Tuesday, August 31, 2010

~Tasty Tuesday~

Okay...so I caught a little "flack" last week for my degree of difficulty and complicated ingredients in my ~Tasty Tuesday~ recipe so this week we are going super easy & super yummy!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Boneless Pork Roast
Salt, Pepper & Garlic to season
1 Bottle of a Spicy BBQ Sauce
1 Can of Jellied Cranberries
Combine all in crock pot and cook for 8-10 hours.  Shred before serving.

Now if you are eating Pulled Pork in the Ferguson household we will be stacking our sandos with provolone cheese, pepperoncinis and some red onion on a hoagie or kaiser roll.  There is no right or wrong way here...it is all yummy and you can make it work for your family or gathering.  And speaking of gatherings...we need to plug football (it is in the title of my blog).  This recipe is perfect for tailgating or for feeding a ton of people around the tv watching the HOGS!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Faith & Family

One of my favorite things about the school year is the return of Women's Bible Study at my church.  It is a sweet time of growing in the Lord with fellow sojourners and gives me a nice break from Mommy duty.
This semester we are diving into The Family God Uses by Tom & Kim Blackaby.  After just one week the Lord is working in my heart and convicting me of things that I need to "tweak" in my home so that we, The Ferguson's, may indeed become a home of influence.
Here are a few quotes from the week that may help your family or at least get your focus back to where it needs to be.
"Passion for Christ and love for God's people can be contagious."  (Page 23)  How are my children learning?  By my example!  God, give me a heart for You that in return will flow into all my words, all my actions...fill my life.  I want my kids to love and follow Christ because they see me and Brett doing it first.
"What impact will my response to God have on my children and their future?"  (Page 33)  I want my "yes" to be on the table!  I desire to always respond to God with eager anticipation of what He is going to accomplish through me and my circumstances!   The Blackaby's say it perfectly in this quote (also from Page 33), "What we do for God is not something we manufacture; it is something God reveals to us when we are ready.  Then we respond to His invitations and watch Him accomplish what He intends to do through us."
There are no perfect families as well as no perfect parents.  But God created family and His desire is that the family is used by Him to show Christ to others and ultimately the world.  This is my prayer for my family.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rolling Down the Bayou to 3 Years Old!

My sweet Aubrielle turned 3 on August 8th.  We celebrated in the Bayou of New Orleans (aka: Aubrie's house) with friends, family & Princess Tiana.  Here are a few pictures from the Royal Celebration!  (She is a princess you know!)

Pucker up Prince Naveen!  There were six Princesses eager to play Plant the Kiss on the Frog!  She may have been cheating...but it was her birthday and I wasn't going to call her on it!

In the years past (all two of them) I have made the girl's cakes but with her theme this year I knew it was FAR out of my league so we let the professionals at the bakery take care of it.  I was thrilled with how it turned out and Aubrie was too!


I know you were all just entertaining the thought that little Miss LilyPie was going to let her sister get all the attention...you were wrong!  Lily hammed it up during cake time and got just as many pictures snapped of her as the Birthday Girl! 

Aubrielle Raye~ You are such a JOY to parent!  You have the most tender heart and have already displayed more empathy in your 3 years than I have in my 30.  Your smile is sweet and your laugh contagious.  I pray that you will continue to grow in the Lord and one day give your life to Him fully!  You are a blessing to our family and it would not be the same without you!

I had to add this picture in here at the end!  It was taken Sunday afternoon just after saying goodbye to Grammy and Papa...she was exhausted from her FUN weekend.  I won't tell you how long she cried before we found her like this but she most definitely needed the nap!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

~Tasty Tuesday~

Welcome to Song of the South!
I have been wanting to blog for some time now but I wanted my blog to be different...something a bit unique.  I love my family and kids but let's face it...I don't do enough interesting things to make an entire blog about them.  So began the quest for something different.  Bferg (my wonderfully supportive husband) suggested that I just think about what I wanted my blog to say/be about and go from there.  I was able to list four distinct yet intertwining things.  My Faith, Family, Football and Food...and after some help from my FB friends the title Song of the South was born.  
I will talk a little faith, share my family, give you my expertise football knowledge ( :D ) and share recipes.  Which leads me to my first post.  I hope to share a new recipe every Tuesday, and call it ~Tasty Tuesday~it may be a new favorite from the season or just one out of the 'ole box but either way I hope you all enjoy!

Prosciutto & Pecorino Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette
2 Cups Fresh Blackberries
1/4 Cup Olive Oil  
2 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1 1/2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Combine  6 whole blackberries and the rest of ingredients into a blender and blend about 30 seconds, until blackberries are pureed.
In a large bowl toss together your favorite greens, remaining blackberries and 2 oz. of prosciutto cut into strips.  Add some shaved Pecorino Cheese and top it with your vinaigrette.

This recipe has become a household favorite!  I love to serve mine with a warm piece of a good hearty bread.  Make it quick before the blackberries are out of season!