Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What's Up Wednesday ~ May 2016

It's so hard to believe that May is nearly over!  Gosh, it's gone by so fast! Today I'm linking up with Shay at Mix and Match Family for What's Up Wednesday. I totally thought about skipping out this month, but I was in a blogging mood and decided to go with it!

What we're eating...S asked me this past weekend if I've ever heard of Honey Bun Cake.  Honey Bun Cake?!  Have I heard of it?  Well, thanks go my BFF, Leigh, I have and it's delicious!  S asked if we could make it and so I bought all the ingredients and we did. She loved it!  I think I'm slowly but surely turning her into a Southern Girl!  Ha! Here's the recipe I used from pinterest because I was in a bit of a time crunch. Tuesday nights are family nights and so these slow cooker chicken fajitas were on the menu last night. They have quickly become a family favorite! I also shared a rib recipe last week that Wayne found on Facebook and wanted to try.  I made a new chili mac recipe because S sent me the link and wanted to try it and we really enjoyed it this weekend, too! I'll try to post the recipe soon. I love it when my family makes suggestions for dinner.

What I'm reminiscing about...By the time you're probably reading this, I'll be in our school gym - either freezing or burning up! - watching my Baby Girl at her final elementary school awards ceremony! These past seven years - from Prek-4 to 5th grade - have gone by so quickly and I'm sad to see them go. 

I also got to reminisce this past weekend with Wayne and his ex-girlfriend!  Ha!  So funny!  T messaged Wayne a few weeks ago that she would be in town for a tennis tournament this past weekend and wanted to know if we could get together for dinner while she was here. Okay, okay. Wayne would want me to clarify here that T was actually never his girlfriend - they only went out one time, but I knew her because we had classes together and because I know it drives him crazy, I call T the "ex." I pick on him about having a thing for girls that like numbers. Ha! Needless to say that after we left one restaurant - because of the horrible service - and headed to another, we had a great time catching up and hanging out afterwards.  We may have even visited an old hang out from our college years!!

What I'm loving...I feel horrible about this, but nothing actually comes to mind at the moment.

What We've Been Up phone fell in the pool on Saturday. Yea, you read it right. So now I'm back to my old Note 2. Sooooo sad, too!  We were out by the pool for most of the day on Saturday and my phone was in the house until Alise asked me to go get it so I could video her doing cannon balls. After videoing, I put my phone between the beach towel and the cushion I was laying on so it wouldn't get over heated.  Later when it was time to come in, I picked up both the cushion and the towel not thinking about my phone.  After about five steps, I heard heard, "kapooth," and looked in the pool to find my phone STILL ON at the bottom of it. It's toast. It's ovah.  The fat lady has sung.

What I'm Dreading...The summer humidity.  Ugh. Yuck! Our local meterologist posted this on Twitter earlier this week.  Can any of my natural curly girlfriends relate?!

What I'm Working On...Getting the final details ready for Alise's birthday party this evening.  She has invited her cheer squad over for swimming, pizza, and ice cream cake to celebrate her special day.

What I'm Excited About...Alise's birthday tomorrow!  My Baby Girl will be eleven and knocking on the door of another decade of her life.  Here she is at three blowing out her candles on her strawberry poodle cake!  This was such a sweet and special birthday!

What I'm Watching/Reading...I'm STILLLL in a reading slump.  This has been going on for nearly six months. I even decided to borrow books from the library and give my kindle a rest, but no luck. My secretary suggested Dr. James Dobson's book, Preparing for Adolescence, when I was telling her about some of the things that Alise had been dealing with at school and about how sometime this summer - heaven help me! - I need to have "the talk" with her in greater detail.  She has older children and recommended it, so I downloaded it to my kindle, but I only made it through the first chapter {Sigh}. However, I was happy to see earlier in the week that the author of The Good Girl has a new book out called, Don't You Cry. I loved Kubica's first book and so my interest is piqued. I plan to give it a try in a few weeks.

