Sunday, November 27, 2011


Thanksgiving was a little different for us this year. We drove to Belton in two separate cars because Scott has his final, muy importante (very important) project due tomorrow (Monday), which meant that he was only able to spend Thanksgiving day and part of Friday with us. Poor love spent all of Thursday attached to his computer, completing various things that I have yet to fully understand (renderings, drawings, Rhino, vectors, floor plans, section views, explosions.... a whole new vocabulary!)
At the Keys

At the Huddlestons

We spent Thanksgiving Day with Scott's family :) We had a nice, relaxing day preparing food and watching football. I am going to take a moment and feel sorry for myself, as I watched the A&M vs. UT game in a house full of UT fans... I almost had bragging rights... ALMOST. Ugh.

We headed out to my parents house on Friday morning so that we could take the 20-something annual Huddleston Family Christmas Card Picture. I put this in all caps as this event has historically been one of the most stressful, exhausting, cry-inducing  highlighted events in our year; certainly worthy of a title. Thankfully, as we have gotten older and more "mature", it is not nearly as painful of a process. Here is a sneak peak:

I stuck around through Sunday playing 90-minute games of Settlers of Catan with my family (I still can't win the silly game!), helping Momma in the kitchen, and watching movies. 

My daddy and His Hair (also worthy of a title).

I am so thankful for the smiles, laughs, and stories that we shared this Thanksgiving.

Still stuffed,


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chicken & Rice Soup

It's still hitting the mid-70s, low-80s here in Houston. Please note the date on this post. November 20, 2011. Yes. November 20th. The time of year when it should be in the high 40s, low 50s. Oh, Houston.

But, despite the heat of the Fall, we still crave Fall foods. We just enjoy them in our shorts and tank tops with the AC on and a glass of iced tea rather than bundled in our scarfs on the couch with a blanket and hot tea :)

This recipe came from a blog I follow, Picky Palate. I didn't change a thing! So hop on over to her blog and make this soup--soon. Especially if you live in a state where Fall is actually its own season.

(I served it up with Ritz crackers, because they are buttery and delicious.)

Here's to hot soup on a hot day,


Mema's Monkey Bread

The smell of monkey bread baking in the oven sends me straight to Hearne, TX, walking into my grandparents kitchen after a quick stroll home from Sunday church. I'm wearing a handmade dress with poofy sleeves and a smock, hair pulled half-up into a large, handmade bow. My bangs are plastered to my forehead and my white stockings are stained with the dust from the road.

It's amazing how smells can evoke memory. And every time I bake monkey bread, I see my grandmother.

This is her recipe. A few decades old, but still brings life to my kitchen today :) Enjoy.

What you need:
1 cup Kellogg's All-Bran cereal
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 cup luke warm water
2 packages dry active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
6 cups flour
1 stick butter, melted

What to do:
Mix All-Bran, oil, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Pour in boiling water and mix.
In a small bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar until dissolved.
Combine eggs and salt, and add to the All-Bran mixture.
Add yeast mixture and blend
Gradually add 2 cups of flour at a low speed, then add the remaining 4 cups.
Separate the dough into 2 parts.
Drop onto a floured surface and knead until just tough, not sticky (this is a very sticky dough, so you may need more flour than you think...).
Roll each ball to 1/2 inch thick and cut into rounds.
Dip rolls into the melted butter and place butter-side-down into 2 Bundt pans (you can also use 2 13X9 pans).
Pour remaining butter over the top of the rolls.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

Where is the picture of the fully baked rolls?

I don't have one. Because we ate them. All. That's how good they are.

Floured hands,


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lane | 11.02.2011

I took her maternity photos back in October, and now she and her husband are celebrating their new family of 3 (4, if you include their sweet little puppy)!

While Kati was still getting ready for the photo shoot, I was able to spend about 15 minutes with just Lane and Dad (and captured a few moments, of course). I obviously have no experience with being a parent, but from the smile on Dad's face and the way he looked at Lane I could feel the sense of love and pride he had for the little life in his arms. The photos practically took themselves :)

Kati had told me that we scheduled the photo shoot right during his nap time, AND he had just been fed, so he should sleep like a champ through the photo shoot. Well, I think we jinxed it because the little guy did not sleep a wink! But, because of that, I was able to frame his bright blue eyes in most of the photos :) Kati texted me later that night and said, "The photo shoot must have worn him out because he has slept all day!" Oh, well....


Little toes,