Thursday, September 30, 2010

A list! I love a list!

A few random items !

***Stephen has started cooking supper for the AWANA workers on Wednesday nights. Can I tell you how excited that makes me! I don't have to cook on Wednesday nights!

***Anna was singing, Stephen asked if she was trying to "match pitch", she answered "you never let me pitch. I always had to play in the outfield and it's itchy in the outfield"

*** I love ribbons. Anna has started wearing ribbons around her ponytails and I just can't get enough of the cuteness.

***We saw the Duggar's at a Razorback game a few weeks ago. Not all of them but a few of them. Too fun!!

*** This week was my mother's birthday. I missed not being with her on that day. Makes me sad that I don't live closer.

***We love that you read this blog. We love writing it!

Julie

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

...You never know what you are going to get.

What a Summer. I felt every emotion this Summer. I am still a bit raw, but a happy kind of raw. "Raw" is my new word. Not sure why. Maybe because I have felt it so much lately. I need to get a new word, I know.

I know many of you have wondered what has been going on with me, but I have not felt it was the right time to share until now. Silence and patience really are a beautiful thing. I am still working on both...a lifelong process, I tell ya!

In mid-June I left my job with no plan. No plan. I am Type A....I had no plan. Hello! I did not even go into work that day thinking it was the day I would leave. God will smack his children across the head to get His point across if you ignore Him for too long. That is what happened on that hot, sticky, overcast day in June. I am so glad God loves me like he does...but it hurt!


I wish I had some big, grand story to tell you about what happened but I still don't know what happened. it sounds crazy, I know. I stood up for what was right and somehow got blamed for something that had to do with it...still not sure what it was, and deep down in my true being, I don't care. There were some days this Summer I wish I had known so I could take the lower road and defend myself, but really that is just what they wanted me to do and I am a high road kind of gal!


I refuse to walk down that path of wonder anymore though. I wasted many weeks walking it and never got to the end. Needless to say, I had the foresight to see what was happening and I resigned. My resignation was received with great anger and I was asked to leave on the spot. I have not heard from anyone in my office since the morning all this happened. I learned a lot about putting value, trust and faith in people just because you are around them all the time. They clearly were not my friends. I was sad for about a day about that....then I got over it! Yet, I have learned to guard my heart from now on and not share my life with people just because it is convenient. A big lesson for a transparent, honest, friendly gal like myself!

God will smack you on the head and then he will rejoice over you with singing...I love that about Him. These past few weeks I have been dancing in my soul. I am out of the "funk" and ready to walk this new road...where ever it leads. I have been gifted with some great new friendships that are based on ME and not my job and the free tickets, perks, etc. I had access to. They want to be Abby Jo's friend because she is Abby Jo. I love it! I feel like me again and I am so thankful for what God has done. I pity the old me. I pity that job. I pity the things I neglected because of it. I have learned so much...so, so much. It was ugly for a bit, but beauty comes from ashes. I am so glad He loves me enough to take me down this windy road.


So, now you have it in a nutshell. And like Forrest Gump says..."That is all I have to say about that!"






We sang this at BSF this morning and I think I smiled the whole way through it. One of my favorite hymns!


Abby

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Birthday Lady

Happy Birthday to our beautiful, loving, talented,
over-protective, royal, good time mother!

We love you the BIGGEST much!
Julie & Abby

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blog Award



Thank you so much Kelley for this award! We are honored.

The Rules:

1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?

Julie -

I would have waited to date until I was 16. The rule at my house was that I didn't date until I was 16 and somehow I convinced my mom that going out on an impromptu date just 2 1/2 months after my 15th birthday was a good idea. My heart was broken when I was 15 because I chose to give it to someone that didn't take care of it. If I could go back, I would have said "NO" when asked out that Halloween night.

