Saturday, April 19, 2014

Martin's Simple Fajitas + A CW by Corningware Giveaway

Hey loves! Today I wanted to share this easy recipe for these simple and awesome fajitas that Martin's been making for ages and that he got me hooked on after we were married. They come together in like 10-15 minutes, they're really quite healthy (if you don't pile on the sour cream:)) and they're so so delicious!
The sharing of this recipe was mainly inspired by the vibrant and fun colors in the new CW line from Corningware, which I was very excited about receiving for review before the official launch of the line. I grew up eating out of Corningware Bakeware and I have so many memories of delicious meals attached to that name. Since I've started my own family I've loved searching around thrift stores (as I'm sure many of you do as well) for the vintage Corningware dishes to add to my own collection because they're so durable and strong, they easily go from oven to table because of how cute they are:), they nestle easily for storage, they're dishwasher safe, etc and this new line is no different! Except for the bright colors of course, which give them a very modern and fresh feel. Enough about that for now though, lets get to the recipe!

Simple Fajitas
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 lb boneless beef chuck steak (other favorite cut optional)
5 Tablespoons white distilled vinegar
1 large white onion rough chopped
2 cups rough chopped bell peppers
1 can (4 oz) tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons garlic
1 Tablespoon oregano
2 teaspoon cayenne
black pepper
white pepper

Cut steak into 1 inch strips against the grain making them roughly 3 inches long, and toss in a bowl with 5 Tablespoons of white vinegar. Set aside to marinate. Saute half of of your chopped onion on medium-high heat with 3 Tablespoons of olive oil. Once the onions are browned and caramelized, drain and discard the vinegar and add the meat to the pan. 
Season your meat with 1 Tablespoon paprika and 2 teaspoons of garlic, some salt, black pepper, and white pepper. Brown meat on one side and then flip to brown on other side. Add half of the rough chopped bell peppers approximately 1 cup. Once meat is browned on both sides and cooked through add remaining onion and bell pepper tomato sauce and seasonings. Add final salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve with toasted tortillas. Additional options to deck out your fajitas include: avocado, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, sour cream, fresh lime juice, hot sauce or any of your personal favorites.

And now for the giveaway! One winner will receive two pieces from the new CW by Corningware bakeware line, and all you have to do to qualify is leave a blog post comment telling me/us what you'd like to make in your new dishes, or even have someone else make for you.haha something like that:) Here's the raffle thingie:
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Thanks so much for visiting today, and good luck with the giveaway!
xo, Emily
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Finds #90

This week I found...
 1  // this asymmetrical nude blouse with leather around the neck. Love this color so much right now! 
 2  // these linen cloth napkins in light grey. napkin perfection:) my fabric of choice right now is linen
 3  // this recipe for chai banana cake with some whipped cream on top. looks so tasty! 
 4  // this pillow from modcloth with the constellations all together, I'd love this for John's room 
 5  // this luminizer from rms beauty that has the perfect pearly sheen. love it
 6  //  I love this woven chain necklace with graduated chain. the turquoise color is spot on too. 
 7  // this beautiful geometric vase made of concrete. I'll take about 6 of them for the kitchen
 8  // this amazing looking recipe for roasted asparagus with hollandaise. one of my favorite combos!
 9  // the jane austen handbook needs to be on my etiquette shelf in the library
 10  // these  comfy looking salt water sandals by hoy shoes. I'll take one in every color please? :)
 11  // this set of natural agate coasters are perfect, especially with the gold-toned edges. need them 

We've been Spring cleaning a lot over here and I've had days this past week of feeling so overwhelmed that I just have to load the kids up and go for a drive to get my mind off of all the goals and things. What are some ways that you keep your imagination under control? haha Please share!Take care my friend:)
xo, Em
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anniversary Week - Five Memories from our Wedding Day

Hey lovelies, today's post was originally supposed to be published on our actually wedding anniversary last Friday (the 11th), but since I got whisked away on a fun little visit with some family for the occasion I decided that I'd go ahead and publish it today for your viewing pleasure:)
I've been asked often in the past if I have wedding pictures and if I'd share them, but in all actuality I don't have many from the day:( It was a bit cold, and there were some complications, etc, but I thought it'd be fun to at least share a couple we got so you could see! Here are some thoughts about the day that we wrote up separately and then put together. enjoy!

