Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Chicken Tacos

Last night for supper we had Chicken Tacos. We pile ours with Spanish Rice and Black Beans so I guess they are more like a burrito.

What you need:
1 Chicken breast for each person eating
1 pack of taco seasoning
1 medium onion
3/4 cup of water
1 cup of corn

Boil your chicken breasts until cooked. Shred chicken.
Saute the chopped onion until tender.
Add 3/4 cup of water to skillet and add the taco seasoning.
Add shredded chicken & corn and stir until all is well mixed.
Cook for about 10 minutes until water is absorbed.
Layer on your taco shell.

I always serve with black beans. Shred a carrot and put in black beans and heat up. The carrot sneaks a little more nutrition into the beans and you can't taste it!


When I was cleaning up last night I just mixed the beans, rice and chicken together and I think it made enough filling for about 3 more people so this would be an easy and cheap meal to stretch out.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Birthday

to my sister Hollie!!!!

My older sister Hollie (I am the middle child and a perfect middle child at that!) has a birthday today! It is the last one before the big 3-0.

Hollie, Me & Angie

She is the best mom and wife her children and husband could ask for. How could you not be to these two adorable rascals.

Baron & Brooks

She was made to be a mom and it really shows. She is one of the best examples of a Christian for her children. Her faith has been tested more in the past few months than most people experience in a lifetime but she has never waiverd and always looked to God for the answers.
Halloween 2008

And for that she should be honored and have the best birthday ever!!

If we weren't buying a new house next month I would get you this for you gift, but I'm not sure we can get another loan. Maybe next year?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hot Breakfast Wednesday

Last week I decided I was going to cook Eric a hot breakfast once a week and Wednesday was the chosen day.

The plan was almost scratched because the tarp at the baseball field had to be pulled before it started to rain, but with one check of the radar (Eric can tell you up to the minute when it will rain) I got the all clear to start cooking. I only had to wake up 30 minutes early, but I needed those 30 minutes after staying up late sewing.

I made steak and biscuits with scrambled eggs. Eric had never really had steak and biscuits but my mom cooks them and they are so good. I didn't make the biscuits from scratch like she does, so frozen will have to do. I do have a recipe for frozen biscuits that don't have trans fats but Eric doesn't think they rise enough so I guess he will make do with store bought ones.

It was fun eat a real breakfast but back to oatmeal and my extra 30 minutes of sleep the other 6 days of the week.

But in other more exciting news (at least to me) I am almost finished with my bishop dress. Last night I was back at Hannah's house to sew, but I only finished the placket. I am hoping to do the neck band tonight then I will just have to hem and put in the sleeve trim. Hopefully I will be finished with the dress this weekend and have it mailed out for an early Easter gift. We are about to start packing boxes for the move and I know I will pack this dress up and it will never be seen again.

I bought this pattern and would like to start on it for Baron. I think he will be adorable in the little bubble! Stay tuned for a cute boy's outfit.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Easy Pork Tenderloin

Last night for supper we had one of our new regulars. Just about every week we use this marinade on pork chops or a pork tenderloin. It is quick, simple and uses what ingredients you already have.
One time when I was making the marinade I wasn't paying attention (sort of like the time I wasn't paying attention & cut Eric's hair without a guard on the clippers!) and I accidentally used Balsamic Vinegar instead of Soy Sauce . It turned out really good, so we sometimes use the BV instead of Soy Sauce. OK so last night I decided that I like the Balsamic Vinegar better than the Soy Sauce so from now on it is BV.

This is what you need.........

1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Olive Oil
3 Tbs Honey or Dijon Mustard
2 garlic cloves minced
Dash of pepper
1 2lb pork tenderloin or pork chops

Just mix together in a Ziploc bag, throw your pork in and marinate. I usually marinate our supper when I am home at lunch but it would be fine if you did it before work.

Bake the tenderloin on 350 for about 45 min until the tenderloin's internal temp is 160. (I always line my dish with foil for easy clean up.)

160 and ready to eat

We ate the tenderloin with potato smashers. Just boil some red potatoes until tender about 30 min. Then smash them with a potato smasher. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook 20 min on 350.


these would probably be good with a little butter and cheese


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yesterday I was able to knock out my to do list..........

(I only made the 2 long pillows and sewed the trim on the panel curtains yesterday, I'm not that quick!)

Pillows & curtains for my parent's house. This is just one pattern, I already delievered the floral patterned pillows.

Calleigh Claire's curtain - just a valance

3 wipes cases for Giggles & Coos

sorry this picture won't rotate, just tilt the computer screen

And finally I was able to start smocking. I am using hot pink, light pink and apple green in a geometirc print. I want to work some more on the dress tonight, but I have Dinner Club with my girls so we will see how late I want to stay up. Hopefully more progress to show soon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Making of a Bishop Dress

Last night I was finally able to get together with my two friends Hannah & Brigitte to sew. I have been wanting to make my niece a white angel sleeved bishop dress but haven't had the time and honestly I had forgotten how to make a bishop.

