Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkins & KISS

On Saturday afternoon, I convinced Princess Leia to ride with me to the Pumpkin Patch for our annual Halloween costume pic.  She didn't want to get out of the car.  Imagine that!  For the first year ever, she was embarrassed to be at the Pumpkin Patch dressed in her costume.  I told her if she was old enough to dress up and trick-or-treat for Halloween, she was old enough for a picture.  (I don't have many years left, folks, so I'm beginning to grasp at straws!)  There weren't that many people there - babies, in fact, that could care less what she had on.  However, she did get two compliments!

My parents had wanted Alise to spend the night Friday night, but it was our last home game and the last time for Alise to cheer with her Big Sis during the second quarter or the game, so she asked if she could come on Saturday.  While she was at my parents, Wayne and I went out to eat after the whooping Alabama gave Texas A&M that afternoon!  We were starving!!  And we wanted to try a Mexican restaurant that had just expanded.  I had actually eaten there for lunch a few weeks ago with a friend and the food was delicious!  However, Saturday night was a bust!  I was so disappointed.  But we were SO stinkin' hungry, we gobbled it right up anyway!  Who charges for extra tortillas these days??  Good grief!

Here's a picture of the outfit I wore on our date night.  I was so pumped about piecing this outfit together!  I bought the graphic KISS tee a few weeks ago when Target had them on sale.  I had been wanting a graphic tee to wear under jackets and since Mr. Horton likes KISS, I thought he might like the shirt, too.  When I showed it to him, he grinned.  I paired it with a military jacket that I bought at Target last year, skinny jeans from Forever 21 from last year and my cowboy boots (Necklace is from Charming Charlie's).  I think this will be my go-to outfit for Fall!!

On Sunday afternoon, Alise and Wayne headed to the woods!  They put out corn feeders and rode the four wheeler.  She had a great time spending time with her Daddy!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - October 20, 2014

Happy Monday!  We're one week closer to Halloween, Folks!

Here's our menu for the week:

Monday - YOYO

Tuesday - Breakfast Enchiladas (NEW)

Wednesday - Meatball Sub Casserole (NEW)

Thursday - Popcorn Chicken & French Fries

Friday - Slow Cooker Hobo Packets (NEW)

Saturday - Grilled Hamburger Sliders with all the fixin's 

Sunday - Italian Minute Steaks, Scalloped Potatoes, and Green Bean Bundles

Lots of new recipes these week and I've got my fingers crossed that I can pull this off!!

I'm getting my Taco Tuesday in one way or another and since we never saw the 'Breakfast Bar' from a few weeks back, I'm putting something similar back on the menu for this week!

Something I'm learning about Friday nights.  If I can put something in the crockpot, it makes us stay home for dinner.  Now, I know it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out, but Friday nights are our normal family nights to eat out, so having supper ready when we get home is a plus because we don't spend money by eating out.  However, with the astronomical price of groceries these days, I'm beginning to wonder!  Food is outrageous anywhere you go!

I'm excited about Sunday's menu!!  Italian Minute Steaks (or you can call them Italian Salisbury Steak) was a recipe that I found right after Wayne and I got married.  The recipe came from a Bell South Pioneer Cookbook that I eventually threw away (stupid me!), but the recipe was so easy-peasy that I can still remember it even nearly twenty years later!  I even served it with green bean bundles way back then (before green bean bundles were cool!).  I'll try to remember to share the recipe next week (When I searched for the recipe on Pinterest, I couldn't find one similar).

For more menu ideas and recipes, go to OrgJunkie's blog.

Have a TASTY week!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Top 5 Friday

{one.}  If you've been reading my blog for very long, then you know that we're die hard {as die hard can be} Alabama fans.  But that's not what this favorite is about.  Today I'm handing out kudos to one of our sister SEC teams, Mississippi State University!  Hail State! I'm so proud of this team - that wasn't even nationally ranked at the beginning of the season - for becoming number uno in the polls this week.  And for beating Auburn last week.  What a happy day last Saturday was!  And if you've always wondered what those darn cowbells were for, click HERE!  Clanga clanga!!

{two.}  I'm craving comfort food this week.  And chocolate pie.  This past Monday, I had to carry Baby Girl to the dentist to have not one, not two, but THREE teeth pulled.  And the assistant tried to tell me that they don't use gas!  Say what?  Long story short, I got my Baby Girl some gas (had to pay extra for it!) and everything went fine.  So since I had the day off, I decided to be Betty Crocker in the kitchen and make a full meal on a week night.  We had Miranda Lambert's Mom's Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, and some other veggies.  Y'all, I cannot say enough about this meatloaf! Gosh it is SO. DARN. GOOD {I normally half the recipe}!!  And the scalloped potatoes I got off Pinterest and I've made them twice.  The fam loves them!!  This was the best meal I had all week {If you're interested, I post a weekly menu on Mondays so check back!}!

