Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Family Affair

Saturday we all went out in support of Fallen Soldiers.  There as a 5K run/walk and The General and I along with my father-in-law participated.  This was my first real attempt at a 5K since the accident 14 months ago.  There were times I wasn’t sure I would finish but I was determined to walk the entire course in under an hour.  My father-in-law also walked the course while The General was the runner in the family. 




It was a trail run and the course was pretty difficult with rocks and tree branches and such.  We all finished proudly.  After the race, we stayed for the awards ceremony.  Turns out, my father-in-law ended up being the Grand Master Champion for the men walkers!  And I got 3rd place for the women walkers in my age category!!  It was very exciting.  Although The General didn’t receive an award, we are very proud of him.  For the men runners, he had a lot of competition in his age category.


Then on Sunday we heard a wonderful message at church.  It was a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Great Giveaway

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Go visit New Girl On Post's giveaway for a chance to win one!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Peyton's Place

The dog is mad at The General and I.  Yesterday we worked on cleaning the house in anticipation for my in-laws coming to visit next weekend.  We've known that the dog likes to hang out under our bed and we knew that he takes things and hides them under the bed.  When we got under the bed, it was a disaster.  When the dog gets mad at us he digs in the trash for paper and plastic.  Then he takes it under the bed and tears it into pieces.  Yesterday we found aluminum foil and a pie pan.  I tried to get a picture of the dog looking into the camera but he was having none of it.  He was trying to protect his loot!

While cleaning we had a great idea.  We put paper boxes under the bed and made it so the dog cannot get under the bed anymore.  He is not happy.  It was hilarious the first time he tried to go under the bed after we blocked it. 

Football and Friends

What an awesome weekend!!!

We spent Saturday evening with friends watching football. I tried a couple of new recipes and they turned out great. I love finding new recipes that end up being really good.

The first one is for Football Party Dip. I've included the original recipe. I changed it up a little. Instead of celery and tomatoes I used a can of Rotel. I didn't use Bob Evans ingredients. I don't think that matters too much. This is the best dip I have ever had! Even The General liked it.

Football Party Dip

Prep time :10 minutes
Cook time :10 minutes
Makes 6 servings


  • 1 pound Bob Evans Zesty Hot Sausage Roll
  • 1 cup Bob Evans Wildfire Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 can (16 oz.) baked beans
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh diced tomatoes*
  • 1 1/2 cups diced celery
  • 1 1/4 cups diced onions
  • 1 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 to 4 dashes hot sauce to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Garnish Options
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 large bag tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup green diced onions
  • *Drain excess liquid from tomatoes for thicker dip.


Crumble and cook sausage in a large skillet or soup pot, over medium-high heat until browned. Carefully drain off excess drippings. Add celery and onions to sausage and continue to cook over medium heat until vegetables are slightly tender and sausage is no longer pink. Add baked beans, barbecue sauce and mix well. Add tomatoes, garlic powder, hot sauce, salt and pepper to mixture. Simmer together for 5 to 10 minutes and serve in a large bowl. Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream and diced green onions on top if desired. Serve with tortilla chips. Refrigerate leftovers.

Then came the pie...oh the pie! Delicious...needless to say there was only a little bit left at the end of the night.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell*
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped pecans
Serve with ice cream (optional)
  • Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
  • Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high until foamy.
  • Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter.
  • Stir in morsels and nuts and spoon into pie shell.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm.