I would like to introduce Logan Allen Rankin!
Monday, August 31, 2009
I would like to introduce Logan Allen Rankin!
Posted by The Rankins at 12:19 PM
Monday, August 24, 2009
(Not a great picture, but the good camera is packed away in the hospital bag.)
Yes, I have been MIA for the past week. The beginning of school is kicking my butt! I am usually exhausted after the first few days, but this is a whole different type of exhaustion. Now with the baby coming any day now I will be MIA again...hopefully starting tonight! But, I am back for now and I know you have all been on the edges of your seats!
Posted by The Rankins at 7:58 PM
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
My Grandpa Allen is the Master of Gardening. His fall, winter, and spring months are spent thinking (talking) about and planning for his summer garden. He doesn't have as big of a garden as he used to, but it is still full of more vegetables then I would know what to do with! To his disappointment I am not much of a vegetable eater. Well, I take that back. I will eat almost anything that comes out of his garden but tomatoes, and the tomatoes are his pride and joy. Last summer I went with him nearly every Saturday morning to sell tomatoes at Clay's Farmer's Market.
When summertime rolls around I always think of three things: Grandpa's garden, Grandma's cooking, and Flav-or-ices (but those are beside the point...)! Creamed peas and potatoes...green beans with bacon...fried okra...Mmmm! Last week Brian and I went over and got some okra. (We planted some but it didn't come up for some reason.) Today, we fried it for lunch! A little flour, Panko bread crumbs, and seasoned Fish Fry...Mmmm! We ate every last bite, but I thought I would at least share a picture...
Can't you almost taste it?!
Posted by The Rankins at 2:54 PM
Posted by The Rankins at 2:01 PM
Thursday, August 6, 2009
My friend Megan recently gave me a new recipe that I have made twice. Brian and I both agree it is one of the best "casseroles" EVER and have decided to make it a staple on the Rankin Supper Idea List. So, without further ado...
2 big cans of chicken
Step 1: Begin boiling you noodles. (Can add chicken bouillon is desired.)
Step 2: Dice and saute the green pepper and onion in the butter.
Step 3: Add the chicken (drain), Rotel (drain), Cream of Chicken soup, and Velveeta to the veggies. Cook until the Velveeta is melted. I added the corn at this time.
Step 4: Drain the noodles.
Step 5: Combine the noodles and other ingredients.
Step 6: Serve and eat OR bake at 350 degrees for 15-30 minutes (I baked mine for 20 min. in a 9x13 Pyrex).
Is this a healthy meal? No, but I am telling you, TRY IT! You will love it-Promise! I have decided next time (which may be next week) that I will substitute cream cheese for some of the Velveeta. I just think it sounds good!
Big thanks to my mom who provided the chicken and Cream of Chicken soup...She didn't know it, until now, but I "shopped" in her pantry last weekend. These are the only 2 things I took-Promise!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
A big thanks goes to Kyle for running to Home Depot and buying us another box!
This is the first of many posts starring Baby Boy Rankin. It feels like I have been pregnant forever! I have had a fairly easy pregnancy... no morning sickness, but I have had my fair share of uncomfortable days, fatigue, backaches, and swelling. (Speaking of swelling...for those of you who saw my unfortunate cankles at Kara's wedding, I just have to say that it took until Thursday for those bad boys to go down! But, I would do it again for Kara and Matt and will be blogging about their wedding soon!) Through it all Brian and I have become closer, and really excited about being parents. Brian has been very supportive of me through this and will be a fantastic dad. I am super excited about seeing him with this little guy...
Brian and I ready for supper:
Every morning when we went to the beach, there was a hut reserved and ready for us. It was ready with a stocked cooler, towels, and decorated with flowers. If we ran out of beverages or wanted a snack we called up our butler on the cell phone the resort provided for us. Sick, huh?!? Here is a picture of Brian lounging in our hut. If you look closely you can see our cooler and our snorkel gear inbetween the chairs. Brian and I decided this is what Heaven will be like!
I questioned my decision to add the last photo (because of the lack of clothing...), but I had to because heck, this is what we looked like 95% of the time we were in Jamaica! Plus, it makes me smile! We couldn't have asked for a better start to married life!