Friday, July 29, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday



Have y'all had these? They are nothing short of amazing. Seriously. They have 8g of whole grain per serving and only 140 calories. It'll satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your diet. Delicious! And even Chad loves them.
Blueberry Brown Sugar. So fine.

We also discovered Snickers Minis ice cream bars last week. Apparently Twix is making them too. They're only 90 calories and taste just like the real thing. If you're dieting and are looking for new treats, look no further than these two gems!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Theatrical Thursday



Me, Mom and Dad rented "Limitless" out of curiosity and sheer boredom last weekend. I was excited about the concept of the movie. The plot: Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of a mega-mogul, who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug's brutal side effects grinding him down, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.



But it definitely fell short. It wasn't hard to watch by any means, but I think I could've turned the movie off at any point and not really cared about the ending. It could've been an incredible movie - the cast was great and the plot was great - but it failed to reach its full potential. I think they tried to cram too many twists and turns into it when they could've just expounded on the main concept. Bottom line: It was okay, but I won't be watching it again.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday




Watching Emily at the Beaux et Belles party Saturday.

Listening to Doc practice at church Sunday evening.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tasty Tuesday


Chad and I have been dieting for 2-3 months, and we are always eating Lean Cuisines or salad (which we both LOVE) but honestly, I love to cook and the frozen meals are getting a bit old. SO - I flipped through a low-cal cookbook and found this gem. I tweaked it (A LOT) and changed the name so now it's MINE! Ha. Hope y'all enjoy.

Skinny Chicken Pot Pie

Filling:
2 cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups broccoli florets
1 can 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup fat-free chicken broth
1/2 cup milk (I use skim)
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Topping:
1 1/4 cups reduced-fat Bisquick
1/2 cup milk (I use skim)
1 egg white


Preheat oven to 400.

Place sliced carrots, chopped onion and broccoli into a microwave-safe bowl and cover with a paper towel. Microwave on high 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Important note: You definitely want these to be TENDER. When I made it, I cooked them until they were just barely steamed and they were too crunchy. Surprisingly, they don't get that much more tender in the oven so make sure it's how you like it before you place in the oven.

Meanwhile, combine soup, broth, milk, pressed garlic, thyme and pepper in a medium/large bowl. Whisk until blended, then stir in chicken (or turkey). When veggies are finished in the microwave, add them to the bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into a baking dish.

For biscuit topping, combine Bisquick, milk and the egg white and stir until moistened (it will be dough-like). Using a spoon or a scoop, drop six scoops of dough over pie filling (you will probably need to spread it a little). Don't make it even on top though because each little biscuit is a portion - and that's important for dieters! Once you have six even biscuits, bake for about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Yields 6 servings (270 calories; 4-5g fat; 23g protein; 2g fiber). This is a great quick and easy meal for dieters. And men can eat 2 portions to make sure they are full and happy! (Two portions is only 540 cals). Enjoy! :)


Monday, July 25, 2011

Motherhood Monday


Dealing with Loss

I haven't lost many people in my life - my grandfather died just 3 years ago at the old age of 87, we've been losing my grandmother slowly to Alzheimer's for nearly 10 years, and one of my sweetest high school friends succumbed to cancer during our senior year. With each of those cases, we knew well in advance that they might not survive. It seems as though I have always had at least a warning that death was coming.

I have never lost a sibling or a parent and definitely not a child. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a child. It goes against nature to have to bury someone you brought into the world. We aren't supposed to have to say goodbye to those that are younger than we are. They are supposed to grow up and take care of us and eventually say goodbye to us as old age approaches. Nothing about it is fair, and I never understand God's plan when something horrible happens. I know he has one, and I suppose I shouldn't question it but it just doesn't seem right.

One of my friends shared this song with me this morning. She said it made her think of my dear friend who is dealing with loss at this time. I'd like you to click the video below and listen as you read along with the words. Once again, please pray for my friend and her family.



