the egg

Well we finally pulled the trigger (and stained the table) and got our little [big] green egg!  We had no idea what we were doing, but everyone said "it's so easy and heats up in like 10 minutes."  So here we go.... 2 nights in a row and they were both a big SUCCESS!

Night 1: Hamburgers and Apple Crisp


 apple crisp...

After much research (and youtube video watching) T found that you should start the egg off by cooking things that require lower temperatures.  So we started with burgers.  I'm not a huge burger eater really, but I will say this one was perfectly cooked.  So even. So juicy.  My favorite part though was the apple crisp.  What can I say, I'm a dessert kind of girl.  Remember when I made apple crisp for 2?  Well, we were celebrating Ross' bday on Monday night and I wanted to do a dessert on the ol' egg and thought this might just be the thing.  It was SOOOO good.  I mean I can't explain why, but it was much better than the oven version.  Thank you, green egg, for living up to my dreams of making desserts on you.  MMMM good.  We topped it with blue bell, just for Ross.

Night 2: Pork Tenderloin and Biscuits

We threw out the idea of doing a pizza our second night, but T read those require higher temps so he found this pork tenderloin recipe instead.  He made his own rub, which is now called the "fiesta rub" and it was the best most perfectly cooked pork I've ever had in my life.  No joke.  No part of it was chewy.  I'm telling you, perfectly cooked pork tenderloin.  We put our homemade biscuits on there to cook, too, and they were just as amazing (if not better) as baking them in the oven.

 fiesta rub

The Green Egg has lived up to the hype so far, and I know it'll only continue to be so fun for us!  Like T said on Monday, if you need us this summer, we will be here...



Is it really mid-april already?  Sheesh!  Where is the spring going?

We've be working away in the backyard on a few projects--beds and that darn green egg table.  T man tilled up the beds in the back, then we poured in some additives, then he tilled again.  Resulted in perfectly prepped beds, but blisters on his hands, tired arms, and sore back.  I decided that raking is not my idea of fun, but he probably didn't really think tilling was fun after the first 20 minutes.

April, May and June will be busy months for us! 

Also, it's 100 days to the Summer Olympics.  I love the olympics and can't wait!  USA


some recent favorites

I thought I'd share a few things on my 'favorites' list.  Then later on, I can look back to see the things I was enjoying at this time of life...

• My Monday night Bible Study : My bff aud invited me to join her bible study group this year on Monday nights and I've been loving it.  We are studying the gospel through the book of Galatians and it has really been changing my thoughts to be more in line with the gospel.  It is always encouraging to know that there are 10 other women who struggle and battle with the same sinful thoughts as I do and we can spend a couple hours in discussion and prayer for each other.  Tim Keller's Galatians study is amazing and I'm truly blessed to be a part of such a real group.
• Morning Coffee, as always.

• Our backyard and gardening with T (as you can tell from this post).  When we first moved into this house he wasn't that interested in having any plants, but last year he really started to get into it with me and we've loved looking for different kinds of plants to enjoy and loved spending time outside together.

Arizona tea's Arnold Palmer packets.  I don't love sweet tea or unsweet tea, but I do love the combo of unsweet tea and lemonade.  Much more satisfying.  I'd been mixing a Crystal Light unsweet tea and lemonade packet (to make my own Arnold P), and then Leslie Poe told me that there were now pre-made Arizona AP packets.  GENIUS!

• Hanging out with Geritta and Gerisha and getting to know them has been so fun!  They are twins that Mandi and I mentor together at Streets Ministries and we see them weekly for tutoring time.  This past week we got to go to the Grizzlies game with them.  I never truly understood the whole "twins" thing, but now I do.  They love to be together and feed off each other, but they also want to be completely independent.  Mandi and I love to watch them grow and laugh and tell us hilarious stories.

 Mandi & Gerisha

Geritta and I

When we first met them in 2010 they looked SOO much alike and it was hard to tell them apart, but now it's so easy and they don't look alike at all to me.  Isn't that what all parents of multiples say?? Now we understand.  :)

• And this face, as always.  He really is the cutest dog in all the world.  We tried to get him to wear some bunny ears for the upcoming holiday, but he didn't understand.  I guess he felt safe in his bed.

Life is so great around here!  God has really blessed us and we are loving this stage of our lives.


hot fun in the springtime

It's definitely spring around here and it's definitely already in the 80's! Wowee... can't wait to see how the summer is....

T and I spent all weekend picking out plants and planting them for our patio.  We had a blast picking out "designs" and then searching the nurseries and even finding some new flowers/plants we'd never seen.  The weekend started getting some ferns from Leslie's MIL.  She has a ton of them and wanted to share some with us.  I got a few things to go with those in our front urns and I'm loving the creation... Also loving that these things all potentially might come back next year?  We will have to wait and see...

Southern Shield Fern, Licorice vine & 2 different color Caladium

For our patio....

Went in all this...

 Spikes, lifelime coleus, red begonias, orange symphony, red salvia, pretty much picasso supertunias, pink verbena, vinca vine, creeping jenny, and some dusty miller

 pink angelonia to go with the ranunculus (that's starting to sprout!)

 pot-o-coleus : jade green, some dark kind, and this cool tie-dye looking one! (forgot those color names)

 mint in the owl

 cilantro, basil and mint beside the strawberries

 asparagus fern, aka: foxtail!
This is the pot that T put together all by himself.  He saw these awesome whiskey barrels at our local nursery and they had a price-tag on them, so he wanted to get one to put in front of the chimney wall on the patio.  He put together his own pot of plants : licorice vine, sweet potato vine, those 3 coleus varieties, and purple fountain grass.  I think he did a great job.  :)

 starting to look like a fun patio finally!

AND our azaleas in the front of our house look absolutely amazing... and just in time for the Masters!  We planted these George L Taber azaleas in late summer 2010.  Last year the didn't bloom all that great and didn't last that long.  This year... they look absolutely stunning.  I can't even describe it.  Maybe our mild winter helped them look awesome and bloom for so much longer... we will never know.  My dad said they will probably never look this great again.  All the azaleas around Memphis are just beautiful and more than a usual spring.  It looks like this all the way across our house!

 I promise this won't turn into a gardening and what we are planting blog, but it's just so much fun right now!  Happy spring everyone!

Oh, and there is a desktop for April over here.... Go get it!