Abby-

I would not have let my career define me as a young adult and gotten caught up in perfecting the juggling act. I am so glad to have the chance to redefine myself for who I really am as a child of God, a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister and a friend who has strengths that have nothing to do with a job, as I embark on a new career path. It makes me sad to think about how astray I had gotten from my true self. I hope I can be an example for others who struggle juggling it all and think that having a title and all the bells and whistles equals happiness.




2. The second thing you have to do is, pick 4 people and give them this award.You then have to inform the person that they have gotten this award.

Amanda

Lindsey

Cari

Monique




3. The third and final thing is, thank the person who gave you the award.

Thank you , Kelley, for being such a faithful blog friend. We want to share a Whattaburger with you sometime soon!
Julie & Abby

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Henry's First Haircut

Henry before his first haircut

Henry waiting on his haircut
I loved his facial expression

One last side view of my shaggy baby

Henry getting the first of many haircuts
I was holding him
His Daddy was entertaining him

His Daddy holding him after the haircut

The new side view of my sweet Henry

Henry and Mama survived his first haircut
Henry after his first haircut
What a doll!
Abby



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Food Friday

This week I introduced some new dishes to our home. I am excited to share them with you. Randall now says, "Let me guess, this is going on Food Friday?" and he knows to not touch the dishes until I take a picture. I am training him well, I tell ya!

Hobo Supper
It has a funny name. We have had fun with the name. If you know us well, you can imagine. I have always seen this recipe in books but never tried it. I decided to make it and I loved it! It was so easy and yummy. There is no real science to it. You can make as many as you want. I made 4 so we could have it for 2 meals.
Ground turkey or beef patties
red potatoes cut up
carrots cut up
onion cut up
salt & pepper
Put 1 patty and handfuls of each veggie in a foil packet. Fold each up and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until done. It took me about an hour.
Dump Chicken
The name is odd and the dish is just as odd. We probably won't recreate this at our house, but you may want to try it. You might really like it. I had no idea what to pair it with. We are all about having complimentary sides at our house and we could not decide what to eat with this dish. I am still at a loss. Maybe you can try and it and let me know what you think. It has a sweet and spicy flavor but not a real Mexican flavor like you might think. Odd.
chicken pieces
1 taco seasoning packet
8 ounces salsa
8 ounces apricot preserves
Cook on low in crock pot until juices run clear (about 5-6 hours)
Apple Butter
Yum! Randall has recently declared he loves apple butter. I decided to make him some. I found it in a Weight Watchers cookbook and it is a crock pot recipe. We ate it on biscuits the night we had the hobo supper. It was the best meal! Randall spread Land O Lakes Butter (ha! hint, hint) on his biscuit and then spread this all over it. He loved it. I shared some with my running friend, Sara this morning. I hope she enjoyed it as much as we have.

10 baking apples - peeled and cut up
1.5 C brown sugar
1/2 C apple juice
1t. ground allspice
1t. ground nutmeg
1t. ground cloves

Mix all together and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until apples are very tender. Mash apples with a potato masher. Cook uncovered for 1 to 2 hours, sirring occasionally, until mixture is very thick. Cover and store for up to 3 weeks.


Food Friday is not Food Friday with the little foodie.
He enjoys sitting in his little portable chair attached to the kitchen counter while I cook. He thinks he is big time. He is a little mess!

Henry had his first fortune cookie this past week when we had Chinese with Lindsey. Lindsey and I have had a Cho Cho Chicken bond since our early 20's. We introduced Henry to that love and he was smitten. He did not eat Cho Cho or the cookie, but Lindsey made sure he got his fortune. It said "You will have good luck when you get back home". We laughed. He enjoyed Gerber apples and blueberries and proceeded to wear most of it, as you can see. We had a nice time with the foodie at the Chinese eatery in Searcy. The waiter was smitten with him and tried to take him out of the high chair to hold him. It was most odd but good times.

Abby

A Presidential day



My children love to write letters to the President. It began as a writing assignment a couple of years ago, and when they got a response back from the White House. Well, it was just too much!

