So the other night I twittered a picture of my "dinner" which was homemade squash casserole and cupcakes. Super healthy. I was needing comfort food in my life and I have just decided to give full disclosure as to why.
But before I do that...I wanted to give ya'll the recipe for my squash dish because some of you twittered me asking for it. And trust me, you want this before the gross part of this story starts. So...
I LOVE YELLOW SQUASH.
I seriously do. Pretty much anyway, but the casserole is my favorite. So when my sweet neighbor Brian (who lives two doors down and has this huge garden he tends to right outside of town) came over on Sunday and brought me a bag of squash, I went straight to my recipe box, whipped it up, and ate half of the casserole myself. In like 10 minutes.
Shelley's Favorite Squash Casserole
half a large onion, chopped (Usually white but Sunday I used red cuz it's all I had)
half a stick of butter
3 and a half cups of cooked squash...make sure you drain it and get the excess water out of it, or it will be gross
1 and half cups of crushed Ritz crackers
1/4 tsp. of salt
1/8 tsp. of pepper
1/4 tsp. of garlic powder
1 cup or so of grated cheddar cheese
2/3 cup of sour cream
Saute the onion in the butter until it gets clear. About 5 minutes. Mash the cooked squash with a fork until it's broken apart. Mix squash with onion, butter and remaining ingredients, leaving out 1/2 cup of the Ritz. Put mixture in a buttered casserole dish and top with remaining half cup of Ritz. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. It's so good.
OK, now that that's over...I will tell you why I ate cupcakes for dinner. My good friend Jessie brought them to me because I had a little surgery on my left foot on Friday. It's so yuck and embarrassing that I wasn't gonna tell ya'll...but, it's also so unbelievably gross that I thought "why not??"
So for like literally a year or more I had what I THOUGHT were calluses (let's say from running because that sounds good) on my left foot. After many trips to the dermatologist and several home remedies and finally a telling trip to the podiatrist....guess what?
They weren't calluses.
No No No...
I found out that I had apparently become a witch... on my left foot. Because what I thought were calluses were actually WARTS..omgosh omgosh omgosh...please don't think I'm unclean. I swear I am NOT. But I seriously had A LOT. And I will just leave it at that.
Being the self proclaimed whimp that I am, and because of the amount of shots and lasering that my foot would endure, I had to go to a hospital and literally be put to sleep. (Me likey that part.)
Aaaaaaaanyway, I was down and out on crutches most of the weekend, and when I wasn't I was limping around pathetically. My husband is so glad he won't have to hear about my wart issues anymore. Trust me, he would have flown me to Europe to have the procedure done if that was the only place they offered it. He was more over it than I was. Btw, he was a wonderful nursemaid to me all weekend...and many of my so called friends brought me ice cream, food, and of course cupcakes...even though I insisted no one do that. Cuz all it did was worsen the fact that I wasn't moving at all, and consuming gross amounts of calories on top of it. But I felt loved. And that's all that matters.
That, and a wart free, albeit "hole-y" foot.
Enjoy the squash...
Well the first week of Summer is upon us, and our family is getting ready to join my mom, dad, 2 aunts, and sisters families for a week at the Beach. This year is quite special, as we have planned this trip for almost eight months, and will all be together for the first time in several years. Sooooo needless to say, in the tradition of every great getaway, I will wait until the LAST minute to pack and prep my troops at home!
It never fails, Why Why Why !!! ???
AND how does my swimsuit always mysteriously shrink over the winter months? is there a swimsuit gremlin that gnaws secretly on the fabric to aggravate me? (no need for pictures - use your imagination). I refuse to let even that destroy my excitement though!
We will begin this Holiday with a stop at the American Girl store in Ga. Darby has been saving up her allowance since our last trip there at Christmas... and the money is BURNING A HOLE IN HER POCKET!!! (I don't know where she gets that from...). We will dine at the Bistro and then off to Belton to refuel and join the family convoy to Myrtle Beach. I hope to be feeling the sand between my toes by Sat. afternoon. Along with the sand between my toes I have my British dvd's and my magazines of decorating to occupy any "down" time I may have... I know what your thinking - Isn't vacation suppose to be "down time"? WELL...
