Thursday, July 30, 2009

Yummy Salad, Sweet Husband, and a Recap

I used a new salad recipe for our supper club last week, and it was delish! I will share the recipe at the bottom. But first--just want to give a shout out to my sweet husband. He cooked a REALLY tasty dinner tonight--homemade 3 cheese veggie pizzas on whole wheat flatbread with homemade tomato sauce (fresh roma tomatoes, onions, cilantro), red onion slices, bell pepper, mozz, cheddar, and feta. Are you drooling yet? Soooo good. I should have taken a picture of it because it was really pretty, and colorful too.

For the salad--don't be scared away by the coconut! You can barely taste it in this recipe--it has a really mild flavor when it's toasted. Also--a recommendation/caveat: Taylor and I both ended up with little burned spots on the end of our fingers from "candying" the almonds. I would buy already candied or spiced almonds, and it would work just as well.

Spinach and Strawberry Daiquiri Salad

20 Min
10 Min
45 Min

1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white sugar

1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach, rinsed and dried
2 pints sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup toasted flaked coconut
1/2 red onion, sliced

Combine the lime juice, honey, poppy seeds, and mustard in a small bowl; slowly whisk in the oil. Combine the almonds, salt, and sugar in a large skillet. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until almonds are light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove nuts from the skillet to cool.
Toss the spinach, strawberries, coconut, onions, and cooled almonds in a large bowl. Top with prepared dressing, and toss to coat.

And as for the recap: this summer has FLOWN by! Seriously, where has it gone? August is upon us. I feel like I have gotten a lot accomplished this summer though! Learned lots, grown lots. I did my first restorations (fillings, for you non dental people) and crowns, admitted several patients, and really began my life as a dentist (well, I'm at least on my way! Two more years of school, technically--but I really do think they're going to fly by).

Ok, so that was a very brief recap--but my computer is about to go into hibernation mode, and I am too tired to plug 'er in. So goodnight!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Show Us Your Life Friday--Show Us Your Wedding Dress

Ok, so I know I am hopping on this train a little late, and it's Sunday, not Friday--but I really like this little "button"--(is that what you call these types of things? I am still such a novice blogger)--and I loved my wedding dress, so I want to post about it!

FYI, all of these pics (minus the first one--my friend CG took it) were taken by Karla Pound. She is WONDERFUL! I highly recommend her. :)

As you can see, it was strapless, fitted through the waist, and had lace pretty much all over. It was simple and very elegantly classic (in my biased opinion!). It came from The Bridal Path in Jackson, and was the second dress I tried on. I feel like almost everyone says that the style of gown they wanted originally wasn't what they ended up getting. The same was true for me. I thought I would end up with a giant ballgown type dress, but I ended up loving this simplistic style instead. It was really comfy, for a wedding dress!
Also, I absolutely loved my veil. I loved that it didn't stick too far above my head, but just kind of streamed out from right above my hair where it was pulled up. It was cathedral length--ie REALLY long. That was my favorite thing about it. It was pretty funny though--about an hour before the wedding, I was freaking out because every time I walked more than five feet, it would pull on my hair and almost come out. I was so scatterbrained and all over the place that I didn't realize until just before the ceremony that we had forgotten to attach the middle part of the veil to the back of my dress! (That's how veils that length are supported, in case you aren't familiar--because there's no way in heck your head can support that weight!) My sweet friend Bonnie from the Bridal Path luckily was around and fixed it quickly.
Another thing I loved about my veil is that it had a blusher (the piece that goes in front, over your face). Taylor and I both loved the symbolism of being veiled from him until my dad raised the veil and presented me to him. You don't see the blusher in any of these pictures, because it's behind with the rest of the veil. I didn't have any pics with the blusher in front at my fingertips. Which leads me to...
Ok--confession. Taylor and I have been married for a year and 2 months.....and I have yet to order my wedding photos. I know, I know!'s terrible. That is my goal for this week. I have a big test on Friday, but thankfully, a smart and persuasive person in our class convinced the professor to give us a take-home.....pretty much unheard of in dental school, but sorely needed for this class/professor (it would take me a whole 'nother post to explain this guy)...anyway, I am vowing the get the pics ordered this week!! Somebody hold me to that!
And lastly, my sweet friend Carlin had her baby this last week!! Sam is doing great, but because he came a little early and is a "wimpy white boy" as the nurses called him (white males' lungs develop the most slowly of any demographic), he had to stay a few days in the hospital. I think he got to go home today--either today or tomorrow. So please say a prayer for him if you think about it!

Monday, July 20, 2009

love me some photo books

Thought this was a really cute idea from Snapfish! Wish I had time to make, all photo books from snapfish are 20% off right now! (No, they're not paying me to advertise--I just adore photo books and wanted to spread the love!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Patients. Otherwise Known as Patience.

So I pretty much have the sweetest patients in the world. One of them, an older gentleman, asked the other day if he could take Taylor and me out to lunch or dinner that day, and when I thanked him profusely but told him that we actually had plans, he forced me to take $20 dollars and put it towards our dinner!!

