Thursday, October 27, 2011

Miiiiind ya business, tha's all. Jest, miiiiiiind ya business.

When I was in grade school, I had more than one teacher tell my parents, "She is a great student, very bright, but she's too worried with what other people are doing or saying."

Basically I was a nosey little thing. My momma told me several times, that I needed to mind my own business.

I didn't appreciate this a whole lot.

What person would? No one likes to hear the negative. I can tell you that this people pleaser, teacher's kid certainly did not.

So to avoid the situation, I became a bookworm.

Don't get me wrong, I still was (and am) very much a social butterfly.  I was gonna do whatever it took to stop getting into "trouble."

And really, I got to explore other worlds and know about them as much as possible. My love of history started early in life because if I didn't understand why a character was treated a certain way, I'd read a book on the side about that period of history.

And then, I became a teenager.

(As a side note, I'd like to say that while I dream of having girls to dress up and then will grow up to be best friends some day, I do NOT want them because of the age bracket of 13-18. Girls are MEAN.)

I didn't have as much time to read as I used to because of homework that mattered and could determine where I got into college and because I was boy crazy, I also didn't make as much time as I used to either. I still read a lot, but the point is that because I was heavily into the social scene, I soon found myself struggling again with wanting to know the latest news.

On more than one occasion, I had run-in with girls that weren't nice. I had no problem pointing out that they weren't nice either. I thought by calling them out, that I was doing the right thing. My youth pastor always pointed me to the "Love" chapter in 1 Corinthians every time. I'd eat my humble pie and a month or two later, I was struggling again with the same thing.

Eventually, I got tired of the girls and their crap and just started hanging with the guys. (I actually got an opportunity to speak with one of the guys this week and I just felt so at home. Made me even a bit homesick. Hi Brad!)

I learned what good girl friends looked like in college. Today, my best friends in life that I can always count on or call remain the girls from college and the guys from high school.

Those groups taught me that if I focus on God, everything including being genuine, love, friendship, respect, trust, courage, kindness, opportunities, laughter and good times would fall into place. They helped me to realize that I have my own faults too and I have to be able to say I'm sorry when necessary.

Now, in Michigan, I feel like I've met some people that are a combo of both.

And I am struggling.

I feel like I've done everything I can, but I still don't feel like some have fully forgiven me. I truly feel like the ball is in their court. (By the way this isn't as bad as I'm making it sound. I'm just a drama queen.)

I don't know if it's me over-analyzing or what. (Of course it's me over-analyzing. I just don't know what to do or how to let go of it.)

But I'm just wondering if I'm the only one struggling with this problem. What have you done to let it just settle into your bones to stay focused and letting the rest falling away?

I do really well most days, but there are just some days where it seems like this endless worry just takes hold of me and I struggle with thinking about everything I've ever said to the person trying to figure out where I could have gone a different direction.

Does this make sense? I hope so.

Happy Thursday.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday is "Built-In Babysitter" Day.

Built-In Babysitter:  a device or person who is located near or close to the parent and is typically used when times of emergency or need arise; typically used because of a high convenience level; i.e. Xbox, fishing, hunting, grandparents etc.

In December, Brandon and I will celebrate our 4th anniversary. In that time, some things have changed in our relationship.

Example: I now pass gas openly....Okay, okay I did that early on, but now I pass gas openly on my husband's body regularly.

Now that I've sufficiently grossed out half my audience and thoroughly embarrassed my mother, I'll get to the point.

When we first got married, B and I would get into knock-down-drag-out fights about the Xbox and how much time he spent with it. My feelings used to get so hurt about the fact that I wasn't that "important" to him.

Then I started a blog. A few months after I started that blog, I started getting comments. A few more months after that, I started making friends with y'all.

And oh how the tides quickly turned. Dude suddenly wasn't okay with me spending all my time reading blogs and commenting on blogs and all the up-keep that blogging requires. He got a taste of his own medicine and boyfriend wasn't liking it.

We soon struck a balance with our hobbies, and time with each other-with the exception of the occasional release of a new Xbox game-was hunky-dory.

Then I started law school and dude was suddenly faced with some serious free time. So his habit picked back up again EXCEPT this time, I had no problem with it. Because studying is time consuming...who knew?duh.

And since your husband is your first baby, you gotta do what you gotta do to make sure your baby is looked after properly. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight?


