Friday, July 25, 2014

33 Years Ago...

I did the best thing that I've ever done in my life....
I married my husband.
"circa 1981 on our honeymoon"

Now, it may not have been the best thing HE ever did in his life (enter a snorting kind of laugh)
we truly make a good team.
 and we have fun together

We respect each other, we give each other space, we care about one another.
He listens to my gripes and I listen to his.
and, one of the most important things that we do for each other?
We always have each other's back.
We are ALWAYS and I truly mean this, ALWAYS on each other's side.
What I mean by that is we are always on the same side of the fence.
Even with the kids.  If I have a problem with one of them, he's on my side and visa versa.

Speaking of kids....
We produced 3 absolutely wonderful kids.
And I am not just saying that, we really did.
How we did it, I really don't know.
It has been far from easy.  We have had many, many ups and downs.  And ya know, I think we both just love each other and our kids enough to say "well, ya just gotta get through those tough times".
and, you have to do what ever it takes to get through them!

He has provided for me well.
He is truly one of the most unselfish people I have ever known in my life.
He puts me, our kids, and our grand kids before himself in every thing he does.
He would much rather do for us than for himself.

It's weird.  I really didn't know that part about him when we got married.

he even loved me through that "mom jean" stage.  Oh my Lord.

 I always say I have an angel on my shoulder.  And there was definitely one on my shoulder when I met "W"

I am so honored and blessed that God chose him for me.

Here's to 33 more years!!!
I love you "W"!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Proud of my Boy....

Don't cha love how I jump all over my blog?
One day a recipe, the next day a field trip, next advice on how to raise your kids, and finally a rant.
Well, I want to tell you how proud I am of my son.

At 29, he has always been my adventurer.  He loves anything outdoors.  Fishin, huntin, skydiving, knows how to fly a plane.
oh, and I didn't mention that he is a brilliant web designer...
um.  shout out.

(they do other things like marketing for some pretty major companies)

he is also married to a brilliant young lady who is getting her masters right now in Neonatal intensive care.  As in Nurse practioner.
They make a beautiful team and I can't wait to see where their lives go as they grow together!

So, my son "G" decided oh about 4 months ago to get in shape.
He's always been athletic, but like many high school football players, he just gained a few lbs after graduating from college.

in other words. He was getting fat. (I'm blunt)

Anyway, he joined a group called
Agoge Fitness System

I honestly cannot believe I am looking at my favorite son,
how much weight he has lost, and how muscular he has gotten.
I mean y'all.  He is buff.
I only wish I had half the drive he does.

I am just SO incredibly proud of him!

So, here he is!!!

he's focusing.

that's my boy!!!
Congrats buddy!!!

i love you and am so proud of you!!!

have a great day y'all!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tomato Pie....A very Southern treat.

Yesterday I woke up craving Tomato Pie.
I'm serious.
Wondering who craves tomato pie at 5 in the morning?
so, I decided I was going to make it for dinner.

Now y'all, I had this Tomato Pie recipe about 4 years ago at a restaurant in St. Simmons, Georgia.
There was this great meat-n-three there and I bought their recipe book.
The only problem?  It's packed in storage.
But, I have blogged about this before, so I just googled my name and tomato pie recipe.
Thank you Internet!

Now, "W" doesn't like anything tomato.
He's just not a true Southerner in my book.
I'm serious.  If you don't like tomatoes or boiled peanuts, you are not a true southerner.

okay, so here we go.
wait, first of all my camera battery keeps going dead for some reason, so these pics are compliments of my iPhone.....
not sure what happened to my pic of all the ingredients, but here is what you need:

Tomato Pie

2, 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
1 large onion
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 box of Ritz crackers
2 cups DUKES mayonnaise
handful of fresh basil (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste

peel the onion

and slice

dump all crackers in a food processor and grind

using a 9 x 13 dish sprayed with Pam, coat the bottom of the dish with the crackers and press down

saute the onions

until they look like this!

evenly pour on can of the UN DRAINED tomatoes evenly over the cracker crumbs

layer the onions and then smooth about 1/3 more of the cracker crumbs

pour the other can of tomatoes on top of that!

and the rest of the onions

now mix the 2 cups of mayo

and one cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

mix all that up

then mix in the chopped basil (adjust the amount to your taste)

spread that out evenly on top of all the other ingredients

spread the rest of the cracker crumbs on top

bake for 25 min. at 350.

enjoy with this yummy dish....(recipe for another day)

here we go!

I was in tomato heaven....
Really y'all, this is a must try.  What is great about this dish is that since you use canned tomatoes you can make it any time of the year!

have a wonderful day y'all!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

OHSO Yummy Watermelon Salad!

I honestly don't know what made me want to make this.
I've never been a huge watermelon lover but something enticed me to try this recipe.
Changed of course, so I can claim it as "my own"

so, here's what cha need!
(seedless watermelon)

cut them up into edible chunks

add about 1/2 cup of pitted kalamata olives

with chopped onion, minced garlic and 1 1/2 tsp. seeded and minced jalapeno pepper

add some lime shavings and squeeze that lime

mix all that up

add about this much mint.

sprinkle salt and pepper

add about 3 TBS olive oil and about 1 TBS balsamic vinegar.

mix it all up and enjoy!
oh, oops, add crumbled feta to the top of that!

and, enjoy your g-baby

have a great day y'all!