Wednesday, November 28, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 28

Today I'm thankful for how well my 2 sweet girls get along. I pray this lasts forever ;)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 27

Today I'm thankful for cooler weather. I love being able to turn off the AC, work around the house without dying in the heat, pull out my cozy sweaters, soups in the crockpot, and warm roaring fires in the fireplace!! <3

Monday, November 26, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 26

Today I'm thankful for the snuggles we've gotten with the girls this morning while watching cartoons. Thankful to have a few days with Garrett off to recover from all the holiday festivities. Thankful to not have to rush out of bed to do anything this morning <3

Sunday, November 25, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 25

Today I'm thankful for my sweet mom, Nancy Scoggins Keithley! Without her I'd be lost a lot of the time. I'm thankful she is always there for advice, love, prayers, or a hug. Thanks mom! Love you bunches and happy birthday <3

Saturday, November 24, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 24

Today I'm thankful for this gorgeous day! It's the perfect day to be outdoors. Man, God sure can paint a pretty picture ;)

Friday, November 23, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 23, Part 2

I'm super thankful for the Christmas music on KSBJ today!!! No bah humbugs here!! I absolutely LOVE Christmas music <3

0 Day of Thankfulness 23

Today I'm thankful to have been blessed with so much wonderful family, that we have one last Thanksgiving lunch to eat (makes 3 total meals for us). ;) I'm thankful for the hands that will prepare that meal and for all of the family we will get to spend the day with! I'm also very thankful for 2 girls who slept until 8:00 this morning. We needed that recharge!! Hope everyone has a safe Black Friday!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 22

Today I'm mighty thankful for all the family we will see today and all the food we will be feasting upon. I'm thankful for the many hands who made the food and for those that traveled just to be with our family today. I hope everyone has a wonderful day, gives thanks for their many blessings, has safe travels, and enjoys some amazing food!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 21

Today I'm thankful for "vacations". What might seem like a simple visit to Garrett's parents, is always like a mini vacation. I'm thankful that Ava and Emma are surrounded by so many people that love them to death. I'm thankful to have woken up to greet another day. <3

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 20

Today I'm so very thankful for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. This chance is a blessing that I didn't think I'd ever have. I love getting to see all the funny, loving moments and the milestones. I'm thankful I don't have to worry about missing those things with them. I'm also thankful that my hubby is so supportive and hard working. Without him being such an amazing man, this wouldn't be possible. Thank you Lord for this awesome opportunity and for helping us provide to have this chance to be home with our girls! With You all things are possible!! <3

Monday, November 19, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 19

I'm thankful for the snuggles I've gotten with my 4 year old this morning.  I'm also thankful for our Financial Peace University class we've been taking at church.  It has given Garrett and I a new hope in regards ot our finances.  We are in control of them now, and that ereases all the anxiety that is normally involved.  So thankful that this class came at a point in our marriage when we really needed it.  Totally have to give that thanks to our Heavenly Father, to our church for answering the call by offering the class, and to Chris Pace for being such an amazing teacher :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 18

Today I'm thankful to have a wonderful church to go worship at this morning. I'm thankful God gave us another beautiful day. I'm thankful for Sunday's <3

Saturday, November 17, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 17

Today I'm thankful for those days of relaxation. Those days where you don't have to go anywhere, the husband doesn't have to work, and you can just putter around the house. That's what today is. Thank you Lord for giving us days like today. They always come along when you need them most <3

Friday, November 16, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 16

Today I'm thankful for a roof over my head. This roof covers a house full of love and is a safe haven for my little family. I'm thankful to raise my girls so they know that the door on our home will always be open to them no matter what. I'm thankful to have the peace that wherever my family is together, that will be home. Thank you Lord for providing more than just a structure for us to live in. Thank you for helping us to make it safe, loving, non-judgmental, full of laughter, and most importantly, a Christian home. <3

Thursday, November 15, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 15

Today I'm thankful for our local Christian radio station, KSBJ. Listening to them regularly has added one more positive to my day. I'm also thankful to hear my 4 year old singing along to the songs. It blesses my heart to hear her singing and smiling ear to ear the whole time. KSBJ is a tremendous blessing not only for me and my family, but for our city as well. <3

