Friday, May 31, 2013

Monogram Swap

I am posting this for Kelly's Korner blog Monogram Swap.

I have several items with the initials eRe. Bags, jewelry, household, etc... I also have some teen/adult Emily items. If you are looking for this monogram let me know. I got married last year and this is no longer my monogram.

email me at erobards at gmail dot com

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Our Special Day 5.12.12

It's been almost 6 months since we got married! Here is a blog with all the details of our special day.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Website is up!

We're getting married!
May 12, 2012

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


A few weeks ago I wrote about new social media/tech sites I learned about in a technology class at work. I decided to check out Insta.gram recently and wanted to share this unique iPhone app.

This is how it was described in my class:
Insta.gram: My newest addiction! It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Only avail for iPhone at moment. 

This is what it looks like:

You take a photo and then put it through any of the available filters and post online. You can see photos from people you "follow" and comment or "like" them.

If you are already on Insta.gram or decide to sign up please follow me @erobards

Great devotional

Misty, a girl in my new small group, recently sent me this short devotional. I really enjoyed it and thought I'd pass it along.

“I have called you friends.” John 15:15 NKJV
Become God's friend
Another step in developing your friendship with God is: Choosing to be honest with Him! God doesn’t expect you to be perfect, but He does expect you to be honest. If perfection was a requirement not one of us would qualify. In the Bible God’s friends were honest about their feelings, sometimes even complaining and arguing with Him, yet He didn’t seem to mind. In fact, He encouraged it. God listened patiently to David’s accusations of unfairness, betrayal and abandonment. He didn’t zap Jeremiah for claiming God had tricked him. Job was allowed to vent his bitterness and God actually defended him for being honest. On the other hand, He rebuked Job’s friends for faking it: “You haven’t been honest either with me or about me - not the way my friend Job has…My friend Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer” (Job 42:7 TM). To be God’s friend you must share your true feelings with Him, not what you think you ought to feel or say. Until you understand that God uses everything for good in our lives, you’ll harbor resentment towards Him over your looks, your nationality, your economic background, your unanswered prayers, your past hurts, and the things you’d change if you were God. Actually, revealing your feelings and releasing your resentments to Him are the first steps to becoming spiritually whole. Isn’t it encouraging to know that God’s closest friends felt just like we do, but instead of masking their feelings in pious clichés they voiced them openly. Why? Because expressing them leads to healing and a deeper level of intimacy with Him.

Skeet shooting

A few months ago Jay and I bought a Living Social deal for a round of skeet shooting. It was a good deal and we both thought it would be a fun weekend activity. The deal was for a gun rental and a round at Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds. I admit part of my fascination with the idea of going skeet shooting was to wear a preppy shooting outfit. I envisioned something like this.
But when Jay came to pick me up he told me I should dress much more casual. He was wearing a long sleeve t-shirt and jeans. So despite my desire to dress the part I agreed and went casual.

When we arrived and I was handed a box of ammunition and a gun without any instruction I started to get nervous. I had held a gun before and even shot one a long time ago but I definitely needed a refresher course. We spoke with one of the shooting grounds' veteran shooters and he gave me a quick tutorial on my gun, where to stand and how to aim at the clay birds as they shot out of the box.

The first round we shot with another couple and in the end the girls beat the guys with total number of "birds" shot. My beginner's luck was short lived though and the next round I only got 3 out of 25.

In the end we both left with sore arms but an exciting afternoon of trying out a new sport. We both want to try it again.

Broken resolution

I realize it has now been over 2 weeks since I last posted and I've broken one of my New Year's resolutions. Sorry for the break... I'm back

Monday, January 31, 2011

Proud Aunt!

UPDATE: Check out their blog for more information and pictures of the puppies

My brother bred his dog Banks and the mom gave birth yesterday. There are 13 new lab puppies!!
1 chocolate boy, 4 yellow girls, 2 yellow boys, 4 black boys, 2 black girls. I'm so excited to meet them in a few weeks.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Check out all those recipes...

Go here to see what everyone cooked this month!

P.S. - If you'd like to join us it's not too late!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cooking Challenge #1

A few weeks ago my friend Emily invited me to participate in a blogging cooking challenge. Her friend Cassie has challenged herself to cook something new out of all her cookbooks. Emily and several other bloggers (including myself) decided to join Cassie and try new recipes ourselves. Each month we will link back to each other from Cassie's blog and share our cooking triumphs/failures.

Let me start by saying I was hesitant to join this challenge. Not only am I a novice cook but I'm also a picky eater. Often recipes in cookbooks don't appeal to me because of all the ingredients that they call for. In addition, I don't own many cookbooks either. However, one of my goals for 2011 is to eat at home more often so I figured what the heck and told Emily I'd participate.

For my first recipe I wanted to cook something from my family cookbook. Several years ago we had this cookbook put together to save all of our family recipes. The cover shows the Dempsey family in 1942 in front of their house in Greenville, Kentucky. My grandfather is the one on the far right. He is my mother's father. The recipe I chose is cousin Jonathan's enchiladas. When I normally cook Mexican food I do the Old El Paso soft taco kit. It is easy, tasty and (almost) everything you need is in 1 box. This would be a challenge for me to buy everything individually. I stopped by Kroger to pick up my ingredients seen below.

1 pkg of enchilada sauce mix
1 (8 oz.) can of tomato sauce
2 cans of enchilada sauce (I only bought 1 and it was fine!)
1.5 cups of water
1.5 lbs. of lean ground beef (I used less)
Medium flour tortillas
3/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1/3 cup minced onion (optional - I did not use)

Combine sauce mix, tomato sauce, enchilada sauce and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Mix cheeses together (I bought them already mixed). Brown ground beef and onion; drain. Stir in cheese and sauce mixture until cheese is melted.
Spread 1/2 cup of sauce mixture in bottom of baking dish. Put 1 tablespoon of meat mixture on each flour tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down in pan. Pour any leftover meat/sauce over tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Verdict: I went into this meal thinking I wouldn't like it because typically I think enchiladas are a little too wet. I accidentally only bought 1 can of enchilada sauce but I think that was actually perfect because they weren't as runny. I really enjoyed these enchiladas and they were perfect for me because they were just cheese, beef, sauce and tortillas. They were simple and I liked that. This recipe made 6 enchiladas so hopefully they will also re-heat well too.