Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Toast @ the Wedding

Happy 4 years to my wonderful husband!! Dillon Kenwood Orr (Senior, now haha) you are the light of my life! I love you!!!

I found a few handwritten pages torn out of a notebook shortly after my dad died.  It was his toast he had written out to say at our rehearsal dinner and it sums up his and Dillon's relationship to a "T".  I was laughing hysterically, I remember it like yesterday.  I am so lucky that I found someone just as special and important to me as my Dad was--no one else could have ever filled the shoes I had in my expectations!!!...I couldn't ask for anything more out of a husband or a father than what Dillon shows me on a daily basis.  Our God is good and he knew you were meant for me!

Dad's Toast -- Rehearsal Dinner February 1st, 2008

"At an early age, she learned how to capture a mans heart-beginning with me.  At age 2, when I was relocating to Phoenix, I called home one night and asked to speak to (my then baby) Cara.  When she got on the phone, she brought me to tears.  'Daddy, I cried for you'...I just melted.  I've never forgot that moment.  Little did I know Cara was going to bring another man to his knees!

Cara loves to hug people--she completely and utterly disarms you with that move.  I've watched it many times in slow motion.  It's quite amazing.

She's enjoyed lots of victories.  But her most humbling defeat: The PCN Pom Pon squad.  The effort was there, but she just could't crack the line up.  So, then she moved into the college rank, with Camber and Cord-Ashely, Christy, Meggie, Lisa, Brooke, Evan, Amy, and many others as her devoted trainers she was ready for the BIG TIME.

I've spoken with Dillon's management team, Don & Loma, and they are fully behind Dillon for this....his TOP pick.  All the training, the hard works, the victories and the defeats all come down to this.

Signing Day is just about here.  And Dillon has picked Cara as his #1 draft pick.  As her principal agent, I have peddled Cara to several franchises *she had a lot of looks through high school, she was highly recruited, *She was courted by SAEs, Fijis, and Betas.  You know her pedigree was probably most appreciated by Dillon and she aligned well to eventually become his top pick.  She was born on OU-TX weekend in October 1984 so the ground work had been laid by the Lord's Divine Providence from day one.

I've cleaned out your locker and I know you're ready.  So it is with heart felt love that I assign your contract over to the Orr team. I love you both"

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thank the GOOD Lord for CrockPots!

I like to use the excuse, "I'm too busy" or "On a diet" to avoid cooking meals for my family :)  Mainly due to the fact that I honestly, just don't ENJOY cooking! I think half of it is because I am a BAD cook and the other half is because I hate the clean up that is involved after most decent meals.  So, with that said its' been awhile since I've had the "time" to cook.  Well, thanks to Pinterest I have a new found love for Crock Pot Recipes!! Can I get a "Woot! Woot!"?!  Now, don't judge me because this is quite the feat, but today is my SECOND day in a row to cook a full meal :)  I know, right?! I have (again thanks to Pinterest) discovered Crock Pot liners which makes the 'other half' of my HATING to cook less of an excuse.  I love that I can be prepped and cleaned before noon with dinner on the timer to be nice and warm and appetizing right about the time Dillon gets home from work to eat!  They BEST part is that the kids always tend to get hungry a little earlier, so this way-they can get their dinner and settle down at the table in time for Dillon to get home....change clothes...go through the mail...and we can finally sit down as a family while dinner is still HOT and the kids are already happily chowing down :)

Last night I made my very first Pot was quite possibly the BEST thing I've made to date.  My husband is a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy so it was up his alley too!  For probably the second time EVER since we've been married (4 years tomorrow) he got seconds on his meal! YAY FOR ME! I've included the Pot Roast recipe as long as the Orange Chicken recipe I just put in the Crock Pot for tonight! 

*Coming soon @ the O.Ink blog....RECIPE CARDS! YAY! Now you'll have plenty reason to get cookin'!

This easy, popular slow cooker pot roast is made with only 4 ingredients plus the water! Use a good lean beef chuck roast in this recipe, or look for a cut of beef with "pot roast" on the label.


  • one beef pot roast of your choice
  • 1 box, (2 envelopes) Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • baby carrots
  • new potatoes
  • 2 cups water


Place beef pot roast in crockpot and sprinkle with Lipton onion soup mix. Add carrots and new potatoes. Pour water over pot roast. Cook on low 8 to 10 hrs or until tender.
Thicken the gravy with a little flour or cornstarch which has been mixed with cold water. If you are really on the ball, when you put the roast on, put a batch of bread in the bread maker and set the timer so they will be finished at the same time. When you get home, all you need to do is fix a salad and dinner is done.
Pot roast recipe shared by Diane
Tip: The juices tend to be watery by the end of the cooking time, so when the roast is done, keep it warm and pour juices into a medium saucepan. Bring the juices to a boil and simmer briskly until reduced and more flavorful, about 8 to 10 minutes.


• 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks
• 1/3 cup flour
• olive oil
• 1/2 T salt
• 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
• 3 T ketchup
• 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (thaw or throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds)
• 4 T brown sugar

In a bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and ketchup.

Pour the flour in a small bowl.
Cover the chicken breast chunks in flour and shake off the excess.

