November 21, 2014

I Believe

I believe everyone did this post a year ago but I am getting to it just now cause I can.
I Believe In Pink  - Audrey Hepburn

I believe watching football counts as a productive Sunday.

I believe crisp fall air awakens the soul.

I believe that chocolate in any form can make a bad day feel better.

I believe that a good hug is about the only thing better than chocolate.

I believe that having a night-in with a few great girlfriends and copious amounts of wine is a necessity at least once every couple of months.

I believe that you can never over-tell your husband how much you love and appreciate him.

I believe that a great pair of heels can make an outfit and can increase your confidence dramatically.

I believe in everything Christmas related and taking all of it in while it lasts! Even when you are in the desert!

I believe that blogging is good for the soul - that even if you don't hit 'publish' it helps to write out feelings.

I believe in blasting and singing to your favorite song over and over again.

I believe in the power of a good pedicure.

I believe in great views and traveling often.


What are some things you believe in?

November 20, 2014

A Day In The Life

Just another Thursday. 
Thursdays bring us Fridays and Fridays bring us weekends.
Thursdays also have football.

A couple of Thursdays ago, the Browns even won!
Thursdays must be full of magical powers.

I think everyone did this years ago. But here goes. Cause my life is a real thriller...

  • 5:45 AM Alarm goes off. Press snooze 
  • 5:50 AM Groan about needing to get out of bed. 
  • 5:51 AM Stop groaning and get up. Grab my phone because I don't believe it could possibly be time for me to wake up yet. I need more sleep! 
  • 5:52 AM Brush teeth, wash face. 
  • 5:55 AM Start applying makeup 
  • 5:57 AM Shrug at myself in the mirror because that is as good as it is going to get. 
  • 5:58 AM Look at my hair and think about straightening it. Then think better not... 
  • 6:00 AM Brush it and put it in an ugly ponytail 
  • 6:03 AM Head to the kitchen 
  • 6:04 AM Make something unhealthy and unconventional for breakfast like a quesadilla. 
  • 6:06 AM Stare at the fridge waiting for a lunch I didn't pack to magically appear. 
  • 6:08 AM Shut the fridge since aforementioned lunch is not appearing. 
  • 6:10 AM Leave for work without a lunch and with a messy quesadilla. 
  • 6:45 AM Get to work and get bombarded with questions. 
  • 7:30 AM - 11:20 AM Start thinking about the lunch that I don't have. 
  • 11:30 AM Just eat some chocolate and call it lunch. 
  • 12:00 PM - 3:20 PM Be excited to go home. 
  • 3:30 PM Get bombarded with all hell breaking loose.
27 Reasons Why Nurses Are Secretly Angels Living Among Us

  • 4:30 PM Finally leave and drive home. 
  • 5:00 PM Get home, get the mail, and realize I need to make dinner and I am hungry now. 
  • 5:05 PM Grab a quick snack...while thinking of what to make for dinner. 
  • 5:12 PM Say "F this, I don't even need dinner" and start watching Grey's Anatomy or Bones. 
  • 5:30 PM Realize that Kevin will need dinner 
  • 6:00 PM Stand in front of my fridge magically hoping something will appear and make itself. 
  • 6:03 PM Realize it will not and start making dinner. 
  • 6:15 PM I am literally starving to DEATH. Like seriously my stomach is eating my insides. 
  • 6:30 PM Kevin comes home. We have whatever slop I have made. 
  • 6:31 PM- 8:30 PM Watch TV shows and talk. 
  • 8:31 PM- 9:15 PM Kevin goes and studies. I clean. 
  • 9:20 PM Brush teeth, shower, and lay in bed. I wonder if it is too early to just fall asleep... 
  • 9:30PM- 10:30 PM Watch the news with Pinterest on my Nexus. 
  • 10:30 PM Talk to Kevin again. 
  • 10:35 PM Count how many hours until I need to wake up. Set my alarm. 
  • 10:40 PM Fall asleep.


Occasionally groceries, filling up for gas, miscellaneous errands, and exercise happen. 
What do your typical days look like?

November 19, 2014

Hectic is Perfect

I think there is an assumption that marriages are perfect. And maybe they can be for some – the perfect jobs, house, pets, children, cars – the list goes on. But what makes my marriage so wonderful and perfect for is this hectic thing we call life. For my husband and I, hectic IS perfect – because that means we are living our life and living it together.

Would we want a romantic date night once a week? Sure! Does it happen? No, but what we do love is our nightly routine of a quiet dinner catching up on TV. Yep, there it is – our romantic evening! But for us, it’s so perfect. To sit and share our day, toss back a glass of wine and relax is the perfect evening. We do love our random date nights though and, to be honest, we need one soon! Life happens and we’re constantly paying the bills, seeing friends, seeing family, being spouses and it’s hard sometimes!

