Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Before and Afters v.6

It seems like we've had so many small projects looming over our heads lately. Well, Khaki's son is in between jobs so he was kind enough to come help me this week. And y'all.... he's amazing. It didn't matter WHAT I asked him to do, he was like "Yeah! I'll check that out for ya." Khaki says she has no idea where he learned to do it all. I told her not to question it. Just enjoy it.

Chad spent the better part of last weekend mudding and sanding the master bathroom, guest bathroom and basement staircase. It will be SO nice for him to get home and not have a single thing on his honey-do list!


Before: Water stains on the ceiling from the WEEKS of flooding we had earlier this year.

After: No more stains! He also fixed the grout on our backsplash that had water stains and a patch on the wall that was messed up.

Left to Do: New roman shade on large window (not pictured).

Basement Stairs

Before: Wallpaper chipping off everywhere.

After: Painted a beautiful Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

Left to do: Nothing!

Guest Bathroom

Before: Horrible country cabin wallpaper.

After: Painted Bleeker Beige by Benjamin Moore. The curtains don't even look so bad now that the wallpaper is gone!

Left to do: Replace linoleum with tile (eventually).

Master Bathroom

Before: Three walls had a hunter green paisley print and one wall had a seashell print. Yeah, it was rough.

After: Painted Bleeker Beige by Benjamin Moore. Once again, I feel like the shades aren't even that bad anymore!

Left to do: Replace linoleum with tile (eventually).

Tasty Tuesday (Pinterest Edition)

I've made several things from Pinterest recently. I'm happy to share my experiences with you so you can cook the good ones and toss the horrible ones. A couple of weeks ago, I made shrimp tacos. I loosely followed this recipe but made several changes.

Shrimp Tacos with Slaw
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 TB fresh lime juice
2 TB sour cream
salt & pepper
1/4 small cabbage (8 ounces), shredded
1 cup corn kernels (from 1-2 ears or frozen and thawed)
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 TB olive oil
1 pound peeled shrimp
8 small flour tortillas, warmed

In a bowl, whisk the orange juice, lime juice, sour cream, 1/2 teaspon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add the cabbage, corn and jalapeno and toss to combine. Let sit, tossing occasionally.

I added tomatoes and extra corn. 

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until opaque throughout, 2-3 minutes.

Serve the shrimp with the tortillas and slaw.

Verdict: Delish! Even Chad loved them. I made several changes to the slaw, and if I ever make them again I'll probably alter it even more. Great, low cal meal that satisfies even the hungriest man!


You've all seen the post. It looks great. It has butter, brown sugar and marshmallows. How could it not be great? Well, it's not. So there.

Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn
1 package microwave popcorn, popped (I used 2 small bags)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 TB light corn syrup or honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
12 large marshmallows

Pop popcorn until done and remove any unpopped kernels. So far, so good!

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add brown sugar, corn syrup (I used honey), vanilla and marshmallows. Turn heat to medium and stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth (this took a while).

Pour over popcorn and stir in until evenly coated. Store in an airtight container.

Verdict: It was entirely too sweet. I know, that sounds insane. But here's my take: If I want salty, Imma just make some regular popcorn... and if I want popcorn covered in sweet stuff, Imma just go buy some Crunch 'N Much. Holla!


I made THE best cake I've ever had in my life last weekend. And I'm so stingy, I won't even share it. It's on Pinterest, so it won't take a rocket scientist to find it... but you'll either have to dig or pry it out of my cold, dead hangs. Cause from now on, this is Annalee's specialty.



These next couple of items are not from Pinterest. FYI.

I don't think I've really ever fried anything. Is that weird? Well, this week I fried eggplant, soft shell crab and green tomatoes. I fried them all just like my Mimi used to... none of that egg junk. Just dredge your victim in a mixture of flour and corn meal seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Tony's and you'll thank me when the fried stuff doesn't fall off due to all that gunky goo you dunked it in prior to the dry mix.

Fried green tomato BLT. Whew, lawd.

Fried soft shell crab.


Have y'all been to the new Shipley's yet? It's been open over a year... maybe even two... so it probably doesn't qualify as a "new" restaurant anymore but I just went to the new location for the first time. And let me tell you something... those folks are gonna know me by name in a couple of weeks. I'll be back at least once a week. Holy cow.

