Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Kenny and I have been so busy. We thoroughly enjoyed our Valentine's weekend (because I decided to celebrate all weekend). Saturday night we grilled steaks, drank wine, and played games. I bought Scattegories, Yahtzee and ......Which I have to say is a lot of fun after having had a bottle of wine. Kenny was way better than me. I am short on patience.

On actual Valentine's day we went to Majestic Grill for brunch and I love their brunch so much. For a small amount you get a decanter of orange juice, a plate of sliced oranges, and a cold bottle of champagne. You really can't beat that!! And their food is amazing. Then it was on to Jersey Boys which we both loved. If you have a chance to see this one! Go!!

This past weekend Kenny and I flew to Orlando for a little extended weekend. We flew in late Thursday and met a couple friends of ours who had flown in from Nashville.

Friday morning we were up bright and early and headed to the parks. We bought a park hopper and went to Hollywood Studios first and then Magic Kingdom. We did everything you could do at Hollywood Studios. And I made Kenny promise to never let me back on Tower of Terror. I knew I hated that ride but I thought maybe I was just exaggerating how bad it was in my mind. Nope! I cried the whole ride! I despise free falling rides. Its official.

After Hollywood Studios we hit up Magic Kingdom. The crowds were pretty bad but we hit the main spots. And then we decided that we are old. We were exhausted. So we headed home. I was horrible about taking pictures but here are a couple we took towards the end of the day. So we were already pretty worn out.

On Saturday we hit up Downtown Disney for lunch a little shopping. This was the view from the patio where we ate lunch.
It was a fabulous restaurant that had the most amazing cocktail. I am going to have to try and make it. The components were fresh strawberry juice,lime juice, tequila, and some sort of liqueur. It was soooo good. The food was awesome too.

After shopping it was back to the hotel for some Pina Coladas, cigars for the boys by the pool. Then dinner. We ate at the House of Blues because it was convenient. We were going to see the leader singer of Kenny's favorite band perform in a charity event there that night.The concert that night was a lot of fun and Kenny was in heaven getting to be in such an intimate setting with his favorite singer.

On Sunday it was time to get back to the real world. We arrived back in Memphis just in time for a thunder storm and pretty much napped the entire afternoon and evening away. But our little weekend getaway has me wanting to plan more just like it. We are starting to think about Chicago and maybe Boston.

Friday, February 12, 2010


So there are several things that I am really really looking forward to this weekend.

I know these are pictures of the Beijing opening cermonies. So who loves the Olympics?? I do!!! It seems like just yesterday I was watching Michael Phelps win another gold medal. I truly got addicted to the Summer Olympics and that has me excited for the start of the Winter Olympics tonight. While I do not love all the events I have decided that this year I am going to make a real effort to get into speed skating, luge, and all the snow skiing/snow boarding events. Any others I should watch??? I am thinking we will get some carry out tonight and snuggle down to watch the Opening Ceromonies. So fun!!

GAME NIGHT WITH STEAKS AND CUPCAKES AND WINE(OF COURSE)Last year for Valentine's Day Kenny and I stayed home, drank wine, and played games. It was so much fun we want to do it again. So Saturday night we are grilling steaks and asparagus and other yummies and then playing games!! Can't wait to reveal which ones we got this year. I think they will be fun!! And I also plan on swinging by Muddy's Cupcakes tomorrow to pick up some dessert. Praying it won't be a madhouse!!

We are starting the morning off with brunch at the Majestic with a mimosas and I cannot wait! Then we are going to see Jersey Boys!! I have heard such wonderful things and everyone who sees it loves it!! I even think Kenny might like it because 50s and 60's music reminds him of his childhood. His Dad always listened to it.

And then to top off my oh so fun weekend!!!! Its a three day weekend!!!!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010


And yes that blog title is totally in jest. But this is huge news!!! Celine Dion just announced that she will be returning to Las Vegas for a 3 year run!! And I die.

I have always wanted to see her. I know she is somewhat cliche but girl can sing and I love love love her music. So planning for Las Vegas vacation commences now.

You see Kenny has to go to Las Vegas twice a year for market. So I will just accompany him. Las Vegas is not his favorite place and I don't think it will be mine either (both of us really hate to gamble) so I have got to rock this one trip out. Shows, food, shopping. It has all got to get done because I never plan on going back after this.

Besides seeing Celine of course, I hope that the Beatles Love show will be playing. I really really want to see that too. And I have always heard it is amazing.

At least I have a while to plan this amazing trip. Celine's first show won't be until March 15, 2011. Boo.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


So as I mentioned on Friday I had a very exciting weekend planned and it did not disappoint! Friday after work Tracy and I hit the road and headed to Hattiesburg for a whirlwind visit. When we got there my mom had gotten us a king cake from Paul's Pastry and the first slice I gave to Tracy had the baby in it. So she's buying next year.

Saturday morning, Tracy and I got up and I gave her a little tour of my wonderful hometown ha! Did a little shopping and then met with our friend Rebekah at Crescent City Grill for lunch.

After lunch we swung by the house to pick up my mom and headed for Ocean Springs on the Gulf Coast to do some shopping and hanging out. It was a lot of fun to be down there because its Mardi Gras season and everything is decorated and with everyone so jazzed about the Saints game. We did some shopping and my mom and I both bought our first Christmas presents for next year. We like to plan ahead.