Even if the turd sweetheart tried to flake on me tonight because he hadn't played Xbox in two whole days.

Key word: Tried

Happy Wednesday.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Good Christian Belles

Has anyone seen preview for this show???

Supposedly, it is the combined forces behind Steel Magnolias and Sex and the City who came up with the concept and it looks downright delicious and hilarious. It also happens to based on a book, that I will definitely look up once I have the time.

From what I've read it's supposed to be a mid-season release in 2012.

I personally cannot wait for its release.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  •  I am not talking about the OU game from Saturday night other than to say that I will never have  a child named Michael. I'm not bitter.
  • If you are a RHONJ fan, Dina broke her silence. The blog can be found here. Reading in between the lines it seems like she's partly mad at Caroline for not promoting Project Ladybug and her show. I would be upset if my sister didn't support me either. Other than that, not much was revealed. I know that I love to discuss the drama between the Gorga and Giudice family, but if it were me on national tv, I'd do it the way the Manzo sisters are by keeping it off the air. 
  • My husband watches RHONJ with me and I love him for that. 
  • This is gonna be a busy week for me. Hopefully I can keep up.
  • Brandon has an interview at 9am EST. PRAYERS PLEASE!!
Happy Monday y'all. 


Saturday, October 22, 2011

I need it to snow already, so I can take my Christmas card picture.

I've been trying to keep up with blogging five times a week. I gotta be honest, the well is gettin' a little dry.

I first thought I’d write about my hate for Halloween. Then I checked my blog archives and it turns out I’ve already written on the subject. I still believe in what I wrote then. The only thing I would add is the fact that I don’t step a foot outside of my house on Halloween.

After all, no one can scare you if you’re inside where the only movies allowed are the ones who make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I’m definitely not afraid or embarrassed to say that I do my darndest to avoid the scary movies and people who find it hilarious to scare me. I don’t find it hilarious because I have nightmares.

And really, I'm not that inspired by Halloween. I prefer to just get it over already.

But one thing I look forward to every year? C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas. Seriously, I love the smells, the lights, the traditions, the decorations, the church services, the food (OF COURSE I love the food!), the music, and just that special time of year.

I also love the SNOW! I know that I complain about it a lot living in Michigan and all especially in March, but the snow between now and Christmas is magical.

There is something just so pure about the snow and the crisp air that comes with it.

Just thinking about it has me humming "Snow, snow, SNOW!"

The snow also makes for the best Christmas cards.

And you know what that means....Shutterfly Christmas card selection time! We used Shutterfly last year and received so many compliments on our family of three. So I'm super excited about using them again this year. They have such cute options and are super affordable.

I like the phrase this one has.

I think this one is cute since I've been gushing about the snow. I also like the "retro" feel it has.

I love the red and the design as well.

They even have really cute address labels. Isn't this snowman a doll?!?

I also think this one is cute.
Yep, these cards, make looking forward to Christmas that much more fun!

Happy Saturday and Boomer Sooner!

Note:  I will receive holiday cards as compensation for this post.  All opinions are 100% usual. ;)


Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Plethora of Things to Discuss...

I jumped on the Erin Condren Life Planner bandwagon. I had some birthday money from my MIL and got it half off and couldn't resist. I am into using it over a week now and I LOVE it. I have been pleasantly surprised and am already looking forward to making purchases in the future from there.

Isn't it pretty??

I'm walking in the local Breast Cancer walk this weekend. My grandma is a breast cancer survivor and I haven't had the opportunity to walk in her honor yet. I am super excited about it. If you'd like to make a donation to the cause, email me!

It got me thinking about finding a walk for my Grannie who past this year and was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. I didn't realize that September is the month for that. So you can imagine I'll be all over it next year.

Then today, I was on The Twitter and saw that today is SPIRIT day. It's about showing love to the LGBT Youth community. No matter what your political or personal views are regarding this community, it is NOT okay that these kids are being bullied to the point that they don't think anyone cares and they commit suicide. If you have kids who are youth age, make sure you have serious conversations about Facebook and how their words can make or break a person.

I also am a fan of To Write Love on Her Arms. This is an organization that brings awareness to those who have been affected by suicide or attempted suicide or depression.

Finally, I love the current campaign going on to write over 400,000 soldiers currently serving our country to thank them for our service. I have family currently serving and of course tons of friends in the blogosphere that have husbands who serve our country.

