Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Baby Steps

Well, Christmas is over and done with and decorations are coming down at a rapid pace all over our town... We've taken down some of ours, but our *lights* still come on rebelliously every night at dusk. I've always enjoyed Christmas, and the decorating that comes along with it every year. It just makes you feel all ooeygooeygumdroppy inside, doesn't it? No? Well, it does me. =) And I'm blessed to be married to a man who enjoys it all, too. So this year we took baby steps to having a Griswold Christmas! (Minus the squirrel in the too-tall-for-our-house tree. We're saving that for next year. Baby steps!!!) Here are a few pics of our yard this year. We're pleased with it. Especially the fact that you can see our yard glowing from the end of our very long street. But the plane that tried to land that one night was a bit of an inconvenience...

2010 Christmas
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2010 Christmas 3
2010 Christmas 4
2010 Christmas 5

So while the sadness still lingers from losing our sweet Moses, life goes on. (Though it's missing a little 19 pound "something".) My little blog limps along... And Christmas is approaching again at a breathtaking pace. =D Get ready! Itsacomin'!!!! Here's to a merry 2011! =) Enjoy yours!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

RIP Baby Boy

Moses Black and White
I came home from work today and found our snuggle kitty, Moses, asleep in one of his favorite spots-in front of the sunny living room window. Only he wasn't asleep... He was only 5 years old... The only thing we can think is maybe heart failure. It didn't look like a painful death, thank God. Just that he was here, and asleep one moment, and the next... not. We buried him in the back yard, next to a spider lily. We've never had spider lilies in the backyard before, and it wasn't there this morning. It seems appropriate our big love should be laid there. We love you, Moses. Rest in peace, Fat Boy. *huge hugs*

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Calendar Says Tuesday...

But my morning screams MONDAY! =D

First, Ivan apparently got locked in our bedroom last night. So I woke up to a kitty chewing on my fingers and sticking his butt in my face. Thanks, Ivan. Appreciate that, buddy.

Then, Judah stabbed me with his newly clipped (and apparently newly filed to a point...) nails. Was he secretly getting me back for not giving him a Bully Stick last night? Hmmm... The jury's still out on that one. Hide your eyes if buckets of blood and grody toes makes you queasy...

I gots a boo-boo!

Just kidding! It's not that bad =D (The blood, anyway...)

Then I burnt the sausage. =( Poor turkey sausage.

Poor sausage

What will the rest of the day bring? Will Publix still be out of my Hefty, Hefty, Hefty! (wimpy, wimpy, wimpy) bags?? Will the LaCroix water be discontinued?? Tune in next time to find out!

LOL I'm such a dork.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Shhh! Silent Auction in Progress!

The Elmore Humane Shelter's Wags and Whiskers Bone-a-Fit silent auction was Friday. I dropped off these during the worst pop-up thunderstorm I've seen in years!




But apparently it was a good night for an auction-they raised over $14K for the shelter! Woot, woot! Heaven knows our shelters need the help. People are *so* irresponsible with the lives of creatures that depend on us to keep them safe and healthy. Sweeties like these:

Did you know that black animals, especially large black dogs, are less likely to be adopted? It's true. It's called Black Dog (or, I suppose, cat...) Syndrome. What is Black Dog Syndrome? I was at the HSEC last Saturday, and they have an over abundance of all animals, but there were so many black kitties in the cages. It's heartbreaking! Our Ivan has to be the sweetest cat we've ever known. And while it was a horrible experience for him to be dumped out in the middle of a hurricane, we're very glad someone did, because our lives are more enjoyable with him in it!

This weekend will be my first day helping out with some photography at the Humane Society of Elmore Co (HSEC). If you'd like to help out, there are lots of ways! Check out their volunteer page here. And of course, if you're able, ADOPT!!!!! =D

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Boy and a Bat, er... Dog.

B looooooves dogs. And although he's decided he doesn't want to actually OWN one, after Judah got so carsick a few weeks back (Every possible bodily function a dog can do, he did in the back of my car. It was wonderful. Really.), he does still like to play with them. =D

Is this a dog, or a bat? The jury's still out.

Bat Dog

Judah has a mean left hook.

