I'm totally digging Chris Young's new song, Awe Naw! It's perfect for line dancing! Give me less than 90 seconds, and you can be dancing it with me! Push that chair back and try it! Then come dance it with us at Bourbon Jacks on Friday nights!
On August 3rd my FBP and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. I was working at The Gorge for Watershed, and he was working at Benaroya Hall. We got to spend a few minutes on the phone, but it was so nice to hear his voice at the end of a very long work day for both of us.
Some of you know our story. We met in Nashville at our favorite BBQ restaurant, Jim & Nicks. When I moved to Seattle, JMR and I had only been dating four months. We continued to make it work with 2500 miles between us for the next 2 years. Last October JMR moved from Nashville to Seattle.
About a month or so before our 3 year anniversary, we started ring shopping. JMR wanted to make sure that I picked out the ring. He knows how picky I am and was going to make sure this was something I would love. We went to Robbins Brothers in downtown Seattle. If you are looking, I highly recommend this place. They are wonderful! There was this one ring that took my breathe away as soon as I tried it on. We took photos of it, and we left.
I didn't realize this, but the next morning my FBP went back to Robbins Brothers, spent hours picking out the diamond, and ordered the ring. They told him it would take 8 weeks to craft the ring. Now I didn't know any of this, and I would drive him crazy painting my ring finger a different color from the rest of my fingers to remind him, "If you like it, you should put a ring on it". And I would do a little dance when I would show him my finger. HA! We love to pester each other! So much fun!
Fast forward to last Saturday night. It was just a normal evening. We were trying to decide what to do for dinner. I suggested riding our bikes somewhere, and JMR suggested Matador in Ballard. So we rode over and had a nice dinner. I even had dessert which I typically don't do, but I love flan!!! So I went for it! It's important to the story, because when we got home I was feeling fat and happy. All I wanted to do was get into my footy peejays and snuggle up on the couch. That's when JMR says we should go for a little walk. I'm thinking, "A WALK?!! We just rode our bikes 6 miles".
But the tone in his voice had changed to his romantic voice. He said, "c'mon, we can walk off dinner. It's not a race. We can just stroll over to Gas Works Park". Now I'm thinking, "GAS WORKS PARK??!! That's a flippin' mile away"! But he kept gently pushing for us to go, and I knew something was up.
So I ran a brush through my hair. HA! I mean, we had been riding our bikes. And I put a little tissue in my pocket. He asked if I wanted to bring my purse which meant my phone. Something was definitely up, because he wanted me to be able to take photos.
As we were walking over to Gas Works Park, JMR was saying the sweetest things to me. It was one of the most tender, encouraging, supportive conversations we've ever had together.
We got to Gas Works and walked up to the top of the hill. I've been to Gas Works several times during the day but never at night. If you haven't been...GO! It's a stunning view of the downtown Seattle sparkling skyline and the glowing Space Needle!
Below us some people were setting off Love Lanterns. You know the small hot air balloon type things that go floating high up above the city. It was perfect.
We sat down and were admiring the view, and that's when he asked me. When he brought the box out, I was wondering how I would see the ring. The sun had already set, and it was dark. Well those smarty pants engagement people at Robbins Brothers put a light in that ring box!!! It made the ring sparkle even more!
Tears of joy ran down my face. Thank goodness I brought that tissue huh? It was a moment I will never forget! I was so happy it was private, just us and somewhere we enjoy going together.
We made a wish on one of the Love Lanterns and hung out for a little while longer enjoying the moment.
How crazy is this? We strolled by these two guys snapping photos of the downtown skyline view. One of those guys is a Wolf listener - Matthew Charchenko- and he posted one of the pictures he took of that night.
What a night!
Many of you have asked about our wedding plans. We want to enjoy being engaged for a while. We've got a lot of decisions to make when we begin planning. My family lives in Arkansas, and my closest friends are all over the deep south in Nashville, Birmingham, and Biloxi. JMR's family is in Arizona, Kansas, and Nashville. So for now, we are going to relax, enjoy this moment in our lives, and keep on loving each other more everyday.
Thank you for always being so supportive! There are so many of you that helped us get through some really dark, lonely times when we were so far apart. All of your comments, posts, texts, and phone calls have meant the world to us. We appreciate all of the love and support!
Oh and I've gone back to painting my nails all the same color! MY FBP PUT A RING ON IT!
Fall desserts are on the way! Doesn't this look yummy?
I found them on Pinterest from The Girl Who Ate Everything. The recipe is below...
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Ingredients that you will need:
1-¼ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2-3 Granny Smith or Rome apples (about 1 pound), peeled and shredded
1-½ cups chewy caramel candies
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
First off all let’s reheat oven to 350o F. Then we should lineine a cupcake pan with baking liners. In a large bowl,we mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Grate your apples. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugars until smooth,after ad oil and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture until just combined and then stir in the apples.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan until almost full. Bake until golden In a small, combine the caramels and cream. Microwave until caramel is melted, Dip the cupcakes upside down into caramel and let cool .
