Monday, March 30, 2015

Crawfish Stuffed Sausage Jambalya

If you're from a southern state you know that crawfish season is upon us.  I for one, love crawfish but they do gross out quite a few people I know.  When a friend of mine was given crawfish stuffed sausage I knew I had to find just the right recipe.  Luckily my Gamma Phi Grandlittle is engaged to a chef (Shannon's actually a fabulous cook herself) so she knew just what I should make.





















































Crawfish Stuffed Sausage Jambalya
adapted from Gimme Some Oven's jambalaya recipe

  • What You'll Need:
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb crawfish stuffed sausage (or spicy sausage of your liking)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (14 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 2 Tbsp Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup thinly-sliced okra
  • salt and pepper
  • Frank's Hot Sauce to taste
Instructions:
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, bell peppers, jalapeƱo and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.  When the vegetables are soft add the last tablespoon of olive oil and then add sausage.  Stir and mix everything together.  Saute for another 5 minutes until sausage is cooked.
Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, brown rice, creole seasoning, bay leaf, thyme, and cayenne, combine well.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.  Simmer for 30 minutes until rice is cooked, stirring occasionally so the rice won't burn.
Add in the shrimp and okra and stir to combine. Simmer for another 15 minutes adding additional seasoning  and hot sauce to taste. Remove bay leaf and serve!

Weekending: The One Where I Remembered to Blog

Yall I think summertime may be upon us after this weekend!  The weather was absolutely beautiful and every second I had to be inside made me so sad.  This girl is ready for long summer days by the pool for sure!

Friday night I had a work event for March Madness at 2 of my accounts.  Buying tons of people Fireball shots can be fun but not always the most glamorous part of my job.

Saturday we decided to get outside and enjoy the weather so we headed to the beautiful Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas.


























For my out-of-towners, this park is built on top of an overpass and is absolutely gorgeous.  They have a dog park, children's playground, splash pad and (my favorite part) several different food trucks to choose from.  We decided to have the best grilled cheeses ever at Ruthie's Rolling Cafe.








































After lunch I got to the pool as fast as I could.  I'm REALLY going to enjoy this view for the next several months.























































The sun definitely took it out of me though because I barely made it out past 11 Saturday night.

Sunday was spent at Pure Barre getting my #LTB on and working the front desk.  I also tried my hand at a new recipe that included crawfish stuffed sausage.  I will definitely be sharing that later this week.  

This week is going to be insanely busy with work (what else is new) and getting ready for my Vegas trip this weekend!  Hope yall have a fabulous Monday!

Linking up with Biana today!

PS the BEST part of my weekend?  Getting this in the mail



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Beauty Lusting

I don't normally blog about beauty products around these parts because usually once I find something I love, I tend to stick with it for a long time.  We're talking years on some things.  However, the more I read other blogs the more I want to be a product junkie!

Here are a few things I've been lusting for lately:

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I'm a big fan of the Naked 2 palette but I run out of some colors faster than others.  I feel like with the Naked Basics I would use most of these colors daily.

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I used this perfume for YEARS and always got complimented on it.  I used to buy it from Ulta but I can't find it anywhere anymore besides Amazon.  For some reason finding a perfume I like is so hard for me because I'm not really into floral scents and I feel like 95% of women's perfumes are floral based.  This one had a citrus hint to it that was really great.

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I got a sample of this from Sephora and LOVE it.  I honestly helps smooth out my hair when I actually take the time to dry and style it.

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The Holy Grail of styling products!  I love almost everything DryBar related and I've heard amazing things about this trio!

What are some of your favorite beauty products? What do I need to be trying?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Endings

So today's post is really just me writing out my feelings.  Sometimes I just need to let out the feels somewhere so here it is:

I was talking to my best friend about a guy I just met. I said "all I know is that when this ends it will be awkward since we run into each other every week".  Katie's response?

"Why are you already looking toward the ending?  Maybe this one won't end."

That got me thinking.  Have I really become a pessimist about relationships?  I have always prided myself on being a hopeless romantic and always believing that my Prince Charming is out there but the older I get the more I wonder.

I mean endings are kind of inevitable right?  Grade school, middle school, high school and college all ended.  Fashion trends end. Jobs end.  Unfortunately friendships I've had have ended.  Some of my relationships have ended before I was really ready for them to be done.  Does that mean everything in my life has an expiration date?

I have been truly blessed to have a lot of great beginnings lately.  A new job, a new (old) city, a new apartment, and actually a few new friends that have brought me some great nights so far!  I realize that I need to focus more on the beginnings I've been given and less on the endings that may actually be nowhere in sight.  Yes, maybe certain things will end for me but I just have to keep the faith that God has a better plan for me than I do!