WHOO HOO 100 followers giveaway

In celebration of reaching 100 followers I am giving away my FAMOUS Pink Tuxedo Bracelet!! 

 
I have to give credit to my wonderful husband!  He found this awesome black metal chain that I used to make this bracelet.  After he gave me the chain I looked and found this set of beads named Pink Tuxedo.  How cute is that?!

This bracelet is approximately 7 inches long.  I have added 4mm bicone beads in colors of black, platinum gray, silvery gray and a very light pink.  It is held together by a black metal oval toggle clasp.

This radiant bracelet is both casual and formal.  Charming and classy.  Looks wonderful in business causal attire, jeans and a rock band t-shirt and a sexy little black dress.

I am running a 20% OFF ANYTHING IN THE SHOP SALE until 9/30/2010. Use the code aliefollower in your purchase notes. Refund will be given through PayPal.

Giveaway ends at midnight ARIZONA MOUNTAIN TIME on 9/2/2010. I will chose the winner of this giveaway via Random.org on 9/3/2010
If you would like a chance to win the Pink Tuxedo Bracelet, here is all you have to do……
You must be or become a follower through Google Friend Connect and leave me a comment.

For additional entries…….
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Make a purchase at The AliLilly Etsy Shop Leave me a comment telling me what you purchased and you will receive 5 extra entries!!! I will place the extra entries after your
purchase comment in numerical order. 
Remember to use the aliefollower code to receive 20% off your purchase!! *refunds given through PayPal.

GOOD LUCK!!! :)

Delicious Chicken Fried Steak with Homemade Gravy




This is my take on Alton Brown’s Chicken Fried Steak recipe. I made this for David on Father’s Day. He told me it was the BEST chicken fried steak he had ever had. I have made many different variations of chicken fried steak.  I agree with David, this is the best one I have ever made.

 You will need :

  •     about 2 pound beef steak cubed
  •     2 teaspoons salt
  •     1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •     1 teaspoon paprika
  •     1 teaspoon garlic powder
  •     1 cup all-purpose flour
  •     3 whole eggs, beaten
  •     about 1/4 cup vegetable oil or enough to cover the bottom of your skillet
  •     2 cups chicken broth
  •     1/2 cup whole milk
  •     1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves



Now, preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Get yourself 2 pie dishes or large platters and a large bowl for the egg batter to dip steaks into.  Make sure it is big enough that steaks will fit into the bowl.  Get out a small mixing bowl and mix flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.  Lightly season the cube steaks on both sides with salt and pepper.  Growing up, we always called this tractor meat, because it looks like it was run over by a tractor.  Now, place a few spoons full of the flour into a pie pan.  Beat your eggs in the other pie pan.  Dredge the meat on both sides in the flour.  Then dip your steaks into the eggs and then back into the flour again.  Add spoonfuls of the flour mixture as you need it.  Do this with all the pieces of meat.  Place the meat onto a plate and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking.

 Place enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of your skillet.  When the oil begins to shimmer, add the meat, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.  Cook each piece on both sides until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.  Take out your steaks and place on a wire rack.  I place them directly onto the rack in my oven with a cookie sheet on the bottom rack to catch the drippings.

Do this next step only if you need to.  I have found that sometimes I need to add some oil and sometimes I have too much oil.  You want what looks to be about 4 tablespoons of oil left in the pan after frying.  If you need to add the remaining vegetable oil to the pan.  Begin to whisk in 3 tablespoons of your left over flour.  Then add the chicken broth and deglaze the pan.  Deglaze means to mix in all those great little crispy bits of flour and meat juices left behind from frying.  Whisk until the gravy comes to a boil and begins to thicken.  Add the milk and thyme and whisk until the gravy coats the back of a spoon, approximately 5 to 10 minutes.  Serve gravy over steaks.  Gravy is also fantastic on top of mashed potatoes.  I have a GREAT homemade mashed potato recipe.  I may have to share that one with y’all someday soon.  Now, I scrape up and save every last drop of this gravy.  It is great on biscuits or toast.  Great with sausage or bacon mixed in.  I hope you enjoy this recipe. 

