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June 8, 2012

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My new favorite dessert.

June 7, 2012

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Ok,  y’all know by now that I am not a huge fan of sweets. Sure, I love me some milk and cookies or a slice of my mama’s coconut cream pie, but in general, I would take a bowl of Lucky Charms or creamy pasta and a chunk of garlic bread over dessert any day. That is until these Oatmeal Whoopie Pies walked into my life.

Y’all. I could eat these every day. This whole plate, every day. They are so good! I recently took them to a Memorial Day cookout and they were a definite crowd pleaser. I think I even overheard the words “these just changed my life” a few different times!

Pioneer Woman posted this Oatmeal Whoopie Pie recipe a while back and I immediately saved it to try soon. So, a few days after she posted it, I made her version for some friends that had come to visit. The oatmeal cookie recipe she posted is the best I’ve ever had, and my grandmother has an amazing recipe, so that’s saying a lot. They are just perfectly gooey and yummy. On that recipe, there are two different filling options- one option being an icing recipe and the other was just using marshmallow creme. I love me some marshmallow creme, but I decided to do her icing filling the first time, and they were really good. But, her icing recipe wasn’t our favorite. So, I decided to experiment. First I tried the marshmallow cream, and while the kids LOVED it, I still wasn’t convinced. Then I filled them with one of my mom’s icing recipes that I use when I make her “Holy Cow Cake” {which, by the way, needs to be on a post real soon!}, and DING. We have a winner!

Seriously. Make these little cookie sandwiches and take them to your next shin-dig. You’ll be the talk of the party!

First, follow all the directions and ingredients for cookies from The Pioneer Woman’s Oatmeal Whoopie Pies recipe. The only thing I do differently is I use dark brown sugar {she doesn’t specify but I like the color the dark adds to the cookies} and I bake them for 9 minutes.  Let them cool completely, then fill with the following {super easy!} Holy Cow Icing recipe. If you are not going to serve right away, I’d place them on a cookie sheet in the fridge or freezer, then put them on a pretty serving plate just in time for everyone to enjoy.

Holy Cow Icing

  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whip all ingredients on medium-high speed in mixer until fluffy. Store unused portion in airtight container in fridge for up to a week.

P.S. I strongly recommend investing in a cookie scoop if you don’t already have one. It made making these a breeze! I used it to make perfectly even cookies, and then used it to scoop icing on each whoopee pie! Also, parchment paper will be your BFF with this little endeavor. One of the best inventions ever, in my opinion! Enjoy!

A list. And it’s not Thursday.

June 6, 2012
  • I know, I’m making my Thursday list on Wednesday. That’s what the summer does to me- I get all my days mixed up. Here’s to no real schedule!
  • Well, I finally did it. I own a .com site that will now be home to this little ol’ blog. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do since I started blogging almost forever ago, and it is just finally time. So, I’m redirecting everyone over to my new {and permanent} blog home. Please change your reader to subscribe to the new blog- – so you won’t miss my riveting posts! Fun!
  • BTW, I have no idea what I’m doing by moving my blog over, and I’m doing it all without help. Do you recall that I am a Community Health major turned teacher?? This is way out of my league. But, I’ve been teaching myself as I go and it’s… going! I’m not promising an amazing website, y’all. Maybe soon I’ll get someone like these ladies to design me something great, but until then, it will be similar to what you see here!
  • Jack started swim lessons on Monday. By yesterday he barely cried and is already floating and swimming! Mrs. Tracey says he may graduate in only three weeks. This is HUGE because we went for four weeks last year and he never passed the float/swim test. So YAY for him doing so good in swim lessons!!
  • Speaking of swimming, we’ve broken in the pool this summer already. The ages of the kids this year is making pool time much more fun than the previous years, that’s for sure.Maybe next summer I’ll get to lay by the pool instead of getting in all the time. {and then I’ll be sad that they don’t “need” me anymore, right?}
  • We were supposed to have company last weekend, but Jessica’s sweet almost-two-year-old twins came down with all kinds of sickness including really high fever, strep and an ear infection. Poor momma and poor babies! I am so sad because we’ve been trying to get them to Dallas for a long time, but will be rescheduling soon.
  • I went back to my old school last week. I was so excited to see my favorite class ever {I got to teach them in both 1st and 3rd grade} one last time. They just finished 6th grade and will be going to middle school, so it was my last chance to see them all together. They have changed so much since I left Henderson, and it really made me miss teaching. I was also able to go back the next day for a teacher reunion of sorts. I spent six years with some of the most wonderful people, and it felt so good to be back and catch up with everyone.
  • Confession. I’m watching obsessed with the Bachelorette. Y’all. I promised myself I’d never watch another one, and here I am counting down the days until Monday. Oh, the drama. My feelings have changed after each show, but right now I am totally Team Sean! Anyone with me?
  • Our summer tv plans {other than the Bachelorette} include watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix and going through all of our movies in alphabetical order. So far we’ve watch 13 Going on 30 and 17 Again. T’s already taken two for the team and next up is 27 Dresses! This has made me realize that a)I have a really sweet husband that is willing to watch these movies with me and b)We own a ton of cheesy chick flicks. That’s a win-win for me, peeps!

