Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eye See You


Wow, where did August go??

Btw stop by Stef's blog Too Much To Do So Little Time where I'm guest posting :) about some awesome doughnut crisps!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wedding ABC's

The count down is on... I'm officially 5 days away from being married for 1 year.  Oh. Holy. Cow.  Someone pinch me, make sure I'm not dreaming because seriously, where has this year gone?!?!

Attending:
I would guess we had between 100 and 150 attendees
I'm not really sure, that day was a whirlwind!

Bridesmaids
2 of my favorite gals!

Cakes:
Ours:
Groomscake:
Apple Laptop... get it?

Dress:
I loved my dress, even though I didn't want to go dress shopping.


Engagement:
We planned our wedding in 7 months.

Flowers:
I saw a bouquet on Tara's blog and fell in love, took the photo to my florist and this is what I got.  I loved it!

Groomsmen:

Honeymoon:
The Great City of Chicago, Illinois

Invitation:

Justice of the Peace:
Our minister was James Lee

Keepsake:
We had our wedding video'ed so I'll always remember laughing through the entire ceremony (more like giggling) and grabbing hubby's right hand instead of his left hand to put his ring on.  The minute I realized I did it wrong I fixed it and made the preacher chuckle.

Ladies Night:
We had a joint Bachelor/Bachelorette party

Music
The wedding party & I entered to:
Beauty & The Beast: Tale as old as Time

Our First Dance:
Hank Williams Jr. Blue's Man


Newlyweds

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Old, bracelet:
New, Necklace:
Borrowed, saddle ring from Aerielle:
Blue, shoes:

Photography:
Main photographer was Mindy Greene of Greene Photography
Back-up Photographer was Taylor Orr
Videographer was Gregg Hall

Question Popping:
Happened at work on a Friday in front of all my co-workers.  Some were even in on it.

Reception:
Was held at the Phelps House

Shoes
I wanted blue shoes.  The bridesmaids and I actually wore the same shoes.  We found them in Texas because no where around home had blue shoes.

Trash the Dress:
Heck NO!!!
Repeat after me.... LOVE the dress :)
I plan on preserving it, I just haven't yet.  I really want to see if a year later if I can fit into it still....

Unique:
We not only did a unity candle for us, but we did a family unity candle to include his daughter because she is part of this family.

Vows:
Our vows were traditional

Wedding Woes:
Our wedding got off without too many glitches.  We had one problem at first getting the church and then trying to get the bridesmaids dresses shipped in from Dallas, TX, otherwise there weren't problems with our wedding.  I didn't even break down with stress like a lot of brides do.  I tried to roll with the punches.

X-rated:
um... wouldn't you like to know... LOL

Young Kids:
my {step}daughter and nephew were the flower girl & ring bearer

Zzzzzzz:
Our wedding was a mid-morning wedding so the reception was over by about 3.  We then went to our house and opened the gifts and then headed to Fayetteville, AR and stayed the night at a hotel close to the airport.  We were so wound up that we didn't get to sleep until after midnight and were up at 4am so we could go to the airport and I could get frisked by security because of the bobbypins in my hair at 5am.  Fun times!!!  Once we got to the hotel and checked in we crashed for a couple hours until our theater ticket time.  We went to see Shrek!
Not bad for 5am eh?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pizza Casserole

So while perusing through blogs one day last week I stumbled across this recipe.  So as usual, when I see something that looks GOOD, I sent it to hubby for his opinion.  He said, mmmm sounds good.  So I printed the recipe and went home and made it.  Oh goodness was it yummy!  Therefore I'm going to share it with you today!  I know you love me right :)

Pizza Casserole
Found on For Mamas

Ingredients:
1 bag egg noodles (I used rigatoni)
1 extra large can of pasta sauce (haha I used 1 and 1 up from the fridge.  It uses a lot of sauce)
3 cups mozzarella (or as much as you might like ;) and I used up some other cheese too)
1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat (I used 1 lb)
1 pkg pepperonis
Oh and that glass of wine... well I actually drank that (ok shared with hubby) but we did add some wine and seasonings to our hamburger.


