Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hot Cocoa

The best part of colder temps is getting to pull out the hot cocoa maker.  My grandmother gave it to me a couple years ago for Christmas.  It is a lot more fun to make hot chocolate than pulling out the kettle.  I haven't tried any of the other drinks that were in the manuel.  I pulled it all out one night last week.  And if I hadn't been so lazy would have last night.  I cut the heat down while I was gone and it was chilly in the house.



I found a container of dark chocolate cocoa mix on clearence at Target back in July.  I finally got to pull it out.  I have the coffee creamers out too.  I know random.  But the idea jumped in my head one day last year and I tried it.  Who always wants just plain chocolate.  So I bought the peppermint mocha that was out for the holidays.  It made it yummy.  So I have picked up a few others since then.   I couldnt' decide which one I wanted the other night when I went to make the hot cocoa.  I finally decided on the peppermint truffle. 


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thankful

This is a couple days late.  But being at my parents I was lucky to get parents time to even read others blog posts.  Thanksgiving was great.  It was a small group this year.  Just the four of us, grandmother, two cousins, and one aunt.  We were with my fathers family which is the bigger side.  It was kind of sad to see only one table Thursday but i was glad for time with my family. 
A few of the decorations my grandmother had out.  I might have a chance still at the decorating.  ha!







But I am most thankful for walking away from this:




I hit a deer this morning on my way back home.  It could be worse.  And it might can be fixed.  And boy do I hope it can be.  I love this Liberty.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Decorating

Or at least attempts at it.  I seem to have missed that gene that makes a woman good at decorating.  I am still trying to figure out what it is I like.  And once I do to bring it all together.  I have been working on my office a bit more this year.  It has been two years since I painted it.  It took me over a year to decide on the color green I wanted.  I finally found one I fell in love with in a Better Homes and Garden spread.  And I still love it though my parents think it is aweful!!!  Hey!  it is my house not theirs and I didn't spend a dime of theirs on it.
While D was here last week I had him hang a curtain rod as payment for staying.  That is a lot cheaper than a hotel. This it what my office looked like for two days before I got around to hanging the curtains.




This is what it looks like now. 




After posting this picture I realize the rod was put back a little uneven.  Oh, that is an easy fix.  Don't know if that will happen tonight as I need to finish packing to head to Bama tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

The other thing I am working on is a runner in the kitchen.  I have been wanting a rug in the kitchen for a while.  And found one I like.  But once I got it home from the store am not sure that it is long enough.  I decided on the way home tonight from work I would put it down when I leave tomorrow and see what I thought when I got back this weekend.  So what do y'all think to short or just right?




Belle is peaking around the corner to see what is going on?

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Quesadillas

Since I am headed to Bama Wednesday afternoon for Thanksgiving my meals this week are geared towards no leftovers.  And easy to clean up.  Tonight I made some easy chicken quesadillas.  Yeah quesadillas are pretty easy in the first place so I guess they should be no fuss quesadillas.  I gather my ingredients.


Then I set a skillet on medium heat.  While the skillet is warming up. 


Step 1:  Spread salsa on a tortilla


Step 2: Place chicken strips on top of salsa


Step 3: Add cheese.  For me it is a lot of cheese. 

Step 4:  Fold in half and add to skillet.

After about 5-10 minutes this is what you get or close to it



I didn't have a side tonight.  Sometimes I will make Spanish rice to go with it.  But tonight while the quesadilla was cooking I stood at the counter and ate chips and salsa. 
Though I will admit I felt slightly terrible making something so simple while in the background The Next Iron Chef was on.    I can't wait to watch the finale tonight.  Even if it means missing part of the Bears game. 
I will probably have these a couple times this week along with some salads and sandwhichs.  Glad I thought enough ahead last week and don't have to hit the grocery store this week too.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Presenting Belle

I am partcipating in the blog hop over at Kelly's Korner.  This Friday she is freaturing pets.  
I have had Belle for 4 years.  She is a lab/white shepard mix.  A total sweetheart and a big mamm's girl.  My parents have one from the same litter they named Bear.  They are still so cute together.  Bear can't wait for her to get out of my Jeep when we get there half the time and jumps over me to get into the backseat with her.  I had them both for the first two weeks and thought I was going to lose my mind.  Learned a good lesson though I can't handle two puppies at once.   At the time I could tell them apart by thier collars.  Belle wears blue (my favorite color) and Bear wears red (for Bama).