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 14

Today I'm thankful for the talents God has given me. I'm thankful to have a love for all things junky, crafty, and DIY. I'm thankful to not be scared to get my hands dirty, or make mistakes. I love, love, love seeing every finished product produced with my own two hands. None of those things would be possible without God giving me the strength and zeal to just give something a try. Thank you Lord for blessing me with these God-given talents! <3

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 13

Today I'm thankful for Garrett's parents. They raised an amazing man who is a hardworking, loving soul. They are wonderful grandparents to the girls and love them with an unconditional love. They have been there for Garrett and I when we needed love and prayers and we always know we can count on them if we ever need anything! Thank y'all for being such hardworking people, for loving the way you do, and for being you! We love y'all bunches <3

Monday, November 12, 2012

0 Day of Thankfulness 12

Today I'm thankful for my extended family! There are so many amazing people in my family that have so much love for me and my little family. Even though we are all spread out, family is family and always will be. We are blessed to have each of you in our lives. You are each wonderful in your own way and I'm proud to call you family :) Love you all!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

0 30 Days of Thankfulness - Days 1-11

Hey y'all.  Welcome back to The Paisley Texan Creates.  Some of you may have heard about or seen this 30 Days of Thankfulness craze on Facebook.  The past few years, during the month of November, seeing everyone else giving thanks, I never took the time to sit down and actually purposely think about what I was thankful for.  This year I decided to give it a whirl and see where it would lead me.  
The past 11 days, I've taken the time daily to stop and think about those things that I'm truly thankful for.  I feel like it has enriched my life and given me a great start to my day.  It has opened up some great time in prayer for me and my days have been less stressful, I feel, and given me a more positive approach to my day.  
I think I will continue this daily routine, past the 30 Days of Thankfulness.  Giving thanks for the many things I take for granted and don't recognize enough, should be a part of everyone's daily routine.  Isn't that something that God would want us to do?  Give thanks for those things He blesses us with?  Pray for those things and not take them for granted?  I'm so thankful for having started the 30 Days of Thankfulness, it is changing me because I've opened myself up to accept that change.  I'm loving what I see and loving putting it into words.  

I've decided to post them daily here on my blog as well as on my Facebook.  I hope you will join me and take the time to give a quick thanks for something or someone different daily.  I think you will find it to be fulfilling and a great start to your day!!  You don't have to post it for everyone to see, but I've enjoyed being able to go back and look at what I've been thankful for.  

I recently found this idea on Pinterest for a jar where you write something good from your day and put it in the jar.  You do this every day, then on New Year's Eve you take them out and read them, or as a family you each take turns reading them.  I thought, hey, that could be done with a 30 Days of Thankfulness approach.  You could write down daily what you are giving thanks for, then at the end of the year, read them.  Would be a great way to recap your year and focus on the positive and thankful things, not the negative or hard things.  Also, a great New Years resolution too, purposely give thanks daily for something or someone specific.  

