Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I am lovin' Wednesday!


Linking up over here for WILW!

Happy Wednesday! I love Wednesdays because we are that much closer to the weekend and because Wednesday means I get to see my Bible study girls!

1.
We meet every Wednesday night & this is the book we are doing right now. I have really enjoyed the book & have really loved the fellowship with my girls!

2.
I got crafty yesterday & made this headband. Again, fabric rosettes are SO easy to make. I can't find the exact tutorial I used but this one is along the same lines. Super easy!


3.
My sweet friend, Molly, posted an adorable video of her little girl dancing to Party Rock Anthem & I have had this line in my head all morning.


They make shirts that say this. I totally want one. Every day I'm shuffling.

4.
While browsing Pinterest for healthy recipes, I came across laaloosh.com & I am totally loving all the new WW recipes I found! Even if you aren't doing WW, the recipes are just plain healthy & YUMMY! Check it out for new recipe ideas. If you make anything from there, let me know! I'd love to hear how it turned out.

Monday night I made Chicken with Green Chile Coconut Cream Sauce & it was delicious!


I served it with brown rice & this whole meal was only 6 points. Yummy & filling!

5.
I am really loving this link that Carol shared from one of her friends. If you have a moment, read it. Such a great message & something I was thankful of being reminded of!

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall Wreath! {How To}

Happy Monday!

We had a great weekend here at Casa de Lacy. Unfortunately, it went by in the blink of eye.

Friday night, my handsome hubby took me to see The Help. Yay! I loved the movie. There were definite differences between the book & movie but I still loved it. I want to see it again!


Our friends, the Zak's, meet us at the theater & I was so happy to get to hang with this girl! I love that girl mucho.


It is going to be a beautiful 115 degrees here today & I, for one, am just pleased as punch about that.

Um, not.

But let's pretend we are in Egypt & take a trip down DENIAL.

Instead if hating the heat, I will daydream of cool, fall days and pumpkin scented candles and FALL WREATHS! Yay!

(anyone buying that? no? ok.)

I wanted to get my craft on this weekend so the kiddos & I hit up Hobby Lobby while Jason went to the Men's Breakfast at the church.

I was inspired by the wreath I posted here & knew I wanted something along the lines of that.

Here is what I came up with - ta da!


Here are the goodies I used to make it.
Wreath - 3 dollars (Originally $6 but HL was having 50% off sale)
Felt - Hob Lob sells them 4 for a $1 (I got 2 of each color - orange, yellow, green, & brown)
Total - 5 bucks & some change!


I got all set up with my cute girl, Addy Lee, and


our sweet friend, Ree.
(Anybody watch her new show? Loved it! Those potatoes - Lord, have mercy!)


Making felt flowers is EASY. I am not sure why I was under the impression it was difficult but it's not - super easy! I followed this tutorial here.

I used my iPhone for all this pictures & I promise I won't do that again.

I traced a little bowl for my circle.



Once I got a few done, I started placing the flowers to see what different looks I liked.


Once I got the placement right, I glued them down! I added little green "leaves" for a little something extra.



Now that I have placed this wreath on my door, I am hoping Mother Nature gets the hint & delvers fall weather ASAP.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Pinnable Me - Falling for Fall!

I know I am not alone in my longing for Fall. I am OVER the heat & ready for cooler temps so I dedicate my first edition of Pinnable Me to my favorite time of year, FALL!

How fun is this wreath? Love the gold flowers on the wood wreath. Totally going to make this!
























Love this idea - cover candles in modge podge & then roll in epsom salt. Pretty, right?












Aren't these cute? They are just 2x4's!




I instantly fell in love with these jars as soon as I saw them. They are made with modge podge & food coloring.


I had everything I needed to make them so I tried my hand at orange ones. I love how they turned out!

I am going to turn them into these. How sweet are these for Fall?


And just because I love food so much, I wanted to add these. Yum!




Ooh, I can NOT wait for Fall! Please, oh please, hurry UP!

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Weight Watcher Wednesday! Crock Pot Sweet Potato Soup


Hello! Anyone out there still doing WW? The thing I love about WW is that you can easily jump back on if you slip off. This summer I was on & off but since I got back from Vegas, I have been ON! Yay.

Since it is a cool, crisp 116 here in the ol' AZ this week, I thought I'd make a yummy soup to warm us up! (Anyone else ready for fall? I can not wait. The surface of the sun is getting to be a bit much for me.)

Anywho, I like cooking in the Crock Pot because a.) its easy & b.) its easy. Tuesday nights are our Small Group night so we need a easy meal that didn't come home in a paper bag. Enter one of my favorite soups!

Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup




3/4 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 medium sweet potato(es), peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 large onion(s), chopped

29 oz canned diced tomatoes, salsa-style with chiles, undrained (I usually use Rotel)

14 1/2 oz fat-free chicken broth
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Durkee ground cumin, or other brand

1 1/2 cup(s) frozen corn kernels, not thawed (I used a can of corn- not frozen)

Don't the ingredients look so pretty lined up?
This is all the crap I moved out of the way to make it look nice. Do not be fooled.


I put all the liquid ingredients into the crock pot while the chicken was defrosting. I chopped up the onion & sweet potatoes (which were white on the inside & totally freaked me out. The nice people on Twitter assured me that sweet potatoes can be white. I usually use the orange kind though!)

Once the chicken was thawed, I cut it up & added it to the pot. I cooked it on high for 6ish hours.


About a 1/2 hour before we were ready to eat, I added the drained can of corn.

A serving is 1 & 1/4 c = 7 WW points

Easy peasy meal that is super filling.

Happy Wednesday!

