Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday

One.
 
 
I totally ate the whole box of Lemonade girl scout cookies last week, except for like three that I gave Caroline. No regrets, those things are delicious and I figure it's better to just eat them all as fast as possible. Not really, but that's what I told myself.
 
Two.
 
 
How adorable is this PFG I got for Caroline to wear when Juston takes her fishing this spring and summer?! I got it from Crystal Faye and their shop address is www.shopcrystalfaye.com. It's so cute and Caroline wanted to wear it around all day when I showed it to her after it came in the mail this week. I can't wait to put it on her with her little pink rain boots and pink fishing rod.
 
Three.
 
 
Mama got a new pair of shoes! I really love these New Balances for J. Crew. I know I will get them so dirty, but I just love anything gold right now. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep them clean.
 
Four.
 
 
 
Am I the only one who's so completely over this cold weather and snow? At least the inside of my house can look more like spring with all the pretty fresh flowers I picked up at Kroger this week. I picked up hyacinth because I just love the way they smell. I planted hyacinth bulbs outside our front door a few years ago and they still come back every year. They were just starting to come up right before we got almost a foot of snow dumped on us last week. They should rally back though once it warms up.
 
Five.
 
 
Caroline just loves Miss Fannie's Hat. Some very sweet friends of ours got her this when we first had her and she loves pointing out and naming all the hats and cats in the book. This child gave me a run for my money on Monday. She got up around 9. While I was in the kitchen making breakfast, I could hear her in her room playing with her little kitchen and thought it was so sweet. Well, when I went in there to get her once I was finished making our food, I just followed the trail of water that led from her play kitchen to our bathroom across the hallway. She had over-filled her play kitchen sink with water she'd run and gotten from the bathtub via her toy teapot. She was washing fruit and dishes in it and it was everyplace. Not a huge deal, it cleaned up. As soon as she finished eating and I was cleaning up, she came running in the room to tell me she had to pee. I ran her to her little potty and quickly discovered that she had already done her business and it was most decidedly NOT pee, but something much more disguising to clean up. So, I was cleaning that mess up when Caroline told me she peed on her potty. Well, that seemed like good news. But what she should have said was that she peed on her potty...as in on the lid and all over the floor. She did at least sit on it to use it, but never raised the lid. All of this happened over the course of about an hour and a half. Whew, I was ready to hang it up before noon, what a morning! But, we rallied back and I ran it off that afternoon while she napped to the tune of five miles on the treadmill. It was an interesting morning to say the least.
 
Hope everyone has a great weekend filled with warm weather and sunshine!
 
 
 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Snow Daze and Oscar Favorites

Last week was a doozy as far as weather is concerned. This February, to spite being the shortest month, has felt so long with all this crazy weather we've been having. We have set all time record lows, -15 degrees, no thank you, and had some wild snow and ice events over the last week. The county school have been out over a week straight now. Well, last Sunday and Monday, we got about eight inches of snow dumped on us, but we had planned a Fat Tuesday dinner for friends and family. The roads were decent enough that most everyone was able to make it out. I made some of my favorite goodies, and some more Mardi Gras appropriate foods. 
Pictured below is Bread Dip, Banana Pudding, King Cake (that I bought from Kroger) and Gumbo. 





And I sure had Lucy's undivided attention then entire time I was working in the kitchen, as usual. 
We got more snow on Wednesday, like another three inches, then had another ice/snow storm blow through Friday evening into Saturday morning. Go away winter!

I never really committed to anything to give up for Lent this year, but I have taken up doing daily devotionals from a book I've had for awhile now. It's a good way to start the day.  


We managed to get out of the house for a bit on Friday to have a family date night to a local place called Pasquale's. It's my favorite place to eat in town. Super cheap and everything is so good!  Hope everyone is staying warm. They are calling for some more cold weather this week, but hopefully, we're nearing the end of this winter road since March is right around the corner!

And finally, I didn't actually watch most of the Oscars last night, but I was keeping up with all the pretty dresses on the red carpet. That's usually the only thing I care much about when it comes to award shows anyway. But these were my favorite picks from last night. 


Emma Stone I just adore! And does Jennifer Aniston ever age? I need some Aveeno stat!



Reese Witherspoon always kills it. It's those Southern Roots, she always looks so classic. Gwyneth Paltrow's dress may have been my favorite of the night. Love the color and sleeve detail.