My niece Zoe and her family moved to Seattle from Rhode Island on Friday. I am so excited to have family here now!!
Let me introduce Zoe to you, and have you help settle a family debate...
WHO is taller? :)-
Zoe is my brother's daughter, and she just turned 18 and will be attending community college soon in the area. We got to spend the afternoon together, and I thought it would be fun to take her on a walk through downtown. We walked to the Columbia Tower and went up to the 74th floor Sky View deck. It's a 360 degree view, twice as high up as the Space Needle, not crowded, AND a lot cheaper!
I also took Zoe to the iconic Kerry Park! She was so stunned by the beauty of our fair city by the Sound.
I just received an email from Chris Young's record lable letting us know he was hospitalized last night. We hope Chris gets well soon. Here are the details:
CHRIS YOUNG HOSPITALIZED WITH LEG INFECTION – CANCELS ALL SHOWS THROUGH AUGUST 17
NASHVILLE, TN – Singer-songwriter Chris Young is in a Denver area hospital with a leg infection. He is listed in stable condition. Tonight’s headlining show in Kalispell, MT has been cancelled as well as his performances on Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer Tour Presented By Cracker Barrel Old Country Store” on Aug. 15 in Penticton, BC, Aug. 16 in Mission, BC and Aug. 17 in Brownsville, OR. He is expected to resume touring in Redding, CA on Aug. 21.
While the origin of the infection is unknown, Chris will remain in the hospital for at least the next 24 hours. Chris was en route to Kalispell, MT when the symptoms set in and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
“I’m so sorry to disappoint the fans but I didn’t even know I was sick,” said Chris. “One minute I was fine then suddenly I’m being rushed to the hospital,” he continued. “I look forward to being up and around and back on the road.”
To me this meal looks like it could be served at a 4 star restaurant, but it's a super easy, make it at home recipe. I made it for dinner last night, and my FBP couldn't stop complimenting me on how much he liked it.
Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp Bowl
1/2 - 1 lb. shrimp (6-8 shrimp per person)
1 red onion
1 garlic clove minced into a paste
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. soy
3 tbsp. canola oil
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup long grain rice
There are 4 components to this dish:
Shrimp and Marinade:
I like to get the devained shrimp, and I rinse them well with water and peal the shells off leaving the tails on.
Prepare the shrimp marinade. In a large zip lock bag add juice of one lime, couple tablespoons of the juice from the pineapple can, garlic, chili powder, cumin, honey, soy sauce, and canola oil. Place shrimp in bag and refrigerate until you're ready to grill them.
Soak skewers in water for 5 minutes. Just before grilling, skewer the shrimp. Set grill to medium/ high heat. Grill 1 - 2 minutes per side. They go quickly, so don't leave them unattended. When they turn pink, they are done.
Take the marinade and saute in a sauce pan on low heat on the stove until it begins to thicken.
Drain crushed pineapple really well. I used my hands to squeeze the juice out of the pineapple. Put in a bowl with 1/2 of the jalapeno minced, and 1/2 of the red onion, and 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro. Squeeze one lime over the top and refrigerate.
Drain and rinse the black bean. Saute on medium low heat 1/2 red onion, 1/2 jalapeno chopped in 1 tbsp. olive oil. Add black beans and 1 cup chicken stock. Let simmer on low until chicken stock thickens. Then set aside.
Long Grain Rice
Prepare according to package.
Now layer your ingredients. Start with the rice, then black beans, add the pineapple salsa, then the shrimp, and top with the marinade that's been reduced. The flavors are super yummy!
Whenever I can, I try make meals with fresh ingredients. I'll go to great lengths to make fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, and roasted corn and black bean salads for a fun taco dinner. But then I go and buy a packet of taco seasoning. NEVER again!
Did you know that 1/6 of that packet is sodium? It has preservatives in it that are processed and very unhealthy for us including Carmel food coloring. Bleck...
But here's the thing...you probably have everything in your pantry to whip up a homemade taco seasoning any night of the week.
I found this from Rachel Ray, and it's so pretty right?!
It's so simple to make your own! You could even give this as a gift, and layer the spices making what looks like sand art! Check this out... (from Rachel Ray)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp black pepper
1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. (Or you can mix it together in the container you are going to store it in–just give it a shake!)
2. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of this mixture plus 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water to one pound of cooked meat (of your choice). Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until there is very little liquid left in the pan.
3. Serve with your favorite taco topping! I recommend lots of sour cream, fresh salsa, guacamole, lettuce, cheese and tomato.
