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Slice of Life Saturday’s ~ Obsession Central

IMG_1695You guys, I’m addicted to the style and fashion boards on Pinterest; specifically, fall fashion, big, over-sized sweaters, and blazers. I purchased two really chic, really inexpensive blazers this week. Two in one week–I’m out of control! It’s just that they go with everything. I particularly like wearing my blazers with a button-up shirt and vibrant scarf, but you can dress them up, too. I like versatility–more outfits for the price of one.

How cute is that blazer? I found it at my local discount store. It was originally $195. I paid $37.90. Say what? Now, that’s a deal. If only it would cool  down so I can wear it.

I’m also a wee bit obsessed with scarves. Not only do they keep your neck warm, but they make a very lovely (and inexpensive) accessory. I wear a scarf with just about everything during the cooler months. My evil mother and equally evil grandmother convinced me to buy two over the weekend while we were out shopping at Marshall’s, my grandmother’s favorite store.

Mom-mom: “Oooh, Jennie, that color looks so good on you.”

In the cart it went.

Mom: “Try this nice copper scarf.”

Me: “Ah, I dunno about copper. I’m all pastey. I’m not sure I’ll look good in copper.”

On it went anyway.

Mom-mom: “Oh no, you look good in copper, Jennie,” as I’m oohing and ahhing in the mirror.

In went the second scarf.

Mom: “Here, try on this emerald green one,” as she’s handing me the third scarf.

Me: “No more scarves! Unless the two of you are buying, I can’t try on anymore scarves,” I said fighting the urge to wrap myself in that beautiful piece of green cloth.

See, evil!

All the employees know my grandmother by name. As we were perusing the store, the employees greeted my grandmother by name and suggested items that she frequently purchased while giving her the scoop on the items they just marked down and placed on the clearance shelf. When all the employees know your name and life story, you know you’ve been spending too much time at the Marshall’s.IMG_1693

I recently became obsessed with Oikos toasted coconut vanilla Greek yogurt. I found it on sale last week and decided to give it a try. I now have a stock of it in my fridge. It’s so creamy and tastes like perfectly toasted coconut. I never want to run out.

This won’t come as a surprise, but I’ve been pumping out pumpkin desserts like it’s nobody’s business. I’ve been making so many pumpkin desserts that I’ve had to resort to giving my pumpkin baked goods away. I’m even offering complete strangers muffins. I get weird, you’re-creepy looks. It’s not poison, people. It’s delicious pumpkin goodness. Hello!

I found a new nail polish that I LOVE. Creative Nail Designs (CND) recently introduced their new line of weekly polish they named Vinylux. It’s not shellac, which means it doesn’t require a special base coat, top coat, and black light. It’s really easy to apply, and it goes on smooth and dries fast. All you’ll need is a bottle of Vinylux color and Vinylux top coat and you’ll have yourself a manicure that lasts up to 7 full days without chipping.

I spent all day Saturday in my grandmother’s kitchen taking requests. There was a fight over soup. My grandparents wanted ground beef soup. My parents just had ground beef soup and wanted chicken and dumplings. My grandparents just had chicken noodle soup and wanted ground beef soup. I’m standing in the middle of their bickering, waiting for the go ahead to start cooking. The outcome? I ended up making ground beef soup for my grandparents and homemade pizza and Greek salad for my parents. Everyone was happy, and Jennie had to work twice as hard in the kitchen. Oh, and I made homemade bread, a cheese platter, and apple dumplings, and that doesn’t include the granola and banana bread I made the night before I travelled to my granparents. I was pooped by the end of the day. Everyone was fat and happy. Life was good. We had more food than we could consume.

IMG_1707I was gifted a very pretty hand-spun casserole dish for my hard work. I think my grandmother took pity in me and bought me something for my efforts. Winning!

I just received an email from Lindsay of Purr Design informing me that I’m off the design wait list and my start date for my blog design is in early November. I can’t tell you how excited I am. Okay, I’m really, very excited. I have heard nothing but good things about Lindsay.

The count down officially begins for my Eat-My-Way-Through Charleston, South Carolina vacation. Seriously, I’m going to devour everything. It’s going to be a foodie vacation dream come true. You can follow my food adventures via instagram. T-minus 7 days!

