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Frozen Over for Halloween

December 3, 2014

Last month, I was attending a conference in Louisville, KY for work. Since Louisville is less than two hours from Cincy, I made the decision to go up a day early and drive to Cincy to see my family. I was in town for less than 20 hours and it actually took me longer to get there by flying and driving that it would have just for a normal drive. But, I got to be there for Halloween and was able to taking Bri trick-or-treating with her Mom! Nothing like hanging out with a three year old for Halloween. As with many a little girl this year, Bri was all about the movie Frozen. Actually, she made me watch it with her when I saw her back in the summer. So she went as Anna from Frozen as her Halloween costumeThis was completely appropriate…. because it was so dang cold outside we all FELT Frozen. Honestly, I only made it down their short street and back before I gave up and went back inside. It was so cold and rainy it actually snowed that night! The last time Cincy had snow that early in the season was Halloween 1989… I was like 8. I was so happy to be able to walk around with the sweet girl on Halloween.

Sweet girl dressed up as Anna from Frozen for Halloween

Sweet girl dressed up as Anna from Frozen for Halloween

 

And in video…

 

Visiting with a nice police officer who was keeping an eye on the trick or treat activities.

Visiting with a nice police officer who was keeping an eye on the trick or treat activities.

Translation Tuesday: Texting Southern Style

December 2, 2014

Saw this on Pinterest and had to pin it for a Translation Tuesday. A listing of texting acronyms for southerners!

 

texting southern style via pinterest

texting southern style via pinterest

I should point out that I have only used BYH: Bless Your Heart. Even then, this gave me a good laugh on this crazy Tuesday!

 

Family Fave: Baked Mostaccioli

December 1, 2014

The only thing I have asked my mother for in the last ten years has been the family recipes. She has been a bit stingy with them and one of the few I have managed to get from her is her Baked Mostaccioli. I don’t know a member of my family, or my good friends for that matter, who does not love this dish. I’ve made it for dinner, for parties, for funerals, for the office… it makes it rounds and is so good. It was actually the last meal I asked her to make before I left the Fort for college in the south all those years ago. It is rather easy to make, but it just takes a lot of steps!

Baked Mostaccioli

Baked Mostaccioli

Ingredients

  • One box of mostaccioli noodles (or penne noddles)
  • 1 large jar of marinara sauce (I have been on a Prego traditional kick)
  • 1 yellow onion (medium sized)
  • 1 package ground beef ( 2-3 lbs)
  • 1 package Italian sausage links
  • 1 container ricotta cheese (small)
  • 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese (medium to large)
  • Minced garlic (1/2 TBSP)
  • Olive oil
  • Basil, oregano and garlic powder

Steps

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees for later. Also, start a pot of water to boil for the pasta.
  2. Slice sausage and fry, set aside on plate when cooked
  3. Dice onion and brown in olive oil. Set aside when done
  4. Saute olive oil, do no brown.
  5. Add ground beef into olive oil and garlic mix. Cook until meat is no longer pink.
  6. Add in onion
  7. I toss in some basil, oregano and garlic powder. But that is just because I like the taste.
  8. Add in sausage.
  9. Cook pasta
  10. In large pot, add meat mixture and a quarter of the sauce. Mix together.
  11. Once pasta is cooked and drained, slowly mix into the sauce and meat mix. Pasta does not need to be done all the way. Add more sauce to mix.
  12. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with a butter or oil spray.
  13. Add pasta, meat and sauce mixture to cover the bottom of the dish so it makes a shower layer. Scoop ricotta cheese on top in several places. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese. Then add more pasta, meat, sauce to create another layer. Then more ricotta and mozzarella. Repeat as needed. I usually have two layers of pasta and two layers of cheese.
  14. Cover the dish with tin foil
  15. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Remove tin foil for the last ten minutes.
  16. Serve with salad and garlic bread.

PS- It is even better over the next few days!

Olive oil and onion

Olive oil and onion

 

Italian sausage

Italian sausage

 

Browning the beef

Browning the beef

 

Layer number one of the baked mostaccioli

Layer number one of the baked mostaccioli

 

Ready to go in the oven!

Ready to go in the oven!

 

Done! Baked mostaccioli and soooo good!

Done! Baked mostaccioli and soooo good!

Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving 1990 in Medina, Ohio

November 27, 2014

I believe I have mentioned before that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has also been a big holiday with my Dad’s family. It is kind of a bummer that in the past few years we have not done something big as a family, but life changes. I am hanging out with my Dad today and running around to say hello to some other family members in town. Today’s throwback is to Thanksgiving 1990. My Dad, his girlfriend and I drove up from Cincy to my Aunt Wen’s house outside Cleveland in Medina, Ohio. My Uncle Bri, his boys and my Grandma Pat drove up from the South and we all spent a long holiday weekend at my Aunt Wen and Uncle John’s farm.