Pour a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and brown the flour-covered chicken.
The chicken doesn't need to be fully cooked since it's going in the crock pot.

After the chicken is done cooking, pour the pieces into the crock pot.
Then cover the chicken with your sauce mixture and give the pot a stir.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy and Healthy 2012

OHHHH It's been awhile!! Hello again blogging world :)  I have been so busy chasing the kiddos and keeping up with work during the holidays the last few months! The good news is that we had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas season with family and our lives are slowing down and getting back to normal!  YAY!!  There a lot of things in the works at the Orr household as we get ready to start the new year and I'm excited about the changes!! 1st things 1st, Dillon and I will be headed to Mexico soon and we are back on the diet/healthy train!! I have slowly been losing since June (Livi was 4 months when I quit nursing and started watching my calorie intake).  In June, I weighed in at 182 pounds (yikes) which was about where I was at post-Kenwood pregnancy as well.  As of this morning, I'm down to 159 pounds  with my final goal at 135....24 pounds to go!  It's definitely a slow process but my doctor says that the slower the better because it will be easier to maintain versus dropping 25 pounds in a month.  Still frustrating though!  We would all like to have immediate results for our hard work :) but I'm being patient and not doing anything too drastic that I can't stick with it!

Next on the list is re-organizing and de-cluttering the house!  We've been in the new house a little over a year and somehow all our closets and cabinets are just piling up slowly but surely! It's been tough to stay on top of the house with two little ones running around, but if I can get organized NOW it will be easier to maintain (sorta like my weight! haha) I am STRIVING to do a 30-day house reorganization starting with one room/project at a time.  Day #1 was taking all the Christmas decorations down and organizing them into separate bins with printed out labels (Tree ornaments, stockings & tree skirt, Christmas village, Greenery&fillers, lights, etc.)--Day #1= SUCCESS!!! Sorry, I didn't take any before and after pics of Day 1 :)

Day #2 was yesterday...another success!! Yesterday I focused on the fridge and pantry in the kitchen.  You would not believe me if I told you that just by de-cluttering boxes and organizing things into bins that I have SO MUCH extra space in my pantry it is RIDICULOUS! It almost looks empty! It's awesome :)


AFTER: --can you believe this has ALL of the same things in here? Just organized! Crazy how much space clutter takes up!!

Yes...we like Cheerios.

 Each bin/basket got a tag--:

I used free printable tags I found on Pinterest and printed file labels to stick on them....then I used packing tape to "laminate" them and jute twine to tie them

Even Dillon has his own "Smoker & BBQ shelf"  :)

Todays project: My craft closet in the guest room....OHHH this should be fun (not)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Pinterest Recipes=SUCCESS!!!

Well, it's official.  PINTEREST isn't a TOTAL time-suck :)  I am 4 for 4 good recipes that Dillon and I have liked!! YAY!! So, whats the dish on these good meals?

1.  Buffalo Chicken Rolls:  ...the only difference is I shredded the chicken and left out the blue cheese crumbles....I also did a sweet&spicy BBQ version, Dillon was a big fan!

2. Brown Sugar/Balsamic glazed Pork Loin:  I shredded the pork and served it over white rice
3. chik-fil-a knockoff nuggets: DELISH...I ate them with honey, D had BBQ, shocker.

4. S'mores cookies: I may or may not have made these several times....and they may or may not be on the menu for dessert tonight too!!! ;)

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Well, it's another Sooner Game Day in the Orr household!! We LOVE Game Days and we almost treat them like they are holidays...yes, we are obsessed :)  We sung "Boomer Sooner" when Kenwood woke up this morning and he very matter-of-factly told Daddy "we watch football...TOUCHDOWN!"  We are proud parents :)  Dillon took his morning Saturday drive to the donut shop....and

Kenwood got a FOOTBALL donut!

My little Sooner babies played and worked on Kenwood's GIANT Dinosaur puzzle:

And Olivia loves the "Boomer Sooners" too:


Saturday, September 10, 2011

I love NEW things!

Well, Dillon went to Dallas with his dad for a short little trip last night and today so I've been catching up on laundry, house cleaning, etc....I've been a bit behind because I've been SOOOO {thankfully} busy over at The Design Studio!! I also finally got to play around and order some of the stuff I've been wanting for myself...and a birthday gift for my Mother-in-law {I won't post it yet but it is darling and says "Mimi's Sweet Treats"--don't worry I didn't give it away, she doesn't check the computer}! Can't wait 'til they come in and I'll be sure to take real pics and brag about how excited I am! :)

Ordered this tray for us--Dillon and I need a tray in our bathroom to hold some everyday toiletries on the counter...this is perfect, our bathroom cabinets are black and our bedding is light blue! I kind of copied this from one I did for an order...I just loved the trellis on the tray!

Here are the lunchboxes I made & ordered for the kiddos {FINALLY}:

And last but not least..just a funny little notepad for kicks:

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free printable @my Design Studio today!! Sooner fans only please :)

I am soooooo excited about football season!! We are HUGE fans in the Orr household--looking forward to tailgating @ the Sooner Club this season with my in-laws AND my mom and aunt for every game! We are one big Sooner Born and Sooner Bred happy family :)  Here are some photos from last year:

"Olivia's 1st OU Texas" {in my belly}