Christmas in July!

Well, I caved.

I love holiday decor (all holidays really…remember my holiday plate holder in my kitchen that holds plates to bring in every holiday from St. Patty’s day to Valentine’s to Easter). Well, one home decor website I get emails from had a sale….and I bought some Christmas decor.

I know, its July. But I just bought some rubbermaid containers (that were on sale thanks to our college town and move-in happening right now) and put them away. I can’t get pics off their website because they are flash pictures, but everything is so cute! All items are from They have great prices, and I have been quite happy with the quality of all the items.

I got a little peppermint metal serving tray, a mini nativity set, a lace snowman card holder, a personalized snowman sign for our door, an elf toilet seat cover that is too cute, and a metal flag holder for outside. I got all that stuff for like $50! It is amazing. Check them out! And when it’s Christmas and I finally put everything out, I’ll take pictures and show off my goodies!

Summertime…and the living is easy

Well, I am completely, 100% over teaching summer school.

The everyday thing stinks. The students are burned out, and some have quit caring. I am trying to make it interesting and exciting, but it is so hard. It will be over next Friday, praise the Lord!

I had a fairly entertaining weekend. On Friday, a friend from Dallas, Kim, came up to NWA, so me, her, and Beth hung out. We had dinner at a fun little local coffee shop and had yogurt. It was great to catch up with the girls.
Saturday, I went to Ty’s shop and helped out. I feel like I can do more and more there, which is good. I am finally feeling like maybe I belong in that realm of his life. One funny thing happened…I was watching the mechanic’s new puppy, Oakley. He is a precious puppy, and he is still being potty trained. Well, Oakley moved over to the big black plastic mat that is under the office stools, and he squatted. I was just about to pick him up and move him outside, when he had EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA. EW. Everywhere on the rug. And it smelled so bad. I could tell this little puppy didn’t feel well because immediately he ran to his bed and laid down with a sad look on his face, so I didn’t punish himI thought for a split second about trying to clean up the mess, but the smell overtook me. I couldn’t do it. I just dragged the rug outside so they could hose it off. I couldn’t deal with it. When I came back in, I tried to find something to cover the smell, but all I could find was Windex…so I sprayed windex ALL over the front counter area to mask the smell. Ugh. Gross.

Then mom and dad came to town and took Ty and I out for a nice meal. We went to Copeland’s and had a great dinner and dessert. It was so good.

Ty and I at dinner
Our favorite thing at Copeland’s is their spinach dip…they serve it with fried bowtie pasta instead of chips or bread. It is soooo yummy! Mom and dad each had a little tasting plate (of crab ravioli and steak) and Tyler and I shared crab cakes with shrimp alfredo. Then we all had their wonderful cheesecake (Mom and dad had white choc strawberry, I had praline, and Tyler had their chocolate cake). Delish!
My wonderful parents after dinner! Don’t they look full and happy! ha!
That night, me, mom, and Ty sat on the couch playing online trivia games all night and it was so fun! We played “Name that Car Logo” and “Grease Trivia” and “Name that 80s song” and much more. We were being so competitive and having a blast. We laughed all night long!

On Sunday, we went to visit Aunt Bobby and Uncle Jerry a couple hours away. We had a great visit with them. We ate BBQ, watched our wedding video (since Aunt Bobby was just getting out the hospital when we got married and didn’t get to come to the wedding), and visited and had a great time. Then we came home, napped, and watched TV. It was a great weekend.

Peach Jalepeno Pork Chops

Well it’s Show Us Your Life Friday again over at Kelly’s Korner! Today is grilling recipes!

I love a good BBQ. My dad is the grill king, making the best ribs and hot dogs around. Seriously, he somehow makes hot dogs turn into the best thing on the planet! His secret, is he mixes his storebought BBQ sauce with light Beer. It gives a tangy flavor and daddy swears it makes meats tender.

Anyway, when I was a teen, I wanted to take over the grill. I saw all these shows on the Food Network making fun grilled things, and I wanted to try. Well, he agreed. And I made these Peach Jalepeno Pork Chops. They were soooo good!

Now, we don’t have a grill (well a grill pan, but it gets to smoky in the house that I don’t use it super often), and Tyler hates fruity stuff so this recipe wouldn’t be up his alley…so I will have to wait until next time we go home and maybe take the grill over again and make this for me and my family.

Hope you enjoy it!

1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 cups boiling water
3 cups ice cubes
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 cup peach preserves
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 large or 2 small jalapenos, minced and seeded
1 pound boneless center cut pork loin chops, trimmed of fat (4 chops)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

Start to finish: 1 hour (25 minutes active);
servings: 4.

In a medium bowl, combine the salt and brown sugar.
Add the boiling water and stir to dissolve.
Add the ice cubes and stir to cool.
Add the pork chops, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour.

Meanwhile, make the glaze.
In a small saucepan over low, stir the chili powder and cumin until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Transfer to a small bowl.
Add the peach preserves, lime juice and jalapenos.
Stir well, then set aside.

Heat a gas grill to medium or prepare a charcoal fire.
Oil the grill grates.
Remove the pork chops from the brine, rinse well and blot dry with paper towels.
Season both sides of the pork with ground black pepper.
Grill the pork chops, turning once, until and instant thermometer inserted at the center registers 145 degrees, 2 to 4 minutes per side.
Brush both sides of the chops with the reserved glaze and grill, turning once, for 90 seconds more.
Serve with additional peach-jalapeno glaze on the side.


Can’t Plan for Crazy

When things go wrong, it is always at the most inopportune time, ya know. When I used to sing in Branson and things would go wrong in the show, our director lady, Carolyn, would say, “You can’t plan for crazy! How do we fix it?”
So that’s how last couple days have been.
Last night, Tyler drove a bike home. He got home, and it was smoking and pouring oil. So he could not drive it back today. So I taught this morning (made my lecture a little short) and drove him to Fort Smith.
I REALLY needed to start working on my thesis today (well, I’ve been working hard on it…but I needed to start writing today). So I brought all my stuff…my laptop, all 64 of my articles, and my notebooks to Tyler’s shop. I look so funny with all my articles spread out in the middle of this motorcycle shop!
Amazingly, I’ve been able to write 6.5 pages today in the middle of this crazy shop. It has been super busy today. And even earlier, something scary happened.
A man came in with his daughter, and I thought he was a customer. Nope. He saw a man just outside our shop who passed out in the heat. He stopped in to tell us and get him some water. So we got him water, but the man literally couldn’t move. The boys tried to bring him inside, but they couldn’t move him. So I called 911, and they came and took him to the hospital. It was scary. The man kept rolling his eyes back like he was going in and out of consciousness. I just hope he will be ok. It was probably just dehydration and heat stroke. But he is in good hands now.
It has been a crazy day, and we are at the shop for about another hour and a half. So hopefully, everything will calm down around here.