Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas in Pictures

My oh my, time is flying. Sorry for my brief absence. Here's a quick look at our Christmas Season in instagram pictures, more to come on this blog in 2013! Can't wait to see where 2013 takes our little family.

The day after our Christmas Party, Cracker Barrel with Jim.

 Yodle Christmas Party!

 Our 2nd Tree in the man cave, Sports inspired clearly.

 Lovin' from the Buddy Dog :) He got a sweet new Clemson Collar.

 Smith Family Christmas Party, Merry Christmas from The Reynolds!

 Biltmore House trip with mom and sister in law! Great time with lots of bonding. 

Christmas at Mom and Dad's- don't you love Dad's wrapping? 

 Beautiful Diamond earrings from my love!

It was definitely a different Christmas for sure since as you can see we are on Skype with my in-laws and I have a mask on... Jeremy had the Flu aka the plague it felt like. We spent 4 hours in the NOT Minute Clinic for medicine, etc. Praise the Lord for technology since we wouldn't have been able to do this in years past.

Hope you all had a bright and lovely Christmas :) Oh Tidings of comfort and joy!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Happieset 5K & Thanksgiving Week

I ran The Color Run this weekend in Concord, NC with my co-worker Amie. I'm super thankful that we went together because everyone else on my team was unable to and she was in the same predicament, it wouldn't have been as fun without her either!

It was an experience to say the least, but I was proud of myself we finished in around 40-45 minutes! J was a trooper of a husband and came with us to be supportive.

J's first day at the new job is tomorrow, please send a prayer for his nerves and a great first day/week. In addition to that it's Thanksgiving week, one of my favorite weeks of the year! I've always loved Thanksgiving, I mean honestly what's better than lots of comfort food, crazy loving family time, parades and football? Not a lot in my opinion. In addition to that we have a LOT to thankful for the Lord has been nothing but good to us this year and really reassured me that He is our ultimate provider, He's blessed Jeremy with a new job, good health for all family members, no surgery for Buddy Dog this year, a lovely little house which we've turned into a home, a great job and lots of opportunity at Yodle for me, a great group of people in our small group, bringing cousins home from Afghanistan safely, the best friends you could ask for, my husband who is so sweet to me... seriously my list could go on and on about how thankful I am to the Lord for all he's done.

 This year will be super special as it's the first time that J and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house for my family, I'm excited and nervous all at once! The good news is that I'm off of work on Wednesday so I can get the house cleaned and prepared early in addition to any prep cooking I will need to do. Today we went grocery shopping after church in order to avoid the craziness later on this week and stocked up on the food goods in preparation for Wednesday and Thursday. I will be tackling my first ever apple pie as well! I'll let you know how it turns out but here's the recipe I'm following:

Easy Skillet Apple Pie

  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples 
  • 2 pounds Braeburn apples
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts 
  • 1 egg white 
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Butter-pecan ice cream 


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350º. Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
  2. 2. Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.
  3. 3. Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


There's a first time for everything and today, I ironed my new pale green polyester curtains for our dining room. Wife Domestication at it's finest. On Friday night, Jeremy took me on a surprise date night and while we were waiting for the movies (which we didn't end up going to) we found a sweet metal piece for our dining room, so I had to change the curtains since the red ones no longer matched. Pictures to follow from the new and improved decor in the dining room as soon as the new piece is hung!

Date night on Friday was awesome, J took me to Olive Garden and then out shopping and we ended up watching The Raven here at the house in the man cave vs. going to the movies. We were old and got tired early haha.
This has been a great weekend, one of the best in a long time and the greatness started early on Thursday with the news that J got a job offer- one we've been waiting and praying for! God is always faithful and his timing is ALWAYS perfect. I'm sure you're curious as to what do I mean? Well, you see his state unemployment end next week, he will start his new job the following Monday. How awesome is that? 

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him."-Ecclesiastes 3. God just keeps bringing this verse up in my life in so many instances, I'm starting to see a theme here.

Witnessed a sweet Clemson victory yesterday in Death Valley against Maryland! Clemson is 9-1.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Wester Wedding

Had a blast two weeks ago at the Westerburg Rowles Wedding! The photobooth at their wedding was a huge hit, loved taking some crazy pictures :) Makes me wish we could have done something like this at our wedding, sighhhh...Check out Flickerbooth if you're interested in doing one at your wedding, your guests can download the pictures for free afterwards- amazing!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween 2012

 Pumpkin Carving night with friends! Clearly I am not the artsy one...

 Stacey, Karen and I as 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'
Thanks to the hubs for all his help with my costume!

 Duck Dynasty!
Boon, Jeremy, Nic and Wayne as Phil Robertson, Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson 
and Si Robertson- they should have won the contest...

My love :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Falling Leaves & Sausage Dip

I forgot how busy our falls are every year, I mean of course there is always the usual... football watching, Tailgating, Halloween and candy giving, colder nights, changing leaves, Scarowinds with my Dad and the brother, etc. But this year we also have J is playing softball on Monday's and Wednesday's, I'm working out at Omni after work some nights, we started our small group on Thursdays, it's busy, busy!

I'm really looking forward to Scarowinds with my Dad and brother, this year will be third year that the four (including J) have gone. I'm hoping we can mess our schedules enough in order to be able to go. It's the only tradition aside from family vacation that we have together, so it means a lot to me.

Tonight I started the 4th week of my interval training for my race in November, four sets of run five minutes and walk one. Rebekah, J's cousin, came with me and ran along side me it was nice to have someone to talk to while warming up and it spurred me on make sure I completed all the sets. We're meeting up at the gym again tomorrow so that she can show me some of the machines and how to use them, she's in college right now working on her personal training degree. Fingers crossed she moves here when she graduates in December.

