Changes

July 21st, 2012 I posted the below picture to Facebook with the caption “Bye Bye Statesboro….it’s been the best of times…it’s been the worst of times! Wouldn’t trade these memories for anything!!!” I had a skeleton of a plan and no job but was headed to Atlanta to chase my dreams.What that dream was? I had no clue but something told me I needed to get out of my comfort zone and see what I was made of.

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If you would have told me when I snapped this photo what lay ahead, I would have thought you insane! The opportunities I have been given have been amazing; including the most recent. I couldn’t be more excited to announce I have been presented with the opportunity to move to Chicago.

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Guess what – I took it! This southern lady is heading to the mid-west! I can’t wait to share my journey with you here on Southern in the City. Cheers to grabbing the bull by the horns and my new adventure in the 3rd largest city in the US!

xo,

AMS

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Noticeably Nude

Recently I find myself obsessing over nude nail polish. I typically go for deep reds but recently nude polish seems classic and refreshing. It makes the nails look longer and chips are less noticeable when in between appointments.

Below are a few pinterest finds to get you inspired to try this look!

XO

AMS

Nude Pinspiration
OPI

OPI | Mimosa’s for Mr. & Mrs 

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Butter London | Yummy Mummy

chanle

Chanel | Frenzy

essie

Essie | Pound Cake {similar here}

Just hanging around

I’ve been looking for a simple way to get my necklaces organized on the cheap. After a little research, my favorite blogger over at Cupcakes & Cashmere provided the perfect solution via her post {HERE}.

Opting for gold nails to skip on the painting, I quickly measured out about an inch between each nail. I then added a staggered row to ensure enough room for more necklaces. After taking a step back, the necklaces alone seemed a bit dull. To add a touch of art, I added an old Valentine’s card from the boyfriend to an Ikea picture frame {HERE} to add style to my organization.

Now that I have my necklaces organized, it has brought more attention to my messy rings and bracelets! Look’s like I’ll be checking off #5 of the resolutions list sooner rather than later!

XO

AMS

Reshelfle

After cleansing my home of Christmas, it was time to get my home in order. As told a post or two ago {HERE}, I have bookshelves that act as the focal point of my current living room. After moving around trinkets to make room for Christmas decor, I decided it was a great time to reshuffle the shelves and better organize my trinkets.

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To get started, I did my research. Over to pinterest I went in search of ‘how-to’ pins from other who had successfully completed their bookshelf revamp. I found {this}, {this} and {this} article to be helpful in getting me started.

I began my refresh by removing everything from the shelves for good scrub. As this is a rental, I knew I wasn’t going to invest in repainting the shelves and walls so I used a cleaner with bleach to get everything looking as clean and crisp as possible. Note to self: use gloves when cleaning with bleach especially after a fresh mani!!

With all items removed, I then organized my stuff by category (i.e. picture frames, trinkets, books, ect…) keeping like colors together. I analyzed items I knew were to be kept and stored others I decided to no longer display. Now time to organize! Per my research, I started with large items and books.

Once I had a few items in place, I began playing around with other items while trying to keep things in groups of three. I would place items – step away – then rearrange until I felt I had a collective mix of item and color.

Although everything isn’t perfect, this will hold me over until the possible move (tidbit mentioned {here} but more deets to come!)

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Can you tell the difference? Besides smelling fresh and clean the shelves now feel less cluttered and will be easier to keep clean; not to mention, every trinket and photo displayed are now meaningful.

What’s your first ‘clean up’ project of the new year? Leave a comment!

XO

AMS

Taco Soup

With the polar vortex in town, I thought it only polite to have body warming soup cooked up for its arrival. Bored with chili and chicken tortilla, I opted for this easy taco soup recipe shared by my aunt {also mentioned here}.

While sauteing the meat, chop the onion. As I am from the onion growing capital of the world, I always opt for Vidalia sweet.

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Once the meat is brown, let it strain while sauteing the onions. As the onions become clear, combine with meat.


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Next, add in the canned veggies along with the mix packets and water. Stir and let simmer for at least one hour.

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While the soup simmered, I quickly whipped up jiffy corn bread in my favorite cast iron skillet; one passed down from my Nana’s personal collection.

Once the soup is ready, crumble a piece of cornbread in the bottom of a bowl; add soup and top with jalapeno cheddar cheese.

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Easy Taco Soup

1 lb ground beef browned and drained

1 Vidalia sweet onion chopped

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies

1 can red kidney beans

1 can great northern beans

1 can black beans

1 package dry taco seasoning mix

1 pack dry ranch dressing mix

2 cups water

Brown ground beef and drain; saute onions until almost clear then add back drained ground beef. Add all undrained canned items and seasoning packets plus 2 cups of water. Let simmer uncovered for about one hour then cover and put on low until eating.

Mid Week Marinade

As mentioned, Santa left many cooking goodies for me this year and it is all I can do to get in the kitchen and try them out. First up, my reversible griddle {HERE}.

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I wanted to add this to my collection as a way to prepare quick grilled meals. With it being the middle of the work week, I’m looking for yummy meal without a lot of time spent stove side. I whisked up this easy marinade found via pinterest {HERE} and let the chicken soak for about 45 minutes.

Once ready to cook the chicken, I let my griddle (grill side up) warm over medium heat before adding the chicken.

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I then added my chicken breast and cooked for 6 minutes on each side.

How’s that for a quick meal? Next time, I’ll have my chicken prepared ahead of time to shave off the soaking time needed. Do you have any quick recipes to share? Leave a comment!

AMS

Mid Week Marinade

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar

Whisk all ingredients together. Let meat soak for a minimum of 45 minutes but ideally overnight.

Duke & Suzi

Today means back to work for me after a long vacation. While I’m stuck in the office – I’ll be dreaming of park visits with the pups. Here are a few favorites of my cuties during our last Piedmont Park adventure to hold me over until the weekend!

XO

AMS