Recipe of the Week-- ROAST (Just like your momma never made it!)

This is, by far, the easiest and BEST recipe for roast ever. Trust me on this one, gals-- if you want your man to like your cookin', cook him up a pot of this roast and gravy, and he will request it forever. (Which, is great for you, considering how easy the recipe is!)

Ok, get out your pens. The ingredients list is LONG...

1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
1 rump roast (whatever size you'd like-- if it is a big roast, i.e. 6 pounds or more, do 2 cans of each soup)

Ok, so I was being sarcastic about the ingredients list being long.

Take the roast and put it in a crock-pot with the fat side up. Pour the soups over the roast. Place it on low, and let it cook 6-8 hours or until tender. And, voila! Your dinner is served.

My hubby likes it with mashed potatoes and a roll. Pretty simple, I'd say. And it is absolutely wonderful! Trust the Alexanders on this one-- we know our roasts!

Bon appetite!

(Did I mention it makes a WONDERFUL left-over? And there will be plenty left!)


...Just as Christ loved the Church

I am convicted of not being thankful enough. God has, for some reason that I have yet to find, chosen to bless me beyond belief. And while I sit here in the comfort of my own home, on a nice, soft couch, in good, clean clothes, with a full belly, I am thankful. But, I have to remember to be thankful. And for that, God, I am truly sorry. So, thanks be unto God, who gives us all things freely.

But there is one gift I have for which I can never say thank you enough: my husband. I look back over just the past year and a half of my life, and I still can't believe I am a married woman with a wonderful, Godly husband who loves and respects me. It's amazing. I am forever indebted to my husband, Mat, for his love, guidance, friendship, kindness, humor, gentleness, patience...and I could go on and on forever. But here are just a few reasons why I love my Matty so very much:

He still opens the car door for me...and we are MARRIED.

He chooses to love me regardless of my actions and attitudes.

He loves people and cares about their spiritual life.

He loves and respects his family, even when they let him down (and me too!).

He knows how to make me laugh, even when I am mad.

He does whatever I ask of him.

He listens to me and my problems (ok, and my whining, too).

He loves my mom.

He allows me to have 2 precious kitty cats in my house.

He does things for me every day-- things I probably do not even know about.

He carries heavy things for me.

He prays with me every night.

He guides me.

He takes the trash out and mows our grass.

And again, I could go on and on forever. But I know the number one reason I love my husband so much is because he loves Christ more than he loves me. The love he has for Jesus allows him to love and respect me the way a woman should be loved. He loves me like Christ loved the Church, just as he is commanded to. And for that, I thank him, and I thank God.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Ephesians 5:25-28

Thank you God for my husband, Mat. Thank you for giving me such a blessing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

(P.S.-- I love you more, Matty!)


Recipe of the Week-- Chocolate Chip Coffee Cup Cake

My friend Lindsey follows a woman who blogs weekly about a new recipe. Recently, I found one that is absolutely amazing, AND I was inspired to do my own recipes on my blog (since, of course, I am a wife now and am in charge of feeding my husband regularly).

So here is my first recipe blog...Chocolate Chip Coffee Cup Cake.

This is one of my new favorite recipes since it is great for a chocolate craving fix AND I usually keep all the ingredients in my house at all times.

Here is the recipe:

4 T flour
5 T sugar
2 T cocoa
1 egg
3 T milk
3 T oil
~3-4 T of chocolate chips (optional, but much better when added)
Small dash of vanilla extract
Large coffee mug

Add the flour, sugar and cocoa together in a large coffee mug and mix well. Then add the egg and mix well. Pour in oil and milk and mix well again. Add the chocolate chips if you are using them, and then add the vanilla. Mix all of it up thoroughly in the coffee mug, and place in the microwave on 1000 watts for 3 minutes. Place a paper towel under the mug in case the mix should spill over, and it's ok if it does.
After it cooks in the microwave, turn the mug upside down on top of a plate. Garnish with ice cream or whipped cream (or my favorite, Lite Cool Whip). ENJOY!!!


Every good and perfect gift...

Easter weekend was wonderful for my sweet husband and I. I was off work on Good Friday, so we loaded up and went home on Thursday night.

I have a confession: it was great to go home and see our families (especially my mom, because what can I say? I am a mommy's girl!), but we went mainly for one reason, and one reason only-- to see Ellie Parker. And see her we did!

