Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, y’all! We dressed Elodie up as Minnie Mouse and went trick-or-treating with a friend from my work & her neighbors. It was beautiful outside and we had tons of fun!

We made these over the weekend to get into the Halloween Spirit

Elodie playing before we go trick-or-treating

Elodie + Daddy ready to go!

Trick-or-Treat!

Elodie’s first piece of candy, a “pop”

Elodie + a friend going for a ride, notice Elodie is already eating some candy

All the kids + Elodie running away

Grabbing a handful of candy at the last house

 

Hope everyone had a nice evening!

Happy Halloween!

xoxo

Ash

Foody Friday/Pinterest Challenge

If you recall, over the summer I made some pillows for something some of my favorite bloggers do seasonally: the Pinterest Challenge. Sherry and Katie, (along with Carmel and Sarah) are doing it again, so I thought it’d be a good time to try some recipes I’ve been drooling over.

It’s no secret that most of the recipes I’ve tried come from Pinterest, and these are no different. I had pinned this easy garlic and brown sugar chicken recipe months ago and this corn casserole recipe more recently in hopes it could make an appearance at our Thanksgiving dinner this year. Since we had chicken in the freezer and I had to try that corn recipe before Thanksgiving (which is right around the corner), I decided to pair the two together this week.

So here’s the good stuff!

Easy Garlic Chicken

The chicken recipe:

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons olive oil
Directions:
1 Preheat oven to 500°F and lightly grease a casserole dish.
2 In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
3 Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.
4 Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
5 Add salt and pepper to taste.
6 Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes.

The Corn Casserole Recipe:

(serves 8-10)

Ingredients:

1-8 ounce container of sour cream
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1-15 ounce can creamed corn
1-15 ounce can whole kernel corn (drained)
1-8.5 ounce package cornbread mix*
*I recommend using Jiffy Mix

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients—sour cream, butter, creamed corn, corn niblets and cornbread mix.
3. Pour into a 1 quart casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes.

And we have dinner:

Our dinner finished off with a nice green salad and enjoyed in the beautiful fall weather

As usual I made some changes. No changes with the recipes themselves, just with the cooking time. I wanted to cook them both at the same time, so I decided cooking at the lower temperature for a little longer was probably the best idea. The corn was supposed to cook @ 350 degrees for about 40 minutes and the chicken at 500 degrees for 15-30. I put them both in at the same time at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. Everything came out perfectly cooked. Also notice, we used little chicken tenderloins and not chicken breasts, so that could affect the cooking times as well.

Both of these recipes were so easy, required minimal ingredients, and cooking them at the same time made it a SUPER easy, quick weeknight dinner. Who doesn’t want that after a long day/week of work?!

I should probably also mention this was a DELICIOUS meal! Chris and I both raved about it the whole time we were eating. Both of these recipes will be joining our recipe rotation, together as a meal and separately.

So there ya have it, folks. A quick, simple, yummy meal, Foody Friday & Pinterest Challenge all rolled into one post. If I threw in a picture of Elodie this would be the best.post.ever 🙂

Okay if you insist…

Elodie, finally feeling better after dealing with an ear infection, and mommy hanging out while daddy was in class

I’ll be linking this post up at the bloggers’ pages listed above on Tuesday, when everyone reveals their Pinterest Challenge Projects. Check them out if you need some DIY inspiration.

Have a good evening!

xoxo

Ash

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Our day

This is what most of our day has looked like today. Poor baby girl has her first ear infection. She’s on antibiotics, so hopefully she’ll be back to normal by Monday.

Weekend with the Williams’

My sister, brother-in-law and nephew came into town for a couple of days this week. They were on fall break from school, and since we were not, our time with them was short! It’s always fun to see them and we haven’t since our road trip up north over the summer. Their little sweet boy, Josiah, is almost 6 months old & getting so big! Elodie loved him and my mom loved having all her babies and grandbabies together! Fun family time 🙂

FYI: this post has a ton of pictures!! Cuteness overload!

Friday night we had dinner at my moms and caught up.

Elodie reading a book to her baby cousin

Happy baby & aunt together again

Sweet cousins

Precious baby boy

Saturday we headed out to Cagles Family Farm, which is about a half hour north of where we live. We wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather and have some fall fun, and this was the perfect place to do both. The main attraction is a 3-mile corn maze (which is supposedly the largest corn maze in the world), and since none of us had ever done a corn maze before, we knew we had to check this one out.

There was lots to do prior to going through the corn maze. And, of course, Elodie had to check out every last thing. The first couple of things we did before going through the maze was check out some pumpkins, play in a corn kernel pit, ride a pony made from old tires, and bounce!