I didn't mean for this post to turn into a broadcast of what my causes just happened.

Hope this finds you well. Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday is "Raspberry Cobbler" Day.

Raspberry Cobbler: dessert after dinner; recipe courtesy of the Pioneer Woman
 Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Two on Tuesday: Favorite Restaurants

2 on Tuesday

I don't know if y'all know this or not, but I have a very serious relationship with food. When I say serious, I mean that I love it. I love to eat locally too. The best places that we've found are ALWAYS the dives. So naturally, my favorites are local dives.

Mexican-I could eat Mexican 4-5 times a week and never be bored.
  1. El Zarape-This place has the best Mexican and is in my hometown in Oklahoma.When we lived there I could easily eat there 4-5 times a week and never be bored. 
  2. Speedway Grille-the BEST burger in the entire world is in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They call it the Speedway Special. My mouth is watering just writing about it. When we go home we always try to make it there. If I knew when my last meal was, I'd order this burger. 
What are your two favorite restaurants??

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.
I procrastinated got bored this weekend....
  • I need to get my school bo-hiney in gear.
  • I am listening to Christmas tunes as of last week. Mock me if you must. I just really like Christmas music. I may even be obsessively checking the Holiday Music channel on tv to see if it's past the stupid Halloween music yet.
  • I think this article is fabulous regarding last night's reunion. I may blog about my thoughts more in detail later in the week, but for now, read this. 
  • I love ice machines that make ice like the kind that used to be in my Grannie's fridge.
  • It'll just be the two of us for Thanksgiving this year and we're looking forward to making the entire meal by ourselves for the first time and coming up with some Thanksgiving traditions of our own.
  • B had his interview last Friday. It went well and we should hear something within the week. Pray God reveals his will to us.
  • Y'all are out of your mind if you think I'm posting a picture of my roots on my blog for the world to see. I may email as the roots get longer. MAY, not to be confused with WILL.
  • My nails are long except for my middle finger on my right hand and my ring finger on my left hand. I cannot leave these two nails alone for some reason. I'm about ready to put a band-aid on them so I'll leave them alone.
  • Click outta reader yo. This girl is awesome in the blog design department.
  • I am one stinkin' follower away from having over 100 followers. That is cray-cray y'all!
Happy Monday!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Favorites on a Friday...

  1. Texts from my sisters. Since we live so far away from each other currently, we stay in touch by texting. They keep me laughing all day long and I am always happy to see a text from them.
  2. Watching movies at night with my hubby before we go to sleep.  The past few nights we've been watching a movie before we hit the hay even if it's only for 15-20 minutes. It's been a fun way to unwind and spend some time giggling together .
  3. Birthday Presents and Cards. I ordered my last gift with money from my inlaws. I'll blog about it at some point as it deserves more lengthy post. I got a card in the mail from b.e.g. and it made me smile!
  4. Grocery Shopping. I realize how corny this sounds, but I really do like grocery shopping and I really like doing it with my husband. It's fun to plan out meals with each other.
  5. The X-Factor. I only watched American Idol when Carrie Underwood won because she was from my home state and I barely made it through then because I couldn't stand to listen to Ryan Seacrest. I'd pop in every once in a while from time to time because I liked to watch Simon, but once he left I was pretty much done. We saw the X-Factor was coming on and decided to give it a shot as another show that would be there for me to watch or listen to while I was working on homework. But I gotta tell ya, we love it! It is now our Friday night ritual (for all two weeks of it now) to watch the episodes together. I love the dynamic that the judges have and I can't wait to see Simon and L.A. Reid face off.
  6. White Cheddar Cheez-Its.
  7. The Bible App. I got this free app to help keep up with my reading the Bible a little bit each day. It really is helping me stay on track. 
  8. Twitter. I have a sty in my eye and last night I tweeted about remedies for it and got responses immediately. Seriously, I rarely google anymore. I just tweet about it.
  9. 80s Movies. I've mentioned before that on occasion I get hooked to watching different genres of movies. Right now, I've been watching all the 80s movies I can get.I just watched Working Girl. It was totally different from what I expected, but I liked it a lot.
  10. Unsweetened Tea. I know that this is blasphemy to be from the South and not like Sweet Tea, but I grew up on the other option and I LOVE it. 
What are your favorites this Friday?


    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    I'm a fighter. I'm a tiger.

    I have been glued to the drama that is the Real Housewives of New Jersey for the past month.

