12.26.2018

After Christmas Sale Picks: Nordstrom & Loft

I have been eyeing some things at Nordy for a while, but I didn't pull the trigger on them until this morning.  I have a few of my top deals below, some are 60% off!  Don't delay, I am not sure how long these will last!


I have been wanting to get this dress for at least 6 months.  Every blogger on the planet seems to have it and it looks great on everyone.  I even had this one in my cart and almost bought it for myself before Christmas.  But I am glad I waited!  It is 60% off making it less than $25!  It comes in 5 colors too.


If you are looking for a fun NYE outfit, this gorgeous lace romper is on sale for under $25 too!  I love the details and the lace, it makes it so feminine and gorgeous!


This black knit dress with a cut out would also be perfect for NYE or anytime you need a LBD.  I think the cutout adds a cute touch and gives a fun and playful twist to a basic dress.  The best part?  It is under $30!

I love Adidas right now!  And even though I can't always wear athletic clothing, I can always wear a dress.  This classic three stripe dress is 50% off!  So cute with adidas kicks too!



If you are on the market for a cute bag, this pink one from Rebecca Minkoff is 50% off!  The color will transition perfectly for spring too.  


I also love this rust red crossbody.  And it is under $35!  So cute for winter and crossbody bags are so comfortable, in my opinion.

Another cute crossbody that is under $30.  It comes in three color options too!  Grey, blush and olive!  

Are you on the market for some rain booties?  What makes these even better is the leopard print!  And they are super reasonable at $32.96!  


I am loving these 1.State pumps for 60% off!  They are available in multiple colors and are classics!  

Caslon skinny jeans look like they will fit perfect.  I can't wait to try them, especially since they are 55% off and under $31!




Everyone knows that I love Loft.  I think they have some of the cutest skirts, dresses and work wear items for me.  And they are made well.  I tend to invest in pieces that I think will stay in style for a while and that I will get a lot of wear out of, and I can use in other seasons by layering or changing the way I style them.  The best part?  When they have an extra 60% off sale items, you can score some great bargains!  I have some of my Loft picks below:

I love these button fly jeans.  And truthfully, I love the way that Loft jeans fit me.  I think they run TTS and are comfortable and flattering.  The dark denim will look great with most everything too.  And they are only $24!!  


I actually got this leopard dress for Christmas, but I think it runs a little big and I am going to have to exchange it.  Regardless, I love the subtle leopard that could be dressed up or down. And it is $14!!


This smocked red dress is really classy and flatters most shapes. And the sleeve detail is so good.  It would be perfect for Valentine's Day too.  And it is selling for $16!  Such a steal!


I love detail on skirts.  This one has floral embroidery that is perfect.  You can pair it with a royal blue top, white top or even chambray and it will look different each time!  Plus it is only $12.  


I am loving this floral jacquard skirt.  The colors are so pretty and you could easily wear this in the spring and summer too.  It is flirty and could be styled so many ways.  And it is $14!


You really can't go wrong with the lace detail on this sweater.  It comes in 2 other colors for the same price and one other color for slightly more.  It would look great with jeans, dress pants, skirts or layered over a dress.  The pink color would be perfect for Valentine's Day and spring too...only $20!


I love this blue cable back sweater.  The details are so pretty and the sweater looks great with black or white pants.  I love how it will transition perfectly to Spring as well.  And the color is gorgeous.  It comes in a white as well, which is perfect for layering. And it is only $18!


I love a striped tee and it is even better when there is a little fun embroidery on it.  This tee is only $6!  And you could pair it with jeans, a navy, white or red skirt or knot it over a dress.  So many fun ways to style it and it is a steal.  



Do you shop after Christmas sales too?  I would love to know if you like these picks as much as I do! Let me know if you have a retailer you want me to scope out for the best deals!

