Aug 31, 2011

That Explains It

I'm assuming the post yesterday will answer a few questions as to my lack of presence here. A good friend called and asked if I was ok because I hadn't been posting so I decided I better clear it up here.

Yes, we are expecting another little one. Due date is set for April 1. Seriously, I'm not foolin' (get it, due date on April Fool's, yes I'm a nerd).

That means I'm close to 10 weeks along. It's a bit early than I wanted to share the news but the husband has been telling pretty much everyone - including strangers - so I caved and decided to share the news here too.


I haven't been feeling the greatest and I've been extremely tired. Like, I wake up and feel like I need a nap and have been falling asleep on the couch just after we put P down to bed (8pm). I don't really have a routine when it comes to writing this thing. Sometimes I write in the morning (when I was doing Insanity and up before the rest of the house - clearly I'm no longer doing that crazy workout) sometimes I write when P's down for her naps. She still takes two naps a day and I've been trying to nap when she does but I just can't fall asleep during the day. And, other times I write at night, but seeing how I'm falling asleep at 8 or 9 I just had the energy or desire to do it.


As you guys know, I really like food, however, I have been feeling nauseous all the time and just cooking food makes me want to puke. Too much for ya in the morning? Sorry, but seriously, the other night I was cooking ground turkey and almost had to stop and leave the house all together. The stench permeated the house and I didn't think the stink would ever go away. Needless to say, I didn't eat that meal and I certainly didn't have the stomach to stand near it to take a picture!

However, if I don't have to cook it, food isn't so bad. Bring on the donuts and ice cream.

Creme Filled Donut Squares

Late Night Snack

All that to say there probably won't be many food posts for a bit. And since food is something I talk about a lot here, that probably means I won't be posting as often.

So, there you have it, I'm pregnant and preparing for a new little one. Ohhh, I am so excited about holding a teeny-tiny, sweet-baby-smelling little one.

Anyway, happy Wednesday and thank you for all the sweet comments yesterday!

Aug 30, 2011

Maybe a Tad Biased

I know every parent out there thinks they have the cutest kid(s) and I'm no different. I'm pretty sure Sweet P is the cutest thing I've ever seen.

Here's the proof. My sister agreed to take her one year pictures for me and got some great shots of my girl.

That scrunched up face. Ohhh, I just have to kiss it.


That hair.


That personality.



That little attitude when she doesn't like something, like her hands being held.


That's my girl and that's my little family of four.



oh yeah...


Thanks again, Ashley, for the great pics! And be sure to check out her post today to enter her RadLab giveaway!

Aug 29, 2011

CrazyJoy = Labor (revealed)

Happy Monday!

Here's the photos Anna and I came up with for Friday's crazyjoy challenge word: LABOR.

crazyjoy = labor

Labor that is never finished.


Blah, I hate unloading the dishwasher.

If you joined in the challenge link your photo up below.

Hope you have a great week!

Aug 26, 2011

CrazyJoy =

This week's crazyjoy challenge word is...


This could go so many ways and I'm excited to see the photos next week! Here's what to do...

  1. Think on it, photograph it, draw it, make it, whatever you want to do to represent the word
  2. Come back Monday and I will post my and Anna's photo and you can link up through Thursday with your interpretation
  3. Then check out Anna's blog on Friday where she will post our favorite entry and the new challenge word
And our favorite entry for ORANGE:


Thanks, Jennifer!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!!

Aug 25, 2011

It's Here!

My sister first told me about it. I have since looked on every Starbucks shelf I've entered with no luck of seeing it.

But then it happened. I was checking out and there it was, staring me right in the face!

Dream come true

Yeah, that says Iced Coffee Blend. I didn't get the pound of coffee (yet) and bought the little packets of VIA to try first.

Man, oh, man. I made one yesterday morning and it was great. It was only lacking the extra whip I like to add but it did the trick. Now I need to go back to the store and use my coupon for the pounder bag!

Aug 24, 2011


I figured it's been so long since I've had a "normal" post that I should reintroduce myself!

Hello! Remember me? I used to write about stuff like my Sweet P, my husband and his fishing, a whole lot of food and randomness. No? That's ok, I understand!

Things have been crazy around here. I've been doing a lot of design work and have had bouts of not feeling so great. Combine the two and it doesn't leave much time for posting stuff here.

