Weekend Update 2/21-2/23

It’s been a while since I updated because nothing too noteworthy has happened in the past week. So, I thought I would share the top five memorable moments of the weekend. I think this post is more for me, so when I look back at this blog in however many years, I can remember what a typical weekend looked like when I was 24.

1. Hanging out with my best friends Saturday night

One of our best friends got engaged over New Years and she sent us girls the most adorable DVDs asking us to be her bridesmaids. So we got together and showed off our DVDs and talked wedding! We concluded that we plan awesome parties, have a passion for cake tasting, and look really good in matching outfits!

2. Sochi Olympic closing ceremony

I honestly don’t remember what I did with my life pre-Olympics. I guess it’s a good thing the Amazing Race and Survivor also started this week. Maybe I’ll actually start reading again.

3. Getting Uno a new collar

He’s not very excited about it. He pouted. But the red looks really good on him. I think he looks younger 🙂

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4. Having meals with both sets of parents

Dinner Friday night with my parents at Jose Peppers and lunch with Travis’ parents on Saturday at Famous Dave’s in the Legends. It’s great too see so much family.

5. A glimmer of nice weather

It was nice to wear a jacket all weekend. Plus, it was nice enough to fire up the grill! I think I have mentioned that my hubby makes incredible burgers, so good! It was made ever better by the fact we only has a small 2 page paper to write, meaning we could enjoy all these wonderful things even more! I won’t mention the fact that St. Joe has three possible chances for snow in the 10 day forecast…

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Crockpot Oatmeal for an Early Morning

Travis and I are both lucky to have President’s Day off this year. I spent Saturday and Sunday hanging out with friends and family, watching the Olympics, reading (The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling), and SLEEPING. We have a paper to write for our adolescent psychological class, and I decided I would wake up early Monday morning to write it. Now, I’m not a morning person, so the best way to motivate me to wake up on a day off is breakfast. So I put oatmeal in the crockpot for some morning motivation. Here’s what I did:

Chop 2 apples into bite size pieces. I used gala apples.

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Add the apples to the crockpot. Sprinkle 1/4 cup brown sugar over apples.

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Next, sprinkle a teaspoon of cinnamon.

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A pinch of salt.

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Next comes the oats. 2 cups of them.

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Then, 2 cups of milk. I used skim.

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Next, the recipe calls for 2 cups of water. I only added 1 1/2 cups though because I prefer a thicker, less watery oatmeal. Do NOT stir the oatmeal.

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Set the crockpot to low for 8-9 hours.

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Set your alarm for 8 hours later and go to bed! Uno’s favorite time of day.

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Once you wake up and the oatmeal is fully cooked, then stir it.

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Finally, serve it up with any oatmeal toppings you like and enjoy! I topped mine with pecans and craisians. I also had some chocolate chips available which would be tasty.

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I might add a little extra brown sugar to the top of mine next time. It needed a little more sweetness. Overall, a tasty and healthy way to start your morning. Now onto a morning of parenting styles and peer groups!

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This afternoon, Travis and I are going to go ice skating at the local rink (we are Olympic inspired, we might even sign up for a curling class!) I am also subbing on a volleyball tonight in St. joe which means dinner at Cheddar’s! I love when Travis comes to my games with me 🙂

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m so lucky to have a Valentine of six years! Here is us on our first Valentine’s Day together, almost a month after we had started dating.

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We’re so young looking! Here is our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.

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Ever since Travis and I got married, we have talked about waking up super early and getting breakfast before going to work. This means we would need to be at the restaurant by 5:30. Since neither of us are really morning people, this has been all talk for 2 1/2 years. Well, we finally did it this morning! We went out to IHOP at 5:30 and had a yummy Valentine’s Day breakfast together.

Since Travis had the day off school (I know! He’s had more days off school lately than actually going to school) he has prepared my favorite meal for dinner: roast beef, noodles, and mashed potatoes (same as the meal pictured in our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple). He also made chocolate strawberries for dessert, yummy!

