Monday, September 26, 2016

Newlywed in the Kitchen {2016} Recipe #13: Pioneer Woman's Sausage Gravy

Basically if the Pioneer Woman recommends it, I like it.  We don't eat biscuits and gravy too often, but this is a quick, easy recipe for a hearty breakfast. The Boy From Texas liked it, BB didn't really like the sausage but was all about the biscuits with gravy on them if you picked the sausage out. So I'll call that an overall positive review from the men of the house.

Pioneer Woman's Sausage Gravy 
(Serves 5-6)

1 pound breakfast sausage
1/3 C flour 
3-4 C milk
Salt and pepper to taste 
Biscuits (I am lazy and used ones out of a can. If you want to make PW biscuits, click here.)

Brown sausage in skillet.  Slowly add in flour and allow sausage to absorb.  Then add milk about 1 cup at a time, stirring well.  Let cook on low until gravy thickens.  It will take a bit to thicken.  (I like thick gravy so I just used 3 C of milk.)
Season with salt and pepper. 

Serve over biscuits. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pink Blush Review & Giveaway!

We all know, a fashion blogger I am not. I'm channeling my inner Living in Yellow and The Fisk Files and giving it a whirl thanks to Pink Blush.

Finding maternity clothes that are cute, comfy, and affordable can be a challenge.  Enter Pink Blush.  They have an amazing selection of maternity clothes!  When I saw this red tunic, I knew my closet needed it.

It is super soft, just the right length, and my favorite thing is that I can wear it now at 35 weeks, but will still be able to wear it even when I am not pregnant!

I paired it up with some life changing black leggings {from here....they're a must purchase!} and silver sandals.  I also added a pearl bracelet (and had on a pearl necklace until BB tried to eat it).  To dress it up a bit I would just trade out the sandals for some black pumps. 

This same tunic also comes in blue, but due to that shade being the color of a rival school and Mr. and Mrs. Franklin basically forbidding me from anything "Grady blue" for so long, I just couldn't choose it...but you guys can!  Black is the third color option.

Intrigued by Pink Blush?  You should be.  Not pregnant?  That's ok...they have "regular" clothes too! 

How about a $75 gift card to spend on their site?  Thanks to their generosity, I will be giving a gift card to one lucky winner!  To enter, just comment below and tell me two things: (1) What Pink Blush item is on your list?? (2) What is your favorite weeknight dinner recipe?  

The fine print: Entries will close on Wednesday, September 28 at 9:00 am CST.  If you've won a Pink Blush gift card in the last 3 months, you're not eligible to win again...sorry!

Good luck and happy shopping!

{Also a huge thanks to my girl Dylan who is always willing to show up with a camera when I need her!}

52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 37

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Newlyweds in the Kitchen {2016} Recipe # 12: Blueberry Pancakes

I love a good pancake.  This recipe is so easy that I pretty much always have the ingredients in the house. The addition of blueberries makes it feel fancier to me.  

The Boy from Texas and BB both had seconds, so it's husband and kid approved. 

Blueberry Pancakes
(Serves 4)

1 C flour 
1 T sugar 
1/2 t baking powder 
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 eggs
1 C milk
1 T vanilla 
2 T melted butter 
1/2 C blueberries (if desired)

Mix dry ingredients in bowl.  In second bowl, mix wet ingredients. Mix two bowls together.  Cook on hot griddle.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Family (and 1 Year and Maternity) Photos

My amazing friend and our official family photographer has done it yet again.  It all started when I asked her to shoot our wedding....her first professional gig.  Then it continued on with maternity photos.  And newborn photos.  And a year later, we're back.  We're aiming for frequent flier status at Britt Fisk Photography.

I'd be lying if I didn't tell you my favorite part of scheduling photo shoots with her is knowing that I'll get to spend a few hours with one of my absolute favorite people!  We've been friends since high school and she's just the very best.  And what she can do with a camera?  Well, I'll let the photos do the talking.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Funny Conversations with the Boy from Texas (Part X)

We haven't done one of these Funny Conversations posts in a while, so I've been jotting down a few comical moments.

{The Boy from Texas put away the dishes from the drainer while I was gone.}
Me: Did you just put this stuff all in random places? 
TBFT:  Yea, think of it like hide and seek.

{On a Sunday evening after we had been home all weekend.}
TBFT:  How can BB tear up so much stuff so quickly?  We need to pay the babysitter more.

{We were about to walk out of my cousin's wedding reception to take BB home.}
TBFT: Hey wait we can't go yet.  Your brother needs me to be a ring man while he auctions off the bride and groom.

TBFT:  Where is BB?
Me:  I think he's in his room.
{TBFT walks to his room and turns on the light.}
TBFT:  Um...he's in here standing up on his recliner in the dark.  I'm going to say that's not good parenting.

