Do You Use Dating Apps?

Happy Fri-Yay y’all! For those of you who are loyal readers, I’m sorry for being m.i.a this week, there’s been a LOAD going on and still soooo much more work to go, which i’m so excited to share with y’all soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ but in the meantime, let’s talk about dating….

I’ve been wondering lately if any of you lovely people have used dating apps? Christian Mingle, Match.com, Tinder, Bumble, anyone? Have you had any success? Or have your dates been disappointing or massive fails? Been there. Done that.

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I’d love to share with you my story with dating apps. I spent almost 2 years in my singleness. During this time I was healing from a 5 year on and off relationship with someone I intended to marry. I felt broken, lonely, and as if God’s plan for me was to find peace in that singleness. At about the 1.5 mark in this 2 year “stretch” a girlfriend of mine “coaxed” or let’s say convinced me to try Match.com out. Let me tell you something, it almost felt like being thrown to the wolves! between Match and Christian Mingle I received over 8 proposals and more emails from what I would call “coocoo’s” then I could keep track of. Then I was told about the Bumble app. I was told that with Bumble, women make the first move by swiping right and messaging after a match has been made. I figured I could handle doing that, but to be honest, being the first one to reach out as a woman wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, it even made me feel for dudes and the pressure they must feel.

So from the safety of my bed, while watching ย Law&Order SVU re-runs and eating chinese take-out, I picked out what I thought were “Good” pictures of me and created a Bumble profile. After that it all seemed like a game, if you will. I saw tons of people I knew which at first had me ducking behind my phone, embarrassed, like they could see me, hahahaha! Then it made me realize that we’re all going through things and everyone is just looking for “something”. After a few bad dates, including one with a guy that said “When you decide you’re not a Christian and wanna bang one out, give me a call!” during a breakfast date. Y’all, fer real!! I can’t make this stuff up.

I was about to give up and “settle” into my already pretty great life with me, myself, and my amazing pup Ava, then I saw him….. Yes, this is THE exact screenshot I took from my phone and sent to my “Tribe”. Look at that awesome smile!!

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I swiped right and WE MATCHED!! Our first date, he chose one of my favorite Austin places, without even knowing it was one of my favorite, and after about our 3rd or 4th date I knew that Mr. Jeff was a keeper. We’ve been a team ever since. Jeff not only is a man of God, he’s the type of man that prays with me, opens the door for me (and STILL does a year later!), is an amazing father and loves me through my self doubts, anxieties, and just plain crazy moments.

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I know, I know y’all, I’m being mushy and maybe over sharing but this Sunday is Jeff’s birthday. He’s not much for things being “About him” but what can I say… I LOVE this man! I’m not gonna pretend Jeff and I are perfect, we’re not, but we love the heck out of each-other. We are a team. We’re loyal to each-other, there’s no-one that makes me laugh or smile harder than him and no-one else I’d rather spend my life with. I want to say a HUGE Thank you to BUMBLE! I’ve never seen myself promoting a dating app and yet here I am. To all you singles out there, trust in your story and “you do you Boo Boo” if that includes an app, then get at it!!

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Happiest of Birthdays to you my love! I will love you until we’re gray and old.

Jeff’s birthday also marks the end ofย my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches.

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You have until June 11th, that’s THIS Sunday to enter by 11:59pm. Click on thisย Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethingsย to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Just in time for Father’s day! Letโ€™s say youโ€™re not the lucky one that getโ€™s the $100 off ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Youโ€™re still a winner in my eyes, which means Iโ€™m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD.ย 

Enjoy your weekend!ย 

Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

P.S. Check out below for some AWESOME Jeff pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰ He’s gonna hate me! hahaha!ย 

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What To Do With Rainy Days And All The Food Feels

Happy Friday and welcome to June y’all! The last few weeks have gone by so very quickly for us in our household. Days filled with fun times out of town with “friend family”, celebrating milestone birthdays, engagements (Congrats Edwin & Robyn!), Pre-K recitals, planning birthday parties, “End of school year” events, mixed in with working on our “property renovation” when we can, and absolutely NO time for rest. These days there’s also been a lot more rain than usual here in Texas. Not that I’m complaining since it’s welcomed on our hot days.

Rain always has me craving comfort food and cuddles but…..I also live in Texas, which nicely put is “STUPID HOT” and in these summer months, this means the weather is not really conducive to cuddling but there’s always comfort food to lean on!

Today I would like to introduce you to my “Go To” one skillet comfort food recipe. This skillet chicken pot pie has interchangeable ingredients (today we’re working with butternut squash) and best of all this recipe features already cooked chicken from a grocery store rotisserie chicken. Hopefully you know the magic that is possible from the grocery store rotisserie chicken?! From easy enchiladas, chicken salad, chicken nachos, chicken tortilla soup, to chicken pot pie and so much more ๐Ÿ˜‰ maybe I’ll even dedicate a few blogs to it’s magic if you’d like?…. comment below if you’d like me to share theย grocery store rotisserie chicken love with you.

Now I know how much we all value our Friday’s so I won’t keep you much longer, let’s get to it shall we….

SKILLET CHICKEN POT PIE WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH

YIELD: 6 SERVINGS ย  ย ACTIVE TIME: 30 MIN ย  ย TOTAL TIME: 1 Hr.15 MIN

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen white pearl onions, thawed
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 small bunch kale, center ribs and stems removed, leaves chopped
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1/2″ pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 grocery store rotisserie chicken, meat torn into bite-size pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (I used Pepperidge Farm), thawed
  • 1 large egg

**butternut squash can be subbed out for carrots and peas, zucchini, summer squash, corn, broccoli, or several other vegetables**

PREPARATION

  • Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 425ยฐF. Heat oil in an 8″ cast-iron or other heavy ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
    Reduce heat to medium-low.

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  • Add garlic and sage to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic begins to brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Add kale and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing often, until wilted, about 4 minutes.

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  • Sprinkle flour over. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in broth, 1/2-cupful at a time, then add squash.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until squash is just softened and broth is thickened, 8-10 minutes.

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  • Add chicken to skillet, stir, and season with salt and pepper.

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  • Unfold pastry and smooth any creases; place over skillet, allowing corners to hang over sides.
  • Whisk egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl.
  • Brush pastry with egg wash; cut four 1″ slits in top to vent.

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  • Bake pot pie until pastry is beginning to brown, 15-20 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 375ยฐF and bake until pastry is deep golden brown and crisp, 15-20 minutes longer.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Now welcome to your “warm hug” on a plate with a side of mashed potatoes, Enjoy!

I have just a little reminder, Father’s Day is just around the corner AND don’t forget about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have until June 11thย to enter. That’s ONLY 10 more days!! and these watches make for the PERFECT Father’s Day gifts!ย Click on thisย Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethingsย to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Letโ€™s say youโ€™re not the lucky one that getโ€™s the $100 off ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Youโ€™re still a winner in my eyes, which means Iโ€™m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD.ย 

Now go! Be free! Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time Lovers!

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