They have received a picture of President and Mrs. Bush, and a picture of one of their dogs. We were also on their Christmas card list one year.

They have written to President Obama, but only one of them received a letter back and it was a form letter, very unlike what the Bush's sent. I know what the Bush's sent was a form letter, but the letter had a target audience of someone my boys ages. The Obama's letter had a target audience of me. It didn't help my feelings toward him to much.

David sent a letter to President Bush in the summer. It wasn't part of a school assignment, he just wanted to write a letter to him. He told him about playing baseball, about his parents, and his siblings. It was a good letter so I sent it. (I take the liberty to not send all letters that are written. Some of them aren't postage stamp worthy!)

So, yesterday David went to get the mail (which he hardly ever does), and he came in the house beaming! Beaming! The envelope was addressed to Master David Beavers and had an embossed return address on it. Really cool. And the picture has his name on it. It is really cool.

So, do you send letters to the President? What have you gotten in return?

Julie

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Hairy Ride Of Hope


Tomorrow Henry will get his first haircut.
I have cried about it, but it has to be done. That poor boy is starting to look like a hairy monster. He has lots of of curls right on the top of his head (just like me) and they get droopy by the end of the day. He also has hair growing over his ears. It should be a real interesting event. I have the video camera and digital camera charged and ready. Randall is able to go with us and I am so glad. I love that he makes it a point to make sure his schedule allows for him to take part in all of Henry's big moments. Be on watch for a haircut post this weekend!
Thanks to my pal Lashay, this is my new jog stroller.
I bought it from her for an overly reasonable price...and I am stoked about it. I started running last week (when I turned 32...it is my year people!) and I am on fire! I am running 3 days a week way before daylight (the moon was beautiful this morning...just sayin!) with some sweet young mamas and we run a nice 3 to 4 mile route. I love having someone to talk to. I really think that is how I ran 26.2 in 2004. I talked all through my runs. You put me out there alone and I fold, give up, quit. Running and talking go together for me. On the days I don't run I am trying to walk with LaShay. Tomorrow she can't go so I am making Randall and Henry go with me...3.5 miles of hills. I may have to post about that...should be interesting!
Next week I will have to take Henry with me for my early morning runs so I am glad to not have to try to make the ole Evenflo keep up with me, thanks to the new stroller. I threatened to take my Evenflo with me and my running buddy and my sweet husband assured me that was not a good idea. So, thanks to LaShay buying a new double jog stroller for boys, Henry has a running ride!




My Mama was part of BSF for years when I was growing up. She loved it and always knew so much about the Bible. After talking with some of my friends, I decided to go today and join. I was amazed to find so many women in my town that I had never seen before. God is so good in showing me new faces and new experiences lately. Anyway, I am not sure if there is a discussion group open for my age group or not. I am praying I get a call or email saying they have a spot for me. I think it is a good problem that they are at capacity...lots of women wanting to study God's word, but I will be sad if I can't be part of it. So, we shall wait, pray and see!

So tell me:
How was your baby's first haircut -
did they scream and did you cry?
Do you take your baby on trail walks and/or pavement runs -
what kind of stroller do you use?
Are you in BSF or have you been in BSF -
tell me about your experience?

Abby

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Blue Ribbon kind of day



The county fair was in town last week. And once again we didn't go.

I grew up going to the fair and loved it. But this county fair just doesn't excite me or entice me to spend great wads of money for hastily put together rides that last a very short amount of time.

My kids understand, and don't even complain. I mean, they went to Disneyworld for goodness sake!

Even though we don't go to the fair, we do enter projects in the fair in hopes of ribbons and money!

This year was no exception. I had big plans for the kids to make brownies, cookies and a cake but my oven broke. (The heating element caught fire! It was out of use for a week!) So, the kids entries this year were slim, but worth a trip.

We picked up our projects from the fair today and here is what happened!

