Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Steak House Mushrooms in Foil Packet

 I know, I know, when you go to a steak house you're suppose to be focused on the steaks. And I absolutely am - but I am also in love with sides! Especially the mushrooms that come out hot on the mini iron skillets. Since I don't have a mini iron skillet, or want to use a lot of butter, I've created my own SUPER EASY way to cook the steak house mushrooms in a foil packet! 

I use 16 oz of mushrooms - which equals to two small containers. I've used all sorts of mushrooms so use whichever kind you like (or whatever kind are on sale like I do). 

You're not 'suppose' to wash mushrooms, but I give them a little rinse and then lightly dry with a paper towel. 

Once clean, I take a long sheet of foil to create a packet. I pinch up with sides of the foil to make it easier when I seal the entire thing up.

Make sure you pinch it upwards. 

Next - add about 1/4 of a cup of olive oil to coat the mushrooms. I add everything directly to the foil packet because it makes for less cleanup.

Next, add 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire and soy sauce to the mushrooms. 

Next, add one tablespoon of chopped garlic. 

(Yes, this came out of a jar because I was using up things from my fridge and this is what I had on hand. This is a no judgement place.)

Add pepper to the top. 

Next, create your sealed foil pack. Once the foil is tightly pressed from top to bottom I shake around everything inside. 

So make sure you really seal the top and bottom together so you don't slosh everything out. 

I put the mushrooms in a 400 degree oven for about an hour to an hour and a half. 

To me, the longer the better. The mushrooms soak up all the flavor of the juices and take on a whole new life. 

This is the only way I will eat mushrooms. They are so tender, juicy and are a perfect side to your meal. Serve along side of your steak and baked potato, or a pork tenderloin! Perfect to please everyone. They also make for great leftovers!

Steak House Mushrooms in Foil Packet
Prep-time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 1/2 hours 
Serves 2-4

  • 16 ounces of mushrooms (two small containers)
  • 1/3 olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoons chopped garlic 
  • Pepper to taste 
Will need long sheet of foil 


  • Take long sheet of foil and fold in half. On one half, fold the edges up to make a box like. 
  • Add the mushrooms to the foil packet. 
  • Add the Worcestershire, soy sauce, chopped garlic and pepper to the mushrooms. 
  • Fold the foil packet. 
  • Shake it gently for everything to get coated. 
  • Place in a 400 degree oven for 1 - 1 1/2 hours. (The longer the better to me!) 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Spicy White Chicken Chili

It's finally getting cold in Arkansas! I never thought this moment would happen since we were in the 90's last week, but that's the South for you - really unpredictable weather. It's been a cold and rainy weekend so I knew exactly what I wanted to cook Sunday night for dinner... Spicy White Chicken Chili! It's not too spicy, but it does have a little kick.

All of the cast of characters for this mean - it really couldn't be easier. It's also a one pot wonder so there's not a lot of cleanup after either! This can be a really quick meal to pull together if you decide to use a roast chicken like I do.

I chop one whole yellow onion while it makes me cry and I have to be careful not to cut a finger.

I add 2 tablespoons of oil to a round dutch oven.

(I got my dutch oven at Sam's Club for $40 - and I love it. No need to spend a lot of money!)

I add the onion and garlic to the pan to let it brown.

Once the onion is translucent and the garlic is browned, then I add one can of chicken broth and one can of great white northern beans. During this process sometimes I will get out my emulsion blender to blend the beans and onion together. This also thickens the chili.

If you don't want to do this but you still want to thicken the chili then add a little of cornstarch to water and then add it to the chili. I like chili to be on the thicker side.

While the onions are cooking is when I like to pull apart the roasted chicken. I find it helpful to put on some music during this process - I suggest "Beast of Burden" by The Rolling Stones. It gives you just enough grove to get all the chicken meant off.

Once you have your glorious amount of meat (white and dark to me is the right mix) it's time to dump in the pot! Now remember, I've used my emulsion blender on the onion+chicken broth+one can of white beans mixture.