I'd love to hear about your journey with 30 Days of Thankfulness, if you decide to add this to your daily quiet time, or take a few minutes on your drive to and/or from work, or take a second during nap time.  It doesn't have to take longer than 5 minutes.
Here are the past 11 days, including today, of what I've given thanks for daily.  
Day 1:  I'm thankful for my wonderful husband who is a fantastic father, the perfect best friend who loves me for me, a devoted son, blessing of a son in law (backs my dad up with all that estrogen in the house), and over all hard working, loving, christian man! Thank you boogie for being my prince charming. God gave me you ♥ 
Day 2:  Today I'm super thankful for my 2 precious girls. They bring me such joy and happiness on a daily basis, that I can't imagine life without them. I've known all my life I wanted to be a mommy, and it is the most awesome job title I hold (besides being Amazing Wife to Garrett) ;). I'm thankful I get to be home with them on a daily basis, even on the not so pretty days, I still wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I'm proud to say I'm Ava and Emma's mom, and honored that God tasked me with being able to raise these 2 firecrackers in a Christian home full of love, laughter, jumping on mommy and daddy's bed, bedtime stories and prayers, water sprinklers on the trampoline, 38 chickens, a dog named Johnny Cash, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and so much more! My cup runneth over ♥  
Day 3:  Today I'm thankful for my relationship with my Heavenly Father. Without my faith I would not be who I am or where I am today! I'm thankful that no matter what human mistake I make today, He is always there and ready to forgive me. He has carried me through many downs, and praised along side me through the many ups of life. As a mom, I can't fathom giving one of my children freely to die for the sins of sinners, but God sent his son to die on the cross for our sins. That's how much He loves me and each and every one of you. Today, I'm thankful for that love ♥
Day 4:  Today I'm thankful for my amazing parents. They are always there to support me when I need them. I'm thankful they didn't execute their famous Cosby saying they loved to recite when necessary, "I brought you into this world I can take you out of it." I'm sure there were a small handful (okay probably many) moments of exasperation, but they never gave up and always continued to help guide me and lead me to where I am today! I'm thankful to have been raised in a loving, Christian home with a wonderful example for me to raise my girls! Thanks mom and dad for being you! I love y'all!!
Day 5:  Today I'm thankful for my baby sister. She has been there to support me through thick and thin. I know that no matter what, she will always be there for me. I'm thankful I know I can always count on her. I'm thankful that she loves her nieces oh so much with a love that is unconditional. She is always up for the challenge of babysitting and always seems to enjoy it. I'm thankful I can call her my baby sister. I don't know what I would ever do without her!! I love you sissy!! ♥
Day 6:  Today I'm thankful for my right as an American citizen to vote. To have the ability to voice my opinion without fearing for my life is something most take for granted. I'm thankful for every man and woman who have fought for that right and fought for the freedoms of our country. I'm thankful for the families and friends who support those soldiers who have and are fighting for this amazing country! I'm also thankful that I believe in a mighty God, who will still be sitting on His throne tomorrow morning, no matter who wins this election. ♥
Day 7:  Today I'm thankful for faith! My faith gives me the comfort I need to know that no matter who is in control of our country, God is still in control. I'm thankful for prayer. I'm sure God's ears are full of prayers today. That's what will get us through these next 4 years, is praying for the state of our country. Praying for the leader of our country, that he makes sound decisions and focuses on the important issues. I'm thankful for freedom. I have the freedom to believe in Jesus Christ and am able to go to church when the doors are open and worship with my fellow believers. We will help each other through these next 4 years. We need to focus our eyes on Jesus and work at being fishers of men. Lets put our energy there, not being mad about the election. Lets vote for Jesus and focus on campaigning for Him. ♥
Day 8:  Today I'm thankful for our many friends. I appreciate each and every one of you for blessing my life and my family each in your own way. I'm thankful to know that you will always be there when we need you and are always so supportive. You are truly like family and we love each of you!! You all know who you are :) Thank you for your unconditional friendship ♥
Day 9:  Today I'm thankful for my church family. We found Waller Baptist Church at a point in our lives where I had just been laid off and Garrett and I were in need of an amazing church family. Everyone there welcomed us with open arms and have loved on us, prayed for us, laughed with us, loved on our kiddos, and accepted us, proving to be a wonderful church family. Thank you all! We love you guys ♥
Day 10:  Today I'm thankful for 5 wonderful years of marriage to an amazing man! We have been blessed many ways in those 5 years, so much so, that I can't wait to see what blessings will come in the next 5. I'm blessed to have the man that I will grow old with. Thank you Garrett for a fantastic 5 years! I love you oh so much and thank God for you daily!! Happy Anniversary boogie!! ♥
Day 11:  Today I'm thankful for the small things. I'm thankful to wake up in a quiet house (minus my snoring husband) with a roof over my head in a comfy bed. I'm thankful for the way my oldest daughter says every morning, "Good morning Mommy. Did you sleep good?" I'm thankful for the way my youngest daughter will patiently lay in her bed until you come get her, and when she sees your face, her face lights up and she says "Mommy" almost as if this is her first time seeing you. I'm thankful for the way my husband always kisses me good morning, even if his good morning comes much earlier than mine. I'm thankful for my sweet little family. God has truly blessed my life beyond belief. My cup runneth over ♥

Don't forget to stop and give thanks today.  Come back tomorrow for Day 12 of my 30 Days of Thankfulness!

Loves and Hugs!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

2 "The best burger I've ever eaten!"