David entered two lego models. One a plane, the other a helicopter. He got 1st place-a blue ribbon- for both of them!! He also entered a pillow he made at church and got 1st place on it. He got 2nd place on a wood burned item. He was awarded a check for $13.75! Not bad for turning in some things he did when he was just having fun.

Daniel only entered one item. His entry was a wood-burned item and he got 1st place place!

Samuel entered a pillow and a wood-burned item. The pillow won 1st place and the wood-burned item won 2nd place.

Anna only entered one item. She entered a flower arrangement she made at Sunday School. She got 2nd place. She was a little disappointed but when she cashed her check her excitement rose!


We are going to celebrate our blue ribbon day with a picnic! Sounds like fun, don't you think??

Julie

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Fever

I love Fall and Wednesday is the first day of the cool, crisp, colorful season.
I thought we would go ahead and put Summer behind us a bit early, even though it is 90 degrees in my area today. Boo! I know the hubs would rather not have the abundance of leaves we will have in our yard soon but I just love the way it looks when the leaves are dressed in their best colors before they fall off in his yard. Wow!
( I blurred out our last name on the ghost for privacy reasons)
My yard decor makes me happy. It is the simple things, I tell ya!
The ghost is out a little early, but I just love it. I got it for $1 at Goodwill 2 weeks ago. It said "BOO" and "The Johnston's" on it. I spray painted it white and then repainted the "Boo" and put our last name on it...since we are not the Johnston's, of course! I plan to add 2 more pumpkins in a few weeks so there is one for each of us. Randall was afraid the ones out now will be rotten before Halloween. I got the scarecrow for my 30th birthday as a joke and her name is Mary. She is a sweetie. The 2 bundles of corn came from one of Randall's corn fields. But, the hay is from Walmart...of course.
Oh, I tend to kill mums if they are potted, so I refuse to buy one for my little "yard scape", in case you were wondering where the mum is...it is still at the "gettin place" (Yes, Julie...I just typed that!).

I always love decorating my den because that is the room we migrate to the most. Since this is now where my happy Henry crawls the most, I had to rethink my love of decorating the den. This is all the den has in it for Fall decor. It is high and out of reach! Henry's happiness trumps my decor happiness. I am a true mama now, I tell ya!

My dining room is one of my favorite rooms.
We never go in there much though. I love the natural light and the homeyness of it. I think we may have to start eating in there instead of at the kitchen bar. I love sitting at a table with family. My Mama made this wreath for me. I love putting wreaths on mirrors. It may be odd, I don't know and really don't care... just to be honest! I like it.


Our living room fireplace is one of my favorite places to decorate. Strangely enough, I like to keep it simple though. Which is odd for me. These scarecrows are it. I left the mantle alone this time. Henry does not go in here much so they should be safe. Now, I say that and I will end up picking up straw pieces off the floor later today after he tackles them both. Ha!

Here are my real live scarecrows who make our house a home, no matter the season! I have no idea why they were looking out the front window or why I took this picture, but I like it and I decided to post it. High on Daddy's shoulders is where Henry likes to be these days.

And on a side note...


We had Henry's 9 month pictures taken last week. You can go here to see a small sample of them. Lindsey did it again....incredible!


Happy Fall Y'all...a day early!

Abby

Friday, September 17, 2010

Food Friday

I have eaten lots of good food this week.
It was birthday week so we celebrated with food...because that is what we all do, right?!
I ate at Cock Of The Walk for the first time. It was a fat-filled yummy time. I will definitely go back and add it to my list of all time favorites. A spur of the moment decision lead us there (while in route to my most favorite place of all - Bonefish) and it was good fun and great food.

Because it is birthday week I have been having 2 a day...it keeps the wrinkles away!
I made my own birthday cake balls. Really...there is something wrong with making your own cake...just sayin! I do have a "good scald" on these ever popular cake balls though. I must admit.

