Thursday, September 30, 2010

Award

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong over at How I Met Your Father passed on the Versatile Blogger award.  Thanks for thinking of me.


For this award I need to tell 7 things about myself and pass it along to 15 other bloggers.

1)  I am a very picky eater.
2)  I have had 2 movies from Netflix for over 2 weeks. 
3)  I am loving the fall weather that has finally arrived
4)  I love The Big Bang Theory
5)  Has 30 blue paint chips I am trying to decide between to paint my bedroom
6)  I have 2 months of magazines to read on my end table
7)  I can't wait to get my hair done next weekend

And as I can't narrow it down to 15 people to give this award to.  I give it to all my readers.


30 Days of Me Day 25



Day 25 of getting to know me.  Is what would you find in my bag. 

I don't carry a big bag or much in mine either.  I get kidded about how small my purse is. 



I am carrying my Vera Bradley purse right now.  But I think I need a new fall one.  Maybe I will have time to do some shopping this weekend.



See not much in my bag.  I have my keys, IPhone, pen, chap stick, wallet, lip gloss, hand sanitizer, and contact drops. 




30 Days of Me Day 24


Day 24 is to write a letter to my parents.  I don't have a great relationship with my parents so this will be short and sweet.

Dear Daddy and Mother,
Thanks for always allowing my grandparents take off with me for weeks at a time.  Without their influence I would have turned out as well or know what love is.

thanks!
me

Monday, September 27, 2010

30 Days of Me Day 22


Day 22 of 30 Days of getting to know me.  Today's topic is something that I crave. 
I crave football.  What were you expecting me to say chocolate?  There are days that is a that is a top priority. 
I grew up in a household that football was a top priority on the weekends.  I am a Chicago Bears fan and living in Memphis I don't get to see their games very often.  I am very excited that they are on Monday Night Football tonight.  The score at halftime is 10-7 with the Packers leading, ugh.  Half time is almost over so I am going to get off here for tonight. 


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas

The only recipe I am going to get to try this month is Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas.  The week before I left for vacation the recipe popped up on the Food Network.  I knew I needed to try it.  And didn't feel like cooking when I got back last week.  The recipe comes from Aaron Mccargo, Jr. aka Big Daddy. 

Grilled Chicken Taco Pizzas

For the taco seasoning:
2 tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. cracked black pepper

For the Pizza:
1/4 c. canola oil, plus more for brushing
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 16 oz tube pizza dough
all-purpose flour for dusting
1 c. shredded mozzarella
1 c. shredded sharp cheddar

Make taco seasoning: mix all the ingredients in a bowl. 
Prepare the pizza:  mix 2 tbsp. of the taco seasoning and the canola oil in a shallow bowl.  pound the chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thick.  add the chicken to the bowl, turning to coat, and marinate 30 minutes. 
Preheat a grill to medium high.  Grill chicken until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.  Let cool, then cut into bite-size pieces. 


Divide the dough into 3 pieces.  Roll out each on a floured surface into an 8 inch round.  Brush with canola oil, sprinkle with taco seasoning and grill until crisp, 3 to 5 minutes per side; remove from the grill.



Mix the cheese in a bowl, then sprinkle on the crusts and top with the chicken.  Return the pizzas to the grill and cook until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. 


 Meanwhile, mix the avocado, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, red onion, salt and pep
per to taste.  Top the pizzas with the avocado mixture.



A few things I learned.  Pay attention to the time when the dough is on the grill.  I burned them pretty badly and had to cut off the burnt parts before assembling the pizzas (only one side got burned).  Way to go me!! I also need to remember to start grilling sooner now that it is getting darker sooner.  The chicken is good on its own and I will be using the extra to make tacos with for dinner this week.   I didn't use all the taco seasoning but have saved it to use down the road.  I don't like avocados so I skipped that and mixed together some salsa and three cheese ranch dressing for my topping.  I couldn't find a 16 oz can of the pizza dough the can I got from Pillsbury was 13.5 oz and I only got two pizzas out of it.  Just right for me.  Though if I could have rolled the dough out better I might have gotten more.  I lost my rolling pin in my move, yep I know it was 6 years ago, and haven't replaced it yet but now have the motivation to replace it. 

