Best Meatloaf Recipe

MOM…. MEATLOAF! That’s right, I’m making my frat house some good ol fashioned meatloaf. Now, don’t get it twisted, this is no basic loaf. This recipe is from the one and only 1770 House in East Hampton, NY compliments of the Barefoot Contessa. Ina, if you’re reading this I’m a big fan, HUGE!

melsy's illustration

Melsy’s Illustrations

When I say I’m turning up the volume on letter writing, I’m not playing around! Only the fanciest stationery will do when I’m writing to my mom (aka Mama Dukes). After all, she’s the original Queen!

Per usual, I’m peppering in some heart shaped confetti (you’re welcome Ma) and using my fave matches and wax seal. I’m very much in to these EXTRA fine (of course it is!) ball point pens. And can we just take a moment to adore this stationery?!? Melsy is beyond talented and I want EVERYTHING on her site!

Check out more from Melsy! I’m OBSESSED!!! #talented #FashionIllustrator

breakfast on tray

French Press Coffee

It’s ALWAYS coffee time! And when I’m not in a rush, so basically Saturdays and Sundays, I love to spoil myself with a pot of the good stuff #FrenchPress

I felt a tad overwhelmed initially, but after watching a half dozen Youtube videos on the topic, I gave it a go. Such as life, you just have to dive in head first sometimes. If you’re feeling EXTRA, treat yourself to a milk frother!

steak and shrimp

Steak and Shrimp Dinner

So I’m making my girlfriend dinner and I couldn’t be more excited! I LOVE to cook, bake, EAT, and film the occasional #pretendcookingshow. The meal I’m making my gf has to taste fabulous and look gourmet! After all, presentation is EVERYTHING, Queen! Some staples in my meals on wheels repertoire are chocolate chip cookies, rosemary and currant scones (recipe from my FAVE cookbook Ovenly) , and HUGE brightly colored salads.

I can’t stress it enough, if you don’t have a cast iron skillet…RUN don’t walk! It’s a must have kitchen tool. I will not cook my steaks in anything else. The rest of this fancy feast includes roasted shrimp on skewers, roasted red potatoes with red onion and chives, and a sprinkling of curly parsley a top it all (I prefer it to flat parsley, but to each her own).

As you know, I’m obsessed with stationery and all things GEEK, so naturally I have a personal embosser with gold stickers and cellophane bags in bulk! Tie up the bags with some adorable ribbon and your baked goods Showed Up & Showed OUT! #FAF

chicken salad

Sautéed Chicken Salad

In my humble home cook opinion, salads are beyond easy to spice up. If you’ve got zero time to impress but a will to make it happen, (pause for a snap) that’s all you need, Queen! I know it’s just Tuesday night, and I know my little boys couldn’t care less how GORGEOUS this turned out, but I’ll tell you what; seeing the pleasantly surprised look on my husband’s face..worth it! #FancyAF

Saute Pan: Bed Bath & Beyond

Serving bowl: Amazon

wax seal

Stationery Geek

Sending a birthday card to my girl and you know I have to use my wax seal. Anytime you can send a handwritten note, please do!

My love for stationery and sending letters started at an early age. In elementary school I had two pen-pals; Trevor, a grandfather figure of sorts from Australia and Jodi, a girl my age from another school. Random right? I also adore sending letters to my grandma’s and have since college #WestVirginiaUniversity #Classof2004

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Thanks for joining me!

My name’s Brittney and I’m fabulous, thanks for asking.  I’m a wifey, boy mom, fashion enthusiast, stationery geek, and home cook.  This space will be my outlet for creativity and haven for letting my virtual hair down.  If you love turning up the volume on anything from your OOTD to a birthday gift to a girlfriend, then this blog is for you.

I just have one question for you, is my hair big enough?!  The answer is always YYYAAAAASSSSSSSSS QUEEN!