Left Hook

Either he's telling him he loves him... orrrr, telling him to RAWK OOONNNNN, YEAH!

Judah and B 3

On another note, I got in a bumper crop of giant jalapenos last night. Looks like I'll be making these this weekend!

Mammoth Jalapenos

Judah is not looking forward to them as much as we are, though. I don't think he's a fan of spicy foods...

Death by Jalapeno

Friday, May 7, 2010


Happy Birthday, Alex!!! =)

And yes, the song has been stuck in my head all night!!





Thursday, April 15, 2010

Me Love Cooookiiieeeess!

Whenever I put words on a cake, I'm always checking and rechecking my spelling. How embarrassing would that be, to misspell something on a cake you're giving away!! Family? OK, it would still be mortifying, but you'd get over it. Someone else? Eeep! Bury me now. LOL Anyway, sorry to disappoint, but I didn't misspell anything on this cake. (Did I? *checks* No? OK! Phew!) It's just a little peek into what my jumbled up mind is thinking while I'm decorating cakes ;-) Here's the Cookie Monster cake I made for a coworker's little boy. He'll be 2. Yep, that 2 CM's holding means something, it's not just randomly placed there =D Though I AM a random person sometimes! (Pickles.) See?

Chocolate cake, cherry filling, vanilla BC. You can't tell really well in this pic, but the icing is actually a very pale blue. Ignore the dark spots on some of the letters, please. This camera picks up more than I'd like sometimes. LOL It's just the water I used to stick the letters to the icing. It'll dry and look normal. In theory... 0_o

Happy birthday, Tristan! (Did I spell that right?? *bites nails*) LOL

The topper by itself:

Oooo, it's a mysteryyyyyyy

The finished product:

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Publix Trip!

I've still got to make a Walmart trip tomorrow for about 10 things, so this week I should still be under my goal of $100/week. Woot, woot! Spent $65.74, had $26 worth of manufacturer Qs and $9.70 worth of store Qs. Not pictured here (because I was too lazy to take them out of the trunk just for this picture. LOL) are 3 bags of Meow Mix we're donating to the shelter next time we're up that way. The 4 bottles of Airwick air freshener are also for the shelter. =) The tissues for B's school and the rest for our menus and stockpile. I'm lovin' this couponing thing! =D (We've also used the Qs to get cheap stuff for the OCC boxes. $.49 toothpaste, for instance!)


Until next trip!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I Love Publix!

No really, I do! Since a couple of people are interested in my savings via coupons via Publix each week =D I thought I’d post them here, instead of on Facebook alone. So this will, unless I get lazy, be a regular post. =)

And since sometimes I find deals (and impulse buys… things I just can’t live without!) while I’m there that were not on my list, I’ll post the list I’m starting with here:

Campbell’s cream soups (4)
Kraft shredded cheese (4) Mozzarella & cheddar
Idaho potatoes (1)
Philly cream cheese (5)
Stacy’s Pita chips (2)
Bird’s Eye Frozen Veggies (1)
Ore-Ida Steam ‘n Mash (2)
Sister Schubert’s rolls (2)
Mt. Olive jalapenos (2)
Hellmann’s Mayo, 30 oz (2)
A1 Steak sauce (1)
Hunt’s Tomatoes (3)
Duncan Hines cake mix, lemon (multiple)
Gold Medal flour, 5 lbs (4)
Cascade Actionpacs (1)
Playtex Gentle Glide, 18 ct. (2)
DelMonte veggies (8)
hot dog buns
Oscar Mayer bacon (2)
Tropicana orange juice, 64 oz (2)
Sarah Lee Dessert

It may not make sense, but it’s my own little shorthand in some cases, and I know what it means!! LOL

Now, I do have a stack of coupons for things that may or may not be included in this week’s sales so the cart may be fuller than planned. =) NOW, on to Publix!

*flash forward* (LOST fans, anyone?)

Here's what I actually purchased tonight. Keep in mind, any coupon (except store Qs), that are .50 and less, Publix doubles.

