Saturday, November 26, 2011

29 Sleeps til Christmas

What an amazing week it has been so far. I'm so thankful for way too many things to name and was very thankful for a great week. My parents came into town Wednesday night, the didn't trust me to cook the food all by myself hehe. Mom told me they'd come and she would help me on Thursday if I needed any help. I was making my Pioneer Woman's recipe- Pumpkin Cream Pie when they got here. Little Baxi got to come too and Nala was excited.

                               Cooking some pie

Here's the recipe for the yummy pumpkin cream pie- ok I love pumpkin though, so if you don't love pumpkin you might not think it's anything special = ) It didn't settle the greatest, I don't know why.


  • 1-1/2 package Graham Crackers (about 15 Cookie Sheets)
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter, Melted
  • 1 box (3 Oz. Box) Vanilla Pudding (Cook And Serve Variety)
  • 1 cup Half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • Pinch Of Cinnamon
  • Pinch Of Nutmeg
  • Pinch Of Ground Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons Whiskey (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (plus 3 Tablespoons) Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup (additional) Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • Extra Graham Cracker Crumbs, For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Grind graham crackers in a food processor (or, if you don't have a food processor, place them in a large ziploc and pound 'em with a rolling pin.) Add powdered sugar and melted butter and process until totally combined. Press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan until nice and firm. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm and "set." Remove from oven and allow crust to cool completely.
In a medium saucepan, mix dry pudding mix with half-and-half and cream. Add spices. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey, if using. Add pumpkin and stir to combine. Place lid on pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough, place pot in the fridge to cool completely.
When mixture is cool, remove from the fridge. In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and brown sugar. Beat until very light and fluffy. Fold in pumpkin cream mixture until combined. Pour into cooled crust.
Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. Serve with graham crackers crumbled on top.

I'm not going to lie- I had already bought the frozen pie crust so I just used that and it was still yummy. Good thing mom was here though because I almost didn't cook it before I put the pie filling in. Yes, I did, but she caught me! I'm liked Pioneer Woman's advice- "live a little and use the whiskey in the pie" so I did. I don't think you could taste it though.
                                  My ingredients

                          Yay the final product- so good

Thursday morning I woke up early and got the turkey in first. I just bought a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey since it was just the 4 of us eating. My parents had brought a ham too, so I made some side dishes and got those baking along with the ham. While I was making/baking the sides my mom was making the deviled eggs- mmmmmmm, love deviled eggs. Andrew got off work at 2 so we had everything ready, except he had to carve the ham and turkey for us = ) I knew he wouldn't mind though, he likes doing the carving. We had deviled eggs, ham, turkey, dressing, sinful potatoes (hashbrown casserole), green beans w/bacon & brown sugar, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin cream pie, and kahlua pecan pie. My goodness it all turned out amazing- YES you read that right, I actually cooked a meal and everything tasted great!!!

This is the famous stuffing. I got the recipe from Sharon at work. It's the best stuffing ever, I'm not kidding either!

                 Kahlua pie mom brought- very good

Got only 1 injury from cooking- burnt it on the stove. At least it wasn't a trip to the ER this time = )

All in all, we had tons of food and it was delicious. I love Thanksgiving leftovers! Our friend Chad was on duty but came by to have some food as well, and I was glad because we had plenty = ) I loved cooking everything, especially since it was a success. I told Andrew not to think this would always happen ; )

Mom and I told my dad he had 1 job on Thanksgiving- that was to get the paper for us with all the Black Friday Ads in it. YES, we are the crazy Black Friday shoppers. We, well I found some deals to stand in line for. Wal-Mart started some of their deals at 10pm. So we got to Wal-Mart at 6pm Thanksgiving night. What else are you going to do?!? Sit at home and be bored just eating more- yeah we could've went to the movies but it's fun to get out with the other crazies and people watch! We stood in line for an Xbox360 with the Kinect bundle. It was a great deal for $199 and came with a $50 Wal-Mart gift card at check-out. Andrew has been wanting an Xbox because there's not much to do in the winter. He'll usually go fishing on days off or free time but not in this weather. He was working security at the same Wal-Mart I was at (yeah I could've went to a different one but I love the Pleasant Grove one) so he got his Xbox. It's a very early Christmas present. However, if you know me then you know I always get gifts early from parents and it's hard for me to wait to give gifts if I already have the gift.

