Friday, September 25, 2009

Crazy Morning Already...

Ok, so two posts in 10 minutes is probably a little OCD but I didn't want to jumble up my recipe with rantings from my crazy morning. So here's the scoop... I woke up wide awake this morning at 4:30. Yes, 4:30 AM. Insane. I wish I could say the reasoning behind that was an early bed time, but of course not. I went to sleep at about 11:30.

I'm pretty sure that the reason I woke up early is because I have worried myself sick about Scoot. No, there's nothing wrong with her except she has fleas. GROSS. The bad thing is that I put Frontline on her monthly and she's never gotten them before. We stayed in a cabin this past weekend in the middle of the woods, so I'm pretty sure that they came from there. Anyway, to make a very long story short, Drewby (what a tolerant soul he is...) and I went to Wal Mart this morning at 5:20 and got flea shampoo so that I could give the dog a bath so she wouldn't itch.

I just reread that and realized how completely insane I sound. Good Grief. BTW: If you guys get bored today, please call me and make sure that my eyes are still open and I'm not napping on my desk. I'm exhausted already.

Kelly's Korner - Show Us Your Life - Desserts!

Today, Kelly's Korner is featuring desserts. Well, I am not really a huge dessert eater. More so than that, I'm not really a dessert "cooker"... HAHA... Once, I get motivated and actually cook a meal, that usually is it. I do love pretzel salads though. I guess they're kind of a dessert. Anyway, I have made these for Drew and also for when we have food days at work and they are absolutely wonderful! The best part about them is that they are salty (my favorite) and sweet all at the same time.

This is the recipe off of All Recipe' but I think that it is pretty similar to mine. They didn't use the pineapple juice with the gello but I changed it because that's the best part!

2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups hot pineapple juice
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.

Dissolve gelatin in pineapple juice. Stir in still frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My life will be complete again...

Hello Bloggers!

I'm not sure if everybody else is as excited about this as I am, but I came to a realization this morning... GREY'S ANATOMY STARTS TONIGHT... Holy Cow. My life will be complete again. I really love summer time, its my favorite time of year but the TV sucks. So I guess if it has to be cold (and rainy...), at least we'll get good TV!

Anyway, I hope you guys are having a great day and I guess I'd better get back to work :)


Friday, September 18, 2009

Kelly's Korner - Show Us Your Life: Dinner Recipes

Well, I thought that I would do one of these "Show Us Your Life" posts. I fixed this for dinner night before last and it is absolutely fabulous. Since there's just two of us, I usually cut this recipe in half and it is still tons and tons of food. It is a very Italian dinner without fixing spaghetti. Anyway, I suggest you guys try this if you ever get a chance!

Paula Deen's "Goulash"

1 tablespoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
3 cup water
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 large onion, chopped
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tablespoon Paula Deen’s Seasoned Salt
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked

In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up the meat while sauteing. Spoon off any grease. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and saute until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, House Seasoning, and seasoned salt. Stir well. Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 6 servings (unless Bobby’s eating, then only 3 servings)


Monday, September 14, 2009

Crazy weekend, COMPLETE...

Well, we survived. Honestly, at 4:15 Saturday morning, I wasn't sure that I would be able to say that at the end of the day. Of course, I feel like a horrible person complaining about the early morning since all I did was ride in a car. Drew drove the car and then swam 300 meters, rode a bicycle 16 1/2 miles, and then ran 3 miles. Yet, I continued to whine that I was tired. I did take lots of pictures, maybe that's what wore me out. HAHA!

He did great though (I'm pretty sure that I told y'all he would) and finished the race in 1 hour and 32 minutes. His goal was to complete it in 1 and 1/2 hours, but he is pleased. He was also 4th place in his age group, which for somebody's second race, I think is fantastic! I know the first few years I showed horses I lost a whole lot more than I won.
The swim, I'm pretty sure I'd drown...
We came home after watching part of the awards ceremony and proceeded to almost immediately head to tailgating. For some reason, I thought that we were going to get to take a nap but that obviously didn't happen. I have a bunch of tailgating pictures but we should probably save those for some other time, because this might end up being a novel anyway... HAHA...