 But in the end, it’s this hectic-ness that brings us together and makes us a good team. Life has always been busy. Not just lately. I feel like everyone adds the word lately to busy like it is some sort of excuse. I don't feel guilty or the need for an excuse. I love my life with my husband hectic or calm.



Aww. He is so cute!
Have a great weekend!

November 18, 2014

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I cannot believe that I have not shared this recipe. It is a huge STAPLE in my house. Heck I even found out at one point it was Kevin's favorite meal! Possibly still is! Haven't asked him lately...

Anyway, we love sharing this meal together with a nice glass of wine. I don't ever usually attempt Chinese food at home, but this one, NO PROBLEM.

Final product. Enjoy with a nice glass of chardonnay.


Ingredients:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 eggs, beaten
Flour (enough to coat, I never measure it)
Canola Oil Spray

2 cups granulated sugar
8 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 cup of white vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

Cut the chicken pieces into bite sized pieces of chicken. Dip the pieces into the egg then into the flour to coat. Once coated place in a big skillet and cook until lightly browned. Then place the chicken into a greased baking dish. 

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Cover the browned chicken with the mixture.

Bake for 50 minutes at 325! Enjoy!


November 17, 2014

Friendsgiving

I hosted a friendsgiving dinner this year. You know, just my first major thing. Just 12 of our closest friends. Haha, in hindsight, I did not plan enough. Sure I had hosted Easter, but that wasn't a crowd, just my parents.

My mother always hosts Thanksgiving dinner, and it has always been a pretty small affair for us- just our immediate family. Family is not nearby for us. This year I wanted to host one for our friends. I am thankful for them and we know how to eat, so this seemed like the best holiday to do. Plus as a nurse, I have no idea what holidays I won't get to spend with family or friends.  I learned a few things from this year's hosting experience...

Keep it simple. My table setting was beautiful, but practically effortless. I got some roses and candles and a table runner. That. Was. It. Easy. Peasy.




Get creative and resourceful. Not stressed out! I fretted for a bit about the size of our dining room table. I made a creative buffet of the food and had a friend bring over a card table. People didn't have to go far to get seconds and everyone had a spot to sit. Problem solved!




What I learned about the menu. You have can never really have too many sides or pies for that matter. My friends brought all brought over a dish each. Everyone was super happy to have plenty of choices!

And you can never have too many chairs. Period end of.

The internet can be a dangerous place. Looking up how to do a turkey. Seems simple right?! People have differing opinions and blah, blah, blah. I should have just asked my mom from the beginning. But I didn't and I got majorly lucky picking and choosing what to do in the turkey department.

I'll did find some major success with my turkey this year, so what I did is down below...



And no matter how many people you have coming over or how big of a dinner you are making, make sure you set aside time to take a few photos from the day. You don't want to look back on a fabulous holiday and regret not snapping a few pics.



First annual Friendsgiving was a total success!

Rosemary Thanksgiving Turkey
Adapted from All Recipes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon black ground pepper
2 teaspoons of dried rosemary
1 teaspoon of dried basil
2 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder
Turkey (I had an 18 lb one)

Directions:

Take your turkey out of the fridge. Ensure that you have given the turkey enough time to thaw. It literally takes 4-5 days!

Wash and dry the turkey. This was seriously a team effort between Kevin and I. Dry with paper towels. This is not the most environmentally friendly way but it is the best way. Remove any major fat deposits.

Preheat the oven to 475.

In a small bowl, Mix together the olive oil and spices. Set aside.

Using your hand, spread the rosemary mixture on the breast and down the thigh and leg. Rub it all over that turkey.

Place the turkey on the rack in the roasting pan. Add a small amount of water (just enough to cover the bottom. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, turn down temperature of oven to 325 and continue baking for another 3.5 hours.

OH and....get your own meat thermometer. Mine didn't even have a pop-up timer. But another thing, most websites will tell you the temp has to be 180. EW. Unless you like overcooked turkey....we took ours out at 160-165. The thermometer should be stuck in the thickest part of the thigh where it meats the breast. Push the thermometer in until you feel it slide into the thigh meat.

Your turkey should sit out for at least 15 minutes. I prefer 30 before eating and carving.

Oh and if you know someone with an electric carver. Be their best friend. Or just invest in one yourself. Makes the carving so much easier (so says my husband. I absolutely did not carve that bird)

Serve and enjoy!

Happy Holidays!
What have you learned from hosting during the holiday season?

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