Eats & Treats: Homemade Easy Pan Seared Chicken Fried Steak

How was your weekend sweet friend? I hope you enjoyed yours because it was so hot here that a belle could hardly think. If you’ve visited the South, then you know how humid it gets. Though it was scorching outside, Shermika and I were nice and cool in the house when we weren’t out shopping.

We did a little thrifting and worked up an appetite (wait until we show you our items). What does every belle need after a long day of shopping and hunting deals? A hot fab dinner. The sis and I cooked pan seared chicken fried steak with potatoes and calliflower.

Dinner was on the table in less than 30 mintues and I can’t complain about that. Here’s how we made it:

Clean, cut and place these in the oven first because they will take the longest to cook. Cook until fork tender.


Chopped steak is an inexpensive cut that is very tender. Season to your liking and flour them with about 1 TBSP on each side.


Add 2 TBSP of Canola or Olive Oil to your pan and make sure it’s screaming hot before adding your meat.
Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side and don’t flip them over until at least this amount of time. They will be crispy, but since they aren’t deep fried be careful because the breading may be a little fragile around the edges.
ff This is my easy go-to pan gravy. Add about 1TBSP of corn starch to 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Next, pour into the same pan you cooked your meat in. Crank the heat and whisk until thick. Add a pinch of salt and your fave seasonings!

Easy, huh? What did you cook this weekend? Anything yummy?

Love, Peace & Dunwoody Pt. 1 of 3

*slow happy dance* It’s Friday and it feels so good, y’all. We made it!!! If you are looking for the perfect Girlfriends Getaway, then a belle has a treat of a spot for you located minutes from Atlanta’s main attractions: Dunwoody.

Now, don’t get it twisted. Dunwoody can hold her own. With plenty of divine local food, arts, parks, and shopping how could you ever want to leave? The sis and I packed our Plush Creations, weekend bags, and the Nikon and headed to Dunwoody. We had the best 4 days any belle could ask for. Shermika and I had a mini adventure every time we stepped inside the hotel and I am not kidding. Let’s start with the fab hotel, shall we?

We loved the free parking (a lot of hotels in this area/Atlanta don’t have it) and being centrally located to all of Metro Atlanta. We adored the staff and all of their southern hospitality at Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites. Shermika and I met some fab peeps that represent Dunwoody, the hotel and the state of Georgia very well.

Why pick this hotel over many of the other chains? Well, for starters, you will feel pampered the moment you walk through the doors. This “boutique” hotel maintains a quaint and cozy vibe–all while being sophisticated and chic.

Upon entering, the bellman was a hoot, and we swooned over the beautiful art that lined the walls on the way to our room. This hotel is in love with the color blue and you will see it everywhere. A sweet little birdie told us that they are renovating soon, so, if you plan on seeing it as is, now would be the perfect time.

Thanks to the Girlfriends Getaway Club, we were greeted with white wine– a belle’s fave. Also, the hotel had a sweet card and a few treats for our pooch. On our first evening there, after a few chilled glasses of wine (I won’t tell you how many), we headed to the lobby to people watch before heading out.

We love how beautiful and hip the lobby is. The seating area is even better at night when the lights are nice and dim! Want to know what the best part is? Well, each seating area is separated by sheer curtains that adds a slight touch of cool drama. Aren’t the colors lovely?!

When you visit Dunwoody, we highly suggest that you stay at least 2 nights at Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites. If for some reason you can’t, we demand that you grab a bite to eat there. After working up an appetite, we headed to the dining room for a late, but fantastic dinner. The sis and I had the most divine meal while being entertained by our sweet waiter. The cool thing about this hotel is that almost everyone you meet there is from some exotic place. We met funny/sweet characters from Africa to Jamaica.

Spicy chicken egg rolls with corn & other goodness! TOO good. This jalapeno ranch is slap-yo-mama-good!
Corn soup with crab. Shermika LOVED this!

Our appetizers were on point. The presentation was stellar and so was the service. Shermika and I sipped on tea and tried some of the best food that Dunwoody has to offer. You better believe that we ate every last one of those egg rolls. Mmmmm their cruchy goodness is worth its weight in gold. Next, we ordered our entrees. Here’s what I had followed by what the sis had.

Grilled chicken with a smoked Gouda cheese sauce & grilled bread. What! Need I say more?! Delish!!
Crab cakes with mango sauce and salsa

If this isn’t enough to make you drive to Dunwoody for a bite to heat, check out the dessert. We couldn’t eat all of our meals because we were stuffed, but the waiter kindly plated our food so that we could take it back to our room to store in the fridge and have warmed the next day.

