Baby its cold......inside

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

So it is the last day of November and we still don't have heat in our house.  Yes, you heard me heat!  A month long saga of figuring out that our gas was turned off......duh......Having someone come turn it on, him telling us something is still wrong, more guys coming to look at it, and yep, we need a new motor.  That brings us to this point; the engine had to be ordered (of course!) so we are eagerly anticipating its arrival and installation.  All the while we are freezing our cute little butts off! So I hope for the sake of our company that will be visiting us this weekend & my ice cold tootsies that the motor arrives asap!

Not to say keeping a hot mug of tea with me at all times, devouring yummy comfort foods, wearing big comfy sweaters, and cuddling up with my hunny & my sweet pup hasn't been enjoyable.....

Oh, and did you notice?  Life as We know it has a new look, what do you think?  A little more professional & sophisticated, if I do say so myself.  But I am having a little issue* fitting borders around my pictures, so if any of my tech savvy blogger friends could help me out I would be forever grateful.

*such a blogger amateur 

Thanksgiving Weekend

Monday, November 28, 2011

Home again, home again, jiggty jig. 
After five whole days spent at my parents, it is nice to be home.  
But what a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend it was.  

My hunny was a great sport and wore the new flannel shirt I bought for him & I.  I know, I know, but at least we didn't match!  Appetizers pre turkey feast, was a bushel of oysters.  A Thanksgiving tradition, that I'm sure Chris will never try tire of.   What a blessing it was to celebrate together with my sister & her family, my parents, little brother, grandpa, Chris & his parents. 

The next couple of days were equally as fabulous.  Black Friday shopping, countless games of chess, record jenga tower, breakfast at a local favorite, antique shopping with Mom, & a small town parade.  I have so many things to be thankful for, God has truly blessed me beyond belief. 

Walk with Me

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Absolute perfection!   
Doesn't this make you want to take a walk with someone special?
Every year at Thanksgiving we take a walk as a family after our big meal. 
And ever since I was a little girl this has been one of my favorite parts of our Thanksgiving holiday.
I couldn't help find the resemblance in one of my own pictures. What do you think?
So as I scurry around the house, packing, baking & wrapping gifts 
( I get to see my best friends overthe holiday to celebrate our November Birthdays!) 
I can't help but look forward to a relaxing visit with the ones I hold dear.  
Now isn't that truly what the Holiday's are all about?

Turkey Talk

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Thanksgiving Holiday is only two short days away!  Are you preparing your family's feast?  Is this your first turkey-cooking experience?  Well I must admit, happily, I won't have to prepare my family's Thanksgiving meal.  Our tradition is to have one person cook the bird, and others to bring the bounty of sides.  Grandpa has taken on the challenge this year, he is a seasoned turkey cooker, so I have no doubt it will be delicious!   My sister always makes the best green bean casserole & I have taken charge of the sweet potato casserole!  I love it!  Almost dessert like, and made with pecans, not marshmallows. 

Mom makes the other sides:  mashed potatoes, dressing, corn succotash, croissants, cranberry sauce,  and a family tradition, green jello salad. I'm not even sure if this is the correct recipe, it was passed down from my grandmother to my mom, and one day I will make it for my family.

Now all this turkey talk is making my mouth water!  I sure am ready for some delicious food & fun with my wonderful family. 

But if you are taking on the challenge of roasting your first bird, remember you can always call the Butterball hot-line : 1-800-BUTTERBALL, with all your turkey questions!  And the November issue of Food Network Magazine has over 50 pie recipes, Mix & Match Stuffing, Turkey, & Mashed Potato recipes!

Good Luck & Enjoy! 

Images via Pinterest

Happy Birthday to me!

Monday, November 21, 2011

 What a wonderful Birthday weekend I had!  
Filled with food, fun, & lots of laughter, I am a lucky lady who is truly blessed. 

And I am ready to take on the world as a 24 year old girl!*

*cute poet ;)

A Movie & Munchies

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than with a cheesy vampire movie* a bowl of homemade chex mix! 

1 cup butter
 2 1/2tsp. seasoned salt
 9 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 2/3 cup Corn Chex
2 2/3 cup Rice Chex
2 2/3 cup Wheat Chex
1 cup salted mixed nuts

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Melt butter in large shallow roasting pan (I used a 9x13 baking pan) in oven. 
After butter is melted stir in seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce.  Gradually add the cereal and  nuts.  Mix all together until pieces are coated in the sauce mixture.  Then bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towel to cool.  Recipe yields around 9 cups or so. 

I got this recipe from my friend Stephanie, she made it & brought it for Halloween weekend, and I couldn't wait to try it out. Such a delicious snack!  The perfect addition to a party, family gathering, or a rainy afternoon!

*yes, I must admit, I am a Twilight fan. I've read the books and am shamelessly looking forward to the newest movie coming to theaters....
nothing better than teenage romance, vampires, & werewolves!

