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thanksgiving 2010

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


i guess i’m a little late ;)

I’ve got a thanksgiving recap, a holiday recipe, and some baby-lovin to share with you!!

We had such a wonderful thanksgiving this year. We had friends from both New York and Virginia drive 18 hours to spend the holiday with us, and we were so happy to have them here and grateful that they made the trip! We also had friends from Dallas and Arkansas, and two of Scott’s siblings and their families! It was so wonderful to spend time with people we love and to watch my baby girl experience her (almost) first taste of the holidays. It was a whirlwind of a weekend but so worth every moment!

We had big plans on Saturday for some serious Razorback tailgating, and it was a BLAST! But to start things out, on Wednesday we lit up the fire pit in the backyard and celebrated everyone’s arrival. The next day, the whirlwind of thanksgiving set in as cooking, cleaning, and impromptu trips to the grocery ensued. Dinner started at six, and my boys were such great helps getting everything ready.

We had 18 people total for dinner Thursday night, 10 adults and 8 kids…

We had to borrow a table from Scott’s work to fit everyone :)

Early the week of Thanksgiving, I posted a round-up of free printables you could use to make your holiday table a little more special.

Well, I have a confession to make….

I didn’t use any of them!


As cute as paper printables can be, I wanted to go for an elegant, more organic look…..

and I LOVE how it turned out!!

Another confession? I was short on napkins, so half of them are actually rolled up placemats….

nobody knew the difference!

I used the candles that normally sit in my fireplace.

They used to have antique embelishments on them and were used on the tables at our wedding.

sorry for the bad iphone pic!

These pictures don’t quite do the table justice, but take it from me that it was beautiful and the candles kept us all nice and toasty as we ate :)

oh, and the table cloth is a painters drop cloth from home depot! It’s an awesome color and has great texture. Plus it’s super durable!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any other pictures from Thanksgiving. We were too busy enjoying one another’s company and wrangling kids to take any! But I do have a fabulous holiday recipe to share with you. It’s perfect for thanksgiving, because it literally tastes like fall in your mouth, but it should be just as big of a hit at your next Christmas bash!

Butternut Squash Casserole

I found this recipe over at the fabulous when she posted it in her feature Make or Buy: Toddler Meals, but can I just say, “toddler meals, my butt”?!?! I have made this recipe, with some adaptions, five times now and it has always been A HIT! Here is the recipe as  I make it.

  • 4 cups (2 1/2 pounds) butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 lb spicy breakfast sausage (we like it HOT!)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 teaspoons allspice
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 cups coarsely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1- 10 oz bag fresh spinach

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-x-13-inch baking dish or  4-quart casserole.

2. Place squash in large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook al dente (6- 10 minutes) or until they become somewhat softer and turn deeper in color. Drain it and set aside.

3. In the meantime, brown the sausage in a seperate skillet until well done and slightly browned. Drain.

3. Melt the butter in the stockpot and add oil. Add the onions and sauté over medium heat until translucent and limp, about 8 minutes. Add the warm squash and the buttermilk, eggs, allspice, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and 1 1/3 cups cheese. Blend  until well combined. Add the sausage and spinach. Blend again.

4. Spread the mixture evenly in baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Turn up the oven to 415 and bake 15 minutes more. Serve.

picture via

Ladies, PLEASE make this recipe…

I promise it won’t dissapoint!


And I know I promsied you some baby-lovin….

Who can resist?!?!

I’m on a break from school and I’ve got lots of great posts coming for you!

Until then….

have a blessed day and enjoy this holiday season with people you love!

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Original recipe from here

praying for madelyn

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Prayer has a very special place in the hearts of both my husband and I. As two people whose lives have been drenched with examples of the power of prayer, we are so passionate about the need for us to come, both together and individually, to the feet of our Lord in prayer for our family.

It is one of my hearts greatest desires to spend time with the Lord in prayer, both in my personal prayer life and in the one that I share with my husband. I have seen the power of prayer do amazing things in my life, and as a mother it is so important for me to share that gift with my children.

Praying for Madelyn is something that I do constantly. I know that I fall so short as a mother in so many ways and that it is only through prayer and grace that I will raise the kind, virtuous, Holy children that I desire all of my kids (present and future) to be. Every night since we first began dating, Scott and I have brought our hopes, fears, dreams & intentions and laid them at the feet of Christ in search of His grace and mercy. Once the the idea of marriage became more real for us, we prayed intently for our vocations… both that we would know God’s will and for the strength, courage, and grace to live it fully. When we became engaged and knew that God was calling us to the vocations of marriage and parenthood (in whatever form that may take) we began praying for all of our future children and for their vocations as well.