Hey y'all! Thanks for coming back to see what The Paisley Texan has created today.  Let me just start with saying, I didn't physically create today's inspiration for my blog post, but what I'm about to share with you had to be passed along!!!  You have to tell your friends, your friends friends, and your friends friends friends!  It's that good!  {Obviously it's that good by all of the exclamation points used in the last 5 sentences, worth every single one of them!!}

So, Mr. Texan has raved about this amazing burger.  This burger that he says is, "The best burger I've ever eaten!"  That made me curious. Living in Texas, we eat a lot of burgers, and I have to say I don't think I've ever had one that I could call, "The best burger I've ever eaten!"  I mean, my daddy can make a mean burger, Mr. Texan makes a pretty darn good burger, but I can't say that I could pick my favorite out of all of the burger's I've had in my life.  The curiosity was too much to handle.  I knew I was going to have to experience Mr. Texan's "The best burger I've ever eaten!"

Now, I know you are dying to know where Mr. Texan's, "The best burger I've ever eaten!", happens to come from.  Ever heard of Bernie's Burger Bus?  Yeah, me neither, until Mr. Texan came home raving about it, complete with bumper sticker on his car and all.  Yes, to answer your question, because this was my first question, it's actually in an old "yellow dog" {aka yellow school bus}.
Bernie's Burger Bus at the U of H Campus
Now, playing up on the whole school bus vibe, the menu items all have school related names.  For instance, my husband's favorite burger is the Detention burger.  This burger consists of, "Two applewood smoked bacon grill cheeses used  as the bun, two signature beef patties topped with Texas cheddar, tipsy onions, and  all the fixings." {description taken straight from the website}  Doesn't that just sound like a heart attack on a plate, 2 grilled cheese sandwiches as the buns for the burger, then 2 patties, more cheese and fixins'?  There is no way I would be able to handle that much goodness on a plate.  So, I opted for The Principal, "traditional approach to the classic American burger with mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, pickle, thin sliced onions, shredded lettuce, and slow roasted garlic tomatoes." {description taken straight from the website} That first bite started off sweet because of that delicious homemade bun, then I got that moist hamburger patty that you could tell was no frozen patty, and then all those fixins' hit you.  It was definitely a burger I'd eat again!
The Principal
I also tried the Truffle Laced Hand-Cut Fries with Parmesan and Green Onions.  Oh man, those were delicious too.  I couldn't sit there and eat all of them at once, but there were definitely enough to share with Mr. Texan.  
Truffle Laced Hand-Cut Fries
Mr. Texan, by the way, branched out this visit and tried the fries with chopped BBQ, Cheddar, chives, and BBQ sauce.  {I couldn't find it on the menu, I think it's new, so I could have left something out.}  These were to die for and served as a meal all on their own.  The meat was perfectly cooked and the fries were perfectly fried.  I have to say, everything from Bernie's was perfectly, perfect. 
Those Perfectly Perfect Fries

I know you're wondering, where is Bernie's Burger Bus?  Well one never knows.  The bus is in different places each day.  There is a schedule on their website.  Also, you can follow them on Facebook, or Twitter.  

I know I've got you curious now.  Are you wondering if I could call my Bernie's experience "The best burger I've ever eaten!"?  Well, even though I can be an indecisive person, {That's an entirely different blog post, ask Mr. Texan.  Don't ask me where I want to go eat, that could take longer than getting there, eating, and getting out the door.} I'd have to say that Bernie's Burger Bus is probably one of "The best burgers I've ever eaten!"  {Daddy, I still love your hamburgers, yours ranks up there with Bernie's, I promise ;)}  What helped sell me was the fact that the majority of their ingredients are home made.  From their patties to their buns to their fries.  It's all made from "scratch", so you know you are getting good, quality food, that is oh so delicious and fresh.  We will go back again, I'd love to try a little bit of everything on their menu.  
Now, do yourself a favor, go out and find Bernie's Burger Bus today and give them a try.  You will not walk away disappointed, that is a Paisley Texan promise!!!  {And no, Bernie's has not compensated me in any way to write this post.  I wish I could be that lucky ;)}

I'll leave you with some pictures of the beautiful scenery we had to look at while we ate our amazing food.  We decided to "picnic" at Discovery Green and let the girls play some.  {You don't see our oldest much, because she was all over the place and never stood still long enough for me to get a good shot in.}  Enjoy and stay tuned for what The Paisley Texan Creates next!

