Saturday, March 03, 2007

Welcome To My Blogging Party!

Did you hear there's a party going on? At 5 Minutes for Mom they are throwing a party and yall are invited! Everybody knows how much I love to give/go to a party so - I'm hosting over here in my little part of the Web.

Come on in and have some Sunny Spring Lemonade. This was published in Southern Living (of course) by a nice lady from my old church in Birmingham. That's where I grew up, ya know. I'm actually from the NE side of town (not Hoover like on MTV) that has become very cool to live in right now. My niece and nephews play baseball, football, basketball, etc. with the kids of people I went to school with - freaky, huh?

I married a Texan and even though I'm not from here, I got here as fast as I could. Now, this is one of my favorite dips, Tex-Mex Black Bean Dip. It's actually from Cooking Light magazine (another publication of Southern Living, of course) and only has 42 calories per serving. Now the chips are fattening, but the dip isn't! Jim and I had both our children before moving here but they think they are Texans now. Good grief, Kenny (3rd grade) has to say the Texas Pledge to the Texas state flag every morning! They indoctrinate them early here in the Lone Star State!
Abbie gets to experience that next fall when she goes to kindergarten! Can't wait! You know how they have some kind of tearful breakfast for the moms of kindergartners? I plan to wave to all of them on my way to have coffee with my friends!

You should try this Grilled Corn Salsa, yes, it's Southern Living, too! I had Jim grill the corn last night and it gives the corn such a good flavor. Did I tell yall that my friends and I have started a new ministry? It's called The Coffee Group and we go around and speak at retreats and ladies days and spread the good news of good friends and God's working in our lives.

That's why I blog and had yall over - to show that friendships are God-given and fun. These women of mine have and will see me through thick and thin. I can depend on them for cleaning and prayer. We've done both. Oh yeah, TPing, too. While we were on vacation, they came over and did our house up right! They said my neighbors stood and watched them. It makes me feel safer just knowing my neighbors care that much!

I'm so glad you came over. We can't go too long or the party gets boring. Unless you wanna stay longer? You can keep reading any previous posts - they're all out there. Be sure to try to get to some of the other parties, too. It's alot but maybe you can.

Go to the Recipe Swap listed in the links for all the recipes mentioned here. Plus lots more! Love ya for coming!

Edited to add: I'm number 513! That was my mailbox number at Harding! That feels lucky! Hey, if you made it this far down the list - BULLY!


Ribbon Rock Star said...

So nice to meet you!!!

THE COFFEE GROUP sounds awesome. GOOD luck with that.


RealEstateGirl said...


Dropping by your party! Nice to meet you---are you still in Birmingham...if so, we're neighbors!

Hope you'll visit me too---I'll check back on you often!


Ribbon Rock Star said...

By the way Denise....I just featured your blog and info about the coffee group on MY blog!

Have a great day.


Sarah said...

Hey, Linda's pretty cool, huh? Thanks for the coffee group link! :-)

You KNOW I had to at least stop by any party you have!! The grilled corn salsa -- never knew Jim grilled that corn! Tell him thanks!

Thank you, as always, for being such a gracious hostess!

Judy said...

What an awesome ministry you have. And, thanks for the goodies. I'm just glad that eating all this party food isn't going to add pounds back on... until I make them in RL, that is!

I'm glad to have met you and I've bookmarked you so I can come visit when I can stay long and chat awhile.

Happy Partying.

Margaret said...

Making my way over to your area at the party!! Nice to meetcha!

DK said...

Hi Denise, Good to meet you! I signed the Linky after you did - I'm really getting a late start! Lovely blog you have here and I love the recipes. (I don't do recipes on my blog; I'm a wretched cook!) Stop by, if you get a chance; I love company!
A Flyover Blog

Tammy said...

Great to meet you, Denise! :)

I use to teach preschool, too...such a fun age! I'm now a 40-something mom with two little girls, 7 and 4.

I love the sound of that Coffee Group!

Hope you can stop by...(I'm pretty far down the list, too!)

~Tammy (Family Doin's)

Amber said...

I am alllll about new recipes; thanks for the tips and welcome to the party!

Nise' said...

