"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Neiman-Marcus Brownies

I wish I had taken a picture of this delicious dessert, but we ate them all before I could pull my camera out :)

1 pk of your preferred cake mix (I like using Butter Pecan, but Chocolate is really good too)
3 Large Eggs, divided
1 cup butter, melted and divided
1 pk of powdered sugar (1 lb box)
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
Chopped pecans
Chocolate chips (optional)

* Beat cake mix, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup melted butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Press batter into a lightly greased 9X12 pan. (This mixture will be very sticky and hard to spread into pan.)

* Beat remaining 2 eggs, remaining 1/2 cup melted butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese until creamy. Pour mixture over cake mix crust. Sprinkle with pecans (and chocolate chips if you want).

* Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

*Let cool and cut into squares.

Yields 2 dozen


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Great Giveaway

Go on over to this website and enter a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to HomeGoods! Sure hope I win!!! :)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Happy Boo!

Ginger is ready for pumpkin season! We (and by "we" I mean "me" because I doubt Hutson has been or will be searching the internet for that perfect trick-or-treat costume) are still debating on what she's going to be for Halloween...any suggestions?

This picture tickles me! Ginger now has a silly habit of sticking out her tongue when she's smiling and cackling. It's the cutest thing I've ever seen!

(Pictures of our Gatlinburg and Biltmore Estate trip will be posted soon! )

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Like Uncle, Like Niece

Brad (Uncle Bunky) used to suck his thumb and cover it up with his other hand...just like Ginger is doing in this picture. Too funny!

Unbelievable! She kind of favors him from this angle!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Foot Prints

This picture is one of my favorites! I took her to Dandy Doodlez to have a foot print made, and she was such a good girl during the process. As you can tell from the look on her face, she loved the paint on her foot. When I get her plate back (they keep it a week to put it in the kiln and do other "pottery" things to it) I will post the final product. It will definitely be something I will always cherish!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

One Small Roll for Babykind!

I was beginning to think Ginger was not going to ever roll over, but she proved me wrong today. She has gotten close these last few days but couldn't seem to get her little fanny rolled around. All of her hard work (grunting) paid off :)

This is how I left Ginger while I cleaned up the kitchen.

This is how I found her.

She was very content to be on her tummy.

She rolled again later in the day.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Round 2 of Shots

Ginger went for round 2 of her immunization shots today, and she did soooo good! She cried when the nurse gave her the shots but then stopped as soon as she was picked up. Plus, I think the bottle I had ready soothed her...no idea where she gets that from :) Here are her newest stats:

Weight: 14 lbs, 8 oz
Length: 23 in
Head circumference: 16 in

I believe she was in the 50th-75th percentile on everything. Mrs. Beth said that she is a very healthy baby and was impressed that Ginger didn't cry when she checked her hip bones. Mama's big girl!! :) She also said that she was, and I quote, "More advanced for her age." But I'm not bragging...just being factual :)

Here are pictures from our fun day:

Ginger with Mrs. Beth. This was after the hip-bone check-up. She's cool!

Right before shots...poor girl didn't know what was about to take place.
No pictures of the shots because I was getting her a bottle. Note: I did not take her for her visit naked! They undressed her to check her from head to toe.

Ginger and Daddy at his office after our doctor visit.
(Can you say, "Proud Papa"?)

Ginger and Bella. We met at Veronica's Bakery in Greenwood...de-lish!!! She is staying the night with Papa and Bella, and I'm heading that way tomorrow for Mamaw's birthday party. I love seeing my family!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wonderful Recipe!

Our chocolate tart is on the table in front of us...minutes before being devoured!

Below is a recipe to one of the easiest desserts I have ever made! I think that boiling an egg is difficult and time-consuming, so for me to say a recipe is easy...please, believe me! Hutson and I took a class at the Viking Cooking School back in June, and this is the dessert we made. I urge you to make it once...if you don't ever make it again because you find it too complicated then I will reimburse your money to cover the ingredients. (Well, not really. I'm just trying to make a point that this is super simple! :) Bon appetit! (I just saw Julie & Julia, and this phrase is running over and over in my mind.)

Warm Chocolate Tarts

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (or finely chopped if you buy a block of chocolate)
3/4 C heavy cream
1/4 C whole milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
12 Mini-Graham Cracker Pie Crusts

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Combine the heavy cream and milk in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Allow to stand for 30 seconds, then whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
4. Whisk the egg into the chocolate mixture. Place the tart crusts on a baking sheet. Pour the filling into the crusts, dividing it evenly between them.
5. Bake the tarts just until the edges of the filing are set; the centers will still be a little soft, about 15-18 minutes. Cool the tarts for 15-20 minutes.
6. Top with whip cream.

A Visit from Poppy and MeMe

Poppy and MeMe came for a visit this weekend, and Ginger was so glad to see them. They brought gifts, as usual. :) (We like the gifts!!) Ginger got two more Little Golden Books (Spongebob and Veggie Tales) and a precious Christmas dress. I can't wait to put Ginger in it!

GiGi's new Christmas dress

MeMe and Ginger...I believe Ginger was saying, "I looooove you, MeMe!"

Saturday, September 5, 2009

When Daddy's Away...

"Be Aggressive; B-E Aggressive"
Our little cheerleader

Ginger has this look of astonishment on her face because I just told her that Daddy likes the stinky bulldogs. Boo!!!

The Girls Will Play!!!

Ginger says, "Go Rebs!!!"

(Hutson is going to kill me when he sees this :) )

Thursday, September 3, 2009


She was sitting up at first, but since finding her toes it has now transformed into sitting forward.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Exciting news...

Ginger is sitting up!! I don't have any good pictures yet because when she sits up I get so excited that she gets tickled at me and topples over before I can get my camera. Hopefully I will have pictures to post soon!