Sunday, March 29, 2009

Southern Living and Southern Somedays..

Last week I was thrilled to open my email box and find a note from Southern Living asking if they could profile me as the Southern Mama Blogger of the Week on their website! Well....YES! Southern Living not only has a great magazine, but they also have a fantastic website filled with recipes, decorating, travel and Healthy Living information. IF you haven't ever visited or it has been a while, head on over!
Here is a link to my little shout out from Southern Living:
This made my week, y'all!



Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jr. Cotillion, the stuff boys dreams are made of...

Well, maybe not the stuff boys dream of, but their Southern Mamas? Now, that is another story. You must realize that I completely believe in the parenting model that is willing to torture your child - in the ways of civility - if it is for his or her own good!
DS1 (dear son born 1st) wrapped up his 1st year of Jr. Cotillion just recently at the bigger-deal-than-he-would-have-liked Spring Ball. IT was just so cute!!! All those young people dressed to the nines and dancing the night away. I must note, though, that my DS1 looked pretty miserable throughout and these photos aren't the best (trust me, if you are trying to snap photos of said child at an event that is "for your own good" you try to do it as covertly as possible an at a great distance!).
Here DS1 is checking his Dance Card (yes, they had to fill them out and use them).
Doesn't he look excited???
Isn't this just precious?
Oops, I think the photographer has been spotted!
When is this over and could you pretend not to know me?
Not thrilled, but handsome!
DS1 and his little partner won an award for "Best Cha-Cha"! Oh, he was just beyond himself!!!! You know it! I think the excitement of getting that award (and having to accept it in front of all the attendees - many of which he plays baseball with) was probably one of those moments he will cherish (not) forever!
I love this comfortable looking dance! DS1 was surely thrilled that she was wearing gloves, though. After every Cotillion event, I seemed to hear a half-hour dissertation on the grossology of girl's sweaty hands...go figure.
At the end of the night, the parents were invited to share a special dance with their child. I loved it, DS1 was just ready to go. As soon as we left, we beat a hot path to the late night drive-thru at Burger King, because DS1 was starving; according to him all you get to eat at Cotillion is tiny food!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patty's Day!

The Bells of Ireland are on the table, a beef brisket is simmering, I have the makings of potato soup, it is warm and the sun is out...life is so good. I hope you are feeling blessed today, because I surely am.

"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks, may your heart be as light as a song, may each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long."

--Irish Blessing

Monday, March 16, 2009

Let the gardening begin!

OK, I couldn't wait any longer!
Last week, I went over to Jaemor Farms http://www.jamsjellies.com/ and there was a nice selection of Strawberry Pots (which I have always wanted) and also some very healthy looking strawberry plants. So, of course, I decided it was time to start the deck garden! One advantage of a deck garden is that if there is an unexpected late cold snap it is easy to protect your plants.


I like to use a potting mix that has nutrients and is also a "moisture control" type as it can get dry when it warms up here, especially since we tend to go for long stretches without any rain. It seems to me like I probably should go back and pick up a couple more "strawberry pots" because I think they would be perfect for some herbs right outside the kitchen door.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Celebrate Spring!


I am a magazine addict, yes, I am. But in the name of frugality, I have tried to wean myself away from most of them. Today though, I saw one that I just couldn't resist: Celebrate Spring! It is published by the same wonderful company that now publishes Victoria and Southern Lady. (oh, and you know Southern Lady is my Favorite!!!) www.southernladymagazine.com
Celebrate Spring is just fantastic! It is filled with wonderful party themes, decorating ideas and tons of yummy recipes. You will find ideas for everything from Easter to Mother's Day, not to mention some fun party themes for April Fools Day and even a plant swap luncheon. I really loved the Monogram Shower idea at which any bride to be would be thrilled to be the honoree. I can't wait until the Celebrate Summer hits store shelves! My hat is off to Phyllis Hoffman and her team...another wonderful mini-vacation lies between the covers of this magazine!
I picked up my copy at Sams Club (Sams has discounted magazines and this one is a bit pricey -though worth it- at a retail cost of $7.99. I got my copy for a very reasonable $5.58 at Sams). You can get one online at:

Monday, March 09, 2009

Chocolate....cake!


