Monday, September 28, 2009

Weekend Recap

Work was very hectic as usual on most Fridays. Luckily I already had scheduled to leave a little earlier so I could pick up Blake from Preschool and head to Jeff with mom to see his new baby brother. Afterwards Mom and I went to Wal-mart to get a few things, it's hard to not make a Wal-mart stop. We decided to just grab a sandwich from their deli since we were there anyway. As I was driving and eating/drinking on the way home I noticed my mountain dew tasted odd. Well come to find out I grabbed DIET Mountain Dew. We're not huge fans of diet so our thirst quench of drinking a good ole mountain dew was ruined. lol I learned my lesson to wear my glasses or contacts next time.
Got up early so I could get ready and head to St. Elizabeth to meet Mike for a friend's wedding, Nick Green & Kelli Libbert. The day started out rainy and just a nasty day to stay inside and definitely not fit for a wedding. Luckily by the time the wedding started the weather cleared up and turned out to be a nice day for it. Not to mention that evening was my first Catholic Mass experience with Mike. It was very different than what I am used to with the Methodist. My friend Lindsay had worked with the Bride at the hospital, so I got to spend the evening with her like old times. The DJ was very good, Colossal Sounds. They would dance behind their table and try to get everyone to dance. Sorry I didn't have my camera with me, so no pictures of the goofy DJ guys.
We headed to my grandma and grandpa Feelers for our annual molasses making. Always a good time to spend with family and the weather couldn't have been nicer for it.

I am very blessed to have the life I do and grateful for every minute spent with family and friends!

Nathan Steven Allen

Friday morning at 8:08 a.m. Nathan Steven was born weighing 7lbs. 5oz. and 20 1/2 inches long. Mom and I took big brother Blake up there to see him Friday evening. Here is some pictures from Friday!

Blake seeing Nathan for the first time

Nathan has lots of hair!

Can you tell Big Brother is PROUD of his new baby brother?

Lipstick & Purse-N-Ality

Our Lipstick & Purse-N-Ality was a big success. We had over 650 people attend our ladies night and all the proceeds went to the Russell House here in Rolla. Walking in the runway wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, it was actually fun and a huge adrenaline rush to change and think of different ways to show the clothes off you were wearing.
Here is some pictures from the event.
View from the Stage of our vendors etc.

A co-worker, Leonie.

Not the greatest picture of me, but it's the only one I have.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

FALL is here!!

Today is the first day of Fall. My favorite time of the year! Time of the year for bringing out my comfy clothes (hoodies), deer season, our fall supper at church, watching the leaves turn into beautiful colors, and most of all our annual molasses making!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Caramel-Chocolate Cream Puffs

I just came across this delicious recipe online.

Caramel-Chocolate Cream Puffs
16 cream puffs (such as Belgian Mini Cream Puffs) from a 13.2-ounce box of frozen cream puffs
1 12.25-ounce jar caramel sauce
1 16-ounce jar hot fudge or dark-chocolate sauce
Defrost the cream puffs according to the label directions. In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring 3/4 of the caramel sauce to a boil. Boil for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens into a chewy glaze. Holding a cream puff with tongs or speared on a fork, dip one side of the puff into the caramel, then place on a dessert plate. Repeat with the remaining puffs, arranging 4 on each plate. A few minutes before serving, warm the hot fudge sauce over low heat. Spoon it around the plated cream puffs.

Mrs. Wonderful

Sunday was my Grandma's 80th birthday party at her church in Vichy, Missouri.

Grandma & Grandpa Feeler with their children, Wayne Edward, Judith Ellen, Russell Doyle (who is in Arizona, but they left an open spot for him), Connie Rebecca and Mary Kaye

Grandpa always called grandma his blue-eyed Jenny when they were dating. This is the cake made from grandpa's drawing.

