PINEAPPLE PUSHER, WUW and SPRING FEVER LINK-UP



Just call me your pineapple pusher. You all know I am crazy for pineapples and that love just got crazier with this softer than a baby's butt Pineapple Sweatshirt. This puppy was on back-order but boy was it worth the wait. Literally the softest piece of clothing I have ever owned. Welcome to our weekly fashion link-up, as well as, the last Wednesday of the month What's Up Wednesday with ShayMel & Sheaffer 


This sweatshirt can be dressed up or down. I had it styled with white jeans and Tory Burch Miller sandals but decided just to be casual and comfy on this day. As much as I love pumps and wedges and booties, I have amassed quite the collection of retro tennies which take me back. These Adidas Stan Smith's remind me of my favorite "Prince" brand tennis racket back in the day. 



This is the perfect little running around doing errands outfit. Nice and soft, bright and cheery and I bet someone is bound to comment on your pineapples, lol. 


Pineapple Sweatshirt HERE // Adidas Stan Smith's HERE
Gap Girlfriend Jean Similar HERE

Now, time for some What's Up in the Nine neck of the woods

1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:  5 ingredient Chicken and Pasta, Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
RECIPE HERE

RECIPE HERE
2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT: Mine and Mr. Nine's anniversary is next month and often we would take a long Memorial day weekend trip down to Gatlinburg, which is where we got married. It often included hiking to see beautiful waterfalls and here's one of the fun little pictures I came across. 

3. WHAT I’M LOVING: fresh signs of spring, the beautiful green grasses and the beautiful blooming trees.
4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO: Finishing up new house details and thinking about getting the house "sell ready" for when we put it on the market in a few months. 
5. WHAT I’M DREADING: Nothing, I mean my boys are coming home and it's almost SUMMER.
6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON: Our summer bucket list.
7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT: Having all my boys home for the summer and as I mentioned Friday, they all have jobs, LOL!
                                  This is what they wish they could be doing all summer, lol

8. WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING: In addition to a regular shows, we are watching, The Americans, Sneaky Pete, Better Call Saul and the reboot of Prison Break. 


Reading: Cookbooks Like this one..Boys got me for Christmas..so many GREAT Recipes.I'm in a cooking rut so I need some new recipes and inspiration. 



9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: lots of Ed Sheeran, current an old-school country, the birds chirping and a Hoot Owl in our backwoods. 

10. WHAT I’M WEARING: Besides Pineapples, Maxi dresses with Jean jackets or chambray shirts.
                                                      Cannot wait for summer beach days!




11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND: picking out my annual flowers with my mom, and heading to see one of her college boys at college & his place employment and bring a few of his million clothes and supplies home seeing as he only has one more week of college, so hard to believe!
12. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH: Such an Easy One: A Trip to Toronto to see my Blended Blog sisters! 11 Bloggers/friends in one city..whoohoo!!

13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW: Wow, nothing
BONUS: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPRING/SUMMER SHOE: It's a tie between lace up espadrilles (I have 5 pairs) or my new favs....that I never thought I'd like....the slip on.
HERE  and HERE


Now Link-Up Friends. So we can see what you are stylin' 

AND Head over to The Blended Blog where 
I'll showcase MY FAVOTITE OUTFIT RE-CREATIONS
and my last set of Favs from the week before. 
It could be you!!

BISCUITS & GRAVY CASSEROLE

We are a biscuits and gravy family! Well it's only an occasional treat for me, I think my husband and boys can eat them every week! Never once in my life have I made gravy from the packet, I always make it from scratch like my mom and dad always have. Often, I will add scrambled eggs and cheese on top of our Biscuits and Gravy so I decided to combine it all into yummy casserole and I think it was probably the best breakfast casserole I have ever made! I even sent some back with one of a college boys as he thought it was so great.

Yum


What you'll Need

BISCUITS & GRAVY CASSEROLE
Ingredients:
1 can jumbo biscuits
1 lb. pork sausage, cooked & crumbled
1/2 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
8 eggs, (I always use brown eggs)
3 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
For the gravy
Drippings from the sausage
1/2 stick butter
4 Tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons beef base
salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook your sausage until crumbly and drain the sausage on a paper towel to the drippings add your flour and butter and milk to make a room and then slowly adding your milk until the previous ticket. Season with salt and pepper. Spray a  9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Cut up the biscuits and place in the bottom. Next spread the sausage crumbles, then some chopped onion. Spread the shredded cheese. Whisk together your eggs and some salt and pepper and pour over the cheese. Next, pour the gravy over everything and cover with tin foil. Bake for 45 minutes. 
 The biscuits cut up on the bottom with the crumbled sausage and onion.


Cheese and egg mixture on top

Peppering the gravy getting ready to thicken and Bubble


 Pouring Gravy on top before baking


SO GOOD!!

Now head on over to The Blended Blog to link up your yumminess. 
xoxo


EMBRACE YOUR STRENGTHS


Happy Monday angels. It's so easy to see what we are not good at, what we do not like about ourselves and where we lack. So much so, we don't truly appreciate what we are crazy talented in and what we do have that is uniquely special to us.

You know what you tell yourself, I'm no good at that, I have small boobs, She is better at that then me, I'm terrible at ironing, and on and on. (yep..exact things I tell myself!)

That little critic inside you can be very loud. By showing appreciation for your strengths and showing yourself compassion for who you are is the key to stopping that crushing critic.
Self-compassion means being gentle, kind, and understanding with yourself. Look at what you do have, what you are good at! 

Here is my list of some weaknesses, things I'm not good at and things I don't like about myself but replaced with the strengths in it's place. 9 of them of course, lol

1. I cannot cook an over easy egg but I make a mean fried egg sandwich. 
Yeah look a that sad tried to cook over easy egg

2. I have cellulite but I got a great clavicle...why do you think I love Off the Shoulder tops so much! 

3. I'm a horrible bowler, but a Great pool player. 8 Ball left corner pocket!!

4. I can't draw but I can scrapbook and do calligraphy (in fact, I used to address wedding invitations for friends.)

5. Sometimes, I eat too many sweets but I exercise like mad and eat healthy otherwise.

Keeping Fit so I can eat cookies, lol

6. I lose everything but I'm grateful to have a husband who can always seem to find what I lost. He is my greatest Strength.
#1 Item I loose weekly; my favorite scissors...look how excited I was to find them!

7.  I'm so emotional but I guess that shows I have a Sensitive & Compassionate heart.

8. I speed, oh I speed but at least I get everywhere on time.
Knock on wood...last ticket was 2 yeas ago

9. I cannot sing and oh how I wish I could but I can dance and I can act. (I wanted to prove this to you so I taped myself Friday in the car, singing to the radio, but when watched it back, wincing the whole time, I thought Nah....lol)

We all need a friend like Amy Poehler to tell us we have ALL the strengths!

Come on, see, this girl has strengths too!


Tell yourself this today....and everyday!!

What does your list look like? What are your strengths? Embrace them girls!! And HAPPY week ahead while you're at it!!


xoxo

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