5 Memories of Emily's :
1. The biggest thing that comes to mind is the feelings of calm and peacefulness that I had throughout our wedding day. I remember a lot of people asking concernedly if I was 'feeling alright' or things like that because 'brides are normally more nervous on their big day' I suppose.haha I did expect to feel some sort of cold feet right at the last minute like they always have in the movies, but that wasn't the case. I'd never been more sure of anything before.

2. My 'Something Blue' was a little lacy garter for the occasion, and I laugh when I think about how quickly Martin snatched that thing off my leg to shoot into the crowd of gents.haha We were both on cloud nine that day and I'd never felt the butterflies in my chest like that before, but the boyish nervousness that came out in Martin was new and sweet, and highly attractive.haha

3. Martin's a fantastic ballroom dancer (lucky me!) and has been since he started competing in middle-school, and so for our first dance as a couple we wanted to do something a little more traditional, and decided on The Foxtrot! When the song started and we began our dance at our reception, all I could think about were the days leading up to that day when we'd grab our dancing shoes and some music and move across the floor of some studio or gymnasium (whatever we could get on the day) as I tried to remember the steps. There's a huge amount of coordination with another person and trust, etc that goes into ballroom dancing and if you have the opportunity to take lessons with your partner, I would highly recommend it!
4. The last thing that comes to mind was how special it was to get ready with my mother and grandmother in the brides room. I'd always wanted a ball gown for a wedding dress, with a big full skirt and some subtle bodice detailing, and we found it! I had to buy it a couple sizes too large (it as the last one!), but my grandmother was a dress maker for years and has amazing talents with sewing so there were several fun fittings leading up to the big day with my mother and grandmother. Having those generations with me in that room, those two sweet and strong women, fussing over the train and helping me attach my veil was such a wonderful experience. I'll cherish those memories always.

5. I remember holding hands with Martin for the ceremony and looking around to see the faces of just about all of my favorite people in the world. There was so much love there that day, but as I looked back at my soon-to-be husband, all the other faces faded away and it was just the two of us there alone together. I wish I could remember more of the words from the ceremony because it all seemed to happen so fast, but I remember they were beautiful, and special, and they pronounced us husband and wife. Aren't I a lucky gal:)

5 Memories of Martin's:
1. We were married in the morning and I hadn't slept much because I was way too exited and had spent the last night of my bachelorhood with some awesome friends counting down those last hours. It wasn't a huge number present to the ceremony- but a pretty small group that we had carefully selected out. When I really think about it these people and many others made our wedding very special- that is in the leading up to and in the events after- but not in the actual ceremony itself. What I mean is that it became a room of blank faces and all I could see was my woman. Anyone could or could not have been there and it was beyond me to register it. I just couldn't notice: I just didn't have the capacity.

2. Our first purchase as a married couple and on our wedding day was a hairbrush for Emily, I think hers went missing, or she hadn't packed it or something. I’m sure it doesn't sound romantic but it was all kinds of romantic, I guess toothpaste or anything else really would have been for me at that point.
3. My best man’s speech started out really good and then I just wanted him to sit down and shut up. I was surprised at myself. I so was glad that he ended it when he did because any longer and I was sure to get emotional- and I never do that.

4. We painstakingly tried out all kinds of ideas for our after-ceremony luncheon and landed on our choice. It was a lovely restaurant that we had enjoyed a lot while courting. We assembled our choices from our favorites off the menu and I was really excited for that particular event (food is a highlight for me). For some reason it all went terribly wrong. There was confusion for our guests in the ordering process and the meals themselves weren't at all what we’d signed up for but rather horrible mistake versions. I was really surprised too when we were the last two peopled served at our own event- some few hours after it had started. My new wife just wasn't bothered at all. Emily is just one of those determinedly happy people. She’s a brilliant host and assertive when such is called for- but the luncheon was a highlight because Emily has such a good perspective. I could say the same for any potential negatives since then.

