Monday, April 30, 2012

Random Monday Post

Happy Monday!

This is probably the most random post in the history of posting, but, here ya go...

After perusing Pinterest for some hair teasing tips ("The higher the hair, the closer to God."), I decided that I needed the Phillips 3-Row Teasing Brush stat.

Thank goodness for Amazon accounts and husbands who give you their password to have it express shipped because, let's face it, I need that teasing brush.

Case in point: I was tardy to the party work today because my hair wouldn't tease correctly. You know you're from Texas when...

We love us some Mad Men, but holy cow is it all kinds of innaprop these days! I won't spoil it for those of you that haven't watched it yet....

...but I will say that I totally thought that Roger Sterling was just sitting in that chair for a long time. Julia Ormond and Sabrina have forever been ruined for me. 

Also, speaking of random, I'm loving karma these days.

Karma, karma, karma. I waited for you to rear your (ugly?) head for six long years and you finally struck yesterday! You are the best.

Happy week!

Sunday, April 29, 2012


If I could sum up our weekend in one word, it would be "relaxing." We enjoyed laying low at home, not doing too much and on the other hand, getting a lot of things done. 

Jessica texted me to ask if we wanted to join them for margaritas at Cyclone Anaya's in Uptown. Of course, it took me all of .56 seconds to text back, "YES!" And 45 minutes later, we were in our chairs enjoying a nice happy hour that was very happy. 

These margaritas and mini appetizers were so great! We had so much fun, so much food and great fellowship. 

We love our friends...

...and dance parties in the car on the way home. :)

We slept in and I cleaned all morning while Brandon played golf. I ran to the grocery store; to Bed, Bath & Beyond for my mother-in-law's Mother's Day gift; and to PetsMart to pick up more food for Oliver. 

I came home, folded a ton of laundry, and then got cozy on the couch to catch up on my DVR'd shows. 

We went to the Church of the Holy Bed today. Brandon wasn't feeling fabulous and I, for some reason, could not drag myself out of bed. We turned the alarms off and slept in really late today, which we obviously needed. 

When we finally got up, I made coffee and cheesy scrambled eggs, and we just lazed around on the couch. I did my nails, picked up around the house, wrapped Mother's Day gifts, and got supper in the Crock Pot. 

Brandon still wasn't feeling great, so I ran to get Raising Cane's, per his request. So bad, yet so good. 

Brandon started to feel better, so he went to play golf with his Dad and brother. {Are you noticing a trend? The second it gets above 50 degrees outside, my husband is on the golf course.}

So, Oliver and I took naps on the couch and watched far too many episodes of House Hunters.  

We're currently waiting for Brandon to get home and I'm texting with the wonderful Stephanie. She's catching me up on some gossip. ;)

Happy Sunday, y'all! 


Friday, April 27, 2012

Menu Friday

Happy Friday!

Here's what we had to eat this week:


I'm usually pretty good about serving a side with my meals, but by the time last Friday rolled around, it was all I could do to get the meal on the coffee table.

This is a good, easy, comforting meal that absolutely hit the spot last week.

The Pioneer Woman's Penne alla Betsy, salad and sourdough bread

{Side note: Yes, I'm well aware of how much pasta we eat in our house. What? We like carbs.}

This is so easy and creamy! I don't have any modifications to this recipe.

We had so many leftovers from the weekend that we just ate that. So easy for me!

Southern Chicken Casserole {AKA: Poppyseed Chicken} and broccolini 

This was super yummy, and was Brandon's favorite meal of the week/ever. He kept saying, "Oh. My. Gosh. This is so good!" And when he says that, you know it's a keeper!

However, when I was making it, I noticed it was basically the same recipe that my Aunt Katherine posted a while back for her poppyseed chicken, so I pretty much fused these two together to make a fabulous dish.

We had the food truck dinner

I had my Little's bridal shower, so Brandon ate leftovers.


This is so good, so easy and hello? It's Cooking Light. It's a huge favorite in our house.

Again, normally I have a side, but I was absolutely exhausted last night, so I asked Brandon, "Do you care if we just have the stroganoff? I have no energy to make anything else." He knew not to argue. :)

And moving on from Menu Friday, look at this sweet card our new vet sent us yesterday!

She thanked us for coming to see her and welcomed us to the "Katy Trail Animal Hospital family." I love that place!

And also? Did y'all watch the NFL Draft last night? Our man Robert Griffin III was the second pick in the first round...he's now a proud member of the Washington Redskins!

Sic 'Em, Redskins and RG3!

