Wednesday, November 30, 2011

# 40 - 26 movies

26 movies I have not seen starting with different letters of the alphabet.

a - Avatar
b - Bounty Hunter
c - Crimes of Fashion
d - Date Night
e - Extraordinary Measures
f - Flicka 2
g - Gifted Hands : The Ben Carson Story
h - Hachi - A Dogs Tale
i - The Inheritance
j - Just Wright
k - Killers
l - Letters to Juliet
m - Morning Glory
o - On an Island with You
p - Pure Country 2 : The Gift
r - Red
s - The Switch
t - Toy Story 3
w - What If
x - X-Men : First Class
y - Yogi Bear

Friday, November 18, 2011

Atlanta Ballet - Four Seasons & Eden Eden - # 95

# 95 - Ballet Performance (1/3)

Atlanta Ballet presented The Four Seasons and Eden|Eden

I think this is the first time I have gone to a ballet that had a orchesta accompiment. It was all beautiful. I really enjoyed Four Seasons. Eden|Eden on the other head was a different story. It was a "modern" ballet. And let me tell you it was strange!!!

Here is what the Alanta Ballet website had to say about both performances.

Touted by critics and patrons as a "modern masterpiece," James Kudelka's The Four Seasons is a rich interpretation of the journey of life. Explore the passage of Everyman's life with the innocence of spring, the passion of summer, the calmness of autumn, and the chilling death of winter. A stunning, mature work – most definitely Kudelka's piece de resistance – this is a story of youth, discovery, and living life to the fullest.

(photo of Four Seasons)

An avant-garde performance, Wayne McGregor's EDEN|EDEN explores a futuristic world of sight and sound. Recently honored as a Commander of the British Empire, McGregor, along with minimalist composer Steve Reich, transports, the audience on a relentless journey of cloning and genetic engineering.

(Not gonna post a photo of Eden|Eden cause it kinda creaps me out. The dancers were dressed as if in the nude with caps on and very little attire. Just take my word on it, it was INTERESTING, and I'm ok with never seeing it again.)

And the good ole self portait!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Karen Kingsbury Books - # 38

# 38 - Finish Redemption/First Born/Sunrise series by Karen Kingsbury

I finally finished this one and went a step further. Let me explain...

Redemption Series - Baxter Family #1 - In The Redemption Series, Karen Kingsbury brings you the bestselling Redemption Series, five books that follow a family with trials and triumphs like your own. (I actually did a previous post on this series from my original 101 list).

First Born Series - Baxter Family # 2 - Follow your favorite Baxter characters from the Redemption Series; the Firstborn Series focuses on your favorite Baxter characters and gives you an occasional look at the Baxter family, along with updates on the lives of the Baxters.

Sunrise Series - Baxter Family #3 - Read the continuing stories of the lives of the Baxters and Katy and Dayne.

AT THIS POINT I FINISHES MY GOAL... And here is the step further.

 Above the Line Series - (this is not another Baxter series but this series follows right after the Sunrise Series) - Karen introduces a brand new series about "The Producers." This series follows some producers and also continuing to have the Baxter and Flanigan family.

Karen's latest series in the run is the Bailey Flanigan series. If you keep these series in order The Bailey Flanigan books follow the Above the Line series. I have only read the first one in this series. I have been getting most of my books on CD from the library and Leaving is the only one on CD so far.

The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Leaving and finds Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime.

Following Leaving, is Learning, then Longing and finally, Loving.

New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in Cody's relationship with Bailey Flanigan. Love, loneliness, big opportunities, and even bigger decisions are featured in the Bailey Flanigan Series that also features members of the popular Baxter family!

Hope everyone enjoys these series as much as I have!!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman

# 36 - Non-Fiction Book - (1/2)

I recently finished reading Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman.

Mary Beth Chapman's website describes the book saying "Covering her courtship and marriage to Steven Curtis Chapman, struggles for emotional balance, and living with grief, Mary Beth’s story is our story–wondering where God is when the worst happens. In Choosing to SEE, she shows how she wrestles with God even as she has allowed him to write her story–both during times of happiness and those of tragedy. Readers will hear firsthand about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. Even as difficult as life can be, Mary Beth Chapman Chooses to SEE."

