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Movie Night: Woodlawn

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Fall means football season and this week’s movie night is all about those Friday night lights. Our movie is a story of some of life’s best lessons being taught on the football field. Our family was truly encouraged by Woodlawn.


This movie tells the true story of a high school in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1970’s and a coach facing a team plagued by racial tensions. This is a beautiful example of how Jesus can bring healing and peace where mankind has failed. You’ll be cheering from your couch!

I read the book about Woodlawn a few years ago and found the movie to be inspiring and touching.

I enjoyed turning our table into a football field for this movie. When my family walked in, they immediately knew the theme of the night!


Here are the places you can find these items to set a similar scene:

Table runner

Vase and attachment

“Now Showing” sign



Similar chargers


The little pennant was a Target Dollar Spot find. I thought the purple flowers played well against all the green.


Our fall napkins are a nice fit for any football-related celebration!


Dinner was inspired both by football food and one of my favorite Trader Joe’s finds of the season… these fall leaf tortilla chips. Aren’t they the cutest?


I set up a simple nacho bar with pulled pork and everyone created their nachos to their own liking. This was effortless and so delicious.


It’s hard to truly improve on nachos… but with festive chips they are over the top!


For our movie treat, I created this fabulous fall snack board. It had everything from salty to sweet to pumpkin spice. We loved snacking on this throughout the movie.


This movie had a cute table and a mouthwatering meal, but the best memory was snuggling on the couch and going through such a moving true story together. It’s so meaningful to me when a movie is able to start important conversations with our family, and fit in some life lessons. Woodlawn is a must-see.

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Tuesday Treats: Fall Prep

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Can you smell it in the air?  Cozy candles?  Pumpkin Spice Lattes?  Cooler temperatures?  I can, and I'm ready to embrace the season!  Here are some of my favorite fall treats...

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Coffee Assortment

I always treat myself to an assortment of fall-flavored coffees for my Keurig.  It's so fun to enjoy all the tastes of the season and they smell divine!  It's also a great way to sample lots of flavors and find some new favorites.


Cozy Cardigans

I've mentioned these before, but I seriously wear one of these every day in the cooler months.  Here in Colorado, the mornings and evenings are cool even on warmer days, so these lovely cardigans keep me happy!


Tea Towel

You know I love a fun tea towel and this one is just perfect to cozy up your kitchen.


Happy fall y'all!

Spiced Iced Tea: A Neiman's Knock-off

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One of my favorite girly pleasures is to have lunch at a department store.  I frequent The Nordstrom Grill near my home and while traveling I love to eat at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, etc.  I think it's just too fun to do a little shopping and then pause for a ladylike meal. Our Denver Neiman's does not have a restaurant, so whenever I'm near one that does I try to stop in for a popover and a glass of their delicious spiced iced tea.  


Years ago I scoured the internet to find a recipe.  I don't have the original source I used, but a recent search shows many similar versions are floating around Pinterest now.  I tend to make this in the fall so I thought I would share it with you.  I've modified the quantities of the recipe I originally found because we tend to drink iced tea by the gallon.


I was surprised to find the secret ingredient is Tang!  If you ever have an astronaut over for dinner, you could really dazzle them with this one. Ha!  A dear friend brought me the tin of tea from London.

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Spiced Iced Tea: A Neiman's Knock-off
A homemade version of the department store favorite from
  • 12 inches worth Cinnamon Sticks
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 8 English Breakfast Teabags
  • 1/2 cup Tang
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • Orange Slices for garnish
Pour 13 cups of water into a large pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and add teabags. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Add Tang and almond extract. Let cool then refrigerate. Enjoy over ice, garnished with orange slices.
Yield: About a gallon

While I'm not a fan of knock-offs when it comes to handbags or Southern accents, I do love to recreate restaurant favorites that aren't available to me where I live.   I'm a Dallas native living in Denver, so this tides me over between visits to Texas.  Now if I could just nail down the Houston's spinach and artichoke dip, I'd have it made.  We do have a Hillstone here, but I don't get there enough!