The pizza was great.  I will be making this again and watching the dough so it won't burn in the future. 

Savannah

We spent two days of our vacation in Savannah.  The city is gorgeous.  I love that there are so many squares throughout the historic downtown.  Seeing the green space in the middle of  city is very peaceful to me.  On Tuesday we took a cruise down from Hilton Head and a tour on the Old Savannah Tours trolley.  Taking the tour gave us a good idea of places we would like to hit when we went back on Thursday. 

A view from the cruise ship of the Savannah skyline.

Fort Jackson

Cotton Exchange building


Cotton Exchange Bell


Identical Houses built for a set of twin girls


Cemetery that unfortunately Union soldiers felt the need to move bodies around during the siege.


The Pirate's house

The waving girl.  The tale is the woman went out to wave a white towel at every ship that past for 46 years while waiting on a sailor that loved her to return.



Washington Guns.  A gift to the city from President George Washington for all Savannah did during the Revolutionary War.

Your choice on the cost of your ride after a night our drinking.  This sits in front of the police station.

Two old police cars in front of the police station.

I really loved this house. To bad I couldn't get a shot without a truck in front of it.

City Market

I loved the ironwork on this fence.

Iron Gates made by Juliet Gordon Low. 




The above three shots are from the Savannah's Candy Kitchen.  I was amazed at how much they had in the store.  And getting to watch them make taffy and candy apples.  I got some divinity and dark chocolate covered marshmallows on Tuesday.  And Thursday I bought one of the tins and filled it with a mix of the candy in the barrels and taffy for the parents for keeping Belle.  My second thought while in there was I cold go broke in here if the niece and nephews were with me. 

The trip was a blast.  But I was glad to be back home in my own bed.  And there will be a trip in my future to Savannah so that I can explore some more of that beautiful city. 





30 Days of Me Day 22



Day 22 of getting to know me is to write about what makes me different from everyone else.  These questions are begining to get really deep. 
I really can't think of what is unique about me.  I have always considered myself just an average person.  I am someone who loves music, animals, reading, and attempting to craft.   The most noticable thing about me would be that I am in my 30s and still single. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Master Bedroom

Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is back it it hosting the Show Us Your Life Series.  This fall it is all about showing rooms in your home.  I missed last week's but am joining in this week.  Today's is the Master Bedroom.  And I know you all want to know where This G.R.I.T.S. sleeps, yeah right. :)



I got the bed when I was 9.   And I still love it.  Though I am learning with Belle trying to take over the bed a Queen size might not be bad.  This picture is right after I got the bedding and didn't have the curtains yet.



My dresser is across from the bed.  I would never get out of the bed in the morning if the alarm was on the night stand. 



I was lazy this morning and didn't make my bed.  I forgot to take pictures last night knowing Kelly was doing master bedrooms today.  All the books stacked up are to read.  And my Ole Miss yearbooks are on the shelf at the bottom.




A shot from a couple months ago after cleaning the house one day. 

I am thinking of painting the wall the bed is on a shade of blue from the comforter.  But can't decide which color yet.  I have a huge stack samples from Lowe's I am going through now.




30 Days of Me Day 20



30 Days get to know me.  Day 20 is to describe someone I see myself marrying or being with the in the future.

Obviously I want a guy that is good looking, but then who doesn't.  I also want someone who can make me laugh, enjoys reading, and who I can talk to for hours about anything or nothing.  Someone who can cook would be good to so I don't always have to do it.  And a love of Football and added points if they are an Ole Miss fan. 

I hope to find the guy one day but won't lie to you there have been many times through recent years when I feel that it will never happen. 

