I have loved reading people’s 28 days of thankfulness on Facebook, blogs, or other forms of social media. Although we should be equally as grateful for these things everyday, our fallen selves seem to forget that. We get caught up in the hurriedness of life and are consumed with selfish thoughts rather than filling our minds of the blessings that Christ has given us. I’ve found that as I’ve made this list and taken time to dwell on my blessings and Christ’s love for me, that I can’t help but to have an outflow of love and kindness on others. When I am in my self-consumed bubble (which I am far too often), it never fails that I’ll get annoyed with the people of Walmart or traffic or some other insignificant thing. But when I strive to fill my heart and mind of things above, I realize I have no idea what this person meandering slowly down the aisles of Walmart is going through. It’s ridiculously judgmental of me to get huffy; and it sure isn’t an example of Christ love if I give them dagger eyes when for taking up the whole aisle. I fail at this daily, but this leads me to the number one things I’m thankful for:
- God’s grace, unconditional love, and constant pursuit of my heart when I am so lacking.
- My mom. It’s so fun becoming an adult where your mom becomes more than just your parent, but also your best friend.
- My dad. He gives me such wisdom and encouragement! I love him so!
- My sister. She always makes me laugh and tells it to me straight.
- Wonderful in-laws. I always hear horror stories about in-laws. I am so thankful for Mark and Sheila for raising the man that I love and for loving me as their own. My bro-in-laws aren’t too shabby either :).
- New friends.
- Old friends.
- July 20, 2013 and celebrating with all our loved ones! It was the best/most fun/hottest (temperature wise, not attractiveness wise) day ever!
- Passing my boards.
- Time for rest.
- A new job.
- Hope Church.
- My grandmommy and the fact that she lives in Tupelo!
- An occupation where I am able to continue to learn and I will never know everything.
- My patients who give me their sweet elderly wisdom daily.
- My hot pack and a husband who will rub my back after a long day’s work.
- Taco Tuesdays. Tuesdays seriously make the week because Mexican food is just that good.
- Weekends! I never looked so forward to sleeping in as I do now that I’m a working woman.
- A king size bed. Splurging on our bed has been the best things for us abnormally tall folk.
- Auburn football y’all. Can’t wait for Saturday!!
- Friend Reunions! Can’t wait for the next one!
- All the celebrations over the past year.
- A husband who takes care of me when I’m sick. I’ve been sick all week and Sam has not allowed me to leave the couch when I get home from work.
- First holidays as a newlywed! We decorated the tree yesterday and it was so fun!
Happy happy Thanksgiving!!
Time to get rid of your fall colored candy! Because as of Friday, it’s everything red and green around here. I still had some Reese’s Pieces left over from my fall bark, and I was craving something sweet (let’s be real, this isn’t really a craving, but a constant state for me), so I whipped up some cookies! These were so good!! I like my cookies a little on the rawer side, but Sam likes his more done (house divided y’all). This batch was more to my liking-gooey and soft.
Recipe for Reeses Pieces Cookies
slightly adapted from good ole Nestle
What you need:
- 2 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks…yep), softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 34 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup Reeses Pieces
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 375˚. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy
- Add eggs, one by one, and beat well after each egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chip and Reese’s pieces.
- Roll into balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes.
Happy happy Monday! I have such a full heart after seeing family this weekend! Friday, I got to watch my first Okolona basketball game (and victory!).
Saturday, we made french toast and headed to Memphis to see fam! We watched football and ate delicious food with my in-laws. We had the best kind of Sunday morning, full of pancakes, chatting, and piddling around before heading to the church house.
Yesterday afternoon, we got to spend time with my fam and help decorate the tree! The Memphis stint ended with a giant plate of Germantown Commissary BBQ nachos, naturally.
Also, Iron Bowl in 5 days!!!! Go Auburn Go!
In honor of the holidays being right around the corner, I’ve compiled a list of all things gold that I would love to have in my house. 1. This tray is so fun! 2. Gold and polka dots?! Love. Perfect to add some holiday cheer to your den. 3. I love this table runner for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! 4. This Alice+Olivia clutch is the perfect accessory for winter soirees (and with a good price to boot!) 5. I have been eyeing this gold flatware from West Elm. It would go perfectly with my china don’t you think? 6. I always love a good Kate Spade stud. 7. Monogrammed mugs in gold! Anthro for the win! 8. I have a new found love for linens and these napkins are so festive! 9. Love the homey feeling of this kitchen towel. 10. Another tray, I just love both! This would go perfect on my coffee table. I would use it all year round! 11. These gold-dipped tumblers are beautiful! 12. How pretty is this gold polka-dotted decanter (and it’s from Target, so it’s super cheap!)
See here for the whole collection.
Last week, these yummy steak were on the cheap at Kroger so I snatched them up. These tacos were yum de la yum! They had such a great zesty flavor. Topped with cilantro, jalapeños, cheese and sour cream? Done and done. I imagine that avocados would be pretty excellent on these too. I’m just not the biggest fan of avocados (I know, I know. I think it’s a character flaw of mine).
Recipe for Tequila Lime Steak Tacos
adapted from here.
What you need:
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 quarter of an onion
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 4 oz. tequila
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 sirloin or strip steaks (about 1 lb each)
- possible toppings: lime juice, jalapeños, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, guacamole
What to do:
- Place first 9 ingredients ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Place steaks in casserole dish or ziplock bag. Cover with marinade and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
- Remove from fridge about one hour prior to cooking. Heat your grill pan over high heat and cook 4-5 minutes each side until reached desired doneness (I like mine a little red). If it’s nice out, cook on the grill outside!
- Slice thinly and place in corn tortillas. Top with lime juice, cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, or whatever your heart desires!
Big day today! First day of work and more importantly, it’s this big guy’s birthday! I am so thankful for the wisdom and love he has showered on me these past 25 years. Wish I was there to celebrate with you! Love you!!