Loves and hugs!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2 Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - Sweet or Savory?

Howdy! The Paisley Texan is back with another creation.  Today, I've got 2 recipes for some amazing pumpkin seeds.  If you read my last post, it was all about carving pumpkins.  Well, I saved the gooey mess Mr. Texan dug out of those suckers, determined to roast some good seeds.

I picked apart the strings and chunks of pumpkin, leaving me with the seeds.  There were still some strings left, so I soaked them in water and let them sit while we carved our pumpkins.  When we finished carving, I went back to cleaning the seeds.  A tip from the website that I found the recipes at, said that if you rub the seeds between your hands under the water, that helps to wash off the excess strings. When finished cleaning them, I spread them out on cookie sheets to dry out.  Another tip said you can dry them with a blow dryer, or in a low heat oven.  I opted to just let them air dry over a few days. 

Seeds Drying

After a few days, when the seeds were nice and dry, I decided on the 2 recipes I wanted to try.  I found them here.  I opted for a savory recipe {which, by the way, tastes EXACTLY like homemade chex mix!!!}  I also went for a sweet recipe.  The savory was definitely my favorite, but they are both delicious!  

Ingredients for the savory recipe:  4 tablespoons melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce.
Savory Seeds Ingredients
Ingredients for the sweet recipe:  4 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt,  and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice.  {I used in place of the allspice and ginger, Chinese 5 Spice (next time I'll stick to the recipe, I wasn't impressed with the 5 Spice), and I added Nutmeg. Next time I will also add some sugar for a little added sweetness.}
Sweet Seeds Ingredients
Set your oven to 275 degrees.  Divide your seeds into two separate bowls if you are choosing to do both recipes.
Yep, I love pink!
Savory Recipe:  Add the melted butter to the seeds and mix thoroughly.
Paula Deen would be proud.
Then add 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce.

2 t of Worcestershire Sauce
When you've mixed in the Worcestershire sauce, add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt.
1/2 t of Garlic Salt
After mixing in the garlic salt, mix very well.  Then pour onto a cookie sheet {if using a metal cookie sheet cover it with foil, easy clean up!}, I used one of my Pampered Chef stones.  Spread them out as evenly as you can, to make sure you have enough room for all of your seeds. 

Savory seeds ready to roast.

Bake them in your preheated 275 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.  Depending on how hot your oven gets, it might take a shorter or longer amount of time.  Stir the seeds around every 5 minutes.  You will want to keep an eye on them so they don't burn.  For my oven, they took 20 minutes to roast.  

Set your oven to 275 degrees, stir every 5 minutes.

At the 20 minute mark, I tasted one to see if it was crunchy enough for my taste.  I could have let it cook another 5 minutes, but I jumped the gun and pulled them out.  They smelled delicious, looked delicious, and tasted {you guessed it} delicious!  

If only we had smell-a-vision capabilities!

Savory Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet Recipe:  Add the melted butter to the seeds and mix thoroughly.


Then add a teaspoon of cinnamon.

1 t of Cinnamon

Next, if you are following the original recipe, you would add the ginger and allspice.  Since I changed it up a bit, I added 1/2 a teaspoon of Chinese 5 Spice.  {Next time, I won't use Chinese 5 Spice.  I wasn't impressed by it.  I'll stick to the original recipe and add some sugar.}

1/2 t Chinese 5 Spice

Here is a picture of the Chinese 5 Spice, with the ingredient list.  Just in case you're curious...

Chinese 5 Spice: Ginger, Cloves, Allspice, Star Anise, and others

Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  I think, if you add sugar, the salt will be a nice balance.  If you choose to leave out the sugar, like I did this recipe round, the salt was a little too prevalent.  If you don't add sugar, I'd lower the salt to a 1/4 teaspoon.  

