Week's End Wrap-Up

Monday, October 5, 2015

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1. Jake and I have gone on many Autumn walks this week and soaked up the cooler temperatures. The leaves are just starting to change and truth be told, I like when they change slowly instead of disappearing all at once. These were a few especially beautiful ones we collected.

2. My sister Leah was in town for an extended weekend and came to visit me at work! We ate lunch together, reminisced about our childhood and enjoyed each other's company among a really busy fall season for the both of us. Sisterhood is such a gift.

3. We are putting the finishing touches on the kitchen and living room of our apartment. I hope to share it with you soon! I am somewhat of a perfectionist, so naturally I want it to be all put together before I do a big reveal. In the meantime, we found a clever way to hang plants without screwing through the ceiling. Win!

4. I love taking photos, but have made a commitment to do more with the photos than simply keep them on my memory card. Artifact Uprising is an awesome company that focuses on printing photos that mean something. It is a joy to have these scattered throughout our home to remember everyday moments caught on camera.

Smithfield Pork Kabobs
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-The key to creating brighter photos

Tell me about your week!
What are you looking forward to in October?

Smithfield Marinated Pork Kabobs

Monday, September 28, 2015

It is safe to say Autumn is in full swing. School is in session, the leaves are changing and the colors are vibrant. I love the way different climate seasons provide the opportunity to eat seasonally and change up traditional recipes. Jake and I like to add some variety to our regular meal plan and the change of seasons provides the perfect time to try a new recipe or two. As much as we like to try new things, however, we always keep simple and easy at the forefront of dinner time.

Today I am sharing one of our recent creations that falls in this category, Smithfield Marinated Pork Kabobs! With only five ingredients and four steps, this recipe is a keeper. These kabobs are so fun to make, especially for a gathering of people. On the way to my parents house, Jake and I swung by Walmart to pick up a few basic ingredients for a delicious grilled meal. We did not want to worry about a bunch of prep work, so we decided on Smithfield Mesquite Pork Loin Filet to provide an automatic, abundant flavor for our kabobs.

The best part about kabobs is that you can personalize them to your taste buds. I love, love, love grilled pineapple, bell peppers, pork and onions, but choose to pass when it comes to tomatoes. The individualized options are endless! We love spending time around the dinner table with family and friends. We strive to make our meals delicious, yet simple to spend as much time with loved ones instead of in the kitchen. Creating a delicious and colorful meal doesn't have to be difficult after all.

Smithfield Mesquite Pork Loin Filet
Bell Peppers

How To:
1. Cut all of your ingredients into small cubes.
2. One by one build a kabob to your liking, adding pieces of pork, pineapple, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions.
3. Grill your kabobs over medium heat for 20-25 minutes. We found that a lower temperature, with slower cook time keeps all the flavors vibrant.
4. Serve and enjoy!

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The Guys Behind the Blog | September Edition

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Welcome to September's edition of The Guys Behind the Blog. Over the past few months, you have fallen for my husband's wittiness and keep coming back for more! I love that he be front and center on the blog each month. This time is extra special, because all of the questions are reader submitted, meaning we are asking what YOU want to know. You sent us a mix of funny, serious and rock solid questions that we will be debuting every three months or so. Thanks for being here and without further ado, I'll turn it over to Jacob.

1. What's the silliest thing you and your significant other have needed to compromise on?
For whatever reason I am just that big into cuddling on Saturday mornings. If it is a Sunday, then I am all for it, but I just don't love it on Saturdays. Unfortunately that is Laura's favorite time to cuddle, so we have had to sort of alternate weekends of when we can and cannot cuddle. That is kind of silly I guess.

2. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 must haves would you bring with?
First, a never ending Culligan water cooler. Second, at least three dogs that would never die #teamgillelandsgetadog. Third, a laptop that could only access Netflix.

3. Talents aside, what is your dream job?
I have always told Laura that if I could make enough money working at a state or county park teaching people how to canoe, I would drop everything and do it. So basically I would choose something along the lines of a state park employee who works in nature teaching people to enjoy the great outdoors.

4. What are three items on your bucket list?
For all those on my team, you know the first by far is to get a dog #teamgillelandsgetadog. I would also like to camp in every national park in America and sleep over night in my hammock in every state.

5. What kind of date is your favorite to go on with your significant other? (Romantic, fun, spontaneous, etc.)
If you know me well, you know that I am not big into surprises, so you can cross that off the list. I do however really like spontaneous dates. If we come home from work one night and all of a sudden decide to go on a walk by the lake and eat some grub, I am all for that. Just don't surprise me with that, if that makes sense.

Link-Up Details
This month's link-up will be open through Friday, October 2nd. Leave your link and be sure to visit some other posts to get to know their guys. We love when you make new friends through this link-up and encourage one another! Our next edition of The Guys Behind the Blog will go live on Thursday, October 29th. Enjoy the fall related questions below.

October's Questions
1. Fall means cooler temps for most of us - are you a warm weather or cold weather kind of guy?
2. What's the best Halloween costume you have ever worn?
3. What's your favorite Halloween candy?
4. What are your favorite parts of fall (ex: football, the weather, Thanksgiving, etc)?
5. How do you feel about pumpkin spice lattes?

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