Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Giveaway!

Giveaway closed. Check out Lemon Sweet on facebook & etsy

Several weeks ago I posted my wish list and featured the Gold Circle necklace by Lemon Sweet by Leslie.

Leslie was nice enough to reach out and offer me the necklace but she also wanted to host a giveaway for one of you to win a piece of jewelry of your choice(!)from her shop. There are a lot of things I love but these are some of my favs

Aquamarine Earrings

I love that Lemon Sweet has unique and pretty jewelry for under $30. Great for all of the $25 limit Christmas gifts you need.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is "like" Lemon Sweet by Leslie's facebook page. Click HERE to do that. Come back and leave me a comment letting me know you liked Lemon Sweet on facebook.

**For an extra entry become a follower of my blog. Just click the Join This Site button over there

Leave me a separate comment to let me know you are a follower. That is it yo! Oh and just by liking Lemon Sweet on facebook you will get a discount code. Sweet!

Good Luck! I will draw a winner Thursday 8am cst.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Auburn Weekend

I've had several requests for an Auburn football post so here ya go. Auburn had their homecoming this weekend and we played Samford. Samford's coach is Pat Sullivan who happens to be Auburn's first Heisman Trophy winner. They honored him during the game it was pretty cool when players from both teams were on the field together.

We had a special guest for this game. Our niece (and her parents) came to the game. The whole time she was wanting to meet Aubie. Finally he came to our area and she got a high 5 from him. She was disappointed that she didn't get to go on the field like last year and meet him without other kids around. Haha. She also asked me why I had a rug made out of dog fur (my cowhide rug).

After Eric was finished mowing the field we headed up to Toomer's Corner. This could be the last time the trees are rolled. We do have one more home game against Alabama next weekend, so who knows how that might turn out. The trees are looking really dead right now as a result of being poisioned last year by an Alabama fan. I think everyone knew it might be their last chance to roll the trees because there was toilet paper all the way down to Samford Hall. So pretty.

CB was so excited to roll the trees. It is all she talked about after checking Aubie off her list. She kept asking if we were really allowed to throw toilet paper in the trees.

Eric was part of an interview for the news last Friday. He forgot to watch it and I was at a concert when it aired. Here is the video. I bet I've watched it 15 times because he sounds so country. Hilarious.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekend & Christmas Cards

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments on our storm we had this week. Eric blew all of the leaves and sticks out of our yard yesterday and it looks good as new!

Anybody have cool plans this weekend going to see Breaking Dawn? We have company coming tomorrow for the football game. I'm hoping we win and get to roll Toomer's Corner. I'm afraid the trees' days are numbered so I want to get in one last roll. I've also got to finish touching up paint in our bathroom and take pics of it. Somehow somewhere in there I want to finsh a quilt and get started on another one. Oh and can't forget run (only 2 weeks until my 1st 5k) and take pics for Christmas cards. Hmm lets see how much actually gets finished on that list.

Speaking of Christmas cards, Tinyprints is offering 50 free Christmas Cards. Their only requirement for qualifying is to create a blog advertising, and Facebook or Twitter the offer.

Here are a few of my favs, so many cute choices!

So here are your instructions to receive your Christmas Cards......

1. Go here and fill out the form first.
2. You will get an email with instructions telling you what to do.

3. Then, blog about it and use Facebook or Twitter too.

Honestly I wasn't even going to send out Christmas cards this year. I mean does anyone really want another picture of me & E, we look the same every year. But I know that one day I will enjoy looking back at our cards and be sad that 2011 was missing a card. So cute tiny prints cards it is!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Just Another Lunch Hour: Tornado

Yesterday when Eric and I were home for lunch a tornado passed through our neighborhood. I've done posts on here several times about "just another lunch hour" where we lay sod or pull up a tree or something like that during lunch. I've never done a just another lunch hour of waiting out a tornado post, but there is a first for everything.

