Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hunter's Artwork

My nephew, Hunter, made this very sweet and thoughtful card for me and Sam. Hunter has the biggest heart and he is always there to brighten your day with a big hug and kiss. Since moving to Indiana I have not been able to reap the benefits of all those hugs and kisses from him. It makes me so happy to know that he misses me and still thinks of me a lot because I really miss him. It totally made my, actually it made my whole month when I opened the mail to find this card from him! We put his card on the refrigerator with other pictures the kids have made for Sam. Truthfully if you came to Sam's house and did not know us, you would think we had kids because of all the kids' artwork we hang on the refrigerator. Obviously we do not have kids, but we are incredibly blessed with the best nieces and nephews in the world! Below is a picture of Hunter and my beautiful older sister (his mom), Brandlyn.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sweet, Southern Favorites

I've been trying lots of new recipes since finding out about The website is full of great recipes. I especially love reading the recipe reviews because people are able to make suggestions and give practical cooking advise. This website is especially great for me because I get to learn as much as I can about the recipe and ingredients before I start cooking! Sam and I loved this sweet and savory recipe for pork chops!

Awesome Honey Pecan Pork Chops
1 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin, pounded thin
1/2 cup all-purpose flour for coating
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Tip: double the butter, add 1 tablespoon chopped onion, add 1/4 cup maple syrup

In a shallow dish, mix together flour, salt and pepper. Dredge pork cutlets in the flour mixture. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add chops, and brown both sides. Transfer to a warm plate. Mix honey and pecans into the pan drippings. Heat through, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over cutlets. ENJOY! Honey Pecan Salad Dressing
If you like salad, but are tired of using the same old salad dressing and want a change, you should try this recipe from Southern Living. My friend, Kendall, posted the recipe on her blog and it is truly amazing! Drizzle this tasty dressing on fruit or salad or use it as a marinade for chicken. You will not be disappointed! I just made some last night and it is almost gone. Sam really loved this recipe!

Happy Birthday, Keri

Owen, Keri, Noah, and Ella with the ice cream birthday cake
Allison, Noah, Aaron and SamOwen & Logan opening Keri's gift

Last week we had the Sackett's and Weaver's over to celebrate Keri's birthday. I made spagetti, salad, veggies, and bread and Matt, Noah, Ella, and Owen brought Keri's favorite dessert, ice cream birthday cake! We had such a great time and it was so nice being the entertainer for once. I love entertaining, but most of Sam's family and friends have kids so we are usually at their houses (they have toys). Another thing I love about having people over at Sam's house is the noise. To me, there is no better sound than the laughter of children playing and running around the house. There is something about being around kids that gives me so much energy and happiness. I loved every moment of it and I also learned a lot from cooking my first dinner for a large group of people!
Brooke & Logan Weaver
A Learning Experience:
#1 You don't know what you need until you really need it. Sam does not own a ladle or a salad bowl. No problem, Keri and Brooke came to my rescue, but I cannot wait to get those kitchen essentials! Thank goodness for bridal showers!
#2 Dinnerware: Sam has 8 place settings and 8 flatware settings, which is very impressive for a bachelor, but we need more.
#3 Card tables and folding chairs are a necessity.
#4 Two year olds + Foosball tables = Recipe for disaster (the rods are at their eye level)
#5 is a great website

Matt & Owen wrestling

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rice Crispy Treats

I love Rice Crispy Treats! I recently made Cheddar Baked Chicken and the recipe calls for a small amount of Rice Krispies cereal so I had almost an entire box left over. "What to do?" , I thought to myself. Lightbulb: Make Rice Crispy Treats! Rice Crispy Treats are one of my childhood favorites and my Mom used to make them all the time. Of course, hers were always delicous! She never failed to get just the right consistency! Some people prefer their treats gooey while others prefer them crunchy. Either way they are sure to be a big hit!

4 tablespoons of butter
1 package of regular marshmellows (10 oz.)
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

In a large sauce pan melt the butter over low heat. Add marshmellows and stir until completely melted. Add Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper press the mixture evenly on to a 13x9 inch pan coated with nonstick spray (or use aluminum foil as pictured). Let cool then cut into squares. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I have noticed there are many blogs out there with "reactions" on the end of each blog post. I first noticed this little widget on Kendall's blog and, after noticing how many people respond, I have decided to do this myself. They are at the bottom of each post and there are 3 to choose from: funny!, cute, and i like this. You just click on the square beside the reaction and it calculates the number of people who choose each one. Notice, there are no reactions like "this is stupid" or "get a life" or "you are a loser". I appreciate the positive feedback!

