Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a fabulous New Year's! My husband and I are having some of our nearest and dearest over for appetizers and drinks.
2008 has been a year full of blessings for me. I finished my master's, I celebrated my one year wedding anniversary, I enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and I managed to find a job after graduation. 2009 is going to bring lots of changes for me, but I am so excited. My hope is that I will take the time to slow down and enjoy my next year. I want to savor every second. I hope that you all have a fabulous New Year's and a blessed 2009!
The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself. -Emmet Fox
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. -Charles Dickens

Monday, December 29, 2008

I was going through my email and had an invite to view Mrs. B's blog. It has since expired, so if you are reading, can you resend it? Thank you! I am sorry I missed it!!

I love reading new blogs, so if any of you are private and would like to send me an invite, please do!

Sunday, December 28, 2008


I was so excited to graduate!! My graduation was first thing in the morning and afterwards we went to lunch at Green Valley Grill. GVG has delicious food. It is where my mom's friends hosted my bridesmaids luncheon, and my husband and I stayed at the adjoining hotel on our wedding night. My parents then had a party for me that night. All of the festivities were in Greensboro, my hometown.

Here I am with my maternal grandparents. They have been such a huge support to me, and I was so blessed that they were able to celebrate with us.

My mom and my sister surprised me with a beautiful new pearl necklace from Schiffman's. Up until now, I haven't had a real pearl necklace. These pearls have a beautiful pink sheen to them. They are beautiful and I have loved wearing them.

The party was so much fun. I am going to post pictures and recipes as soon as I upload the pictures from my mom's camera. We made several of Ina Garten's appetizer recipes and they did not disappoint.

I will check back in soon. Have a great day!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! My husband and I enjoyed spending time with our families over the holiday. We ate tons of yummy food and played lots of rock band with my family. It was nice to see everyone, but we missed my aunt, uncle, and cousin who live in the mountains. My cousin works at the hospital and was on call, so they couldn't come. We are going to get together soon and celebrate the holiday. My husband bought me some of the cutest gifts this year. He surprised me with the Herend Dancing Elephant. I love the raspberry fishnet Herend, and I thought the elephant was adorable. He also bought me the Louis Vuitton case for my iphone. I have the Neverful bag, so it fits onto a clip inside my bag.

My sister Adelaide bought me this cute pink and green frame for my desk. I love it!

I got a few other fun gifts, but mainly I was given money this year. It was for the best though because I am in the process of buying new clothes for work.

I hope you all have a nice weekend!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Six Random Facts

I was tagged by Lulu at Dirty Martini Diaries about a month ago and I am just now posting. Shame on me!


1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Let your tagger know when your entry is UP

Six Random Facts:

1. I am quite the caffeine addict. I need at least 2-3 cups of coffee each morning to get going.

2. I am not a morning person. I need awhile to wake up before I want to talk and start my day.

3. I can justify spending a lot of money of clothing, shoes, or handbags. But, I clip coupons and try to save money at the grocery store. If Harris Teeter is doing triple coupons, I am there.

4. I have hypoglycemia, so I can't skip meals.

5. I like to make lists. Anything that needs to be done I will list according to importance. This way, I focus on one thing and then then next.

6. Right now my house is a disaster. I want to have everything clean and organized by the time I start work (January 5).

I tag anyone who want to play. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas! My graduation and the graduation party went well and were so much fun! I am going to post some pictures and recipes soon. Things have been going great, I have just been trying to do a months worth of Christmas preparation in a few days. I am taking a short blogging break and will be back soon!

Luke 2: 8-14 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


The winner of the second Keurig is ...

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Nantucket Dreams said...
hey there! i just heard about this coffee maker on monday at knitting night! and since then i am obsessed with getting one! my favorites would be blueberry (heard great things about this) and irish cream! yum!

Please email me at with your mailing address. If you get it to me before 1:00 PM ET, it can ship today. Also, let me know which two flavors you would like Joe to include.

Enjoy your week!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week! I am officially finished with my masters in accounting and the graduation festivities begin today! I'll check back in soon with pictures, recipes, the rest of my Q&A, and I'll complete my tags. I've missed you all! Enjoy your day and I'll catch up soon!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lilly Pulitzer Dog Collar!

I was perusing and came across this adorable Lilly dog collar!! My dog Chi Chi had an allergic reaction to one of her vaccinations yesterday. She got really itchy, broke out in hives, and her face became really swollen. It was so scary and happened in about five minutes. I rushed her back over to the vet and she spent the afternoon there getting steroids. Between that and her sprained leg last week, I think Chi Chi deserves a Lilly collar from Santa. :)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Wish List

I have everything that I could possibly ever need, but there are a few special treats I have been coveting.

These mint julep cups in Vera Wang's Grosgrain pattern for Wedgwood are so pretty.

I would like to have a large pink and green Scout bag to use for groceries.

I know several people who love the Kate Spade desk calendar. Even though I can use my iPhone, I still like to have a seperate calendar.

I have loved this desk calendar from Donovan Designs via The Paper Cafe ever since MMM posted about it. I think it would be so cute on my new desk at work.

