Monday, December 29, 2014

8 things 2014 has taught me


With the year coming to an end, I figured it would only be right to have this weeks Some More Monday post be all about some more things 2014 taught me. A little cheesy, I know! …But just go with it!!


Some people are just meant to come into your life for a short period of time

Alright, now I’ve definitely heard this before and shrugged it off as one of those cliche quotes that everyone says in passing. Yeah yeah yeah, gotcha. This year, it proved true for me. Sometimes people come into your life with no intention of staying, but that’s okay. Hey in my case, it was actually for the better. We gave each other what we needed for the time being and then that was it.



If you can’t change something, make the most of it.
For the longest time, I hated Florida. To be honest, I still kind of hate Florida. It’s just not for me. But this year, I finally came to terms with the fact that this is where I am right now. For the time being, my situation is not changing, so I need to get used to it and make the most of it. This realization was probably the best thing to happen.



If you don’t ask, you’ll never get it. But sometimes even when you do ask, you still might not get it.

I feel like this is another thing you hear, well at least the beginning part of this statement. People are always saying, “if you don’t ask you’ll never know! If you don’t try, you’ll never succeed.” But what they fail to say is, asking doesn’t mean you’ll get it. And trying doesn’t mean you’ll succeed. Just because you want something, doesn’t mean it’s yours.


Stop speeding
Paying a $267 ticket is not fun at all. Stop speeding. Wear your seatbelt. Don’t text and drive. It’s not worth it. Plus Florida cops SUCK. Florida drivers SUCK. In 2015, I’m going to invest in a scooter.







Listen to bartenders when they say “don’t drink the hurricane unless you want to black out”
You would think at the age of 24 I would be a pro at this drinking situation. NOPE, it’s pretty much like I’m still in college without a care in the world. Sure it’s great to make friends with bartenders, they give you all the deets on the best happy hours, best music and all around best places to go. However, they’re not kidding when they say “drink the hurricane and you’ll pretty much instantly black out” LISTEN TO THEM.


Not everyone handles situations the same way you would
A lot of 2014 was spent with me just saying “I just don’t get it, I just don’t understand” And that was all because I didn’t quite get why people weren’t reacting to things the way I would. I would look at a situation and assume how things we’re going to play out, and when they didn’t I would be confused. This year I learned that nobody is going to handle things the way I do. This is probably the one thing I will continue to struggle with daily throughout 2015. I mean, WHY CAN’T YOU ALL BE LIKE ME?!






It’s okay that distance changes relationships

I live 1,065 miles away from everyone, my friends my family …EVERYONE. The distance has changed all of my relationships, for both better and worse. I cherish the time I get to spend with the people who are still in my life. I have also realized that sometimes people are friends because it’s convenient. And when it’s not, they don’t want any part of it.


Put your debit card back in the proper place
I lost my debit card more times than I could count this year. Jesus Jessica, just put it back in the right slot of your wallet and all will be right in the world.


Those are just a few things 2014 has taught me. 
Did it teach you anything valuable?


it's been fun,
clancy



Saturday, December 27, 2014

True Life: I Have a Holiday Birthday


So my birthday is December 20th. You know, 5 days before what some may call the biggest holiday of the year. And if it wasn't for my positive outlook on life and overall sunny disposition having a birthday so near to Christmas would forever be on my Shit List. But after 24 years I think my family and I have finally mastered the "separation of celebrations" if you will.

However, those of us celebrating a seasonal b-day will never quite enjoy it the same way the rest of the world will. 

A few things you can count on:

1. If you get a gift card...it will be holiday themed. 
2. Your birthday wrapping paper...will be holiday themed.
3. As your friends and family are out shopping for your gifts...you'll see them because you are also out getting them holiday presents.
4. Don't even think about trying to make dinner reservations. Everyone's back in town. The restaurant is already booked.
5. At least one person will ask if they can just get you one gift. NO YOU MAY NOT! TWO SEPARATE EVENTS. TWO SEPARATE GIFTS. Unless you would like your Christmas gift to also be counted as your birthday gift...in June.



So, shout out to all my holiday birthdays out there! I feel your pain, we should grab a drink and celebrate our days. On separate days. 

'Til Next Time

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Creamy Crockpot Chicken


Are you guys ready for the easiest dinner you'll ever make? I'm serious. Four ingredients. Three steps. 100% delicious!



In college, this was our go-to dinner when friends were coming to the apartment. Now, it's my go-to "crap, forgot it was my night to cook" dinner.

I found this recipe on Pinterest freshman year and never referenced it again after the first time I made it because it's so darn simple!

Here's what you need:



3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 packet Italian dressing mix (Ranch would be good too)

Steps:

1. Put all the ingredients in your crockpot.
2. Give it a quick stir.
3. Turn on the crockpot. (Low for 6-8 hrs, High 4-6 hrs.)


 




              


Add some of your favorite sides and you're good to go! I recommend some yummy cous cous (the food so good you say it twice).




Enjoy!

'Til Next Time

Friday, December 19, 2014

Your boyfriend's flannel looks better on you anyway


TGIF, am I right ladiessss?! Hope you all have amazing things planned for the weekend, whether it’s hanging with your friends or a date with Netflix, I’m not judging!


Let’s get the weekend started with a Flannel Fashion Friday. I feel like cooler weather comes around and everyone is reaching for their favorite flannel! There’s so many different colors and styles to choose from! You can style it so many ways, pair it with pretty much everything in your wardrobe and it just works, ya know? Those are my favorite pieces of my wardrobe to be honest, those that don’t require much work.


Today I’m going to show you two different ways to rock your flannel. One that is very my style, and one a little more out of my comfort zone, sometimes you just have to be adventurous. 








This is pretty much my go to fall/winter look. This is currently my favorite flannel, the typical buffalo plaid style. I’ve actually never owned one like this, honestly I was afraid of it looking a little too lumberjack-ish. I purchased it on a whim and I have to say, I haven’t regretted that decision once. I paired it with another obsession of mine right now, my new slip on shoes. I have seen similar styles all over, Steve Madden and Vans are probably the two most popular styles out there. If you haven’t picked up a pair yet, I highly recommend it. You just can’t go wrong with an outfit like this. At least, I don’t think so! Cozy and comfortable but still stylish. Sounds like everything I look for!

Old Navy shirt | LOFT denim | LOFT shoes
MK watch | MAC lipstick









To transform this flannel to a little more of a party look, just change up a few things. The easiest are shoes and accessories! I added a few sparkly bracelets and earrings, any time I can throw on statement earrings, I’m in. Trade in those slip ons for a less comfortable but still super cute heel. (I wish I could be that girl who can do an 8 hour day in heels, but I’m not, please tell me I’m not alone in that) Add a red lip and you are good to go! Like I mentioned, not a look I would typically go for but whenever you have a piece that has never let you down, it’s a bit easier to try out new things!

Old Navy shirt | LOFT denim | Old Navy shoes
LOFT bracelets | LOFT earrings
 MK watch | MAC lipstick




So, tell me what's your favorite way to style your flannel?
(You know I'm going to opt for the comfy shoes 9/10 times)!

it's been fun,
clancy



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gift giving is hard


Happy Think About it Thursday!! You’ve made it this far in the week, one more day and then you’re FREE! Hope everyone’s holiday shopping is moving along, you’ve only got a week left!! If you need some last minute gift ideas, Porter’s got you covered with Monday’s post.. check it out!




There are several different kinds of gift givers. For example, I like people to tell me exactly what they want. I am the most indecisive person ever when shopping. My mind totally blanks and it feels like I know nothing about the people I'm shopping for. What do you want? What do you like? What do you need? I can spend forever trying to find the perfect gift, stressing out and making myself crazy. I don’t like guessing, point me in a direction of exactly what you want and I’m good. My best friend on the other hand? She’s an awesome gift giver. She loves searching for the perfect thing for each person on her list. She is bursting at the seams waiting for you to open it and make sure you love it, which you always do because she’s great!

Let’s chat about the different kinds, shall we?




First we have the “I listened to you all year and have the most perfect present for you” This person takes careful notes of everything you might have looked twice at while shopping together, thinks about conversations you’ve had and mentioned something that would make your life so much easier, they know exactly what you need in your life. They don’t need a list from you around the holidays, which takes the stress off of you. These people are awesome because they somehow gift you exactly what you didn’t remember you needed. They make you feel like they know you better than you know you, and hey maybe they might! 


Next up we have the “Gift cards are awesome” You know what? You’re right! They know shopping for other people is sometimes stressful. They want to get you the perfect present, but don’t know really how to go about that. Maybe they want to get you clothes but don’t know your size….GIFTCARD! Maybe they can’t remember what Alex&Ani bracelets you have and which ones are on your list….GIFTCARD! Maybe they know the only thing that gets you through the work week is your morning starbs…GIFTCARD! Basically the giftcard giver is saying, pick out your own present, but remember it’s technically from me!


