Friday, June 15, 2012

I like Justin Bieber

There....I said it...

I've publicly confessed that I've come down with a case of Bieber Fever!

Haha! How did this happen you ask??? Well, I've always had a thing for hip-hop boy-band types dating back to NKOTB (new kids on the block), then Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC....ohhhh, how I love(d) NSYNC! :)

I'll also fully admit that their music is not particularly prophetic, mostly just about falling in and out of love with girls, but I just love the beats, melodies (if you can call it that) and the energy that flows through the songs. I would consider them iconic in the fact that they have incredible influence over younger generations....I mean people camped out for 3 days for a chance to be front row at his free concert on the today show! AND, on top of that, their parents either ALLOWED them to do this in NYC (say it with in the Texas Pace salsa southern twang, New YOWRK Cittty??? Get a rope), or they camped out WITH them for a chance to see Bieber. And remember the Influence of the Bieber hairstyle??

Now, I'm not saying that I would sleep outside for 3 nights to see him perform. I'm actually perfectly content to watch from my comfy chair, cup of coffee and still in pj's, but in my observations, I think there is no denying that Bieber is an incredible performer. I also get the impression that he's a genuine person, thankful for the blessings and talents bestowed upon him, that he loves what he does, and most importantly, he realizes the power and influence that he has. We can just hope he continues to use this and be a positive example for humanity.

So, my favorite part of the Justin Bieber today show concert??? They had a sign contest and the winner of "best sign" chosen by Justin, received 2 free concert tickets. They brought the winner on stage, happened to be about a 6 year old girl with her father, and Justin said, "hi! I'm Justin! Nice to meet you! What's your name?" haHahahahha!!!! I laughed out loud (lol'd). I think she probably knew his name!!! Then he also said they could have 3 tickets so the girl could go with her dad AND mom! That's just considerate!

The kid has not had a normal upbringing. Essentially, he was forced into a full time very public job at age 13. I give him props for the work he puts into it to be a success, it cant be easy, and the mature way he handles himself in interviews. Not everyone can do that, and so many famous people succumb to the dangerous temptations that can come along with fame and fortune. I pray for Bieber to stay true to his beliefs and not be tempted by these things.

So, baby, baby, baby ohhhhhhhh....

Call me old fashioned, but my one critique of bieber is that I wish he would pull up his pants!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Photo a Day

Operation Photo Challenge May: Fail!! (haha! Big Fat Fail at that!) Not ONE single photo taken! :(

.....but!!!! There's always June!! :) Hopefully a little less chaotic as well. And here I attempt to keep up with my sister who is posting her pictures on her blog here!

June Photo Challenge courtesy of Fat Mum Slim. Take One!

June 1 - Morning

Wade and I started a new diet for June. Hopefully, 10 pounds in 30 days, exercise and cutting carbs. So far, so good :) haha!

Wade needed some help with breakfast suggestions because he's always on the go in the mornings. Toaster Strudel and Eggo Waffles just wont cut it. I found a recipe for freezer friendly breakfast burritos that can be made ready in 3min in the microwave! More on that later ( once we've had a chance to officially taste test!


June 2 - Empty

I think everyone knows what this means!! Fortunately I only have a 4 mile commute to work.







June 3 - On Your Plate

Dinner at my parents....sans carbs.







June 4 - Close-up
I couldn't choose....














June 5 - Sign

Come to Walgreens and you may find me hurdling in aisle 8!

June 6 - Hat

I dug this one out of the archives :)

From our honeymoon in Jamaica...yeah Mon!!!




June 7 - Drink


June 8 - Six O'Clock

Nothing for ya :(

June 9 - Your View Today


Wade and I are headed up 95 for a day of BBQ!!!

June 10 - Best Bit of Your Weekend

Hanging out with my honey at the BBQ Fest!!

June 11 - Door


June 12 - From a low angle


June 13 - Art


June 14 - Time


June 15 - Yellow


June 16 - Out and About


June 17 - In Your Bag


June 18 - Something We Don't Know About You


June 19 - Imperfect


June 20 - Fave Photo You've Ever Taken


June 21 - Where You Slept


June 22 - From a High Angle


June 23 - Movement


June 24 - On Your Mind


June 25 - Something Cute


June 26 - Where you Shop


June 27 - Bathroom


June 28 - On the Shelf


June 29 - Soft


June 30 - A Friend



Warning: Will Make Your Mouth Water

Besides our wedding weekend...I'm pretty sure this past weekend ranks up near the top of the list as one of my favorite weekends ever with my hubby. Four glorious days off...the weather was hot, but still bareable. It was just chill, with no real agenda, yet we always seemed to have something going on, kinda at our own lazy pace.

Monday, in true American tradition, we had a cookout with burgers, fries, and beans. We invited my parents and our friends, Martha and Justin to join us.

But the real star of the show were these apple dumplings, adapted from the Pioneer Woman's recipe found here.

Dear hubby had requested apple pie, and although pie is not difficult, I just didn't feel like fussing with it. This recipe was a MORE than suitable alternative...and sooooooo easy.

Memorial Day Apple Dumplings (my changes are in bold)

2 whole Granny Smith Apples (I used 3 smaller ones, it's what we had)
2 cans (8 Oz. each) Crescent Rolls (Kroger brand worked fine)
2 sticks Butter (hey, I never said it was healthy)
1-1/2 cup Sugar (I used 1cup)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Cinnamon, To Taste
1 can (12 Oz.) Mountain Dew Soda (I used about 1/2 can of a 12 oz mello yello, again, it's what we had)

Preparation Instructions

Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into slices. Roll apple slices in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Definitely need to grease the pan!

Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour entire mixture over apples.


Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan, and even some down the middle. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Watch carefully so it doesn't brown too quickly near the end.

Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

WARNING: Prepare this dish at your own risk. It is beyond imaginable.