Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Halloween 2015

I think it's fun to dress up for Halloween!  I typically try to go for a different Halloween costume and this year I decided to be a sno-cone!

Check it out...

Our small group had a little party and my friend Lindy wasn't sure what she should dress up as, so I told her that she should be a bag of jelly beans.  I told her about how I did it one year and told her that I would help her with the costume.  Here is the final result...

Isn't she just the cutest?  I even made nutritional facts for the back...

We assembled her costume in the Chick-fil-A parking lot because we had to ask them for a very large, clear trash bag.  The ride over to our party was the BEST...

Lindy was padded very well just in case we had an accident!

She's a very fun gal that I love very much!

Jon was Wilson from Home Improvement.  I made him a nice little fence to hide behind.  I didn't have a hat like Wilson wore in Home Improvement so I said that Jon was the "modern-day" version of Wilson with the baseball cap on.

A son-cone and Wilson...

Here is James and Joy, another couple from our small group.  They were from Mary Poppins.  :)

At the end of the night, Lindy thought it would be fun to roll around in the grass and pop her balloons.  It was one of the funniest things...

And then they all fell out...

A fun time was had by all!

The Sno-Cone Lady

The Day I Met Pioneer Woman!

I'm not the type of person that gets star-struck at all.  I don't have anyone that I would just stand in line for two hours to meet.  However, ever since Pioneer Woman got her show on the Food Network, I've become a huge fan!  I've been reading her blog for years and have always been a fan, but now I feel like I'm an extreme fan!  Her cooking show is just the best, her cookware is exactly like what I would design one to be, and her cinnamon rolls and other recipes have turned me into a cooking machine!

She recently came to Raleigh back in October and I drug Jon along with me to go meet her to get my cookbooks signed.  She was everything that I dreamed she would be and more!

Here are some pictures from the event...

This was the first picture I took.  You can see her from afar because of her hair.  :)

The thing that was so sweet about her was that she was genuinely so kind and thankful that each person came to see her.  She never seemed fake or seemed like she was tired from all of the people.  I can't imagine how much her hand must have been hurting after she signed all of the books she did.

Jon and I stood in line for close to two hours just to see her.  I took pictures as we got closer and closer.

And when I saw her boots, I decided I must have a pair!  Thank you, Santa for bringing me some for Christmas!

I honestly thought I might cry when I met her because that is what I've started doing as I age.  When I get really excited about something or get moved, I tear up....and then sometimes those tears turn into a little bit of happier tears that follow.  Sometimes my husband looks at me like I've lost my mind.  I'm just easily moved.  :)

I held it together though!  

I even brought her my favorite apple fritters for her to try.  If you've never read her blog, she is hilarious!  One time she wrote about apple fritters and the story sounded EXACTLY like something I would do!  To read the story, click here.

I really don't remember what we talked about.  I just remember telling her that I brought her apple fritters because I loved that story.  She seemed to get a good laugh out of it.  

I also wrote her a note (because I figured I would only get to stand beside her just to get my picture taken) telling her how much I loved her blog, how thankful I am that she inspires me to cook, and how I felt like we could be soul sisters because we have the same sense of humor.  I also let her know that if she wanted to get rid of one of her floral mixers that she could send me one.  Don't worry, I included my address and phone number!  ;)

I sure do love PW!  

If you've never checked her out, you should.  She's my favorite!

The Wanna-Be Pioneer Woman  :)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy 30th Jon!

It's my sweet husband's birthday today!  (I must have written this post about a year and a half ago and never posted it...whoops!  Jon will turn 32 in March.  :))

We've had such a wonderful day today!

This morning I cooked him a yummy breakfast.  Biscuits and gravy, sausage, and scrambled eggs!  It was pretty tasty...even if I did make it!

He also got to eat off of the special birthday plate!

We also went to the golf course today!

It's been a long time since I was Jon's driver at the course.  It was a beautiful day and we both enjoyed being outside so much!

I also enjoyed it when he made an awesome birdie put!  I yelled a little when he did it!  He hit a put that was about 30 feet from the hole.  I was very impressed!  

After golfing, we went and shopped a little and then went to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse.  It is a delicious place to eat!  We ate so good and we're really excited about our leftovers tomorrow!

Jon even got a free ice cream sundae!

It's been a great day!  Within the next few minutes we will be watching the Duke vs. UNC game.  

It would be sweet for UNC to win for Jon on his birthday, but I just don't think it's going to happen!  (Sorry, babe!)

