GIVEAWAY!!! Carnitas Tacos feat. True Vine Gifts Sangria Jelly

These Carnitas Tacos are about to be your best culinary friend

These Carnitas Tacos are about to be your best culinary friend

Every once in a while one of those recipes works its way into your life and you just know it will never leave.

You’ll keep going back to it over and over again, making it for family and friends, lunching on leftovers throughout the week (if there are any!), making a tweak here and there, but always returning to the original.

This carnitas recipe, and the tacos you can make with it are about to become one of those recipes for you.

I’m so excited to team up with my bloggy friend Sasha Johns, who is currently running a Kickstarter for her amazing wine jellies. 

In return for writing a recipe and helping her promote her KickstarterSasha provided me with three jellies—two to try, and one to give away!!

Sangria jelly?!?! What an amazing idea!

As you’ll see, I’ve already opened and used the Sangria jelly, but because I value you, and only want the best for your tastebuds, I want YOU to be able to choose between the two other flavors Sasha sent my way. 

It’s your choice: Do you want Moscato….

Wine Jelly?! GIVE ME

Or Cabernet Savignon? 

Wine Jelly?! GIVE ME

Leave your choice in the comments, check out Sasha’s Kickstarter, like Lizzy is Dizzy on Facebook, and I’ll pick one lucky winner!!

But wait, there’s more! 

I promised a recipe here too. 

These Carnitas Tacos are insane, and makes a ton of meat! I’ve been adding it into some paleo burrito bowls all week. 

You'll want to put these crispy carnitas in everything!

Btw, did you know that soft shell tacos are really hard to take pictures of unless you have one of those fancy taco holders?

While these tacos are good on their own, the sweet boozy zing of the jelly seriously kicks it up a notch or eleven.

Let’s do this.

Carnitas Tacos
Tasty tacos with crisp carnitas and a boozy bonus!
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 lb Pork shoulder
  2. 2 Limes, juiced
  3. 1 Lemon, juiced
  4. 1 T Chili powder
  5. 1 t Cumin
  6. 2 t Oregano
  7. 2 T Salt
  8. 1 t Pepper
  9. 1 t Garlic powder
  10. 1 t Onion powder
  11. 1 Onion, quartered
  12. Corn tortillas
  13. Cabbage, sliced thinly (or some slaw!)
  14. 1 Avocado, sliced
  15. 3 T True Vine Gifts Sangria Jelly
  16. Queso Fresco
  17. Sour Cream
Instructions
  1. Quarter onion, place in the bottom of slow cooker with lemon and lime juices
  2. Mix together chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Rub mixture all over pork shoulder.
  3. Place pork in slow cooker on top of onions and juices.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4, until pork falls apart with you try to stick a fork in it :)
  5. Shred pork, spread over a baking sheet, and put under the broiler for 4-6 minutes, until sizzly and slightly crisp.
  6. When ready to construct tacos, warm corn tortillas slightly either in the microwave, or over a gas burner for a few seconds to make them more pliable.
  7. Mix jelly with a little bit of water to make it more easily drizzled
  8. Build tacos using carnitas, cabbage, Sangria jelly, Sour cream, queso fresco, and a slice of avocado.
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Please check out Sasha’s Kickstarter, and pitch in to help her get these delicious jellies in more locations! I promise, it’s the next big thing.

What It’s Really Like Working on a Campaign

What it's really like working on a campaign

Nearly four months ago I left my stable, mostly predictable job for the crazy, stressful, crisis-filled challenge of running communications for a statewide campaign.

My candidate, a young political newcomer with more real-world experience than many people twice his age, stared down some of the longest odds you can face: taking on an entrenched incumbent with the capability to outspend you more than 10-to-1.

Being a young woman in what continues to be a “good ole boys’” field has both its drawbacks and advantages, I found.

Well, I found a lot of things. Here are a few of them.