I have been watching scary movies with S just because.  I don't like scary movies, but it means I get to spend time with her, so I do. We've seen The Witch and The Darkness. Do not waste your time. We also started a new Netflix series called, Slaughter. Hmmm....the verdict is still out.  Wayne and I are still sticking to Friday Night Lights and sometime this summer, I would like to pick back up with Parenthood.

What I'm Listening To... Nothing. I missed the Billboard Music Awards and I plan to google Brittany Spears' performance.  Oh, and Celine Dion's, too.

What I'm Wearing... Still haven't broken out the iron for this dress yet, but I plan to very soon!  So excited about my new LWD from Sammy Dress.

What I'm Doing This Weekend... We honestly have no plans for the weekend.  I had thought about asking my parents to come over to grill hamburgers or steaks and enjoy a nice afternoon by the pool. I also thought about taking Steph somewhere fun for the day, but I haven't come up with a place yet. We'll see, but personally, I'm just thankful for a nice, long weekend.

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...We are slammed for the month of June! Alise leaves for cheer camp next Tuesday for the week. Wayne and I are planning to drive to Dallas at the end of the week to see her squad perform on Friday. She also has basketball camp, art camp, and church camp in June, too.  A busy start to our summer! By then, S will be back in her apartment as well, and Wayne and I will have some time together as "empty nesters" for a few nights.

What else is new...S got a job!!  She'll be working on campus, but it's weekend hours due to her athletic schedule.

What are you looking forward to this summer....A slower schedule/routine, family nights, no tests, and lots of pool time!

Enjoy your summer!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Favorites: I'm Back!

I've been a little MIA recently when it comes to Friday Favorites. Life is busy - hopefully it will settle down this summer! - and blogging has kinda taken a back burner. S has been staying with us since the college semester ended and I've been enjoying our days as a family of four. So forgive me if my posting is not as "scheduled" as it has been in the past, but I'm still up and going on social media if you're interested. With that, here are five Friday Favorites that make me smile today!

{one.} Who's ready for a POOL PARTY!?! We're so excited to have our pool up and going again after the fall and winter months! This picture is actually from a few years ago, but I'm still using the red, black, and white color scheme. We've bought new plants and Wayne has recently spruced up the flower beds, too. Steph and I have been laying out on the weekends with the radio cranked up and we've already had several pool side nights enjoying something delicious from the grill! It's been wonderful enjoying the pool in the evenings and we're looking forward to spending even more countless days outside.

{two.} I ran in Walmart yesterday morning before work and I saw these oh-so cute graphic tees for only FIVE DOLLARS!  I'm sure availability and sizes depend on the location, but surprisingly our store had some really cute ones {not shown here}.  However, I would run if I were you!  If your Walmart store is anything like ours, the really cute things go quickly! My favorite is the pink: "Sorry for what I said when I was Hangry!"  Ha!

{three.}  It seems like everyone in Blog Land has been posting food and/or recipe posts this week and even though it's been a good week in the kitchen for me, I have nothing spectacular to report. Except for Tuesday Family Night.  Steph likes to joke about it, but she usually manages to invite a friend over and this past Tuesday was no exception.  She invited a teammate this week and we played endless rounds of  Uno and watched a movie. Wayne and I both made a full course breakfast bar - complete with MY scrambled eggs that have cheese and ham in them!  We had pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, grits, and biscuits {Steph's request} with homemade blackberry jelly. Everyone was stuffed!

But where I'm actually going with this is to ask whether or not you've tried the brand, Alexia?

We discovered this brand recently at Walmart when we were deciding on onion rings to buy and we loved them! Their frozen food quality is so delicious! We love their rings, their sweet potato fries, and tonight we're trying their brand of onion reds. I'll let you know.  I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by their website - which includes recipes - and the variety of frozen food options available. Looking forward to trying even more new things from Alexia!

{four.} Pool floats have become a big deal at our house!  I know the lighting/shading is bad, but here is a pic of Alise and Katie on our donut float last summer.  I never thought the donut would survive another pool season, but so far, so good!

In anticipation of her upcoming pool party for her birthday with friends, Alise is wanting even more floats!  She's reallying wanting this popsicle float! Too cute!