Mom ended up going and standing in the game line (which was a mad house and she got trampled but came out with games, woo hoo mom) and Whit ended up coming up to Rogers to stand in line for a 40" TV and her mom stood in line for a 32" TV for Big Kara. We ended up with 2 Xbox360 (one for Whit's cousin), 4 Xbox 360 games (2 for the guy in front of me that asked my mom if she could try to get him some too ha), 2 TV's and a Sharp steam mop.

 The line in front of me for the Xbox360- I was about 10th in line. Notice we're by the yogurts, I had to move quite a bit because people were grocery shopping- I thought that was crazier than we were!

I think I liked starting shopping Thanksgiving night instead of getting up at 3am like last year. Mom and I got up around 7am to go do more shopping Friday. We didn't need much though- I got some new curtains and JcPenny's was having a great sale on rods.
I took some fabric for curtains a little over a month ago to a lady in Fayetteville. They were finally finished last Wednesday. I love how they turned out- they look great in our bedroom.

Here's a closer look at them. I already had the gray fabric just needed to buy the black trim at JoAnn's (half off). I love, love, love them! Thanks to those that helped.

Friday my parents left right before the game and Andrew and I went to Louie's to watch it. It was a great game just sad that we lost. Our Hogs had a great season but I'm sad it's over. The countdown begins until next fall, WPS! I'm ready for a bowl game (maybe Cotton) and Andrew and I will be there! I get very into the Hog games and when we made the interception I jumped up out of my seat and knocked over Andrew's drink. I guess I knocked my chair over pretty hard too because I accidently made a booboo in the wall. I wasn't the only one though- every time something exciting happened then something got knocked over.

Check out this picture Whit sent me last week. It's from the candlelight ceremony on monday night for Grant Uekman. He was definitely in everyone's thoughts/prayers.

Andrew and I got our Christmas trees put up this weekend. We have one in the living room and a Hog one in the man cave. I also have random decorations throughout the house but I'll spare you with all the pics = ) I'll show some though. I still need to buy fabric to put around the bottom of the trees so I don't have to see the ugly legs = )

We had a Ukraine meeting last week and will start planning fundraisers for next year's trip. I would love to go again, I miss it everyday and if money wasn't a priority I'd jump on a plane now and go back. One little girl gets to come home very soon, her parents will be leaving in a couple weeks to get her. There's some others that will hopefully be getting adopted in the next year if all the paperwork process goes smoothly. Pray for the little ones over there that they will find a great family to care and love them. We will be putting bio's on the kids we saw in the orphanage on our website- if adoption is something that you feel is for you please take a look- www.teamworksukraine.com/?cat=4

For all my Ukraine readers- I was watching "Say yes to the dress" the other night with my mom. Well a girl was on there with CP (cerebral palsy) and she was from Ukraine- she discussed how grateful she was because her parents decided not to put her in a special needs orphanage and instead moved to the US to get her great medical care. Now she was looking at wedding dresses for her wedding- I loved her story and thought it was AWESOME!  

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Now on to Christmas = )

Sunday, November 20, 2011


What an amazing weekend for our HOGS! I have been on cloud 9 ever since watching OU lose last night (sorry to you OU fans). I've been waiting all day to watch the BCS rankings to see that we're #3 (which never got to see it since stupid Nascar was on, so just got on ESPN.com)!! WPS! Now we've just got to come out and play some ball Friday and kick some LSU booty.
Sad news about the Razorback football player- prayers for his family/friends.

On Friday, Whit, her mom Kellye and I went down to Conway to spend the night with my parents. We also had tickets waiting on us to see Breaking Dawn at 10pm. Kellye hasn't seen all the movies so she watched them on her laptop while we played the movie through my car speakers. Yes Whit and I love Twilight that much = ) We got in line early because of course there was a line and I didn't want to wait outside, too cold. Good thing we did too because we got great seats for the 6 of us (mom and her friends went too). Breaking Dawn was amazing and I'd go see it again in a heartbeat- definitely go see it if for some reason you haven't yet.

