Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Poopie Wars

So, I really wish I could have sad music playing in the background as you gaze at this little montage of photographs from our time with Miss Pixie.

Today, we gave Pixie back to her rightful family. Jonathan is really sad — he couldn't even be here for her send-off. Me, eh, I'll survive with a little love from Miss ChloeBear Butterscotch Cupcake Richardson-Melville (that's her full name).

On a funnier note, I think we've started poopie wars with the neighbors. Pixie refused to go #2 in our yard, but every time we took her even on the shortest of walks, she always found a neighbor's yard that was juuuust right.

Now, before you start hating on me, please know that I am NOT a dog person and I can use the excuse that I didn't know better on that first walk. On the subsequent trips my excuse was, "Ummm, yeah right I'm picking that up!"

Well, today when I got home from work, there was a steaming pile on our front lawn. I know for a fact our sweet, temporary dog didn't do that. Mere coincidence — or Karma Poopie Fairy???

I may not have a dog anymore, but just wait until I exact my revenge......muahahaahahahahaaaa!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Chicken Tetrazzini

I'm sharing a recipe favorite that I got from my mother. This a meal I make when taking food to someone or hosting a large gathering, because the ingredients make two full 9x13 casseroles — so you can take one to someone in need and have one for yourself (or, just freeze the second and eat it later!). Just make sure when delivering that you have a recipe card handy to share in the love...

Chicken Tetrazzini

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken (boiled & shredded)
3 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup reserved chicken broth
1 bag (around 2 cups) finely shredded cheese (your choice, I like cheddar!)
1 bag No-Yolk noodles (pre-cooked)

Layer noodles, chicken, and cream of chicken soup and broth. Stir it all together and then top with cheese. Bake covered at 350°F until cheese is melted (around 20 minutes). Cook an additional few minutes uncovered to brown the top.

VoilĂ !

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Finishing Touches

Well, we're putting the finishing touches on our yard before next weekend — even though we're a long way from getting things the way we want.

Today, we got some red impatiens from Lowe's. I LOVE that the flowers are iridescent!! Plus, they're red, so it's appropriate for July Fourth. I didn't like the pot the flowers came in, so I transplanted them. Here's what they look like now:

Speaking of which, I can't wait to debut my patriotic hostess outfit next weekend...this is a dress that J bought me in Florida and I've managed not to wear it yet. You'll have to wait until next weekend to see that, though...

(J adding mulch and ivy to the flower bed on the side of the house)

And, look, it's our first pepper! Now, what to do with it???

Tomorrow will be spent menu planning for our backyard barbecue. I bought one of those awesome mason jar drink dispensers. Now I have to figure out what to serve in it — and it has to be something the children will enjoy. Any suggestions???

Friday, June 24, 2011

House Guest

Jonathan and I are enjoying our weekend house guest.

We are dog-sitting our friends' schnauzer, Pixie. She's SO PRECIOUS. Seriously, NO trouble at all — and as a cat owner, I'm frankly not used to that. This is good for us so we can try out what it's like to have a dog loooong before we ever seriously consider getting one.

(A face no one but my cat, Chloe, can resist!)

This weekend has also been filled with updates to projects already under way at our home. I'll share:

(We decided our patio needed a grill pad...)

(Oh yeah, and did I mention we bought a grill?? After MUCH research, we decided on the Master Forge. Bring on the July Fourth festivities!)

(Yup, she's a beaut! We took it for a test drive at dinner and it worked wonderfully!)

Well, I must get my beauty rest because we have several other projects to wrap up tomorrow. We're gluttons for punishment in this humidity, what can I say!?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Birthday Boy

On Tuesday, Jonathan turns the big 2-9! Happy birthday, husband! Hope you enjoy your first married birthday — I know I did mine.

I hope you have the best day because you of all people deserve it. You are so patient and loving and kind to not only me, but to everyone you encounter. You embody what it means to live out a Christian life.

I'm too poor (and cheap) to get you anything grand — although your b-day surprise is coming after work Tuesday — so this, my declaration of undying love, will hopefully be enough, for now! ;-)

I love you sweetheart, and I hope we get to celebrate many more birthdays together.

Here we are celebrating a little early (don't worry, we're celebrating alllll week!):

(Very proud of the Lowe's gift card from his rents!)

