Thursday, May 27, 2010

Engagement

As promised, I am going to do some "background" posts to get everyone up to speed on us! I could start SEVERAL years ago, as we started dating when I was a senior and Forrest was a junior in high school (he was my sr prom date!), but I will spare you all of that and just jump to our engagement, which is fitting because our anniversary is in just a few weeks! I was studying abroad in Rome, Italy, with my friend Laney. We were there for almost 6 weeks and used our weekends to explore Italy and other parts of Europe.
At the Vatican

On a gondola ride in Venice, Italy

I was most excited about going to Greece for our 3rd weekend. We arrived in Athens, Greece and checked into our hotel. The hotel phone rang and it was Forrest! He had all of my travel info so this didn't surprise me. I hadn't been able to talk to him the day before and I was so glad to hear from him but he hung up mid-conversation. We were starving so we got the bell hop to give us directions to an authentic Greek restaurant. We tried to follow the map but we got lost so we just stopped at a place on the way. We ate outside at a beautiful cafe with strings of lights all around. After a long dinner (Europeans know how to savor a meal!) we got up to go back to the hotel and I heard someone calling my name! I instantly ignored it because we were used to ignoring European men trying to talk to us. I stopped when they called my name again. It was Forrest! I looked at him and kept saying "Why are you here" over and over-I just didn't get it. He got down on one knee and I still didn't know what was going on until the ring was on my finger and I was nodding "yes", as it took me a minute to regain my ability to talk and actually SAY "yes". Not only had he picked a perfect ring, but he had my new initials monogrammed on the silver ring box! Laney was quick on the draw and started taking pictures, even though she was blind sided too, and onlookers started to clap-it was so romantic!! Apparently Forrest was IN the hotel when he called the room and was trying to get Laney to talk to him so she could be in on it. Then he persuaded the bell hop to convince us to go to that restaurant that we couldn't find--good thing he followed us and sat outside a neighboring restaurant waiting on us! He had booked himself on all of the tours we were going to take while in Greece as well! He even went back to Rome with us to spend the week and got to accompany us on our next weekend trip to Florence! It was so thoughtful and romantic! He proposed on June 12, 2008 and as luck would have it we were married on June 12, 2009!

After I said YES!


Checking out the ring!

In Santorini, Greece

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chicken Cobbler Casserole

Just a quick post to share a new and DELISH recipe with you! It is Chicken Cobbler Casserole and I got it from the Southern Living Homestyle Cookbook. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
6 Tbsp. melted butter, divided
4 cups cubed sourdough rolls (I used sourdough bread as the store didn't have rolls)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (I used the kind you buy already chopped-way easier!)
2 medium size sweet onions, sliced (I discovered my chopper didn't work AFTER the onions were already in it!)
1 8 oz. package sliced fresh mushrooms (again, I used canned pieces and stems-just as good!)
1 cup white wine (you can substitute chicken broth or buttermilk here)
1 (10 3/4) oz can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup drained and chopped jarred roasted red bell peppers (next to the olives in the store!)
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
Preheat oven to 400
Toss 4 Tbsp. melted butter with next 3 ingredients; set aside.
Saute onions in remaining 2 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium high heat for 15 min or until golden brown. Add mushrooms and saute 5 minutes or until bubbly. Stir in wine and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until bubbly. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9-inch square baking dish. Top evenly with bread mixture.
Bake at 400 for 15 min or until golden brown.



What a pretty meal!

The top is delicious!


3 happy hungry helpers!

Monday, May 24, 2010

What a Weekend

So this was one of those weekends that was just fun, nonstop!! On Friday night we cooked dinner at our house for our friends Jay and Kim. I had to leave work early with a headache and my wonderful husband ended up having to do almost everything. What a star!


Yummy AND healthy fruit plate!
I forgot to take a picture of anything else!

I used my good china, just for fun, and made peach daiquiris. Unfortunately, the bottom fell off of the blender so we only got one round each and I got covered in peach! Forrest made "my specialty" , Balsamic Chicken, and Jay brought a tasty salad. Here is my chicken recipe, compliments of Joy Rhea.


Balsamic Chicken:
1 family pack boneless skinless chicken tenders
1 bag spinach
1 can pieces and stems muchrooms (omit if you hate mushrooms)
2 (or more) Roma tomatoes (sliced)
1 packet Italian dressing mix (you will need Vinegar and Balsamic Vinegar)
Parmesan cheese (like in the green can)
Angel hair pasta (I use whole grain)

Pour entire bag of spinach in bottom of greased 13x9 Pyrex (it will look like a lot but go with it)
Salt and pepper the chicken and put them on top of the spinach
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of chicken (I usually pour, not sprinkle :) )
Drain mushrooms and pour them over the chicken.
Place tomato slices on the chicken
Prepare Italian dressing mix according to directions except substitute Balsamic vinegar when it says to use water. Pour this over the chicken.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes and serve over pasta.
ENJOY!!



