Hobby Lobby Summer Clearance

Just another little video for you guys! If you want a little laugh, be sure to watch the mini blooper at the end. ;)

Have you ever shopped Hobby Lobby’s clearance section?
Would you ever own a bust?
Love Rach

That’s What I love About Sunday

Last night was Kix 106’s last concert of the summer. They hosted Austin Webb (best known for “Raise ‘Em Up”) and Craig Morgan who has 15 hits in the top 10 and two number 1 hits. But before I get to the music…

It was packed last night. Super packed. Snowden Grove Amphitheater is an outdoor location with 4,000 fixed seats and space for an extra 7,000 on the lawn behind. Last night it seemed like they were at (or above) capacity. We were sitting near the middle of the crowd (on the last row of fixed seats just before the lawn began) so we had people milling around behind us constantly. At one point someone behind us threw their beer and it splashed all over our legs. Not cool. And the crowd was SO loud (just chatting and talking to each other during the concert) that we could hardly hear Craig Morgan as he performed. I get that people want to drink and have a good time, but when the crowd talks so loudly that you can’t hear the performer, that’s just ridiculous. The talking did finally die down as Craig began singing favorites so that was good at least.

Do I sound like a grumpy old lady? Haha! I don’t mean to. I understand that crowds come with the territory of a concert and I normally don’t mind them. But last night was just a bit much. Buuuut… Craig did sing one of my favorite songs by him. So that makes up for it a bit. :)

That’s what I love about Sunday:
Sing along as the choir sways;
Every verse of Amazing Grace,
And then we shake the Preacher’s hand.
Go home, into your blue jeans;
Have some chicken and some baked beans.
Pick a back yard football team,
Not do much of anything:
That’s what I love about Sunday.

Such a sweet song about the wonderfulness that is Sunday. Like Craig, I love Sundays. :) I love our church family and singing and listening to our pastor preach. And I love going out to lunch with our friends every Sunday after church. And then snuggling with Oreo in the afternoon. And spending time with our teens in the late afternoon and spending time with our life group Sunday nights. Sundays are just wonderful days. :)

Have you ever been to an event that was packed and a little too rowdy?
Do you have a favorite day of the week?
Love Rach

Dayenu

While we aren’t Jewish, Christopher and I celebrate Passover every year with our friends from church. A portion of the evening is spent reciting a song called “Dayenu” which essentially means “it would have been enough for us.” The song is full of the pieces of the story of the Exodus when the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt. And in the song, you are saying that “even if all You had done was ______, it would have been enough for us.” And you fill in the blank with each step of the journey (brought them out of Egypt, split the sea, given us the Torah, etc). Any one of these things would have been “enough for us” and so much more than we deserve. I love this way of thinking because it still applies to life today.

dayenu

Some days I realize that things may not always happen the way I plan or hope that they will. On days like that I am reminded of how much God has already done for me. For the amazing ways He has worked in my life already. Each of those things would have been sufficient already and yet He continues to bless me. So even if everything doesn’t work out the way I hope… He is still good. Always. Because Dayenu – it has been sufficient.

he is still good{source}

Love Rach

Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Fried Steak

(this post contains affiliate links)

Two years ago I got the The Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook and I pinned different recipes to remind myself to make them. One of those recipes was her Chicken Fried Steak. In the two years since I pinned it, it has been repinned nearly 1200 times with 90 cute little heart likes. So I figured it was way past time I actually made it myself, ha!

pw chicken fried steak

Dear BakingBySue, you’re welcome for sending so much traffic your way over the past two years. ;) I finally got around to making it last week. And it was amazing. :)

pioneer woman's chicken fried steak

pw chicken fried steakClick recipe card to see it larger. Recipe slightly adapted from Ree Drummond to feed just the two of us versus an army. :)

I considered making a healthy salad or steaming a veggie to go along side this meal, but when you’re frying food in your kitchen… well, mashed potatoes just call your name. ;) So I made my favorite old fashioned mashed potatoes and we devoured this meal. If you like good old fashioned chicken fried steak, you should try this recipe. You’ll love it!

Do you love the Pioneer Woman as much as I do? She has the best home cooking recipes!

Have you had chicken fried steak before? This is the first time I’ve had it in years (since before we got married), but it was SO good!

