Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

We split our Thanksgiving (and Christmas for that matter) holiday half and half between Tim's family and my family. Our plan was to have lunch at my parents and then head north to Kristin and Casey's house. Casey was on call so there was no leaving town for the three of them. Things didn't go as planned b/c a little thing call the flu hit the Robert's house hard. Kristin and Casey were both down for the count. So we had lunch at my parents as planned and then enjoyed relaxing at home that evening. Sadly I didn't take a single picture at my parents house :(

By Friday everyone felt back to normal so Tim and I headed to Fayette. We got there around 1 or 2, enough time to for Tim and Casey to get into the woods. Kristin, Rylan and I just ran some errands, hung out and prepared for the first Thanksgiving dinner we were in charge of. Terri, Ron and Nanny were coming up on Saturday for lunch. That left the turkey, aka the cavernous beast, cooking up to Kristin and I. It was entertaining, for sure! We survived and the turkey was dang good if you ask me!
Surprise treat!

Kind of sleepy, but check out the belly!

There's are things in there, we know it!

Let me take a look

The wings REALLY freaked me out, but I decided to give it a little high-five

Rylan helping Aunt Megan peel the potatoes

Taking a break for a little reading


What?! It might be little, but it worked for a baster


Nanny and Rylan

Done and done and yum

Belly shot! I think she was 13 weeks here.


Rylan and Aunt Meggie had a pretty fun little game we were playing. The video is kind of long, but her laugh is just irresistible.

Some of my holiday card designs


Photo taken by J Design Studios at John and Kari Hamra's wedding last January

Some of you that follow my blog probably recognize that sweet little face above. Yes, this Christmas card I helped create for my boss, Logan. It has been an emotional road to get to the point where she was ready to share this news with her world. It's scary and sad and exciting all at the same time. This wasn't something they had planned, but it is something they are getting more and more excited about every day. If you could add their family to your prayer list I know they could use all of the support they can get. Support and hope for a healthy baby boy. Right now she is about 21-22 weeks. She is visiting the doctor often and taking all precautions they can. Her doctor honestly thinks she just got really unlucky in her last pregnancy and since she had a healthy pregnancy with Lucy that there is no reason that this one can't be perfect too. Her due date is May 12, but they will take the baby early, most likely the beginning of April. The reason for this is because how they had to preform the c-section with Stella, Logan can't labor at all. It would be very dangerous for her and the baby. So they will need prayers then too b/c this does means another stay in the NICU. It will be hard and overwhelming for them I know, but let's put it in God's hands that she will stay pregnant long enough that the stay is minimal and the issues with the baby are minor.

Now, go hug someone! It's New Year's Eve :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lemonade Party Drink

This is the easiest (and most yummy) alcoholic punch to make. We got this recipe while at Grand Lake with Susan and Dustin Combs on Memorial Day years and years ago. We were told you could only have 2 red solo cups of the punch–we soon learned why. Is SO strong. Definitely makes for a fun party!

Photo taken at Josey's house :)
Ingredients:
2 cans frozen limeade
2 cans frozen lemonade
1 2-liter of sprite (I don't really like Sprite, so I sometimes just use half of the 2-liter)
1 1.75 of gin (Yes, the big handle) You can actually use vodka too, if you'd prefer. Tastes pretty similar.

Dump it all in, garnish with lemons and limes. Serve over ice.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Little Bowling Fun

I can't remember the last time we went bowling, but I have a secret love for it. I will tell on myself here. I used to be in a legit bowling league when I was little. I had my own 8-lb sparkly purple ball and everything. I haven't retained much of my skill, but I did win the first game. 140! Then somehow I came in last the second game. The best part of the game were the boys' sweet celebration skills; I was lucky enough to capture a few on video :) We haven't been back, but thought we might have to b/c Kari's little guy let her sleep ALL night after bowling! That hadn't happened in a while.





Monday, December 26, 2011

{New Meal of the Week} Chunky Slow Cooker Chili

This might be one of my favorite new meals so far. I again didn't read the directions very well and we were supposed to brown the meat before putting it in the crock-pot. Well I didn't realized that until after I dumped it all in. Refer to my last crock-pot meal about thoroughly reading directions... I need to take my own advice. But really?! What's the point of a crock pot meal if we have to brown the meat first. So we just left it. By the time we got home it was cooked and ready to go! So this time it worked out to ignore obvious directions. I normally drench my chili in sour cream, ketchup and chili cheese Frito's–this recipe didn't need any of those. I put the Frito's on my first bowl, but I ultimately didn't need them. I just ate them as a side from then on.
Ingredients:
2-lbs premium stew meat
Lot's of onion flake
1 can of Rotel
1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
2 (15 ounce) cans of pinto beans with liquid
1 package of Chili seasoning
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano

Dump it all in the crock-pot and cook on low all day.




I ended up making this for a work potluck last week and it was a hit! Super easy and the meat is so tender when it cooks in the juices all day.

