Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Another week closer to Thanksgiving and I wanted to share a recipe that I starting making a few years ago. I love that I can make this the night before Thanksgiving and just heat it up when it gets close to dinner. One less thing to worry about on Thanksgiving and a few less dishes to clean after dinner (that’s a win, win for me)! This recipe calls for cream cheese and sour cream that helps give the mashed potatoes a wonderful rich and creamy texture and taste.

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs potatoes (I prefer Russets or Yukon Gold)

2-3 oz. packages cream cheese

1-8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. milk

8 Tbsp. butter, softened and sliced

2 tsp. onion salt

Garnish with parsley if desired

Peel potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes. Cook in boiling water 20-30 minutes or until tender; drain and put into large mixing bowl. Add softened cream cheese, sour cream, 4 Tbsp. butter and milk and beat at medium speed until smooth (do not overbeat). Spoon into a greased 9×13 baking dish and top with remaining 4 Tbsp. butter. Cover and refrigerated until ready to bake. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes and then bake at 325 or 50 min. or until thoroughly heated. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

Cozy sleepwear picks!

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but I love PJ’s and cozy robes…throw a pair of fluffy socks or warms slippers in to and I could possibly stay in my PJ’s all day! I saw some very cute set on Soma so I just had to share them with you. Here are a few cozy pieces that are perfect to keep (or gift) and are guaranteed to keep you cozy all day!

Brushed Cozy Long Sleeve PJ Set

Red Plaid Cool Nights Long Sleeve PJ Set

Festive Dreams Cool Night Long Sleeve PJ Set

Red Fuzzy Socks

Grey Slippers

Red Brushed Cozy Long Sleeve PJ Set

Animal Print Embraceable Plush Short Robe

Luxe Animal Print Long Robe

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My favorite shoes for working out

I have searched for many years for comfortable and cute athletic shoes to workout in. I have worn Nike for years and repurchased them many times because they have a lot of really cute styles to choose from, but I haven’t ever found them overly comfortable when I wore them for long periods of time. Fast forward to the beginning of 2020 (just prior to the shut down👎🏻). I started feeling pain in my knees when I was exercising so I decide to order a pair of Brooks Ghost 13 running shoes and give them a try…and I’m so glad that I did!

The Brooks Ghost 13 running shoe has a ton of soft cushioning, good arch support and fits my foot really well. I noticed an instant difference when walking and running in these shoes and the pain in my knees has gone away too! I also ordered a 2 pack pair of Ghost Midweight socks also and they are full of added cushion in the heel and toe (soooo comfortable) ! They have a few different color sets to choose from. I got the grey and black set, but I’m going to pickup the grey and pick set too because they are very comfortable and I’m a sucker for anything pink!

If your looking for a new pair of athletic shoes I highly recommend giving Brooks a try. Here are a few pairs of shoes that I like along with the socks that I love.

Brooks Running Shoes & Socks

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

We are another week closer to Thanksgiving and I wanted to share another recipe that is a favorite in my house! I use fresh green beans in this casserole and I think it makes such a big difference so if you can use fresh green beans instead of frozen or canned I HIGHLY recommend it!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. fresh green beans (rinsed and trimmed)

3 Tbsp. butter

2 cloves minced garlic

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. chicken broth

1 1/3 c. milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 c. French’s Fried Onions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9×13 baking dish. Cook green beans in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Drain green beans and put aside. In a medium saucepan melt butter. Add garlic and let it cook for about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook for 1 minute-stirring constantly. Add chicken broth and let cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in milk and lower heat to low. Continue stirring until sauce thickens (about 10 minutes). Stir in salt and pepper. Pour sauce evenly over green beans and gentle mix together. Pour green bean mixture in baking dish. Top evenly with fried onions. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Place foil over casserole for the last 10 minutes of cooking to prevent the fried onions from burning. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this weeks recipe for Thanksgiving. Be sure to check back next week when I share another recipe that is a favorite at my house for Thanksgiving.

Easy Dutch Apple Pie

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it so I thought for the next few weeks I’d some of my favorite recipes that won’t leave you in the kitchen for hours! This week I’m sharing a Easy Dutch Apple Pie recipe. It is a highly requested recipe at my house & doesn’t take much time to make. I use a pre-made pie crust (shhh it’s our little secret!) and Honeycrisp or Jonagold apples (I once read they are good for baking because they don’t get mushy). My daughters help with this recipe too so it makes me enjoy it even more! Come back next week for another recipe that would be a perfect addition for your table this Thanksgiving.

Easy Dutch Apple Pie

1 pre-made pie crust, softened per box directions


5 c. peeled and semi thin sliced apples ( I like Honeycrisp or Jonagold)

1/3 c. white sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. apple pie spice

1 Tbsp. lemon juice


8 Tbsp. cold butter, sliced

3/4 c. flour

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pie crust in 9 inch pie plate according to box directions. Mix sliced apples with flour, sugar, spices and lemon juice. Once mixed well spoon on top of crust lined pie plate. In a medium bowl mix together topping ingredients using a pastry blender until it becomes crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake 45-50 minutes or until crumb topping is golden brown. After 15 minutes of baking cover crust with pie crust shield and continue baking. Let cool 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a good week. My girls are keeping me busy with sports and school so I’m VERY happy that not only is it Friday, it’s a 3 day weekend 👏🏻. Here are a few things that I wanted to share with you.

Olive & June nail polish has quickly became one of my favorite brands and these colors are perfect for Fall. They have given me a link to share with you for $10 off any $50 purchase Happy shopping and let me know what you get!

