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Dry Your Hair in Half the Time!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I found a new product that I have tried out recently, and I have to share it with you all.  It's a hair towel that actually delivers on its promise to help cut your hair drying time in half.  A little hard to believe, I know, but it really does work!

I have super fine hair, but a lot of it.  And I have color treated my hair for years.  Apparently that combination is the perfect one for hair that takes forever to dry.  My hair just holds onto water, even when I towel dry it first.  It still takes way too long with the blow dryer.  So when I found this magic towel on Amazon, I swooped it up.  It has well over 2000 reviews and still gets close to 5 stars.  People were swearing by its claims.  I figured if it didn't do what it promised, I would just return it. But that never happened.  It was awesome right out of the gate, and well worth the asking price.

So here's how I use it.  After I wash my hair, I squeeze out the excess water and then twist it right up into this towel.  **I should point out that this is not a full sized bath towel.  It is smaller, but just the right size for my hair.**  I then proceed on to my after-shower moisturizer routine, etc.  I probably leave my hair in this towel for somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 to 5 minutes before taking it down.  Then I give it a quick towel dry with the same towel and just start blow drying.  It used to take me at least five minutes before I would notice even the smallest amount of drying of my hair once I started blow drying. Now, I notice my hair is starting to dry almost as soon as I turn my hairdryer on! It really is amazing!  In fact,  I liked this towel so much, I bought a second one for my daughter, and it's working wonders on her hair too!

Just wanted to share this new-to-me product with you guys.  It's the real deal, and I bet you all will love it too.

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Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hi yall!  It's been a little while since I've been active on the blog- like before the holidays.  My  sincere apologies.  I do miss this, and you all too.  What can I say?  I'm busy.  Life is busy, but you already knew that, I'm sure, because you all have wonderful and busy lives too.  I am working on  cooking up several new blog posts for you, but to kick things off, I thought I would share the following with you.  
I posted this on my personal Facebook page on my birthday last month, and I feel like it pretty accurately sums up my life these days.  Aside from my mention of being a wife, I feel like this also could double as a singles' ad.  Heaven help me.  

42- Wow. My heart and my thoughts are full. I don’t believe in hiding your age. Why bother? You are what you are. And for all my years, I can now say that I am living my best life.
I am a wife, a mother (to a 3 year old- how many 40-somethings can say that?), a sister (to 2 of the best women I’ve ever known), a daughter, a friend- to a fabulous group of women whom I cherish, a niece, a cousin, an aunt (many times over), a sister-in-law, a daughter-in-law, a dance mom, a class mom, and a stay-at-home mom (which by the way, is the hardest and most rewarding job I have personally ever known, and I’ve had some doozies).
My life has taken so many twists and turns. But it has all led me here. At 42, I know what I like, what I want, who I like. And I know the things that make me happy and those that do not. I sing out loud- usually badly, but occasionally I find an actual key and surprise myself. I dance with strangers. I talk - a lot- sometimes about things that matter. The years have taught me of the virtues of patience. I have known loss and I have known love. My cup overflows daily.
I believe youth is wasted on the young, and I also believe that is something that old(er) people say.  I am older than I’ve ever been, but also younger than I’ve ever been. I no longer try to impress anyone but myself. If I can do that, then I’ve accomplished something. I am humbled daily. I learn daily. I don’t care what other people think about me anymore. But occasionally I still do. I am a complex conundrum, but aren’t we all?
Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my Mama. Now she was a good woman. Someone that I try to be every day. She wasn’t much of a cook, but neither am I. She loved with all her heart. She taught me how to work hard, and I do. Every single day of my life.
I have traveled all over this world, but I still believe there is no better place than my bed. I nap EVERY SINGLE DAY. I love red wine and coffee. If I have vices, I suppose you could say those are it. But I have never smoked a cigarette in my life and that’s saying something for a small-town North Carolina girl.
I like me. Almost always. But sometimes I get cranky. See the aforementioned need for sleep, coffee, and red wine. Pretty much in that order. I believe in love, being kind to one another, and lifting each other up. We all need a little help from time to time, so pay it forward and just be a good person.
42- Double the legal drinking age, but occasionally a good-intentioned young’un still cards me. Bless my heart and all of my 42 years. And may the good Lord see fit to bless me with a few more so I can learn a few more things between here and the other side, because, y’all, I think it’s just getting good.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Monday, March 5, 2018

I've been making this recipe for homemade dog treats for years. The recipe is so simple (there are only 4 ingredients!), and my dogs really love them.

