Thursday, February 28, 2013

How He Prosposed (After 16 tears together)


Yes, you read that right....Husby waited 16 years to propose to me, well 16 years and a bun in the oven (I was 25 weeks pregnant at the time). This is a day that I will never forgot. I always knew that I marry Paul one day, it just took him 16 years to realize it for himself. He didn't propose with a ring only because my boss at the time left me leave work early and it kind of messed up everything that he had planned. I wouldn't change it for anything. It is one of my favorite memories.

Paul took me out to the mountains (we live in Oklahoma, near Lawton, we went to the Wichita Mountains Wild Life Refuge) and we went to Jed Johnson Lake and he distracted me by telling me to takes some pictures, he then opened the truck and walked towards and handed me a bag from Hobby Lobby.... he then told me to open it, and it was a candy mold for mini wedding rings, it took a second for it to register, he then went down on one knee and asked me to marry him and I, of course, I said YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

I absolutely loved it!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Oh How Pinteresting- 80s style

Hi Lovelies! 

Happy Wednesday! I'm hoping I'll be able to relax a little some time today. I have had a busy couple of days and just need some down time (which I'll get in the evening when the Little is in bed). Anyway, let's get on with today's post. Today I am taking part in Oh How Pinetesting Wednesday. I thought I would put a twist on it and have the pins be from the 80s (I love the 80s). Enjoy!






Let's start pinning:

80s Music:

I had such a crush on Jon Bon Jovi!

I love this band! I know every one of their songs!

Motley Crue- love me some "Smokin in the boys room!

80s Fashion:

Who didn't rock a pair of leg warmers back then?

More 80s fashion!

80s TV Shows:

V: The Original Miniseries- I will occasionally search for this on yoytube and watch it. Love it.

Never missed an episode!

Moonlighting

Joanie Loves Chachi- I admit that I did watch this, but it didn't last long. I still liked it though.

The Cosby show- wasn't cool that all of life's little problems could be solved in under 3o minutes?


Growing Pains- I had a semi crush on Kirk Cameron!

I know there more, but these pins are what I was interested in back then. It  was a fun trip down memory lane, but naptime is over and the Little is calling for me!

Have a great Wednesday! Happy Hump Day! LOL!!!!

~Angie

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tasty Tuesday- St. Patrick's Day Menu

Hi Lovelies!

Since St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, I thought I would make a St. Patrick's Day themed menu. I think I will start off with this delish looking Irish Beef Stew.

Irish Beef Stew
 1-1/2 lb.  boneless beef round steak, trimmed, cut into bite-size pieces

2 Tbsp.  flour

2 Tbsp.  oil

1 large  onion, coarsely chopped

1 can  (14-1/2 oz.) beef broth

1 can  (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 env.  (0.8 oz.) GOOD SEASONS Garlic & Herb Dressing Mix

1 lb.  red potatoes (about 3), cut into 3/4-inch chunks

3 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

4 cups  hot cooked noodles

Make It

COAT meat with flour. Heat oil in Dutch oven or large deep skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat and onions; cook and stir 5 to 8 min. or until meat is evenly browned. Stir in broth, tomatoes and dressing mix. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally; cover. Simmer on low heat 15 min., stirring occasionally.
 
ADD potatoes and carrots; simmer, covered, 45 min. or until meat is tender and sauce is thickened, uncovering after 30 min. and stirring occasionally.
 
SERVE over noodles. 


Then, I would make these yummy looking biscuits

 
One-Bowl Cheddar Biscuits

One-Bowl Cheddar Biscuits recipe

What You Need

2-1/4 cups  all-purpose baking mix
1/2 cup  KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbsp.  chopped fresh herbs
1/4 cup  BREAKSTONE'S Sour Cream
2 Tbsp.  GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard
1/3 cup  milk
1 egg, beaten
12 fresh Italian parsley leaves

Make It

PLACE dough on surface lightly dusted with additional baking mix; knead 10 times. Pat into 1/2-inch-thick circle. Cut with 2-inch biscuit cutter dusted with baking mix. Place biscuits, 2 inches apart, on baking sheet. Brush lightly with egg; top with parsley. Brush with remaining egg.
HEAT oven to 425°F.
 
COMBINE baking mix, cheese and herbs in large bowl. Mix sour cream and mustard in small bowl. Gradually stir in milk. Add to baking mix mixture; stir just until moistened.
 
BAKE 12 to 15 min. or until lightly browned. Serve warm. 

