Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fun Food Sunday

Deviled Megs tagged me in her post Friday with questions about food.  

1.  What is my favorite dessert?

Do I have to pick just one.  I love sweets.  I would go with cheesecake.  



2.  Did you ever try to cook something and fail miserably?

Oh, I am sure there are but I can't think of any off the top of my head.  I guess I managed to block them out.  

3.  Is there a dish you haven't made that you would like to try?

I would like to try making a cheese cake.  



4. What is my favorite food?

Fried Okra

5.  What is my least favorite food?

Fish or any seafood.

6.  Do you have any seasonal males you like?
I love things from the grill in the summer.  
During the fall and winter I love mini meatloaves

7.  What is your comfort food?
mashed potatoes

8.  Chocolate: milk, dark, or white

No questions it is dark chocolate


I tagged these wonderful ladies because I am curious to see how they answer these questions.

Brittan at Babbling Brunette
Brittany at Boots and Pearls
MLS at Burning it Down
CT at Connecticut Cupcake
Sarah Beth at Dixie Gator Gal
Emily Ann at My Heart Shaped Life
Kate at Southern Belle Simple
Katie at The Perks
Beth at The Southern Blossoms



all images found from Bing



Happy Halloween

I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!!!


This year I remembered candy this year for the trick or treaters.  

Today is also my one year Blog Anniversary!!! 


Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween cupcakes

Every Halloween my department at work does a snack day.  This year I decided to make cupcakes instead of buying something.  I guess it is about time as this will be ninth Halloween to celebrate there.  I miss the days when the kiddos would come through to trick or treat and we would really decorate the department.  There was a contest for three years but we never won as you can't vote for your own department and we are the biggest.  


My carrier only holds 12 so I bought one of the small boxes that way none would be left here to eat later.

I got the idea for the candy corn spiky ones from the Food Network.  


I thought it would be cute to make some look like pumpkins.  I just took a piece of licorice and cut it up.  I gave up on getting the icing any darker.  


I bought some of the fall sprinkles in the Target dollar spot and did my best to get just the edges with them.



I hope everyone has a very Happy Halloween!!!  






Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Random Wednesday

I went out running errands and trying to get some Christmas shopping done.  No big deal right except I had not eaten all day and around noon drove by a new cupcake shop.  After I did some more shopping in the area I stopped in on my way home and picked up two.  Sorry no pictures of the shop as I didn't have my camera with me.  It took me a few minutes to decide between the 10 varieties offered by l'oven.  But I finally decided on the Ms. Scarlet (red velvet) and the P'Nuttiest (chocolate with peanut butter frosting).


As much as I love the chocolate & peanut butter combination the Ms. Scarlett was the best of the two.
The carrot cake was named Wha'sup Doc.  Very cute names I hope the shop sticks around.  

A sweet friend was at the flea market this weekend and found a perfect shirt for me.  


It is one of the Southern Chic shirts.  I can't wait to wear it.

I also found some cute Christmas cards and magnets and went to the artist site to order a few more items.  I will do a post about those when they arrive.  

I am excited to see tonight when I logged on that I have over 50 followers.







Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Awards

I have been terrible about posting the awards I have gotten this month.  

I got the first award from Lauren at On A Lighter Note... gave me the 



I received a second award from Britan at A Babbling Brunette gifted me with 



Thanks to both these sweet ladies for giving me these awards.

I am giving this award to

Brittany at Boots and Pearls

Stop by and check out these lovely ladies blogs.  You will not be disappointed.



Monday, October 25, 2010

Race for the Cure

I did my first Race for the Cure in 1996.  ZTA's philanthropy is breast cancer awareness but at the time it was the Susan G. Komen foundation so we were required to participate.  It was so hard to get up that first morning but thankfully several of the girls in the house lived in the Memphis area and we had big sleepovers.   I don't do them as much any more which is sad but getting up that early and driving into Memphis on a Saturday by myself isn't much fun.


This is a picture of Beth & I at that first one in 1996.  Boy was it cold that morning.  And this is probably one of the only times I ever had a hat on in a picture.  


This is a picture of Susan and I after the last one we did, which was about 3 years ago.  

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cheesy Jalapeno Grits

I was flipping through my recipe book trying to decide what to cook this week.  I was hoping to find a good soup or chili recipe to pull out but this one stuck out.  It is getting cooler next week so hopefully I find a soup or chili recipe I want to try by then.  Looking at the bottom of this page it says I printed it out in 2004.  I think it is about time to try it.  I found it at http://www.meals.com/  and when I looked to add the link they don't have the recipe listed on the site any longer.  


