Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Finally Cooking.

 I finally got a chance to cook something wonderful last night. I made a cheesy potato and smoked sausage stew which was fabulous. I picked up some wonderful bread bowls from the store and they were frozen so they were so easy to fix. Just thaw and stick them in the oven for only 9-11 minutes. Charlie loved it and I was so glad. Cooking for the two of us I have to really think because both of us are pretty picky. Charlie asked for me to make again sometime soon and he even brought some leftovers to work with him. We could have split one of the bowls it was so big. Comfort food at the max.

I love to have the table set nice and my fall apple scented candle from bath and body works helped set a lovely atmosphere. As you can see the bread bowls are HUGE! They took up almost the whole dinner plates. 

The stew is so simple to fix.

Cheesy Smoked Sausage and Potato Stew

  • 1 package of smoked sausage.(I cut into slices and cut the slices into 4 parts)
  • 32 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 4-5 Yukon Gold Potatoes, cubed
  • 1 whole chopped onion (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk (I used cream)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (I used more because I love pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
I also put in some crushed red pepper just for a little kick. Charlie requested it, the boy likes his food spicy. 

Cook stock potatoes onion, and sausage until potatoes are cooked
Add cream and cheese as well as spices and let simmer until thickened.

~ Miss Nikki

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bean Boots.

The title of this post is Bean Boots, but the post is really about LL Bean in general. I love it so much. My Bean boots are quite fabulous though. Those ugly little boots are just as comfortable and durable as anything. 

I can do just about anything in these shoes. Just slide them on and go. I recently went to goodwill and found another LL Bean find. I found a vintage sweater, LL Bean embroidered label, warm and cozy, right size and all. I was so excited when my sister Mattie found it rummaging through the aisles. That sweater will last me a lifetime. As it may have lasted someone else too. The sweater is a peach color with a lovely design with blues and greens and whites. Pictures will come later.

Another picture of my wonderful boots because one just wasn't enough. 

So I haven't heard from one of my viewers since I started my blog and I would love to hear from all of you. Please Tell me how you feel about any part of my blog, my posts, the bible verses, my topics, Hope to hear from y'all soon!

"Let all that you do be done in love" 1 Corinthians 16:14

~ Miss Nikki 

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Mugs!

I was recently piddling around downtown, shopping around some little stores and I stumbled along a quaint little store called the Cottage Junkie. I loved it! They had old rustic southern everything. I found the cutest set of mugs for Charlie and I.

I bought them and loved them, yet have not used them for an odd reason. I bought them and gave them to my sister so she could in return give them to us for Christmas. I was hoping it would help my little 15 year old sister out too. Since she has no money of her own, she can still give us a gift and we know we love them. I will still be as excited as I am now when I get them at Christmas.

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18: 10

~ Miss Nikki

Friday, October 17, 2014

All the toils in life.

The day before yesterday,October 15th, I was in a bad car accident. I was rear ended while I was completely stopped and the other car was going about 45. My car was totaled and needless to say I am aching and sore. I ams still waiting on a rental car to come my way, so my morning is being spent relaxing and trying to recooperate. 

Hot tea always makes me feel better, especially if i'm sipping it at my Granny's house out of her antique mugs. Hopefully I will make it back home soon though to get back to school  and work. 

"O LORD my god, I called to you for help and you healed me." Psalm 30: 2

Hope y'all have a wonderful day and be safe out on the roads. 

~ Miss Nikki

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy fall y'all!

Fall is in the air and it's beautiful. Mums and pumpkins everywhere. My Mine (grandmother) is the president of a garden club board and is crazy about flowers. She makes beautiful arrangements and her flowers are always lovely. My uncle and his wife were recently married in Newbern NC, where a mumfest is held. Needless to say we had plenty of mums left over after the rehearsal dinner. 

Today was 81 degrees but I still decided to dress for the season. I love when i get to get my jeans out. The little bear in the mum was because Newbern's little mascot are bears. I thought it gave my mum a little more character so I kept him. He is just too cute.

I'm only in college and can't afford much of an extravagant fall arangement but I printed out a cute  monogram and got some baby pumpkins to add a little festivity to my humble abode. 

Please excuse the cord. In the process of decorating I was also hiding my phone charger. My rustic wood frame was only $8 at walmart. I'm sure they still have them, and I made my print out myself. This decor will take me through halloween and then up until thanksgiving. Then i'll break my bank trying to make everything as Christmas should be.

~ Miss Nikki

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pinning fool!

As many people are now-a-days, I am addicted to pinterest. I don't have facebook or instagram or other social media at all so pinning is my vice. I love all the recipes, clothes, crafts, even home decor. If only I had a house of my own to decorate. Holiday decor is wonderful as well. I love the holidays, fall, thanksgiving, christmas. I could be an elf in Santa's workshop and see christmas decorations and listen to christmas music all year and be perfectly content.

Above is my pinterest address so all my new blog followers can follow me on pinterest as well. I would love for anyone to also send me pins you think I may be interested in as well. 

~ Miss Nikki

Pretty is as Pretty does.

"3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self,the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight." 1 Peter 3: 3-4

Above is a verse I believe in strongly and think every girl should read. My granny always said to me, and still says to me, "Pretty is as pretty does!" You should strive to be beautiful and look your best, but what means the most is what comes from inside. Your actions speak much louder than any words. 

 Here are a couple pictures of my love on this lovely Wednesday morning. Maggie is enjoying the cooler weather just as much as I am. It's now getting into the season for slow cooking and baking cookies. I'll have some recipes up before too long so you can follow along and try your hand at cooking! 

~Miss Nikki

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Introducing Miss Nikki

Hey ya'll!
My name is Nikki, I am 19 years old and live in the wonderful North Carolina. I believe in Jesus Christ and lots of old southern traditions. I cook the old fashioned way and I send thank you notes. I love crafting and country music. I intend to share my recipes, crafts, and lots of life's adventures with ya'll. 

Above is my wonderful boyfriend Charlie, who has been waltzing around with my heart for almost five years now. I'm sure you will all be getting to know him just as much as myself. We have the most perfect little family, Charlie, Maggie (our black lab), and myself. 

We love Miss Maggie very dearly and spoil her accordingly. We love to go hunting together, all three of us. What a better way to understand what all god has given us. "Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me" Genesis 27: 3
Although we don't always take a bow. It's rather hard to shoot a duck out of the sky without a shotgun. 

The view from our duck blind is one of my favorites. If only I could see it all the time. Hunting makes me feel so much closer to god. Most people would think otherwise but he gave us the beautiful days and the wet, cold days, he gave us the birds in the sky, gave me the recipes to fix him up with, and he gave someone the tools to invent my gun. It's much better to be sitting in a blind or a deer stand thinking about God than to be sitting in church thinking about hunting. 

~ Miss Nikki