Truer words couldn't be spoken

July 29, 2011

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{tmi} what I started to not blog about...updated

July 24, 2011

Today at the ultrasound the tech couldn't find anything and the radiologist said everything looked fine PTL! No needles yay:) Apparently what the OBGYN and I were feeling was just some dense tissue. Better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to boob lumps. Needless to say though I filled out a nice chunk of paper work between all these visits about family history...all of which points to the realm of "do not willingly consume hormones". It is so nice to finally have a doctor who agrees with the "no hormones" thing that my grandmother's Oncologist suggested for my sister and I.
I've debated on posting this, but honestly this weeks anxiety with work and doctor junk is the reason I haven't blogged much this week. So anyway, at the beginning of the month I noticed a lump in my chest, never had anything like that before so it was a cause for concern. But honestly I hate going to the doctor so I put it off. Then I decided the ringworm I got that was blown out of control during a sinus infection involving steroids (who knew) had to go, so I went to the doctor against my will.

So to speed up this TMI post, I mentioned the lump in passing thinking he would shrug it off and I'd go on my merry way. Um, not a chance. He asked about my family history which is dotted with cancer from both sides, red flag. So he left the room. And immediately made me an appointment with a OBGYN for the next day. Honestly I was amazed at how fast he got me in as a new patient.

Now it's Wednesday, I was freaked about having blood drawn. Luckily they left my blood alone. Bad side of it. During the breast exam the doctor found the same lump I found. Being that I am to young to have a mammogram she scheduled me an appointment with the ultrasound tech/general surgeon to find out what the mass is exactly.

Now the upside is if it is literally nothing they won't do a biopsy or an aspiration. Downside is, if it is something I van not escape having a needle stabbed in my chest where I can see it. Yeah, I am more afraid of the needle idea right now.

But here is the kicker ladies, early detection is key, even in your 20's. Had Nanny not found her breast cancer in stage one her doctor said she probably would not have survived it. Now I'm not saying what I have is anything, I don't know yet. But what I am saying is that even if you are a massive chicken like me, or just young, you should never let this just ride out. I read blogs everyday that are written by girls my age who have or have had cancer, breast cancer...yes even in their 20's. Which is partly why I didn't just let this ride out.

Enough of my ranting and bossing people.

On another note though, if you tell Lowe's you want black paint and give them a black swatch they will give you royal navy colored paint. Proof being my dresser that is now blue...and not matching the bed.
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Louisiana Thursday Night

July 18, 2011

I don't know if you have heard of a little show on the History Channel called Swamp People? Well in June we moved to Thibodaux, right by Houma(where I will be working), and it just so happens Swamp People is filmed here. The RJ and J Paul section of the show to be correct. In fact several of our new friends are from Pierre Part where the show is also filmed (Troy). Needless to say we had heard rumors that RJ and J Paul went to Buffalo Wild Wings every Thursday night to sign autographs and such when the season was airing. So when my cousins confirmed it Jeremy just had to go.

Now I have two questions for the people in these pictures. #1 Jeremy why do tall people slouch when they take pics with short people, and #2 Mom why are you holding his hand? Good Lord you people are odd haha, am I the only one who practiced my camera smile?

Needless to say Mom was interested in how old RJ was since he was so buff. Dad use to look like she by chance trying to find a workout plan for the oldie? I think so haha.

Sadly meeting them was all fine and dandy, but that is my official last time to eat a BWW. The last two times we went (in Shreveport) it was not so great, we got cold food. But this time our orders were jacked up. Waitress made a big uh oh with me and Jeremy. You see, usually I order the crazy spicy stuff and Jeremy orders something less damaging to your intestines. This time however, J ordered Habanero and I went low key and stayed away from my usual Hot for Spicy Garlic. Or so I thought. She mixed up us. The whole time we were eating I was nearly crying and guzzling water and ranch dip. My gums were even burning people, that never happens to me and I love hot food. Jeremy kept acting like I was being a baby, well, because he thought he had the spicier of the two and he was fine! Ha! We finally figured out the issue...when we were both on our last wings. So in your face Jeremy, I was not being a had my mild wings. Not such a tough guy now huh haha.

