Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bears, Bubbles, and Blue Bell

A few weekends ago my brother and his fam came for a visit and we had the best time!

Our first stop was the bear habitat on the Baylor campus.  We were so happy to see the bears!

Then, we made a stop at the Baylor Bookstore to check out all the official gear.
So many good things happening in this picture: Briles and Brooks -- a winning combo!

Three special guys!

Next stop: Ninfa's
Mac loved his newly acquired friend, "Excavator", a fun surprise from our bookstore trip. :)

After our yummy lunch, we did a little shopping at Spice, Roots and Congress Clothing.
Then, it was time for a treat at Common Grounds.

The picture on the left above is painted outside of an adorable shop next door that has sadly just recently closed its doors.

Oh how we love us some Common Grounds!  
I just love going to places like this where we both went as students years before we even knew each other!!
I remember so many CG visits thinking how fun it would be to share coffee with a special guy and now I get to!

Then, it was naptime.
What a busy day!

We loved getting hang out with some of our favorite peeps!
After the littles went to sleep, we had fun playing dominoes 

And laughing...lots of laughing!

The next day started out with fun game of hide and seek between Mac and Uncle G.

Then it was time to head out for a fun adventure!

Mac and Pops were ready to go!!

First stop, Magnolia!

Joanna Gaines has carefully curated this delightful shop filled with home decor items that fit perfectly with her design style on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

Next stop, lunch!

A Torchy's Taco recently opened here and I've been looking forward to my first visit.
I ordered a brisket taco and it was fantastic.  I can't wait to go back to try the queso -- I've heard it is amazing!!

Sweet Brooks had a good time, too!

After lunch we headed to the Mayborn Museum for the dinosaur exhibit.

Mac was captivated by the animatronic T Rex in the entry.

He also loved playing dinosaur games and trying on a dino tail in the exhibit.

The Discovery Center at the Mayborn is fantastic for kids.
The museum has a wide variety of rooms with different themes for children to learn about a wide variety of topics.  One room is all about the weather and you can even pretend you are giving the weather report on the news!

I think the bubble room might have been a favorite!

After a busy day we all headed home and enjoyed some yummy Blue Bell.

The next day we enjoyed a relaxing morning before having to say goodbye.

My mom and dad were able to stay a little longer, so we enjoyed church, lunch and a fun afternoon drive.  We also may have enjoyed a little more Blue Bell before they left.  
Oh how I'd forgotten the deliciousness of Peaches and Cream!

Thanks for such a fun visit!  Can't wait to see you all again soon. :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Ideas

Talking about some new ideas that will not let me go over on Hope and Holiness.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Something Sweet

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I'm linking up today with Andrea and Erika for their Favorite Things Party and wanted to share two things I have been loving this summer!  Ice cream is one of my weaknesses and it seems that each evening after dinner, I just crave a little sweet something.  Enter these fabulous treats that are a little bit more waistline friendly than traditional ice cream (all though I do still indulge in that from time to time!).

1.  Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Bars

These bars are so delicious and only 2 points!  One of my sweet friends at work told me about them and they are the perfect treat to end the day. :)

2.  Dole Banana Dippers

These dark chocolate covered frozen banana slices are another fave.  They are so refreshing on a hot summer day!  I can't wait to try the frozen strawberry kind next.

Thanks to Andrea and Erika for hosting this fun party!  Hope on over and link up with your Favorite Things under $10.

Monday, July 28, 2014

3 Ways to Make Your Husband Happy

This weekend, the mister and I enjoyed a low key, relaxing time.  Our summer so far has been busy with lots of fun-filled activity, so it was nice to hit the pause button and take it easy this weekend.  I also discovered some fun ways to make the hubs very happy along the way!

1.  Make this Casserole (trust me!)

I have had this Sausage, Biscuit, and Gravy Bake from Southern Living on my Pinterest board for some time now and just hadn't gotten around to making it.  Well, on Friday night as we were discussing the breakfast menu for the next morning, I happened across it again and realized we had milk on the brink of expiration and all the other required ingredients in the fridge!  Plus, the recipe was from Southern Living and I have never tasted a recipe from that amazing periodical that was anything less than fabulous, so I went to sleep with happy thoughts and a hungry tummy. 

The recipe was pretty simple to put together.  It did require some scratch-made gravy, but I was up for the challenge.  I had never made gravy before, but it wasn't as scary as I thought it might be.  After browning the sausage (we did use turkey sausage, so that makes it healthy, right?!), you put the cooked sausage on a place and melt your butter in the same skillet.  Then, you add flour, whisk for a minute, add milk, salt, and pepper, bring to a boil and cook for two minutes, whisking the entire time.  Once the gravy is finished, add back the sausage and layer it up with the biscuit halves in a 9x13 and top with some cheese.  40 minutes in the oven and you will have the glorious wonder in the photo above and below.

I honestly could not get over how delicious it tasted.  
Seriously, how do 7 ingredients create something so amazing?

And as you can see, I am not the only one who thought it was fabulous!

2.  Estate Sale Hunting

On his way to work Friday morning, the mister called with joy in his heart saying that an estate sale was happening down our street and would run through Saturday.  So Saturday morning with full tummies, we strolled down our street to take a look.  G walked carefully from room to room, taking in every item.  We found quite the treasure trove of seasonal decor in the garage and left with some new items to add to our home for fall and Easter.  I think what made him the most happy was the price -- a set of three decorative pumpkins and an Easter wreath all for $4.  Happy!  Happy! 

3.  Go to the Janitorial Supply Aisle at Sam's Club

After the estate sale, we journeyed with my sweet mother-in-law to Sam's Club.  I will admit that this item on the list may not work for every husband to be happy, but let me just say that for my hubs, his eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas at the thought of looking at cleaning supplies in bulk.  
Just look at his sweet face when he found this highly functional dust pan and broom set.  
Hope he's good this year because Santa might just leave one of these under the tree!

There you have it, folks, 3 ways to make your husband very happy.

I might also include that we were invited to our dear friends' home on Saturday night and were served the most delightful creamy avocado chicken enchiladas I have ever eaten.  The meal included every other perfect food that would naturally accompany said enchiladas and we even had brownies for dessert.  I can take no credit for this meal, but rest assured, it did make my hubs very happy.  And after reviewing our gastronomical indulgences this weekend, may be part of the reason for a more "clean eating" menu next week. ;)

So in conclusion, for some couples "Happy Wife, Happy Life" is their mantra, but in our home it is "Happy Grady, Happy Lady". :)

Happy Monday!