I cleared out the closet when the storm was a few miles away and when we couldn't see anything outside and our ears started to pop we ran into the closet. We did hear the train sound but at the time didn't know it was a tornado and thought we were just hearing it in our heads since you are suppose to hear a train. We did hear the tornado sirens and we can also hear warnings from AU and took them seriously because of the April tornados..

via cbs42

After the storm was over we looked out the window and saw our cars safe. Amazing because 2 huge pecan trees' branches canopy the parking pad. You can sort of see a big limb from the neighbor's oak tree behind my car, it was about 3" from my bumper! Trees from the yard behind my car were in our courtyard on the other side of the house!

The persimmon tree that fell on our fence. Eric was wanting to cut it down anyway so now he doesn't have to, just fix the fence. haha.

A tree fell on the back part of our fence too. When we moved in a red oak limb fell and broke that part of the fence. Then when we were doing our yard renovation Eric hit that same spot with the bobcat bucket. Finally yesterday a tree took out that same part of the fence!

Eric would cut up the trees/limbs and my assistant and I helped remove them. If you know Claire you know how counterproductive she was, removing sticks from the pile to play with.

That was our damage. We may have some roof damage but can't tell without more rain. We are blessed!

This is the house that is behind our cars. It is vacant right now and used for "storage" but the owner is in the process of renovating. His regular house right beside this one has a tin roof and it was peeled up. We think that is the metal we heard bending while we were in the closet.

If you go to the end of the street this is the first house on the left. I think there were 3 fallen pines in this yard.

Right after the storm before the rain stopped people were already out clearing trees. Eric occasionally does work with this tree man so he helped him clear the tree off the road so all of the sight seeres could get by. Men and chainsaws.

I'm not sure where the tree came from I don't remember it growing in that yard. This is in our next door neighbor's back yard.

This is the house behind us. You can see all of the snapped trees behind the house and both driveways are covered. The big oak to the right of the house lost a huge limb a few months ago but it missed the house, as did all of the snapped trees this time around.

Just look at this stick, I left it in the ground because that is the weirdest thing to me about wind and it's power to stick a stick in the ground.

This amazing wisteria branch fell from our neighbor's tree. It looked like a huge braided rope, beautiful!

Other parts of Auburn were also hit. The Large Animal Clinic at the Vet School, the meat lab area, a residential neighborhood lost several roofs, the high school parking lot and baseball field and a student mobile home park. When I was in college my sister and I lived in this park. It is the largest mobile home park in Alabama. REPRESENT. (how many stereo types of the south were filled in that sentence). It was the most awesome place to live because we had a nice big trailer that we got to decorate however we wanted and had a yard with a garden. Part of the park got hit yesterday but I don't think anyone was injured.

This was yesterday after we finished cleaning up our yard and the small trees in the neighborhood. It was actually a fun afternoon spent outside together and meeting people we have never met that live in our area. We had a lot of people drive over to check on us and offer to clean up trees. See all of the huge trees that could have crushed our house. Love that Eric is smiling in this pic!

I feel a little silly writing about this tornado, it was only an EF2, compared to the EF5s that came through Alabama in April this was nothing. But I've had a lot of people email to check on us (thank you!) so I thought you would like to see what happened in my hood. No lives were lost in Auburn, just a lot of beautiful trees, cars and a few roofs. We are thankful for God's protection and grace he showed us yesterday!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wish List

I always celebrate Thanksgiving before Christmas. Always. But I am game all year for Christmas shopping. I cannot stand waiting until the last minute to do my shopping.

It always feels odd to me to make a Christmas list. I am so blessed and would honestly be happy with a $7 key fob. But when people are asking what I want, well what is a girl to do?
So here is my Christmas wish list...

click on the colored title to take you to the link:

A) Toms ballet flats
Awesome and terrible all in one. Awesome because they are so cool, but terrible because they don't actually come out until the spring. I guess they will roll over to be a birthday gift.
Awesome and terrible all in one. Awesome because they are only $50 and they can be casual or dressy. Terrible because they are out of stock in my size and I've been checking everyday since August.
Ray Ban Wayfarer
I think I am old enough to have a nice pair of sunglasses. I've been rocking the Target version for 2 years so I think that constitutes a nice pair. Or does it, should I just settle for the $12 version?
D) Reflective Running Bands