Sunday we went to Mount Vernon, Illinois and picked up my new horse trailer. It is absolutely sooo cute. I love it! We sold our big trailer because A: it was entirely too big... I'm not sure we ever hauled 4 horses in it anyway and B: Drew and I would've had to have bought at least an F250 just to pull it and we really can't afford that just yet. So when we sold the big trailer we set out to find a little trailer. We ended up ordering one because we couldn't find anything that we liked used. And here it is, I think its adorable :)

I'm not going to lie, I definitely felt cool pulling this thing home. I was always a little intimidated to drive pulling the other trailer (it was twice as big as this one) but this one just seems so much more manageable. Plus, Dad is a great co-pilot... He lets me drive so he can stretch out in the passenger seat and nap. Mom, on the other hand, makes me a nervous wreck.

So anyway, I guess I should end this now... Like I said, kind of like a novel. Drew and I are starting this week as happy campers though... His triathlon is done and I might, might just be one step closer to showing horses again!

Y'all have a great week!

BTW: What is up with Kanye West... Why does he suck? Poor Taylor :(

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's not about who wins or loses, it's all about the tailgating :)

Hello Bloggers,

So this could end up being the world's craziest weekend. Drew and I are going to be all over the world between early Saturday morning and Sunday night. I guess we should start at the beginning... Saturday morning at 4:45, Drew and I are leaving for Lebanon TN for his triathlon. Yes, 4:45... His race starts at 7 and will probably last about an hour and a half. That is his goal at least. I am sure that he will do so well, he has definitely worked hard for it.

After that, we will be headed to WKU for the football game! We are so excited for the first game of the year. I never tailgated until Drew and I started dating. He likes to think he introduced me to it. HAHA... Anyway, check out this old school picture of us from our first homecoming together in 2005! Neither of us were Greek, so we both just dressed comfortably (thank goodness) and had a great time! The difference this time is that Drew actually wants to stay and watch the game since we are playing USF. I personally think that we, Drew especially, will be absolutely exhausted but we'll just have to see how that goes.

Sunday is the last day and really all that we have to do is drive west and then ride with my family. We are going to get my new horse trailer! I AM SO EXCITED... SO EXCITED... I guess that would seem a little odd to most but I feel like this is one step closer to showing again. I can't wait! Plus, it's going to be sooooo cute (don't worry, I'll post pictures!)

Oh well, I hope that you all have a great weekend too. Are any of you planning on tailgating anywhere?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


well, this definitely sums up how I feel today, hope you guys enjoy!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mammoth Cave & Vette City!

Hello All! Sorry for the lack of a blog lately...

Drew and I had an AWESOME day today. We took Scooter to Mammoth Cave and hiked through the national park. What fun! Really, I'm not sure that anybody had as much fun as Scoot... she swam in a big spring, swam in the Green River, ran wild through the wilderness, and ended up completely covered in stick tights and cockle burrs... I told Drew more than once that I was very glad I had just dosed her with Frontline. Needless to say, she and I are taking a bath shortly!

We had an awesome time and hiked between four and a half and five miles. We also packed a picnic lunch and ate at a camp ground in the park. Drew and I said multiple times "Why have we never done this before???" Hopefully we will go many more times in the future, it was great!

If you recognize this view, its the one that they show on the news each morning... we found the camera!

Air Scooter!

One more interesting thing to mention about this weekend is that it is the National Corvette Homecoming in BG... I'm convinced these people are insane. Not to mention that there are now millions (ok, maybe slightly exaggerated) of crazed Corvette owners here in Vette City. Its bizarre, they are from everywhere. I've seen so many from California that it's not even funny. This picture shows a view of the museum from I65 and doesn't really do it justice. It is nuts.

Oh well, I hope that everybody has a great three day weekend! We are headed west in the morning and should be back soon!