12.31.2009

Happy New Year!

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Auld Lang Syne
By: Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.


Have a wonderful evening and stay safe,

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Best of the Decade- Final Edition

It is time for the last Best of the Decade posting, and this one is the most personal one yet. These are the top ten highlights of Yoga Gal's decade, in chronological order.........

Meeting my husband on March 10, 2001:
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Adopting Jake Flash on July 5, 2001:
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Agreeing to marry Marc on November 12, 2001:
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Our wedding day, April 27, 2002:
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Becoming a homeowner for the first time on November 5, 2002:
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The birth of Cooper Davis on May 25, 2004:
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Teaching my first yoga class on September 1, 2005:
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Adopting Baxter Clyde on October 1, 2005:
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The birth of Alexa Leigh on January 17, 2008:
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Moving our family to Huntsville, Alabama, and becoming a homeowner (again) on July 1, 2009:
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When I look back to where I was on December 31, 1999, and compare it to my life today, it makes me wonder where I will be ten years from now. And there has been sad things in the last decade too- the loss of my grandmother, Marc's father, and Jake the dog. There were scary moments like our car accident, and there were monumental events that were larger than us, like 9/11. But I have been overwhelmingly, amazingly blessed in the past ten years and by the grace of God, the only thing I ask for in this coming decade is that He keeps my family and friends safe and close by. For that is truly all I need.

Happy New Year,

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12.29.2009

Mr. Yoga Gal's Study

The study was the last room that we furnished in our new home. And so far, it is shaping up rather well. Now, I have to say, this is Marc's room. I have really tried to be hands off and let him decorate it as he saw fit. Although I did pick out the window box. Let's look at some before photos:

This is what it looked like the day we signed the contract:
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We decided to paint it a light brown with green undertones:
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Found some great (and affordable furniture at Home Decorators:
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The only room in our house that has a ceiling fan. We have just found that we don't use them, but Marc wanted the option I guess:
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Marc's golf ball collection:
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This side of the room is still pretty bare, we are trying to decide if we are going to turn it into a reading corner:
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We lucked out with the walk in closet:
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I found this cool atlas bulletin board, half off at Hobby Lobby:
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Can you tell where my husband went to school?
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I think Marc really enjoys his study, and I am glad, because he deserves a place to relax and unwind. This week's blog parties:

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DIY Day @ ASPTL



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Thank you for dropping in and Happy New Year!!!
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Tune for Tuesday

An oldie but goodie for the day....... Does it get any better than this? My all-time favorite Police song (hearing it live at Churchill Downs ROCKED):



Enjoy!

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12.27.2009

Crock Pot Cheesy Potatos

Aubree, over atThe Bowling Team saved my hide on Christmas Day. We were having my family over for lunch and STILL did not have a functioning oven. My husband was grilling, but pork chops alone does not a Christmas dinner make. She gave me a recipe for a crockpot cheesy potatos that possessed all the main components I was looking for-

1. It could be cooked in a crockpot.
2. It was easy.
3. It tasted good.

It turned out so well that I thought that I would share it with you, Yoga Gal Readers. I really need to find a better name for you guys, like Miss Manners calls her viewers, "Gentle Readers". I am also looking for a sub-header for my new blog design. I told Marc tonight that I was thinking of sub-headers. He said, "What do you have so far?" I replied, "I don't know, 'Yoga Gal: Its About a Gal Who Likes Yoga'. He was not impressed.

Back to the recipe:

Cheesy Potatos:
bag of frozen cubed homestyle hashbrowns
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
8 oz sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar
1/2 chopped white onion
bag/jar of real bacon bits

Stir it all up and put it in the crock pot for 8 or so hours on low.

I did not chop an onion because I am not big on onions. I used a smattering of flakes and it was enough. I also was short on time, so I cooked mine for 4 hours on high. It turned out fine, but let me warn you, cleaning the crock pot was quite the ordeal. This is a fantastic side dish, thanks Aub!

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12.25.2009

Tablescape Thursday: Mom Edition

When we walked into my mom's house for Christmas Eve dinner last night, I knew immediately that I had to put her table on the blog and include her over at Tablescape Thursday:



I already entered my Christmas Tablescape in the blog party, but my mom can put together a mean table setting. And each year, it is completely different. This year, she went with a traditional red and green, but really made it dazzle with a wreath in the center of the table:

Faboo!
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And of course, she has a special kid-centric tablescape for the youngsters:
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Check out her decor (this came from Dollar General, can you believe it?):
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And her tree is always beautiful, I just wish I had snapped a pic of her Santa collection! Thanks Mom, for letting me feature you!!!
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We at Yoga Gal hope that everyone is having a wonderful and safe Christmas. We were not up too early- 7 am with the five year old, and then then two year old woke up at 8. Lovely lunch with Granddaddy, Grammy Karen, and Brady and now everyone has crashed. It is heavenly not having to go anywhere, and just being able to sit here and enjoy one last day of holiday music. Happy Holidays!