And that my friends is why I am not going back. 3 strikes and you are out BWW. Never again.
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fill in the blank friday

July 15, 2011

1.   I am a (morning, evening, middle of the day person)       morning person. After that I get lazy.   .

2.  My favorite Pandora stations are    90's pop, whatever that comedian station Jeremy plays is, and Kari Jobe.   .

3.  3 of my "must-have" songs for a road trip playlist are     hmm whatever is on the radio. I usually just listen to NPR or some talk radio...and now that this car has Sirius it is on the comedy stations   .

4.  My favorite pattern is   small floral considering the vast amount of Shabby Chic stuff I have floating around this house. I am kinda random though, I pretty much like to mix pattern and colors .

5.  My favorite perfume is     Lovely by SJP, but I am so allergic to everything I rarely wear any perfume  .

6.  Rules are      to be followed. Unless made by someone other than me and then they are to be broken at will. However in the school setting they are crucial, I just wish children felt the same way lol   .

7.  My most overused phrase or punctuation is       Ugh. Coming in close second is "really?", but is usually said in conversations with kids a WHOLE lot because I have no clue what to say. Yes I know I am a teacher, but outside of my classroom I am kid-awkward  . 

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Oh How Pinteresting Wednesday!

July 13, 2011

Hey y'all, I'm linkin up with The Vintage Apple this week for Oh How Pinteresting Wednesday and focusing on my My Style Pinboard. Be forewarned, I am Kate Middleton obsessed. She dresses exactly how I would love to dress. I try to look like her, but lets face it...can't afford it.

Love this outfit, I have pieces similar to these...and I will be putting them together for teacher wear this fall.

These boots are exactly the brown book I want/need. Less dressy than the ones I have. I am also in the market for a pair of black books.

Such a Kate look but not a "worn by Kate" dress. This reminds me of the outfit she wore to the horse races and the skirt she wore in Canada with the blue crocheted top.

This is another teacher staple of mine, rumor has it we can wear jeans in this parish all the time. I will officially be in heaven if it is true. 

This is the horse races dress I was talking about earlier. I seriously wish fascinators were popular in the States. 

Anothe look of the Duchess. DVF= can not afford it. Luckily I found a dress with a similar shape at Urban Outfitters on sale. 
Source: via Emily on Pinterest

Alright, that is all for my royal style obsession post. Hope y'all are having a good week. 
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yet another recipe post...

July 8, 2011

Should I just call this bacon salad? I am just kind of liking the bacon taste in it at the moment. However, we'll just call it what it is...Summery Pasta Salad. Mom and I were hunting for a pasta salad recipe today and couldn't find one we liked so we came up with out own. Enjoy!
Summery Pasta Salad
6 slices of bacon cooked until crispy & crumbled
1/2 cup mayo (or sub greek yogurt)
1/2 cup sour cream(fat free)
1 1/2 tbsp greek seasoning
15 oz can of corn
1 medium green bell pepper
4 green onions chopped
1 lb Smart Taste pasta cooked
2 roma tomatoes chopped

In a large bowl combine mayo(or yogurt), sour cream, and greek seasoning. Once it is mixed well add in all other ingredients and stir to combine. Serve cold or warm. 

***you could also substitute red onion, I just don't always want the harsh taste of them. 
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Knorr Recipe Contest: 3 Cheese Green Chili Chicken Patsies

July 7, 2011

Knorr is launching a new product, concentrated Homestyle Stock, and let me tell you it is so good. The smell alone is like really good chicken soup. Even better one packet is equal to 3 1/2 cups of chicken stock.  Because of this Knorr has teamed up with Blogher and are having a recipe contest  as part of a launch of their new product at the BlogHer 2011 Conference. Lucky me, I got chosen to participate in the recipe contest.

I decided to combine two of my favorite foods. Numero uno being British Patsies. When I was in England several years ago I would sneak away from the group every day at lunch and walk to the local bakery. That was the best bakery I have ever come in contact with, I got the same things every day, a custard pie and a beef and potato patsy. Yum. Now my second favorite food is a really good sour cream enchilada. I have a recipe for one that I added goat cheese to once and it turned out divine. So with that said I made a hybrid of my two favorites. Now lets get on to the food goodness.

