Thursday, December 9, 2010

It Involves Boxes

Lots and Lots of boxes.........and..........a UHaul.
The big news I mentioned yesterday: Aaron and I are moving! Aaron starts working in Central AR on Monday. Yes, you heard that correctly, MONDAY!
So, lately, we have been doing lots and lots of packing! maybe we've actually been spending most of our time with friends! We are trying to fit in as much time with them as possible!!
I'm not going to lie, I've broken down into tears several times in the last 2 weeks. The friends that we have made and grown close to in NWA are so precious to us. We would do anything to be able to pack them up and take them down to Central AR with us!!! Since we can't, we are still holding out hope that we can talk them all into moving down in the near future :)
But, in the midst of all of that, we couldn't be more excited to be living closer to both of our families! Getting to see them more often will be such a blessing and we are looking forward to it!
God has greatly provided for us and we are overwhelmed by his provisions. We look forward to what lies aead!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Babe!!!

What better reason to come back from over a month long blog drought than to celebrate this sweet guy's birthday!!! Lots has been going on in our lives, but we have been loving every minute of it! More on that later :) Most of you probably already know!

Today he turns 27! Wowzers! This picture was taken at the spot where he proposed to me a little over 2 years ago :)

Happy Birthday sweet husband! I love you so much and hope you have the BEST birthday! So happy that I am the lucky girl who gets to spend it with you! (And many, many more!)

I love you!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sweet Family

I am still just itching to decorate for Christmas! I'll be doing good to wait until the weekend before Thanksgiving, like Aaron and I agreed to do! This time of year is my favorite because of all the family time. Last weekend we had a small taste of what's to come, when my family came up for the Razorback game.
As usual, I took entirely too many pictures and have had such a hard time narrowing them down!
I already told you about our fun time carving pumpkins and watching scary movies all weekend. The rest of the time was spent enjoying the game day festivities! Before the game, we had lunch at Catfish Hole where we had a mini pep rally for 2 football recruits.
Gracie sporting her fancy hat! She was so sassy with this thing on!
Ashley enjoying her lunch!
Gracie and Grandpa Eddie.
The girls sporting the hog snouts Aaron bought them!
Ashley with her Auntie and Uncle!
Gracie loving on her parents. She is such a goose!
Ashley was feeling pretty prissy with that snout on!
Such a sweet, sweet family! Don't forget to vote today! XOXO

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Weekend!

Is it really, already November?!?!?! How did this happen?? Not that I'm complaining because I've BEEN ready to decorate for Christmas! But first things first!
Halloween weekend was a blast for us this year! We had a jam packed weekend full of lots of fun things to do!
My parents and sister's family came up for the weekend for the Razorback game. Since it was Halloween weekend we HAD to carve pumpkins and watch LOTS of scary movies! It was great!
Gracie was disgusted every time Dad pulled the top off a pumpkin!
Ashley and Gracie working hard on their pumpkins! For a little while at least....then they passed them off to me and Dad to finish! Ha!
Dad was speedy with his pumpkin carving! Very focused!
The girls showing off their creations, with a little help of course!
The front door sporting the newly carved pumpkins!
Our designs! This is mine (left) and Gracie's (right).
Ashley's skull and crossbones!
Dad's free-hand traditional face!
We had a great time with them this weekend and are already looking forward to them coming back! Now bring on the holidays! I'm ready to decorate for Christmas!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

If You Love To Cook...

...then you'll loves this!!!! Check out this blog!

My friend Lindsey is hosting a giveaway over on her blog that I would LOVE to win! The chances are slim and, frankly, I never win anything! But you might so go to her blog and register! Or don't....and maybe I'll have a better chance :) Kidding!

And just because he's so incredibly adorable.....
Our sweet boy Casper watching a bird through the window! If you look closely you can see the bird on top of the table on our back patio!

Peppered Chicken Alfredo

This is another new recipe that I just couldn't wait to try! It comes from the All Recipes website and we were so pleased with it! The actual recipe calls for shrimp as the meat instead of chicken, but most of you know of my feelings toward shrimp.....disgusting! So here's my version of their Peppered Shrimp Alfredo!

1 lb. penne paste (cooked according to the package instructions)
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced (we used onion flakes)
2 cloves garlic, minced (we used 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1 red bell pepper, diced (we used roasted red bell peppers from a jar)
1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, diced (we omitted these)
1 lb. chicken breasts
1 (15 oz) jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1/4 cup chopped parsley

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dene, then drain.
2. Heat 2 tbsp canola oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces or strips.
4. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
5. Cook chicken in skillet until the juices run clear and the chicken is no longer pink in the center.
6. Melt butter together with olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat
7. Stir in onion and cook until softened and translucent. (We just let the onion flakes cook for about a minute, stirring constantly)
8. Stir in garlic, roasted red bell pepper, and mushroom; cook over medium-heat until soft, about 2 minutes.
9. Stir in the cooked chicken, mixing well.
10. Pour in the Alfredo sauce, Romano chese, and cream; bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.
11. Season to taste with cayenne, salt, and pepper.
12. Serve over freshly cooked pasta.
13. Top with Romano cheese and parsley.

Aaron and I really enjoyed this dish! The roasted red bell peppers are delicious! Using a jar of alfredo sauce as the sauce base makes the sauce really easy, but then adding the other ingredients definetly steps up the flavor a few notches! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Our Mailbox Meets A Stranger's Bumper

Oops! Feel bad for the man :(


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Sick Husband Equals Baked Potato Soup!

Sweet Aaron has been feeling a little under the weather. He doesn't feel completely ill, just seems to feel really tired. So what's his number one request when he's not feeling 100% and Fall weather is upon us? Baked potato soup! So that's what I made him for dinner tonight! This recipe comes out of the Sharon Missionary Baptist cookbook from Mrs. Sheila Nalley. My first time to ever try it was years ago on a ski trip. Its been love ever since!
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
7 cups milk
4 large baking potatoes (baked, cooled, peeled, and cubed)
4 green onions, sliced (we leave these out!)
12 bacon strips (cooked and crumbled)
1 and 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz. sour cream
1. Melt butter in large pot.
2. Stir in flour until smooth.
3. Gradually add milk in small amoutns, stirring constantly until thickened.
4. Add potatoes and onions, bringing pot to a boil and stirring constantly.
5. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until cheese is melted
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I love to serve this soup with warm, homemade cornbread. Its perfect for a cold day or, in this case, when your husband is sick and the weather is starting to cool off! Its also great served as left overs, though you may want to add milk when you reheat it to help thin it out to your desired consistency. We like it thick though!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Razorbacks, Dallas, and Tusk

Last weekend we traveled to Dallas with our great friends Ben and Maggie to watch the Razorbacks take on Texas A&M. We had a great time and are so blessed to have such great friends that we have so much in common with. Plus, they are some of the funnest people to be around!
Aaron and I had never been to Cowboys Stadium, but it did not disappoint! Everything was huge and extravagant!
These pictures were taken after the Razorbacks won, as they received the Southwest Classic trophy. Yay!
We had one more tag-a-long join us on our weekend adventure to Dallas! Tusk is Ben and Maggie's little baby and we just adore him! He got to play with Maggie's family's dogs while we enjoyed Dallas!
Isn't he the cutest thing ever?!?! Such a sweet, well-behaved dog! And its so apparent how much he adores his parents!
Have a great weekend!