Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Charm Design Bags and Totes $50 gift card GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

I LOVE purses! Ask my husband. Ask him about my birthday in April of this year when he took me shopping at the mall and I begged and bargained like a 5 year old to get a beautiful candy colored Franco Sarto Purse that I couldn't live without. "I won't buy another purse for a year!" I promised him.

And while I have thus far managed to keep that promise (less than five more months to go!), winning a new purse does not break the terms of our agreement!

Therefore, I give you the Charm Design Bags and Totes $50 gift card GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!! from Kathleen at Grosgrain!

You MUST check it out - but don't sign up to win because that will only hurt my chances ;-)

p.s. Seth and I leave tonight to go see my family for Thanksgiving! After months and months of looking forward to this week it's finally here!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Family Favorite

One of my favorite meals that we enjoyed growing up was Beef in a Basket.
Not only does it have a catchy name, it falls solidly in the category of "comfort food".
You start by browning a pound of ground beef. When it is fully cooked, drain it and mix it with your favorite barbecue sauce (enough to generously coat the beef). I like to throw in a hand full of shredded cheese as well.
Open a can of refrigerated biscuit dough (the honey butter flavor are fantastic!) and use your fingers to flatten each one and stretch it out so that you can press it into a cupcake tin. Spoon the barbecue beef into the dough and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake according to the directions on the biscuit dough, or until the "baskets" are golden brown. They should pop right out of the tin if you're using a non-stick one, though if your muffin tin is not non-stick, you might want to spray the cups lightly with Pam before pressing in the dough. I have also found that if I don't worry about pressing the dough all the way into the bottom of the cups, just enough to make room for the meat, then they come out a lot easier when they're done.

This is a quick, easy, and super yummy dish that pleases the whole family! Enjoy!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

The things girls do for good hair...

It wasn't pretty...

But when it was through...
I ended up with beautiful curls!!!
After spending 26 years with stick-straight hair, I am thrilled to finally have the curls I've always dreamed of. I'm sure there will come a day when I miss my straight locks and pull out my trusty flat iron, but for now I'm absolutely loving the curls!!!

While it takes a bit longer to wash and dry, I can go longer between washes and have infinitely more options for styling (as my straight hair wouldn't hold anything from a bobby pin to an ironed curl). I've gotten so many compliments and I love how many people have told me that they just thought I had naturally curly hair and always straightened it!!!

The only bad part about getting the perm was when my husband found out how much I spent on it :-o But when I reminded him that I hadn't had so much as a trim for over 18 months and then asked him to add up how much he'd spent on haircuts over the last year and a half, he did calm down quite a bit ;-)