1. There Are Two Types of People Who Work on Campaigns

While working on professional campaigns you will encounter two types of people: Those who do it for the cause, and those who do it for the thrill of the game. Don’t get me wrong, those two categories sometimes overlap, and that’s where you find the sweet spot.

What I learned working on a campaign

I hope you’re in the Sweet Spot, because…

2. You Better Love What You’re Doing, and Who You’re Doing it For

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Working for a campaign full time means long hours… loooooong hours. 16-18 hour days were quite normal for our team. We very rarely worked fewer than 12. I went days without seeing my husband, and weeks without seeing friends outside the campaign.

Pile on top of that a gaggle of Twitter bullies hiding behind fake names, being followed to coffee meetings, and having a background check/opposition research docket run on you, and it wasn’t always the easiest job. People are going to be sexist, they’re going to be jerks, they’re going to do everything they can to tear you down.

If you aren’t absolutely, passionately, consumingly on board with who and what you’re working for you’re going to burn out. I know people who are in it for the money, or to get to the next job, and they are almost never as effective as those Sweet Spotters.

3. You Must Be Willing to Take Risks

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Leaving my job for a long shot candidate was a risk, taking on a four decade incumbent was a risk, employing untested campaign tactics was a risk, but if there’s one thing you can’t do in campaigns it’s sit on your hands and refuse to stick your neck out there.

In today’s rapidly changing political climate, doing what has always worked will probably no longer be effective (I’m looking at you, yard signs). Think Obama in 2008, he used a social media and big data in a way that had never been seen before, and it electrified the nation. Now, those tactics have become part of the campaigning status quo.

Figuring out the next big thing can be the linchpin for your entire career, or the pursuit of it can paralyze you. Either way, you can’t just do what has always been done.

4. Having a Partner Who is Not in the Biz Will Keep You (somewhat more) Sane

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There were weeks I spent four nights away from home, and when I did get back from the campaign trail, it might be 10 PM or later. Without my sweet husband I might not have had clean clothes to wear, or a nutritious meal every once in a while. I’m never one to withhold praise of the man I was luck enough to marry, but I can’t stress enough how much he really outdid himself over the last 4 months. Seriously.

5. You Must Absolutely Take Your Vitamins and Get Some Sleep

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Go to the store, get gummy vitamins, and take them every day. Keep a gallon of hand sanitizer in your car and use it. Take one morning a week to catch up on sleep. Mine was usually Sunday. I’d crash Saturday night at 9PM sleep in until around 10AM. Getting sick on the campaign trail will not only make you less productive, it can endanger the health of the candidate, and the thousands of people you meet throughout the week.

6. Know This Isn’t The Last Race

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This race was ultimately not successful, but that’s ok. We changed the debate, we dragged the opposition to the right, and made him answer some really tough questions. Yeah, it sucks to lose, but the experience of meeting tens of thousands of Alabamians, building my reputation and relationships with members of the press across the country, and became very close friends with some of the most upstanding, hard working people I’ll ever meet.

Campaigns are a pressure cooker: they’ll either bring out your best, or you’ll explode. I don’t know who my next candidate will be, or even when for that matter, but I do know I’ll never stop working for the people and causes I know are right. For some politicos the fun is in the winning, no matter the cost.

For me, the fun is in the fighting.

Celebrate the new Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars: Which side are you on?

Celebrate the new Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars: Which side are you on?

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Celebrate the new Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars: Which side are you on?

I don’t know about you, but my entire family has been counting down the days to the new Star Wars™ movie since the first trailer came out nearly a year. We’re loading up quite a few cars on premiere night and heading to the nearest movie theater (where we bought our tickets the hour they became available) to watch it as an early family Christmas present. 

Like most people in my generation, my husband and I don’t really remember a time when Star Wars™ wasn’t in our lives. The beloved series has inspired many hours of speculation, storytelling, and witty banter in my household, and one of the many reasons I knew James was “the one” soon after we met was when he subtly dropped a more obscure Star Wars™ reference during one of our first conversations. 