Saturday morning we woke up early to go tailgate for the game. My mom made us some yummy chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast- thanks mom! After breakfast we headed to LR. Tailgating was fun as always and of course we had a great win.
               We were excited we got to see Drewbie

                           Way to go HOGS

Thursday night Andrew and I went to see Randy Rogers band at George's with the Pomietlo's (Chad/Sarah). It was Chad's birthday gift from Sarah but we tagged along. BUT first we went and introduced them to Herman's. I haven't had Herman's since we've moved to Rogers (I know way too long). I love their pork medallions (pork wrapped in bacon with their amazing hash-browns). I'm not a big fan of country music but this band wasn't too bad.

Thanksgiving is going to be here soon! Our potluck theme for work on Monday was Thanksgiving dinner and it was delicious! There was tons of food and about 6 pies plus a cookie cake
                       Look at all those goodies

Yes that's the cookie cake covered in icing! I'm sure it tasted good but I just couldn't do it with that much icing

                    Mmmm more desserts

Today we had Thanksgiving with some of Andrew's side of the family. We went to his Aunt Darcy's and everything was wonderful- thanks Darcy. We even brought home some extra cherry and pumpkin pie for a late snack, yummy.

I got up early this morning to go to Wal-Mart to beat the sunday before Thanksgiving shoppers! My parents are going to come here for Thanksgiving and I'm going to cook for us! EEEEEEK, I know right, me cook?!?!? I keep telling myself I can do it = ) So next blog hopefully you'll be seeing pictures of all my yummy dishes I'll be making- or a picture of the restaurant we'll have to eat at because it's all bad, ha! Surely I won't mess it up that bad!
It was nice getting to Wal-Mart early because I had TONS to get without having to fight the crowd. I was seriously there for an hour trying to find everything = ) So we have tons of grocery in the house but can't eat any of it until Thursday.

Everyone have a great Thanksgiving with family/friends. And cheer hard for the big game Friday.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wonderful week with friends

It was has been a great week! I got together with great friends from HS last week and went to a jewelry party and ordered some goodies = ) Friday night Andrew and I went to a cocktail party the Wien's Family was hosting at their house. It was also their year anniversary and they wanted to celebrate with friends/family. Every couple brought their favorite cocktail. We of course took French Martini's = ) If you haven't had one of these- it's a definite must, YUMMY! There was great food including a roasted pig. It was sad to see them roasting it but oh my it tasted delicious.

                      Andrew & Wiens (aka Dustin) cutting up the pig
                                         Jenn & I

                                  Woody's & Dill's

Andrew had to work Saturday morning for just a bit- when he got off work we went to Fayetteville to pick up Big Kara and start tailgating for the Hog game. Well we were about to leave Kara's when she asked "You got your tickets right?" I just look at her, crap! Forgot the tickets, so back to Rogers we go, ugh! I'm just glad she asked because I would've been so mad if it was 4:30 and we realized it. It was a great game. I just watched the BCS standings and I am one happy girl = ) Now just if we win next week and hopefully kick some LSU booty.
                         Love you both Walnuts ; ) Hehe

Today was a gorgeous day. It's crazy how windy it was yesterday at the game and down in the 50's. Then today mid 70's plus some wind but felt great. I took my nala girl for a little run/walk, and she was pretty excited. Andrew got home and hung up some of the new stuff I got. There's a store called Vintage Glam and Junque in Downtown Rogers that has some cute stuff. I asked her if she could make a cross for me since the ones she had in the stores didn't match my living room. I finally went and picked it up and I love it!

For my birthday Kara (SIL) made me a board that says "Woody's" and has our wedding date on it. I was excited because I saw these at War Eagle but just got the companies card because it was so crowded. I hadn't gotten around to ordering one and I'm glad I didn't = )

I should've taken a picture before Andrew hung it. The letters behind our names looks silver but they're black. iPhone pictures didn't turn out the greatest of it

I decided to make some yummy creamy potato soup tonight. I did it all by myself (yay!!!) Big accomplishment for me who never cooks ; ) Here's the recipe from my friend Lacey.

4 large red potatoes cubed 
1/4 onion chopped 
1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
1 heaping tablespoon minced chives
1 cup milk 
4 cups chicken stock
6 pieces bacon, fried crisp and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1/2 block cream cheese

1. In a large pot bring water to boil. Add in potatoes and boil for 10 minutes. While the potatoes are boiling fry and chop bacon. Set aside. 

2. In a small skillet, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are transparent and garlic is golden brown. 

3. When potatoes are tinder, drain water and return to pot. slowly add milk and chicken stock. Then add onion/garlic sauté, cream cheese, chives, and bacon. Save pinches of bacon to top soup in bowl. 