We continued to do this throughout the two years of our engagement and the year and a half of our marriage before Madelyn’s conception, and still do for all of the children that we pray God blesses us with. Once we had become aware of Madelyn’s impeding arrival, we joyfully and gratefully began to pray for her specifically.

Every day I pray for sweet little Madelyn. For her life and vocation…. for her future husband if that’s what God has in store for her. I pray that God gives her a heart that burns with a desire to love and serve Him. That she would always have the wisdom to know and the courage to do God’s will…. in every aspect of her life. I pray that Madelyn will turn to Our Lady and the amazing example of womanhood, motherhood, and true feminism that she is to us. I pray that she will be kind and virtuous… that she will always stand up for the weak and serve others before she serves herself. I pray that she will have a heart that is filled with joy and and that she will have a genuine love for  life, but always remember that it and this world that we live in is fleeting.

I pray that she will be a Saint.

But praying for Madelyn doesn’t just mean praying for her, it also means praying for myself and for my role as a mother and wife. It means praying for her daddy in his vocation to fatherhood and for our marriage as a whole. I want to be the kind of mother that teaches her children by example and I know that Madelyn is going to imitate everything that I do. Her imitation of Christ and of Our Lady will come through her imitation of me.

For and with my family… I just constantly pray.

getting back in the groove, and a sneak peak!

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Madelyn and I have safely arrived back in Little Rock, and while our trip was fantastic, we are definitely happy to be home.

Things are still insanely busy and it feels as though someone is holding down the fast forward button on my life. I suppose that busyness kind of goes with the territory when you are a wife, mom, student, short-order cook, laundry service, doggy day care provider, milk machine, and diy extraordinaire, and I am also sure that most of you know what I mean, but it’s still kinda new to me.

I swear it was just a few months ago when I spent my days in a state of slothful bliss lying around cuddling my baby and making dinners with lots of left overs so i only had to cook twice a week.


I know you know what I mean.

Anyway…… I only have about a week and a half until a grueling summer’s worth of classes start up, and two days of that will be spent in Houston so that Madelyn can meet her adorable great grandmother.

Isn’t she fantastic?

I am so excited to get to spend some time with her, and I hope that her slightly faulty memory can hold up long enough to tell me some of her amazing stories.

Her brother-in-law (my grandfather’s brother) was the ambassador from Cuba to America during the time when Castro was overthrowing Batista’s regime. She bravely brought my dad’s family over from Cuba when he was 9 years old, while my grandfather was forced to stay behind as an insurance policy that my great uncle would behave in the United States. It was months before my grandfather was finally able to join her and their children, and they went on to faithfully and prayerfully raise their family in Littleton, Colorado. She left a world of wealth and privilege in Cuba for a world of poverty, struggle and freedom in the United States.

What an inspiration! I am so thankful that Madelyn will have the chance to meet her and we will definitely cherish the time we get to spend with her on this visit.

Until then I am going to be completing a lot of unfinished projects around here, starting a few new ones, and writing up lots of blog posts!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to read about mine!

Here’s a sneak peak of something that I’ll be working on this weekend…..

hope to share the finished product soon!

Busy Busy

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

We Rockers have been busy busy for the last few days preparing for our first trip with a little one!

I am a bridesmaid in my best friends wedding this Friday, which necessitated a 1600 mile treck across the country. We were originally going to brave the 16 hour car ride and make it a family trip, but at the last minute our plans changed… so Madelyn and I booked her first flight and jumped on a plane headed to DC.

Sorry about the horrible iphone pic. 

ok ok OK…..I can’t blame it on the iphone. But I have already confessed my less-than-fabulous photgraphy skills, so you can’t say I didn’t warn ya. 

Anywayyyy…. my extremely happy and fabulously behaved baby was true to character all day and we did not have one incident on either of our flights. I cannot say the same, however, for the incredibly kind gentleman of Chicago, who insisted on raising a big fuss durring boarding and refused to sit next to us on our flight.

Thankfully, my little Maddy girl proved all of the wayward looks we recieved from the people sitting around us wrong, and we graciously accepted compliments about her fabulous behavior and stunning good looks as people exited the aircraft.


We’ll be pretty busy for the next week or so… enjoying Madelyn’s grandparents and trying to serve our very loved bride-to-be….. but we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled posts sometime next week!

God Bless!


