I haven’t been blogging lately so you probably thought I was off doing something exciting.
Or got pregnant (that one’s for you Kristel).
Nope…just been a slacker.
Making myself go to the gym at least three times a week and then working out hard when I get there.
Been doing pretty good so far.
Trying to figure out why one load of jeans came out smelling like nasty moth balls.
The loads before and after have no odor.
Just the load with our jeans.
It’s so bad it makes me gag.
Cleaning the bathroom (which is a horrible, horrible chore)
Trying to get organized for homework club.
Making a meal plan for each week even though I have failed at blogging it.
I’ve shaved $150 off our grocery budget by doing this each week!
Trying to come up with new breakfast ideas for myself.
I don’t like eggs.
Don’t want to eat cereal every morning.
Am not a morning person who enjoys whipping up some pancakes or baked good every morning.
Am so over yogurt.
It’s starting to make me gag.
Watching my North & South DVD and loving it!
Even husb is into it.
And other things that are just as exciting.
Just checking in to say I still love ya!
Yesterday I met the sweetest, chubby cheeked little girl.
The firstborn of my SVEC high school girlfriends.
Baby Genesis finally decided she wanted to meet us all (although from the looks of the picture she isn’t too impressed ).
Or it could have been that she was running out of room…she is a chunky little monkey at over 10lbs.
Leah is amazing!
Here she is in the arms of her Aunt Esther.
Don’t you just wanna eat her up!
I just love her!
She was already chatting with Esther and I in her own little delicate baby language.
Melts my heart.
Congratulations Josh and Leah!
Again…Leah you are amazing!
Your baby girl is precious and so sweet.
Remember this post?
Where I told you I made some fun Christmas gifts that I would share soon.
And then never did?
Well, let me introduce you to homemade Christmas gifts #1 and #2!
First off we have the lovely cake plate.
It ‘s made out of a dinner plate and candle stick.
Both were found at my local thrift store, candle stick was spray painted and then glued to the bottom of the plate (Aleene’s Jewelry Metal Glue is amazing).
Top with home baked goodies and you have a gift fit for both husband and wife!
The second gift I put together was homemade candles.
Also, so easy!
Tea cups found at the thrift store.
Simply buy some candles, melt them in a pan, and use the melted wax and wick to fill your tea cup.
I found the cake plate idea here and tea cup idea here.
Overall, they were inexpensive, adorable (at least I thought so) and can easily be gifted for any occasion.
Now every time I enter a thrift store I can’t help but scour the plates and tea cups.
It’s snowing outside (finally) and I’m inside my warm house watching The Patriot.
I love that movie.
And no matter what your opinion on Mel Gibson…his crazy yelling aside…you have to admit he is a dang good actor.
On another note…I’m not feeling so hot today.
Had a major headache yesterday that hasn’t wanted to completely go away.
I really need to make an appointment to go back to the Chiropractor.
I’ve been converted…it really is good for your health…and helps you sleep peacefully.
On a third note…I made pepperoncini beef for dinner tonight.
It was great and husband approved.
Put it on a fresh baked hoagie rolls from your grocery store bakery and then top it with some soft fontina cheese.
I think this might be my favorite crockpot meal to date.
And I particularly recommend this recipe…I tried one similar about a year ago (it didn’t call for the seasoning packet) and we were not impressed.
Well that is all the exciting and amazing things I have to share today.
Last night, on my way home from Kim’s house I was listening to that Nelly song… Just A Dream.
You guys…I like that song!
“If you ever loved somebody put your hands up, If you ever loved somebody put your hands up”…that’s totally my line!
But listening to that song reminded me of how bad I needed to share the video with you!
Sorry Nelly…but that might be one of the worst music videos ever :(
What is that all about?
The flying car?
The flying ring?
Things shootin out his eyeball?
Okay…I feel much better now…had to get that off my chest.
Last week I went to Country Village with friends and I found a diamond in the rough!
A pie plate.
Oh yes my friends! It has a lid!
Bare with me for a minute.
I bake a decent amount of pies and there is one thing about the whole process I hate…the saran wrap!
I hate how it gets messy and the wrap wont stay on right and the whole thing just uglies up your kitchen.
But no longer my friends!
Now I bake my pie, serve slices and if there are any leftovers , I just put the lid on and it’s cute as ever!
When I saw this cute little dish across the room I knew it would solve my pie problems.
I hesitated slightly…I don’t easily drop $32…but I am so glad I bought it.
It’s the perfect combination of beauty and function.
Sadly I can’t tell you who makes it…all it says on the bottom is made in China.
So if you are interested and ever come across one…snatch it up quick and head to the cash register!
Is anyone else disturbed by this picture?
I feel like we murdered our Christmas tree and then disposed of it’s body…
using a plastic bag and duck tape.
Which, in retrospect…I guess we did.
Should I bleach the carpet to kill the DNA evidence?
Wouldn’t that be obvious…bleach spots in the shape of a tree body on the carpet?
Remind me to never try my hand at criminal activity
On a much lighter night…I got a haircut today!
I even took pictures to show you guys.
Lots of pictures actually…because it isn’t easy to take a picture of yourself.
At least it isn’t easy for ME to take a decent picture of myself!
Man oh man.
Now that I have made your day with my scary Christmas tree murder picture and weird haircut photo’s I shall sign off!
I recorded a show called Extreme Couponing and am just a little excited to watch it.
How was your New Years Eve?
We had so much fun! I love our friends!
Today we go to look at another perspective house (as the last one sadly fell through…how is it possible that some homes still don’t get internet?),
and take down Christmas decorations and try not to meltdown about it being my birthday month and that I will soon turn 29.
That is really, really close to 30.
I have a feeling I’m going to go out kicking and screaming.
But to make myself feel better I’d like to share a little video I took while on our last road trip to Mexico.
Oh man that’s funny.
I love him.
What a good sport he is…that he lets me put that on my blog.
My favorite part is “are you video taping…oh God”…followed by that cute laugh!
Now that all my cares have been whisked away at the expense of my husband…allow me share my menu plan for this week.
Monday – Penne A La Carbonara & salad (recipe from Everyday Italian – Thanks Esther!)
Tuesday – Authentic Beef Enchiladas (recipe from Cooks Country magazine)
Wednesday – Leftovers cause it’s homework club night
Thursday – Pork chops, broccoli, and sweet corn spoonbread (recipe from Cooks Country magazine)
Friday – Bacon-tastic burgers, veggies w/ artichoke spinach dip.
I didn’t plan for Saturday and Sunday…but I do plan on making Morning Glory Oat Muffins for breakfast and getting back on the make my husband a sack lunch train!