Sunday, September 15, 2019

Shopping Simplified @ L.L. Bean - 20% Off All Things Flannel - Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

The smell of fall is in the air...that means cooler temps, sweaters, boots, and FLANNEL, of course!
L.L.Bean is offering 20% Off All Things Flannel for the entire family...
no code necessary, the discount is applied at checkout.
This is such a great deal, but the sale ends today, so shop soon if you want to take advantage of it. 😊

As I've mentioned previously, L.L.Bean is one of the retailers I frequent when online shopping. I've ordered from them many times over the years, and have been very pleased with the quality of everything I have received. I also love that they guarantee their merchandise 100%, so returns are never a hassle. (Although they are rarely necessary, in my experience.)

Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

For the Guys...

For the Kiddos...


What are your thoughts on the Flannel Sale at L.L.Bean? Do you plan to take advantage of the extra savings for yourself or other family members? Do tell! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cooking Simplified: Stove Top Chicken Bake

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful weekend so far!
Today I am sharing the recipe for a dish that I make on a fairly regular basis...
Stove Top Chicken Bake.

This dish contains only a handful of ingredients, is super easy to make, and tastes absolutely delicious! Serve it up with some green beans or broccoli on the side, and you have a delicious meal that the entire family is sure to love! πŸ’•


1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces.
1 (6oz.) box stove top stuffing
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
1/3 cup sour cream
1 2/3 cups hot water


Heat oven to 400ΒΊF.
Add hot water to stuffing mix; stir just until moistened.
Place chicken in 13x9 inch baking dish.
Mix soup and sour cream until blended; pour over chicken. Top with stuffing.
Bake 30 min. or until chicken is done.
(I watch for the center to start bubbling, then I know it's ready.)

That's it...simple cooking, and oh so delicious!
Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a try! 😊

Friday, September 13, 2019

Road Trip - Philipsburg, Montana

Happy Friday! How about a little bit of a 'Flashback' to get this weekend party started? Let's do it! 😁
This time we're flashing back to the fall of 2016, and a Road Trip to Philipsburg, Montana. πŸš™πŸŒ²

This past Sunday we took a family road-trip over to Philipsburg, Montana, a charming 19th century mining town that happens to be a favorite place to visit for many Montanans. With its countless activities and wonderful hospitality, you always feel welcomed and entertained.

The Chamber of Commerce website states:

"Long the county seat of Granite, Philipsburg has a rich history of mining and ranching. Officially registered as a town in 1867 and incorporated in 1890, Philipsburg was named after Philip Deidesheimer, a prominent mining engineer who hailed from Nevada. The town prospered as a booming mining community until the Silver Crash of 1893, which forced the mills to close. Most of the population vanished overnight, rendering Philipsburg and the surrounding area a ghost town.

Over the years, Philipsburg has evolved into a thriving community with a vibrant sense of history. Today, we celebrate our roots in a variety of ways, through ranching, sapphire mining, and commemorating our past in our museum and cultural center. What began as a boom town is recognized and appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts for its natural wellspring of lakes, rivers, streams, and panoramic mountains. In 1997 and again in 2000, Philipsburg was named a finalist in a contest for Prettiest Painted Places in America."

This was actually our second trip to Philipsburg this year, as we initially visited this past summer when my niece and parents were out here. My eldest son could not get the day off from his job that time and didn't get to go, so we decided to make a second trip over so he could experience the town before he leaves for boot camp in November.

One of our favorite parts of visiting Philipsburg, is taking the 4 mile bumpy mountain road up to the Granite Ghost Town.

Est. 1884
Peek Population: 3000ish (early 1890's)
Present Population: 0

"Nicknamed "Montana's Silver Queen," Granite had its hey day in the early 1890's. It is located on Granite Mountain, just four miles from Philipsburg.

In 1872, Eli Holland is said to have found a piece of high grade ruby silver while following a wounded game animal, either deer or elk. A shallow shaft was dug on the outcropping. The site lay dormant for over five years until Charles McLure found a piece of the silver ore on the shaft dump and thought the prospect showed promise. He traveled east to St. Louis where he obtained capital to begin exploration and development of the property.

The town eventually became a thriving city and boasted as many stores and commercial establishments as any other modern Montana city at that time. One of the most famous buildings in Granite was a large Miner's Union Hall with a pool parlor and club area on the first floor, and an office, a library, a large dance floor, and an auditorium space on the second floor called the "Northwest's Finest Dance Floor." Quite often the auditorium played host to minstrel shows, melodramas, and vaudeville. Some of the other amenities Granite offered were eighteen saloons, a thriving red light district, a roller rink, a hospital, five doctors, a school, four churches, several banks, a water system, named streets, and several homes for the more than 3,000 inhabitants. However, there was no cemetery. All of the bodies were interred in the Philipsburg Cemetery because the ground was so rock infested in Granite that a grave could not be dug.