Watershed...you WIN! I am woman enough to admit when I have been defeated! It was a weekend I will never forget, and I'm sure Watershed will not forget how We Wolf!
Nick at Night offered to drive me and Wingnut to the Gorge. It seemed harmless enough right? Until we get almost to the Vantage Bridge, and Nick realizes that even though we've stopped TWICE for food and rest rooms breaks he has forgotten to GAS UP THE CAR! Oh and he likes to drive with one hand on the wheel, and the other on the phone!!!!
Wingnut will tell the story of how we had to get out and push Nick the rest of the way to the Gorge! It wasn't pretty y'all....up hill...both ways! Lesson learned...fill the tank up brother!
It was beautiful at the top of the Cascades though. We were in for a fun weekend!
I wanted to make sure and document how excited and full of energy we all were when we first arrived at Watershed! Ready to go y'all! We were gonna kick this thing in the pants and give Watershed everything we got!
Then the fun begins...one of the first P1's I got to see almost made me tear up, because he just got back from his deployment in Afghanistan. His name is Kyle McBride, and he got one well deserved party weekend at Watershed after getting home this past Friday. Thanks for your service buddy!
Then I saw a couple of the Kitsap County Redneck Crew members and some loyal P1's...
I want to give a big shout out to the Wolf Boot Scoot Troop! These ladies worked their butts off all weekend making sure everyone was having a great time! They line danced in 90 degree weather and never lost that country girl charm. Y'all are my Watershed dancing heroes!
This is my Watershed scrapbook, and it's the Good, The Bad, and well...some of this you may never be able to "un see" again...I won't call it ugly. I'll let YOU be the judge. But just know...
THIS IS HOW WE WOLF!
And WE WOLF LIKE THIS...
And then there is THIS... I think Toby Keith would be proud???!!!
They should know better than to put me on the mic, because if there is country music playing then I'm gonna be singing along! We sang Wolf-A-Rockie ALL Watershed weekend long y'all!
The view at Watershed is the best part of this whole adventure. I love this venue! Thompson Square tweeted that it's the most beautiful venue they've EVER played!
Wingnut, Nick at Night and me stayed at a haunted motel. In the middle of the night Nick woke up to water running in his sink. The alarm went off at midnight scaring Nick up out of bed. When we asked the motel manager if he's ever had any complaints about ghosts in people's rooms, he asked if Nick was staying in room 215. There have been reports of ghosts in that room all the time. Ummmm..... ok...and we got the hell out of there!
Day TWO Watershed...
Sunday was a lot of fun, but we were all so worn out! We had survived running out of gas, haunted hotels, and now the last day of Watershed was upon us.
The ones with all the energy...The Wolf Boot Scoot Troop! These gals are troopers for sure! One of them even got a $10 tip! Go BST!
I finally got to see the entire Kitsap County Redneck Crew all together! They stopped by the Wolf tent to say hi and get a picture! We love our Kitsap P1's! They even have their own Facebook page. You should look em' up!
Now you didn't think I would go a whole weekend at Watershed and NOT put these boots UP did ya? #BootsUpSunday
Gotta give some props to the Promotion peeps who put all this together! When you come to see us and everything is moving along and the party is Wolfin', you have these people to thank!
This is Brian...we call him BT! BT is the Promotions/ Marketing Manager of Entercom Radio. Basically he does ALL the hard work! Notice the cool Wolf shirt he's wearing!!! And this is our friend Leslie who works for our sister station The Mountain.
And of course I gotta give a huge shout out to our Promotions Coordinator Molly! We love you sister! Thanks for all your hard work at Watershed!
At the end of the weekend, there wasn't much left to give. We were all Wolfed out...
Watershed - 3
Wolfpack - 0
As the sun sets on another fun Watershed, we wanna say thank you for Wolfin' with us all weekend! We had a beeeeeee-last with y'all! See ya soon!!! We Wolf YOU!!
Citing Ty Herndon as inspiration yesterday... Billy Gillman filmed a video and uploaded it to YouTube. He is also gay.
Billy claims the fact that he is gay has kept him from signing a major record deal. If that's true, that is sad and...
Ty Herndon has come out of the closet! Read the entire story from People Magazine HERE.
Here's a couple of my favorite Ty Herndon songs from the 90's:
Good for you, Ty. I support your courage and hope you can be a role model...
Meghan Trainor (who sings "All About That Bass") steps up to the mic and belts out an AWESOME version of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"! This is addicting! Check it out.
(photo: carla da souza campos/Flickr)
Here is the recipe I talekd about on the air today:
• 1 (18 -20 lb) whole turkey
• 2 stalks celery (roughly chopped)
• 1 carrots (roughly chopped)
• 1 onions (cut into quarters)
• 3 -4 crushed garlic...