On Saturday we got up and went to Birmingham for the dental school crawfish boil. It was SUPER hot and I was forced to stand underneath AUBURN tents, but it was still good, summery fun! Some of Forrest's classmates brought their dogs and it made us wish that we were able to bring Sonny!




Madison was laying next to the frozen crawfish in the ice. She was the smartest one at the party!


After the boil we went to lunch at Rojo (because I don't do crawfish). Forrest had gotten an AWESOME coupon for Rojo off of http://www.restaurants.com/ (yes, we are HUGE coupon fans-check back often for some of my stellar finds) so we were anxious to use it. His Mahi tacos were AMAZING and I had a Mediterranean quesadilla-delish. As a bonus, my friend Beth from law school was there! What luck!
After lunch we did a little furniture shopping. Our living room in our house is currently empty (so we call it the ballroom) and we are itching to finish it! We found one that we REALLY love, especially because we could customize it with different fabrics! It is by Paula Deen-who knew that she did furniture??? Check her out at http://www.pauladeenhome.com/. Can you guess which one we like?? I want to look around a little bit before we pull the trigger, but I'm very excited about this possibility! After shopping we needed a quick ice cream pick-me-up before heading to Mass at OLS and then stopping at my grandmother's to pick up some goodies (aren't grandmothers the best?). Then we were off to Nabeel's (YUM) for dinner with my friend Jennifer from law school, who was one of my bridesmaids, and her bf Phillip. I love dinner out with friends! Once we got back to Gadsden we packed up the car and the dogs and headed up to my family's lake house. We like to wake up where we want to be, so we don't mind arriving late at night! We were able to spend a BEAUTIFUL Sunday on the water with Sonny and Ruffles, complete with a kayak ride for Sonny, a boat ride with our friends the Condras, and lots of laying out and reading time for the both of us. What a way to relax!

Sonny LOVES to swim!
Ruffles sunbathing and reading her chic lit beach read!


Just keep swimming, swimming swimming!
Sonny loves to ride with his head out of the window!


Then again we were off--this time to the grocery store for my Sunday shopping. I try to only go grocery shopping ONE day a week-meaning I have to be super organized but I like that-you should see my list--it is killer. I am an ALDI shopper, and you should be too! They have GREAT merchandise for very low prices! I'm hooked! As I said before I also am a coupon lover (Aldi doesn't do coupons) so I get the things that I have to have a specific brand of (kitty little, toiletry items, etc) at Wal-Mart with my intense coupon collection. This week my total was about 88 dollars pre-coupons and it ended up being 57 something after coupons! This was a HUGE week for us grocery wise but when there are items on sale and I have a coupon AND I will be needing the item, I go ahead and get it for as cheap as possible. Ok that is my tanget on coupons. Anyway, after showing Wal-Mart who's boss, we went to my cousin John Rollins' graduation party and had a great dinner with family and friends, that included CAKE!!!

See, what a weekend indeed! Hopefully we can have just as fun of a week!

Friday, May 21, 2010

I'm a Blogger!


The Baileys

After being inspired by some friends with really great blogs (thank you Jenny, Amy, and Erin!) I have decided to start one of my own! I think it will be a fun way to keep everyone up to date about what is going on with us--assuming that people want to know what we are doing! I suppose I should start out by introducing myself and my family. I am an attorney in town and I absolutely love my job! I get to meet and help new people every day and I really feel honored to be able to serve the public in this capacity. I work in my family's firm, McCord and Martin, which has been in practice for over 100 years! I handle all types of cases, especially criminal, civil, domestic, and probate.



My name on the sign at work!



My husband, Forrest, is finishing his 2nd year at the UAB School of Dentistry, and so he has 2 years to go! He commutes to Birmingham every day for school, which makes him the best husband ever!





Forrest and some classmates on a mission trip in Costa Rica


We were married on June 12, 2009 (exactly 1 year after Forrest proposed) and closed on our house 1 week before! Needless to say, the first week of June was crazy for us last year!


Our 1st home

Now we are settling into married life with our dog, Sonny, and our 2 cats, Brownie and Baby Stella. We are also fostering Ruffles for the Humane Society, although I think she is going to live with my sister in Tuscaloosa this fall!

Sonny


Brownie and Stella

Ruffles

As for blogging, I believe I will start out with some introductory posts about our past to get you up to speed (our wedding, pets, trips, etc) while writing about what is going on in our daily lives! Hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave comments!







 
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