Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Halloween

It was a pretty quiet weekend in the Lunsford household, with the exception of me getting pulled over for an expired tag since April and then running out of gas, oops! My tax dollars where hard at work though when the oh so sweet officer that gave me my ticket stuck around to help me get gas and fill her back up! Friday, I took my little sister (from big brothers big sisters) to dinner and a haunted hayride and Saturday Hunter was headed out of town for the night with some of his "boys". With the boys away the girls decided to play so myself and three girlfriends went to dinner and then they all spent the night at our house. :) Sunday we did nada! This upcoming Halloween weekend us and two other couples have rented a house in the mountains of Boone, NC called The GREAT Escape. I see wine drinking, food eating, marshmallow roasting, and sunset watching from the hot tub in our future, ahhhhhhhhhh.

The view from our hot tub at the house!

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween. I'm especially thinking of all my friends and family that have new little families of three! Enjoy your little ones and your first Halloween together! :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

iphones are daBOMB!

Had to share this real quick! Thanks to my friend Lindsey I discovered the app ArtCamera. O-M to the G this app turned a pic that I normally would have trashed into one of my favorites with just a touch a button and 2.99. Are you ready...


How cool is that? Might not be everyones taste but I love anything that makes something look old or vintage! Wait til you see what I have in store for our xmas card! So excited!!! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Like peas and carrots

There's just something about Virginia Tech and fall that go together like Peeeeeas and Carrots. Maybe its the fact that VT's colors are the same as the changing fall leaves. Whatever it is, tailgating before a football game on a Saturday morning with family and friends, Starbucks in hand, feeling the cool crisp mountain air and seeing the vibrant fall leaves is pretty high on my list of favorite things. I missed out on this at University at Buffalo because I was a cheerleader and therefore never got to tailgate before the football games. Not to mention most of the time Buffalo, NY goes from summer to winter and there is no such thing as fall like in good ole Blacksburg! I loved going to UB and wouldn't change that for a second but I'm also thankful I get to experience this now thanks to my husband!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Obsessed with....

TORY BURCH! Kate Spade used to be my one and only goto designer where I loved EVERYTHING she created. However, lately I feel the same way about Tory Burch. It all started with of course her flats when I purchased these beauties over the summer.

I loved them so much I just had to get these patent leather lovies for the winter time.

And as I was searching for a winter time flat I came across these boots I can't get out of my head.

And THEN, I was at our local mall and stumpled upon and a new Tory Burch Store with more than just great shoes....cardigans, sunglasses, handbags I needed to get out of that store quickly!

And on top of ALL that I just saw a little tidbit on Tory in InStyle Mag and realized we have so much in common. Her quilty pleasure...gummi bears! A women after my own's a pic from our candy bar at our wedding.
She mentioned her style Icon is Audrey Hepburn and a quote... "Sunglasses and scarves pull a look together - and they're easy to pack." Yep, I agree!

oh and you better believe my little mini me will be wearing these one day! :)

Now, I really would like Tory (you like how we're on a first name basis?) to start making watches! Hunter and I want to gift each other with the modern "clock" gift for our one year anniversary so I've been keeping my eye out for a watch to love!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The night before last nights dinner :)

I orginally wasn't going to blog this dinner because I didn't think it was going to be anything special. But when Hunter placed this masterpiece on my lap Monday night I couldnt resist snapping a pic and sharing it with you all. Who doesn't need easy, healthy and delicious dinner ideas!?

Flank steak over greens with sweet potato wedges, sweet onion, and cheese califlower. There is a balsamic dressing on the lettuce, he did the flank steak on the grill and then just baked all the veggies in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper brushed on them!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cookie baking Machine

That's me! AKA bored on Monday :) My 4 day weekend was wonderful and I think for the first time since our wedding I was bored! The house was clean, dog was walked, laundry was done, my parents had left, and Hunter was golfing, so I baked! First I made the dough for cut-out cookies and while it was refrigerating I made snicker doodles. This cut-out cookie recipe is my grandmothers and my mom makes them WAY better than I do but practice certainly makes perfect because they seem to turn out better each time I make them. The dough and icing is all from scratch so they are time consuming. You have to make the dough, let it refrigerate, roll it, cut out the cookies, bake the cookies, let them cool, make the icing, frost them, and decorate them! But if you have the time they are fun to do and the end product is yummy and in the words of Hunter adorable! :)

Here's the recipe....

1 c.butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
4 tbs. half and half
1 tsp. vanilla

3 3/4 to 4 c. flour (sometimes 4 cups is just too much flour so use your judgement)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Mix all the dry ingredients together into a bowl and set aside. In a blender mix butter (room temp), sugar, eggs, half & half, and vanilla until well combined then slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 1hr. Roll out and cut using flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin and counters. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for only about 5-7mins each. they bake fast so watch them...the bottoms of the cookie should be barely brown.

FROSTING - Pretty basic and really sweet but the sweetness is needed since the cookies alone are not that sweet.

3 cups confectioners
1 stick of butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk (more if needed)

There really is no method to this frosting madness... start with the above proportions and if its not quiet the right taste or consistency then just keep adding milk, confectioners sugar, or even a little shortening.

For those who are visual learners... :)

dough about to go in fridge

ready to roll - Jake wanting to help :)

ready to frost! - color your frosting with food coloringpumpkins, ghosts, and witches hats OH MY!