Belle & Bear right after I got home with them. 



This was thier idea of how to use a puppy pad.



I still think this is a cute picture of Belle drinking water



Bear now.  Still my baby boy.



And the Princess all grown up.

She might drive me crazy most days.  Especially the weekends as she still does not get the concept of sleeping in.  But I wouldn't trade my four legged kid for anything.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another Tuesday

I can't believe how fast this year has flown by.  In a week Thanksgiving will be here.  And of course that brings the season of eating all the time.  Or at least it seems that way doesn't it?  Boy does that month between Thanksgiving and Christmas fly by.  I am really looking forward to it visiting Bama and the family, especially after talking to my Grandmother tonight.  She told me she made me a surprise last night.  I took a guess but she wouldn't say if I was right but I could hear her laugh a bit when telling me that.  What was my guess?  Peppermint Cheesecake.  She knows how much I love it and the years we are with her on my birthday that has turned into my birthday cake since my senior year of high school.  Did I mention my birthday is Christmas Day, perfect time of the year for peppermint flavored items.   I would love to share the recipe with you but she won't give it to me yet.  But if I remember right from the day she tested it out on us, who better to be the ginnie pigs for bridge than your family, the recipe came from Southern Living.

This week is going to be a little crazy.  I have a house guest for the week while he takes a study class for the series 7 test.  I have not had anyone stay with me that long since I  moved into my house and my Grandmother stayed for 8 days.  Wish me luck!  And getting ready to head down to Oxford again this weekend for the Ole Miss vs. LSU game.  And more friends will be in from out of town to see when I get there.  Need to find a quick portable item to take down there.  And get in workouts.  All this on top of work and a girls night.

While I am on here.  How about those Rebels?  We stomped the Volunteers this weekend.  I love it!  The weekend was great.  I got to see a good friend and do some shopping on the Oxford Square. 

Friday, November 13, 2009

Update

This has been a long week.  I am trying to settle into a new routine at work.  But I made it and still had a half day to go get my hair done.  Though I am need to go in for a couple hours this weekend.  That will have to wait until Sunday.  Tomorrow I am headed to Oxford to Grove.  At Ole Miss we don't tailgate we Grove.  I can't wait to see campus in all the beautiful fall colors.  Not to mention friends I have not seen in a while.  As of now I don't have a ticket for the game.  Which I think might not be so bad as tomorrow we are playing UT.   If I don't end up with a ticket I am going hit the square for a bit of shopping.  I love the little shops around the square, even if I rarely buy anything.  A friend is also going to be at her house watching the game with her mother as her husband and friends ended up with all the tickets.
This week I also managed to start getting my house clean for D's visit next week.  He will be staying with me all week while he takes a study class for certification.  Tonight I spent the evening napping, wal-marting, and starting to clean. I didn't get in a workout but I am so counting the vacuuming, dusting, mopping, and rearranging the living room.  One thing I don't have to worry about when I get back from Thanksgiving. 
I also hit the gym for three nights of cardio.  I haven't managed to get in all three of the ab or drop a jean size workouts but there is still tomorrow when I get back from Oxford.  Along with finishing cleaning the house. 
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday

Out of creative titles at the moment.  This week has been a crazy one at work.  Trying to get my desk caught up and maybe get ahead.  But I have worked out all three days this week.  Tonight when I got home I put together a quick  meal that included some left over chili from last night.




Believe it or not there is some chili under that mound of cheese on top the potato.  I made some okra too.  Another lovely recipe from Southern Living, it was in the August issue.  In the recipe it calls for Italian breadcrumbs but tonight instead I used some three cheese breadcrumbs.  and it was still really yummy.
Well after that dinner time to go do an ab workout.