I told Brandon that while I'm sad to see him go, I'm glad that he's in the same division as the Dallas Cowboys so that we can see him play! The Cowboys and Redskins are playing in Dallas (ahem, Arlington) on Nov. 22 and you can bet your little hiney that we'll be in attendance! I'll be the one sporting my Baylor shirt. :)

{And I would just like to point out that he was born in 1990. NINETEEN NINETY! Insane.}


Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What I'm Loving...Thursday? + My Week

Oh, where do I even begin? This really has been a whirlwind week and I'll be very excited to sleep in a bit this weekend.

I'm sitting here trying to rack my brain as to what happened this week {because it was a lot!} so that I can properly document it for you. And can I tell you something? For this girl that loves routine, this week was the complete opposite of routine!

On Monday, we had some major client "stuff" happen, and I was slammed all day long.

That afternoon, my brother called me with some sad news: one of my Dad's friends and co-workers passed away at the young age of 56. Unfortunately, my Dad was the one that found him, which absolutely broke my heart. If you feel so inclined, please pray for Paul's family (he wasn't married, so my Dad actually had to get in contact with some of them). Also, please pray for my Dad. I can't imagine finding someone that has been my friend and co-worker for a number of years.

Also, Brandon's crown fell out in three pieces, so that was kind of the icing on the cake for me.

Brandon landed a giant account at work {woo hoo!}, so we celebrated with a glass of wine after work. Later, we noticed that a ton of food trucks were set up in the parking lot of our area's country club, so we walked over and had supper there. The weather was amazing and it was so fun to eat outside from fun food trucks.

PS: The whoopie pies were amazing.

On Wednesday, I went to my Little's bridal shower at Breadwinner's. She's getting married over Memorial Day Weekend and I am so excited for her! It was fun getting to see some of my sorority sisters that I hadn't seen since college.

We had wine, champagne, cupcakes and yummy food {I ordered the shrimp & grits, yum!} and had a fabulous time celebrating sweet Lucy!

{This is my ZTA family: my Little, Lucy; me; my Big, Katie}

Thursday {today}, Brandon had diversity training at the Renaissance Hotel all day long; he texted me all day long telling me how bored he was. Although, I don't blame him.

I had a dentist appointment at 8 a.m. {no cavities -- love that electric toothbrush!}.


Now I'm rushing off to DFW Airport for an event walkthrough with my client. Of course it's the day that it's supposed to reach 90 degrees and the event is outside. ;)

It's been a busy week, that's for sure. I'm sure you found this blog post riveting, but it's a nice way for me to recap my week and then look back to see what we did.

Happy almost-Friday!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baby! {No, not mine}

My co-worker brought her baby boy, Davin, to the office today, and I got to hold him!

He was so sweet. I forget how teeny tiny they are.

Still not ready for my own, though! :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Happy Sunday! 

It's been absolutely gorgeous in Dallas this weekend, and I'm hoping to get outside for a bit this afternoon. So I'll make this quick. :)

Lots of craziness in client land. If you know me personally enough to know who my client is {and have been watching the news} you know what I'm talking about. Let's just say my office's "Beer Fairy" {and cake} was appropriately timed on Friday afternoon. 

I came home, made a yummy dish that will be on the blog on Friday, and we just lazed around the house. 

We were so busy, but I loved it! 

We slept in a bit, then Brandon went to play golf while I took Oliver to the vet. {You know you're in Dallas when you see a cat in a baby stroller at the vet. I was dying. Who actually buys this for a cat?!}

Then, Jessica and I went on a long walk; I went to the grocery store, got a car wash, and went to Loft to use up my gift card. I absolutely love the Loft in Mockingbird Station, as it's not as busy and picked-over as the Loft at NorthPark. I got: this pencil skirt, this shell, this tunic {in white} and a cute snakeskin cardigan that's no longer on their website. Then, I came home, did a ton of laundry and cleaned up around the house. 

I cooked again {it'll be on the blog on Friday, too!} and we got cozy on the couch and watched a movie on Netflix. 

We went to Sunday School, where our Newlywed Class has begun its 4-week lesson on sexual intimacy. Yes, that's a little awkward to type on the blog, but it's something that's very important to know in marriage. My eyes were really opened because I'm very reserved when it comes to talking about that {except with Brandon and my friend Jessica, obvi} and it's just nice to know that we have a healthy environment in which to discuss it. 

