill each well of your muffin tin with a puff pastry square so that they make a little cup. The edges will stick out on the muffin tin unevenly but that is ok
  5. In each puff pastry cup put a dollop of brie (do not overfill, the cheese will make the dough soggy, I would say about 1/3 of the cup should be filled with the brie) and cover with a dollop of cranberry sauce (another 1/3 of the dough cups volume)
  6. Once each muffin well is filled with the brie and cranberry pop into the oven for 15 minutes
  7. Remove and let cool for a minute, it may be a bit tricky to remove the brie cranberry bites, use a knife to loosen the edges and pop them out if necessary.
  8. Voila!

 Really simple and they are a perfect light appetizer and everyone will be uber impressed simply because you made something that has brie in it! sounds so fancy, huh?

Have you had your cheese fix yet??

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Although my jewelry box might not be overflowing with diamonds just yet… totally kidding! my most prized possession is my jewelry collection and I love every piece no matter what they cost, in fact some of my favorites are the cheaper ones found on a whim!

meet my display!

image I love it so much because it is so big, has a spot for everything, and I love that it hangs on my wall. I got this organizer as a Christmas present and when I asked my mom where she found it, to my surprise, she said JC Penny!

When you purchase it, it comes like the photo below


Although, I do love the picture slots, I decided to take that part out and just leave the glass so I could always see my lovely collection!

I have to tell you since displaying my jewelry on my wall like this, getting dressed is more fun, I wear my pieces a lot more, and as I am getting dressed I can either choose what outfit I want to wear based on the jewelry or vice versa!

Another idea I love for jewelry storage is the floor length mirror that opens up to your jewelry. This is for the ones who may want there jewelry at a close distance but maybe not on display at all times


However, these store bought organizers can get a little pricey I know a couple of bloggers who achieved fabulous jewelry organization at a very low cost!

First take a look at this:



I love what Megan at Honey We’re Home not only did with her entire closet but what she did with her jewelry as well


The back of her closet door she has her necklaces hanging on cheap clear peel and stick command hooks


Then she also has a drawer for her rings, earrings, and bracelets. You can find those organizers at target or the container store for a cheap price.



She also keeps some of them on top of her dresser – love those bowls!

I also love what Allison at Smart and Sassy with Sprinkles did with her jewelry! She even included a lot of details about how she accomplished this wonderful organization so you can do it too!


This is in her bathroom.

To the left where the necklaces are hung they are really just hung on the wall and on a laundry drying accordion thing – I love that she put a border around them


To the right are frames that she painted and glued netting to the frame to hold her earrings with hook backs

(visit her blog to see a step by step tutorial!)


She also keeps her rings and her more everyday expensive jewelry on her counter in these glass and crystal dishes


One was found at a flea market and the other for $3 at a consignment show


I love the bracelet holder she has! Her mom found it at a garage sale! I need to find me one of those!


Here is another one of those frames with the netting – this one for her earrings with post backs.

I love her organization system and that she has different ways to store certain items and for a VERY affordable price! And I love that her jewels are displayed throughout her entire bathroom! I bet her husband just loves it! Smile

No matter how you decide to display your jewelry there are plenty of easy and really budget friendly ways to do so!

How do you display your jewels??

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I had a dinner party and didn’t know it

Hi loves! Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend. The weather is GORGEOUS here so this post will be quick so I can get my bikini on and get some color back on my skin!

Speaking of bikini's, yesterday was such a nice day as well (I probably shouldn't talk about the nice weather because I DO NOT want to jinx it..) so I went to one of my favooorite places (Target) and picked up this cute little thing.


$30. can’t beat that.


eeek I LOVE it!

And I got my nails did.


this is usually the color I sport all Spring & Summer!

But as for the dinner party I didn’t know I had… Thursdays as you know from here and here have been adopted as family night where the boyfriend and I cook dinner, enjoy some wine and watch Jersey Shore. Sometimes it is just the two of us and sometimes we invite friends over. Well this past Thursday I saw a recipe on Dusty’s blog that I wanted to try. I invited a friend over who brought her boyfriend then one of Brad’s friends came over and brought a friend so before I knew it…. I was cooking for 6!

Dusty’s picture:


My version:


Needless to say the cheesy chicken roll-ups were a HUGE hit. I don’t consider myself an awesome cook or anything, I just started cooking a year ago and still only attempt fairly easy recipes but everyone’s reaction when eating the meal I made was so awesome and the very reason why I love to cook. Seriously, the guys were going back to the kitchen to eat the scraps, they gave me high-fives and fist pumps, the whole nine. freakin’ awesome.

At the end of the meal my friend Jessica said “Jenny, you had your first dinner party!!”

Well hot damn, I did, didn’t I??