Monday, April 13, 2009

My First Easter in Indiana

Me and Sam at his parent's house
What a great Easter weekend! Sunday morning I was pretty sad that I was spending my first Easter apart from my family in Arkansas, but Sam was bound and determined to make my first Easter in Indiana a great one! He hid Cadbury eggs in the house and also gave me a very sweet card. The Easter Bunny visited Sam's house and brought each of us a basket full of candy and eggs (keep in mind there are children reading this). After looking through our baskets we headed to church and heard an amazing sermon.

Very Proud Great-Granparents: Grandpa & Grandma Dunbar & Grammy with Nathan John (2 weeks & 2 days old)
After church we headed to Sam's parents house for lunch and an easter egg hunt. The kids had so much fun racing around to see who could get the most easter eggs and we took tons of great pictures. By the time all the eggs were found we were all starving. Like always, Sam's mom cooked an incredible meal! We all saved room for dessert because we were also celebrating Keri's birthday. We had fruit pizza and ice cream birthday cake. YUM-O! I haven't had fruit pizza in a while and forgot how delicious it is!
Here are pictures of Ella (6 yrs old), Noah (7 yrs old), and Owen (2 yrs old) hunting easter eggs...

Sam and I were so full when we left that we both fell asleep for about an hour once we made it home. I love those Sunday afternoon naps. Awakened and re-energized I was finally able to call my family. I spent the remainder of the night on the phone with my family and of course talked to Aspen and Hunter too! Elli isn't quite old enough to talk on the phone. She will hold it up to her ear and smile because she recognizes my voice, but I haven't got a word out of her yet. Aspen just kept screaming "EASTER BUNNY" and "Sam", which was very adorable! Hunter told me his easter basket was full of eggs and candy and assured me we would have plenty for our next Pogey Bait Night. He was equally as thrilled about the sword he received in his basket too.

A Job Well Done!

Saturday morning came fast and the weather was perfect for yard work and we had LOTS of it to do! I have to admit I really enjoy working in the yard but I was not prepared for what was ahead of me this time. Sam recently put his house up for sale so we are trying to make everything look nice both on the inside and outside of the house. His dad was very nice to let us borrow his pick-up truck on Saturday and we filled it with new mulch for the flowerbeds. WOW! Who knew it took so much of this stuff to fill flowerbeds?! It took a while just to prep everything...raking leaves, pulling grass out of the beds, figuring out which tape is the duct tape, etc. Speaking of that, do you know which one is the duct tape? Sam's rake broke and he needed me to run inside to get the duct tape. I froze thinking to myself "I have no clue what duct tape looks like." Instead of telling Sam I didn't know I just brought him a few different types of tape. He saw right through me and laughed because he knew I didn't have the slightest clue which one was the duct tape. I took a picture of some of the tape so I could quiz everyone. Which one is the duct tape? No cheating!Several splinters, many achy muscles, and what seemed like an eternity later we finally finished and I must say we are very proud of our work! Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of our finished project because I was so exhausted. No worries, I will take a picture today after work! The most exciting part of the process was realizing how much my tulips have grown in the past few weeks! Last October I planted several tulips and irises and the tulips are growing beautifully! Secretly, I have always wanted to have a garden, but I don't exactly have a green thumb. I mean I usually can't keep plants alive. They need a lot of TLC that I am not usually willing to give. Tulips however do not need much attention. Just plant, have some patience, and eventually they will grow! The whole experience has made me want to venture out and buy more plants to see if I can keep those alive. We will see...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Party in My Cabana

I love manicures and pedicures. Before moving to Fort Wayne I got manicures once every 2 weeks and a pedicure every month. I never missed an appointment. I must admit it was a nice addiction. My salon in Arkansas is called AB Mackie Salon and Day Spa. It is an affordable one-stop-shop and every girlie girl's dream! Need a tan, haircut, manicure/pedicure, massage, and wax all in the same day? AB Mackie is the place to go (be sure to ask for Sarah)! But, ever since I moved to Fort Wayne, I have not had my nails done once. I am engaged and have ugly nails?! Ridiculous, I know. Sam doesn't have any sisters, but somehow understands how important it is for women to feel good about themselves. And he knows I feel really good when I am wearing a fresh coat of OPI nail polish.