12.24.2009

Christmas is Almost Here!

Looks like the elves are hard at work preparing for Santa's big night!

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Christmas Tablescape

I always enjoy the tablescapes at between Naps on the Porch. Susan's decorating is what I aspire to- her home is always so beautifully decorated, yet comfortable and inviting. When setting the table for Christmas lunch, I started out trying for her look- lush, creative. But my Wedgewood china is very simple and classic and I think that the look that I was going for was beyond my realm of expertise. So I packed away some of my formal china and pulled out some everyday to play mix and match.

I wanted a Christmas look, but I also wanted a table that blended with the everyday decor:

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How did I do? I think that it is a good mix of casual and formal which is what our Christmas Day lunch will be. We are grilling for Christmas this year since our oven has been broken for two weeks (I still cannot believe a 6 month old Maytag oven broke just before Christmas!).

Yoga Gal is participating in:



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12.23.2009

Spicy Chicken Casserole

OK, we are one hour away from Christmas Eve! Did you just realize, "Oh no! I am supposed to bring a dish to Christmas dinner!"? Yoga Gal to the rescue! I had this at Bunco last week and I promise you it is delicious! And spicy! And pretty darn easy to make. Regina, the Bunco hostess shared the recipe with me:

4-5 chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can rotel (I use the mild version)
I bag of shredded cheddar cheese
I bag of doritos

I cook my chicken breasts in an electric skillet for 15 minutes with the lid on and I add 1/2 cup of water to it. you can cook your chicken anyway you like, I just find that this is the easiest for me. After the chicken has cooled, cut it up into bite size pieces.
In the meantime, combine the 3 cans of the above ingredients with the cheddar cheese in a bowl. Spray a 9x13 in. dish with cooking spray and put the chicken in first. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Crush the bag of doritos ( I put them into a large ziploc bag to crush) or you can just puncture a small hole in the bag and do it that way with the dorito bag. Pour the crushed doritos over the chicken and soup mixture. Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Lots to write, but truly easy to fix....enjoy!

Chicken and doritos.....but I promise, it works!

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12.21.2009

A Tune for Tuesday

I got this brilliant idea for a weekly music post from Stephanie at The Huntley Home, but she does her music post on Fridays so it is TOTALLY different, right? What do they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery?

Well, it is a great idea, and you regulars know that I am a music junkie so I would like to introduce you to a Tune for Tuesday (icon coming soon!):



I don't know about the scenes of Australia, but I love this song. It is basically about Kenny and Dolly hooking up at a ski resort over the holidays! Awesomeness!

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Dinosaur Crayon Ornaments

I just bagged the last ornament about five minutes ago. A little back story: I found this cool idea for handmade crayon shapes over at Beach Brights. You basically break up crayons into a muffin pan, bake them, let them cool, and then pop them out. I thought that it would be neat to add some ribbon and hang them on a tree. Like Christy, I wanted to use a Christmas pan for the shapes, but when I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to buy the pan, they were already sold out! Oh noes! All they had left were dinosaurs, which Cooper liked better anyway. But we have been without an oven for a week- the clock went out and the appliance company cannot get another one until next week. So I delegated (or in government terms, I outsourced the project to a contractor: The Gramma.).

She and Cooper reported back yesterday with 12 intact dinosaur ornaments. She had the same problem as Christy and had a tough time removing the crayon wrappers. So, if you try this, you might ought to go with Crayola and bypass the Roses that we used, although they are much cheaper. They did have a problem with some of the heads and tails breaking off, so it might be easier to use pans with a more streamlined shape, like a heart, etc. They had a blast doing these and look how they turned out!

Fabulous!
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Cooper was so proud:
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My favorite:
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I used my hot glue gun to attach ribbon ($1 at Dollar General):
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Each new ornament went into its own celophane bag. Cooper is giving them to all of his friends in the neighborhood. And then I put all of the ornaments into a family bag where I included a holiday card:
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I think Gramma and Aunt Deena are hooked! They are already looking for more pans to make other shapes. A big thank you to them for helping us out in our time of oven need!

Specific Instructions:
1. Peel paper off crayons.

2. Break crayons into small pieces.

3. Spray cookie sheet/muffin tin with cooking spray.

4. Place broken crayon 3/4 full into cookie sheet spaces or muffin tins.

5. It looks better if you place red-orange-pink-yellow together and blue-green-purple together. Otherwise, the colors can run together and make brown.

6. Preheat oven to 350 and cook for about 8 minutes.

7. When they are 100% liquid, take out of the oven. Let them cool for a couple of minutes and then place in the freezer for faster cooling or not.

Blog Parties that Yoga Gal is participating in this week:

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DIY Day @ ASPTL



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