So to get back in the swing of things, here are some pictures of my P.

Big smiles.


Not sure.


What? I'm not supposed to stand on the chair?


Oh, and here's a recent flea market purchase...

My Next DIY Project

More to come on that project. But for now, Happy Wednesday friends.

Aug 22, 2011

CrazyJoy = Orange (revealed)

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend!

Today Anna and I are revealing our photos for the crazyjoy challenge word: ORANGE.

Here's mine:

crazyjoy = orange

A bunch of orange stuff I had around the house.

Head over to Anna's blog to see her photo and to link up with your post if you participated in the challenge.


Aug 19, 2011

CrazyJoy =

Hello, hello!

I know it's been a while since I've posted but I couldn't leave you hanging on the new crazyjoy challenge word.

The word for this week is...


Do your best to capture ORANGE and link up with your blog post with Anna on Monday.

I'll be back more next week and have a couple of fun posts planned! Until then, have a great weekend!!

Aug 15, 2011

CrazyJoy = Carry (revealed)

Good morning and good Monday! I hope you had a great weekend.

Here are my and Anna's pictures for Friday's crazyjoy challenge word: carry.

crazyjoy = carry

Sweet P is always carrying something in her hands. Her favorite things to carry include: sharpie pens, spoons, makeup or lotion tubes, cars and her plastic food. She usually has at least three things in her hands at all times. It cracks me up.

and Anna's:

I love that photo.

If you joined in the challenge, link up with your blog post below and Anna will announce our favorite on Friday.

Aug 12, 2011

CrazyJoy =

Heeeeeeelllllo Friday! I am so ready for the weekend.

As you know, Friday means it's time for a new crazyjoy challenge word.

This week's word is....


There you have it. You know what to do...
  1. Think on it, photograph it, draw it, make it, whatever you want to do to represent the word
  2. Come back Monday and I will post my and Anna's photo and you can link up through Thursday with your interpretation
  3. Then check out Anna's blog on Friday where she will post our favorite entry and the new challenge word
Have fun with it.

And our favorite from last week's HISTORIC challenge:


Check our Mirys post for a super sweet story about that photo!

Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend!!

Take Heart

Hey guys. I'm over at my friend Danielle's blog today!

Here's Danielle


Isn't she a doll.

She writes about her life, family, braiding her gorgeous hair and all kinds of crafty fun things. Plus, I think our husbands would get along really well!

Check her out, well, not today because you'll see me over there, but go back Monday and say hi. Well, go ahead and go visit today too so you can say hi to me too!


Oh, and come back later today for the new crazyjoy challenge word.

Aug 11, 2011

Random Thursday

I've been away for a couple of days so here's a little random catch up post.

I've been baking. I have an unhealthy addition to pinning all kinds of sweets recipes on pinterest and it gets even more unhealthy when I decide to try them!

So, this recipe has been on my tasty board and I finally decided to try it. I had to add a lemon glaze though.

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

It was pretty good. Not sure if it's a keeper yet, but pretty good.

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

We had an Indian night a few months ago when some friends introduced us to Indian food. It was so good that I decided we had to have it again. This is a cheapo, cheater version. I'm sure you could find a recipe for tikki masala and make your own, but, I had a $10 gift card to a local Indian restaurant so I got some to-go.

I made another one of those "fauxtesserie" chickens. While that was cooking, I assembled some veggie kabobs with zucchini, yellow squash, onion, mushroom and yellow peppers. I poured a little olive oil over the sliced veggies and sprinkled a little curry powder over them and tossed it all around to coat. Then I put the veggies on skewers and broiled them for about 30 minutes, turning a couple times while they were cooking.

Veggie Kabobs

I steamed some brown rice in my handy-dandy steamer, diced up the chicken, topped it with the veggies and then poured hot tikki masala all over it. Mmm. It satisfied my heat-craving and kept the kitchen cool.

Indian Food

The whole dinner cost a total of $8.22 which comes to $1.37 per person! That's cheap!

I've also been enjoying this summer with my girl. She's been enjoying the cat.


Our very, patient cat.


And here's me and my girl in the shark cage at the aquarium for Embrace the Camera.


Happy Thursday.