I am very fortunate and blessed to share my birthday with my grandma... aka Mrs. Wonderful! Throughout the years grandpa has always told people there were two perfect people in this world, him and April. By no means do I consider myself perfect, but in grandpa's eyes I am and that is all that matters. Some where down the line I decided grandma needed a name since she felt a little left out from us "perfects", so Mrs. Wonderful came to be her name. She is absolutely WONDERFUL, from her loving heart to her wonderful cooking. I couldn't have asked for a better person to share a birthday with.
Happy 80th Birthday, Mrs. Wonderful and many more to share with you!

Friday, September 18, 2009

It's my BIRTHDAY!!

Tomorrow is MY BIRTHDAY, September 19th! I feel so old, feels like just another birthday to me. It's just hard to believe I will be 24!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Week/Weekend Ahead

This week, work has been hectic trying to get our promotion done for our Lipstick & Purse-N-Ality event going on next week. Here is the tickets for the event that I made. I am a little nervous and in a way excited to model clothes for JCPenney during this event. Maybe I will get lucky and get to keep the clothes I will be wearing.

Tomorrow I am finally getting contacts/glasses! I've been putting this off for quite some time. I would always borrow my mom's glasses at home, just so I could read the menu on the TV. Plus the past month or so I have been getting headaches a lot. I'm sure this is due to me straining my eyes all day long.

Sometime this week or perhaps today, the arrival of Nathan Steven Allen. Shelley finds out today if she will have him today or most likely later in the week since she has had a lot of contractions since last Friday. I know we are all excited and so is his big brother Blake!

Friday my grandma Feeler celebrates her 80th BIRTHDAY and Saturday is my BIRTHDAY! Saturday Mike and I are planning on going to Boonville to the boat. I hope I can win big!! Sunday we are celebrating my grandma's birthday at her church in Vichy with friends and family. So this weekend will be quite eventful with the celebration of two birthdays and the possibility of a new birthday depending on when Nathan decides to make his grand entrance into this world.

*Note* I published a new recipe for the Chicken Lasagna. I had posted the wrong version that my mom uses.

Surprise 50th Brings Memories

On Saturday I went with mom and dad to a distant cousin's surprise 50th birthday party at the park in Belle. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and so was the food as always. I always like to see my great aunts and especially my Aunt Jessie. She reminds me so much of my Grandpa Elrod with her expressions and laugh. Always makes me feel like I am partially with my grandpa when I am with her. After my Grandma Elrod passed away in 2003, us grandkids became very close with grandpa and helped keep his mind off grandma as much as we could. It's sad to see someone you love be so sad and grateful at the same time. I know he felt so lucky and blessed to be with his family, but it was very hard for him to move on without the love of his life. He departed his life in 2007 due to complications from several strokes. It was hard to let him go, but we knew he was in a better place and most importantly with the love of his life.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fall is ALMOST here!

I know I'm not the only one when I say, "Boy, where has the time gone?" Seems like just yesterday it was the beginning of Spring. Now it will be the beginning of Fall in ELEVEN DAYS!! I love fall and all the beautiful colors on trees. It always seems like it's no time and winter is here... no more pretty colors to look at, just an unattractive canvas! Here is an article I found on the web on ways to celebrate the first day of fall:
Step 1:
Remind guests of their early school days with large, leaf-shaped paper invitations. Ask guests to turn over their invitations (a new leaf, if you will), and write comments on topics such as the following (which you will have printed on the back): the new fall TV shows you are you most looking forward to, the football teams (college and professional) you think will be the ones to watch this season, your choice of a Halloween costume for the upcoming holidays, when you'll buy your first Christmas gifts, for example. As a conversation starter, post the leaves for everyone to read while sipping apple cider.
Step 2:
Serve a meal or refreshments outside. Seat guests in lawn chairs and provide blankets, if necessary. If possible, light a fire and cook hot dogs. Other possibilities for a fall menu include hearty soups and casseroles. Apple pie is a perfect fall dessert. Hang lanterns or patio candles if you need additional light for an evening party.
Step 3:
Include first-day-of-fall activities appropriate for your group and the time of day at you hold the celebration. For example, a weekend afternoon get-together might include a game of touch football followed by a debate about which teams will play in the Orange Bowl and the Super Bowl. A natural activity for a Friday night would include a trip to the local high school to watch the Friday night game. Go for an apple-picking excursion to a local orchard after school one day. Enliven any evening witha leaf printing or candle-making activity, an overview of all the new fall TV shows, or a “monologue” from each guest on their best or worst back-to-school memories.
Step 4:
End the get-together by presenting guests with a three-month “get ready for the holidays” calendar. Make these by simply copying the September, October, November and December pages from a plain calendar. Tape these together so that they form one long sheet. Decorate with such comments as “You are Here” for the day of the party, “You have 5 days to finish your kids Halloween costumes,” “87 Days Until Christmas,” and so on.