1/2 t of Salt

The last ingredient is the 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg I added for a little more fallish addition.   
1/2 t of Nutmeg
When you've added all of your ingredients, mix well.  Since this recipe is a sweet one, I decided to coat the pan with cooking spray {especially if you use sugar, so it doesn't stick}.  
Coat the pan.
Spread the seeds out as evenly as possible, just like you did with the savory recipe.
Sweet seeds are ready to roast!
Stir the seeds around every 5 minutes, especially watch this recipe, it can burn faster.  This recipe was cooked perfectly after 15 minutes.  
Roasted, yummy goodness!
Sweet Pumpkin Seeds
Now, you are all set to carve your pumpkins and save that slimy mess and make something totally yummylicious from it.  Let me know if you give one of the recipes a try.  There are a few other ideas on the website.  I think when I make these again, I'll do a savory batch with an addition of Tony Cachere's spice!  Savory with a little spice, yummmm.  Y'all enjoy!

Printable recipe for the Savory Pumpkin Seeds.
Printable recipe for the Sweet Pumpkin Seeds.

Thanks so much for clicking on my blog <3  Hang around and see what The Paisley Texan Creates next.

Loves and hugs! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

0 Pumpkin Carving

Howdy! Paisley Texan here and excited to share our pumpkins we carved this year.  Yes, we actually bought AND carved our pumpkins BEFORE  Halloween this year.  {That is a big feat for us it seems ;)}  So, Tuesday morning Mr. Texan asked me if I'd like to go to the local farmers market, Di Iorio Farms, and buy our pumpkins for this year.  I was surprised and couldn't believe that I didn't think of it first {actually I'm not surprised, he is really good about thinking of those little things that tend to slip my mind in the blessed chaos that is my day to day}.  And off to Di Iorio's we head.  I have to add, there is something about pulling into the farmer's market, it's almost like going to a thrift store to me, can't wait to see what good deal I'm going to find today. 

So, the pumpkins we picked out were the ones on the 2 for $4.99 table {I think, I know the number was around there somewhere}.  We got all 4 of our pumpkins for no more than $10 give or take a buck or two.  Much better price than what you might find at the local grocery store, so if you have a farmer's market close, take advantage.  Before we left, I of course had to swing by the dollar table.  There was a lot on the table, but nothing I was interested in that day.  {That's probably my favorite part of our farmer's market.  I'm a sucker for a deal.}

Here is a gorgeous shot of the sunset on our drive home.

Look at that Sunset!

The next day we prepared to carve our pumpkins around lunchtime.  Last year, after Halloween, I found some pumpkin carving tools on major clearance at a kitchen store in the mall in College Station.  When I say major clearance, they were marked down to .88 cents from $10.99.  Like I said, a sucker for a deal.  We were so pleased with that purchase this year.  They are heavy duty and not the plastic tools they sell in the grocery store for too much money.  They worked like a charm!

These things mean business!

Mr. Texan got the pumpkins cut open, and he enlisted our oldest daughter to help clean out the "innards".  She actually enjoyed it, our little tomboy.  While he got them all prepared, I went in search of the perfect carving template for the girls and for myself.  I'm a little {okay a lot} more picky than they are, so that became a too long ordeal.  Our oldest picked this Super Cute Spider, and I picked out this Totally Cute Cat for the baby.  I must say, both turned out beautifully. 

Totally Cute Cat
Super Cute Spider

After we got the pumpkins carved for the girls, it was nap time for them and then Mr. Texan and I planned our attack for our pumpkins.  We both love carving our pumpkins.  I think a lot of it is the nostalgia behind it and the other is seeing what you can create with you own two hands.  I finally found the perfect template for me, I bet you can't guess what I picked...I found the perfect paisley template on Better Homes & Gardens website {I was super giddy, excited when I found it}, they have some other great non-halloweenish templates too, so take some time to browse. 

Paisley for The Paisley Texan

So, Mr. Texan disappeared for a while {a long while}, during the time I decided to separate the guts of the pumpkin from the seeds.  I'd like to attempt roasting the seeds this year {last year didn't go as planned}.  This could potentially be a future blog post...Anyway, Mr. Texan comes in after his long while and is holding an amazing piece of art, I have no idea where he found the template, but it was amazing!  Here is his awesome pumpkin, bet you can't guess who we root for in these here parts.

Gig 'em!
So, now that you've seen our awesome pumpkins, I'll leave you with a few more pictures of them all lit up at night.  Hope you all enjoy your pumpkin carving festivities this year, and let me know if you need any ideas or help with templates.  I'd be happy to help you search for your perfect one :)

Y'all stay tuned and see what The Paisley Texan Creates next...

Loves and Hugs!