Music Mondays!!

So.. I created a whole playlist for this week.. But then I ran across this video and I think this takes the cake.. Check it out.

I've actually seen both of these artists (Amy Stroup & Trent Dabbs) live at the Ten out of TN show and they are amazing. They decided to join forces and create this new band Sugar & the Hi-Lows which is amazing. Check em out.


I am thankful for...

....Will - most days :)
...my family - they are the best I have ever had
...Zoe - she's the perfect dog
...each day - you just never know when it may be your last
...my headlights - this became very apparent when I had to drive Will's car to my parents house
...my job - I am so happy to finally have a job I like.. It makes my quality of life so much better
...working from home - I love that I have this option
...all of my kids I give pitching lessons to, and their families --it is a very rewarding job and I see a lot of them more than I see my own family
...sweat pants - who doesn't love those comfy things
...chai latte creamer - it makes my coffee so yummy
...living in Midtown - I just love the location
...the colors of the leaves in the fall
...my faith - I believe it's a thing just between me and God
...being able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I just love spending time with my family, and the food is just an added bonus. This year is especially special because it is the first year that Will is spending Thanksgiving with my family. Last year Will and I decided that we would swap going to spend time with each of our families for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It's the only fair thing to do!

The Willis family (my dad's side of the family) tradition is for most of our extended family to get together for lunch, when we have most of the crowd there are about 70 of us. Everyone brings a side dish, and my uncle cooks the meat. We have tons of delicious food. (I'll try to take a picture later today) Our huge lunch is followed up a quick nap and then we run to my mom's side of the family's gathering for dinner. It's a great day filled with great food.

This Thanksgiving I brought my Mac & Cheese filled with Serrano peppers for everyone to try.

Did you know??
Thanksgiving officially became a holiday in 1863 during the Civil War. But they believe the first Thanksgiving was celebrated back in the 16th century. Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for guiding the pilgrims to the New World and for a successful harvest season. There was a huge feast of all different types of meat, fruit and vegetables. So that is where our tradition for all the food and families gathering comes from.


What's For Dinner - Baked Pesto Chicken

From What's For Dinner

Last night I made a new dish, Baked Pesto Chicken. I originally got the recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen but I altered her recipe a little bit.. Here's how I made it..

What you need:
Chicken Breasts ( I used 2)
Classic Pesto spread
Olive Oil
Feta Cheese
Fresh Grated Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat your oven to 375.
While you are waiting for your stove to heat up - Slice up your chicken breasts in strips, so it cooks faster.
Then, spray the pan you are using with olive oil and coat the bottom of the pan with some pesto spread.
Place your chicken strips on top of the pesto and add some salt and pepper to the chicken.
Then cover the chicken with some more pesto.
Cover your dish with aluminum foil and cook for about 25 minutes.
Remove your dish and add some feta cheese on top and place back in the oven uncovered for about 5 minutes.
Turn on your broiler and place your dish on the top rack for about 3 minutes.
Remove from the broiler and add some fresh mozzarella just before you serve.

I served mine over quinoa, and with some broccoli on the side. I am guessing that this dish would be great with some spaghetti sauce on top of it. Maybe I'll try that next time!

Music Mondays

If you're anything like me.. you are always looking for new music. Lucky for you, my mom taught me how to share. Here are some tunes that I am jamming to this week:

Hotel - Three Blind Wolves
Wonder No More - Bronze Radio Return
Pitter-Pat - Erin McCarley
Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear
Back Down South - Kings of Leon
Southern Charm - Quiet Hounds
Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley
A Million Years - Alexander
Old Pine - Ben Howard
Can You Tell - Ra Ra Riot

If you have Spotify, then you can check out this playlist here. If not, get to downloading!

For all my music listening I useMicrosoft's Zune and I am totally obsessed with it. Check it out!


