Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mrs. Story's Chili Dog Knockoff

I am not much of a food snob, I will eat pretty much anything. While we do try to eat pretty healthy at our house every now and then we will eat a pack of hot dogs in 2 days. And places like this are usually my favorite type of restaurants.
Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar via

One thing I am a snob about is chili. When Eric and I first got married he wanted chili dogs...with chili from a can. I about flipped and it was then I wondered what I got myself into, I am sure he was thinking the same thing.

Fast forward six years later to last week, my coworker asked what kind of canned chili I buy for chili dogs, um none. We started to talk about Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar in the neighboring town. They have the best chili slaw dogs around. Except for it isn't really chili in the sense of having beans, tomatoes, and onions but just like a chili seasoning and ground beef. We decided to try just that and to our amazement the chili dogs tasted almost just like Mrs. Story's minus the slaw and good chocolate soft serve ice cream.

This isn't really a recipe because all you do is

brown & drain 1 lb of hamburger meat
add a pack of chili seasoning, a little squirt of ketchup and 1/2 a cup water
cook until the water is gone

I froze the leftover chili for future dogs. Mrs. Story's boils their hot dogs, but we chose to grill because it was Sunday lunch after all. I am sure my Nana is so proud.

Don't worry I got my ice cream fix later that afternoon at Toomer's. I couldn't waste this rare moment on chocolate soft serve so I pulled out all the stops and ordered a hot fudge brownie. After 3 chili dogs, does it really matter?

I had to throw that last picture in for all the Auburn fans coming into town in the next few months for football season!! Make sure you stop by Toomer's & Mrs Story's!

Monday, August 29, 2011

What I Spent Money On In August...

Oh besides a teeth cleaning for me, a dental & shots for Claire, 2 car tags, a $100 copay, Eric's hunting lease and then we have to feed the deer. Duh. Let's just say I will be glad to see August go, it is always our most expensive month.

Although we were living lean this month I was able to sneak in a few thrifty purchases.

I am going to the beach this weekend with some friends and needed to buy a new beach chair. We stopped in at Dick's sporting goods after church Sunday and picked up this awesome chair for only $14.99! They had already packed up the summer stuff but I asked and they still had some things they were willing to sell. This bad boy has carrying straps, a pillow, arm rests, and a pouch in the back where you can put a cooler or treats.

Get yo self one!

My dress was a weekend purchase. Friday after work I had a strong urge to go to Dillard's. I usually follow my gut when it comes to shopping since that is how I usually find the best deals at the thrift store. I am so glad I decided to go because all clearance was an additional 40% off! Only when I got home did I realize my $20 dress was actually a $100 dress. Great deal! It has a really cute waist that is screaming for a belt but we were running late for church so I couldn't decide which on a belt. Next time I'll add a belt.

I also bought this swim suit for my upcoming beach trip (did I mention I am going to the beach?). It is from my fav Lands End Canvas. I think it ended up being $13 since I had free shipping.

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Friday, August 19, 2011


We are in need of stamps at our house and I am in the mood for something other than the liberty bell forever stamp. While perusing stamps online to see if it was worth it to make a trip inside the post office I came across these jewels. Love the new love stamps, if only I was renewing my vows or I guess I could add to my stamp collection from my childhood years.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Apple Crumble Pie

I've been cooking up a storm off of my pinterest pins. Some have turned out really tasty and others were not as much of a success. So needless to say I'll be posting a lot of recipes in the near future, I've got nothing else going on.

Sunday I made
Apple Crumble Pie. It was a total success and we have enjoyed it over the past few days. I like crumble topped pies better than crust topped, they just have so much more flavor especially when you add some vanilla ice cream on top and it melts all down the sides. yum!

What you need

Frozen pie crust
5 apples peeled and thinly sliced - I used Granny Smith

3/4 cup white sugar
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs cornstarch
3 tbs all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Toss peeled and sliced apples with lemon juice.

Mix together white sugar, cornstarch, 3 tbs flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Sprinkle over apples and toss to coat.

Pour apple mixture into pie crust, spread evenly.

Use your hands to mix together 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar and the butter until evenly distributed and crumbly in texture.

Sprinkle over apples.

Bake until apples are tender and topping is golden brown, about an hour.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Teenage Dream Come True

Circa 1996 or so I had a major obsession with Ryan Klesko who played for the Atlanta Braves at the time. Obsession may be an understatement but we don't have all day here to describe 1996-1998. I went to countless Braves games over those few years and saw him a lot during batting practice and he would throw me a baseball, but I never got to meet him.

Fast forward 15 years and BAM!

I've been waiting 15 years for this moment and I look like I just washed up on the beach and I was sweating so bad! I saw him then I called Eric and he talked me into going back inside for a picture. It took EVERY ounce of courage I had to go up to him after I was hiding out in the dog treat aisle. He was so nice and tried to make conversation with me but I was so nervous I pretty much ran off after this picture.

I wish I had some of my Klesko things with me but all 2 storage boxes are at my parents' house. I did have my tshirt jersey that I sleep in with me from the beach trip but that may be sort of scary if I busted it out and said I've been sleeping in this for 15 years.

He was so nice and give me this baseball and signed it for me(!) which is displayed in my dining room the former home of my Cam Newton poster (sorry Cam you are second string now).

When I first saw Klesko I thought wow he got old, then I realized I did too. He was a lot younger than I am now when I was such a "fan". I guess it happens. He told me he will be at the Braves game August 20th and then the same weekend at an event in Montgomery. I guess I know what we are doing next weekend...

Who was your teenage crush, ever met them?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Beach 2011

I just got back from a few wonderful days at Panama City Beach, FL. The air was hot and so was the water temp- 91 degrees, perfect for me. I stayed in the ocean most of the time, only getting out when I got sick from riding the waves.

One night we went to the Shrimp Boat to eat because my dad use to eat there as a kid. In this picture he is recalling a childhood memory of what was once a cute little restaurant that has since been replaced by a big restaurant.

We ended up at Gracie Rae's Grill at the end of the Shrimp Boat where my sister and dad had a little too much fun putting raw oysters down the hatch.

Johnny requested I post this on my blog

My dad remembered the sunsets being amazing from this very spot many years ago so he insisted on a picture with my mom to remember them for years to come!

And that is it, I only took a few pictures. I didn't get my camera out since I was too busy floating in the ocean. But I did see this little gem. I hope when I have to walk with a walker someone will bring me to the beach and help me stand in the ocean.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! Tamara- FormerBamaGirl you won! Email me your address and I will get your book sent out to you. Hopefully you and your husband will enjoy discussing The Help!

I had a lot of no reply comments for the giveaway. If you ever wonder why I don't respond to your comments then read this and change your settings to where we can talk to each other. So many of you write the nicest words (ahem Hart Mom) but I don't have a way of saying thank you, so fix that!

Now excuse me while I finish off my week here

Oh and p.s. if you are a crazy internet stalker just waiting for the moment to break in and steal my fabric, don't even think about it. I left Eric behind at home to fend for himself, not to mention a dog that is as protective over her mama's fabric as she is over her stuffed squirrels!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Help Giveaway

Over the weekend I finished reading The Help.

The book was on my reading list for a while but the waiting list at the library would never go down. I finally broke down and bought the it knowing I would have to read it before I saw the movie.

I loved The Help and can't wait to see the movie! I wish there would be another book to update on the characters, I always get so attached and actually wonder about a character's life and how it turns out. I also loved seeing my maiden name so much in the book even though that character is a total witch.

I am passing a copy along to one of you. Just leave a comment on this post. I will choose someone at 12 cst on Thursday August 4th!
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