Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Andrew and I are making our way to Cartersville after I get off work today. We're stopping in Kennesaw tonight to stay with Jake and Allie at their new house- which I can't wait to see! And then tomorrow morning we'll be in Cartersville hungry and ready for two Thanksgiving meals... Ray Family first, and Lalla family second! We'll be heading back tomorrow night because I've got to work Friday (oh, the joys of working at a mall!). But, I am looking forward to getting our tree and house decorated this weekend.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Turkey Day!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We do have 4 very special ornaments we've gotten since the wedding day that will stay with us forever:
1. For our wedding night, Andrew's parents rented a cottage at Barnsley Gardens for us. It was absolutely beautiful and charming. We walked the grounds for a little while the next day, and while we were in the museum, a woman who worked there came up and started talking to us. As it turned out, she lived just behind Mission Estates- and had lived there for years. She started talking about this sweet black and white dog that used to come out and play with her dogs all the time, and would sometimes come with another red dog. She knew they had a home because they were well-fed and always left in the evening, so one day she tied a note around his collar with her name and phone number on it so the owner would know where he was going. Well, it was my family's dogs! Our sweet Lewy who was only with us for a couple of years, and our sweet Cherokee who just passed last September after 16 happy years! I told Andrew that I still remember riding in the van with Mom to pick up the dogs from her house! Anyway, back to the ornaments... while we were talking to her, another woman came up and handed me a tiny wrapped package, telling us we left it behind in our room. I looked at the tag on it and it said, "Love, Fairy Godmother." Inside the wrapped package was a beautiful pewter Barnsley Gardens ornament! And that's where it started! :)
2. While we were on our Honeymoon cruise, I told Andrew we could not leave the Bahamas without another ornament for our tree. He helped me pick out a Christmas angel made out of seashells that says, "Bahamas 2008" on the back. The tradition continued!
3 & 4. A couple weekends ago we had absolutely no plans. It was our first weekend since we moved into our house that I didn't have wedding things to work on or we had no visitors. For some reason, instead of sleeping our Saturday away, we both woke up early in the morning and decided to go to Cracker Barrel. It was so much fun just taking our time and talking about our plans through the holiday season. I know it wasn't a big life-changing event or experience, but sitting there and just enjoying my husband's company made me want to make a memory out of it. So, lo and behold, we left Cracker Barrel with 2 more specially picked out ornaments for our Christmas tree! :)
Tuesday night I got our four special ornaments together and put them with our Dollar Tree ornaments to get ready for our first tree. Although our special pile is small now, we're excited to see how it grows each year!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
My Amazing Brothers, Jake and Dan, with me at my graduation
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 1 pkg Kraft Deluxe Mac 'n Cheese Dinner
- 2 cups frozen vegetables (ours had carrots, green beans, peas, lima beans, corn and more! I added an extra cup- I love veggies!)
- 8 oz. Velveeta cut into cubes (about a 1/4 of the package)
And it is so simple! You just bring the water and milk to a boil, add the macaroni and veggies, return to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 12-14 minutes. Then you add the cheese packet from the Kraft dinner and the Velveeta, and keep stirring until it is smooth creamy cheesy goodness! Andrew chose a grilled ham and cheese to go with his, and I made myself a grilled turkey wrap. Yum! It was simple, a few ingredients, and we were both stuffed! (And we've got plenty of leftovers for tonight... well, lunch today!)
I highly recommend this recipe for an easy dinner night! And the Kraft Foods website... it's amazing!