I then add another 2-3 cans of beans depending on how much I want to make. I added 3 can because I wanted to make a really large pot for sharing. Usually I rinse off the beans before I add them to remove the extra sodium.

Then it's time to add the cumin! This just makes it a little smoky - that extra little, "oh, what's that deliciousness that's been added?"


Now to add the spice! Add 8 oz of salsa verde! I find this to be the 'magic ingredient' I also add black pepper to taste, and any salt if needed. Stir all together and let simmer to all combine.

This chili is topping friendly - cheese and tortilla chips are my favorite, along with avocado, but you could also add some sour cream. Don't limit yourself but ENJOY!

Spicy White Chicken Verde Chili

- 3-4 cups of shredded chicken (one rotisserie chicken, no skin)
- 3-4 cans Great White Northern Beans
- 1 Clove Garlic, chopped
- ½ teaspoon of cumin
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 2 cans chicken broth
- 8 oz salsa verde
- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- Heat oil over medium heat
- Add chopped onion and one clove chopped garlic
- Cook until translucent
- Remove onions and garlic from pot into a blender
- Blend onions, garlic and one can of Great White Northern Beans. Blend until pureed.
- Add pureed mixture back into the pot
- Add 2 can of Great White Northern Beans to pot
- Add shredded chicken
- Add one can of chicken broth (wait to see if you might need two depending on how thick you want the chili)
- Add cumin
- Add salsa verde
- Add black pepper to taste
- Let sit & combine
- Top with avocado and tortilla chips and cheese!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Social September Roundup: Where I've Been Lately

After I renewed the vow to myself to blog more often - the month of September happened. SO many things were planned in on month that I put the blog on the way, way, way back burner.

Here's a recap...

The beginning of September I went to Boston for work and with our night off we all went to visit Fenway Park. The Red Sox were playing the Yankees so it was a pretty memorable night for all baseball fans.

(p.s. GO CARDS!)

I also visited the Heifer Farm outside of Boston in Rutland, MA. You can see below that I have a new skill set to add to my resume of knowing how to milk a goat.
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I also found a great stop for fun poses in Boston in the Harbor area.
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After returning back from Boston I had a week home and then headed to LA.
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After a few days in LA it was back to Little Rock then off the NYC for the Global Citizen Festival.
I saw Beyonce play in Central Park - I mean...

While in NYC and still smiling from seeing Beyonce, I ran into Neil Patrick Harris. He is hands down one of the nicest celebs I've ever met.

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After a few days working in NYC it was off to Boston for another quick work trip. This was my first time to take the train from NYC to Boston so I had to do a totally not staged photo.

After a few busy weeks I'm back in Little Rock! Home feels good. Even if it does get me some weird looks.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

My Dramatic Bedroom Makeover

Before we begin, I feel like I need to say that commitment to life-long things has been hard for me. Also, I have completely obsessive tendencies where I need things to be just right and perfect. 

No, this is not a therapy session between my blog and me. It's to help you understand why I had been living in the same non-designed space for the past 5 years. When I graduated college and moved to Atlanta I had all of my college furniture and I was OK with that for the time. When I moved back to Arkansas a few years later I started to upgrade my couch, tv stands, dining table, and small things. The one room that I hadn't touched at all was my bedroom. Besides the king-size bed my mom bought me for Christmas one year, that's the only thing I had really done. 

Needless to say ... this is what my bedroom has looked like lately: 

So. A blog is meant to be what you want it to be and well... my in always honest of what's going on in my life. This was my bedroom. No headboard, two mix-matched nightstands, and two lamps from college. 

A tv stand that most people use for their garage storage. It had a cool look to it when I was 19. Now that I'm 29 I think it's time to mature a bit. 

After living in this space for 5 years I've realized it's time to make an investment in myself. (That's the excuse I always say when I know I'm about to spend some money...) Invest in yourself! 

My budget was $1,000. 
(I had been saving around for about two years and wasn't sure what to do with the money, but knew it was going to be spent on a bedroom set or a Louis Vuitton bag. Maybe later fancy bag.)  

