Thursday, September 3, 2015

At Home with Emily: Great Dinner Recipes

I am not a great cook.  I do not deviate from a recipe (extra pinch of spice... no way!),  I feel that Martha Stewart, Julia Childs and the contributing chefs at Southern Living knew what they were doing when they wrote it.  I also don’t like complicated recipes, especially ones which have ingredients that I need to google in the grocery store to even know what they are (please tell me I am not the only one who does this)!  My cooking bible is a 5 Ingredient Cookbook my grandmother bought me in college when she realized I was not blessed with her Italian genes.  And even with my easy to follow recipes and to-the-letter cooking philosophy, I still make a mess most nights in the kitchen.

When I first started cooking for Brandon I would always keep pizza coupons on the fridge.  I would make his plate, ask him what he thought and then ask if I needed to call for pizza back-up!  That sweet man has always been willing to sacrifice his test buds to my attempts at new recipes, and only has asked for the sauce and dough reinforcements once.   

My “skills” in the kitchen have been getting better (slowly but surely) and I really knocked it out of the park last week with recipes I found on Pinterest.  And when I find a recipe I can follow (correctly) and it tastes good I need to shout it from the roof tops!

So if you are looking for some new dinner go-tos try these:
So who’s coming over for dinner?!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Loving Lately: 8 Tote-ally Great Bags for Back-to-School!

A fresh start is the best feeling whether it be a new year, a new job, even just a new day!  When the possibilities ahead are endless and the journey has yet to begin I get the biggest rush! 

This is probably why I was the nerdy kid who was excited for the start of a new school year!  So much to look froward to and I couldn't wait to begin!  Even better than a new school year?  New school supplies; sharp pencils, sharpies with a perfect point and a clean new notebook, the best! 

Adult life doesn't have the same fresh start feeling year after year but I think the new fall season can be a mini fresh start and new bag for work shopping may help me live vicariously through those heading back to school.

So as I do a little eenie-meenie-minnie-mo on which new bag will help me kick off fall, take a lot at some great choices for those lucky ladies heading back to campus!