Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Graham Michael Cousar

Our sweet baby boy is here!  Graham was born on Thursday, July 12th at 7:09 pm and weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and was 21 and 1/4 inches long.  Big boy with a head full of blond hair!  Here are some pictures to share from the special day.


Ready for our big day!
Right after the epidural
Already in love!  Holding our baby for the first time.
Family of 3!
Our sweet boy!

Heading home


We are so thankful for Graham and praise God for an easy labor/delivery and a healthy baby boy!  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nursery

The nursery is complete...for now!  I'm sure I will change things up a bit once Graham is here and add some pictures but am happy with how everything came together.  


Crib:  Jenny Lind, Bedding:  Serena & Lily Sprout

Chevron Animal Prints:  ZeppiPrints, Keep Calm Wooden Sign:  WordWhipped, White Frame:  Local Antique Store, Grey Frames:  Purchased from Hobby Lobby and Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen

Glider/Rocker:  Best Trinity Chair, Chevron Ottoman:  aletafae, Drapes:  White linen fabric purchased from fabric.com, Greek Key Border Fabric purchased from Premier Fabric, Made by a local lady in Southaven

Twin Bed: Grandparent's basement (got to love free!) painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen with Soft Wax, Wooden Cross:  Hobby Lobby, Euro Sham Cover:  TeaOliveLiving, Lumbar Throw Pillow:  SweetDreamsBedding

Bedside Table:  Garden Ridge, Bowl:  Anthropologie, Lamp:  TJ Maxx with shade from the Lamp Shade House in Memphis, Wooden Frame:  Gift

Changing Table/Dresser:  Young America Ma Marie Single Dresser  Rug:  Dash and Albert, Mirror:  Marshall's, Changing Pad Cover: SweetDreamsBedding, Lamp:  TJ Maxx with Burlap Shade from Lamp Shade House

Now we are just waiting on Graham's arrival in about 7 weeks!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Peach Cobbler

I am WAY behind on the blog but I have a lot of things to catch up on.  First up is this YUM-O Peach Cobbler recipe from Southern Living I made last night.  Not sure if I have ever made a peach cobbler before but this recipe is super easy and delicious and I will definitely be making it again, soon.  I cut the sugar down by 1/2 cup because my peaches were very sweet.  Also I suggest serving with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream!



Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk
4 cups fresh peach slices
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

Preparation
Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Melt butter in a 13x9 inch baking dish

Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Pour batter over butter (do not stir).

Bring remaining 1 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup) peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir).  Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown.  Serve cobbler warm or cool.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Trend: Color Blocking

Color blocking made a come back last Spring/Summer but it's even more prominent in stores now. Below are some great way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe.


Colored jeans are everywhere and there are very affordable options at Old Navy and Target.  


Shorts with a bright top and blazer


Lots of adorable Spring Dresses


Ark & Co Colorblock Dress, Anthropologie Striated Maxi, Forever 21 Swing Dress, BCBG Maxi Dress, Loft Colorblock Shift, BCBG Louella Dress, Dillard's GB Colorblock Dress

Adding a pop of color with accessories

Anthropologie Ramparts Bib Necklace, DSW Red by Marc Ecko Handbag, Bloomingdale's Piraya Sandals, Tory Burch Amanda Handbag, Kate Spade Stella Lipstick Heels, Anthropologie Willemstad Necklace, Sam Edelman Flats

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nursery Progress Part II

I have had fun picking out things for little Graham's nursery.  After finding out we were having a boy, I decided to still stick with the mostly neutral theme but also add in a few boyish colors.  The colors I decided to go with are green and navy and I love how it is looking so far!



The paint color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. I ordered a Jenny Lind crib in white from Baby Time in Memphis.  The crib bedding I decided to go with is Serena and Lily Nursery Basics in Sprout.  


I picked up the middle frame from a local antique store, covered foam board in burlap and ordered the wooden letter online.  The two animal prints were purchased from the Etsy store ZeppiPrints.  I purchased the wooden frames and mats from Hobby Lobby and framed them myself. 

