Friday, July 27, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday



1.   The last thing I ate was an apple and peanut butter

2.   The last song I listened to was Charlie Mars - Meet Me By The Backdoor

3.  Using the letters in my name I can spell (Sheila) - She, Shea, He, Heal, Shia, lash, lie, hash, ash, ail, aisle, seal... um, anymore?

4.  If I had to dress in one color for the rest of my life I would pick Indian Teal - It's a good summer, spring or fall color

5.  If you were to look in my bag right now you’d find my wallet, my keys, hairbrush, makeup bag... that's it. It's pretty bare right now since I just switched purse.


6.  When I finish filling in the blanks I’m going to watch more episodes of The Tudors 
7. I am currently obsessed with blueberries, Tazo's organic green tea and chickfila nuggets


8. Today I am happy because it's Friday and beautiful outside.


9. The age I am is 28 and the age I feel 28... making lots of life decisions.

10. My favorite place is the beach... man, I would love a good beach trip right now before summer is over. 



11. Something I have been procrastinating is finishing reading the 3rd Percy Jackson book, unpacking the rest of the boxes since our move, washing clothes, etc. There are a lot more if you walked into my house you would see.


12. The last thing I purchased was a pizza for dinner last night with Emily.

 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Save the Beluga

Hello, Monday! We spent this weekend in Atlanta. My sweet friend and wedding photographer, Brett Seay came over Saturday morning and we drove into the big city. We met up with my friend from MS, Jared (who designed my wedding website and also lovingly refers to me as the spawn of satan).


We wanted to go to the aquarium, but being the worst planners ever we didn't purchase tickets early. We waited in line to get tickets to the 4 o'clock show and it sold out so we were going to have to wait until 5 so we just walked over to the CNN building and walked around and grabbed some Starbucks and hung out with the Silver Fox (Anderson Cooper).



We had dinner at The Vortex in Midtown. It was pretty good. We were extremely excited to finish dinner and head to the IMAX to see The Dark Knight Rises. IT WAS SO AMAZING. Go see it.

Brett just got back from a mission trip in Dubai. She brought me back a scarf and got Jared a head wrap. She had to show us how to wear it.


Jared with his new accessory. 

We spent the night with my cousins in Douglasville. My oldest cousin, Cooper has just enlisted in the Navy. We are really excited for him. (He is the one with the creeper mustache, though) Morgan (middle) told us he was coming up with new slogans for the Navy since Cooper has joined. Our favorite is a new bumper sticker - Instead of saying "My son is in the Navy!" He wants to change it to "Seaman Donor!" hahahahaha


 It was a great weekend getting to spend time with friends and family!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cajun Chicken Pasta

I haven't posted a recipe in a really long time... (remember how I used to do it alllll the time???) Fail, Sheila, Fail.

Well, here. This is what I saw on Pinterest, pinned it and then actually made it. I've made a few others that weren't writing home about so they don't inspire me to blog about them either.

So, without further ado'...

Cajun Chicken Pasta... by Comfortablydomestic.com - Check out her site for step by step photos (which I love and need)

Cajun Chicken Alfredo
http://comfortablydomestic.com
Serves 6
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ¼ lbs.)
1 ½ Tbs. Cajun blackening spice (like Paul Prudhomme’s brand)
2 Tbs. butter, divided
1 Tbs. olive oil (or more if needed)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 C. (1/2 pint) grape tomatoes, halved
¼ C. dry white wine (or chicken broth)
1 ½ C. heavy cream (or half-and-half)
1 ½ C. good quality, freshly grated Italian cheeses (I like a blend of Asiago, Parmesan, and Fontina.)
3 oz. herbed goat cheese, crumbled
1 tsp. kosher salt (or more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (or more, to taste)
1 pound cooked fettuccini
Pinch of ground nutmeg, for serving
Chopped parsley, for serving
  1. Cook fettuccini “al-dente” according to package directions, stirring often. Drain, and rinse with hot tap water, to keep pasta from sticking. Drain again.
For Chicken:
  1. Rinse chicken breast in cool water, and pat dry.
  2. Pound each chicken breast flat with a flat meat mallet or rolling pin, between two sheets of plastic wrap. Set flattened breasts on a clean plate.
  3. Sprinkle a heavy amount of blackening spice on both sides of each chicken breast, pressing to adhere.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Heat 1 Tbs. of the butter, and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, until butter begins to brown.
  6. Place chicken in the pan, and sear on one side, until it is very brown, about 3 minutes. Flip chicken and sear the other side until very brown, about another 1 ½ minutes. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan.
  7. Place browned chicken onto a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.
  8. Remove chicken from the oven and thinly slice against the grain; set aside.
For Sauce:
10. If the skillet looks dry, add a bit more olive oil. Re-heat the skillet over medium heat.
11. Pour in the dry white wine (or chicken broth) into the skillet to deglaze the pan—whisk all of the delicious brown bits off the bottom of the pan. (1-2 minutes)
12. Add the garlic and tomatoes to the pan and sauté to soften and lightly caramelize, stirring occasionally. (1-2 minutes)
13. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour the heavy cream to the pan with the tomato mixture, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
14. Add the salt, pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of butter.
15. Continue to stir the cream mixture while it simmers for 3-4 minutes. The cream will reduce slightly.
16. Remove from heat. Add the grated cheeses, and goat cheese to the cream sauce. Stir constantly until all the cheese has melted, and sauce is smooth. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings.
17. Pour the fettuccini onto the sauce, and top with the sliced chicken.
18. Toss the pasta and chicken into the sauce with tongs, until well combined.
19. Turn tossed pasta into a large serving bowl.
20. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg, and a bit of chopped parsley.
21. Serve immediately.


