A Few of My Favorite Things – March Edition

Spring is on its way! We have had a glimmer of nice weather (just a few days) and I’m ready for it! Here are my March favorites:

1. Flavored water – make your own cucumber water! Just fill a pitcher with water, 10-15 pieces of thinly sliced cucumber, and let them soak overnight. Yummy and tasty flavored water! I have been drinking all different kinds of [store bought] flavored water lately.

2. Self tanner – it’s finally time to start seeing some leg! I have been using Jergens Natural Glow 3-4 times a week. I would take a picture of my tan legs, but I haven’t shaved in a few days, so that’s not going to happen.

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3. Fooducate app – it’s a pretty neat app that allows you to track your food intake, exercise, and other health information to help your reach a goal weight/fitness. I would like to lose a few pounds before our summer cruise so I came eat it all back in Europe.

4. Survivor – it’s back! My favorite show! I would love to audition for it some day, probably something I would prefer to do sooner or later.

5. English Landing Park – one of my favorite places in Parkville! The perfect place to get a coffee (Parkville Coffeehouse) and spend some time with your loved ones. Great way to spend a morning.

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6. St. Joe basketball – so proud of the Benton girls for taking 4th in the state and the Lafayette boys for taking 2nd! I have taught or coached a number of the girls basketball players at Benton and can tell you they are some quality students. It was so fun to watch them play in Columbia last weekend!

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7. Under the Dome – it’s a TV based off a Stephen King novel. Travis and I are currently watching the last episode of the first season. Season 2 starts in June. I don’t want to speak too soon since I haven’t finished season 1, but I’m looking forward to season 2 over the summer!

Can you believe that one week from today it will be April? And two months from today I’ll be on summer break? Those are numbers I’m okay with 🙂
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Bathroom Renovation

On the main floor right next to our living room, there is a half bathroom. This small, little room has officially gotten the most work done in our house. Here is what the bathroom looked like when we first moved in:

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Notice the bland wall color, ugly wood stain, and carpet. Yes, carpet in a bathroom.

We first painted the room purple. I never thought I would like a purple room, but it actually looks pretty good.

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Then, Travis stained the shelves under the sink in both this bathroom and the bathroom in our room. This is a picture of our bathroom, but the stain is the same color.

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As I mentioned in the last post, Travis decided to retile the floor in this bathroom. First, he needed to take the toilet out, and we got to see the lovely wall paper that was in the bathroom before it was painted.

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Travis ripped out the carpet and put down some mortar (no idea what this was before our project) and then a cement underlayment (still no idea what this is). Shout out to our friend Austin with a truck for helping us pick up this stuff! Having friends with trucks is a necessity when doing home projects.

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Next, we cut and laid the tiles. I got to help with this by mixing the mortar, spreading/scoring it, measuring, and laying the tiles. It was messy.

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Travis used the tile saw to cut the tiles. Didn’t get a picture of it, but he was pretty excited about using it. Last, Travis put the grout in between the tiles. After a week of having a bathroom with not potty, we finally got the toilet put back into place!

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There’s even some love in our bathroom. This is a picture of the location where we got engaged!

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Not gonna lie, even with all the work we have done in this bathroom, the light switch is probably my favorite part.

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So happy to have our bathroom working again! And yes I did get a hair cut.

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Before and after:

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The only downside to having tile inside or carpet is now my toes get cold in the morning. Hello slippers!

I’ll say it again, I LOVE my handy husband! He does great work! Thanks for spending your spring break working so hard. I think I decided my spring break project (which is still 4 weeks away might I add) will be to organize, organize, ORGANIZE.

Platte County Pie Muffins

I was watching the food network this morning and Trisha Yearwood made the most yummy sounding pecan pie muffins. I love watching cooking shows and realizing that I have all the ingredients to make whatever they are making! Well, I had almost all the ingredients for these, it called for 1 cup of pecans and I only had about 1/3 of a cup. So, I supplemented with chocolate chips and turned the muffins into Platte County pie muffins. These are very good and very rich! Here’s the recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1 1/4 stick butter, then remove from heat.

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Mix together 1/2 cup of flour, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup pecans, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

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Crack two eggs in a small bowl.

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Once the butter is cooled, whisk the melted butter with the eggs. Then create a well in the dry ingredients and pour the egg butter mixture in the well.

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Stir all ingredients together. This recipe only makes 9 muffins. I know, it’s weird. So, spread 9 muffin liners into the muffin tins. Then, very importantly, spray the liners with cooking spray so the muffins come out cleanly.

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Fill the muffin cups almost full, since there’s not a lot of rising that will occur.

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Bake for around 20 minutes.

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Let cool about five minutes before eating. Warning: the muffins are very gooey. They have a consistency in the middle similar to pecan/Platte county pie.

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As I stated above, they are very rich, but very good! Great for a cold morning in! Can you believe this picture was taken yesterday:

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And this picture was taken this morning:

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Bipolar much?! On to a day of grading, reading for graduate school, taking a quiz, and watching Back to the Future. Interesting fact: Back to the Future: Part II goes to October 21, 2015, about 1 1/2 years from now. Think we’ll have flying cars by then? Back to the Future movies, you are so close but yet so far.

