Total Basset Case


Nov 23, 2015

Since having our kitchen all wrapped up, we had been wanting a good excuse to show it off.
With the holidays around the corner, we had the idea to throw a Friendsgiving.
And I am SO glad we did.

We all know I love my meal plans and this was the ultimate meal to plan.
I had so much fun researching recipes, making one million lists, prepping the house and learning how to cook a turkey.  (I went to a class at Williams Sonoma that was extremely helpful.)  
We decided we would handle the turkey, stuffing, gravy and drinks and we had our friends bring the other items.  It worked out really well and (selfishly) helped me not to be too stressed out.

I spread out the prep over 2 days to keep my stress down and our kitchen a little less of a disaster.
I took a 1/2 day on Friday and made the brine then brined the turkey, made cranberry relish, prepped for the stuffing and made 3 desserts and set the table.  (You may see a theme that I went a little beyond my menu list for myself.  I couldn't help it!)
Because of the prep work I had put in, Saturday ended up not being too stressful and I was able to enjoy the day and finish whipping up our feast!

Surprisingly the turkey was not all that difficult.  I had picked up a 15lb bird and we cooked him for about 3 1/2 hours and he was good to go!  
Our stove has an internal thermometer and that was immensely helpful.  
My sidekick was also helpful.  He kept a close eye on that bird for me.
I love hosting and feeding our friends and my heart just about burst out of my chest when we sat down to eat. 
 It warms my soul to have friends that we love, cherish and are thankful for to be all together in our home.

We had a really, really fun night and all went to bed happy and with full bellies.
Floyd was over served...with turkey and had to carried for bed.

I am ready to do it again next year! 


Tete A Tete Silhouette

Nov 17, 2015

You guys know I love supporting my friends and when they open fabulously adorable Etsy shops it is even better.

Today I present to you TeteATeteSilhouette by one of my very besties, Laura. 
Laura is creating adorable silhouettes of couples, pets, kids to be printed out and admired in your home.
If you ask me, this is the perfect holiday gift...I would put your Chrismas orders in now!

This sneak peek appeared in my inbox recently and I screamed with happiness from my cube.
If that is not the cutest thing you've ever seen...

How adorable would this be over a bed or in a hallway?
What about a whole family or all of your kiddos?  Or, of course, one of each of your pets?
Or all of the grandkids to be given to grandparents for Christmas?

Ordering is easy as can be!
All you have to do is choose the pattern you would like from TeteaTeteSilhouette, email your photo to silhouettesbylaura {at} gmail {dot} com and she will send you a proof back in a couple of days for approval.  These prints are all digital and can be printed at your local print shop.
How easy is that?

AND!  Just for you lucky readers today, Laura is offering $5 off all orders with the code 'totalbassetcase'! 

Get those Christmas presents ordered


The Muddy Paws Effect + Giveaway

Nov 16, 2015

While we all love and adore Floyd, homeboy makes a mess.
Those huge ol chunky paws of his, while smelling of fritos, carry a lot of dirt on them.
Our carpets, stairs and sofa catch the brunt of it.
I do my best to stay on top of it but he is sneaky and once and awhile you just need a deep, deep clean.  
With the holidays (and friends giving) approaching, this past weekend was the perfect time to whip the house into shape.  Once I started I could not be stopped.

Thankfully this Bissell ProHeat 2x Revolution Pet showed up on our doorstep recently.  
Floyd was ecstatic.
and then he heard something outside
But really, he was stoked and very very helpful.

Soon no surface was safe in our house but I started with our bedroom.
We have sort of light carpet on there and someone in this house wakes up in the night to puke often.  This combo is not ideal.
I am very, very happy to report that the Bissell ProHeat 2x Revolution Pet totally got the stain out!

Next up were our stairs...these were in serious trouble.
Thankfully, my right hand man was not too far behind.
Such a slave driver.

Then it was on to the major culprit in our house...the sofa.
We try to deep clean our sofa a couple of times a year but we have slacked on that a little.  We LOVE the way it looks and feels after and really should do it more often.  We often put it off because it is such a tedious process.  However with the Bissell ProHeat 2x Revolution Pet it went SO quickly! I was so impressed and so pleased with the way it turned out.
Supervisor on duty.

The cleaner is so lightweight that it made using it a breeze.
I choose to go with the deep clean + antibacterial option to make sure I was getting all of the dirt and grime out of the sofa.
The dry time was also a bonus...only a few hours!
(P.s. you are also getting a sneak peek at the new pillows I made!  DIY and reveal soon!)

