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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Today I'm loving....

Pretty cushions.  As they call them in Australia.....





I want them all.

Happy Sunday xoxo

Thursday, March 15, 2012

HAWT DAWGS

Y'all. Y'ALL. This next recipe is going to sound {real} weird & strange, but trust me it will change the way you cook hot dogs.  I got it off Pinterest, and it's definitely worthy of a re-pin and definitely a must try-- esp for the men in your life.  Who doesn't love beer and a good dawg?! Am I right?  Here we gooooo.

You'll need:
  • 8 hot dogs (i used to turkey to make it "healthier")
  • 8 hot dog buns (i used wheat!!)
  • mayo
  • mustard
  • chili with beans- any size can (the more the merrier)
  • shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 450.  Take a casserole dish and line it with foil.  Spray some pam up on it.  Get your hot dog buns out and lather them with mayo.  I know it sounds weird, but it bakes into the bread and tastes real yum.  Put some mustard on there if that's your thing.  Then put the hot dog franks in there.  Lay them all in the pan-- squish 'em together if you have to.  After all that's said and done,  layer the cold chili on there.  Use the whole can.  Even if you have some left over, find a place for it.  Then sprinkle lots and lots of shredded cheese covering all the hot dogs!!! If you must, add onions as well. Or relish. I didn't do either.

Mine looked like theeees:

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Cover the dish with foil & bake for 45 minutes at 450 degrees.  I did 45 mins like the recipe said and ours could actually have stayed another 5 minutes and prob been even better. Up to you. 

And here's the after:


SOOOOO GOOOOOOD.

Scoop outta there. Drink a beer. Enjoy.

Next time, I'll update you on my adventures to HomeGoods!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Never gonna give you up....

Click me....

You've been RickRolllllll'd!!!!! If you know what that is you are prob laughing....if not, then you probably think I am the weirdest person on the planet.  That's ok though.

The point is that when you want something don't give up. In this case it applies to pillow shams. YEAH, PILLOW SHAMS.  Per my previous post, we found the duvet over the weekend.  But the standard shams were sold out in the store AND online-- where it says "no longer available." Not a good sign peeps. So.... first I thought, alrighty then, maybe a monogrammed sham or navy plain sham thang.  But the blue is really hard to copy and the monogram might prove too busy for the duvet + capri pillow- which is mandatory btw.  That's when I decided I was going to get my hands dirty and do some investigatin'

So I call up West Elm Austin and am all like hurrlurr you got these shams? And he was all like hold up woman.  I kid, I kid. I actually got this super super nice guy named Roy to help me.  He spent TWENTY minutes trying to track down these shams for me.  That's gooood retail right there.  After looking foreva-eva he said unfortunately they can't find them anywhere.

Then I call up West Elm customer service-- bad idea.  I talk to this lady who obviously didn't want to be helping me and when I told her my mission, 5 seconds later said-- yeah we don't make those any more. Every single store in the US & Canada is sold out and there is no hope of finding them except for eBay.  REWD.  Now, after this I admit I was almost defeated. I mean if the HOME OFFICE says they don't exist, they don't exist right?

Wrong.  The phone rings THIRTY minutes later and guess who it be? ROY!!!!  He said he's been trying to track down the shams on their system in hopes that someone has it in the back or in their storage warehouse thingy.  And low and behold some stores did!!!!!!!!!!! 1 sham in Santa Monica & 1 in Scottsdale Arizona. I screamed.  He screamed. It was a joyous moment.  As I'm typing this, I'm thinking this is a really long story for two measly shams but I've had like the best day ever and a glass of wine and I'm on a roll. So I shall continue.

I call Santa Monica and get a he-who-must-not-be-named not so nice employee who barely gives me the time of day. "Ma'am it's not in the system so that means we are sold out." Me: "I KNOW YOU HAVE IT." Him: "Ma'am we don't, sorry.""

Are you kidding me? You can't even LOOK in your bedding section or call the back to see if it might be available?!?! Karma.  Then I call Scottsdale.  Get another nice, helpful person named Molly who searched for another 20 minutes and......she found my prize possession hidden at the bottom of a box in the back!!! I love Molly.  I screamed. She screamed. It was a joyous moment.  Then I proceeded to tell her how much more helpful and nice she was compared to the man in Santa Monica.  Ooooo Molly didn't like that. She called the MANAGER there, told them the story, and guess what--- THEY HAD THE SHAM. THEY PUT IT ON HOLD. THEY WERE WAITING FOR MY PHONE CALL.  On top of it the shams were $9, and they didn't even charge me shipping b/c of the whole fiasco!!!!! I can only hope he-who-must-not-be-named felt the burn.

Bottom line is don't ever give up when you want something because it is out there and just takes nice people and dedication to get it!!

My shams get here Friday & I shall love them forever and ever amen.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Our beach retreat....

We can all dream right? Well I've decided to turn our master bedroom at Miss BB into a beach-ish retreat.  Somewhere that we can relax, our dogs can hang out, and most of all somewhere we feel most comfy.  I also wanted somewhere that didn't feel too feminine.  A fun mix of color that my hubby would love too.  Then I stumbled upon this.......

by Jamie Meares- my favorite {obviously}!!
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.....was basically my reaction in a nutshell.  You know when you see a picture on Pinterest or a blog or anywhere really and it just "clicks" with you.  And you just know it meshes with yo' style?  That's what happened here.  Brett loves it MINUS the bug pillur. Which, the more I look at it does actually look like a roach. I despise roaches. I WOULD RATHER FLY THAN BE CONFRONTED WITH A ROACH.  Ok, maybe not. But I loathe them.


Sorry for the sidetrack.....Anywho.....I was on g-chat with Jordan (aka Queen Jord. aka you NEED to check out her blog. NEED TO) when I saw this picture on a blog (which she had coincidentally commented on by the way #soulmateeees).  And she quickly informed me that the duvet was from West Elm.  I was so happy/excited/ecstatic! Then I saw it was "no longer available" online and I was ----> :(.  Then Brett took me to West Elm in Houston for our coffee table and GUESS WHO I FOUND!!!!!!!!!!! It was fate, really. Yup, I found her-- greek key and all just for us to have.  And she was $49 down from $129.  Again, #extremecouponer.

I haven't fully figured out the room yet, but I will reveal my initial thoughts to my lovely readers.

We got this rug from IKEA:

I shall call her "Jute."

I really want this from J. Adler:

As the throw pillur...maybe in front of some navy-ish monogrammed shams.  Mmmmm.  And you can see the pillow even has some Kelly Green in it.  Which I am thinking for lamps or nightstands!!!!! Instead of the green headboard in the pic, I want a clean, white-washed, wooden one-- which is actually been a challenge to find. But I will conquer it. Just like the aggro-crag. DO YOU HAVE IT, GUTS.

That is all for today. I can't wait to show y'all more progress on Miss BB soon.  Also, I have started an etsy shop.  It only has one measly item, but check back for more!  http://www.etsy.com/listing/95129447/vintage-gold-elephant  (if you are interested contact me & i will quote you family/friend pricing!)

xoxo

Bawk, bawk.

Dear fried chicken.  I need to know how to make you.  You sure aren't healthy, but you taste so delicious that I don't care.  This is what I told myself before I started on my fried chicken adventure.  I cheated just a little bit though.  I bought the pre-marinated chicken from Central Market.  I figured they could do a much better job at it than me so why not.  And I was right!!!  The first one I tried was "southwestern" and the second "lemon-rosemary herb" Oui. oui.  I saw some fancy chefs on "The Chew" make a fried chicken club sandwhich, so I took their technique for the chicky and used it for my dish.


1. First, put about a cup or two of vegetable oil in a big ole' skillet.  Let it heat up real good {medium-high/high heat}.
2. While it's heating, put some flour (again a cup or two) in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, put some buttermilk.  I got the smallest jug they had at HEB for like $.89
3. Dip the pre-marinated chick in the buttermilk. Then the flour- make sure it gets all up in there and all over it.  Then, dip the chick back in the buttermilk and back in the flour. DOUBLE DIP!
4. Once coated, plop it in the skillet. Make sure you let it cook for like 5 minutes on one side before flipping or else the crust will rip off- yes this happened to me :(
5. There is no "exact" time for cooking, which usually scares me and discourages me from recipes.  But, I promise this one is easy! Just keep your eye on the chick.  I would say 5 minutes on each side to start. Then keep flipping until it's as crispy as you like! We like ours reeeaaal crispy so it was a nice golden brown color when I was done.


Voila!


As you can see, I served with a side of mac n' cheese.  Nothin' fanc-ay, just Velveeta shells.  And get this, after we were done eating, Brett said it was the best fried chicken he's ever had!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love him.

ALSO, the southwestern marinade was 100 times better than the lemon-rosemary!

Happy Monday :)

xoxo

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Want some pillows?

There are some exciting things happening at Miss BlueBonnet! Ever since I started this blog, one of my favorite things to do is scour the internets for pillows. They really do define a room and make it all come together. I mix and match them in my head. Pick out fun colors. Dream of everything chevron & ikat. 

