Friday Favorites + Grandma’s Sweet Potato Dish

Thank the Lord for Fridays! As always I’m sharing some of my favorites from the week!

 One.I love Sally Hansen’s Pat on the Black nail polish! It’s goes on dark, which is so fun for this time of year.

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I have kind of been obsessed with Green Mountain’s Hazelnut coffee. Ever since I stopped using creamer in my coffee regularly, I love a good flavored coffee. I bought a variety pack at Costco and keep going back to this one.

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Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel photographed on the Gilmore Girls' set in Burbank, CA on SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016. Photographs by Chris Craymer Wardrobe Styling: Brenda Maben; Wardrobe Styling Assistant: Briana Heavener; Bledel's hair: Bridget Brager/Bumble and Bumble/The Wall Group; Makeup: Kelsey Deenihan/mark./The Wall Group; Graham’s Hair: David Babaii/ghd Tools; Makeup: Angela Levin/TRACEY MATTINGLY; Production: Allison Elioff/Sunny 16 Productions

My sister-in-law and I spent last weekend watching Gilmore Girls. Coffee in hand, we were loving every second except I did not see the ending coming…at all! 😉

Four.The last few years I have made my Grandma’s Sweet Potato Dish for Thanksgiving. This year was no exception! I cherish this recipe and wrote it in my Keepsake Kitchen Diary to always have on hand. This is not just a recipe for Turkey Day, it’s a recipe you will want to make throughout the year!


 Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed )
  • 1 to 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar

What to do:


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Fill a large pot with water and cook sweet potatoes until soft. Mash. Place in a mixer and add other ingredients. Pile lightly into greased 1.5 qt. casserole dish. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Bake 20-30 minutes or until bubbling.

*I triple the recipe for Thanksgiving and use this casserole dish.*


Five.Speaking of mixer’s…I have been using my KitchenAid mixer a ton lately and still love it as much as the day I bought it.

Six.1569_d3400_frontBlack Friday sucked me in and I treated myself to this! Eeeek! 🙂

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Monday starts a week of giveaways as a huge thank you to everyone for reading and following along! Make sure you check each day next week for a new giveaway! Follow me on Instagram, Bloglovin, and Pinterest to be ready to enter!

Phew! There you have it! 🙂 See you Monday!

I’m linking up with Erika, NarciAndrea, Tif, April, and Karli!

Let’s Talk + Christmas Traditions

letstalkIt’s all about Christmas traditions today. I’ve realized I want to be really intentional about traditions but I also want to strike a balance of letting them form on their own.

I grew up with a few Christmas traditions and loved it. My favorite one was that after our church Christmas Eve service, we could pick one gift to open while we had hot chocolate and watched a movie. 🙂 After Eric and I started dating, we have spent the last few Christmas Eve’s at his parents and then Christmas day at my parents. That being said, that older tradition has gone by the wayside and Eric and I have created a few over the years. I love thinking back on our Christmas’ together. Our first Christmas, we were dating for a month. Our second Christmas together, we were engaged. Our third Christmas together, we were married. Here we are at our fourth Christmas, 1.5 years into marriage and slowly creating things we might call/ continue to call traditions in the years to come.

One. Each year we have watched Home Alone 2 together.
Two. We stop at least once during the holiday season and get a drink from Starbucks. Of course they come in the festive red cups. 🙂 starbucksThree. We read the Christmas story together.

Four. This isn’t necessarily a tradition but it’s something I have made for several years and love! I make my homemade peppermint bark to give as gifts or for our families. 🙂Peppermint Bark- stephanie-spring.comFive. We don’t exchange gifts. Here’s the thing. Like I mentioned, our first Christmas together, we were dating for a month and exchanged gifts. It was so fun to see what each other picked out, especially so early on.I bought Eric a watch and Eric bought me a blue and white striped blanket because I have an obsession with blue and white stripes. I also love a cozy, soft blanket to sleep with, sit on the couch with, or really just cuddle up with. He would spray it with his cologne before he left to head home since we lived two hours apart. It was extremely sweet and as I type this post, I’m cozied up with it. He also wrapped it in peppermint wrapping paper because I love all things peppermint. I basically knew I would marry him at that point. 😉

Our second Christmas, we were saving up for our wedding. Our third Christmas we decided to just go out to dinner or do something nice together. This Christmas, we still aren’t exchanging gifts. We like to randomly buy each other things throughout the year or treat ourselves to an extra date night instead of Christmas gifts. I think that tradition will definitely stick. 😉

I can’t wait to read about everyone’s traditions and maybe try some new Christmas things out this year!

I’m praying that your Monday is filled with a lot of coffee, Jesus, and peppermint bark. 😉

Let’s Talk: New Years

Let’s Talk: Guys

Let’s Talk: Moms

 Let’s Talk: Hair and Make-up

 Let’s Talk: Summer Plans

Let’s Talk: Red, White, and Blue 

Let’s Talk: School Days

Let’s Talk: Entertainment 

Let’s Talk: Recipes


Favorite Cyber Monday Deals:

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First Aid Beauty: 30% off entire purchase. You can see my favorite products, here. Code: FAB30

The Loft: 50% off entire purchase + Free shipping. Code: CYBERMONDAY

Aldo Shoes: 50% off + 20% off new arrivals and all original prices. Code: CYBER16

I bought these! I also have a similar pair to these and these. I wear them all the time!

Victoria’s Secret: Fireside Pajamas + Free slippers. Code: SLIPPERS

Williams Sonoma: 6- Piece Bakeware Set/ 3-Piece Cookie Bakeware Set/ Free fast shipping on all orders. Code: SAVEMORE

Friday Favorites + Black Friday Giveaway!

