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Cousin Parker
November 11, 2011, 3:14 pm
Filed under: photos, travel

I am in Orlando visiting some family now for a long weekend.  Today, my cousin Robin, her son Parker and I have been hanging out.  We went to the park since the weather was so beautiful .

Parker is 2 years old and talking up a storm.  His favorite word is “squash” – that is what he calls Veggie Tales, his favorite show.


Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
November 9, 2011, 4:39 pm
Filed under: song favs

I have always been a Coldplay fan.  I have all of their CDs, but I have never fallen in love with one of their albums as fast as their current one.

Do yourself a favor and go buy it.

You can sample the CD HERE  (first half) and HERE (second half).

Blooming Onion
November 9, 2011, 4:28 pm
Filed under: recipes

This is a MUCH healthier version of a blooming onion…and it is actually really good!

Blooming Onion (from Healthy Cooking Magazine)

2 large sweet onions
1 Tbsp butter
2 tsp dijon mustard
3 Tbsp dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup fat-free mayo
1 1/2 tsp dried minced onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dill weed

1- with a sharp knife slice 1/2 inch off top of onion, peel outside layer off and discard. Cut onion into 16ths stopping 1/2 inch from root end
2- place each onion in heavy duty foil (about 12 inch square) fold foil around onions and seal tightly, place in uncovered baking dish. Bake 425 for 20 minutes
3- in a small bowl combine butter and mustard. Open foil, fold foil into a bowl around onions. brush butter mixture over onions, sprinkle with bread crumbs, salt, and pepper
4- Bake 20 minutes longer until crisp-tender
5- combine sauce ingredients, serve with onions

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Bean Dip
October 23, 2011, 5:08 pm
Filed under: recipes

Today we had a lazy football watching day at home.  A few friends came over and this dip was a hit with everyone!

1.In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine cream cheese, undrained tomatoes, milk, cumin, and fajita seasoning. Stir in chicken, American cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and kidney beans.
2.Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Serve immediately or keep covered on warm or low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in cilantro. Serve dip with toasted pita wedges and/or tortilla chips.


  • Two 8 ounce tubs cream cheese with chive and onion
  • One 10 ounce can chopped tomatoes and green chile peppers
  • 1/4  cup milk
  • 1  teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fajita seasoning
  • cups finely chopped cooked chicken
  • cups shredded American cheese (8 ounces)
  • cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces)
  • One 15 ounce can white kidney (cannellini) or small white beans, rinsed and drained
  • tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro (I used more than this)
  • Pita wedges, toasted, and/or tortilla chips

September/October Jams
October 16, 2011, 4:42 pm
Filed under: song favs

Well, I have been a little slack on blogging lately so here are a bunch of my favorite jams from the past 2 months….

“Fireworks” – Beat!Beat!Beat!

“Houdini” – Foster The People

“Paradise” – Coldplay

“Watch Me Dance” – Toddla T with Roots Manuva

“Whole Love” – Wilco

“Ten-Twenty-Ten” – Generationals

“Hope You Know” – Megafaun



Mary Catherine Lockett
October 16, 2011, 3:26 pm
Filed under: photos

One of my best friends in the whole world, Christine, just had a baby!!!!  Mary Catherine Lockett was born on October 4th at 11:41am.  Michael and I got a text from the Locketts at 6:00am saying that they were on the way to the hospital.  We were too excited to go back to sleep, so we got up, got ready and were at the hospital before 8am.  We got to go visit with the parents-to-be for about an hour before the nurse kicked us out so Christine could start pushing.  Michael and I went to grab some breakfast at the cafeteria and then sat with Christine’s parents waiting on the news that baby had arrived.  We all knew that it was going to be a baby girl, but we were all surprised to hear the name, Mary Catherine Lockett.  She is such a beautiful baby and has a head full of hair.  I have never seen so much hair on a newborn!  Michael and I got to hold her when she was just 2 hours old.  I love her so much already and I am so proud of my dear friend Teeny.

Here she is at 1 week old…

Maryland Birthday Trip
October 16, 2011, 11:50 am
Filed under: travel

A month ago, Michael and I took a random trip to Maryland.  For my birthday back in June, Michael had surprised me with this trip.  He had everything planned out….he is such a good planner.  I love exploring new cities.

We flew into Baltimore early on a Friday, so we had the whole day to explore the city before heading to the baseball game at Camden Yards that night.  We took a water taxi to Fells Point and had lunch on the water at Shuckers before heading to the National Aquarium.   I love watching the jellyfish swim.  I could watch them for hours.  Someday I would like a jellyfish aquarium in my house…

After the aquarium, we went to check in at our hotel and take a quick nap.  We had been up since 5:00am, so we were pooped!  On our way back we stumbled upon a 9/11 memorial.  Since it was just a few days after the 10 year anniversary, we were happy to have found it.

Our hotel room view was awesome, looking into Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  Michael got hooked up with some awesome baseball tickets from someone he used to work at the Bobcats with. We basically had a whole suite to ourselves!  The weather was perfect and it was a beautiful baseball stadium.  Afterwards, we headed over to a bar called Pickles Pub for a few cocktails.

We slept in on Saturday morning and headed out to a late brunch at a recommended Miss Shirley’s Cafe.  If you ever go to Baltimore, you MUST eat here.  It was the best brunch we had ever had.  The grits and chocolate chip waffles were amazing.  After brunch we did a little shopping and checked out the Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.  We laughed when we first went in because there were thousands of comic books…Nerd Museum!  But, then found the old toys and that was a nice trip down memory lane.

Next stop….Columbia, Maryland!  This was only about 30 minutes away.  It is a suburb of Baltimore.  Michael and got us some tickets to the HFStival to see the Avett Brothers.  We checked into our hotel and walked to Union Jacks to watch some football and have some dinner before heading to the concert.  Great place to watch games and yummy food!  And the concert was awesome…

Sunday morning we enjoyed breakfast in bed and room service – I love room service.  We had no specific plans for the day….so we decided to go check out Annapolis, Maryland!  It was only about a 45 minute drive or so. The town was super cute.  We checkout out the Naval Academy, had some lunch at Pusser’s on the water, went shopping, etc.  It was a lovely Sunday and a great way to end our fabulous trip!