(We initially resisted dessert, but these were compliments DiMaggio! You don't say no to an Italian chef!)

(SaZa has heavenly Tiramisu!!!)

(The aftermath. Don't judge.)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

From Drab to Fab!

Jonathan and I recently purchased a potting stand constructed from old shipping crates. We'd been searching for an artsy furniture piece to put in the backyard near our new patio in order to have an extra surface to set food and beverages on. The second I saw this piece, I knew that it was perfect!! It had great bones...it just needed a little TLC.

(Potting stand in all its hippy glory)

(Here it is after a good sanding & a coat of tinted primer)

I'm sharing this with you all a bit premature, as we still need to apply a layer of actual paint. The color we went with is called Nuthatch at Sherwin Williams. We wanted a more natural-looking wood tone since this will live outdoors. I bet this would look beautimous with some Tiffany blue. Now, where to incorporate it....?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Celeb Watchin'

You all seemed to enjoy the pics I posted of Tyler Perry — this must be a People.com kinda group, like me! ;-)

So, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a few pictures of the celebs I've had the occasion to meet and/or photograph during my 6 years at the newspaper:

(Julia Ormond-Legends of The Fall)


(Steve Azar & Jake Owen)

Oh, yeah, and let's not forget...

And, from the old school:

(Dierks Bentley)

(Blurry pic of me & The Rock at Walking Tall premiere)

Okay, so it appears I'm a bit of a stalker. I can't help it we frequent the same places!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Change of Scenery

Hubby recognized a need and swooped in to meet that need!

After work on Friday, Jonathan kidnapped me to our "weekend home." That term makes me giggle because a) it's not ours and b) we're hardly ever there. But, we're fortunate enough to have friends with a loft in midtown Atlanta near The Fox that they let us use periodically. It's a great little escape for us!

(The view from our window!)

(A peak at the inside)

(Me pretending to let loose)

(Sweet hubs putting up w/ my shenanigans!)

Friday we ate dinner at The Vortex. Jonathan finally got to try that Midas Touch beer — you know, the one brewed using a recipe from "antiquity," as he likes to say. It was great. Then, he immediately reached over an open flame and set his arm hair on fire. I seriously couldn't stop laughing — especially b/c the smell lingered through dinner. Horrible, I know!

Saturday we got up early and trekked to Piedmont Park with coffee in hand. Gotta say the park is probably my favorite place in the city. It's definitely the most beautiful!

(View of the city from the park)

(Please excuse the hideousness - we were sleepy!)

(The very cool market we stumbled on during our walk)

We made our way back to reality after that. But, the good news is that we got to welcome his mother home safely from a 9-day mission trip to Honduras! We missed her!

Sunday was back to yard work for us. Our Fourth of July party is now less than a month away! Yikes.....

(Back to the grind!)

Hope your weekend was great, my friends!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Garden Update

I was so excited about discovering my first home-grown green bell pepper of the season, that I just had to share it with you!

Okay, so it's not ready to eat yet, but it's getting there. And there's about 8 more in the works!

Also, check out (a little belatedly) the new flower boxes that Jonathan planted:

And, on a related note, I'll just say that I knew there was a reason I didn't feature our hugondous Magnolia tree in our garden tour. We despise that tree. When we first bought this house, we thought it was a draw. Now that evergreen — ever shedding — tree is just a nuisance. And did I mention that it's MASSIVE??

(Evil mosquito tree)

Have a great weekend, folks!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Music Review

They say write about what you know. I don't think I'm bragging when I say that my husband and I know good music. That's why it's our responsibility to share our new favorite band with you...

Their most popular track is "Poison & Wine" — a few of you may recognize it from an episode of Grey's Anatomy. Oh, and they happen to be on tour opening for Adele...maybe you've heard of her?? (Okay, so we're probably a little late discovering this band!!)

This indie folk duo — Joy Williams and John Paul White — create some of the purest, most melodic harmonies I've heard. They also happen to be southern artists and infuse these elements into their music. It's difficult to put them in a box, though. One song sounds like bluegrass, the next is soulful and the next sounds exotic — but it works. Oh, and they happen to be great songwriters and also play a plethora of instruments.

Let me know what you think! And, you're welcome!