Friday Favorites 01How is it Black Friday already?! I used to love this day because I worked retail and honestly had a TON of fun! I now love it because I’m snuggled up at home and can casually shop online if I want to. 🙂

One. What’s a girl to do when her curiosity is running wild and she just wants to give what everyone is raving about a try? Give in. Sometimes it’s A-OK to do just that. 🙂 A few months ago I gradually started using essential oils. Since I wasn’t sure about which oils I would use the most, and knew I wanted to try diffusing some of them, I splurged and bought the starter kit. However, when I realized the value of the kit, it definitely wasn’t a splurge. It was a steal! I received 11 oils, a diffuser, samples, magazine and a free oil from that month in the starter kit! The price of about three oils and the diffuser is the entire price of the kit. Today through Sunday I’m offering a $15 credit on any order of Essential Oils when you buy a starter kit from me!  Send me an e-mail (stephster08@gmail.com) or direct message me on Instagram and I’ll send you the link directly. Plus you get a Christmas Spirit oil for free because I love my readers. 🙂

Two.

Yesterday at Thanksgiving my cousin was speaking so highly about this concealer stick! I plan on picking one up today and trying it to cover up a few blemishes. Has anyone tried it? I love, love, love reading your opinions!

Three.View More: http://oliviaraephotography.pass.us/steph-spring--food-blogMy Peppermint Bark!

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After Thanksgiving dinner, we all sat around the table and played the game, Huggermugger. I’ve never heard of it before but my cousin was gifted it years ago and thought it would be fun to play! Let me tell you…we had A BLAST! Plus, it would be a great Christmas gift!

Five.

It is sale overload out there! The one that caught my eye and I couldn’t help but share was Williams Sonoma! I love a good sale and they went BIG with theirs! I have talked about my love for their store and how we own a lot of their kitchen products. I absolutely love them and think you should gift someone or yourself to their sale. Use code: THANKS for 20% + free shipping!

I hope you had the best and most relaxing Thanksgiving with the ones you love!

I’m linking up with Erika, NarciAndrea, Tif, April, and Karli!

What’s Up Wednesday: November

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WUWquestions editI’m late to the What’s Up Wednesday party but better late than never. Right?! 😉

What we’re eating this week:My must-have Thanksgiving side dish! It’s so addicting! 2016-01-29_0001I’ve also been sipping on this

What I’m reminiscing about:Italy! Eric and I are about to book our flights and so many memories are coming back from this trip! Italy is one of my favorite countries and I am thrilled to be going back! 

What I’m loving:These oils! The more I use them, the more I love them. Be sure to check back on Friday for a giveaway! 😉 

What we’ve been up to:

To honest, all things Christmas! I am a huge fan of Thanksgiving but filling our home with Christmas things makes it extra cozy!

What I’m dreading:

Is it too early to be dreading the post holiday lull? I’m trying to soak up the next few weeks as much as possible because I get so sad when it all ends. 

What I’m working on:

Mark your calendars! The week of December 5th I am hosting a week of giveaways as a thank you to all my readers!  

What I’m excited about:

The list is long but the highlights are a five day break ahead of me with the ones I love, a hair appointment on Tuesday, (it’s the little things in life!) my friend who told me several weeks ago that she is pregnant, and our Christmas cards to arrive! That covers all the high points. 😉 

What I’m watching/reading:movieawards-2015favechristmasmoviesThis has been on non-stop. 🙂 

This, this, this!

51ccygimkcl-_sx388_bo1204203200_The extent of my reading lately has been cookbooks!

What I’m listening to:screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-6-49-46-pm

Told you our home was filled with Christmas. 😉

What I’m wearing:

My wardrobe has consisted of a few things: Black leggings, dress, half zips, and pajamas.

What I’m doing this weekend:

Family, friends, and getting a tree. Perfect. 🙂 

What I’m looking forward to next month:

Christmas!

What else is new:

Something has happened this month that has allowed me to settle more into a groove. A good groove. This month has flown by but I am so thankful for this pace and time of life. 🙂 

Bonus Question: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

We don’t really have any! Eric and I were just talking about how we want to be more intentional about creating some though! What are your ideas?! 🙂

You’ll find us tomorrow having a slow morning watching the Parade before we see family! Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone!


Show and Tell + Christmas Gifts

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The excitement the week of Thanksgiving is at an all time high! 1.5 days until an extended weekend and time spent with family. I’m so ready and excited. But first I’m talking about want, need, wear, and read’s that are on my Christmas list this year. You know, in case the Black Friday deals sucker me in. 😉

Want:41cn1zzh-kl-_ac_us160_My sister-in-law is so generous and has let us borrow her camera for a few months. I’m looking at investing in either a Nikon or Canon. Thoughts?! If there’s something I definitely want this Christmas, it’s this. 😉

Need:

Eric and I were talking a few weeks ago about Christmas lists and completely stumped. When it really comes down to it we are completely thankful for everything we have and don’t need a thing. But then again, it would be nice to have loans and a house paid off. 😉 I also could really use a manicure, pedicure, haircut, facial peel, and a vacation. 😉 But in all seriousness, we really are not in need of anything and that is a huge blessing.

Wear:  My list of things that need replenished or I’d love to try: Nike Sneakers/ Beauty Blender/ LAVANILA/ bareMinerals lip/ Hunter Boots/ Dolce and Gabana Perfume

I’m also dying to try these! Has anyone used them? Love? Hate?

I have grown a deep, deep, love for these leggings!

Read:2016-11-20_0001I need some holidays reading recommendations! It made me so sad when I didn’t have any books come to my mind that I have been eager to read. Meanwhile, I compiled a list of some of my favorites that would make fun Christmas gifts to give to others!

I can’t wait to read everyone’s list! Happy Tuesday!