All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Prayers Needed

I know many of my readers are believers in the power of prayer. I don't usually post religious or political things on my blog as I am not a confrontational or in-your-face person, but I need your help. One of my dearest friends (and no doubt one of the kindest) needs your prayers desperately. I won't mention why she needs our prayers because that's not my place - and honestly, it's not important - but she does need them. Her family is the sweetest I know, and they need a miracle.

If you have a little extra time, please say a quick prayer for her family. Pray for peace, for healing, for comfort. Pray for closure and clarity. Pray that God will wrap his loving arms around them during a very difficult time. Keep them in your thoughts as you go about your week and remember that we are not promised tomorrow. Hug your babies. Call your parents. Snuggle up to your spouse a little longer. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, friends.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday



I never. Repeat never. Thought I'd be able to wear skinny jeans. Well, not only did I buy skinny jeans recently - I bought skinny WHITE jeans. Yep. I'm officially obsessed with these: J.Crew Cropped Matchstick Jean in White Denim.



I also bought these and this (among other things) but haven't worn them yet. I only go shopping about once every two years, so I am super pumped about all my new goodies for Fall!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday

We got a surprise last weekend when we discovered the carpet in MaryCollis' room was wet. After inspection, I decided it was not Gerty tee tee or a drip from the ceiling but that it was probably coming from the AC unit, which is located in a closet that is connected to her room. Chad went to the room next door (that we never use), and the carpet was wet there too.

The good news is that our AC guy fixed the leaking unit. Shout out to Tyler - Whoop whoop! The bad news is that the carpet was so saturated that it had to be ripped up (sayonara, green carpet!). Luckily, they were able to "save" the carpet in MC's room; however, they had to hook up massive dryer-like machines/fans to get rid of the excess moisture. Which means..... MaryCollis got to spend yet another night with Gamma and Doc. Hooray! Chad asked me today if my parents were excited about their newest addition (referring to OUR child). Ha!

Long story short, all is well so I am thankful for that. But I swear... if it ain't one thing, it's another. I would just like to brag on my husband for moving all the furniture and junk around in MC's room so they could rip up the carpet/get the fans set up. I was at work, so I missed the cuss fight he most likely had with the antique furniture whilst cramming it into our dining room/kitchen. I love you, honey, and I'm thankful for you every day!

Here are some photos...










And just because she's so darn cute in the morning with her mad scientist hairdo. Sure am thankful for this little rascal too!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday



She loves to push stuff around. Nothing is safe - magazines, computers, phones, toys. You name it, it's getting pushed.

Dear Gussy. Has there ever been anyone cuter?! This is a Beaux et Belles outfit :)


Big Girl.

I hate using flash, but this actually turned out okay. Look how tan Gamma is!


Another BeB outfit.


ANOTHER BeB outfit. We went a little crazy at the last trunk show!

Tacky Jacks. They had one of those snap-on high chairs that I've always wanted to use. It was so cool.

Trying the waffle. She wasn't impressed.

First 4th of July

Hello Dearie headband. We love Dawn. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tasty Tuesday



Mom, Dad, me and Chad grilled steaks this weekend, and we decided to make our own version of a wedge salad. I gotta say, I'm not sure why we haven't done this before. I'm addicted.


Wedge Salad

One head Iceburg lettuce
16 slices bacon, cooked crispy and cut into big chunks
1/2 purple onion, chopped
40 grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 container Gorgonzola or Bleu cheese
Homemade ranch dressing (or Bleu cheese dressing)


Cut Iceburg in half; then cut in half again; then again. You should have 8 wedges. Put each wedge on a plate (or in a salad bowl). Top each wedge with a handful of bacon (about 2 slices on each salad), a good bit of onion and several tomatoes. Sprinkle with your choice of cheese (gorgonzola or bleu), then drizzle dressing on top. Cracked pepper is good, too.