    "And ya know wha'?" (spoken in my best Kathy Wakile voice)

    It isn't even the drama that we're currently watch unfold on the screen. It's the stuff that's happening in Season 4. It's all on twitter from the Housewives themselves, and of course in the celeb gossip news.When I'm done with homework or just killing time, I'm always checking for the latest gossip on the New Jersey housewives.

    In case you're behind, long story short, it is now Team Teresa v. Team Everyone Else as in our girl from Paterson has issues with EVERYONE. (Save Caroline who has her separate beef with Dina, but it's related to Teresa supposedly.)

    Now I know way back at the beginning of summer, I wrote how I was Team Giudice on several occasions despite the fact that in Season 2, my devotion to Teresa was waning. (How do you like that for a run-on sentence?) I still think that Joey Gorga could have handled the situation much better. If he wanted to yell, scream or throw punches, he should have done it privately. At the same time, I can also relate to his beef with Teresa as constantly having someone in your life who gives you crap and doesn't want you to be happy, but when you call her on it, she throws a fit.

    I know that sometimes my "Team Manzo/Laurita" mentality may seem like it is clouding my judgment on breaking down the fight between Tre and the rest of the girls, but I have my reasons.

    First of all, Tre just really seems to have issue with anyone who wants to break into the business side of being a Real Housewife if it isn't her or she doesn't get some sort of cut out of the deal.

    SEcond, she really doesn't own up to her actions. It is always someone else doing something that CAUSED her to take action.

    Third, why would she try to mess up things with her family? Supposedly, Tre tried to set up Melissa at the Posche Fashion Show exposing that Melissa was a stripper at some point. Now whatever your views are of strippers, I don't understand Tre's need to expose Melissa. She is married to your brother. Yes, she and Joey could get a divorce (I really hope they don't. I don't wish that upon ANYONE.) but Joey and Teresa will ALWAYS be biologically linked as brother and sister. WHY does Teresa think it is in her best interest to cause strife and heartache on someone she loves? WHY does Teresa think it is best to potentially cause marital issues for her brother? One of the hardest transition periods any couple goes through is when they decide they want to be married and the family is made aware of that. It seems that in today's society that it is almost inevitable that someone is going to make that transition for one of the parties in the couple difficult. WHY?? Don't people understand that the damage done in those early years will be with the people for the rest of their lives. They may forgive them a thousand times over, but they will never forget how they felt initially. If you're part of the conflict, whether prey or predator you need to look in the mirror at some point and ask how you got to that point and fix it.

    Fourth, as for the "Cookbook" joke heard round the Real Housewife world, I will just say that I've read the introduction and found it to be in poor taste. She could have found another way to have a joke with Caroline, Kathy and Melissa. She knows all of the areas in which she "joked" are sensitive areas, at least that's the way it appears to me. So why would she tease about sore subjects?

    Finally, the nail in the coffin for me is that Jacqueline is done with Teresa. Jacqueline as you will remember defended Danielle until the end of Season 1 because she believed in Danielle and what Danielle said. She is loyal to a fault and doesn't walk away from you until you slap her directly in the face it seems. The time for the slapping has come between Teresa and Jacqueline it seems.

    And as for the Dina v. Caroline and Joey v. Teresa feuds, they break my heart. I have sisters and a brother and cannot imagine not speaking to one of them for any period of time. But that exact phrase, is exactly what all of them said before any of it happened. I for one am taking it as a serious lesson to make sure that even though my family is a priority, I will make sure that it definitely more so than it is now. It has definitely been a lesson to work hard to make sure that when my sisters and brother bring loved ones into the family, that we all get along. I really hope that all parties resolve their issues...Teresa included. Everyone needs friends and family. If the rumors that she and Joe are having infidelity issues, as well as Joe facing jail time for the alleged fraud case he has against him currently, she'll need family and friends then for sure. If she continues to burn bridges, she will be all alone.

    For those of you following the drama, here are two links that I think are important to read to keep an idea of where things stand as of now for the drama:
    • Dina and Caroline Not Talking Confirmed: Article
    • Why Caroline and Jacqueline are really done with Teresa: Article
    • Interview with Caroline, Melissa and Kathy: Article 
    • Finally, here's the preview for this Sunday's reunion: Link
    I still am a huge Caroline, Dina and JAcqueline fan. I love their no-nonsense policy on life and they always want the best treatment for all. They love being housewives and in fact, they make it look fun. I HATE that Dina and Caroline aren't talking and I'm dying to know why. That feud, I admit, I really want to hear Dina's side to things. I must admit that I'm beginning to really like Melissa and Kathy too.