Mexican food has been served up more than once this week...3 times to be exact. I do love it. Randall and I had Taco Bell in the truck on the way to LR (does this even count as food? I rarely eat it and there is good reason), we had lunch at a yummy little Mexican place on my birthday and I made tacos this week also. I have been south of the border a lot this week.

I heart sushi...minus the raw stuff. The Kentucky roll and crunchy crab roll are my new faves. I was blessed to have an early birthday lunch with one of my best J'Town gals and sushi was my pick. I looked forward to it for days. When I told her how much I had been looking forward to it, she begged me to get out more often! I love her...and sushi.


And it is not Food Friday without this little guy! Here is my little foodie watching his favorite video from his highchair while I cooked up dinner. He is my favorite kitchen helper!


Happy Food Friday!
Abby





Thursday, September 16, 2010

Same alike? NOT!


Our twins look a bit alike. There are times that from a distance I don't always know which one is which. Ok, so there are times when up close I don't always know which one is which!


They had their first soccer game of the season Tuesday night. They're on the same team, thus looking even more alike.


As they played, I was once again reminded of the differences in them. Differences we've known since they were in the womb.


David was playing hard. He had a fierce look on his face and was kicking the ball up and down the field. He even scored the teams last goal. I could see his competitiveness coming out.


Daniel was playing hard too. He was also talking to the other players and even chatting with the coach while walking down the field. He was laughing and having a good time. When the ball came to him he moved it down the field, but he did so with a smile on his face.


When I was pregnant David kicked and moved like crazy. Daniel hardly moved at all. In fact, we named them because of the characteristics of their Biblical counterparts.


The Biblical David was a man after God's own heart, but he also had times of bad behavior. We don't know much bad about the Daniel of the Bible so we named our easy going baby after Daniel.


Yesterday when Stephen was home at lunch, I got on to Daniel for something. I can't even remember what it was. Stephen looked at me and said, "they should switch pretty soon. It'll be David's turn to act like a knucklehead, its been Daniel's turn for quite a while"


That statement is so very true. Since they were babies they have switched personalities. One of them could be easy going for a week and one morning wake up and be the difficult child, while the other one, all of the sudden, was easy going.

Having twins has been the most fun thing I've experienced. It has also left me dumbfounded at times.


I'm so glad God blessed us with twins. I didn't think He knew what He was doing at first. I really didn't think I could be a mom to twins. But, it turns out God knew all along what He was doing (surprised anyone??!!!) This is one of the funnest rides I've ever been on.


But really, it is time for them to switch personalities, I think David is beginning to think he can do no wrong!!!


Julie

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Hairy Deal

Out with the old...in with the new.
I chopped my hair off to celebrate.
I am excited about a new year -32.
I am going to live like crazy this year.
Watch out world...
Abby

P.S. Do you love the symbolism in this picture...the doors are open and a light is on in the distance. See it? Ok, it was SO not planned, just happened to be this way. Sort of funny.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Shopping Score!

I went to my local consignment shop the other day and SCORED!!

I have been a few times recently and have come back empty handed. Sad, really.

Well, we did buy a bed for Samuel there, but I don't count that. It was a bargain, but it was way more money than I normally spend at a consignment store.

I had some time to waste before I had to be somewhere so we stopped in at A&E's to shop around. And I'm so glad I did!

I got a beautiful plaid Bonnie Jean Christmas dress for Anna, a Tiara Christmas sweater for Anna (that is so very cute. It has reindeer on the front and back. Oh my goodness, cute!), and two pair of leggings and one pair of purple velour pants (because who doesn't need a pair of those for winter!) for her. And a Blue Angels t-shirt for D&D to share.

Are you ready for my total? $9.53! 6 items=$9.53!

I hit the jackpot that day! I was so excited.

I bet you're excited for me, aren't you?!

Come on down and I'll take you shopping! It's great fun!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Its Birthday Time!


Today my sweet little sister turns 32!

