Tuesday, June 21, 2011

28 IS the new 24

Honestly you guys, who gets sick on their husbands birthday? Ummmm.. apparently THIS girl.  No bueno.  With the winning combination of fever, a sinus infection, & bronchitis, it's fair to say that I won the bacteria trifecta today.  I feel like I've been a huge letdown for the Bday boy because I've been soooo blah.
**Side Note** I'm pretty sure he picked up on the fact I was feeling really down in the dumps & guilty about being sick because when I got home from the doctor today, these were waiting on our front porch.

I mean, are you kidding me?  That right there is why I have the best husband in the world.  Who send their wife flowers on THEIR birthday?  Oh thats right, Kevin :)

 Anyways, I probably looked like I had raided the Walgreens pharmacy after I picked up my prescriptions because I literally left there with a grocery bag full of meds.  I'm still mildly petrified that I am now one robbitussen bottle away from getting questioned by the Walgreens staff about potential drug abuse.  Anywho, even though I havent felt 100%, I've been hell bent & determined to make Kevin have a great birthday.  Even though I didn't get to make him breakfast, I was able to meet up with him for a nice little lunch at Panera (granted, he was probably a tad embarrassed to be seen with me because I looked like a bag lady).

However, I fully intend to save face tonight & cook him a fantastic meal.  I think I've mentioned it a time or 2, but both Kevin & I LOVE Italian food.  I honestly think that him & I both could live on pizza or pasta.  Granted, we might be the next contestants on the Biggest Loser, but hey, I would definitely be one jolly big person.  So, tonight, I am going to cook him homemade Baked Ziti.

This is definitely our favorite recipe, so I have to say that this is a win for both of us.  Now, I know you are dying to hear what's in it, so without further adieu:
Baked Ziti
-1 Box Ziti Pasta
-1 lb. Ground beef
-1 lb. Italian Sausage
-6 oz. Provolone cheese slices
-6 oz. Mozzarella shredded cheese
-2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
-1 onion, chopped
-1.5 cups of light sour cream (I know what you're thinking.  Light sour cream in this recipe is like when people order a supersized big mac meal & then have the audacity to ask for a diet coke, but hey, you gotta cut the calories where you can, right?)

-Brown the onion/beef together in large pot
-Add sauce & let simmer for 15-20 mins
-Use a 13x9 pan, and spray w/ pam
-Layer 1/2 of cooked ziti into pan
-layer provolone cheese over ziti
-layer sour cream over prov cheese
-layer 1/2 of the sauce mixture
-put rest of ziti over the sauce
-Layer the mozz cheese over ziti pasta
-Put remainder of sauce mixture on top, then sprinkle with parm cheese
*Bake at 350 Degrees for 30-40 mins, and waaalaah, you have the best Baked Ziti ever.

Now, I'm sure you all are wondering what I got Mr. Gray for his 28th 24th Bday (which he informed me today that he doesn't feel a day over 24, so we're just gonna go with that number instead of 28 because 28 is so irritatingly close to 30.)
Welllll... I can tell you 2 things because he's already opened them.  The BIG present he is opening later, so I can't give that one away because I'm scared he'll read this post while he's on the golf course (highly doubtful, given that he left here with a cooler full of beer, and I'm guessing my blog isn't the first thing on his mind.  Shocking, i know.).  Still, i just don't wanna take the chance.
So, the first present should be a given:
Thats right.  Homeboy looks married again. Yayyyyy!  Now I don't have to worry about any girls hittin on mahh man. (Bahahahahaa. ptsch, as if that actually happens to him on a regular basis. Strip clubs don't count, Kevin. )
And because Hudson managed to chew up all of our favorite pairs of shoes last year when he was a little puppy, I also got him a pair of these:

A new pair of boat shoes... which unfortunately don't fit, and the all navy proved to be a bit fashion forward for Kevy.  (Kevin considers button-down shirts with TWO pockets to be wayyy edgy, so a navy boat shoe is the equivilent of Carlton Banks not wearing his shower shoes in the shower. Its just toooo craazzzy to handle...)

Okay guys before I go, I'll leave you with a picture that of Kevin from his actual 24th bday. 
Yay I'm 24!
Using Kevin's FAVORITE phrase, I'm gonna have to say he's "aging pretty darn well."  Him at 24 vs. him at 28 doesn't look all that different to me.  Boy still looks handsome as ever, but I am a tad biased :) mmkay, that's it for now.


  1. AWWW sorry you are sick but bless Kevin's heart what a sweet hubby to get you flowers on HIS birthday. Love that boy. Feel better sista and I am so going to try the Baked Ziti recipe :) yayy! Thanks! XO PS... will email you on the window treatments... got the hook up for ya! ;)

  2. thats so sweet that he got you flowers on his birthday! hope y'all have fun tonight and that you feel better... I too feel like death, which is no fun!

  3. hahahahaha! I laughed at several things in the post ... i.e. "won the bacteria trifecta today" That sucks, but seems as though you are making up for it. That ziti looks bomb and if I didn't start WW last week, I would totally be making that ASAP! Yummy. And what a sweet hubs for bringing you flowers. Keeper! Get well soon and Happy Bday to yo man!

  4. I love this post! I caught myself laughing a few times! That wedding band is very nice. Hope you feel better soon! Ziti always makes me a happy camper!

    Your blog is beautiful, I just found it the other day while looking around on munchkin land!

  5. Awww, I hope you get to feeling better soon! And I love Baked Ziti, I will have to try your recipe!

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