    And now, that you've read my blog in which I talked about these women like they were my best friends and I know them, I'll stop and ask.

    What do you think of the drama currently unfolding on the Real Housewives of New Jersey?

    Are you Team Caroline? Or Team Teresa?

    What do you think about Bravo finding a villain each season?

    Do you follow all the housewives on twitter? (Please say yes, so I don't look like I'm the only one who is wrapped up in this craziness.) 

    Tell me!

    Happy Thursday!

    1. I was not compensated in any way, shape or form by any of the companies in which I linked to on my blog. I just thought they were the best articles on the subject.  
    2. If any of the housewives read this article and want to say hey, PUHLEEZE email me. I think I would die from starstruck if you did, but I still would think it was awesome. 
    3. Caroline-if you read this, while I love you and your family immensely, the Northeast does NOT have the bullshit on lock. "You can't bullshit a bullshitter" originates in the South, honey. Just because we have the famous Southern hospitality, does not mean that we don't know when someone's trying to pull our leg.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Wednesday is "Fruitful" Day.

    Fruitful: producing an abundant growth, as of fruit: fruitful soil; 

    "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." -Galatians 5:22-26

    "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not be conceited.

    Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[b] says the Lord. On the contrary:

    “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
    In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

    Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." -Romans 12:9-21

    These verses were on my heart yesterday. I am still going through a major attitude check with God. At some point I may share more, but for now just know that God is at work in me.

    I also want to say thank you for reading my blog. I know that it can be boring sometimes since it's mostly about my hair, school, celeb gossip, the dog, and other subjects on constant repeat. I'm sure it gets old after awhile. I'm trying to come up with some new topics for y'all as well as work on my writing. I do want to be a better writer. This isn't a pity party although it is sadly coming across as that way. I do genuinely want to be a better writer.

    Hope this finds you well on this Wednesday!

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    State of the Hair Address

    I know y'all are absolutely riveted by my obsession with my hair. So to help with your trance-like state I thought I'd tell give you the latest state of things.

    The big news developing is that my roots are starting to come in and as I've said all along they're blonde. Now this wouldn't be a big deal, but when I was looking in the mirror, I made the mistake of asking my husband if he saw grey...

    And the turd guy jokingly said, "Yes."

    I got into the shower and while I acted all cool, I was in panic mode. I went into all these theories about whose genes I got when it came to hair. I have this really freaky thing that goes back five generations where one of the parents is the oldest. (My parents are both the oldest.)  I have a lot of qualities of my dad's, but there are just some things that are definitely my momma too. I quickly checked off all that I knew...

    Big Ears...Dad
    Blue Eyes...Mom
    Nose...I don't even know b/c I've always hated my nose.
    Skin complexion...Dad
    Boobs...Grannie (Dad's mom)
    Calves...Grandma (Mom's mom)

    But I realized that I never figured out my hair.

    Both of my parents were towheads as babies, just like I was.
    Both of my parents remained blonde/dark blonde through college.

    But after? I didn't know.

    I hurried through the rest of my routine in the shower to text them and ask when they first got grey hair.

    My dad thought he was hilarious.

    Btw, I don't think my momma is worthless. IT is a family inside joke. So don't judge lest ye be judged kids.
    She REALLY thought she was a comedian.
    Now listen, the truth of the matter is that I'm probably over-reacting here (By the way, you use this against me in the future, Brandon Kyle, I will deny it for as long as I live. I'll consider this post a moment of insanity. Love you babe!) and more than likely I am coming in blonde. 

    But the thing is, I am now paranoid. 

    The whole purpose of this "natural hair color" thing was to save money. 

    Well, listen up y'all. I am here to tell you that the first sign of grey/white hair, I will hilight my hair blonde faster than you can say "There is no such thing as natural beauty." 

    Because y'all I will not have grey or white hair. I will go to my grave with my hair color fresh. That's just how much I refuse to be grey. 

    So if this really is happening, then all that time and energy to go natural would have been a waste. 

    I need someone who will give it to me straight. 

    I need my sisters. 

    And so my fellow citizens, I ask that you reach across partisan aisles to cheer/encourage my family to come see me soon because I need serious help. 