Needless to say, we’re pretty freaking stoked about the latest installment in the Star Wars™ universe. And where there is my family, there will also be snacks. 

Celebrate the new Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars: Which side are you on?

Seriously, we’re the snackingest bunch of humans you’ve ever met. 

These Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars are an easy, standing-in-line-friendly snack that we can easily put in sandwich bags and carry in our purses. Bonus: they go great with specially-marked Star Wars™ Go-Gurt®! 

 

Celebrate the new Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars: Which side are you on?

The specially-marked Star Wars™ Honey Nut Cheerios®, which can be found at your local Walmart, even comes with an adorable little “droid viewer” toy.

Celebrate the new Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars: Which side are you on?

 

These snack bars are a cinch to make, and will please the whole crowd young and old. PLUS they come with their very own Star Wars™ pun built right in. (I’ll let you figure that one out for yourself ;)) BONUS: They go great with specially-marked Go-Gurt®, too!

Celebrate the new Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars: Which side are you on?

These treat bars are SO delicious, but with the chocolate, they’re probably best saved for dessert!

Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios Treat Bars
Serves 14
Marshmallowy treat bars with a dark chocolate and white chocolate side. Which side are you on?
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 6c Honey Nut Cheerios
  2. 10oz bag mini marshmallows
  3. 3T butter
  4. 1 Xoz bar Semi-sweet chocolate
  5. 1 Xoz bar White chocolate
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the microwave or over a double-boiler, melt semi-sweet chocolate.
  3. Spread over parchment paper in pan.
  4. In large pot, melt butter and marshmallows until smooth.
  5. Stir in Honey Nut Cheerios.
  6. Pour into pan and press down over chocolate until as level as possible on top.
  7. Melt white chocolate, and spread over top of treats.
  8. Cut into bars when completely cooled and set.
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Are you getting stoked for Star Wars™?! Join me in using specially marked boxes of your favorite General Mills snacks and cereals from Walmart to make a delicious treat!
Celebrate the new Star Wars™ with Honey Nut Cheerios® Treat Bars: Which side are you on?

Get the Whole Family Involved in Thanksgiving Dessert with Easy Pumpkin Trifle

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Easy Pumpkin Trifle the whole family can make for Thanksgiving!

One of my very favorite things about slowly but surely becoming a grownup us seeing my enormous family get even larger. 

Now, 4 of the 6 siblings are married, and the nieces and nephews have started adding up! Plus, I’m getting a brand new nephew in just a few days. 

Between the delicious food, sharp chill in the air, and house full of family, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday; getting to enjoy it with all the nieces and nephews makes it even more fun! 

For this Thanksgiving I wanted a budget, time, and oven space-friendly way for the kids to get involved in helping fill the dessert table with delicious goodies. 

With this idea in mind I headed to the Walmart Holiday Bake Center to pick up a few Kraft ingredients to make these Easy Pumpkin Trifles. 

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I snagged these darling Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows, some Jell-O Pumpkin Spice Flavor Instant Pudding, and a bar of Baker’s White Chocolate.

Walmart Holiday Bake Center I also picked up a box of pumpkin bread mix, some heavy whipping cream, and a bag of candy corn to round out the trifle toppings options. 

With so many smiling mouths to feed, and small hands anxious to learn how to help craft the big meal, putting together individually-sized pumpkin trifles is an easy way to get the whole family involved. 

One of the things I love about this easy dessert idea is that everyone gets their own little portion of sweetness, which definitely helps me feel better the next morning!

Another great thing about this idea is that you can make all the toppings a day ahead of time, then simply pull them out when it’s time for the kids to begin assembling them.

Easy Pumpkin Trifle the whole family can make for Thanksgiving!

Here’s how I made mine: 

Layer a couple cubes of pumpkin bread with Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows, Jell-O Pumpkin Spice Flavor Instant Pudding, and whipped cream. Sprinkle in candy corn along the way, if you desire, and top with Baker’s White Chocolate shavings!

