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Friday, October 24, 2014

what's on my mind this friday

Hey friends and Happy Friday!  I'm really looking forward to the weekend.  I'm planning to finish up the powder room (that has been dragging on forever hasn't it?!), make my girl's Halloween costume (nothing like the last minute), and have a Black List marathon with the hubs Saturday night (we've just started season 1) and.................Sunday's my birthday!   Woohoo!   Let the birthday weekend festivities begin!  

There are lots of random things on my mind today, but I'll try to reign it in for your sake.  ;)

1.  I'm loving the new Oh Joy! for Target line!  I just had to bring this pitcher home with me.   I mean, black + white stripes and gold..........get serious. 

Oh Joy!  for Target pitcher

And don't hate me for buying a Christmas related item before Halloween, but I also couldn't resist this banner.  I'll bet it'll be sold out in no time, so if you want one get it now! 

2.  I'm apparently having a moment with stripes right now because I couldn't resist this striped sweater from Old Navy.  The price was just too good! 

black & white stripes, with red plaid

Unfortunately, our new little puppy, Elsa, snagged it......but I think I can hide the snag. 

3.  It's hard to get mad at something that looks this cute.  

She's pretty excited about Halloween.  :) 

4.  So, I've decided that I'm going to be really on the ball about Christmas cards this year.  My plan is to get our pictures done the first week of November, and to have our cards ordered before Thanksgiving.  I know, I know, I'm being super ambitious!  Thanks to Minted for offering 10% off and free shipping to Our Fifth House readers with code MINTEDFFA2!  They have the most fun collection of cards!  Hopefully the discount code and free shipping keep me motivated!  ;) 

5.  What did you all think of Gone Girl?  Have you seen it?  Did you read the book?   I've read all of Gillian Flynn's books......I'm a big fan of the way her crazy brain works.  I wasn't super thrilled with Rosamund Pike's portrayal of Amy.  Am I alone on that?  I thought the movie overall was good.......but as usual the movie in my mind while reading the book was like 100 million times better.  ;)  That's how it always goes..........except for The Hunger Games - they've nailed those books turned movies.....for me anyway.  And I can. not. wait. for November 21st!!!!!  

Happy Weekend friends!  Make it a good one! ~

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

garlic rosemary sweet potatoes

I can hardly believe October is almost over!   Seriously?!  I see the Christmas decorations in stores, and it just seems crazy that it's already that time of year again.  For me it's a toss up as far what I love the most about the holidays.  I love the decorating, but I also really really love all the yummy food!  That being said, I don't love to spend all day in the kitchen.  I love simple dishes that are deliciously satisfying but don't take too much time prepare.  These roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoes are ridiculously easy to make and I guarantee there will not be any leftovers..........people will be fighting for the last spoonful!  They would be a great Thanksgiving day side dish but would also be wonderful on a Christmas morning breakfast's a versatile dish that could be enjoyed any time of day! 

garlic rosemary sweet potatoes

The really great thing about this sweet potato dish is that you don't have to peel the potatoes!  Woohoo! I really dislike the chore of peeling potatoes.......but if you want to peel yours - have at it.    

- 3 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 5 to 6 cloves of garlic 
- 2 to 3 stems of rosemary
- 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
- salt to taste

Preheat your oven to 350.  Wash, scrub and cube your sweet potatoes.  Chop your garlic and rosemary.  Put your cubed sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and add the chopped garlic and rosemary, then add the melted coconut oil.  

oven roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoes

Mix all together until every sweet potato is covered.  Cover a baking pan with parchment paper and lay your sweet potatoes out evenly.  Salt lightly over the pan.  Pop it in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes.   Serve in a bowl - eat and enjoy

paleo roasted sweet potatoes

I know it's not even Halloween yet, but just for fun - what's your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?  I live for sweet potatoes......and I even love sweet potato pie a little bit more than pumpkin!  Oh my that a sin or what?! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

love is still an action word

I was 21 years old when I walked down the aisle.  

I met Brad when I was 18, started dating him at 19 and was engaged to be married to him at 21................10 months after we got engaged I became Mrs. Phillips and 1 week later I turned 22. 

Taylor Swift's 22 looks nothing like my 22.  ;) 

During our 10 month engagement I was slammed in the face with lots of marital advice and was given a fair share of "you're too young" "are you sure about this?" "how can you know at 21 that this is who you should spend the rest of your life with?" pre-wedding talks.  

I wish I had kept a tally of the number of times someone asked me if I was pregnant.  I wasn't.  But lots of people thought for sure that the only reason a girl my age would get married was if she was expecting a baby.  

Looking back now, I get it in a way........21 is young to get married by today's standards.   I had just graduated from college, and yes, in a lot of ways I was just a baby.  At 21 I hadn't dated too many different guys, and I still had a lot of maturing to do.  

But I wasn't too young to get married.  I've never been more sure of any decision in life I've ever made.  I feel blessed that I met the person I want to spend the rest of my life with at such a young age.  

I remember people saying to me "I hope you don't look back and regret that you missed out on your fun, single girl years."  

Fourteen years later I can honestly say "No, I've never felt like I missed out on a single thing!"  

Not every love story reads like Sex and The City.   

At 21 I knew exactly what love was really all about..........I knew it wasn't all rainbows and butterflies.............I was, after all, a shipwreck survivor, so I knew exactly what I was signing up for.  I was nervous, excited and terrified all at the same time.  

Tears ran down my face as my dad walked me down the aisle.  It was the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one.  I could barely speak my vows over my tears.  I knew exactly what I was saying and what I was vowing to do.  And I didn't say those words out loud in front of God and my family and friends flippantly. 

My definition of love hasn't changed since my senior year of high school when I learned about what love really means from Mr. Sherrod (my high school Bible teacher).  His definition became my definition, and it's not failed me yet.  I still believe that love is a's an action's not a's not a place you can fall in and out's something you choose to do every day.  And whether or not you choose to make that decision at 21 or 31 has no bearing on the success of your marriage.  Only you can know if you're ready to make that decision.

Fourteen years later I'd still rather argue with this guy than make love to anyone else.  He makes life an adventure! 

Cheers to choosing to love each other every day!   

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