How I Met My House: Part 1

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Since this little blog is brand-spankin new and we are all just getting to know one another, I thought I’d share some background information :)

A few weeks ago, AnNicole over at Our Suburban Cottage hosted a big blog party called How I Met My House. Of course I meant to link up, but I was so busy getting my rear kicked by finals at the time that the opportunity passed me by.  I still think it is a good way for us to get to know one another a little better though, so I’m going to go ahead and share :)

After my handsome hubby and I got married, we moved to Little Rock, AR. I didn’t have a very good attitude about it at first, and we were both dead set on leaving Little Rock as soon as possible (we had grand visions of living in a beautiful historic home in downtown Charleston ;). At this point we were still a little delusional of the belief that our lives would go exactly as we had planned. As a result we spent a lot of time making our own plans instead of  realizing how much better the ones that God had for us were.  Because of this, our living situation was and felt very temporary….. We lived with a roommate while all of our stuff, our wedding gifts, and my car waited for us in Virginia while we job searched on the east coast. Brutal.

I did a lot of soul searching during this time and struggled with a slight depression in a place where I had no friends, no transportation, a crappy waitressing job, and was dealing with a very frustrating and disappointing job search. For a long time I refused to believe that I could ever be happy in Arkansas (I was definitely wrong). I prayed A LOT for patience, serenity, and the courage & wisdom to know, trust in and do God’s will.

My sweet husband was so wonderful and patient during the funk that I was in. One thing that he used to do to cheer me up was to drive us around to look at houses. He knew how much I  am obsessed with love them, so we would go for long Sunday drives around town, looking at all of the homes and making all of those infamous plans.


Soon prayer and Grace began to work in our lives and we accepted that Little Rock was part of God’s plan for us. Of course everything then fell into place (um, duh). We found a BEAUTIFUL apartment that was part of a charming craftsman home in a historic neighborhood going through a huge revitalization and definitely on the up and up . We were finally on our own and, after a flight to Virginia and a long drive back with all of our belongings,  we began to build our lives here. I got a job working with troubled youth while the hubby focused on life at the office and a growing freelance business….

I also set to work on our little apartment… life was good.

Fast forward one year and I had decided to go to nursing school while Scott began building his brand. Since we knew that nursing school meant a long(ish) term commitment (and since I had pretty much been waiting my ENTIRE LIFE to buy and start working on our first house) we decided to start looking.

Our realtor, Lael Foster, was our landlord’s wife so it worked out really well. Plus she was FANTASTIC and we really grew to love her (and her to two adorable daughters). Her and her hubby do some  great renovations and own some really great rental properties (ie. our old apartment)….and are just all the way around real estate savvy :)

Shortly after we began our search, God threw in another one of His little curveballs


we were pregnant.

Cartoons vs. Cooking Shows

Monday, April 12th, 2010

When I was little, my older sister and I used to argue every. saturday. morning. The never-changing topic of our squabbles? She wanted to watch Saturday morning cartoons, I wanted to watch Bob Villa’s Home Again. Can you believe it?? Or, if I had to throw in the white towel on that battle maybe I could squeeze in a cooking show or two? At that point I was, oh.. i don’t know….  about FIVE years old?  Well, it’s close to twenty years later and I am still pretty much obsessed with anything that has to do with home. I love making my house a home for my family… cooking delicious meals, decorating beautiful rooms, hosting fabulous parties, and fantastic diy’s. Ok, well I love the idea of it. I’m new at this and am still working on the actual execution (especially with our i-just-quit-my-job-to-be-a-stay-at-home-mom, practically non-existent, budget).

But before my Martha Stewart/ Bree Van-De-Kamp (excuse the Desperate Housewives reference) aspirations, comes the need for me to be the absolute best wife and mother that I can be. Just like I said over there in the about me section, I am in love with my calling to the vocations of marriage and motherhood. And to me, that doesn’t just mean hosting awesome parties or beautiful thrift store finds, great diy’s or general craftiness. It means living a life of reflection and prayer, serving my husband, taking joy in my family, teaching by example and remembering that every decision I make effects the person that my kids (present and future) will become. It means forming my children’s character and calling my family on to holiness. It means living in the moment and appreciating the little things. It means living a life of holiness, joy, and love. And so that is what this blog is about.

Here at HMH, not only will you find recipes and diy projects, stories of our home renovations and decorating adventures, design inspiration and the tips and tricks of an obsessed  homemaker…. You’ll also find insights about marriage & motherhood, the joys and struggles of running a household, and the musings of  a girl who’s trying to figure out what it means to be a woman.

I hope you’ll join me for the ride :)