Monday, July 22, 2013

Zucchini Fries

When we were in Georgia, my parents had a lot of produce from the garden that we needed to eat.  I went flipping through Southern Living to see if I could find a good recipe for the abundance of squash that we had.  We decided to give this recipe a try and we all LOVED these fries - even my picky eater sister!  You can definitely take some shortcuts with this recipe, but don't do it the first time you make it. Follow the ingredients and directions to the T so you know just how good these are.

Zucchini Fries
2 cups + 4 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp kosher salt, divided
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups Panko breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 medium zucchini (about 1 lb, cut into 1/4 inch thick strips)
Canola oil
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Combine 2 cups flour, next 2 ingredients, and 1 tsp salt in a shallow dish.
Whisk together eggs and 3 Tbsp water in another dish.

2.  Process breadcrumbs in a food processor 10-15 seconds or until finely ground.
Combine breadcrumbs, 4 Tbsp flour, oregano, pepper, and remaining 2 tsp salt in a third shallow dish.

3.  Dredge zucchini, in batches, in flour mixture;  dip in egg mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.

4.  Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven;  heat over medium heat to 325 degrees.
Fry zucchini, in batches, 1 to 2 minutes or until golden.
Drain on a wire rack over paper towels.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

These are so good as is, but try dipping them in ranch dressing too!

Makes 6 servings.

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Decade of Holy Matrimony

Bryan and I were married 10 years ago today!  
We started dating in 10th grade, 


went to 2 different colleges and got married the summer that we graduated.

One of our wedding songs was I Could Not Ask For More by Edwin McCain.  Looking back over the past decade, those words are even more true now.  Our life together hasn't always been perfect or happy or pretty but through it all we are still standing side by side holding hands.  The good, the bad, and the ugly has been part of God's plan for our lives and how he has shaped us into the people and couple that he wants us to be.  For that we are thankful.
Our first 10 years of marriage have been a wonderful adventure.  I'm so excited to see how God will continue to bless our life together!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stitch Fix #4

Stitch Fix #4 arrived shortly before we went on vacation.  One of the great things about the service is that you can request clothes for specific occasions.  I let them know that Bryan & I would be going on a trip for our anniversary and I would like clothes that may be good to wear at the beach resort.  Once again I had fun trying on each item that was chosen for me.  If you'd like to try Stitch Fix for yourself, you can read my original post here explaining more about the service and how you can sign up.

Here is what I received in Fix #4:

Kensie - Diane Belted Colorblock Tank Dress

41Hawthorn - Calafia Jersey Wrap Dress

Evolution by Cyrus - Munro Tie-Waist Striped Cardigan

Colourworks - Gaia Mesh Trim Jersey Tank

Mak - Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan

Although it was a higher price point than I prefer, I decided to keep the striped cardigan.  I love the single white 'lace' panel and the tie waist.  However, it is difficult for me to wear the color orange since our biggest SEC rivals are that color. ;)  Bryan has said I'm not allowed to wear the sweater during football season!

If you would like a stylist to select some great items just for you, I would really appreciate it if you used my referral code to sign up.

If you're already using Stitch Fix, what is your favorite item that you've received?


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blessing in the Sky

As we got closer to the day for the girls and I to fly to Georgia, my anxiety about traveling alone with them grew. I knew Marlie would be fine for the most part, but Emma is totally in that active toddler stage where she does not want to sit still. Combine that with the 3 of us being stuffed into two plane seats - the window & middle- and hopefully you can understand why I would be nervous.  
We booked the flight during Emma's nap time so the best case scenario would be that she would sleep in my lap the whole flight.  
I prayed that the trip would be smooth and easy. I prayed that the flight wouldn't be full so that we could take Emma's car seat on board and she would nap in it the whole flight. I prayed that Bryan would be able to go with us to the gate and my parents would be able to meet us at the gate.  Well, you know what they say about telling God your plans?
The flight was full, Bryan was not allowed to go with us to the gate, Emma didn't sleep at all (she actually cried half the flight), and my parents couldn't meet us at the gate either.  
However, there was a nice man behind me as I went through security who helped me as much as he could.  I felt sorry for whatever poor soul was going to be stuck sitting with us girls but of course God was taking care of that too.  
An eccentric but very kind older gentleman named Mike was already there in our row when we took our seats.  He introduced himself right away and made a bit of small talk. Marlie loves to talk to anyone that will listen and she and Mike became buddies.  As she worked on her new activity book, he would help her whenever she got stuck (since I was trying to calm a wild toddler). He showed her the laces around his hat from the Jamaican bobsled team & talked about his love for reggae music.  Marlie sang our favorite Bob Marley song, Three Little Birds, for him.  
Even though nothing else really went as I had hoped, we arrived in Georgia safely and we were blessed to sit with Mike.  When we were getting ready to leave I thanked him for being so kind to us since I know there were people on that plane who probably resented this lady and her fussy toddler.  Mike replied that we were his favorite kind of people to sit with. :)
Maybe I thought I wanted an easy and uneventful trip, but God knew what I needed even more was someone to remind me of His love in the midst of my stress and frustration.  I am thankful he placed Mike in my life that day, but I still wouldn't mind one of those smooth trips I had hoped for on our flight back home!