Ocean Springs is an adorable town and I had so much fun stopping by all the shops. Once we were finished perusing we went to a place called Manhattan Grill for drinks and light dinners. Then it was time for the Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert concert!! Excuse the harsh lighting. I am not the biggest fan of Miranda Lambert but she was still fun. She sang a lot of her good songs. And Brad Paisley was a great time. The crowd was so amped up because of the Super Bowl and Brad was obviously going for the Saints. He played When the Saints Go Marching In and worked references of the team into several songs. It really was so much fun.

After the concert we drove home, got home late and fell into our beds. Sunday morning I had to go service at the church I grew up in and was married in. You see our pastor, Eddie (who also married Kenny and I) had made a bet with our congregation. He is a HUGE Ole Miss fan. Huge!! And he made a promise to everyone that if our congregation could put together 250 health aid kits for the people of Haiti then he would preach his sermon in a Mississippi State jersey. This was a big deal and everyone came together and ended up donating close to 600 health kits. So I was so happy when I realized he would be preaching in the MSU jersey on the Sunday I would be home. So he wore the jersey, they played the MSU fight song and someone even rang a cowbell. All for a great cause! My sister was home also so of course we had to document the occasion.After church Tracy and I were back on the road for Memphis. I had to hurry and get back to get some things together for our Mardi Gras/Saints Super Bowl party.

I walked in the door at home and started making Jambalaya and a dip to bring. I had also brought home a Praline and Cream cheese king cake to bring. I was thankful that our friends were hosting the Super Bowl party this year and they went all out. Everything was covered in Mardi Gras stuff and we had a lot of New Orleans themed food. Even beignets. It was all sooooo good!!

Kenny filling out our squares. We did not win. Oh well!!

They also had these feather Mardi Gras masks everyone so we had a to use them for a few photo ops!
And then of course.........

SAINTS WIN!!!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!!!! It really was so amazing. They played great and just made the whole entire weekend perfect. And who got a little choked up with Drew Brees and his precious little baby. I plan on watching the live Saints parade on ESPN tonight!!! Can't wait!!

(And this might be the longest post ever but I was really busy this weekend. Still exhausted)

Friday, February 5, 2010


First I'm hopping in the car for a little

with this girl.

Then we are having an early lunch tomorrow at this place (my fave)

with this girl

Then time for another little road trip with Tracy and my mom to see this guy!!!!!

oh and her too

Then Sunday church and back on the road headed home to see these guys win it all at our
New Orleans themed Super Bowl party!!

Sounds like a perfect weekend to me!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010


So I have been feeling a little under the weather. Not deathly ill but still pretty bad. So when I read Kelly at Kelly's Korner post on simple pleasures. I thought it might help to think happy thoughts. So I made my own list of simple pleasures.

What are your simple pleasures??

- Hot cocoa with five big marshmallows that melt slowly as you drink
- Sunday dinners(preferably in the crockpot) that make your house smell good

- Lena putting her paws up on the bed to tell us good morning (or that she wants to eat)

- A new song downloaded from iTunes that if you are like me become obsessed with and listen to on repeat for four days
- A new movie in the mail
- Kenny coming home from a long business trip
- A night with friends where you laugh so hard your sides hurt.
- A good cry (any girl understands this one)
- A new magazine in the mail
- Christmas Cards
- Sno caps during a movie
- Riding with your windows down
- Night of all new television shows
- Manis and pedis
-Rainy days with nothing to do
- A good hug and a great head rub
- College football

Monday, February 1, 2010


So everyone most likely knows that Memphis was hit with a little winter weather this weekend. It only takes a little for Memphis to go crazy. I will say this was a little different than anything I've experienced since living here. The weathermen knew it was coming and by Friday all schools in the area had been cancelled. One of the many benefits of still being in school I suppose.

I still made it to work bright and early on Friday morning. And by 10 it was raining and sleeting and snowing pretty hard. We were allowed to leave early because the roads were getting bad. So since I had already made plans to eat dinner at my friends Joe and Tracy's house (they just finished renovating their kitchen which is gorgeous) we decided that Joe would just come get Lena and I and we would just have a sleepover at their house. The roads had gotten pretty bad by Friday evening and we were all happy to just hunker down. Joe cooked an awesome meal which was followed up by chocolate chip cookies! Yum!

Saturday morning when we woke up everything was just covered in ice. Not to bad, but I was nervous that the power was going to be out at my house. Luckily it wasn't. Some of friends parents were having a ice storm party so we carefully made our way over to their house and then we just hunkered down for the day. It was so nice to not have to get out and just spend the day lazing around. A bunch of our friends kids were sledding. It was relaxing and SAFE.

By Sunday, the sun was out and I was able to get into my car, which was a relief. I was able to run some errands. I do not have any big meals planned so no Menu Monday but I did go get the stuff to make Weight Watchers Broccoli and Cheese soup. Which I love. I always double the recipe so I can freeze it. Its so easy to make and so good. See recipe below!

And finally last night I watched the Grammys. I thought they were pretty good up until whoever Maxwell is performed. Loved loved Lady GaGa's performance with Elton. I also thought Beyonce rocked it! And Pink's performance was quite impressive. All in all it was a really fun awards show. Can't wait to download some of the performances tonight!

Ingredients (this is not doubled)
3 (14 1/2 oz) cans chicken broth .
10 oz Velveeta reduced fat cheese product .
2 (1 lb) bags frozen broccoli .
1 (10 1/2 oz) can rotel brand tomatoes & green chilies

Step #1 Mix chicken broth, frozen broccoli & tomatoes & chilies together.
Step #2 Simmer for 25 mins or until veggies are tender.
Step #3 Cube Velveeta & put into soup pot.
Step #4 Simmer just until cheese is melted.