Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Psalm 95:2


Thanks be the One who gives all good gifts. I deserve none of them. I hope your hearts are as full as mine as we enter the season of waiting, watching, and anticipating the greatest gift of all.




I like the foodz. I like the italian foods and the mexican foods and the healthy foods. I like to make the food and go out to eat the food. You get the point.

There have been a ton of great looking recipes floating around on the internet lately, and pinterest is probably to blame for that. I’ve decided to share some of the go-to recipes that have proven tried and true in our house over the past few years. 3 and 1/2 years of marriage is not long in the scheme of things, but in those years I have made a LOT of bad meals. The ones I’m about to list, though, are definitely keepers. Here we go!

Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti

Herb Roasted Whole Chicken

Tyler Florence Corn Chowder

Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Summer Stir Fry

Dijon Pork Chops

(Very very) Easy Lasagna

Are you drooling yet? So there you have it. Our favorite recipes. All of these are either really really easy to make, or so amazingly delicious that it’s totally worth the effort.

What are your family’s favorite things to make at home?

P.s. I apologize for the ugly fonts and general grossness of this post. WordPress has not been working at all this week and  if it doesn’t get fixed soon I’m switching to a better content management system. Thank you goodbye.

Home for the holidays

Best news ever. Ready?

The Cody’s will be comin’ home for Christmas this year! Yep, first time in a few years. Know what else is cool? We get to bring our favorite little spotted pooch along with us. I’m seriously beyond excited. Henry has elicited mixed responses from our friends back home, ranging from “Aw man, I’d kill to meet that dog” to “I’d kill that dog if I met him”. Ok maybe not that dramatic, but for those of you in Georgia who have wanted to meet the craziest, sweetest dog on the planet, your opportunity will be the week of Christmas/New Years. In the meantime, we will be collecting donations for sedatives for our canine due to the lengthy car ride that we have to endure with him to get to Atlanta. Thank you kindly. Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait!

Austin is absolutely beautiful lately. The weather has cooled down to the 70’s/80’s during the day, and 60’s at night. The sun shines all the time. I don’t know how I survived without the sun. This is what the sky looked like on my drive to work yesterday morning. I didn’t even mind the traffic that day.

And here’s a couple pictures from the food trailer festival that was at our favorite park a couple weeks ago.

Oh, and then there was this football game on TV that Josh and I went to watch with all the other Dawgs fans in Austin. They played some team who wears blue and orange with a  stupid mascot. Well, anyway, Georgia won the game and everyone was excited and most people were really drunk and really happy. Just keeping the Uga spirit alive here in Texas.

I really love this city more and more. I love our church and our slowly forming friendships, our Saturdays at Zilker Park, and just how there’s never a lack of things to do and see. But most of my time here is spent taking care of this little guy. 40 hours a week of laughter and playing with trains and pretending every household item is a lawn mower. He’s great.

Lastly, my niece Lucie is the most wonderful human. I miss her a whole lot. I wonder how much she will grow between now and when I see her in December. 😦  Waa.