Friday, April 29, 2011

Fashion Friday - Tudors

With all the talk of the Royal Wedding happening today I thought I would pull pictures of another Royal family.  Pictures of the Tudors from the Showtime show.

The costume designer for the show was amazing. I truly miss getting to watch what they will come up with next.  I was not able to find any pics of the weddings from the show.

all images found on Bing


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cherry Almond Snack Mix

I was wanting a healthy snack to keep around and found one in my Diabetic Living Cookbook.  I am wanting some more variety to my snacks at work besides 100 calorie packs, apple slices and cheese.  Those can start to get old. 

Cherry Almond Snack Mix

4 c. sweetened oat square cerel
1/2. c. sliced almonds
2 tbsp. better, melted
1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
dash salt
1 c. dried cheries and/or golden raisens

Preheat oven to 300°.  In a 15x10x1 inch baking pan combine cereeal and almonds.  In a small bowl, stir tgether melted butter, apple pie spice and salt.  Drizzle butter mixture onto cereal misture; toss to coat cereal and almonds evenly.

Bake about 20 minutes or until almonds are toasted, stirring once during baking.  Cool snack mix in a pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
Stir in cherries.  Cool mixture completely.  Cover tightly; store up to 1 week. 

makes 20 1/4 cup servings.
82 calories 3 fat grams 58 mg sodium

The mix smelled great while it was baking.  And of course I had to try some after it was finished and it tastes great.   I will have to pass it out to a few friends to finish it up in one week. 


Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

I spent Easter weekend hanging out with S & family.  Saturday I headed down to their house for us to dye Easter eggs.   This is the first year H really knew what was going on.  It was great to watch his face through it all.  When I first got there we played outside until P got there.  He got so excited and started running out to see me until he remembered he wanted me to pull him in his wagon and went running back and climbed in it. 

Look at how excited his face is when the first egg comes out.

Watching the eggs dye.

H was determined to help.  Lots of paper towels were used to clean up the dye that was spilled on the island.

The finished products.  I picked up the set with car stickers and wraps. 

After a naps we headed out to Cedar Hill Farm for an Easter egg hunt and pony ride.

We met up with our friend CR and her son. 

There was a limit of 12 eggs per child and they turned in the plastic eggs for candy. 

H was serious about the egg hunting.

A pretty pond just outside the field and we took pics.

excuse the no make up and running clothes.  Was only planning on something that wouldn't care about dying eggs in.

Selecting the treats.

CR's son playing with G.

S & H posing with the Easter horse. 

G & S waiting in line to ride the pony.

H having fun while waiting on his pony ride.

H is ready for his pony ride.

The beginning of the pony ride.  The pics didn't turn out so well.

It was a great way to spend a beautiful Saturday.

We all went to S's parents for lunch on Sunday.  And her mom had a great basket for me. 

Cookbook Review

I decided to do a review of the cookbooks I got from the library.  I will do one post on each before I return them.  And no worries I will be trying something from each before returning them.  Though I do know I want both of these. 

First up is Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood.

Trisha co-wrote this one with her mother Gwen and sister Beth.  There is a really sweet forward by her hubby Garth Brooks. 

Trisha, Gwen, and Beth share stories about the people who they got the recipes from.  And pictures of them growing up along with the people in their lives who contributed the recipes.  There was even a photo shoot at a family reunion.  There are also great photos of almost every recipe.  I love cookbooks with lots of pictures of the recipes.    I really think it was put together really well. 

Move it Monday

Wow! Another week.  I got in my three workouts.  Two sessions on the Wii fit cardio and one kettle bell workout.  I am so excited and for the first time I worked out for over thirty minutes before my finger started throbbing.  Yeah!!  I am going to finally go back to the gym this week.  I don't want to feel like I have wasted a whole month of dues.  I admit I keep a gym membership because I hate to waste my money so I will go. 
Eating went well.  I didn't eat out at all this week.  and worked on eating more fruits and veggies which is something I fail at. 
If I can keep up the three workouts this week I am going to get some new cds as my reward. 
I hope everyone else had a great week and does well this week.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!!


I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.  You enjoyed dying eggs and Easter egg hunts. 
I was christened on my first Easter.  I think the parents were going for a holiday theme in my first year of life. 