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Another fun idea is to make a fall candy Baker’s White Chocolate bark by melting the chocolate in a double boiler, spreading on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, then sprinkling on candy corn, autumnal chocolate candies, or sprinkles. Once the Baker’s White Chocolate bark is cooled break it into chunks, and add it to the other topping options. 

Here’s all you need to do for the other toppings:

Easy Individual Pumpkin Trifle
Serves 10
An easy and budget-friendly way to help get the kids involved in making a delicious Thanksgiving dessert option!
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Ingredients
  1. Jell-O Pumpkin Spice Flavor Instant Pudding mix
  2. 4C Cold milk
  3. 2C Whipping cream
  4. 4T Granulated sugar
  5. 2t vanilla
  6. Pumpkin bread mix
  7. Baker's White Chocolate
Instructions
  1. Bake Pumpkin bread according to recipe. When completely cooled cut into 1inch cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cold milk and Jell-O Pumpkin Spice Flavor Instant Pudding mix according to box directions.
  3. Chill metal bowl and whisk in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Combine whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla in chilled bowl.
  5. Whisk on high until stiff peaks form.
When It's Time to Assemble
  1. Place toppings in cute bowls on an easily cleaned surface.
  2. Encourage everyone (kids included) to make their own Easy Pumpkin Trifle!
  3. Cover completed trifles with plastic wrap and stick them in the fridge until it's time for dessert.
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Everyone gets to make their own, or you can have the little ones make one for each member of the family.  

 

I’m so excited to see my huge family in just a few days for our biggest Thanksgiving yet!

Easy Pumpkin Trifle the whole family can make for Thanksgiving!

What dishes will you use to help get the family involved? Stop by the Walmart Holiday Bake Center for some delicious inspiration!

Local Love + a GIVEAWAY! Over the Moon Ultimate Holiday Party Box

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Over the Moon Ultimate Holiday Party Box

Can you believe it’s already holiday season?! While I threw a teeny tiny fit in the grocery store earlier this week for pulling all the candy corn from the shelves in favor of green, red, and silver-wrapped chocolates and Santa cookies, I do understand the joyful anticipation for the most wonderful time of year!

To help you get in the mood for all the upcoming holidays, the ladies over at Over the Moon have put together a DARLING set of goodies to get your home’s Christmas spirit revved up!

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Included in the Ultimate Holiday Party Box is Over the Moon’s signature “Jingle Bells” banner, tassel garland, and dot garland to spruce up your mantel or decorate your Christmas tree, PLUS special items from other local creators, including macarons from Magic City Macarons, and the cutest coasters and gift cards from Allison R. Banks designs.

Over the Moon Ultimate Holiday Party Box

Right now Over the Moon is taking pre-orders for these cutesies! Anything ordered by November 12th has guaranteed delivery during the first week of December! 

BUT the sweet ladies at Over the Moon have offered to give one away through Lizzy Is Dizzy, and ALL you have to do is Like my Facebook page, and Follow Over the Moon on Instagram!

Enter below!

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The South’s Best Used Bookstore

Holy guacamole! All these books for only $16? You'll never guess where they were found!

Holy guacamole! All these books for only $16? You'll never guess where they were found!

Have you heard of McKay’s bookstores? They’re a small chain of huge used book and music stores based in Tennessee. 

My dear sister and brother in law took us last time we visited them in Nashville, and now I can’t wait to get back! 

McKay’s is comprised of rows upon rows of gently used (and a few new) books, stacks of new and used vinyl albums, and a pretty good selection of CDs, too! All tucked neatly into cubbies, organized by genre, and in some cases by author.

A bibliophile's dream!
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While I spent quite some time browsing my favorite genres, including picking through the C.S. Lewis and economics cubbies, it was the cookbook section where I ultimately found most of my haul.

It was like a bibliophile and a chef had a baby. It was majestic! It turns out there are three McKay’s location across the state of Tennessee… anyone want to go in with me on opening one in Alabama?

