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Monday, November 24, 2008

Ho...Ho...Ho...







































We decorated the house for Christmas! This tradition is usually done the weekend after Thanksgiving but since we will be in KC next weekend we did it yesterday.

We hung lights outside, put up our tree, and put up all of our fun decorations.

While we spread around our holiday cheer I tried out a new appetizer on Luke, ham and cheese Hawaiian rolls. They are SO good, and something new to make for parties this season!

We are stealing a tradition from my sister, getting an ornament each year that symbolizes something from that year, I found the perfect one while shopping at Cabala's, notice how they are marshmallows on chocolate and graham cracker? too cute! We also have some other ornaments that are special to us, one is from my sister, one from my friend Meghan, and of course Boomer has his own ornament he helped to put on!

Here are some pictures of our decorating day!

Highs and Lows...

I like sometimes thinking about this on my way home from work, well it is not even noon yet and I know mine already...
High: Kissing Luke goodbye in the morning, I leave for work very early, and Luke is usually upstairs getting ready so we have fell out of this tradition lately, I am pushing at getting it back, I even walked all the way upstairs for a kiss this morning!
Low: Bank account. So I thought my personal property tax for 300 was already taken out, Nope, our account is just that low, and that means it is going to be taken out soon, Boooo, The pleasures of owning a home and it being Christmas season apparently!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Something smells like Christmas at the Wilson's!

Well I think it just about official, Luke and I are going to host Christmas for our first time, in our new home! I love being a hostess, and I love Christmas, so I am really looking forward to this!
Also, I want to make it our Christmas, as it is our first year being married and being in this new home together I thought we could start some traditions of our own.
I have a couple ideas but I am still looking for suggestions...
Let me know what you thinks!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ashley Hayes invades St. Lou!
















One my my best-ies came in town this weekend, she grew up in Columbia Missouri, was my freshman year roommate, and now lives in Kansas City. We had a happy hour at my house, this was the first time for her to bless it with her presence. Then we had reservations for 8 girls for tapas at BARcelona, then it was off to a couple bars, Friday was also late night at Fontbonne, where a lot of the Alumni get together for some basketball games, so we went out with everyone after that was over. It was so great to see all the people that we do not always get a chance to spend time with.
Saturday we met some of the girls at Alberdeans a new brewery in Kirkwood, it was a fun and slap happy lunch after a late night, then off to Trader Joe's, a tradition while Ash is here, they do not have then in KC or Co Mo, and she HAS to pick up her 30 dime wine and a few other staples. We got ready with our great friend Winnie, and went over to Laura's house for homemade pizza, appies, and wine, and some fun girl time of course, then out to Cafe Eau... It was such a fun weekend with such a great friend. I have not had that much fun in a long time....
One more side note, BOTH days I let Miss Hayes sleep till 10 am, that NEVER happens at my house :-) Your welcome Ash, and you others... do not think this will ever happen for you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thought this was cute... and appropriate!

Spent my salary on celery, All that fits me is my hat. Lettuce pray in heaven, There's no such thing as fat.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A weekend of Baby Showers!













This weekend I hosted my friend Meghan's baby shower on Friday night, it was a happy hour diaper baby shower, it was a really great time and good to spend some relaxing time with everyone!




Sunday was my sisters first baby shower, it was a fun time, and she got a TON of stuff, I don't even know if I will need a shower when it is my turn, I will have SO much to borrow!

I organized the poop in the diaper game, it was hilarious and I got some great pics of sniffing and tasting. And I thought the picture of Crystal and Greg reading the card together was super cute! My nephews wardrobe and room is really going to be coming together now!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election Day...

I don't really have much to say about the outcome of the election, besides I hope Luke and I and many of our friends don't lose our jobs due to higher taxer for small businesses and since I already pay WAY a lot on taxes I am scared for that this year too! Ohh and I heard something about our 401K all being taken away, this made me sad too!

Anyway the reason for this post is to say that mine and Luke's wait to vote was only 5 minutes, we went before work at 6:40 ish, all I have to say is GO ST. PETERS! This is way better than many of the places I heard about and saw on the news last night! And I did go get a free coffee but didnt make it to any of the other freebies.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New Favorite Chili recipe

I love when people give me recipes they try and like, so I thought I would share this one with you, it is definitely going to be a staple in our house! We used dried cilantro, and of course added extra spiciness to ours!

Beef & Black bean chili, with green onion corn cakes
Makes about 6 servings
Ingredients
2 pounds ground beef sirloin, 90 percent lean
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 to 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons dark chili powder, 2 palm fulls
1 tablespoon cumin, 1/2 palm full
1 cup beef stock or broth, 1/2 a 14-ounce can or paper container
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce or tomato puree
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, a handful, optional

Directions
In a large deep skillet or pot, brown ground beef in oil over high heat. Season meat with salt and pepper, then add Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to medium high when the meat is browned and crumbled, then add onion, garlic, red peppers, jalapeno. Season veggies and meat with chili powder and cumin. Cook veggies and meat together 5 minutes. Stir in broth and scrape up pan drippings. Stir in diced and pureed tomatoes and black beans. When the mixture comes to a bubble, reduce heat to simmer and stir in cilantro, optional.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Weekend

How fun that Halloween was on a Friday this year, and with such great weather for all the kiddos! I have been trying to start some traditions for Luke and I and for when we start our own family. So Friday when I got home from work I started on a big pot of homemade chili, we lit our pumpkin and sat out in front and handed out candy, had some beers, and ate some GREAT Chili! I thought this would be something fun to start doing. We didn't get too many trick or treaters so after a little while we went over to a friends near by that was having people over. Saturday night we went to a BIG Halloween party, One of my moms friends threw it, the house is vacant so they had it decorated so neat! A bar, dance floor, and fire pit out in the front, the back had tables set up, and every room of the house had a different theme, it was amazing all the work they put in to it! Here are some pics from the night.




Luke was a prisoner, my mom and Laurie were future grandmas and I was a fancy mouse.






Here are all the Ya's and petite Ya's well most of them.