Love Rach

Favorite Hair Products

Another video for you this fine Monday morning (although I actually filmed this one yesterday afternoon). This one is all about hair products so perhaps not the most intriguing one I’ve ever posted, haha! But it’s a question I get asked frequently so I thought I’d share. :)

Products mentioned in this video:

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Reparative Smoothing Shampoo
L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Reparative Smoothing Conditioner
It’s A 10 Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin
Nexxus ProMend Split End Binder
VO5 Extreme Style Heat Defense Conditioning Spray
John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer
Ribbon Hair Ties

For the record, none of these companies asked me to promote their products, but L’Oreal really should have considering that I talk so much about liking their products better than more expensive lines, ha! However, to be totally transparent, this post does includes affiliate links. But I really do genuinely want to share my favorite products with you guys! :)

Have you tried any of these products before?
What is your favorite hair care product?
Love Rach

A spoiled pooch and a flying fish

Last weekend was our first weekend back in Memphis in what felt like ages. It was so good to be home. Saturday was full of house projects and that evening was a lazy night of homemade pizza, a movie, and watching the pups play (we’re dog sitting this week). It was wonderful.

oreo and mabelBy the way, our dog… not great at sharing his toys. He’s a spoiled only child pooch. He lets her play with them for a little bit and then he’ll snag them from her and hide them. He’s bratty like that. But they are definitely having a great time together. They spent last night rolling around the floor together and playing. Christopher and I find ourselves wanting to get a second dog so Oreo will have a bestie to play with every night. They are so cute together. :)

flying fish collageFriday night was spent in Downtown Memphis with Brodie and Lyndal. We were all ravenous by the time we walked into Flying Fish and it did not disappoint! Their fried pickles for $3.99 were THE.BEST. Definitely the best fried pickles I’ve had in Memphis plus they were cheap! We were hungry so between the four of us, we also ordered catfish, fried shrimp, grilled fish, fish tacos, oysters, and calamari. Yeaaaah… we had a LOT of food, haha! But it was all delicious! And as you can see from the second photo of our table – we ate it all. :)

Flying Fish on Urbanspoon

street artWe walked down Beale Street after dinner and watched this spray paint artist work! He was incredible! I didn’t have cash on me, but the next time we’re down there I’m going to have a piece custom made. :)

dancingAs always, there’s live music all up and down Beale Street. We stopped for a while at this spot and listened and danced to this random band. It was fun!

brodie lyndal rach christopherThe four of us at the end of Beale Street before heading home for the night. :)

 It was so great to have a weekend in town! And guess what… this weekend is a second weekend in a ROW to be in Memphis! We love to travel, but we also love being home. So thankful that we get to do both. :)

If you have a pet, is s/he good about sharing her/his toys?
Have you seen a spray paint artist work?
Do you prefer to travel or be home? Or a little of both?
Love Rach

Mommo

After we got back from Illinois, I mentioned spending time with some of Christopher’s family, but I decided that Mommo needed her very own post. Mommo is Christopher’s grandmother and she is such a spunky, independent lady.

christopher and mommo

On my side of the family, we all try to get together frequently for holidays and birthdays and just to see each other. Christopher’s family doesn’t really do that as much so to see Mommo we try to make a trip up to Illinois at least once a year.

us with mommo

We’ve missed two years out of the six we’ve been married, but it’s better than not seeing her at all! She is a special lady and we don’t know how many years we’ll have left with her. Though… Mommo is so fit that I wouldn’t be surprised if she outlives us all! She walks a couple of miles every day! And she finally just retired from the “old folks home” where she worked (you know, where many of the inhabitants were younger than she was, ha!).

us with mommo2

I had one great-grandmother who lived until I was 13 (my namesake: Rachel, in fact!). But other than her, I don’t remember any of my other great-grandparents. In an effort to let our future children know Mommo just a little bit, we filmed her giving them a little bit of advice. I know this may seem morbid, but it’s not like we think we’ll never see her again. It’s just something we wanted to do while we were thinking about it. We want to give our kids the chance to see and hear their great-grandmother. And her little speech turned out to be SO true to who she is when she goes off track that I felt like it was a great way for our kids to get to know her a little. And since I think it’s hilarious, I want to share it with you guys as well!

So I actually couldn’t see what I was filming at the time because of the sun which is why this is missing part of her head some of the time, ha! But the video is still so true to Mommo – right down to the bugging-us-to-have-kids-but-then-taking-it-back thing. ;)

Did you grow up knowing any of your great-grandparents?

Do people bug you about the next stage of life? (when you are you going to start dating/get married/have a kid/have another kid/etc). Does it bother you when people ask you those questions?
Love Rach