HOOK 'EM HORNS!!! I'm so darn proud of my Longhorns :) And SO PROUD to say that I'm a UT grad! ('92) #2 ranked TEXAS beat #4 ranked Ohio State. In the horseshoe. Not many teams can BEAT another team in their home stadium...with a record crowd of 105,000, most of those people being AGAINST us. Hehe. They did it, though!! Even better, UT broke some Buckeye records. Let's see... This was the first night home game that Ohio State has EVER lost. And Texas is the first non-conference team to walk out of Ohio's stadium with a win since 1990. As Vince Young, the UT quarterback, ran off the field he yelled, "Thanks for coming, but we're going to the Rose Bowl!" I so love it. I have to say that the ONLY thing I miss about college is going to all of the football games. :) It was bittersweet watching the game last night without my Dad. He lived for UT football season. I missed hearing him tell David (my husband) "did you see THAT?" He loved watching games with David. But I know that my Dad was watching and was proud of our Horns!
There is a wonderful little shop about 10 minutes from my home called Homespun Cottage. I love getting holiday decor there because the whole store is so cozy. Our house isn't completely folk-art style ..mostly "trying to look like Pottery Barn but purchased at Target." haha :) But the little homestyle touches make the house feel welcoming and really communicate the feeling that I want to have in our home of "coziness." I'm a homebody and take great pride in our home.
Ok....cheer section, please. I am going to join Curves! I need to get back into shape and feel good about myself again. I'm excited about it and after hearing several friends rave about it, I'm ready to do it. Thankfully there is a Curves about 5 minutes from my house, so it will work out perfectly. I'm really proud of my friend Becky and how well she is doing. GO BECKY!
Today marks the 4th anniversary of 9/11. I still remember being in our living room, Noah having just finished his breakfast and turning the TV on to see the 2nd plane crash into the World Trade Center. How horrifying it was. And I realized just a few months ago that since that day I've been much more protective and worry more about Noah's safety. That day did something to me as a Mommy. Does anyone else feel that way? The world changed that day... In November of 2002 we went to New York City for Thanksgiving. While there, we visited the site of the World Trade Center. You just don't realize how huge the site is when you only see it on TV. And seeing the church across the street that was untouched...amazing. It was difficult to explain where we were to a 2-year old, but he did understand enough to see the photos later and say, "that's the place where the building fell down and they were sad. Maybe they can fix it...with tape." :( I did the layout below with the photos we took:
(you can click on the photos above to see the entire 4-page layout on 2Peas)
Today I'll share a Fall recipe :) I really love hearing from so many of you that you've tried a recipe from my blog. Wish I could take credit for all of them! Some of them I can...just the ones with my name in the recipe title. Nothing smells better in the morning than these Gingerbread Pancakes!
from Austin's Magnolia Cafe
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brewed coffee
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Cream together the eggs and brown sugar. Add the buttermilk, water and coffee, and stir until smooth. Set aside.
In a separate container, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Combine the egg mixture with the flour mixture, and stir in the melted butter. Makes about 3-1/2 cups of batter, or enough for 8 to 10 pancakes.
God is SO good and faithful. All that you have is because of His goodness and mercy. :)
"Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you fainthearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. ....... Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith." - Francis Frangipane