Today is National Cousin day. I’m not going to lie—this is news to me but I love my family so why not blog about it! Going to my grandmother’s house as a child I was always the baby girl (until my beautiful sister was born). My brother is 9 years older than me and all of my cousins are older than him. Unlike your typical 6 year old little girl in dresses, I was a tomboy (or a punching bag depending on the day). My uncle Ray (their dad) called me Charlie. I never quite understood it but maybe it was because I was like the son he never had—even though I’m a girl! We would go to my grandmother’s house and have the BEST fried chicken EVER! While she would cook we would socialize. Unlike my brother (who was annoyed with his tattle telling little sister) my cousins would actually play with me. They taught me almost everything there is to know about sports. Sometimes my boyfriend looks at me in confusion by the fact that I still know the starting line up and stats of the 1995 Carolina Tarheels. (Duke fans–ugh) One of my favorite things was playing ball in my grandmother’s yard in the little peaceful lake town in North Carolina. We would play football in the yard and they used to kick my butt. Looking back I’m starting to think maybe they wanted me to play so they could actually win. HA. Now when we all get together they are all old (not really just I have to pick on them) have back, knee, and other types of excuses not to get beat up by their little lady cousin. It is crazy looking at now and then and how much things have changed. One thing that has not changed is how much fun we have together no matter what we are doing. They all have completely different personalities but no matter we always have an amazing time together. They are like my big brothers and I love them to death. I am forever grateful for their unconditional love. I LOVE YOU MIKE, JOHN, AND TONY!!!
Today is the day in which we celebrate National Best Friend Day! My best friend Allison and I have been threw so much together! Ever have one of those friends you go from talking to each other every single day to not seeing each other in months and things being the exact same? Well that’s exactly how we are. I can count on her for anything. If she’s got it and I need it there is no doubt in my mind she’d give it to me and vice versa. We will always fight like sisters and laugh like teenage school girls. If you have a person who you call your best friend give them a call today and tell them how much you appreciate them!
Here is a pic of my best friend Allison and I
“A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”– Dorthy Canfield Fisher
One thing I am more grateful for than anything else on this Earth is my mom. She is the person I can tell anything to and never have to worry about her passing judgement. She has always been my number one supporter and done anything necessary to ensure I have been taken care of. I am a strong believer that blood doesn’t define people as family, love does. I am adopted and words can not express how thankful I am that I was united with the family I am now a part of. I wasn’t the easiest teenager and I still have my occasional not so good days, but my momma has always accepted me and welcomed me with open arms. Without her love and guidence, there is no telling where I may be today. I love you mommy, thank you for loving me the past 26 years!
Above is a photo of my sweet mother
As you may know, Mother’s Day is coming up! This Sunday, we celebrate the hard work of moms. A celebration that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, this is a day in which we should make it our priority to put our mother’s first just as they have our whole lives. Whether your mother, aunt, grandmother, or friend raised you, make it a point to do something to make that motherly role model in your life feel special.
One thing we used to do in elementary school was Muffins for Moms. Below is simple recipe for banana muffins I found on http://allrecipes.com you could use to make that special lady’s day a little bit brighter!
BANANA MUFFINS II
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
- Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
Have you been dating your boyfriend for years? Do you bring up the word marriage and constantly get ignored? Well ladies you may be in luck. At work yesterday my coworker who is former wedding planner told me about an engagment chicken. I looked at her like she had lost her mind. She brought a book in to work called 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know. In the first few pages of the book they were speaking about this chicken. There were quite a few testimonials from women who swear by it. One woman claimed she made the chicken for dinner and that night her boyfriend asked her to marry him. I find it extremely difficult to believe making a chicken with specific ingredients can persuade a man to ask for your hand in marriage. Don’t get me wrong, it does look like a good meal but isn’t marriage suppose to be about love not a silly recipe?!
- 1 whole chicken (approximately 4 pounds)
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 whole lemons—including 1 sliced for garnish
- 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Fresh herbs for garnish (4 rosemary sprigs, 4 sage sprigs, 8 thyme sprigs, and 1 bunch fl at-leaf parsley)
1. Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the giblets from the chicken, wash the chicken inside and out with cold water, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander for 2 minutes.
2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fi tted with a rack and pour the lemon juice all over the chicken, both inside and out. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper inside and out.
3. Prick 2 whole lemons three times each in three different places with a fork and place them deep inside the cavity. Chicken cavity size may vary, so if one lemon is partly sticking out, that’s fine. (Tip: If the lemons are stiff, roll them on the countertop with your palm before pricking to get the juices flowing.)
4. Put the chicken in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
5. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Using tongs or two wooden spoons, turn the chicken breast- side up. Insert a meat thermometer in the thigh, and return the chicken to the oven and roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180°F and the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork. Continue roasting if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times in different ovens vary; roasting a chicken at 350°F takes approximately 18-20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 15 minutes.
6. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. And here’s the secret: Pour the juices from the roasting pan on top of the sliced chicken— this is the “marry me juice.” Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices.
Sometimes we love them, sometimes we hate them but no matter what we will never be able to get away from them. I am one of 3 children. Although I do not see my brother or sister often, they mean the world to me. Today is National Sibling Day and I am very fortunate to have a brother and sister. We fight, we cry, we laugh, we smile, but at the end of the day we share a bond that will never be taken away. I’m adopted and my mom and brother have always joke that my brother picked me out. Whether that is true or not is still up in the air, but I am so glad to be his little sister and have another little sister to call my siblings. A sibling isn’t classified as looking alike or sharing the same blood. It is about about the connection you share with one another and knowing they will always love and be there for you. Make it a point this year to communicate with your siblings. Agree on a routine visit or dinner date. If they do not live close by make it a point to call or visit more. This all sounds petty but I can guarantee it will mean the world to them as well as build a stronger relationship with your family.
This is a photo of me and my siblings in Colorado