What’s Up Wednesday!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything on the blog and what better way to jump in than on What’s Up Wednesday!?!?!? In case you are new here, the last Wednesday of every month I link up with Mix and Match Mama, Sheaffer Told Me To, and The Larson Lingo to share what has been going on.

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What We’re Eating This Week


A lot of meals from my favorite cookbook, SkinnyTaste Fast and Slow. Monday night I made her Banh Mi Rice Bowl but with cauliflower rice and tonight we are having Chicken and Dumplings.

What I’m Reminiscing About


A lovely Saturday night date with Brandon. After our engagement photo shoot, we went to KA Sushi in Heights neighorhood in Houston. It was so nice to have an amazing meal and spend some quality time with my man.

If you live in Houston or near it, go to KA Sushi and order the Lobster Ramen. It is seriously the best!

What I’m Loving


This sneak peek of our engagement pictures.

What We’ve Been Up To

We thought January was going to be a slow month so we could catch up on some house projects but every weekend is filled with fun activities.

What I’m Dreading

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Houston traffic next week with the Superbowl being in town.

What I’m Working On

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My fitness! This week I signed up for a 12-week fitness program on bodybuilding.com, it’s called TRANSformeD. Its a mix of weight loss and leaning out. I’m not sure how much I’ll share but if anyone wants to know how the program is going on comment below and I’ll share it.

What I’m Excited About

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That I get married in less than 4 months! It’s starting to get REAL!

What I’m Watching/Reading

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I’ve been binging out hard on Shameless but that is also over so I’m trying to pace myself until the end. Then I might make Brandon finish House of Cards with me.

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I picked up the Twlight Wife at Target last week in hopes that I would read it during my lucnh breaks, well that hasn’t happened yet but there is always hope. I’m only a couple of pages in and I like it but I enjoy a car nap more or a walk to get out of the office.

What I’m Listening To

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Lots of Podcasts! My current favorites are LadyGang and PaleOMG Uncensored.

What I’m Wearing

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Well Winter has seemed to come and go in a couple of days so now I’m not really sure what to wear. It’s January so I feel weird busting out my Spring/Summer clothes but it looks like I might have to take out a few things. I bet the weather will get cold again Cook-Off Weekend like it normally does.

What I’m Doing This Weekend

This weekend I’ll be celebrating my friend who is a Bride-To-Be at her Bridal Shower then on Sunday we are going to church with some friends.

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month


My dad is coming in town for a visit and I already have projects lined up for him! We are going to paint my dining room and install some shelves in our hall closet. Don’t worry, I’ll feed him lots of crawfish for his troubles.

What Else is New

Not a whole lot! I think I’ve covered it all!

Thanks for stopping by!

Don’t forget to comment below if you want me to recap my 12-Week fitness program.

Xo, Heather

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Friday Five

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Salad from Chipotle for lunch on Wednesday

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Homemade pasta with an olive oil and garlic sauce. . . .made by ME!

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Bourbon tasting with Brandon on Saturday at Whitmeyer’s Distillery

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Fries with green chili queso fom Hopdoddy’s.

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Tomatillo braised chicken legs with cilantro lime rice and avocado from Skinnytaste.com

I hope y’all don’t mind the food posts too much because there are plenty more coming your way. On Sunday, Brandon and I are hosting our first Italian Christmas Feast at our house. Our friends will enjoy some homemade italian food made by yours truly. I’ll be sure to share some pictures of the food and decor on the blog next with.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Southern Eats – Snooze

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope y’all enjoyed time with your family and hopefully your pants aren’t much tighter today.

This post is LONG overdue but I still wanted to share it with y’all!

A couple of weeks ago Brandon and I checked out a new to Houston restaurant, Snooze. Snooze originated in Denver, Colorado and has slowly made it’s way south in California, Arizona, Austin and now Houston. Snooze sticks to what it knows best and that is breakfast. They are only open until 2pm so get there early. . .extra early on the weekends because the wait can be really long. The first time we went we sat at the bar instead of waiting 45 minutes for a table. If you have to wait and need some caffeine to make the wait bearable, have no fear they have a little coffee bar set up so you can fuel up.

The first time I went I ordered the Benny’s Duo which is awesome because you can pick two different eggs Benedict without an extra cost or without fear of picking which one you love more. I picked the Bella! Bella! Benny and the Chilaquiles Benedict. Both were AMAZING! I was able to mix my love for Italian flavors and Mexican flavors.

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{Bella! Bella! Benny (left) – Chilaquiles Benedict (right)}

The second time we went I ordered the Breakfast Pot Pie which is by far my new FAVORITE breakfast plate. Let me describe this to you, they serve a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg on top of puff pastry smothered in their rosemary sausage gravy. Be still my heart!

