Monday, October 12, 2009

Chili and Cupcakes plus more...

Well, where have I been for almost two weeks?? It has been crazy in our household to say the least! Check out what we've been up to...

Nana Becky came for a quick unplanned visit which was SOOOO wonderful!! Wes took a road trip with some friends to Dallas for the A&M vs Arkansas game and it just so happened Continental had a special from Houston for $119!! It was such an answered prayer, because my mom was able to help with girls while Wes was gone. We had so much fun. She helped me stock my freezer with some yummy meals. My mom is an AWESOME cook!! When I was about 5 yrs old, she and a partner opened a restaurant, Two Friends Tearoom. They served lunch everyday as well as catered tons of events. ALL of the food was homemade as well as the desserts. Of course, I worked there pretty much every weekend and over the summer when I was growing up. Probably why I love food so much and why I myself love to cook. Wes and I live far from family, and it's funny how cooking helps me feel close to my Mom and family. So, when I get a chance, I will create a recipe blog and post some yummy recipes. We made Manicotti, Chicken Enchiladas, Stromboli, Meatloaf, and Twice Baked Potatoes.

While Nana was visiting we also took a trip to McGarrah Farms Pumpkin Patch down the road. It had been raining all day and was REALLY chilly, but there was a break in the weather so we bundled up the girls and headed out. It was a lot of fun, but we couldn't stay that long. I bought some of the most perfect pumpkins and gourds I have ever seen. They also have great areas for photo ops, so we tried to catch a few pics. Of course, Ella decided to be a whinny pants, but the twins were hamming it up.

This was our first time to visit the Pumpkin Patch, and I am SOOO excited about it! It's sure to become a tradition for us every year from now on.
The Fall arrangement I put together on our front porch...I love Fall!
Getting all bundled up

The only happy picture I got of Ella
Molly and Ruby were too funny! They really are such happy smiley babies.
Now, Ella was a different story...she was a little nervous about the scarecrow sitting behind Nana.
Ella was not too happy about this, but when Nana and I stuck our heads through she decided it was ok. They also have one that is the three little pigs...I have to go back so I can get all three of the girls. It was SO cute! Maybe Ella would be better the second time around.

Nana was able to stay Monday, so she helped me take the twins for their 6 month check up. Oh boy, what fun we had. They both did really well, of course until the shots rolled around. The next couple of days were pretty rough. They both had fevers because of the shots, but Ruby's fever got pretty high. So we stayed around the house a lot last week, BUT they seem to be back to normal. Yeah!!

AND, then on Saturday night my best friend Emily brought a b-day party to me. We had planned to get a sitter for the girls and get out with Emily and her husband, Jay, as well as another good friend of mine, Elaine, and her husband, Adam.

Emily and Jay
Elaine and Adam - Elaine is the talented photographer who has taken many wonderful pictures of our family. She is so gifted! You can check out her blog and website here at
Elaine Melinda Studios. She just finished editing our family photo session, so I will post some photos next time.

Me and Wes

BUT, that wasn't going to happen, so Emily made YUMMY chili and SUPER SUPER YUMMY cupcakes!

Holy Cow were they delicious. Has anyone ever heard of Magnolia Bakery in NYC?? Well, every time Emily and I would go to NYC for work, we would visit a different cupcake bakery. We never got to go to Magnolia Bakery together, but each of us did get to go on different occasions. Well, they have THE BEST cupcakes and Emily made their icing to put on the cupcakes she brought. They were sooooo good!! She gave the leftovers to Wes and I, and let me tell you...they didn't stay leftover for long! Thanks so much Emily and Elaine for such a wonderful evening!! We had so much fun!

Which brings me to...heading back to the gym after a LONG time. Today was my first time back to the gym in let's say...2 years (at least). So, one day down...wish me luck!

Hope everyone is doing well...Happy Monday!!

Keep the Faith,


  1. The girls are SO adorable!!! I love their Halloween outfits!
    I recognize Emily from Wal-Mart. I always thought she was so pretty.
    I love cupcakes too! I've been to Sprinkles in L.A. - but one day I really want to go to the Magnolia bakery!

  2. Your front porch looks great. And I would LOVE for you to create a recipe blog--you're a great cook!

  3. magnolia is A-mazing!!! love it! i've been twice so far, and am pretty sure i will be returing every time i go up there now!!! love the pics of the girls, too cute!!