Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Best and Worst Songs of 2014

If you're not new around here then you know that I LOVE music of all kinds.  I use music to change my mood or enhance it depending on the day.  There are songs that will never cease to put me in a good mood (Best Song Ever-One Direction, Call Me Maybe-Carly Rae Jepsen, A Favor House Atlantic-Coheed and Cambria) and there are some songs that make my ears feel like they are going to fall off (Picture-Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow, Chicken Fried-Zac Brown Band).

Today I'm linking up with Helene to talk about the Best and Worst songs of 2014.  Some of these may not necessarily be on the radio but they are on albums that came out in 2014 and that's kinda the same thing.  I know there are definitely songs I forgot on both lists so be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments!

The Best Songs Of 2014

Best Songs of 2014 (in no particular order)
Hangin' Around - Josh Abbot Band
Style - Taylor Swift
Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Boom Clap - Charli XCX
It Was Always You - Maroon 5
Bartender - Lady Antebellum
Good Kisser - Usher
Magic - Coldplay
Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
Something Bad - Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert
Play It Again - Luke Bryan
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
I See Fire - Ed Sheeran
Like Real People Do - Hozier
Find You - Zedd
Beating Heart - Ellie Goulding
Don't Leave - Seven Lions

Most of those songs have a fun memory tied to them which is usually why I like certain songs so much!  Several of those were on my playlist for the first barre class I taught!

Worst Songs of 2014
Anaconda - Nicki Minaj
Bang Bang - Jessi J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj (I loved this when it came out, then I was over it)
Come With Me Now - Kongos
Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
Fancy - Iggy Azalea
Girls Chase Boys - Ingrid Michaelson
Habits - Tove Lo
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (worst song on the album but everything else I love)
This Is How We Do - Katy Perry (is it just me or is she selling out big time)
Therapy - Mary J Blige

Ugh there are just some songs that I can't even stand to hear and these all make that cut!

Do you agree or disagree with my choices?  Let me know which songs I've left off!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad

With 2015 just around the corner I have been looking for healthy recipes that still make my tastebuds happy.  One thing I have been lacking on lately is getting all of my greens in but the thought of drinking a green juice daily just doesn't always appeal to me.  Over thanksgiving my cousin posted a picture of a brussel sprouts dish she made and I literally started drooling.  I love brussel sprouts and new I wanted to try my hand at her recipe.  I made a few tweaks and think I have it down!  This "salad" is the perfect blend of savory with a touch of sweet and the red and green colors are perfect for the holidays.

Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad

What you'll need:

2 handfuls of brussel sprouts
1 package of Craisins
1 small package of pine nuts
Turkey bacon
Olive Oil

What You Do:

1. Fry about 3 strips of turkey bacon. Crumble and set aside.
2. Cut off the stem of the brussel sprouts then separate all of the leaves.
3. Drizzle olive oil into a skillet and saute brussel sprout leaves on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
4. Add a couple of handfuls of Craisins to skillet with brussel sprouts.
5. In a separate skillet toast the pine nuts being careful not to burn them.
6. Once brussel sprouts start to slightly brown add salt and pepper and pine nuts.
7. Drizzle balsamic onto salad and saute for another 5 minutes.
8. Remove from skillet and enjoy!
**You can also add cheese if you want to be a little sneaky**

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekending: Shopping and Wedding Fun

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How is it already Monday already yall?  I swear my weekends get shorter and shorter!  Linking up with the fabulous Biana today!

I started my Friday off with a little Pure Barre and holy moly my thighs were burning!  After class I packed my bags and headed back home to Odessa for my Aunt Vickie's wedding.  As much as I love going home I absolutely hate the drive (maybe because I did it 5 times when I was looking for a job) and this one was no better.  My road rage was out in full force!  After I got home that night I had dinner with my dad and went to see some friends for a bit.

Saturday mom and I hit the mall and I hit the jackpot at Express!  I've been on the lookout for a good black blazer that doesn't make me look like a linebacker and I think I found it!  I love that I can put this on and instantly feel more pulled together.

I also bought 2 Portofino shirts (Gina you may have created a monster) and I'm obsessed with the colors!  I also think I need at least 1 pair of black and white slacks thanks to these pics!

After all of the shopping it was wedding time!  The wedding was very casual and laid back which made it so fun and easy to catch up with everyone that I wanted to see.  My Aunt Vickie looked beautiful and I am so happy for she and her new hubby!

The girl in the pic above is my cousin's girlfriend.  I swear if he doesn't put a ring on it soon we may all kill him because Jess is the best!

Sunday we did Christmas with my Dad's side of the family since some of the cousins can't be there for the real day.  We always play Dirty Santa and this year I ended up with a $50 Mastercard giftcard!  More shopping to be done with that!  I meant to get pictures but I was too caught up in Bloody Marys and breakfast casseroles.

This week is sure to be a crazy one but I am really going to try to make this space of mine a priority again.  I miss posting every day but lately when I've gotten home from work I haven't wanted to do anything at all.  Hopefully that motivation will kick in again soon!

Hope yall have a fabulous Monday!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oreo Balls and Standing Out

A big part of my job right now is going into my accounts and introducing myself.  Sounds easy enough but being that there are 11 gajillion liquor/beer/food/wine reps that go into any account on a given day a lot of buyers don't want to be bothered.  They especially don't want to be bothered by someone they don't even know (aka Me).  I decided that instead of just leaving my business card (to either be thrown away or tossed in a pile with the rest of them) I wanted to do something different.  Enter Oreo Balls (aka the best and easiest treat you'll ever taste or make)!  I made these last year for my office and everyone seriously raved about them.

Oreo Balls Recipe
What you'll need:

1 family size package of Oreos
1 8oz block of cream cheese
1 package of Candy Melts (pictured below)
Assorted sprinkles

That baking chocolate up there did NOT work like I thought it would so I had to make a 2nd trip to the store to get the candy melts:

What you do:

1. Place Oreos in blender until they become the same consistency as dirt and pour into a large mixing bowl

2. Mix in 1 package of softened cream cheese; I did this part with my hands because it was much easier than using a spoon

3. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper

4. Freeze for 15 minutes

5. Meanwhile melt candy melts according to directions on package

6. When melted dip each ball into the mixture until it's evenly coated (I used 2 forks to swirl mine around)

7. Shake sprinkles onto ball before the candy coating hardens

8. Enjoy!

After mine were done I threw a few into little bags and tied on my business cards.

Yall don't judge my awful pics, my kitchen is probably the worst for taking any kind of photo due to all of the shadows!