I’ve Been Showered with So Many Blessings!

Wow what a day! I had an AMAZING shower and was just so blessed! I didn’t take a ton of pics with my camera (I was too busy talking and laughing and opening gifts…so more pics to come later) but here is what I can show you…

So many presents! 2 tables full! I got 7 of our 10 Fiesta place settings, lots of kitchen goodies (a blender, a waffle maker, punch bowls, pyrex…so much!), towels, and so much!
The chocolate fountain station…

The tables… a friend of the family who goes to church with us did all the decorating!
These little cards with our pictures on them were for people to leave us sweet words of wisdom…

Petit fours from Rick’s! I brought them all the way from Fayetteville to Hot Springs!

Ok, this cake looks like a black Barbie. She was really tan (probably a latino Barbie…because we asked for a brunette…but she lookes REALLY dark in this picture). Her dress looks JUST like my dress…

The day was so great! Then I got to hang out with these girls…some pledge sisters who came in for my shower! We went shopping and had dinner! So fun!

Tomorrow is my bridal portaits! Hope the rain stops!


I am so excited. My shower at my home church is tomorrow. It is going to be sooo wonderful! I already feel so blessed by all these great women in my life.

A bunch of my Tri Chi sisters are coming (well the ones that graduated, because the ones still there will be having Bid Day with all the new baby Tri Chis!) and I just can’t wait to hug all their necks!

Its not about the gifts, and those aren’t why I’m excited. I’m just so honored to have such a wonderful party in my honor! (and I mean, those gifts are so wonderful too! Its tiny glimpses into future life with Tyler!) We already received a couple wedding gifts from a professor of mine who is out of the country, and we got this HUGE Fiesta platter. I mean, its HUGE. 19″ wide huge. And it can go in the over. And Tyler looked at it and said “That’s the perfect nacho platter.” haha But then I got excited thinking about a good Sunday watching football and eating nachos off our wonderful platter. Life is good.

I am so blessed. I’ll have the pictures to prove it tomorrow!

Yummy Easy Crab Cakes

I made crab cakes for dinner last night. It was a new recipe and oh so good! I will share it…

2 cans of crab meat drained well (in the grocery store by the tuna, but usually on the top shelf)
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoons of mayo (I used fat free)
1 tablespoon dijon or spicy brown mustard (I used spicy brown)
1/4-1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Seasoned salt
2 tablespoons french friend onions crushed up(like the kind that goes on green been casserole)

Preheat oven to 400.

Beat egg with a hand mixer until frothy. Add in mayo and mustard. Pour over crab meat, add onions and seasoning. Add breadcrumbs until the mixture holds together. Depending on how much you drain your crab, it may take all of it. Ball them up (I made 4 smaller ones with mine…you could do 2 large). I dipped mine back into some bread crumbs for a crunchy coating. Its optional.

Lay on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Remove with a large spatula (they will try to hold on the pan). Enjoy!

PS. This comes from a healthy cooking cookbook and it says per serving (with the recipe making 2 servings) it has about 250 calories per serving. Not bad eh?

Preparations and workout

I don’t have any classes or meetings on Thursdays. Therefore, I love Thursdays. I have a whole day to do (or not do) whatever I want. Today I am a little busy preparing to leave for the weekend.

I need to clean the apartment. I hate coming home to mess when I’ve been gone for a couple days.

I need to do ALL my homework for next week.

I need to go get my nails done. I’m having my bridal portraits taken Sunday, and those nails gotta look good!

On another note…I got a really great deal on some Zumba DVDs on ebay last night.Zumba is AMAZING! Its latin dance aerobics and its sooo fun. Sometimes its to music you know from the radio, and sometimes its just latin music. It feeds off the beat, and when the song beat changes, you change moves. Its awesome and really easy to catch on to. This isn’t the choreography I know to this song…but its a good way to show how fun and dancelike Zumba is…

I decided to order the videos because I missed my workout class last night because I thought it was at a different time, and so I thought I needed something fun to do at home when I can’t get to the gym. I have Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home DVD (not this one..but I couldn’t find a picture of mine…I’m sure this one is great too!)
This program is just about walking to a beat quickly (and I use arm weights while I do it) to get in a workout. Its easy and doesn’t require anything but your feet. We all walk! I found that I wouldn’t walk outside here alone, so this DVD is great for me. But I’ve been doing it so much, I wanted something to switch it up.

I’ll let you know how the Zumba DVDs are when they come in! I’m pumped!