Aug 8, 2011

CrazyJoy = Historic (revealed)

Happy Monday!! We had a nice break from the 114 degree Saturday when we FINALLY got some rain! What a blessing that was!

Anyway, Monday means it's time to reveal our crazyjoy challenge photos for historic.

Here's mine:
crazyjoy = historic

Living in Tulsa, I daily see signs for "Historic Route 66". I wanted to take a picture of something on Route 66 and found the perfect thing. It's an old motel, the Dessert Hills that was built in 1953. I love the neon sign and the fact that you can see the Route 66 sign too!

Head over to Anna's blog today to see take on HISTORIC and to link up your own photo!

Aug 5, 2011

CrazyJoy =

Man this week has flown by. It's hard to believe it's already Friday but it is and that means it's time for the new crazyjoy challenge word.

This week's word:


This should be interesting! Don't forget to check Anna's post for our favorite entry for JAM and check back with her on Monday to see our photos and to link up!

Have a great weekend.

Aug 4, 2011

Salad with Fried Goat Cheese

With the record-breaking heat wave hitting Oklahoma, I don't care to add extra heat to my house because something's cooking in the oven. So for dinner we had dinner salads topped with one of my favorite things: fried goat cheese.

I've had salads and sandwiches at restaurants with fried goat cheese but I've never made it myself. Until last night! Now that I know how easy it is, it will definitely be on the rotation.

Two days ago I tried a recipe for "fauxtisserie chicken". Another attempt at not using my oven for dinner and it came out perfect! Super tender and very juicy. I had half a chicken leftover so I wanted to use that chicken for our dinner salad last night.

Then I remember seeing a recipe I pinned on pinterest (pin no longer available) for fried goat cheese. So I decided to give it a try.

Now, I didn't completely follow the directions. Surprise. I tried staying close to the recipe but I didn't have a lot of panko left so I just used what I had, which was probably close to a 1/4 C so I just went with that and cut everything else down. I used about 4 oz of goat cheese, I skipped the flour, left out the thyme and didn't measure anything and it came out DELICIOUS.

For the salad, I used green leaf lettuce, sliced homegrown onions, shredded carrots, sliced strawberries and sliced cucumbers and topped it with balsamic vinaigrette. Then I topped it with three little fried goat cheese rounds and oh my, my.

Fresh Greens with Chicken and Fried Goat Cheese

This one's a keeper.

Aug 3, 2011

She Likes Her Dollhouse

It seems one of P's favorite birthday gifts is the dollhouse her auntie decorated for her.

She likes taking the chairs out and handing them to me. But her favorite detail in the whole house is the little picture of her on the wall.


She points at it, smiles and ooooohhhs at it.

Another thing she's doing a lot lately is handing things to people. She'll find some thing, pick it up, walk over to you and say, here. At least, I'm pretty sure that's what she's saying because it sure sounds like it!


I'm really liking this stage.

Aug 2, 2011

Irish Oats

Have you every tried Irish Oats? I like it a lot better than plain ol oatmeal. There's something in those steel cut oats that has a little crunch. Not in a bad, like they-haven't-been-cooked-all-they-way, but just a little bite that gives it a good texture.

We don't follow directions very well around here and I don't go by what the side of the box says. I like my oats to cook in a little milk because it makes them oh-so-creamy, so I mix 1/4 C oats with 1/4 C milk and 1/2 C water.

I put all that in a pan with a pinch of cinnamon and turn the heat to medium low. Once it starts simmering, I turn the heat to low and since there's milk in it, I stir pretty frequently so it doesn't burn on the bottom. After all the milk and water has absorbed and simmered for about 5 minutes it's done.

I like to put a little butter and brown sugar on my oats. Then I pretend I didn't just put brown sugar in it and I add a little fruit to make it healthy.

Irish Oats and Peaches

Breakfast served.

Aug 1, 2011

CrazyJoy = Jam (revealed)

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend! Monday means it's time to share our pictures for the crazyjoy challenge word: JAM.

Here's mine:
crazyjoy = jam

Are you surprised I chose the option related to food?

Here's Anna's:

Now, are you surprised we both chose the one related to food!?

There are so many ways to interpret jam and I'm super excited to see if you participated and what you came up with.

So, link up and show off your photos and Anna will announce our favorite on Friday!