I enjoyed reading about the Chapman's family journey because I grew up on Steven Curtis Chapman's music.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Atlanta Zoo - # 93

Atlanta Zoo - #93 (1/3)

We had a good time at the Atlanta Zoo (another of the City Pass stops).

We were able to watch the monkey feedings. This is one of the funniest things I have seen. The lady feeding the monkey's came into the viewing area where we were sitting with the buckets of food and several of the monkeys came to peek at their dinner and hit on the glass.

Some of my favorite animals at this zoo was the variety of Panda Bears. They were too cute. We also got to see them getting fed as well.

Monday, November 14, 2011


So I started a new hobby! It's called Pinterest!

OK! So its not a hobby but it sure is fun! If you don't know what Pinterst is, it is similar to bookmarking favorites on the Internet.

 It allows you to bookmark pictures (kinda like favorites with your Internet browser) but this gives you a visual of what you have booked marked.

This brings me to # 99 - TO BE DETERMINED

I want to try or complete 15 projects or ideas (other than recipes) from Pinterest that I "pin".

#99 - Pinterest Ideas - (0/15)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Geocaching with the family - FIRST TIME EVER

#97. Go Geocaching with the family (1/3)

So this past August we had our annual family reunion at Clarcko State Park. I was able to take a couple days off of work to go join the family.

This was Uncle David (left) and my first time to go geocaching. We headed into the woods with Uncle David, Uncle Roni, and mom armed with GPS on their phones. Uncle David's old compass and I think dad might have had one too!

Let me tell you it was HOT! And we somehow managed to take off into the woods without the first bottle of water. I think I lost half my body weight in sweat in the woods.

But we found it... our "excited" look! Love you Josh!

There were two different ones we were trying to locate. Part of the group found one of the two before turning in for some hydration, showers, and air conditioning!

D'Lynn, mom and I were the girls in the woods! Love you baby girl!

And yes, some of the picture quality is poor but I think my Iphone did a pretty good job.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Atlanta Aquarium - #94

Atlanta Aquarium - Aquarium #1

 The Atlanta Aquarium was one of the Attractions in the Atlanta City Pass we bought.

We saw the Dolphin Tales show. (This was not included in the City Pass Admission)

The musical part (a guy sings through the whole thing attempting to tell a story) was very cheesy! But the Dolphins doing their thing was GREAT!!

We really enjoyed the aquarium although we were on a limited time so we were not able to take our time when looking at everything.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Starlight Six Drive-In Theater - #39

39. Go to a drive-thru/in movie
I have always wanted to go to a Drive-In movie but there has not been any close by to where I lived.

Starlight Six Drive-In Theater is outside Atlanta, GA. So when I knew I was coming up here for Colin's rehab we knew it would be at the top of our to do list. So we made it a date night one Friday night.

I love this picture! And shockingly it was taken with my IPhone camera. We got to the theater as the sun was setting and the lights had just been turned on to the sign. Making a beautiful picture! 

It was a complete "Drive-In" date featuring dinner at Sonic before getting to the drive-in movies.

I really enjoyed the movies. Starlight offers double features on each screen. And you get in for the LOW price of $7 a person. Not bad for seeing two new release movies. We watched Reel Steel and Dolphin Tale.

I left saying I would love to go back and would more often if I had one close to me. Then wondering what would be involved in opening one in the south.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Recipe - Chicken and Black Bean Soup - #8

New Recipe #1 (1/20)
I have found a new hobby and it is called pinteresting... Well not really but Pinterest is very addictive! It allows you to bookmark pictures (kinda like favorites with your Internet browser) but this gives you a visual of what you have booked marked.
Anyways, I have found several recipes I want to try and this is the first one I have tried so far. It doesn't have a name but it came from this blog. You can click on the link and see her blog post.

I am still working on a name but so far I have named it Chicken and Black Bean Soup.

Here we go with pictures!

Bag of frozen chicken (a bag of frozen chicken is about 3 lbs. this is alot for two people so I only used half a bag)
1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese
1 can black beans (I had accidentally opened black beans instead of black olives the night before that is why they are in the container)
1 can corn
1 can rotel

Add Chicken then cream cheese.

Drain, rinse, and add black beans. 

Drain and add corn.

Add Rotel. Cook 6-8 hours stirring every few hours.

