Why am I so excited? Because I started a new blog! Yup! I did it. I have been wanting to start something new and I finally did it. It is a food blog. A place where I can share photos and recipes of food I make for me and my family!
Yeah, I do that here, but I want someplace I can do JUST that. And now I have it. I will be blogging at foodgurly.com all the time very soon. That is going to be my primary blog. Well, my only blog. This blog will be going bye-bye. So those of you who subscribe by e-mail, you will want to go over to foodgurly.com and subscribe over there so you don’t miss any of my great recipes or photos. Some of the recipes on here will be moved over there. But only the healthy/mostly healthy ones.
My new blog is all about finding balance in life. The changes I’m making in my life are permanent. I’m not just going on some fad diet to lose a few pounds. I am changing my lifestyle so I can become healthier and more fit. These changes will be made over time, slowly and long term. I am hoping to lose weight, yes, but my overall goal is to GET HEALTHY! Hey, I can have my chocolate and eat it, too!
So come join me over at the new blog! Encourage me, help me, motivate me, push me! And let me know if I can do the same for you!!!
HHhhmm…I do not live in the Carolinas, do you? Maybe someone reading this does. I hope this will be of help to someone. I know when I got married, the DJ we had was amazing! He was very friendly, knew what he was doing and treated us like he had known us forever. We had a lot of fun.
For me, that was important. I would think for most brides, and probably grooms, too that would be important. To be treated like a lifelong friend, family even. We did all the “normal” reception stuff. You know, the bouquet toss, removal and tossing of the garter, cutting of the cake and feeding it to one another, the dollar dance. The whole nine. And the DJ made everything very fun, joking and playing around with us.
If you want a great DJ, like the one we had, you will probably pay a little more. BUT, here are some reasons, posted right on their website:
We have been in business for over 25 years, and have earned the reputation as a professional and reliable company.
All of our DJs have 5+ years of experience.
We are on the preferred vendors list at nearly every venue in the area.
The DJ that you meet with will be the DJ at your event.
Our equipment is top of the line and our music library has all clean edits.
Customer service is our highest priority.
Our response time to your emails and phone calls is almost immediate.
We rock the party!
So, there you have it…great service and response time, great music and they rock the party. What more could you want??
This dressing is soooooo good! It has just the right amount of sweet to sour and the cilantro? SHUT UP!!! I LOVE cilantro!!! I had some left over “shake and bake” chicken I cut up and put on a salad with some tomatoes….OMG!!! So good!! Just look…
You want the recipe??? I know you do!! So here you go!!
Honey Lime Cilantro Dressing
1/2 -3/4 c. cilantro (depending on how much you like)
1/2 c. light tasting extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. lime juice
1/2 c. honey
1 clove garlic (minced)
Put all ingredients in a blender; pulse to mix.
Blend 30-40 seconds or until blended well.
Pour over salad or whatever you desire.
I’m guessing this would make a great marinade, too. For chicken or fish. Maybe add some jalapeno for a kick. This is the original recipe. Make this, you will LOVE IT!!!
Have you ever known someone who worked their fingers to the bone? I mean, the kind of person who got up early and went to bed late and didn’t know the meaning of a BREAK? Yeah, that is the way Buster and the camp director are around here. From sun up to sun down some days. GO GO GO. Seems like all they do is work.
All that work means they need tools and parts. And those can get pricy! They are always looking for a deal. Buster is always coming in and out looking stuff up online. I will ask him what he’s doing and he will tell me he is looking up this part or that for this machine or that. Good thing for him there are sites like http://www.reidsupply.com/ where you can get like, EVERYTHING. From tooling components to cable ties and everything in between.
Good thing they know what they’re doing cause I have no idea what all that is!! And I kinda like it that way!
When you are having an event, do you like to cover your tables or leave them bare? Me personally, I think it depends on the table. If I am using a table that is a deep, dark, beautiful wood, I say leave it bare. If it’s an old beat up table, cover that thing up for crying out loud!
We have some tables up at camp that are functional but have seen better days. They are picnic tables that have been painted. And once upon a time, they probably looked really nice. But years of being used, and abused by teens and junior age kids has taken it’s toll on them.
It’s nice when you can find nice table coverings that are made to fit exactly right like the ones at this website. We used some plastic ones this last fall when Buster and I had our vow renewal at camp. We just bought them at a local super market because they were dirt cheap. It would be great to have some really nice table coverings that match to cover the tables when we have big events at camp.
So, here’s where your opinion comes in… Would you spend the money to get nice, matching table covers (which can be laundered) or just buy cheap plastic table covers that can be thrown away after each use? There is the laundering factor to take into consideration as well. That does take time and effort.
Go ahead, let me have it. Your opinion, that is… Plastic, Paper or Material? What’s your pleasure?