So this morning he sent me off to Woodhouse Day Spa for a 1 hour manicure. WOW! AMAZING! RELAXING! It was the most wonderful manicure I've had in a long time. Next to the three (yes 3) hand massages, foot bath soak, and parafin wax, the best part was picking out my nail polish color! You know what I'm talking about find many colors you love, but there is no way you can make such an important decision without reading each of their names. Some of my favorites include You Make Me V'room, A Oui Bit of Red, I'm In-Dia Mood For Love, California Raspberry, Mimosas for the Mr. and Mrs., Royal Flush Blush, and Feelin' Hot-Hot-Hot!. This time a new color caught my eye. The name: Party in My Cabana. I love it! It is very bright and "Spring-timey". By the time my nails were painted and dry I didn't want to move. It was so relaxing and I knew I had to clean house today so I was in no hurry to leave the spa. Just to make sure my nails were very dry I went back to the "quiet room" where you can relax even more while refreshing yourself with herbal tea (they have atleast 20 different teas to choose from). To make the whole experience even better, my wonderful fiance paid for the whole thing!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Duck, Duck, Canadian Goose!!!

My younger sister, Brittany, has a wonderful boyfriend named Spencer. Since moving to Indiana, I have called and texted him more often because I am constantly reminded of him. You are probably wondering why I think of him so often and if I am going to profess my love to him on my blog. No, I'm not. You see, Mr. Spencer Ross Jeu, is a duck guide and has an obsession for duck hunting. His duck guide service is called Duxmen Outfitters and, although I have never been on a hunt with him, I hear he is very good! I like to say that his motto is "If it flies, it dies!" Many times my dear, sweet sister has tried to tame this obsession of his, but after many failed attempts, she has grown to accept it and she even hunts with him sometimes! So, back to my reason for blogging about this. I was reminded of Spencer again this morning when I left my house for work. The weather is a bit dreary and kind-of rainy today in Fort Wayne so naturally there were way too many mallards, canadian geese, and swans swimming around in our little pond outside. They are NOT scared of people and most people aren't scared of them. However, I am not one of those people. The Canadian Geese need to go! I am not a goose hater, but they walk around like they own the whole city and they jump in front of cars (like the squirrels on that tv commercial), they come in your yard, and I swear they can smell fear!If Spencer was here he would know exactly how to handle this type of situation. I can't exactly go outside with my shotgun and start killing all the geese. There are laws against that type of behavior and I don't own a gun. So, if you have any recommendations, please post a comment.
Disclaimer: I don't have a picture of the violent Canadian Geese yet, but I will post one soon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Viva la Fifa

Tonight after dinner Sam had to run some errands one of which was to take Bolt back to the Red Box. I was hoping he would surprise me with another movie night and rent Marley & Me, but to my surprise the World Cup Qualifier is on tv and the USA is playing. Of course we are going to watch the World Cup Qualifier (yawn...)! Yep, that's right, we are going on 83 minutes of fun-filled soccer. Don't get me wrong, I love the sport, but I just don't want to watch it on tv. Sam can tell I am not impressed with his choice of entertainment tonight so every few minutes he changes the channel to American Idol for no more than 5 seconds. Never-the-less, Sam loves watching the World Cup and I love him so it's time for me to make the best of this situation.
Pictured Above: Sam is very happy to see a goal! Yay America!
Pictured Above: Sam does not like me taking pictures while he is trying to "focus". Yes ladies, apparently watching sports requires intense focus.
So here we 5 reasons why I can stand to watch this game (I could only think of 5):
1. Short soccer shorts...If you've been to a soccer game you know why that's my #1.
2. One commentator sounds like a leprechaun
3. The USA is winning 3-0...Which also begs the question, why are we still watching this game?
4. Crazy, drunk fans are always passionate about their team
5. This kid in the picture below. He got so mad after seeing a penalty yet he still proudly waves his American flag. Hooray for patriotism!

a little R&R

Lately Sam and I have been so busy with work, wedding stuff, house hunting, allergy season (yuck), and spring cleaning that we haven't been able to spend time relaxing and enjoying each other's company. So last night we decided to have a much needed and much deserved night of rest and relaxation. Our plans....dinner, movie, and red wine! We LOVE red wine!

I made spagetti because it is one of Sam's favorite dishes. I love my spagetti recipe, but decided I would use a new one just to mix it up a bit. Sam went by the RedBox on his way home and rented a movie. When he came home dinner was on the table and we opened a bottle of red wine, Chianti Classico DOCG to be more specific.

After dinner we cleaned the kitchen, put on comfy clothes, and went straight to the couch to watch the Walt Disney movie Bolt. I love Walt Disney and Pixar movies and this one was great! If you haven't seen it you must rent it today!