Matt - Brittney - Mary Tyler - Cooper - Annie

Thursday, December 31, 2009

really good pasta!

i got this off PW's Tasty Kitchen website. (what a great site by the way if you haven't been there!!!)

It was SO good! Tasted gourmet :) Matt said it was like a dish from Macaroni Grill, fancy!! :) haha.

Bowtie Pasta with Boursin Sauce
  • 8 ounces, weight Bow Tie Pasta
  • 1 bunch(es) Asparagus Spears, Washed And Trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ⅓ cups Sun-dried Tomatoes Packed In Oil, Drained And Sliced
  • ¼ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 ounces, weight Garlic And Fine Herbs Boursin Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Dill (or 3/4 Teaspoon Dried Dill)
  • ¾ teaspoons Lemon Pepper, Or More To Taste
  • ½ cups Chicken Broth
  • ¼ cups White Wine
  • Any Additional Add-ins (chicken Is Great!)

Fill a large saucepan three-fourths full with water. Bring to a boil over high heat and add kosher salt. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until barely tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the asparagus to the pan and cook until tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain the pasta and asparagus.

Set the pan over medium heat and heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and lightly brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Return the pasta and asparagus to the pan,then add chicken broth and white wine. Add in the tomatoes, the Parmesan cheese, Boursin, dill, and the lemon pepper and toss to combine. Season with kosher salt to taste and more lemon pepper if necessary.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

the diamond story and what's going on with me ..

ok. first. story.

christmas eve we went to church with dad and susie then headed over to matt's mom's. we'd only been there for a few minutes when i looked down and saw this...

!!!!!!!! i couldn't even talk. finally i got my words and was like, "MATT!!! MY DIAMOND'S MISSING!!!!!!" we dumped out my purse, searched in the presents, bathroom, out to the car, under the seats, in the trunk, in the street, crawling in the grass in the freezing rain, we looked EVERYWHERE!!! i didn't remember hitting it on anything and i was sure i remembered still having it at church. the weird thing is, when you hear of a diamond falling out, its usually bc a prong comes loose and the diamond slips out, in this case, the entire setting was gone!! anyway.. when we had almost given up hope, we decided to go back to the church and see if it'd falled out when i took off my coat. i was in the front seat, already cranked the car, crying and waiting on matt to get in when he came running up to my window, jumping up and down. when he was walking around the back of the car to get in the passenger side, he just shined his flashlight (one more time) in the road and saw a pebble looking thing out of the corner of his eye, he found it!!!!! PHEW!!!!!! it's insured and everything but i mean, thats the diamond matt proposed with, and we got married with, and i didnt want a different one!!! i am so happy he found it. took it to hale's (the jewelry store) monday and they were very apologetic and happy matt found it, they fixed it. man. im so happy. just thought that story was crazy enough to share!

it's back and shinier than ever :)

OK. on to a quick recap of my heart issues:

1. the doctor found the problem while reviewing the results from the heart monitor i wore for 3 weeks.

2. i have atrial tachycardia. which means... there are 4 chambers in the heart. my atria (upper two chambers) are beating faster than the lower two. this causes the blood to not flow properly to my organs (particularly my brain) and causes the weak, dizzy, light headed, passing out.. etc. (which is what everyone kept trying to blame on low blood pressure)

3. im going to rome, ga (where my doctor is, bc my aunt works for him and he's been the one doing all of the monitoring, etc, hes an electrophysiologist) on JAN. 22nd to have a small procedure/surgery.

4. if you're really interested google EP Test and Cardiac Ablation. if not ... the nut shell is. they go in through my groin with a few tiny catheters (while im AWAKE) up to my heart. then, with drugs, they speed up my heart to try to "recreate" what happens when i have an "episode" . if they find the exact place that is "firing bad signals" they will put me to sleep and do an ablation. which means they use a little electrical signal to kill the spot on my heart thats causing problems.

