BBQ Ribs

BBQ Ribs

This past weekend, I cooked BBQ Ribs for the first time and I really surprised myself. The BBQ Ribs turned out delicious. The only change that I will make next time is adding more sauce right as the BBQ Ribs are coming off of the grill.


My BBQ Ribs Ingredient List

How to make BBQ Ribs

  1. Cover ribs with BBQ spice with smoke seasoning – to taste.
  2. Smoke for 2 hours at 225 degrees (apple wood chips)
  3. Brush ribs with Freddie Lee’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce
  4. Set ribs on tinfoil large enough to wrap ribs.
  5. Add a small amount of Apple juice and then wrap the ribs.
  6. Place ribs in the oven for 2 hours at 180 degrees.
  7. Unwrap ribs and put on grill with medium heat for a few minutes on each side.
  8. Top with Freddie Lee’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce and grill for a few additional minutes.



Stitch Fix Box #3

Liverpool - Anita Skinny Pant

I have started to track my life by time in between Stitch Fix Boxes. I get one per month, but every time I blink, I feel like I am sharing my newest box and adding a few more Stitch Fix pieces to my collection. They say as a parent; the days are long, but the years are short. I would say it is the same of your late twenties.

So here we are again, a month later with failed dieting to lose the last ten pounds, a few more gray hairs and on the quest to build the perfect closet.

This month, I asked my stylist to help me prepare for my upcoming trip to San Francisco which will consist of three parts – downtown San Francisco, Northern California hiking and Napa Valley. It will be a difficult task to pack the wide variety of outfits needed to satisfy this trip all in a carry-on, but that will be an adventure and blog for another day!

Liverpool – Anita Skinny Pant

Liverpool - Anita Skinny Pant

The pants fit like a dream, but I didn’t need another pair of black pants, so they were returned.

41Hawthorn – Meera Split Neck Top

41Hawthorn - Meera Split Neck Top

I enjoy that Stitch Fix is always pushing the boundaries of my personal style. I would never think that I could rock animal print, and would not purchase it on my own. From the feedback I have provided and my style profile, my stylist at Stitch Fix thinks I am bold. I was cautious to get that far out of my comfort zone, but the shirt was very comfortable and screamed confidence.  In the end, the shirt was returned. As much as I liked it, I am not bold enough to get sufficient use out of the shirt.

Skies Are Blue – Becky Cutout Detail Blouse

Skies are Blue - Becky Cutout Detail Blouse

Skies are Blue – Becky Cutout Detail Blouse was almost in the return pile, but Brad raved at how well it fit me. While I loved the cut and thought the pattern and back cut outs were amazing touches and my style, I didn’t want to purchase two almost identical cut shirts. 41Hawthorn – Carla Crochet Detail Blouse is very similar and to be mindful of my shopping habit (self-imposed of course) I was only going to keep one. Thankfully, I listened to my better half and kept it. It is the perfect work to drinks with friends shirt which is where most of my purchases have been focused recently. A shirt that can transcend different parts of my life is certainly a keeper.

41Hawthorn – Carla Crochet Detail Blouse

41Hawthorn - Carla Crochet Detail Blouse

I would call the 41Hawthorn- Carla Crochet Detail Blouse, the sister shirt to Skies Are Blue – Becky Cutout Detail Blouse. They are very similar, cute and oh so comfortable. I immediately fell in love with the color. It is vibrant, bold and adorned with small details that provide it with a subtle complexity that screams of my fashion sense. I like to wow you with the simple details from cutouts of a shirt, unique pattern or creative layer of jewelry. This was a piece that was bound to become a new staple in my wardrobe. Just like Skies Are Blue – Becky Cutout Detail Blouse, it has the initiate ability to go from work to after work functions which is becoming increasing important as my nights are ruled with visiting with friends, church functions and volunteering.

Pixley – Millie Textured Knit Dress

Pixley - Millie Textured Knit Dress

I asked my Stitch Fix stylist to send a dress that could be worn for a September wedding and possibly a gala in Napa. She sent a dress that fit like a dream with good structure and a little stretch to hide my extra helping of wedding cake and an extra drink. What I loved more than the dress was my stylist spending extra time to think about the feedback that I had previously sent. Her note was perfect and shows the pride Stitch Fix takes in styling each person based on their needs, personal style and body style.

Hi Nicki! I had fun styling you today! We are actually close to the same size! I noticed the dresses send in the past have been a bit snug. Let me know if you would like to size up for the Millie Textured Dress. This pretty dress will work well for your gala and wedding and any upcoming holiday parties later this year.

As always, I am overwhelmed by Stitch Fix and their ability to get to know me and my style even through the many miles. Each box is a bit more refined and allows me to test the water with a new look I would never dare to try. I love Stitch Fix because it helps me evolve my look without being the 27-year girl trying to be too teeny bopper trendy…we are on this delicate line, and Stitch Fix is the expert of walking it with grace, hipness and appropriateness for my fuller woman frame.

Dirt Candy Supper Club

Dirt Candy Supper Club

Dirt Candy Supper Club hosted by The Foodie Nurse was the perfect way to start a relaxing weekend after an extra long week. It set the tone just right!

Today has been a much needed lazy morning with kitten snuggles and procrastinating getting out of bed. After many failed attempts, I threw on a cards shirt and yoga pants to do what I love most Saturday blogging.

I even feel like a real hip blogger because of the past 24 hours. Not only am I blogging on Brad’s new Mac at our favorite coffee shop, but last night, my mind was opened to a whole new type of dining experience, and I have to share it with you! Have you every heard of a pop-up dinner? Neither had I, but after last night, it will be a staple in our social calendar.

