Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pinspired Reviews

Do you ever actually do the pins you pin? I try to.. and here are a few reviews of the food pins I have attempted
 
These are SO good. My family loves lasagna anyways. And this isn't much different taste wise with than your usual lasagna. Except that it's in cute rolls, already portioned out & makes storing leftovers much easier, taking up less room.
 

I think anyone with a crock pot has made this. It's so easy. I love that you can switch up the ingredients to match what you have. This same base recipe can be tweaked a little with different toppings, taco seasoning, ranch, whatever. It always comes out great.

I made this for a New Years party last year. It was SO good and a real hit. I would definitely advise cutting the avocado really small though. I like avocado so I left the chunks a little bigger. It was annoying though trying to scoop the chip and coming back with only the avocado bite. But it was still delicious. I just like to have a little of it all on the chip!
 

I mean.... duh! I loved this combination. I made this when I was still married & my husband wasn't thrilled with it. But he isn't a big fan of banana bread to begin with. So that was a tough sell anyways. The reese's didnt really stay put once I started cutting into it. I don't know if that's standard or if I did something wrong. But it got a little crumbly. I don't mind though, I ate the whole loaf.
 

This recipe made the twitter rounds last year. I think everyone made it. And I think everyone did something a little different. AND I think everyone loved it. I try to avoid the grocery store so I have made this a few times, each time with something a little different. And not once have I had one turn out that I didn't like. I did try once though to add bacon bits.. that wasn't great, but still not bad.

I may never eat a regular burger again. Oh. My. God.
There's not much else to be said. My dad did make beef burgers after I had these & I just added the pineapple and bbq sauce. Still amazing. Something about pineapple on a (beef, chicken, turkey, veggie) burger just makes sense.
 


Another slam dunk. My dad loved these. And that says a lot. In fact, he has requested them a few times since. I will say though, my cheese never melted quite as pretty as the photo. But it tasted just as great as I hoped so who cares how it looks, right?
 
These were really good but the ingredients add up fast. $$ Not something we could do all that often, especially out of season. But was still really tasty!
 



Monday, December 24, 2012

Quick Ho Ho Ho

Just sneaking on my phone in between desserts, cocktails & Santa assembly to wish my Internet friends (and you hoes -I mean foes- too!) a Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Santa? Can You Hear Me?

Sana? Hello? Is this thing on? Aubrey Jo and I have been very good girls this year. Especially her. This year we have learned to value "things" less so our lists are much shorter than usual.

During the move, I finally threw away all of my hole-y, too small, or stained shirts. And of course no longer have access to his closet full of sleep perfect shirts. So I have been stocking up on pajamas... and it's become an obsession. I joined the target polka dot bandwagon too. So I'm legit now.

I'm also in the market for dish storage. Right now, all my dishes are in rubbermaid boxes wrapped in blankets. I was married to a "professional" OCD packer/mover long enough to know this is NOT OK. But man, I hate to spend money on stuff like that. So it's on my wish list.

And of course these still.

Aubrey Jo is super into all things Dora, UmiZoomi and Bubble Guppies. I took her to Target to see what she was drawn to. She flipped out at all the baby dolls.. and bike helmets. But she probably won't get a helmet. People would stare. Same as last year, "bawls" are on her list. One of the only words she says. Obsessed. She played with a kitchen in the nursery at church last month & I would bet you probably already have one on the sleigh for her, huh?

What's on your list?

EDIT: Dear Santa, Aubrey Jo here. I love you. I love mama too but she's a dumb dumb... I want more Kroger bags. Mama won't let me play with hers. And tupperware. And crayons that don't break when I scribble masterpieces on the walls. Empty boxes... with bubble wrap. Fruit pouches are good. And more baths- extra bubbles, please! K? Thanks. Byyeee!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Occasions for Joy

I've spent a lot of time Trying to dissect and make sense of the tests I've been faced with. I want to take time to recognize some "occasions for joy" that have also come out of this. I'm not at a point I can focus solely on the joy yet, but I do want to make a better effort to at least recognize that there are some...

I grew up in the church. As an adult though, I didn't necessarily quit believing, but I certainly became a "lazy Christian" and allowed my relationship with God to be pushed to the side. Through this, I have renewed that daily conversation & have FELT His presence around me more than ever. More than when I was at church almost every night of the week.

If this had to happen, I'm glad it happened now. Before things escalated in our home. Before prissy is old enough to fully understand or feel put in the middle. Before we bought a home. Before I became pregnant again.

I have a better idea of deal breakers in a relationship and traits I really want in a partner. And I'm still young enough I have time for a 2nd chance. A do over so to speak... Should I decide to travel that road again.

I have been blessed with new friendships and the opportunity to rebuild old ones.

I have been forced to reevaluate my life all the way around. Friendships, family ties, priorities, goals, every aspect of my life is now open for evaluation.

Yes, I am no longer a stay at home mom & hate leaving her everyday. But now I get to experience being missed. I get to see her run to me & wrap her little arms around my neck after being away.

