Recipe- Over-Simplified Chicken Fried Rice

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I’ve been in my new home for a little over a week now! I’m really excited to get back to cooking for myself, and to school, which starts today! I started making this recipe last year when I first lived in a real house, and it’s become one of my favorites! And if you’re only cooking for one, it gives you tons of leftovers, so you’ll have lunch or dinner for a few days! The other thing about this recipe is that there aren’t really specific measurements…since I made it up as I went, I didn’t really keep track of those very well! So you can just add ingredients to your personal tastes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1-2 cups cooked white rice (you can make a new batch, or this is a great way to use leftovers!)

-1 chicken breast, thawed.

-1-2 cloves chopped, fresh garlic

-Chopped onion (to your taste)

-1 egg

-Frozen peas (a handful)

-Soy sauce (LOTS!)

Here’s what you do:

First, cook your rice. Or if you’re using leftover, it’s even easier!

Next, cut your thawed chicken breast into cubes, and throw them into a large, hot skillet, prepared with cooking oil. Saute the pieces until fully cooked, and browned a bit on the edges.

Then, scoot the chicken to one small section of the pan. Very professional language and technique, I know, but at least you only have to wash one pan! Then, saute the garlic and onion until the onion becomes translucent.

After that, crack the egg directly into the skillet, and scramble it with the onion and garlic. Cook until firm.

Next, add your frozen peas. If you want to add other vegetables such as corn or diced carrots, that would be delicious as well! Stir until they don’t look like they’re frozen anymore, and are a bright green.

Then, mix the chicken in with the rest of the ingredients.

Add in your rice, and your soy sauce, and stir! I would suggest adding the soy sauce in increments, until all the rice is completely brown.

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That’s all! Isn’t that super easy? It’s also delicious re-heated- just add a bit more soy sauce, because it gets dry in the fridge! This is a great recipe to make when you don’t know what to make, or when you’re running low on groceries, because you usually have all the ingredients on hand! It’s also great for baby chefs, and it’s really fun when you tell people, “Oh, I make the BEST chicken fried rice” and they’re super impressed. I hope you give this a try!

What’s your go-to easy meal?

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Recipe-Chocolate M&M Crinkles

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I hope you are all having a fantastic week so far! I moved into my new place on Sunday, and one of my roomies is FINALLY coming this afternoon! I’m excited to see her! It’s been a little lonely! Also, we just got the internet and cable installed in our townhome about ten minutes ago, but we don’t have a router yet, so I’m currently sitting in the closet under the stairs, connected to the modem with and ethernet cable. It’s a little awkward.

Anyways, today I’m going to share with you a spinoff of the easiest cookies you will ever make, Princess Pink cake mix cookies. I’ve mentioned that there are millions of ways to make cake mix cookies, and here’s another! These are quite delicious, especially if you love chocolate!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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-1 chocolate cake mix

-1 cup mini M&M’s

-2 eggs

-1/2 cup vegetable oil

 

Here’s what you do:

First, mix together in a large bowl the cake mix, oil, and eggs until completely combined. The dough will be quite oily!

Next, mix in the M&M’s until evenly distributed.

Roll into even balls and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are firm to the touch.

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Enjoy!

How easy are these? I love the mini M&M’s, they just take over the batter and you have a little extra chocolate in every bite! You could also try this with other cake mix/add-in combos! I’m thinking maybe strawberry with chocolate chips, yellow cake with heath bits… the possibilities are endless!

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DIY-Summer Shorts

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As I mentioned last week, “re-purposing shorts” has been on my to-do list for two summers now. I bought all the supplies last year, but I never quite got around to making them. This summer, I was determined to finish (and start) the project. Before we go any further, let me be frank. This isn’t really going to be a detailed tutorial on how to embellish your denim shorts. I forgot to take too many crucial photographs along the way, and honestly, my mom did most of the sewing for me. Sewing isn’t really my thing. I wish it was, but I just can’t do it and I don’t really know why. This post serves as inspirational rather than instructional. That being said, you may be able to pick up a few tips along the way!

First, gather your supplies. You will need an old pair of jeans, (or capris, or shorts!) fabric, and embellishments of your choice. I chose these capri pants I’ve had since maybe about the eighth grade. A good tip from my friend China (we’ve been friends since before the eighth grade) is to get your jeans (if you’re buying them from a thrift store) a size larger so they will fit like shorts in the legs, instead of tight like jeans! I also chose a tribal-print fabric for an extra summery vibe, silver studs, and giant gold rick-rack that I ended up not using.

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Next, cut a considerable amount off of your pants. Cut them longer than you think you’ll want them, because you can always cut off more, but you can’t add it back! This is also the time to decide whether or not you want to hem or cuff the edges, or leave them to fray, because this will have an effect on the length. I cut one side, then folded it over to cut the other side, to make sure they were even.

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Next, cut your fabric to fit where you’re going to place it. I chose to do a panel of fabric on the front right side, and on the back left pocket. You’ll want to cut it a bit larger on each side so you can iron a small fold to avoid fraying ends. You can see on the pocket picture that it doesn’t fit-this picture was taken before I enlisted the help of my mother. I re-cut the fabric for the pocket, using parchment paper to trace the pocket as a pattern. Basically, if my mom didn’t help, I probably wouldn’t have finished these.

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Next, sew it on! I have little to no advice when it comes to working a sewing machine, so you’ll have to find someone else to help you with that if you don’t know how either. Godspeed.

Here’s the finished product! You can see on the opposite pocket that I inserted a few of the studs. I might add more later, but it was kind of hard so I gave up.

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I chose to roll the ends, but you could either hem them, leave them to fray, or add trim! If you do roll them, I would suggest tacking them so they don’t come unrolled.

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I’m really pleased with how these turned out, and I’m excited to wear them! I think they would look cute with either a solid tee or a flowy tank.

Hopefully you gained a few tips or a little inspiration for your own denim upgrade!

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Hop Til You Drop!

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I’m writing this from my local Starbucks, because I moved into my house at school and we don’t get internet until Tuesday or so! I”m so excited to be in my new house, but the last girls left it in a bit of a mess, so the roomies and I have our work cut out for us! That being said, I’m going to be very busy for a few days, so blogging might be a little slow!

Today, I’m joining Breanna and a few fabulous other ladies for “Hop Til You Drop”, a blog and social media hop! I love blog hops, they are such a great way to discover new blogs and meet new blog friends! Follow the rules below, and “get to hoppin'”!

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Recipe-Top Banana Bread

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As you know, I’m supposed to be packing to go back to school on Sunday, so naturally, I’m doing everything but that. Last week, my mom made banana pudding for the neighborhood Homeowner’s Association meeting that was at our house, but she bought too many bananas, so I decided to wait until the time was ripe and make banana bread!

I usually just find a recipe that looks easy on Pinterest, but I have this new thing where I’m trying to become the Pioneer Woman and make up my own recipes, so that’s what I did! It was a pleasant surprise to discover that it turned out very well, and that it is indeed blog-worthy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-2 cups flour

-1 tsp baking soda

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 cup butter or margarine (softened)

-1/2 cup brown sugar (plus a bit extra for sprinkling)

-2 eggs

-2 large, very ripe bananas, smashed

-1/2 tsp vanilla

-1 cup chopped pecans, if desired.

Here’s what you do!

First, in a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Next, in a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla until combined. Then, mix in the eggs and bananas.

After that, gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture until well combined. Then, if you’re adding pecans, stir them on in! You could also add chocolate chips if you like!

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If you really want to take this banana bread to the next level (you do), sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on the bottom of a greased loaf pan, like this:

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The sugar will caramelize and make things extra delicious!

Pour the batter into the loaf pan, spreading with a spatula to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Then, if you want to really, REALLY take it to the next level (you do, promise), sprinkle a bit more brown sugar over the top, like this:

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Bake at 325 for 30-45 minutes, or until brown on top and baked all the way through!

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So delicious! I plan on having this for breakfast every day until I go back to school! Or until it’s gone, whichever comes first.

If you give this a try, let me know how it turns out!

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“It’s a Lot Like Heaven”

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Last week, my parents and I traveled to Plano for my annual check-up with my cardiologist. I love going to the Dallas area, mainly because of the copious shopping opportunities typically unavailable to me in East Texas or the Brazos Valley. My check-up was at Children’s Medical Center at Legacy, conveniently located 1.5 miles away from the newest Kendra Scott store at The Shops at Legacy. I love Kendra, but every piece I own has been a gift from my sister or her fiance, so I’ve never stepped foot in a Kendra store myself. You can imagine my delight as I realized I was going to be within a stone’s throw of the boutique. My friend Ashley shares my love of the beautiful baubles, so when I told her I was going, she said, “I’ve never been inside a Kendra Scott store, but I imagine it looks a lot like heaven.” Well, she was right.

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The outside is beautiful as well! The Shops at Legacy is such an adorable area, and I wanted to stay longer, but alas, we could not.

The Kendra Scott store was indeed, heaven. With clean lines and simple, white furniture, the jewelry is allowed to take center stage and be the real decor of the boutique. The  staff was very welcoming and helpful, and invited my mother and I to try on anything we pleased. I absolutely love the new Fall Modern Treasures collection, especially the dark red stone that’s as close to Aggie Maroon as you can get! However, I decided to go with a classic that I’ve been wanting for quite some time now-Danielle earrings in black.

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Aren’t they just fabulous? I love the size, they’re bold, but not over-the-top. I chose black because I want to be able to wear them as much as possible! While I could have purchased literally everything in the store, I’m very pleased with my choice. If you’ve never been to a Kendra Scott boutique, you should definitely go immediately. If there isn’t one in your area, check it out online- I promise you’ll find something you can’t live without. Stay tuned to see how I style these gorgeous earrings!

What’s your favorite Kendra Scott piece?

