Monday, May 31, 2010

Side purse to hide my money! :)

So I finally made a "hip change purse"....not quite sure what to call it really!  Mom suggested I make it so that it goes around my waist (through some belt loops) and tuck into the top of my jeans and that way, the strap doesn't show under my shirt, and no one can just grab this hidden, cute "fanny pack"...except it sits on my hip pack?  Here's what I came up with using some fabric, ribbon, and a seven inch zipper I had in my sewing box!
(like the pointe shoes in the background? :) )

And here's how I made it!
(click on the pictures to make them bigger)

1. Cut out your fabric to the size you want it (I wanted it slightly bigger than my passport+my Euros, so it could hold both if needed.  You really only need four pieces of fabric (outside front, outside back, lining front, lining back) but since I was using a light color (hence, more see-through) I cut out another piece of lining to go between the outside piece and the lining six pieces total.

2. Next I stitched the layers for the front together and trimmed the edges.  I did the same for the back pieces.  This way, I wasn't having to work with six pieces of fabric...but two thick pieces of fabric!
3. Next I pinned the top edge of the zipper to the right side of the outside front of the bag.  I found some ribbon that was long enough to go around my waist (plus extra for tying).  Cut that ribbon in half and pin each half to the outside front of the bag, with the right side of the ribbon (if applicable) to the right side of the bag.

4. Sew them in place!  Make sure you only sew half of the zipper in place.  The other half will be pinned and sewn to the back of the bag...

5. To keep from accidently sewing the ribbons between the front and back of the back where they don't belong, roll up the ribbon and safety pin them to the middle of the bag.

6. Next, pin the back panel of the purse to the front panel.  When pinning the top edge, make sure to pin only to the half of the zipper that hasn't been sewn.  On the corners of the top of the purse, you can stitch all layers together. (Look in the following pictures).

7. This is what it should look like when it's done! :)  Notice that the zipper has been zipped slightly.  As I was getting closer to the slider of the zipper, I moved it a little, but not all the way, because when you finish, you need the hole the zipper creates to turn the bag right side out!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Creamy Tomato & Chicken Casserole

I've been inspired by my wonderful friend Holli and her roommate Erin (who I've never met) and their cooking adventures while in Mongolia (here's their blog).  So...I decided to blog about how to make one of Adam's favorite meals we invented this year.  It started as poppyseed chicken casserole, but ingredients changed over time...there's no poppyseed in this casserole, but there is some tomatoes! And it's super easy to make!!

Preheat the oven and boil some noodles (any kind will work, sometimes I just break up spaghetti noodles really small, sometimes I use the twisty noodles, but this time I used egg noodles...also, no specific amount of noodles, just however many noodles you want...I believe I put about 5 or 6 handfuls in this casserole? A little less than half of the bag of egg noodles anyway...)

Mix your ingredients! For a 9x13 dish or a 2.5 quart dish...
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • a cup of milk
  • a can of diced tomatoes (or about two freshly diced tomatoes)
  • 1 or 2 cans of cooked chicken. 
((For a smaller dish, mix 1 can Cream of Chicken soup, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 can tomatoes, and 1 can of chicken.))

After the noodles are cooked, drain them and add them to the mixture.

After that's well mixed, add in some spices!  These change up a little everytime I make the dish, depending on what I'm feeling would taste good.  This time, it was a little dried basil, a little dried celery, and a little garlic salt (Adam added more after I cooked it haha)...OH and if you have Parmesan cheese, mix about a half cup of that's so good!)

When everything is all mixed just wonderfully, pour the casserole mix into the dish you're going to use!  Crumble about 15-20 crackers on top of the casserole (once again, this changes everytime I make it...sometimes plain ol' saltines, sometimes Townhouse or whatever crackers are laying around...this time it was Townhouse).  Sprinkle about a half cup or so of shredded cheese on top (our favorite is Colby & Monterey Jack, you can add some extra Parmesan cheese on top too if you put it in the casserole).

Bake for about 30 minutes or so (until you see the casserole bubbling around the edges (everything you put in the casserole is precooked and really just needs to be heated and blended together).

When the casserole comes out, I like to add a little more cheese on top to melt while the casserole cools... and then it's ready to eat!! :) Enjoy! :)

I made this yesterday for dinner, and when I went to the fridge to warm up some for dinner for myself tonight while Adam is at work, it was almost all gone!  Guess that tells you how much he likes it! :)

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Getting Ready for France!

Cell Phone situation figured out....check.
Credit Card/Debit Card situation figured out...check.
Voltage/Outlet converter...check.
Lock for my suitcase...check.
New Suitcase...check.
Euros ordered from the bank...check.
Bag no, no check yet.
I'm getting there!   Just gotta pick up my Euros tomorrow from the bank, set up my rental from Verizon before I go to the airport, pack, and make a "purse" to keep my cash in like this one: 
This one at Target was nice, but just not that cute.  So I guess I'll get to sewing! :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Beach Pictures!

So there really aren't that many of us because I'm not a fan of getting sand in either of my cameras, but here they are! :)

Nifty Little Site I Found

I was reading Reader's Digest earlier and they were talking about this site: 1000 Awesome Things.  This guy is doing a countdown of 1000 Awesome Things every weekday until he has a list of 1000.  He started this list when he was going through some rough stuff in his life.  Good way to think happy thoughts, huh?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Oh! And in reply to Megan...