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He got me the Les Miserables blue ray.

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My return present to him? My opportunity to go chaperone a high school dance. I know, I’m really lucky to have such an amazing man!

Here’s the best Galentine’s Day present from my friend Jessica. (Galentine’s Day= Valentine’s Day with your gals. Is it a real term? I don’t know, but I saw someone else use it and thought I would too).

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I ate smarties ALL DAY and didn’t share. One of my students got a huge sock monkey that stayed in my room most of the day. I treated it like a normal student…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

A Few of my Favorite Things – February Edition

It’s definitely February outside. Most if my current favorite things have to do with the fact it’s winter.

1. The Olympics – I eat, breathe, and sleep Olympics. It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed, first thing I think about when I wake up. I’m a little obsessed. If you didn’t already know this about me, now you do. I get really excited about the one time every couple of years I get to whip these bad boys out.

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2. Olympic Memes – see favorite thing #1. Here’s my current favorite: #wagnerface. After Ashley Wagner, figure skater, received her score for her short program in the team competition, this was her face:

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This picture has now been placed on many different images. Here’s one:

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3. Hot tea – I’m been trying to cut my caffeine intake to help me sleep better at night (it works!) So in the mornings, I drink one big cup of tea and call it good for my caffeine intake for the day. I have also been having a cup of sleepy time at night. For some reason, hot tea warms me up way more than hot coffee does.

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4. Flappy bird – I’m totally on the band wagon with this game. Unfortunately the creator took it out of the App Store because he was getting too many complaints. So if you have it don’t delete it if not, borrow someone else’s! Yes, this is my high score, be jealous.

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5. Mary Kay’s stain lips – a friend of mine had a Mary Kay party recently, I got some of this lip mask stuff. My lips get super dry during the winter and crack all the time. This stuff takes the top layers of dead skin off your lips, leaving them soft! Just don’t miss, I got a little off my lips and got a nasty pimple.

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6. space heaters – energy saving tip, space heaters are cheaper than turning up your heat! Our space heater got us through those really cold days we have had in the past month. Uno likes them too!

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7. Tall candles – they add a nice, warming light to the room. We got these at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

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8. Snow days – teaching has its perks, and this is one of them. My mom hates the snow and loves her summer, and same with Travis. However, my district builds in a few snow days, so we don’t have to make them up. If I have been to the store and stocked up, I could stay snowed in for a week easily. I say yes to PJs, reading books, and movie marathons all day!

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Monster Truck Jam

That’s right, this girl went to see a monster truck show! Not the normal place you would find me on a Saturday afternoon, but I’m always up for trying new things. When Hallmark doesn’t give their suite to clients, they raffle it off to their employees. My parents have gone to a good number of random events at the Sprint Center because of this, and today my dad invited Travis and me too.

First off, just going to sit in the suite alone makes it worth it. You get to enter the Sprint Center in a special door and ride in an elevator with an attendant. The door that leads into the suite scans your ticket and says, “Welcome to the Sprint Center. Your door is now open.” And by says I mean the door actually speaks to you.

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The suite has a mini bar and siting area.

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The seats are also pretty comfy. Aren’t my parents the cutest?

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Evidence that I was actually there! I had no idea what to wear to a monster truck show…

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I can’t go to an event with a concession stand and not get nachos. This is my favorite food. The oranger/faker the cheese, the better.

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Here’s our view!

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They started off with the wheely competition.

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The Batman truck was by far my favorite!

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Next, they did the racing section.

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During intermission, I went up to the tv in our suite and watched some Olympic speed skating.

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Next, the motorcross or the “nuclear cowboys” came out and did some jumps. They are really hard to get pictures of.

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They closed with the freestyle. The trucks got 60 seconds to pretty much drive around and do whatever they wanted. We finally got to see some of the trucks go off the big ramp.

