Louisiana Bride

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Currently Feb.



Current book: Candace Bure Dancing Through Life & I started working through the new Kelly Minter study All Things New on 2 Corinthians. 
Current music: Not much, does that fact that the playlist from the Country Heat workout that won't leave my head count? 
Current [non]-guilty pleasure: Makeup, it's taken me years to get into it but I've been having fun lately. 

Current drink: LaCroix, what else. Water? 
Current food: This salad was amazing. I need to figure out how to store anchoives so I can make it more often. 

Current obsession: Working out again, not like obsessively though. I'm just having fun with it. I went to a Minnesota Power Yoga class a few days ago and fell in love. YOD was amazing. 
Current craving: That camping trip we are talking about over Mardi Gras break. 
Current need: More time in the day. 
Current indulgence: Pots de Creme. My hubby loves it. 
Current bane of my existence: Apparently burning the cane wasn't enough, they're also burning the marshes... hence a baby will insane allergies. 
Current procrastination: Laundry
Current confession: I might have cleaned the baseboards in the guest bath with a baby wipe the other night during Harrison's bath time. 
Current quote: Oh dang. Don't have one. 
Current excitement: 2nd birthday is coming up, we'll forget that my 31st is a hot minute before his. I did get my birthday present early so that was exciting. It was a new Fitbit, my Flex wasn't holding a charge so I upgraded to the Alta.

I'll be honest, I got the Ultra when it came out and then the Flex and so on. I don't get the need for the big ones. It's too bulky. My main reason for the Alta was that it combined my Flex with what I missed about the Ultra plus a bit more. Also... the interchangeable leather straps. Winning. 

Current mood: Great. Stayed home with Harrison today because our sitter's son has the flu. It was nice pretending to stay home, take him to the library, and then wander Lowe's looking for new plants for the garden. I managed to get in both my workouts today and ate lunch without anyone talking to me. Glorious! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

This is probably my favorite week of the year. Not because I'm that Valentine wife that wants flowers and stuff, no my only request now for years has been that Jeremy grill ribeyes. 

That's it, give me a ribeye twice a year with a really good dessert and I'm a happy camper. 
[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Texas Hash (that I never got to)

Tuesday - Steaks, Avocado Salad, Creamy Parmesan Potatoes, & Pots de Creme



Wednesday - left over sides with grilled chicken

Thursday - Pasta with Sauce (freezer meal I just need to reheat. This recipe makes double what you need)

Friday - leftovers

Saturday - Mama is gone out of town so it's a fend for yourself weekend. 

Sunday - 

Monday, February 06, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

New week, new meal plan. Right?
[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - leftover chili (I wish I had this recipe, it was divine and Jeremy got to bring home leftovers)

Tuesday - Beef & Green Bean Stir Fry

Wednesday - Grilled Chicken with Green Bean Salad

Thursday - leftovers

Friday - Chicken with Brussel Sprouts & Mustard Sauce

Saturday - Texas Hash

Sunday - Take Out

Breakfast - Oatmeal Muffins

Lunch - Chicken Tenders with Kale Salad & my fav salad dressing 

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Things That Make Me Say Yay


The toddler is destroying the house at the moment, but whatever. I've been trying to be consistent with a TTMMSY post on a Friday for a month. I think they're officially going to have to be a Saturday thing.


This past weekend we broke out the camping equipment for the first time and tested out how well the toddler would tolerate it. Turns out it went great and I honestly can't wait until Mardi Gras break, we have a few days where there's nothing planned and I'd like to go to a camp ground. 

Honestly, I think I sleep better outside in the tent. 


I need to decide what I want to fill the space in my garden that the winter cucumber never filled. On the up side though, my carrots and beets are on their way & the cauliflower is starting to regrow after the terrible horrible no good very bad freeze of 2017. 

Also, I think my strawberry roots are sprouting. 

What are my gardener friends planting this Spring? 


I've been Beach Body-ing it lately, the containers have been great for portion control. It'll definitely give me an idea of how much to eat when I go full on Paleo again. After pregnancy and 18 months of nursing I lost perception of what a serving was. 

Plus the Country Heat workout is so fun, and on certain days it works my legs out enough that they are sore... not just a cardio burn for 30 minutes. 


Today I made some more Fire & Ice Pickles. Y'all they're divine. If you want to see how I made them head on over to Snapchat and watch my story, you'll have to get past last nights joking rant about not wearing makeup and real clothing to work yesterday first. 

