Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sadie? Sydney? Sammy? Allie? Allie.

Like I said in the last post, things here in Clovis have really slowed down and we are enjoying each others company. Last weekend, Clovis had a Monster Truck Show that Michael and I decided would be a fun thing to do together. It was held at Curry County Fairgrounds and was actually pretty fun! I have never been to anything like this before so it was definitely an experience. We ended up seeing one of Michael's co-workers and sitting with him and is family. Michael had fun looking to see how many mullets we could find- sadly he only found two. I wish during the show there was more of the monster trucks instead of the not-so-comedic comedy. Unfortunately I did not take many pictures because my camera died within the first 10 minutes! Shoot!
 As many of our friends and family have seen on Facebook, we got a new puppy! After a long time trying to think of the perfect name for her, we have named her Allie. We think it fits her perfectly! Now for the story on how we came to getting her: Michael was going to attend a USPSA shoot at our local gun range, but had to stop at Walmart first to get some ammo. On the weekends it is pretty common to see people out by Walmart with puppies for sale. Michael happened to drive by one and sent me a text that said, "Golden Ret. puppies at Walmart. Cute!! You come get one :) I wouldn't be pissed. Haha." So I hopped in the car and drove over to see them. The puppies are Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever Mix and are 8 weeks old. How can I resist that?! The dad and mom and both AKC registered as purebreds. The litter was actually accidental. The mom is only a year old and had not gone into her first heat so the family decided to go on vacation. Well, while on vacation she went into heat, got pregnant, and had a litter of ELEVEN puppies! I spent quite awhile looking at the puppies and really liked one, but did not want to get one without Michael being able to see her so she said she would hold the puppy for me for two days until we made a decision. After Michael's shoot, we went and ate at Chili's with a nice couple he met at the shoot and then I told Michael we should go look at the puppies again so we could make a decision on whether to get one or not. During the day, she took the puppy I originally set eyes home and brought the others out. Which turned out to be just fine because we fell in love with a gorgeous girl who is absolutely precious! Michael had about two minutes of buyers regret until she completely stole his heart. We are so excited to have a new member in our family! Here's a picture of her that will most likely steal your heart as well...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Slowing Down

Terrie, Jennifer, MaMaw, and Aunt Tammy all made a trip here to Clovis to see us. We are SO happy we got to see them. The last time Michael saw his mom was back in January when she and Toney came for a short visit. I saw her in February when she came and stayed with me while Michael was in Washington DC (still too short of a visit). The last time we saw Jennifer, MaMaw, and Aunt Tammy was Christmas. It has been way too long! They came in Friday evening and Michael and I made chicken, homemade bread (not as good as Terrie's of course), chicken & rice casserole, and brau (pronounced brow) chips (again, not as good as Terrie's, but I digress). I also made Zucchini Muffins, YUM! If you are interested in this recipe please let me know because I promise you, they do not taste like a vegetable muffin. I also attempted Chocolate Cupcakes from scratch. I do not think I will ever again make these. They were pretty tasty, but such a HASSLE to make. Sorry, Jennifer, I know you looked forward to those! Overall, we had a really nice weekend with family. We even taught MaMaw and Tammy how to play Phase 10. Such a fun game. They got a pretty good hang of it and it was so funny to see them get excited when they completed a phase. On Sunday we went to the early church service and ate lunch at Don Maria's: Michael and I's favorite restaurant here in Clovis. As all of our family visits, it was not near long enough. We miss all of you already and cannot wait to see you in De Leon at the end of May!

Well now that we have gone to Vegas, to Texas, our birthday's have passed, family has visited, and final exams are next week, things in the Prather household are starting to slow down. I am not sure how I feel about that yet. We have had plans written on our erasable calendar for what seems like forever. Now that May is here it seems empty! It really is a sad sight to see. I am sure we will find something to occupy our time... As for my time? I will be looking for a job because I cannot sit around all day and watch HGTV.

Take a look at what's been cookin' in the Prather kitchen:

Shredded BBQ Pork Sandwiches with homemade bread. Made these in the Crockpot... easiest thing ever!

Michael's work had a fundraiser bake sale supporting Relay for Life so I made Blueberry Muffins and Chocolate Cupcakes. These Chocolate Cupcakes came out looking much prettier than my scratch cupcakes. These ones came from a box... Needless to say, I learned my lesson about cupcakes. 

My mom has had a Zucchini Muffin recipe in her recipe box for a long as I can remember. As a kid I did not care much for them, but my palate has grown up since then and I decided to make these for when our company came.

And last, but certainly not least, PANCAKES for brinner. Nothing special about these... came from the box, but I love flat, not fluffy, pancakes. The secret?? Well... I'd have to kill you if I told you. ;)