Sunday, December 27, 2009

I Won the Cutest Little Apron Ever!

Remember a couple weeks ago when I enter a contest for a date night apron from Quilt A Treasure hosted by Tamara over on Cheapskate Mom well I WON! My apron joined me over the holidays down at my parent's house and let's just say this apron stole the show, almost more than our Christmas dinner! Everyone LOVED it! And now that I finally got a new camera now you can see this beautiful apron as well....

So, what do you think?

Be sure to check out Quilt A Treasure on Etsy and get yourself or a friend (an apron would make a great gift) a new apron! Thanks again Tamara for hosting this awesome contest, I'm one lucky girl to have this adorable apron! :)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to All

'Twas the night before Christmas
(Photo curtosy of

Merry CHRISTmas to all of you and I hope yall have a safe and happy holiday weekend! I cannot believe that today is Christmas Eve, to me it seems like Christmas came out of nowhere. I'm sure a few of you know what I mean. I still have presents to wrap, and still need to get something for my mom (yes Mom, you are hard to shop for!). Later today I will be leaving town to spend the holidays with my family in Central Florida, where it's nice and warm, and hopefully it will remain that way. So, not only will I be one of the 40% of the USA that's shopping on Christmas Eve, I will also be joining those traveling on the lovely Interstates 10 & 75. But it will all be worth it when I attend the beautiful Candlelight Service tonight at my hometown church, with family and lifelong friends as we remember the real reason for the season, Jesus' birth and sing some of my favorite songs (I love the Christmas hymns) and tomorrow morning waking up at my parent's house for presents and delicious food. So tonight remember to leave cookies & milk out for Santa (if you follow that tradition) and tomorrow morning when you open your presents be thankful for your family and friends for being there with you, not just for what you have recieved. And once again,

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night

Monday, December 21, 2009

Menu Planning Monday: Better Late Than Never (Dec. 21st)

Well this week is a little hectic for me as I'm working Monday-Thursday, yes that's right I am working on Christmas Eve, but just for a few hours, unless I can talk my boss into closing the office... anyways besides working on Christmas Eve, I will also be driving 180 miles to my parents house to celebrate Christmas and spend a few days there.

Monday: sushi or something take-out :)

Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie

Wednesday: Pot Roast it's easy and so yummy!

Thursday-Sunday: Enjoying my mother's cooking

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Five Question Friday: December 18th

Twas the Friday before Christmas and all through the house,
not a present was wrapped not even picked out.
The stockings were hung on the mantle with care,
with hopes that maybe a tree with be placed next to there...

....Oh wait it's time for FIVE QUESTION FRIDAY

My Little Life

You should really send a big thanks to Mama M. for saving yall from my crazy poem/rap and while your there join in on our Friday fun! :)

Questions for Friday, December 18th: (Thanks to Kyrsten, Liz, Brianne, and Keely for their question suggestions!!)

1. Which boygroup did you like most in your teens?
NSYNC.... seriously, there's pictures of me and my friends in 8th Grade wearing NSYNC shirts while holding there CDs and somebody even had the dolls! If only I knew where that picture was, I would post it... haha. BTW I still have all there CDs and a huge crush on Justin Timberlake!

2. Do you do Christmas cards, letters, photos, nuthin', all of the above?
I do cards, but not to a lot of people. Since I'm still the unmarried twenty-something, I get to be in my parent's Christmas card photo :)

3. If you could meet one celebrity who would it be and why?
Julia Roberts, she seems really nice and down-to-earth. Oh and Paula Deen (for obvious reasons)

4. Favorite thing to cook with (i.e. stainless, non-stick, microwave, debit card...cauldron, etc.)?
Depends... I usually go for the stainless but my favorite thing to cook with is my wok that my Mom got me a couple years ago. It's just so much fun to use.

5. What is the one thing you wear the most, besides your unmentionables?
Always have on diamond earrings that I got from my parents for my 18th Birthday. Other than that I LIVE in Reef flip-flops, they have been my favorite for years! I have every color and style. I guess that's the perk of living in Florida, comfy shoes year-round.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Menu Planning Monday: Dec 14th

Can you believe that it's almost Christmas? I can't I feel like this year Christmas has just snuck up on me, it's CRAZY! With all the things that sneak up on you in life, dinner shouldn't be one, thanks to menu planning, my week was a little less hectic. With that being said, I know this is only my second week of meal planning but trust me it won't be my last! I had such a successful time last week that I don't ever want to go back to just guessing what's for dinner, it's just makes life so much easier. I went grocery shopping on one day for all my ingredients, and didn't have to make any trips back that week because I knew what I was cooking each night and had all the ingredients on hand. It was such a nice change and I'm sure the lovely Publix employees won't miss seeing my face 4 times a week when I'm missing random ingredients haha...