2 Playtex (TMI, I know. Sorry, just keepin' it real folks!) 3.49 ea, $1/1 (x2)= 2.49 ea
3 Bird's Eye Steamfresh veggies 1.19 ea, 1/2 store Q+ .35/1 (x2)= .39 ea
2 Sister Schubert's dinner rolls, 2.50 ea, .50/1 (x2)= 1.50 ea
4 Kraft shredded cheese, 1.67 ea, 2/2 (x2)= .67 ea
1 Sara Lee pound cake, 1.89, 1/1= .89
2 Ore-Ida Steam 'n Mash, 2.00 ea, 1/1 (x2)= 1.00 ea
1 Keebler Cheesecake cookies, 1.75, .55/1= 1.20
2 Oscar Mayer bacon, 3.00 ea, 1.50/1 (x2)= 1.50 ea
5lb bag of potatoes, 2.50, no Q
4-5lb bags Gold Medal flour, 1.49 ea, .75/1 (x4)= .74 ea
2 Hellmann's Light Mayo, 2.42 ea, 1/1 store Q + 1/1 (x2)= .92 ea
4 Classico jars pasta sauce, 1.30 ea, 1/2 (x2)= .80
2 cartons Tropicana orange juice, 2.50, BOGO coupon= 1.25 ea
A-1 peppercorn sauce, 2.05, no Q
4 Campbell's cream of soups, 1.00 ea, 1/4 = .75 ea
3 cans Hunts diced tomatoes, .70 ea, 1/3= .37 ea
2 Stacy's Pita chips, 2.50 ea, BOGO Q= 1.25 ea
1 Cascade Actionpac, 3.99, 1/1 Q= 2.99
2 Chocolate Cheerios, 2.15 ea, 1/1 store Q (x2)+ 1/1 (x2)= .15 EACH!!!
4 Duncan Hines cake mix, .97 ea, no Q
1 salad mix, 2.00, no Q
1 Glade spray freshener, 2.99, 1/1 store Q + 1/1 = .99
1 Scotties tissue, .99, 1/1 Q= FREE!
Deli hamburger buns, 2.59, no Q
1 Lays chips, 2.00, no Q

For a grand total of $63.43! Thank you I Heart Publix! She makes it SO much easier to save money! Check her blog out! Lots of tutorials and helpful tips!

Phew, that was a lot of work! I don't know how they do it! Makes me appreciate IHP that much more =D I think I'll just post pictures and the grand total of my hauls from now on. LOL Speaking of which, here's the pics of the booty! (Not that kind of booty. Get your mind out of the gutter, perv!) LOL

(Click the pics to get the full view. It cuts off a smidgen of the items with this size pic.)

Publix trip 3/24

My full cart!

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My full stove. LOL

Publix trip 3/24 (3)

Annnnd, my full island. :-)

I love Publix!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Six Down, Eighty to Go!

For me, Josh was the literal “guy next door”. But that was all, for quite some time. Just the guy next door, living with his parents that always wore a hat, white shirt and jeans. Always. LOL


I cut his parent’s grass one weekend while they were away, having NO clue how handsomely (and I DO mean handsomely =D) I’d be paid for that little act of kindness. His parents took me out to dinner shortly after as a thank you, and because Josh was hungry, and broke, he came along with them.

One day shy of six months later, we were married and headed to St. Augustine, FL for our honeymoon!





*WARNING: Sap ahead. Avert your eyes if it makes you gag-a-maggot*
*Are they averted? Yes? Ok, good.*

Every day with Josh is a pleasure. He is truly the best man I’ve ever known. Other people may not always get to see it, but he’s a sweetheart--a thoughtful, sensitive, patient, SMART, giving, devilishly handsome and often goofy, snuggly teddy bear that I love with all my heart. (And a hotty to boot!)

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Oh yeah, and freakishly flexible. LOL

Moses thinks he's cuddly, too. Back off my man, Moses! Back off and no kitty paws get broken!


*Ahem* Sorry about that. I get jealous sometimes. I’m sure given all of Josh’s stunning qualities, you understand.