Here’s her recipe:

Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups
4 chicken breasts (pounded to 1/4")
4 slices thin ham
crumbled feta cheese
1/3 c. milk
1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs
10 T. garlic and herb (or veggie) cream cheese
1/2 c. light cream or half-n-half

Preheat oven to 350.  Place 1 ham slice on each piece of pounded chicken, top with feta cheese.  Roll chicken to enclose filling.  Fold ends under and secure with toothpicks.  Dip chicken rolls into milk, then breadcrumbs to coat.  Place rolls seam side down on greased baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Bring cream to simmer in saucepan over medium heat.  Add cream cheese; blend well.  Pour sauce over cooked chicken rolls. 

Warning: This recipe may cause extreme excitability among every person in the room. You will be hugged. You will be high-fived. You may even be fist pumped. You will be asked if there are leftovers, so be prepared. Extreme side effects include kissing, picking you up and swinging you around the room. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

so seriously.. if you want to feel like a freakin ROCK STAR for a night, cook these.. this recipe is definitely going to be at the top of my list!

Thanks, Dusty for helping me impress the HECK outta my boyfriend and his friends.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Put a skirt on it

Every since moving back in with my old roomies Lori, John & Brian (aka Mom, Dad & Brother) I have been filled with dilemma on how to decorate and arrange my bedroom because it is one of the only places that is JUST for me. I have the decor part down.. I love what I have done with my room *a post about my bargain finds will be up soon!* But my biggest dilemma has been my desk area! I kills me that I have to keep my desk in my bedroom but I am in college and need a place for my books/laptop etc..

I want a space that is pretty and doesn't look like a cluttered school desk but I need lots of storage! so my question has been how can I incorporate an efficient, but pretty desk area in my bedroom!?

Some of my thoughts have been to get rid of the desk entirely and perhaps just get a bookshelf to store all my things or to just suck it up and fulfill my desks simple dream of being a desk... a

I have come to the conclusion I just need to suck it up and allow my desk to live its purpose but it HAS to be pretty so I am leaning towards something like this...

genius! I could skirt my desk and keep storage hidden away underneath


Leaving the top looking clean!


Consolefinal1 little green notebook

Capture copy

I think this is the best solution for a glamorous desk area (as glamorous as a desk can be!) until I can have a real office of my own! As a matter of fact this would be a great solution to hide anything you don't want out in the open!

so what do you think?
Where is your desk and what are some ways you keep it organized and clutter free!?
and do you have anything skirted in your home??

Monday, March 21, 2011

Obsession: Stella & Dot

About a year ago I went to a jewelry party (a woman's excuse to drink, socialize, and spend money) and fell in love with the jewelry the hostess was showcasing. It was a brand called Stella & Dot. If you have never seen their stuff... be prepared to DIE. then go broke. or vice versa.

I have a few of their pieces but here are some other um …items that I have been loving for so long and wouldn't mind receiving for my birthday that is coming up in less than a month... just sayin’….



love these necklaces. so dainty and pretty!


Rio Coin bracelet – love, love, love!!




one day I WILL have this.


I had a pair of earrings like this and lost one – would love to have these!


Stackable deco rings. LOVE!

RUN over to Megan’s blog where she is GIVING AWAY one of these gorgeous items




The winner will be chosen this Saturday so hurry over and enter!

PS: I stopped entering blog giveaways because I NEVER win anything but I love Stella & Dot jewelry so much I entered Megan’s giveaway in every form that I could. so If you win I’ll hunt you down and take the jewelry from your bare hands uhhh…Good luck, friends!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Let’s get a little hairy

Good morning loves! Hope you all had a great St. Patty’s!

Day 17 of Cait’s blog challenge is to post a picture of your biggest insecurity


Mine used to be my hair! As a kid, I could not appreciate the thickness, frizzy, and curly characteristics of my hair. I would always tie it back into a bun because I just wished I would wake up one day and have thin, straight hair! The grass is always greener, right?

People would always tease me about why I never wore my hair down and then when I would they would tease me for how thick and curly it was!


Finally when I discovered the wonderful world that is hair products I began to play and learn how to tame my hair. I finally started to appreciate and love my hair for what it was. God blessed me with thick, curly, crazy, beautiful hair that had endless possibilities and hairstyles!

Now I really do love my hair and find it so funny that I used to hide it instead of embrace it, but I guess that is all in growing up!




Some products I have found that I love using to tame my mane are…


The entire Frizz-Ease collection is amazing for this girl living in The humidity city!


Aveda damage remedy. You use it in the shower after you condition you hair. Amazing.


TRESemme Heat Tamer Protective Spray

Spray it on your hair before you blow dry and flat iron. I love this product!


Infusion Keratin Complex

This stuff is my life! It is like vitamins for your hair. You put it in right after the shower and my hair feels so much healthier after using this product!

And last but certainly not least.. my handy dandy…


One of the best inventions. ever.

I am sad my Spring Break is already coming to an end but I am going to the Rocket’s game tonight (WOOHOO!) and have a bachelorette party Saturday night! Not a bad way to end my Spring Break!

Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!!

PS: Run, don’t walk to your computer because Forever 21 is donating 100% of what you spend online TODAY to the relief efforts in Japan. If that doesn’t squash any buyers remorse you may have, I don’t know what will!