Friday, August 22, 2014

Mills is TWO!

How on earth is this lil boy two years old today?!

 We've been celebrating all week.

But tonight, his brother is coming over.

  They'll enjoy a peanut butter goodie cake and probably some Miller Lite to wash it all down.

 They will play ball in the backyard. 

  And run around like crazy pooches! 

Til they just have to sit on the back steps (if they still fit) and chill.

 


I took these pictures the other night when the light was shining in our den.  He's so cute!





Happy Birthday to our favorite lil buddy!!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Breville Smart Convection Oven

Before Kevin and I got married, we talked about what we REALLY needed in a kitchen.  We didn't want a bunch of small appliances sitting on our counters.  When we lived at our condos uptown, neither of us had a toaster (we just used the oven) or any small appliances.  We just got by with our oven, microwave and a small blender.  

So we knew how to go without if you know what I mean.

This Breville Smart Convection Oven is the best thing we have on the counter.  We use it all.the.time.  One of my Mom's friends gave it to us as a shower gift and when we plugged it in after our honeymoon, we knew we'd use it often.  And we do.

We cook pizzas in it, heat leftovers when we don't have time to fire up our big oven, it keeps things warm.  

One of my favorite things is that I can put a dish in while it is preheating, set the timer and it doesn't start cooking it until it is preheated.  Then when the timer goes off, the oven turns off.  So if you're out back with the dog, the food has stopped cooking and you don't have to run in and take it out immediately.

It bakes, roasts, toasts, broils, reheats, warms.  It really does anything you could want.  

So add this to your Christmas or birthday list.  You'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Asian Appetizer

One of the girls made this for bunco last week and it was SO good I had to share

Let's call it:  Asian Appetizer.

Ingredients:
1 block of cream cheese (I used low fat)
1 green onion
Wasabi Cream (found in Asian section of grocery store)
Tuxedo Sesame Seeds (found in Asian section)
Soy Sauce (I used our leftover packets from take out Chinese)
Wasabi Rice Crackers (found in Asian section)

Directions:
This sounds complicated but it's not.  It's just hard to explain.  
Open the block of cream cheese package and slice it horizontally (basically you're cutting the top half off). Set that to the side.  Now you have two rectangles.  Cut each rectangle diagonally so you have four triangles.  Spread wasabi cream on two of the triangles.  Place the two triangles that don't have wasabi cream on top of the ones that do.  If you look at the above picture you'll see how each triangle is split horizontally through the middle.  Poor some sesame seeds on a paper towel and dab both triangular sections onto it so they're coated with seeds.  Spread a lil more wasabi cream on top (see pic) then sprinkle green onions on top.  Place onto place then put a little soy sauce on the plate.  Serve with rice crackers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Titles

Who has a title at work?

What does it really mean?

I was at a girl's night last week and a lady was asking me what I did etc etc and as I told her, she asked me my title.  

My response, "we don't have titles."  Because we don't.

And I like that we don't.  Does it really define you?  Does it define your pay grade?  We kinda look at our group like we're one big family and we all work together to get deals done.  Why does it have to be a senior project manager, a vice president or an analyst?

Who cares!  Doesn't how well you do your job matter the most?    

Tell me about your company....how does this work?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nice Lil "Us" Weekend

Today is my Mama's birthday!  Happy Birthday dear Mother of mine!!!!!!  Love you!

We had a nice weekend.  One that really was just us and that was nice.

Who is excited for the Lilly sale today?!  I can't wait!

I laid in the hammock while Mills chilled waiting for Kevin to get home on Friday night. (Kevin cut the grass Saturday ha!)

That night we went to Firebirds for dinner.  We had been craving a steak, salad and baked potato and that's what we both got.  So full but so good.  

Saturday began with my usual Flywheel, Farmer's Market and taking Mills to see Kevin at work.  Kevin's working every Saturday now.  Well he always works 7 days a week but he goes into his office on Saturdays now.  

Then I got this picture of my niece Anna Kate.  She had called me on Friday while I was at work and we FaceTimed.  She sounded so grown up!  Then this!  She lost her top front tooth!

I actually took the time to go to our neighborhood pool for the very first time all summer.  No one was there (except the lifeguard) for the first hour then some other people came.  It was nice!

I went home when Kevin texted me he was done with stuff on his list he wanted to get knocked out.  We played with our buddy in the muddy redneck pool for awhile.  He loved it.

Saturday night we attended a surprise party for one of Kevin's work guys.  We were obviously the youngest folks there but it was really nice being there celebrating him.  

It was in the neighborhood across from us so we just drove over.

Sunday = hang time and recoup.  I made pesto for the first time with basil from our yard.  Our food processor that intimidates me so much made it in point two seconds.  

Mills got an early birthday present...a monkey.

I have a new recipe to share this week too.  It's a super easy appetizer that I learned from one of the girls in my neighborhood.

On the road today so I'll chat with you girls (and Dad) soon!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bunco

We celebrated one of our neighbor's birthday at bunco on Wednesday night.  I picked up some mini cupcakes for the occasion and put them right on my Nora Fleming platter.  I love this platter because I can change out the mini on the side (see the stack of presents?).  It's perfect for any occasion.

It was at Cheryl Anne's cabana in their backyard.  Amazing right?  All of our neighbors have amazing backyards...we can't wait til ours gets done...you know in like 10 years ha!

Perfect outdoor space complete with a kitchen, bar area and bathroom.


Happy Birthday Dee Dee!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Queen Charlotte Pimento Cheese

I don't think my post yesterday made a lick of sense but oh well.  Wish I could give you that one minute of your life back.  Ha!

I've seen where our Farmer's Market carries this Queen Charlotte pimento cheese royale but have never tried it until two weekends ago.  

We have been missing out!  It is amazing!  And I love the story behind it too...a young teacher went on jeopardy and used his earnings to start his company.  He still teaches and makes this at nights.  He makes regular and also jalapeno.

It says they sell it at Reid's and a few other places.  I get it at Providence Produce Market on Providence near Providence Promenade.  

We had it on toasted rye bread this weekend with a fresh farmer's market tomato.  The perfect summer sandwich.