Promise this couch wasn't owned by my family.  The back of the pic says it is in the office at the First Presbyterian Church. 

Our Easter traditions centered around going to church and putting out our baskets the night before.  My grandmother made my basket and my older cousins along with the chic I am holding. 

I have not been home in several years for Easter.  Once I got out on my own the parents quit doing anything for Easter.  I am lucky that S and her family include me for lunch and we always dye Easter eggs.

At the beginning of the month while Belle was at day care they did Easter pics and she cooperated.

I hope the Easter bunny was good to everyone.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fashion Friday - Derby Hats

I am joining up with Kori over at Blonde Episodes for her Fashion Fridays series.
The Kentucky Derby will be held on May 7th. 
One of the biggest traditions is the big hats ladies wear.  I am not into wearing hats but one day if I get to fulfill my dream of attending the Derby I will get one. 
So while watching

sit back and drink

A mint julep

And put on a hat

This would be more along the lines of what I could handle. 

Of course you could go outlandish like the next two.

All to see the winning horse

all images found on bing


Thursday, April 21, 2011


I hit Books A Million Saturday looking for a new cookbook.  I didn't see a single one I was overly interested in just a few possibilities.  Then it hit me I wonder if the library has any and decided to look since I was going by there while I was out too.   I wasn't sure it was even a possibility.  How excited was I went I walked into the library and the front display was a set of cookbooks and novels who authors write about cooks or chefs. I did go hit the reference section to see what all others they had and decided on two from the display.  Was I the only one who didn't know the library has cookbooks?


I have already found a couple recipes from each to try.  I am going to check out any cookbooks I am thinking about buying in the future.  I don't want to waste money like I have in the past by buying one that turns out to be a dud.  I will be buying both of these in the future.  I was happy that I could have them out.for three weeks just like any novel.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Birthday S!!!


After Race for the Cure a couple years ago.

S and I met at Ole Miss.  We were both accounting majors when she pledged ZTA.  And eventually became one of my two adopted Lil Sis's.   And she is the only one of the 4 who isn't born in December.

I don't have any pics from nights out for S's birthday but this oldie is from a birthday celebration for T, myself, and TLC.  

S is a total inspiration to me.  Right now she is going back to get her accounting degree to go along with the marketing she already has.  She is wanting us to go through with that dream of sitting for the CPA together.   

JF, H, and S in the 4th of July parade.

Not only is she the best friend a girl can ask for but she has blessed me with two adorable little boys to spoil rotten.  S keeps  me ground and pushes me to be my best even when I really am not up for it.  She also keeps me silly.  

Greek Burgers with Herbed Feta Spread

I pulled out a recipe from my Better Homes & Garden Diabetic Living Recipes.  I was wanting another good burger recipe to make.  I thought about  making them in the fall and now don't know whey I didn't try them. 

Greek Burgers with Herbed Feta Spread

12 oz 90% or higher lean ground beef
1/2 c. quick cooking rolled oats
1/3 c. finely chopped red onion
1 egg white
3 tbsp. sniffed fresh mint or basil
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 small red sweet pepper, quartered
1 6 oz container plain low fat or fat free yogurt
1/3 c. crumbled feta cheese with garlic and herb
2 large whole wheat pita bread rounds, halved
1 c. fresh baby spinach leaves

In a medium bowl, combine beef, oats, onion, egg white, 2 tbsp. of the mint and garlic salt; mix well.  Form into four 3/4 inch thick patties.

Place patties on the rack of the uncovered grill directly over medium coals.  Grill for 12 to 14 minutes or until done, turning once.  Add pepper quarters to the grill for the last 8 to 10 minutes of grilling or until skins are charred and pepper quarters are tender turning once.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir together yogurt and feta cheese.  set aside.

If desired, cut grilled pepper quarters into strips, peeling off any loose skin. Serve burgers with pita halves, peppers, feta mixture and spinach.  Top with remaining 1 tbsp. of mint. 
Makes 4 burgers. 

You know me I have some things I did differently or left out.  I used the basil and put all 3 tbsp. in the beef mixture.  I also didn't grill the pepper just cut it into strips to serve with my burger.  And of course I left the spinach off and made okra instead. 

They were really good and I will make these in the future. 

The burger is 348 calories, 13 grams of fat, 64 mg cholesterol and 585 mg sodium.