Thursday, April 30, 2009

This just in...

Check it out friends. This is the diaper bag that I will be sporting , boy or girl, for Baby Blair's crap!

Isn't it too much? I absolutely love it and had to share it with my blog friends!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away Come Again Another Day!

What in the world is with all of this rain and terrible weather? My glorious hometown of Corsicana, Texas, made the national news...for a tornado, white trash I know...and of course they found the most ridiculous person to interview! Way to go fruitcake capital of the world!

Well in Houston Vivian, Kyle and I rode out the awful thunderstorms. Some parts of Houston received 8-10 inches of rain. The massive amount of rain made the already horrific commute even least I didn't have to worry about it...poor Kyle!

During one of the breaks in the rain Kyle yelled for me to come out and see the double rainbow! I of course thought that he was lying but no he was telling the truth...

The "strongest" rainbow was a complete rainbow...meaning you could see both sides of the arch. It's been quite a few years since I've seen a rainbow hence my excitement! Mind the port-a-potty in the second picture. The construction should be coming to an end soon on Panterra Way!

Can't wait for the weekend. Kyle and I are going out of town AGAIN but this time for the annual Martin Crawfish Boil. I can't wait to see all of my Shreveport in number but it's quality not quantity!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Work Work Work!

Well this past weekend I tricked my relatives into coming down to our house to celebrate Easter...but of course my master plan was to make them work...and work they did!

It rained all day Saturday but that didn't keep me from dragging my Aunt, Mother, and 80 something Granny out into the rain to look for drapes. We visited every store in the Woodlands to no avail! So I allowed them to go home and eat dinner.

The real work (manual labor) didn't begin until early Sunday morning. Once everyone arrived at our house we loaded the car up and went to Home Depot...all 8 of us! We got all the plants my Aunt would need for window boxes and flower beds. Once that 2 hour trip was over we returned home and I put my Aunt to work! Once I had her planting and my Father, Uncle and Paw Paw at work on our drip system on our balcony my Mother, Granny, and I were off to Pottery Barn for one last attempt at finding drapes for the living room and dining room.

Well, needless to say they worked hard and my house reaped the benefits! Please come and visit and enjoy their hard work as much as Kyle and I do!

Here are some pictures of the end result of their hard work (lots of pictures because I like blogs with pictures). Kyle and I are so lucky to have great loved ones in our lives.

The front of the house

Our beautiful gardenia bushes...yes that's right we have TWO! All of my Shreveport friends might remember the one at our old house that was destroyed by our neighbor's tree falling on it and then SWEPCO running over it!

The balcony in all of it's glory!

View form the balcony. It's it beautiful?

Now for the inside of the house...

The Living Room

The Dining Room

This weekend was a huge success thanks to the help of my husband and family! THANK YOU!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pies and Cakes Oh My!

Last week I was quite the busy bee! I had family coming in town to celebrate Easter...a little late I know. I was determined to make fabulous desserts since they were going to cook all of the food. I made a Double Strawberry Pie for lunch and a Buttered Rum Pound Cake with Bananas Fosters Sauce! It was wonderful...and everyone thought so too!

After many requests I have broken down plan on sharing my recipe for strawberry goodness!
Double Strawberry Pie
4 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries, partially thawed in refrigerator
3/4 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 box (11 ounce) piecrust mix Betty Crocker
1/3 cup strawberry nectar, chilled
All purpose flour, for dusting
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water

1. Preheat oven and a baking sheet to 450 degrees F. Place strawberries in a large bowl. Sift the 3/4 cup sugar and the cornstarch over the partially thawed strawberries. Stir to combine; set filling aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine crust mix and strawberry nectar. Stir until soft dough forms. Divide into 2 pieces, form balls, and flatten into disks. On a flour-dusted surface, roll 1 of the disks 1 1/2 inches larger than an inverted 9 inch pie plate. Fold rolled dough in half, place in pie plate, and unfold. Press dough into plate but do not stretch. Trim dough 1/2 inch from edge of plate.

3. Roll out second disk and fold in half. Pour filling into bottom crust. Place top crust over filling and unfold. Press along rim to seal and trim edges. Press fork into edges or crimp to make decorative edge. Cut vent slits in top crust or punch center with small decorative cutter. Brush crust with beaten egg mixture. Sprinkle with sugar.

4. Place pie on preheated baking sheet in oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F; continue baking for 50 to 60 minutes or until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.

I have also included pictures from the makig of the Buttered Rum Pound Cake.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT! I'm a domestic DIVA!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Good News!

Kyle and I have big news to share. It is no longer going to be Kyle, Vivian Leigh, and me. Kyle and I are expecting! Currently, I am 12 weeks along, and the due date is October 25, 2009!!

We are both so happy about Baby Blair. I promise to update the blog with exciting news and pictures. An ultrasound picture will have to do for now.