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The “Great Combiner” Strikes Again


That’s right…the “Great Combiner” struck at our house. “Who slash what is the Great Combiner?!” you ask, “Is it/he/she a super hero, a villain, does it work for good or evil?!

It’s me! And it’s a super power of sorts. Bubba calls me that because anytime we come home from the grocery, I work hard to keep the things in the fridge and pantry organized and clean (I know, that’s about the only place I do that). I combine the new mayo with the little bit that’s left in the old mayo jar. I squirt the old ketchup into the new ketchup bottle. I put similar granola bars in the same box so I can eliminate old boxes and clutter. It’s a really great feeling.

This afternoon when we got home from the grocery, I did both pantries. I know I need to do another cabinet (the one that holds all my baking wares), but I ran out of steam and now I’m blogging.

The Great Combiner has also prepared to share some of the promised photos with you from yesterday’s post.

I don’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but Bubba and I went on a hike a couple of weeks ago. It was a spur of the moment thing where I said, “Let’s go do something today. I don’t want to sit around the house even though we have a lot of stuff to do.” So we went. Here are some pictures from that:

We hiked towards Charlie's Bunion and The Jump Off, but didn't make it all the way to either one. I got excited about seeing a mountain shelter...so we hiked there instead.

This is no stadium shot, but I was practicing for sure!

Here we are in the middle of the woods...it was so dark and eerily quiet there. The only thing you could hear was the shutter of the camera!

And here are some pictures from the Seals/Bersinger Wedding:

Here we are at Amanda and Austin's wedding. The wedding had a circus theme and so one of the guest gifts were red clown noses. Don't we make an adorably funny pair?!

And here's my bestie and her hubby! So glad to spend some quality time with them.

The beautiful bride.

Best friends!

Like I said, I have no photos from UT football yet because I have yet to go to a game, but I can offer up a few photos from Fashion’s Night Out at the mall instead. Here they are:

Here's me and mom on the red carpet at the Fashion's Night Out event. Doesn't mom look great?!

This is me and my partner in crime, Kippy, at the event. We walked the red carpet multiple times since we're the ones that rolled it out!

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It’s Bad For My Home When the Vols Do Well


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Tanner and his elbow injury...I'm more worried about our wall.

This is what Tanner did celebrating the Vols tying it up in the second half…luckily, shortly after South Carolina scored a TD to regain the lead.

Guess I’ll be painting the downstairs before the bedroom or kitchen and putting up the back splash in the kitchen.

Go Vols and happy birthday Mom.

Don’t worry though, Tanner is fine. The only injury he’s got is his ego. 🙂

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Tanner: "I really don't know how to fix that..." Me: (hysterical laughter)

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Me: "You really got that good, Bubba." Tanner: "Yeah, I hit it pretty solid." Me: (more hysterical laughter)

I guess this proves my love for my future husband in that I was more concerned for his well-being than I was for the wall and that I didn’t yell at him.  Haha.  I guess I figure the Vols’ game-play is punishment enough. (ps. I’m still hoping they will prove me wrong and come through to win this game in the end…that way at least our wall won’t have been busted for a worthless celebration.) Here’s hoping!

Guess what? We didn’t win…surprise, surprise.  Here’s the fix for now…

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Good as new...right?!

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We’ve Made Our Office Upgrades


So, despite the excruciating pain Tanner and I felt after witnessing the UT/Alabama game yesterday and after nursing our headaches caused by the relentless playing of “The Million Dollar Band” we decided to hang a couple of things in the office.

As I mentioned in the last post, we got the Power T valance in and…I can’t lie…I was kind of excited.  Remember, I said, “If we’re going there, we’re going all the way!”  So I hung the valance and then today hung the two pictures I got Tanner for his birthday.  Slowly, but surely, the room is coming together.  The main thing I wanted to avoid was just taking everything we took off the walls and hurriedly hang them back up.  I wanted to put some thought into the things that went back onto the walls, so we’re taking it slow.

Here’s what’s there so far:

When you come into the office and turn to the right, you see the desk.