Be sure to eat this salad with a knife - it's pretty thick! I'll have to post my homemade ranch another day, but the ranch made from a packet'll do in a pinch (or again, you can use bleu cheese). It's so delicious. Oh my goodness. Try it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Motherhood Monday



Picky Eaters

MaryCollis used to eat anything I put in front of her. Anything. Prunes, green beans, peas, carrots. She used to love Cheerios and Club crackers, and she REALLY used to love cheese. Now she is a very picky eater. Well, maybe I should rephrase. She is a finicky eater. One day she'll eat her weight in Fig Newtons, the next day she won't touch them. She rarely eats cheese or Cheerios anymore. She doesn't want anything to do with oatmeal (the food that she ate every single morning from the day she turned 4 months old until recently). How can someone go from eating something for breakfast every single day for 6 months to refusing it seemingly overnight?

Apparently it's not as odd as I thought. I received an email from Beech Nut this month that explained many babies go through a picky eater stage around their first birthday. So I've just started having a lot of different foods on hand just in case she doesn't "feel like" eating Cheerios one morning. Chad makes fun of the ridiculous amount of baby-friendly food in our pantry, but it's completely necessary. As of this week, some of her favorites are as follows:

Fig Newton Minis (also available in strawberry). These are made with 100% whole grain and real fruit - great for babies and they come in little packages so it's good for travel!

Loves them. And so does her daddy.

She only eats 1 in the morning, but it's a nice finger food next to her morning fruit/oatmeal.


Hands down her favorite. She loves every flavor - mild cheddar, veggie dip, garden tomato, etc.


What is your tot eating right now? I'd love some more suggestions! :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hiatus

I do apologize for my abrupt leave of absence. The past 6 weeks have been cuh-RA-zy. The day after wrapping up my 3-week summer course, we packed up for a beach vacation. We returned to Laurel just long enough to wash clothes, celebrate my 26th birthday and eat lots of food on July 4th before we returned to the beach for yearbook clinic - this time with 3 teenage girls (yikes). I'm kidding..... kind of. We got home Wednesday just in time for me to meet my Dad at church to practice the song we are singing together Sunday morning. Phew - what a month.

Thankfully, we are home for a while now. I don't have any vacation plans or weekend rendezvous in the works, and I'm mighty glad for that. Now I can focus on Tiny Tot's First Birthday! I promise (for real this time) that I will be back Monday with an all-new Motherhood Monday post, and I will be back on my regular blogging routine. See y'all then! :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Me Burfdays

Yesterday was my birthday, and McNugget decided to act McNasty all day. I am so tired of blaming teething or reflux on her fussiness - It used to make me feel better to have an excuse, but now I just feel lame for not accepting the fact that babies are not as much fun as people think they are. The good news is my folks are amazing, and they kept her last night after making the long drive in from Nashville where they saw a U2 concert. Bless their souls.

I expected my 26th birthday to pass with little fanfare just as the last 4 birthdays have. After the big 2-1 they're just not that much fun; however, my husband made it the most memorable and cheesy and fantastic birthday I've had since I toasted my 21st in Rome. After dropping MC off at Gamma and Doc's, we ate dinner at Mi Casita right along with the old folks at 4:30, then we hopped over to Sweet Pepper's to pick up my favorite dessert - turtle cheesecake.

Chad decided that it wasn't a birthday at all without candles, so then we walked four doors down to Dollar General in search of the perfect accessories. We left with no less than $25 in birthday paraphernalia, including a pink hat, a birthday badge, confetti poppers and the aforementioned candles. He even let me buy two trashy magazines for fun. When we got home, I donned my badge and hat and had a blasty blast shooting confetti all over the back deck (which Chad promised he would clean up today).







Then he surprised me with something I didn't know he bought at the DG.


After my fun with confetti, we ate dessert and watched two movies: Unknown (because I love Liam) and The Dilemma (because I love Kevin James). I still made it in bed by 10, and much to my dismay when stepping on the scale this morning I didn't gain a pound - I actually lost 1 pound. :)



Though I was wearing a mismatched outfit and still had sand in my hair from the beach, I never felt more beautiful or more loved. Thanks for a great birthday, honey.

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