These recipe cards from Monogram Chick are right up my alley - monogrammed, pink, and green! Perfection!! She isn't processing any more orders until the first of the year, but they would still be fun as a New Year's treat.

Anything from the Coconut Almond Collection by Laura Mercier
Anything from Herend (I love the raspberry fishnet)

Lilly Pulitzer Oh Shift Ornaments

David Yurman Crossover Hoops

Have a nice week!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I read about Tastebook on Sippycup's blog several months ago. This morning I went through all of the recipes I have lying around my kitchen that I have either printed from the computer or torn from a magazine. Now they are all organized in one book. Hallelujah!! No more recipe chaos.

If you would like to view my recipe book, either leave a comment or send me an email at and I will send you an invite.

Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Joe at has graciously offered to host a giveaway just in time for Christmas! Included in this giveaway is a Keurig B60 Brewer!! I love the Keurig brewers because you make one cup of coffee at a time. The coffees, teas, and hot chocolates available are so good.

Also included are two boxes of K cups! Choose your two favorite flavors of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa to enter. offers the best prices I have found on K Cups. Best of all, if you spend $60 shipping is free. They will ship the same day if you order before 1:00 pm. I ordered five boxes on a Thursday, and they were at my door step the following Monday.

Leave a comment with your two favorite boxes of K Cups to enter! We will choose a winner next Wednesday. Good luck!

Amy Grant CD Winner!!

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Congratulations Preppy 101!!

Preppy 101 said...
Yes, I pretty much listen to Christmas music all year! One of my fave non-traditional songs is Darlene Love singing "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home"... Letterman usually has her on just to sing this song. It is fabulous! Mariah Carey does a great job with it, too. As far as Traditional Carols go - I love all of them!! Great giveaway.
December 1, 2008 11:26 AM

Please send me an email at with your mailing address and I drop it in the mail!

Quick Rice Pilaf and Pork Chops

I meant to share this rice pilaf recipe several weeks ago and forgot. I concocted this several weeks ago and it turned out quite well. It is quick and easy. I made it the other night with pork chops.

Rice Pilaf

1 onion
1-2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil
3/4 cup of brown rice
1 can of chicken broth (I use low sodium)
handful of frozen green peas

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and saute for about 5 minutes. Add rice and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for about 25 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, add frozen peas.

Dijon and Italian Breadcrumb Crusted Pork Chops

Pork chops (bone in, boneless, whatever you have)
Bread Crumbs (whatever you have, Italian, garlic, plain)
Dijon Mustard

Rub the pork chops with Dijon mustard all over. Dredge in breadcrumbs and place in baking dish. Top with a small amount of olive oil and bake at 350 degrees until done. It usually takes mine about 20-25 minutes to cook.

I hope you all enjoy your week!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This is my last day of classes and then I have my final next Monday. I graduate next week and my parents are having a small cocktail party for my graduation. There are a ton of things going on these next few weeks, so I will check in when I can. I am sorry I haven't been commenting as much on your blogs. I will catch up soon! I miss you all!

There are also tons of things I need to do for the holiday!
  1. Start to buy gifts!! (Hello! I have only bought two!!! AGH!)
  2. Decide what to buy my husband, Thomas
  3. Wrap the gifts I have yet to buy
  4. Email my mom a to do list for the party. She can get overwhelmed, so I figured I would try to help keep her organized
  5. Study for my final
  6. Pick out and buy napkins for my graduation party
  7. Address and mail my graduation announcements
  8. Choose a picture for my holiday card
  9. Buy stamps for my holiday cards
  10. Address and mail my holiday cards
  11. Laundry
  12. Clean my house (it's a wreck!)
  13. Take my dog to the vet to follow up on her sprained leg
  14. Bake cookies
  15. Decide what I will wear for a holiday party, my graduation, and my graduation party
  16. Change my name on my passport
  17. Who knows what else will come up??

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Shrimp and Grits

I made this recipe Tuesday night. It isn't exactly the healthiest dish I have ever made, but it is delicious nonetheless. If you aren't familiar with grits, they are simply ground corn sort of like polenta.

2 cups milk
2 cups cream
salt and pepper
1 cup grits (not instant or quick cooking)
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 slices bacon, chopped
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 large garlic clove, minced


Bring milk and cream to a boil. Add grits, salt, and pepper, and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally, about 15-25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.

Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned. Remove from skillet and drain well. In grease, add shrimp and cook until the shrimp turn pink. Add the lemon juice, bacon, parsley, scallions, and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.

Spoon grits into plate and add shrimp mixture on top. Serve immediately.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Amy Grant's New Christmas CD Giveaway!

My all time favorite holiday is Christmas. I don't know about you, but I love Christmas music. I listen to it almost exclusively during December. Growing up we listened to a lot of Amy Grant Christmas music. Amy has come out with a new CD for the holidays and I have a copy for one of my readers! To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas song. I will announce the winner over the weekend. This new CD contains Amy's favorites and four new songs.

Click below to enter for a chance to win tickets to a concert and meet Amy Grant.