These two pictures are on one of the shelves. The one on the right is of Tanner and me (this is the first gift I gave him…a picture of us that says “Tanner and Abbey Best Friends”). The one on the right is of my birthday three years ago when Tanner and his friends rented a boat for the Florida game. It’s of me and him and his Dad the first time I met his parents.  That little man is something we brought home from Kingsport the last time we were there.  Tanner’s uncle gave it to him.

The next thing you'll see if you continue looking right is the Power T valance.

Tanner isn’t sure if he likes it, but told me to give him some time to get used to it (I really like it!)

Keep looking to the left of the room...

Keep looking to the left of the room and you’ll see the two pictures I got Tanner for this birthday that we hung and then the Phil Fulmer signed football and a UT Basketball foam something-or-other on top of the bookshelf.

So, as you can see…we’re getting there.  Other things I’d like to hang are Tanner’s framed fraternity membership and his fraternity paddle (I have my mom’s sorority paddle so I’ll hang those together probably).  Also, as I’ve said before, I’d like to hang some of our engagement pictures and the pictures we take at some of the games.

As you know, by now I’m sure, I make Tanner do one of these pictures with me at just about every game.  I’d like to do something that puts a bunch of the pictures we have like this together somehow.  Below are some of them.

Or maybe just get this last one framed when we do the engagement pictures because that is, by far, my favorite picture of us from a game ever. 🙂

Anyway…as you can see, I’m going where I wanted to with this room and I’m happy with how it turned out.  The only snafu we had was that the internet stopped working this weekend, so I had to get on the phone with Linksys to get my old router set up here with Tanner’s desktop.  It took FOREVER, but I got it fixed so now we’re all happy and going where I wanted with this room.  I’m absolutely loving it.  Hopefully you guys will too when/if you see it in person.

Do you think I’m crazy?! Have any suggestions for the UT room?  Let me know.  Leave some comments.  Also, which UT pictures from our engagement session at the stadium do you think we should use for the room?

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The Office is Gray


….our office, not The Office, is finally gray.  I’ve been wanting to paint the office for a while now (desired only just a little bit more than wanting to get my kitchen back splash tiled) because I had this great vision for the office to become a “UT room” where Tanner and I can store all our memorabilia and pictures from the games and all that stuff.  Tanner swears it’s just my way of getting him to put all his UT things into one room out of the way but (while I think that’s an added bonus) that isn’t true.  I’m actually VERY excited about the prospect of what this room can become.  I think it will be a fun room of ours (especially since we sometimes have UT fans staying on an air mattress in there).  **Here’s keeping my fingers crossed that RayRay really does come through with that UT quilt! Haha! (Side note: RayRay hates quilts).**

For that room I envision UT pictures on the walls (I got Tanner two great Charlie Daniel prints from the UT bookstore for his birthday) our sorority/fraternity paddles, our UT engagement pictures, pictures of us from tailgating and the like…pretty much just any picture that relates to UT or has orange in it I envision in that room.  I think it could be a lot of fun.  Especially as the orange touches get added.  To start it off, I put my Phil Fulmer signed orange football up in there with a foam thing Tanner had from a basketball game.  I also, though they are lacking a little bit in the taste department, ordered this window treatment for the room as well…

I figure if we're going there...we may as well go all out. When funds are more readily available, I may purchase one more valance just in case we move and the room has TWO windows instead of the one the office currently boasts.

I also bought a metal trashcan to replace the Michigan one Tanner had in the office when I moved in (I’m pretty sure we’re going to give that to our across the street neighbor Dave) and got a Tennessee mouse pad to replace the one Tanner had on the desk (it was for a band…Sublime…I think).

So, we’re off to a good start.  I’ve registered for a few cool UT things that I think will really add to the room:

Like this stain glass table lamp...from Target

This cute orange pillow...also from Target.

And this nifty little stop light from Sears--though in trying to get this picture it appears that Sears might not have it anymore, but a quick online search proves that it is readily available on Amazon.com called if you search for 16" NCAA Tennessee Volunteers "Let's Go" Traffic Light (and we do want it!)

Some other things we might eventually like to have for the room are:

Some fan pulls (for when we get Uncle Charlie back over to help us install our other fan--compliments of one of Lita B's clients.)