And the best news of all is that for every purchase of the Bissell ProHeat 2x Revolution Pet, Bissell with donate $10 to the Bissell Pet Foundation to help America's homeless pets! #yes

But wait, there's more!
Bissell is offering two product bundles (including a Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet and Bissell Deep Clean + Antibacterial formula) as a giveaway. 2 winners will be chosen at random across all communities.
To enter, leave a comment (and your email address) telling us what your favorite cleaning tips for the holiday season.


Kitchen : How to Live Without a Sink

Nov 12, 2015

I've alluded a few times to the fact that during the kitchen renovation we were living without a sink.
But until you actually do it, I am not sure anyone quite grasps what that means.  We sure didn't.

I mentioned that our countertops took way longer than we originally thought which was the major player in this unfortunate way of living for awhile.  Regardless, it was not super fun but it was an adventure.

It definitely takes some adjusting. 
You know when you're cooking and you drop a crumb or crack and egg and go to toss it in the sink  Yeah nope, can't do that.
You know when you're cooking with raw meat and need to wash your hands quickly
Yeah none of that either.  
You know when its easier to just throw everything in the dishwasher.
Nope not that either.

Alas, we survived and I will share our knowledge with you!
(sweet, sweet sink and faucet)

I would also like to pat ourselves on the backs because sans being out of town, we only ate out twice the entire time.  

1.  Become friends with your neighbors
Thankfully we are besties with our neighbors and they graciously offered up their sink and dishwasher MANY times to us.  We are forever indebted.  I gave Alexis a gift basket at the end of our adventure full of hand soap, dishwasher detergent and all the goodies we had used up at their house.

2.  Grill
We grilled A LOT.   We love grilling so it wasn't a huge deal but it was definitely more frequently than we usually do.  Let's just say we ate a lot of turkey burgers.

3.  Get a dishpan
We had a dishpan of dirty dishes in constant rotation to be washed down the street or in the tub.  It was nice to have somewhere to corral all of our dirty dishes. 

4.  Crockpot
Along with grilling, we crock potted a lot.  I did my best to find recipes that did not require a lot of ingredients or prep work.  Not only was it easier, it lessened the nights I needed to cook.  

5.  Paper and plastic
Generally I really hate paper plates.  I think they are so wasteful and fall apart.  But during all of this I had to give in.  We (regretfully) used quite a few (that I then recycled), plastic silverware and plastic plates that could be later washed and reused.  The plastic plates and bowls were easier than banging our good dishes around.  

I am still not quite sure how we survived but we did but I will be happy to not do that again.
I am obsessed with our new sink so the wait was almost worth it.  
I am planning on a post soon with all the specific details of each item but for now our sink is from here if you're in the market. 


In the Bag:Date Night Essentials

Nov 10, 2015

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife #CollectiveBias

I'll be the first to admit that I am generally carrying far too much in my purse.
So when it comes to the weekends and our special dates nights (or lately date brunches after church) I try to pair it down.  Plus a cute clutch is way more fun with outfits than my big ol work purse. 
But with smaller purses comes the need to make sure what you are carrying is really the essentials.  If you are getting a spot in my smaller purse, it means you are really special and you've made the cut.

Besides a few credit cards, license and phone I have a few other items are definitely on my 'essentials' list.
Lipgloss and lipstick: Duh. Preferably at least 2 different options.

Chapstick (essential for application before lipgloss) and to keep our lips fully hydrated during the cold winter months.  Lately I have been loving Chapstick Total Hydration (citrus is my fave) because it visibly renews lips and instantly smooths and moisturizes.  Winner.
Emergen-C: I am a bit of a germaphobe and like to pop these as soon as we've been out and about around a lot of people.  Sue me but I hate to feel a cold coming on.  More Healthy Days, More Healthy Nights for us.

Nexium 24 hour:  This one is more for Mister than for me but guess who gets to carry it ;)
Admittedly, one of us is bound to each something spicier than we should have so its a good thing to have these nearby.  (always remember with Nexium 24 hour it may take 1 to 4 days for full effect and you must use as directed.)

Advil:  You never know when a tinge of a headache will hit you so I am obsessed with carrying these travel vials of Advil in all of my bags.  I was in Wal-Mart the other day perusing the travel aisle and knew it was time to stock up on some for all my bags and desk drawer.
I am a big fan of Advil considering they are the original round tablets providing safe, effective pain relief for over 25 years.
(Plus who doesn't love the travel aisle?)
So that is what makes the cut for my bag.
What do you keep in yours for a date night out on the town? 

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