Directions:
Brown the meat & drain.
Boil the Noodles until soft.  Drain.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while you assemble the casserole.

Now for the assembly:
{1} Spread a thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom of your 9x13 pan
{2} layer half the noodles
{3} Half the meat
{4} Half the sauce
{5} rest of the noodles
{6} Half the cheese
{7} rest of the meat
{8} rest of the sauce
 {9} rest of the cheese
{10} Pepperonis

Now cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Look at the cutie in the window...

After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes.

And you're done!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wife gets a cooking lesson

Prior to getting married, if someone said they wanted Mac & Cheese, to me that meant Kraft Mac & Cheese in the blue box.

In fact, I like the cheap stuff, but it has to be Kraft.  I've never been real crazy about the "cheap" off brands although I've tried them before and they work really well if you are mixing them with something, but if just eating straight Mac & Cheese, give me Kraft, you know, the one in the blue box ;).

So the other weekend I told hubby I wanted Mac & Cheese for lunch one day.  I went digging through the cupboard and wound up with nothing.  Dang, no Mac & Cheese, really?  He was like:
You have noodles right? Yes
You have milk right?  Yes
You have butter right? Yes
You have cheese right?  Yes
Then what else do you need?  Kraft in the box?

To which he laughed at me.  So he showed me that as long as I had the above ingredients I could have Mac & Cheese.

Boil water.

Cook the pasta.

Add some butter.

Add some cheese.  Singles happened to be all we had at the time so singles it was.

Add some milk.  Eyeball it...

Mix together and let the cheese melt.

And some good ole Pepper and viola, you're good to go!

Who knew it could be that simple?  Yeah I know, I read recipes like they are books... Yes I know I try new recipes all the time... however, Mac & Cheese had always come out of the little blue box... until now ;)

Let's Get Grillin'

With summer coming to a fast close, I thought I would share a couple photos and a couple recipes for you.  I love summer because it's the best time to Grill!  Now some of my friends live off their grill both summer and winter, we however have only had our grill since June (it was my husband's birthday present (his birthday is November 1) that he got on Father's Day, yes I know that's screwed up) so who knows what this winter and the grill may or may not bring.

Obviously this was before Pokey broke his arm...


Since we lost weight, all of hubs pants were way to big!!!



And these look like some yummy recipes that I just had to share.

Grilled Bananas

Ingredients:
6 large bananas (keep the peels on, but remove the stems)
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 package miniature marshmallows
Directions:
1. Preheat the grill for high heat.
2. Spray 4 sheets of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Be sure the foil is large enough to wrap b all the bananas.
3. Slice the peel of the banana from stem to bottom and slice the banana inside lengthwise.
4. Open the sliced banana and stuff the chocolate chips and marshmallows inside the peel with the banana. Use as much as you like!
5. Wrap the bananas in the aluminum foil and place on the grill (or in the coals of a fire if you’re camping out). Leave in long enough to melt the chips and the marshmallows, about 5 minutes. Unwrap bananas, open the peels wide, and eat with a spoon.

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches

Ingredients:
4 large ripe peaches
8 cinnamon sticks
8 fresh mint leaves
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup dark rum (this is optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Vanilla ice cream
Directions:
1. Cut freshly washed peaches in quarters and discard the pit. With chopsticks or skewers, make a hole in the center of each peach quarter, working from the pit side to the skin side. Put 2 peach quarters on each cinnamon stick, placing a mint leaf between the 2 peach quarters.
2. Combine the butter, brown sugar, rum, cinnamon, and salt in a pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Let the glaze boil about 5 minutes.
3. Prepare and preheat the grill to high. Place the skewered peaches on the hot grate and grill until lightly browned, a few minutes each side. Baste with butter rum glaze. You can spoon the rest of the glaze over the peaches in the bowl and top with vanilla ice cream.

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