Monday, January 31, 2011
The other night I had a craving for a horseshoe so I made my version--which even though it has the same heart attack effects-- it does not have nearly the same taste. But needless to say, it still hit the spot!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Don't get me wrong, Stacey is extremely smart! She kicked our butt at work--and I'm proud to say that at the end of December finally was able to adopt a baby girl--Hooray! But geography--not Stacey's forte'. She once talked about Illinois being "out west." But my ultimate favorite story went like this:
Molly: Bob has to get a new truck.
Molly: Because the salt from Michigan has really ruined it.
Stacey: Oh, the salt in the air from the Great Lakes?
Molly & Sara: (laughing like crazy)And that's just another example of why I miss my days spent with Stacey and Molly! I haven't seen them since this summer when we traveled to Tennessee for Molly's gorgeous outdoor wedding (hince the sweat!). The other blonde in the photo was my boss, Christy.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Holiday weekends for us usually mean either a roadtrip or a house project. This weekend, it was the lucky draw of house project :) It's been on our to-do list ever since our first home inspection, but once it got colder out, we new it was time to blow more insulation in the attic. Fun it was! Let's just say my plans for the rest of the night include eating a late dinner (on purpose), taking an excedrin, watching Desperate Housewives, then some zzzzz's.
Anyway, I decided to make one of our favorite meals tonight. Steak, twice baked potatoes, green beans, and for dessert...cherry yum yum (as it's known in the Ervin household). I finally secured the recipe from my mother-in-law so I thought I would share.
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted (see tip below)
- 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 envelopes Dream Whip
- 1 cup cold milk
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 package cream cheese, softened
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
- 6 bacon strips, chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups cubed peeled potatoes (I used 1 can of diced potatoes and added after carrots cooked)
- 2 cups sliced fresh carrots
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
- 3 cans (11oz) gold and white corn, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 5 cups milk
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup Velveeta
Monday, January 10, 2011
It's not that Illinois doesn't have crazy names. I mean I lived just miles away from Boody! Arkansas reminds me of home when I see: Urbana, Salem, Clinton, Farmington, Jacksonville, Hillsboro, Cerrogordo, Batavia, Belleville, Danville, Mt. Zion, Elgin, El Paso, Morris, Monticello and even Albion (who knew there was more than one Albion in this world...though Illinois' is surely one-of-a-kind!). And to really remind me of home, there is Decatur and Meridian (the name of my high school)!
If you are looking for a baby name or want to get your picture by a sign with your name, then you may want to visit all the towns named after people: Alexander (the town where my address says I live), Carson, Emerson, Marshall, Jordan, Curtis, Byron, Lacey, Marianna, Cecil, Dixie, Noland, Harriet, Quinn, Leslie, Rudy, Rupert, Allison, Ben, Bruno, Rhea, Jericho, Douglas, Ida, Alicia, Burdette, Aubrey, DeAnn, Nathan, Jerome, Ivan, Delaney, Hector, Norman, Jean, Joy, Immanuel, Elizabeth, Kirby, Leonard, Leslie, Chester, Marie, Marcus, Joan, Elaine, Jennette, Wesley, Taylor, Morgan, Lynn, Shannon, and Jericho. Whew--That's a lot of people! Some people are extra special and got their name within the town, such as Billstown (sort of selfish!) and Carroll's Corner (I'm intrigued to know if there is more than 1 corner in this town). Wait, I forgot to mention that Barney originated here. Maybe not the show, but 800 people call it home. There also is town for the famous cat, Garfield and yet another, Dora.
There are towns named after animals: Bear, Beaver, Deer, and Fox.
I've got so many places around the world to see, but in the meantime, maybe I need to just travel to: Jerusalem, Palestine, London, Paris, Havana, Scotland, Vail, Tokyo, Little Italy, Sweden, or Moscow, Arkansas.
Which town would you choose?
- Pansy or Daisy or Tulip?
- Heart or Romance?
- Petty View or Pitts?
- Combs or Nail?
- Calamine or Healing Springs?
- Almond or Tomato?
- Snow or Hot Springs?
- Manila or Blue Mountain?
- Calmer or Delight?
- Marked Tree or Big Fork?
- Hooker or Cash?
- Ozone or Process City?
- Bragg City or Okay?
- Camp or Casa?
- Center or Center Point?
- Guy or Reader?
- Bragg City or Ratio?
- Brightstar or Bright Star?
- Strong or Success?
- Samples or Ratio?
- Wiseman or Quitman?
- Butterfield or Possum Grape?
- Whistleville or Plumerville?
- Dogpatch or Stamp? (for all you Bingo fans!)
- Gin City or Busch?
- Barber or Bald Knob?
Some people think Arkansans can't count, but at some point they got to Figure Five, Fifty-Six, and Number Nine. Seriously?
But finally, I leave you with my awards for the top 10 towns in Arkansas:
10. Beverage Town--I'm betting it's not in a dry county.
9. Waldo--We looked all over the dang world and all along Waldo was hiding in Arkansas!
8. Greasy Corner--Who wouldn't be dying to visit this place.
7. Hicks Station--I bet they get laughs when they tell people their address out loud.
6. Gassville--I would think you would just be paranoid to fart here!
5. Best--Hi. My name is Sara and I live in the Best town in Arkansas. Ha!
4. Sweet Home--Can't believe they didn't write the song to say "Sweet Home, Arkansas!"
3. Weiner--Weiner is just one of those words that still makes one giggle even past age 8.
2. Blue Ball--Again, speechless!
1. And my favorite town....Nimrod. --No matter how smart you really are, no one will believe you!
Gotta love Arkansas!!