Here’s my stack of books. (there are actually 3 missing… They’re on my bedside table!)

 

Holy guacamole! All these books for only $16? You'll never guess where they were found!

Any guesses on how much I spent?

Surely at least $40, right?

Nope.

$30?

Wrong.

$20?!

Lower.

$16 freaking dollars, and most of that was with two econ books!

Each cookbook was $0.50-$0.75.

Holy guacamole! All these books for only $16? You'll never guess where they were found!
This is one of my mom’s very favorite cookbooks!

Some of them are a little out of date, but food is like fashion… Just wait a few years and the same ideas and flavor combos come back in style!  

Now, I just need James to build a bookshelf in the kitchen for me so I can display them all 😀

What is your favorite used bookstore?

Local Love: We Have Doughnuts

This Brown Butter cake doughnuts are SO amazing

We Have Doughnuts in Birmingham, Alabama, SERIOUSLY makes the best cake doughnuts

There is nothing quite like a fresh doughnut.

Perfectly light and fluffy on the inside, just the slightest touch of crispiness on the outside. 

We Have Doughnuts, in Birmingham, Alabama, seems to have gotten the recipe just right. 

After hearing others rave about We Have Doughnuts for several months, I finally decided to take the 6 block trek from my office lat week and check them out for myself.

I was not even the slightest bit disappointed. 

Jennifer, at the downtown location, was so sweet, explaining to me how We Love Doughnuts got started, and how they are committed to using seasonal flavors and local ingredients whenever possible. 

The founders, Phil Amthor and Graham Yelton, worked to develop the perfect cake doughnut recipe, and it has already become known across the metropolitan area as a delicacy that must be tried. And tried again. 

It only took a second for me to decide on the Brown Butter Cake Doughnut. 

This Brown Butter cake doughnuts are SO amazing

Brown Butter+Cake+Doughnut? Did I even had a chance? 

Just a few weeks ago We Have Doughnuts branched into “raised” doughnuts, but these dough-based pastries aren’t like what you might find at chain doughnut shops… 

The one I tried was Pumpkin Maple filled, with cream cheese icing and toasted pumpkin seeds on top. Yum yum yum! 

Maple Pumpkin Filled raised doughnut... OMG

But soon the Pumpkin will be gone, and Jennifer says that Christmas season flavors will be in its place. 

Heck, that’s already happened at nearly every grocery store in the dadgum country…. But that’s a different post. 

But here’s the best part of this whole thing. Right now We Have Doughnuts operates at pop-up shops and out of a few local coffee shops, but next year they’re getting a brick and mortar shop of their own in Avondale’s new Box Row shop area next year!  

But until then, they can be found at 112 20th St N. 35203, Birmingham, Alabama. 

Go get you some!

6 Tips for Starting the Week off with a Clean, Cheerful, Well Stocked Kitchen

6 Tips for Starting the Week off with a Clean, Cheerful, Well Stocked Kitchen

6 Tips for Starting the Week off with a Clean, Cheerful, Well Stocked Kitchen

Is there anything as full of possibility as a clean, well stocked kitchen? Well, maybe you have different priorities than I do, but beginning the week with cleaned and polished counters, an empty sink, a well stocked pantry and fridge, and a menu for the week’s meals really sets me up for a healthier, less stressful work week.

Here are a few of the things I try to make sure happen on Sunday afternoons after church to make sure our home is ready for the week ahead. 

The Wunderlist App lets my husband and me coordinate all kinds of to do lists!
Any guesses what I’m making this week?

1. A fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator

Because both of us work full time out of the house, we try not to go grocery shopping during the week’s precious hours at home. Grocery shopping on Friday right after work or Sunday after church lets us prepare for the week when we aren’t in a rush. 

An incredibly important part of this step is the week’s menu! Before we head to church I take stock of what we already have, make a list of meals, then open my Wunderlist app and make a grocery list. That way, I can check things off as we pick them up at the store. 

