Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Laundry Rooms

Who doesn't want a better organized laundry room or in my case a laundry closet.  It is the smallest room in the house and I have been wanting some more organization in the house.

I would love something that looked like these.

But with my small budget buying a new washer and dryer set isn't going to happen.  So it will have to be something along these lines.

For the moment I am going to start with painting the closet. And I think I am going to go with an unexpected color.

Monday, July 29, 2013

A little laugh to start off the week.

I hope everyone has a great week.  Here are something to make you smile this week.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Next Food Network Star

It is no secret I love watching The Next Food Network Star each year.

I have always seen it as an unknown person getting their chance to live their dream and get a show on the Food Network. I have been really disappointed with this season.  This year there have been three contestants who have appeared on other Food Network Shows.  So far one has been eliminated but at least he can say he beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America.  The other two have appeared on Restaurant Impossible and Chopped.  
I usually find a couple I can like during the season but this year he is the only one I have liked at all.  The only one I can think I could stomach to watch is Rodney the pie guy, who is one that has been on the network before. 
Is anyone else watching this season? And has anyone else noticed the network is becoming more competition shows than cooking shows?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Throwback Thursday

I have seen a lot of people posting pictures different places for a Throwback Thursday.  

This was taken in 1987 getting on the shuttle at Dullas Airport.  I was headed to the grandparents for the summer.  This was my first time flying and it was solo.  Ignore the socks with sandals.  I am sure in my bag was a book or two.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Football Countdown

I know I am not the only one out there ready for football season.  Ole Miss has 43 days until our season kicks off in Nashville against Vandy.  I have enjoyed the way the Ole Miss Football page has been doing the countdown until the season starts.  They are using current and past players wearing their jerseys to create the countdown.

Fins Up!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013


I know I need the motivation. I had a hard time keeping myself on track last week after the long holiday weekend.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bacon Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip

I had a hard time narrowing it down to just one recipe for bacon night so I made two that sounded the most appealing to me.  And I wasn't the only one who couldn't decide and brought two dishes.  Sadly I never thought to take any pictures the whole night.  It was a fun night with friends.

Bacon Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip

2 medium size red potatoes, cut into 8 wedges each
1/2 tsp salt
16 center cut bacon slices
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. diced red onion
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 garlic clove, minced
12 oz. queso blanco pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
1 (8 oz) block pepper jack cheese, shredded
1/2 c. half and half
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles
1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro

Place a lightly greased wire rack in an aluminum foil lined 15x10 inch jelly roll pan.  
Preheat oven to 425º.  Sprinkle potato wedges with salt.  Wrap each with 1 bacon slice.  Arrange potato wedges in a single layer in prepared pan.  
Sprinkle with pepper.  
Bake at 425º for 40 to 45 minutes or until bacon is crisp and browned.  

Meanwhile, saute onion in hot oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium high heat 5 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic, and saute 1 minute.  Remove from the heat.
Combine queso blanco, next three ingredients, and onion mixture in a large microwave safe glass bowl.  Microwave at high 2 1/2 minutes; stir and microwave 2 1/2 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth, stirring at 1 minute intervals.
Stir diced tomato and cilantro into queso blanco mixture.  Serve dip with potato wedges.


I have to admit I ran into a time crunch and left off dealing with the onion and garlic for the dip and it was still turned out amazing.  Though I admit this seems like quite a lot of dip for the amount of potatoes in the recipe we had to much with me making twice as many potatoes.  

I forgot to mention that this recipe came from Southern Living

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cheddar Bacon Pecan Pizza

I needed a recipe to take to a bacon theme potluck last night.  I went searching pinterest and through my cookbooks for something good to make.  I found this recipe in one of the handouts that are included with the Food Network magazine each month.  Amazingly enough it was not in the one with bacon recipes but the appetizer one from the November issue.

Cheddar Bacon Pecan Pizza

1/2 pound pizza dough
olive oil
3/4 c. cheddar
1/3 c. crumbled bacon
candied pecans 
chopped chives

Roll out the pizza dough until thin; place on a baking sheet.  Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with 3/4 c. shredded cheddar and 1/3 c. crumbled bacon.  

Bake at 450º until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with chopped candied pecans and chopped chives.  

Cut into squares.

I used a can of the Pillsbury pizza dough and it baked for 8 minutes. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Chile-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with Salsa

I was looking for something new to grill this weekend.  I found this recipe in the June 2012 issue of the Food network magazine.  It helped that it had Light up at the top of the page.

Chile-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with Salsa

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 small clone garlic, finely grated
1 1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander 
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. chipotle chile powder
4 tsp. fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
Kosher salt
2 tomatoes diced
3 tomatillos, husked, rinsed and diced
1/4 cc. finely diced red onion

Butterfly the chicken; slice each breast almost in half horizontally (do not cut all the way through): open like a book so the chicken lies flat.
Combine the olive oil, garlic, ancho chile powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, chipotle chile powder, 1 tsp. lime juice and 1 1/4 tsp. salt in a large bowl.  Add the chicken and turn to coat.  

Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
Preheat a grill to medium.  Meanwhile, make the salsa: toss the tomatoes, tomatillos, red onion and the remaining 3 tsp. lime juice in a bowl; season with salt.  

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Brush the grill grates with olive oil.  Grill the chicken, turning once, until marked and just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes per side.  

Top with salsa and serve with the lime wedges.