A couple of years ago I posted the following. I have added two other additions to the list to bring it to 32. Which is the number of the day (if you are a Sesame Street fan!)

Today, Saturday, is Abby's 30th birthday.
Like most of us, she is probably thinking that she hasn't become the person she thought she would be by the age of 30. So, I took it upon myself to make a list of her accomplishments as a little birthday present to her. If you think of others please leave them in the comments for us to see!
Asked Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life
met and fell in love with the perfect man for her
married that man (hi Randall!)
planned, designed, and delegated her wedding from 5 hours away
has lived in 6 cities since graduating from high school
attended three colleges
is a member of a sorority
graduated from UCA
paid off her college loans WAY early
sang solos in church
has completed a marathon
has completed two 5K's
has more friends than can be counted
is a loving, generous sister
is a kind, giving, and loving aunt
has raised many thousands of dollars for Leukemia research
currently holds a job with the responsibility of getting the name of outstanding healthcare out to her community
has been successfully married for 51/2 years
can make a beautifully decorated cake
has great style and fashion sense
never forgets anyones birthday or anniversary
can decorate a Christmas tree more beautifully than Mrs. Claus
is a loyal and devoted sister and friend, daughter and wife
is a daughter-in-law to two mothers-in-law (now that is a fete!)
doesn't take no for an answer
serves on a committee for the United Way
serves on committees for the Chamber of Commerce
has a passport and has used it!
has bought a home, sold it, and bought another one
has impeccable character and integrity


#31 has an adorable son named Henry!

#32 is the hostess with the mostest!


I love you Abby Jo. I know a few things on that list have changed in the last two years, but it doesn't mean you weren't a part of them, and they a part of you.

Happy 32!

Hope its been a great day!


Julie

Friday, September 10, 2010

Food Friday

Cake balls are my new favorite thing to make.
If you have followed us since we started this blog over 3 years ago, you know I fell in love with cake decorating a few summers ago. Since we moved to Arkansas I have decorated very few cakes (I have no idea why...it just happened like that). I have made them for the Fab Four and other family members, from time to time, but that is it. As I was reading one of the many magazines I get in the mail, I saw an article about cake balls and it sparked my inner creative baker.

So I got the stuff and made them. I made some for my nice neighbor, Jim and my good gal pal, Brittni. I boxed them up, put a sticker on the box and delivered them. It was so much fun! Brittni has texted me too many times to count commenting on how yummy they were.

There are many links to cake balls on the Internet. You can just google "cake balls" instead of me typing the recipe...trust me! I plan to make them and put them on a stick for Henry's 1st birthday. I will practice on my friends and family until then to ensure I am perfect by our little 1st birthday shindig in early December!

What is Food Friday without a photo of my little foodie?!

I let him eat in his car in the den when Daddy is out of town. I have decided to spoil him when Daddy is gone so he will know where it's at...Mama! hee hee. (The child is spoiled rotten whether Daddy is in town or out of town...trust me!) Anyway, we were eating supper in the car in the den watching baby videos and I let him take the spoon to see what he would do with it. It was so cute. He is a stinker!

Happy Food Friday!
Abby


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mandy Ann Clothing

Rock n roll, baby!

Rocking and rolling across the floor.


Henry looks so stylish in his Mandy Ann outfit


Oh, the good ole days of pledging.


If you can spot me, you can spot my sweet friend Amanda with the short blonde hair right next to me. We are on the bottom of the pile.We both transferred as sophomores and lived across the hall from one another long enough to develop a strong bond (I moved up 3 floors pretty quick because I had a bipolar roommate who threw my hot rollers at me one night when we went to eat pizza and did not invite her. Not cool). Amanda majored in nursing and took her schooling very seriously. She was the most disciplined 19 year old on earth, I promise! I was not. She had a cool car she called "Elmer" and we rolled the streets of Shawnee, OK like nobody's business in that thing. She and I made many memories in the very short time we had together.