The concept of a pop-up dinner is really simple while being a unique experience every time.  Pop-up dinners like Dirt Candy Supper Club are a one night only event that brings like-minded individuals to a unique venue or at the host’s home to enjoy brilliant conversation and even better food. Read more

Summer Sunglasses Style Guide

Busch Wildlife Sunset

We have officially entered the final month of summer, and I still have my H&M $9.99 sunglasses from April. This is a huge accomplishment! In prior years, I was on my 15th pair because I lost the glasses, smashed them, scratched them or my favorite…eaten in the death grip of my dog. Needless to say, after one summer of cheap sunglasses and mishaps, I had spent a pretty penny on my sunnies. I could never fathom buying expensive glasses because that summer total would be the same as a nice vacation. 🙂

After a successful 129 days, I am ready to buy my first pair of expensive glasses. Thankfully, Stitch Fix  posted about this very topic to help guide me in my decision. Currently, I own a pair of every style listed below because when they are cheap, why not try them all! What style do you think I should buy?  Read more

Between the stars – Yoga Buzz

Yoga under the stars - Yoga Buzz

Yoga Buzz’s Yoga Under the Stars is an innovative way to make your practice social and a memorable night out with friends. Your evening will begin with a star show, followed by yoga in a dark room with the constellations overhead. It truly is moving to be part of this experience and makes me want to find a country field to practice in. 🙂

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Busch Wildlife | St. Charles, Missouri

Busch Wildlife | St. Charles, Missouri

Busch Wildlife in St. Charles County, Missouri is one of my favorite local places to take landscape photos. Busch Wildlife consists of 6,987 acres of forest, grassland, cropland, old fields, open prairies, wetlands and over 550 acres of fishable lakes and ponds – all of which can be easily accessed by beautiful, winding gravel roads.

Busch Wildlife is owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation and is known for its hunting, fishing, boat rentals, fishing docks, picnic areas, hiking trails, staffed firearms range, archery range, five viewing blinds and visitor center.

Busch Wildlife Contact Information

Office Number & Hours:
636.441.4554 | 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.

2360 Highway D
St. Charles, Missouri 63304 Read more

Blue Apron

I awoke yesterday shocked that it was basically August. Last time I noticed, it was April and Brad was calling me saying he had been laid off. The rest of the Spring was spent with job searching and trying to keep life as normal as possible.

As much as we tried, it did not work. I was busy trying to keep a steady income and the house clean so the job hunt could happen without distractions. Brad was busy trying to network and find the next door God was going to open. Needless to say, our gym membership and kitchen did not get much use.

Well, my brilliant husband had a great idea to join Blue Apron after too many nights of takeout, and consequently me complaining about the scale jumping up. If you remember, I had tried so hard to lose 20 pounds before life being turned upside down. Read more

Summer Tips for Busty Ladies

Stitch Fix’s post on Summer Tips for Busty Ladies post was a Godsend. There is no, if, and or buts about it, I inherited a busty chest. I am constantly searching for outfits and tips to feeling my best while not overly flaunting what my Momma gave me. Summer Tips for Busty Ladies has some amazing ideas for all my sisters in the large chest club. 🙂

Summer can be the worst for us ladies because your cleavage line can get a bit sweaty, and you don’t want to layer trying to make your outfit appropriate. Also, I don’t know about you, but I am not wearing cute lace bandeau. My bra is supportive with wire and can get a bit hot! Women like me need Summer Tips for Busty Ladies to combat the heat and insecurities

Here are 5 summer looks that specifically flatter your “girls.” To get more ideas on how to flatter your busty frame, and have a customized wardrobe created just for you, join Stitch Fix today!

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Blue Apron Recipe | Peruvian Roast Chicken & Potatoes

The Blue Apron Recipe, Peruvian Roast Chicken & Potatoes was another hit in my house. I won’t lie; I am not a big chicken fan. Brad says it is because when I lived with my parents, chicken breast and vegetables was the go-to staple for dinner. This could explain the slimmer waistline and dislike of chicken breast. Now, if it is fried, and accompanied with hot sauce, then it can be eaten from morning to night.

Blue Apron’s Recipe, Peruvian Roast Chicken & Potatoes, changes my opinion on chicken breast. The Peruvian Roast Chicken & Potatoes found a perfect partner with the delicious creamy, spicy and tangy sauce.

Blue Apron makes cooking fun and easy. They will provide you with all the ingredients that you need to make a delicious meal in exactly the right proportions. Start your Blue Apron experience today with two free meals! Read more

Stitch Fix Box #2

Opening My Second Stitch Fix Box

My second Stitch Fix box arrived two days early which made for a fun surprise! I pulled into the driveway to see a small package on the front porch. I quickly scanned through all my recent Amazon purchases to determine what boring household item it might be. As I came up the stairs the Stitch Fix logo caught my eye and I was pleasantly surprised that this was a fun package and not more paper towels.

Unlike last time, I showed patience and opened my Stitch Fix box through Facebook live streaming. For those who watched it, you received the sneak peak of what my stylist, Amber, picked for me.

She took my recommendations from last month and fine tweaked my box to make sure the clothing were more perfectly aligned with my style. Unlike last month, I did not give her any direction on upcoming events. I wanted to see how Amber would style my everyday look and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

Down the street from our house, Brad and I have a little park where we like to take pictures. The lighting is always beautiful and normally it is fairly empty. Well, last night it was packed and with signs boasting private property. It took me a second to connect the dots, but the area is being overrun with PokemonGo players. Imagine, me striking a pose and Brad trying to angle the photo around people catching their latest Pokemon. We had a great laugh, but this shoot proved to be a bit more difficult. Between the 100 degree weather and dodging PokemonGo users, these Stitch Fix outfits can stand up to any challenge! Read more