Anytime our BIG family is together, we always have some type of party or special event... well vacation is no exception. So, my Aunt has planned an event for the entire week. It is called "Survivor - Garden City". We were given these instructions many months ago.
COME TO PLAY
SURVIVOR – GARDEN CITY
WHICH TEAM CAN OUTWIT, OUTPLAY, OUTLAST TO WIN THE CASH PRIZE AND TITLE?
WHAT TO BRING?
Required: $5 for the cash prize pot
Required: 1 personal luxury item that you CANNOT live without during beach week
Optional: Survivor “style” hat and costume
HOW TO PLAY
On our first night in Garden City (Saturday) we will hold a tribal council meeting and do the following:
Ante up $5 per person. Yes, this is PAY TO PLAY.
2. Divide into 3 teams of 5 people each. This will be done by a random drawing of blue, yellow and purple bandanas. I will provide the bandanas. Your bandana will serve as a SYMBOL OF UNITY for your team/tribe and must be worn in whatever fashion you chose at all challenge games.
3. Present personal luxury item – Remember your item must be something you cannot live without and would not want to lose during the course of the games. You may be creative in selecting your item, but items related to personal hygiene cannot be accepted.
For 4 days, the tribes will gather at a set time to compete in a TEAM CHALLENGE GAME. The games require no special physical skills. Ages and sizes don’t matter. Everyone can play. Since these are team-based games, everyone just needs to try to do the best they can for the good of their team. Each challenge game should last no more than 30 minutes. The games are:
SUNDAY – RACE FOR THE WATER: Will be played on the beach. No swimming is involved.
MONDAY – FOOD CHALLENGE : Easy, unless you’re a “picky” eater. You just need to taste 2 items from the menu.
TUESDAY – THE UNIQUE SCAVENGER HUNT: Unique is your key word.
WEDNESDAY – AMAZING RACE: The team that complete 5 activities in the fastest time wins.
On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, the team that wins the challenge game will be awarded 100 points. The 2nd place team will earn 50 points. The 3rd place team will be given 25 points for trying. On Wednesday, the points double – 1st place – 200 points; 2nd place – 100 points; and 3rd place – 50 points. In the event of a tie, a tie breaker challenge will be played.
Each day, the team that wins the challenge game will receive the immunity idol. They are safe!
Each day, the tribes that place 2ND AND 3RD will BOTH go to tribal council. There each team will VOTE OFF a team member’s personal luxury item by secret ballot. The cast off item will be returned only by winning immunity or at the end of the games.
At the end of the 4 games, the TEAM with the most cumulative points will be crowned “SURVIVOR – GARDEN CITY” and will divide the $75 cash prize ($15 per team member).
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! GET YOUR GAME ON!
Doesn't that look like fun? You see, most people relax on vacation - not us - we PLAY and PLAY HARD!! Maybe you and your family or friends would like to play along... the more the merrier. My luxury item is my coffee - a TRUE sacrifice. I will be taking photo's etc...so stay tuned for the result. Wish me well! fyi - My blog will have many pictures next week.
So before I pack my last few toiletries, I certainly hope you will enjoy your friends and family this week and have a FANTASTIC "Holiday" wherever you are!
We are SO excited to be releasing a "POG Hits" record on July 12th. Through the years, it has been such a privilege to record some incredible songs that have hopefully had a positive impact on our listeners. The writers that we have gotten to work with have always been so patient to listen to what we have to say, change lyrics and melodies up for us, and try their best to put our heart on paper. This record is a collection not only of some of our "bigger radio hits", but more importantly, songs we felt really have a purpose. Whether that is to simply put a smile on a hard working moms' face during her day, or to minister to someone with the message of God's grace, these songs have stood the test of time. We really didn't want to put ALL super old stuff on there, so we do have a few of our newer "fan favorites", and we are most excited about the one new song we got to record for this project.