    Thank you and Good Morning. 

    God Bless you all and God Bless These United States. 

    Oh yeah...and Happy Tuesday! 

    P.S. No, I will not be posting a picture of my roots. I have some pride I'd like to keep in check.

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Monday Mumblings...

    I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.
    • Running is something that I am looking forward to again. I feel committed to go all the way this time and I am really looking forward to that. 
    • I have gushed before about how much I love our church. But seriously? Y'all. I LOVE our church.
    • Our pastor challenged us to read a chapter of the Bible every day. Just read, no study, but just read to see how it affects our lives. I'm looking forward to this immensely. This like running is something that I want y'all to ask me about occasionally if you feel led to do so. 
    • I was looking at my stats last night and noticed that I have a ton of "grazers." What is a grazer you ask? Well a grazer is someone who reads, but doesn't follow or comment regularly on my blog. Some people call this creeping, but that just sounds for lack of a better word, creepy to me. So grazer it is. If you're a grazer, click that follow button down on the left and tell me who you are. I'd love to "meet" new people and maybe even find a new blog or two or seven. 
    • I took a hoodie that has nothing on it and made it into a t-shirt hoodie. It's cause I get really hot when I run and nothing to do with the movie Rocky. 
    • The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion next week looks to be a blow-out. I hate that they're not on good terms at this point considering what they used to be in the beginning. 
    • Paisley might be the neediest dog on the planet. 
    • I really like grocery shopping. 
    Happy Monday!

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Share Your Recipes With Me Please!!

    Hey y'all! Happy Friday!

    It's been a bit of a week so I didn't get to advertise my Recipe Link Up for today as much I would have liked.

    But it's still on!

    I'm gonna share my momma's cream corn recipe.

    Crock Pot Creamy Corn

    1 Family Size Package of Frozen Corn
    8 oz. cream cheese
    1 stick of butter
    1/4 cup of sugar
    salt and pepper to taste

    1. Melt butter, cream cheese and sugar in pot. 
    2. Add corn.
    3. Stir often until corn is heated thoroughly.

    This is one of our family's favorites at holidays for sure!

    So tell me, what are your family's favorite recipes that you cook?

    Happy Friday again and to my Sooners headed south on 35, BOOMER!

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Thankful Thursday...

    I think I'm more than due to talk about what I'm thankful for in my life, big or small.

    1. I am thankful for getting back in God's Word and what I've been learning lately. 
    2. I am thankful for fresh starts. 
    3. I am thankful for our church. 
    4. I am thankful for my husband sharing his Pepsi Max with me tonight. 
    5. I am thankful for the awful blisters I have because it means I'm running again. 
    6. I am thankful for the hour and a half conversation I had with my sister yesterday. It was much needed and I miss that kid something fierce.
    7. I am thankful for cool gadgets like the iPhone and apps like NikePlus and Couch to 5k that make my runs fun. 
    8. I am thankful for clean sheets and clean blankets. 
    9. I am thankful for allergy meds that don't make me groggy and help me feel better. 
    10. I am thankful for my family. When I say my family, I'm talking about Brandon's extended family and mine. 
    11. I am thankful for having a good friendship with my mother-in-law. 
    12. I am thankful for being able to take a nap if my schedule allows for it. 
    13. I am thankful for all the opportunities that have been given to me this semester. 
    14. I am thankful for the great Fall weather we've had recently. 
    15. I am thankful for $5 matinee movie prices for new movies and a good burger from Sonic that we enjoyed last week for a Saturday day date. 
    16. I am thankful for good friends that I've made from the church who let me hold their new babies whenever I want and give them back when they cry.
    17. I am thankful for the X-Factor. I love to hear good music come together. 
    18. I am thankful for the line that marks through tasks completed on a to-do list. 
    What are you thankful for this week?

    Happy Thursday!

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Wednesday is "Samantha" Day.

    According to Urban Dictionary....

    Samantha: Usually a name for a person that is a walking Goddess. Gorgeous to the maximum, fun to talk to, easy to befriend, and usually has a sexy booty.

    I definitely laughed out loud when someone showed me this cool little ditty.

    Go ahead. Look up your name. It's fun to see what pulls up.

    Sorry this is short, but I've been busy with homework today.

    Happy Wednesday! 