Megan posted a blog entry about birthdays and what she wants her birthday cake to look like.
They look great and all :) haha but I'm thinking more along the lines of this..... :) HAHAHAHA :) JK

820+ miles of driving...11+ miles of walking

That's a pretty good summary of our vacation this week! We started in Auburn, went to the parents' houses in Irondale and Mt. Olive, then drove down to Grayton Beach and stayed a night...shopped in Destin...drove to Gulf Shores and drove to the other end of Gulf Shores, and to Fort Morgan.  On our way back, we detoured to Fairhope, then stopped in Montgomery (but got to the mall right as they were closing, oh well!)  We got back to Auburn around 7ish.  We're tanner than we were when we started...and we have too many new tshirts hahaha.  We ate lots of great food and enjoyed many many walks.  We even went to the doctor while we were there! How often does that happen on vacation, huh? Adam's poison oak is doing much better now! Oh, and leaving from lunch this afternoon at LuLu's, Adam got to be a fireman (not that he isn't always).  A guy at the restaurant was dehydrated and collapsed about the time that Adam was walking by, so he waited with him and kept his eye on him until the Gulf Shores Fire Department and Paramedics got there. Yay Adam!! :)

Our driving route

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Gulf Shores in our sand chairs

We made a big sand recliner this morning and it was still here this afternoon! Now we're sitting relaxing and praying Adam's poison oak will disappear!!! :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We're Here!!

Checked in to the State Park...about to set up camp!!! :)

Thinking of Beverly

Just passed through Prattville! Makes me think of Beverly! Hope she's feeling good today and gettng to spend lots of good time with her family and friends before heading to Texas to see the doctors at MD Anderson. We'll be prayng for her! Get there safely and get well so you can come on back home!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Vacation time!

Got a check from the IRS and a check from ebates! And... A voucher for a free frozen California Pizza Kitchen pizza... We'll be using that at the beach! :) :) :)
The picture is from when Mom, Dad, and Sarah went to the beach in October.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Yay Late Night Sewing!

What do you do when you find a $5 coverup that has some greek letters on it?? Make it cute with some polka dots!! :)

Outside Pictures!

I looked out the window and it was pretty outside…so I took some pictures before the sun went down! :)

Starbucks Happy Hour!

I finally got to go get a half price Frappucinno at Starbucks!
Anyone know how to read Starbucks lingo? This is what I got…

It’s a grande 2% no whip chai frappucinno…quite yummy.  There was a good bit of cinnamon on top. Reminded me a lot of snow cream now that I think about it hahhaa.

And now for my countdowns………….
*Beach2 Days!!
*France17 days!!

I’m in the process of cleaning off my camera cards and packing up some stuff for summer vacation part one! Oh, and I’m going to make some banana nut bread…yumm (assuming I have all the ingredients in my cabinet, which I’m pretty sure I do!)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

BBQ Lunch & a Wedding!!

I think I got a little sun today! We had our Sunday School “Supper Club” this morning…we tend to make it “Supper Lunch.”  We grilled out and soaked up some sun. It was so much fun!!  After that, we headed to Christel & Bobby’s wedding at AUMC.  It was so pretty. We looooved the music! Christel, you did a great job planning everything! J  The reception was at Kiesel Park…one of mine and Adam’s favorite places in Auburn!  I wish I had one of the old old old pictures of me and Christel to add here…but there aren’t any super old ones on my computer…so these will just have to do right? J
Congratulations Christel & Bobby!
p.s. I probably should’ve brushed my hair out of my face in the pic from my wedding!! Hahaha!

Friday, May 14, 2010

I got mail! :)

I love it when I forget I’m expecting something in the mail!  Today I got a mini cookbook from the American Heart Association. I can’t wait to try some food!! The tomato and roasted red bell pepper soup looks good…and the chicken pasta salad with creamy poppy seed dressing…and the broiled salmon with plum salsa (mom must bought salmon…let me know if you want this recipe…)…oh and the zesty pecan-crusted tilapia…and the apple streusel cupcakes.  I think it’s time for me to go eat lunch now…hahaha

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Countdown to Vacations!

Beach:5 days
France:20 days

I started thinking today about what all I need to pack when I go to France!  Not much, because I've gotta leave room for some souvenirs!! :)  I get a little bit more excited every day, but I don't know that it's really going to hit me that I'm going to FRANCE until I sit down in the Birmingham airport and wait on my boarding time.  I still find it a little hard to believe that I really have a passport...and not the kind from Disney World! 

But, for the next few days, maybe I'll get on that sewing I keep talking about...and that scrapbook I keep thinking about.  I did learn a little more about making a blog I guess that's an accomplishment, right? :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I got my first 4.0 for a
semester at Auburn!
Now my overall GPA is a 3.83 :) :) :)

I gave up on trying to find a picture of a dancing tiger...oh well. hahah

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Oldies but Goodies

1st off....One year ago today, this was me...

Yay!! A year ago today, I graduated with my 1st degree from Auburn :)  Here's my diploma :) :) Which I haven't framed. I had a pretty frame, but the diploma was a bit big for it...and all the other frames are crazy I'm thinking that when I'm done getting degrees, I'll get them all framed together :)

And today, I'm looking through some old pictures as I organize the mess on my external hard drive.  When i get done, I'll work on my scrapbook of the wedding planning process through the first year of marriage :) Here's some old pictures I found along the way...

Happy Mother's Day Mom!!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010


We did a little...redecorating!! Starting with the front door!!

...and After!

And the bedroom before...
(ignore the unmade bed & stack of clothes to put away...)

and after!
Yay!!! Enough room to play the Wii bowling!