House Files

One of my favorite things to do is browse through Zillow and Redfin and look at homes.  I love to see what's on the market...but really, I love to see how others style their homes.  In the past I have shared this adorable little cottage.  So, today I'm bringing you a few pictures of a house that I found recently.  They did a really good job of maximizing space in their kitchen. We have a small home, so I always love to see how other's make it work.

I love that little area in the kitchen - so functional and cute!  The guest room is also so bright and cheerful.  Hope ya'll have a wonderful Tuesday!  I'll be at the bakery today getting some orders out!

If you have a chance, please visit our Martha Stewart American Made Nomination page!  We are in the running to be a finalist, and I would love it if you would share the news!  The more shares, the more likely we are to be a finalist!


Fall Scarf Preview

I love a good scarf.  I love wearing them, knitting them, and styling them.  Today I'm bringing a few of my favorite picks that are out right now.  I am especially loving the black and white striped scarf...would be perfect for October!  Scroll through to see some of my favorites!

P.S.  Who's going to be watching The Bachelorette finale tonight?!?  I know I will!  


Pioneer Woman Iced Coffee

A few weeks ago, our company participated in Taste of Dallas.  We had a booth inside and out and were schlepping warm Cinn-A-Rolls for $1 all weekend.  It was super hot, but we had a fun time with our friends who helped us work the crowd.  I've never heard so many phrases about a Cinn-A-Roll.  They definitely stopped people in their tracks, and supplied a good amount of laughs all weekend.  Here are just a few of my favorites our friends came up with...

..."It will change your life!"
..."What is your heart telling you?"
..."4 Quarters...You can't get anything for 4 quarters anymore..."

And my personal favorite...

..."RoRo says YOLO!"

I'm sharing this story because at the event, McDonald's was handing out free coupons for a small iced coffee.  I am new to the iced coffee bandwagon and decided to use my coupon to give it a try.  To say my life was changed would be a bit dramatic...but also true :)  I had about 3 coupons and used them all within a few days.  Then I kept finding myself crawling back for more.

So, I had pinned The Pioneer Woman's recipe for iced coffee a while back and finally got the guts to make a batch last night.  I halved this recipe and it filled a pitcher about halfway.  I think it should last  about 1-2 weeks if I have a cup a day...but who's counting...

I followed her instructions and let the coffee steep in a large bowl overnight.  Instead of using cheesecloth to strain the coffee (I started out using a coffee filter, and it was taking forever), I used our French Press to filter it.  It was much faster and easier to use this method.  So, if you have a French Press lying around, I recommend using that.

 I filled the glass with Sonic ice, poured coffee to fill about 3/4 of it....then added a few Tbs. of low fat Half and Half.  I added a little Splenda as well.   The Pioneer Woman has lots of great suggestions on how to flavor it, but I wanted to keep mine around 80 calories if possible.  

It's amazing, and I love that it's made for the week!  Are any of you on the iced coffee kick?

Stay cool today friends, It's going to be a hot one!


Weekend + Wishlist

Happy Friday!  So glad it is finally the weekend.  It feels like we have been going non-stop for the last few weeks.  Today, I was able to stay home, and have a relaxing day.  Did some much needed organizing of our kitchen desk, and was able to eliminate the massive piles of mail and junk that had taken over.  I painted my nails a really pretty nude shade, did the dishes, and a little pre-Fall decorating...I know, I'm crazy, but I just set out one little thing, so that's ok, right?

This is my Fall subway art, that I bring out every year.  I will restrain myself from doing anything else until at least the end of August.

I also had some time to catch up on my favorite blogs, and look at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale items and make a little wish list!  Here are some of my favorite choices - the first isn't actually on sale, but I would love a pair of these earrings to wear this Fall and Winter!

I also really love this handbag in the Cognac color!  It's in the junior's section and the price is amazing!

We have been hitting the gym more lately, so these workout capris would be great not only for the gym, but also running errands as well!

There are so many great items on sale, you should definitely check it out!  

I've added a few other items from other stores to my wish list this week...some for now, some for fall!

Hope ya'll have a wonderful weekend - we will be taking it easy, cooking, and just relaxing this weekend.  Can't wait!


Fall Preview & Simple Roast Chicken Recipe

We had the most amazing weekend with beautiful weather!  It was in the high 60's and low 70's on Friday and felt amazing.  We had some rain earlier in the week, which brought in a cold front with it. For July in Texas, it was a pleasant surprise and sweet Fall preview! That called for some hammock time with Lauren and Tucker outside :)

We got a new coffee table recently, and it is round.  I love that its really rustic and the round shape makes it interesting and something different for this area.  I am definitely getting the Fall itch...usually happens every July...so coffee and candles are my perfect morning routine.  I bought about 5 cinnamon roll (fitting huh?!) candles a few months ago at Kroger on sale for .15 cents each.  I've been holding out to light them, and love the way they make our house smell pumpkins and cinnamon.

This weekend, I was grocery shopping and bought a whole chicken.  It is amazing how much more cost effective it is to just roast your own chicken.  For only $6, you can make a pretty delicious dinner that is really quick and easy.  I followed Ina Garten's recipe, found here.  I think the key is basting the raw chicken in melted butter, and I also sprinkled truffle salt all over it, which was pretty amazing.

I served it with rice, broccoli and RoRo's Dinn-A-Rolls.  It was amazing and a great comfort meal on a Sunday night before a busy week.

Hope ya'll had a great weekend!  I'll be trying to blog more especially now that my favorite season is approaching!  


Sweet Summertime

Hello!  Can ya'll believe it is already SUMMER?!?  I have taken quite some time off from blogging, but that hasn't stopped me from reading my daily favorites every morning.  I just have been so busy and have not made the time, but thought I would pop in for a quick update!

Life has been great for us, the business is growing...we just launched our rolls in Whole Foods Stores in the DFW area so that has been so exciting for us!

Also - today is my hubby's 29th birthday!  The girls and I brought him some Cinn-A-Rolls and coffee in bed this morning!

Here are some of his gifts - I got him a sound bar for our living room - you can kind of see it in the background on the bottom shelf of the entertainment center - it has blue tooth so we can play music from our computers and iphones/ipads which is pretty cool...we are big music people so I think it will be nice to have in the house.

In a few weeks we will be headed to New York for a big trade show called the Fancy Food Show.  There are food companies from all over the world - it will be amazing!  I will definitely do a re-cap of how that goes - we have been working on our booth styling and finalizing everything.  I had Allison from Mary & Jack on etsy make some custom chalkboard signs and they turned out so cute!! I plan to use these a lot for shows and in store demos of our products!

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!


Happy Weekend!

Hope ya'll have a fabulous weekend!  Been working in this little shindig...

Will share more pictures next week!  You can find the tutorial for the tissue paper garland here!

Hope ya'll are enjoying lots of college football and eating some yummy food today!