Friday Fall Frenzie

Since I live in Texas and we are on our 20 something day of triple digit heat...I am so looking forward to buying and wearing my fall clothes!! I probably won't get to wear them until October...but hey a girl can wish!!

Below are pictures via Pintrest, which I just stumpled upon, that I am looking forward to adding to my Fall wardrobe!!

cute fall look!

Loving everything about this fall outfit!

I love these embellished't not that rainy in Texas, but I really NEED these!

Loving this color for fall and all of the sparkles!

Want a or many blazers this fall...thanks to Kim K and Kate Middleton

And lastly a fabulous fall outfit!

What do you have on your fall wish list?



Southern Inspired Dinner

I am so excited to be a guest blogger on TVP for the next two days!! I have really enjoyed blogging and one of my favorite things to do is cook! I like to think I am Paula Deen, Jr.

This following dinner is Southern Inspired since I am from Texas and I always use my southern belle voice while making all of it!

One of my fiance's favorite thing I make is chicken fried steak. With it being so messy to make he probably only gets to enjoy it once a month...maybe.

Paula's Chicken Fried Steak

•1 1/2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

•1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

•8 (4-ounce) tenderized beef round steak (have butcher run them through cubing machine)

•1 teaspoon House Seasoning, recipe follows

•1 teaspoon seasoning salt

•3/4 cup vegetable oil

•1 1/2 teaspoons salt

•4 cups hot water

•1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (recommended: Ac'cent), optional

•1 bunch green onions, or 1 medium yellow onion, sliced


Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1 side of the meat with the House Seasoning and the other side with the seasoning salt, and then dredge the meat in the flour mixture. Heat 1/2 cup oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 or 4 of the steaks to the hot oil, and fry until browned, about 5-6 minutes per side. Remove each steak to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining steaks, adding up to 1/4 cup more oil, as needed.

Make the gravy by adding the 2 tablespoons remaining flour to the pan drippings, scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the salt. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the flour is medium brown and the mixture is bubbly. Slowly add the water and the monosodium glutamate, if using, stirring constantly. Return the steaks to the skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, and place the onions on top of the steaks. Cover the pan, and let simmer for 30 minutes.

House Seasoning:

•1 cup salt

•1/4 cup black pepper

•1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Paula's Garlic Mash Potatoes

3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature

1 teaspoon finely minced garlic

whole milk, start with 1 Tablespoon, at room temperature or warmed

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


In a medium saucepan, cook the potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan.

Add the butter, sour cream and garlic. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or the back of a fork until the ingredients are blended. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the potatoes are the desired consistency. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.

Paula's Not Yo Momma's Banana Pudding


•2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies

•6 to 8 bananas, sliced

•2 cups milk

•1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding

•1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

•1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

•1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream


Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 12.



And I'm Off!

To Portugal that is :) Only for two weeks and I am nervous, excited, saddened and just a mixed bag of emotions. I have loads to do today and things to get ready at the house. But pray for me that I will have a safe flight, my pup, Lucy will be okay with out me for 14 days and that all will be wonderful.

While I am away TVP will be having guest bloggers to post thorught the two weeks I am gone. They are my wonderful friends - Julie at Wearingmascara Erin at It's all about E and R at Belle in Bows

Have these great ladies feel welcome to TVP. Comment and enjoy! :)

So I am off and I will miss you all terribly. But be safe, enjoy life and love! Here are some images of where I will be for two weeks--- Ah...My homecountry of Portugal! :) 

Adues & Ciao!

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Manic Monday..

2 more days until I am up in the air and off to Boston then Porto, Portugal all in one day.
I must admit I am not that great of a flyer.. all i want to do is just sleep and breathe. My anxiety and nerves are coming up and will be full force on Tuesday. Oy... I see Advil PM in my future for 2 nights at least.

On a happier note, I have three guest bloggers coming in and posting on TVP while I am gone.
Those would be my fabulous friends- A Belle In Bows, It's All About Erin and Wearing Mascara.

Check out their blogs. This will be a great treat for all TVP readers. :)

Also, a sad tribute to a great talent who struggled with addiction... R.I.P. Amy Winehouse.
Such a sad ending to a talented person. May you have peace at last.

Photo Credit

T.G.I.F. in Pictures

Happy Friday Everyone!! Truly, Thank Goodness It has Arrived! :)

Enjoy this images for your friday! :)

Have a fabulous weekend and stay cool!

Photo Credits
Much Love  :)

On my mind...

  • 5 more days until I am in the air and flying to Porto, Portugal. AAAHHH I cannot believe I will get to see my parents and extended family.
  • 5 more precious days before I leave this sweet baby for 2 whole weeks :(

  • I think I have found the one. More on that later.
  • Overwhelmed with the items and errands I have to accomplish before I leave on Wednesday morning. I swear I need an assistant
  • Hoping that I can switch my IPhone/AT&T carrier to international plan so that I dont get charged with roaming.
  • Grateful for my twitter and blog girlfriends- E and Belle In Bows - They are truly the best a girl could ask for :)
And had to share this.. just made me smile this morning :)

Where Have I Been Lately?

Dear Friends,
So sorry for going MIA in the past month or so. Things have been a whirlwind lately and it is all good things.
With that, I am back and ready to get into blogging my life, thoughts on the world and things that I love! :)

Thank you for being so patient with me and for being understanding. My blog friends are the BEST and you all are amazing! Thank YOU!

So,I will have some news to share come in a few weeks, but I am not ready as of yet. But it will be a good news.. no worries.

On a lighter note-- I have 6 more days until I am flying off to Porto, Portugal to meet my parents and spend time with my family. I am over the moon excited and I will hopefully be able to blog from there, but most likely I will be Tweeting-- follow me at Silvie1999.

Stay tuned... daily posts will be a coming! :)