My new bedroom sanctuary! It's such a beautiful space (maybe artless) but I'm so happy! 

Headboard - $150 from Wayfair 
End tables - $300 from 123stores.com 
Lamps - $140 from Target 

This is the new dresser that has made watching TV much more ascetically pleasing. 

Dresser - $400 from Cost Plus Furniture in Little Rock. 

Headboard - $150 
End tables - $300 
Lamps - $140
Dresser - $400

I did everything under budget with $10 to spare. 

To add the cherry to the top, I even made myself a little personal jewelry vanity area! 

I feel like I am living in a completely different space that makes me so happy and grateful. I worked hard to save the money (when I could have spent it on a lot of frivolous things), and worked hard to find things that fit within budget. 

This was a fun project over the past few weeks that had a lot of hiccups but that's what makes it fun. 

Let me know, and I can do more of an detailed post about what I bought. There's still more to be done at some point, but today, I am content. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ipsy: August Glam Bag Review

It's my first Ipsy glam box! My cousin Sarah has subscribed to Ipsy for a few months now and kept sending me photos and talking about what she was getting. After giving up Birchbox a couple of years ago, I was ready to find a new subscription service that would be fun (and not break the bank). 

For $10 a month Ipsy sends you a new glam bag and five items based on your profile of beauty items you're interested in. 

Briogeo Blossom and Bloom 

LOVE trying new hair things - thickening, volumizing, you name it and I like to try it. I've used this twice now and I actually do like it. Most of them I feel make my hair fall flat but I had extra volume in the crown of my head (where I applied the product). It has a nice smell and didn't make my hair tangle like so many volumizers do. 

Will I buy it? Not sure. I'll try out this sample before I purchase. 

Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler Eye/Lip Pencil in Wine
This is a double eye and lip pencil? I'm not sure I could use the same pencil on my eyes that I do my lips. I'm also not sure what a wine pencil would look like on my eyes. I haven't tried this yet but I will ... on my lips of course. 

Will I buy it? I highly doubt it. I will try it once though. 

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted

Bleh. Purple nail polish is really not my thing. It's pretty but there are certain colors that I just don't wear and purple is one of them. 

Will I buy it? No. I will give this one away though. Who wants it?? 

noyah Natural Lipstick

Yeah! One of my new beauty goals is to wear more lipstick so I was happy to see this pretty, neutral color. I actually wore it this morning and thought it was pretty. 

Will I buy it? Possibly! Let's see if I get any compliments on it. 

La Fresh Group Good Night. Night Cream

Plumper looking skin? I'll try it! I think this is something I will save for when I'm traveling and I don't want to tote a lot of creams around. 

Will I buy it? If it plumps my skin I'll take a bath in it. 

This #AugustGlamBag from #Ipsy was fun! I will do it again next month after I change my settings a bit. I perfer to buy my own nail polish so I'll remove that next time. 

If you want to signup check it out here: Ipsy Glam Bag

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How to Organize the KonMari Way (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up)

Nothing in this world makes me feel better than everything being clean, organized and tidy. When you wake up in the morning and have your clothes neatly in your closet, your bathroom accessories all nicely laid out for use and your purse ready for the day, it feels very grown up to me and put together. 

Sadly, that never happens to me. From the moment I wake up it feels very chaotic. Clothes are hanging up, laying in a 'clean' pile, still in the dryer, draped over a chair or just lost. When I get ready my makeup feels scattered, hair products are on the counter or in the closet and I never know where my vitamins are. Though I deeply appreciate organization, I've spent hours organizing on a weekend only for the next week for things to feel completely disrupted again. How many times can I put away tank tops on Sunday and then on Monday they seem like they are missing? 

Ironically, a friend of mine started to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. She kept talking about the book and telling me the ideas it had about how to organize your things. So one weekend when she was out of town, I borrowed the book to read it. Here are some of the main topics that have improved my life. 