ANYway, after Sunday School, we had our Supper Club at Pei Wei. Supper Club is something our Sunday School leaders do to let you meet other couples in the class. Each month, one couple leads the Supper Club and gets everyone together; usually about four couples are in a group. The groups rotate each month; that's actually how we met Jessica and Austin and are so thankful for our church and Sunday School class! 

I had to work when we got home {boo} but I'm done now and am ready to get outside and enjoy this weather!

Have a great week, y'all! 


Friday, April 20, 2012

Menu Friday

Happy Friday!

It's a busy day in client land, so I'm going to have to make this quick.

Pre-made Chicken Cordon Bleu {from Tom Thumb}, brown rice and broccolini

This was quick and easy, and my broccolini is my new obsession.

These chicken were seriously on steroids so we halved them and ate the rest for leftovers.


We loved this! It made a ton, so be prepared to eat it for leftovers.

Modifications: I only added in a pinch of red pepper because we're weenies and don't like spicy food. Also, I used whole-wheat linguine.

Meatloaf, peas and crescent rolls

This recipe comes from Mozell, my grandparents' housekeeper of 20+ years. It's the only meatloaf I will eat...and it's yummy.

It's 2 lbs. ground beef, one package Lipton Onion Soup Mix, two eggs and a cup of breadcrumbs. But, the sauce is what makes it: ketchup, nutmeg, dry mustard and brown sugar. Mmm!

Real Simple's Creamy Spinach Enchiladas, black beans and Spanish rice

These were surprisingly easy and Brandon really liked them {as did I}. They were so pretty and colorful; they honestly looked like something you'd order at Mi Cocina or something. :)

Modifications: I used shallots instead of scallions, and used purple cabbage to make it pretty {and a little crunchy}.


Tonight we're holing up at home with a glass of wine and my Aunt Katherine's Spaghetti Pie.

Happy weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday: Sicky Version

I'm working from home today because I woke up feeling like, well, death

I think there's a little something going around...sigh. I didn't really sleep well last night {poor Brandon, that's two nights in a row for him because I've been feeling bad and not sleeping} and I woke up around 5 a.m. to ask my boss if I could work from home today. 

ANYway, I'm loving that Oliver has been right by my side all morning. He never, ever does this {especially for this long} so I'm convinced he knows his mama is sick. 

I'm loving foods that make my throat feel better for a tiny bit. And those foods include fro-yo. What?

Brandon took me to get some last night and I swear that first bite was heavenly. Kind of like smoothing on aloe vera on a bad sunburn...just hurts so good. 

I'm loving that I got Kelle Hampton's signed bookplate in the mail yesterday. {I got this because I pre-ordered the book.}

I'm almost done with her book and I just love it. 

And lastly, I'm loving that my grandfather, "Pah," texts. 

I made their former housekeeper's meat loaf for supper last night and I texted him to tell him. He responded by saying that he'd tell my Nana and that she was currently quilting. 

The following texts followed: 

He is so cute. 

Hope y'all are having a good day. I'm hoping to take a little nap during lunch and just cozying up in my bed with my computer all day...with my little companion by my side.

Happy Wednesday.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Under the Weather

This is how I feel today:

At first I thought this was just allergies, but after waking up this morning with absolutely no voice, sinus pressure, a deep cough and stuffy ears...I don't think it's just allergies.

So if I'm a bit absent this week, I'm sorry. Pray for me to feel better soon!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


How it is already Sunday is beyond me. The weekends always go by so quickly, and frankly, it makes me kind of sad. I guess that's why three-day weekends are so amazing when they do come. 

Anyway, our weekend was really relaxing, which kind of happened naturally. Special thanks to the weather in Dallas for helping us out with that one. 

We went to my brother- and sister-in-law's house for a birthday dinner for my father-in-law's 60th birthday. My mother-in-law made filet mignon and chicken, kale, brown rice casserole, broccolini, fruit salad, cranberry walnut bread and homemade banana pudding...with merengue on top. Delish

I hadn't seen them since Christmas {crazy since we live only 40 minutes apart!}, so it was nice to visit and have the family all in one place for the first time since December 25. 

My in-law's gave me my birthday gifts while we were over. 

My brother- and sister-in-law gave me this precious Texas print {my SIL paid extra to have "Livingston" printed in the far right corner}, a cute apron and a bottle of my favorite wine. 

My father- and mother-in-law gave me a $75 gift card to Ann Taylor Loft and this precious bread basket

{Brandon really does listen to me when I tell him what I want! :)}

We slept in {amazing} and lounged around the house in our jammies all morning. 