5. Emily was so strong and calm on our wedding day. I wouldn't say that I was nervous – but I was anxious and had that nauseous feeling one gets from too little sleep. But all of that went away when I saw her. She put me right straight away. And she was so beautiful! She is always beautiful and I’m shocked every day that I somehow got her to choose me for her husband.
Thanks for visiting and reading! It was fun to read Martin's memories and spend some time thinking about the day. Are you married? Care to share something you remember from your wedding day? I'd love to hear!
Have a great weekend ahead, but make sure to come back Saturday at least for a highly requested post! :)
xo, Emily
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Janee's Birthday Giveaway

It's a funny thing isn't it how in the world of blogging, a birthday like my friend Janee's is celebrated by her getting together with a bunch of friends (happy to count myself among that lot:)) to give something instead of receiving like normal people do on their birthday's. haha And you know what we're giving away? One of you lucky peoples will receive a Visa gift card with a whopping $600 on it! That's a lot of cash folks:) 
a Rafflecopter giveawayApril is already a huge month for celebrating what with Martin and Sophie's birthday on the same day, our wedding anniversary, other multiple birthday's and anniversaries among my siblings, etc, in fact it's my sister's birthday today and her anniversary tommorrow.haha So another party thrown in the mix makes it even better:) Do you have any birthdays or other special occasions in April? 

Happy Birthday Janee! Come back soon loves:) 
xo, Emily

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Monday, April 14, 2014

New Hair Tutorial Look and an Announcement

Morning you people! I'm excited about 'unveiling' the new look of my hair tutorials that I'll be doing, and the first one I'm releasing is as the new hairstyle contributor on The Wonder Forest blog! Go check out the full tutorial here, and make sure to let Dana and I know what you think of it:)
Also how do you like the new look of the tutorial overall? I love how the look is more clean and carefree, and the first thing you see is the style. That's really what I was going for and I love how this one turned out.

We've had a somewhat quiet weekend here on the blog since we were surprised with a visit to some of my favorite family over the weekend. Our trip was kicked off with them taking the kids overnight on Friday so we could have an Anniversary date! This week is going to be chalked full of some lovely and long awaited posts, some being doubled up: the rest of 'Anniversary Week', recipes, style posts, YouTube, more hair, etc. Can't wait!

Thanks for visiting, and welcome to any new comers from Dana's blog! I'm so happy to have you, and I hope you'll come back soon. Here's to a brand new Spring week!
xo, Emily
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Anniversary Week - What We Wore// earth tones for date night

This is a fun post today, because it's Martin's first 'official' outfit post on The Freckled Fox! I usually use his photo skills to take my outfits when we're headed out for one reason or another, but this time I figured it was appropriate to drag him in front of the camera and take our first little outfit together for our anniversary week series. I think he did a great job don't you? :)
I've had such a positive response to the little outfits I've done with the girls where I feel like I was able to share a little more of their personality and such, and I've been getting questions about mens fashion and style, etc often enough that I think I'll have to start using Martin more in the future to help me answer those questions and help you get to know my better half at the same time. Sound good? haha
What She's Wearing: White Blouse - Row McCarthy // Cardigan - Ross (lisa boom brand) // Necklace - c/o Kiki La' Rue // Pants - Ross (jj brand) // Heels -  Rowena (quite old)
What He's Wearing: Black V-Neck - c/o Buck Mason // Tweed Jacket - H&M // Jeans - & Fit Bragg // Shoes - Perry Ellis America // Aviators - Neiman Marcus // Watch - Armani
Have you ever posted outfits with your husband or boyfriend etc on your blog before? did they put up a fight or did they enjoy it? haha Thanks for visiting today, I'm look forward to the posts left in the series and I hope you are too! take this weekend folks:)
xo, Emily

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