Saturday I made some Sausage Rotel Cream Cheese Dip, I highly encourage you to try it as a tailgate food or something to munch on when you  have friends over!

3 (8oz) blocks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 (16oz) Jimmy Dean Sausage
Brown your sausage, drain.
Pour everything together in a crock pot or saucepan and heat through. Serve with tortilla chips, a baguette or whatever floats your boat. Keep warm while serving.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Weekly Doldrums

Stress: a state of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium

It’s been a busy week, especially at work. I swear by the end of the day on Tuesday until Thursday at lunch this week I really experienced the doldrums in my cube… you know the doldrums where you can’t figure out how you’re going to get through the rest of the week and accomplish all of the stuff you need to and your head… well it just MIGHT explode?  This week I literally can’t get the scroll bar in my email to go away, it’s terrifying at times. Especially when you come back from lunch and have 17 MORE emails awaiting your reply… It’s safe to say I’m more than ready for the weekend, can I get an AMEN?

The good news is that while I’ve been feeling super stressed, heading to the gym last night to run was the biggest stress reliever. Currently, I’m training for the Color Run 5K in November and I’m working on some interval training over the next few weeks so that I can (**Fingers crossed**) run 3.1 miles without walking. That’s my goal and I’m hoping I can do it. I’m only on week 3 right now, next week is going to be brutal…

Another stress reliever I’m looking forward to? Fellowship with our eGroup tonight at Starbucks and Grey’s Anatomy! This is only our third wee at eGroup but I know it’s exactly where God wants us to be. I definitely think we’ve found an amazing married couple mentor in Daniel and Emily and I can’t wait to get to know them better.

Hope you’re all having a good week. Sadly no recipes to post about this week, haven’t had time to cook but I will say my mom made some amazing post roast and mashed potatoes for us on Tuesday, yummmmm! I may have to experiments with a post roast soon, just saying.

Monday, October 8, 2012


Food Survey

Favorite cereal as a child? Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Confession: when mom would buy it on rare occasions I would literally eat it for breakfast and lunch.

Coffee or Tea? With milk or without? I like both, I guess I prefer coffee though. I take it with creamer, no sugar or sugar substitutes though. I can drink it black but I choose not to be that hardcore.

The one food you eat most often at breakfast: J makes me an egg with cheese on my whole grain English Muffins, yummm!


Sandwiches are usually considered lunch food. If you had to choose from a grilled cheese sandwich or a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick? I love me some PB&J’s especially with my Nanny’s homemade blackberry jam, yum!

You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix? Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?
Base: Ice burg Lettuce
Ingredients: Croutons, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion
Dressing: Ranch (such a fatty)

One food you cannot live without at lunch: Umm there isn’t really anything I can’t live without at lunch. 


It's the end of the day. You're tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty. If fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?
Chick Fil A, I’m super partial since I worked there in High School though. So healthy choice? Chargrilled Chicken Wrap with Spicy dressing. Unhealthy choice? Number 1 with no pickle

TV/Computer on or off while you are eating? It’s on, that’s how J prefers it. We will usually watch something off of the DVR. That’s something that I would really like to change once we have children in a few year but we’ll see.  

The one food you eat most often at dinner.
Chicken in some form. Since my Dad doesn’t eat Red Meat that’s the thing that I grew up knowing how to cook the best.

Choose between two American desserts: cheesecake or apple pie.
I prefer Apple Pie fresh out of the oven with some crunchy topping on it!

Choose between two foreign desserts: tiramisu (Italy) or flan (Spain). Well, I would have to say Tiramisu since the taste and texture of Flan is literally repulsive…

Ice cream: cone or cup. I love cones! In the words of Sarah C. my friend from work, ‘Gotta have the crunch.’

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Andddd I'm back

My oh my how long it's been since I've posted! I've been gone for a bit but I'm hoping to keep up the blog this time. So, updates on life since last year but first things first...

Happy birthday to the sweetest husband I know, the one and only Jeremy Reynolds! You make our (Buddy & I) lives so wonderful and you bless me each as my husband, I'm so proud to be your wife :)

1.) Jeremy and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary back in May by going to Las Vegas with Jake and Stacey! Great time no $$ big wins but I did not adjust well to the lack of humidity or the time change, sigh... guess I'm just a southern lady to the core with no hopes of ever living elsewhere. It's hard to believe that we already been married a year and half, time slows down for no one as you get older.

2.) I was asked to be Cecilia Brooke Hamilton's godmother/mentor! She's so cute and little, I can't wait to see how she grows over the next few months. (PS I'm currently growing my hair out as well, we'll see how long I let it get)

3.)  I got the iPhone 4, no judgements on the lateness of me getting one or the fact that the iPhone 5 just came out... I'm not rich :)

4.) Buddy turned 2 in September, can't believe we've almost had him for two years at Thanksgiving

5.) We joined an eGroup (small group) at our church and we love it! We're currently going thru the series Greater and God is really using it to reveal a lot in our relationship with each other and with Him.

 Sometimes life just gets in the way the busier it gets and I think that's why I haven't really posted much in the past year. Another major thing that stopped my writing was my grandmother passing away on October 28 last year. I literally can't describe why it made me stop writing/blogging but I definitely know it was a huge factor in it. I never thought that I could miss some one so much until she went to meet Jesus. Miranda Lambert said it best: '...I miss you.  They say I'll be okay,  But I'm not going to ever get over you..." The good news is that I'm back and it feels good to blog again, I think I just finally got my blogging mojo back though! 

Until next time... Go tigers :)