Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday's Style File: Leighton Meester

It's time for Monday's Style File!!  What is Monday's Style File?  It's a place to link-up all of your favorite celebrity styles!

This week, I'm featuring Leighton Meester!

I figured, since I figured her partner-in-crime from Gossip Girl last week {Blake Lively}, I should give her her own shot today!  I love her classic styles, but it always has an ultra fashionista vibe to it!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Head over to my Celebrity Style Board on Pinterest to see all of my celebrity style pins!

Now, grab a button, link-up, and show us your favorite celebrity styles of the week!!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Current Obsessions

Here are just a few things I'm currently obsessing over...


Golden French Toast K-Cups

Source: via Courtney on Pinterest

I love flavored coffees!  This one is seriously the best K-Cup I have ever had!  When you brew it, it smells just like maple syrup and is very light.  I have already gotten half of my office hooked on this coffee!

Unfortunately it is a seasonal flavor, so Tom and I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond this past weekend and bought three more boxes.  I may have pouted a little in the store that he would let me buy only three boxes.  And, sadly, I am not kidding!


Our Fine China

I have loved this china for close to eight years and just knew that it would be my fine wedding china.  I mean, how could you NOT love polka dots?! Luckily, I have a great fiance who let me have final say in what china we chose.  We compromised...I picked out the fine china and he picked out the everyday!


The Giants made it to the Super Bowl!!  The game Sunday night was very nerve-wracking for this family, but we were super excited with the outcome!!  After the game, Tom informed us that we could not change our clothes until the Super Bowl because they were lucky...I seriously hope he was kidding! I'm all for wearing lucky clothes for the game, but they need to be washed!!


I am loving all of the cooking that I have been doing lately!!  On Saturday, I made a big batch of meat sauce and marinara sauce and froze them for future meals; I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies; and then Sunday I cooked Italian Porkchops, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, and steamed asparagus!  I already have requests to make my brisket for the Super Bowl!!


We are going cake tasting this weekend!!  I am soooo excited about this!  The place where we are getting our cake from was featured in this month's Southern Living as one of the best places to get cakes from in the South.  So, we know we are in good hands!!  We are planning on getting a strawberry-filled, buttercream frosted wedding cake...I cannot wait to try it!!

{Dad sent me this picture of the cake from when he and Betsy went to check out the bakery--looks so good!!}


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Our Registry

Oh my goodness, do we have so much work to do on this registry!!  But, I am oh so excited about each and every thing that we have registered for.  I mean, I have loved our fine china pattern for at least 8 years, so I feel very confident that we have registered for some good things!!

Tom and I started registering two weekends ago at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  We were cruising through the registering until it was like we hit a brick wall and completely got overwhelmed by the process!  It's okay though, luckily we still have a few months to get everything done!  {I'm trying to stay positive here, can you tell?!}

Here are a few of my favorite things we have registered for {so far}:

Fine China

Everyday China

Wine Glasses


New Keurig!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Cuisinart Griddler

Crock Pot

What were your favorite things that you registered for ??


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cookin' with Courtney: Crock Pot Chicken Chili


I am not a huge fan of real beef chili, so I was so excited when I tried {and LOVED} this chili recipe!  It has a Southwestern kick to it and is super tasty!  Plus, it is easy to prepare!

Crock Pot Chicken Chili


1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 chicken breasts
1 cup chopped onion
1 can Original Rotel
1 can diced tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream


Combine cumin, salt, and pepper; sprinkle over chicken.

Place chicken in an electric slow cooker; stir in onion, tomatoes, and Rotel.  Cover with lid; cook on high-heat setting for 3 hours.  Stir in beans.  Cover; cook on high-heat setting 1 hour.

Shred chicken breasts and mix.

Serve chili and top with cilantro and sour cream.

**My mom originally found this recipe from Cooking Light via  The original recipe can be found here.  I have changed it from using chicken thighs to chicken breasts and various chilies to using Rotel--just much easier!!**


Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday's Style File: Blake Lively

After a few weeks hiatus, Monday's Style File is back!!  What is Monday's Style File?? It's a place to link-up and show your favorite celebrity styles of the week!

This week, I'm featuring Blake Lively.

To be perfectly honest, there are some outfits that she wears that I am not a fan of.  But, there are a lot of her outfits that I absolutely love!!  She tends to keep {most} of her outfits very classic in style and that is why I love them!  I am very behind on Gossip Girl {I think the last episode I watched was in season 2}, but after seeing all of her styles, I am very excited to start watching again via Netflix!

Here are my favorite outfits of Blake's...

Now, grab a button, link-up, and show us your favorite celebrity styles of the week!!


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