Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Slump

It appears I've fallen into a bit of a summertime blog slump (again).  Despite my best intentions of documenting our weekend, I barely took any pictures.  I'll work with those I do have to piece it together.

I'm almost embarrassed to put this on the blog, because it is going to reveal what huge nerds we truly are at heart, but we played Catan (fka "Settlers of Catan") this weekend with Trip and Lindsay for the second time in two weeks.


The first time we played, I literally fell asleep at the table because I was so tired (and the game lasted so late into the night).  But this time, I managed to stay awake for the entire thing.  The Coke floats we enjoyed mid-game might have had something to do with my level of alertness.

Saturday we had a jam-packed day that started at a gorgeous lake house just outside of Dallas.  Some friends from church graciously hosted our Sunday school class for a day of fun on the lake.  Aside from a tubing collision with my friend Kylee that resulted in a busted lip for her and a pretty nasty gash on my leg, we had a great time at the first annual Lake Day.  We hope it becomes a yearly tradition!



We left Lake Day to head home and get ready for our friend Tara's wedding Saturday night.  Austin and Tara worked together, and we both just love her.  She writes the funniest Bachelor/Bachelorette recaps of all time, and even though I don't watch the show, I look forward to her Tuesday emails whenever those shows are airing.


The lake seemed to have wiped us out, so we didn't make it very late at the reception, but it was great to get to catch up with some of Austin's old co-workers and their wives.

Sunday brought church and Sunday school, and then and afternoon of relaxing at home.  Naps, laundry, reading, and finally our Sunday night show -  Food Network Star.  Do any of y'all watch?  We are cheering for Jay and Eddie this season!

Hoping to be back on Friday with my five, but as the title of this post suggests, I'm in a bit of a summer blog slump and haven't been blogging with any regularity.  I do love documenting our life through the blog, so I'm not giving up yet!

Friday, July 17, 2015

5 on Friday - Vol. 54

Another week has flown by, and here we are at Friday again!  Happy Friday to all and to our summertime hostess, A. Liz Adventures.

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Apparently the only pictures I've managed to take this week are of food, so this will be a food-heavy 5 on Friday.  Here are 5 tidbits from our week:

1 - We had workers in our house all last weekend doing some repairs, and they finished just in time for us to get the house clean and have our friends Chris and Spenser over for dinner on Sunday.  I'm beyond thrilled that my grocery store hydrangeas are still going strong almost one week later.  


2 - We started Sunday night with cheese and crackers - easiest and best appetizer of all time.  


3 - And we ended Saturday night with homemade ice cream!  I'm ashamed to say this was our first adventure with our ice cream maker that we've had for a while now.  Oh my gosh, so good.  We are still enjoying this and have had some every night after supper. 


4 - My friend Emily gifted us with a week of Blue Apron meals, and we are so impressed!  This was the first meal we tried from our box earlier this week.  We LOVED it.  


5 - And this was the second meal we tried this week.  Equally impressed!  The chicken had Indian spices on it, which is not something I would normally cook with, but we both really enjoyed it. 


Not the most exciting 5oF, but we have enjoyed some tasty food this week.  Looking forward to another fun filled weekend!  Have a good one!

Friday, July 10, 2015

5 on Friday - Vol. 53

 Happy Friday to you and to the lovely summertime hostess of Five on Friday - A.Liz Adventures.

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ONE - Summer is officially in full swing, and we are grilling multiple times a week.  I just love it!  Last night Austin grilled chicken for our supper, and we topped it with a little mozz, tomato, and basil for the last few minutes on the grill.  So so good.  Earlier this week we made these balsamic rosemary steak kabobs, and they will be in heavy rotation for the rest of the summer.


TWO - Melanie and I were both rocking white nails last weekend for the 4th, and I've kept it going all week.  I'm probably way behind the times, but I love the white for summer.


THREE - Most nights we are outside grilling, going for a walk, or riding our bikes, but on Thursdays this summer I have been inside watching Astronaut Wives Club and Fixer Upper.  AWC is such a cute show, and the clothes alone are reason enough to watch!  Except last night, I totally spazzed and thought it came on at 8 instead of 7, so I'll be catching the latest episode on demand this weekend.  


FOUR - I can't resist sharing these adorable watermelon pops from our 4th again... they just scream summer.  I think the recipe was tweaked a bit from this one.  I need to break out my own popsicle molds before summer is over!


FIVE -  We are looking forward to a relaxed weekend at home with some fun sprinkled in after traveling and entertaining for the past several weeks.  We have a fun party to go to on Saturday night, a breakfast date with my MIL and SIL Sunday before church to look forward to, and we are having friends over for supper on Sunday.  I'm planning to fix this PW recipe for Sunday night and homemade ice cream for dessert.  Yum!  Happy Friday!    


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July Weekending

For the third year in a row, we spent the 4th of July at my parents' house with my sisters and brother-in-law.  This has gotten to be one of my very favorite parts of summer, and I've been looking forward to this weekend for weeks!  We are still absolutely stuffed, and I don't think I can even look at food for about a week.  Our weekend consisted of eating, napping, playing games, and more eating.  And it was pure bliss!

We pulled into the driveway on Friday at exactly the same time as Melanie and Clark.  Mary Katherine has been home from college for the first half of the summer, and she left on Saturday to spend the second half as a counselor at Pine Cove.  We didn't waste any time and got right to eating - Austin's recently named Mexican Jellybean Dip made an appearance at lunch, but the best part of lunch were the adorable watermelon popsicles Mom and MK had made earlier in the week!



I don't think a more perfect summer popsicle exists!

Friday afternoon we played dominoes and made a fruit pizza.  I'm a little biased, but I thought it was so pretty!




Twinning in our Jacks and our blue and white.



On Saturday, we got up to send Mary Katherine off to camp, then Mom and Melanie and I had a lazy morning of watching Food Network - our favorite Saturday morning activity!  I think I even managed to sneak in a mid-morning nap.  Austin and Clark played golf that morning, and we all played Monopoly that afternoon when they got home.  It was probably the shortest game of Monopoly I've ever played - Clark smoked us all in no time.  

Austin requested banana pudding for the weekend, and Mom outdid herself Saturday with these adorable individual banana puddings in her baby yellow Le Creuset ramekins.  Aren't they cute?




Before we dove into those precious little guys, we had a feast of brisket, beans, potato salad, and some really delicious cheesy bread.  My dad cooked the brisket all night on his new smoker, and it was amazing!


We stayed up playing one of our favorite card games - Shanghai - on Saturday night.  Sunday morning we went to church with Mom and Dad and then had some leftovers before heading home.  It was a pretty perfect weekend relaxing with family and being thankful to live in the land of the free!