Welcome to The Holidays! 

This is, by far, my most favorite time of year. Cooler temperatures, sweaters, bonfires, Thanksgiving..and that doesn’t even get us into December.

Thanksgiving is my holiday. Our entire family comes to our house and we watch the parade, watch football, eat and give thanks. I love decorating, cleaning and cooking for Turkey Day.

 

Rockwell Thanksgiving

 

My goal this season is to share my preparation, lots of pictures and recipes and our traditions with you all. I’ve been working on my prep list and I hope to have it finished up soon.

Are you sharing your Thanksgiving plans or planning? I just love reading about others holidays. It encourages me and keeps me motivated. Please share links to your holiday plans!

❤️Courtney

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What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

10/30 – 11/5

Monday- Pork steaks, brussel sprouts

Tuesday- Tamales (dinner had to be quick, so we could get ready for trick or treat)

Wednesday- Grilled Italian sausage, grilled mixed veggies

Thursday- Steak salads

Friday- homemade pizza, (cauliflower pizza for Hubby and I)

Saturday- Smoked chicken, roasted squash & salad

My menu is coming out a little late this week. I need to do a blog post for my cauliflower pizza crust. It’s so delicious! Low carb is still working well for us. Have you ever done low carb? Or any other special diets that worked for you? I’d love to hear about them! 

Courtney 

Clean With Me: Kitchen

The kitchen really is the heart of any home. We cook and socialize there. School bags are often dumped on the counters along with mail, items from the store and pretty much anything else. Our week has been nonstop and my kitchen is suffering. 

As Wife and Mom, I don’t want my home to be sterile- I want everyone to be able to relax and enjoy coming home.  But when we have a busy week, papers start to accumulate along with dishes and anything else you can imagine. 

Last night, I didn’t get a chance to clean up before I went to bed. It was late, I was tired, so the mess won. But I’m tackling it today. 

Here are my before pictures. Warning- this is real. My kitchen is messy. Please don’t judge me. (;

And after! It feels so good to have it done. 

Please ignore the couple of piles on the counters. The small one closest to the edge is some stuff that I need to return. If I move it to my desk I will forget about it and never return it. 

This pile…


…is it’s own nightmare. This is one of my clutter hotspots. I honestly just went through this pile while I was cleaning. These are my bills that I need to pay. One or two items from the kids schools that need taken care of, and paperwork from Hubbys recent doctors appointments. I need to figure out a system for these things. 

If you have any before/after photos of your home I would love to see them!  It keeps me motivated to keep my own home looking nice. Let me know where I can find your blog in the comment section. Or just say hi! 

Have a great day!

Courtney 

What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?

My menu for this week is more for convenience this time. We have quite a bit going on in the evenings, but I still have to make sure everyone is fed. 

Monday- Grilled flank steak, brussel sprouts

Tuesday- leftovers (Hubby is back to work so I moved leftover day to Tuesday)

Wednesday- scrambled eggs with spinach, bacon, toast for the kids

Thursday- Grilled chicken salads

Friday- Tacos, low carb cheese taco shells for Hubby and me

Saturday- Italian sausage with grilled veggies

Sunday- Family Day. I haven’t planned this far ahead

I hope you’re having a great week! ❤️

Courtney

Get to Know Me

I saw this list of questions on Facebook the other day and thought it might be fun to share on my blog. 

20 Questions

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?  

Coffee.
2. Where was your profile picture taken ? 

A good friend’s wedding.
3. Worst physical pain you’ve ever experienced? 

I guess child birth.
4. Favorite place you’ve been to? 

Our favorite beach on the west coast of Florida.
5. How late did you stay up last night?  

Hahaha, pretty sure I was out by 9. I’m an early to be, early to rise kind of girl. 
6. If you could move some where, where would it be?  

The beach. 
7. Which of your Facebook friends lives the closest to you?  

My sister and my mom. 
8. When was the last time you cried?  

I am very emotional and am brought to tears almost daily.  I think it was last night while watching Modern Family.  
9. Who took your profile picture?

 I think Hubby. 
10. What’s your favorite season?  

Here in Tucson, I guess winter. Super chilly in the morning, and warming up to T-shirt weather by the afternoon. But rarely miserably cold. 
11. If you could have any career what would it be?  

I really enjoy baking and crafting and have always wanted to have an Etsy shop.   
12. What was the last book you have read?   

Currently reading The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. 

13. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?  

My Dad. 
14. Are you a good influence?  

I’m going with yes on this. I’ve always been a good girl. I follow the rules.  I don’t even curse. Lol. 

15. Does pineapple belong on pizza?  

Occasionally. 
16. You have the remote, what channel would you watch?  

Probably Food Network or Hallmark Channel. 
17. Who do you think will play along?

I hope everyone!
19. Favorite sports team? 

 I don’t watch sports. Hubby loves his Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I love to cook for his football parties though. 
20. If you could see any Artist or Band in concert right now who would it be?  

Chris Stapleton. 
I would absolutely love if you all would answer these questions!  Or if you already have an About Me post let me know in the comments. 

Have a fabulous day!

Courtney 

Whats’s Cookin’, Good Lookin’?

Do you remember that song? “Heyyyyy good lookin’, whatcha got cookin’” My dad used to sing that song around the house a lot. I still get it stuck in my head sometimes when I’m cooking. 🙂

Anyway- 

I thought I would share my menu for the week. I like to prepare menus for dinner. It keeps me focused on getting dinner prepared on time. 5:00 isn’t going to roll around and I’ll have no idea what I’m making for dinner.


Monday- Leftovers. Always. 

Tuesday- Grilled pork chops, grilled zucchini.

Wednesday- Smoked tips. Or burnt ends. I can’t remember what Hubby called them. Either way- he’s in charge of dinner this night. Salad on the side. 

Thursday- Grilled chicken, roasted or grilled brussel sprouts. 

Friday- Homemade pizza, cauliflower pizza for Hubby and I. 

Saturday- Smoked pork roast for sandwiches, cole slaw. 

Sunday- Family Dinner Day, also Hubby and my cheat day.  I haven’t planned our meal yet. 

I would love to hear about your menu! Or a link to your blog if that is something you share. 

❤️ Courtney

It’s Fall, Y’all!

Even though it’s 90 degrees here in Tucson. It is not supposed to be this hot in October! The temperature is very mild in the morning and evening. Usually in the 60’s.  And really, since there is no humidity, 90 isn’t awful. But unless I don’t have the a/c on, it’s too warm for this time of year. 

I’ve had my fall decor up for a few weeks now, but I’m finally getting around to sharing it with you.  Keep in mind, our last house was a lot smaller than our new house. The amount of decor that I have is perfect- for my old house. I haven’t had a lot of time to go shopping, so it’s still a work in progress. 

Welcome to my home!

This table is in my entryway. I keep moving things around, and just recently added the tree. I’m working on making a fall-ish garland for it.  It does have some twinkle lights, but they weren’t showing in the pictures. 

And finally, my scarecrow.  He is supposed to hang on a door and jingle when the door opens. But I don’t have an extra hanger.  So here he sits.  He is hanging on the fence post Hubby and I made for our Christmas stockings. I leave it out all year long and decorate seasonally. 

So that’s it. Pretty basic right now. I’ve never had an entryway before. In our other houses you entered right into our living room. I do have other items in there, but they are not fall themed. Maybe I’ll do a house tour one of these days. Hmmm. 

I would love to see everyone’s fall decorations. Share a picture with me! Or a link to your fall decor blog posts.  Any suggestions for me? 

Have a blessed day!