I think I will round out the menu with this delish looking dessert.

 Grasshopper Parfaits


What You Need
 
15 OREO Cookies, finely chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
10 chocolate-covered mint patties, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 pkg.  (3.9 oz. each) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 qt.  (4 cups) cold milk
2 to 4 drops  green food coloring
2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Make It


COMBINE chopped cookies and mint patties.
 
BEAT pudding mixes and milk with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. Meanwhile, stir food coloring into COOL WHIP until blended.
 
LAYER half each of the pudding, COOL WHIP and cookie mixture evenly in 12 parfait glasses. Repeat layers. Refrigerate 30 min. 

I plan on making each of these dishes with a few modifications to each one so that Husby can enjoy them. I will post pics with a review of each recipe. I can't wait to make this menu, it's going to be so much fun!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

~Angie 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hi Lovelies!

 It's Monday and that means it's only 4 days until the weekend! Today I have been cleaning out our closets and just having the time of my life (NOT)! It's time to link up with Sandy for Happy Homemaker Monday. So, here we go!

The weather:

As you can see from the graphic, we are supposed to get a rain/snow mix later today. We'll see if it actually happens. In case it does, we are prepared with extra water and food.

Right now I am:
I'm watching season 2 of Party of Five (great show and I highly recommend it) and season one of Downton Abbey (I'm loving this show)

Thinking:

How in the world does my house get so messy and cluttered when all I have is a husband and one kid. Every single room is  a mess and in need of some serious loving. Also, why do I have to clean the closets?

On my reading pile:

 I am still  reading Beaches and I'm enjoying it. I call this my "buffer" book as I am reading the newest Stephen King novel.

 Beaches





On my TV:

I'm almost done with season one of Downton Abbey and I'm watching season 2 of Party of Five





On the menu this week:

Monday- Manwiches/hamburgers and fries
Tuesday- spaghetti (red and white sauces) salad, garlic bread
Wednesday- smothered pork chops mashed potatoes, green beans
Thursday- chicken tenders, pasta, corn, cheddar biscuits
Friday- tacos, chips and salsa/cheese dip
Saturday- Roast, au gratin potaotes, green beans, and cheddar biscuits
Sunday- Beans and cornbread

On my to do list:
Laundry
Vacuum
Clean the bathrooms
Clean the bedrooms
Clean the kitchen

Clean and organize the closets

 What I am creating:

Nothing at the moment. I'm waiting on some yarn and material that I ordered for some new projects that I plan to start on very soon.

Homemaking Tips:

I found these tips from Carolina Charm

Homemade cooking spray: 1 part olive oil and 4-5 parts water, in a misting bottle


Erase hard water stains with a lemon


Looking around the house:

My house needs some TLC. Every room is messy and cluttered. There are dishes in the sink and on the counter. It's just a mess.

 From the Camera:


On my prayer list:

My husband as he begins his studies for his Master's Degree in Computer Science and my In-Laws.

Bible verse/devotional: 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. (ESV) 
 Psalm 128:3

~Angie


Monday, Monday

Hi Lovelies!


Today is going to be a busy! I'm going to be cleaning out and reorganizing all of the closets, with Husby's help. Also, since it is Monday I'll cleaning the house from top to bottom, dusting the ceiling fans, dusting the base boards, deep cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming, and laundering the sheets. 

Right now, I'm thinking that I should be studying (it's 12:40am here), but I figure I can do it later today. It's supposed to be absolutely miserable today with a rain/snow mix. We have been lucky this winter. It's only snowed once here, and we have been having unseasonable warm weather the rest of the time. I did make a grocery run for a few breakfast and snack items. It's not supposed to rain/snow until after 8pm, but we'll see, sometimes weathermen can be wrong (or the weather patterns change in a split second). 

Anyway, I guess I need to plan my strategy for cleaning out the closets today. I figure I'll just take it one closet at at time, maybe clean one closets a day so it is not so overwhelming. I'll be back later today with my Happy Homemaker post! 

Talk to ya later!

~Angie

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Social

Hi Lovelies!

It's Sunday and Oscar night! I cannot wait for the Oscars. I would love see Bradley Cooper win Best Actor tonight and Silver Linings Playbook win Best Picture. Anyway, let's get to the meat of this post which is Sunday Social.


This week's questions:

1. Biggest middle school fashion mistake: the Jelly shoes!  Had them...wore them...rocked them....



2. Who were your best friends in high school?

Brandy, LaDonna, Rita. They were the ones that I hung out with.