Close up of the bedding:


I have everything ordered so it should be ready around the first of May so I can relax until baby Graham makes his debut mid-July! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Shoes

Here are some that I am loving right now.

1.  Steve Madden Bethanyy Sandals - - Dillard's
2.  Mixed Media Heels - - Anthropologie
3.  Vince Camuto Kastern Sandals - - Dillard's
4.  Matisse Ipanema - - Piperlime
5.  Michael Kors Vail - - Piperlime

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

19 1/2 weeks

I have had several people request a "bump" picture so here I am in sunny FL at 19 and 1/2 weeks:



Not much to see yet but I'm sure there will be more of a "bump" in the weeks to come.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's A.....

BOY!!! We are so excited and very thankful that we had a healthy and VERY active sweet little boy at my doctor's appointment.  It's amazing how much you can see when they are only 10 ounces.  We got to see his sweet little hands and a great view of his feet.  So precious.  


Jason and I had already discussed names prior to the ultrasound but wanted to wait until we found out the gender to decide.  Baby boy Cousar will be named Graham Michael.  Graham is my MIL's maiden name and Michael was the name of Jason's sweet older brother who passed away shortly after he was born.  Hubby is the only "Cousar"  boy on that side of the family.  His dad comes from a family of 6 brothers/sisters but they all had girls except for my FIL!!  We have already heard from several family members that they are happy that the "Cousar"  name will be carried on.  Ha.  :)


Now we get to guess who Graham will look like!!!  

Will he look like a little Jason....


Or a little Holly....


Anybody else guess that he will have blond hair, blue eyes and be very fair complected?  Poor thing.  Maybe there is a dark complected gene somewhere that will be passed on but it isn't looking good.  I'm sure we will be purchasing lots of SPF 100!  We can't wait to meet our precious little boy and pray that we raise Graham in a way that is pleasing to God.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Creamy Lemon and Chive Farfalle

I made this pasta for our Valentine's Dinner this week and it was YUM-O and super easy to throw together.  We had a side salad and french bread to go along with this and it was delicious.  I haven't been eating a lot of meat lately so this was perfect the way it was but you could easily throw on some grilled shrimp, chicken or steak. I cut the below recipe in half and it was plenty for just the two of us.  

Ingredients:
1 pound of dried Farfalle pasta
2 small or 1 medium Shallot, diced small
1-2 Tablespoons of EVOO
2 teaspoons All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup of Dry White Wine (I used Riesling but any kind you like will work)
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 cup Fresh Chives, chopped
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground Black Pepper or more to taste
1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese


Preparation:
Prepare the pasta according to directions on box, reserving a cup of the pasta water.  Meanwhile, saute the chopped shallots in the EVOO over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.  Once the shallots have softened, sprinkle with two teaspoons of flour and cook for one minute.  Stir in white wine until flour is dissolved and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to medium-low and add heavy cream, chives, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Grate a teaspoon of lemon zest and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese over the pasta and toss with the sauce.  Thin out if needed with a little of the reserved pasta water, then divide among plates and garnish with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.  Serves 4 entree portions.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Funny


Now if I could find the same thing for Uggs?? I know, I know.  People (including friends) love Uggs but I have always though they, along with Crocs, are hideous.  :)  Just a personal opinion so I hope I don't lose any readers over this.


Happy Weekend!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Meet Bosco

Our adorable furry four legged super spoiled child.  


Favorite activities include:  sleeping, eating, going on walks, treats, sleeping, lounging in the sun, playing fetch or chase, sleeping, begging for treats, getting lots of attention, swimming in the summer, playing with Logan, and sleeping.


Here are a couple photos to document the above.


