I Need to Be Reminded….

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some days I just need to take a step back & be reminded of these things.  I'm not of this world, I'm a child of God.  It's my prayer that I can become a woman of God.  And I'm so thankful that His grace is there for me when I tend to act more like a woman of the world. 

meditationsofhislove.blogspot.com via Pinterest

Child Free Weekend

Monday, October 28, 2013

The hubs & I were able to have a kid free weekend.  My parents are the best about wanting to take the kids just because.  So on Thursday morning we packed them all up & headed to meet my mom.  They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE going to NeeNee & Pop's house.  And why wouldn't they---play outside all day, eat a ton of sugar, & they rule the roost!

With our weekend freedom the Mr & I were able to kick back & relax.  I was able to clean out some closets, get my hair cut & got a much needed mani/pedi.  We attended the silent auction at Emma's school & snagged some great gifts for Christmas.  We slept in, had breakfast, went out for lunch (& had drinks), watched football, hung out with friends, and dreamed, planned of where we want to be in the next few years.  It was a much needed time with one another. It was a great weekend.

I'm rejuvenated & ready to get my hands on these precious babies today!!

Don't they look like they are having a blast in their costumes? haha!

I hope y'all all have a fantastic week!  

Favorite Things Friday

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's time for Favorite Things Friday & since I'm hosting an online Matilda Jane show next Friday, I thought I'd share with yall some of my favorites from MJ.

For the girls:

Are these not the cutest pjs ever?
 The details....

 Love this little cardigan. 

 And these denim pants. 

 Just precious yall! 


And for the ladies:

Love this entire outfit.  Would be great with boots & a fitted jacket for the fall/winter! 

And a cute everyday blouse! 

I can't wait to see all the yummy goodness this final release on November 1st has. Head on over to www.matildajaneclothing.com & start making your wish list.  And if you want an invite to shop my online show send me your email address so I can include you!

Let It Sink In.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Read it.  Let it sink in. Remember it.  Rest in Him. Repeat.


Save the Date

Monday, October 21, 2013

Moms, have yall seen the adorable Matilda Jane Clothing line?  I was recently introduced to it a few months ago & I'm in love!!!  I was a little apprehensive to pay so much money for E's clothing, but I found this adorable quilt on Pinterest made of MJ clothes.  Isn't it fantastic?  

via:For The Love Quilts

So I bought a few pieces thinking that E will get a few wears out of them & then I can make a quilt for her.  I got our first order & I was amazed at the fabric, the quality & the fit.  These pieces will easily grow with Emma & she loves them! 

All this being said, MJ is having their final release of their Paint by Numbers collection on November 1st, right in time for the holidays.  I'm hosting an online show & would love for you to find the perfect piece for your little princess, tween or even yourself.  Yes, they have adult pieces!!! So put the date on your calendar!  I'll be taking orders November 1-2, so you can get your hands on these fabulous pieces! 

If you'd like me to email you with all the details then leave a comment with your email address.  Head on over to www.matildajaneclothing.com to start your wish list.  I promise there is something for your girl! 

Easy Breakfast Casserole

Friday, October 18, 2013

Are yall ready for the easiest & delicious breakfast casserole recipe?  My cousins, Laura, over at Kitty & June shared this recipe with me over a year ago.  It's awesomely easy & you can change it for your taste & crowd.

Can of crescent rolls
6-8 eggs
Sausage/bacon/ham (whatever you'd like)
Shredded cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray
Spread out crescent rolls on the bottom of the pan.  Pinch together seems to make it one piece of dough.
Brown sausage or cook bacon.  
Spread sausage on top of the dough. 
Whisk together 6-8 eggs with a little milk.  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder.  
Pour egg mixture over sausage.
Cover with shredded cheese. 
Bake at 350 for roughly 30 minutes until bubbly.

This recipe is great because you can cook whatever meat you'd like ahead of time.  I always cook my meat the night before.  You can also change it up & add any veggies, salsa, and different meats to it.  I personally like mine with green chiles & salsa.  YUM-O!

Yall enjoy!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I dream of life in the country.
I dream of open fields, watching my kids running & playing from sun up to sun down.
I dream of a small community of friends.
I dream of a garden in my backyard.
I dream of neighbors that are a acres away.
I dream of country roads.
I dream of watching the sun come up & go down in a rocking chair on our front porch with my man.  My heart longs for these things, and I wonder if they will ever come to be.

Source: www.somewildthing.tumblr.com

My husband's business is based here in Houston.  I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I love his job because it has allowed me to stay home with our sweet kids, it pays the bills. It's provided a wonderful home for us.  Since it's a family run business, it's nice that he is essentially his own boss...it definitely has it's perks.  I hate his job because it's based in Houston.  It will never leave Houston & we will never leave Houston while our kids are young.

I don't want to seem ungrateful because I'm very grateful.  God has been so good to us. He brought me to Houston 7 years ago & this is the city where I found my husband. I know He has a plan. His plan is far greater than I could ever imagine, but sometimes I wonder, why does God put these certain desires in our hearts? And is it a God thing or is a selfish me thing?

Today I choose to be thankful--thankful for the smell of fresh cut wood (even if it's from the house that's being built behind us).  I'm thankful that Target is only 5 minutes away.  I'm thankful for family that is close by & some only a phone call away. I'm thankful for the land that we have that we can escape to on the weekends.  I'm thankful for the sweetest neighbors who have become very special friends. I'm thankful that my husband works so hard, so I can stay home with my sweet babies.

I Got a Facelift!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Welcome to the new & revamped This Country Fried Life.  A huge thanks to Kerri at Big K, little k Designs for her fabulous design.  I am in LOVE with it! 

If you are a new reader, welcome to my little corner!  If you are a returning reader & friend, thanks for being so faithful & patient with me.  I'm so thankful that you stop by & visit.  

With the relaunch of my blog, I figured that now is a good time to introduce myself...again.

I'm Ashley.
From small town, Texas. 
Houston is home.
Aggie, Class of '06
Wife of Matt
Dated my hubs for 2 months
Married for 4 years
Mom of Emma & Brady 
Teacher for 5 years

My little Aggies
sweet tea
the sound of pattering feet down my hall
a good book
lake days
open spaces
a good bloody mary
a cold beer
my momma's cookin'

I believe family is one of the most important things. 
I believe in friends that become family.
I believe that motherhood is the hardest most rewarding job on the earth.
I believe in the power of prayer.

I believe a good mani/pedi can turn your day around.
I believe a mother's love is like no other.
I believe in Johnny Cash, George Strait, & Aaron Watson can make your day better.

I believe that the Good Lord has blessed me far more than I deserve & for that I'm so thankful.

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