Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sneek Peak!!

Okay, So next weekend my friend is coming for dinner and she is bringing her new boyfriend! I met him at our Halloween party, but did not get to talk to him much, being a hostess and all i was all over the place... So i thought maybe dinner would be nice. And since it's almost Valentine's day, I decided to do a Pink Valentine's Day Themed Dinner Party! I'm super excited! I just love a good excuse to throw a good ole fashioned Southern Dinner Party. So here is a sneek peak at some of the decorations i've made so far: the first picture is of my tissue paper pom pom and triangle banner! Super easy and super fun to make. I just guessed at the banner and the pom pom i used Martha Stewart's diy tutorial. The second picture are little hearts i decorated from Hobby Lobby to use as my placecards.

I'm also making a menu card, and hopefully these super cute charger plates made out of old records.

I'm sure it's going to be a great evening! I can't wait!!

Jeremy's Famous Katalina Roast!

Instead of going somewhere for date night this week, Jeremy made his famous Katalina Roast and I wanted to share the recipe with you! :)

1 2lb beef roast
2 bottles of Katalina Dressing
Baby Carrots
Red Onion, chopped in big slivers
Small red potatoes, halved
Small bottle of green olives
Salt and Pepper

First, Brown the Meat in a pan so that the flavor will stay in the meat. Just get the ends nice and browned. Don't cook the meat all the way through.

Next, put some of the potatoes in the bottom of a crock pot so that the meat does not touch the bottom of the pot (it will burn).

When you are done browing the meat, put the meat on top of the potatoes. Add the rest of the veggies on top of the meat.

Pour the Katalina dressing on top of everything. Add a bottle of water if you need it (you want the meat to boil in the sauce, that way it will be nece and tender).

Cook in the crock pot for 5 to 6 hours or until the meat is done and tender. Be careful it does not boil over! lol, that happened to us, so be careful. Then Enjoy!!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Year, New Stuff!

Okay, sorry about the long leave of absence. Work gets really crazy during the holidays and i'm just now slowing down to a pace that is more comforatable. Lots of things have happened since Thanksgiving!

1. Christmas was awesome! i got some brand new luggage for our cruise in March and our honeymoon in September (which by the way we are going to go to SCOTLAND!!!yay!!)

2. My cousin Ashley is going to have another baby!! i'm so excited!!

3. On a really sad note, our cat Talmadge lost his battle with heart disease on Jan. 8th. Mom and I were looking at invitations when jeremy called. He was fine that morning before we left. i even gave him some treats. And the night before he even had his favorite meal, chicken. But Jeremy said that he let him inside and he jumped up in his bed, and fifteen minutes later he started having a heart attack and he died in jeremy's arms. I'm still really hurting about this and it makes me cry typing it. i feel terrible that i wasn't there for him. Mom took me home immediately and i got to say goodbye to him on jeremy's bed. We put him in a box with some of his favorite toys and a letter telling him how much we love him. I still cry everytime i think about him and Jeremy says it will get better with time. Mom bought a little statue of a cat with wings that we put on his grave and mama fudge got us a tombstone with his name on it for us which should be here by the end of the week. I really miss him alot.

4.. Okay, Wedding stuff: We finally got a DJ for the reception. His name is TJ McKay and he also does a show on the oldies station in Columbia. real excited, i think he'll be perfect!

5. We picked out our invitations!! They are super cute! And they have everything i was looking for. They have a bow, monogram and we get to use purple ink! :) yay! i don' t have a picture but i hope to in the future! :) get excited!!

6. Earlier this month i started a kind of bridal boot camp thing. By the end of 2010, i weighed 220 lbs. I know, awful. So i've started a strict low calorie diet with lots of exercise. I love this dvd called walk away the pounds. I feel so much stronger! i still have to go and buy a new scale (mine broke, well actually i got really pissed off at it for telling me i was weighing more than when i started so it got put in the trash can) ... But, i did measure myself and i've lost 3 inches on my waist!! That is AWESOME!! i'm so proud of myself! I'm hopeing to get down to 190/180 by April, which i think is doable. I go for my first dress fitting in April so i'd really like to get to that ideal weight by then. After April, i'm going to start focusing on my arms and back, since that is what will be seen in the dress. So thats my plan. Any more suggestions and lots of encouragement would be much appreciated!
Well that's all i can think of right now. I will post again soon! Less than 8 Months to go!!