Key Lime cheesecake with fresh fruit. AMAZING!!!!
Chocolate cake with icecream and fresh fruit
The ArtBelles with the super talented Chef

After our feast we headed out to hang with some friends before retiring to our rooms to do some early morning shopping at Spruill Gallery. This fun house (it really is a house) is filled with art and is about 8 minutes walking distance from Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites. Check out some of the beautiful items we saw/bought.

Perfect day for shopping, huh?
This gallery had art inside & outside. This was my fave piece–“Heart” by Gordon Chandler!
We purchases several items from these fun ladies. Each item was handmade.

Isn’t my little crochet Eco teddy adorable?!

These recycled licence plate bracelets are cuteness.
The sis and I playing with puppets! You’re never too old to have fun.

So, what do you think? We hope you enjoyed visiting Dunwoody through us as much as we enjoyed sharing with y’all. Got any fun girlfriend getaways planned? Check back next week for part 2 of our Dunwoody getaway! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Until next time, friends.

Disclosure: Our meal/stay was provided by Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites and we visited Dunwoody as part of a press trip. Thanks, y’all! As always, our opinions are a belle’s own. Thanks again to the city of Dunwoody for making us feel right at home.

Book Love: By Invitation Only…

It’s fun being invited to something, right? Unless you’re sleeping under a rock, you should have heard of Gilt Groupe by now. If not, keep reading this post and thank me later with heels and gophers. I’ve been a Gilt Groupe member for a while and enjoying oohing and ahhing over designer duds for rock bottom prices. I have yet to buy something (hopefully, that will change) since I’m finicky about ordering clothing/shoes online. Perhaps I’ll find a killer bag however, but then again, by the time I decide upon something it’s gone! Anyhow, a belle got her hands on By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. Similar to its aptly named title, the book delves into the two A’s (as they’re called) backgrounds and how these two women literally changed sample sale shopping (pardon the alliteration). The authors clearly explain how they built Gilt, all while never allowing their friendship to suffer.

By Invitation Only… is a great read for anyone interested in business–especially women. It offers helpful tips such as how to find the right partner for your business, how to ensure you’re getting in business for the right reasons and so on. Alexis and Alexandra give great insight into how they made the company into what is is today. They combined their talents with Alexis working in the tech world and Alexandra working in the fashion sector to create Gilt Groupe, an online shopping site that will make you swoon. The book is extremely inspirational and I REALLY enjoyed reading it. It fueled my desire to someday own my own business and make that dream a reality. If you’re a fashion lover, I know you’ll dig this read. I even learned about the two A’s travel adventures, and y’all know we love to travel. I highly recommend adding this book to your summer reading list. It has the right amount of inspiration and determination. Talk about a recipe for success! You can buy the book on Amazon or get it on your Kindle. Disclosure: The book was sent to us for review. Thanks, y’all! Our opinions are a belle’s own. The Amazon link is an affiliate link.

Eats & Treats: Johnny Brusco’s Pizza

Well, when the mood strikes, a belle likes to get down with some pizza. The mom and I decided to visit Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza and see if it suited our fancy. We settled on the ‘Family Deal,’ which included 2 salads, garlic knots (more on those later) and a two topping pizza for $24.99.

Not bad, huh? Since I’m a frugal gal this was right up my alley! I even had a $10 off coupon, but later learned I had to use it or the Family Deal, so a belle chose the coupon. I’m all about saving money so I can buy more shoes or plane tickets.

We started out with salads that were dressed with mushrooms, onions and cucumbers. We each had balsamic vinaigrette, which had a sweet tangy taste we both loved. It sent our tastebuds in a good frenzy. Trust, the mom and I are somewhat picky eaters. Read More

Shoe Attack: Floral Cuties

After getting several emails from many of you, I decided to do a shoe attack on these adorable Rampage heels that I wore in our Simply Fashion Challenge. This is a FIRST shoe attack for me… Everybody say hello to Rampage’s “Navy Floral Grayson” heels. 🙂 Did I ever tell you that I love peep-toe shoes? Yep, love them!

Y’all know I am not a crazy-about-wearing-heels-belle (I love to look at them), so when I saw these I was shocked that I wanted them. Now hear me out. They are cute, but what sold me was that they are so comfortable and have an adjustable strap. The sis had to show me how to walk in them being that they are about 4.5″. These are some HIGH high-heels for this belle, but it’s cool. I love how the soles have a built-in slip guard too.

The printed material is made out of fabric and I adore the cork look around the ball and heel of the shoe. These can be worn with everything from dresses to shorts. The cute little dark blue bow sets these off giving them that dainty look I love! Now that I think about it, these heels should be in one of our Frugal Fashionista posts because they were only around $30 on sale. They regularly cost around $49.99 which isn’t bad either.

I purchased these in the spring, but they can be worn in the summer. Keep that in mind when shopping for cute pieces to add to your wardrobe! Do you have any floral cuties in your closet? I already know some of you do because I’ve seen them!