9.03.2013

On Blessings


There are some things that are such an integral part of your dreams and life goals, that you almost take them for granted.  You marry your soul mate, and then make the decision to start trying, eyes full of stars, and know that this is an easy next step.  You get married, you have a baby.  First comes love, then comes marriage. 

Our road was easier than so many others, but parts of it were so dark that it was hard to see the said stars.  There were acupuncture treatments, doctor visits, tears, prayers, and an angry reliance on a mysterious body that just didn't want to seem to do what everyone else's had no problem with.    

You cannot possible imagine the relief, the joy, the sheer elation that comes with knowing that God is greater than all of this, and seeing first hand all He is capable of.  

With this being said, we are beyond thrilled to introduce Baby Jackson, who is due March 11. (the day before our anniversary!).   God is so amazingly and unbelievably good! 

The Football Wife: Prayers for Coach

Seriously.  I'll get better at posting soon.  I promise.

In the meantime, check out another article I wrote at the FootballWife.com?  Thanks!  You're the best!

http://thefootballwife.com/2013/09/prayers-coach/

8.23.2013

The Football Wife: 5 Favorite Finds

Hi!  I'm alive!  I promise!

While this summer has been extremely busy, I am super excited to announce that today is WEEK 0 of football, and I have an article up over at thefootballwife.com.  Check it out!

http://thefootballwife.com/2013/08/5-favorite-finds-for-game-day-gear/

6.05.2013

Black and Yellow

In happier news - the good thing about my husband being really good at what he does means that he is able to take advantage of amazing, God-given opportunities.  This being said, we are so excited to announce that he is moving schools!

We are now Yellow Jackets!  So excited to be a part of Fairview's amazing community, schools, and football program. 

On Current Events

There is a lot I can say right now about the last two months, and everything we've faced.  But one day, after praying hard, I opened my bible and this is what God revealed to me.

Psalm 58

1Do you rulers indeed speak justly?Do you judge people with equity?
2No, in your heart you devise injustice,and your hands mete out violence on the earth.
3Even from birth the wicked go astray;from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.4Their venom is like the venom of a snake,like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,5that will not heed the tune of the charmer,however skillful the enchanter may be.
6Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!7Let them vanish like water that flows away;when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.8May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
9Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.10The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.11Then people will say,“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

I pray God brings to justice those who love power more than doing the right thing, and bring hardship to the communities they're in.

Thank you to every member of the community that has spoken out on behalf of Michael and the teachers and students that desperately need it.  Your words at the BOE Meeting touched me so very much.  

5.21.2013

Prayers for Oklahoma


Visit this link to find out all the different ways you can help victims of the Tornado. 

My prayers are with all the families that have suffered the loss of their precious children, the children who are frantically looking for their parents, and those who suffer through this awful ordeal.  God is good all the time, and I pray that He will hold those affected close to Him through the aftermath.

And because it needs to be shared - hope can be found even in the darkest of times:


5.10.2013

It's Here!!



I am so, so, so, so, so, so, so excited!  Our tickets have been purchased, dinner  plans have been made, and I will be seeing "The Great Gatsby" TONIGHT!

5.09.2013

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce with Peas and Prosciutto

Apparently, Nashville has not gotten the memo that it is springtime.  I say this because, while it is currently the beginning of May, I am freezing to death.

So, in a weak moment in one of Nashville's dippy days, desperate times called for desperate measures.  I needed comfort food.  I need creamy, warm fettuccine alfredo with  roasted garlic.  I needed peas.  I needed prosciutto.  I needed a blanket.

So I had to get creative with some cauliflower.

I was super impressed with the results.  While I still used a little bit of butter and cream, the cauliflower was super creamy.  The sweet of the peas combined with the salty deliciousness of the prosciutto and the parm-reg cheese made this absolutely decadent   I served it with some low-GI noodles, to minimize the glycemic impact.

Without further ado:

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce with Peas and Prosciutto

Ingredients:


  • 2 heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 small head of garlic, roasted
  • 8 ounces of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
  • 4 tbsp of butter, divided 
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream (cauliflower can be persnickity!) 
  • 2 cups frozen sweet peas, thawed
  • 8 oz. prosciutto, sliced into strips
  • 1 package of fettucini, prepared according to package
Prepare the cauliflower by bringing it to a boil in the vegetable broth.  Boil for about 22 minutes, until tender.  

Drain, retaining the vegetable broth.  Return the cauliflower to the pot, add the 2 tbsp butter and roasted garlic, and cover for five more minutes while the residual heat continues to steam the cauliflower.

Add half of the broth back in the cauliflower, and blend with an immersion blender (you can also use a food processor, but you may have to use more of the broth).  

Melt the remaining butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  When the butter is melted, add the cauliflower puree and bring to a simmer.  Add some more of the vegetable broth if it's getting too solid. 

Take the grated cheese and slowly stir it into the bubbling mixture.  It should begin to smell heavenly.  

Reduce heat to medium low and slowly stir in the cream. 

Toss the noodles, peas, and prosciutto together in a bowl, and then pour the sauce on top and toss some more.  Then enjoy! 

Note: This makes a ton of sauce.  I saved about 2 cups of it and made a quinoa risotto with it, and it was also heavenly!  




5.08.2013

Meanwhile, In Talladega...


While my parents and I were living it up in Churchill Downs this weekend, my husband and sister and her boyfriend all took a trip to Talladega.  They had pit passes, and MJ managed to jump a barrier to take a picture despite only kids being allowed.  As you can see, the little guy behind him was non too happy.

My sister informed him that MJ was just a REALLY BIG kid.  Adorable.

As my husband has been hitting the gym hard, he literally looks twice the size of the little guy.  As the person sitting behind him said, "That boy looks like he could bear hunt with a stick!" Love it!

5.06.2013

Talk Derby to Me

You know what's better than putting on a hat, a dress, and sipping champagne first thing in the morning at Churchill Downs the day of the Kentucky Derby?

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

I was lucky enough to have tickets to the Derby this weekend, and let me tell you, it was amazing.  It was cold, it was rainy, and it was still one of the most fun weekends of my entire life.

My sweet friend Mere came with my parents and I - and we had a blast.  



Here is what I learned:
1) The Churchill Downs staff have this thing down to a science.  Everyone was so organized and courteous and had the best attitude.  Made the day a million times more fun. 
2) If you are drinking a mint julep at 11:00am, the news will stop and interview you.  Because that happened. 
3) Betting on horses because you like their name isn't a very intelligent betting strategy - but it's a fun one! 
4) Everyone always talks about the mint juleps, but the Lilies are another standard drink and are very, very tasty. 
5) It is worth going for the people watching alone - and it will make you want to buy your husband every single thing that Vineyard Vines makes.  
6) Classy occasions mean they will sell mini champagne bottles with personal funnels in them.  And they're awesome.  



I have had plenty of fun weekends in my day, but this was one of the best ones I've ever had!  Great company and a wonderful occasion - I want to go back every year!