Long time no talk! Sorry I have been kind of MIA, I’ve just been recovering from that TERRIBLE Ravens game that we went to last Monday. How EMBARASSING! Ok not really…but it was really bad. I have just been enjoying life & kind of disconnecting from the internet. It’s been nice…and it might continue to happen. Most of my extra time has been devoted to studying for the Series 65. It is a LOT of studying- they recommend about 40 hours of pre-studying before going to the class for it. Yesterday I literally locked myself in the bedroom upstairs & studied all day long. It wasn’t that bad though, and I feel like I’m actually really understanding it this time. That’s what I’m going to be doing today too…well, except from 1pm- 4pm when I will have the Ravens game on in the background Hopefully they can pull off a win today…they definitely need a bounce back.
Anyways, I thought I would kind of catch you up on my life…lots of pictures, little words.
My FAVORITE football player of ALL time is Fred Taylor (he’s #28 below). I followed him all throughout college @ UF & then he played for the Jaguars for 10 years..and then the Patriots for 1 year. He ended up retiring with the Jaguars (signed a one day contract just to retire with them). I was SO upset when the Jaguars let him go…I just felt like they gave him a really bad deal when they let him go.
I’ll leave the outcome of the game alone…no need to bring up bad memories!
While we were in Jacksonville for the game, we also spent the weekend with my parents. It was really nice to see them I enjoyed just spending time with them. My Mom also took me shopping..and surprised me when she paid for the outfits that I picked out at Forever 21! I needed some new clothes for ‘winter’ (since it’s really never winter in FL ) & then she offered to pay for them when we got to the cashier. She told me it was my Christmas gifts from last year- haha! Since we were in Maryland last year, I never exchanged gifts with my family (honestly I didn’t think we were going to, since my sister just had my nephew Ethan & Craig and I were getting ready for our wedding). Here is one of the dresses that I got:
I LOVE it!! The colors are perfect for fall.
It was a great weekend with my family & it almost made me forgot the Ravens loss. We will just have to make up for it today!!
Craig & I got back home to Orlando on Tuesday. We both took off from work, only because we knew we would only be able to work a half day & we needed to get the house ready for our guests! Craig’s parents arrived in Florida from Maryland on Wednesday afternoon. They were leaving for a cruise on Saturday & decided to come down a bit early to spend some time with us. We had a wonderful time visiting with them & just catching up.
Wednesday we went out to dinner, and Thursday I made them dinner. As usual, you KNOW where I went to get my recipe…Jessica’s blog of course! First I asked her on Facebook if she recommend a certain chicken recipe to make for them & she said Caramelized Chicken with Mushroom Sauce & Grilled Herb Bread. I followed her recipe exactly, except that I actually baked the chicken after I pan seared it for a bit..only because I was making it for four people, instead of two & I wanted to make sure all of the chicken was served hot.
SO SO SO GOOD!!!! We all LOVED this meal! Everything piece of chicken was eaten (I made 8 pieces!!!!) & everyone gave this recipe RAVE reviews. Craig doesn’t even like mushrooms, and he ate every last bite! Jess never steers me wrong when it comes to picking out a fantastic recipe!!
For dessert we had something that I saw on Janae’s blog a few weeks ago. I had been eyeing this ice cream in the store for a while, but I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. (Normally I just eat frozen yogurt, not ice cream.) But she told me that I HAD to try it, so I did just what she said.
RED VELVET ICE CREAM!!!!! Oh my goodness, this stuff is SO good…and SO worth it!! I’m SO glad that Janae recommended it.
It has big chunks of red velvet cake mixed in with the ice cream…it doesn’t get much better!
On Friday we had special plans for Craig’s parents. Since their birthdays were in September & earlier this month, Craig always likes to take them out when they come down in the fall to celebrate them. We decided to take them to The Wine Room in Winter Park for happy hour & then to Shari Sushi for dinner. I have talked about The Wine Room before on here. Craig & I love going; the whole concept of it is just so cool! You can sample a TON of wines..and you don’t have to buy a whole bottle- you can just pick how much you want to sample. (2 oz, 4oz, or 6oz). You get a card to put money on, and then you just go around to all of the ‘stations’ & put your card in the machine to try it.
We also had a great dinner at Shari, I just didn’t take any pictures. It’s really dark in the restaurant & I didn’t want my flash going off. Shari is my FAVORITE sushi restaurant..EVER. Bold statement, but it’s true! The have so many interesting roll combinations, including my favorite roll that has banana in it. I know, I know, that sounds absolutely disgusting, but it’s REALLY good..I promise!
It was a great time spending with his parents! They left on Saturday…and are now cruising away
Well, I figure I should wrap this post up…I have more to share with you, but I really need to start studying & check my fantasy football team..and I should probably eat something for breakfast. Hope you have a great Sunday & of course, as always…GO RAVENS!!