Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What you missed-

After our daily walk in the park.  These two love to swing next to each other!
Our very own 'water park' in our back yard.  Redneck? Maybe.  But they sure had a fun Memorial Day weekend!
I'm part of a cookbook club!  We had hummus, shrimp and corn cakes with soy mayo, lasagna, meatballs, a tomato tart, corn casserole, and a guacamole salad.  Not to forget the lemon raspberry cake that we had for dessert.  Oh, and that strawberry basil margarita!  I can't wait for next month! 

p.s- if there is any advice I can give you today, it is that you need to go home and make a tomato tart. 
The Reifers roll recipe has come out of retirement.  I decided to give it a try and they were SO GOOD.  Let me know if you need any!
Kittrell got his very own tent to play in.  The motive behind this was to keep him out of the dog kennel.  He still goes in and out of the dog kennel, so my tent idea did not work at all.  But he still has a blast in his new tent!

So, remember when Ashlyn got her surprise last week?  Well, she cried.  So sweet.  She hugged me and cried and hugged me and cried.  I think it's safe to say, she was SO HAPPY!  Now, we just have to wait about 5 months. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Excitement Overload

In just a few short hours, Ashlyn is going to open this gift, with this inside. I. CAN'T. WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


As you may know, I am not a flower person. In fact, when we moved into the house we are currently staying in, I thought this one particular overgrown spot in the back yard was a complete mess. Daniel cut down all of the what I called 'huge weeds'. A couple of months later I looked in the back yard and saw this beauty! And to think- I thought it was all one big mess! There appears to be a lot more just like her growing as well. Can't wait to see what all comes up!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

BEAUTIFUL Thursday...

Not the most exciting week around here...  and that's just how I like it!  I am heading to the grocery store soon to get some supplies to make Ashlyn 's squash dressing per her request.  She came home last weekend with a sack of squash and zucchini and said, "here- this is for you to make squash dressing."  Well ok then.  We just need Daniel to make his awesome cornbread so I can get started!

I thought I'd share this BEAUTIFUL picture with you today to make you smile.  It makes me smile cry every time I look at it!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Someone is thoroughly enjoying summer break. And eating rocks. And yes- he plays outside naked. You try to put clothes on that kid.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Two Words For You

 Mint Julep.

Four more words-  Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey.

You're welcome. 
Lovely, isn't it?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Awards Day!

I spent the better half of the morning at school so I could see Ashlyn accept her Headmaster's List award! She has had straight A's all year long! And she even got a citizenship award from her teacher because she's just so darn sweet when she's at school!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

River to the Rails 2

River to the Rails was a success again this year!  It only took about 3 days for me to catch up on my sleep, which is better than usual.  We didn't win any awards... However, we did finish 4th overall in the BBQ competition.  That's really good.  A lot better than last time!  We'll take it!

Abel won 1st place in the Paws Parade at River to the Rails Saturday morning!  We were so surprised, and Ashlyn was so proud of her brother Abel!  Now, whether or not all the judges praising Abel over all he has been through and the fact that he only has 3 legs probably has absolutely nothing to do with his winning.....
Just don't ask...
Yep- the Magnum P.I.G. bus is still running!
Daniel and Ashlyn walking Abel in the parade.  The fact that Daniel spilled some basting sauce all over my white shirt first thing Saturday morning is exactly the reason why he got walking duty in the parade.
Infinicam!  Remember those letters that were outside the Pitt's store on Park Avenue for a couple of days? The letters that spelled sexy?  The cooking trailer next to us had a guy on it whose nick name is "Big Sexy".  And he ended up with the letters!
This pic came from Daniel's phone.  Although it's still so pretty, he should've Infinicam'd it!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ashlyn's First Communion

Sunday was such a special day for Ashlyn!  We got up extra early so we could make it to church extra early, because all of you who know me know that I am late for EVERYTHING.  Kittrell was in a happy, jumpy mood and Ashlyn was just nervous/ excited!  (I do believe Ashlyn had the most family/ friends in attendance at church that morning- she was so happy to have all of you there!)  After church, we hosted a lunch reception honoring Ashlyn at our house, where she just couldn't wait to get into that cake!  Thanks to everyone for making Sunday so wonderful for Ashlyn.  It was such a special day for her, and she couldn't have been happier!

She was so excited she couldn't stop smiling!

Bringing down the gifts to get ready for communion..

Accepting her gift from the church

All the first communicants

Ashlyn with Father Gregg and Sister Kathleen

Ashlyn and her Godmother, Kiki

Told you Ashlyn couldn't wait to get into that cake- went to get a picture and it had already been partially cut!

Friday, May 4, 2012

River to the Rails

It's that time! Got any plans this weekend? No? Well come on down to Front Street and hang out with me. Me and Magnum P.I.G. and a bunch of other cooking teams. One thing though- I'm here already, and it is HOT. Ridiculous hot. Octoberfest we are usually huddled around the fire to keep warm, but now I hope I don't have to go anywhere near the smoker. And definitely bring some sunscreen. And your dancing shoes!! I'll see y'all by the river!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012


I guess Instagram is on everyone's mind cause I saw where Laura Merrill blogged about it, also. Is everybody using Instagram now? I feel like a lot of the different photo styles are so similar on there. I recently uploaded a new app called Infinicam. It's similar to Instagram, but it's not free. And I feel like there are more options. And I think I like the photo styles offered a little more than the Instagram. Does anybody else have both of these? I guess I just want to know which one is better. Honestly, I struggle still to figure out how to work both of them. I did these pics with Infinicam and I love them! I have way too many apps on my phone, so I need to figure out which picture app to keep, and which one to delete. Help me!