Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Best Ice Cream - Blue Bell

Now I know that Blue Bell Ice Cream is a Southern thing but it is seriously the best ice cream ever. I love homemade ice cream but Blue Bell tastes just as good (if not better) and is so convenient. Over the weekend The Mister and I were getting groceries and we found the 'cream of the crop' (see what I did there) of ice creams...
Spiced Pumpkin Pecan ice cream! Um yes sir, I will take the whole thing please. We had to get this and let me tell you we fell in love! I usually go for Pecan Praline but I have absolutely found my new favorite. The Mister and I have been eating this with a bit of eggnog as dessert after dinner and it make me so happy to not be lactose-intolerant. 

If you do not have this in your local grocery store you can order it from Blue Bell's website or make your own but I highly recommend trying this amazing ice cream. 

What is your favorite ice cream holiday or not?

P.S. I hope y'all had a Happy Thanksgiving. I enjoyed my time off with family. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Liebster Award Nominee!

The sweetest blogger Tottie nominated me for a Liebster Award. 

The rules of the awards are :

-List 11 random facts about yourself.
-Answer your nominator’s 11 questions.
-Choose up to 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
-Create eleven questions to ask them
-Inform your nominees of their award nominations.

  1. When I concentrate I chew on my tongue. (yes I had to scraped many desks when I was in school)
  2. I use to have horrible road rage but I have not driven lately so it has gotten better.
  3. I am not a phone person, I will text you but I am not a fan of calling people.
  4. I am addicted to pretzels! I am eating some now (9:30AM)
  5. Smurfs Village is another addiction I have, it is on my phone & tablet.
  6. I am super picky about my sweet tea so I rarely drink it at restaurants.
  7. I already have my house fully decorated for Christmas
  8. I am terrified of animals (besides pets) in my house. Lizards, birds, rodents all scare me when they are in my house but outside I am fine with them. 
  9. These are really hard to think of
  10. I am not a fan of chocolate but I love hot cocoa
  11. When I am eating I rarely drink anything, because when I was younger I would get too full on my drink I wouldn't eat so my grandmother would not let me drink until after I finished eating. 

Totties Questions:
1. What's your favorite childhood cartoon? Paw Paw Bears
2. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done? Rode on an oil derrick 
  this is an oil derrick, they are very tall!
3. Do you believe in aliens? yes 
4. Have you ever stolen something? When I was little I use to get candy out of the bins at the grocery store (I thought I was allowed to)
5. What would you do if you won the lottery? Fix up my house the way I want it.
6. Favorite movies? Princess Bride, Young Frankenstein 
7. Pirate, ninja or cowboy? Pirate!
8. Name(s) of your (future/imaginary) children - Luke, Kaeleah
9. What's the most disgusting thing you've eaten? Horse meat 
10. The funniest thing about you - My face.. no um how I mix up words?
11. Favorite cocktail? I don't drink but when I did I liked Crown and Coke

My Questions:

  1. What is the most embarrassing song you own?
  2. What is your number one pet peeve?
  3. Is it coke, pop, or soda?
  4. Best comfort food?
  5. Favorite Sunday comic?
  6. Would you rather be able to sleep in a hotel in the bottom of the ocean or in space?
  7. What talent would you love to have (like singing, playing instruments, etc)
  8. Best holiday scent?
  9. What is your greatest fear?
  10. What is your dream car?
  11. Favorite animal?

I nominate anyone who would like to participate! And I would love to see what you put down!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Wish List

Have you started making your Christmas Wish List? I have a few things that I want and a few things that I love but am not sure if I would ever really get much use out of them.

Christmas Wish List

1. Butter London's Winter Collection!

The first one is the one I would use the least but the other I could use all the time!

2. Full Course Load Bag on Modcloth
Tote bag
Tote bag (see more zippered tote bags)

3. The Non-Planner Datebook found on ModCloth

This thing looks AWESOME!!! I am so unorganized and I love to doodle (horribly). I think this would be the perfect gift. 

4. Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (picture from amazon)

This thing is awesome! I love my Galaxy S3 and I would love this bad boy to go with it.

5. Some Pretty Dresses!!
Christmas wishes

Christmas wishes by jesslsteele featuring a floral print dress
Most of these are from Modcloth but I do love the Fit-N-Flair dresses!


Have you made your Christmas wish list yet?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Style File Friday: Maroon Life

I love this outfit! I broke the heel on these shoes (well I just need to glue the cap on). I think this outfit is the perfect Autumn outfit. 
Dress: Forever 21 - Tights: Target - Boots: Gift - Sweater: Old Navy
How can you survive with out a cozy sweater like this? 

