Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pepper Nachos & A Fun Weekend

Last night we tried a recipe out of the new Southern Living with our bell peppers from the High Street Farmer's Market. They were amazing!

Pepper and Chicken Nachos: You start with grilling the marinated peppers at med-high heat.

Then you stuff that with a chicken, black-eyed pea, and garlic mixture. Top with cheese and broil.

The finished product...the picture doesn't do them justice.

We had a very fun weekend and I think it was the first one this summer that we've both been home and Ryan's not worked. We both got off early on Friday afternoon (thanks to Millsaps' half-day Fridays for the summer!) and went to see Bad Teacher--it was pretty funny but the language was, as-expected, pretty bad. Laura and Thomas had us over for supper and she made the best crawfish jambalaya. After supper we watched their rehearsal dinner video--priceless and so funny to really hear what everyone said! They have now been married for half a year!

On Saturday we cooked a big breakfast, went to the Farmer's Market, ran errands and cleaned out our blue room. It's now all ready for Martin's first visit in a few weeks (and his parents)! We met DeeDee & John Eric and Lane & Scott at Bravo for supper. I copied DeeDee (so as not to get major food jealousy) and ordered the Blackened Beef Tenderloin Salad and it was amazing. I then ruined a pretty healthy eating day with a huge cappuccino brownie and ice cream. Oh well.

On Sunday we went to big church. I'm sure our Sunday School class has taken us off the roll--we had every intention of making it but then decided to cook pancakes. We took the dogs to the Belhaven pond to swim and then gave them baths. DeeDee and I went for a long walk and sweated off our brownies from the night before. It was a very fun weekend filled with no studying, lots of good food and great friends!

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Great Read: "Left to Tell"

I recently finished "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust" and "Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide" by Immaculée Ilibagiza. It's Immaculée's story of faith and surviving the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 and rebuilding her life. Before reading these books, I really had very little, if any knowledge, of Rwanda or its history. It's an amazing story--nearly 1 milllion people were killed in just a few months. Elizabeth Magee's nanny is from Rwanda and left just before the genocide and so it has been interesting learning about her culture.

Here's the summary from the book's website: Immaculée shares her miraculous story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house for 91 days! In this captivating and inspiring book, Immaculée shows us how to embrace the power of prayer, forge a profound and lasting relationship with God, and discover the importance of forgiveness and the meaning of truly unconditional love and understanding—through our darkest hours.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sip & See for Elizabeth Magee

This weekend my mom hosted a sip-and-see for sweet Elizabeth Magee. She was a doll and I think really enjoyed meeting friends and family!

Afterwards, we had an early Father's Day Celebration (minus Ryan--he stayed home to work). Thomas and Laura headed to Tunica for a wedding and Sis and I hit Net's pool for some vitamin D.

It was fun to be in Senatobia two weekends in a row, but I think I'm ready to stay home for awhile. Saturday night I went with Mom and Dad to eat at Catfish Creek in Southaven. I had the best shrimp and grits I've ever eaten and ate way too much. The owner, John Woods, is a good family friend and told us he is going to be on Canada AM (like our Today show) in a couple of weeks. The other guests? Will and Kate. As in, Prince William and Princess Kate!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Family Reunion

This weekend we went to my mom's family's reunion at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. It was a long drive for a short weekend but we had a great time. Thomas and Laura rode with us and it definitely made the six hour drive more fun!

We've been gathering every other summer since 1987 and I think I've only missed two of the twelve reunions.

On Saturday morning we did our traditionally hike to the waterfall. The weather was hotter than it's ever been and gave new meaning to the thought of what goes down, must also go back up!

My sweet parents!

 Austin under the waterfall.

After the hike to the waterfall, we had a picnic in the park and watched the younger cousins (along with Thomas and Coleman) play waffle ball. It looked like too much running around for me.

That night we had our annual talent show after supper. Papa Carrel, Aunt Betty and Aunt Joan told stories about growing up in Atlanta--Uncle Mark got it all on video. They all have such a good sense of humor. We stayed up too late talking on Saturday night and gathered for a devotional Sunday morning before everyone headed home.

Emma Kate
Aunt Becky and Mom
The Anderson Family.

And this sweet picture of my precious niece, Elizabeth Magee, from Easter--Aunt Sis has been a terrible blogger and hasn't updated since she was born! Isn't she beyond cute?