Hope you enjoy the new blog! Happy Wednesday!

The Beach 2012

June 5, 2012

When we got back last May from Destin, we couldn’t imagine doing it any better. We LOVED our trip last year- which meant there was a lot of pressure on this trip to live up to those high expectations. Well, it was perfect, y’all! This year was so different from 2011, and while I love those memories, I can say that 2012 was awesome, too.

We left on a Friday to drive part of the way, so we stayed in Baton Rouge overnight. Our original plan was to go to New Orleans, but when it got down to it, we decided it was a little too far out of the way and besides that, we decided that we would rather make a weekend adult trip there sometime soon. So, Baton Rouge it was! We had a great night there and ate at Walk On’s, recommended to me by my college roommate that lives there now. It was a perfect place for us! Then, Saturday morning as we were about to leave to make the last stretch of the trip, Carter, our friend’s three-year-old son, had an accident. He was playing in the hotel room and fell off the bed and hit his head on the wall. Y’all, it was bad! Four hours in the Emergency Room and THREE STAPLES later, we were finally on our way to the beach. We felt so bad for Carter {and his parents!} but he was a trooper and the staples did not bother him one bit all week! Praise the Lord.

As we drove in, we picked up Pizza by the Sea and checked into our beach house! This year we stayed about 20 miles further east of Destin in a little community on Blue Mountain Beach. It was perfect. Our house sat right on the water- it was just a short walk down the boardwalk and down a few stairs, and my toes were in the sand! Our house was a great layout and in a gated community that was very family friendly.

This was the view from the 2nd floor back porch. Yowsers, right?! Just INCREDIBLE. Every morning I drank my coffee out here while Jack {who woke up between 5:15 and 6:00 every morning} had his first breakfast of PopTarts {surprise!}. And I say “first breakfast” because he would always join the bigger kids for a bowl of cereal when they got up too.

I had lots of yummy coffee and Bible reading while looking at this beautiful beach. Every morning we spotted dolphins in the distance. It was so quiet and peaceful- not a person in sight. Ahhhh, can you tell I miss it?

Here are the older kids on the first day out at the beach. They all LOVED the sand and the water. They wanted to be in the water a ton this year, which made it really fun! {last year they were all pretty scared to go in the water, so they stayed in the baby pool a lot more than this year}.

Because we brought a babysitter again, we were able to go on some fun date nights with the Dempseys. Sunday was our first date night and we went back to Tommy Bahama, where they have the best chicken sandwich ever!

Our house was about 1/4 mile, if that, from Draper Lake. So, the next morning we waded in the water and caught crabs. The kids loved being so close to the lake because it gave them one more thing to do while out at the beach.

You can’t see it, but that bucket has about 10 crabs in it! Carter was so good at catching them!

We took everyone out to eat Monday night in Seaside- we had heard a lot about the famous Airstream food trailers. The first night we had an assortment- some from the taco stand and some from Shrimp Shack, where T and I got lobster sandwiches.  Oh my word- they were melt-in-your-mouth good! We loved being so close to Seaside. The atmosphere is quaint and friendly, and there were a lot of things to entertain the kids!