1. Organize by Category, Not Location 

This means you pick one category and do it all at one time. Don't do a room by room cleanup, instead do one category at a time. Pull out all of your shoes and put them in one central area then start the process of KonMuri. This way you can look at everything, then find it a place and that's where it will live. 

I decided to do all of my t-shirts. It was such a hassle to find shirts and I was only really a few of them over and over. I had a rotation to the ones I liked and the ones I didn't wear I kept pushing to the back. (You'll see here soon...) 

2. Ask yourself, "Does this spark joy?"

Instead of keeping things because you feel guilty about getting rid of it, focus on keeping things in your life that spark joy. This little question has changed my mindset on why and how I keep things. Why am I keeping things that I genuinely do not wear or like? Is it because I don't want to get rid of it because of how much I paid for it or if someone bought it for me? Why not let the item move on and find a new home with someone that will find happiness from it?

3. Visualize the Space You Want to Live In 

KonMari suggests to visualize the space you want to live in very specifically. Instead of, "I want to live in a clutter free home," say, "I want to live in a space that is elegant in design and brings me peace." 

So let's put this into practice ... 

My old t-shirt system. It was an absolute mess. 

 I dumped ALL of my t-shirts out into a pile. I had two categories ... keep or donate. My suggestion is to go ahead and have a bag or box to toss the donate items into so you won't be tempted to keep them. 

Does this bring me joy? This shirt is an child's large from my senior year of high school. (Over a decade ago...) Yes, it has great memories and I remember wearing it, but why am I keeping it? 


My old ASU shirts from college and after college (I'm a good alum). They were great when I wore them but I haven't worn them in 2-3 years. Either they've faded or they no longer fit. 

They bring me great memories, but no longer joy. 

These are the shirts I did keep. I folded them all so I could easily see them when I opened the drawer. 

When I finish each category I give a big sigh of relief because I feel like a little weight has lifted off my body. I can easily find things and know what I have. 

I'm not done yet with my KonMuri adventure, but I'm on the right path! 

xx, M

Thursday, August 6, 2015

StitchFix Review: August

Hi! So, I'm starting this blog post like my other StitchFix review - not a fashion blogger, not even going to pretend. (BTW, 'posing' for photos is REALLY hard) I enjoyed my June StitchFix box SO much that I was ready to do it again for August. It's still really hot here in Arkansas so I'm not ready to request fall clothes yet, but transition pieces. 

Let's get started in this month's box! 

Emer Printed Straight Leg Paint by Margaret M - $98 
These pants were VERY comfortable - and flattering. I was actually surprised trying these pants on with how much I liked them. 

Serrano Lattice Detail Blouse by 41Hawthorn - $64
I love a good blue top - it's one of my favorite colors to wear. 

Both sent back - but only because I felt like they were too summer and I'm trying to transition into the fall. I did like the pants, but the pattern wasn't really for me. 

Cam Gathered Waist Dress by Donna Morgan - $118
This dress was a ... little... um... tight. 

Sent back. The pattern was too much for me and the dress was a little too snug for work purposes. 

Rebekah Contrast Detail Blazer by Kensie - $ 88
I really like the Kensie brand, and LOVED this jacket. This is nothing I would usually buy for myself but I can't imagine letting this go. 

KEPT! I won't be able to wear it until it gets cooler outside - it's suppose to hit 110 degrees this week, but this fall I will wear it! 

Hilson Pleat Detail Blouse by Papermoon - $48
I loved the color of this shirt - because pink is a great color for blondes! This shirt was a little too wide for me at the bottom. I like something more fitted.

Sent back. Sadly though because I do love the color. Personally I just like more fitted shirts. 

If you want to try a Stitch Fix box for yourself click this link to get started on making your personal profile! You will be charged a $20 styling fee upfront however, if you keep any item [one or more] you will be credited the $20 to the total amount that you're charged. If one top is $40 and you have a $20 styling fee, then you will only owe $20 on the total charge. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I signed up for Stitch Fix and purchased the box myself. I’m sharing my opinions because I think they will help others. If you decide to signup for Stitch Fix after reading this point, please use my referral link: Stitch Fix