Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Isn't my baby so photogenic?! :)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Now, as for the reason for the trip to Tuscaloosa...
It's a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited. Probably not what you were expecting for those of you who knew we were originally looking at the Ford Edge. We went specifically to go to the Ford dealership to look at an Edge Justin had been discussing with a salesman. But, we had also seen how highly rated the Santa Fe was and decided just to go check it out to have something to compare to the Edge. Neither of us expected to come home in one. We checked out a basic model, test drove it, then talked prices. Then we went over to the Ford dealership and did the same with a used Edge. Right away I noticed that I felt much more comfortable with the way the Santa Fe drove. We headed back to the Hyundai dealership to look at a Santa Fe that had comparable features to the Edge we were considering. We ended up buying the Santa Fe Limited. I love it! It has leather seats (heated in front), dual climate control, a sunroof, xm satellite radio for 3 months, a usb port for the ipod or a jump drive full of music, crumple zone in the front and the engine is made to go up under the car instead of into it if we have a front end collision (again...love you, babe :) ), 5 year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, and a 10 year/100,000 powertrain warranty. It's midnight blue, but looks black unless it's in the sun. When it's in the sun you can see the sparkles of the dark blue. Justin wanted black, but they were out.
The interior is tan and black. As you can see, the seats are tan, but the carpet is black. That's gonna be great. I won't be so worried about dirty little shoes staining it! I love the wood grain in the front. Also, that cup holder in the front actually has a light on it at night. Just thought that was a cool little feature.
The back has plenty of leg room so adults can easily ride in the back as well.
I'm so excited! It drives so smoothly. I feel really blessed to have a car like this! Thanks to my hubby and his excellent credit for making it possible! :)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
(This ditch behind the house is probably 3 feet deep and usually doesn't really have much in it. The run off goes down it and into a canal that runs through the city. Hence our neighborhood's name "Canal Heights." It was literally gushing this morning.)
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
As requested by Kristen, here is the recipe for the Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf (minus the dropping it on the floor step). It is a Paula Deen recipe and you can find it on her web site, http://www.pauladeen.com/, as well.
1 pound ground chuck
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 (8-ounce) package sharp Cheddar, grated
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup bread crumbs, toasted
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 (3-ounce) can French fried onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck and next 8 ingredients, mixing well.
In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard. Stir 1/4 cup ketchup mixture into meat mixture, reserving remaining ketchup mixture.
Press meat mixture into a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan, or shape into a loaf and place on a rack in a broiler pan. Spread remaining ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 40 minutes. Top with French fried onions; bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.
We use the lean ground beef and low sodium bacon.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The next night he cooked me my birthday dinner. We waited until Thursday night since the 13th was on Wednesday and that's a church night. The house smelled so good while he was cooking! I love smell of onion and garlic cooking...makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
But the best part was the lobster spinach queso. Well, actually, it was crab spinach queso since our walmart didn't have any lobster meat, but it was delicious!!! We first discovered lobster spinach queso at Firebird's in Memphis. There was one in the mall behind our apartment. We would go there and just get the queso because everything else was too expensive and the queso could fill us up. It is one of my favorite foods, but we never get to have it because we don't have a Firebird's anywhere near us. Justin tried to make it for me on Valentine's a couple of years ago, but it didn't taste quite the same. He looked around for another recipe and found one that tastes exactly like it!!!! I'm so excited because now I can have the queso any time! (Not that I need it. It's not the healthiest thing in the world.)
My tips: They didn't have any good looking shallots the day he made it so he just used onion and tasted the same. Also, he couldn't find shrimp base so that was left off. Instead of using 1 1/2 cups of cream he only used 1/2 cup so it wouldn't be as heavy. Even with these changes it tasted exactly like what you get in the restaurant!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
This is all going by so fast! I'm really trying to take it all in. It's kind of like time means more now. Before there weren't really any significant changes in our lives very often, but now there are new things happening every day. She is constantly starting and stopping new things. I'm scared I'm going to miss something! I'm always nervous I'm not teaching her something I should be or forgetting to do something I wanted to do before she gets too big. I don't want it to turn into a check list of things to do though. I just want to enjoy the ride!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Back on the subject... I will actually be celebrating tomorrow night with Justin. He's going to cook me a big dinner and since tonight is church night there won't really be time. Also as a birthday present we are going to watch the Lady Vols basketball team play Alabama at Tuscaloosa in February. I'm a big Lady Vols fan and very much looking forward to going to the game. We are taking Reagan. Justin is hoping Pat Summit will sign her. :) I told him that's not likely since she never signs autographs at games.
My mom and step dad are coming to visit this weekend, so that will be fun too.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Really!? You just asked a rope to kill someone because he wouldn't kill an ox?
"The rope began to hang the butcher" ?! REALLY?! What in the world kind of children's book is this?! We just had to show it to some of the other family members...they found it equally as strange, disturbing, and hilarious as we did. This is not a children's book we will be reading to Reagan while at Grandmommy's. :)
Monday, January 11, 2010
Erin, Billy, and me...a recreation of a picture from when we were little.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Spending time with the family
Annabell and Reagan
Getting ready to play Dirty Santa
Reagan with my dad
Monday, January 4, 2010
1 lb ground beef 2 (16oz) cans chili beans
3/4 c. chopped onion 2 (10oz) cans rotel
1 (16oz) can kidney beans 1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 (16oz) can pinto beans 1 pkg. ranch mix
1 (16oz) can black beans 1 (16oz) can corn (or hominy)
In a large, heavy pot, brown the ground beef and onion; pour off fat (if you use lean ground beef there isn't really any fat to pour off). Add all remaining ingredients, except corn, to the pot and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add corn and cook for 15 minutes. You can serve it with corn or tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream (we don't really like sour cream but people who do say it's good with this soup).
Hope you like it!
Justin in his Cardinals gear
Kelia and her husband Wesley
Meeka with her fiance, Dustin, and his son, Drake
Reagan and Gramps
Eating Nana's face
Reagan with her loot
Justin, his mom, Meeka, his Dad, and Kelia