Friday, June 29, 2012

Emmalee's Nursery

Kelly's Korner is having her weekly link up today and this week is "Show Us Your Life:  Kids Rooms".  So, I thought I would like up with this post I did last April before Emmalee was born showing off her nursery.  I have to be honest - I love the way it turned out, and now that she is a year old, I think she does too.  She loves going to play in her room! 

Anyways, here is the original post:  A Place for Our Princess.

Monday, June 25, 2012

This is Who I Am

3 Posts in one day - I know - you think I'm insane! 

But today I'm linking up with Life on LeRoy to find new blog-friends.  I love new blog friends, so if you're stopping by, then Welcome!  Here is a bit about me!

I'm Ashley (a.k.a. Grabbie).  I've been married for (almost) five years to my very best friend, Brant.  After trying to have a family for 2 years, God gave us the biggest blessing and we finally became parents to our precious darlin', Emmalee Caroline on April 15, 2011.  She has her momma's eyes and sassy attitude, and her Daddy's blond hair and blue eyes.  She is truly the light of our lives. 

I'm work as a corporate compliance specialist and thoroughly enjoy my job.  I, of course, would love to be at home full-time with Emmalee, but has made the most wonderful friends at Ms. Donna's, her in-home sitter.  We love Em being with Donna. 

I hope you'll stick around and read all about us - we love making new friends!!

Menu Monday

Well bonless skinless chicken breasts were on sale for only $1.69/lb at my local supermarket the other day, so I stocked up big time!  So chicken is definitely in the menu this week.  Rump roast was also on sale, so I grabbed a few of those too!  So here is this weeks menu:

Monday - Apple baked pork chops with Paula Deens Sweet Potatoes with a Kick! (Do you love sweet potatoes, and love trying new recipes with them - then try these - they are fabulous!)

Tuesday - Cheesy Chicken & Rise casserole

Wednesday - Chimichangas (made with our delicious rump roast in the crockpot - here the original post I did on how to make these)
You can also make with shredded chicken. Just put your FROZEN chicken breasts in the crockpot and book on low for 6 hours...follow the other directions just the same!

Thursday - Chicken stir fry (I just grill my chicken w/ a teriyaki glaze, the toss with a frozen "Asian Stir Fry" mix I find at my supermarket. Then add some more teriyaki glaze to coast the noodles & veggies, then serve - delicious and easy!)

Friday - Pizza Night!

And you know me - I never plan for the weekend because you never know where we'll be!

Lil' Miss Independent

So I guess 14 months is the age of independence. Lil' Miss "Thang" definitely knows how to assert hers! These are the moments I want to scream "What happened to my baby?!?!?"  Just a few days ago she was being swaddled and rocked to sleep, but now she is running all over the place and being such a "big" girl! 

Em is now to the age where it seems like she won't hardly eat anymore unless it's food that she can put in her mouth herself! There are definitely some perks to self-feeding, but definitely more messes to clean up too...especially when its cake!

"No Momma, I'll do it"

Please notice the black towel on the floor to catch the mess!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Family Ice Cream Night

Sometimes we like to go for ice cream at Sonic - its Family Ice Cream Night - and we ALL love it! 

There's a certain "big" girl who likes to do it herself. 

"Look at me Momma!"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer List

I have seen so many people posting "Summer Fun Lists" of things they want to do, or do with their children,  before the end of the summer.  I love this idea. 

So I've created a "Summer Fun List"!

  • Pick Berries at Gnismer Farms
  • Go to Hawaiian Farms
  • Spend a day on the lake 
  • Wagon ride through Rose Memorial Park
  • Go to a petting zoo
  • Blow bubbles 
  • Take Dax to the park
  • Fly a kite
  • Have a picnic
  • Plant an herb garden
  • Read books
  • Go to the splash pad
  • Feed ducks at the park
  • Go see 4th of July fireworks
  • Fingerpaint
  • Plant a flower
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • Make cookies
  • Play in the rain
Do you have a summer to-do list?  What's on it???  

Monday, June 18, 2012

Homemade Apple Fritters

Yesterday I was looking for a dessert to make, but I was low on quite a few "dessert" ingredients (like vanilla).  So I used one of my favorite websites,, to enter all of the things I did have to see what I could make.  I found this apple fritter recipe and it was great! 