12.17.2018

Standing Rib Roast: The Perfect Holiday Meal

Christmas meals are a big deal around my house.  As a kid, we always went to my Papaw and Mamaw's house on Christmas Eve for a big meal and gifts. After all of our Christmas morning festivities, we would go to lunch on Christmas Day with my Granny and Grandpa.  Both of these events had a lot of food because I have a pretty big family.  I am so proud to say that I was born into a family of excellent cooks, on both sides, so cooking has always been fun for me.



Last Christmas I wanted to cook a really nice meal for my parents and my in-laws.  I was determined to make it feel extra special and went to visit my favorite local butcher (M&M Meatlocker) and I picked up a standing rib roast for the occasion.  He assured me that even though it looked fancy and difficult, that it was actually super easy to make and would be the hit of the night.

I was really stressed about making the rib roast on the day of the dinner, but just like my friend told me, it was really simple and turned out perfectly.  It was seared and browned on the outside and juicy on the inside and the flavor was impeccable.  If you are still wondering what to make for your special holiday meal, let me stop you right there and tell you, get a standing rib roast.  You won't be disappointed.



Before I get started on my cooking how to, let's talk about some other important things to know and consider when buying a standing rib roast.  

  • A standing rib roast can contain anywhere from 2 to 7 ribs.  This is the same cut of meat that butchers use to cut ribeye steaks from, which is probably why it is so yummy.
  • If you have a local butcher, most will cut and tie, so that it makes carving extra easy for you.  But if you want it to stand on a platter, you may not want it cut.  The flavor is the same either way. 
  • I always tell people to buy their meats and seafood from a local butcher.  I live in Hendersonville, NC and my butcher of choice is M&M Meatlocker.  If you don't live locally, find a local butcher in your area.  Trust me when I say it makes a difference.  
  • Butchers can do speciality cuts, explain things better than the grocery store or big box retailer, and advise you on how to prepare things.  Additionally, they are great at helping with special requests and getting hard to find items.  
  • But the best reason?  I just think their products are better. The standing rib roast that I purchased was fresh, never frozen.  The same for my turkey at Thanksgiving.  My butcher shop grinds their ground beef fresh in the store with no additives, they make fresh breakfast sausage that is amazing and I guarantee you that the steaks they sell rival any you have had at any restaurant.
  • When it comes to good quality food for my family, I am always going to choose the quality at M&M over any cheaper price.  You can just taste the difference in their products.

So now for the cooking part!  It is so simple and easy.  The recipe that I followed is linked here, but I also went ahead and filmed a YouTube video for you that I embedded below.  I would love it if you would watch it and let me know your thoughts and if you enjoy a standing rib roast this holiday season!  The cooking temperatures and full recipe are below the video for your reference too!



Perfect Standing Rib Roast courtesy of Sweet and Savory by Shinee

1 5.5 pound standing rib roast
1 TB kosher salt
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
  • The night before cooking, remove the standing rib roast from the package and coat it with the salt.  Leave uncovered, in the roasting pan, in the refrigerator. 
  • Two hours before cooking the roast, remove from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
  • Coat the standing rib roast with the cumin, black pepper and garlic powder mixture.  
  • Place it in the roasting pan, ribs down and fat up. 
  • Place roast in a pre-heated oven at 200˚, uncovered.
  • Roast for 3.5-4 hours.  Keep a watch and use a meat thermometer to reach the appropriate temperature, per the chart below.  
  • Once temperature is reached, remove from oven and cover with foil.  Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the oven up to 500˚.  After 30 minutes return roast, uncovered to the oven.  
  • Keep a careful watch, once the outside is seared and browned (approximately 15-30 minutes) remove and let sit another 5-10 minutes and slice.
Rare:  125˚
Medium Rare: 135˚
Medium:  145˚
Medium Well:  155˚
Well:  165˚

Do you have a holiday meal you love?  Or a secret to a standing rib roast?  Comment and tell me below.  And if you try this recipe, I would love to know what you think!