Archive for December, 2009

Lazy Day

I still have four days (including today) until I’m back to the real world.  Speaking of the real world, the new season is out and the husband and I dvr-ed it last night.  Yes, we always watch the drama of “The Real World.”  We can’t help it, we are sucked in.  We like watching reality tv.  Just don’t tell anyone k?

This morning was spent taking down Christmas decorations and the tree.  It’s kind of sad, but I am looking forward to a new year.  I hope the amount of celebrity deaths decreases this year.  It was a crazy/unfortunate year for that.  I wish celebrities would learn from others in that doing a lot of drugs is just short lived happiness pain relief.  I am glad I will never do any drugs!

Anywho, on a lighter note…check out these awesome boots my Mamal gave me. 

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And check out Zoey in her cuteness.  Yes friends, she was just licking my shower door, but she is so cute I can’t stay mad.


Here is the yummy cookbook that I am excited about. Going to be making lots of recipes out of it this year.


And here is my latest confession.  I have been advised that I should read this. 


I have NEVER been a fan of “fad” books: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings…etc.  I was told that it is completely different and I should read it.  I’m 60 pages in, and it’s pretty good so far.  I am not making any final judgments and I won’t say I like it until I’ve finished it and want the second one 😉

Hope you all enjoy your Thursday!


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So we ran a bunch of errands today, one to my favorite store eva- Barnes and Noble.  I picked up this

Cooking Light Cookbook

I am thinking of cooking a bunch of recipes in the new year from this book.  I don’t want to commit to doing the whole book because if I don’t finish it, I would feel like I failed.  So we will just see what happens 😉

The husband and I want to lose some weight.  I know I know, everyone makes New Years resolutions and keeps them for about a month, but we are not calling this a New Years resolution.  Just a simple goal.  Our jeans are getting tighter and we have eaten too many Cook Out milkshakes and good food in 2009.  Hopefully by cooking out of the cookbook will lead us to some health.

We have also decided to not eat out unless it is with the husband’s parents.  We eat out every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (with his parents).  Okay okay, you can lift your jaws off of the floor now.  And we get milkshakes/other goodies throughout the week.  And you wonder why we feel like big fat fatties? Hmmm…

So we are looking to get some health/wealth this year by saving money and losing weight.  I am excited about cooking more and playing my new Wii Active.  It has workouts, yoga, resistance training, etc.  I miss having loose jeans and would like to go shopping in my closet. 

My parents came over tonight and saw our house.  I love our house and we got a really good deal on it.  It’s hard fun being adults and having a house of our own.  I am off to plan out meals and shopping lists for next week 🙂

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I slept so good in our bed last night. Don’t get me wrong, the air mattress at Mamal’s was fine, but there is nothing like your own bed.  This morning I made some coffee using my new Bodum French Press.  I used my coffee pot to heat the water.  I really need a tea pot. 

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The coffee was just meh.  I like mine a little stronger so I have to mess with it more to make the perfect cup.

I also made these.  They must only sell these up North.  I’ve never seen them down here.  We used to eat them all the time as kids. 

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The husband didn’t really like the bite I gave him.  He doesn’t know good hot cereal when he sees it 😉

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I am a huge fan of their consistency and texture.  And the fact that they are chocolate!!!

We are going to Cary today to Best Buy, Barnes and Noble and Target.  Then hanging around until my parents stop by to see our new house for a few minutes.

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Adventures from Ohio

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The husband in front of my Mamal and Pap’s house freezing

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On the way to some stores in Sardis (okay there are only 2)

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My sister, Kayla, and I

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The little Amish store

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Ables Cheese has been there forever

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I won 4 bucks on two lottery tickets here and got some free samples of different cheeses.  They discontinued my favorite-Pizza Cheese.

The Post Office.  They have PO Boxes that they have to drive to in order to get their mail.  Yep, and they just got 911.  No,  I’m not kidding.

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Mamal and Pap’s house

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That is the hill we drove up on the way home

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The church my family used to go to

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On Sunday we went to this place called Quick Lube?  It was a wings and lube place.  The “lube” means beer.  We got a lube tube which is this…


100 ounces of beer and then we got one more (crazy right?)  Let’s just say I’m a lightweight and was smiling a lot at lunch.  We also got wings, onion rings and pickle chips.  Holy yum!


Ohio was super fun.  I am glad I got to see some family, snow and the casino.  We had a blast and I’m so glad the husband fits in so well with my family 🙂

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Woke up at 6:00 this am (could have slept until noon) and we are off to Ohio to see my parents (they are driving up there separate from us), my uncle and cousin, my sister and my grandparents. 

Let me explain why I’m so sleepy…

Here is a recap from yesterday.  The husband and I always open our presents Christmas Eve. Then Christmas morning we go to his grandmother’s house and open gifts with his mom’s side of the family.  Since we now have our first only home, we did Christmas with his parent’s and dad’s side of the family that evening. 

I’ve been cooking up a storm for two days for this party.  When I do a party get together, I do it right. 

Here are some pictures from before the party and the recipes to go with them…

Apple Orchard Punch

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Ranch Oyster Crackers

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Easy Oreo Truffles

About to crush up the oreos

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Hey Diane, look at what I’m using!

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Oreo and cream cheese mixture

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Dipped in chocolate with oreo crumbled on top

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Clean slate

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Tangy Cheese Ball

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Orange Balls

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Mexican Dip

Sour cream , cumin, and refried beans mixed together

Layer more sour cream on top

Add shredded cheese

Add salsa

Make it pretty by spreading chips around

I know some people don’t like guacamole or jalapenos, but if it was just my dip I’d add those to it

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Red Velvet cupcakes made with egg whites instead of eggs out of the box

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Decorated with my new Pampered Chef tools 🙂

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It’s all about presentation!

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I was so exhausted and happy that my in laws helped clean up.

Then it was off to Ohio to see my grandparents the next morning.

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Pilot Mountain

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Dug into the Peanut Butter Balls!

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We didn’t win 😦

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Update: On Monday I won 4 bucks on two scratch offs in Ohio! 🙂

Another tunnel

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One side of the mountains

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Capital Building in WV

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The girls on Sex in the City participate in SSB: Secret Single Behavior.  It’s what girls do when the guys are away.  It’s secret because it’s something they usually don’t do in front of them, but like to do alone. In one episode Miranda covered her hands in Vaseline, put gloves on and watched tv.  Tonight was my night for some SSB. 

The husband was off getting a haircut and I had such a long day, I decided not to go with him.  We usually have dinner at the in laws and then get hair cuts.  I get one every other time because I’m trying to grow mine out. 

My SSB consisted of this:

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A heavenly sub from Jersey Mike’s

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The crossword puzzle which I attempt every night at dinner (yes, I’m a grandma!)

And these showed up at my door!

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Thanks pop chips!

And then this happened…

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Zoey’s SSB

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Zoey loves laundry!

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But, not the camera flash!

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Then a lovely bath…

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With this…

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This bubble bath from Victoria’s Secret smells amazing!

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I read these in the bath and then this happened…

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I’m so bad at painting my toenails.  I usually just paint the area around the nail too then take it off with nail polish remover and a Q-Tip.

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blog.  Things have been CAH-RAZZZY! at work and I’ve been too tired to do anything!  Hope to keep up with this more!

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