Tuesday, May 31, 2011

One way or another...

"One way or another, God will perform His will. He may change the process or the person; but He will not change the plan. We are blessed immeasurably more when we learn to agree with God and to participate in His plan.
-Beth Moore

Trying hard to remember this quote. Giving up whatever control I thought I had is way harder than I imagined.

Happy Tuesday.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy summer!

Thank God for air conditioning!! Ha!

Happy first (unofficial) day of the summer y'all!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

2 sticks of butter...

Makes everything taste better, right?

Today's SUYL is all about dessert! My go to, must have dessert is from, the Queen of Butter herself, Ms. Paula Deen! Her Gooey Butter Cake is heavenly! The recipe is so easy and can be altered to make it seasonally appropriate (i.e. pumpkin filling etc)

Here ya go....your belly will thank me, but your hips may not! ha!

via pauladeen.com

Gooey Butter Cake!

Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy


1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together. 
Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

There ya go...easy! My brother actually made it once, so if he can do this you can too!

Now, go get your two sticks of butter and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I graduated high school 8 years ago this past week. Eight years. It's still hard to grasp that I'm no longer a teenager some days! But, then the mortgage is due and I realize I'm an {gasp} adult. A friend posted on facebook a thought provoking question "what advice would you give to yourself at 18?" I've been thinking a lot about what I wish I knew then...


-Your parents actually know what they're talking about...listen.
-Spend as much time talking/being with your grandparents...you'll miss them more than you'll realize.
-Your brother isn't half bad!!
-Don't register for an 8 AM Biology class your first semester of your freshman year.  Your mom wont be there to wake you up on time!
-Go to class!
-Don't procrastinate. Papers and projects don't magically get easier the night before the due date.
-Eat right. It'll catch up to ya.
-Truly enjoy every second of your youth. Before you know it, you'll be married with a mortgage and life will be a heck of a lot more complicated. Savor the simplicity...don't rush your life away.

us @ my pre-graduation ceremony. (B had just returned from Iraq)

What advice would you give yourself at 18?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hodge Podge

(apparently I'm holding my nose just right because my internet decided to work now.)

This past weekend, Memphis was home to 4 food trucks from the FN show "The Great Food Truck Race"! I watched last season so I was pumped to find out they were coming here!!

After a friend's wedding, we headed downtown to get our grub on! We viewed two of the trucks' menus and decided on the Hodge Podge truck! I am so glad we did, because the food was ah-mazing!
Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese

The Lime Truck. I heard it was great too!

We chose the "Hodge Podge Platter" which consisted of 6 tacos and our choice of three meats. They had shrimp, catfish, chicken and prime rib. We chose chicken and prime rib and it was beyond good. We also had their truffle fries, and while they were yummy they were not worth the price. Oh well, live and learn. We got a free t-shirt and also free YoLo for visiting HP! Can't beat that!!
waiting on the food

chicken taco. whatever they used to marinate/cook the chx in was heavenly

truffle fries

prime rib taco

It was so fun and I'm excited we had a great first food truck experience!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

21st century

I finally downloaded the blog app on my phone! I like to stay on the cutting edge of technology ya know...ha!

I may be mia for a bit bc our modem just decided to quit working. Hopefully AT&T will get on the ball & send us another soon, but you know how that goes.

Hope all is well with you all...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Suck it up, Cupcake.

I'm not a fan of running and never have been. However, I've always admired those who can run and dreamed to be like them.

Yesterday, I went temporarily insane I decided that I wanted to start running and I actually asked B to be my coach. Apparently, I'm a glutton for punishment. B is a former Marine, which means running is his middle name! He runs for the FUN of it. Seriously. Anyways....he agreed to coach and we were off.
my headband for Zumba and now unfortunately running!

He was nice at first, letting me walk. Then.it.started. We walked for 2 minutes, ran for 1...then decreased the walking and increased the running. Sounds easy enough, but my body thought I was torturing it!  I tried to remind myself that the 400llb kid on Too Fat for 15 runs at least a mile, so I can do it, but that didn't help too much!

 My legs now hate me. Guess I should just suck it up and eat a cupcake. Yeah, that sounds better! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stop. It's Trolley Time!

(totally have Hammer time in my head now. My apologies!)

Yesterday we had to go downtown to pick up our car from a friend's house, so I decided we should check out a newer restaurant...the Trolley Stop Market! Downtown Memphis has a neat trolley system which makes going out down there quite convenient (goes down streets where the bars/restaurants are etc). Even though I'm a suburb kind of girl, I do wish we had the ease of the downtown life (i.e. cool/hip restaurants w/in walking distance).

