Did I just turn into Hobby Lobby?

So the other day, I’m driving my children somewhere around town. We pass this house, and I see all these orange bags around the trees, and I really didn’t pay too much attention to it other than noticing…
On the way back home, I saw it again. I looked a little more carefully, and I noticed it was Halloween decorations! Y’all! It is the end of August. I was a little surprised…
But then…
I realized not only were they just being Hobby Lobby (You know… Putting out decorations way before the actual holiday), here I am doing the same thing INSIDE of my house! :)
Yesterday, I finally felt good enough <back injury> to clean our hall bathroom closet. It’s this huge closet, so I store a lot of my holiday things in there.
While I was cleaning it out, I kept out my Thanksgiving pillow covers so I could go ahead and put them on. Because you know… 3 months will be here in a jiffy.
Don’t be ridiculous. :):):)
I love Thanksgiving. My thoughts are these people love Halloween. I get it. Holidays are short and we want to enjoy them to the fullest.
Thanksgiving is my favorite for so many reasons. One of the biggest is because we celebrate it at our house. So it used to be just my immediate family. But now it has grown, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my family so much and it brings me Pure Joy to be able to cook for them all while spending time with them.
Yeah, Hobby Lobby. Full effect, Hobby freakin’ Lobby is about to go down in my house.
And I’m not mad at Hobby Lobby, okay?
When y’all get mad and complain that they have Christmas stuff out in March, I’m secretly making little elves jump in my head with excitement because I know I can stock up for months before the season!
You know Christmas comes out in March and it will be 50% off by May, it’s called planning y’all!
Come on now.
I have started with my tablescape as well. While y’all might decorate for Fall… I decorate for the Saints because Fall in this house is all about football.
Fall/Winter is definitely my favorite season. Louisiana MIGHT get a cold front, and something about that cold front just puts all this life into my bones. It makes me happy. It makes me energetic. It makes me a “doer”. I love being a doer. And frankly, it makes me feel downright giggly like a school girl.


What is your favorite Holiday and is there a reason?

Slap Ya Mama

We have a saying down here in Southern Louisiana when something tastes amazing, “This is so good it makes you want to slap ya mama!”

Walker & Sons from Ville Platte, LA created a Cajun brand and called it just that, Slap Ya Mama. 

Their products embody the jazzy flavors we in Louisiana know and love. 

I am proud to announce I will now be working with the Slap Ya Mama Family as a product ambassador to their brand. 

You, my followers, will soon be receiving special offers, giveaways, and of course many awesome recipes making use of Slap Ya Mama seasonings. 

Come on y’all, let’s get spicy!

Food Safe Plates/Bowls

I've talked a little about my dad's woodworking before.  I want to take a minute to show off some of his new work, which is food safe! :) 

 

www.etsy.com/shop/McCroryWoodworking

Lunch

Hey y'all!
Today I have lunch on my mind.  I am really bad at lunches.  I get really burnt out making breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
So what happens then? We usually pick up lunch or go out or we cook and I'm burnt at the end of the day! 
I want to make a list of easy lunches to fix at home.  One of our favorites is my cajun baked chicken tenders.  They are really easy to fix. 
What are some of your favorite lunches? 

Make that dollar stretch...

Hi y’all! Need an idea to make your dollar stretch this week?

Today in the kitchen I am taking this pork loin and making it into 3 meals. Yes, 3!

I paid 6.38 for the entire pork loin. When I make it into 3 meals that will make it $2.13 per meal.

If you’re feeding 4, as I am, that is about .53cents each person.

You can’t beat that for home cooked meals! All you have to do is plan so you can skip that drive-thru.

First meal, Pork Parmesan. I cut 8 chops off of this pork loin.

Second meal, Pulled Pork Sandwiches. I used a larger chunk of meat to make the pulled pork. This will give me enough for 4 of us to make 2 sandwiches if we want.

Third, Fried Rice. I will supplement the chicken in this recipe and use the pork. Just as delicious!

 
The total weight of this Pork Loin is 4.31lbs. 
I used about 2 lbs for the pulled pork, 1 lb for the fried rice and 1 lb for the pork chops. 

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Sliced Pork Chops for Pork Parmesan

Roast for  Pulled Pork

Roast for Pulled Pork

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Cubed up Pork for Fried Rice