So, you're probably thinking, "Who in the world has time to make their own dog cookies?" Well, to tell you the truth, I was skeptical at first too. 

But, I was convinced years ago after trying to think of something different to bring to work at Christmastime. Christmas cookies, fudge, candy, etc., were lining the treat tables at my office, but I thought that these treats might make a lasting impression. (They don't add any calories since YOU'RE not the one eating them. LOL)

I set them out on a big (clearly labeled) tray with some Ziploc bags for people to take however many they needed for their pets. They were a hit!

I think you'll like this recipe too!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 - 3/4 cups chunky peanut butter
2 1/2 cups hot water

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients, adding hot water in a few small batches to ensure dough does not become too sticky.
  3. If dough is too sticky, add more flour until dough-like consistency is achieved.
  4. Roll out dough onto a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. (Any shape will work, but I use a dog bone shaped cookie cutter.)
  5. Bake cookies on a greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.


Dough will look like this when you're done mixing all ingredients together.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

These dog treats do not "spread" when baking like regular cookies. This means that you can place them closer to each other on the cookie sheets when baking.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

These DIY dog biscuits are really quick to make, and making homemade treats for your dogs is a fun activity to do with your kids any time of year. If your pup likes other flavors, you can mix in things like bacon or substitute chicken broth for the water. 

And in case you were wondering, these homemade dog cookies are Smitty and Chance approved. Hope your pups like these peanut butter dog treats as much as mine do!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Smitty and Chance love homemade peanut butter dog treats.

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Blueberry Monkey Bread

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Do your children have a favorite food? My son Aidyn absolutely LOVES blueberries. So, when blueberries were on sale at the grocery store last week, I grabbed a carton but I didn't really have a plan for them.

Once I got them home, we put them to very good use in this quick and easy breakfast recipe. I'm sure many of you have made monkey bread before. Our family tradition is to make Gorilla Bread (like Monkey Bread, but a little fancier) for Christmas morning breakfast, so the boys were already familiar with how to make it.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Blueberry Monkey Bread

Blueberry Monkey Bread

2 cans refrigerated biscuits (8 count)
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. (You will have a total of 64 cut pieces.)
  3. Pour 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon into a gallon size ziploc bag. Working in batches, place the biscuit pieces in the bag and shake to coat with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Transfer the coated pieces to the greased bundt pan.
  4. Layer blueberries on top and in between the biscuit pieces in the bundt pan. Pour any remaining sugar mixture over the top of the biscuits and place any remaining blueberries on top.
  5. In a microwave safe cup or bowl, melt the butter. Add the remaining granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate.
  6. Pour the butter mixture evenly over the biscuits and blueberries in the pan.
  7. Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until the top is browned and the biscuits in the center of the pan feel firm to the touch. 
  8. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Then invert onto a large plate. The berries and syrup will be hot. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm.

Here's what it looks like before you bake it:

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Blueberry Monkey Bread

And then through the magic of your oven, it turns into this!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Blueberry Monkey Bread

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Blueberry Monkey Bread

If you have a blueberry lover in your family, I think they will love this recipe too! (And I'll tell you a secret - it's just as easy to make as regular Monkey Bread - it just looks like you spent a lot of time on it!) 

So what does that make this recipe? That's right! It makes it the perfect recipe to bring along to a breakfast or brunch, nobody would ever know that you didn't spend a whole lot of time making the syrup for this. You can keep that info all to yourself! Ha!

If you ARE interested in making a simple Blueberry Syrup for waffles, pancakes, French toast, etc., here's the go-to recipe for that. Approved by Aidyn and so simple, he's learned how to make it all by himself!
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Red Beans and Rice

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

We had a surprise ice event earlier this week, and the weatherman is already predicting a few more snowstorms coming our way as early as next week.

February is definitely the time for snow in our area, although we've already had quite a few snows already this winter! Looks like our friend Punxsutawney Phil (if he can be encouraged to come out of his warm hidey hole, that is), is definitely going to be predicting MORE winter for us this year, I'm afraid.

But, I've got a really good recipe for you to try out during what is hopefully the last of these cold winter days. It is a simple stove top recipe for red beans and rice, and it's one that you might already have all of the ingredients for. (So, no need to run to the store if the weather is bad.)

