Friday, April 27, 2012

Insta-Friday

The world's most inconsistent blogger is back for a catch up post. We have been staying busy around here and I cannot even believe it is almost May. Since I last posted the husband turned 26! We went to the restaurant Twenty Six for his birthday dinner. 
Oh.my.goodness. Most delicious dinner I have had in a long time. I had shrimp and grits with creole crusted shrimp and gouda cheese grits. Those gouda cheese grits were no doubt the best grits I have ever tasted. I will be trying to recreate in the near future! 
The actual birthday was pretty low key, we did enjoy picking out some new plants. Fletcher has a green thumb, I however do not. So I got lots of lessons when we went to the local nursery and am doing my best to learn (at least the names) of the plants we have. I can't wait to watch our plants grow! It will add a little bit of interest to the front step!

 Here is a confession...I was a sucker for the emi-jay hair ties. A couple of months ago I ordered some new ones. When Fletcher was looking at our bank statement and said "What is Emi-jay?" I knew I had no good reasoning for ordering hair ties at $3 a pop. I didn't get any grief about it, but I knew that it wasn't a purchase that I could justify on a regular basis. However, I have grown quite fond of these hair ties and didn't want to return to my old ones. So I was quite pleased with myself when I found elastic online. I ordered 10 yards of elastic in 10 different colors, all for $4.99! Considering I can probably make 60 hair ties with this fabric, I will be set for a very long time. I want to sell some of them just to make back my $5 I spent, but we'll see if that ends up happening! I could charge way less than good ole Emi-Jay over there.


I have not been cooking much lately. I don't really know what we have been eating, but between birthday dinners and work schedules I have only cooked a few times in the last few weeks. This week I made BBQ chicken topped with caramelized onions and homemade mac & cheese as a side. I hadn't cooked in a while and I was in the mood for some a good southern meal!



Guess who came to town this week? Drew Holcomb and the neighbors! My sister and I went and I loved every minute of it. If they are in town, I am there. I can't get enough of their music, and they definitely give a great show. Elenowen opened up for them...another husband & wife duo. They were awesome too! I hadn't ever heard them before, but they were on The Voice last season. I have been listening to their cd on spotify over and over these last couple of days! 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cashew Chicken

We had this dish weeks ago at my sister's house and I knew it would be come a regular at our house. When we recently made it Fletcher said he felt like he was at P.F. Chang's! It is easy and healthy. My sister made a few adjustments that I liked, but the original recipe came from here.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add mushrooms and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then sprinkle cornstarch on chicken pieces. Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and add chicken. Cook chicken until brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Add garlic, edamame, pineapple, and cashews and stir for 30 seconds. Turn heat to medium low.

In a small bowl mix honey and soy sauce. Pour into skillet, coating chicken and veggies. Serve with rice.


Cashew Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Cup Mushrooms
1/4 cup Shelled Edamame
2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
1 Cup Pineapple
1/2 cup Unsalted Cashews
3 Tbsp. Honey
3 Tbsp. Soy Sauce


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter

We had a wonderful Easter. We got to celebrate with Fletcher's family and with my sister's family. It was so wonderful that we got to be with both sides of the family, and I appreciate Fletcher's mom hosting all of us. We didn't get a picture of the whole group, but we got a picture of half of us.
The little man kept everyone entertained after lunch while we watched the Master's. I love this sweet little boy so much!

My contribution to lunch were these Strawberry Tarts. I found them on the Storywood blog and was itching to try them.

I had a little bit of trouble with the shells. I ended up baking them 10 minutes less than what she said. Other than that they were pretty simple! I will be making them again for sure. I love desserts with strawberries this time of year. We enjoyed gathering with family and eating great food, but the profound message of Easter is what we celebrate with joyful hearts.

"Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for our sins. It was an infinite sentence, but He must have satisfied it fully because on Easter Sunday he walked out free. The resurrection was God's way of stamping PAID IN FULL right across history so that no one could miss it." - Tim Keller

Thankful to celebrate a Savior who came to Earth to live a perfect life that I could not live and pay a debt that I could not pay.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bridal Tea

This weekend we went to Memphis for a Bridal Tea for my sweet friend Julie. The weekend was busy from the time we arrived to the time we left, but it was so good to see friends and family. Our moms did a great job hosting the shower and it was fun to get to help! We also got to squeeze in some birthday celebrating with my favorite Memphis BBQ & favorite kind of cake!

Build your own fruit pizza!

Bride to be & her MOH.

So thankful for these friends! We were all so close in high school and it is amazing how we have stayed friends. 6 years later and we still love being together!