When I finally couldn't take it anymore, I began cleaning our house and didn't stop for two hours! Later in the afternoon, Brandon went with me to North Park so I could spend my gift card and pick up my free birthday gift from Sephora. I tried on a couple of things at Loft, but only found one dress that I really liked on. There were so many that were precious on the hanger but looked terrible when I put it on. Thankfully, their sale was 40 percent off, so I got this dress for $27 and some change. 

Brandon played golf with his dad later in the afternoon while I went to the grocery store and ran some random errands. I caught up on Smash and Dateline while he was gone over a glass of my new bottle of wine. :) 

We braved the rain and went to church this morning, and I'll tell you right now that Satan did not want me to go this morning! I, as my mother and grandmother say, did not have "a smile on my face and a sweet song of Jesus in my heart." 

I was mad because the weather made me have a bad hair day, I was mad because we were late because the weather made me have a bad hair day, I was mad because we couldn't find a parking spot in the underground parking garage because we were late because the weather made me have a bad hair day, I got deodorant on my dress, and my umbrella broke on the way into church and chopped off my fingernail. 

{See, I told you...}

Anyway, we got to Sunday School and were supposed to talk about sexual intimacy in marriage, but our teacher was in Florida for a trial and couldn't get a flight back to Dallas because of the rain. So, we gathered with a class of older marrieds and? It was just what I needed. The Lord is funny like that. 

Our church's April series focuses on memorizing scripture and how when it's on your heart, that's what comes out of your mouth. I almost died because that's exactly what my mom taught us growing up. I can just hear her saying, "Brittany, what's in your heart comes out of your mouth." 

The lady who taught Sunday School today taught about the Parable of the Lost Son {Luke 15:11-31} and our scripture for the week was Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Again, I just knew that the Lord knew I needed to hear that today. I can just remember Vacation Bible School and using an inflection on the word "all" in the verse above: "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." 

It was such a great reminder for me that none of us are perfect. We all sin, every day. We gossip about people, we are jealous of people, we lie, we curse and we let comparison steal our joy. But we do have a perfect God who loves us, and even though we, as Christians, act like one of the two brothers, we are all redeemed. 

After church, we were talking with one of our other Sunday School teachers and a couple in our class about Desperados and our love of their signature dish, "Desperados Tacos." We left church and went to Desperados; 10 minutes later, our Sunday School teachers and that couple walked in. Too funny! 

We came home and I got in bed to read Bloom while Brandon flipped between golf and the Rangers game on TV. Soon enough, however, between the heavy sleeping breaths of Brandon and Oliver, I was out like a light for an hour and a half. 

We're slowly waking up this afternoon, picking up things around the house and putting them in their proper homes, laying out clothes for tomorrow and determining what to make for supper. 

Brandon has a soccer game tonight with our church's intramural soccer league and he wants me to go. I'm slowly figuring out how good of a wife I want to be... 

Happy Sunday. 


Friday, April 13, 2012

Menu Friday

Happy Friday!

I've been so busy today, so I'm even happier that Friday is here. Whew, I need the weekend!

I was off work, so I had time to marinate steaks all day. I've professed my love of Stubb's Beef Marinade to y'all; seriously, you've got to try it.

To go along with the steaks, I made corn pudding and bought a loaf of fresh sourdough bread.

We went out to eat for my birthday. No way was I cooking that day!

My mother-in-law got sick {and we were supposed to have "linner" with them} so I took my chance at our first Easter lunch. Unfortunately, she called around 2 p.m. on Saturday {and I'd already been to the store the day before}, so I didn't have time to go to the grocery store again. Sooo, I just cooked what was on our weekly menu for Tuesday: Cooking Light's slow-cooker beef stroganoff; we also had leftover corn pudding and crescent rolls.

And while it wasn't my Nana's ham, layered salad, mashed potatoes and other yummy Easter goodies, it was pretty darn good and I really felt like a grown up. :)

I also made my Nana's buttermilk pie.

I had the ingredients because that's what I was originally going to take to my in-law's on Easter. It's so ridiculously easy and tastes like it's insanely hard. Chances are, you probably have all the ingredients {save for the buttermilk} at home right now.

We enjoyed it over coffee on Sunday afternoon.


This was SO easy and we both loved it! The only modification I had was that I used purple cabbage as opposed to green.


Bow Tie Fiesta and garlic bread

This was actually better than I thought it was going to be. And it made a LOT. Brandon described it as a "Mexican pizza pasta." I totally disagree, but whatever floats his boat. Ha!