Or like these...

And something like this really cool light switch cover.

So, as you can see…even though (and God knows it) UT Orange is a bit tacky and doesn’t go with much, I think that our office theme will work well for us and be a fun little room in our house that we both really enjoy. There is so much great Volunteer memorabilia that the possibilities are endless. 🙂 Go Vols!

The walls were painted gray because I felt like that would really work well in the room…and boy did it ever.  The room looks really great with the fresh coat of paint (a million thanks to my mom for coming over to help me paint it and a million thanks to Tanner for letting me turn his house over).  Lita helped me pick the color for that room, but when I got to Lowes, I couldn’t find the color sample we’d settled on, so I went with my gut and was really pleased with what I got.  I ended up with a colored called “Filtered Shade” and though I got a little nervous as we were putting it on that it would turn out too purple, the Lowes paint attendant assured me that it was a TRUE gray and that it didn’t have any purple or blue in it at all.  So I was really pleased with it and think the room has a lot of potential to be fun.  (Those of you that are friends of the Green’s, you can sort of see where I’m going with this room–to an extent–if you envision the Elvis room.)

As far as wedding plans are going…we’re sort of in a stand still/holding pattern.  I’m at a place where I don’t have much planning to do and not much else to pick out.  My mom was awesome today because I found a dress I.JUST.HAD.TO.HAVE. for the rehearsal dinner it was the perfect.Perfect.PERFECT LBD (little black dress) with just a hint of purple in it to go with my shoes.  I am capable of putting a picture of it here, but instead will keep you all guessing and will just post pictures when the event rolls around.  At any rate, I’m hoping that when this dress gets to my doorstep that it will be exactly what I imagined it would be and that it will fit exactly as the measurements say it will…and I guess if not, I can hope to catch a couple of stomach bugs between now and the wedding…just kidding…I’m still going to the gym, so hopefully that will start paying off.

I was going to put some pictures of the room up, but when I took them with my camera, it was really difficult to see the gray on the walls.  When we get some stuff up, I will post some pictures because right now, the office is basically a gray room with our old furniture and a UT trashcan and mouse pad in it.  You can’t get the full effect until we get some of our stuff hung and get some other fun little things to put in there!  Though I love our little house, I can’t wait until we have a whole basement/man cave for me to decorate FOR TANNER this way. 🙂

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The Vols Got a “W”


So…yesterday was the UT/UAB game.  I can’t lie in saying that Tanner and I were happy that we weren’t tailgating for a number of reasons: 1) because the weather was supposed to be sort of rainy and 2) because the game was so early that it would have been a lot of work to set up and cook for just a couple of hours of tailgating and 3) because this was the fourth game this month and we were EXhausted!

Despite the fact that we weren’t tailgating, we still had a pretty fun day planned.  We were going to ride to the game with Crystal and Louis and then go to a bar on campus for a little bit then head to the game and then meet up with them again after the game and figure out what to do from there.

So we got up, got dressed and had some breakfast.  Crystal and Louis were going to pick us up at our house and then we’d proceed with our plans as, well, planned.  However, Crystal and Louis were running a little bit late so Louis texted Tanner to say, why don’t you just meet us here, I’m waiting on Crystal to get ready.  Tanner and I thought “here” meant Louis’ house, so we got into the car and headed over there.  We had just finished getting gas when Louis called me to see if we were on our way.  I said, “Yeah, we just left the house, so we’ll be there in a few minutes.”  Now, Louis lives over near the mall, so it’s about a 10 minute drive or less.  We pull up to Louis’ house and see Crystal’s car.  So we rang the door bell and waited for a little bit.  After a couple of times of ringing the doorbell, I asked if Louis’ car was there.  It’s wasn’t.  So we called Louis, and he said, “Oh!  You’re at my house?!  We’re at Crystal’s.”

