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Tulle is Always a Good Idea

According Bliss Tulle, "A tulle skirt is ALWAYS a good idea." And I totally agree! Ever since I modeled with the Bliss Tulle company four years ago, I have been in love with their tulle skirts.  They have an array of gorgeous maxi, midi, and mini tulle skirts for any occasion...including Valentine's Day!

Their blush maxi tulle skirt is absolutely stunning and can be found here.

You can dress up the blush maxi with a floral top or make it more casual with a gingham plaid button-down.

I also love their knee-length ivory tulle skirt named "The Ashley" - found here.

Pair with a red top for a classic Valentine's day look!

White Chicken Chili

Okay, y'all! This has to be one of Matt's and my favorite winter soups - especially for our cold Kentucky winters.  We typically make enough to last the two of us for at least a week, so you can adjust the portion sizes to fit your needs.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 green bell peppers (diced)
2 small red onions (diced)
1 jalapeño (scrape out seeds and membranes and finely dice)
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
4 tsp. ground cumin
3 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. salt
80 ounces chicken broth (2.5 of the boxed containers)
12 ounces heavy cream (I've used coconut milk for a healthier version)
Garnish - jalapeños, chopped cilantro, or lime

Place your pressure cooker over medium heat.  Add olive oil to pan and allow to warm through.  Add diced green bell peppers, red onions, and jalapeño.  Sauté for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until peppers begin to soften and onion becomes slightly transparent.  Add garlic powder, ground cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, and salt and stir for about a minute.

Lay your chicken on top of the vegetable mixture and pour the chicken broth over top.  Secure your pressure cooker lid and bring ingredients to a rolling boil for 45 minutes.  

Once chicken is cooked through, shred chicken in the pressure cooker and stir in heavy cream.  Return pressure cooker to medium heat and allow your soup to simmer for another 10 minutes.  Serve immediately with chopped cilantro, jalapeños, or lime for garnish, or refrigerate up to a week.

Happy Life and Happy Gas

Hey there, sweet friends!  Happy New Year!!! I wanted to start out this new year with something real, open, and honest.  I have had many friends, co-workers, and even family members ask me how I am juggling a brand new job as a CRNA, a blog, and managing to spend time with family.  And here's my honest to goodness answer...prioritizing.

Family, for me, has always come first.  While Matt and I are on pretty opposite schedules for the most part, when we are having "us time" we solely focus on each other.  We try not to answer phone calls, texts, or access social media. This is something we have done since we started dating eight years ago and has allowed us to establish ourselves and really grow in communication.

As for my job, becoming a nurse anesthetist has been a dream.  I love caring for people; and being able to see a patient through the entire perioperative period while keeping them relaxed, comfortable, restful, and pain-free is so rewarding.  (See this blog post for my journey on becoming a CRNA).  Having said this, it can be a stressful career. I mean, you do have a person's life in your hands while they are undergoing surgery.  So after a long day of work, I don't necessarily feel like getting dressed up, blogging, or posting to Instagram.  My hair is an absolute wreck from being shoved up in a scrub hat, my lipstick has been smeared off by my surgical mask, and I've probably rubbed my eyes leaving only a dismal smudge of eyeliner.  While my day has been fulfilled with putting patients to sleep, now I'm ready to jump into my own pajamas - and sometimes I actually do that!

So how do I have time for photos?  I take a day per month for a photoshoot that will include enough pictures for that entire month or longer.  For instance, I went out to my grandpa's farmhouse to take the majority of the pictures for months November through December.  I set my camera up on my tripod, focus it in, and set it on a timer so I don't have to ask lots of people to take the pictures...haha!  Sure, Matt and I may take a photo here or there when a mile marker or holiday comes along.  But, like I said before, it's all about priority!