Cheesy Jalapeno Grits

1 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 red bell pepper chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 yellow bell pepper chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh jalapeno pepper
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
3 c. chicken broth
1 c. evaporated milk
1 c. quick grits
1 1/2 c. shredded monetary jack cheese with jalapeno peppers
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper


Melt butter in large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add pepper and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until peppers are tender.  Remove peppers; keep warm.  Allow skillet to cool slightly.  
Add chicken broth and evaporated milk to skillet and bring to a boil; slowly stir in grits.  Cover; reduce heat to low.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes or until grits are thickened.  Add pepper mixture and cheese; stir until cheese melts.  Season with salt and pepper, if desired.


The grocery store didn't have any yellow bell peppers so I used the orange one.  I didn't use any salt or pepper mainly because I forgot about it.  I used low sodium chicken broth.  

I made some chicken, corn on the cob, and garlic cheese biscuits to go with the grits for dinner tonight.



The grits were really yummy!  And I figured out handling jalapeno peppers isn't as scary as I thought.  Though I totally admit I took my contacts out before I started cooking.  







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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness

We all know that when October rolls around you start seeing all the pink items come out for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Thanks to these items and events like the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure and the Care Walk.  Without events like this that bring awareness and money for research I wouldn't have three wonderful ladies in my life.  

The first is my great Aunt Marilyn.  I don't get to see her very often as she lives in Gainesville, FL.  I certainly wish I did get to see her more.  She is also a sister, she was a ZTA at Auburn.  She battled breast cancer about 6 years ago.  When her hair came back in it was still red.  My father told my grandmother he wanted a refund for all the years my mother has been dyeing her hair to keep it red.  


This is a picture of the two of us together at my grandmother's 80th birthday party two years ago..  

Another important lady is Beth's mom Mrs. Shirley.  She is one of my favorite people.   And again I don't get to see her as much as I would like.  Beth's parents live in New Orleans but thankfully come up for most if not all the Ole Miss home games.  When I make it down to tailgate I always stop by to see them.  When we were in college I saw them more than my parents during football season.  


I had to ask Beth to send me a picture because amazingly enough after all these years I don't have a picture of her parents.  This is very sad and I will have to work on that.  I know when I see her I will get a big hug and some good food as she is a great cook (Beth totally got that from her).  Mrs. Shirley is also a fabulous artist.  

The third lady is also a ZTA sister and I would not have met her if it wasn't for that.  We loved the days when Molly would show up to hang out with us at the house.  We always enjoyed hearing stories of how the house was decorated when she was in the chapter and the things they did.  Through the years since then I have gotten to know her more and am so glad to call her a friend.  And this year watched her celebrate her 20th anniversary since being diagnosed.   


This is a picture taken at the Think Pink Luncheon.  Molly is on the right and was honored at the luncheon.
The Greater Oxford alum group surprised her at the luncheon with a scholarship from the ZTA foundation in her honor.  Oh and I shouldn't forget she will be a grandmother next month for the first time and a second grandchild arrives in 2011.  





the picture of Molly I got of the ZTA memphis webpage.




Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Care Walk 2010

Last Thursday was the 7th Annual Care Walk in Oxford.  The Panhellenic Council puts the walk on each year.  And as Ole Miss has a delayed rush this is one of the last chances that the active sorority girls and rushees get to speak.  So yes they are all required to do participate in the walk.  The Greater Oxford ZTA alum chapter is also involved.  The chapter helps out at the registration table the day of the event and anything else that might need to be done and this year it was helping putting the goodie bags together.  About 10 of the girls from the Gamma Zeta chapter came up from Mississippi State to help us out too. 



A shot of some lining up to start the walk



Another shot with a pink ribbon tied on a column of the Union.



The Walk of Champions even got decked out in Pink for the event. 
It was also the finish line for the walk and where the goodie bags were picked up.



a shot of everyone coming in to finish. 

After the walk we had dinner in one of the ballrooms of the Union and our Founder's Day ceremony. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Workouts

I finally decided which workout plan to start today.  I decided to go with Fitness magazines Reach Your Goal Trim from Tush to Toe.  It is a four week plan so we shall see what difference there is when I am done. They had two options to choose from the other was one for abs so I might do that one next. 
As for tonight I hit the gym for 35 minutes on the treadmill and used the random function.  I also came home and did 10 minutes of ab work.  Tomorrow night I will start the toning exercises which are done 3 nights a week.  One night this week the cardio will be some yard work that I found ways to put off yet again this weekend. I am excited this will be the last time for a bit.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Raspberry-White Chocolate Muffins

I pulled out my Bisquick cookbook looking for something to cook this week.  And decided to make muffins from scratch for the first time.  The Raspberry-White Chocolate muffins looked so yummy.  One reason I really love my Bisquick cookbook even if I don't use it more often is that for around 90% of the recipes in the book the recipe is on one page and a big picture of the food is on the opposite page.  I am taking these into the office tomorrow, so I don't eat them all. 