Monday: Egg Drop Soup & Gyoza with Rice
Tuesday: Dinner out at Mexican Restaurant
Wednesday: Chicken Tetrazzini
Thursday: The Pioneer Woman's Shrimp Pasta in Foil
Friday: My Office Christmas Dinner
Saturday: Guy Fieri's Beer Can Chicken (This is my fav recipe for beer can chicken! delish!) with Coleslaw & Potato Salad
Sunday: Leftovers :)

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Crock-Pots and Pot Roast

Have you seen this guy?

Now, I'm gonna assume almost everyone has a crock pot/slow cooker hiding somewhere in their house. He might be MIA at the moment but I know you got one hiding deep in the pantry or way back in cabinet next to food processors and blenders. Or maybe right on you kitchen counter if you use it a lot. I happen to have three, all different sizes of course. Well with this cold weather here (40 degrees, I know you Midwesterners & Northerners are laughing at me) I love using the slow cooker for stews and soups! So this morning before I left for work I put together a quick meal that will be ready for me to enjoy when I get home from work...

This is my mom's recipe for Slow Cooker Pot Roast

4-5lb beef pot roast
1 can of beer (she uses Michelob, i use Budweiser, it really doesn't matter)
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
1 lb red potatoes (halved)
10-15 baby carrots

Place half the veggies on the bottom, sprinkle some of the onion soup mix on top, then add the meat and sprinkle the rest of the onion soup mix on the meat. Top with the remaining veggies and pour the beer over all of it. Make sure to turn the crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours until meat is falling apart. ENJOY :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Merry SITSmas!

Merry SITSmas to all my blog friends!

I just love reindeer, they just scream Christmas to me. If I lived where it snowed a lot instead of in Florida I would defiantly have a reindeer herd on my farm. But that would never happen because I only like cold weather and snow in small doses. Haha

So why not a Christmas picture or picture of my nicely decorated house, well I haven't taken my Christmas picture or even bought a tree yet, and yes, my house is one of the only ones without lights. I know you're thinking OMgosh how could you wait so long! I know, I'm a terrible person but I promise I'm not Scrooge! I LOVE the holiday season, I even decorated my parents' house with them this past weekend. They have a two trees, and plenty of Christmas cheer in each room of their house AND the outside is decorated with wreaths and a metal snowmen staked out in the front yard. I just haven't had time to decorate my little duplex, but I will this week PROMISE! But for now I'm going to enjoy SITSmas, check The Secret is in the Sauce for the hourly gifts and visit all my SITStas blogs to wish them a Merry SITSmas and Happy Holidays!

Are you lost? Confused? Wondering what the heck is SITSmas... well your in luck! Head on over to The Secret is in the Sauce and join in the SITSmas fun! :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Chicken Alfredo Bake

I came home Sunday evening after spending the weekend at my parents house decorating for Christmas (Which by the way is my FAVORITE time of the year! I love Christmas decorations and my parents have so many that just mean a lot to our family.) Anyways, back to what I was saying, I came home and needed to make a quick dinner with the few supplies I had on hand. So I came up with this delicious, quick, and easy meal.

1 garlic clove
1 chicken breast (or 1 cup shredded chicken)
2 cups pasta (any kind will do, I used rotiniti aka the spiral ones)
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup Alfredo sauce
sprinkle of shaved Parmesan

I boiled some water, dropped a garlic clove in with the chicken breast and reduced heat to simmer. I let it cook for about 10 minutes before removing the chicken. Meanwhile, boil some water, add a drop of olive oil and some salt for the pasta and cook according to package. After the chicken is cooled, go ahead and shredded the chicken and season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Drain the pasta and pour half into a casserole dish, top with mozzarella and chicken, put the rest of the pasta in, add Alfredo sauce and top with Parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Menu Plan Monday: It's My First Time!!!

This is my FIRST TIME doing a menu plan. After reading blog after blog on Monday (or Sunday night) about menu planning, I've finally caved in. At first I thought it was all about sticking to this plan but I've learned from many other menu planners that you don't have to and that my dear friends makes me super happy, why you ask, well because things don't always happen as planned in my life. So here it goes my menu plan for this weekdays, weekends are crazy so only gonna start with the M-F first! Wish me luck on sticking to it!

Monday: Beef Stir Fry with rice

Tuesday: Rotisserie Chicken Dinner from Publix (comes with sides and that delicious Hawaiian Bread)

Wednesday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Soup

Thursday: Mini Shepherd's Pie (This week's Time to Try)

Friday: My mom's Slow Cooker Pot Roast/Beef Stew (recipe to come)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

FREE: EatBetter America Calendar

I know I'm not commonly a big poster of freebies but this one is really good! It's the end of the year and who doesn't need a calendar, especially one filled with yummy (and healthy) recipes!
Just sign up here you will also get a newsletter with more recipes and coupons! And who doesn't LOVE coupons! They also will send you email updates for other freebies like coupon books!
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