{After a heated discussion we had regarding the meaning of "drench" as it pertains to show lambs.}
TBFT to our neighbor:  We just had a long fight about drenching.
Neighbor:  Oh, well what did you guys say about the drench I use?
TBFT:  Oh no, it wasn't that kind of argument.  It was about the technical meaning of the term drench.
Me:  As you can tell, this was really stupid.
TBFT:  And this is how we spend our evenings.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Family Photo #4

August 2016 - Red River, NM

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Newlywed in the Kitchen {2016} Recipe #11: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Y'all.  This recipe. For real. (If you want to, you could easily throw in some onions, bell peppers, green chile, etc to spice things up a bit.  But honestly, it was so good without it, I might not ever mess with things!)  As you might expect from a meal of bread, beef, and cheese, The Boy from Texas was a big fan.  BB mostly liked the cheese...

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Chuck roast
2 cans Campbell's French onion soup 
1 can Campbell's beef consume
Hoagie rolls
Provolone cheese

Thaw roast. Place in slow cooker. Pour all 3 cans of soup on top of roast.  Cook on low for 8 hours. {Fair will smell pretty oniony, especially at 7 in the morning.}

Remove roast from slow cooker and slice. 

Take about 3C of the soup from the slow cooker and boil in a sauce pan for about 10 minutes to reduce.  This will be the au juice.

While that is cooking, butter and toast hoagie rolls. 

Put sliced roast on the rolls,
Cover with Provolone. Place in oven on broil until cheese bubbles. {Pay attention here, you will burn it if you are not careful.}

Serve with a small bowl of au juice.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

BB's First Birthday

BB's first birthday party was a smashing success, if I do say so myself.  After worrying that I hadn't done nearly enough (Pinterest is the devil y'all!) and over half of the guest list having to cancel coming the day before the party, I have to admit, I was a little concerned how this would all turn out.  But as we were laying in bed after the party was over and everyone went home and  everything was (mostly!) cleaned up, The Boy from Texas said, "You know, I don't think that could have gone any better."  And that pretty much summed it up.

It wasn't fancy.  Our decorations were $10 worth of balloons, napkins and cups left over from his baby shower, and his own John Deere tractors that I frantically pulled out of the toy box that morning when I saw my friend's decor for her kid's birthday on Facebook and decided I had to do something to fancy the place up.  I got everything set out and used the tractors to decorate.  The Boy from Texas promptly walked in and said, "Why are there random tractors everywhere?"  I said, "That's the decorations!"  He responded, "I wouldn't really worry much about that crap."  This.  This right there is why I needed to marry someone like him!

The Boy from Texas grilled burgers, hot dogs, and steaks.  I made a fruit salad.  We served lemonade from the mason jar dispenser we used at our wedding.  BB ate like a champ, and everyone else seemed to do so as well.

He seemed quite perplexed as to why all these people were singing a song he had never heard and staring at him.  But that didn't last long and then, it was cake time.

His great grandmother made an adorable train cake for the occasion.  This was really special because she also made all of The Boy from Texas' birthday cakes when he was little and also happened to whip up our wedding cake!  Although BB was a bit timid at first about eating this, and even though to his dad's disappointment he really didn't think a spoon was necessary, soon he was covered in frosting.

He went directly from the high chair to the bath tub, still wearing his party hat.

Next up, it was time for presents.  He seemed quite excited about the gifts he got, which ranged from a wooden train, to a Tonka truck, to John Deere tractors, to books, to pajamas, to an engraved silverware set, to a dozen farm fresh eggs to money for his savings account. 

His biggest present was from his mom and dad, who spent entirely too much money on this John Deere wagon.  But he absolutely loves it.  We've deemed it the cake wagon and we take him and his bucket of cake out to feed every evening and you've never seen a kid so happy.  He also really enjoys putting his treasures in his wagon for safekeeping.  So far that's included several rocks, some cake cubes, and a shoe.

The one activity I knew I wanted to do is something I stole from SoulMate Friend at her son's first birthday party 6 years ago.  She bought blank cards and labeled each one with his name and a number.  Then all of the party guests at his first birthday got a card and were to write a note to BB, which he will open on the birthday that corresponds with his number.  So, for example, he will open the note with the number 18 on it on his 18th birthday.  I think this is such a special thing and I can't wait for him to have these notes for future birthdays!

BB seemed to thoroughly enjoy his big day.  H e was surrounded by friends and family and spent the whole day smiling.  Between the balloons and all the different people willing to take him outside and listen to his rambling, the food, the fact that we let him basically bathe in cake, and all the fun new toys he got, it was a good day for this little boy.

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