3. What was a typical weekend like for you in high school.

Weekend.... what weekend? Most of the time I was taking care of my younger siblings. But once in a blue moon I would go to a few sleep overs, and maybe a movie.

4. Did you have any boyfriends? 

Not really. I might have had one semi boyfriend but that was it.

5. Did you have any secret codes with your friends?

Not really.

6. If you could relive one day/moment/experience from middle school or high school, what would it be?

Probably the prom. Even though I had fun I would do it differently.

What are some of your MS/HS memories?

~Angie

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Converstions with The Little

Hi Lovelies!

 I thought I would jot some of the conversations between me and the Little. She says some of the cutest things and I didn't want to forget them. 

Conversation #1

A: Let's play a game
Me: What kind of game?
A: The turn around game.
Me: How do you play that game?
A: You turn around with your body!

Conversation #2

Me: You're beautiful!
A: Yes, I know I am!!!

Conversation #3

Me: I love you!
A: I love you! You're my best friend!

~Angie
 



Friday, February 22, 2013

What I'm Listening To

Hi Lovelies! 

Happy Friday! It 's going to be cold here so I think it's going to be a pj kind of day in the Vann household. I plan on relaxing and playing with the Toddler all day long. I thought I would dedicate today's post to what I'm listening to.

I mostly listen to music while I'm studying (after the Toddler goes to bed) in the evenings. I listen to a wide variety of music. Here is what I am currently listening to as I study for tests and write my papers. 

 Eminem and Rhianna- Love the way you lie



Born this way



Puddle of Mudd- She hates me


Buck Cherry- Crazy Bitch


Maroon 5 featuring Rhianna- If I Never see your face


So, there you have it... what I'm listening to! Hope you enjoy the songs and videos. What are you currently listening to?

~Angie

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Currently

Hi Lovelies! Good evening! It's almost Friday (30 more minutes!). I found this little survey and thought I would post my answers! 

Currently:

Loving: the fact that it is almost Friday
Reading: Beaches and 11/22/63. I have found with Stephen King books that I have to have a buffer book.
Waiting for: Tomorrow! Family time!
 Using: my laptop to type this post
Excited about: The weekend! Going shopping for shoes.
Trying to: save money.
Working on: blankets and bracelets, yarn pompoms
Enjoying: Life!
Wearing: Sweat pants an an OU t-shirt
Planning: the rest of my semester and next semester
Learning: how to crotchet and getting frustrated with it.
Listening to: music on you tube (Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Staind).
Singing: nothing at the moment
Needing: a vacation! 
Wishing: that I had more time in the day.
Doing: writing this blog post
Dreaming: of adding to our family

Now that you're caught up with what I am Currently doing. What are you currently doing?

~Angie




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

So What Wednesday

 Hi lovelies!



This week I'm saying SO WHAT IF:

I have a $20 credit to Erin Condren and I have no what I want to buy with it.

I want a new planner even though I already have one. I think I just want to new pattern. 

my toddler is almost 3 and she still isn't potty trained. She would rather play than take a break to go potty. Suggestions are welcome!

I'm absolutely tired of watch Thomas the train and want to break the blu ray so we can't watch it anymore.

Head on over to Life After I "Dew" and tell us what you are say SO WHAT to this week!

~Angie

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tasty Tuesday- S'Mores Cheesecake Bars

Hi Lovelies!
 
As I was browsing on the kraft foods website I found  a delicious looking dessert that I cannot wait to try soon! It looks so yummy and it looks so easy to make.

 
S'Mores Cheesecake Bars
 
 

 
18  HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, divided
1/3 cup  butter or margarine, melted
3 Tbsp.  sugar
4 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup  sugar
1 Tbsp.  vanilla
3 Tbsp.  flour
4 eggs
1 cup  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks, divided
1 cup  JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows

Make It

HEAT oven to 350°F.
 
LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Crush 14 grahams. Mix with butter and 3 Tbsp. sugar; press onto bottom of prepared pan. Coarsely chop remaining 4 grahams.
 
BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add flour; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Chop 1/2 cup chocolate chunks; stir into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chunks, marshmallows and chopped grahams.
 
BAKE 40 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan before cutting into bars. 

Enjoy my Lovelies!

~Angie 

 

 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hi Lovlies!

We have had a great and relaxing weekend. We spent most it it outside (especially yesterday) and hopefully we can continue to spend time outside this week.  As you know it's Monday, and that means it's time for Happy Homemaker Monday. So grab your drink of choice and enjoy!