It seems long but it wasn't bad. I loved it so much, I put the pot in my car and ran it over to my in-laws for them to eat it for dinner, because I was so proud of myself. I didn't even save any for my husband or myself... fail, again.

It's just so yummy. I plan to make it my first meal I make when we have a party.


Blueberries

In Mississippi, my family lived down the road from a muscadine farm. I loved going over and picking with my Nanny and Pawpaw. I remember going a lot with my Pawpaw. I would eat way more than I picked and always make myself sick, but someone I remember it fondly. Yesterday, I found out there is a blueberry farm down the road from our new home so I gathered up a couple of buckets and went to pickin'. It was so wonderful being out there alone and having the birds sing to me. I even picked more than I ate, surprisingly.



The "fruits" of my labor. Yum. Only cost me $5 and a few hours alone.

I made a banana and blueberry smoothie this morning. Perfect.



Beach Babies

Cody and I got to take a few photos of Coleton and Kylee while at the beach. They turned out amazing. I love both of these babies so much.




Seriously, isn't she a model.

Aaaarrrggghhhhhh.




My amazing husband/assistant helping my models during the shoot. He is so fantastic. I love him like big time.






Disney World

So, I know this is going to be shocking, but I totally forgot to blog about Disney World. I went like two weeks ago, but was so excited that we were moving that I didn't even blog about it. Fail.

We were so excited that Cody's brother and sister in-law asked us to go with them to take Coleton and Kylee to see Mickey Mouse and all of the Princesses, of course. It was so much fun. We only spent a day at the Magic Kingdom then spent the rest of the time at our Aunt and Uncle's Ranch in Okechobee, Florida and at the beach in Vero.


I love this ranch so much. It is so much fun. There are "reindeer" or Red Stags, wild boar, turkey, etc.


I've been trying to finish the Percy Jackson series for like ever now. I love it, but I always get distracted and at the beach was no different since I had babies swimming in the ocean.

The sky was so beautiful at Vero Beach.

Here's a few pics from Disney World...
Uncle Sugar Buns and Kylee

Seriously, one ride in and I had already lost my sunglasses. Luckily, I brought an extra pair. (Bug Glasses)

I love this place.


Cody's brother and SIL with the babies!




We had a wonderful time. The kids cried on the first ride we got on so we were so nervous that it was going to be a miserable day, but they pulled through and Buzz Lightyear saved the day. It was a blast. We got to see the princesses so that made Kylee happy and Coleton was even excited about meeting Tinker Bell even though he knew it was the "real" her b/c she was so tall. ha. Smart boy. He still went in for a hug.
We got a new Christmas ornament from Disney World. I'm so excited about it. Disney is magical even to me at age 28.








Friday, July 13, 2012

Blessings

There are times that I feel like we have so many balls in the air... or so many options or choices to have to pick from... so many unanswered questions. We are daily walking with the Lord to guide us as we continue this journey. We are excited about so many things right now and nervous at the same time. We are blessed with so much love for each other that this journey is lighter because we carry each other's struggles. I love my husband and the support and care he gives me. I truly look forward to walking through each door with him and learning from it.

Please pray for us as we wait for God's answer and direction on a few important issues in our lives. It's an exciting time, but scary. Please pray for peace in our hearts, direction for which paths to take and faithfulness so that we will have the courage to follow through with God's calling.

Love you, friends.

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