Raspberry-White Chocolate Muffins

2 c. Bisquick
1/2 c. white baking chips
1/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. milk
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg
1 c. raspberries

Heat oven to 400°.  Grease bottoms only of 12 medium muffin cups, 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches or line with paper muffin cups.
Stir all ingredients except raspberries in large bowl just until moistened.  Fold in raspberries.  Divide batter evenly among cups.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool slightly; remove from pan to wire rack.


For a sweet finish, dip muffin tops into melted butter and then into coarse sugar crystals or granulated sugar.  Another option is to drizzle the tops with melted white baking chips.

I dipped them in the butter and sugar. 

Darn this one fell apart as I pulled them out of the muffin tin so I had to eat it.



They muffins are really yummy.  And I think they would be good on their own without the sugar. 



 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy 112th!

Happy Founder's Day to Zeta Tau Alpha. 



Thanks to these nine  fabulous ladies we are celebrating 112 years of our Fraternity. 


This is the house my chapter lived in until we were closed.  We were one of the first if not only, I can't remember now, that had a house built while a colony.



The snow is a rare occurrence in Mississippi and I am glad the picture turned out so well.




This is one of my favorite pics from Freshman year.  This is my pledge class with our pledge trainers on Big Sis/Little Sis night.  We were waiting on our Big Sis's to finish stringing the yarn through the house for us to follow around and end at them.  I didn't think I was ever coming to end of mine to find W. 

My alum group did the Founder's Day ceremony tonight after dinner.  We got to enjoy it with a few of the Mississippi State ZTAs who came up to help with the Care Walk. 








Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Battle Muffin Top

Well since I got back from vaction the muffin top seems to be winning the battle.   I feel like all the hard work I put in before vacation just has gone to waste.  Don't get me wrong I enjoyed looking good in my bikini, okay acceptable.  Since I got back I have been exhausted and battling sinus issues.  I am determined to get back on track though.  I refuse to let the muffin top when the ulitmate battle.   I am getting back to the gym this week and getting in 30  minutes of cardio at least 5 days and maybe more if it will fit in.  Both Self and Fitness magazines both have 4 week Reach Your Goal type programs in recent issues.  I am trying to decide which one I want to do.  But I need to decide by Saturday so that I can start the program on Sunday. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nilla Apple Crisp

I have been in a baking mood.  And since it if fall and apples are in season I had to try something new with apples.  I pulled this recipe from Kraft Food & Family. 

Nilla Apple Crisp

8 c. thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith apples (about 2 lb)
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar, divided
2 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
1/3 c. quick cooking oats
1/4 c. cold margarine
25 reduced fat Nilla wafers, crushed
1 1/2 c. thawed Cool Whip Lite whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350°.  Toss apples with 1/4 c. of the brown sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon. 


Spoon into 8 or 9 inch square baking dish.
Combine Oats, the remaining 1/4 c. brown sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in medium bowl.  Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add wafer crumbs; mix well.  Spread crumb mixture evenly over apples.




Bake at 30 to 35 minutes or until apples are tender.  Serve warm or cooled.  Top with whipped topping.






The dish makes 12 servings.  I don't see me finishing this one off this week.  And I didn't use Cool whip I used vanilla ice cream. 



This is really yummy.  

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Foil Pack Chicken & Broccoli Dinner

This is another quick favorite I found in the Kraft Food and Family magazine.   I got a couple comments last week about checking into if they still have the magazine and to let you know they do still publish it but they charge for it now.  Great thing is they still put all the yummy recipes on their website. 

Foil-Pack Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

1 pkg (8 oz) stuffing mix for chicken
1 1/2 c. water
6 small boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves
4 c. broccoli florets
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c. real bacon bits
1/2 c. ranch dressing

Preheat oven to 400°,  Combine stuffing mix and water; spoon evenly onto centers of 6 large sheets of heavy-duty foil.  Top each with one chicken breast and 2/3 c. broccoli.  sprinkle evenly with cheese and bacon bits, then drizzle evenly with dressing.


Bring up foil sides.  Double fold top and both ends to seal each packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside.  Place foil packets in single layer in 15x10x1 inch baking dish.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Remove packets from oven; let stand 5 minutes.  place one packet on each of 6 dinner plates.  Cut slits in foil with sharp knife to release steam before opening.



