Southern Sayin' Of The Month

I live for the light of a full moon. -me

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Southern Banana Puddin'...Go Make This NOW!

Want a yummy treat to cool you off on these hot summer days? Make this banana won't regret it! Well, maybe your thighs will regret it, but it has fruit in it so that has to count for something.

4-5 ripe bananas (but not mushy)
1 box Nilla Wafers
1 8oz tub Cool Whip--thawed (get Lite and this dessert is practically "healthy")
8oz package cream cheese (softened)
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 3.4 oz box of Banana Creme instant pudding
1 3.4 oz box of Vanilla instant pudding
3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Beat cream cheese until fluffy.

2. Mix in sw. condensed milk and vanilla extract and mix.

3. Add both pudding mixes and milk. Beat until smooth.

4. Pop it in the fridge for about 5 min. to let it set up.

5. Fold in 1/2 of the cool whip.

Layer Nilla Wafers, then bananas, then pudding mixture. Repeat so you have 2 complete layers. Top with remaining Cool Whip.


Put it in the fridge to let it marinate or eat it immediately if you lack the willpower to wait!

Kid Approved!

Monday, June 28, 2010

I've found a way to make my millions

Now here's my idea so don't even think of stealing it because I'm pretty sure that if you write it down then you own it so I'm copyright/patent/calling dibs* on this here idea.

I am going to start a support group/therapy/rehab center for ETSY addicts. I came upon this idea because I myself am an etsy addict. I went to peruse the site for a few home decor items and I never made it past the wall decals.

This place is a black hole! It sucks you in and before you know it your kids are running around naked and there's chex mix all over the floor.

Don't ask.

I know I can't be the only one, so I'm betting this rehab idea will really take off. Then I'll spend my profits on a house full of wall decals (or maybe just these 3 because if I slap one on every wall it may just be tacky...but maybe not.)

[for the guest room]

[for the laundry]

[for Bug's room]
*excuse the /...I like them today.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bringing It Back...Top 5 Friday

*I just realized today isn't Friday, it's Thursday. Crap. Oh well, I'll just leave it up.*

I've been on a break from posting my Top 5 Friday, but due to circumstances this week (which I could not cohesively share in any other post) I'm bringing it back.

Experiences in Motherhood...This week I've:

1. had oatmeal sneezed at me


2. recovered 5 random pair of underwear from Monkey's room. Locations included the toy box and on top of the television.

3. lamented the appearance of "the girls" in my bathing suit after birthing 2 babes.

4. experienced the Bug taking her shoes off, standing in the highchair, and testing her lung capacity in the middle of Sushi Thai ...prompting me to once again realize that I have what can only be described as one of "THOSE" children. (Thank goodness this side of her isn't always present.)

5. given up, cried uncle, waved the white flag, and surrendered to they toys. The mess is here to stay.

Simple Summertime

When I started this blog last August, one of my first posts was about Summertime. I thought I'd repost this and make a few ammendments to my list.

These are a few of my favorite things (summertime edition):

1. Fresh vegetables (I like mine fried of course because we are in the South darlin')--fried okra, squash, green tomatoes. Still love all of these veggies, but I now like to slap those fried green tomatoes on a BLT and it is heaven, let me tell ya!

2. A tall glass of sweet tea (add Firefly vodka) or homemade lemonade (add Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum).

3. Lazy days spent in the cool of the house because it's just to hot to even think of moving. Lazy days spent at the pool because heaven help me if I hear the words "I'm bored" or "What are we going to do today?" one more time!

4. Babies in bathing suits (their little chunky thighs are irresistible!) Both of my babes in their monkey swimsuits...precious! (I should have a pic but I don't and I'm not about to stage one so I'll post that later.)

5. Sundresses. Light, airy, short sundresses. Light, airy, "Lilly" sundresses.

6. No cook meals (too hot to turn on the stove) cucumber sandwiches, salads, cereal with fresh berries or peaches. Still eating those cucumber sandwiches, cantaloupe, hummus, and a Southern Girl's best friend...watermelon.

7. Dairy Queen: a butterscotch dipped cone of icecream (where I live our DQ is only open for the summer months) I've been getting these since I was a little girl and lived so close that I could walk there every day. Our DQ didn't reopen this summer (if only I had the $ to buy the franchise), so we frequent the drug store for milkshakes, orangeaides, and old fashioned cherry cokes.

8. Cookouts with good friends...tasty food, kids playing, laughing.Summertime is my favorite time. We haven't hosted a cookout yet. We've been so wrapped up with building our house that it's left little time for much else. This is a great reminder that we need to slow down and enjoy our summer. Hopefully we'll host a cookout soon!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

So This Is What They Were Talking About

Before we started building people would frequently tell us that it's a one shot have to make so many decisions that once it's over you never want to do it again. Well, not that it's necessarily been bad, but we are definitely in the thick of the decision making.