And lastly here's the recipe I used for the snicker doodles. It's a Martha Stewart recipe tweaked by Bakerella in order to make a simple 20 cookies! Just perfect!

Snickerdoodle Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used one 14 X 20 and was able to get all 20 cookies on one sheet. Place about 3 inches apart and they won’t bake into each other.)
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a mixer, cream butter, shortening, and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
Add egg and mix until combined.
Add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
Use a small 1 1/4 inch ice-cream scoop to form balls. Release in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll until covered. When coated, you can shape them in a nice round ball and place on the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies begin to crack. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.

My coworkers were my friends today! :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Name Change

ok, let's be real here...this isn't Hunter and I's blog this is MY blog. At no time will he ever be writing a blog post and therefore I decided to be a little bit more original with my blog name :) I've always called myself a "wanna-be southern belle" and anyone who knows me will think it's very fitting! The blogs purpose will remain the same, to keep family and friends in touch with the lives of The Lunsfords but who knows....maybe it'll become a little more "wanna-be southern belleish" too :)

Today's my friday! yay! Mom and Dad are coming to visit and its sure to be a fun and relaxing 4 day weekend. (We have monday off for columbus day as well). Hunter's heading up to VT for the game solo on saturday and I'm staying back to hang with the old folks! ha, just kidding mom :) Can't wait!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Last Nights Dinner

Cobb Salad! Hunter and I crave salads alot on Sunday nights since we are feeling guilty from all the bad food we splurged on Friday and Saturday. However, Chef Hunter's salads are certainly no sacrifice as they are filled with lots of lettuce, toppings, meat and always makes his own dressings (or spruce's up ones from the bottle.) We went with the Cobb Salad last night due to the chillier weather but he also recreates the Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad for us alot in the summer time. Here's a link to the receipe he follows (for the most part) :)

Now on to the Cobb, we used...

1 head of red leaf lettuce
1 head of romain lettuce
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can yellow corn ( drained)
1 diced tomato
1 cut up avacado
4 hard boiled eggs
4 peices of bacon
2 chicken breasts ( Hunter seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, and blackening season and it was delish!)
Tortilla strips

Dressing - Hunter spurced up ranch dressing out of the bottle by adding the following to it: sorry we don't have exact measurements he just adds and taste tests :)

chili sauce
lemon juice
cajun seasoning

1. Make your dressing and refigerate until your ready to use.

2. Hard boil your eggs
3. Wash and cut all your lettuce and place in a large bowl

3.Drain black beans and corn and place to the side
4. Cut up your avacodo and tomato

5. Season your chicken breasts as you'd like and cook them. ( We just cooked them in a skillet in a little butter)
6. Cook bacon in same skillet while your chicken cools
7. Peel and slice your eggs
8. Cut up chicken and bacon

9. Assemble salad - Hunter layered it with lettuce, dressing, corn, beans, tomato, egg, avacodo, chicken, bacon, tortillas strips, then more dressing at the end.

Wala! Yes Hunter has portion control issues when he serves meals! :)

And here's Jake eating his dessert while we ate our dinner! He's a little wet because he had just gotten a bath after a fun afternoon of swimming in Lake Norman!

Hope you all had a great weekend! We got zero, nada, zilch done on the shed but had fun trying out the new mexican restaurant in town, watching the Hokies win, and taking Jake to the lake. Gotta have priorities :)xoxo

Friday, October 1, 2010

Our Home Before & After

I moved into Hunters home about 2 years ago and although the house wasn't completely unfortunate when I moved in there were some improvements that could be made in order to turn it from a house to home. I took a bunch of pictures the weekend I moved in, in order to show my Mom who lives out of town, and now I'm really glad I did because we have some great before pictures to compare to our now after. I wish Hunter had snapped a few pics when he moved in (in 2006) because then you'd see even more dramatic results. Right after he bought it, Hunter added all new hardwood floors, painted the kitchen cabinets, and repainted pretty much every room in the house.

The projects are coming to an end I said in an earlier post some hardwoods in the Den and a new farm sink and we're done. This isn't our forever home and we're pretty sure our house is already the nicest one in the neighborhood so we have to be careful not to put too much money into it that we won't get back in resale. Enjoy the photos, its certainly rewarding for us to see them laid out like this!

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After - new bedding, furniture & paintMaster Bath Before
Master Bath After - new paint on walls & cabinet)
Guest Bath Before

Guest Bath After - new paint & accessories

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom After - just some new paint to freshen it up :)

Downstairs Half Bath Before

Half Bath After - new wallpaper & pics

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After - new appliances and backsplash

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After - new wallpaper
added window treatments & new mirror( thanks MoM xoxo)
inherited a very old teacart from my Mimi (left corner thanks Mimi xoxo)
recovered chair (thanks Lindsey xoxo) :)
Office Before
Office After - added window treatments & some new pics :)

WHOA! That was ALOT to just upload all those! It's amazing for the most part what a little paint/wallpaper, new accessories, and window treatments will do! We're working on the Shed (AGAIN) :) this weekend, doubt we'll get to painting the "simple structure" but our goal is to get the inside of it cleaned out and the garage cleared! I look forward to those before and after pictures.

Hope you all have a great weekend! GO HOKIES! xoxoxo
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