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Vegetarian Red Beans & Rice

Red Beans & Rice

1 bag dry kidney beans, sorted and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 stalks celery, chopped
6 cups water
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried sage
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
4 cups water
2 cups white rice

  1. Soak beans in a large pot of water for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook onion, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Rinse beans and transfer them to a large pot with 6 cups of water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. 
  4. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves.
  5. For last 1/2 hour of cooking, you can smash some of the beans against the side of the pot if you want a thicker sauce
  6. Prepare the rice during the last 1/2 hour of cooking. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.


This recipe is vegetarian, but if you'd like to serve it with meat, you can add 1 pound of andouille sausage to the beans (sliced) the last 1/2 hour of cooking. Or, you could also serve this recipe with ham.

As written, this recipe is not too spicy. Both my boys enjoyed it. If you like spicy food, you could either increase the amount of cayenne pepper, or add a dash of hot sauce to your serving.

Hope you enjoy!
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Super Thick Stash Busting Crochet Afghan

Thursday, January 4, 2018

This afghan was my second attempt at stash busting for 2017. You might remember my other big stash busting project - the Granny Square Scrap Afghan that I completed at the end of last January.

I was able to complete this super thick and cozy afghan in the span of one weekend (and then I proceeded to let it sit because I didn't want to weave in the ends). That's why I'm just now getting around to sharing it.

Look at how it came out!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Super Thick Stash Busting Crochet Afghan

Because it's so thick, this scrap afghan certainly is coming in handy for the unusually cold temperatures we've been having this winter.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Super Thick Stash Busting Crochet Afghan

This afghan was crocheted holding 3 different strands of worsted weight yarn together, which is what makes it so cozy. Here's a closeup of some of the colors:

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Super Thick Stash Busting Crochet Afghan

Long time readers of the blog might recognize some of the colors from past projects I've posted:

For the entire afghan, I held together 1 variegated strand, 1 dark strand, and 1 light strand. The effect it created was very mermaid-y and ocean-y.

I used this free crochet pattern from A Lively Hope and added big 8 inch tassels to the corners. The finished afghan is 48" x 65" and is the perfect size for snuggling for the foreseeable future (or at least until temperatures get somewhere above freezing).

Our pup Smitty seems to enjoy it!

Tibetan Terrier in colorful crochet afghan

Fluffy dog in colorful crochet afghan

Cute fluffy dog in colorful crochet afghan

So, if you're looking to use up some of your extra scrap yarn and you'd like to create a super fast afghan, I would definitely recommend this project.

Happy crocheting!

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'Twas the Site by Three Sisters - 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

In our grand old tradition, The Harris Sisters present to you our 2017 year in review in the form of a 'Twas the Night Before Christmas parody.

We sure had a lot of fun this year, and we hope that you had fun reading along with us!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Twas the Site by Three Sisters (Twas the Night Before Christmas 2017 Parody)

'Twas the Site by Three Sisters - 2017

Twas the site by three sisters, Two Thousand Seventeen
Oh how many things we've done and seen!
In January, we taught you how to declutter your drawers,
Your closets, your cabinets, bins, baskets, and more! 

And then in March, we brought you a big craze,
Of painting rocks in many different ways,
And then you carefully take them around,
And hide them in your city, village, suburb, or town.

By April, we were bringing you the scoop,
Of how to practice and learn to hula-hoop.
And for those who are a little more literary,

By July, we were headed to St. Simon's Island,
For our annual Girls' Weekend - sure to bring a smile and,
Some adventures, and laughs, and a photo or two,
What a great location to rendezvous!

And we would be completely remiss,
If we didn't mention this year's Total Solar Eclipse!
With eclipse glasses in hand and remaining our calmest,
We viewed the eclipse on the 21st of August.

"Now, Madonna! now, Cyndi Lauper! and Prince on MTV!
And Cabbage Patch Kids! And legwarmers! Acid wash jeans and E.T.!"
Back to our childhood, from the 1980's we dressed,
For our Halloween costumes - totally awesome and fresh! 

In 2018, we'll write ALL NEW blog posts,
And you'll thoroughly enjoy them. (We don't mean to boast.)
With the wink of an eye and typing the keys,
On the blog all new content will go with ease!

So as we wait for 2017's big sendoff,
We wanted to make sure we gave you our props,
So to all who have followed, shared, commented, and liked

Merry Christmas from Donna, Deanna, and Misty!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Twas the Site by Three Sisters - 2017

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