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|USVI: 2017|

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My favorite place.

My husband and I made another trip back to the USVI and had an absolute blast, again. We stayed in the same resort, Marriott Frenchmen’s Reef, and this time they upgraded our room and it was beyond perfect. We were able to walk directly out the patio doors to the walking area to the beach.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from our trip this time.

The food is incredible. The water is crystal clear. The sand is like powdered sugar. The sun is always beaming. This IS paradise.

My go to drink: Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita.

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This trip we booked an “excursion” with Virgin Island Ecotours. We decided to go with the Kayak, Hike and Snorkel trip. The most fun I have had in years! It is so worth the money. The tour guides made the trip worth the while. Click this link to check out our video of the tour as well as other highlights from the rest of our trip!

We cannot wait to plan to go back! Our favorite vacation spot!

Until the next wave,

We Are The Marshall’s

|Movie Marathon|

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Since my gallbladder surgery, I haven’t been able to do much lately. Nothing strenuous anyway. The same television shows I have seen dozens of times, daytime soap operas I don’t care to watch, and outdated game shows I can guess the outcome of. I am about to lose my mind.


So this past Friday, Tommy & I go on a date. First date we have had, just the two of us, in I can’t remember how long. I wanted dinner and a movie, but without people. I didn’t want to be around anyone but my husband. We catch an early dinner, about 5, restaurant is empty; it’s perfect. What are the chances of going to the movies & the theatre being empty? Yeah, we could not get that lucky. Next best thing? Rentals: The movie store! We browse the shelves and pick out a handful of movies. He finds several he likes (which typically involves some western and/or war movie) and I find a few we both can enjoy. All weekend long we enjoyed the last few days of quiet and just “us” time. Rhett will be coming home in a few days and back to reality we will be. I haven’t seen very many movies being advertised lately; so we go in this endeavor blinded. To my surprise, we did quite well with our selections. :]

  • Money Monster
    • I thoroughly enjoyed this movie; real life possibilities here. Definitely a must see.
  • Traded
    • Horrible acting, great concept. Movie was…. mediocre?
  • Masterminds
    • This movie was hilarious. It reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite with the cheesy humor.
  • Captain America: Civil War
    • Super hard to follow. I kept asking Tommy questions. You have to be familiar with the comic characters. Otherwise, this was a so-so film.
  • Suicide Squad
    • Would not recommend watching this with kids. Humorous, yet full of action. Really enjoyed; 4 out of 5 stars for me.

 

Ready, Set, Action,

We Are The Marshall’s

|Birthday Shenanigans|

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Tommy turned thirty! I am so blessed to be able to share this milestone with him & the many more to come! Happy birthday babe! :] I took him on a cruise for his birthday since we don’t really care for “material” things, we like to make MEMORIES! It was such a fun time; I cannot wait to go again.

My •almost• favorite part of cruising is the FOOD & DRINKS! We love to try new things and just junk out all the time & not feel guilty about it. 🙂 Since we live in Texas, we always sail out of Galveston, and that port doesn’t offer very many travel options so we opted to fly to LA and sail from Long Beach.

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Our first stop was Catalina Island, California [also known as Avalon]. This is such a super small island, there really isn’t much to do, but the views are spectacular! We walked the entire island and shopped in the first couple of hours that we were at port. The wind and tide were high, so it was super chilly and we were unable to swim at the beach, but that’s okay, we enjoyed the quiet atmosphere this small island provided.

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Last and final port: Ensenada, Mexico. This place was •beautiful•. We didn’t buy an excursion on the cruise through Carnival, but as soon as we got off of the boat and took a bus in to town, we decided to purchase from a  local vendor. We went on the La Bufadora Tour, which was about 35 minutes south of Ensenada. It was a quiet ride on the tour bus, with lots of information given from our tour guide. In La Bufadora, there are approximately 300 shops and home to one of the world’s largest geysers! Since we went first thing in the morning to see this “blow hole”, it wasn’t blowing at it’s peak, but it sure was a sight to see!

We met some great people from all across the United States on our cruise. There were several couples assigned to our dinner table each night roughly the same age as us. It was such a fun time each night interacting with these people and hearing stories about them.

Of course, I’m too cheap to purchase the pictures available on the cruise, because be honest, who wants to spend $18.95 for a 8×10 picture with no frame? Not me! So, I was able to take a few pictures of the pictures [with my cell phone] before I got caught & got in trouble! Ha! We call them our “glamour shots”. We laughed each night we took pictures because they were super posed and completely unnatural, but the few pictures I got, I love!

Even though we spent Thanksgiving day in an airport for over 5 hours waiting on our flight, didn’t get to eat a Thanksgiving meal with family, we enjoyed every minute of being gone. We sure missed being with Rhett though, and I’m pretty sure Rhett missed being with us! Saturday, the 26th, was Tommy’s actual birthday, so I decided to get up and cook him a traditional Thanksgiving meal, just for the three of us. I spent all morning and most of the early afternoon in the kitchen, but it was totally worth it.

Until our next adventure,

We Are The Marshall’s

|November|

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Wow! It’s almost the end of November, almost Thanksgiving, almost Christmas, almost 2017! A •lot• of things have happened this month. Lots of traveling, time with friends, new President-elect, new furniture, you name it!

