Thursday, November 29, 2012

More Thanksgiving

Saturday morning my parents went ahead and got on the road. I HATED to see them leave, but I would have done the same thing. The Sunday after Thanksgiving traffic is HORRIBLE on 65, so they were able to get home with no real problems.

I actually cried when they left this year. The older I get the more and more I hate being so far away from them.

Jordan's family all stayed until Sunday, so it was nice to have them here. Saturday was pretty much a lazy/eat all the leftovers day. I never really left the couch all day. It was so nice to have one of those days.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving continued

Thursday: Maggie (Jordan's sister) flew in around 2:00.
Jordan's mom and my mom did ALL  the cooking for our Thanksgiving dinner. I usually spend most of the time just cleaning up after these ladies. :)
We had such an amazing spread of food and wine. We spent the whole afternoon hanging out and watching football.

Friday: Dad and I went for a nice long walk at the Richland Greenway. This Greenway is so great because it's so peaceful with the woods/streams/and beautiful golf course.

Friday night my parents and I cooked a Gulf Seafood Feast!! It was awesome!! They brought up fresh oysters from Mobile and gulf shrimp. We had a wonderful Shrimp boil: Shrimp/corn/potatoes/and sausage. Mom and Dad then fried up the oysters and red fish. It was all so good and makes me miss Mobile so much sometimes.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving because ALL our family comes to Nashville! It's such an awesome week of  food/cocktails/spending loads of time together. Every year it gets harder and harder to say bye when it's all over. Jordan and I are SOOOOOOOOOOO EXTREMELY BLESSED for all the things we have and for our amazing family.
This year was a little sad because my Cindy Lou wasn't here.
My parents arrived on Tuesday, so we got to spend a little time just me, Jordan, mom and dad.
Jordan's mom, dad, stepmom, stepdad all arrived Wednesday. We had dove poppers and deer burgers for dinner. Mom and I slaved over the dove poppers and they turned out great.

Cut the breast off the dove and marinate in Dales for at least 30 minutes

Wrap the breast around cream cheese and jalapeno peppers

Wrap in bacon
Grill until the bacon is cooked.

YOU MUST WATCH THESE LIKE A HAWK. The bacon grease will catch the grill on fire in a heartbeat.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Sorry I've been completely MIA for the last couple of weeks.
I have been crazy busy trying to get all our Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving, so I could give all the presents to our family when they were here.
So here is a recap of what has been going on:

Ollie and I had a great Halloween handing out candy. Ollie wasn't "trilled" with his costume that aunt Cindy sent him. Jordan was out of town, so I tried to capture the moments for him. Ollie LOVED the kids. I mean absolutely LOVED THE KIDS.
Ollie's Halloween bandanna 

Waiting on the kids

Still waiting...........

Love this little guy

Thanks Aunt Cindy!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Taco Soup Recipe

Now that the weather is getting a little colder, I LOVE making stuff in my crock pot especially taco soup. I think taco coup better than chili, so I'm always making it.

Here is my recipe:
Line crock pot with crock pot bag!! (Have y'all figured out how much I love crock pot bags)
Cook 2 pounds of meat ( I use deer meat but you can use turkey burger/hamburger with 2 packages of taco seasoning. I use 1 1/2 packets on the actual meat and then pour the other 1/2 packet in the crock pot
Saute 1 onion, 1 green bell pepper, 1 orange or red or yellow pepper in olive oil
In crock pot combine:
Onion mix (you don't have to have the bell peppers)
Rest of the taco seasoning packet
2 packages of ranch dressing packets (I would only use 1 and then 1/2 of the next package)
1 can of black beans, red beans, kidney beans, pinto beans (drained and rinses)
1 can of corn
1 can of stewed tomatoes (mexican style)
1 can of rotel tomatoes with green chilis

Let cook AT LEAST 4 hours on high. You want everything to mix and cook together really well. I suggest the longer the better it taste. After about 4 hours on high, let it sit warming.

Top with cheese, fritos, sour cream or plain greek yogurt.

It freezes well and last all week for leftovers.