{five.} A few weeks ago, I saw Laura, from I Do DeClaire sporting this little white dress on her blog and I fell, y'all!  HARD!  So I ordered it!

And now I have a LWD for summer!  It needs a little ironing after the packaging, and even though I absolutely hate to iron, I'll do it for this dress! I love to wear white dresses in the summer to church and weddings and I can't wait to wear this one!  It's summer perfection in my book!

That's all I've got today, Peeps!  Our weekend has POOL written all over it! 

Oh!  And dinner with Wayne's ex!  I mentioned that last week and everyone went nuts!  Ha!  More on that next week!

Peace out!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Facebook Bar-B-Que Ribs

Do you follow those recipe gurus and sites on Facebook?  I'm talking about the ones with the videos that show making a recipe really, really fast and everything always comes out picture perfect? I follow a few of them and I've tried a few of their recipes - but for the life of me, I can't remember which ones. I'm always looking for new recipes! Maybe one day I'll share some of the sites I follow on Facebook for all you bakers and cooks out there!

Having said that, Wayne - of all people! - recently found a recipe for Bar-b-que Ribs on Facebook that he wanted to try and so we did this past Monday night! Easy, peasy!  Supper and clean up was so quick!  The meat was literally falling off the bone! Definitely a recipe that we will try again in the Horton household! Wayne stopped at a local bar-b-que dive and picked up baked beans and potato casserole on the way home and supper was served! I thought I would share the love today by sharing the recipe with my readers!  Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Facebook Bar-B-Que Ribs via Tasty

2 cups of bbq sauce
1/4 cup of brown sugar
4 T. cider vinegar
3 t. oregano
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. cayenne pepper
1 T. chili powder
3 lbs of baby back pork ribs
salt & pepper

Combine first seven ingredients in a small bowl. Salt and pepper the ribs.  Place ribs in slow cooker and cover in sauce.  Cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours.  After the ribs are done, spoon the bbq sauce in the slow cooker over the ribs before remvoing.  Cut the ribs and serve with bbq sauce.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Don't Do Bucket Lists or Ukrainian Food

So even though I really don't do bucket lists, I wanted to join my friend, Shelly's link up this week and I look forward to reading everyone else's lists. If I had to choose one word to sum up our summer, of course it would be FUN! Our June is really packed and then July is a much slower month for us, so we're just gonna enjoy it and embrace it, if it will just ever get here!  This is our last official week of school and Awards Day is the 25th. Good-bye, elementary and hello, middle school! Heaven help me!

And SPEAKING of school, I had to take the Big Kid to her last final this past Friday.  She called me at 7:30 that morning and asked me to pick her up and drop her off at her class.  I was like, what?! Mommy needs to take the Big Kid to school, too?! But I did it anyway because I knew she was oh-so nervous.  Her final was being counted twice to replace an exam she missed due to being out of town for a basketball game earlier in the semester.

I honestly sat down Sunday night to "psyche myself up" for the work week and thought, where did the weekend go and what did we do? I honestly couldn't remember! And then it hit me!  Oh yea!

On Friday night, we had an "End of Junior Year" party with S and some of her roommates, teammates, and friends at her apartment on campus. She asked me to make some party foods and bring them, so I did. I forgot how late college parties get started and so by the time everyone got there, I was ready to turn into a pumpkin! One friend came and brought her own crawfish and I swear that girl put away ten pounds of crawfish all on her own! The party was alot of fun - everyone was in a good mood because the spring semester was over and graduation was the next day - and I was just thankful that S and her friends let me hang with them for a few hours.  Okay, so maybe more than just a few hours. I got home at 1 AM!

On Saturday, let's just say that Steph wasn't feeling too well and I think when she saw the French Toast on Snap Chat that Alise and I were making, she got a little hungry {and jealous!} and called to ask if I would come pick her up. I did and we came back to the house so I could make ANOTHER batch of French Toast and then we spent the remainder of the day laying out by the pool while my favorite mermaid swam for the first time this year.

