Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekending on Kiawah

Happy Thanksgiving week!  I am so ready for a long weekend with family, but before all the chaos and busyness of the holiday, we had the best weekend out on Kiawah Island.  I had my organization's annual gala on Friday, and that always ends in a relaxing weekend on Kiawah.  We played golf, saw 20+ gators during our round (including a nest of babies!), walked the beach, did some (window) shopping (hello new Lilly styles like this alpaca and this chimp pattern), and, of course, ate a ton of our favorite food at Ryder Cup Bar and Java Java.
And because relaxing is exhausting, we stopped at Waffle House on the way home for some greasy goodness and got home on Sunday and did absolutely nothing all day (except throw this dinner in the crockpot).  I hope everyone enjoys a great short week - linking up with Biana today for Weekending

Friday, November 17, 2017

DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece

I've always loved flower arranging.  When I was younger, my mom taught me how to arrange evergreens for our window boxes, and I would make little pine boxes for teachers and neighbors.  Last year, I made 50+ arrangements for my gala at work, and this year, I decided to take aim at the pumpkin arrangements I've seen all over Pinterest.
We don't decorate a ton for Halloween at our house (here's what we did this year) - we save all our holiday spirit for Christmas - but we do always get a few pumpkins.  And, yeah, I totally jumped on the stacking-pumpkin bandwagon.  I love all the shapes and colors.  We still have them outside for Thanksgiving, but I swiped one for this project.  Trader Joe's has some beautiful flowers right now, so I picked up a few bouquets and decided to make my own Thanksgiving centerpiece.
What you'll need: a pumpkin, an assortment of fall flowers with extra greenery for filler (I used green hypericum and eucalyptus), oasis (wet foam), 2-4 wooden skewers, scissors
Here's how:
1. Cut your oasis to fit on top of the pumpkin, so that it covers all but 2-3 inches around the pumpkin.
2. Stick the skewers into the pumpkin so that they stick out as high as the oasis.
3. Soak the oasis in water and press it onto the skewers.
4. Trim the edges of the oasis into a more rounded shape.
5. Start arranging flowers from the bottom, cutting the stems so they slide all the way into the middle of the oasis. 
6. Alternate different flowers, turning the arrangement constantly, to make sure all of the oasis is covered. 
There you have it!  I can't wait to have all of these beautiful colors on our table for Thanksgiving next week!
Hover over the photo below and click on the light green "P" to pin this DIY!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Crockpot Cheesy Corn Chowder

Comfort food 101 right here!  Whenever I post recipes like this (or sausage gravy), I know the photos aren't the prettiest, but the taste is just so good that I have to share.  We love throwing recipes in the slowcooker on Sunday morning and having them to eat while we watch football in the afternoon.  With Thanksgiving coming up next week, I definitely want to spend as little time in the kitchen this weekend (since it'll be all I'm doing in a few days), so I'm debating between this recipe below (even though I just made it two weeks ago - haha) or this easy taco filling/dip.  When we first made this soup, we ate it on Sunday, and then it lasted for 2-3 dinners during the week, so you know it makes a big batch.
- 1 box (32 oz) low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 can (10.5 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 chicken bullion cube
- 1 block (8 oz) cream cheese
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup fried and chopped bacon
- 1 bag (about 30 oz) frozen, shredded hash browns
- 2 cans (15.25 oz each) corn, drained
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- pepper, to taste
Additional topping ideas: chopped bacon, parsley, sour cream, sriracha, shredded cheddar
1. Combine all ingredients (except topping ideas) in a crockpot and set to low for 3 hours.
2. After one half hour, stir to ensure that all cheeses are melting and everything is combined.
3. After 3 hours, ladle the soup into a bowl and top with your favorites - I love extra sharp cheddar, a little more bacon, and a pinch of parsley.
What's your favorite comfort food?

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