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If you have a Snooze near you, I would run there and order the breakfast pot pie. You won’t be disappointed.

What is your favorite breakfast item?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Southern Boots Eats: Freezer Meals

Happy November 1st! I can’t believe there are only 2 more months in 2016! Where did the year go!?!?

With the holidays around the corner I’m trying to minimize my spending to the bare bones this month with a spending freeze. I think a lot of the time I mix up or try to justify my wants vs. my needs. Here are a few of my guidelines

No eating out
No unnecessary spending
No Starbucks
No adding extra items to my grocery cart because I want to try it
No manis or pedis (this one hurts the hardest but I have more than enough nail polish at home that I can paint my own toe nails)

Since I can’t eat out for lunch or dinner I knew I had to plan my meals ahead but I also didn’t want to spend an hour each night cooking after work. I did some Pinterest research and found a TON of make ahead freezer meals. Over the weekend I went to Sam’s Club to pick up a few things, like produce, Rotel and meat then I went to HEB to get the rest. Once I got home I was able to knock out 3 recipes that make 2 meals. So in an hour I was able to make 6 meals! It was super easy and the clean up was minimal. I wanted to make a few more on Saturday but an afternoon Texas Tech game didn’t allow it and after my race on Sunday I did not want to move. I’ll make a few more tonight; I’m most excited about the make ahead breakfast burritos because this girl loves a breakfast taco.

These are the meals I prepared but have yet to try:

Easy Pesto Chicken
Crockpot Beef Burritos
Creamy Italian Chicken

Once I make them I’ll let you know how they turn out.

Have you tried freezer meals? If you have, send me your favorite ones.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

NY Roots Travel – Scottsdale, AZ

New York Roots to Southern Boots

A few weeks ago Brandon and I traveled to Scottsdale, AZ to cheer on Texas Tech when they played Arizona State University. I went to Arizona a few years ago for two weeks with my previous job and I have been itching to go back ever since. We decided to make a long weekend out of it so we can explore around Scottsdale and Tempe and still attend the game. We landed on Thursday night around 7 (PST), checked into our hotel and went to dinner. I wanted to share a few of my favorite things about Arizona in case you have a trip planned or decide that you want to spend a long weekend in the desert.

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Where to Stay

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We stayed at the aLoft in Tempe which was the perfect location for the weekend. We were about a 10 minute Uber from the airport, walking distance to the football stadium, ASU, places to eat and a 6 minute Uber to Old Town Scottsdale,plus we had amazing view of the mountains. A few friends stayed at the Graduate Hotel which I’ve never heard of but it was closer to campus and had an upscale dorm room feel.

What to Do

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Go to the Phoenix Zoo

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Go on a hike. If you want to do a long hike, I would recommend Southern Mountain, but if you want something shorter with view of Tempe I would hike Hayden Butte Preserve (Leonard Monti Trail)

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Go to an Arizona Diamondback Game. The stadium is so nice and Brandon was impressed with the value beer at $4.

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Walk around ASU

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Go to Dierks Bentley’s bar, Whiskey Row in Tempe

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Shop in Old Town Scottsdale and grab a drink at the Rusty Spur

Where to Eat

I can go on and on about places to eat in the Scottsdale area but here are a few places where we ate

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Fractured Prune for FRESH made to order donuts. . .just don’t eat 2 and then hike Hayden Butte Preserve

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Old Town Tortilla Factory, get the flautas with the mole sauce and ask for their fresh tortillas.

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Italian Grotto, get the Chicken Carolina I promise you won’t be disappointed. Anytime Brandon and I go out to dinner we decide who had the better meal, I won that night.

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Roaring Fork for their happy hour, but get there right when happy hour starts because you won’t be able to find a seat in the bar area. We learned the hard way so we didn’t eat there on this trip but I ate there for dinner 2 years ago.

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Salut Kitchen Bar for brunch, get the hangover fries even if you aren’t hungover and the bottomless mimosas. What is brunch without a mimosas? Sad, just sad.

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Since you are close to the west coast, In and Out Burger especially for late night food.

Getting Around

We walked A LOT! I think my Fitbit said that we walked about 15 miles on Friday alone. Luckily Tempe and Scottsdale are very Uber and Lyft friendly so we used them most of the weekend and it was SUPER cheap.

We had so much fun on our weekend getaway to Arizona that I want to go back as soon as possible, maybe when it’s below 100 degrees!

If you have gone to Arizona before, what are some of your favorite things to do?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather