number 40

since i've been a horrrrible blogger lately, this will be my super post to make up for it! deal?

last week at work, we had the opportunity to make some really great programs for an upcoming fashion show at a local downtown boutique. the show's profits were to benefit the danville cancer association in honor of breast cancer awareness. thursday, the day of the show, i get a call from my boss explaining to me that one of the models fell ill, and they needed a replacement. i look about her size, you say? to my suprise, all of her scheduled outfits fit me as well, and as a result, i was first down the runway. mind you, i have never been in a fashion show (other than the ones that i put on with my girlfriends), and i vowed never to have my looks on display since i failed miserably in a high school beauty pageant. however, it's for a great cause, why not? a few pictures from my adventure:

why, yes, i am wearing a fox fur poncho. note: i did NOT fall down and make a fool out of myself, and i did make a new friend, lindsay, along the way! it pays to help out!

october is a month that is close to my heart. october is breast cancer awareness month! i joined zeta tau alpha my freshman year in college, and this was one of the prime reasons why: zeta's philanthropy is breast cancer awareness! my girls are still working hard to raise money for the cause, and i couldn't be prouder!

to mark my 1 month anniversary of being a wife, i attempted a seemingly impossible dinner tonight: fried chicken. and guess what? i CAN fry chicken! and so can you:

laura's ranch fried chicken


3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (halved)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 package of ranch dip mix (powder)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup plain yogurt
canola oil (a lot)
paper bag
salt and pepper


in a large pot, heat about 2 inches of canola oil on med-hi heat. you'll know it's ready when you stick a wooden spoon handle to the bottom of the pot and the oil bubbles up around the stick. cut the heat down a little towards medium because i found that this may be a little to hot for the chicken.

combine the yogurt and buttermilk in 1 bowl, and combine the flour and ranch mix in the paper bag. after seasoning your chicken breasts with salt and pepper, toss them around in the buttermilk bowl then throw them in the paper bag. i reccommend doing 2 at a time to prevent overcrowding! roll up the top of your paper bag and shake the chicken around until it is completely covered in the flour. slowly ease the chicken into it's grease bath, and let it cook in the oil for about 8-10 minutes. i took it out and cut it down the middle around 8 to make sure it was cooked all the way through. it looks ready before it really is.

don't cook it too long or the crust won't taste good! look! my first pretty food:

the chickie in the back was in the first batch. he was cooked too long. andrew said it still tasted great, but eh. not so much. my side dishes were mac and cheese and butter beans and corn (southernly known as succotash). i feel like a younger, hotter version of paula deen - with less butter.

i've been badgering andrew for the past week about ideas for halloween costumes. we've grown to love the show true blood, and i suggested a bill/sookie combo. due to the stigma associated with sparkly vampires, my manly husband put the X on that real fast! any suggestions? andrew is supportive of anything that is highly controversial.


Emily said...

miley and billy ray.

Anonymous said...

i think kayne and taylor swift. everytime you talk i interrupt and just be an ass. sounds like fun!

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