Ok so the pictures are from last year but I still wear this all the time & I love this outfit!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cleanest Turkey "Fryer"

This is my first year to cook Thanksgiving dinner (well at least part of it). The Mister is going to cook the turkey and since we do not have a turkey fryer we had to buy one. I really had to twist The Misters's arm on this one. We went to Academy and we looked at the traditional fryers but for a good stainless steel pot instead of an aluminium one we had to pay an extra $50. We decided that $50 for the burner + $50 for a pot + the giant thing of peanut oil every time we had wanted to cook was a little too much. We found thins bad boy on sale for $79!!!
And as you can tell somebody was VERY happy.
(Ignore the ugly floors! We need to knock out a few walls before we lay new floors down.)
Basically all of that was to show you this!
We had to test out the fryer before T-day so we cooked a drunken chicken and it was so moist, and the skin was so crispy! Clean up was a cinch - everything is dishwasher save and the best part.... NO OIL TO RECYCLE OR DISPOSE OF!!!!! If you are in the market for a good fryer for your Thanksgiving turkey I recommend this 100%. I am not going to make health claims but I am assuming it is healthier (no oil and all). I have only found one thing that a traditional fryer has this beat and that is that you cannot boil crawfish in it but I can always borrow my Dad's for that right?


How are you preparing for Thanksgiving?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fashion File Friday:

Fall Stroll

Fall Stroll by jesslsteele featuring michael kors tops

Trying to get into the Fall Spirit so I felt what would be better than some nice oranges, browns and blacks. For some odd reason I am really loving black and brown together right now. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lunchtime is the Prime Time

I rarely take a full hour for my lunch break. I finish my food in 15-20 minutes and I never leave my desk. Sometimes I feel I want to relax a bit.
Can you think of any better way to spend a lunch break? Embroidering a birthday gift for my cousin (Happy B-day to my favorite big-little cousin Rae-Rae!!) and watching Firefly. O yes my food was good too but I was enjoying crafting too much. 

How do you relax during your lunch break?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Getting into the Spirit of Things

I have tried and tried but I am not getting into the spirit of the season! Halloween is easy. There are movies, candies, pumpkins and so much. Christmas is just as easy! You have decorations, Christmas shopping, music, Santa, movies and the chill in the air. 

But right now I am stuck. How am I suppose to get into the Thanksgiving spirit? 
I tried with decorations - no luck
I tried with talking about what I am thankful for - no luck
I tried with pumpkin spice eggnog - no luck (but I am ready for Christmas)
I tried planning Thanksgiving Dinner - no luck
Hay Turkey
It does not help that our weather will not make up its mind. In the morning it will be in the 40s then around lunch time it is in the 70s! What kind of fall weather is that? I went shopping this weekend and people were running around in SHORTS! I do love the warm weather but not when I am trying to get into the spirit of the season.

What do you do to get you into the Holiday season?

Monday, November 5, 2012

They put Pumpkin Spice in what????

Now I am a BIG fan of pumpkin spice. If I drank coffee like I use to I would have a Pumpkin Spice Latte everyday. But I don't so I am always looking for new drinks that can contain my tasty, tasty pumpkin spice. While grocery shopping with The Mister yesterday we found the magical potion we had been searching for!
This stuff is awesome! it is thinner than most eggnog and it tastes like you are eating pumpkin pie while drinking eggnog. We also found sugar cookie eggnog but we felt that having 3 different types of eggnog in our fridge would be a bit too much, because you know we had to get classic eggnog too.  

Have you tried any new seasonal treats this year?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fashion File Friday: Gray Days

Books n cocoa

Books n cocoa by jesslsteele featuring nixon watches

I think the fact that I am always cold, makes me want to dress warm and drink cocoa. I love wearing tights and skirts but I have been so cold lately I want to wear boots and sweaters all the time. And who does not want to be cozy when studying? I know I sure as heck do!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Texas Renaissance Festival and Proposals

The Mister ans I attempt to make it out to The Texas Renaissance Festival every year and this year we had a BLAST!!! I wish my phone was not dead the majority of the time so I would have more pictures. I made sure to save some battery life for a proposal.



Ren fest 2012
We met Dim n Wit The Fairy Brothers. Ya the Mister Enjoyed that.

And we were able to see this guy! He is out there every year and each time we see him we are in a trance. I am so sad he did not do better on AGT, but at least we still get to see him.

Ren fest 2012
We took some pictures at the outdoor chapel to set the stage for a proposal.

Ren fest 2012
They started dating at Ren. Fest 2 years ago and so he felt he needed to propose there too. I think they may even get married there next year and I cannot wait! They are the cutest couple, and are the sweetest people ever.

I tried the Jacob's Ladder, I fell twice before I was able to ring the bell. Sadly The Mister did not get a picture of me falling. Or of the delicious turkey leg that we shared. 
Do you have a Renaissance Festival near you? Do you go if you do?