Somehow I managed not to get a picture of the final product but here is one about half way into the cooking after I stirred it.

On the original post she suggests serving it over rice but I am much more a soup fan so I served it with Frito's.

VERDICT: It was good, different and delicious. It was lacking a little in the salt area if you ate it without Frito's but with the Frito's it was the right combo.

Will I make it again? Sure, but probably not on a regular basis.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Changing Purses #81

Changing purses... (#81) I have done better with this one and I'm not sure if it is because it is on the list or just because I am liking the change and variety.

Sorry about the side ways pictures. It is right on my computer but it keeps uploading sideways on the blog. You still get the picture though... LOL!

I saw the blue one at Playless and it was similar to the yellow one I had borrowed from my friend Dara. I liked the purse that I had borrowed so I thought I would add it to my collection!

I had been eyeing the purple purse at New York & Co for a while but couldn't get myself to pay the money they wanted for it. So I went back almost weekly (not for the purse but because a friend and I would hit up their clearance rack on our lunch break), well the purse was finally marked down and I got it for a steal... Either $14 or $16... Can't remember but it was a great deal compared to the original price.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

# 62 - Einstein's

Restaurant # 7 - Einstein's Atlanta, GA

Before heading to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performance the other night, Colin and I met Trey at Einstein's for dinner.

VERDICT - Delicious! And I loved the atmosphere!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Southern Cooking BIBLE by Paula Deen - #12

Cookbook # 5 

When I went into one of the Barnes & Nobles here in Atlanta to purchase the new Nicholas Sparks Book (Yes that's on the list too!) I noticed they were going to have a Paula Deen book signing the next week. So HELLO I wanted to go!

Here is Colin and I as we waited in line. The tickets for the book signing were being handed out starting at 5pm (you had to buy the book in order to get a bracelet which allowed you in the book signing line), so Colin and I got there a little after 5 thinking we would be able to get the book and kill some time in the store... WRONG! The line had already started forming for the book signing which was suppose to start at 7. So we got in the line after we bought out tickets.

Southern Cooking BIBLE by Paula Deen with Melissa Clark

And so we waited and waited for Paula to arrive (and 30 minutes after the book signing was suppose to start... Paula made her entrance with her husband). Colin was a trooper waiting with me. We had some characters in line around us. Including a Pseudo-Paula Deen (I mean this lady looked like her, sounded like her, and even took pictures with some of the fans!) Then we were finally able to see the real Paula Deen!

We were not allowed to take "posed" pictures with Paula but I was able to get a few pictures taken as we were close to the front. She asked Colin if he had had a run in with a brick wall. Colin wasn't sure how to answer that.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

# 91 - See cousin Trey Clegg with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Trey has been talking about his performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus for a little while now and said I should try to go to one if I was ever in town when they were having a performance. Trey has been apart of the Chorus for 12 years now. I also found out that you have to audition every year to be able to be in the Chorus. It is not one of those things where once you are in you are in.

October 27/29, 2011 (THU / SAT)RACHMANINOFF: Kolokola ("The Bells")
Robert Spano, conductor

The first part of the program was with the orchestra and chorus. I must add that is very interesting listening to an entire program sung in Russian! Then the second part was just the orchestra so Trey came out and sat with us. It was kinda funny (and Trey and I had a good laugh afterwards) how much Trey and I are alike. As the orchestra was finishing up their last piece Trey and I both had our heads going with the music and the final part. (Probably more of one of those had to be there moments.)

Sadly I didn't get a picture with Trey all night long. Not sure how that happened. But Colin and I did get the good ole self portrait before the concert started.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Good Housekeeping Best Italitan Recipes - #12

Cookbook # 4

For my birthday I got a cookbook from Rachel.

She gave me Good Housekeeping's Best Italian Recipes. Looking forward to making some good recipes from this book!

For the best Italian recipes—from hearty, satisfying fare to light and healthy choices—look no further than this wide-ranging Good Housekeeping collection. Each of the 100 triple-tested recipes has the enticing spices, sauces, and aromas that make Italian cuisine one of the most beloved. Take your pick from mouth-watering, home-style specialties, such as:
  • Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce
  • Sicilian Stuffed Pork Chops
  • Chicken and Escarole Soup with Meatballs
  • Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cupcakes & Muffins by Ann Nicol - #12

Cookbook # 3

For my birthday Ashley gave me a cookbook on cupcakes and muffins. I have really gotten into alot of baking lately. Looking forward to getting into this cookbook. But before I dive into it I am going to have to buy me a kitchen scale. This cookbook is based on weights of the ingredients so it should be fun! 

Cupcakes & Muffins by Ann Nicol

This great new cookbook provides an amazing range of over 120 brand new cupcakes and muffins: delicate teatime treats, decadent chocolate delights, fun and themed cakes for parties and occasions, sweet muffins and exciting savoury muffins - from Daisy Chain cupcakes to Peanut Butter muffins. In addition to the recipes is an invaluable and comprehensive section explaining essential ingredients, techniques, equipment, basic recipes and decorating. Also provided are handy templates to help with making decorative icing shapes.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook - #12

Cookbook #2

Another Christmas present from this past year was from Rachel.

I made a request for Erin Chase's $5 cookbook. I have been following Erin's blog for a while now and knew I would want to add her cookbook to my collection.

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare by Erin Chase

Do you wish you were a savvy supermarket shopper who knows how to cut your weekly food budget, banish fast food from the dinner table and serve your family meals that are delicious and good for them? Well, Erin Chase, "The $5 Dinner Mom", is here to help.
Erin is the founder of the skyrocketing internet website that's now the go-to source for families who want to eat well and stay within a budget. Erin became a supermarket savvy mom, challenged herself to create dinners for her family of four that cost no more than $5 and is here to share her fool-proof method with you in her first cookbook that contains over 200 recipes that cost $5 or less to make. First, Erin will show you how to size up the best supermarket deals, clip coupons that will really save you money and create a weekly dinner menu plan. Then, in each recipe she shows you just how much she paid for each item and challenges you to do the same.
Here are a few of her favorites:
- North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches - $4.90
- Curried Pumpkin Soup - $4.41
- Apple Dijon Pork Roast - $4.30
- Orange Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry - $4.94
- Creamy Lemon Dill Catfish - $4.95
- Bacon-Wrapped Apple Chicken - $4.96
- Country Ribs with Oven Fries - $4.77

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family - #12

Cookbook # 1

For Christmas this past year (yes, I am 10 months late on this post), my parents gave me a cookbook!!! I love this cookbook for not only the yummy looking recipes but the stories Christy wrote to go along with the recipes.

Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family by Christy Jordan

Here's an overview I pulled from Barnes & Nobles website.

My name is Christy Jordan and I like to feed people.

I come from a long line of Southern cooks who taught me home cooking is best, life is good, and there is always something to be grateful for. I created Southern Plate so that I could share the recipes and stories that have been passed down through my family for more than nine generations.
You won't find fancy food or new-fangled recipes in this cookbook—just easy, no-fuss Southern favorites such as Chicken and Dumplings, Homemade Banana Pudding, Aunt Looney's Macaroni Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Daddy's Rise-and-Shine Biscuits. (I want to make one thing as clear as possible: How your mama made it is the right way! I'm going to bring it to you how my mama made it, which is the only right way for me.)
These stories and recipes come from my heart. They are a gift from my ancestors, but the ability to have them heard is a gift from you. Take a seat at the Southern Plate table; you're with family now.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Natural Body Spa - # 82, 83, 85

Last week I went to Natural Body Spa. I was given a gift card by Colin's parents so I could get a few relaxing moments in while in Atlanta with Colin. (Colin was in a wreck on July 14th and is at Shepherd Center in Atlanta for his rehab. He is paralyzed from the waist down and is making great progress in his therapy.)

Between the gift card from Colin's parents and Colin I was able to enjoy a nice  (#82) Manicure and (#83) Pedicure (this completes my goal for pedicures but that doesn't mean I will stop getting pedicures) done by Audrey. The pedicure was a little different from anything I have had before. After having my feet soak in the water tub Audrey reclined the chair back to finish with the foot and leg massage and toe painting. After the massage I had just had and the pedicure I had almost fallen to sleep. I started the day with a (#85) Massage from Rebecca. It was sooo good. I had woken up that morning not feeling good at all and told Rebecca I was not feeling well and just wanted a nice relaxing massage with enough pressure to be relaxing but not too deep. And it was WONDERFUL!