I'd say it's easily the best hamburger in town. And the onion rings? Fuhgettaboutit!

Hand cut fries topped with bacon, cheese and ranch. Have mercy.

All you locals need to head over to Shipley's ASAP! They're open for lunch Monday - Saturday from 11am - 2:30pm. Tell 'em I sent ya. They won't have a clue who I am but that's not the point.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tasty Tuesday

I have seen this crock pot breakfast casserole pinned about a million times, so I thought I would give it a whirl. It got mixed reviews. The boys loved it... I didn't. It tasted like an omelet, and I really don't like omelets. I covered mine in cream cheese and salsa, which helped. Bottom Line: If you like omelets, go for it.

I have been on a wheat wrap kick for lunch lately. I made the.best.wrap.EVER. last week. It's so easy and nothing special at all, but it was so delicious and filling. I had to share.

Whole wheat tortilla (130 calories) with 1 tablespoon light honey mustard (40), lettuce and tomato (15), 1 slice swiss cheese (70), 4 thin slices of ham (45) and 1 oz. avocado (50).

350 calories of filling deliciousness.

In other food news, I have found a pecan pie that actually works. I have tried no less than seven different "no fail" recipes, and they all turn out jiggly or burned. Hooray for success!

Before baking.

After. :)

I haven't perfected the recipe yet, so I won't share. But y'all can look forward to a great pecan pie recipe in the future!

Monday, June 18, 2012

They're Back!

I have spent the last 16 days not mentioning "Gamma" or "Doc" because they left us to have a 15-day vacation in Europe, and I didn't want MaryCollis to have a meltdown. She really has never gone more than 3-4 days without seeing them before, so I'm shocked we didn't have a harder time than we did.

We only had one sad day, and that was the day they came home (Friday). I made the mistake of saying, "Guess who's coming home today?" but I forgot the minor detail that they would not arrive until 9PM.... and MC would have been asleep for 2 hours by then. She screamed, "Gamma! Gamma! I want my Gaaaaammmmmmaaaaaaaa!" and ran to the back door and started twisting the knob and crying hysterically. Good job, Annalee. Way to think it through.

So for the rest of the day, we spent every second doing really fun things like making a horrible mess on the third floor, playing hide and go seek behind the curtains, playing the piano, getting in the pool, playing in the tea set cabinet and eating pizza.


She found my baby ring in the tea set cabinet. Now it's hers!

Pizza for dinner. Mmmmm.

This girl loves her condiments... just like me!

The next day (Saturday), I had to work the downtown car show so MC went to Khaki's for a half day. I picked her up that afternoon, and she somehow sensed where we were headed. We went home and I said, "Come on, let's pack your bag!" And she RAN up the stairs, threw lamby and get get in the bag, threw it over her shoulder and said "Ready! Let's gooooo, Mama!" But it wasn't quite time to go. Uncle Andrew and Lindsay were in town, and they wanted to swim in our pool. So we swam for a while, then I prepared the pecan pie for Father's Day.

Finally, it was time to go to Gamma and Doc's for dinner. She was so excited the entire way over. And she was still not quite sure about Uncle Andrew. She stared at him the whole way there.

Stare off.

When we got there, I made Chad hold MC back until I could get the video camera out. And thank goodness I did. It is adorable!

She spent the night with them - just like she always does on Saturdays - and I'm sure a great time was had by all. The next day, we hosted Father's Day lunch at our house. There is NOTHING my dad loves more than a good hamburger, and since Chaz is the grill master, that is exactly what we had. I made baked beans and the best potato casserole ever. And I finally, finally made a good pecan pie. More on that in a separate post.

After going to church with Gamma and Doc, MC was excited to play outside.

Everyone was fat and happy and went back to their respective houses for naps. Even I laid down for a minute, which I never do. MaryCollis took a good, long nap and the first thing she requested when she woke up was Gamma. So we headed back out to their place for a visit. We played inside for a long time, but then we wanted some fresh air so we went to see the animals.

Gerty and Captain had a bark off.

MaryCollis staring at the "horsey" (donkey).

The "horsey" and "gos."

MC in Mimi's sun hat. Presh.

She found a pendant and a small Christmas card in Gamma's jewelry box and REFUSED to put them down the entire afternoon.

Still holding those treasures!

We are SO glad they're home. It felt like they were gone for a year.


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