October 23, 2012


Hey y'all, sorry I've been a little MIA since last week. Even though I've been feeling better, I've had this headache that just won't subside. It comes and goes all day long and makes me want to do nothing but lay down with a pillow over my eyes :( Anyway, today has been a little better which is a good thing because I have lots to do before we leave for Kentucky tomorrow!

Weekend update: Friday night, we didn't do too much, just stayed home and made a yummy din with shrimp cocktail and pork tenderloin on the grill. We vegged out at home for the night because we had planned on getting up on Saturday morning to head up to the lake for the day/night. It was a beaUTiful day so we rigged up the Ranger and took her out.

It was a REALLY windy day on Saturday so the lake was pretty choppy (it's a huge lake, btw). I had been out on the boat before when it was choppy like that, but this weekend was the first time I ever got sick from it! I had gone down in the cabin to get my phone out so I could take some pictures and when I came back out, I started to get a headache. Shortly after that, I started to get reallyyyy nauseous and it went downhill from there. I was trying so hard to not get sick and begged S to take us back to shore. Luckily since we were planning to stay the night and had rented a cabin, I went and laid down for about an hour and napped. That was the only thing that was going to make me feel better. It was such a bummer. The boys took the sailboat back out for an evening sail (3 dudes = so romantic) and even though the lake had calmed down a lot, I just didn't want to chance it. So I stayed behind and baked them cookies :)

Sunset on the lake..

I didn't sleep that well on Saturday night in the cabin for some reason so Sunday was kind of rough. I had wanted to go to Boone Hall Plantation to pick out pumpkins and do the corn maze, but I just lost all motivation and we ended up staying home all day and watching football.

Since we weren't planning on going anywhere, I decided to make a crock pot meal and try out a new recipe for Chicken & Dumplings. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures, but here is the recipe that I found on Pinterest.

It.was.awesome. S has a collection of recipes from his mamaw, but hers uses an awful lot of Crisco so I decided to try this one out. He LOVED it. I wouldn't change anything about this recipe, it came out perfect. I got a little nervous before I put the dough in for the dumplings that it might come out to watery. No worries though, as soon as the dumplings cooked a bit, it thickened right up. I highly recommend it!

Yesterday was a typical Monday. S was supposed to have a softball game, but it got cancelled. I was supposed to work out, but got lazy again. I was also feeling a little overwhelmed thinking about all the things I needed to do before we leave tomorrow. So as if I'm not feeling overwhelmed enough, let's add another Pinterest recipe to the mix. Last night I decided to try out another one called Spicy New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. They are not lying when it says SPICY!! We love spicy, so it was okay, but our mouths were on fire (in a good way).

 Here is the picture from the recipe.

And here is my picture!

I was pretty impressed with myself, I'm not going to lie. I followed the recipe exactly and found that I probably could've used a little more sauce so I added a little more olive oil/chili sauce/worchestire/hot sauce/etc. until I felt that I had enough (not a whole lot more of each). I also didn't refrigerate 4-24 hours like the recipe suggested because let's be honest, who has time for that? I think it came out just fine. I also made New Orleans yellow rice to go with it and crusty french bread like the recipe calls for :)

S was pretty impressed and proud of me for trying some new recipes. I think we'll have to add these into the regular rotation as they are both fairly easy (especially the crock pot recipe) and I can't wait to try out some more!

Does anyone have any favorite recipes that they have made recently or found on Pinterest???

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Mrs.B said...

I'm sorry you got sick!
Definitely a beautiful sunset.

Those look like delicious meals. I'm going to have to try them!

Jen said...

I'm sorry you are sick! Definitely not fun.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Mmm... I love chicken 'n dumplin's! One of my favorite comfort foods! :)

Jane said...

I added you on the linkup! :)

Your pictures are so pretty! And make me want to go sail into a sunset with bbq shrimp! lol I'm going to have to try both those recipes! Yum! I hope you're feeling all better! It stinks not feeling well while everyone else is having fun.

SJ said...

Visiting from instatuesday! My huband is a sailor as well! Your pictures are so pretty and the flood looks amazing!

Lindsey said...

How have I not been stalking your Pinterest, too? I think I have all of your social media outlets covered now. Haha.

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