Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Following thru with my promise of providing some recipes! I am not a cook that likes to do a bunch of little steps, so these recipes are very low on the difficulty scale!

We'll start with Party Sandwiches. First and foremost, you must use the Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. The little ones. You know, these...

Just trust me. Okay, moving on. Separate all of the rolls and cut them in half {horizontally, in case you were wondering}. The filling of the sandwich will be ham and swiss cheese. Now, comes the sauce...it makes the sandwich.

Sauce: (makes enough for 2 dozen sandwiches)

  • 1/2 stick butter (melted)
  • 4 tbs mustard
  • 4 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbs Poppy seeds

Stir the sauce until well blended. Spread sauce on inside of both the top and bottom rolls. Put 1 piece of ham and 1 slice of swiss on each roll and put the sandwich back together. I put the rolls in a casserole dish all nice and snug next to each other and cover them with foil so that the bread doesn't dry out. Once you have assembled the sandwiches, you bake them at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes...really just make sure they get good and warm and the cheese melts. These are best served warm. How good are these? Let's just say, when Joe got to the party Friday night...he grabbed an entire tray and may or may not have devoured them.

Recipe #2: Corn Dip

Here's what you'll Need:

  • 2 cans Fiesta Corn
  • 2 cups Fiesta {Mexican blend} cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups Mayonnaise
  • 1 small can chopped green chiles OR jalapenos {depends on your mood}
Mix ingredients together in a nice, big bowl. Put into 8 x 8 dish and bake at 350 degrees for about half an hour. It should be nice and bubbly and golden when you pull it out. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before serving, and serve with tortilla chips. This was the hit of the party. Stephanie and I will never tell our secret. Never. Okay, maybe...just not now.

Recipe #3: Peach Pecan Cobbler Dessert {Owens' Style}

This recipe has a story. Joe's 'way-back' great grandfather, Jared Groce, built Liendo Plantation out in Hempstead. That is where we had our rehearsal dinner. Beautiful, beautiful place. If I wasn't afraid of the law, I might consider moving in with the family. Love. that. place. The current owner is an awesome guy that can put together an amazing menu. The dessert at our rehearsal was phenominal. So much so, that I needed to know how to make it. Okay, that didn't happen, but we have since come up with a pretty close second. Thanks to my Aunt Dana. She's good. This is a NO. FAIL. RECIPE. Ready?

  • 2 Granny Smith Deep Dish Peach pies {You can really use any kind of peach whatever}
  • 1-2 jars of caramel ice cream topping {as much or as little as you want}
  • Cinnamon
  • Pecans {again, as much or as little as you want}

Let the pies sit out to soften. You will take a large knife and attempt to dice them. This will get messy. It's OK. You just want them in 'chunks'. Once you have the pies all nice and cut up, put them in a nice, BIG bowl. Pour your desired amount of caramel on top, sprinkle as much cinnamon in there as you want, throw some pecans in there and stir. It's a good work out. Dump it into a nice casserole dish, and bake at whatever time/temperature that Granny Smith told you to bake it. To top it off, don't you dare think about serving this without ice cream. Don't.

Let me know if you try these recipes and you like them! We definitely LOVE them.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

We're Alive!

Joe reminded me last night that I had not updated our blog. I promptly reminded him that I've been a little b.u.s.y. Let's see, where to begin? I had a photo shoot last weekend. Fun family! From there, this week has been solely dedicated to planning the Wildcat's after game party for the week. After each home game, we head to a house for {hopefully} a little celebration. I had to decide on a menu...if you know me, then you know deciding is not my thing. :) Here's what we had:

The Menu:
Party Sandwiches
Corn Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Pasta Salad
Lil Smokies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peach Pecan Cobbler Dessert

The party finished up around 12:30 or 1 a.m. and Trey was still going strong. Yikes. Fast forward to Saturday morning. THIS was Saturday, all day long. Can we say marathon? Had a great time meeting new families and playing with some cute little ones! I know have 8 shoots to edit. Whoa. Gotta get going!

Stay tuned for recipes!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

{Overdue Randomness}

Whoa, it's almost taken a week to get back into the groove of things. We had a fabulous time back in Nac. It was such an honor. This was the inaugural Hall of Fame Weekend, and they did it up right! They paid for our hotel room. They gave us a nice tour of all the new stuff on campus. {P.S. If you haven't been back on campus in the last couple of years...it's worth the trip.} They had a booth in our honor at the tailgating festivities. We sat in the rain at the game. We were honored at half time on the field. I was able to see lots of my friends and family, and that made for such a memorable weekend. Thank you SFA. Here are just a few pictures. I didn't want to take up the entire page, so check out the little album below...

Some other random thoughts for the week...
  • Why do 4-day weeks seem to drag. on. forever?
  • Our puppies are begging for new homes. I'm just sayin'.
  • How about that balloon boy family. Ridiculous.
  • Trey is doing awesome at school. Well, that is when he's not telling the teacher how it should be...
  • We are SO looking forward to the weekend!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Big Week - Weekend

Whoa, what a week! Trey started preschool Tuesday. We are blessed enough to have Grammie take Trey Tuesday thru Thursday to my school's ECP program. He gets to go from 8:30 to 11:30, Tuesday thru Thursday. How awesome is that?! Trey is a sponge and he is lovin' it! The really fun part is that I have 3 or 4 of the girls that teach Trey in the mornings...they're in my class in the afternoons. Trey better mind his P's and Q's...because they like to spill the beans. He has gotten great reports each day...I am really proud of him. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday I go check on him during my conference, and I walk away grinning from ear to ear. So fun! Oh yea, Trey had homework the first night. I don't know how much he liked that!

Emery had to have some of her own pictures this week...

Tonight, I am procrastinating packing. We are headed back behind The Pine Curtain {aka...East Texas, Nacogdoches to be exact} for this. Can we say, "I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS!" Nervous, but excited. I don't like the 'lime light'...is that even the right phrase? I am very honored, and can't wait to see what the weekend brings. One thing that I know it is bringing, is a reunion with great friends and family. I. can't. wait. That, to me, is one of the best parts! Well, stay tuned for pictures...and I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Get Your Puppies! AKC Shelties

Whoa. An entire week with no posts. Shame. I think we've had a good excuse though. Emery with a cold, Trey with tonsillitis {shocker} and an ear infection. We're your regular 3 ring circus around here...you know, 5 dogs. Count 'em. 5. 3 of them however, need to find their new home. Is it your home? Maybe! :) They {being 2 girls & a boy} are R.E.A.D.Y. They're eating their own food. Playing, jumping, running everywhere. You know you want one. Just take a look. E-mail me if you're interested!

Female Merle
A sheltie, with Australian Shepherd coloring...

Male Sable
Just a miniature Lassie!

Female Sable
The female mini Lassie!

Excuse the 'blah' of the pictures. It has been a wet, dreary weekend and the pups were enjoying the wet backyard! The lil' ones will be ready this week, so come and get 'em! Don't tell Trey though, he may need therapy.