Saturday, November 22, 2008

Umm Yummy!

The other night I wanted something warm and comforting to eat but didn't want to go out. So, I came up with this. It was actually really good and could be dressed up for company or more meat added for a complete meal. If any of you make it, let me know what you think. Stay Warm!!

Spinach with Bacon, White Beans, and Balsamic Vinegar

- Splash of Olive Oil
- 4 slices of bacon (more or less depending on what you have) or Ham (if you use ham, might need a bit more oil to prevent sticking)
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced or 2 tablespoons minced
- 1 can of cannellini beans, Great Northern Beans, or White Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed (note I used regular kidney beans since that was all I had. I say use white beans because it would look better)
- 1 can diced italian tomatoes
- 1 can (lg or sm) sliced mushrooms, drained
- Fresh spinach (you will need at least a whole bag. I used aprox 2 bags)
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinager

1. Heat oil in large pot or dutch oven over medium heat until simmering. Add bacon or ham and saute until crisp, about 5 min. Remove bacon and keep on a paper towel. Crumble when cool.
2. Add garlic to oil, saute 1 min.
3. Add mushrooms, saute 3-5 min.
4. Add tomatoes and beans. Stirring occasionally till warm throughout.
5. Add spinach till tender and wilted but still green, about 3-5 min. Add a little water if you need think it needs it.
6. Add Vinegar, stir. Season with Salt and pepper if needed.
7. Stir in 3/4 of crumbled bacon to dish. Sprinkle remaining amount on top.
Note: You could add cooked chicken to make more of a one dish meal.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nobody Knows You Like Your Mama!

Mama's really do know you best. They know what will really brighten your day or what to say when things aren't so great. Well, today my Mama surprised me with a super special present! She gave up her cleaning lady and sent her to OUR HOUSE!! I don't think she could have done anything else that made me as happy as my house smelling like orange Pine-Sol!! I have had a terrible head cold this week, so cleaning was not just far down on the wasn't on it. We have two precious pups but they like to track in a lot of un-precious things. I took a few pics to share my joy! Thanks Mama!!! I love you!!

The inside of our microwave!!

Lilly and Aphid had to spend the day outside (which she isn't used to anymore) and she wasn't very happy about it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Race For the Cure

These pictures are from earlier in the fall. I found them on my camera card and thought I would share. The picture of the dog is the real reason I am posting this. Ellen Buckner, Ryan Buckner, and I ran (yes ran...can you believe it!) the race and on our way back to the car we saw this dog! Too funny!!

Auburn-Georgia Weekend

What an exciting and yet disapointing weekend. The weather in Auburn was very pretty but Very windy and cold! I have gotten a terrible head cold from being out in the weather all day Saturday. But, we got to see lots of old friends including Brooke and Emily. It was so much fun seeing everyone.

The puppies all had a great time and Cousin Henry is getting so big. He follows Lilly and Aphid around till he passes out! It is so funny! This time he got into the clean laundry from the dryer!

The Skirt

Beginning early this fall, I began taking sewing lessons. I loved it. Here is a copy of my finished skirt (lined too!). So, for the Lanier-Lewis-Jennings Thanksgiving outfit! I am working on a purse to match.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I Finished Something!

I love to do "crafts" but I am terrible about actually finishing it. I am big on jumping in head first and not thinking through the entire project (Whitney is nodding his head in agreement if he were reading this). But I recently started sewing and I really love it. I am excited about finishing projects and still notorious for starting several at one time. Well, I still have the skirt and purse to finish, but I completed the water bottle holder! Enjoy. I should have the skirt hemmed soon.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Whitney's Recent Fly Fishing Excursion

Whitney and some buddies headed to West Virginia for the Auburn game a few weeks ago and he stayed an extra few days to do some fly fishing. While he was gone, I went home for a party my dad hosted..."Flint Hill Round Up - Going Green". Yes, we tend to get in touch with our "red" side on the farm but a great time was had by all.

I Finally Did It!

No, nothing special, but finally decided to create a blog. Actually, I reserved this "site" a while back but never took the time to post anything. Mostly because I don't think I have interesting things to post and I am not a very good writer. But, I really enjoy my friends' blogs so much and seeing what is going on so I took the plunge. Whitney will most likely give me a hard time when we realizes I have done this (he makes fun of me for "blog stalking" and wasting time!) but I am doing it anyway! I have also been torn because I have been using Facebook as a way to keep in touch, so there may be some duplication! Well, thanks for looking on and I hope to provide funny stories, good laughs, and maybe some good new recipes. ~ Ashley