Needed since it gets dark at 5:00 and I don't want to get run over.
I think I am jumping the non stick Teflon ship. I hate to because my grandmother gave me a really nice set of cookware when we got married, but I am getting more paranoid about the possible Teflon toxins I am putting into our bodies by cooking our food. Thinking of going with stainless steel and this set was recommended. Any other suggestions?
Clinique All About Eyes Rich
Sad when wrinkle cream is on your wish list.
Hammam Stripe Hand Towel
I think this would be perfect in my new bathroom. With a "K" of course!
Brass Bracelet
I love the texture of this and the price is only $20
Green Stone Bangle
So simple and under $10!
Leather Bracelet
This is totally cool
Key Fob in yellowgreen
I had this on my list last year, I am thinking maybe this is the year I get the key fob.
Simple, cute and $20

What is on your list?!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Baja Pork Tacos

Last month during my trip to Memphis, I was introduced to one of my favorite new meals: Baja Pork Tacos. I would have probably never made this meal on my own, especially not the cilantro sauce. But trust me, you should make these tomorrow night (it is too late to marinade the pork today).

Baja Pork Tacos with Cilantro Cream Sauce
Serves 4

Cilantro Cream (a.k.a. Green Dip)
1 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 jar jalapenos
Put all in food processor, blend until smooth. Taste. Refrigerate.

Pork Ingredients
1-lb pork tenderloin
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 green onion, minced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
3 T. chopped fresh cilantro
2 T. fresh lime juice
1.5 T. tequila
1 T. fresh orange juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder

Mix all the ingredients (except the pork) in a small mixing bowl.

Cut your pork tenderloins diagonally into 1-inch slices. Put into gallon ziplock bag and pour the marinade in; let pork marinate, turning occasionally. I marinated the pork for 6 hours, but longer would be fine too.

Grill the pork then cut each 1" slice into super thin strips, like you are making Fajitas.

Spread some cilantro sauce onto a heated tortilla;

we added shredded cabbage instead of lettuce, cheese, pork tenderloin.

The sauce is a little spicy with the jalapenos, so you could adjust it accordingly. Enjoy!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Randoms

Week in review:
My Halloween day was spent like this, luckily I was feeling good enough to see a few trick or treaters by the time the sun went down.

Really a sick pumpkin has never been more appropriate.

I was one of 7 of my friends to get sick Sunday night around the same time. They all think it was the stomach virus, but I think I got food poisoning Sunday night. We were all together on Saturday so who knows. Mystery unsolved.

Eric turned 36 and Awesome (but I already knew that)!

Two weeks ago I had 4" chopped off of my hair and bangs cut. This is the first week that my bangs aren't controlling my life. I was going for this look and my bangs have grown out to the length in the photo.

I am oddly mourning the 4" gone off of my hair considering I had this haircut below for years. Ok can we just observe this picture. So awesome. Eric was 28 with hair, younger than I am now and I was 22 and tan. I never thought I would be 28, it just seemed so old to that college girl. I think my life is just as I imagined it would be in that picture, minus the tan.

I decided which fabric to use for my breezeway curtains. The most votes went to Chipper Stone. Neither one of the Togos got a vote except from me & Eric. I ordered the Chipper Stone.

Hoping to make those curtains next weekend. Thanks so much for all of your suggestions and votes!

I am painting my bathroom this weekend.

Dark house, dark picture. I was going to go with Edgecomb Gray but it is reading a little pink in artificial light so I think Revere Pewter it will be.

After I paint the top half of the bathroom, Eric will be putting up horizontal planks below. Plans to tile the floor have been nixed for now, we will just continue on with the soapstonish floor we currently have.

Speaking of bathrooms while looking at this towel, I decided to click around the rest of West Elm and saw this wall hardware for only $1.99 each?!

I ordered one of each even though I have no use for the towel bars. I bought $109 worth of hardware for under $13 shipped. I sort of expected to get an email by now saying they meant $11.99 but haven't yet. I'll keep you posted.

Back in the spring I bought my orange tree at Lowes for $4. It already had oranges but they were green. Now they are ripe!

And taste so good!

Have a great weekend!
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