Happy Birthday, Jon!  I love you more than I could ever put into words and I hope that you've had a Happy 30th!


Saturday, October 24, 2015

The last one and we are caught up!

This past June I finally got to go to Georgetown Cupcake!  I had to go to Atlanta for work and I got to go to Buckhead and try these cupcakes.  I've always been a fan of the television show DC Cupcakes on TLC, so I was really excited to try these cupcakes.  

I was a tad bit excited!!!

It was so dreamy...

I loved the little pink boxes!

So, I was in Atlanta for three days and I bought three cupcakes.  I had every intention of bringing Jon home a cupcake, but somehow it didn't make it to him.  I don't know what happened to it?!

I ordered an Oreo cupcake, a double chocolate birthday cupcake, and a red velvet cupcake.

They were so beautiful!!!  Now, did they live up to the hype?  Well, they were good, but I've had better.  I was somewhat disappointed, but then I just decided that I don't have a palate for fancier things.  At Georgetown, they use fancy chocolate and some kind of Irish butter. I'm just used to good 'ol Land 'O Lakes butter and Hershey's chocolate.  Don't get me wrong, they were delicious and I would go back, but I've had better cupcakes.

On July 4th, we didn't have any plans, so we went to the outlet malls, to Hobby Lobby, and to play putt-putt.

Don't we look like we are at the beach with the tree behind us?

Ha!  This was the other side of the picture!  Not the beach!

We also watched the fireworks in Wake Forest and that was a lot of fun!

I also made patriotic cupcakes for a cookout!

We also had a going away party for a sweet friend who moved to California!

I fell in love with flowers from the Farmer's Market this summer...

Jon and I celebrated five years of marriage and I got a sparkly gift....another ring to go with my set!  I love it!

I got the cutest little cake from my favorite cake shop!

I surprised Jon to go play golf at UNC's golf course on our anniversary.  He has always wanted to play here and it was such a fun surprise!

We had a great time, even if everything was Carolina blue!

We also splurged and went to the Angus Barn!   It was AMAZING!

They have so much delicious food before you get your main entree.  There is cheese and crackers, olives, pickles, you Jane it.  It is SO good!

And they have the BEST salad!

We both got steaks...yum!

And a special anniversary cake!

We ended up taking a ton of food home.

This summer I also created my first little succulent creation with help from my friend, Anna...

We also came home to see Amie get married...

And we went to the beach for Labor Day!

I did some reading....

I've never read Harry Potter...it was pretty good!

We did some fishing...

And saw some sharks off of the pier! 

I had so much fun watching the sharks!  I was the crazy lady on the pier yelling about the sharks!

We played putt-putt and Jon's golf ball got stuck!  Haha!

I got to spend lots of time with this cutie...

I also realized how much I hog the covers at night...whoops!

We swam...

Played on the beach...

"Cooked" on the beach....

This was my strawberry shortcake!

And we had some fun with silly string!

Jon and I got up early one morning to see if we could see some dolphins...

We didn't have any luck, but we did find $20!  

We fished some more....

And please note the year on Jon's shirt!  Ha!

And I went to the prettiest golf course ever....Caledonia....

This golf course has the most beautiful live oak trees!  It is just gorgeous!

The golfers...

This is what you see when you drive up to the clubhouse....

It's perfect for pictures...

They had good hot dogs, too....

Don't you love my design?

On our last day, Jon and I explored Murrels Inlet a little more.  We ate at a place called Wicked Tuna.  I tried some fish tacos and they were delicious!

And Jon ate mahi mahi...

We also went on the Marsh Walk where we saw Goat Island.  There is a man that brings his goats to this island for people to see during the summer...

This was our view for lunch...

And the yellow house is where we stayed...

We had a fun time, but we all missed David!

Soon after we returned home, I received some items from Wal-Mart!!

I did a little early birthday shopping!

And oh my goodness I am in love!  Pioneer Woman came out with a new cookware line and I want everything in it!  It is all so adorable and so me!  

I also had a big event at work that was similar to a painting class that you go to.  All of the proceeds went to Alzheimer's.  It was a big success and was such a great time!  I decided to do a big cheese board for the event and I had the best time doing it!  

Cheese is one of my love languages!

I was thankful that my second mom was there for the night to help me get everything together and she got to paint with me, too! 

Aren't we just the best artists?!  I definitely felt like Bob Ross!  It was a lot of fun!

Until next time,