Also, for my non social media followers, our chemo patients, yes patients... we're apparently collecting them now, were told they were in partial remission this week. Dad isn't celebrating just yet, but I'm excited simply because in 3 years those words have never been said. He's had things removed, and cells not grow, but shrinking is a new deal. He started a new drug that isn't actually chemo a few months ago that has zero side effects. Granted the man isn't suddenly a marathon runner, but it means we've got him around a bit longer. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Coffee Crumb Cake

Jeremy asked me to make breakfast for the Sunday School class the other day and I knew I had to finally delve into something I've had on my mental cooking back burner.

Coffee Crumb Cake.

I basically just wanted the cinnamon filling of a coffee cake and the topping from a crumb cake, hence Coffee Crumb Cake. Even with 3 layers this recipe turned out to be pretty easy. If you don't want a ton of crumb, cut the crumb ingredients in half.

I actually used double the cinnamon filling and am cutting it in half for what I'm sharing today. It was just a little much for an 8x8 pan. But judge it yourself, if you think it wasn't enough filling then by all means make the other half of it.

You know me though, I like non recipes and tweaking things. I'm not a by the book recipe blogger.


Coffee Crumb Cake

Filling:
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cocoa powder

Crumb:
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
8 tbsp melted butter
1 3/4 c cake flour

Cake:
1 1/4 c cake flour
1/2 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp soft butter
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup buttermilk
powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:
Filling - combine ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. 

Crumb Topping - Whisk dry ingredients, then stir in butter until it forms a crumbly dough. 

Cake - Preheat oven to 325 with oven rack moved to the upper middle space. Grease and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Begin by mixing dry ingredients in a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer). Gradually add butter one pat at a time until well combined. Continue to mix for 1 minute afterwards. Gradually add wet ingredients and then mix on high until light and fluffy. 

Pour half of the cake batter into the greased 8x8 pan. Evenly distribute filling mixture over the cake mix layer. Top with remaining cake dough. Top with crumb topping by grabbing handfuls and working it into pea size and slightly larger crumbs. Press down slightly. Bake for 35-40 minutes


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Meal Pinning Monday

I don't have much to say today, just a meal plan. 

My aunt passed away yesterday after a 2 year battle with cancer. Therefore I'm not finding myself in the most upbeat of moods. Even after 9 hours of sleep last night I found myself being extremely sleeping in church today. Considering I did something similar when my grandmother passed away, I'm thinking fatigue could be part of my grieving process. 

Either way, he's a much peppier than I am meal plan. 
[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Lemon Chicken with Brown Rice & Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Tuesday - Parmesan Chicken with Pasta
[Dip chicken breasts in Greek yogurt & parmesan cheese mixture with seasonings & bake - serve with pasta & marinara sauce]

Wednesday - leftovers

Thursday - BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Salad

Friday - Beef & Green Bean Stirfry

Saturday - playing it by ear right now

Sunday - Super Bowl Party - taking Pimento Cheese & Spicy Ranch Crackers

Breakfast - Baked Oatmeal with Greek Yogurt & Honey

Lunch  - Grilled Chicken with Broccoli Salad

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hi blog, It's me Emily.

Slacking is basically my middle name.

Not a lot of new recipes. Didn't even post MPM this week.

Then in real life I never even clicked post on my lesson plans.

It's one of those weeks, where nothing goes right. I just need a bucket of ice cream and a do over. After not sleeping last night I realized what I really needed, to focus on what matter/what makes me chill the mess out.

When I start getting too high strung I know of three things that de-stress me:
1) bible study
2) gardening
3) working out

I've done two of the three today, #3 was not approved by the toddler. His Daddy was outside doing something and he was under a need level of severe.

I've also realized that work makes me feel out of control. The new grade level that comes with absolutely no data that's useful for the state test. That my friends is not fun. It makes me a Negative Nelly, and I'm afraid I've probably give off the impression that I am in fact just negative to people.

It's just hard when it's a hard year to not let it ripple effect into every aspect of life.

I wish I could write a post about how to not let it mess with the other aspects of life, but currently I need that post written so that I could read it.

Until then, I'll just keep doing bible study at tiny increments of alone time during the day, pulling weeds as therapy, and hoping around the living room to burn off negative energy while my husband comments that I should never try to take my act out in public. 
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