So Tanner and I got BACK in the car and drove to Crystal’s house (which is only about 5 minutes from our house).  When we got in Louis’ car and got ready to head to the game, Louis realized he forgot his drink AND his glasses.  So, because we were already bumping into our time to go to a bar, we decided to go ahead BACK to Louis’ house to get his glasses so he could at least SEE the game.  When we got BACK to Louis’ he went in to get his drink and his glasses.  He came out with the drinks, but then realized his glasses were BACK at Crystal’s house in his bag.  So, needless to say, we started laughing hysterically, but decided that Louis didn’t REALLY NEED his glasses, so we went on to the game.

When we got to the game, with fairly little trouble, Tanner and I went to look for some food.  Tanner got a Smokey Dog and I wanted a burger.  Easy enough, right?  The hot dog concession is right across from the concession that does burgers, so it should have been an easy get. SHOULD.  So I got Tanner’s Smokey Dog and went to get my cheeseburger…they were out.  So I went in search of one.  After walking about five concourses over, I found one that had Cheeseburgers and stood in line (for about 20 minutes).  When I finally got my burger, I headed back to my seat for a very exiting game (needless to say, it shouldn’t have been that exciting against UAB, but it was a good game to watch).  After we left the game, we went to Rooster’s to watch the Auburn/South Carolina game.  We stayed there super late and ate pizza, fries, potato skins and mozzarella sticks.

After we had had our fill at Roosters, I drove Louis and Crystal to Crystal’s house and then Tanner and I got home to our house.  We went to bed after having a Peanut Butter/Jelly Sandwich (me) and some American Cheese slices and cake (Tanner).  We slept super late this morning and then got up to get ready to prepare our menu and grocery list and then take my car to Best Buy to get my satellite radio installed.

Overall, despite that we had some trouble getting our day started and the game was a lot more worrisome than it should have been, we had a great day with two GREAT friends and even had a cameo from Erica and Radle.  So I’m happy the day turned out the way it did. It was so much fun!

Here are some pictures from our Saturday Funday at the game and Roosters:

Me and Tanner in front of the stadium.

Friends in front of the stadium, (Louis, Crystal, Tanner and me)

Cute little girl with side pony and big bow!

Traditional Abbey-Tanner stadium self-shot! 🙂

Dark skies looming...

The winning catch...

The winning team celbrating! Go Vols!

BFFs at Rooster's

Boy BFFs at Roosters!

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We’re Back! (It’s Been A While)


Hello friends!

Sorry it’s taken me so long to post.  I had gotten in a pretty good routine in writing, but with my birthday and all the football weekends in a row, I fell apart this week.  My apologies.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that we didn’t do a menu this week.  That was for a couple of reasons: 1) we ate at the Melting Pot last week and had a birthday dinner out this week as well for Lita  and 2) we did a lot of grocery shopping for the tailgate.  So this week, we tried not to shop and make do with what was in the house…though we were able to do that, our meals this week are embarrassing (though yummy) and not at all gourmet.

So to catch you up, here’s what things went down since my last post.

Thursday night, Tanner took me to dinner at the Melting Pot for my birthday.  They were doing a fabulous “Big Night Out” menu so we ordered off that and had the yummy Yin Yang chocolate.  I was so full by the time we left there, I thought I was absolutely going to burst.  It was so worth it.

Friday, Tanner and I were both off.  It was nice to have a long birthday weekend, but, honestly, by Sunday night…I was exhausted.  Here’s why:  Friday we had a few errands to run and some cooking to do.  So we got up and took my car to have my oil changed, went grocery shopping, unloaded groceries, went to pick up my car, then we parted ways for a bit.  Tanner went to finish some things for my birthday and I went to my aunt Becky’s house to fill out some paperwork for my retirement.  After visiting with her for a little bit, I went to Target to get some things I needed for the weekend.  When I got home, I started making Tanner’s mom’s buttermilk biscuits for the breakfast themed tailgate on Saturday.  I made 40 biscuits.  The first 20 or so, were pretty good, but had a funny taste to them…what I later learned was caused by the fact that the Crisco we used for that batch was probably 30 years old.  When we switched over to the new batch, the biscuits turned out famously.  So, so good.  (If you’ll recall, Tanner said he wouldn’t marry someone who didn’t know how to make biscuits.  Well now I know how to make two kinds!)