After my last Sporty post I thought I should probably remind everyone that I still have my priorities in order. On Saturday, I made an incredibly easy (translated to mean few ingredients/easy steps) totally from scratch Chocolate Cake. You see, I had a child that was sick, and to her comfort food comes in the form of cake! So enjoy this pretty amazing cake:
Fudgy Chocolate Cake and Icing
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup plus 3 TBSP. granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup plus 3 TBSP. unsweetened cocoa powder
4 large eggs
1/2 pint heavy cream
10-1/2 oz. semisweet chocolate chips (next time I will use milk chocolate chips but if you love dark chocolate the semisweet might be great for you!)
mini marshmallows for garnish (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray two 8-inch round cake pans with no-stick spray (such as Pam).
3. Combine butter, sugar, flour, cocoa and eggs in large bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium, beat until smooth. Continue to beat until increased in volume (about 2-3 minutes longer).
4. Divide batter between pans.
5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, approx. 20-25 minutes.
6. Leave cakes in pans for 1 minute, then turn onto wire rack to cool.
7. Heat heavy cream just to boil, add chocolate chips to cream and stir until melted. Let cool; chill for 30 minutes, then whisk until thickened to a spreadable consistency.
8. Use 1/3 of chocolate "icing" between layers of cake and spread the remainder of the rest of the cake.
9. Sprinkle mini-marshmallows over top and press into side of cake for garnish.
This was a super easy recipe and I think it would be great with a layer of raspberries or strawberries in between the layers as well.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Question for you Sporty Girls...


OK, so I have been thinking about this exercise thing. My DH, who is up and out the door at 0: dark-thirty to the gym every morning before work, has casually mentioned me exercising. Now he hasn’t come out and said “Hey, why don’t you move that thing once in a while?” or anything (he loves me too much for that!), but since he is now convinced of the whole this-makes-me-feel-great line about exercise he wants to share the love.

So, that brings me to my first thought…exercise outfits. Now, I do peek at those exercise/sporty girls at the gym occasionally to see what they are wearing, as I head to the pool, but I am not overly excited about what I see most of the time (and we can discuss the whole hair/make-up at the gym another time). Whereas, I do kind of get excited when I see those cute exercise outfits in the store. And, as a nod to DH and to make him feel like I am listening (and an all around great wife), I have bought a couple of those cute outfits as of late. But, I have a question: do you sporty girls wear your Spanx under your outfits? As far as I can tell, there is a clingy quality to most of these cute sporty outfits and I am just thinking that my unsporty-bod won’t be fairing well without the trusty Spanx. I mean lycra and giggle just don’t seem to have that look I am after. It really seems like I would look even sportier if I was all sucked in and tight.

Come on girls…lets dish…tell it to me straight…Spanx at the gym? http://www.spanx.com/
*photo courtesy of some really skinny, sporty girl and does not resemble or represent anyone living or dead in this household and any similarities are only a mirage.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Another easy recipe...


Hey girls! I have been away for a couple of weeks due to a death in the family which kind of brought me to one of those places that I needed some quiet, down time. I do appreciate the sweet emails checking in with me to make sure all was well!

So, today I wanted to pop in and leave this recipe because it is so yummy and so easy! Again, it comes from Country Door Catalog http://www.Countrydoor.com. It is called Lila's Simple Broccoli Casserole and my family loved it!

Lila's Simple Broccoli Casserole

10 oz. packaged frozen broccoli, thawed
10-3/4 oz. can cream of chicken soup
10-3/4 oz can cream of mushroom soup
6 oz package herb-flavored stuffing mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Butter 1-1/2 quart. casserole dish
3. Place Broccoli and soups in casserole dish and mix well
4. Toss the stuffing mix and melted butter in a bowl then add to casserole dish
5. Stir to mix
6. Bake for 40-45 minutes