Lot's to catch up on

Well it's been a while since I've written a blog. Sorry about that! This fall was crazy. Between 417 work, my steady freelance work, helping organize the Junior League of Springfield's Pitter Pat 5k/10k, hunting season for Tim. It was just busy. So I kind of took a break in December. Enjoyed coming home from work and cooking dinner with Tim. Relaxing on the couch. Shopping and wrapping lot's of Christmas gifts. So, I am back. I feel like a lot of fun things have happened, so I will fill you in via a few blog posts to come. I am so odd. I feel like the blog has to be in ORDER. Chronological order. I know none of you probably care, but it is so daunting to me to think I have a blog that needs to be written before I can write another one. Then I just go into this spiral of not putting anything up. I'm going to try to work on that.
Here's a few things we've been up to:
1. We went bowling with John and Kari and their little baby to be finally let Kari sleep ALL NIGHT! Yippee.
2. Thanksgiving happening and Kristin and I prepared a cavernous beast all by ourselves.
3. We went shopping for an adopted Christmas family.
4. Went to a McPhail Cowboy Christmas.
5. Decided to revamp our office. This started out by deciding we wanted new carpet. Doesn't that always happen?
6. Made some yummy pizza rolls for dinner.
7. Designed some adorable shower invites for the Hamra baby shower and a few Christmas cards for friends.
8. The boys got the roof on the cabin finished up and started on insulation and got a new stove.
9. Went to Kansas City for our annual girls' shopping trip with my mom, Terri and Kristin. That Chocolate Bag from McCormick and Smicks is still the bomb.
10. Found out the sex of our future niece :) It's a 90% chance anyway. We find out for sure in January.
11. Went to a friends' wedding, which was beautifully decorated.
12. Found our next pet.
13. Had dinner with Thomas, Josey and Kingston. He's getting so big!
14. Made a fun Christmas gift for Tim and I.
15. Went to Silver Dollar City.
16. Looked at Christmas lights!
17. Enjoyed Christmas with our families.
18. Looked at the camera on my iPhone to remember all of that :)

xoxo

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Hamra's nursery is all painted!


On Saturday we helped paint the ceiling, walls and the awesome lattice pattern on the main wall. Read all about it on Kari's blog. Click here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Snuggle Time

It's getting cold out, which means our dogs like to snuggle. Who am i kidding, they will usually snyggle anytime. And occasionally sleep under the covers. They don't normally stay all night, but this made me laugh. Look at us all piled in bed. Haha!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm going to be an aunt... Again!

So excited to announce Kristin and Casey are expecting again. They are due June 5. This pic is from about a month ago, but we should get an updated one on Wednesday. That will be their 13 week appointment, and with Rylan at their 13 week appt. they told them that it was a 90% chance she would be a girl. It was right, obviously! So we are hoping to find out the sex on Thanksgiving. I have a strong feeling it will be a boy. I have a pretty good track record of guessing, but we'll see. Tim said he thinks it's a boy, but could be a girl too. Well yes, yes it could. Such a bold guess :) I'll keep you all posted if we were right!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Email from my Dad, titled Aidan

"Deer hunting stuff AND early. Thought might need a smile moment."

Lucky Me

My good friend Caitlin works at the Springfield Ballet and was throwing a fundraiser happy hour. Trina, Kristina and I stopped by right after work. The way they were making money was you bought raffle tickets, them put your tickets in one of the six raffle items you wanted to win. These weren't just individual items they were baskets loaded up with amazing prizes. One had 4 Chiefs tickets with a VIP Parking/Tailgating pass (+more), one was stuffed full of shopping gift certificates and jewelry, another a date night package with with dinner and movies and shows! I broke my 25 tickets in between Date Night, Kids Fun, Girls Night Out and Holiday Survival. It was time to draw and our names were on our tickets so Caitlin comes bouncing over to our table with this huge Holiday Survival Basket all for me! I never win anything!! I was with Kristina and she's the luckiest person I know so I figured she'd win, but not me. 4-week boot camp, 60-min massage (which I've already used), facial, pedicure kit with awesome fuzzy socks, candles, a one night stay at double tree, chocolate covered pretzels, self tanning stuff, 3 pies from The Pie Box, $40 Target Giftcard (which I've also used), hair shampoo and style. Told you they were awesome baskets! Well the a few minutes later Caitlin is back at our table with another large basket of goodies. This one is titled The Teacher Basket and Kristina had won. That's more like it! Poor Trina was the only one not to win. We both started giving her random little things out of out baskets so she wouldn't walk away empty handed. Merry Early Christmas to me!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tis the season...

For gift wrapping! One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is choosing which paper I will wrap my gifts in. As you can see, once I've got the paper the gifts all get wrapped pretty quickly! Oh and hey Terri, here's your hint. That one in the back is yours. Good luck figuring that out!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Buck Slayers

Opening weekend of deer season 2011 was successful! Tim, Ron, Casey and JC hunted at Osceola and my Dad and Chris headed north to my grandparents house in Green City. (I haven't gone yet b/c we are planning to go up to north Missouri for second weekend.) 