Braided Scarf

Those of you who know me, know I could be called "scarfy" but I learned a new way to wear a scarf after watching this amazing tutorial on how to "Braid a Scarf". She has another video that shows other great ways to wear a scarf...

How to Tie a Scarf. from Kayley Heeringa on Vimeo.

What's For Dinner

I'm not sure how many of you follow me on facebook, but if you do then you definitely have seen my What's For Dinner pictures. I do try to cook as much as possible for Will & I. I find different recipes all over the web, sometimes I adjust them, sometimes I make them as is. To name a few of my favorite food blogs:
Gina's Skinny Recipes
Food Coma
Martha Stewart
A Cozy Kitchen
Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
Hungry Girl


Week in review

This week was pretty boring around the Burke household. We did forget that I bought a Groupon that expires next week for Laughing Skull but there were no shows next week.. so we needed to use it sometime this week.. Well last week I decided that we would go this tuesday.. but once I got home from work on tuesday, completed my *get home routine I began cleaning up (like really cleaning up)
*get home routine -- as soon as I walk in the door I take the dogs out (unless Will beat me to it) check the mail (I love getting mail -- email me for my address) then promptly come back upstairs and change into some sort of sweat pants/nasty shorts/Under Armour clothes/T-shirt not cute get up and try to figure out what I am going to make for dinner or begin what I have already thoroughly planned out for dinner
Once Will got home around 7ish (show started at 8) I had already made dinner, cleaned up several rooms, and was ready to eat. We slowly remembered what we were supposed to do this night.. We decided that yes indeed we would keep our plans and go to the show.. I was able to change into normal-ish looking clothes, threw my hair up on top of my head and walk down to the show (maybe 1/2 a block down the street) We made it with about 10 minutes to spare. I love living in midtown.

The reason I am writing this post.. is because Will and I have started talking about buying a house. I am not done with the city for reasons mentioned above. I LOVE being able to walk right down the street to an awesome comedy show, or to the Fox (which we are going next week to see The Grinch Who Stole Christmas) or have my pick from about 20 awesome restaurants, etc.... I don't think Will shares my love for the city quite as much..
All in all we have no idea where we are planning to move to, our timeframe is about a year -18 months so.. we've got some time. Come see us while you can.. we can walk to a show!


Back on the wagon..

Finally.. we got the blog back up and running. It looks a little different, but this time it is here to stay and I'll see what we can do to keep things interesting.
So.. what have you missed in the lives of Beth & Will.. a lot. But here are a few things..

About a month ago we went to visit a friend in San Antonio. We checked out the Riverwalk, walked all around downtown, we remembered The Alamo. We also took a little trip to Austin to see what all the fuss is about. Will and I agreed that we prefer the laid back vibe of San Antonio to the craziness of Austin. We got to try plenty of Mexican and BBQ and had a great visit.

Next up, GOLD RUSH!! It's a tradition that I go visit with all my old college friends every year up in Dahlonega. Will is learning to love it, but he doesn't have the same love for it that us old alums have.

The following weekend, we took a weekend trip to Bainbridge to visit with the in-laws. We had a great trip except for the dog fight. (I'll save that story for another day) On our way back home I decided that we needed to make a pit stop at Providence Canyon. It was only about 10 minutes out of our way so we figured why not check it out. It was waaaayyy cooler than we had imagined. I had seen pictures of it, but you know how pictures never do anything justice. True again. We were beyond impressed and I wouldn't be surprised if you see another post about how we stop for a picnic at the bottom of the canyon in the coming months..

We have also celebrated several family occasions in the past few weekends. Meg and Graham had an engagement party. Which was decorated VERY cute out at Jessica and Jeremy's house (sadly I didn't take any pictures)

My Grandmother had her 80th birthday party with quite a turn out! She had a great time and I of course enjoyed spending more quality time with my family.

So see.. needless to say we have been busy but still having a blast.

It feels like this year has been flying by. I can't believe it's almost thanksgiving!!
Until next time!
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