Happy anniversary, Baby! Six down, at LEAST another 80 to go! =)


Told you he was patient.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bad Beginnings, Happy Endings

Sometimes bad beginnings can have happy endings. About 9 months ago, an upstanding citizen decided the kitten they owned had become more of a burden than a pleasure. Take him to the shelter? Nah, too much trouble. Throw him out of a moving vehicle? Yeah, that's the ticket! ... And they did.

Luckily for this little orange tabby kitten, someone saw this heinous act, and stopped to pick up the tiny, broken body from the side of the road. He was still alive, but paralyzed. The good samaritan took him to The Ark, where he's been nursed back to health and living until last week, where he would be united with someone who has also been on the receiving end of similar abuse.

My nephew is Downs, but that didn't stop certain people who were supposed to love and protect him from abusing him emotionally and physically. B is healing from that, just as the orange tabby healed from his wounds. We were told that "Fury" doesn't know he's disabled, even though he still bears the scars from his abuse. Neither does B. To B, he's just B, and he can do anything he wants to do, including be a cop and work at Pizza Hut "when he grows up". Two similar stories, two little boys; finding each other, loving each other, each giving the other what he needs.

So, really, this isn't the end at all, but rather a happy beginning. Both for "Fury", now Gus, and B. Here's to many, many years of happy, healthy companionship!


B And Gus

Please, adopt!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Add a Little Spice to Your Life!

We're not football fans, so we didn't NEED these to watch the game today, but I WANTED these again, so I made them. Ha! =) They're wonderful!! And you need to make these ASAP. You won't regret it, I promise! I got the recipe from Ree's blog (who I looooove). Her recipes (which I loooooooove) are amazing! And she's too funny to boot! =)

Ree's Jalapeno Bacon Thingies

I edited it a little bit to make it even easier. Sometimes I'm lazy like that. =D


Fresh jalapeno peppers
Reduced fat cream cheese, softened
Peppered bacon, cooked and crumbled


(I really recommend going to Ree's blog --link above-- if you're going to make them. She provides much more detailed instructions.)

Wash and dry the peppers. Slice off tops, then slice each pepper in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon, and you're left with these little beauties:

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**Oh yeah, major word of caution! WEAR GLOVES when handling the peppers! If you don't... well, now that's something you WILL regret!! Yeeouch!**

Mix together the cream cheese and crumbled bacon. Stuff each pepper with the mixture. I'm not neat with it, and I like mine FULL, so I just plop it in there and let it overflow. =)

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Toss them all onto a cookie sheet, lined with foil for easy cleanup.(And I do mean toss! I wasn't interested in making them look pretty this time. It was allll about getting my yum on! =D)

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Bake them at 375 for about 20 minutes, or until the peppers look a tad soft and wrinkly and the cheese gets just a touch of golden on top.

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That's it! Super easy and oh my gosh, they're so good! Try not to eat the whole pan before your husband gets up from his Sunday afternoon nap. Not... that I've had any personal experience with that or anything... Noooo, nothing like that... *shifty eyes*


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Good, Stiff Drink

Happy birthday to my boss, happy birthday to my boss! Happy biiiirrrttthhhdaaay toooo BiiiiIIIIILLLL, happy birthday to YOU! Tadaaaa! *beams* Today's my boss' birthday (if you hadn't gathered that from the off key singing). So last night I whipped up some chocolate fudge cupcakes and dunked them in my new favorite icing, dark chocolate ganache.

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I was going to fill them with whipped ganache, but it just didn't want to cooperate last night, so two of them are filled and the other twenty-two are not. Someone will get a surprise, I guess! :-D

I made tiny coffee cups and doughnuts for the top. We at the office loves us some G&S doughnuts and we'll often have them instead of cake for a birthday, so doughnuts were a gimme. And everyone here is addicted to the coffee, and it goes oh so well with the doughnuts, so again, another gimme. :-D Josh pointed out that the coffee was VERY dark, so veeeerrry strong. And another indication it's strong stuff?

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...It stands up over the edge of the cup. Now that's a stiff drink! *ba dump CHING*

I topped 12 with the coffee cups and doughnuts, and the other 12 I topped with chopped salted peanuts. I thought it would be a nice combo with the rich chocolate ganache and cake. :-)

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We eat at 10! And unlike the retirement cake, I'm going to get a piece of this!