The RedHead and I spent Saturday making LOTS of decisions about the house.

We chose these hardwoods:

...handscraped, be still my heart!

And these kitchen cabinets:

And bought 2 of these in silver (one for the breakfast nook and the other for the master bath):

We ordered our tub, surround sound system, and this chandelier for the dining room.

Yesterday I spent an hour at Lowes getting tile samples for the shower and paint colors.

Tomorrow we go to finalize the cabinet layout and look at granite. It's a good thing I'm not working right now; this takes a lot of time!

I'll leave you with a picture of our inspiration for our master bath. We've taken care of the hardwoods, tub, and cabinets, and wall color (seaglass green). We are going a different direction with the shower tile, a bit more neutral, but I think it will be beautiful.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Portrait of a Father

I meant to get this up yesterday, but due to a mini road trip to a Pottery Barn outlet to buy some lighting for our house, I'm a day late.

Some guys learn to be good fathers, while others are just born that way. I knew very early in our relationship that the RedHead would make a wonderful father. I saw it in the way he treated me. He's definitely a hands-on daddy, and I love to watch each day as he makes memories with our children.

This is what a father looks like:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Because I'm stuck in highschool...

...because I still love to watch teen movies.

...because I can see myself as Olive singing in clip one.

...because apparently I'm juvenile.

I can't wait to see this movie! Guess I'll be dragging L to go see it since the RedHead has already vetoed watching it with me. Whateve...hez so lame. ;)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I Don't Remember Asking For More Patience

This is a Happy Girl...not an Angry Girl. You'll see why if you make it through this messed up post!

You know how people say to be careful what you ask the Lord in, if you ask for patience then you are likely to receive events in your life that test and build your patience (instead of just being granted patience as a divine gift). Well, I am about 99% sure that I didn't ask for more patience, yet I am called to have more of it lately.

Incident #1: Having no idea what my job is going to be next year. Yes there have been postings. Yes I have called, emailed, and all but begged to just go ahead and be placed. Yet, nothing. I know there's a job for me in the county since I did a contracted leave of absence, but I'd kindly like to go ahead and know what that job is...pretty please!

Incident #2: Arriving at our house we're building and being VERY excited to see that our front door had been delivered. Only to find out that they put the WRONG glass in it.

This is what I wanted:

This is what they put in it:
swirly, not seedy!

Because apparently this company doesn't use the seedy glass anymore so they thought it would be acceptable to just make that switch.

So after much "mature" conversation with the company about the incident we are having another door delivered next week with just clear beveled glass. We did lose $ on the deal since we were returning a custom! :(

**RIGHT HERE...I was typing along and the phone rings. I know the number because I've dialed it 1000 times. It was our HR Director. Calling to offer me a job! WooHoo! I accepted and I'm very excited that I'll be a Title I reading teacher next year. It made my day...I think we'll have to celebrate tonight. **

Guess I can go cross out No. 1.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I Did It!

I did it! I'm excited...can't ya tell!

You may (or may not) remember when I started my Get Fit plan several months ago. I completed my first Boot Camp after 8 weeks and lost a total of 15 inches. But what I was even more excited about was the fact that all of that training helped prepare me to run my first ever 5K!

When my best bud L asked me to run it with her I was a bit nervous. I agreed, but I prefaced it with lots of conditions...I may be walking, I may not finish, I may need someone to pull me behind them on a sled...but I would do it.

L and me before the race

Once Friday night arrived I was hyped! The weather has been miserable here (mid 90s) so it was nice that the race didn't start until 9:00 pm. Off we went and surprise surprise, I made it! I ran the whole way and my time was 32:09. I was very happy with myself and happy that I could tell a difference in my body since working so hard throughout boot camp. I guess I can now say that I'm kinda sorta a runner? Now I'm looking forward to doing another and hopefully improving my time!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Proving Our Contractor Wrong

At the beginning of the building process we asked the "Golden Question" closely do you come to the projected cost to build?

His answer, "I've only ever gone over budget twice and once was a lady who picked out things like an $800 soap dish for her bathroom."

Well, he may as well go ahead and mark us off as No. 3 on his list. (Not crazy over, but over none the less.)

Front door...over.

Master bath tub...over.

And our newest purchase, the Rohl Shaw Apron Front Kitchen Sink...over.
It's a beauty isn't it?

Ironically (or maybe not so) these are all things I've picked out. I think I'll leave the rest to the RedHead. I better get out while I'm ahead; or at least not too far behind.

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