Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

As everyone knows, yesterday was Valentine's Day.  The day you show your special someone just how much you love them.  You should do this everyday in my opinion but it's nice to celebrate anyways!  Tanner and I celebrated Valentine's Day this past weekend by going on a little shopping spree.  I say little, but whenever we go Bass Pro Shops we always end up spending WAY to much money! We also exchanged gifts.  I got a watch and Tanner got a new fishing reel.

After a fun weekend, I wasn't expecting to actually do anything on Valentine's Day.  I had a doctor's appointment and Tanner had to work late.  While I was on my way to Enterprise, my car (Molly the Mazda) decides she wants to quit working.  My gas pedal got stuck and wouldn't budge.  I was going across an intersection when this happened.  So, I called Tanner and he came and switched cars with me so I could go on to my doctor's appointment.  I was so frustrated and just ill because I was going to be super late.  Then I got behind someone who refused to even drive the speed limit.  When I was getting blood work done the nurse lady had some major difficulties.  First, she got a needle that was the size of my vein if not bigger.  My vein was not wanting to participate and just kept rolling around, well she just kept trying and trying.  After my face turns white, I suggest that she try the other arm AND get a smaller needle, before I get sick.  She got the "butterfly" needle and finally got my other vein to work but then my blood just didn't want to flow into the tube, so she gave up with only 1/4 of the amount she was supposed to have.  I'm sure I will have to go back and get it redone.

I ran home to eat before going to work.  When I walk in the door, I have some beautiful roses, Breaking Dawn, and a bottle of wine waiting for me.  All of my frustrations left at that moment.  Like I said, I wasn't expecting anything on the day of Valentine's day.  When Tanner got home we drank some wine and watched Breaking Dawn.  Despite everthing that happened yesterday, I had a wonderful Valentine's Day because I got to spend it with my wonderful husband!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Gnomeo and Juliet Afternoon

Tanner and I spent the afternoon babysitting our precious nephew so my sister-in-law and her husband could enjoy some time together.  We started off watching a cute movie, Gnomeo and Juliet.  My sister-in-law, Whitney, has decided on making Landon's 2nd birthday a Gnomeo and Juliet themed party.  So, of course I had to watch it, so I can help come up with some fun ideas!  Landon and I layed on the floor, played with Buzz Lightyear and enjoyed the movie.  After the movie, Tanner and I had to tag team on the whole changing the diaper thing.  As soon as business was taken care of, we played chase, threw the ball, and took a ride on Aunt Jessie's shoulders.  We took quite a few rides and showed Aunt Jessie how out of shape she is!  Tanner and I have been doing Insanity for the past couple of weeks, but nothing beats toting a young-in around!  I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Crispy Chedder Chicken

     Tonight I decided to try a new recipe that I found on a blog that I follow.  Jamie Cooks It Up! is full of wonderful recipes.  I am a busy little bee, so I don't have time to slave away in the kitchen for hours at a time.  This recipe takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook.  It is ummm ummm good!  We love cheese in our house.

Crispy Chedder Chicken
Time: 15 minutes prep + 35 minutes cooking
Yield: 7 serving

4 large chicken breast
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/2 C milk
3 C shredded chedder cheese

1    10oz can cream of chicken soup
2 T sour cream
2 T butter

1. Crush Ritz crackers
2. Cut chicken breasts into three strips

3. Dip strips into milk, then cheese, then crackers

4. Spray bottom of pan/casserole dish with cooking oil.  Lay strips of chicken into pan.  Cover with aluminum foil and cook on 400* for 35 minutes.  Take chicken out, remove aluminum foil and place back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

Chicken right out of the oven!
5. To make sauce: combine soup, sour cream and butter in a sauce pan.  Cook over an eye on the stove and stir with a whisk.  When finished pour the sauce over chicken for a creamy delight!

- Push cheese and crackers into the chicken to make it stick
- Make sauce while chicken is cooking to save time
- Don't have cream of chicken soup? Use cream of mushroom (That's what I used!)

The finished product!

This is a quick delicious recipe.  Throw some SteamFresh sides in the microwave and you have a tasty meal!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Looking Back

     As I look back on this past year, I can't help but feel so incredibly thankful.  I got engaged, married, went to Disney World, and received a promotion!    
     Last January, I got engaged to my high school sweetheart and best friend.  We have now been together for 6 years!  Tanner proposed to me in front of my ENTIRE sorority.  It's a long story on how he proposed but by the time he put the ring on my finger there was not a dry eye in the house!  I was excited, happy and every shade of red.


Tanner and I were engaged for 6 months.  Which is MORE than enough time to plan a wedding.  The ceremony was held on July 23, 2011 at 4pm in a little country church.  The day did not go as planned but I didn't let that get to me because I was there to get married! 

     After a little celebration with family and friends we were headed to Disney World!

     We came back from Orlando, started back to school, and a job opened up at the bank where I work.  I had always thought that if the position could just be available when I graduate then that would be perfect!  I talked everything over with my now husband and we decided that I should go ahead and take the plunge and if I got the promotion then I could finish classes online.  Well a week after the interview, I received the phone call asking me if I accept the position and of course I said yes!  Online classes are not ideal but I wouldn't change anything. I am very blessed and cannot wait to see what this year has in store for me!