{three.}  Last week, on the Top Five, I told you that I was scoping out ideas for Christmas cards.  I had just about decided that I was going to send a card out this year with Alise in her cheer uniform when lo and behold!  Look what happened here!

I can't even believe I took that picture!  Thanks to my sweet cousin, Mirya, for touching the photo up for me!  I'm in love!  Cowboy boots and all!

{four.}  One of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult, has me a little confused and very disappointed by her latest novel {I LOVED The Storyteller}.  I'm reading Leaving Time right now and it is just weird.  I mean, weird.  I don't want to give too much away, but the only reason I'm still bothering with this book is because I want to know what happens in the end. Even the Kindle price is not worth all the chapters I'm having to skim over.  Bottom line: I hope you love elephants!  

{five.}  I'm busy planning our Halloween party for Alise and her classmates that's coming up in a few weeks.  The invitations are ordered and they turned out SO cute!  While I was in Michael's one day last week, I found the cutest wire spider cupcake holders by Wilton.  I looked all over the internet to share a picture with you and the only place I could find them was Ebay - where they're selling for nearly double what I paid for them!  Anyway, I thought they were SO cute!  Click HERE.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hodge Podge Wednesday

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?  I know this makes me sound like a horrible person, but my favorite time of the day is when I walk in the mornings at 5 am or when I'm soaking in a warm bath in the evenings with a book.  I consider myself VERY lucky if both of those events happen in the same day!  What can I say?  I'm selfish.  Do I like doing homework every night?  Do I like cooking every night?  Do I like working every. single. day? You get the point.

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house?  Our blender is probably closer to retirement status than anything else right now.  I keep telling myself I want one of those nice big ones with the glass pitcher, but as soon as I drop it on our stained concrete floors in the kitchen, I'll be regretting it.

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?  I'm grouchy when I don't get enough sleep.  Or when things don't go according to plan.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?  Sorry.  No offense to our Canadian neighbors, but I have no desire to visit Canada.  See #3.

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?  This past weekend, Alise and I went to visit my grandmother in the nursing home and as we were visiting with her, I got to thinking about her fried potatoes.  My grandma could make the best fried potatoes!  The key was dredging them in flour before frying them.  And I'm not talking french fries now, either.  So it was a treat when we visited her house because she always made them.  As far as my mom - and being a kid - my favorite food was fish sticks and macaroni and cheese.  Now, as an adult, gag me with a spoon!

6. Do you cry easily?  I cry at the drop of a hat.

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?  I have started thinking about Christmas!  I've asked Alise several times what she wants for Christmas and she's started a list.  We don't have that many people to buy for and since we're going to Hawaii in April, Wayne and I are not getting each other presents this year.  That helps because he is such a hard person to buy for!  I'm pretty sure this will be the last year that Alise believes in Santa.  She's already hinting around and asking questions as to whether or not we're Santa. I just keep telling her that she has to believe to receive. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  We've had some bad weather in my neck of the woods this week.  You may have even seen my home town on Good Morning America or The Weather Channel.  We had lots of wind damage when a major storm blew through on Monday.  Fortunately for us, we never even lost electricity (I was home with Alise that day because she had three teeth pulled that morning).  The Garden District of our city sustained the worse damage with down power lines and trees that fell on houses and vehicles.  Some people will not even have electricity until Friday.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Star Wars Junkies

I don't know how it happened.  Honestly, I don't.

When my mom took my brother and I to see our first Star Wars movie back in the 80's, I never DREAMED I'd be married to - AS WELL AS RAISING -  a Star Wars Junkie!!

Wayne and Alise are ATE UP with some Star Wars!

So much so that Wayne ordered a Darth Vader costume online that I swear is the same one in the movie!!  It's got about 100 pieces to it!  I told Wayne that he better hope and pray it's freezing Halloween night because he is going to BURN. UP. in that thing!!

And guess what MiniMe wants to be!  Princess Leah!  Yep!  Fake side buns and all!!  Her costume came in last week and she's in Heaven!

It's been several years since we've had Alise's class over for a Halloween party!  Matter of fact, it was kindergarten (You can click here to read about that party.  And I just THOUGHT that was the mother of all Halloween parties!!).  But the kids loved it back then and since Wayne and Alise were so ate up with Halloween this year, we decided to have another party for her class this year! We've actually decided to invite both 4th grade classes, too (What are we thinking?)  Here's what the invitations will look like - with a little more customization towards Halloween.  Alise picked them out.

PRINTABLE Star Wars Birthday invitation (digital file)

Even though the invites are Jedi and my Junkies' costumes are Jedi, the party theme is still Halloween.  We're planning a bonfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows, a flash light scavenger hunt, and a hay ride.  It's gonna be GREAT!

But this Moma may have to use the Force to pull this shin-dig off!