While there are pros and cons to everything and it can be argued that there is a right and wrong to most everything, I feel that people argue too much over things that really don’t amount to much.
That being said. I have never really thought co-sleeping with my children was a good idea. It just wasn’t for me and my family. And here is why…
#1 I think a man and woman need an area of the home that is just theirs. Where they can go and be alone. They need a place where they can hideout and do whatever they want, sexual or otherwise. A space that is a no-kid zone, so-to-speak, where they don’t have to worry about being walked in on, or having to meet someone elses needs at that moment, if you get my drift. This is important for a healthy marriage.
#2 I didn’t want to start something that I didn’t want to do forever. It’s hard to tell them when they are 4-5, when they’re getting too big/old to sleep in your bed, that it’s no longer okay for them to sleep with you. They won’t understand why they are being kicked out of what they consider their bed.
#3 My husband wouldn’t allow it. And what he says goes in my house. :) Like I said though, I have never thought it was a good fit for us.
Some people love co-sleeping and couldn’t imagine not doing it. I have no problem with them or their love of it. If it works for them, great! :)
What about you? Do/have you or would you co-sleep? Why or why not?
As we head into a new year tomorrow, I can’t help but look back and recall the ups and downs of 2013. 2013, was a better year, by far than 2012!
I renewed my marriage vows in October, reflecting on the last 20 years of my marriage. That was an experience. Friends and family gathered around us, watching us renew our commitment to one another. It was a beautiful day.
My daughter turned 17. Which is a miracle, since I’m only 25. ;) She is growing up way too fast!!
We will begin another year here at camp in May. It will close our 5th full year and begin our 6th. Being here at camp has it’s challenges, but the blessings, I think, far out weigh them!
Yes, I know those are all ups, that’s because I choose to focus on those rather than the downs. That gets me nowhere.
I am making a few resolutions this year…
1. Read my bible daily, even if it’s just a little.
2. Eat more healthy foods than junk foods.
3. Get to a healthier weight.
What are you reflecting on these last few hours of 2013? What are your resolutions for 2014?
So I though I would look for a real homemade toffee recipe…one that you don’t have to use crackers for. And I found one! And I made it! And it’s good!! I didn’t use nuts in mine because I didn’t have any, but I’m going to next time and I will let you know how it turns out. The recipe I am sharing is the original with nuts…If you don’t like nuts, or have an allergy to them, feel free to leave them out, it’s yummy without them!!!
1 lb (4 sticks butter) 2 c sugar 2 T water 2 T corn syrup pinch of salt 1 t vanilla 1 1/2 + 1/4 c sliced almonds, toasted (reserve the 1/4 c almonds for topping) 1 bag (2 cups) semi sweet chocolate chips
1. Toast almonds on a sheet of foil 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned (you will start to smell them). Cool slightly and crush. 2. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray; set aside. 3. Melt butter, sugar, water, corn syrup, salt and vanilla in a large, heavy sauce pan over medium high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon til bubbly. 4. Once bubbly (DO NOT WALK AWAY ONCE TO THIS POINT), boil for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until it turns a light brown sugar color and is very thick. Add almonds and remove from heat; Immediately pour onto foil lined cookie sheet. 5. Spread the chocolate chips evenly over the top of the hot toffee; allow to sit for a minute or two to melt a bit. Spread the melting chocolate chips evenly over toffee with a spatula. Top with reserved 1/4 cup of almonds and move to a cool place to set (I put mine in the freezer or fridge). Once set, you can break into desired size pieces. 6. Enjoy
It doesn’t get much easier than that folks! This makes quite a bit, too!! The container you see here is full and that isn’t all of it, it’s only a little more than half!! But you need no candy thermometer, no fancy double boilers, no muss, no fuss…. Just yummy candy!!
Merry Christmas, from me and mine to you and yours!! God Bless!
I know several people who have taken advantage of the housing market and it’s condition. The fact that people have had to foreclose on their homes or sell them for much less than what they owe on them. Or if they already own them, like we do, sell them for far less than what they are worth. Like we did. It is definitely a BUYERS market.
When you are buying a home, you might want to keep a real estate checklist, if you will. While buying or after, this will help you to remember your “to-do’s”. Don’t want to have to have sticky notes all over your house or car to remind you to schedule that inspection, no worries. Don’t want to have to worry about forgetting to call the real estate broker to reschedule the closing, don’t fret!
This app is was designed, built, and tested by agents who get it. It’s simple and beautiful, for all your real estate checklists, that’s all. No bulky cumbersome features you won’t use and don’t really need anyway. Easy and beautiful? Sounds like my kind of app!!
Married mom of three. I have a ten year old boy and a sweet baby I never got to meet waiting for me in heaven and I have a teenager who thinks she is 25 living at home!! I am in love with coffee, chocolate and all things girly/sparkly. Oh, and I also kinda have a thing for blogging. Aaaahhaa...