The people that make me laugh the most are the “I”m buying you this because it also benefits me” These are usually your best girl friends because let’s be honest, what’s mine is also yours. They go shopping with every intention of buying you the perfect bag, but somehow also fall in love with it. Getting two is ridiculous, so they get one for you knowing very well they can borrow it any time they want. Same goes for clothes, nail polish, makeup (to an extent, stay sanitary people), shoes …you get it. People who also fall into this category can be family members. For example, last year for Christmas I bought my mom a steamer. Guess where that steamer is now… Yup, you guessed it, in my room. It’s just a win win situation for everyone!


Last on the list are the “Whoops, I totally didn’t remember to get you a present so here’s (insert random thing)” This usually happens when gift giving wasn’t mutually agreed upon. A coworker, a friend you didn’t think you were exchanging gifts with, a family member’s signifiant other, anyone who didn’t make the cut while shipping. The good thing about these people is instead of feeling awkward because they didn’t pick something out specially for that person, they always have something on reserve. They always have a stash of Bath and Body Works candles, random ornaments, picture frames, anything little that they can just break out and work for anyone. These people are awesome because no matter what, they always have something up their sleeve. Sure, maybe you weren’t originally on their list, but they still managed to find something for you!


Of course, gifts aren’t always necessary. It’s super cliche to say, but it’s true it’s better to give than to receive. Around the holidays we all get caught up in finding the perfect present for everyone on our list and getting all our Christmas shopping done in time. At the end of the day, health and happiness of loved ones is what really matters, everything else is just icing on the cake.


What kind of gift giver are you? 
Perfect and prepared? Last minute and laid back? 
Let us know!



it's been fun,
clancy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chocolate Bark, a true crowd pleaser.


Happy Tuesday! Welcome to what’s about to be the easiest Taste it Tuesday you will ever come across. You see, the other two lovely ladies who run this blog with me are fabulous at just about everything they do, including any cooking/baking they attempt. Me …not so much. But I’m here today with a great party side dish that I promise will be a fan favorite!

chocolate bark


With all the holiday parties, work potlucks, friends and family get togethers you’re bound to find yourself in a situation where bringing a dish is necessary. Like I said, I’m not one that can bring Porter’s really awesome pie or super delicious appetizer like Brit’s bruschetta, but I also don’t want to be that girl that goes to Publix and buys something pre made
HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE BARK TO THE RESCUE!



This is super easy and only needs a few ingredients, I made three different kinds, but feel free to tailor it to your liking!



Holiday Bark

What you’ll need:
- white chocolate / milk chocolate / dark chocolate morsels 
- candy canes
- pretzles
- oreos
- peppermint oil
green food coloring


First up: Mint Oreo Bark












Melt your white chocolate morsels in a double boiler, (look at me using that lingo!) …a microwave works just fine too!












Mix in your peppermint oil, I used a 1/2 tablespoon, feel free to use more or less depending on how minty you like it.









I then mixed in about 5 drops of food coloring, this step is obviously optional but definitely makes it look pretty! You can also change the color if your party has a theme! Or make half green / half red. Supppper festive!







Mix your crushed Oreos in, there’s probably 9 cookies in mine, again alter it to your taste!







Spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I also chose to sprinkle a couple more Oreos on the top as well! The more the merrier, don’t they say?

Place in the freezer for at least three hours. You want to make sure this sets before trying to break it apart. 









Next: Pretzels and Peppermint








First, melt your dark/milk chocolate in your double boiler and spread on parchment paper. I would recommend letting this set for a couple minutes before moving on to the next step. (I didn’t and wish I would have, trial and error people!)






Melt white chocolate and separate into three bowls

For this batch, I chose to add in pretzels in one bowl, candy canes in one, and then both in the third bowl.








Spread your white chocolate mixture on top of your first layer. I also sprinkled extra 
peppermint and pretzels on the top. This just adds a little more crunch and texture to the bark.


Place in the freezer and let it set!








Once they have set, take them out and break them up with a butter knife.





Just like that, such an easy dish to bring to a party and nobody even realizes how easy it was! By separating the second one into three bowls, I made three different varieties, who doesn’t like choices! Feel free to add whatever kind of toppings tickle your fancy! Makes it look like you are Betty Crocker herself!! Put them in cute little containers or mason jars. You can even put a serving in a cellophane bag and gift it, great for teachers or coworkers! I promise it will be one snack people can’t stop going back for more.






What’s your go to party dish?
Let me know if you try either of these out, I’d love to see!


(Quick shout out to Starting Point, I miss ya)


it's been fun,
clancy