Let’s start with the traveling:

Recently, I went on a four day cruise out of NOLA to Cozumel, Mexico with just the GIRLS! No husbands, no kids, no worries! I could not even describe the amount of food we ate, it was all so good, so of course we had to try it all. The weather was absolutely perfect, the atmosphere was addicting and refreshing. It was an absolute blast, but I sure was happy to get home to my husband and baby. 🙂

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Friendsgiving:

I wanted to start a tradition of Friendsgiving to sort of jump start the holiday season. I love, love, love to cook and I love to have friends over, so what better way to bring us all together? We decorated, we ate, we drank, we passed out shortly after, but not because of the alcohol! [insert evil grin] Everyone brought a side dish or dessert, it was all pre-determined so no one brought the same dish. We were responsible for the meat and appetizers. Tommy smoked a turkey and a chicken, and I roasted two chickens. The appetizer was Dressing & Sausage Balls w/ a Cranberry Dipping Sauce. SUPER EASY & SUPER DELISH! I will post the recipe in a few days; it tastes so good! We decorated the tables into two tables; a girl’s and a guy’s table, of course the guy’s table had to be a bit sarcastic on the decor. 🙂

DIY Table Decor:

You will need two rolls Brown Kraft Paper (depending on the size of your table), black Sharpies in different sizes, tape, fall decor & an artistic hand. Cut and fit the brown Kraft paper to your table size, and secure with tape. Use the black Sharpies to decorate with fake plates, utensils and frilly designs & sayings. Add your fall decor to the center & Voila!

Cannot wait to do it again next year!

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President-elect:

I am 27 years old, and I am proud [yet almost embarrassed] to say that I voted for the first time in my life this election. I did my research on the candidates, chose the one I felt could best lead our country, exercised my American right, and voted. Proudly!

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New Furniture:

I have had the same “big man” chair for about 8 years now, and although it is still super comfortable, it doesn’t look as pretty as it did when I first brought it home. Same goes for my couch. We have decided it was time to just bite the bullet and purchase a new couch and chair. I can guarantee I did more research on these two items than I had on any college paper this semester. Buying a couch is an investment, and although I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, I want something affordable, yet durable. These two things normally do not go hand and hand. I decided to purchase from Wayfair. I will post info & pictures once these items arrive. Crossing my fingers everything turns out!

Next Adventure:

My husbands 30th birthday is this month! What better way to celebrate than to take him on a mini vaca? Catalina Island, California and Ensenda, Mexico here we come! 🙂 Yes, I’m a cruise/travel person, if you can’t already tell! Pics to come soon!

Until then,

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

xoxo,

We Are The Marshall’s

|White Chocolate Blueberry Bundt|

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White Chocolate Blueberry Bundt [because who doesn’t love a bundt cake]

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|Cheesy Crisp Chicken Casserole|

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Yesterday’s thoughts: I just got home from work, it’s Monday, and what a “great” Monday it was. [You can insert sarcasm where you please.] I thawed chicken out last night in hopes that I would come up with something new to cook today. I’m all about throwing stuff together as long as it tastes good, quick and easy to make and doesn’t require me going to the store for additional ingredients. You know, I’m all about saving money and not throwing anything away, so I found some out of date [so far out of date I won’t even tell you how bad] crackers that I wanted to use. My inner Giada de Laurentiis came out on this meal. My husband was surprised at how well it tasted so I have included the recipe below. Try it out, add some other stale/out of date products if you like… Just kidding, I don’t advise you to use out of date products. I’m sure there is a reason these products have expiration dates, however I am very frugal and a rebel – dates don’t mean anything to me, unless it’s milk, I can’t do out of date milk. [Well, sometimes I can.]


Cheesy Crisp Chicken Casserole

1 lb. chicken [or however much you want to eat]

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp pepper

Milk [just enough to cover chicken to soak]

Breadcrumbs [or in my case, I used crackers with pretzels on the flip-side that I put in the food processor]

1 tbsp Tony’s Creole [add to breadcrumbs]

Shredded Cheese [about 1 cup…ish]

For Chicken Sauce:

1 can cream of chicken

1 tbsp butter

2 tbsp mayo

1 tbsp milk

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Soak chicken in milk for about 5 minutes – don’t ask me why because I don’t know why. Ha!

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  • After soaking, cover chicken in breadcrumbs.

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  • Place in casserole pan, or whatever deeper pan that fits the chicken.

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  • Cover with shredded cheese.

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  • Add salt and pepper. [more or less to taste]
  • Add some of the milk that you soaked the chicken in, you kind of have to eyeball it. You don’t want it all to float, but just enough to make it ALMOST soggy. I would guess about 1/4 cup. [I don’t like to measure things]

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  • Cover with tin foil & bake at 400 for about 25 minutes.
  • Take off tin foil and place back in oven for about 5 minutes.
  • Change setting to broil [while chicken is still in oven] and broil for 5 more minutes. [watch this, cheese may burn]

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  • Remove and let cool before eating.

While the chicken is in the oven, you can make your chicken sauce.

Chicken Sauce Directions:

Mix can of Cream of Chicken, butter, mayo and milk in sauce pan until heated through. [easy right?]


To Plate: Place a piece of chicken on plate [we put it on a bed of boxed stuffing] and add the chicken sauce on top.

Tasty, easy and CHEAP. Score!

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Note: This recipe is great with a side of boxed stuffing and homemade mashed potatoes with skins.


One of the things Tommy and I do together that we truly enjoy is cooking. It normally consists of me cooking and Tommy sitting at the bar while we converse about our days, the food, life, whatever comes to mind. Closeness and communication are some of the things that keeps us together and will keep our marriage successful. These are our times and We are The Marshall’s.