Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Dishwasher!

Yeah, this was our kitchen...and now it is down to the studs- no more ugly bathroom tile, no more blue cabinets and that original to the home.....first model available dishwasher- it's at the street right now because we got a new one!!!  Seriously that dishwasher still works (it's KitchenAid), but it is ancient-I mean it was brown and had push buttons!

So, tonight H and I picked out our new dishwasher for our soon (crossing fingers) to be completed kitchen.  Unfortunately, while at Lowe's a few days ago they had more models available and when we went in today a bunch were gone-so less to choose from.  It took me a while to decide, but ultimately, I wanted one with deep drawers, adjustable racks and a large utensil bin.  This baby was right on- expensive yes, but this is the only appliance we will be buying (the rest of the appliances that came with the house are white).  And yeah, we got a KitchenAid, because you should go with what you know right?!

Oh yeah, and we didn't pay that the store it was $698, and we snagged one of those 10% off movers coupons (shhh, don't tell!).  So, one step closer to completing the remodel, yay!

Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel is in progress in our home right are some pictures of kitchens I love :)

Love this floor and the dog is cute too!

I looove the floor tiles here...anyone know where I can get this size?  I checked out Lowes with no luck...are they special order?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Housekeeping!!! Fluff pillow?

Ahhh, dont these freshly folded sheets look great?!  
I hate folding fitted sheets, they always give me such trouble.  Here's a tutorial on how to fold those pesky fitted sheets.  Hopefully it helps you :)
It's late tonight, Im about to hit the sheets (not feeling well).  Night!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Weekly Menu

I try to do a weekly menu whenever I go to the grocery and have a list in hand.  We like going to Walmart because we get a lot for our buck there (70 items for under $100 is not bad in my book)!  So, I present my menu for this week:

Sunday:  Grilled Chicken Salads

Monday:  Greek Turkey Burgers & Pasta Salad  (recipe to come...)

Tuesday:  Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Coleslaw with Waffle Fries

Wednesday:  Southwest Chicken Soup (found this recipe on my favorite blog!  I do change it up a little-add chopped bell peppers and sub grilled shredded chicken for rotisserie and top it with cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro and the yummy tortilla strips!!!!)

Thursday:  Grilled Steak & Salad

Friday:  Taco Salads/Nachos (using leftover pulled pork)

Saturday:  Cookout- HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!  

Thursday, June 25, 2009

July 4th & Apple Pie

4th of July is just around the corner.  What's more american than cookouts and apple pie?!  I have to confess something...I have never liked apple pie until I found this recipe.  This apple pie recipe is amazing, its like eating a caramel apple wrapped in a flaky crust (and by flaky crust I mean cheating and using the pillsbury pie crust ;).  I think this will be on my menu for 4th of July for sure, and the best part, its sooooo easy to make!!!

(Pic from site)

Here's the recipe:  Apple Pie

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This organization has touched me because of the amazing work they do for others.  Honor Flight is a organization that gives World War II veterans the opportunity cost free to them to see their memorial.  

To me, it's pretty ridiculous it took so long for our greatest generation of heroes to finally get a memorial.  President Bush made it happen and in 2004, the memorial was completed.  Most WWII veterans are gone now and 1,000 more die each day.  

I made a donation in honor of my grandfather and hope you will make a donation in honor of a loved one or donate simply to a great cause.  Please make a donation today:  HONOR FLIGHT

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Beach

It is my dream one day for H & I to own a beach home to spend our summers with family.  Will it happen?  Who knows!  
While dreaming, and searching beautiful beaches I came across this beach home that is listed for sale, for the low low price of 3.9 mil.  Um, yeah........
So, here are the gorgeous pictures of this home, not only are the views to die for, but the interiors are soooo dreamy!

Seriously, who wouldn't want this home?!  If you are interested in purchasing it or checking it our for more details, here's the link:  Beach Home

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Proposal

No, this is not a movie review (although I do really want to see it!!)  This post is about H & I.

Today is the day H proposed to me 3 years ago!  Wow time flies by.  H took me on a tour of our local ballpark (private!) and at the end of the tour, we got to go into the home team's dugout!!!

As we were in the dugout checking it out, I started to walk away and H told me not to go yet to turn around.  I found he was on one knee with a box in his hand!!!!  It was the most perfect moment that he had planned for us.  The funny thing is, the first words out of my mouth after H asked me to marry him were, "Did you ask my Dad?"  Haha, yes I'm a Daddy's girl :)  And, yes H did ask, like 2 months in advance.  Wow, I don't know how my family kept this a secret.

My favorite picture from that day- I love the look on H's face as he is on one knee.  Oh yeah, and look how nicely dressed he is 
compared to me and my capris and flip flops!  I should have known something was going on, b/c it was hot out!!! 

This moment in my life was so amazing and such a rush, immediately after he proposed we went to our favorite local BBQ place, where H had all of our families waiting for us to celebrate over dinner.  He is amazing :)
We got to this BBQ place that is famous in our hometown for all celebrations because simply it is sooo good!  You should definitely check it out if you are here!  Looks like they are doing a ribsfest starting July 6th.  Oh, and I love this location best:  Montgomery Inn

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cookies :)

Finished baskets, and my beautiful peonies from my yard :)

I recently had an order from a family member asking me
 to do the favors for a baby shower they were hosting.  I was so excited-my 1st job!!!  I made sugar cookies on a stick :)  This was so much work, but well worth the outcome.

A closeup of the baby shower cookies.

I did onesies, baby carriages, bottles and pacifiers.
I heard they were a hit!  I take orders :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Country Music

Ok, so my first post.  I am going to tell you about my love of country music- it runs deep.  I have been listening to country music since I was a kid and not entirely by choice (because my parents wouldn't let us watch MTV haha).  But, I truly love country music and try to go to a concert anytime an artist is in town. 

Recently, I saw Taylor Swift & Keith Urban-floor
 seats no less!  It was an amazing concert, high energy and entertaining!  I highly recommend you check them out if you haven't seen them live yet! 

Backup guitarist for Taylor Swift....gotta love his "Rod Stewart" hair haha!

I love her sparkly guitar, and she is really so humble-a 
great role model for young girls!

Keith Urban, swoon :)

 I haven't had this much fun at a concert for a long time (the beer helped a little!)  I will be going to see them again next time I get the chance.