So.....drum roll please....I decided to start selling fabulous, fun, colorful PILLOWS! YAYYYYYYY. My pillow company is officially called "missbluebonnet." Hopefully, we will get a separate site eventually, but until then they will be sold via this blog--West 26 Bliss. Unlike most, I will sell them with the pillow inserts IN them. None of that "pillow insert not included" business. That's just too much for me. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll unveil the different designs! I'm only going to start with 6 or 8 of them, then increase as time goes along.

If you are interested in pre-ordering some OR having a custom design done, you can e-mail me at west26bliss@gmail.com :) Hope y'all are excited as I am to get started!

xoxo

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

Spring Forward by thesuze featuring a blue shirt

Happy Wednesday peeps! Today, I wanted to share some thangs I have my eye on for spring.  Apparently I have a thing for pink and navy right now, but I'm REAL ok with that.  (And yes, momma I know we just got dishes from our wedding, but Kate Spade + pink + polka dots?? Irresistible.)

iPhone case: J. Adler/ jean shirt: J. Crew/ pink art: Super Rural/ necklace: Bauble Bar/ bar cart: Society Social/  tableware: Kate Spade/ glasses: Kate Spade 

xoxo
 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT!

In a previous post, I mentioned how much I adore Jamie Meares-- interior designer extraordinaire and owner of Furbish Studio.  If you haven't seen her new website, GO NOW.  I can't even begin to describe how much I want each and every thing.

After stalking her and her work on the interwebs...

.....I knew I had to take a chance and e-mail her about an e-design option.  I wanted something fresh, colorful, fun for Miss BlueBonnet's living room.  And I wanted mostly stuff from Furb Studio.  Who better to make it happen than Mrs. Furbish herself?!  I have plenty of fun ideas, but I needed a little direction on colors & patterns. Plus, this opportunity only comes along like NEVER.  After e-mailing me back, first by saying CUTE HOUSE! (made my month), she said she'd be happy to!!!! Queue ecstatic EXCITEMENT!!!  And so the journey began. 

I can't reveal too much, but here is the first thing we got for the room.....

I die for chevron and Brett loved it!! She's pretty much my rug soulmate.

Stay tuned for updates as the room comes together!

xoxo

It's Amoreeeee.

Sidenote: #bestDisneymovieEVER. Well besides, Lion King. And Cinderella (gus-gus).  You get the point.

I would like to formally introduce you to my second recipe, courtesy of Kristen (holla!).  Before we got married, Cindy (my M-I-L) secretly compiled a list of traditional fam recipes.  Then at one of my showers she surprised me with a full COOKBOOK of them! It was so sweet & thoughtful.  I've been dying to try some & now that we are settled I can start practicing.  The first one that caught my eye was "Spaghetti Pie."  Brett don't like onyans, 'shrooms, or most green thangs (per my previous recipe), so this recipe was PERFECT.  And most importantly, it's easy.

1.  Cook 4 ounces of spaghetti. You know da drill. Boil, add in, cook for 7 minutes, drain.  Make sure you squeeze all the water out of them noodles because surprise surprise, I didn't & it made the mixture a lil more watery than I wanted. (note: 4 ounces is about 1/3 of the box. Luckily, I have a man who is good with fractions & hooked a wife up) Then set aside.
2. In a separate skillet, cook 1/2 pound of Italian Sausage until brown.  I got the H-E-B bulk Italian flavored sausage.  After it's all brown, add 1 cup of spaghetti/pasta sauce. I used Prego traditional.  Mostly because it was only $1.87 #extremecouponer.  Let it all simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes.
3. Combine 1/2 cup of mozz cheese, 3/4 cup of sour cream, and 1 egg all in a mixing bowl.  Stir it up.  Mix in drained spaghetti.
4. Put spaghetti mixture in a 9-inch pie pan.  Sprinkle with 1/2 cup more of mozz cheese.  Then spread the sausage/sauce ALL OVER IT.
5. Preheat oven to 375. Cover with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. After it's done you are supposed to sprinkle with some parm.  I accidentally did it before I put the bun in tha oven and...it didn't burn!!!! I would go with the recipe and wait till after.
6. Wait 10 minutes before serving so it can all settle.

And here she be. My first pie.


And a full frontal....
Lori, those pics are just for you.

Until next time.  And as always, thanks for reading! It makes my day when y'all come up to me and tell me you read the blog. Makes it all worth it.

xoxo

Quick summary:
4 ounces spaghetti
1/2 pound bulk italian sausage
1 cup spaghetti/pasta sauce
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup mozz cheese
1 egg
1 cup grated parm cheese