Wednesday, July 18, 2012

just a little something-something....

OK- I know I JUST blogged, but I gotta show y'all something: MY AWESOME HERB MILL.
I know, you are like a WHAT?? A HERB MILL!!!
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I actually got this little baby at my first wedding shower from one of my sorority sisters. It is Martha Stewart & can be found I know at Macy's. I registered for it mainly bc it was SO cute. WELL, come to find out, I USE IT!!! We have been in our apartment for almost 2 weeks now, and I have used it twice!

One of my recipes I am making this week requires fresh cilantro all cut up. So I bought the cilantro last week, and within a week I have made two Mexican dishes {tacos, and skinny enchiladas}. Both wonderful topped with cilantro. 

This little gadget is so easy to use & clean (and just $19!). It comes apart right under the handle. Put the herb of your choice in there, and turn it like a door knob. Ew wee, you can smell the herb the second you make your first turn. So delish! 

Anywhoooooo, just thought I would share! Now off to read a little bit of Job. (Stephen went to his first Bible study meeting of the new semester, and they had a little quiz. He was reviewing out loud the 5 poetic chapters of the Old Testament. Four I guessed, Job I didn't. Then I realized, I have never read JOB on my own. So here we go....)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

a little weekend recap

I had SUCH a busy, eventful weekend, and I could not have been more blessed with such a great one!
Lets start from the beginning {FRIDAY}:
Kristen (one of my bff's) wedding was this weekend so we started the weekend off with a bridesmaid's luncheon at Off the Square Catering in Midtown. Such a cute place! I would recommend it for any type of girly gathering. The food was excellent (chicken poppy seed, need a recipe please someone), and the company was even better. SEE:
 the bride, Kristen & me

We had rehearsal Friday evening at First Presbyterian Church downtown Memphis, then we were off to Flight for rehearsal dinner. (in between fellow bridesmaid, Whitney (view her blog- ) got into a wreck. OK----it was a bump. Still drama ensued then we were OFF to eat, drink & be married (hehe).
 me & the bride @ First Pres
Molly & me @ Flight- ready for our yummy filets

Wedding day! Some of the bridesmaids got together before hand, then it was off to the church. The reception was at The Columns downtown. What a beautiful venue. Loved seeing friends I hadn't in a while! Plus I got to walk home (thanks to Molly & E being my bodyguards!) Before heading to the wedding stuff, and my sister snail mailed me a recipe. She is the best. I will post that first! Enjoy!

 me & Molly on the dance floor
the BRIDE & me after a LONG weekend
me & my man (sorry iPhone photo!)

Stayed tuned because it's my birthday week! Hopefully I will have awesome stuff to blog about! Happy 24th to me July 21st!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

first timer- - - ginger vs. ginger

Going to do a quick intro before I write about my random thought/occurrence of my day:

After seeing a few of my friends' blogs, I created one to keep up with theirs (thanks to all my exemplars out there). I have wanted to actually USE my blog for posts the past couple of months, and now I have time to get the ball rolling before I start school in September. I plan on writing about whatever. Maybe something I stumbled upon, maybe something I enjoy doing or making and want others to try, maybe something nerdy like something I learn in school (or Stephen learns) or maybe even nerdier like Harry Potter, hehe.

Ok, I have REALLY been a stay-at-home wifey for two days now. Firstly, let me tell you I have never NOT worked. This whole no job thing is totally new to me, and it isn't necessarily what I wanted or expected. Got married in May, and I quit my optometry technician job (that I had been at for 6 years almost) about a week before the wedding. I had applied for a work study job at SCO thinking I could do that once it began July 1 and stop once school was in session. Well there wasn't an open position for me, and I didn't want to start working somewhere and have to quit in two months. SO------here I am, chilling at home alone. Stephen started his second year of dental school last Thursday, but we were about to move so I was plenty busy. Yesterday, I had more stuff with the apartment to settle, but today was day one of having nothing on my agenda. Who knows how these next two-ish months are going to be. Hopefully, I won't waste away to nothing! That is what this blog is for, right?

GINGER VS. GINGER: I put a crock pot recipe on this morning for dinner (so easy- love the crock pot- it WILL be our best friend while in school), and this afternoon I planned on making ginger squash as our side. I love squash + I love ginger dressing so why not combine the two. My sister gave/invented (??) a quick "recipe". Super simple & so delish. You only need two (four if you could salt & pepper) ingredients:
  1. yellow squash (2-3 medium sized ones will easily feed 2 adults)
  2. ginger dressing ****
All you do is clean & cut the squash into 1/2 inch slices. Put in a dish (I use glass casserole dish). Add a little s&p. Pour on the ginger dressing (not sparely), cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 25 minutes on 400 degrees. 

****I am obsessed with ginger dressing. My favorite sushi restaurant in Memphis is SPR, and they have the best ginger salad. Once I had that, I wanted ginger all the time. Then my sister told me this recipe. I have always bought the Naturally Fresh brand to use, but for some reason at the grocery this time I wanted to test something out. You know that saying, "why fix it if it ain't broken," well I should have reminded myself of that. I bought Simply Dressing brand of ginger dressing this time. It was good, don't get me wrong, but wasn't the taste I wanted with my squash get-up. So moral of this post is: try this squash side, but go with the Naturally Fresh brand! Promise it will please!

(winner- - - ding, ding ding!!)


Until next time.