Alise had a friend over to spend the night Saturday night and because I "never cook for Stephanie..." {her words!  Can you believe it?} I made meatloaf, potato casserole, and green beans.  I know that's probably not the menu you feed a friend that's spending the night, but AG DEVOURED the meatloaf! Much to S's disappointment, there were no leftovers and I thought it was so funny! I can't remember the last time we were home

On Sunday, we went to church, ate Mexican for lunch and came home for much needed naps. Later that afternoon, we took Jack to a local dog park and he absolutely loved the fact that he wasn't on a leash and could roam where ever he wanted and make new friends, too! On the way home, I got conned into stopping at not one, but TWO different pet stores so that Alise could look at the beta fish. Don't ask!  I got suckered into buying one.  His name is Blue Burrito and maybe I'll share a picture of him soon. When we got home, I started on a new stir fry recipe that the girls liked but Wayne and I didn't.  And just now as I was linking the site, I noticed that this recipe is Ukrainian.  Nope!  No more Ukrainian food for me! Bleh! After supper, Steph and I went walking and afterwards is when I found myself wondering just where in the heck our weekend went!

I'll be in and out of Blog Land for the remainder of May.  Like I said earlier, this is our last week of school and next week we'll be celebrating Alise's birthday. Looking forward to the lazy days of summer that will be here soon enough!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday Confessions ~ Take 13

I got a little carried away earlier this week and I think I accidently posted the unfinished version of this post, so here goes another try.

I confess...I'm not doing too good with the whole blogging thing this month.  And just when my friend, Tracy, is getting back into it!

I confess...Parents and graduates are not being smart this year about invitations. One should not send an invitation to one that they have never spoken to.  End of story.

I confess...I really, really, REALLY want this cold shoulder top that EVERYBODY in their mother is getting, but I just can't justify the cost for a blouse that I can't wear to work and that I wouldn't wear to church. But I loooove itttttt! {Insert whiny voice and stomping foot!}

I confess...My kid is running for President of her class for next school year {as of this writing}. An idea she came up with all on her own. I have mixed emotions about the whole thing...wanting her to win and wondering how she'll react if she loses.  We'll see.

I confess...I was OH-SO happy Tuesday a week ago when the girls came over to hang out. S snapped this picture of our crazy posse! D brought her dogs over to the house so they could visit with Jack and it was like a zoo again, but I loved every minute of it. We played cards and grilled and I fixed salad and baked potatoes. Wayne and Alise went to bed and I got to stay up with the Bigs until after midnight. I went to bed with a smile on my face.

I confess...that I am NOT a proponent of group projects at school.  I'm kinda ticked actually! I can't say too much, but suffice is to say, my kid is doing all the damn work.  Staying in at recess to get it done and brought it home to finish.  The project is already late. We don't do late.

I confess...My lashes are growing and looking so much better again! Yay!  I've been using Lancome Cils Booster  for about three weeks and at first, I was like, meh, whatever, but now I feel like I can really tell a difference. I even wear it to bed! I'm not sure it would be worth the $25 price if I hadn't messed my own lashes up with extensions, but I have been getting compliments on my lashes again.

I confess...Last Friday night at a small bridal shower, I had two of the best things I've put in my mouth in a very long time.  One was a sopapilla cheesecake topped with Cool Whip and fresh strawberries and the other was a pineapple salsa.  I mention it because the other day, when I got on Pinterest, this recipe popped up on my time line for some crazy reason and it looks to include everything that I was told was in the recipe. I can't wait to try it!  But I'm still hoping to get the recipes from Friday night and when I do, I'll post them here for your reading pleasure!  HA!

I confess...We're meeting Wayne's ex-girlfriend for dinner this weekend. More on that story later.

I confess...And speaking man brought home flowers last night!  He hardly EVER does that! And a bottle of wine may have been included!

I confess...And THIS girlie sent me a snap of her actually studying for her atmospheric science final. I'm like, yea, right, S!  Who gets all dressed up to study for a final.  No telling WHAT she was actually doing!  But she's beautiful and I wanted to share!  We're celebrating the end of the semester tomorrow night with some of her friends.  Of course, I'm doing all the cooking!

And that's pretty much all my confessions this week!  Talk to y'all next week!  Have a great weekend! School is almost OVAH!  Yay!!