Nice to meet you, I am got a late start and with 544 invites it was overwhelming! What caught my eye was your name, which is mine too!
Will be back!

BeckyD said...

As of this morning the list had grown to 565 (I'm 136). Does this mean I've done nothing but surf party blogs all weekend, forgeting to shower, and feed my children? UH, absolutely!

Great place you have here, I feel right at home. HOpe you'll come visit mine sometime.

Amy H said...

Just stopping by for the party. Always a fun time!

Thanks for the tips on the recipes, what mommy/wife is not looking for some new ones!

Happy party blogging this week!

kailani said...

Looks like I came to the right party. I'm starving!

Just making the Ultimate Blog Party rounds and wanted to stop by and say hi. I'll be back again during the week to see what's going on around here.

If you get a chance, please stop by and check out my photo contest and daily book giveaway.


it's me, Val said...

Howdy and welcome to the blogging party! Isn't this fun?! Great blog, Denise!

Qtpies7 said...

Wow, I love the Coffee Group! I wish I had known a little earlier, I am planning a women's retreat at the end of the month! I'll have to think about next year, maybe you all want a little Minnesota weather experience??
Have fun partying!

Tammy M. said...

Your parties are so much fun!

Lynne said...

I love the Coffee Group and web site. Awesome! Someday, I'll have some spare time to do something similar. Come on over and visit this week. Have a great one!

Anonymous said...

Just popping in for the party!
I am also a Birminghamer turned Texan. :)
Enjoyed your blog and happy partying!

Angelina said...

Finally tracked you down too. I love blogging for this very reason. We get to meet our old friends who have moved away. This is angela from Monticello. I am still here...although my life has changed as well. I am now a RN, BSN and I work at JRMC SICU. My husband has applied to several different school to go back for his Phd. All in all Monticello has been good for us (once we were content to stay that is). We finally got a coffee shop here, and starting this week I am making sushi for his customers. Can you imagine Monticellonians eating sushi? The town has changed! Nice to see you. Come visit me. I will put my blogspot in here...but from there you can link to my new site (with the last post). See ya later.

Pamela said...

Very nice to meet you Denise! Nice that the kids have adapted to Texas! Thanks for the recipe link too. If you get a chance, stop by my beach party in Florida! lol Amazing...I was # 525. Thanks for the delicious fried corn salsa!

Monkey Giggles said...

Swinging in for the Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet ya.

I will be starting my 3rd party favor give away later tonight. Come on over when ya get a chance.


That Chick Over There said...

Nice to meet you!

EEEEMommy said...

Great party!
I'll definately be back to visit again and check out those recipes and that Coffee Group!

Sarah Hodsdon said...

Too funny- not so deep thoughts! Love it. Thank you so much for adding your link to the list- it has been a joy poking around your site!

jdoriot said...

Hi there! Just finised reading your article "Jobs in Heaven" and I loved it! I too will be on the beach in a hut w/ a hammock...I had never even thought about the yellow polka-dot bikini though! Now, that will be great!! lol!! I've enjoyed your party and The Coffee Groups sounds wonderful. I've bookmarked you!

Write From Karen said...

Okay, YUM! Dip? Lemonade? Thanks so much for the munchies!

I laughed at your 3rd grader saying the Texas pledge - they DO start young! lol

And I felt the same way when my boys started school - where's my coffee and muffin? *grin*

Welcome to the party!

~Melissa~ said...

Nice to meet you, just dropping in on your party! Are you enjoying A Walk in the Woods? I read it quite some time ago and really enjoyed it!

Revka said...

Dropping in on the party. Thanks for opening your doors. I'm partying at both of my blogs: Little Fun; Little Learning and The Porch Light. I'd love to see you at one (or even both *wink*) of my blogs. Have a great day!

Susanne said...

Stopping by on the party circuit to say hello! Those party foods sound wonderful!

NspiredByFaith said...

Dropping by your blog party! Love your blog! I will be back soon! hope you'll visit me too!

Brenda said...

Hi, Denise. I confess that I didn't work my down the list to your blog. I've been skipping around.

Love the name of your blog.

Brandie said...

Hello! I think that number 513 must be lucky for you ;-)

I discovered Cooking Light a few months ago and fell in love. Patiently waiting for my own subscription! LOL!