What life Would be Like if I Were Single

There have been a few times when Travis goes to Maryville to visit his family and I don’t go. This happened last Wednesday, so I got to play “single girl” for the night. As much as a love hanging out with my husband, I also enjoy spending some quality me time. It’s not very often I get to do exactly what I want, when I want, all night long. I got to thinking what life would be like if I weren’t married.

-eat a lot more fast food/never cook at home
-still live in an apartment
-not have the job I currently have (I originally only applied in the district because Travis was student teaching there)
-watch A LOT of Bravo
– wouldn’t have Uno
-bring more work home
-I probably would have bought myself a new car by now
-invest in a gym membership
-never would have gone to New York, Washington DC, Wyoming, or 2 Caribbean cruises
-I would probably eat/do the same thing everyday
-never watch scary movies

People ask me why I got married so young. Looking at this list, I don’t regret my decision one bit. I was lucky to find the man of my dreams young enough that I never had to worry about living alone. I think life would be very boring for me if I were single. I have loved every minute of living with Travis and can’t wait for more. We have traveled together, cooked together, gotten a dog together, bought a house together, and started our careers together. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m excited to do it together. I love being married, but more importantly, I love being married to Travis!

Daylight Savings Time Sunday

Today was the first day it finally felt like spring outside! The neighborhood kids were all playing outside and wearing shorts. I even put self tanner on my legs in the hope of wearing skirts and dresses this week! It was nice having daylight last a little longer into the evening, but it was too nice outside today to lose an hour! Here is what our beautiful day looked like:

We woke up early (9:00, but our bodies thought it was 8:00) and worked on some graduate school. Then we went out to lunch with some friends at 54th street. Then enjoyed a beautiful walk with our pup!

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We made chicken fried rice for dinner and drove out to Dairy Queen for a blizzard!

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Now we are watching The Amazing Race. I guess the rest of my graduate school will have to wait until tomorrow. Since falling asleep will not be easy tonight (for two reasons 1) my body thinks it’s an hour earlier and 2) Travis is now on spring break so he doesn’t have to wake up tomorrow) I plan on reading until my eyes can no longer stay open.

Travis’ spring break project he decided to do on the house is tile the half bathroom on the main level. Today he took out the toilet so he could easily put down the tile and we found this ugly wallpaper:

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Such a perfect day, are you sure I can’t get my hour back 🙂 Tomorrow will be a long day of work, a meeting after school, a hopeful walk in the park, and oh yeah, that grad school I didn’t do today.

Saturday Night Hockey

I would like to start by taking a few minutes to brag. I beat the peg tee jumping game at Cracker Barrel the other day. Pretty proud moment!

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The true highlight of the day, however, was going to my first hockey game. The ice rink is over in Independence, so Travis wanted to go to Texas Roadhouse (his favorite restuarant) because we don’t have one close to us. There was a surprisingly long wait at 5:00. I don’t know if you have ever waited there before, but they give you a number and flash the numbers on a screen that are ready to be seated. It’s incredibly nerve wracking and you get very irritated when your number gets skipped. I know it has to do with table sizes, but it’s the most intense lottery feeling (minus The Hunger Games). Once we finally got seated, Travis was a happy camper.

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The best part about Texas Roadhouse: the rolls. I could eat a million of these.

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My friend Jessica turned me on to the chicken critter salad. DON’T MAKE FUN OF ME FOR GETTING A SALAD AT A STEAK PLACE. I don’t really like steak, but I do like a salad with hard boiled egg on it.

Then we made our way to the hockey rink. The reason we went was Travis’ middle school choir was singing the National Anthem. They sounded great and it was fun to hang out with a few of Travis’ coworkers!

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I would highly recommend going to a hockey game if you haven’t already. It’s very fun especially if you like competitive atmospheres or supporting Kansas City sporting teams. We had a blast!

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In between the first and second period, there was a vow renewal. They had two kids that were pretty cute. The little girl wiped out during her walk down the aisle and spent most of the ceremony crying, and the little boy was too restless to stand still and listen, so he opted to ice skate in circles instead.

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The Missouri Mavericks team mascot is a horse named Mac. He came over to our section to take pictures with the middle schoolers and dance on the chairs in front of us. Lucky for us, the Mavs scored a goal while he was by us and we got to hear how loud his drum is (it’s loud).

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I wanted to take a picture with them but Travis wouldn’t let me. Quote of the night: “Just take my picture with the stupid donkey!”

Highlights of the night were getting on the big screen because the people behind us won a prize, witnessing a full on hockey fight, and of course, a Maverick win! Final score was 4-3.

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Worst part of the evening was walking outside to the snow storm that was occurring. We got to drive home in this:

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However, my husband is a rock star and got us home safe and sound. This is definitely something we will be doing again! The cheapest tickets are only $16 and there isn’t really a bad seat in the rink. I will just try to avoid going when we are under winter weather advisories!

Travis’ day has already been canceled due to cold temperatures tomorrow and I’m hoping for my call soon! -7 in St Joseph does not sound like a fun day to me… Brrr