4. Cook on medium to low heat for 15 minutes or until cream cheese is melted. Salt and pepper to taste. 

It turned out great and was very yummy.

I also made some hashbrown casserole for my work's Thanksgiving Potluck tomorrow! Mmmmm....I'm very excited for some yummy yummy food. 

Have a great week, I'm looking forward to LR this weekend for the game. Oh and Breaking Dawn on Friday night!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall is Here

I love this weather! Fall is officially here and the leaves are soooo pretty!!! I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here, and then it'll be Christmas time! I need to start getting some shopping done. 

So, Halloween was Monday- I was excited to pass out candy to all the kiddos. Well I guess since our neighborhood isn't all the way developed yet we only had 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS = ( It was a sad night for me- for 1, because I bought a lot of candy and didn't want all the leftovers at my house because I'd eat it all. #2- I wanted to see all the cute costumes! I took one of my candy bowls to work and it went by quick- thank you everyone! Andrew and I still have 1 bowl left and haven't even made a dent in it- ahhhh!! I might be just taking it to work too. Hopefully next year when the neighborhood gets more full we'll get more kids.

On Thursday the Duggars did a lemonade stand at the Promenade Mall to raise money for Alex's Cancer Foundation. Andrew and another police officer were doing security for them. I had a cancellation so I went to see the Duggars = ) I watch their show all the time. They are a super nice family and Andrew said they raised a lot of money for the foundation.

   Little Jackson was full of energy but really cute. He wasn't real sure about my boots ha

Friday morning I had a couple of clients and then went to Spoiled Salon (in Fayetteville off Joyce) to get a deep tissue massage. Andrew got me a massage for my birthday and I've been needing one for awhile. Especially after carrying the heavy backpacks in Ukraine. The massage felt amazing like always when I go there! I usually get my haircut afterwards by Andrew's sister but already did that recently. So my hair was a little greasy, ooops oh well- I still ran all my errands.

Before my massage, I went to the mall to try find some skinny jeans (which I said I would never buy) but I broke down. I want some tall dressy boots, so figured might as well get some skinny jeans to wear with them. I went to Forever 21 and found 2 pair for $30!! What a deal- I got a real dark pair and a lighter pair, and I love them!! They're soooo much easier to wear with Uggs, instead of stuffing my jeans down in my boots. Afterwards, I went to Mason's and finally found a pair of long boots that I love. They're brown Stephens, like Steve Madden's. I had a $10 gift card for my birthday to use there too, which made it even better.

Andrew and I went to get some Christmas ornaments for our black tree. This year we're going to put it in our extra TV room/Hog room and have a Hog Christmas tree. I've been wanting a bright green, pink or blue christmas tree for the living room. Well the one's at Hobby Lobby are skinny trees (like Charlie Brown) and I want a full one for the living room. We went to Wal-Mart and got a big white one with white lights. Having all the stuff makes me want to put them up now, but I'm afraid I'd get sick of them by the time Christmas gets here. So I'll wait until after Thanksgiving! 

We played South Carolina this past Saturday and it was Homecoming too. Since it was a late game Andrew decided not to go since he had to be up at 6am for work Sunday morning. I called my friend Sarah and she was excited to go. We got to campus around 1 to start the tailgating with friends and eat some yummy food! It was a pretty nice day except for very windy! I got bundled up for the game so hopefully I wouldn't get cold. It really wasn't that bad, only when the wind picked up but it didn't last all night. I wore my red sequin Uggs to the game for the first time. I was shocked not to see lots of people with them on. They were very toasty for the weather.

 Whit, Sarah, Big Kara and I posing with the player- photo courtesy of Mark Wagner

There were red/white pompoms for every seat in the stadium (well maybe not visitors seats, I don't know) but it was a great crowd cheering on our Hogs. The pompoms looked cool waving in the air.
After the game, I went to bordino's to have a salad and tini and finish watching the LSU/BAMA game. It was a good game and I'm so glad LSU won. Now we just got to beat Tennessee and hopefully beat LSU. 

Today my work had our Patient Appreciation Carnival. It was windy and a little bit chilly but turned out great! I'm bad and didn't take any pictures except for my yummy caramel apple. We decided to do a stand for caramel apple making this year. I LOVED IT and maybe had 2 = )