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I have mentioned before that I want to do a giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers. I have decided to giveaway my FAMOUS Pink Tuxedo Bracelet!! I am also having a 20% off anything in the shop sale for my followers. The AliLilly Etsy Shop Use the code aliefollower when you purchase. All refunds are given through PayPal.







My Alice Marie

 

Isn’t it sweet how this is shaped like a heart. Alie is my heart!!

I laid in bed last night, looking at my sweet daughter and I decided today that I want to share a little bit of my Alie with y’all. 
Some of you know what a struggle it was to conceive her.  This month, will make seven years ago that I went “under the knife” for the first time in my life.  After a few attempts at getting pregnant and failing, we decided to see a doctor.  What the doctor found was a five pound benign fibrous tumor on my uterus.  That doctor wanted to take out everything. I was devastated  After we left that appointment, I couldn’t stop shaking.  I hadn’t even cried yet and felt like I was going to imploded.  David says “let’s just get a second opinion” 
I went to see a team of doctors, the best gyno team in Houston.  The lead Dr told me “Don’t worry. We will take this out and you will have a baby”  At one point during the description of what the procedure would entail, he said he would pop the tumor out like a coconut and proceeded to make a popping noise with his mouth. It’s funny how much it helped me feel better to hear that lil bit of comedy   I still think of it all the time.  Working together, in a 4 hour surgery, they removed the 5.1 pound tumor (which has been lovingly named “the ham” by my husband), while leaving my uterus intact.  I had a lot of scar tissue and was told that it would be difficult to get pregnant, but definitely something we could achieve.  The doctors helped me along the way with procedures, shots, and medications.  
Over. Five. Years. Of shot, procedures, and medications.  It was NOT easy!  I went through so many emotions.  The worst was the angry jealousy.  Jealous over all the other moms.  Angry over the moms that you heard about of the late night news that had no business being a mom.  I had a lot of talks with God. Some good talks and some probably sounded a lot like a spoiled selfish teenager that wasn’t allowed to stay out after 11pm.  Lots of “WHY”s!  There were many times that I wanted to quit. Many times that I couldn’t take any more poking, prodding, injections, or the horrid side affects of the fertility drugs. 
It wasn’t until my sister Nori bought me a combination of Chinese fertility herbs in a pill called Ovulex, that I got pregnant.  Two months into taking the herbs and after 5 years of trying everything just shy of IVF, I was pregnant.  One week later, I miscarried.  We were devastated.  I continued taking Ovulex not just to achieve pregnancy, but they also helped calm my painful periods and made me feel better.  It really is all about hormonal balance!!  Two months later,  I was pregnant again. 
This time I went on bed rest immediately!  One doctor of the team, became my doctor throughout this pregnancy.  She took wonderful care of Alice and I, calling her my ” precious cargo”.  Thirty seven weeks later, that doctor performed a successful c-section and delivering our sweet Alice Marie into the world.  She was a little early because the harden scar tissue on my uterus began to tear.  That feels just as terrible as it sounds!!  Alice was ready though, perfectly healthy and scoring a 9/9!!  She did get jaundice in the hospital and they tried to snatch her away from us.  After some tears and a lot of begging, they brought in the whole contraption with the UV lights into our hospital room.  The nurses told me it was the first time they had done that.  Alice was treated next to my bed and NOT in the nursery.  After so many years of trying, nearly giving up and excepting that I would never have a child of my own, I could not stand to have her away from me for even a moment.
Over these two amazing years of motherhood, I have discovered that I was created by God to be a mom.  It just feels like a natural part of my being.  I feel complete now.  There is nothing missing.  Alice is my heart, my soul and my every breath.  She is smart and fun.  She is sweet and loving.  She loves giving hugs and kisses. She is girly and precious.  She loves pink, butterfly’s, ladybugs, ballerinas and anything that has to do with a “pin-says (princess)”.  When she does something wrong, uhhh, if you could hear the way she says “I sah-weee” OH!  It just melts my heart.  Every moment, I am thankful to God for my sweet Alice Marie.  I am thankful to my amazing husband, because he works so hard so that I can stay home and raise our daughter.  There are countless cherished moments everyday with Alice.  If David didn’t work as hard as he does, I would miss out on them.

