Friday, June 4, 2010
Well, school is going along. I passed my first test, and my second is coming up soon. I really miss having time to get on here and blog, but it won't last for long! So until next time, be blessed!! S :)
Monday, February 22, 2010
I thought I would fill you in on my fun-filled weekend in Gatlinburg. One of my best-good friends (name that movie) and I went on a weekend getaway to the Winterfest conference held at the Convention Center. It is mainly for teens, but anyone can attend and the worship is always awesome! Oh and we dragged her Mom along with us...
The picture below was taken before I left as I was packing my suitcase... Maggie wanted to go really bad. Some friends, Sarah and Luke, were so nice to keep her for me. Thanks Luke and Sarah! Maggie had a blast.
Here is the nice welcome sign. The theme of the weekend was all about The Veil. We talked about how we are sometimes blinded to seeing the Truth that God wants us to see. We are blinded by veils, and these veils can be many different things. It can be any sin that keeps us separate from God. They had many guest speakers. The main guy was Jeff Walling. He did a great job in making these points.
There were over 6500 people on hand to join in a wonderful worship weekend! Most people brought big huge youth groups, so in order to keep everyone together, they made big signs on tall posts to make sure all the kids could find their groups. All of the signs were cute, and I wish I would have been able to get some close-up pictures. One creative group had a big tree branch that they carried around like a Christmas tree.
Gatlinburg is not short on supply of beautiful views. This was our view at The Peddler, where we ate supper on Friday night. This is a really nice old restaurant which is known for its' salad bar and steaks. I have never seen so many toppings for a salad in my life. The "steak peddler" comes to your table with a two big slabs of beef. Our peddler had a huge cut of ribeyes and NY strips, and he cut our steaks to our specifications. You can also order off the menu... Try call-ahead seating at 4pm, in order to get creek side seats as seen below...
We also went to a restaurant called Park Grill Steakhouse. They are owned by the same people who own The Peddler, so they also had the awesome salad bar. The restaurant looks like a huge lodge on the outside and the inside is no different... high ceilings, "lodge" type decorations, beautiful hardwoods and great food! I got the pecan crusted chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, and it was pretty good. However, the dessert was so awesome. Pictured below, you have a brownie on bottom, then a layer of vanilla ice cream, and another brownie, all topped with chocolate sauce and caramel. They even put a cute bear-print on top of the dessert with cocoa powder!
So in case you can't tell, we had a great time!! I didn't get a whole lot of sleep, but it was so worth it! It was absolutely beautiful every day with sunshine and bright blue skies. The temperature was very warm on Saturday and Sunday!!
Now, its back to the real world, and today is really special too. I start school tonight to begin work on getting my RN degree! One of my BFFs sent me some pretty flowers to celebrate going back to school. The card says, "Good luck on your first day of school. Kick butt and take names!" I just love her, we went through nursing school together about 5 years ago, so she knows how difficult it can be! Here is a picture of the flowers... aren't they beautiful!
So, I did a long post, because I am not really sure how often I will be able to blog with all this school going on. I will try to keep up when I can, but I am not making any promises!! I should be done with school in about a year! Woo-Hoo!
Prayers are greatly appreciated!! Until next time, be blessed! S :)
Sunday, February 14, 2010
All it took was a little shaping and they were transformed into cute hearts.
I was in the baking mood to celebrate today, so I baked these up this morning before going to bed. I thought my co-workers would like a little treat, so I used some treat bags that I found at Wal-Mart and added in some cookies...
All dressed up and ready to go!
So there you have it, short and sweet. Click on over to Between Naps on the Porch and see all the lovely transformations. Thanks again Susan for sponsoring this fun Monday tradition!! Here's the link: http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
Happy Monday! Until next time, be blessed! S :)
Friday, February 12, 2010
We drove out to Palm Springs on Sunday and enjoyed the 68 degree weather! How nice!!
Okay, enough whining and pouting, moving on to Foodie Friday!! Since it's Valentine weekend, I thought I would post a chocolate recipe that I just found. I haven't even made this one yet, but you better believe I will be making it soon!!
Fudge Brownie Pie with Caramel Sauce (from Betty Crocker)
1 refrigerated pie crust, softened per box directions
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups AP flour
3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (14 oz) bag caramels, unwrapped
2/3 cup half-and-half
Heat oven to 350. Place pie crust in 9 inch glass pie plate as directed on box. In 2-qt saucepan, melt butter over low heat; remove from heat. Stir in sugar, vanilla, and eggs until well blended. Stir in flour, cocoa, and salt until smooth. Stir in chocolate chunks and pecans. Spread evenly in pie crust. Bake 45-50 minutes or until set. Cool 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in 2-qt saucepan, heat caramels and half-and-half over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Serve hot caramel sauce over each serving.
Be sure to stop by Designs by Gollum to see all the other yummy recipes! I am sure she is already overflowing with Valentine's Day recipes! Here's the link: http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/
*Another sweet treat, my nephew was born at 1:53 this morning. He was 7lbs 4 oz and 20 1/2 inches long! Welcome Caanon!! I can't wait to meet you!!*
Happy Valentine's Day! Be sure and be thankful for your Valentine.
Until next time, be blessed! S :)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I hope everyone has a good weekend! I have a good one planned, and I should be able to tell you all about it Tuesday.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Here is Ms. Maggie, walking around in the cold stuff! She was trying to stand on three legs so that she didn't have to put all four feet in the snow!
Here she is, showing off her new jacket!!
Until next time, be blessed!! S :)
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It's time for another Foodie Friday already!! I am actually able to post pictures this time!
The recipe is a variation of Betty Crocker's Mexican Pasta Skillet, (sort of like homemade hamburger helper). Here's the recipe~
1 lb. lean ground beef 1 jar mild salsa (16 oz)
1 cup tomato sauce (from 15 oz can)
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 cup frozen niblet corn
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Okay, so first, I salt and pepper my meat before browning in a 12-inch skillet.
Brown and drain the meat of most of the grease.
Measure one cup of tomato sauce.
Add 1 cup of tomato sauce, 16 oz. jar of salsa, and 1 1/2 cups water to cooked meat.
Heat to boiling, (smells yummy at this point).
Add in 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni and 1 cup frozen niblet corn.
Stir until incorporated.
Reduce to low heat and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
Okay, so while I was letting that simmer, I had my new favorite thing! Not the Chocolate Cheerios, you see in the background, although they are delicious... But Hazelnut instant coffee. My Mama fixed it for me over the weekend. Why hasn't anyone already told me about this? Heat water, add Splenda, if you desire. Stir in 4 tsp. Hazelnut instant coffee. And then "doctor it up" with some liquid Hazelnut creamer!! Yummmmmmmmmmmm!!
My favorite is the foam that forms on the top!
So now, after sipping my coffee, I checked the pasta, and it was ready.
Now, add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese over top of pasta dish. (I like cheese so I always add more) Cover for 2 minutes so the cheese will melt.
I took my portion to work with me, but I did have a little taste while it was hot, and it tasted yummy!!
Don't forget to head over to Designs by Gollum and check out all the other recipes for the week. Here's the link: http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We are bracing for some snow down here in Tennessee. Oh well, until next time, be blessed! S :)