2. All dishes washed and put away

This is a biggie for me. I want the counters, drain, and dishwasher completely empty for the week ahead. Right now, while it’s just my husband and me,  it takes a few days to fill the dishwasher, and we’re usually completely out of dishes and utensils by the time it’s full. 

Having all the dishes clean on Sunday means we don’t have to worry about scrambling to wash something at the end of a long work day, letting us get right down to making dinner when we walk through the door.

3. Lunch for Monday 

Whether it’s leftovers from the weekend, or a soup we make just to take for lunches, taking lunch to work has saved us thousands of dollars, and is often a healthier and more work-efficient option! Having everything ready in packable containers in the fridge for Monday makes the morning stress free, simply put the containers in your lunch bag and go!

 My absolute favorite countertop granite polish... Non toxic, effective, and smells amazing!

4. Polish the counters

Doing this at the end of every night is a little much, but making sure the granite counters are babied once a week seems to make the whole kitchen sparkle! I love Method Daily Granite. It’s super effective, and smells amazing!

5. Spray the sponges with vinegar and replace dish towels

I used to be baffled at why my sponges would start to smell musty after just a few uses. Now, I spray them at the end of every day with a mixture of vinegar and water, plus a few drops of either lemon or lavender essential oil, and it keeps the moisture loving bacteria causing the stink at bay.

Next, I try to make sure the dish towels are replaced twice a week, or as needed. Tossing the dirty ones in the laundry on Sunday and Wednesday is an easy thing to remember!

Having some flowers throughout the house makes me smile all week long! Here are 6 Tips for Starting the Week off with a Clean, Cheerful, Well Stocked Kitchen

6. Arrange Some Fresh Flowers

Oh,  how I love fresh flowers! Just having a few little arrangements around the house makes the whole home feel cheerier. This gorgeous and hardy bouquet was only $6 at Publix, and if you keep the water fresh it will easily last through the entire week.

A few smaller bud vases in the kitchen, plus a larger arrangement in the living room makes me smile all week long, no matter how hectic the work week gets!

What are some ways you prepare for the week on Sunday afternoons? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

How to Dress for Cold (and rainy!) Football Games

How to Dress for Cold and Rainy football games

How to Dress for Cold and Rainy football games

Now that the weather has (FINALLY) started to change, what you might want to wear to your favorite college’s Game Day probably will too! 

Over the last 15 years I’ve been to approximately 45 college football games. Here are just a few tips on how I’ve learned to dress for those long, cooler days on the quad. 

BUT FIRST. Here is my opinion on dressing for comfort, peace of mind, and fashion on Game Day!

  1. Shoes made for walking — Unless you happen to live on campus, walking all day in heels or shoes with no support will come back to bite you the next morning. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen girls limping along after the game, sexy heels in their hands, exposing their soles to broken glass, gravel, and the general nastiness of the road after 100,000+ people have been in town. And for the love of all that is good, please don’t wear your new boots until they’re broken in. You will have a bad, blistery, time.
  2. Something you won’t be broken hearted if it gets ruined or lost — Between setting up, eating/drinking all day, and hauling everything back to the car, Tailgating gets messy. That white wool coat you adore because it makes you feel like Olivia Pope? It’s going to get beer or ketchup on it. Your Rebecca Minkoff crossbody is going to get scuffed. Now, of course this might not happen, but why risk it? There are plenty of ways to stay fashionable without necessarily wearing your nicest or favorite pieces. 
  3. I don’t want to see your butt. Amen.

Now on to the matter at hand. 

Boots!

Frye Boots (Paige in tan)
Frye Boots (Paige in tan)

Not only do they keep your legs and toesies warmer, they are much more comfortable than trying to traipse around in heels while your feet go numb. Splurging on Frye boots has been one of the best investments in shoes I’ve ever made. Once they’re broken in they’ll fit you like a glove and you can wear them ALL DAY comfortably! 

Hunter Boots
Hunter Boots

Wet Weather tip: If rain is on the forecast, make sure your boots have been waterproofed OR just switch to wearing some wellies with an extra pair of socks!