Today she is married to a wonderful guy, a mother of two and makes clothing for children. She made these sweet things for my Henry and sent them to me this week. I am thrilled that Henry will be wearing these handmade things from her. I am so impressed with her skill and creativity.

Please visit her Etsy shop here. If you are on Facebook become a fan of Mandy Ann Clothing.


Thank you, Amanda!

Abby


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Birthday And Arm Update


Today is my husband's birthday!

Stephen is 39 today! I'm so excited about that, because for exactly one month it would seem that I am two years older than him. He loves that month.

I am so fortunate to be married to this man. He is a Godly man that desires to see people come to know the love of the Lord and serve Him. He is an excellent father. But to me, he is a loving, caring husband, loyal friend and companion.

I love him with all my heart! Happy Birthday! (Not that he even reads this blog!)

On another note. We took Daniel to see another doctor about his arm yesterday and he agreed with our original doctor. That his arm will straighten out over time. YAY!! We were relieved and so grateful to God for answering our prayers.

But don't get me wrong. We would have been grateful to God no matter what the outcome would have been yesterday. God is good all the time! All the time God is good! Not just when our circumstances are going the direction we want them to, but ALL the time!


Julie

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy Trails

We love to go 4 wheeling at our house. Even little Henry has a non-motorized one that he has already taken an interest in.


I had not been on a 4 wheeler much at all until I started dating Randall. I discovered very quickly that I enjoyed riding them a lot. Since then we have bought and sold too many for me to keep count. I love that it is something that we can do together.


We don't go for long rides that often because of time, distance, and now we have Henry. we were able to go riding over the weekend and it was so fun! We were gone all day and saw some neat places that we would have never known about otherwise. It is low key, inexpensive, all natural, you can talk out loud, and you are in charge of your own time, distance and speed. It really gets no better, I tell ya!


(that is us on the bridge)

It is fun to have the time to do the things that we really enjoy. I think it helps motivate, energize, and fill us with joy. (There are also other things that fill me with joy, this was just a good example to use...no worries!)

What fun things do you do that make your insides shout with joy?

Abby Jo

Friday, September 3, 2010

Food Friday

I love when my man smells like hickory!
Here is my main man smoking a pork butt and 2 chickens. We love a lazy weekend when we can smoke a bunch of meat, chop it up and freeze it. We did this very thing last weekend. We had wonderful BBQ sandwiches for a few days and now our freezer is full of BBQ for us to enjoy for a long while.

Ruby's Coleslaw tastes great on our BBQ sandwiches.
(I know, I know...if you are from the western side of the Mississippi this is somewhat foreign to you, but those of us who love the eastern side of the muddy waters love the slaw on the bun...just sayin)
3 T Miracle Whip
1t mustard
1t vinegar
1/3 C sugar

Combine and stir until smooth and creamy. Right before serving, gradually mix it with 1/2 head of chopped cabbage (I use packaged coleslaw mix).

This recipe is in our family cookbook that our cousin Sarah, Julie and I made in 2004. We combined recipes from all our friends and families. It is a book full of our birth and married families, and our family friends and personal friends. It is an incredible cookbook that meshes all of us into one group...I just love it.
This recipe is from our longtime family friend, Gay. We all love her and I know she is reading this so, "Hey, Ouisie!" This was her sweet little mother-in-law's recipe. It is the best coleslaw recipe, ever!

My Love Bandit and Favorite Foodie

Food Friday is not complete without a peek at my favorite foodie, Henry. He is sporting his sweet little shirt his Daddy bought him for Valentine's Day in honor of me. The only size they had was 9 months...so here we are in September! The bandit thing is a little inside joke among us and this shirt was most fitting for our Henry. Julie actually found it and called Randall and told him to go get it! Randall went to 2 or 3 stores in different towns before he scored the shirt. So fun!

Happy Food Friday!

Abby