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I have a friend recovering from surgery and made some delicious salads for her. These are my go-to recipes I take for meals when someone has surgery, a new baby, needs a pick-me-up.

I usually send a bag of whole wheat rolls and a dessert along with them. The recipes make enough for my family and the family I’m taking them too and are so summery!

Pimento Cheese
1 brick extra sharp cheddar shredded
1 brick sharp cheddar
1 4 oz jar pimentos
1 bunch of green onions chopped finely – some of the green part too
Mayo – however much you like
Here’s the secret – Tony’s Creole seasoning! As much or little as you like OR cayenne pepper

Chicken salad – everything to taste on this too:
2 cans boneless chicken breast
grapes or craisins
celery optional

Pasta Salad – everything’s to taste…

Cheese Tortellini – frozen kind you boil for 3 minutes, drained and cooled
grape tomatoes sliced
black olives sliced
feta cheese
fresh spinach
Kraft Tuscan Italian dressing

Cookie Bars
Nestle Tollhouse recipe on the back of the bag but I substitute one cup of flour with quick cooking oats.
Spread in a casserole dish and bake at 375 for approx 20 minutes. Cool, cut and YUM!

JD finished our awesome new section of the fence. He added a lot to our backyard and I’m excited we’ll be ordering sod tomorrow! I also contacted a local nursery and found out what kind of plants will work best in our yard. Front flowerbed landscaping and sod are first. Then the side flower bed, fence flower bed, and then Garner’s playhouse flowerbeds.

Warning. If you don’t want to read about pregnancy skip this post. This serves as my journal and there are a few things I don’t want to forget about this time around.

– I’m more tired this time.

– I want sweets a lot  – much like last time

– my feet started swelling about 3 weeks ago – pretty much the same.

– I’m to where I just about can’t pick up Garner any more and that kind of makes me sad

– He moves around A LOT. I’ve been feeling him since about week 16 – amazing miracle. Now I can see him move.

– The Mooneyham’s gave us a TON and I mean a closet full of clothes mostly 12 – 18 and 18-24 months. Gymboree, Silly Goose, sweet sweet little boy things – what a blessing!

– I’m looking forward to getting the room going.

– I’m looking forward to Garner’s room redesign.

– I’m looking forward to our church clothing sale next week!


I’m on Spring Break this week. It’s one of the perks of working for a school. 🙂 Mom and Dad were in town for a belated Garner 3rd birthday party.

Her invite was super cute if I do say so…

The party was completed with sweet pink cupcakes that had the best buttercream I’ve made, white nonpareils and silver dragees, and pink favor bags filled with princess things. So sweet. Garner had a blast.

Mom and I were able to finalize the nursery fabric for Graham. It’s been much more difficult picking fabric for a boy than it was for Garner. We spend a rainy Memphis Monday going from fabric shop to fabric shop with our trusty chauffer, Dad. We settled on the right three – a stripe, toile and dot. The colors are much brighter than I expected to get but with the dark furniture and pale walls and rocker I think it will be cheery and fun. The valance will be the stripe banded with the dot. The skirt will be the same. Bumper will be the toile and dot trimmed with the stripe. The stacker will be the toile accented with the stripe and dot. And we got the large dot too for a big floor pillow.

I have a really long list of “To Do’s” for this week. One of the biggest is number 31 on the list. I can say I have completed it and am in the process, of starching/ironing, hanging, pinning, entering inventory and tagging. Whew! This is taking much longer than expected. I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow so I’m ready for the sale. I think this is the first time in a long time I’ve actually planned ahead. I’m trying to price low for this first sale. It’s been fun and a little sad at times looking through every piece of clothing Garner has had since birth. I’ll have to take a photo of the completed inventory.

A few of the other things going on this week include rebuilding part of our fence. Dad helped JD set the posts over the weekend. He’ll work on it tomorrow and through the weekend I’m sure. We’ve added 720 sq feet to our backyard – perfect for a swingset in the future. We had a huge side yard and this worked well.

Mom and I also completed the landscaping plan for the front and would have purchased all the plants had it not been for pesky car repairs…actually truck repairs that started out last week at $600 and another $1100 this week. Add the $400 on the Camry week before last and it’s been an expensive car month. I’m ready for a month without a several thousand dollar bill – house refi…roof…car maint…

I’m 23.5 weeks and this little guy is busy, strong and low. He seems to be more active than Garner was but It’s been 3 years and I’m not sure I really remember.

So thankful it’s Spring Break and JD has taken off 2 days. Looking forward to hanging out with him tomorrow.

The weather is perfect and we cooked out cheeseburgers, bacon wrapped asparagus, and roasted sweet potato fries. So here’s a really recipe to try:

Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Salt and Garlic Mayo by Giada via I read the recipe wrong and combined the Basil Salt and Garlic Mayo to make a really delicious dip. I think it had to be better that way.


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