Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

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Sunday night we got out of Church pretty late and decided to get a roasted chicken from Publix. I chose the Mojo chicken, which ended up tasting so good. I paired it with mashed potatoes and gravy and some collared greens. Perfect, simple, and so yummy. If you are not aware of the roasted chickens that most grocery stores offer, they are amazing. The chicken is already made, can feed a lot of people, and you can mostly likely eat of it for the next meal. And that’s exactly what we did. After our meal on Sunday, I peeled every piece of meat off of that chicken and preserved it in the fridge. I decided to make something a little different, BBQ chicken. I was so excited to get to use the slow cooker for the first time too! I put the meat in the slow cooker for about 3.5 hours and let it soak. All I did was add a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, 1 Tsp of Worcestershire Sauce, and (optional) 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar. Since my chicken was already cooked, I let it only cook for 3.5 hours on low. It really came out great. I put the BBQ chicken on buns and paired it with some cheesy steak fries. Not the healthiest meal, but my gosh it was so good! It was definitely a “Husband Pleaser” meal. He even ate off of it again for lunch. There is something about those messy and saucy meals that make them happy. If you have never had one of those chickens from the grocery, then I highly suggest getting one next time. You will really be surprised at how simple dinner will be when you the chicken already cooked. Here are photos. Hope you ate already, because they are sure to make your mouth water.

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Oh, Vino.

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Ozan Winery & Vineyard

This weekend we had the opportunity of going to our first winery and vineyard, Ozan. A few months back I bought a groupon deal that was to good to pass up. Neither my husband nor I have ever been to a winery before. The wines were very fruity and tasteful. We got to sample about twelve different wines. Our favorite was the Peach-100% Chilton County 2011 Silver. We even bought a bottle to drink later on. Our experience was very relaxing and peaceful. Eating cheese, fruit, and chocolate while sipping the wine was just what we needed for our getaway evening. Next time we go, we will definitely take the train ride through the valley with the catered lunch. We did not know about it till we got there, but doesn’t that sound so nice? The weather was perfect and the air was so crisp. We sat on the patio that overlooked the vineyard. The vineyard and grapes were already dried up for the season, but something about it was still so beautiful. The chance to just sit and look at the beautiful trees with orange, red, yellow, and green leaves was just a stunning view. The pictures below do not do it justice. 

Their stash of wines

The tree color is just beautiful 

No matter how dry everything was, it was so beautiful. 

All of the vines were dried out 

11-11-11 at 11:11 AM

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 Let’s start from the beginning where this little superstition all began with me, high school. It is the craziest thing to believe in, but there sure is something so special about making a wish at 11:11 as often as you can. I know for me, for awhile, I had one particular wish, that came true on July 16, 2011. And it is funny to think about how much I wanted us to be married on 11-11-11, but it really was unrealistic for us. I think this little superstition is always going to be something I look forward to, not matter what the wish is. For some reason, making a wish at 11:11 is just about as powerful as blowing out your birthday candles each year. For me, when I see 11:11, I think that the stars align and shooting stars dash across the sky. Silly right? But why not believe in it if it makes you happy? Some people will call you crazy and think you are weird and judge what you do, but just remember to always do what you want to do and what makes you happy in life.

This year, believe it or not, I do not have a particular wish in mind. I will have two chances to make it, so maybe the PM wish will be a little better. But, if you haven’t started thinking, you’ve got a few hours.

A few pictures below, describe some of my feelings of 11:11.


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This should say “wished” but you get the point. Before July 16th, I wished for him so many times 🙂




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   Beautifully said.



 Don’t Forget to Wish ….!!!

The Thankful Tree

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This image is from a pinterest idea. How I love love love Pinterest! It’s the cure to boredom and will make anybody feel crafty. I have had the idea for the “Thankful Tree” for quite some time, but have been forgetting to make it. It is such a great idea and how amazing will it be to have so many positive thoughts sitting in your home. Having a constant reminder of things to be thankful for is certain to keep you humble and uplifted. I am going to take the pup on a walk this evening and collect some twigs to make this craft. Look for the new post tonight !

UPDATE ! 
So, I did in fact make the Thankful Tree this evening, and I have pictures! This was one of the most enjoyable crafts I have done. I think it really makes it fun when you know you are doing something great. I know that this tree will bring my husband and I so much peace. 
So I gathered twigs from the local park and  trimmed them all down to be suitable for indoors. Rayne went crazy seeing the twigs and kept stealing them off of the table, so I ended up giving her one to play with. I cut some burlap and wrapped it around a vase to give it a rustic touch. Then I took yellow and orange construction paper and cut out shaped leaves (a little bit different from the picture). I caught up and wrote 10 things I was thankful for on yellow paper, the hubby will be orange. I really had so much fun making this craft, and I hope to inspire others to make one too. Your family can share so many positive feelings from the tree. Here are the pictures, enjoy ! 
 And here are a few of my favorite “Thankful” Leeaves