Jennifer Lopez is another one that doesn't ever seem to age. Maybe it's the name Jennifer or something, but she looked so beautiful! And I really loved Julianne Moore's dress as well. I really need to read the Still Alice book before seeing that movie, but I have heard great things about both!
 
I had to add two more....Jenna Dewan Tatum and Anna Kendrick both looked flawless. I just love the color of Anna's dress!
 
Did I miss anyone? 


Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day was a fun one this year. I feel like it's one of those holidays that's not really a holiday, more an opportunity for companies to profit. I fall strongly in the camp that if you love someone, you show it every day, not just one appointed day each year, but, we still decided to take a little half day trip to Lexington for some fun. We've never done the whole eating out thing for Valentine's unless I really don't feel like cooking, which is rare, but I did request a morning date at a restaurant.

Nothing says 'I love you' like chicken minis and hash browns from Chick-fil-A :)




We made it just in time for breakfast at 10:35. Skin of our teeth. If you live close to a Chick-Fil-A, you don't know the disappointment of finally passing one only to realize you've just missed chicken mini serving hours. 


We let Caroline play in the kids area for awhile before we headed over to Hamburn to run a few errands, the first of which was a stop for Caroline since she'd been so good on the drive to Lexington. We went to PetSmart to check out the animals the Lexington Humane Society has for adoption. My cat and one of our dogs came from the Humane Society and they are just the sweetest. Caroline loved walking around looking at all the cats, dogs, turtles, birds, snakes and fish. Juston decided that it was like the zoo, but free. 




I just love animals but I hate not being able to take them all and give them a home. If we had more land, we would have had a few new additions Saturday. After a trip to Michaels, we headed back home just in time to beat the snow squalls making their way across Kentucky. We have sure had some wild weather in the Bluegrass the last few days! As I type, there's about 7 inches of snow on the ground and counting. Have I mentioned that I am NOT a fan of cold and snow? I don't know how people up North do it every year. 


Once we got home, I got started on making Juston his Valentine's present, dinner :) And I even had a super cute little helper the whole time.


I made balsamic skirt steak, roasted rosemary new potatoes, asparagus and bacon risotto. It's one of Juston's favorite meals and everything turned out really good. Probably not the most exciting Valentine's Day, but a really good one if you ask me :) 

In the meantime, I'm sitting here gearing up for a Fat Tuesday celebration we are planning to have tomorrow if people can get out of their homes and over to ours. This snow is not playing around. The Governor just declared a state of emergency and I have not left the house all day. On the bright side, I have gotten so much cleaning and organizing done! It's amazing what you can accomplish around the house when you're told you can't leave it haha. 




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Life Lately

I haven't been doing a very good job keeping up-to-date around here. The time I used to spend blogging while Caroline napped is now spent doing my training runs for our upcoming 10K. I'm really getting excited for it. Running is such an interesting sport. There was one day Juston and I ran last week that I looked at him at the end and said, "I just don't know if I can run these 6.2 miles I've signed us up for." Then literally the very next day after my run, I thought to myself, "That was so easy. I've totally got this 10K. Maybe I'll do a half next." Probably not, but it's all mental once you've conditioned your body to a certain point, so I've been trying really hard to make a conscience effort to go into every run with a really positive outlook both of what my body is capable of accomplishing and what my thoughts can control, too. I definitely prefer running outside,  but haven't done too much of it lately with the weather being uncooperative and this upcoming week doesn't look much better. We may end up with over 5 inches of snow tonight! Don't be surprised if you find me further South next winter. I'm not cut out for the cold.


It's not something I'd normally do, but my Aunt and Uncle made an extra cake for Caroline's second birthday back in August so I decided to freeze it and get it out when she was officially two and a half, which was this past weekend. My sister's girls were at the house with us, so it was perfect. She loves blowing out that candle! 

I also finally got around to doing a project I'd had on my list for awhile which was making Caroline a pillowcase dress. This one still didn't have the hem in it, but she wanted to try it on and I just love the way it looks on her. I think I'm going to hem it with a strip of pink fabric, then do a matching pink monogram on the chest. 


Caroline's absolute favorite thing right now is her stool that Juston and I made for her for her birthday. She carries and pushes that thing all around the whole house. She pronounces it "tool" and with her "tool", there's not much that she can't accomplish or reach. She loves playing in the sink in my bathroom while I shower or get ready. She has these little cups that she'll fill with water and it entertains her for minutes! That's a long time for my child to be still. 