You can see past WWW & the recipes by clicking here!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Down East Basics

My sweet blog friend Destiny (who has an adorable home design blog - check her out!) asked me a few weeks ago if I'd like to go to a blogger meet up at DownEast Basics. We would be gifted a $25 giftcard & get to check out the new fall line. I totally jumped at the chance! I asked my sweet friend Rachel (yes, all my friends are sweet) if she'd like to join & she did. Yay!

We had such a great time but I only took the following 2 pictures. What blogger goes to a bloggy meetup & only takes 2 pictures?

This lame-o one.

Lo siento.



I basically wanted everything in the store. They have SO much cute stuff. Their clothes & accessories are so my style. Love, love, love DownEast Basics!

I got this necklace for myself (I just found a tutorial on Pinterest how to make necklaces that look just like it. Yay!) & a couple goodies for Addison with my giftcard. They have a super cute little girls section. I saw lots of outfits I loved for my sweet baby A!


I loved this shirt as well!


Thanks so much DownEast Basics for the fun night!

Friends & Family - take note. My birthday is November 21st & I am requesting gift cards to DEB, mmkay? Ok, yay! Thanks so much!

Just kidding! Kinda.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Randoms.

It's Friday, Friday...gotta get down on Friday...

I sing this song on the top of my lungs every Friday. My kids just love it!

-Wednesday night I hosted Bible study here at Casa de Lacy. I so look forward to Wednesday nights with these girls. They have been such a blessing in my life!



- I made this recipe for dinner last night & holy hannah, it is SO good! It seriously tastes like a burrito bowl at Chipotle. I topped it off with 2 oz of shredded chicken & it was only 6 WW points for my whole bowl! I am about to eat some for left overs & I can't wait. Yum, yum.


- I love Tori Spelling. I love everything about her - I have watched all her shows & read all her books. She just seems like a cool chick. I love that she is a momma but is still chic & glamorous. Tori, call me & we'll do coffee, mmkay?

Anywho...Hollywood Housewife referenced this blog today & when I saw the section on celebrity houses, I, of course, clicked because I am a lover of all things celebrity.

I was so excited to see pictures of T's house (that what her friends call her & we're friends.)

I am obsessed with her bedroom. This is what I want our bedroom to look like in our forever house! Doesn't it look peaceful & serene? I love it.


-Last night, we got another haboob in the great state of AZ. When we went to sleep, our pool had water in it. When we got up this morning, this is what it looked like.


What the hay na na happened? Mr. Lacy will do some inspecting when he gets home. I hope it's not ruined.

- You can get 25 FREE "Mommy Cards" from Minted.com right now - you just pay shipping. I am going to get some for my blog & I really like this design.


-While I was taking pictures of our dinner last night, Jason got Drew out of the bath. I looked looked across the room to see this. Love my hubby & what a good daddy he is!!


Ok, I think that is all the randomness I have in my brain today.

HAPPY FRIDAY!
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blog Swap & Yummy Recipe!

I was part of Meghan's snail mail swap & my sweet partner was Joanna over at Dance and Dream 4 Ever.

She sent me a sweet card, pack of yummy gum, cute bookmarks & flip flop charms!


Thanks so much, Joanna! It was so much fun to get to "meet" you! Thanks for hosting, Meghan!

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I asked some of my Twitter friends that I know are on Weight Watchers as well if they had any yummy new recipes & Jennifer was sweet enough to share this one with me!

Mini Lasagna Cups

WW points (per cup) - 4


12 oz ground turkey
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 jar store bought pasta sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp dried oregano, divided
1 1/2 c part skim ricotta cheese
1 tsp dried basil
24 small square wonton wrappers
1 1/2 c part skim mozzarella cheese

These are the instructions Jennifer had on her blog & I followed along!

Preheat oven to 375
Brown the turkey in a skillet with a pinch of salt and pepper (more or less to suit your taste). When the turkey is cooked through, add garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds.
Add jar of tomato sauce plus 2 tsp of oregano and heat thoroughly. Then, you can remove from heat.

In a separate bowl combine ricotta, basil and remaining oregano. Mix well.

Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with wonton wrappers. Be sure to gently press them into the bottom of each cup.
Using half of the ricotta mixture divide it among the 12 cups, then layer with half of the turkey mixture and sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese.
Place a second wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer and repeat the process by layering the mixtures a second time and topping with mozzarella.

Bake 10-12 minutes.
Allow the cups to cool and remove from pan. This step is important. If you don't allow them to cool
they are more likely to fall apart.

Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, Jennifer! This was a hit at the Lacy house!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What I am lovin' Wednesday!




Happy Wednesday! This week seems like it is going by really fast but really slow at the same time. Weird.

1.
I having been making my own caprese salads almost every day with my lunch. I am obsessed! I have been omitting the EVOO just because I don't feel like I have to have it & the whole salad is only 2 WW points! I have been making it with tomatoes we grabbed on the way home from the cabin. They were from a stand in Camp Verde & holy smokes, they are so good! Nothing beat garden fresh 'maters.


2.
I grabbed this candle at Walmart this morning & it smells so good! I really like the clean, fruity scent.


3.
It's safe to say I am uh-bessed with the smell of Gain laundry detergent. I love, love, love it so much! When I saw that there is a Mr. Clean that smells like Gain, I might have done a little dance on the cleaning supply aisle of Target.

4.
This song is on repeat in my car. The lead singer's voice reminds me on Ben Folds & the words are just amazing! I love my Gungor Pandora station.


5.
And, of course, I am loving this handsome man. He is my rock! When I am having a "moment", he gently pulls me back to reality. I am so thankful that I have him - he is the best!


And I am lovin' my babes. They make my heart happy!


I hope you have a blessed Wednesday! I am off to make a gooey butter cake for bible study tonight!

Wanna share what you're lovin' today? Link up over here!

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