Friday, February 27, 2015

Life Lately

Somehow it's the end of February! We've had three snow days in the last two weeks and I am ready for spring. Ryan's got one more week of the hardest rotation of intern year. I kept telling him it can only get better! But in the midst of his crazy schedule we've managed a few new things...

We've joined a church!

After spending a few months visiting churches we joined First Presbyterian a few weeks ago and are looking forward to getting involved. 

There's {finally} a TV in our living room! 

Originally, I thought we didn't have enough room for a television in this room without hanging it above the fireplace (which I really didn't want to do). I'm very thankful Ryan was willing to spend his one day off last weekend crawling up under the house to do the wiring. Isn't it amazing how far TVs have come in the last 60 years? 

I tried a new recipe for tomato soup that's definitely a keeper. 

Here's the link (it's from the actress who played Kelly on "Saved By the Bell"). I used half-and-half instead of cream and dried herbs instead of fresh. 

More snow came on Tuesday and Thursday this week! 

Another snow day means another long walk with Scout to Falls Park. The snow is pretty, but I've had my full and am ready for spring. I'm tired of the mess of wet dog feet that seem to track slush through the house.

See the forsythia trying to bloom here? I think Mother Nature is ready for spring too!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fun in Birmingham

Last week I spent a few days with Sis and her girls in Birmingham to celebrate Elizabeth Magee's FOURTH birthday. I can't believe she is four! She is so much fun and has the sweetest spirit.

Me and the birthday girl at the party. 

On Thursday we went to Tuscaloosa to visit Mama Jean and Papa Carrel. Mary Thorne loved getting to "ride the little horsey" with Mama Jean. It was so nice getting to visit and the next time I see them they will be in a new house!

Mom and Net came and I loved getting to see them. As always, it wasn't long enough! 

No one on earth hold a candle to Siggi in Elizabeth Magee's eyes. 

It's amazing how much Poppy and Mary Thorne have grown since Christmas. They know their colors, have mastered the potty and are so talkative. Poppy still isn't sure about Aunt Sis - especially if she can't see her mama. But she did love telling me all about the colors in the crayon box. I'll take what I can get!

Mary Thorne has no such hesitations about Aunt Sis. She is full-throttle all the time until she crashes at 7:05 p.m. She loves hot sauce on her eggs and helped me eat my salad at lunch. Not the typical diet of a nearly two year old!

And she is the best cuddler!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ice Capades and Jambalaya

We woke up to the very much predicted ice storm this morning. The schools and most business are closed and it's a great day to hunker down and enjoy. Except if you work at a hospital and have to go in at 3 a.m. Fortunately, Ryan made it safely, and I'm not planning on cranking my car!

This looks like snow but it's solid ice. By mid-morning Scout and I were ready to get out of the house so we headed out for a walk to take in the sights. Poor Pepe has hurt his hip and was left behind. I don't think he minded though - cold weather is not his thing. 

Our neighborhood has some great sledding hills! I'm going to have to get a sled for next time!

There is never parking downtown but there was plenty this morning. Of course, most everything was closed!

The Starbucks by Falls Park was the destination for our walk and, fortunately, they were open for business. One thing I love about Greenville is it is so dog friendly. I had to document Scout's first time in Starbucks! 

In honor of cold weather and Fat Tuesday, I made jambalaya last night...

This is a combination of two recipes from one of my favorites cookbooks, Forestburg Watermelon Festival Cookbook Volume II (a wonderful gift from my Aunt Betty!). 

In a dutch oven, saute 1 pound sliced smoked sausage in 1/4 cup oil until browned. Remove the sausage and saute (chopped) vegetables: 1 onion, 1 bell pepper, 1 cup celery, 1 cup green onion and 2 cloves garlic until tender. Add 1 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; and cook a few minutes. Stir in 1 cup uncooked rice, 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, 1 cup water and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Add one (14.5 oz) can of drained diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and add back in sausage for about 30 minutes. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Skiing the Wolf

Last week Ryan had some time off so we had a staycation. It was wonderful and we did lots of necessary evils like go to the dentist and file our taxes. But we also had lots of fun! Even though the last few days have felt like spring is around the corner, last week there was snow in the North Carolina mountains. So we headed to the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort for a day of skiing. I wasn't expecting much as far as the snow amount and the size of the mountain (compared to out West) but it was fabulous on both accounts! The snow machines were going in the morning, but there was enough natural snow to not really need them. Although I did appreciate the nice layer of powder to cushion my (four? five?) falls.

It amazes me that we were one and a half hours from home! We were on the slopes before 10 a.m.!

The lodge was cute and very rustic with huge fireplaces inside and lots of picnic tables. There was a grill and a gift shop. Everything you need!

Selfie on the slopes! This was our third trip skiing together and the first where we've worn helmets. One of my Pilates classmates has a family member who suffered a traumatic brain injury on this mountain a few weeks ago. I keep telling Ryan he is my Plan A and there is no Plan B so we were getting helmets:)

This picture doesn't do the steepness of this section of the mountain justice. It was one of the few black areas (most were blue or green). I didn't attempt this but Ryan did. He'd had a terrific fall a few minutes this!

I like to go nice and slow!

The winter wonderland behind Ryan is a little misleading -- there must have been a snow machine blowing snow on these trees the day before!

And this is how I feel about skiing all day!