I remember my cousin Jenna and I making feather beds on floor of the living room. We were at the age where we would split into boys versus girls. So Jenna and I would play Barbies and Mattie, Blake and Dane would try and drive us crazy. There was always singing and always some incident of me trying to boss my cousins around. That was always the fun of being the oldest 🙂  I totally remember finding a long wooden stick, putting string on it and adding a safety pin as a hook and fishing in the pond. Yep- didn’t catch anything.  But I do remember a fun Thanksgiving for a nine year old!

 

The Family. Thanksgiving 1990 in Medina, Ohio.

The Family. Thanksgiving 1990 in Medina, Ohio. From Left to Right in the Back. My Grandma Pat, Dad, Dad’s girlfriend at the time, Aunt Wen and Uncle John. Front- Uncle, Bri kneeling, me standing in pink, Blake and Dane kneeling, Jenna in green, Mattie with the dog- Jake I think

 

This was the first holiday after my Grandpa Bob had passed away that summer, so it was fun but a little sad.

Jenna and I singing Christmas songs

Jenna and I singing Christmas songs

Love the 1990s outfits.

Jenna, Blake and me. Ages 5, 5 and 9.

Jenna, Blake and me. Ages 5, 5 and 9.

 

Dane and Mattie. Ages 7 and 3

Dane and Mattie. Ages 7 and 3

I love this picture for several reasons. 1- Dane’s face. 2- Mattie’s hair and outfit 3. The old school diet coke bottle 4. Why is my 3 year old cousin taking pliers to a coke bottle? What the heck?

Shockingly, I have no pictures of food. But we sure were a fun family that weekend.

 

I hope each of you out there have a wonderful holiday! I am going to enjoy my family, good food and reminders for all that I am thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

Translation Tuesday: What in Sam Hill

November 25, 2014

I don’t use this phrase, and have only heard it once by the parent of a friend.

 

 

What in Sam Hill is southern slang for “what the hell.” For an example, “Jane Ann! What in Sam Hill is going on out there?!” Once again proving that southerner’s have more unique ways to curse that don’t involve actual use of curse words than any culture I know about. Seriously.

I am Proficient in Three Languages

November 23, 2014

I love someecards. They without fail make me laugh. This is my fave this evening:

I am proficient in three languages: English, Sarcasm and Profanity.

This is totally true. I also have a strong grasp of profanity with German words in addition to English. This makes it easier for me to curse in front of my nieces 🙂

Throwback Thursday: My 8th Birthday, April 1989

November 20, 2014

Me and my Grandma Callie at my 8th birthday dinner at Crockett’s on the River in Newport.

 

My 8th birthday. April 1989 with my Grandmother.

My 8th birthday. April 1989 with my Grandmother.

 

Things to note….

  • I clearly was a punk at age 8. What was up with these facial expressions?
  • And how about the awesome late 80s outfit I am rocking?
  • Things I associate with my Grandma- red hair, a bloody mary and plenty of cigarettes. And how much she loved me. Miss her so much.
  • Look at the Cincinnati skyline in the background… with the Central Trust Bank Building (now the PNC Building)  and Riverfront Stadium in the background

 

Oh, to be 8 again.

Translation Tuesday: ASAP

November 18, 2014

As I was driving to work the other day (or to be more specific, sitting in traffic waiting for it to move along), I was sitting behind a pickup truck for a concrete company or a construction company or something like that. A part of the back window of the cab was broken and they had a piece of plastic and insulation over it, and I was thinking… “Good thing they don’t live up North, they wouldn’t be happy with that broken window with all the snow they are gonna get.” My brain then went into a tangent on the south, and weather, and why is it getting so cold. And I then started to think how isn’t it crazy that I grew up in Cincinnati and how I am such a southern convert when it comes to weather. I was just becoming as southern as possible. As I was thinking this, I noticed the name on the truck that started my musings was: ASAP.

 

While the company was not referring to “As Southern As Possible” I did get a good laugh over how my brain was functioning… I didn’t even realize it was already a southern acronyms! So ASAP: As Southern As Possible!

And on a side note: what the hell is up with this damn weather? I am seeing pictures from my family up in Buffalo and it looks like the arctic. Down here in the south we had snow on Halloween and it is going to get down to 19 degrees tonight! IN NOVEMBER?! It is nuts! It is fall, not winter!

Little Miss

November 16, 2014

I go through phases with music. I like all kinds of music with the exception of hard core rap, heavy metal, or angry yelling music that is just wailing. ICP would be a case in point, I just don’t get how that is music. But, I digress. I go through phases where for a short time period, I like to hit repeat on a CD or song for a while. I had a student assistant once who worked right outside my office door who had the all of the words to Viva la Vida from Coldplay memorized because I kept listening to it so much. In that case I was in love with the music. In that past week I have been on a Sugarland kick. In particular, Little Miss. I’ve actually been a fan since it came out in fall 2010, but I ‘ve loved it this week. Great lyrics.