Sleeping


Playing with Logan


Lounging in the sun

Begging for treats 

Last week I had to take Bosco to the vet for his yearly checkup.  Poor thing was shaking to death as soon as we walked in.  Made me sad!  Everything looked great except....little Bosco has put on a couple lbs in the past year.  Maybe too many treats?  Too much table food? (yes we are bad parents), Being too lazy? We (mostly hubby) take Bosco on several short walks throughout the day but since the vet recommended increasing his exercise....I am making an effort to take him on longer walks.  Day one of "Bosco get your skinny on" began last week with a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood.  He LOVES to go on walks and was super exited the whole time because he even got to see his girlfriend, Sadie!  When we got back, however, he barely made it in the door to his water bowl before he collapsed on the floor: 


Poor thing!  He didn't see that one coming but has since built up a little stamina because after multiple walks last week and today's walk, he made it all the way inside to his favorite resting spot:  the leather chair.  Big accomplishment for little Bosco!

Nursery Progress

Making progress in the nursery!  Last week I ordered the furniture from a local store in Memphis called Baby Time.  They have a lot of different brands to choose from which makes it easy to see everything in person in one store.  I highly recommend Baby Time!  Below is what I have picked out so far.  Still have a long way to go but I am happy to get a couple things crossed off the list.




















Paint Color:  Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray
Glider:  Best Chair Trinity Glider- -I ordered this in a gray color called Pumice and will have white piping
Dresser:  Ma Marie Single Dresser in Antique White (not creme like pictured) - - this will be used as the changing table
Crib:  Jenny Lind crib in white


I can't wait to find out what we are having in just 2 weeks so I can decide on bedding as well as other nursery accessories.  My feeling is still a Boy! :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hello Yellow

Who else is loving the 65+ degree weather we are having in Memphis right now?  Even though we have not had much of a Winter yet, which is perfectly fine by me, the warmer weather this week is making me want Spring to hurry up and get here.  I love all the pretty Spring colors that are popping into retail stores.  My favorite would have to be yellow. 




















1.  Loft- - Seed Dot Print Blouse
2.  Nordstrom- - Caslon Lace Stripe Tank
3.  JC Penny - - Ceylon Yellow Blouse
4.  Kate Spade - - Shimmer Triple Chain Necklace
5.  The Limited - - Pocket Pleated Skirt
6.  Anthropologie- - Pressed Lutea Skirt
7.  Anthropologie- - Mala Wingtop Heels

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nursery Design

So much to do when bringing a little baby into the world!  We have been cleaning out our downstairs guest bedroom, selling furniture, and getting ready to start on the nursery!  Yay!  I have turned to...where else??...Pinterest for inspiration.  As far as "theme,"  I am not really using one.  I want the nursery to blend in with the rest of our house so am looking for furniture and bedding that doesn't scream...This is a baby's room!!  Of course, it will look like a nursery but I want to invest in furniture that we can use for a long time and I want the colors to be more gender neutral for the most part even though we are finding out the gender in just 4 weeks!!!  Can't wait. I think it's a boy but hubby is thinking a girl so we shall see.  Below are a couple pictures I have saved for inspiration.  








Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"Man-cipes"

I am very excited to announce that I have my very first guest blogger!  Yay!  I am going to let the hubby take it over from here....


Wow!  I am so honored that my fabulous wife allowed me to be her 1st guest blogger!  Holly has done a great job constantly working on her blog and updating it.  I'm a little nervous.  


Despite the nerves, my publicist and I talked it over and decided to move forward with my guest appearance on "Running in Stilettos."


What should my 1st blog be about...of course, FOOD! The gateway to every man's heart!!!  I decided to keep it simple and add my 2 of my favorite items- or as I like to call them "man-cipes!"


Enjoy!


Appetizer- Hot Sausage Rotel Dip



















Ingredients
2 cans Hot Rotel Tomatoes
1 lb of Hot Sausage
2 packages of Cream Cheese
1 Bag of Tortilla Chips


Directions
Cook sausage until brown.  Drain.  Mix sausage, rotel tomatoes, and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted.


Main Course- Bratwurst
























Ingredients
1 package Bratwurst Sausage
1 bottle Italian Dressing
1 Onion - Sliced
Hoagie Buns


Directions
Place brats in tin foil.  Add Italian Dressing and Onion.  Cook over medium heat on grill until thoroughly cooked.  Serve on a hoagie bun.  Garnish with Hellman's Mayonnaise, French's Yellow Mustard & your favorite cheese!