{However, Erin at Blue Eyed Bride says she takes it to new mommies. I wouldn't recommend it for nursing moms because it was a tad bit spicy. And we all know how that will turn out! Hmm, I might do a post on what meals I like to take to new mommies and/or sick people...}

We had Bow Tie Fiesta leftovers. I told you it made a lot...!

Tonight we're going over to my brother- and sister-in-law's house to celebrate my father-in-law's 60th birthday. The entire family is gathering and my mother-in-law is grilling steaks and chicken and making lots of sides. I'm in charge of the that. ;)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

What I'm Not.

Many of you know me. Heck, you can read my "About Me" sidebar and get a little glimpse.

But now I'm going to tell you what I'm not.

I'm not June Cleaver.
I don't make my pie crust from scratch, I don't bake, I don't vacuum in pearls and we eat on our couches with the coffee table as our dinner table.

While I do cook like June, and clean like her, too {albeit not in pearls}, I've come to accept that it's okay for me to not be the "perfect" wife.

I'm not a girl that sews, knits or crochets.

In fact, I can't even sew on a button. Am I ashamed? A little bit. But hey, that's what alterations stores are for.  

I'm not a good driver.

I have road rage. I leave notes on people's cars that say, "Learn how to park!" when they park too close to me in the parking garage. Sorry if that was you.

I am not a crafter. Nor do I have time to be a crafter.

Sure, I have an entire pinboard on Pinterest dedicated to "DIY + Crafts," but I've only completed about two of the 500 I currently have "pinned"...and Brandon helped me with all of them.

I don't make my own gifts, I don't make my own cards, and I certainly don't make my own Christmas decorations.

I think the craftiest I've been in that department is printing out a sign that said, "BELIEVE," threading it with ribbon and hanging it on our mantle. Oh, and I put candy hearts in a jar and stuck a candle in there for Valentine's Day. And I write "Happy Spring!" on my chalkboard in my kitchen. That's about as crafty as you'll see me get. If I see it, I can do it, but I'm not creative enough to think of it by myself.

I buy my cards from CVS {they get thrown away anyway}, I buy my gifts at the mall, and I buy Christmas decorations on sale at Target in January.

Maybe when we have children I'll get more crafty. But for now, nuh-uh.

I'm not a fake. What you see is what you get. I tell you what I'm thinking {I like to say that "you were thinking it, I just said it"}.

My number one pet peeve is people who try to be something they're not. And I've come to the age where I purposefully chose to not be around people that are that way.

I'm not a mathematician.

I can't add, muliply, divide or subtract in my head. I can't tell you when the trains will collide if they're both going 70 mph and left the station five minutes apart.

I don't balance my checkbook, I have to ask my husband measurement conversions when cooking and I pay someone to do our taxes.

I'm not a Democrat.

I could go on and on about this, but I'll leave you with the words of my favorite President, Ronald Reagan:

"Government doesn't solve problems. It subsizides them."

I'm not a brand-name fiend, nor can I afford to be.

If I see something at Target that's cute, I'll buy it. I have fake Chanel sunglasses that my Mom brought back from New York City and I wear them with pride. I drive a Honda. I always go to the back of a store first to see what's on sale; I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I bought something that wasn't on sale.

I wasn't raised to be that way, and I don't think I could ever change.

I'm not one of those women whose ovaries catch on fire every time they hold a child.

Sure, I want children, but I want them when we're ready. It's not a race, and it's something that's on our radar in the next couple of years. I want to slap people who say to me, "Hey, when are y'all going to have kids?" the second I pick up a friend's baby. I feel like that's a very personal question. You could be asking that to someone who's been trying to have children, but can't. Or to someone that just had a miscarriage. They'll share with you their plans if they want to.

On the other hand, I get very offended at people who scoff at me when I say, "Oh, we'll try in the next couple of years." I had someone say to me, "You're soooooooooo young. Enjoy life!"

I responded to her, "Well, we're on a very different path than you. We got married at 23 and 24, and by the time we've been married for five years, I'll be 28. So, I think we'll have children when we're ready. But thanks for your concern."

I'm not a rail-thin model.

Sure, I'm thin, but I give thanks to the Lord above and my Dad's genes for that!

I love to eat, love to drink wine and while I wish I was teeny-tiny, I just am not. I'm a major advocate for being healthy and eating right, but I also know that each body is different.

I laugh at Kate Moss' quote, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

Sister, have you ever had fried chicken? Or shrimp and grits? Or creme brulee? That tastes much better than feeling skinny.

Happy Thursday, y'all!

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