She's also really loving helping in the kitchen. She loves to stir things, even though she makes the worst messes every single time, and she loves putting vegetables I've chopped into pots or onto pans; wherever they're going. I'm really hoping that by letting her help young, she'll be a better eater and want to continue to be hands on as she grows up. She will also move her stool over to the utensil drawer while I'm cooking dinner, get out three forks and go set the table. I've never asked her to, she just started doing it one day and it's the cutest thing. 


How cute does she look in the little dress from our sweet Goddaughter, Lexi, or Oinkie as Caroline calls her. Lexi taught her the noise the pig makes last spring when we were down in Alabama visiting and ever since, Caroline associates Lexi with pigs. It's pretty hilarious and cute, so now she's Oinkie. 


Caroline has been an absolute rock star with potty training. She has gone more than a week now staying dry through her nap and she's even starting doing all of her business in the potty, not just peeing. She's still struggling a little bit with doing her more serious business there, but she will come and as to use it now, whereas before, she'd just hide, then come tell me once she was finished. We're still in diapers at night, but I really can't believe how well she's done, I was careful not to push her with it, I felt like as long as I kept reminding her that it was an option and putting panties on her, that she'd let me know when she was ready and she did. So proud of my girl. 




Friday, we went with my parents to my Aunt and Uncle's bakery, Magee's and buddy, does Caroline ever love going out there! Aunt Judy makes sure my girl never leaves hungry ;) If you've never tried their transparent tarts, pictured above, you haven't truly lived, they are out of this world. Been in Southern Living multiple times, even. They ship just about anyplace in the states, too. But don't be fooled, while there is a Magee's bakery in Lexington, they have nothing on our Maysville Magee's. 

I joined our local YMCA back in December and I've been going early two mornings a week and twice on the weekends so that I'm getting four days a week of weight training in, and then three days of training runs for the race. I really like the results I'm seeing so far. I'd almost bet that if I actually cleaned up my diet, I might see those results even faster ;) Speaking of food, we've entertained quite a bit here lately, so I have some really great new to me recipes that I hope to share here soon. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. 







Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday

We had some friends and family come out to the house this past Sunday to hang out and watch the Super bowl game, so I made up a few quick and easy appetizers for everyone to snack on. Juston loves to order pizza, too since it's usually the only day of the year we do that, so I didn't have much work to do in the kitchen beforehand. And even though the foods I made aren't the most photo-worthy, I promise they are so simple and so good!

First up is Crockpot Meatballs. Three ingredients and a day in the crockpot and you're set. I buy a bag of pre-cooked, frozen Italian meatballs, a jar of grape jelly (16 oz.) and a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce (24 oz.). Dump it all in the crockpot and cook on low for 7-8 hours. It doesn't get any easier.

 
Next up, Rotel Dip. My sister gave me this recipe and everyone loves it. Another three ingredient simple as pie party favorite. You need a can of rotel, a roll of mild Tennessee Pride sausage (or any brand you like) and a block of low fat cream cheese (8 oz.). Brown the sausage in a skillet. From here you can go two routes, you can add the cooked sausage and other ingredients to a small crockpot and cook for about 4 hours on low until the cream cheese melts and it's all hot, or if you don't have that kind of time, you can just add the cream cheese to the skillet you cook the sausage in and heat until it's all melted, then add the rotel can and heat through. Doing it all in the skillet takes about 20-30 minutes.

 
This dip didn't last long at all. My brother-in-law even brought some, too, but we all went through it!

 
Last I made these chocolate peanut butter chip cookies. Recipe comes straight from the back of the Reese's peanut butter chip bag and everyone loves them. I cook them more like 15 minutes because I like them chewy.



And finally, my favorite meme from the Super Bowl, I came across on facebook the very next morning and it made me giggle.



But seriously, who throws the ball on the two yard line when you have four downs, plenty of timeouts and a great running back. Not your best move Pete, but it was a great game overall. I thought the commercials were sort of a let down though. Some of them were just depressing, some sort of lame. I like the Fiat little blue pill commercial and the Pete Rose hall commercial, and obviously, I loved the Budweiser puppy and Clydesdale commercial.