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Two on Tuesday: Favorite Childhood Toys

    I really only have two favorite toys this week. So let's get it going....
    Source: via Sam on Pin
    1. The Cabbage Patch Crimp and Curl Doll. Even as a kiddo I loved doing hair. (I know shocker right?) I got this gift for Christmas one year and on my way to my Grandma's later that day for Christmas dinner I sat and worked on her hair the whole way.
    2. Books. I know that is a generality, but I was a book worm when I was a kid. I read everything including Junie B. Jones, the Babysitter's Club, the Boxcar Kids, R.L. Stine, Little House on the Prairie, Little Women, A Little Princess and of course a ton more. I didn't get into Harry Potter until I was in high school and was babysitting some boys who wanted to see the first movie.

      Source: via Sam on Pinterest

      What were your two favorite toys from childhood? Post about it and be sure to link up with Andrea today!

      Happy Tuesday!

      Monday, October 3, 2011

      Monday Mumblings...

      I mumble on Monday mornings. It's a thing. You get used to it. Some Monday mornings...and Mondays in general are worse than others. This is one of them.
      • My alarm did not go off this morning and it made me late for a very important date. I hate being late especially when it could have an impact on my future. This put me in a bit of a grumpus mood.
      • I did my Beth Moore Bible study today during lunch and it got me checked real quick.
      • I think I may get to go to a Beth Moore Women's Retreat for our church next month. Maybe.
      • I need to be better with putting down the remote time management.
      • I started running again today. I'm tired of not losing weight and feeling good about my body when I know that is within my control. So I'm doing something about it. I also think I'm gonna run in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. This way I'll keep going so I will need to be prepared for the race. 
      • Don't forget about my Recipe Link-Up this Friday.
      • Oh yeah, as I type this it is 7:16pm and yes Texas STILL SUCKS!!! BOOMER SOONER! (Can you tell it is OU/Texas week???)
      • That being said, I've recently felt convicted about my potty mouth. Do with that what you will.
      Happy Monday y'all!

      Saturday, October 1, 2011

      Happy October y'all!

      Why YES, there is another vlog for your viewing pleasure. (the crowd goes wild!! I wish.)

      I'm hoping it's not too long. I have tendencies to explain every little detail and go on tangents according to my entire family husband. If I do, I apologize, I get the whole "I've never met a stranger in my life" bit from my daddy.

      1. If you see me look to the side, it's me looking at my notes I made so I wouldn't forget to talk about anything. Yes, I'm that vain.
      2. Why YES that is a Hugh Jass pile of CLEAN laundry in the background. Don't act like you're above it. I tried to get my baby sister and brother to fold it for money, but that whole living states away proved to be quite an issue.  
      3. I look really tired.
      4. I say "um" a LOT. It's kind of annoying to me.
      5. YES, I talked about my hair AGAIN. Told you. V-A-I-N. Look'er up!

        I'm leaving a recipe today just because. I threw this together one afternoon because I didn't want to cook everything separately. It's become a favorite at our house. Turns out other people have done it too and call it "Party Chicken." This is our variation.

        Party Chicken

        red potatoes
        broccoli (or green beans)
        1/2 stick of butter
        1/2 white onion
        lemon pepper
        cream of chicken

        1. Clean and cut up your potatoes and put them in the bottom of the pan. Pour in broccoli. Cut up the stick of butter and place evenly on your broccoli. (I like to also use fresh green beans. I get the organic bag from Wal-Mart.) Dice up 1/2 an onion and spread through the pan.
        I used a full stick of buttah. Sue me.

        2. Lay however many pieces of your chicken you need for your family on top of that. Then smother with a can...or two of cream of chicken. I add just a bit of water to keep the broccoli wet.

        3. Season with lemon pepper and bake until your chicken is cooked. (I'm not talkin' about burnin it.)
          As you can kinda tell, this isn't really precise. You can make it as big or as little as you need it. We also put in cheese at the end because well, we like cheese.


          Don't forget that I'll be doing a Recipe Link-Up next Friday. It can be anything. Meals for the oven, crockpot, sides, etc. 

          Happy Saturday and Boomer Sooner y'all!
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          Hi y'all! The name's Samantha. You can call me Sam if you like. I am a lover to a boy I met at Falls Creek in the summer of 2005, that is a student of Jesus, a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die I'll be Sooner dead, Democrat by party, blonde to the core, and oldies but goodies kind of girl.
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