I have found a new independence. I take pride in doing things on my own now. Just knowing that I can is a great feeling.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Truth is...

Well my first truth is that this post is going to ramble. Maybe make no sense. May get some judgement. But I've posted things like that before. And while I got some meanness, I was amazed by the private "me too" messages. So that's who I'm writing this for.

Truth is I don't know what I'm doing. I'm barely surviving one day at a time. Some days hour at a time. And sometimes? Sometimes I just focus on taking the next breath. Seriously. I find myself silently saying to myself "in.... Out... In... Out..."

Truth is I second guess my decision to leave almost daily lately. I thought I was getting better then... Well, I wasn't. I don't know if it's my upcoming anniversary (or whatever it's called now) or all the happy happy families shoving all their happiness right down my social media throat. (that didn't sound bitter at all right? LoL) but lately I'm struggling with my decision. Did I do the right thing? Did I give him a chance to make it right? Did I have all the necessary facts? Will I regret this once it's too late? Will my daughter understand? Will I be happy again. Do we really only get one chance? Who really knows how God will feel- yes the bible mentions divorce but it also mentions forgiveness. A lot.

Truth is I really want one of those mazel sweatshirts Andy always gives away on WWHL. I know, random on this post but it's playing in the background & it popped in my head.

Truth is I hope my future husband isn't reading this. Because this truth is that my sex drive? Non-existent. Like, zilch. And the truth is I feel great relief in divorce because there is no pressure in my empty bed. Although, another hard truth is that perhaps if I would have "cowgirled up" during my marriage, my husband wouldn't have felt the way he did and I wouldn't be sleeping in that empty bed. Ouch, right?

Truth is I talk about turning to God a lot since all of this happened. But today I realized the part I'm missing. I've been reading Jesus Calling. Today the line that caught me was "Come to Me in all your neediness, with defenses down and with desire to be blessed." did you catch that? I came to Him. In my (very very) neediness. With a desire to be blessed. But the part I missed? "with defenses down". That's the trick. With defenses down... How do I do that? That's my struggle.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Old Navy Rockstar Cords

I fought it you guys. And I stayed strong for a while. When skinny jeans first came out, I vowed to NEVER wear a pair. Ever. And that's when I was still skinny!

But 2012 is the year for broken vows I guess. Because somehow a pair of ON rockstar cords made it with me to the dressing room. I stared at them. I tried to ignore them. But I caved. I tried them on... Just for giggles, ya know? Now I don't know if the pantsless vision right before in the mirror was so bad that I would have been convinced ANYTHING looked good. Or if I just felt so down on myself that day and the simple rockstar tag made me smile. But y'all, I bought those damn green pants! And loved them so much I went back for a gray pair! And want more more still! I did have to size up which sucks but guess what? Nobody can see the tag. I know! For 24 years I've been so aware of that tag... And NOBODY can see it!

Here's a few ways I've (if I do say so myself) rocked these rockstars!
 
Of course I was in no way endorsed for this post. blah blah blah Just my own opinions. blah blah bah but would accept any swag ON wanted to share. Holla!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Santa Visit 2012

She loved Santa this year! She was waving & blowing kisses the whole time she was in line. Then she kept running back to him while I was paying to give him hugs & steal candy canes. Haha she's a mess but I was so proud of her since some of the kids before her FREAKED OUT.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Prissy's Birthday

So I just realized I never blogged prissy's birthday. Thats one downfall to instagram, twitter, facebook: everything is shared instantly and sometimes i forget to sit down and share it here...

Prissy was born the day after my dad's birthday. My birthday is 1 week after my grandpas and we always do a birthday dinner together. I have a photo of us with our cake every year. Never missed one. And it's so special to me so I knew it would be something I wanted to do with them.

I had a big party in my head. But with my sister's complications in her pregnancy, my sucky last minute work schedule, and money situation those plans got pushed off. We ended up just doing their lunch. I was disappointed with myself at first. But at the end of the day, it was soo nice! There was no stress, no prep, no posing or hosting or anything else that comes with planning. Prissy was so happy, she was with the people she loves that loves her & it was all about her & her big papa :)

I'm sure I'll have parties in the future, but the simplicity of this year was so perfect. I'd like to say it will become our new norm. We will see, next year will come sooner than I'm ready for!

So here's just a few photos from our afternoon. She was SO excited for her new Dora panties & her baby doll. But I don't think she liked anything as much as the box the baby came in that she used as a chair & the empty bags she carried like purses. Go figure!

In Good Company

This year brought a lot of change. That is an understatement... I had a lot of bad. But I don't want to take away from all the good this year has brought me... More on that later.

They say a person is the company they keep... And in the divorce/break-up department, I am surely not short on company...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Apple Butter Cupcakes!

I found this recipe on pinterest. It linked to an original recipe that required me to make everything from scratch...