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Throwback Thursday: My first Low country Wedding, April 2013

November 13, 2014

Last month I shared about my cousin’s wedding at Pawley’s Island (HERE). His was not the first low country wedding in the family, his brother’s was back in April of 2013. I was busy, so I never got a chance to write about it, so here it is as a TBT today! It was April 2013 and a lot of fun. His wife is super sweet and it was a great weekend full of family and good food. The wedding was in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina at an old Presbyterian Church and the reception right along the Cooper River with Charleston shining across the water.

The rehearsal dinner was held at a resturant on Shem Creek, where the bride and groom meet working one summer in college. As you can see it was a about to storm... tradition for a storm at a wedding weekend in our family!

The rehearsal dinner was held at a restaurant on Shem Creek, where the bride and groom meet working one summer in college. As you can see it was a about to storm… tradition for a storm at a wedding weekend in our family!

Rehearsal dinners are not a small affair in my family.

Rehearsal dinners are not a small affair in my family.

My Dad, Aunt Wen and my Uncle Bri (he was the father of the groom)

My Dad, Aunt Wen and my Uncle Bri (he was the father of the groom)

Dinner... southern BBQ!

Dinner… southern BBQ! With mac and cheese, succotash and rolls

Family lunch on Saturday along Shem Creek. It was April... but we were freezing our butts off! A cold front had come through after the storm the night before.

Family lunch on Saturday along Shem Creek. It was April… but we were freezing our butts off! A cold front had come through after the storm the night before.

My Dad outside the church

My Dad outside the church. He didn’t even plan to match the wedding party in grey!

 

Reception site near the Cooper River Bridge.... the outside patio was pretty, but it was so cold!

Reception site near the Cooper River Bridge…. the outside patio was pretty, but it was so cold!

The food was mainly heavy appetizers, but they were good! The bucketd of fresh shrimp for shrimp cocktail didn't ever really end!

The food was mainly heavy appetizers, but they were good! The buckets of fresh shrimp for shrimp cocktail didn’t ever really end!

 

One of the buffet lines inside with heavy appetizers. It was a really pretty venue inside (if oddly shaped) and the display pieces were nice.

One of the buffet lines inside with heavy appetizers. It was a really pretty venue inside (if oddly shaped) and the display pieces were nice.

 

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

The Bride and Groom! My cousin Blake and his wife Sally!

The Bride and Groom! My cousin Blake and his wife Sally!

My cousin Jenna, my Aunt Wen and me.

My cousin Jenna, my Aunt Wen and me.

My Grandma Pat (center) and the grand kids. Sally, Blake, Matt, Me, Jenna and Dane

My Grandma Pat (center) and the grand kids. Sally, Blake, Matt, Me, Jenna and Dane. Love the bride’s dress!

The adults. My Uncle Bri, Vicki, Grandma Pat, Aunt Sue, Aunt Wen, Dad, Aunt Joy and Uncle John.

The adults. My Uncle Bri, Vicki, Grandma Pat, Aunt Sue, Aunt Wen, Dad, Aunt Joy and Uncle John.

Me with Buddy and Cindy-  my Grandma Pat's brother and sister-in-law.

Me with Buddy and Cindy- my Grandma Pat’s brother and sister-in-law.

My cousins Jenna and Matt, with their parents my Aunt Wen and Uncle John

My cousins Jenna and Matt, with their parents my Aunt Wen and Uncle John

 

My Aunt Sue and her girlfriend Vicki

My Aunt Sue and her girlfriend Vicki

Me with my Grandma Pat. Doesn't she look pretty? This was barely two months after she had a major surgery!

Me with my Grandma Pat. Doesn’t she look pretty? This was barely two months after she had a major surgery!

Colonial Cup

November 12, 2014

I’ve talked about Carolina Cup before HERE and HERE, the annual horse race that heralds in the spring season with tailgating, horse races, hats and lots of pastels. What I have not talked about before is that there is a similar event that happens every fall: Colonial Cup. And while the spring event is much more about the party than the horses, the fall event is the opposite and is ALL about the races.

I went last year for the first time and it was an impromptu  family reunion with my Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle all being there. It is held at the Springdale Race Course in quaint Camden, SC. Similar to the Carolina Cup in the spring… you never know what the weather will be like! This experience had me huddled under blankets at our tailgate! It is different than the spring event in it is NOT pastel sea of women and men in Lily and bow ties, respectively. It is still a nice tailgate setup… with real table cloths and plenty of people busting out the silver. It is also not as college packed as the spring event. There were a lot more families with cute little kids. Plus, it is fall, so lots of cute scarfs. If I have not mentioned it yet…. I have a slight obsession with scarves and pretty much wear them every day from mid-September to mid-May if I can get away with it!

