Today is my second blogaversary. I can't believe how fast time has gone by.
When I started this blog I really wasn't sure I would stick with it. I am very glad I did because I have met some wonderful ladies. I have found some wonderful recipes and ideas, most of which I have yet to try but one day I will. I have won a couple awards and that still amazes me, thanks to the ladies who gave them to me.
A few of my favorite topics.
My most poplar posts were of course due to blog hops
Trunk or treats are becoming very poplar in the Memphis area. A lot of churches have them. This year the city of Hernando had their first one. After it was over they showed Monsters, Inc on the courthouse square. S asked me to come down about hour early since she and JF had to help set up to be the baby wrangler.
G was having so much fun playing with the empty pumpkin. Yep he belongs in this family they all love Halloween.
Mr. M and Mrs. P showed up and just happened to have the bike in their vehicle. H is so in love with his Cars bike.
Mrs. P decorated her Yukon or Tahoe (can't remember who has which one). Several kiddos were scared of the decorations. And yep she won the decorating contest.
Don't know what was up with my flash. Mrs. P in costume.
Kids everywhere. There were two little kiddos as Yoda and Chewy. I wasn't able to get a picture of them.
H was Thomas the train for about a minute and then he didn't want the costume anymore. G is a pumpkin.
Watching a movie on the square is always fun. One day I will stay long enough to watch a full movie. But I am sure it will be several years before the boys are old enough for that to happen.
I am not sure where I go this recipe from. It has been in my cookbook for years and is from back when I would retype the recipes and forget half the time to note where it came from. I half the recipe every time I make it. The recipe is enough to serve at a party.
White Pizza with Chicken
2 large read to use thin crust pizza shells
1 c. preshredded Italian blend cheese
4 oz thinly sliced chicken cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese
1 (4 oz) container garlic-herb cheese spread
1/4 c. thinly sliced basil
Heat oven to 450°.
Place each crust on a baking sheet. Sprinkle 1 c. shredded cheese over each pizza shell.
Evenly distribute chicken over each.
In a small bowl, mix ricotta and cheese spread. Evenly dollop over each pizza.
Bake in 450° oven until heated through and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with basil over the pizzas. To serve the pizzas, cut each into 6 equal wedges.
I used a Pillsbury pizza crust tonight. It says to bake for 5 minutes before adding the toppings. So before I put it in the oven I brushed it with a mixture of butter and garlic powder.
I used the Philly Italian Herb and Cheese for the spreadable cheese. I think it turned out as the best version I have made of this pizza yet.
This weekend my beloved Rebels take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. There is no doubt that I love my Rebels but we are playing terribly this season so I am just hoping that we don't have a shut out. For the rest of the season we only have one non SEC team to play. Tough end of the year.
Don't you just love the vintage football programs?
I was tagged by the Lovely Kelli at Southern Blessed Life in the Fall Goals. Kelli tagged me about a week ago and it has taken me that long to come up with some. Yep I had none set out. So here are my five Fall Goals.
1) To put out fall decorations or at least some Halloween ones.
2) Hit the Grove for at least one more game day.
3) Get half my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving.
4) Spend my fun money this month.
5) To get back in a workout routine.
And I can't think of just five people to tag in this. So let's hear it ladies What are your Fall Goals?
I love a good deal and last week I noticed a recipe on the back of the chopped bell pepper bag I picked up at Kroger. They had the frozen veggies on sale for 10 for $10 at a perfect time to stock up on chopped onions and peppers to use in soups this winter. Yep I am all about ways to find ways to cut time in the kitchen. I have been wanting to try my hand at stuffed peppers but am worried I would destroy the peppers when cutting out the seeds so this is perfect way to give the idea a go.
Unstuffed Bell Peppers
1 pound ground beef
1/3 c. chopped onion
1 (12 oz) pkg chopped green peppers
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 (14.5 oz) can diced peeled tomatoes
1/2 c. uncooked rice
1/2 c. water
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large sauce pan, saute ground beef and onions, green peppers and garlic for 5 minutes, or until beef is browned.
Drain off excess fat and season with salt and pepper.
Stir in tomatoes, rice, water, Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 c. cheese.
Pour mixture into a 2 quart baking dish and top with tomato sauce and 1/4 c. cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.
It might need more cheese on the top next time.
It turned out wonderful. This is going to be one of my new go to recipes. It was quick and easy to make.
I used the diced tomatoes with roasted garlic and the Mexican shredded cheese. I have already packed some for lunch tomorrow.
I finished Meg Cabot's Queen of Babble series this weekend. I am a little sad to have finished reading the adventures of Lizzie, Shari, Chaz and Luke. I would not be sad to learn of a new book in the series at some point in the future.
The first in the series has Lizzie and Shari graduating from college. Shari is trying to talk Lizzie into spending the summer with her and Chaz in France. They are headed to Chaz's best friends chateau to help with wedding scheduled for the summer. Lizzie is determined to make a go with her new boyfriend and spend a couple weeks in England with him. When that blows up in Lizzie's face she takes off by herself to find Shari and Chaz in France. On the train ride she spills the whole story out to a stranger that she sits next to figuring never to see the hot guy again, so she thought. The hot stranger turns out to be Chaz's best friend Luke. Before the summer is out Lizzie will have put her foot in her mouth more than once, saved Luke's cousins wedding dress and run off Luke's girlfriend.
Turns out Lizzie missed the requirement of a paper for her major. I loved the inserts of the history of fashion before each chapter.
After the summer is over Lizzie and Shari move to New York City to start their careers. Their plan is to get a place together once they have jobs. In the meantime they are living with Chaz and Luke. Lizzie finds it hard to get a job in her chosen field of wedding gown restoration and Luke suggests they continue to live together in his mother's Fifth Avenue apartment. Shari isn't to happy about it because then it means she has to live with Chaz and she isn't quite ready for that. Lizzie takes a tip from a neighbor in the building and goes to see about a job at Monsieur Henri's restoration shop by agreeing to work for free for a time. To make money she ends up getting a job as a receptionist at Chaz's father's law firm. She gets a job to make her money and a start in her dream job. By the end she is fired from the law firm and demands a paying position and the apartment above the shop from the Henri's.
I love the tips on what style of wedding dress before each chapter.
Did I fail to mention at the end of the previous book Lizzie gets engaged to Luke? But Lizzie is so busy running Monsieur Henri's shop after his heart attack she doesn't have time to plan her own. After restoring the wedding dress for Jill who had the New Year's wedding of the Manhattan society the place is on fire with orders. She is also having doubts about her relationship with Luke. Not to mention having feelings for Chaz who happens to be her best friends ex and fiance's best friend. In the end Lizzie figures out to stand on her own two feet and ends up with the man she truly loves.
At the beginning of each chapter there are tips to avoid disaster on your wedding day. In one chapter it was songs to get people on the dance floor. One of them listed was Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners. This one really made me smile because in college we had to play that at every ZTA party.
I loved the series so much. What fun quick reads. I love a book that will make me laugh out loud and all three of these had moments that I did. you won't regret picking these three books up.
The Rebels are welcoming The Crimson Tide to Vaught Hemmingway Stadium.
Our game starts at 5 tonight. I won't be making it after all. I was feeling like I was catching the stomach virus all week and decided to stay home and rest. I will totally admit I was more interested in spending some time shopping on the beautiful Oxford Square more than the game. Let's face it my beloved Rebels are 2-3 and the Tide is 6-0. My firends and I were pretty sure that we would be ready to go after the first quarter.
We have four players suspended for today's game and two are starters. I just hope the team doesn't embarrass us to much.