High-five Dad! First buck killed up north! I haven't gotten the story on this one yet...
Casey had been off hunting for two weeks straight up in Fayette and hadn't gotten anything. He was getting a little frustrated but decided to come down to Osceola for the fun, if nothing else. I don't think he actually thought we would get anything so it was a big decision to come down. But opening morning of gun season he took out his bow (he only bow hunts) and got this monster! First kill on the Osceola land was a big 'ole buck! Way to go!
Tim's turn. Casey got the buck on opening morning. Tim had taken his gun and had a shot at a deer, but missed. Around noon he decided the deer might be moving so him and Casey took off to their stands. Since Casey had gotten a buck already he decided to video tape Tim's hunt, and good thing! Tim decided to take his bow that afternoon instead of his gun. Tim said they hadn't been in their stands very long and out came this buck zig-zaggin right toward him. He said it was only about 20 seconds from when we saw him to when he shot. Boom! Deer down. With the bow too! He hadn't killed a buck with is bow in 7 years. And Casey got it all on video! I haven't gotten to see the video yet, but when I do I will get it posted on here.




{New Meal of The Week} Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

I've been a little behind on blogging, but we have been trying new recipes every week! This one is from two week ago, and I actually totally screwed it up!  You will see...


Ingredients

  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (we used two cans of chicken)
  • 4 cups Cooked Brown Rice
  • ¾ cups Frozen Corn
  • 15 ounces, fluid Can Black Beans, Drained And Rinsed
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (or Sour Cream, we used Sour Cream)
  • 4 ounces, fluid Can Green Chilis
  • ½ cups Salsa
  • 1 cup Low-fat Cheddar Cheese, Plus More For Topping

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for cilantro and mix thoroughly to combine.

Make sure the yogurt and cheese are stirred in throughout the entire bowl. Season with salt and pepper if desired.   Transfer to an oven-safe dish and top with extra cheese if you would like. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through.

This is when I realized I had messed up. I got it all mixed up and it wasn't creamy at all. I know from making our chicken and rice, if the rice is going to cook it has to be totally covered by liquid. Not that case this time. So I referenced my recipe and saw in bold letters COOKED RICE. Opps! So now I had 4 cups UN-cooked rice mixed in with all of my ingredients. There was no way that was all going into one casserole dish as instructed.
So we divided the casserole into two different dishes. Then added a can of chicken broth to both. One each hoping it would cook the rice.

It looked a little scary going in.

Hey, it worked! It was actually editable!

I would have liked it to be a little creamier, so we ate one casserole dish as it was. For the second dish (that we were going to freeze) I added in a can of Cream of Chicken soup and froze it. I will keep you posted if it turns out :)

Things I learned:
1. Read directions, fully.
2. If you mess up, don't give up!
3. Again, read directions :)
Recipe courtesy Tasty Kitchen


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The cabin is done... Almost!

All but a tiny little sliver on the very peak of the roof. The boys are going to get finished up and stay there Thursday through Sunday. Nothing like finishing just in time! Happy Hunting Season!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Big Cedar Lodge for an Anniversary Getaway

For us Halloween weekend wasn't full of costumes and crazy parties. We took a break from Springfield and went down to Big Cedar Lodge for a little getaway. We scored b/c Big Cedar ran a Deal of the Day with 417 so we got a two night stay and a fun fishing trip/meet and greet/dinner with Craig Campbell, an up and coming country singer. We had an awesome time and the leaves were amazing-ling beautiful! We headed down on Friday night and got there about 8 pm-ish. We got all checked in and ran down to the Buzzard Bar to grab a quick bit for dinner. We were a bit perterbed b/c yes this was the Friday night of game 7 in the World series, we are at a bar, we want to watch the game. But no, there is a signer in the bar, so game is off. So Tim is following on his phone. Once we get done eating we ran up to the conference center where they had the game on bug TV's. So we just missed a portion of it, but we got to see the last few innings. Saturday we slept in and went on our fishing excursion from 11-3 p.m. I bundled up b/c it was supposed to be cold, but it ended up being SO nice. We were on a pontoon boat and Logan (my boss) and her husband Dave, a fishing guide and another couple of ladies. It was super relaxed and we stocked our cooler with beer for the trip. Somehow we only had to come back to the marina once for a potty break :) Craig Campbell was on a bass boat and he zipped around to all of the pontoons and hung out. He came aboard and chatted for about 45 minutes to an hour. Showed up pics of his girls dressed up for Halloween his wife had just texted him and even drank a Miller Life (his favorite kind) with us. After the fishing trip we all took naps then met back at the conference center for dinner. After that it was down the hill to a Craig Campbell concert on the lawn. We had VIP seats right up front. He sounded just like on his CD. We weren't sure if we knew any of his songs, but we had Googled him and actually knew 5 of he 6 we listened too, so the concert was great. We hung by the bonfire and then hit up the Buzzard Bar for an night-cap. Sunday we headed back pretty early b/c Tim was going to head to Osceola to hunt that evening since he'd taken the rest of the weekend off. All in all it was the perfect weekend.
Valley View Lodge, where we stayed.
Breakfast joint on Saturday morning
View from breakfast
Fishing!
Dave, Logan, Craig Campbell, Me and Tim

Signing our CD's at dinner. Yup, he sat at our table!
View from dinner!

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