Another sweet patient brought me a Ole Miss fight-song-singing bottle opener at our second appointment. She is an artist who works in a lot of different media, and at our third appointment, she brought me a melted down wine glass, much like this bottle:

They can be used as cheese plates, like the one above, or spoon rests, depending on how big the bottle or glass is. My good friend Ann used these as bridesmaids gifts. I thought that was such a great and personal idea! My patient can put your name or wedding date on them too. I'm not sure of her prices, but I'm sure they're very reasonable. If you're interested, let me know, and I will give you her name and number! I think they'd be great for any occasion--birthdays, anniversaries (the couple's favorite type of wine, for example), etc.

Speaking of patients--in the last few days I have done my first fillings! The first semi-difficult one I did was on my Dad, which was kind of cool because he is a dentist, and things have sort of come full circle at this point. It was nice being able to ask his advice at different points during the procedure.

The reason for the title of this blog post: I think that dental school is the biggest teacher of patience I have ever had in my life. It's a hurry-up-and-wait atmosphere every day. The Lord is teaching me patience in a couple of different situations in my life right now: school (which will go on for the next 2 years!), as well as selling our house. It's easy in our culture to be accustomed to everything happening right when you want it, but the Lord teaches that we must depend on his timing and his sovereignty. So I am praying that I will look at all this patience-learning as an opportunity and not a frustration.

Randomly: Recipe of the Day

Blueberry Crunch

Also known as deliciousness. It is my friend Kerri's recipe--she and her husband Jonathan entertained us this weekend at their house in Brandon, and she made this for dessert. It's easy as pie. Easier, actually. Take a carton of blueberries and mix it with one can of crushed pineapple. Place into a cake pan or pyrex. Sprinkle the top liberally with yellow cake mix, until just covered. Melt a little butter and drizzle it over the top. Bake at 350 until top starts to brown, and serve with ice cream! Mmmmm delish.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Son of a gun, we'll have some fun, on the bayou

So I am a couple of days late with this post, but here are some of the pics from our 4th of July extravaganza! Taylor and I got down to Fairview a little after lunch on Friday, and around dinner time Emily and Brett arrived. We rode around the property looking for blackberries (Taylor said they were probably all burned up from the heat--he was right) and just kind of joyriding, then came back for a really yummy dinner. There is a place Taylor goes in Louisiana called Hebert's (pronounced AY-bear's, for all you non-Louisians) that has really amazing specialty meats. The one we cooked this weekend was a crawfish-dressing-stuff chicken. YUM. Taylor made up a recipe for a really great potato and onion hash with all kinds of spices and cheese. We cook it on the stovetop and then put it in the oven for the last 5-10 mins with cheese and sliced jalepenos on top. SO good.

We were so glad to be able to spend time with Emily and Brett!

The picture above is of Taylor wading through the Bayou Pierre on Saturday, checking out the depth. Yes, our weekend was pretty country, I'm not gonna lie. We waded/swam in a bayou (making sure there weren't any snakes or alligators around!), fished, cooked out, and picked blackberries (tried to, anyway). It was great. Below is a pic of all three guys--Taylor, Graves Maxwell, and William Ledbetter--just chillin in the bayou. (Emily and Brett had to leave earlier that morning).

See those three little specs kind on the left in the pic above? That's them.

Lauren and me. I told her she looks kinda like a famous person in this pic with those shades on.

Whit pretending to be an Olympic beam gymnast?
Mmm watermelon. Whit and Graves.

Note: I unthinkingly wore the cheap drugstore mascara to swim in. I am not a raccoon, contrary to what may appear above. Quite unfortunate. But still, mmm watermelon. And one very sweet husband.

William preferred the attack method.
Later that afternoon, our friends Haley and Lindsay (reporter and morning meteorologist, respectively, for the local Fox40 News channel--watch for them!) came down the camp, and we cooked out another yummy dinner, after which we drove to Vicksburg and into Louisiana to watch the fireworks over the Mississippi River! Our sweet friends the Nicholas's invited us to their lodge on the river, appropriately named "Riverview". It was a perfect and beautiful way to end the weekend. Later that night we drove back home, woke up the next morning for leisurely breakfast and a little Wimbledon watching, and then headed out.

When we came home, we got to pick up a little houseguest for the weekend.

My sister's miniature dashund, Buddy. He is so sweet!! And long. He is probably the friendliest daschund I've ever known. He loves to snuggle. We've had him since Sunday, and every morning he and Ted have a wrestling match. I think Ted wins. But Buddy thoroughly enjoys it! We had to make sure to watch he and Ruby the first time they met, because I think Ruby wasn't quite convinced that he wasn't a squirrel (her favorite thing to chase). I think she has it pretty figured out now, as long as he doesn't make any quick movements.
Hope y'all had as fun a Fourth as we did!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Independence Day

We are headed to this beautiful place for the weekend!! Can't wait. Although we may not be able to do fireworks because it has been so dry--we don't want to burn the lodge down! Or the woods, for that matter. Hopefully there will be lots of horseback riding, some 4-wheeler riding, and maybe some fishing or blackberry picking. Anybody know a good blackberry cobbler or pie recipe?