I will wait to post our video blog about the REAL story behind why we re-recorded the Eagle's song "Hole in the World"...but just to let you know, we have been doing this is concert on a regular basis, and people have been loving it. Not just because it's familiar, but it really makes you think about our real "job" in the world as believers.
We lovingly (insert smiley face here) pre-signed (autographed) about 300 copies of "Turn Up the Music-The Hits of POG"....you can get one here by preordering today! If you get an autographed one, your copy could possibly have either kid's fingerprints, food, or suntan lotion on it...just sayin'...(they were at three different houses)
We will also be touring this record this fall with opening artist Jason Castro (the sweet guy with dreadlocks from American Idol!) Check the tour page to see if we are coming close to you!
Here is a song list from the record so you will know what you will find on it....
DAY BY DAY
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
HOW YOU LIVE
THE GREAT DIVIDE
COME TO JESUS
JESUS WILL STILL BE THERE
WHO AM I
I CHOOSE YOU
GOD IS WITH US
KING OF THE WORLD
LOVE & LAUNDRY
THERE IS NOTHING GREATER THAN GRACE
HOLE IN THE WORLD
And here is what your cover will look like....
except with our signatures nice and perty on the front!!! (and food stains) JUUUUUUUUUST kidding....
Also, wanted to let you know our record company is offering a couple different special "bundles" in honor of this project. Honestly, the only bundles we care about are "Green Bean Bundles" with bacon, but apparently in our webstore there are some cool offerings!! Click here to see those too!
OK, until tomorrow. Love you guys....
Hope you are liking our new blog...
Shelley, Leigh and the big Dee...(we thought that was a good rhyme)....maybe we should change our name...except Denise isn't big...never mind.....
Well, not really, but I feel like we are trying out being empty nesters for the next two weeks. I dropped my boys off at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC on Sunday. It's an awesome Christian camp for boys only. (Which makes Mom really happy)...no girls. They will be gone for 13 days. I don't think that I have been at home for more than 1 night without at least one of them here. So now I'm faced with all of those projects that I've been putting off with the excuse that I just didn't have time with all of their activities. I decided to tackle my biggest project first, the dreaded wrapping room!! Well, that's what I call it because when we started looking to buy this house, the previous owners had it all organized with wrapping paper, scrap booking crafts, and sewing materials. NOT very fitting for me. Therefore when we moved in, it ended up as a junk room. It's gotten worse over the last year as you can see.
I KNOW!!!! i'm kinda embarrassed to even show you, but maybe it will inspire some of you who think you've got a messy house. I honestly would rather pluck my eyelashes out one by one then clean this up, but after two days of detailed torture......
Doesn't it look better??? I also cleaned out our hot tub and did a few loads of laundry.
Not all of my time has been work though. Stu and I are having fun seeing what it would be like for our kids to be gone to college. What would we do? So, Monday night when he got home from work, we went on a bike ride with our new bikes and brought along a picnic. It was fun until we had to bike up this huge hill coming home. I thought both of us would pass out. Here is a picture of us on our adventure.
We are actually going to go on dates, try new restaurants, and maybe stay out late enough to hear some music in Nashville USA! So, for those of you creative minds, feel free to give me some ideas. Last night we decided to stay in for the evening. We rented a movie "The Fighter", ordered pizza from Matteo's, and for our something new, we tried an ice cream place called "Glazee" . I think Shelley may have twittered about it before, but it was DELICIOUS. He talked us into getting 3 pints. (buy two, get one free) I'm going to have to workout overtime. All of it is homemade right there in the kitchen. Seriously, the Butter Pecan Pie flavor was REDONK!!!!
I have to say, that after 19 years of marriage I still enjoy my husband's company. Sometimes we just forget that our family began with us and needs time and attention. I miss my boys sooooo much, but I know that this time is good for the two of us as well.
Today I suppose I will start project #2. (cleaning out and giving away the clothes the boys have outgrown) I'm also meeting the girls for a Point of Grace lunch/meeting which is way more fun. Some day I'm going to be able to go to Shelley's swimming pool and it not rain.
Hope you have a wonderful day. Know that you're loved by God:)