Three Cheese Green Chili Patsies
prep time: 45 minutes
cook time: (baked) 15-20 minutes
serves: 10-12
{for the filling}
1 lb chicken thighs, bone in with skin
3 oz goat cheese
7 oz green chilies
4 oz cream cheese
1 cup mexican shredded cheese/or colby jack
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp cumin
salt & pepper to taste
1 packet Knorr Homestyle Stock
4-5 tbsp green enchilada sauce (depending on taste and consistancy-mixture should be thick)

{for the dough}
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz butter, cold and cut into 12 pieces
1 egg
4-5 tbsp water combined with 1/2 tbsp Knorr Homestyle Stock
(egg wash for sealing-one egg and water)

Preheat oven to 375*
Begin by making the dough. Mix flour and salt in food processor. Add butter, egg, and water/Knorr mixture and process until clumpy dough forms. Form into a ball and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Next line a baking sheet with foil and spray with oil to prevent sticking. Lay chicken thighs onto baking sheet and massage Knorr Homestyle stock onto chicken making sure to get most of it under the skin. Season chicken with salt and pepper and bake for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

While chicken is cooking, in a large bowl combine cream cheese, goat cheese, mexican shredded cheese, green chilies, garlic, cumin, and green enchilada sauce. Once chicken is done remove skin and shred. Add shredded chicken to cheese mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Change oven temperature to 400*.

Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out into a thin sheet, cut into round discs (use molds or small plate/bowl). Fill discs with a few Tbsp of filling and seal edges together with egg wash and press with a fork. Brush tops of Patsies with egg wash.

Arrange Patsies on a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil or on a baking stone and bake at 400* for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Another option would be to deep fry/or shallow fry them until golden brown.

Mine could have been prettier but I subbed some of the all purpose flour for whole wheat...the lighting in our new apartment is also crummy so excuse the pic quality.
Another variation I tried with this filling is to use puff pastry and make them more like turnovers, so yummy. 
If you want to kick it up a bit top the patsy with the leftover enchilada sauce. Divine! If making it with Puff Pastry though make sure to buy 2 packages, it will make 16.

This recipe is great served with salsa or Mexican Rice. It would also be yummy topped with avocado. 
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quick update

July 5, 2011

In case you don't follow me on FB or twitter, I have been MIA due to a lack of Internet in the hills of TN. Literally, my in-laws backyard is a few huge hills...when the power went out last night we couldn't see the neighbors to tell if they had power. That secluded country! Glorious. Anyway my MIL drove us back today because a idiot reaching for his drink hit us at full speed from behind and totaled my Mustang. Oh a car hunting we are being forced to go. Makes me sick thinking about it. Who reaches for a drink instead of stopping at a red light!? Never fear though, I have tons of pics. I broke out that camera as soon as I had the guts to look at the damage. We are okay, just getting over whip lash. The whole thing could have been worse, I had gotten sick of my seat belt chest strap and had moved it behind me and also had my knees bent and feet on the dashboard. I freaked so bad, solely because I was mourning the loss of my car, that Jeremy thought I was seriously injured. Yes I'm dramatic. But I've wanted a Mustang for as long as I knew they existed. Makes me wanna choke that idiot. Also we thought about taking the dogs with us. Had they been in the car they would have been seriously hurt.

Anyway we went hiking, shopped at the Amish store, and laughed our heads off at two hilarious kids all weekend. I also revisited my good weenie dog buddy Winston. Good ole Winny Poo. Poor pup got attacked by wild dogs, but is doing good. He is such a sweet weenie dog.

This may sound lengthy...but I'll give you the full run down later.

By the way, listening to a 2yo yell "I wanna see Elmo on the pone!" at Jeremy is hilarious. But what I'd like to know is how did she find out I had beef jerky when no one else saw me eating it. All the sudden I started hearing "Mily I want turkey!", turns out that means Emily I want jerky. Little skunk. It was like spending the weekend with my two year old self.
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