Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sandy Magnolia Chili

Aloha Lovelies! I come to you from my cozy home in Waimea (if yall didn't know, follow me on Instagram :), and I bring you one of my favorite recipes that I make for Sal and myself all the time because it had a home-cooked comfort, has great ingredients that are good for you, and reminds me of my Momma. Introducing, Sandy Magnolia Chili! I have fallen in love with cooking recently because I love the satisfaction that comes when a recipe comes out great, and the feeling of how hard I worked to make this dish sing. So without further ado...
Sandy Magnolia Chili:
3 cans of Beans (I use chili beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans)
2 cans of Tomato Sauce
Chili Spice Blend (1 Tbs Onion Powder, 2 Tbs Garlic Powder, 3 Tbs Chili Powder, 2 Tbs Cumin)
2 Packages of Meat (I used groud beef here, but it also really yummy with lean turkey meat)
Large Pot
Wooden Spoon

Step 1: Heat Large Pot to a medium high, with a dash of Olive Oil. Once hot, add Meat and cook until ground and brown.
Step 2: Once Meat is cooked and brown, add two cans of tomato sauce. Fill the tomato sauce can with water and pour into the mixture, Stir to combine. Add in the spices, stir to combine.
Step 3: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover with a pot for 30 min.
Step 4: While the mixture is simmering, drain the beans into a collinder and rinse thouroughly.
Step 5: Once the timer dings for the 30 min, Pour the beans into the mixture, stir to combine. Then cover the mixture again for 15 min. (A little trick: my Momma always says never leave a pot without an eye on it. So I stand right by what I am cooking and Pintrest or check my email!)
Final Step: Remove lid from the Chili once the 15 minutes are up, and stir to combine any water that bubbled to the surface, and serve over rice or sprinkle some Fritos on top! Voila, easiest and tastiest chili out there!
I hope yall will try this recipe and lemme know how you like it! My sister (who has all kinds of opinions;) loves this chili and loves the fact that we have it for leftovers for like a week! I will see yall soon in the next Blog Post!
Later Gators,
Little dose of Cuteness: My helper in the kitchen
He just wanted to make sure I didn't drop anything, so he was my little sweepr!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Proud to be an American


Howdy from the Big Island! If yall cant tell, my sister and I are currently home for a whopping two whole weeks!! We flew in late on the night of the 3rd, just in time for the patriotic festivities! My dad invited a whole bunch of people (he sent out an email invite, including a PowerPoint of how the backyard was going to be laid out, as well as instructions) who came over for a giant potluck and a big party! We shot off a whole bunch of fireworks in the backyard, burned hundreds of sparklers, and danced the night away. It was so so so so much fun! In true Donnelly fashion, after everyone left, we had a huge dance party on the back deck to songs that make all of us bust a move. It was such a wonderful time that Im bummed that it is over! I hope y'alls 4th was a blast and a half, and keep a lookout for posts throughout Waimea!
Later Gators,

Monday, June 29, 2015


I don't know about y'all, but I have favorite holidays. Like, I have a list and I stick to my priorities. Obviously, Christmas is like my religion, and I love any and all things that pertain to it. Like I'm talking music blaring, injecting peppermint into my soul, wearing crazy sweaters and singing carols at the top of my lungs. Now, Christmas is in a couple of months and my second favorite holiday is upon us. THE BIRTHDAY OF OUR GREAT NATION. I worship anything 'Merica and happen to own many things that are red, white and blue because I am damn proud to be an American. I love all the sparklers, bbqs, and everything that revolves around the holiday that, to me, makes the whole summer. The outfit that i have above would be perfect for a great party with family, or dinner followed by the watching of majestic fireworks because it is comfy, easy and extremely cute/preppy. I found this dress in the havoc that was the Lilly Pulitzer for Target, and felt this was the perfect occasion to pull it out. Although I will be home for the 4th, which means I will be cute but comfy and that means workout pants, I can't wait to burn 100 sparklers, watch my brother and dad shoot off crazy fireworks in the backyard, and toast to the great nation that gives me freedom to be an independent, educated woman. I hope y'all have a wonderful, patriotic and safe independence day!!!

Later Gators,

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sandy Living: My Bedroom

 Hey there chickadees! Im sorry for my absence last week, but I had a really long week of work and doing all kinds of errands. I also had the joy of receiving my first eye infection (which i thought was a stye for like 4 days, until my eye began to swell!) meaning yo girl couldn't wear makeup for about 5 days and got the joy of looking like she was crying all day long, and having half-eyed blurry vision. Along with that, it has been hotter than a hurricane happening in a humid forest, so I literally haven't worn makeup or worn real clothes in like a week. I haven't had to opportunity to shoot some outfits, so I do apologize for the lack of outfits, but I promise that i will have some for you soon! Boy, that was a giant mess of word vomit!!

Now onto more exciting things! I did an apartment post about a year ago when my sister and I initially moved into our other apartment, but as some of you know from mine and my mommas posts on Facebook, we moved apartments after a less tun pleasant landlord experience in our first apartment. We currently live in an amazing, safe and secure apartment building and love where we are. So with that said, here are some of the pics from my room! Sal and I got so lucky finding a place where have separate bathrooms (a god-send!) so I got to hang all the stuff I love and what makes me happy in my bathroom, as well as customize my bedroom. I see my bedroom style as european colorful, with an emphasis on French accents. When coordinating my room, we started with the carpet in the picture above, which we have had in our family since we lived in Germany before Hawaii, which my momma got at the wonderful Ikea. From there we accented with knock knacks around my room, big plush euro pillows that my momma passed down to me, and wonderful art we found at our local Ross and TJ Maxx. I got so lucky when my momma and sister helped to coordinate my room because they are interior decorator extrordinaires. I hope y'all love the peak into my room, and lookout for my next post about my closet makeover!!

Later Gators,