Friday, November 30, 2012

This post brought to you by the letter D

Wednesday was a rough day for me.  Let me just start by stating that fact.  I think it plays a lot into this post...

Tuesday night at the shack they decided next weeks food theme was going to be food that "started with the letter D."  Have you ever tried to find food that starts with the letter D?  It's kind of impossible.

That night we were all yelling things we knew/could think of - Dill Weed, Dip, Dill Pickles, Dill Pickle Dips, Dicky Doo (not sure on this one... I guess it just started with a D), etc.

So when I got home Wednesday night I sat down with the new Paula Deen cookbook even though its my Christmas present and started flipping through it.  I decided to flip to the index for the letter D and started using Siri to send my Sister in law texts of all the things in the cookbook that started with D.  

(I'm the green bubbles, she's the white bubbles)

In the meantime Siri got hung up and my friend Earl sent me a text. 

When Siri got hung up I had to close out of the text messages and reopen (and actually type them out... the nerve... lol).  Well if you know iPhones, they open to the text messages that haven't been read if there is just one, if there are multiple it opens to the screen where it shows everyone's name.  What did it do?  It opened to Earl's and she asked if we wanted to "Come over for Desserts".

So I wasn't paying attention and I started typing Earl all the words in the PD cookbook ques that began with the letter D. 

And she responds back, Or just desserts??!!

I noticed it said Messages (1) but I really thought that was Earl's message waiting for me.

Then I noticed I sent all those D's to Earl.  I laughed so hard I cried.

In the mean time I got a few through to Liss before all of this and she was confused so she started sending me back random things. (The first picture above)

So when I realized what I had done, I quickly hit edit and forwarded 16 items to Liss.

And then Liss and I continued our conversation.
I even told her I dropped the biscuits.  I wasn't making biscuits.  But it was funny....

When I realized that I had sent all those to Earl though, I was laughing so hard I couldn't even talk and tell hubby why I was laughing so hard.  I'd start to tell him and I'd get choked up laughing again.  I laughed so hard I cried.  I'm not sure he found it as hilarious as I did.  I'm still laughing about it.

Not going to lie, I think that was a pretty good end to the day I was having, but oh the excitement there for a little while.

We did wind up going to Earl's house where I proceeded to eat a piece two pieces of pecan pie.  In my defense, they were small pieces that made out to the size of a regular piece because I didn't know if I liked Pecan pie or not.

But when I walked in to Earl's house to explain the random texts I was still dying laughing.  She told me she thought it was because she said Desserts which starts with a D; I was just sending her random things that began with D... which not going to lie, is something I would probably do :).  I get text happy from time to time... although never just picked a letter... new game to try ;)

Happy Friday y'all and remember, laughing burns 5 calories!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Santa's Little Helper

One tradition I've tried to keep in our house is decorating the tree on a weekend Tbug is at our house (2011, 2010, 2009).  It's kind of a family thing.  Our tree decorations are living - as in we gather/collect new ones each year that represent us or things we have done that year.  Our tree tells a story.

Saturday night we decided to go ahead and put the tree up, you know since hubby's wanted it up since August and Tbug wouldn't be to our house again until the second weekend in December....

Last year we got a pre-lit tree.  I'm sad to say the top half already doesn't work so while hubby was working on a solution, I decided to go ahead and start wrapping presents.

Tbug jumped right in the middle of what I was doing, asked me how to do it and immediately started helping wrap presents.  I'm  here to tell you, she did a decent job of it!  She'd do one side, I'd do the other and it was usually a team effort to start the whole wrapping process.

Then she was totally cracking me up in her placement of presents under the tree.  They had to be just right.
And she kept rearranging them until she got them the way she wanted them :).  Don't mess with the girl on a Christmas present mission! :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yurkey Turkey Day

I bet we're all tired of Thanksgiving now, especially with the Christmas season upon us.  All the hustling and bustling trying to get presents bought and friends/family visited, etc.  But you know what, I still have a Thanksgiving post to share with you.

I Greeted a lot of my friends and family with this message:

And I could do your typical this was my Thanksgiving but I thought I'd spice it up a bit.... So I'm going to present you with:

The 10 tips on how to celebrate Thanksgiving correctly!

1.  Do Play with your food!  It's the right thing to do!

2.  Bacon makes everything better!  So does bacon butter!  And why not throw in some herbs for good measure!

3.  Take time for a photo montage!  Everyone needs a good photo montage!

4.  The pooches know what it's all about!  The afternoon nap!  I'm kind of jealous of this one!

5.  Bring the egg whisk out, it's the right thing to do!

6.  This is probably one of the only times my table will be set correctly, I'm cool with that though.

7.  Hello Yum!  That's all :)

8.  And if the kids want to cook... by all means, let them!

9.  Just a random note, the Corn Casserole HAS to be made in the Corn Casserole Dish.  It just tastes better!

10.  And once all the food is there and the people have arrived, it's definitely time to eat.  I want some of that and some of that and some of that and some of that and some of that... and well you get the point!
Green Bean Casserole, Bacon Wrapped Turkey, Gravy, Andouille Pudding, Potato Casserole, Corn Casserole, Homemade bread & Red Velvet Cheesecake for dessert!