A great thing about this meal is that you can make it for one person.  I keep a box of stuffing in the pantry inside a Ziploc bag.   When I want to make this I just mix up enough for one person by wetting the mix until it is wet.  I have also used blue cheese dressing with this instead of the ranch.  And it is an easy clean up afterwards, a great thing on a week night. 

Did you notice something missing?  Yep, I don't like broccoli so I left it out. 





Saturday, October 9, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Kitchen



Yes I know it is Saturday but I didn't get around to taking any pictures of the kitchen earlier this week.  And I needed to clean up a bit too.  This week's edition of Show your Where your Live over at Kelly's Korner.  I am sure after looking through the other posts there will be a lot of drool on my desk. 




A view from the living room to the kitchen. 
Above the fridge I have a drink tin with tiny Colonel Rebs all over it, a Gail Pittman Lace plate, and a picnic basket that says Hotty Toddy Go Rebs!!
Yes my lunch has found a home on the back of a chair. I am less likely to forget packing my lunch with it hanging there.




A view from the breakfast room.  I have a small galley kitchen. 



A view from the back corner to the living room. 



Cabinet across from the stove.  The tin has Colonel Reb on it. 
The tin was supposed to be a Christmas present but Daddy told me to get it out of his house before football season started so it wouldn't bring Bama bad luck.  I had no argument there. 
Under the cabinet is my microwave and coffee cups.  And the dishwasher is on this side of the kitchen. 



I am planning on in the next year, fingers crossed, upgrade the stove, dishwasher, and get a microwave over the range.  I also want to get a new back door with the blinds built in.  I am debating what I want to do first and get it done before the end of the year.  I am going to go with all white appliances because I don't see the having the money to upgrade the fridge to stainless steal before I am ready to sell.









Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MIA

Sorry I have been MIA this week.  I have a sinus infection and it really has gotten to me.  I was in the bed asleep last night by 8:30. 

I changed the layout to pink for the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Remember to get you Ta-Tas checked. 

one of my co-workers said she is going to make the mini meatloaves but is going to call them meat cupcakes in the hopes her boys will eat them. 

I am excited to get to know my Preppy Christmas Swap partner. 


Monday, October 4, 2010

Marvelous Mini Meatloaves

The weather has turned a bit cool and I pulled out one of my favorite winter and fall meals.  Hopefully I will find something new to try for next week. 
I got this recipe from the Kraft Food & Family magazine.  The recipe actually has four different versions, you can check it out here.  I chose to make the Fiesta version since I had salsa on hand. 

Marvelous Mini Meatloaves

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 pkg. (16 oz) stuffing mix
1 c. water
2 tsp. chili powder
3/4 c. salsa
3/4 c. shredded Mexican style cheese

Preheat the oven to 375°.  Mix meat, stuffing mix, water, and the seasoning until well blended.  Press evenly into 12 medium muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray; make an indentation in center of each with back of spoon. 

Spoon add-ins evenly into indentations in meatloaves. 


Bake 30 minutes or until meatloaves are cooked through.  Top evenly with cheese; continue baking 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving. 


I didnt' think to take a picture until I got the first one out of the pan. 

I made mashed potatoes and okra to go along with them.  I put some mozzarella cheese and Tony's in the mashed potatoes.  I used part of the taco seasoning from last weeks pizza in the okra. 
I made blackberry cobbler for dessert. 




30 days to know Day 30


Wow! I made it through the 30 days.  I wasn't sure I would make it through the challenge.  Day 30 is your favorite song. 

One that always brings a smile to my face is hearing the Pride of the South Band playing From Dixie with Love.  I tried to figure out how to put a video on here.  It does make me sad that the students screwed that up for us last year and now we don't get to hear it. 

 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

MId-South Fair

Friday Night I met up with S, her parents, and H at the fair.  We had fun but as it was a last minute thing for me my camera battery died during the night.   The first ride I saw H go on was to drive a Jeep.  S's parents took H to the fair before we got off. 


Do you think he was having fun?


S's parents with H on the Farris wheel.


A view from the top of the Farris Wheel.  that is I-55.


Papa & H on the train


Feeding the goats



After the petting zoo it was time it was time for the Pig races


H was enjoying watching the races.

The was the last picture I got before the camera died.  We went to watch the bear show afterwards.  The stand near the bear show selling fried oreos.  I had to get some and the only person willing to share them with me was H.  I am not sure that he didn't enjoy playing in all the confectioner's sugar in the bowl they were in.