The South

Where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April; front porches are wide and words are long; macaroni and cheese is a vegetable; pecan pie is a staple; Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy; everything is darling and someone is always getting their heart blessed. -unknown

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mug Cake

Brent tried this recipe this morning (for breakfast!) and it was good. I wanted to share it with you.

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

4 TBSP flour
4 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP baking cocoa
1 egg
3 TBSP milk
3 TBSP oil
3 TBSP chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 coffee mug

Put dry ingredients in the mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Microwave for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed.

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto plate if desired. EAT!

***note from me...I would advise to leave the chocolate chips out because they sink to the bottom. So good!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Why does a "just turned" 2 year old feel that he needs to argue with me? Why do I continue the conversation arguing back with him?

"Reese that is a red balloon."

"No it's not. It's not a balloon."

"Yes it is."

"It's not a balloon."

"Reese DO NOT ARGUE WITH ME. You do not argue with your mother. It is a red balloon."

"No it's not."

Needless to say, it has been a long day. We have had episodes today where he was crying because, in his words, "I can't like pizza." Then he gobbled the pizza down. Then there was the time when he cried because Brooks was showing him a book. Another time, I told him if he knocked Brooks' castle down he was going to get a spanking. About a millisecond later he came through like a tornado and kicked Brooks' castle down. Then he threw a small fit when I spanked him, so he had to stand in the corner too. The final episode was him crying as I was putting him in bed. No, it wasn't because it was bedtime, but because I wouldn't put socks on his feet. HE HAD ON FOOTED PAJAMAS!

I suppose this is all just part of the age he is at. I can't understand why he looks so much like an angel when he is asleep and "something else" when he is having his moments.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Isn't it amazing how much a child will change is such a short amount of time. Brooks' eyes have always amazed me. When he was born I figured they would be blue and quickly change to some shade of brown. But he kept his blue eyes for a long time. Recently they have seemed to be changing colors at a faster pace. This was Brooks at 10 months old. They were blue as blue could be.
This is Brooks just a week ago. They are more green than anything now with some brown in them. I am just anxious to see what they will look like in a couple of years from now. Will they continue to change? And what about his hair? Will it always be the color it is? Will the curls ever be where we can control them? Anyway, I just had to say that I love his eyes.

Speaking of beautiful eyes... what will 5 years from now bring for this little one? I pray he still has eyes in his head!
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

About Me

I was tagged by Kristin to write 6 things you may not know about me. I have been trying to come up with 6 ever since I read her post. Here goes:

1. I have been trying to lose weight since mid June. I remember the dates because I had just gotten back from the beach with my friends at work. I haven’t made it publicly known because of the fear of failure. I have done really good and am proud of myself. I still have a good ways go though.
2. I always fast forward to the second chapter in Finding Nemo for the kids. By this point they probably don’t even know how the movie starts. I guess this is like fast forwarding to the color part of the Wizard of Oz.
3. My work life and my home life are pretty opposite in that at work, I have to stay with what I am doing until I get it done. I just have to. I can’t stand for a project to just be sitting on my desk. At home though, I can leave 50 half-finished things laying around to do, and all I can think is “I’ll get to those one day.”
4. My husband and I have separate checking accounts. We both love it. We divided up the bills and we each have things we are responsible for paying, and other than that, we can do with our money what ever we want.
5. I have a part time job. Let me explain: I bring work home and do it at night. I get paid differently for the work I do at home. This was a win/win situation for our company, because they didn’t have to hire anyone new and deal with training someone new, and I get to make a little extra money. It is also pretty flexible, so I pretty much control the work load.
6. I am so thankful to have discovered blogging. It has let me reconnect with old friends, that otherwise I would have not been able to. I love each and everyone of you!

This was hard for me because I had previously posted 100 things about me. Who knows I probably included some of the above in those. This was fun! A lot more fun than cleaning out summer clothes in the boys room. If you need me that is where I’ll be.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fun with Picasa

I had fun making a collage with Picasa. I just had to share. If you click on it, it will enlarge. I hope everyone had a good weekend!
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Library book.

This was Brooks' library book choice for the week.

There is nothing else that needs to be said.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Izzy has cleared up the mystery of the NURCE sign. He said according to Samford's website, it is a NURsing Continuing Education program they have. A shout-out goes out to him for clearing this up.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Time Away

We went to the Faulkner vs. Samford game that was located at Samford on Saturday. I had never been there before, and let me just say, the campus is gorgeous!! Brent and I enjoyed walking around and seeing all of the beautiful buildings. He said it reminded him of his days at the University of Montevallo.
As for the game, I wish it could have turned out better as Faulkner lost 62-0. In spite of that, we had a great time tailgating and hanging out with friends.

This was one of the chapels on campus.
This was another chapel on the campus.

In this next picture, I am going to just let you fellow bloggers make your own guess. In my mind I was trying to give the sign maker the benefit of the doubt and thought that maybe it stood for something, but sadly I am thinking someone just cannot spell.

Brent was just relaxing watching one of the many college football games that were on.
I hope the rest of you had a nice weekend.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

See you later alligator!

I am just now getting around to writing about Brent's success at alligator hunting. Alligators are federally protected, so Brent had to apply to be able to hunt them. The hunting season lasts for 2 weekends, in an area that is designated to you. In this state, it is either Eufaula or Mobile/Delta Area. Brent was chosen for the Eufaula area. He went both weekends to both areas with some good friends of his who had hunted alligator previously. I am proud to say that Brent was 1 of 3 that went to Eufaula who got an alligator.
So Monday we got to enjoy the "fruits of Brent's labor".

This was just the plain battered ones.

These were the black pepper battered ones.And these were the best. These were the buffalo style ones.

Brooks and Reese loved it!Brent cooked it all himself. I am glad he had such a great time!

Louise also posted a couple of posts on her blog that included pictures of the hunt. These were week 1 and these were week 2.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wondering Wednesday

One thing I love about blogging is having a wealth of fellow bloggers, who are so easy to contact. Each day I find myself reading what others are doing, or what they have found that is interesting, or things that they are going through. It has really become a "family" to me.

Wow that got too deep for the next part of this post! With that being said, I need some input.

I am not happy with my shampoo, nor have I been happy with the past 5 bottles of various kinds. Usually I buy a different brand/type/scent each time I go. Maybe I am just getting older and my hair is going to continue to get more and more oily the older I get. (I had always heard that everything starts to go downhill once you turn 30-maybe this is just all part of it.) So, with all that being said, do any of you fellow bloggers have a shampoo that you love? Can you recommend one to try?