Every day we went down to the beach around 9am after the guys set up our little camp. We had 5 umbrellas, a baby pool, 8 chairs, and lots and lots of toys for the kids. We stayed until lunch time, headed up to the house for sandwiches, and then the kids would go down for their naps and we would get some adult time at the beach. This where we would try to cram in as much of the following as possible: ocean adventures, where T got bit {and shook} by a fish {right, T?}, catching an insane amount of jellyfish {and one trash bag that sure did look like a black jellyfish!}, napping, reading, snacking {Golden Oreos and Coke, all the way!}, boogie boarding, and did I mention napping? Then when the kids were all up, they’d head down to the beach and we’d stay until dinner time. We loved our little daily routine!

Tuesday we went on another double date to The Great Southern Cafe in Seaside. My shrimp and grits {pictured here} were the best I’ve had. And y’all know I love shrimp and grits!

That night we walked around Seaside and enjoyed checking out the menus on the trailers again so we could plan out our next night’s dinner!

And almost every night after we got back, you’d find us on the 2nd floor porch playing dominos. Those were some of my favorite moments of the week!

Here’s my boy eating his “second breakfast” one morning. The thing we ran out of the quickest on this trip? Lucky Charms. They were supposed to be the “kid” cereal, but that didn’t happen.

Wednesday night we went back to the food trucks for some fab grub from Barefoot BBQ and The Meltdown. See that sandwich?? It’s a grilled pimento cheese with bacon. I die. And those nachos? Incredible!

Then we had snow cones after dinner. Aren’t these two just so cute?!

Kite flying was another fun beach activity. Chloe, Carter, and Jack had so much fun seeing which kite would go the highest, and the dads had fun chasing them when they would blow away because a kid let go!

On Thursday night, we headed to V at Seagrove, recommended to us by Jenn and Richard, who vacationed in Seaside the week prior. Whoa. Great food! I had a cornmeal crusted fish, and T had chicken and waffles. Oh yes, he did.

By Friday, we were still nowhere near ready to leave. We stayed at the beach as late as we could that night, trying to soak in every last minute of the sand and the waves!

We had a little photo session the last night we were there. The kids did not want to leave!

Oh, beach. You are already missed. The BOB’s have still not gone away, and we can’t wait to go back!

And one more thing- I must also say a HUGE thank you to Lauren, our babysitter! She is the BEST, and we couldn’t have done it without her!

What a great vacation! So thankful for all of the memories we made!

We’re back!

June 1, 2012

We had a great vacay in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida! We LOVED every moment {well, almost, except for the trip to the ER!} and are definitely experiencing a bit of the BOB’s {the Beach is Over Blues}. I’ll be back with a recap and a picture overload next week. We have been busy getting back in the swing of things and now we’re getting ready for company tonight! Here are just a few of my favorite Instagram pictures from the beach!


Have a great weekend!

The Best Egg Casseroles You’ll Ever Eat!

May 24, 2012

Here are two of my favorite family recipes- one from my side and one from Trey’s. These egg casseroles have both become part of any and all breakfast/brunch celebrations we have. They were {of course} a big part of Jack’s Flapjack party menu. I hope you enjoy making these for your friends and family soon!

Cookie’s {my mom} Breakfast Casserole

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 8-10 slices of white bread, cubed
  • 1 pound of either bacon or sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-2 cups of any cheese {I typically do 1 cup cubed Velveeta and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 350. Pour butter in bottom of 9X13 pan. Spread cubed bread in pan and coat with butter. Place crumbled meat on top of bread. Top meat with cheese. Beat eggs and milk together and pour over other ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 for 45 min to 1 hour or until slightly browned on top. Serve warm.

Noni’s {Trey’s mom} Cheese Blitz

  • 2 small cans green chilies, drained
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound Monterrey jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 can Eagle brand milk

Preheat oven to 425. Spread green chilies in bottom of 7X12 dish. Grate cheese {I never buy pre-grated cheese- it is so much better freshly grated!} into large bowl. In separate bowl, beat eggs with Eagle brand. Pour egg mixture into cheese and stir. Spread cheese mixture on top of green chilies. Bake at 425 for 40 minutes. It will start to look very brown and almost burned- that’s when you know it’s done! Serve warm.

More Birthday Pics.

May 22, 2012
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I had to post a few more pictures of Jack’s birthday fun. We went to the Dallas Zoo, ate pizza for lunch, had a family dinner at Jack’s favorite- Chuy’s- and then ended our night with yummy cake and outside playtime! It was such a sweet day. Perfect weather, sweet boy, friends, family, cake… can’t get much better!