Homegirl don't play that

So this is a crazy simple, crazy yummy recipe!
Box of vanilla cake mix, Kroger apple butter, buttercream frosting.
Spoon full of batter. Spoon full of apple butter. Top off with batter. Bake as normal. Top with frosting. Add cinnamon if you like. (I did to the first few but it didn't sprinkle pretty so I left the rest alone. Didn't notice much difference.) I skipped the nuts too from the original recipe because only like 2 people at our thanksgiving table liked them.


http://bakeitinacake.com/post/1403351487/this-cupcake-tastes-like-fall-its-apple-butter

Monday, November 26, 2012

Independent Woman

All the women who independent, throw your hands up at mee....

This afternoon my daddy gave me a lesson in being a single woman.

I have always had my daddy, grandpa, or a husband. They handle things. I haven't had to. They didn't mind doing things. My husband even pumped my gas- for 4 years I never had to stand at the pump! Now? I don't have a husband. My grandpa is 5 hours away. My daddy works on the road.

I need to be able to handle things. I need to show my daughter that a woman doesn't NEED a man. Not for status, not for self worth, not to feel beautiful, not to measure her success, and not even to change a tire. That's right y'all, 3 months before my 25th birthday, I learned to change a tire. I got on the ground. I got my hands dirty. I was sore. I had to JUMP on the lug wrench to even budge it. But you know what? I did it. On my own. It felt better than I thought. I wanted to scream I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR! I was totally feeling all girl power.

It's the little things...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

In anticipation of the 2nd birthday Sunday...


 




Photos by Scarlett & Stephen

Monday, November 19, 2012

Things I'm Loving


MayBooks!
I ordered one of these planners when I started back to work. I love that it fits perfecftly in my purse. It's not too bulky and doesn't have all of those extra bells and whistles that I really wouldn't use anyways probably.
This is the one that I ordered. I love it! The only thing I wish were different is maybe a little more room for notes/lists. And I wish the cover had some kind of protective layer because since mine is usually just tossed in my purse, my water bottles will sometimes "sweat" and the cover had bled a little bit. But that's nothing that would stop me from buying again in the future. In fact, someone on my Christmas list may have gotten one this year ;)
They have notes now too which I will probably be picking up for myself after Christmas so I don't have guilt about spending on myself.

 Goody Quick Style Paddle Brush

Now, maybe it's just because I haven't bought a new brush since I was in High School (yeah, think about that. The poor thing had seen better days..) but I don't think so. I am telling you, this thing is awesome. It helps dry your hair faster and detangles. I don't know what the detangling trick is, but it's obvious how it helps dry quicker. I'm obsessed. But I will say, I feel like I need a "normal" brush for my touch ups during the day. I don't know why, I just do. Or maybe that's just my excuse to stock up in brushes in case it's another 10 years until I buy new ones again!

elevenone creative etsy shop

I like to support women, and fellow mama's. This shop belongs to a fellow blogger mama Meredith Tichenor. I ordered the gingerbread girl and the nativity scene. I can't wait to get them! These were the first purchase for the home I will live in with Miss Priss just the 2 of us. I will pretty much be starting over when it comes to furnishing when we do move out of my parents' house. I figure what better purchase than a fun holiday pillow to start our new home, right? (=




I guess I should ad this.. this post was not sponsored. None of the businesses or blogs mentioned above are in any way affiliated with Bogs and Bows and did not endorse this post. Just me and my opinions here, y'all.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cheesy Chicken & Rice

Everyone here knows my living situation. You can imagine, it is not always easy. We are trying to each find our roles, get in a routine & respect everyone else's needs and space. One of the things I've been trying to do is help out with dinner on the nights that I'm home. During my marriage, I remember what a relief it was on taco nights (he-who-shall-not-be-named made the BEST tacos. I miss them) when he would cook for me. So I know that something so little makes a big difference.

However, I'm not much of a cook- I have caught a few pots on fire. And my parents are crazy picky, so I'm easily frustrated when I put a lot of effort into a meal and they crinkle their nose and have to force themselves to eat it & request I not make it again. So to avoid fights, and a major disaster, I turn to the crock pots.

Sunday, my dad dispatched at like 4am and my mom was traveling all day, so it was the perfect opportunity to surprise them with dinner already prepared when they got home.

My mom's favorite is chicken and rice. But my dad thinks it's kind of bland. So I turned to this recipe for cheesy chicken and rice to hopefully satisfy my mom's favorite AND add a little extra something for my daddy.




I'm really not great at "presentation" as displayed by my classy paper plate lol but you get the idea.

It was really good. My dad said there was plenty chicken so he felt like he was actually eating chicken and rice instead of rice and chicken. My mom loved the added cheese. I think just simply the yellow rice (I used New Orleans Style) added more flavor than the plain white rice. They both agreed the corn was fine in it, but they weren't sure what it added, the meal would have been fine without it. But we are feeding a 2 year old as well, so it certainly doesn't take anything away from the meal so why not go ahead and sneak in the extra veggies, right?
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