Elodie thinks she may want this pumpkin..

..or maybe this one

She really can’t decide which one she wants…

Josiah has the life

Williams’

$0.50 per lb for pumpkins. How much is Josiah worth?

Corn kernel pit

Bouncing

Bouncing with daddy

Little cowgirl

Going for a ride with Gigi

Yee-haw!

Now that we got all that out of the way, it was time for the corn maze. There were two “phases” to the corn maze: phase 1 & 2. Phase 1 was shorter, but once we got through the first phase no time, we needed to do the longer one too. There were signs posted throughout with random trivia facts on them; if you knew the trivia answer, it told you which way to go through the maze. Even though we knew most of the answers, we still had fun wandering around & getting lost.

Everyone pre-corn maze

Watson’s

Phase 1: the shorter maze. We did both Phase 1 & 2

Elodie is leading the way

“Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far far away”

Signs posted throughout the maze with trivia questions to help guide your way

Elodie going for a ride through the maze

Trying to find the correct route through the corn maze

Handsome hubs 🙂

We made it through both mazes with out getting too lost, but it was definitely fun walking around in circles at times. Put this on your fall to-do list. This place also has a haunted barn in the evenings & I’ve heard the corn maze is especially fun at night too, so even if you have no babies, it might be worth checking out.

Our last stop at Cagles was the hayride/farm tour. This was my least favorite part, but now we know not to worry about it next time.

Hay Ride

Cow milkin’ time–something fun after the hay ride

Before we left Chris and I bought some pumpkins and we headed back home. Fun morning! If you do live in the area, Cagles is a fun place to check out, with or without kiddos. We will certainly be returning with Elodie.

Unfortunately, the Williams’ had to leave this evening to get back to Nashville. We had a great time with them and are excited to see them again soon!

Gigi is soaking up every last second of her Josiah loving before they headed back to Nashville

Hope you’re enjoying fall!

xoxo

Ash

PrePregnancy Bucket List

It’s no secret to anyone who has spent 10 minutes with me recently that I’m beyond ready for Baby Watson #2. Unfortunately, Baby Watson is ready yet, so in the meantime, I’ll enjoy not being pregnant. Yes, that’s right, I’m not pregnant–don’t worry, this isn’t a pregnancy announcement. This is a “okay, universe I’m ready” announcement.. hear that, universe? 🙂

Anyway, one of my favorite bloggers made a PrePregnancy Bucket List when she was trying for her 2nd baby, so I thought it’d be fun to do the same.

So here’s my list, aka a bunch of crap to do before I look like this again:

Me, November 2010. Exactly a week before I went into labor with Elodie.

1) Buy a gosh darn house. Chris and I have been itching to buy a house ever since we’ve gotten married & before Elodie was born. We’ve never really been in a financial situation to do so, until now that we’re both working full time. So we’re saving away, along with paying down some debt, and will hopefully begin looking early next year.

2) Run some more races. I’ve definitely run more miles this year than I have in my whole life combined. Why stop now? We have another 10k coming up on Thanksgiving, and both Chris and I want to run a half marathon eventually. So, until I’m told I can no longer run, I’ll keep it up.

3) Soak up every last little second of Elodie being an only child. I can’t even fathom how our lives will change when/if another one comes along. So in the meantime, we’ll enjoy giving her our undivided attention.

Cheeeese!

4) Enjoy all that fall has to offer, including some of my favorite drinks that I could not enjoy while pregnant including a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte & seasonal beer.

The best thing fall has to offer

5) As the weather gets cooler, I can enjoy my boots before my feet swell and electric blankets.

6) This one sort of goes along with #2, but in addition to running I can focus on getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Yeah, so what if it’s been almost 2 years since Elodie was born and I may or may not still be carrying around a few extra pounds of “baby weight.” 6 pounds to go until I’m satisfied.

7) This one goes along with #1, but when we move I can help Chris paint our apartment/new house. I don’t necessarily enjoying painting, but picking out new paint colors for a new house sounds like one of the most exciting things ever. Along with doing any DIY things that need to be done when we move into a house.

8) Have/attend a holiday party. I can buy a cute Halloween costume or a pretty holiday dress without having to outfit a baby bump.

9) Celebrate Chris’ BFF’s wedding. He’s getting married on Memorial Day Weekend 2013, so I’d like to have a fun time at the wedding.

10) Enjoy NOT changing diapers since Elodie is now POTTY TRAINED and enjoy sleeping through the night, most nights.

11) Rack up those sick days at work.

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s all I can think of for now. So I’m off to have a drink and lay on my belly to watch TV.

Anything you’re looking to accomplish, baby related or not?

xoxo

Ash