I found this picture online. It was taken in Herman, Missouri

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chicken Lasagna Recipe

This recipe is one of my family's favorites and never lasts long.

2 pkgs. Hollandaise Sauce
½ cup butter
2 cups milk
2 cups finely chopped onions
3 cups sliced mushrooms
9 lasagna noodles
1 lb. Skinless chicken breast, cooked & cubed
1/8 tsp., pepper
2 cans asparagus
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
¼ tsp. Basil
¼ tsp. Oregano
½ tsp. Salt

Cut chicken into cubes and brown in skillet. Saute onions and mushrooms in butter until onions are transparent. (Set both ingredients aside).
Prepare Hollandaise sauce mix and lasagna noodles according to package directions. (I mix the Basil and Oregano in with the sauce).
Preheat oven to 350 and coat 13 x 9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Spread ½ cup Hollandaise sauce in bottom of pan. Layer lasagna noodles, chicken, onions and mushrooms, asparagus, cheddar cheese, Parmesan. Repeat layers. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
(The original recipe from Rock Eddy Bluff calls for only one package of Hollandaise sauce, My mom always use two packages. Also have never noticed for sure, but I don’t know if she uses the 2 cups of milk called for.
She just follows the directions on the packages of Hollandaise Sauce and make it from those sauce directions)

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

This is one of my favorite dessert recipes, it's easy and soo good! It’s also kind of magical, because you put in the ingredients, pour hot water over it, and when it comes out of the oven it has somehow turned into a layer of cake with a delicious hot fudge sauce on the bottom.

1 c flour
3/4 c sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c milk
2 Tbsp melted butter or margarine
1 c finely chopped nuts (optional)
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c cocoa
1 3/4 c. hot water

Mix first 5 ingredients in bowl. blend in milk and butter. Stir in nuts, if desired. Pour into ungreased 9×9″ pan. Stir together brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. Sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over all. Bake for 45 minutes @ 350 F.
Optional: Top it off with sprinkles of powdered sugar.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Weekend Recap

After work Friday, I had planned on going to the Maries County Fair to watch the Truck & Tractor Pull with Mike, his brother Steven and their friend Kyle. By the time they showed up at my house it was raining hard so we decided to skip the fair and head to Rainbow Lanes so they could practice bowling before their league starts up.

Saturday morning I went to the parade with mom, dad and my aunt Katie. Afterwards we headed to Morelands for lunch, food was good and so was the company. That evening Mike and I headed to the Fair for the Demo Derby. It was good to see everyone... to me the Fair always seems like one big class reunion. So even though it may not be the greatest fair, it's something that we all look forward so we can see old classmates, friends etc.

Sunday I attended a wedding in St. Elizabeth. Mike had to bar tend, I felt sorry for them they started setting up at 2 and had to serve the whole time... so they ended up bar tending for 10 hours straight. The reception was all outside, turned out to be a nice day for it. They had a grooms cake that looked perfect. I couldn't believe the work that had went into it. The cake was a cooler with ice and natural light bottles in it. The whole thing was edible!

I spent the day at Mike's house. We got up early to start working cows so they can tag and casterate them. Then we had to go check the fence (electric) to see where the problem was so it could work. Ended up being the perfect morning for it, cool and a slight mist. After everything was done Mike's brother Randy cooked pork chops and brats.

Life can be hectic at times, but it is always a blessing!