Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Heeeyyyy Good Lookin'!!

Hillary and I did it. Conquered Fried Chicken! It was very tasty. Definitely a two person job and another Pioneer Woman recipe under my belt. 

Here is all the fun spices

Our make shift fryer

We couldn't remember if you can pour grease down the disposal, so we figured it would just be smarter to just dump it outside. Unfortunately it made the snow look pretty ugly!

Here is Hil with the finished product. So, that night we were posting our accomplishments on facebook and she made sure that I included her in it. But, when I saw her post NOTHING! Shocker. So, here I am announcing that Hillary Jo McGuire helped me make the fried chicken and she did the baked potatoes all by herself :) LOOVE YOU!

On a different note, I recently got a card in the mail. I love cards, there are so many great cards with inside jokes all over them, also homemade cards a amazing and a lot of fun to do! This is a card I got from my great friend Julian, he is such a sweet guy, and he knows me so well!

Here are some of my sewing projects that I've done lately. Hopefully in the future I won't need Emma watching over me and helping me stop and start. All though I do appreciate the company :)

They say that the way to tell you are a good seamstress is to look on the inside of your project, and if its clean and looks like the shape you did on the front, you are doing well. MAYBE I'll be there one day.... 

This is what its SUPPOSED to look like on the inside :) haha

This is for my friend Chirsti. (She doesn't know it yet, its a late birthday gift and I'm posting this on the chance she won't be looking at the blog). She is a huge Red Sox fan and I was pretty stoked to make this for her!

This is for my friend Heather's baby to come, Scarlett Rose! I love bird designs!! 

More craft stuff to come soon! 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Babysitting Bryson!

Well, Matt & Kort FINALLY trusted me to babysit Bry!! We had so much fun!! I will always take up a good excuse to watch animated kid movies. It was to full days full of Nemo, Meatballs (Cloudy with a Chance...), Despicable Me (no nickname for that yet) and Monkeys (which is Chipmunks). He is so much fun to hang with, he's at an age where he can tell you when he wants to eat and potty but still young enough to where I can tickle him and throw him around like crazy! Its also pretty funny the things he becomes obsessed with. Right now he's diggin' chairs. 

Bry waiving at everyone

The blue chair is from when Bry was born to about 6 months. Kortny says he loves it much more now. And then there is his pint size recliner. His thought process was great, he got it up there, positioned it perfect but couldn't get up high enough to sit down. :) haha

He was a happy camper when I put him up there. 

Little Zoe is Bry's buddy, whether she likes it or not!! Everywhere Zoe went, Bry would move his pillow closer to her. It was so cute!! 

Here is Bry playing in his room. When he wants to play in his room he will yell your name in the hopes you follow him in there. What I like to do is hide at the end of the hallway; so when he comes back to look for me I get to scare him. He's not quite old enough to remember that trick :)

Also, everyone say a little prayer for Zoe, she tore her little ACL and will have surgery on Valentines Day : (

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I Love a Good Snow Week

Well, as most of you know my boyfriend has been working is Louisiana since the Dec 27. Needless to say I miss him! Well, I was supposed to go and visit him this past week, but due to circumstances beyond our control I was unable to make it. What am I to do with a week off of work and snow in the forecast? :) WELL, I definitely made myself busy!!

It was a wonderful time to try out my Pioneer Woman Cookbook!! I highly recommend it, I really like when authors of cookbooks add pictures of their daily life, family and funny stories...it helps me a lot! Anyways, her Cinnamon Rolls were first on the trial and man, this woman knows what shes doing!! They were fabulous!! Molly helped me with this one and it got pretty interesting....and I of course captured a few pics for yall!

This recipe put out about 35 rolls!! We were giving them away like crazy!! 

Pioneer Woman said the "ooey gooier" the better....success!! This was Molly's roll and hers was 100 times better than mine....but its not about the looks, right?...RIGHT?

These are my disasters. At least they tasted well....

These are from her website.....lucky for my sisters and others around me I need to practice!!

After they were cooked....still not as pretty as hers, but all tasted wonderfully!! 

As for the icing....we had some issues....to say the least...

First off, I have never made coffee. If it weren't a disaster of a snow day outside, I would have just gone to 
7-11; but as I'm trying to broaden my horizons....I needed to make it on my own. The only reason we even have a coffee maker is for when my parents are in town. Two phone calls were made to my father. The first: just to ask how to turn it on....The second: why wasn't it doing anything??....Here's why....

You DO NOT put water in the pot, there is actually a *secret* compartment in the back where you put the water....WHO KNEW? Not me and Molly, that's for sure :)

Then there was the mixer fiasco... Here's the story...Molly was sitting on our counter and the mixer was in between her and the spatula. Well, I had the spatula and my new ceramic knife (my mom had gotten for Christmas) next to each other....well next thing I knew was a loud grinding noise and a lot of maple frosting on our walls. 

