Friday Five: Fall Colors!

Hi friends! Clearly I didn’t post last week; once again I didn’t have five things to tell you about. But, I’m back! I don’t know about where you live, but the sun has been very intense in Texas the last few weeks, and it basically feels like I live on the surface of the sun. Yea…

Anyway, enough about that. Let’s get to my favorite things from the week.

One: Beautiful Lilac Nail Polish

I found this Olive & June nail polish, TT, on clearance at Target, & y’all it is such a pretty lilac color. It is basically white with a pin drop of purple in it.

I’ve had this polish on for a solid 12 days & it is just now starting to chip. I like to challenge myself and see how long I can keep a manicure looking nice. This particular color has probably lasted the longest.

Two: New Recipe

Okay, I have a new side dish you must try! Katie Lee from The Kitchen first made this corn on Instagram, and then made it on an episode of The Kitchen.

This recipe includes fresh corn, basil, toasted sesame seeds, & butter. How can this be bad? Trust me, this is a crowd pleaser!

Three: Nicholas Palmquist

Y’all, I’m a little embarrassed to admit how obsessed I am with Nicholas Palmquist, a dancer & choreographer that I found on Instagram thanks to Erin Moon. Now, I have zero rhythm unless the instructions are explicitly in the song – think the Hokey Pokey, the Macarena, & Cupid Shuffle. HA!

Nicholas Palmquist makes me wish I could dance. I have gone on a deep dive watching his dances on Instagram & YouTube. Hey, what can I say? Jennifer Garner is a fan too! My favorite thing is how he interprets the music – he celebrates the most subtle nuances of the music, which makes each dance for me. Watch the video below & pay close attention to the hands and how they relate to the music, not the words.

Four: Virgin River

My friend Maureen kept telling me to watch this show, & I’m so glad I finally did. If you like Hart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls, or even Men in Trees then you will like Virgin River. The show has a lot of similarities to Hart of Dixie, but is not cutesy at all. The town of Virgin River is place where most of the characters have gone to start over & start a new life. The characters all have a dark past or tragedy they are trying to move on from.

There are 10 episodes in Season 1, & it has been renewed for Season 2. You can watch on Netflix.

Five: Olive & June’s Fall Line

Two Olive & June things this week! They just released their fall colors & I am so excited because two of the colors are inspired by my “Instagram friends” @WhatKateFinds & @_happygocurly_! The mossy green if for Katie, & the toasted coconut color is for Ailsa. The terracotta color is also for @maddy_gutierrez_.

Okay, that’s it for this week. I’ll be dog sitting this weekend & snuggling with 3 cute pups! I hope y’all have fun plans this weekend too. See you back here next Friday!

Kiss Hug,

Friday Five: Important PSA


Hi friends.  This is probably the most important blog post I’ve ever written.  If you don’t read all the way to the end, please at least read my first two favorites below.

One: Kids & Emergencies

Tuesday evening, my friend Jessica called me & told me that her SIL passed away unexpectedly.  Jessica has okayed me making this post, but I don’t feel comfortable going into their personal tragedy.  Through our conversation we realized two glaring facts.

  1. Parents please make sure your children know when, why, & how to dial 911 & know your home address.  If your kids can play apps on your phone, then they need to know how to call for help.
    • The general rule: Dial 911 any time there’s a threat to life or property — such as an accident, a crime, a fire or a medical emergency, says Ty Wooten, education director for the National Emergency Number Association, also known as the 911 Association.
  2. Now that most people no longer have a home phone or land line, please make sure you & anyone who uses your phone knows how to dial 911 from a locked cell phone.
    • I personally have an iPhone 11, with facial recognition & no home button.  If someone other than me picks up my phone, it will prompt them for a passcode.  In the bottom left corner you can click “Emergency” to dial for help. I believe this is similar for all iPhones. 6F396BF7-FE68-4448-97BE-90AD5252FE39_1_201_a
    • Like iPhones, Androids also have an “Emergency Call” button on a locked screen.

Please note that I am not a parent, but I needed to know this for myself.   Making emergency calls was something I never really thought about, but what happened to my friends family has brought this to the forefront of my mind.

If you are so inclined, please pray for my friend & her family.

Two: Code Word

While we’re on the subject of safety, I have seen a few posts recently on the Nextdoor app, for my neighborhood, regarding strange cars driving slowly specifically when children are around.  Obviously this is creepy as hell.

When I was a child, my parents & I had a code word for strangers.  If someone asked me to get in their car or go somewhere with them, I was to ask them for the code word.  If they didn’t know it I was supposed to run to the nearest trusted adult &/or start screaming for help.

This is still a good idea even in today’s times.  My word when I was young was Rumplestiltskin.  Make sure it is not a common word, but one that your kiddos can remember.

