Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fall Recipes

Here are several recipes to get you in the mood for fall!

Almond Tea
Given By: Jessi Vancil

4 cups hot water
1/2 cup sugar or Splenda
2 Tablespoons instant tea (the kind in a jar)
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bring water and sugar to a boil. Turn down heat and add remaining ingredients.

This could be my favorite thing in the whole entire world to drink...honestly, it's that good!

Pumpkin Dip
Given by: Brandy Deckard

1 15oz. can of pumpkin
1 small tub of Cool Whip
1 box of Jello instant pudding- Cheesecake flavor
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 Cinnamon
or 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice to substitute for all three spices

Mix all ingredients together & serve with ginger snap cookies.

Potato Soup
Given By: Jacque Bridgeman

6 cups milk
4 Tablespoons flour
1 tsp. onion salt (I use celery salt)
2 tsp. salt
5 cups peeled, diced potatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of celery soup
Dash of pepper
6 strips of bacon
6 oz. cream cheese, softened

Saute' onion in large pot. Add flour, milk, onion salt, salt, & pepper. Stir and add potatoes. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. STIR OCCASIONALLY!! Make sure not to let it stick! (Seriously, I scrubbed for days on a pot b/c I 1. didn't stir enough & 2. cooked on too high of heat) Last-add cream cheese & soup. Stir until melted. Simmer for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon when serving. (We add shredded cheese too!)

This is the best potato soup recipe...not too thick and not too runny...very creamy & delicious!

Sweet Potato Casserole
Given By: Erika Clements

1 stick butter--melted
3 cups sweet potato or lrg can of Yams-rinse off syrup
1 cup sugar
2 eggs beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup Milnot (I've left this out before & it tasted fine)

Mix all above ingredients & place in 9x13 pan.

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts
1 stick butter--melted

Crumble over top of first mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Erika makes this at Thanksgiving. Did you catch that there were TWO sticks of butter & TWO cups of sugar/brown sugar??? Very yummy...I'm not responsible for any pounds gained from this special treat.

If anyone else has some good fall recipes, send them my way! I'm in the mood to eat!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Jon & Julie's Wedding Weekend

Today is our very 1st Anniversary! What a joyous year it has been. We love being married and can't wait to see where life takes us...

Yea!!! We had a wonderful weekend in Jacksonville, FL for good friends Jon & Julie's wedding. They now live in Nashville, TN so we get to see them quite a bit...but they are both from FL. It was really great to see all of Andrew's old Navy buds & their ladies.
(Pictures are way out of order and I'm fresh out of patience to correct them! Sorry!)

Oh, yes...the Best Man & his really pregnant wife...27 weeks now.

Bridal Party

Andrew holding Matt's baby, Mason, & Derek & Danielle...who now live in Italy...great to see them again...

Matt & Amanda...and new baby Mason...not happy!

The beautiful bride, Miss Julie

The handsome groom, Mr. Jon

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Wilson

Friday, September 5, 2008

100 DAYS!!!

YEA!!!! We're down to 100 days until my due date! Although 100 days still seems like an eternity, I'm thrilled! All you moms out there who liked being pregnant are crazy (no offense)...I'm definitely looking forward to holding this baby in my arms and not on my bladder. :)

I've decided to post her name...if you haven't unscrambled the letters by never will! Her name is Grace Lauryn. We call her Gracie just as much as Grace. Hope you like!