Calories 344
fat 7 grams

The chicken turned out great and wasn't as spice as I thought it would be and that might have to do with the fact I used regular chile powder instead of the chipotle as I didn't have any and didn't realize it.  I also threw some cilantro into the salsa.  I am taking one of the left over breasts to lunch tomorrow as a sandwich.  

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Who doesn't love awards??

Who doesn't enjoy getting an award.  Kellie over at The Yuppie Files awarded me the

For the award you have to give 11 random facts about yourself, answer 11 questions, come up with my own 11 questions, and give the award to some of my favorite blogs.

11 Random Facts:

1)   I starting playing the flute at age 10.
2)   I dream of having lasik surgery.
3)   I have lived in my house longer than anywhere else in my life.
4)   I own three monogrammed items and two of which Beth gave me.
5)   I went to Girl Scout camp when I was 9.
6)   I have an obsession with candles.
7)   I competed in the Junior Miss pageant.
8)   I never got a high school ring.
9)   I have not been to Oxford in six months.
10) I have only read William Faulkner's short stories.
11) My first concert was New Kids on the Block.

Kellie's questions for me:

1.  What is your favorite thing about blogging?
        I think the best part has been getting to meet knew people I would never had the chance to
           be with  friends with otherwise.

2.  If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
      I would choose to travel to Greece.  It has been on my list since the sixth grade.

3.  If you had to pick a different career than the one you’re in now, what would it be?
          I think I would pick something to do with forensics but I honestly don't know.

4.  What is your favorite TV show and why?
          What I have to chose one?  I would have to go with Rizzoli and Isles because I love seeing the 
           characters from the books to come alive.

5.  What song best describes your life?
        At this point I can't think of just one.  

6.  Who was your childhood celeb crush?
        Donnie Wahlberg

7.  What is one annoying habit of yours that you’d like to break?
         Twirling my hair.

8.  What is your go-to nail polish color?
        A hot pink.  No particular brand or shade.

9.  What accomplishment are you most proud of?
       That would still be earning my accounting degree.

10.  What is your favorite class you’d ever taken?
         I am such a nerd but it was cost accounting.

11.  You have one outfit to wear for the rest of your life: describe it.
         Jeans, boots and a sweater.

My questions:

1.  What is your favorite musical?
2.  What is your favorite song for a workout?
3.  What is your favorite food?
4.  If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
5.  What is your dream car?
6.  What is your favorite ice cream topping?
7.  What is your favorite place to go clothes shopping?
8.  What is your biggest time waster?
9.  What is your guilty pleasure?
10.  What is your go to cookbook?
11.  Where was the first place you flew to?

I give this award to:

The Southern Blossoms
Preppy Pink Crocodile
Dixie Gator Gal
On A Lighter Note
Sweet Home Amy

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day


I am very thankful to the founder fathers for forming our great nation.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Twenty Years

Today marks twenty years since my world was rocked.  
July 4th was the only holiday we never switched celebrating between the two families.  My father and two uncles were all in the Air Force so traveling for a holiday in the summer was the easiest with different school schedules.  And it was always the same thing we met at the Elk's Lodge my grandfather belonged to for a day by the pool and BBQ, their big fundraiser every year (Granddaddy was the head sauce man).  After a day of swimming and hanging out with the cousins and any other kids who were around a stop was in order at the fireworks stand before heading back to the grandparents.  Then it was always bugging the fathers about how much longer before we could start setting off fireworks.  There were only two years we weren't able to make it to Alabama for this celebration which really sucked as it is my favorite holiday.
Little did we know how those celebrations would rarely happen again after 1993.  That year we were to celebrate on the Saturday July 3rd.  Instead a phone call around six that morning shattered our plans as it was the call telling us my Uncle Keith was dead.  Not only was he dead but he had been murdered earlier that morning for a few dollars.  The man who took my uncle away from his wife and three young kids wanted money for drugs and got less than five dollars.   Keith was at work to restock the self car wash with soap and to empty out the lock boxes.  We got lucky that there was a truck driver on the lot resting and noticed a man with out of state plates run off and was able to give the cops enough to find the guy later that afternoon busy celebrating the holiday with his family.  
This was the only time in my life that I have ever heard my father cry.  My parents left to go be with my grandparents while waiting on other family members to get to town.  My mom's mother came to our house to stay with my brother and myself.
The man was convicted about a year and half later and sentenced to life with parole.  So far we have been through two parole hearings and thankfully he has been denied both times.  It doesn't make it any easier or make up for all the special occasions Keith has not been here for especially walking his two girls down the aisle.  This time of the year is still tough and makes me sad.

I miss you everyday Uncle Keith.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Challenge Accepted

I decided on my July Challenge.

Yes the calender is from last year so it works out perfect that I couldn't decide on one until the 2nd and this one has workouts starting on then. Anyone up for doing the challenge with me?

July Goals

The first half of the year has flown by. I have done well with hitting my goals so far this year though doing a fitness challenge the last two months has really helped me stay on track with all my workouts and it makes me feel so great to finish one because I sure didn't see myself finishing the squat challenge.  I have not seen a whole lot of changes like I was hoping with all the workouts but I know I am getting there even if it is way slower than I wish.   I measured my biceps before starting the Tank Top Arms workouts and sadly there was no change in the measurement but they do feel stronger.  

July Goals

**  4 cardio workouts a week.  I also want to increase from 30 minutes to 45 minutes a couple days a week.

**  Monthly fitness challenge.  I still haven't decided which one yet and need to do that tonight.

**  Have all my papers finished for class by the 15th.

**  Clean up my home office as I have started to let things just pile up in there recently.

How are y'all doing with your goals for 2013?