Three: Feel Good TV Shows

Okay, so my first two favorites are very serious, but this next one will definitely lighten the mood.  Last weekend I started rewatching The Mindy Project & it has been the delight of my week.  I laugh out loud at each episode.  Mindy Kaling can do no wrong in my book. E1DE68B0-0924-4F20-92DB-0C36ED6557AB_4_5005_c

Like FRIENDS & How I Met Your Mother, there are tons of celebrity guest spots which I had totally forgotten about.  Some of the guests were on this show before they were well known.

Four: Face Masks

I got some fun new face masks this week from Crooked Media.  They are currently sold-out, but you can get on the email list for restock notifications. A6D6ECE0-1377-4A48-B886-5CC562D2D83F

If your not looking to make such a statement, might I suggest supporting my favorite local small business, Sea Marie Designs. 0666A9E8-7DC6-40BC-926B-54E3BB543D95_4_5005_c

Five: Baked Spaghetti & Meatballs

Baking spaghetti is now my favorite way to eat pasta.

I buy frozen meatballs & cook according to package directions.

Meanwhile, get a big pot of water boiling for the pasta.  You can use any pasta you like.  Last night I used a short, fun-shaped pasta that sauce would cling to.

While the meatballs are baking & the water is coming to a boil, sauté an onion & some garlic (to your taste).  Once softened, add jarred marinara sauce, a can of diced tomatoes, & a tablespoon of tomato paste.  I also add Italian seasoning & red pepper flakes.  Let that simmer until the meatballs are done baking.

Cook the pasta & once done add to the sauce & toss together.  Nestle the meatballs into the pasta, cover with mozzarella, & bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.  The cheese creates a nice toasty “crust” on top & the flavors really meld together.  You will not be disappointed.  Side note, if your pots can’t go in the oven transfer to a baking dish.

I hope this particular post was enlightening & feel free to share if you know someone who would benefit from my PSAs.

I hope you all have a lovely Mother’s Day weekend.

Kiss Hug,

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Spicy Butternut Squash Empanadas

So, I briefly tried Blue Apron…ultimately, I decided it was too much food & too much money for one person, especially since I’m not a huge fan of leftovers.  I know, I know – that sounds crazy to most!  I just don’t care to eat the same meal in a week.

However, the one BA recipe that I make time & time again (i’m obsessed!) is their spicy butternut squash empanadas.  I loved them & have adapted the recipe even more.  Y’all, I even gotten Mama J to try them & she’s not open minded in the food department.  empanadas

Okay, so here are the ingredients I use:
Empanada dough – make sure to thaw
I can find it in the freezer section pre-packaged
1 Butternut Squash – finely diced
I have used the pre-chopped & bagged, but the texture is mushier
1 Small onion – finely diced
1 Jalapeno – finely diced
3 Garlic cloves – finely diced
Grated Cheddar or Mexi-blend cheese
Olive Oil
Water – a few tablespoons
Spice Mixture – 1/2 tsp. of paprika, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, & 1 tsp. of salt.
Mix these together in a bowl & set aside.

Pre-heat your oven to 400°.

Over medium high heat, cook your butternut squash for 5-7 minutes.  Add in the onion, jalapeno, & garlic & cook for another few minutes until soft.  Add in spice mixture (use as much or as little as you’d like) & stir until all veggies have a little spice on them.  Drop 2 T. of water into the pan, cover with a lid, & cook for about 2 minutes.

In the meantime, grab a cookie sheet & drizzle some olive oil on it.  Carefully put a few rounds of your thawed empanada dough on the cookie sheet.  Put a scoop of your squash mixture in the center of your dough (about 1 1/2 T.), add a small pinch of cheese on top.  Using your leftover water, dip your finger & run it along the edge of the dough.  Then gently & carefully fold the top of the dough over & crimp the edges together with a fork to ensure they don’t separate during baking.  Keep doing this until you pan is full, or just cook enough for you to eat.  This is a very versatile dish!

Bake at 400° for 15-18 minutes.  Watch these to make sure the edges don’t burn!

Some freezer options:  you can easily freeze the leftover squash mixture & the leftover dough.  I often only bake the amount I’m going to eat & then freeze the rest until I’m craving them again.  If you can’t find empanada dough (they come packaged in individual sheets), you could use frozen biscuits or dinner rolls flattened out to about 4″ across.

Ta Da!!!  Look at these beauties! sbs-empanadas

For the topping/dipping sauce, I just use my favorite tomatillo salsa (Herdez) &/or guacamole.  You could also make your own if you’re feeling extra ambitious.

Let me know what y’all think!  How did they turn out for you?  Do you make other kinds of empanadas?

See y’all tonight for #TheBachelor!!!

Kiss Hug,