Hmmm... You know it was a good meal when everyone walked away so stuffed they had to crawl :).  Bring on Christmas :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and nope, this isn't the first Thanksgiving of the year, it was the second and by far not the last!  Yup we're that Thankful for Good Family & Great Friends... or is it Great Family and Good Friends.  How about Great Family & Great Friends!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ah! The College Years

I remember the first time I signed up to take classes back in Fall of 2001.  Boy that seems like forever and ages ago, but I still remember paying out the ying-yang for books.  I think in high school we're so used to just "borrowing" from the school and returning that you never really realize how expensive books are until you go to college.

Too bad back in the day we didn't have places like Campus Book Rentals to step in and aid in the cost of expensive university books!

Now my major in college was Agriculture Education and so when they contacted me and said to find a book in my major I was quite a bit skeptical, but you'd be surprised on how many books they have related to Agriculture!  Woohooo!  In fact, there were 10 or so pages worth of books.  Wow, I was just blown away!  That right there tells you right there they have a nice selection.

Look, Ag Econ - Rental - $45.40.  The Ag Econ book I bought, I had to buy brand spankin' new and it was close to $200 10 years ago.  Can you just imagine what it would cost now?

And then, what you either have to try and sell the books back to the school but they could just up and decide not to use that book next semester so you're stuck with something taking up room in your bookshelf.  Trust me, I have bunches of those now days :(.

So if you're in school, I'd definitely give this a check out!

Plus, they're involved in Operation Smile - They are an awesome organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it.

How much better can you get than that?  With the end of the semester well under way and looking forward to next semester, you'll definitely want to give them a check out!

And one quick video to help liven up this Tuesday after Thanksgiving:

**I was contacted by Campus Rentals, however all opinions are all my own**

Thanksgiving at The Shack

When I first started coming around my husband and his family, his sister was always referring to hanging out at "The Shack."  Not gonna lie, I had no clue what on earth she was talking about.  I guess shame on me I never asked either so most people assumed I knew.

Jump forward about 3 years and hubby and I were finally invited to dinner at the Shack.  Finally I asked, "What is The Shack?"  (Yup, took me that long to finally ask...)

My Sister in law's in-laws have this little cabin on their place that they refer to as The Shack.  I guess it has been there long before my SIL was married and she's been married almost 10 years.  She told me the other night that one portion of the shack was all that existed before they were married, and soon after they began working on the second part.
pardon the photo, it was dark as it is now days at an early hour!

Dick & Pat (Liss's inlaws) I'm fairly certain know no strangers.  I was told once, if the shack is "open" and Dick is there, anyone is welcome :).

The Shack is also a large eclectic array of memorabilia from all over the country and the world.  You'd truthfully be surprised at some of the things people have sent and or left for the Shack.  There's truly a bunch of history in all this stuff.  And I'm not going to lie, there is so much, you can't see it all in your first gander.  I've been there twice now and I'm still finding new things, although that may be partially due to the fact new things are constantly being added :).

And you'll notice all the writing on the walls... That is one of the traditions, your first time to the shack, you sign the wall!

Above the cups you'll notice some beer bottles.  They are from all over and some seemed pretty old.

A nice Wild Turkey Span

Money from all over that people have left for Dick.

Truthfully, there is so much information here, I wish I could remember everything Dick was telling me.  Sadly I just can't :(  Guess that means I'll have to go check it out and pick his brain again :).

Sometimes being the photographer and blogger that I am, I have to remind people that I was in fact there also :).  My MIL is sitting next to me :)

And now you can't have a good get together without food!  Sorry it just doesn't happen that way.  And being Thanksgiving week, why not have a Thanksgiving meal among friends!

We had ham, green bean casserole, potato casserole, gravy, deviled eggs, pickled green beans and so much more I can't even remember it all!

When hubby heard about the deviled eggs he jumped all over it before anyone even ate.  He was afraid he wouldn't get any otherwise.

And then finally, it was time to chow down.

And after taking this photo was about the time I fell off the chair I was standing on.  See what I do for you guys and my photos! :)

After dinner was over we were treated to a nice array of desserts.  No pictures of those apparently... I'm not finding any anyway.  My Mother in law made this wonderful pumpkin cake thing with this new stuff called cool whip frosting.  Never had it before but it sure was yummy!

Then Dick convinced hubby to strum a bit on the guitar.  My SIL joined in with singing.

Do you remember Wilson Wilson (for some reason I even want to say his name was Wilson Wilson the III or something like that) from Home Improvement?  This so could have been a way for him to be "seen" :).  My MIL was basking in the warmth of the heat!

Later everyone migrated inside and Dick had pulled out an old record player and some 45's and we were getting down to some fabulous music! :).  There might have even been a little bit of dancing by my MIL :)

And that ladies and gentlemen is, The Shack!


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