We Are So Lucky In So Many Ways

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A brief overview of this weekend in case you haven’t heard. LSU WON and beat the tide ! You have no idea how happy my husband and I are with this news. Being huge LSU fans here has been very hard. We got a lot of flack from Bama fans the whole week leading up to this game. We aren’t the kind to talk smack, especially since leading up to the game, each team were pretty equal. But now we have bragging rights for a whole year! We are anticipating LSU to go to the SEC champtionship in December, but we have to finish out strong against a few more oponents before I make our travel arrangements to HOTlanta. This past weekend was such a great weekend for the hubby and I. We had 2 cousins and 3 friends come stay with us for the LSU game. We had a full house indeed and enjoyed every moment of it. It really hit me how old I have gotten and how hard it is to stay out late. Being a post grad is hard to get used to. I think the majority of our group thought we could still hang. While in Tuscaloosa for the game, we met up with my husband’s fraternity brother whom we hadn’t seen since the wedding in July. It was such a great weekend for all, and we were so happy to get to visit with our family and friends. We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family who traveled so long to see us. Cannot express how thankful we are to have them in our lives. How lucky are we to have had LSU win and have our friends and family visit us? Luckier than I think we know.

Here are some pictures from our weekend, and a video with the LSU game highlights !

Paul Bryant Stadium… Where LSU Dominated !!
I had to…
The tailgate we spent time at. The police woul not even let us step on the side walk, that’s how crazy it got.

What our neighbors left at our door Sunday morning

We’re that good

This is Halloween… Halloween Halloween

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Yesterday was quite a successful Halloween indeed. It all began with a Fall festival at work. And there was a lot of really great food. I decided to put my cooking skills to work and go up against the veterans who have been making dips, baked goods, and side dishes for much longer than me. I will admit.. I was a bit nervous to put down my taco dip (pictured left) after I saw all the delicious food that had been brought. I am still getting used making dishes for paties for many to eat. I was really suprised, but the “Tombstone Taco Dip” was a hit! And it went pretty fast. YAY. Mission completed! The hubby helped me on Sunday night, so I guess I can’t take all of the credit. At the party, we had a cake walk, and I did not win. But I did end up bringing home a spiced pumpkin cake because my generous boss donated his to me! It made my day! But now, I have this huge cake on my hands and don’t know what to do with it. Who wants to come over to get some?
This little mask tells another story. A story of last minute hope. After Rayne and I ran a 5K on Sunday, I was just about done for the day. The only energy I had left was put all towards making the taco dip. So, needless to say I forgot about the costume contest at work. This was a last minute effort on my part, that actually turned out pretty cute. When in doubt, make a Mardi Gras mask! I didn’t win, but I was happy to blend in with all the others who wore a costume. Now this little mask will be sitting at my desk for quite a bit, and I’ll break it out again for Mardi Gras in February.
After the party I was walking around the hospital and to my surprise, I found a jewlery show sale! Me, a newbie, did not know what was going on when all of the sudden I turned a corner and there were booths and tables of scarves, jewlery, and fashion accessories. I just did not know what to do with myself. This event will be here for 3 days, and is called the $5 dollar jewlery show. So, I ran back upstairs, grabbed my wallet, and went “shopping.” Since the most important game of the season is this weekend, and I am a HUGE LSU fan, I decided to get purple and gold accessories for my ‘get up’. The scarf IS purple, I promise. The color makes it look a little deceiving, but it’s the right color. And the jewlery is gold. Quite cute, and I cannot wait to wear them on Saturday! Geaux Tigers !
And last but not least, our little Tiger cub, Rayne! This pup never ceases to amaze us. Every time I put a camera near her face, she just stops, looks at me, and poses. It’s amazing how much personality she has for such a young thing. Yesterday when I ran the 5K with her, she wore her costume the entire race. What a trooper! Paws up to Rayne. I was so relieved she left it on and I didn’t have to keep tabs of her trying to chew it to pieces. We are a little worried she may out grow this costume, but our hopes are high. When I asked my husband which costume out of three I picked out which she should be, he immediately pointed to the Tiger. No surprise there, for he is an even bigger LSU fan than me. We hope this costume fits her for awhile so she can wear it on gamedays!
I hope everyone had a happy, safe, and sweet Halloween this year! Now, it is already November and on to the next seasonal holiday, Thanksgiving.

Louisiana Saturday Night

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In honor of our fun filled Louisiana weekend, todays blog post is going to feature the secret ingredients to the perfect southern bloody mary. Follow directions —> to enjoy!
I think the hubby and I both needed this around 7 o’clock PM after we watched the LSU Tigers dominate Auburn! As I am not that big of a fan of bloody mary’s, I do recognize when they are necessary. This recipe is a family and friend favorite! It is known to cure any hangover or start your morning off right, whether you are going to the Mardi Gras or Tailgating!

This weekend, we got the joy of spending some much needed time in Louisiana with our family and friends. We had the opportunity to sit back in the student section again with our best friends. It was so great to be back in the student section cheering with all of the LSU students! We might as well take advantage of this while we still can because sooner or later we will not be able to do it. We lucked out and got to sit in some good seats thanks to running into my cousin. Here are some pictures from our weekend, below.

Our Little Tiger, Rayne. 

The great view we had

What a plus! We got to see fireworks too !