30 Days of Me Day 19



30 Days of getting to know me.  Day 19 is to tell my nicknames and why I have them. 

I totally admit I didn't get nicknames until college.  I have to that have stuck and they are Ruthie and Ru. 
Ruthie is what S has always called me and I think the first to ever use it and that was my Sophomore year. 
Ru came from X.  I am not sure when he gave me that name but then in the 14 years we have been friends I can't remember him calling me anything but Ru. 
I don't have a clue why they gave me these names but they sure have stuck.  And I am glad of it. 

And Beth you can correct me if I am wrong that S was the first to call me Ruthie.  If she wasn't she was the first to stick with it. 

30 Days of Me Day 21



30 Days of getting to know me.  Day 21 is a picture of something that makes me happy. 
This was an easy one. 





Why Miss Belle of course. 

TGIF

I didn't think Friday was ever going to get here. 

Bethany over at Maryland Pink and Green is hosting Follow Friday.  Hop over and join the fun.


I hope everyone enjoyed their first day of Fall.  I decided to screw the 90 degree temps and put some boots and a lightweight cardigan on.  I didn't freeze in the office and I survived the walk to and from the office and gym. 

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Welcome Fall

Today is the first day of  fall.  Though you wouldn't know it here in Memphis as the highs are in the uppper 90s still.  I am ready for the cooler temps so that I can pull my sweaters and boots out of the closet.

I am ready to see images like these.






And for the ladies who just got engaged I had to use this one when I saw it.




I got these images from Bing

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

30 Days of Me Day 18


30 Days of me Day 18 is to talk about plans/dreams/goals that I have.

I would start this back after vacation with a tough one. 

One goal I have is to go to Soldier Field and watch the Chicago Bears play.  The one thing about achieving this goal is that it would have to be in September.  I don't think I could sit for a whole game when it starts to get cold in Chicago. 

One plan I have is to buy a bigger house with a garage and a bigger kitchen.  This is something that might be three years before I can really put a lot of thought into selling my current home and buying a new one. 

I can't think of anything I am dreaming about.  Other than some sleep.  I still am exhausted from vacation.


Vacation meals

We ate out a good bit and other than traveling and one lunch at Wendy's we did our best to stick to local places.  I had looked online for several places to try and found Flamingo Doughnut Cafe.  Little did we know that they are closed on Monday's.  So we ended up eating at Bogey's, which is in the same strip mall.  It had a lot of golf themed items and statues in the place.  And had the best Raspberry Cream Muffin, which the owners made.


And had way to many choices to doctor up coffee with. 

We finally made it to Flamingo's Doughnuts Wednesday morning.  And it was worth going.  And I really thought about going back Saturday morning before we left even though it was the opposite direction we needed to go.  I got the Reece's doughnut and it was to die for.  I took a picture with my IPhone and sent it to a friend who after seeing the snicker's one to threatened to jump through my phone to get one of her own.



I was surprised that there were not more Flamingos in the restaurant. 



Just a few other speciality doughnuts they had to choose from and you could decorate your own.



Display only they make the doughnuts to order.

Thursday when we went back to Savannah and my grandmother had to eat at Leopold's.  In one of the brochures they had a picture of a ice cream sundae.  Though neither of us ended up ordering one.


I wish I had gotten a milkshake now instead of the ice cream but the chocolate raspberry was still good.  At least I think that is where I got that flavor.  We ate ice cream several times. 

We met old family friends for dinner Thursday night.  And we were lucky enough to get to eat here.



We really didn't believe that we would get the chance to eat here as we didn't want to waste time standing in line to get a time.  Thankfully one of our dinner companions happened by when there wasn't a line and got a time.  And he was happy to learn my father would be jealous. 

I don't eat out much anymore so by the end of the week I was feeling pretty crummy.  Not to mention I had the whole well it is vacation so why pick a good thing when we were eating out.  I got one salad the whole time I was on vacation.  The thing that has really stuck with me is those doughnuts.  I wish we had somewhere around here that sold something like that.