Look what I made:

Apple Dumplings from Brown Eyed Baker: I made this recipe per my grandmother’s request. She had a fierce craving for apple dumplings, and this recipe did not disappoint. The pie crust was flaky and buttery, the apples were sweet and tender, and the sauce was gooey and tasted like buttery caramel perfection. This recipe is sinfully delicious.IMG_1710

Ba Ba Ba Banana Bread from i talk to food: I was looking for a healthy, butter-free banana bread recipe to make for my grandparents. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and knew I had to try it. While this bread is healthy and butter free, you wouldn’t know it by tasting it. It’s just as delicious and moist as loaf of banana bread with all the bells and whistles. Aubrey’s banana bread is my new favorite, go-to recipe.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew from Movita Beaucoup: Y’all, this thick, beefy mixture is stewlicious. Seriously, it’s absolutely delicious. Best. Stew. Ever! It only takes a few minutes of prep and the slow cooker does the rest of the work.

Stovetop Honey Mustard Chicken from Bake Your Day: During the work week, I need a meal that comes together quickly. This stovetop honey mustard chicken is what I like to call “Meals in a Hot Minute.” This dish came together in no time, but it tasted as if you simmered it for hours. This is now a new regular on our menu.

IMG_1698Quick and Easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta from The Pioneer Woman: I love that I whipped this pasta together in 20 minutes. It’s creamy, flavorful, and filling.

The BEST Meatloaf Recipe from A Spicy Perspective: I ate one mini meatloaf and Squirrel ate the rest. That’s a lot of meat! This is a great recipe.

I’ve been a pinning fool:

Double Chocolate Cookies with Pecans and Caramel from Movita Beaucoup
Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash from The Comfort of Cooking
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Caramel Cones from Country Cleaver
Brown Butter Gooey S’mores Bars from The Cooking Actress
Caramel-Stuffed Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies from Baked By Rachel
Pumpkin Spice Latte Nutella Cookies from Texanerin Baking
Greek Quinoa Salad from Foxes Love Lemons
Chipotle Chicken Stuffed Brown Sugar Acorn Squash from Half Baked Harvest


I’ve been chowing down on apples every day. I can’t wait to start baking with them.


Angry Orchard makes a wicked good hard cider. My favorite is their Crisp Apple. It tastes like you’re biting into a fresh Granny Smith apple.

11 Responses to “Slice of Life Saturday’s ~ Obsession Central”

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — October 6, 2013 at 7:21 am

    OMG, I can totally relate to the giving away of pumpkin desserts problem. I don’t have local family and neighbors and building staff start to wonder why you’re giving them food that would cost a lot of money in a bakery. Are you trying to kill them? No, I’m trying not to kill myself with all those calories! Hahahahaha


    • Jennie replied October 9th, 2013 at 9:02 am

      My thoughts exactly, Anita. If it stays in the house, Jennie will eat every last morsel. I just can’t take the risk, so I give my goodies away.


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    Laura Dembowski — October 6, 2013 at 8:41 am

    That shopping trip sounds like a blast! I remember shopping with my mom and granny – it was so much fun! But now my granny is gone :( I haven’t done any pumpkin baking yet but I have with apples – yum!


    • Jennie replied October 9th, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Girl, you need to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon. Apples are just as good, though.


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    movita beaucoup — October 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Ooooh, I love a good round up post! Also, I really happy that I don’t shop with you. It sounds dangerous/might make me pee my pants.


    • Jennie replied October 9th, 2013 at 9:01 am

      I’m not the best shopper, Movita. I have no control when it comes to shiny things.


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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — October 7, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Love that casserole dish! Definitely need to get my hands on that nail polish! I would love to not have to deal with lots of layers and special lights!


    • Jennie replied October 9th, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Thanks, Jess. I never have time to go to the salon, so doing my nails at home is great.


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    shannon — October 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    ALL THE FALL!! i love scarves: every year i pack them away in the spring (when i start to feel SUPER stupid for wearing wool around my neck, so maybe May) and i get a little sad when i do it. then comes september, and i can’t wait to pull them all back out again.
    toasted coconut vanilla yogurt: don’t even tell me about that. i had a massive obsession with a coconut french yogurt that i still can’t talk about without getting embarrassed.
    and charleston! omg, girl, have the best time! eat all the food! i want to hear all about it! i’ve always wanted to go, and i’ve still never been.


    • Jennie replied October 9th, 2013 at 8:56 am

      I have far too many scarves, Shannon. We should trade. I still have to get my fall clothes box out of the attic. It’s going to be like Christmas. Oh, I will make sure I take a ton of pictures and tell you all about it when I return.


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — October 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

    hahahaaa your grandma sounds hilarious–and that dish is gorrrgeous!


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