Reading

One of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a good book.  Usually I read dramas.  But my bestie, S let me borrow The Confessions of a Shopaholic.  I remember when the movie came out this year and wanted to go see it but it didn't I never made it.  Now I so want to rent the movie.  Or maybe even buy it.
Saturday morning after hanging out at the dealership getting the Liberty worked on for 3 hours I stopped by the library and picked up two more in the series.  And tonight after I left the gym I went by to pick up one or both of the others in the series.

 
                                               

But they were not there. ;( The next Saturday I have time or day off (I have 3 1/2 to take or lose before the end fo the year) I am going to the library to request they bring them in from another branch. I really want to read the rest of this cute series. And the other books by Sophie Kinsella sound great too. 

Of course when I stopped by Saturday I also picked up a favorite author.  J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts).  I love her In Death series.  It is about a cops in 2060.   And another new author that the book sounded cute.  Belle in the Big Apple by Brooke Parkhurst.

My house would be really cluttered and I would be in a huge financial crisis like Becky Bloomwood if it weren't for the library.  Plus it gives me the opporunity to read books without being out the money if you don't like it.  Though my favorite place to shop is the clearence rack at bookstores for hardcover books.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

GYM

Yes after being sick for over a week.  I am ready to hit the gym this week.  I mean really hit the gym.  Last week I went three times and took it easy.   Not only am I hitting the gym for cardio.  I am planning on getting in three strength workouts and 3 ab workouts too.  Everything will be from Fitness magazine.  At the end of September I was on their website and saw an item about signing up to be part of a group to walk around the world in one month.  Well it didn't happen and is still going on.  Granted I wasn't a huge contributor to miles last month with getting sick and traveling.  So go sign up and lets see if we can do this before the end of the year.  Walking Challenge
The strength workouts I am aiming to finally complete this 4 week routine.  It is drop a jean size in 4 weeks.  And boy could I use that.  And the routine is pretty easy to do at home with just a few items.  I have been slowly buying a few items to keep at home to do workouts from magazines.  I have a wicker laundry basket in the living room full of workout dvds, dumbbells, weighted ball, and bands.  I have to hide my big fitness ball in a closet as Belle is freaked out by it for some reason.  I like having these items around so I can get up and do something in the evenings when I don't make it to the gym or don't want to do the weight machines at the gym.  Plus I don't feel so bad just sitting on butt during The Biggest Loser if I get up and do a workout. 
So go check out Fitness magazine and find a workout that works for you.  And while your there signing up for one of the items check out the box on right for fitness items they are giving away.  It changes everyday.  I keep hoping I am going to get a call or email telling me I won a pair of sneakers.  But no such luck so far I guess next week I will be hitting the stores for a new pair.


Have a great week Blog World!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Baking

I did some baking Wednesday night.  It was in celebration of a co-workers birthday.  Last weekend while cleaning out old magazines.  I came across the recipe for Praline-Apple Bread in the September issue of Southern Living.  I pulled it out as a keeper of course.  And thankfully had a reason this week to put it to use.  Yippee!!!!  And as I am a little lazy I am going to attach the link and not type out the recipe.
Praline-Apple Bread


The bread went over well.  But as you can tell mine did not come out as pretty Southern Living's but I doubt it was any less delicious.


I also figured out that I don't have any serving platters big enough to fit the bread except for football or Christmas themed ones.  Go figure two of my favorite things.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sunday dinner

The fall temps have arrived in Memphis area.  And I was happy to break out one of my favorite quick and easy comfort meals.   I have been waiting to do this for over a month when I bought the first ingredients during a 10/$10 sale at Kroger.


See how easy three ingredients are involved to make Ravioli Lassanga.  Easy enough to do when you get in from work and something kiddos can help put together too.

1. brown meet and drain.
2. layer a can of ravioli, meet, and chese in that order. 
3. repeat for a second layer.
4. top with the remaining cheese.
5. cover with foil
6. bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted


Doesn't that just look yummy! 

A great way to end a weekend.