Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chalkboard Label

I have been collecting wine bottles for a while with the intent of repurposing them.  I LOVE the chalkboard painted ones I've seen on pinterest, but I didn't want the whole bottle covered.  Instead, with these three, I only painted where a label would go.  I wrote one letter of our last name on each.  When we move into our new house (at the end of July!!!) these will go in the dining room.  I want to fill them with beautiful flowers to create a centerpiece for the table (which we are going to be building... I'll take plenty of pictures).  I can't wait to see them in the new house!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bacon and Bleu Breakfast Burrito

I don't often get a chance to make breakfast since my husband and I have to be at the school so early, so this summer, I promised him and myself that I would cook breakfast for us at least three times a week.  This has been one of my favorite recipes.  I copied it from an adorable breakfast bistro in South Florida. 
Beat the eggs with a whisk and add salt and pepper.

Brown butter in a skillet to cook the eggs in.

Scramble the eggs and add bits of bacon and bleu cheese crumbles. I also added a few drops of tobasco sauce to give it a kick.

Finish cooking and wrap in a steamed flour tortilla.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

I love eating chicken salad.  The problem is all that mayo!  This recipe is a great alternative.

Cooked, Shredded Chicken
Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder

Combine the chicken with enough Greek yogurt to make it moist and creamy.  Add seasonings to taste.  Serve on a sandwich, a bed of lettuce, or with sliced, lightly salted cucumber slices.  Makes a perfect summer time lunch!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Super Sneaky Stroghanoff

My husband is a little picky when it comes to veggies.  He absolutely hates squash, and during the summer, there is always a friend or family member giving us some.  In order to not let it go to waste, I started finding ways of sneaking it into foods.  He can't even tell!  Here is my recipe for chicken stroganhoff made with squash:

Brown some minced garlic in some butter in a skillet.

Add cubed chicken breasts and season with salt.  Cook the chicken through.

In a food processor, finely chop 2 small summer squashes.

For my sauce, I cheated and used a can of cream of mushroom soup and some chicken broth.  Add the squash to the sauce and stir well. Add cooked noodles. Stir.

Serve warm.  No one will ever know there are squashes in this comforting dish!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Time flies...

"Time flies when you're having fun."  I could not agree more.  Today my husband and I celebrate two years of marriage.  It does not feel like it's been that long, and yet it seems like forever. 

I met my husband in the summer of 2007 when I was 19 and he was 22.  I remember the first time I ever saw him: sitting at a corner booth of a restaurant.  We were instant friends and a few months later, we started dating.

I remember the day we started looking at engagement rings.  It was very early into our relationship... about 6 weeks.  But when you know, you know.  And we did.  We knew that we had each found the one that we had been waiting for. 

Nine months after we started dating, Andrew asked my parents for permission to marry me.  He set up a scavenger hunt at his house, and the treasure was the ring!  He proposed June 25, 2008.

Because we were both still so young (20 and 23) and still in school.  We decided to have a long engagement.  We didn't start to plan anything until summer of 2009. The first purchase for the wedding was my dress.  I highly recommend doing this first. The dress will set the tone for the rest of the day (fun, formal, indoor, outdoor, etc). With my background in art, we designed and printed the Save-the-Dates, invitations, and programs.  We made all the bouquets.  We kept the decorations very simple and classic.  As we completed each item in what came to be called the "all powerful spreadsheet,"  Andrew got to check it off.  Seeing the sheet get checked one box at a time until the to-do list shrank into nothing really made us realize that this was really happening!  We got married June 5, 2010.

After the wedding, real life hit.  We had many ups and downs and struggles, but through it all and by the grace of God, we made it out even stronger than before.  We moved after our first anniversary to a very small town in central Alabama where we live now.  Andrew works as a band director and I work with the special education program at the same school.  We are so blessed to be doing what we love.  We have made some amazing friends, and this place is really starting to feel like home.

Now it is the summer of 2012.  We met 5 years ago, got engaged 4 years ago, married 2 years ago, and moved 1 year ago.  Our goals now are to be buying a house soon and continuing down the path that God has brought us on together. 

"Time flies when you're having fun."  But it also flies through "for better or worse,"  "sickness and health," and "loving and cherishing."  So I guess the truest part of that statement is "Time Flies."

I can't wait to see where we "fly" off to next!

Our second anniversary, holding a picture from our first anniversary.