Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Cool July

I’m not going to say it. I’m not going to mention how I really did plan on posting more these past couple of months. I’m not going to state what I usually do about my intentions to create more than I do now.

But.I.can’t.help.it. I want to blog more, create more, make more. SO here I am, once again, saying that I kept meaning to post some things I’ve done on here since the summer began and didn’t get around to it.

For starters, the running has been steady. I’m still an ex-volleyball player who’s knees are still reeling from the constant jumping from the never-ending years of playing. But, hey, I’ve been consistent and it’s easier to run when you have a cause. I would’ve quit a long time ago if I didn’t have a purpose. Ha! Here’s a pic from one of my long runs… so beautiful.

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We’ve also been hosting some more this summer. I truly love it and I get that from my mom. I grew up watching her gift of hosting and it’s definitely engrained in me. This upcoming week we already have dinners planned on two separate nights. And we hosted my mother-in-law, her boyfriend, my aunt/uncle-in-law, and cousin-in-law for a big lunch. My mother-in-law is gluten-free now so all the recipes (except the bread) is safe for anyone else who has the same eating lifestyle!  Smile  Here was the spread…with my wedding china that makes my heart sing at the sight of it. (The rolls were still baking. Timing is the part of hosting I’m still trying to master Winking smile).

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I made chicken (yes, this vegetarian touched, dipped, and arranged the raw chicken breasts. I’m bragging because that’s a big deal for me. And who cares if you brag about touching chicken? Winking smile) that I covered in bread crumbs and Italian seasoning. My wonderful/helpful husband cooked them on the stove. Took forever, but apparently they turned out good (I was told, obvi).

Next, I made the popular Watergate salad. My stepmom makes this every holiday and I love it. I finally got the recipe from her. It does not look appetizing at all because the green color is interesting for a food color. However, it’s so good that I always go back for more. Here’s a picture after step two of the recipe…

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The recipe is SO simple. You can find it here.

Next, I made a Pinterest recipe for rolls! I always feel accomplished when I get a recipe right from that dang website. I love the fail pictures like this because I relate to this from so many things I’ve tried. Hahaha.

Hilarious Pinterest Fails - Likes

Anyway, they didn’t look  a n y t h i n g  like the picture on the website, but the taste was UNBELIEVABLE. I just couldn’t get them smoothed out like the picture below. But either way, you must make these. They’re supposed to look like this:

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Last, I made my grandmother-in-laws family recipe of corn pudding. I can’t give the recipe because it’s a family one, but there are so many varieties online. This one looks good.

Henry loves having visitors and it always wears him out. I came in the bedroom to see him exhausted on our bed. He’s real cute.

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The caption, “Mom, leave me alone. I’m napping". Yah, we’re “those” people who give our dog a voice and conversations. Deal.