I wish I had taken pictures of the pieces before they were sewn to use as a future reference, but left my camera in the car. Hannah lives out in the countryish and it is realllllly dark out there, but I braved it and ran to my car by myself and got my camera. (if you know me you know that is a big deal to go to my car in the dark)

Can you guess what it is. I only messed up 1 time on the whole dress. It wouldn't be sewing if you didn't use your seam ripper at least once!

my bff - Jack The Seam Ripper

finally got the sleeves right

before pleating, it looks so big

Hannah has a pleater and pleated the dress for me. She told me twice to mark my center before pleating and I forgot (make that 2 mess ups) so I just guessed on the center.

just pleated

Hannah helped me block the dress off and then I doused it with spray starch and dried it.

drying the starch after blocking

I am hoping to start smocking today. Once I get started on something I really want to finish. I'll add it to my to do list for the day: make 3 diaper wipes cases for Paisley Jane, make Calleigh Claire's curtains, finish Angie's curtains & two pillows for her room at my parents' house, and start smocking!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Fun Fabrics for Fun Pillows

I have been a sewing machine for the past couple of days. I am making pillows for my sister's room at my parent's house. Got that? Hopefully I will be finished soon and able to share. I LOVE this fabric. It is by the wonderful Jennifer Paganelli.

Monday, March 9, 2009

This weekend my bff from college and I went to Dothan to this yardsale! We love to read Darby's & Erika's blogs and were so excited to meet them.

The only thing I really wanted to buy was designer fabric that Erika was bringing. I have a slight fabric obsession, I pretty much collect it. All week I was getting worked up and anxious that I would drive up and someone would be holding my dream fabric. But when I got there I was surprisingly good. I didn't buy any fabric that I didn't need. But I was so bummed over some designer quilt fabric scraps that someone got to first. I did end up with a few good ones and I'm thinking about making a coin quilt. There was a barn painting that I wish I had bought soooo badly.

On the way home I stopped in Montgomery at one of my favorite antique malls Eastbrook Flea Market. I am in the market for a china cabinet and dining room table for our new house. Usually I find a ton of things that I "need" but I left empty handed. I did find this dinging room table. It was gate leg (which I love), had 3 leaves and seated 6. But I couldn't pull the trigger.

Yesterday I went to Angel's and found this table and chairs. It seats 6 as well. I'm not in love with the chairs but I think once the stain and cushion fabric is changed they will look tons better. I can't decide. I think I will drag Eric there tonight to get another opinion.

Friday, March 6, 2009

This weekend





Can't wait!

photos by Cary Norton jacked from Elizabeth's facebook account

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Moving On Up!

our new pad

Tuesday we found out we are going to be the owners of this house! It is less than a mile from campus and in walking distance to our favorite restaurant. We had originally looked at it in July 2008 but it ruled it out because it is sort of small and wayyyyyyyy overpriced. Then just to cross it off our list for sure we went back to look at it 2 weeks ago and today it is ours! We close in April.

The house is mostly move in ready. The first project will be the front yard. We are wanting to do new landscaping and put in a circle drive which I would love to be made of huge pieces of flagstone, but.... Then we will move on to the hall bath and kitchen. I am really excited to be able to tackle some more home projects. Stay tuned for the before and afters. Click on the picture to make it larger.
At the same time we are sad to leave our first home. It has so many memories that we will take with us.
The night of our wedding rehearsal dinner we ran across the street from the church to have the papers notarized and sent off to make the home ours.
We gutted a bathroom, living room ceiling and kitchen over the past 3 years. We also gutted the front and backyards. Many of the lilies and iris in the yard are some that Eric dug up for me and planted at my college home before we got married. We took flagstone from the creek at the farm and made our walkways (glad that project is over).
We sat and talked on the back porch for hours after work and we never had a bad day in that house.
There is a squirrel in our backyard named David. Our dog Claire will chase him back and forth for hours. We haven't figured out a way to take him to the new house yet but we will miss him too.
It was the perfect first home and it was just us.

The buyers of our home will take care and love the house like we did which makes us so happy.

our 1st house


our snowman

Over the weekend it snowed in Auburn! And it was a lot of snow 4"! I woke up when Eric went to work and of course couldn't go back to sleep so by 7:30 I was dressed, put Claire's sweater on her and we were headed up to the football field. It was one of the most beautiful drives I've ever taken. I loved every minute of it.

The baseball game was cancelled so we were back home by 10. We enjoyed the day sitting in our snow globe watching the snow fall. Later in the afternoon we went outside to build a snowman and I made snow ice cream. It was so good!

Enjoy the pictures

how cute does our house look

Samford Hall there were tons of people out taking pictures

Jordan Hare Stadium

I thought this VW van was so cute covered in snow
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