Thursday, October 31, 2013

{S'More Cookies Please...} Chocolate chip, s'more cookies

On the weekends 80% of our weekend pretty much reVOLS around Tennessee football and other SEC games that we don't want to miss. 

Watching the game TN at Alabama was a bit hard on a Vols fan.
But we love our Vols and needed something sweet!
I used my usual chocolate chip cookie recipe and simply placed them on graham crackers, added some mini marshmallows, and a slice of Hershey's. 

Super simple choclate chip cookes go like this:
*I toss it all into my Kitchen Aid mixer just because it is so easy, but this can be done by hand too!
1 melted stick of butter, 1 egg, 1 tsp of vanilla, 1 cup of packed brown sugar,
about 3 cups of Bisquick.

Mix it all together then add the chips. 
Once I got them stirred in I added the mini marshmellows.
Rolled them up and put them on a graham cracker.
Added the Hershey piece on top.

Baked at 375 for about 13 minutes.

yummy, gooey, chocolate perfection!
The cookie baked into the graham cracker and the wax paper on the cookie sheet made for easy clean up.
My kind of cookie!

{foolproof} chicken fajitas in the crockpot

I really enjoy cooking and I love that Drew and I can sit down together every almost every evening together and have dinner while catching up on each other's day. 

I make an effort to cook at least four somewhat healthy/clean dinner meals a week. 
We usually eat out some on the weekends so I really try to make our home meals good for us. A plus side to good dinners = good lunches. 

I'm also human and generally Mondays are a bit tiring at school and not every night do I feel like coming home walking the dog, cleaning up the house, grading papers, AND cooking a big dinner.
 So crock pot to the rescue! 

Another advantage to cooking with the crock pot is that I can "throw" a lot of stuff into including can goods that I can usually get on sale and that's a plus with my weekly budget.  This recipe is amazing and so insanely easy that I can truly throw together on my way out in the mornings. 

 Here is what you will need: 
I used 1.25 pounds of thin boneless, skinless chicken breast so I could have plenty of left overs.
1 pack of fajita spice mix or taco mix would work
2-3 bell peppers cut into chunks (color and amount depends on what you like)
1 onion also cut into chunks

After cutting up the veggies, I toss them into the crock pot.

The veggies are on the bottom then add the chicken on top of them.
On top of the chicken, pour your entire pack of fajita spice mix. 

I knew I was going to be gone from 6:45 AM and not get back till at least 4:15 or so. 
I was concerned that my chicken may dry out by 4:00 so I used my spice envelop and filled it twice with water to ensure my chicken would still be juicy.
It was a bit OVER juicy, so if you feel you need to add water I would just do 1  filled envelop.
And that's it....truly.
(definitely needed a slatted spoon ha) 
Seriously, even if "over juiced" they were amazing. 
I topped mine with fresh guacamole, a bit of cheese, and salsa!
The Hubs loves them too and they are even better the next day. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Irons

Meet the Newlyweds

My husband Drew and I met on our very first day of high school. We instantly became friends and stayed friends for many years. (obviously)
Teachers,friends, and family members would often say, "You and Drew would be such a great couple." We were such great friends that I couldn't imagine it.

Well fast forward to our second year in college.
For the first time in a long time we both found ourselves single and we were talking more than ever. 
After a long evening of talking, Drew finally asked me out to dinner the next night. We went to Olive Garden and then to a yogurt place where it was very obvious that we had something special and that this was the start of something great #love 

On March 29th, 2012 Drew purposed on the beach at sunset which will be one of the most special and heartfelt moments of my life

On June 1st 2013 we became Mr. & Mrs. Irons in our hometown of Clinton, Tennessee. 
We had our dream wedding (big thanks to my mom!) and the ceremony and  reception were something out of my dreams.

This is where the blog "Sugar,Spice, & Newlywed Life" begins.

More details on the rustic,shabby chic wedding to come!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

So I've decided to start a blog...

I love cooking, crafting, and teaching and often gather my inspiration from either Pintrest (oh how I love Pintrest) or other blogs. With that being said, I'm often told, "Michelle you should share that idea on a blog!" Well I've decided to give it a whirl and I'm kind of excited about it! 

My favorite blogs feature daily life post about family, cooking, and other daily things that are fun to read and a great break from our busy lives and generally are pretty relate able. The more I get into reading blogs the more I enjoy them and feel like I know the "authors" to these blogs. 

On this blog I hope to share cooking ideas, especially on preparing meal on a budget and generally a meal for two. (Irons Party of 2) Also, crafts and fun ideas that all girlies of all ages enjoy.

So lets see where this goes!