There are so many things I could share with y’all about my sweet daughter and this incredibly wonderful life I live.  I thought I would share my favorite pictures of Alice.  There are more pictures in my About Me, too.  Thanks for following me.  Thank you for your sweet comments and encouragement.  I love all my new blog friends as much as I love making more. 

The new parents. This is in the recovery room after the doctor delivered Alice.


Alice Marie just minutes after she was born.

Sweet Alie Marie 6/4/2008

Alie and her daddy

Alie and her mama


Alice in her going home outfit


The day we brought Alie home

Alie meeting her big sister Marli (my sweet step-daughter)


My silly Alice


What a cutie huh?

I’m all clean

My lil ladybug

 

Alie’s 1st Christmas


Happy trick-or-treaters! My dad, Alie, Me, David and Angie










Alie’s silly face
Happy Alice

The BBQ trek!!

Proud Daddy with his girls

Happy Alie Marie


Alie’s 1st Birthday

Alie in her Halloween PJ’s


Alie in the Halloween Tutu I made her

Alie’s 2nd Christmas

Cute Alie Antlers
The most beautiful girl in the world
Alie riding in her carseat


New Years day at the park



Alie Road


Silly Photo Booth Pic
Unpacking our apt and this is what Alie put on!!


Easter Egg Hunting
Alie with her cousins Angie and April in Houston

Alie with Grandpa and Grandma (my side) Daddy in the background

YUM!

Alie in her Texans gear at the AZ vs. TX game in AZ. We may live in AZ but we are still TEXANS!!
My sweety Alie Marie!!


Ami in Bloggyland

I have discovered the TRUE meaning of “blogging” and I love it!!  Unfortunately, I have gotten side-tracked by it.  It is much fun to see what everyone is doing.  I love making new blog friends and being inspired by all the awesome crafts everyone has.  Some of the stuff I have seen, I would of NEVER thought of.  Like Courtney with Between U and Me
I had to tell Courtney she has inspired me and I am ALREADY planning Alie’s 3rd birthday party!!
Kara with Craftastical made this Quilled Monogram Letter, OUT OF SCRAP PAPER! 
Teresa with Nestled In Rosenberg , made this framed piece of art from a DOLLAR STORE GIFT BAG.  Teresa is my hubby’s sister and I kept telling him “from a DOLLAR STORE GIFT BAG!!!” over and over again! 


My other sweet and wonderful sister-in-law Emily with DecorChick! ,added rhinestones to these DOLLAR STORE hurricane glasses.  How cute are these?!!

Stacy with Just Sew Sassy ,re-fashioned this $3 dress from WalMart.  The moment I FINALLY get my own sewing machine, this will be my first sewing project!!

There is SO MUCH greatness out there, I think I am going to HAVE to do a weekly “look at what I found” blog and feature some of y’all.  No really!!   I want to dedicate a day specifically to the wonderful things I find out in “Bloggyland!” I am not sure what day exactly, but I have made a Featured by AliLilly button just for this purpose.

Now, as for my projects, these are a few of the new jewelry pieces I have, FINALLY completed.

The earrings below I could not quite decide on the bottom piece.  So I thought to do all three and let the buyer choose which base they liked best. 

I have a cute story to share with you, as well.  I was practicing making crepe paper flowers from a tutorial I found here at Alison’s blog Oopsey Daisy



I had made a few, but needed to start dinner.  I had to put them somewhere out of the reach of Princess Alie’s little grabby hands.  I placed them in an empty cloche I had.  They look so cute in there don’t they!?



As sweet as that looks, this is what I have decided to place in my VERY FIRST CLOCHE!!


As soon as I decide on a specific day to showcase y’alls wonderful projects and recipes, I will let everyone know.  I am also thinking of doing a giveaway from my AliLilly Etsy Shop, as soon as I reach 100 followers!!  What do y’all think??!

Kara, Courtney, Teresa, Emily, Stacy and Alison if you’d like you can grab my feature button!! Y’all are my very first features!!! :)

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