In 1893, the U.S. Congress repealed the Sherman Act resulting in lower silver prices, and on the morning of August 1, within twenty-four hours of the repeal, many men, women, and children came down the mountain in search of new homes, leaving their worldly possessions behind them. One year later, only 140 people remained in Granite."

In modern day, only the foundations, rubble, and sparse remains of the town buildings are left on top of the mountain, but it is so very interesting to see where they were once built, and imagine all the town folks and miners bustling along the streets of the mining town on top of the mountain.
There was plenty of snow when we made the trip up this time since Granite is situated at 8,000 ft. in elevation, approximately a mile and a half above sea level, and it is October in Montana, after all...

My youngest son and I standing in front of what used to be the General Store...

I am wearing -
Sorel Winter Fancy Boot (sold out) which I swapped out for my Sundance Ashville Boots in Grey (sold out) once we went down the mountain into town. Similar boots to the Ashville.

Once we finished exploring the ghost town on the mountain, we came down into the quaint town of Philispburg itself to browse the local shops, grab an Americano from one of the cafΓ©s, visit one of the town's museums, enjoy a picnic lunch, and let the younger boys play on the super cool playground in the school yard.

Now of course, a visit to Philipsburg would NOT be complete without a stop at The Sweet Palace (arguably the world's best candy store), to fill up on sugary goodness for the ride home.
(Because an SUV full of boys loaded up on sugar is always a good thing...said NO mom, EVER.)

We headed home as it was getting close to sunset after a long and very enjoyable day...after all, a trip to Philipsburg always promises a wonderful and enjoyable time, filled with lots of great memories, and this visit was no exception.
If you are ever traveling through Montana, definitely consider putting a visit to Philipsburg on your list of things to do and won't be disappointed!

images here and here

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Anthropologie Looks We Love - Shop It...

I love everything about this look...
from the boots, to the hat, to the poncho, it's definitely something I would wear for fall. πŸπŸ‚
Not to mention, that each item in the outfit could easily be mixed and matched with other items already in your wardrobe. It's like buying multiple looks to love for the price of one. 😎

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

We Will NEVER Forget

18 Years Ago Today, September 11, 2001...The World Stopped.

- 8:46 a.m. ET - American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
- 9:03 a.m. ET - United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
- 9:37 a.m. ET - American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.
- 9:59 a.m. ET - South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.
- 10:03 a.m. ET - United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
- 10:28 a.m. ET - North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes.

2,977 people lost their lives that day due to these horrific, senseless, and unspeakable attacks...

As we remember the tragic day 18 years ago that changed our lives forever, please take time to say a prayer for those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice, for those that lost family members on 9/11, for our military, and for our country. We Will NEVER Forget! ❤️πŸ’™

God Bless America, and ALL those who defend her... The Land of the Free, BECAUSE of the Brave.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Shopping Simplified @ Lands' End - 30% Off PLUS Free Shipping - Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

Lands' End is offering 30% Off Your Order PLUS Free Shipping, NO Minimum
with code: SAVING30 pin: 3030, until the end of today.
This is such a great deal, so shop soon if you want to take advantage of it. 😊

There are so many things I love about Lands' End... I can shop for my entire family there, they offer classic styles that last for many years to come, and the merchandise quality is always 100% guaranteed. They have really stepped up their game style-wise over the past several years, and I have found many things to love and purchase. Give them a try if you haven't already...
don't like it, just send it back with no questions asked. You can also return in-store for free.

Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

Print Down Puffer Vest
I can't believe these are under $15 with Free Shipping...such an awesome deal!
Knit Scoop Neck Popover Dress
Add tights and boots for fall.

What are your thoughts on this promo for extra savings at Lands' End?
Are you planning to shop? What are you loving? Do tell! πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Cooking Simplified: Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful weekend so far!
Today I am sharing another slow cooker recipe for a dish that I make on a fairly regular basis...
Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken.

This recipe comes from a site called skinnytaste, and the dish consists of slow cooked shredded chicken with corn, tomatoes, and black beans served over rice or in a bowl with nachos on the side. It's topped with chopped scallions, fresh cilantro, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and you can even add a dollop of salsa for extra added flavor if you like. It is very kid-friendly (my boys love it), freezer friendly, and gluten-free. Made as is, the recipe yields 8 servings, but you can adjust it to make more or less depending on the size of your family and personal needs.


24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast
14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
15 oz can black beans
8 oz frozen corn
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
14.4 oz can fat-free chicken broth
3 scallions, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
salt to taste


Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.

Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.

That's it... easy peasy, and the result is an incredibly delicious meal
that the entire family is sure to love! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Friday, September 6, 2019

From the Archives... J.Crew September 2008 Catalog

September is here, and that means the gorgeous fall weather is right around the corner! 🍁
Let's celebrate the changing leaves and cooler temps with some beautiful images from the
J.Crew September 2008 catalog...5 Days in Prague. πŸ‚πŸ‘—πŸ‘’

Do you remember this particular J.Crew catalog?
What do you think of the images in it? Did you purchase any of the clothing items offered back then? If so, do you still own them? Do tell! 😊