Sunday, May 30, 2010

Prom 2010

Prom is over and it was a great success! Since I was in town, I was able to be a volunteer at the after prom party at the school, Bahama Bash. Trey won enough "bucks" to buy a TV for college! It looked like all the kids had a really great time! Now onto graduation celebrations this week!
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Easy on the Eyes

A very kind wife of a soldier had this picture and sent it to me!  Handsome!!!!!!! I love to see him doing his Army thing!  

Blog Award

Thanks to Jenn over at Mrs. Army Wife, I received a blog award!
I'm supposed to post 7 random facts about me and then pass the award on to some other blog friends.  Here it goes:
1.  Skinny Vanilla Latte's are my favorite drink at Starbucks.
2.  I LOVE Reality TV.  Biggest Loser and Survivor are the best, but I will watch any of them.
3.  I was once a shoe model, because I was too short to model wedding dresses.  
4.  I like to eat dessert after every meal.
5.  I never ride ski lifts that don't have a safety bar to pull down.  
6.  Some times when I laugh it feels like my ribs are crunching.
7.  I can never get my fill of Mexican food!  :)

I pass this award to:
Whitney P. at Somewhere down in TX
Lauren at The New June
Kristen C. at Keeping up with the Coles

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The past few days

Here are some pictures from the past few days of events.  I'm loving the time with my family!!!
My favorite furry creatures!
Cheering on the Warriors!

Awesome Banquet Decor!

Delicious Cupcakes made by Lesley Jensen!

Senior Poster...
Handsome brother and Beautiful Kayse

Brotherly-Sisterly Love

One of the most precious girls ever!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

News Clip

After the video of Apache Roadhouse was released last week, Ch. 8 news in Dallas decided to run a story on me and Mark.  Since I happened to be coming in town this week, we were able to set up the interview yesterday at my parents house.  I had never been on TV before, so naturally I was a little nervous...not knowing what they were going to ask or what I should say.  I just said what I felt...They were here for about an hour and got a lot of footage, so it was interesting what they chose to air.  I think they did a great job on the story!  I can't figure out how to post the actual video on here, so here is the link to it on WFAA's website.

Click here to watch!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Cake and a Diet

The tiniest birthday cake ever...suitable for girls on a diet!  This little cake was split 5 ways to celebrate a dear friend's 24th birthday!

Operation Apache Roadhouse

I'm writing from the Seattle airport because I am waiting for my flight to "God's Country" aka Texas.  One last hoo-rah before the soldier man comes home.  It is going to be a trip packed with usual.  The highlights will include High School State Baseball Playoffs...graduation parties...prom sendoff...and graduation!  Also, I'm hoping to find my ball gown for the BN ball, because I have searched high and low in my neck of the woods and have found NOTHING!  I think the Nordstrom by me had about 8 dresses total, and none of them were keepers.

In other news...check out this awesome video of my soldier man and his company in Iraq!  Craziness!!!!!  

He would never brag...but I can and I think he is amazing!  Now, I'm ready for him to come on home.  I think he has done enough over there.  Speaking of coming home...let's just say I am not going to get my 100 workout stars in.  He is coming home that in the coming weeks!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

The pipes are clean!

This has been a record breaking day!  There were 6 maintenance men here working on the drain in my kitchen.  In the history of the first plumber's career (20 years), he has never had so much difficulty unclogging.  He arrived (the first plumber) at my house this morning at 10:22 and all 6 plumbers left at 4:22 PM.  That is a whopping 6 hours to clean a kitchen sink drain!  It is still a mystery what was clogging it...the first suspect was a clump of black hair!  GROSS!  First of all..I do not have black hair and second...if the person who lived here before me had black hair, why was it in the sink?  The next thought was that it was a grease clog?  2 hours was thought to be tree roots crossing the pipes?  And then at last...the drain was unclogged miraculously, and I have now taken ownership back of my kitchen.  Happy Friday!

Mad Hatter Cake

I totally underestimated how difficult this cake was going to be.  It is all chocolate with raspberry filling and all buttercream.  I don't think the picture really depicts how big this cake is either.  It is a little over 8 inches tall and it is very heavy!  It doesn't look like much, but it was not easy to make this think look like a hat!  I hope Ethan enjoys his cake and has a fun party!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"The" Dress

I finally found THE dress.  The dress for the return of my husband!  He has been on "vacation" for the last 282 days, so it is imperative that I have the most amazing outfit ever!  This has been quite the challenge, because I had nothing in mind and nothing was just jumping off the rack at me.  A few weeks ago, I thought I found the was adorable.  It was royal blue and white and had the cutest bubble hem and a semi-sweetheart neck line.  I ordered it online and about a week later a rep from the company called to inform me that the dress had been discontinued and she had no idea how I was able to order it.  I was sad! :(  When I told Mark about it and how I had planned to wear my super cute red pumps with this blue/white striped dress, his only response was "Great!  You would have looked like the Grand Ole Flag!" I guess I am glad it was discontinued.  So, the search continued and I just got the new official dress yesterday in the mail, and it did not disappoint!  It is cute!  Now, i just need shoes and I should be good to go.  I would post a picture of it, but every once in a while Mark checks my blog and I want to keep it a surprise.  I'm sure you will all be waiting on pins and needles...don't worry, you don't have to wait too long! ;)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Oreo Surprise Cupcakes

These cupcakes were so easy to make and they turned out YUM-O!  The recipe made 24 full size cupcakes and 12 mini cupcakes.  For the full size cupcakes I put half of the oreo in the bottom of the cupcake for the "surprise"!  The cake is just a simple vanilla cake mix with an extra egg and a tsp. of vanilla added.  Then a crushed up some oreos ( I didn't count...I just kept crushing until I thought it was enough) and folded them in to the cake batter.  For the frosting, I used my regular buttercream and mixed it with the rest of my oreo crumbs.  First I tried piping the icing on, but the tip kept getting clogged with chunks of cookie, so I found that spreading works much better and then stick half of a cookie on top. :)  Happy Baking!  

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I love Dance

I made the trip down to Portland this past weekend to see my girls dance.  It was lovely.  The drive was good.  No traffic and beautiful scenery.  It felt like a flash back to my flight attendant days....traveling alone and staying in my own hotel room.  The competition itself was a flashback to the stone age.  I don't know what some of these studios were thinking??!!  My girls did well and I was very proud of them!  

Cupcake Failure!

I had hopes and dreams of these being delish! dreams came true.  They are scrumptious, but they are UGLY!  I can not serve these to the people at my meeting.  What should I do?  Options:
1. Eat all of them and start over
2.  Forget about them and go for a run
3. Throw them away
4.  Find people to eat them that don't care how ugly they are

They really are yummy.  They are strawberry with strawberry cream cheese icing.  The cupcake itself turned out beautifully.  They all rose evenly and looked nice and uniform.  They icing is a tragedy!  It is lumpy and runny.  I continued to add more powdered sugar to thicken it up and that didn't work, so I popped it in the freezer...that didn't work either.  So, I just thought i would pipe it on and toss them in the fridge and hope they turned out OK.  Well, that didn't really work either.  And what is with the chunks of cream cheese?  I'm pretty sure it was nice and soft and I beat it for at least 2 minutes.  I should have stuck to the plan...which was to make oreo cupcakes this week, but since I had left over strawberries I changed the plan.  Next time I will stick with the PLAN!!!!