The weather:

 
The weather is supposed to be warmer this week with some awesome rain chances. Lord knows we need the rain!!!


Right now I am:
I'm watching season 2 of Party of Five (great show and I highly recommend it)

Thinking:

How in the world does my house get so messy and cluttered when all I have is a husband and one kid. Every single room is  a mess and in need of some serious loving.

On my reading pile:
 I am still  reading Beaches. So I'm enjoying it.

 Beaches

I have added this book as well. In fact I just started it today and so far it is a page turner.


On my TV:

I'm taking a break from  "Downton Abbey"(I really like it)  and I'm watching season 2 of Party of Five




On the menu this week:

Monday- Pizza, breadsticks, and salad
Tuesday- Smothered steak, mashed potatoes, corn, and rolls
Wednesday- Hamburgers and fries
Thursday- Chicken stir fry and salad
Friday-  Pasta bakes (red sauce and white sauce), garlic bread, salad
Saturday- Roast, au gratin potaotes, green beans, and cheddar biscuits
Sunday- Beans and cornbread

On my to do list:
Laundry
Vacuum
Clean the bathrooms
Clean the bedrooms
Clean the kitchen

What I am creating:

Nothing at the moment. I'm waiting on some yarn and material that I ordered for some new projects that I plan to start on very soon.

Homemaking Tips:

I cannot think of any right now!

Looking around the house:
My house needs some TLC. Every room is messy and cluttered. There are dishes in the sink and on the counter. It's just a mess.

 From the Camera:



On my prayer list:
My husband as he begins his studies for his Master's Degree in Computer Science

Bible verse/devotional: 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. (ESV) 
 Psalm 128:3

~Angie

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Social

Hi Lovelies! 

I'm Linking up again with Neely and Ashley for this week's Sunday Social.

This week as all about Heart Day (Valentine's Day). I love Valentine's Day, even though we combine it with my birthday since both are less than a week apart. 


So here are my answers:

Best Valentine's Day you've ever had:

This year was probably the best yet. I think the best thing that happened was when the Little said "Happy Valentine's Day! I love you! My heart just melted as soon as I heard the words. 

Worst Valentine's Day you've ever had:

The worst was a few years ago, we has argued all day and were in bad moods, and we barley talked at that day. We did make up the next day and we ended up having a nice Valentine's Day even though it was a day late.

What did you do for Valentine's Day this year:

We spent a relaxing day together. Then, once the Little went to bed, we finished watching "The Hunger Games" and we had ice cream sundaes. It was the perfect day!

Favorite Valentine candy:

Heart shaped Reeses cups. Yummy!

Favorite Valentine's memory from your childhood:

I used to love the parties we had in elementary school. Those were always fun.

~Angie


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Over the Hill and a Birthday Recap

Hi Lovelies!

I am officially "over the hill" and rolling down the other side of it. I told myself that I would not let turning 40 bother me. Well, that didn't happen yesterday. I wasn't in a very good mood on my birthday. I was depressed, upset, and tired. I was not in my happy place at all. But something Husby said to me brought it right back. He told me that we have something to live for, to be happy for.....our beautiful daughter.

So, I despite waking up in a grumpy mood, I had a great birthday. Here's a recap through pictures of my special day.....

My birthday presents from Husby

My favorite author!


One of my favorite shows

The party was small. We had a couple of friends over for some yummy food and birthday cake

We had this:

  BBQ beef sandwiches

 potato salad

 Chips and dip

The theme was supposed to be John Hughes movies, but somehow it morphed into a Pac Man theme because of the decorations that I bought. 

   The decorations:



The cake: 





And last but not least, my "Over the Hill" present that our friends put together, which I thought was pretty funny! I'll have to post the pic later!

Well, there's the recap of my birthday. I hope my 40s are as special as my 30s were!

~Angie 
  

Friday, February 15, 2013

Lately......

Hi Lovelies! 

I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately Life has been so busy with both Husby and I taking classes again. I still have my birthday recap to post and a heart day recap to post as well.  Please look for these this weekend!

Here is what I have been up to lately!

Lately I have been reading this book:



Lately I have been watching this tv series on Amazon Prime



Lately I have been studying, working on discussion questions, and writing papers for this class:



Lately have been watching these videos over and over again







Lately I have been wanting to watch this tv series



Lately I have been wanting to try these two new recipes




recipe can be found at Life at the Green House


What have you been up to lately?

~Angie