PS:  I would encourage eating both of these at the same meal, however, you may want to consider back to back nights instead!!!

Jason

Monday, January 2, 2012

Menu Monday

Happy New Year!  What do you look forward to most about the beginning of a new year?  With the Holidays behind us, I am looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule which also includes cooking.  I have saved several new recipes over the past couple weeks that I can't wait to try.





















Smoky Corn and Black Bean Pizza
1 plum tomato, diced
1 cup caned black beans, rinsed
1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 pound prepared whole-wheat pizza dough
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella


PREPARATION
1. Preheat grill to medium.
2. Combine tomato, beans and corn in a medium bowl.  Sprinkle cornmeal onto a large baking sheet.  Stretch the dough into about a 12-inch circle and lay it on top of the cornmeal, coating the entire underside of the dough.
3. Transfer the crust from the baking sheet to the grill.  Close the lid and cook until the crust is puffed and lighting browned on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Using a large spatula, flip the crust.  Spread barbecue sauce on it and quickly sprinkle with the tomato mixture and cheese.  Close the lid:  grill until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the crust is browned, 4 to 5 minutes.


Buffalo Chicken Tacos
1 pound chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, cut into 1 inch pieces
2/3 cup flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce (Frank's Buffalo Wing), plus extra for garnishment
1 Tablespoon olive oil
10 6-inch yellow corn tortillas
Toppings:
Shredded lettuce
Diced onions and cilantro
Avocado slices
Ranch dressing
Green onions


PREPARATION:
1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
2. In a large bowl, combine cornstarch, flour, cayenne, and garlic powder.  Season the chicken with pepper then dredge in the flour mixture.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the Dutch oven and once hot, add chicken and cook on both sides.  Once the chicken is done, set it aside and toss with 1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce.


Assemble to tacos.  Yield:  5 servings, 2 tacos each.


Smoked Salmon BLT
4 slices thick cut bacon
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill leaves
8 (1/2 inch thick) slices multi grain bread
6 ounces smoked salmon
1 cup arugula, divided
2 to 3 large tomatoes, sliced


PREPARATION
1. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, cook the bacon until crispy.  Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
2. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh dill.  Spread the lemon may over 1 side of each slice of bread.  Arrange the smoked salmon on 4 slices of the bread.  Break the bacon in half and put on top of the smoked salmon.  Top the bacon with 1/2 cup of arugula and arrange 2 to 3 tomato slices on top.  Cover with remaining slices of bread.


Pioneer Woman's Ginger Steak Salad
Marinade Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Sherry
2 gloves Garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
1 whole Rib-eye, Strip or Sirloin Steak
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil


Salad Dressing:
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons White Sugar
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
2 cloves Garlic, finely diced
1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, Minced
1/2 whole Jalapeno, seeded and diced


Salad Ingredients:
2 whole green onions
8 ounces salad greens


PREPARATION:
1. Combine steak marinade ingredients in a ziploc bag.  Mix and place steak into bag and marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
2. Combine salad dressing ingredients and slice green onions
3. When steak is finished marinating, add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a hot skillet.  Cook steak about 1 1/2 minutes per side or until medium rare.  Remove from skillet and keep on a plate allowing to cool slightly.
4. Toss salad greens in 3/4 of the salad dressing.  Place steak on cutting board and slice thinly, then pour juices from the plate over the top.  Mound tossed salad on a platter, then place sliced steak on top of salad.  Pour remaining salad dressing over the top.  Sprinkle with green onions and add cherry tomatoes.


Apple Dumplings
2 sticks butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tubes crescent rolls
2 granny smith apples
12 ounces of Mountain Dew
Cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream


PREPARATION:
1. Peel and slice the apples.  Wrap each slice in a crescent dough triangle and place in greased pan.  
2. In a bowl, melt the butter and stir in sugar and vanilla.  Pour over top of the wrapped apples or spread on top with a spoon.
3. Pour the Mounting Dew all around and sprinkle with cinnamon.  
4. Place in 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream.