Monday, June 27, 2011

Sharing is Caring!

Three things to share with you today!  Oh by the way Happy Monday!  :) 

1. I hung some new pics above my bed, well Dede did!  :)  I love them and I think they look so much better than what was up there.  I wanted to take a before and after but I didn't...I will get better at that!  :)  Here is the after...
Ok, I may be a little obsessed with...Ohhh I don't know...  :)

2.  I, well Dede, also hung my flat on the wall as well!  This I am obsessed with because I LOVE a hung tv! I still have some things to do with the wires.  I am just excited about some change!  :)

3.  I am sharing something with you that one of my besties, Mallory, shared with's called Pinterest!  Go on their website and join...I am addicted!  :)  Here is the link...ENJOY!!

I hope everyone had a great Monday!  Later alligator!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Two Recipes

Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday!  I went to a Sunday School class this morning and loved it!  I hope that I can become a regular with going to Sunday School.  We also got a new pastor this week at our church and he did a wonderful job!  It is such an exciting time at out church right now because of these changes and I look forward to seeing how God uses Pastor Rick in our church. 

I promised you some recipes and I am about to deliver!  The first one I am going to share with you is a pasta dish that Leslie would fix in Panama and it's one of my favorite dishes.  I am a pasta freak and could eat pasta everyday of the week if it wasn't so bad for me!  Now my estimates for ingredients are going to be based on what I like.  The thing I have found out and LOVE about cooking certain dishes is that you can tailor it to what you enjoy!  I love a lot of garlic and basil so I may put a little more than what someone else likes...that's just me!  Please mess around and tailor this dish to what you prefer.  I hope you try to make this and enjoy it!!

Chicken Pasta with Tomatoes, Feta, Basil and Garlic
Serves 2


- 2-3 boneless chicken breasts
- 3-4 medium sized tomatoes
- about 3 cloves of garlic- minced (I used some extra for some garlic bread)
- 6-7 basil leaves (depending on what you like)
- 1 tub of Feta Cheese
- about 4 tablespoons of butter
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 pack of pasta of your choice (I love fettuccine for this dish)

Directions for Cooking
  1. Make sure chicken is thawed.  Place chicken in a skillet like dish with the butter cut into 1/2 inch chunks.  Place butter all around the chicken, put the lid on and cover on low for about 30-40 minutes.  Just watch the chicken and see if you need to turn up the heat, but you don't want the chicken to cook too quickly because it will be tough.  
  2. While the chicken is cooking you can prepare all of the other ingredients.  Dice the tomatoes (I leave the seeds because it makes the sauce a little more juicy, but you can de-seed if you would like), mince the garlic, and chop basil.  
  3. Once the chicken is cooked, wash that pot and place about two tablespoons (I do about two and a half swirls on the outer part of the pan) of olive oil and the garlic in the pan.  Let that cook for just a few minutes, do not overcook the garlic, and then place in the tomatoes and basil.  Stir and place the top back on while it cooks for about 5 minutes on medium heat.  
  4. While the tomatoes and stuff is cooking you can dice the chicky and place that in the pan with the tomato mixture.  Let this cook for about 10 minutes just to let all the flavors meld together and get nice and juicy.  
  5. While you are waiting for the chicken mixture to get ready you can cook the pasta.  I did not strain the pasta.  I just used tongs to move the pasta along with some pasta water into the tomato mixture.  I stirred it all together and added the feta cheese, stirred some more to mix everything together.
That's it!  Enjoy!  Here are some pictures of me cooking the stuff.  I will have to get better at that!  :)  Please let me know if you cook this dish and how you like it! 


The next recipe I'm going to share with you is for a banana bread.  I have fixed this twice in the last two weeks, once just to try out (which it turned out amazing) and then again on Thursday for Rick when he got home from traveling all week!  I wanted Mom and Rick to be able to enjoy it over the weekend! :)

Banana Banana Bread

- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 3/4 cups sugar (I used cane sugar)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- about 3-4 ripen (almost black) bananas

Directions for Cooking
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes.  
This is one of the best banana breads I have had.  This recipe does not have nuts in it, but anything can be added.  :)  Below is a pick of an already eaten B bread!

I hope you will enjoy these recipes and I look forward to sharing more with you within the next week!  :)  Have a great rest of the weekend and Monday! We are off to a Monavie meeting! Bye!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Auburn Fieldtrip!!

Happy Hump Day!  :)

I know I told you that I would share two recipes with you today, but I decided to share my fieldtrip from yesterday!  :)

My Mom and I decided to head to Auburn to take a look at the trees, try to get to the athletic museum, and grab some lunch.  I missed Auburn so much while in Panama and miss it even being just an hour away.  I am thankful that I am only an hour away so I can get there often and especially during football season.

As soon as I get off the exit at Auburn I feel like I'm at home.  I'm  not sure if this is a "normal" feeling for other Auburn alum, but I just love the way I feel when I'm there.  We headed to lunch at my all time favorite restaurant in Auburn and one that I miss sooo much, Amsterdams!  YUM!!  I had an amazing Cobb Salad that ended up being one of the best salads I'd ever had!

