Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Living Life on the Weekends

It seems to me that little happens during the week (except for Eric working hard everyday) and everything happens on the weekends.  Weekends with nothing to do are a rarity in this household.  They usually involve driving and a full day of events.  I kinda like it that way.  I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, especially when I get so little social interaction during the week. (Though I have joined two small groups at church and met some pretty awesome people.)  So, since very little happens during the is what has happened the past two weekend---

February 4th & 5th, 2011:  The Saucedo Family Comes to Visit!
Friday night we all enjoyed dinner, talked, and played the game of LIFE (If any of you know what I'm talking about...Eric was the Kristina of the game!  lol.).  Saturday we walked on the river, then had lunch at Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons restaurant.  I find it funny that the locals kind of disdain the place, but everyone else really wants to go there.  After lunch, we headed out to Wormsloe State Historic Site for Colonial Faire and Muster.  Basically, people dressed up and acted as if they were in colonial times.  We got to see them set off the canons (which were very loud) and sell stuff like fox tails in their stores.  We also got lost in the woods and weren't sure if we were going to find our way out, but luckily we picked a right path at a fork in the road...which saved us going down a three mile trail in the opposite direction we were looking to go.  I would highly advise they put up some better trail markers or something.  After we got "un-lost" we headed home to cook some humongo steaks for dinner.   Mmm...and that was the end of the Saucedo's stay.

The Saucedo's on River Street
Lily and I on the road leading into Wormsloe Historic Site...the trees were absolutely gorgeous!
Our colonial friends showing us how to set off canons
Eric and I
The Girls
February 11th & 12th, 2011: Owen and Jenna's Wedding Festivities
My old roomie, Jenna, is now married and off on her honeymoon in St.Lucia.  This past weekend had two whole days filled with wedding activities (and well...the actual wedding of course!).  Friday consisted of the bridal luncheon/spa experience, rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner.  Saturday we had the wedding day preparation, the wedding, and the reception.  Everything turned out absolutely beautiful and I am so happy for the two of them.  

 Bridal luncheon/Spa Day: Family friends turned their garage into a spa...pretty awesome, huh?
Kristina getting her nails done

The Bride and I in Our Spa Robes

Rehearsal Dinner Madness--Kristina and I unknowingly got practice being a bridesmaid when we showed up to the rehearsal with the same dress!

The bride getting her hair done for the wedding


Make-Up Time

The Beautiful Bride

Showing off the cake

Bride and Groom

Much love to everyone!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

EatBetterAmerica - Chicken and Orzo Supper

I love eating home cooked meals.  Not only can you save a lot of money, but I feel like the meals are usually more nutritious.  One website I turn to for recipes is EatBetterAmerica.  They have "healthified" versions of food you know and love.  Recently, I tried their Chicken and Orzo Supper...and loved it!  It was SO easy to make and Eric thought it was good. 

I had never tried Orzo before and was pleasantly surprised by it.  It looks like enlarged rice, but is actually pasta.  It was great that it could cook in the skillet with the broth and chicken and then by done in 10 to 15 minutes.  Also, I love fresh veggies like zucchini in my meals.  The canned Italian-style stewed tomatoes is an easy way to add flavor and another veggie.

I suggest you try this recipe out next time you want to make a fast, delicious meal for your family!
Chicken and Orzo Supper - CLICK HERE!

Finished product after Parmesan Cheese is Added