Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wait, It's September?

Wait, It's September 20th? What a crazy, busy, wonderful couple of weeks! Here are a few pictures I have taken (and stolen from my friends).

Brian and I went to the Arkansas vs. New Mexico game in Little Rock a couple of weeks ago. We hung out at Jared and Erin's house before the game, and then walked over to the stadium before kick-off. I LOVE games at War Memorial. I don't think I have ever been to a stadium that is louder than that one. Crazy-loud Razorback fans just make me happy.

Ashton, Erin, Laura, Me, and Wendy before the game.

Woo Pig Sooie!
Oh, and I edited this photo because by this time my forehead was so shiny, you could probably see your reflection in it. At least this effect softens my "strong" Diebold forehead Ha!

War Memorial Stadium
In honor of the ten year anniversary of September 11th, the odd sections wore white, the even wore red, and the student section wore blue. This picture was floating around Facebook so I'm not sure who took it, but this ariel view is a great shot of the stadium that day.

This past weekend my sister Ellen came to visit. We had ourselves a LARGE time. I think I'm still in recovery.

Love my baby sister!

I'm such a weirdo. I was so sad on Sunday after she left. This weekend I am going to a wedding in Maumelle, AR so I know I'll see my whole family at some point -  but still! I was like that on Labor Day when my parents left. I knew I would be seeing them soon, but it just made me sad to say good-bye to them. Basically, I wish that I could pick up the Huntsville/Madison/Decatur area (including our jobs and friends from here) and move them to Arkansas. I mean, I don't feel like that is asking too much. :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

100 Years of Style in 100 Seconds

I'm not claiming to be the most stylish person in the world, but this made me smile. Apartment Therapy posted this today, and I just had to share. This amazing video covers 100 years of fashion and architecture in East London in 100 Seconds. Ready, Set, Go...

Note to self: Must go to East London some day. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pinterest Challenge: Final Post

With the exception of one Saturday, I made something from my Pinterest boards every day during the month of August! I had such a blast doing this. As an accountant, my job is very repetitive. I like what I do, but it is easy to get 'stuck in rut' when doing the same things over and over again. This project let me do something new and different every day. No matter how small the project or simple the recipe, I got the satisfaction of accomplishing a goal daily. Even after a month, I am ridiculously addicted to Pinterest. I will continue to post recipes and projects inspired from my pins... just not as frequently.

Monday, August 29

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crescent Rolls

These were so good. Roll out the crescent dough, spread with peanut butter and chocolate chips (We also added pecans), roll them up, and bake according to the package instructions. You could also make 'Cinnamon Toast' with butter and cinnamon/sugar, or 'Smores' with chocolate chips and marshmallows. The possibilities are endless..and delicious.

Peanut Butter - Chocolate Goodness

Tuesday, August 30

Fruit Kabobs

This is something I haven't done in a while...make a HEALTHY snack. One thing I can say - I blame Pinterest for my pants fitting tighter this month. Okay, so no one forced me to make Oreo Ice Cream, Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Cookies, Cinnamon Sugar Bread, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crescent Rolls, etc.. However, it happened! Oops! These kababs are quick, pretty, and tasty. I used fat-free dark chocolate pudding as the dipping sauce.

These would be great at baby or wedding showers.

Wednesday, August 31

Rolo Pretzel Bites

So I was healthy for a whole...day! Then, I decided to make these little guys. Lightly spray a baking sheet and spread out the square shaped pretzels. Place the Rolo on the pretzel and bake at 250 for 4-5 minutes. Top with a pecan and lightly press down. Freeze for an hour or until the chocolate is firm. Enjoy!

These are addicting!

Thank you for your encouraging words during this challenge. Hopefully, you have been inspired to channel your creativity and try something new!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Pinterest Challenge: Week Four Wrap Up

I'm a little late on my Pinterest update this week. What a bad, bad blogger I have been! I have to warn you. I technically failed the challenge last Saturday (GASP!). I know, I know. However, I plan on making all kinds of delicious tailgating recipes from Pinterest this weekend. I promise to redeem myself.

Monday, August 22

Egg in a Pepper

This time of year the bookstore is incredibly busy! We are so happy it's busy, but it just means I don't get to see Brian very much. He worked until at least 11:00 PM every night last week. I saw this recipe, and I knew it would be perfect to make during the fall sale. Cooking for one is challenging, but this I loved! I didn't want to use butter to fry the egg, so I sprayed the skillet with Pam and cooked the turkey bacon first. Next, I cut up the pepper, dropped it in the pan, and cracked the egg inside the pepper ring. I like my eggs over easy, but you can cook it however you like.

Quick, healthy supper
Tuesday, August 23

Scrabble Frame

Is it just me, or is scrabble SUPER trendy these days? Scrabble-themed projects are all over Pinterest. Not that I'm complaining - I think it's adorable. Brian's mom gave us an old scrabble game before we moved to Alabama. Brian won't even play me on Words With Friends (rude!), so I know we won't be playing Scrabble anytime soon. I really like this picture of me and my daddy on my wedding day. All I did was hot glue the scrabble letters to the frame. But I think this little change, makes a huge impact.

Love how this forms a cross - such a fitting coincidence.
 Wednesday, August 24

Taco Cornbread Bake

First, things, first. Everyone needs to check out Plain Chicken. This blog is the perfect site for weeknight meal ideas. I have made so many of Stephanie's recipes, and they have all been quick, easy and delicious! Oh, and her tailgate recipes look incredible. I will be making her 'Crack Bread' this weekend.

Okay - now back to this recipe. If you love Jiffy cornbread and tacos, you will love this. The recipe calls for black beans, but I had refried beans on hand. It still tasted great. I used hot taco seasoning and hot Rotel. The spiciness was balanced out by the sweet cornbread and sour cream. I'll be making this again for sure.

It's so tasty, and it's ready in thirty minutes.
Thursday, August 25

White Sangria

Thirsty Thursday, oh how I love you. We tend to start our weekend a night early. This is not necessarily the smartest decision two grown-ups can make, but you know, oh well. The strange thing about this Thursday was that, um, Brian didn't get home until around 11:30. Yet, somehow, the Sangria disappeared. Hmm...needless to say, I love me some Sangria. Fresh fruit would probably be best, but frozen strawberries and peaches worked great. They acted like ice cubes and kept the drink chilled.

Yum. Yum. Yum.
Friday, August 26

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Sandwich

I know this sounds really strange, but it is my new favorite lunch. I made this at work on Friday, and then on Monday, and then on Tuesday. I recognize I have a problem. The recipe says to make it like a grilled cheese, but I can't exactly whip up a grilled cheese at the office. We do have a toaster. So I toasted the bread and smeared softened goat cheese on one side. Top with strawberries and arugula, and you have the perfect sandwich. If you don't like goat cheese, you could use cream cheese. Oh, that sounds really good, too.

Adult Grilled Cheese
Saturday, August 27

Oopsies :). I was visiting a friend in Arkansas last weekend. No time for projects and cooking. Like I said, I'll redeem myself soon!

Sunday, August 28

Cinnamon Sugar Quick Bread

When I got back in town, I was craving something sweet. This is the easiest thing you will ever make. You only have to dirty up one bowl, and it's ready in an hour. The recipe says you should wrap it in foil and wait until the next day to eat it. Ha! Yeah, right. That didn't happen. If white bread and coffee cake had a baby, it would taste like this. Wait, that sounded weird, but you know what I mean.

You have to make this.

I have three days left. Let's do this!