Oh, and the best part of the Colonial Cup…. terrier races. Seriously. Terrier Dog races. Can’t this stuff up folks. Gotta love the South!

A handful of pictures and video are below!

 

Cool Fall Day at the Colonial Cup

Cool Fall Day at the Colonial Cup

Above: a family walking through the infield

Part one of our tailgate spread

Part one of our tailgate spread

Above: The first part of our tailgate spread… complete with lace tablecloth on the actual tailgate.

Part two of our tailgate spread... complete with family silver

Part two of our tailgate spread… complete with family silver

Not going to lie… looking at that shrimp is making me hungry ad I type.

 

And below… a horse race:

Translation Tuesday: Oops a Daisy

November 11, 2014

Okay, I mainly remember Oops a Daisy as a cute joke from the 1999 movie Notting Hill… you know, the scene where Hugh Grant’s character is trying to climb a gate into the secret garden and keeps slipping? He says oops a daisy every time he slips and Julia Robert’s character makes fun of him? Love that movie. But then a couple weeks ago I am on campus and someone near me drops something and they go to pick it up and say oops a daisy as it slips from their hands a second time. Then is showed up in a southern feed on Pinterest. So, apparently it is a southern thing. Who knew?

 

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

 

But oops a daisy is just a cute way of saying- oops! Or, oh no! And contrary to Notting Hill character belief, it is not  just used by little girls or little old women.

Fun at Fall For Greenville

November 8, 2014

Have I never shared about Fall for Greenville? Nuts! It is basically a Taste of Greenville and it is hands down one of my favorite festivals in the South each autumn. They shut down blocks and blocks of Main Street and have about thirty or so food and drink vendors, several different stages for bands, and a kiddy carnival section. For the record, Greenville, SC has some amazing restaurants. So when you get the chance to try samples of all of them on a perfect fall afternoon- you do it!

I went with Gail, Puff and Bimmer and we actually made a whole weekend of hanging out and eating. Even though we live in different cities, we do a pretty good job of getting together about once a month or so. Bimmer was a trip and we all had some great food. I had some teriyaki chicken, a mini pecan cupcake, a BBQ sandwich and a 4 cheese macaroni and cheese. All of which I would eat again all this second… my mouth is watering thinking about it. A snap shot of pictures from the fun day is below!

Cute Bimmer

Cute Bimmer

 

She is a cutie, right?

Butter Pecan Mini Cupcakes

Butter Pecan Mini Cupcakes

I could eat a lot more of these!

All the stores were open and the display at Southern Fried Cotton was adorable!

All the stores were open and the display at Southern Fried Cotton was adorable!

At Southern Fried Cotton

Hanging with sweet Bimmer

Hanging with sweet Bimmer

 

Bimmer was rockin’ the shiny silver Toms

As always, Fall for Greenville was packed!

As always, Fall for Greenville was packed!

Packed house!

Gail and Bimmer... they were not rocking the same outfit this trip

Gail and Bimmer… they were not rocking the same outfit this trip

Mom and daughter… adorable

Smoke on the Water ( I immediately have to finish that with "Fire in the Sky... great song)

Smoke on the Water ( I immediately have to finish that with “Fire in the Sky… great song)

One of my fave BBQ places!

Pass: Voicemail.

November 7, 2014

I can’t help it, I am a fan of www.someecards.com. Not only are they hilarious, but they are usually true. And this one is so true for me:

Not going to lie… I HATE my voice mail. Why leave a message when you can just send a text? Why force me to go through the process of logging into something, going through the annoying prompts and having to WAIT to be able to hit the delete button? Drives me batty. But, I guess it is just a reminder that I am totally a millennial (okay, I straddle the Gen X and Millennial line). Even the New York Times pointed it out HERE! Just text me if I don’t answer my phone!

Throwback Thursday: The Appalachian Trail, 2007

November 6, 2014

In the summer of 2007 we took a family vacation over to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. During one excursion we got out and walked part of the Appalachian Trail.

On the Appalachian Trail, summer 2007

On the Appalachian Trail, summer 2007

 

I’m not the most athletic… so hiking the Appalachian Trail is never going to be on my bucket list. However, taking a little stroll on part of it in an easily accessible part of a national park- that was possible. So that is what we did and I posed for pictures (of course). Smokey Mountain is lovely and only a few hours from where I live, so it is a nice place to vacation if you want to see something pretty, southern and full of natural beauty. However, it can be crowded… so plan your trip time accordingly!

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