The Trolley Stop Market is half market with all local items and half restaurant that serves a majority of local ingredients. I have heard wonderful things about this place, especially their pizza, so I was excited to try it. Monday nights are their Vegan nights, and since B and I are the polar opposite of a Vegan, we opted for the "BBQ Chicken Pizza".  It was love at first bite!

After we stuffed ourselves full with the best pizza in town, we decided for what else...YoLo (yogurt)! Crazy how we make room for the healthy stuff like White Chocolate Mousse with M&M's...ha!

Friday, May 13, 2011

my belly raqs!

(pronounced "rocks" which is Arabic for Dance)

A few weeks ago, I saw a Groupon for a belly dance class and immediately bought it! I have always wanted to try belly dancing so I was thrilled!

Last week was my first week and it was a lot of fun, but a lot of work! The instructor is very funny, informative, helpful and make it look effortless! She limits the attendance to under 15, but we have only had a handful each week which makes it less intimidating!
My instructor! via her site

I've learned a lot: snake arms, "chu chu", arm positions, hip locks and something I think is called the Egyptian! It has been difficult breaking all of my ballet training, but I think I'm catching on!

If you want something fun and different...try belly dancing!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mother's day

I was fortunate to go home for Mother's day weekend! Sunday my parents, brother, SIL and nephews went to surprise my 88 year young Granny! I don't get to see her often now so I cherish every minute with her!

We had a nice lunch and quality time talking!  I have the best Mom, Grandmother (unfortunately my other Grandma passed)  and MIL a girl can ask for! My sweet sis-in-law has also made me an Aunt and for that I'm eternally grateful!

mom and her "kids"

mom and Will

Bubs and Drew mowing Granny's yard

Bubs, me and Granny!

Drew Bean posed for me!
brotherly love

Granny and the kids!

This quote sums up what I feel about mothers...

“The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral -- a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body.... The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other human creature. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation.... What on God's earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother.”
Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty

I only hope I will be half as good of a mother as these women!

Move over Dr. Phil...

Yesterday we had a surprise wedding "reception" for one of our sweet teacher assistants, Ms. Allie! She is getting married Saturday and the kids have been counting down the days! We had wedding "cakes", strawberries, party-mix and of course wedding punch! We gave her a cute recipe book and had the parents submit a recipe for her! The kids were so excited and I'm honestly shocked they kept it a surprise!

Miss Allie opening her gift
the yummies

 I asked the kids for some "marital advice" for Ms. Allie's card and literally laughed out loud at some. Some however, were right on the money:

- Always say "I love you"
-kiss a LOT
-cook chicken for dinner
-Always wear perfume
-Play tag together
-Go hunting and eat cake  (umm??)
-Be nice and helpful
-Buy her rings 
-Have 3 boys and 4 girls
-Have ROMANCE...ya know be nice to each other  (I'm not making this up...a 5 year old knows what romance is!!)
-go on a vacation to the beach
-Eat dinner together before you have "night night" time

Dr. Phil better watch it....there are 20 five year old children gunnin' for his job!

Sunday, May 8, 2011



I stumbled across a wonderful blog, Money Saving Mom, that has really helped inspire me even more to get out of debt. She has a "we paid cash" series and readers can submit their stories on how they paid cash for items big or small. I submitted our "We Paid Cash" story  for our cruise  a few months ago, and honestly forgot all about it. Well...she published it and I'm pretty excited!

via moneysavingmom

Go check her site out and save a little!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

12 steps

 B is officially addicted to....wait for it...PING PONG. Yep, table tennis! He was bit by the ping pong bug back last January (10) on our cruise, but it is progressively getting worse! A couple of months ago, he started staying later at the workhouse (off duty) to play a game or two with the guys. I didn't care because it was relaxing (to him), fun and free! They apparently get really into it and are even thinking of having a tournament!

Friday night we were going downtown with friends, so I met him at his work. He wasn't by his car, so I looked inside his precinct and there he was ping ponging it up! He played at least 3 games that night!

Last night, he came home worn out and said "smell me [ewww]..I just got through playing 9 (yes, nine) games of ping pong.....I'm going to need my own paddle..." Needless to say, I didn't smell him! ha!

This guy is beyond help, I'm afraid. I told him he should check into PPA (ping pongers anonymous) and do the 12 step program ASAP!


Monday, May 2, 2011


Yesterday marked an important day for Americans and the peace-loving world.  It'll definitely go down in the History books and I'm sure we'll be telling our grand-children about how the wonderful and brave military took down a horrific terrorist.

I believe President George W Bush described the event quite eloquently:

"This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek the peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."

I'm always proud to be an American and most definitely always proud of our Military, but yesterday my heart just filled with even more joy and pride!  

B (kneeling) and his unit in Iraq...2003

God bless the USA (and our Troops)!