This is my broken CERAMIC knife....:(

The following is a quote from Molly "the butter confused me" haha, well, the broken ceramic pieces in the frosting was an actual blessing because I didn't realize how much butter I actually needed, as well as powdered sugar. So, i had used a little extra regular sugar and our I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (house staple) instead. The butter was not mixing and formed ting balls all throughout the icing; therefore confusing Molly :) fun times....we were on our way to the store in minutes. 

This was the final turnout of the icing (which tastes exactly like Maple Donuts...YUM)

I also made P.W.'s Chili. It was very good. As you read with the taco soup debate, I didn't add any beans....personally I'm fine with that, but I know that upon reading that cringes will be made!! It tasted wonderful. 

Chili drawback #1. I invited our great friends Kevin and Ashley over (love them)

for chili. Its a great cold weather and guys food. I was pumped to share my recipe. So, as I'm fixing it I'm going along, hoping the mass of this chili would some how get bigger. It wasn't and I was out of ground beef (I blame the state of emergency OK was in for Walmart being out)!! So I had to do what every hostess prays they will never have to do....I had to make THE phone call saying that we would have to have a chili rain check...there just wasn't enough chili for all 5 of us! 

Chili Drawback #2. Garlic. More specifically, Garlic Cloves. Note to self, everyone: buy minced garlic like a normal person. It definitely took the longest out of all the ingredients. I had no idea how to peel one, and once I thought I was down to the crushing part when there was actually another layer....I finally figured that part out, but I didn't chop them finely enough and parts of the chili was extremely strong!! 

I think Kev & Ash will be OK, I gave them a tin of the cinnamon rolls :)

Many other things were made and I must say that I have enjoyed cooking very much! It is a lot easier to do when I don't have to work, so I'll have to work out my schedule there. A major positive is that I do not crave eating out!! I would say that I used to go to Pei Wei once a week, but I have only eaten out twice since (according to my bank statement) January 19th!! So major positive there!!

GAME NIGHTS: We played many a games over the snowy days. Which, might I add, that I LOVE this weather. I love the cuddliness of it all...the soups....the people falling uncontrollably! :) haha

Phase 10, Chicken Foot, Taboo. All some of my faves!! One night when it was me, Hil and Mo we decided to game night it. They were arguing over which game to play and the deal was to play Chicken Foot, and everyone HAD to stay up and finish Phase 10 too. Never happened, 3AM rolled around and we didn't even finish Chicken Foot....oh well, another time :) But here are some of our pics and snacks for the night!
 Hil's Grilled Cheese

Our sweet Chicken Foot 

Snicker doodles and Chocolate Chip!

Cheese and pickles....Alright.

THE COLD: I had a wonderful snuggle partner when I stayed at John and Katie's one night!

Barkley, their lab!! He misses Jake almost as much as I do!!

Then there was the glammed up homeless girl. We made Hil walk to us because we didn't want to get stuck in the snow. So there she was, walking in the snow with her metallic jacket, laptop bag, back pack and purse toughing out the cold. It was hilarious! Molly and I enjoyed that a lot!!

At one point Molly and I both fell. Good times.... Here is a pic of our house before Jake's wonderful parents shoveled it! 

I Love The Snow :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

So You Think You Can Dance (..dance...dance...dance)!!

Today, on our 3rd snow day Molly, Hil & I are breaking out the old DVR memories. Yes, we still have this summer's SYTYCD finale recorded. It was one of my favorite seasons, and Mo and I got to go on *TOUR* (as we loved to remind everyone)!! So I thought I'd share a few of our memories from one of the funnest trips ever!!

Due to Molly's school schedule, she couldn't miss school on Saturday and the concert was on a Friday night. So, we made the wise decision to go ahead a go....to the concert in Kansas City, 6 hours away.... Insane, yes. But 100% worth it!! So Friday morning we got ready and headed to Kansas City! We even passed through mom's home town of Chanute, KS

We got there about 3 hours early and finished getting ready in the parking lot in our car! As we got about a block away, I realized I'd left my flip flops on and then we had to go back to the car to get my dressier shoes! As we were waiting (for 2 hours) for the show to start we took a plethora of pictures....

Yea, We were PUMPED to say the least! Then the show started.....Easily one of the coolest shows/concerts/anything I've ever been to!! Here are some of the pictures we got to take!

Ok, Ok...I went a LITTLE edit crazy.... :)

It was colorful, it was energetic, it was emotional, it was a blast! It's amazing how you yourself can get so involved, but not be on the stage! Here are a few of our excited post show pics....

....and then the camera died :) 

So, at the end of our DVRed finale, we made the exec decision to delete it. So, 6 months after, its gone. But we can't wait for next season! Only 5 more months!! 

I was also able to get a few videos....

Thanks for enjoying this with us! I highly recommend going to a SYTYCD concert!!

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