For my very first Crafty Wednesday I decided to go with something very simple to show you how to decorate for fall: My Kitchen Table. Continue reading “Crafty Wednesdays: My Fall Table”
This has been a year of new beginnings for me. I moved back to central GA, Hubs and I got married, I started The Happy Peach and most recently I have obtained a new career. In a time full of beginnings, it can be rather scary! Everything you know is changing, life can be a whirlwind, and it can be hard to put your feet flat on the ground for a moment just to catch your breath and get your bearings. Something I think we often miss out on is that new beginnings are also exciting! I know I for one can get so caught up in the worries of uncertainty I forget that I’ve made it as far as I have and achieved the goals that I set for myself thus far. New beginnings are a time for joy. They are a gift. A gift that should be dwelled on and appreciated, not worried over and fretted away. Continue reading “New Beginnings…Traveling Down a New Road”
This time of year is when all of the BEST TV shows come back on, and new things in turn get uploaded to the cinematic nirvana that is Netflix. So whether you are a Walking Dead warrior, America Horror Story Hotel guest, or planning for a spooky Halloween party, this is a fan favorite!
1 pk. Cream cheese, room temp.
1 bag pre shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese, ½ cup reserved
1 bag pre shredded mozzarella cheese, ½ cup reserved
4 chicken breasts, cooked through and shredded
3 tablespoons ranch dressing
3 tablespoons hot sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Add salt and pepper to taste
Chips, toasted bread and vegetables for dipping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size saucepan, add 1 pk. cream cheese over med-low heat and stir until thoroughly melted. Once melted, add both bags of shredded cheese, reserving about a half a cup from each bag to add at end. Cheese will combine to make a thick sauce. Once thoroughly melted together, add chicken, ranch, hot sauce, and spices to pan and mix together. Take off of heat and pour into a greased medium sized casserole dish. Add reserved cheese to top of dip. Pop in oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese on top is thoroughly melted and bubbly. Serve with toasted bread, taco chips, or your favorite vegetable tray to add a savory dish to any movie marathon or show premiere!
Today is Just Not My Day: Day 347
Ever have a day where you just really struggled. Or a week? Or a month? Or longer? That’s been me for the last few months. I’ve been struggling with the momentous thought, “Is this what I really want to do for the rest of my life?” I don’t just mean career. I mean routine. Get up, go to work at a desk for 8 hours a day to turn around and go back home. Pay bills. Feel continually exhausted. Work harder then you ever thought possible but still feel as if the dreams you are trying to pursue just don’t get the attention they need. Or deserve. It’s beyond frustrating, and I know many people feel the same way I do. So how do we cope? How do we change our situation? What if we can’t? What do we do then?
I’ve been mulling over these questions and how to address them for some time now. I still don’t have the answers. But I do know a few things that have helped me in this time of struggle, and I thought I would pass them along. Maybe they’ll help. And if they do, share them with someone else you know is struggling too.
I know this seems contradictory. When you are going through a time of struggle you want to be helped, not the other way around. But trust me, even if it doesn’t lift your mood/stress level at all (even though I guarantee it will) you will be benefitting someone else’s life while you struggle, whose struggles are possibly far different or greater then yours. Whether it’s money, love, or time, giving is a great commodity to help in tough times.
2. Go Outside and Move
Again, probably not something you want to do when times are hard. The fetal position in bed sounds much more accommodating, but trust when I say just moving – a walk in the park or just down the driveway can do wonders to help lighten your spirit.
Talk with love ones. Your partner, the dog walker, the barista at Starbucks. Go home and visit grandma. (Totally doing this one this weekend FYI). Vent to those that you know and that care. Talk it out. A lot of times a good vent session can get you to the route of your struggle, and more times then not…. Your struggle is not even routed where you think it is. Have a chat, a good cup of coffee, and brainstorm solutions.
4. Give Yourself A Break. Seriously.
Hubs had to have a come to Jesus this week with me about the above statement. You are not perfect. You never will be. And that’s okay. We all deserve a dose of self love and that reminder every now and then. You are good enough. Forgive and love yourself. The struggle bus will come and go, but you are you faults and all. Love yourself. Be okay with you. You will gets through this.
In honor of our Share to the Fair Giveaway, I thought I would post my fondest memory of fall. Or maybe i should say my spookiest.
Fall when I was young was months worth of preparation and anticipation for Halloween. Costumes had to be carefully chosen, my parents usually threw some kind of party, and there was food for days as we anxiously waited for trick or treating to begin. One year when I was about six I went as a genie while my next store neighbors (we’ll call them Big and Little as one was a year older and the other a year younger then myself) both dressed up as Spider-Man with realistic silly string spider web wrist guns.
5 minutes into our jaunt down the street with our respective sets of parents, my hair was assaulted with silly string by Little and I spent the rest of the night in angst pulling it from my hair and swearing 7 year old vengeance on a little boy. Not to be daunted, we continued to go from house to house to get our candy fix. We were pros at it by now, we knew which house to avoid that gave out “healthy” candy and which ones had the mother load.
This year we were deemed big enough to walk down the driveway to each house by ourselves, our parents chatting and watching us from the edge of the street. Which was all fine and dandy until we reached “the house.”
New people had moved in since last Halloween, but we had scoped them out as a retired couple that had a fluffy dog with a squished in face. Certainly they had good candy. Now this particular house had a front porch that sat up off the ground about four feet, a big brick porch that was open with no railing going around it. Bushes lined around the edges of the porch, about four feet high themselves and were perfectly sculpted little squares. We made the long walk down the driveway and climbed the porch steps, waiting patiently as the doorbell announced our arrival.
A little older woman came to the door with a big bowl of candy. REESES! We had hit the jackpot. As we chose our selections and thanked her for the candy, we failed to notice the rustling of the bushes by the side of the house. All of the sudden, the roar of chainsaw split the air by the side of the porch and a half naked old man in pajama bottoms appeared, wielding a chainsaw and a pronounced beer gut. The poor old woman, who I later realized was married to this sap, screamed and the precious contents of her bowl went flying across the porch. As unfortunate as the flying candy was, Big and I were closest to the maniac, and we jumped straight off the porch over the bushes and hit the ground running. Little however was not so lucky. He was a stocky little fellow to begin with, and he was the only one who let the draw of more candy delay his flight response a few moments. As the man came around the porch Little tried to make a run for and jumped …. Only to get stuck in a bush.
I to this day do not know why a grown man would scare a 5,6, and 7 year old with a chainsaw, but watching four grown adults untangling Little from the bush while a certain older woman whacked her husband in the head with a candy bowl showed my childhood self that karma certainly has a sense of humor.
If you enjoyed today’s story click the star to let others know it’s worth a read, and check out our Share to the Fair Giveaway post to win a pair of free tickets to the GA State Fair opening this weekend! All you have to do to win is: Go over to the Happy Peach Facebook page and give us a like, then post on our timeline your favorite fall memory. I will choose at random one of the posted stories at midnight Thursday, and post the winner on the Facebook page!