After lunch, we headed to Toomer's Corner so that I could see what the trees looked like.  They were very sad looking, but it was neat to see that I wasn't the only one out there taking pics.  While I was taking pics of the trees we saw a group of people walking with a tour guide and realized it was a Camp War Eagle group.  My Mom kept reminiscing about when her and Rick brought me to Camp War Eagle and my college years!  I can't believe that it will be four years this year that I have been graduated!  It seems like yesterday that I was in Auburn enjoying friends and having a great time!   

We left Toomer's Corner and headed to the Athletic Department Building to see the Coaches Trophy and check out the Athletic Museum.  My family gives me a hard time for living in the dorms for two years on "The Hill" and never getting to the Athletic Museum (which was like two blocks away).  I just never thought that was important while I was there, and I usually had something else to you sometimes don't appreciate things until you are away from them!  Anyway, we got there and Coach Troop walked us to the door!  It was neat to see him!!  My Mom was in the bathroom and heard it when she got out how upset I was because I wanted my pic taken with him!  But it was still cool to see him and talk to him for a few minutes!  :)  I found out that the Athletic Museum is no longer in that building, it is at the new Arena and that the Coaches Trophy is there at the Athletic Building.  There were people taking professional pics of the trophy so I couldn't go in the room to see it.  I did see it through the window and it was MAGNIFICENT!!!  I still can't believe we won a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!  So exciting!!

Here are my pics that I took on my Mom's iPhone.  We had such a great day and how could we not when we were in Auburn!!  :)  WAR EAGLE!


This picture makes me so sad!  
It is going to be crazy to not be able to roll the trees after winning this football season!

This is the big tree at Toomer' can see if you split the picture down the middle how sad the right side of the tree looks.  It broke my heart to see them in person!

I was really excited about how these pictures turned out!  I am far from a photographer, but because my Mom's phone is so awesome these pics come out great!  I may be obsessed with the Instagram App!  :)


Monday, June 20, 2011


Ok my blogging friends...let me explain one of the most amazing things about having summers off...besides being able to go to the pool and enjoy time with family and's going on fieldtrips around town and GA!!!  :)  Now when I say fieldtrips I am talking about me, my mom, and my grandparents, who I call Mama and Dede (I will refer to them as that from now get used to it!)  :) going on outings to all different places around our hometown and Atlanta.  Over the last few summers we have gone to Stone Mountain (to climb and to watch the laser show), rode on the new rental car transit from the airport to the rental car place (haha!), Zoo Atlanta, Braves games, and probably some other things that I forgot about.

Last Tuesday we went to the Cyclorama, which is next door to Zoo Atlanta, and might have been one of the most AMAZING things I have EVER seen!!  For those of you who aren't familiar with the Cyclorama it is the world's largest oil painting and is a painting depicting a scene from the Civil War.  I have grown up watching Gone with the Wind every Sunday and being taught history about the Civil War and have always had a little bit of a fascination with it...thanks to my Momma. :)  I am not going to share ANY information about the Cyclorama with you because I want you to go see it for yourself!  You will not be disappointed and will have gained some good Southern knowledge while doing so!  :)

Just imagine wearing these WOOL outfits in the middle of July...HOT (literally...haha!!)!!! 

After we left the Cyclorama we went to one of mine and my Mom's favorite restaurants, Mary Macs Tea Room.  This is such a great place that I think everyone needs to go try.  They have DELICIOUS Southern food and the BEST pot licker you could ever have!  If you tell them that it is your first time eating there they will give you a sample of their cracklin' corn bread and pot licker!  YUMMY!  :)

We had such a great day gaining Civil War knowledge and eating yummy Southern food!  I hope everyone had a great day!  I am going to post some recipes tomorrow for some Cherry Walnut Muffins and Chicken Tomato and Basil Pasta!  YUM! 

Home Again...Home Again...

Long time no post!  I have been so busy since I landed on June 2nd that I haven't had time to post anything.  It is SO WONDERFUL to be home and I'm so thankful for my experience in Panama and will always be grateful for that chapter in my life, but it is so AWESOME to be home!!

Here are some things that I have been up to since I've been home.

I landed on Thursday and then on Friday I zipped over to Birmingham for Megan and Brett's wedding shower weekend.  It was such a fun weekend catching up with everyone from Auburn and pretty much reliving our college days!!  :)

Such a great weekend!!!

I got back on Sunday, June 5th, and had Vacation Bible School start at my church that evening.  My mom and I did VBS last year and it was so much fun, so I was really excited about this year and it was everything I hoped it would be!!  We had about 180 kids attend and so many great volunteers and people to teach God's word!  It was such a great week and I'm always so thankful to have an open heart to God's word!

The weekend of June 10th was so much fun too!  On Saturday, some Auburn friends and I went to Six Flags to celebrate one of my friends, Katie Hume's, birthday!  It was such an awesome day and nice to act like a big kid!!  :)  We ended up riding everything but the new one for this year, The Dare Devil and the infamous Scream Machine!  It was GREAT!!

This past week my Mom and my Grandparents went to the Cyclorama, which is right next to Zoo Atlanta.  I am going to share that with you guys tomorrow and also a some great recipes that I have fixed this past week!  Talk with you guys tomorrow!!

Oh, and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!  :)