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At this point, the noise and the smell of the exhaust were starting to get to us. Once the show was over, I was happy to get some fresh air.

Overall, definitely a fun experience! I would recommend you go -if free :). Now on to an evening of Olympics-figures skating, snowboarding, and freestyle skiing. Thanks for a fun day mom and dad!

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

So, I just realized that my last posts have all been food related… I guess that’s what happens when you are stuck a home for a few days! Here is a lighter recipe that we made tonight. Travis and I are currently all about easy and CHEAP eating. We are planning a summer vacation and I would much rather spend money to ride a gondola through the city of Venice than eat out at Applebee’s. So here’s an easy, cheap, and light recipe:

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Start with unwrapping and slicing some string cheese sticks. I cut 8 sticks into thirds, but you could cut them in half if you want bigger sticks or smaller if you want more bite sized.

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Then, place the cheese into a plastic bag.

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Important step!!! Put the bag with the cheese in the freezer for 30 minutes! If you don’t do this, you mozzarella sticks will melt in the oven before they are done. Uno loves cheese and would not leave me alone while I was making these!

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Once cheese is frozen, dump a tablespoon or so of flour in the bag and shake until the cheese pieces are covered in flour.

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Next, crack and whip an egg in a bowl. Then put about 1 cup breadcrumbs in another bowl. I used whole wheat breadcrumbs, but anything you have on hand should work.

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Next comes the messy part. Drop the cheese bits into the egg, making sure they get fully coated. Then drop in the breadcrumbs, once again making sure they get fully coated. If you really hate the messiness of the egg,I have heard this recipe done with milk before too, so that might be less messy.

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As you are finishing the mozzarella sticks, place on a greased baking sheet.

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Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. The mozzarella sticks should look medium to dark brown.

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Serve with warm pizza sauce.

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I had all the ingredients to make these on hand, making them easy and cheap! We also made pizza roll ups using crescent rolls, pepperoni, and the other part of the string cheese (baked on the same baking sheet for the same amount of time).

I promise my next post will not be food related! Have a great weekend!

Snow Ice Cream

I saw a recipe on Pinterest for snow ice cream so I thought that today would be the perfect day to try a snowy recipe!

Start with mixing 1 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and a pinch of salt together.

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Time to venture into the wild. It hasn’t let up snowing since 8AM and its STILL going strong!

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You are going to need about 8 cups of snow. Travis was a little freaked out by the idea of using snow that was in our yard, so you can also do this with shaved ice. My opinion, #YOLO, eat that snow off the front lawn! I was just careful to pick it away from where Uno likes to hang out.

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Mix the snow with your milk mixture.

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You’re going to want to mix it until its fluffy and looks like normal ice cream. This picture is about halfway there.

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I mixed for probably 3-4 minutes.

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Put in bowls and top with your favorite ice cream topping. I went for sprinkles!

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Yum! It tastes pretty similar to normal ice cream, just very “airy”. It melts quick though so eat up fast! This also makes a lot of ice cream. Travis and I didn’t even get close to eating it all. Good thing snow is free!

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We love snow days (and staying in our PJs all day) 🙂

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Uno got a small scoop too! His favorite treat is Sheridan’s Frozen Custard, so I figured he would gobble down some snow ice cream! He cleaned that bowl! I uploaded a video of him eating it to my Facebook. Since I have the free version of wordpress, I don’t think I can upload videos straight from my phone, but I’ll look into it (or maybe some else out there can help me!)

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Travis has already got his call for the snow day tomorrow (that’s three days now for him) and I’m just waiting for mine! Fingers crossed!

*******SNOW ICE CREAM UPDATED RECIPE*******

I decided I would try to make chocolate snow ice cream! Success! Here’s what I did:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 cups of snow

Make it just like before, just replacing the vanilla with the cocoa powder. I used less snow this time around since I knew I wasn’t going to give any chocolate to Uno. With less snow, it melts even faster!

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What other combinations could I try? Hmmm….