5. i'll most likely be able to go home that day. my nanny lives nearby and we're going to stay with her for that weekend.

i am so so so thankful that they found SOMETHING, anything! i have been so frustrated just knowing that someone had to be wrong and no one was finding it. if they are successful in the ablation, i shouldn't have anymore problems for a while. if they cant find anything, they will hopefully at least be able to regulate it with medicine. everyone say a quick little prayer for me in january! this isnt a burden, its a blessing!! just a little nervous about being wake for the first part.

got a YUMMY recipe to post tomorrow, check back.

oh, and happy new year!!!! matt is playing a gig at the poinsett club and i am babysitting. whatta a different kind of new years eve for us. it's good money for him, and i didnt want to be sitting there bored and not know anyone while he was playing, or go out without him, and then got asked to babysit, so i am. but then new years day im making pork chops, collard greens, and black eyed peas!!! pictures to come :) happy 2010


this christmas..

sorry so long between blogs. WHAT A CHRISTMAS!!!! we had an awesome one!! We still haven't completed the "Bolt Christmas Tour," as matt was calling it all last week. short recap:

Tuesday night: We went to matt's dad's house to celebrate with his dad, stepmom, half brother and sister, and kelleigh :) awesome gifts we racked up: coach sunglasses, best buy card, some nice polo shirts, MAC and benefit makeup ! we love seeing them

Wednesday night: We went to Clemson to Mimi and Grandy's to celebrate with dad, susie, tyler, uncle sammy, aunt twila, matt & ashley. we had a great meal and then a huge christmas!! awesome gifts we racked up: pea coat, massage chair thingie for matt's office, cuisinart griddler, money.

Thursday night (Christmas Eve): we both did some last minute shopping then went to Christmas Eve service at Brookwood with Dad, Susie, and Tyler. Then we went over to Cindy's (matt's mom) for christmas eve dinner. awesome gifts we racked up: lottery tickets (we ended up winning $90!) michael kors watch, lucky jeans, iPhone (matt got a new one bc his screen was broken), boots, victoria secret giftcard.

Friday Morning: We had a lovely "first" Christmas morning together! It was really our second christmas but last year we lived in Raleigh and we were home traveling all around during Christmas. so it was our first time waking up, in our own house, with our dogs, eating breakfast and opening what we got each other! we had waffles. matt got me some beautiful diamond stud earrings and a bunch of yummy candy! i got him a new computer monitor, a coffee mug warmer, and a lowe's gift card and some stocking stuffers. The spoiled furchildren, Cooper and Annie, got GIANT "candycane" rawhides and some really cool little stuffed animal toys that you put empty water bottles in, so that they can have a new chewtoy all the time. and some beggin strips. they had a great time!

then we headed over to my dad's. opened presents with him and susie, my stepbrothers, and tyler. highlights: best buy card, world market giftcard to get a rug for our bedroom, a beautiful wrought iron scrollwork type piece with a monogrammed "B" to put over our bed (pictures to come). awesome clothes :)

thennnnnn we headed to Bishopville, SC with Cindy to spend time with her family. We had a lot of fun! We watched Christmas Vacation, laughed a lot, drank some wine, ate til we were about ot pop, and opened presents. highlights: "BOLT" picture frame, scarves, money. we drove back home that night and got in about midnight. needless to say, we were exhausted! but im not done yet!!!!!

throughout all of this my poor mom still hadn't seen us all week!!! we just had so much to fit in! so we went over there saturday and spent the whole day with her and trav, tyler and linds. we got a Wii!!! we love it! we played it for a while then all piled in the car and went to best buy to get a new game. we got family feud .. it is amazing, for any of yall that have Wii's!!! then we went to see "It's Complicated" it was really cute!

Phew!!!!! As you can see, having two sets of divorced families can be a lot of traveling and cause extreme exhaustion but we are so lucky and blessed that all of us are healthy and well and able to spend time together! we have so much fun!!! and hey, its like, quadruple the presents :) ... just playin. in all seriousness we love giving so much more than receiving, we could have gotten nothing and been so happy just to spend time with everyone and enjoy the holidays. and we're STILL not done!!!!! We have Christmas with my mom's family in a few weekends! i can't wait to see them all. they live in GA and we don't see them as often as i wish we could.

i have more to write about my heart issues and new years etc... but i will make a different post about that tomorrow :) (or one day soon)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

short post

i just wanted to share some pictures of our house! mom did the wreaths for me, they look so good! and she helped "spruce up" my mantle and mailbox. ill put some daytime pictures up tomorrow! :)