After all that cooking was done, we went to the Belcher’s house to see a bunch of our friends who had come into town for the weekend.  It was nice for me because I finally got to meet all the people I had heard about, but never met.  Like PJ and Adrian!  We hung out there for a few hours and then went home (duh, it was almost my birthday!).  When we got home, I opened my birthday presents from Tanner.  I got a satellite radio for my car (to be installed on Sunday this weekend) and the complete series of Daria (from MTV) on DVD.  Fun gifts!  Then I passed out from Friday exhaustion.

Saturday, we did the tailgate.  I got up early and cracked and scrambled 69 eggs and then helped Tanner pack the cooler.  When we got to the tailgate that Louis and Shaun had set up, we started the morning off with Mimosas.  After people started arriving (around 10am), Shaun and I manned the grill.  He cooked the bacon and I cooked the eggs.  We were quite a tag-team.  People loved the eggs and bacon and biscuits.  The only downfall, and I should have planned ahead for this, was all the bacon grease that got thrown out.  As a true southern woman, I keep that in a Tupperware dish in my fridge all year and use it at Christmas.  So that stunk, but that was the only thing that did.  When Kristin showed up, she brought me a cake Shaun had picked up the night before for me.  Crystal hung a Happy Birthday sign for me and tons of food showed up.  By the time the day was done, there were three cakes, a ton of breakfasty things, and lots and lots of people.  Tanner’s parents even showed up with their friends Rob and Debbie.

The ONLY disappointment of my birthday was that I was so prepared to do something funny.  If you don’t know, Tanner’s mom teaches high school Spanish…and my Spanish is terrible!  So I’ve been practicing a couple of lines (that Tanner gets a big kick out of and thought his mom would too).  So he wrote them down for me and helped me practice them all week…this makes me sound stupid because once you see them, you’ll think…”So Easy!”

What a shame! Oh my gosh!

Basically, he was teaching me to say, “Oh my gosh! What a shame!” because he thought Silvia would appreciate it and because I am in the position to say those things a lot…because I’m clumsy.  He thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me to say it at the tailgate…and in all the excitement…I forgot! 😦  So hopefully, the next time I see her, I will do something klutzy so I can say my phrase in perfect Spanish.

Tanner’s parents brought me a huge almond cake with orange and white icing and a new camera.  The camera was so awesome!  What was even more awesome about it was that I couldn’t find my old camera at the house on Saturday morning (even though I eventually found it in my purse later) so I was kind of bummed that I couldn’t take any pictures on my birthday.  But when they brought me the camera, I was so excited because Eddie even took the time to charge it up for me so I could play with it right away.  So sweet! Anyway, the camera is one of the new cameras with a screen on the front so that when you take pictures of yourself (and I do them a lot with my sister), you can see from the front of the camera how it’s going to look.  It’s really neat.  Debbie and Rob brought me some cute tailgating napkins and some fun stationary.  Here are some pictures from the tailgate:

Tanner and his mother Silvia at my birthday tailgate!

The birthday cake Tanner's parents brought me from Kingsport!

Me and Tanner at Cool Beans after the game (Louis is trying to ruin my picture in the background!)

Louis photo-bombed this one! But it's still good of Tanner and me...though we both look sort of sneaky.

Me and Crystal Bell at Cool Beans (BFF!)

After we put things from the tailgate away, we headed to the game.  Luckily (and because it was my birthday) we got the shade pretty quickly…after about 5 minutes into the first quarter, we were sitting in the shade and actually very comfortable.  Though we didn’t win, it was a good game to watch (Note: I think that Tennessee fans need to start being a little more loyal and understanding to the guys on the field.  Its been a tough few years and they’re doing pretty good despite all that.  I think people could have put on a braver face and stuck around for a little while even though we were losing.  I know it was hot, but we should support them! Rant over!).

Sunday, I had to work a shift for the Junior League at Families in the Kitchen in World’s Fair Park.  It was only three hours and I worked an early shift, so it wasn’t too bad.  After I got home from that I said I needed a nap, and I took one.  Then we went to my mom’s to have dinner with her and my sister and Courtney.  From Courtney, I got a gift card to Express (very nice!) and from my sister I got some Chanel Chance perfume.  From my mom I got a Vera Bradley lunch bag with my name on it and a pink Timex IronMan watch for working out.  After dinner was done, the Riley’s came down for a little bit to see me and hang out.  Here’s a picture of me and my sister and our favorite neighbor Kendal:

Sisters and Kendal...lots of love!

After we got home from that, I could barely keep my eyes open.  We decided (like I said) not to grocery shop this week.  So we planned the menu on Sunday night before I went to bed.  We did grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup on Monday.  Tuesday, we ate out with the Belcher’s and Loher’s for Lita’s birthday at Oodles in Market Square.

Here’s a picture of the beautiful Belcher child, Eli, making funny faces at me during his mother’s birthday dinner:

Funny man Eli Belcher

Yesterday, I had to work late for the Chancellor’s Fall Faculty meeting, so Tanner cooked up some Mac and Cheese and since I snacked at the event, I only had a bowl of that for dinner last night (and a piece of cake).  Tonight we’re suppose to have leftover Pinto Beans and cornbread.  We don’t know what we’ll eat tomorrow, but probably more leftovers.

Though it was tiring, my birthday weekend was awesome and I felt so blessed to be surrounded by good friends and family that I love so much.  Papa Jerry pointed out that this was my last birthday as a Taylor…and he’s right.  How exciting is that?  Very!  I must say though, I am so grateful to everyone for making me feel so special on my birthday weekend.  For those of you that don’t know, I was born on my grandfather’s birthday.  I called him Pop and every year he took me out to one of Knoxville’s nicer restaurants for dinner, just the two of us.  It was a nice tradition and one that I miss very much.  I miss him all the time, but more so on my birthday, so it was nice to be surrounded by people who love and support me as much as he did.  It just further solidified the fact that at this time in my life, I only need to have people around me who have a positive outlook on the love and life that Tanner and I share.  I don’t need anymore drama, and as of this weekend, I am cleansed of that.

So, now you’re all caught up.  Hopefully, I’ll have a yummy menu to report on Sunday!  Thanks again to everyone who was a part of my special weekend!

To end this post, I wanted to post two pictures I came across while uploading my most recent pictures.  The first is of Tanner and I from December of this year I think…though I didn’t upload it until April.  I think it was when we were celebrating John Billing’s birthday…I just loved how happy and real this picture is.  It truly illustrates what I feel for him and what I hope my life is like forever.

True love...Best friends. 🙂

This picture is what happened later…on the night we got engaged.  This is the only photo of us from the night we got engaged…and I am so sad it’s not that great.  Our waiter, who we loved, was probably drunk because he sampled wine with us all night.  But, this is the real-est picture that captured that moment…luckily, Katherine took us back to Regas for our engagement session and we got some really good, fun pictures.  But this will always be the one that captures the real moment of our engagement.

Feb. 5, 2010...best friends engaged. Finally!

The picture isn't as bad when I edited it up close, but still...we both looked great that night and then after he proposed we both got embarassed because the whole restaurant was watching us. All that work curling my hair (took forever) gone to waste!

I picked this dress because it was our Valentine’s Day dinner, and because I anticipated that Tanner might be popping the question at dinner…it was super fitted and so hot…I also picked it knowing that I’m going to have to fit back into that dress next year, and maybe every Valentine’s Day from here on out so that I can keep myself in check (and to let the hubs know that I still got it! :))

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It’s Menu Time in…the H Household


Ok…so after a slow start to the morning (T and I both slept late late late) and my ass kicking at the gym by Trainer John we did some chores and finally got around to making our menu and getting to the grocery store.

I know all of you are waiting in baited breath…and…on a side note: I also know that a lot of you make fun of me for doing this…but either way, you’re reading it and that’s all I care about! haha. 🙂  Further, as I explained to several people this weekend I do this so that our family and friends who don’t live close to us can keep up with what we’re up to without having to call every day.  Also, I enjoy the little record it keeps for me of what we do and what meals we cook.  It’s a great little venture into my experience in trying to become a good cook and a good wife for T.  Also, also…I’m in communications and a lot of jobs require heavy knowledge of the blogosphere and other social media outlets (thus the foursquaring and the Facebooking and the blogging and the Twittering and the LinkedIn, etc.).  We all know (and if you didn’t you do now) that my job is only a 10 month contract with no guarantee of renewal after the end of next June…so I’m doing what I can to stay abreast, if you will, of the social networking trends public relations practitioners are putting to use.  I say all of that to say, basically, that I don’t care who thinks its lame or who makes fun of me for doing this because you all know I’m quirky and weird (Bubbah, I’m a fish!) so you know you love it. 🙂  Again, love to all!

So anyway, the menu for the week is:

TONIGHT: Steaks on the Grill with Lemon Horseradish New Potatoes and Salad

It’s a big meat and potatoes kind of night.  T is grilling us some steaks on the grill and to keep the meal hearty to kick the week off right, we’re doing new potatoes and salad as sides.  The new potato recipe comes from allrecipes.com and is super simple.  Even more so because I’ve spent some serious time over the last couple of weekends getting our kitchen cabinets and storage organized.  So the 2 quart casserole dish (handed down from my Nana’s kitchen collection) was easy to find and easy to get to.  The recipe called for:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds small new potatoes, unpeeled

Preheat the oven to 350 then melt the butter in the casserole dish in the microwave.  To the butter add the salt, pepper, horseradish and lemon juice.  Rinse and cut the new potatoes into quarters and toss them in the casserole dish to coat them with the mixture.  Then cook for an hour.  They are making the house smell yummy, spicy and sweet as they cook.

The salad that will accompany the meal will consist of chopped lettuce, sliced mushrooms, shredded cheese and maybe some carrots.

TUESDAY: NO MEAL.

T has his Fantasy Football Draft Tuesday night and I have my first official meeting with the Junior League right after work, complete with taking my picture for the directory.  So we’ll just eat leftovers from this weekend or from tonight and that will be that.

WEDNESDAY: Homemade Pizza.

We bought the Pillsbury Pizza dough (though I can make pizza dough in my bread maker) because we were worried the homemade dough would take too long to cook.  I was also worried that it would be a waste of time if I didn’t do the dough right and it didn’t come out right and we didn’t have a back up.  So we got the store-bought dough, bought pepperoni, mozzarella and spaghetti sauce and will just make our own pizza.  We might also add some fresh mushrooms to give it a little bit of flair…we still have some from our last grocery trip.

THURSDAY: BBQ Chicken, Green Beans and Corn on the Cob

If you’re a dedicated reader, you know this was on the menu a few weeks ago, but never got made and the green beans got served with another dish.  Well because we didn’t use the BBQ Sauce we bought for the last batch, we’re just going to repeat the meal and use up what we’ve got.  The green bans will probably be done with a little bit of bacon grease or butter, salt and pepper and the corn on the cob is just the frozen baby half-ear corns that you can buy in the grocery store freezer section.

FRIDAY: NO MEAL.

Because Friday will be another tailgate prep evening, we probably won’t plan a meal.  We have guests coming in and we don’t know what time they’ll get here, we’re not positive what we’re taking to the tailgate yet and so, we’ll just play this one by ear and see how it goes.

SATURDAY: NO MEAL. TAILGATING

As you are probably already keenly aware, we will be tailgating again on Saturday.  This Saturday Louis and Shaun are cooking up the Low Country Boil per request of Dr. Boone for his 30th Birthday celebration.  So I’ll probably try to take a snack for myself because the Low Country Boil is so spicy…and I’m a big spice wuss…that it’s hard for me to eat too much of it, though it is fabulously delicious.  Shaun and Louis do a GREAT job with this every year.  I’ll probably also try to do a cold side like a potato salad or something so that there’s something else too much on to cool off everyone’s lips after digging into the delicious spread.

So there you have it…the menu for the week.  Hope you all enjoy, because I can already tell that my potatoes for tonight’s dinner are going to be yummy.  I could fall asleep on the couch because the smell is so warm and buttery…makes this home feel so homey and warm.

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