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Wednesday Pins-Day

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Happy Wednesday! For some of you, that means that the work week is half over, and for me that means I only have four days left at home, and four days to find and pack up all my stuff for school. It’s a daunting task, so that’s why I’m blogging instead of actually doing it. As you know, Pinterest is another one of my favorite ways to waste time, and I’ve come across a few gems lately that I would love to share with you!

cupcake holder pin First is this fantastic idea from imgfave. What a cute way to give someone a little treat! I once put cupcakes in a tall, clear, plastic glass covered with cling wrap, and it was handy and kind of cute, but this is much better. I’ll definitely have to remember this the next time I feel inclined to whip up an enormous batch of cupcakes.

cher and dad

Because I just love Cher Horowitz and Clueless, and I feel like this is a conversation I’ve had with my own dad.

DIY shorts

This pin led me to an article on Fashion Diva Design with oodles of ideas on how to make your own shorts like those above, and how to re-purpose old denim shorts! This reminded me that I’ve been wanting to make a pair of cutoffs for two summers now, so maybe I’ll get on that.

pink pin room

This ultra-glam bedroom inspiration from my home lookbook is to die for. I’m loving the simple white, black, and cream with hot pink and mirrored accents! I wish my bedroom was this chic.

coasters

These fabulous monogrammed paperboard coasters from Neiman Marcus. These would make the perfect gift for a newly married couple (I don’t know why I said that, I know a total of 2 of those) or for yourself.

funny

Last but certainly not least, this. School is upon us, and I’m soon to turn into a new type of beast. Joy.

What are your favorite pins from this week?

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In My Closet-Chino Shorts

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This is my last week at home before I head back to College Station for the fall! I’m just hanging out at home, packing up my stuff and making last-minute purchases for my new house with my besties! I can’t wait to live with them! Today, I’m doing another “In My Closet” post, a series that features an item of clothing that I personally own, and feel is a staple in the wardrobe of a fashion-forward young woman.

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Today, I chose to feature my chino shorts. In case you’re wondering, “chino” is a type of twill fabric that is 100% cotton (thanks, Google.) They are a major component of my summer wardrobe, and they are so versatile! All three pairs, khaki, gray, and black are from JCrew-once I bought my first pair, I couldn’t wear anything else! They are so comfortable, and I love the way they fit me. They ring in at about $45, but you can definitely find them on sale multiple times throughout the summer- even though they are worth the investment, considering I’ve had my khaki pair for going on 4 years, and they’re still good as new! The cut and pockets make them look a bit more dressy, so I can wear them with a cute top and wedges to go out, but not too dressy where they will look out of place with a tee shirt and sandals. Neutral colors, like I have, make them even more versatile and beneficial to your wardrobe. However, there are some really great bright colors out there as well! Next on my list are cobalt blue, neon yellow, red, and white. I might as well stock up, because I don’t see these shorts going out of style anytime soon- they’re a new classic!

What’s your favorite way to wear chino shorts?

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Let’s Get Social!

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I’ll keep this post short and sweet! Over the summer, Sweet Cats! has become my pride and joy, and blogging has become my new favorite hobby. That being said, I am really trying to focus on growing my readership in order to expand my opportunities as a blogger, and to expand the type of content I post. One way to do this is through social media. I know a few of you already follow me, but if you don’t and you enjoy reading, follow along to see even more of Sweet Cats!.

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Outfit of the Day- A Citrus Statement

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Friday was my last day at the law firm I’ve been interning at this summer. While I’m excited to get back to school, I was actually really sad when I left. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone in the office, and they’ve taught me so much! Usually on Fridays I dress more casual, but this time I wanted to wear business casual one last time, since I’ll soon revert to College Station Chic-Norts and a tee. I had on my white capris with this outfit (and it was SO cute), but as I was putting on my makeup, a terrible accident occurred. My foundation exploded, and Ivory 204 went everywhere-on the counter, on the walls, and, of course, my white pants. So I was forced to change into jeans instead. Luckily, I ended up liking this outfit just as much!

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{Top-Loft, (no longer available), Jeans-Levi’s, Sandals-Target, Watch-Michael Kors, Cable bracelet-Katie’s}

The reason I wore this outfit was to feature my new statement necklace and earrings from Benevolent Jewels. I received my order on Thursday (stay tuned to see it all-so fabulous!), and I just HAD to wear something! Since I was going to work, I kept it simple everywhere else with neutral tones and clean lines.

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Isn’t this necklace gorgeous? It’s called “Lemon-Lime Statement Necklace”, but I also think it looks like upside-down pineapples. I like the mix of colored stones with rhinestones. I also love the earrings- mostly because they were a surprise! I knew some of the statement necklaces came with earrings, but I didn’t think this one did! Unfortunately, this necklace has sold out since  I purchased it, but there are many more options, including a few new pieces! In case you don’t know, Benevolent Jewels is an online jewelry boutique that donates a percentage of their profits to a different charity quarterly. Beautiful baubles and helping others? Perfect! You should definitely check it out, and if you find something you like (you will), use the promo code “KCODE20” at checkout for 20% off of your purchase!

What’s your favorite way to wear a statement necklace to work?

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