Here is the recipe, but I changed it up a bit, so here is my recipe:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 TSBP baking powder
  • 2/3cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 large, or 4 small, apples (I used a few fuji and a granny smith). I peeled, cored, and chopped into small pieces.
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Cinnamon & sugar mixture (roughly 1/4 cup white sugar, 2 TBSP cinnamon)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil or shortening melted for the frying
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together first 6 ingredients (the dry ingredients, milk, and eggs.  Add in apples and 1 TBSP vegetable oil.  Mix until apples are evenly distributed.
  2. Heat oil or shortening in a pan or skillet - I used a large saucepan so that the oil would cover more of the fritter. I was able to fry about 3-4 at a time.  Heat until "smoking", then turn down to medium heat.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes each side depending on the size. Fry in smaller batches so they are not crowded. Remove from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towels.\
  4. Toss with cinnamon sugar mixture while warm.

For the caramel sauce, I  just used caramel ice cream topping.  I put it in a bowl and added a bit of milk to thin it out, microwaved and about 15 second, then drizzled it onto the fritters.  This was so delicious and easy! 

"Fabulous" Father's Day

Well, maybe it wasn't fabulous.  On Saturday, Emmalee had a fever when she woke up from her nap but we had plans to go to my sister's for a cookout to celebrate my dad for Father's Day.  Em was acting complete fine and ate a good dinner.  Well when I went to get her out of the bed Sunday morning, Em had thrown up in her bed.  So Brant ended up going to church while I stayed home with this poor thing.


Brant was also sweet enough to pick up some fried chicken on his way home so I didn't have to cook, although I offered. Since I didn't have to cook lunch, I did cook dinner (Monterey Chicken found here) and made a special dessert - homemade apple fritters with a caramel dipping sauce - DELICIOUS! 

I will share the recipe in the next post.
  All in all, it was an ok day, but I felt horrible that we didn't get to go to church with this man.

The saying goes that "A Daddy is a son's first hero, and a daughter's first love".  And I say its true.   This baby loves her Daddy - and always has a smile and a kiss waiting just for him!  Brant Williams, you are one incredible dad and I could not have asked for a better father for my children.  Emmalee and I are two lucky gals to have you in our lives.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Menu Tuesday

Well this is supposed to be Menu Monday, but when you're a slacker like I am, it becomes Menu Tuesday.  Don't worry, you didn't miss much because last night we just had spaghetti. 

But for the rest of this week:

Fried egg BLT sandwiches
BBQ Chicken Pizza

Jerk Chicken and Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers

Grilled Chili-Rubbed Steak w/ Vegetable Shish-Ka-Bobs

And just FYI...I don't ever plan the weekend because you never know what the plans are going to be! 

Being A Mom Is...

!) The GREATEST thing on Earth!  And yes, it is everything I hoped it would be, and more.  Although hearing "Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy" every 5 minutes can get on your nerves, it is also the sweetest thing I hear every day.

2)  Its much more time consuming than I ever imagined!  Don't get me wrong, I knew being a mom was a full-time 24/7 job...but I never realized how much I would ""forget" to do.  Hence why I have not blogged regularly in forever!  My evenings are no longer filled w/ a computer in my lap beside a still, sleeping infant; they are now filled with my exercise routine...running all through my house chasing a 14 month old!  (And yes I said chasing because the child actually RUNS - not crawls, not walks - RUNS!)

So, I promise to change this.  I forgot how much I really loved blogging until a few days ago when my daughter was taking a 3 hour nap and I spent that 3 hours reading and catching-up on the blogs I used to read almost every day.  I felt so out of touch.  So I'm back int he saddle! 

So stay tuned this week for:
Menu Monday Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday
Thursday Tales of a Toddler (aka Emmalee at 14 months)
Family Friday

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dog Callin'

This is my darling dog - Dax

 This is my mom's dog, Spencer.  

Emmalee has it in her mind that all dogs are called Dax, even little dogs like Spencer, are Dax.  In all honesty, any animal to Emmalee is a "Dax." 

So last night, Emmalee and I had to go to my parents' house to let Spencer outside for a little while. Apparently Emmalee has heard Brant and I yelling at Dax a little too ofetn, so I guess she needed to let "Dax" (aka Spencer) know who was boss!  If Spencer started walking away, she called "Dax" back!