Rainy Thursday

What is the weather like where you are today?  It is a blustery, wet, rainy, & cold day here in my neck of the woods.  But I must admit, there is something quite spectacular about a cold rainy day where you are able to stay bundled up in fuzzy socks, read your favorite book, watch a cheesy vampire movie, make homemade chex mix & snuggle with your pup.......

Looking out the window at the rainy day
Nap time
Well at least that is what I did today.  
What are your favorite things to do on a rainy day?

Caution: Don't Pin on Empty Stomach!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

You know how they say " don't go to the grocery store on an empty stomach" because if you do you will come out with a heavy cart & an empty wallet.  Well the same goes for Pinterest, don't venture to the food & drink page on an empty stomach. For you will look like a ravenous beast, whose entire focus is food.  Well at least that is what happened to me.........

Yes, I was starving!
And as you can see most of my choices were not very healthy.  
Who cares about calories when your famished?!

So if these images made your mouth water or tummy growl, and if you dare...head on over!

Oyster Roast

Monday, November 14, 2011

With the luxury of our very own backyard, coinciding with oyster season Chris has been dying to steam some of these slimy crustaceans.  So last Sunday my hunny got his wish.  

I'm not a huge fan of oysters, actually I hardly eat any seafood,* but Chris & David sure gobbled them all up.  Cocktail sauce, melted butter & garlic toast(we were out of crackers...oops!!) made their adventure complete.  While the boys were chowing down, I enjoyed a bowl of homemade beef stew by the fire pit.  It truly was a fantastic evening!  So our first oyster roast of the season was a success.  And I'm sure Chris will want to make this a regular occurrence, which is just fine with me, cause I'll have the night off from cooking!  

*Sad but true, practically a sin since I grew up on an island. But hey! at least I'll eat flounder & mahi mahi


Sunday, November 13, 2011

I am a true girly girl.  My toe nails are always painted, I wear makeup everyday, shopping is my favorite pastime, and I will get dressed up for any occasion!  But, I am also a HUGE college basketball fan.  Being from North Carolina, there are so many great teams, but I am a tried & true DUKE Blue Devil fan!!  
I watch every game, wear Duke blue on game days, & will even root against my husband's Alma mater, NC State. We take our college basketball very seriously in North Carolina, November through April is game time baby! (said in a Dicky V voice ;) 

This weekend is the start of college basketball, so whoever your team is, Good Luck and have a fabulous season!

 Go Duke!!

Oh, and a little more about us North Carolinian's and our basketball......
Can you guess where I fall??

Island Time

I spent the majority of this past week in Emerald Isle at my parent's house.  Its funny to me that no matter where I am in life, going home always eases my troubles away.  What is it about Mom & Dad's house that provides peace and comfort when the rest of the world seems so bleak? 

Confiding in my Mom & Dad, warming my soul with good food & hot tea, taking long walks with the dogs, peering out onto the calm sound, and laughing & joking with my brothers was just what I needed...

Dog activites
Brothers grilling dinner
Andrew roasting a mallow
What a view!
Spending a week in this sleepy coastal town was just what the doctor ordered.

Now that I am back at my home in Virginia I feel rejuvinated and filled with wisdom from my parents.  Thankful for the abundant blessings that the Lord has given me & the comfort in knowing God's plan for my life is even greater than I can imagine....

Real Life

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Before I started this blog, I vowed to myself and future readers that my writing would not be negative or an outlet for angry thoughts.  And I promise to keep that vow, but I have to be honest, I am going through a time in my life that is not always happy or positive, rainbows or butterflies...Though, not writing about this sad part of my life would be like ignoring it & not giving you all of me...

Sadly my heart is aching, this move has proven to be so much more difficult for me than I ever imagined....

I miss.....
Being closer to friends & family, my silly job at the Toy Store, my beautiful historic city on the Cape Fear river, our favorite Hibachi restaurant, my small but homey condo, living 10 minutes from the beach, locally owned cafe's, shops, & restaurants, and the good ole' Tarheel state, North Carolina.
And so much more....

But I sincerely believe expressing my feelings about missing NC will help me grow and move forward to the place I now call my home....

Romp Around

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  
~Albert Camus

The leaves here are slowly starting to change & trees are beginning to shed, adorning the ground with the colors of Fall.  Our backyard is covered, so before I buy a rake*, Lucy & I decided to do a little romping around in these beautiful colors!

 I hope you have a fabulous fall weekend!  Ours will be filled with sweaters, boots, apple cider, & oysters! Savor the cool weather & falling leaves, you know I will.  Oh, and don't forget to set your clocks back one hour!  Ahhhhhh, an extra hour of sleep.........Enjoy!

*(Yes, we don't have a rake yet....hey, we lived in condo for 3 years, don't judge ;)