Bath & Body Works Apple Weather 3 wick candle. Not only does this candle smell AMAZING it looks beautiful too. This candle is the perfect apple scent with a hint of cinnamon too.

Oatly oat milk. I have drank almond milk for about a year and after hearing how good oat milk was I decided to give this one a try…now it’s my favorite. It blends perfect into my coffee (one of my gripes about almond milk) and leaves no yucky aftertastes at all. I highly recommend you give it a try!

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair I received a sample of this serum and fell in love with it. It feels so lightweight and hydrating on my skin. One dropper full every night has made my skin appear firmer and brighter looking so I will continue to use it!

Okay there are a few of my favorites I wanted to share with you. Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions of things you love. Have a great weekend!!!

My Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Picks

Hi all! I’ve seen a lot of Nordstom Anniversary posts for the past few weeks. I actually got sick of seeing post about what I “had to get” so I told myself once the sale opened to everyone (August 19-August 30) I would do a short post with just a few items that I wanted to get. I tried to find items from different price ranges that I thought were good prices AND most importantly were things I’d been wanting or needing to purchase.

Zella Live in Jogger Pants. I have bought Zella leggings in the past and have been really happy with the quality of them. I’m excited to give these a try and they are under $50.00!

The North Face ThermoBall Eco Hooded Parka. I have been eyeing this parka for a while now and I was happy to see it at this price! I’m getting the asphalt grey matte color, but there are 3 other colors to choose from.

Eliza J. Floral Printed Halter Dress. I think this navy, floral printed dress is so pretty and feminine. I like the halter style and the length is great too. Now I just need somewhere to where it!

Kut from the Kloth Button Fly Ankle Skinny Jeans. This brand of jeans is my favorite! I like the way they fit and they have so many different styles to choose from. I usually gravitate towards dark denim so I think this lighter wash will be a nice addition to my wardrobe.

Tory Burch Carson Top Handle Leather Hobo Bag. This is a beautiful bag with a zip top (which I prefer) and the pretty brown color with gold details is just amazing. (It comes in black too.)

Lancôme Hypnose Drama Bigger & Bolder Lash Kit. This kit comes with 2 full sized Hypnose mascaras, a full sized lash primer and a travel eye makeup remover for under $60.00. A great buy that my daughter and I both will benefit from:)

Okay, that’s it…nothing crazy I just picked a few items this year. In years past I felt like some of the things I bought were just because I kept seeing them everywhere, but this year I tried to be smarter in my purchases:)

I hope you all have a great day and I’d love to know what you purchased from the sale-let me know in the comments!

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Target Finds!

Good morning! I’m not sure about you, but lately I’ve been trying some new products from Target & have been pleasantly surprised by them. I wanted to share a few with you….

Raw Sugar hand soap. This soap smells soooo good & comes in a few different scents. It doesn’t dry my hands out & it comes in liquid and foam too!

Love Beauty & Planet body lotion. This body lotion is very hydrating & smells amazing. My skin stays hydrated (but not sticky) and the light scent stays on me too.

Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies. I’ve seen these gummies advertised A LOT lately so I did some research to learn more about them. I didn’t realize all of the benefits of apple cider vinegar…better digestion, clearer skin and body detoxifying just to name a few. I decided to give them a try. They taste pretty good (kinda like a soft chewy version of a gummy bear).

Aveeno Stress Relief Body Lotion. This lotion was kinda a funny “stress relief …I’m sold!” purchase 🤣🤣. I love the scent; lavender with chamomile oil! It moisturizes really well & it’s the perfect end of the day relaxing scent after a bath or shower.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream. This face moisturizer I bought for my teen daughter who was getting dry patches because of an acne cream her doctor prescribed. It’s lightweight, moisturizing, doesn’t make her skin oily or cause her to breakout. This worked wonders on her dry patches and it’s unscented too. Perfect!!

Kristin Ess Reconstructive Moisture Mask. This hair mask is just what my hair needed! It helps to soften and moisturize my fine hair and it doesn’t leave it greasy or feeling weighed down.

If you have a favorite Target item that you love I’d love to know what it is so I can check it out. Let me know in the comments.

Have a great day!

Life lately…

Hi! I know it I’ve been absent here for the last few months. It’s been a crazy 2020 (as I know you are all going through the crazy times too) and I was just needing to regroup. My family and I are healthy and doing well, but I am aware that not everyone is feeling the same so I decided to take a break from blogging. What I realized during this time off is that I really missed blogging. I enjoy sharing fun finds, recipes, etc with all of you, but I know that everyone has a different situation so I decided just to take a break.

Things seem to slowly be going back to a “new normal” here in Missouri. These past few days we have started to learn about the new return to school plan for my girls. So far I’ve only heard from my highschooler and I’m hoping to hear from my younger daughters school this week so I can get a plan of action ready! It looks like they probably will both have a mix of online and in school schedule for the next few months. Sports are slowly returning and that makes both of my girls very happy. Actually it makes hubs and I happy too…we just love watching them both on the field doing what they love ❤️ #fieldhockeymom #soccermom

I’m trying really hard to get back into healthy eating. I’ve had some bumps in the road these past few months, but I’ve been doing much better these past couple weeks. I’m trying out some new recipes with my air fryer and I’ll share them once I get them perfected!

Besides eating healthier I’ve been trying out some new skin care and hair care products. The majority of them I’ve been very happy with. I’m going to write a post about my top pics very soon. Honestly I haven’t done much clothing shopping lately but I’m starting to get the itch so I’ll start share some items when I come across something good.

I hope you all doing well; staying safe and healthy. I’d love to know what you’ve been doing this past few months to stay busy and what you’d like to see in future blog post.

Until next time-

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