Ellie has grown so much since I saw her the day she was born. She has more hair now than she did a month ago. I may be a little biased, but world, look out-- Ellie Parker Gunter is beautiful!!! Oh my goodness, she is so pretty. My favorite part of getting to introduce Mat to his first "niece" was the fact that he was so excited about holding her. He held her for so long, and she started to get a little fussy once, but Mat just shhh-ed her some, and she stopped. He was so great with her. He's going to be a wonderful daddy someday. (Also, please notice Ellie's hands in the first picture-- her Uncle Mat taught her to pray.)

We got back in Mobile on Saturday night so we could experience Easter Sunday at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. It's famous, you know. I'm taking seersucker suits, women in hats, kids in suits and smocked gowns, the whole nine yards. And Mat and I were more than thrilled to be there. We donned traditional Easter attire. Mat wore his tan seersucker from the wedding (which brought many sweet, sweet memories for me), and I wore a cute little pink hat. It was a wonderful day celebrating our Savior's resurrection!

It was so good to go home and see our families. We needed to get away from Mobile for a little while, and there is no place in the world I would rather go than HOME. Mat always corrects me for saying home when I mean going back to where we grew up, but home for me is where the people I love are-- whether that be Boaz, Rome, Ft. Payne or Albertville. My family is my home. And God has given me the blessing of having a wonderful family who welcomes us back home anytime we wish. We are truly blessed.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above..." -James 1:17


New Phone Number

Mat surprised me with a new iPhone on Monday. I am now on his account at AT&T, so I had to get a new number. Check my facebook if you want it.

Oh, and P.S.- Get an iPhone. They are amazing!!


A Full Weekend

This past weekend was full of excitement.

First of all, on Friday night, Mat and I rented "John Adams," an HBO mini-series about our second President. We watched the first disc that night, and it was absolutely amazing. The cinematography was phenomenal, and the accuracy was precise as well. The mini-series stars Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man") as Adams and Laura Linney ("The Mothman Prophecies," "The Truman Show") as Mrs. Abigail Adams. We aren't quite finished up with all three discs yet, but so far, we are avid fans. Go rent it.*

Also this weekend, it rained and stormed a lot. I apparently had a few scares during my sleep Friday night, Mat testified. On Saturday morning, I woke up and headed into the kitchen to feed Shamgar. As I waited to put down his Ocean Explosion, I heard a faint meow. I looked down and noticed Sham was not the owner of this meow. It was a foreign meow to my ears. I stepped outside, and I could still hear the meow. I went on our back porch, and I saw the most beautiful beige and grey kitten. The little furball came right up to me and nuzzled up against my face. I took it inside, and I said, "Mat, I think we may have a problem." Mat came from around the corner, and when he saw the little kitten in my arms, he jumped and said, "That's not Shamgar."

So, we kept the little fellow, but right now I am looking at a pile of white card stock fliers that say, "Cat found," along with Mat's cell phone number. We named him Admiral Semmes, after the Mobile admiral. Sham hated him at first, and he would only follow Semmes around to make sure he was tearing anything up, but eventually he would always hiss at him. Now, they have learned to live with each other. I'll keep you updated on the little one. He's a champ.

On Sunday came a huge day for us as a church at Dauphin Way and a huge day for Mat and I individually. Our pastor, Pastor Clint, was out of town running the Bataan Death March at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. (Yes, that's right, our pastor is a beast who runs marathons in the desert.) In his stead, Dr. Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, came to preach for us. Because Pastor Clint was out of town, Mat and I got to be the hosts for Dr. Mohler and his assistant, Justin Leighty (who was a very nice young man with a wonderful personality). It was a true blessing for our church to get to hear Dr. Mohler's sermon and have him answer college and young adults' questions in College Sunday School. It was also really great to spend some one-on-one time with Dr. Mohler and Justin at lunch. The highlight of the day was, however, for Mat and I to be able to, at Dr. Mohler's request, take him on a person tour of our beautiful city. Dr. Mohler was so interested in Mobile and its history. He even got out at various places along the route to make pictures. A once in a lifetime opportunity for us, no doubt. We were blessed and encouraged by Dr. Mohler, and it was amazing to have him to invest in our lives personally. Dr. Mohler is astounding. Check him out.

Overall, we had a great weekend. Sunday night concluded with our Children's Musical, which was, of course, hilarious. We praise God for sending us such a fun, blessed and encouraging weekend. We are so blessed by so many opportunities.

*Just a writer's note: Mat and I have found the kiosks that rent out DVDs at Wal-Mart and other grocery stores and pharmacies to be disappointing. We have gotten many DVDs that do not work, and we have not found a way to get our $1.08 back from the machine. As a standard now, we like to rent movies and TV shows from our local library. TV shows are free for a week at Mobile Libraries, and movies only cost $1.00 for a week. Forget Blockbuster. We use the Public Library.