Wraps/Blanket Scarves

Old Navy
Old Navy

These are fantastic for those days when it’s still too warm for a coat while the sun is up, but it dips down into frigid territory once the sun goes down. Old Navy is having some fantastic sales on some really cute options! 

Leather Jackets

Wilsons Leather
Wilsons Leather

If you live in the South, you’ve probably noticed that we’re having a VERY mild fall so far. It’s been rainy and humid and warm and awful. But now that the temps are finally dipping, leather jackets are my favorite fall fashion! One in your teams color layered over black jeans and a top looks effortless and keeps you just the right temperature. Bonus: The jacket pictured above is an additional 50% off right now! I actually have this one, and it’s one of my very favorite statement pieces :)

Coats

Cole Haan and North Face
Cole Haan and North Face

Once it does get really really cold outside, dark wool coats, lined North Face type jackets, or a lined trench.

Fleece Lined Leggings

Target
Target

I will absolutely roll my eyes at you if it’s below 55 degrees and you’re having a miserable time because you’re bare legged. Seriously. Fleece lined leggings are the best! They keep you warm, can be worn under a dress or tunic, and provide a little more jiggle coverage than normal leggings. These from Target are a good quality and are the best price I’ve found!

How to Handle the Rain

If it looks like you *might* need rain gear, go ahead and stock up before you head to campus. Chances are everywhere close to the stadium will be sold out of umbrellas (which can’t be taken into the stadium) and ponchos. Stop by the store on the way into town and grab a few. 

As I mentioned above, wear your wellies or other shoes you don’t mind getting absolutely covered in mud. 

Embrace the bad weather! Seriously, everyone is in the same position, so don’t worry about what your hair looks like, or if you’re covering up your awesome outfit with a poncho, just cheer on your team!

At the end of the day, going to football games is about having fun and yelling your heart out for your team (but ONLY when they’re playing Defense!). 

Check out Blogger Bowl posts from other Blogger ladies!

Blogger Bowl

Liz from Pretty Sweet Life // Molly from Hey There Sunshine // Aubry from Finding Beautiful Truth // Beth from Bethcakes // Meredith from Meredith Noelle // Rachel from Stupid Good Rachel // Elizabeth from Lizzy is Dizzy

The Surprisingly Scientific Secret to the Perfect Grilled Cheese

Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwich with Bacon

(Video Above: Reactions reveals the surprising reason why a cheese’s acidity makes all the difference in crafting the perfect Grilled Cheese!)

I’m joining the ladies of SeeJaneWrite this month to #BlogLikeCrazy!  This is Day #6 and we’re chugging right along :)

Have you ever wondered why some cheese are perfect candidates for being used in a melty, make-your-soul-feel-good grilled cheese, but others just turn into a lumpy, greasy mess?

Turns out, it’s science!

We all remember learning about the pH scale in high school (and/or college), right? The lower the number, the more acidic. 7 is “neutral,” and anything above it is a base. 

Cheese is mildly acidic, becoming more so during the aging process. As the cheese becomes more acidic, certain molecular bonds holding it together become weaker and it becomes melty, but as the video above explains, you don’t want it to get too acidic, because it will be too melty.

“If the pH is too low, the cheese will release all of its oils when heated, leaving a curdly, clumpy disaster. The secret to getting the perfect cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich is to find one with the right pH to perfectly balance out the calcium and protein structure. Cheeses with a pH range of 5.3-5.5 are right on the money.”

The cheeses it recommends are gruyere, gouda, Manchego, and milder cheddar cheeses. Also, the good ole’ American cheese squares will work too! 

Here are two of my favorite recipes for grilled cheese sandwiches; they’re the perfect complement to a hearty soup as the weather gets cooler!

Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon

Need some comfort food?! This warm and filling tomato bisque is perfect with a melty grilled cheese.

(H/T Mental Floss)

The Surprisingly Scientific Secret to the Perfect Grilled Cheese