Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Right up My Alley

I went over to check out what the topic for #Blogtober was today, and I was very pleased to find out that it's Pet Peeves... such luck!

The Daily Tay Blogtober14

I'm going to try to keep this list short... may be hard for me though.

1. Clean clothes being put into a laundry basket. I don't know why, but this just makes me cringe. I really think that it makes the most sense to just fold or hang your clothes as you pull them out of the dryer. Otherwise they're wrinkly! And how the heck do you plan your outfits out if you can't see easily what you do and don't have available? The madness!!!!

2. Senseless noise making. Yes, you read that right. Noise for the sake of being noisy. I do NOT like whistling. Or clapping for no reason. Or people talking much too loud in small places. I immediately become agitated. We've had construction going on at our office and I swear to the almighty God above that I almost went bat shit crazy with all the hammering at odd intervals.

3. Empty ice cube trays. Okay, you take an ice cube tray. Remove the ice. And you put it BACK in the freezer, EMPTY?! What kind of remedial learning school did you go to?! In the name of all things that are holy in the world, walk your ass to the sink and fill it back up before you put it back in the fridge!

There, I managed to keep it to 3. Three things that I'm sure thousands at least one other person are equally annoyed by. AmIRight??

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pacific Northwest Mex...?

I was trying to come up with a fancy name for this recipe that I'm going to share with you, but that was the best I could come up with... my apologies.

Anyways, this is a recipe that I made up a couple months ago that I've made quite a few times since because it's SO easy and we usually have everything in the house that we need.

Let's get started, mmkay? Oh, and please don't be mad at my pictures... I didn't want to dig my real camera out, so celly pics are the best you get.

The good stuff:
14 oz bag of C&W Ultimate Southwest Blend veggies (or whatever brand your store has)
2-4 chicken breasts (depending on how big they are and how many people you're feeding)
Taco Seasoning
Salsa of choice (I personally recommend salsa verde)
Shredded Cheese
Optional: Sour Cream, Guacamole, tomatoes, etc

First step, take your casserole dish and your veggies. I mean, after you preheat your oven to 375.

Dump those little tasty nutrients in and put a couple globs of butter on top and sprinkle with taco seasoning... you can use a lot or a little, depending on personal preference

Lay your chicken breasts on top of the veggies (if you end up with some sort of freakishly thick chicken breasts, I would slice them and open them up so they cook faster and more evenly).

Spread some of your salsa over top of the chicken

Then pop it in the oven and cook it until it reaches 160 degrees (you will also want to check it after about 25 minutes to lift the chicken up a piece at a time to stir the veggies around a bit so they get cooked evenly also)
Once you've hit the 160 mark, sprinkle shredded cheese of your choice on top (we get the mexican blend at the grocery store) and put it back in the oven until all pieces of chicken reach the temperature of 165.

This is what you should be looking at when you pull it out of the oven

Serve it up and top it with sour cream, guacamole, or whatever your heart desires... maybe more cheese, cilantro, tomatoes... 
I had to stick with just sour cream, since that's all I had in the fridge...

And there you have it. It's easy, fairly simple, and delicious

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trick or Treating has No Age Limit

This is a really hot button topic for a lot of people for some reason, and I suppose it is for me too.

Is there an age limit on when you can trick or treat?

I don't mean trick or treat with your kids or whatever, I mean when, as an individual, you can go knock on the door of strangers and get candy.

I don't think there should be. My personal opinion is that there shouldn't be any holidays that are ONLY for children or adults. If you are willing to put out the effort to get together a real costume and you want to get in touch with your inner child and go trick or treating, there's no reason you should be turned away at someone's door!

Don't get me wrong, I don't think that teenagers dressed up as a high school cheerleader or a 'rapper' should be able to go knock on someones door for their free candy, but if you and 4 of your friend show up at my door dressed as the gosh damn Spice Girls, I don't care what age you are, Imma give you some candy! 

So, tell me how you feel. Do you think that once you're a teenager you should grow up and stop trick or treating? Or are you a fellow kindred Halloween spirit who thinks that trick or treating should be for anybody who still has the drive and desire to put together an awesome costume and take a stroll through your neighborhood?
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Let's Be Real Here

I've started about 10 posts in the past few weeks to get back into blogging and to tell you about everything I've been up too, but they all end up being really time consuming (I'll give you the cliff notes version: I got married, some other people got married, I've gained weight back, found out my dog has cancer... ya know, the usual), so instead I think I'll just jump back in and link up for Blogtober.

The Daily Tay

The topic today, if I'm not mistaken, is favorite fall recipe.

It's hard for me to narrow down ONE favorite food for fall, so instead I think I'll just tell you about one of my go-to fall desserts, Turtle Pumpkin Pie.

This is an easy, no bake dessert that adults and children will both like. It combines the traditional flavors of pumpkin pie with a much more universally liked sweetness from cool whip, vanilla pudding mix, and caramel drizzle.

To save us all time, I recommend that you go here to the Kraft website (where I also got the picture), and check out the recipe yourself. It's so easy and delicious.

So there you have it, my grand entrance back to blogging.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

App Happy

Although I haven't been keeping up my end of the bargain over here, and really don't feel too bad about it, I figure I can at least share with you my favorite apps that I have deemed necessary for my every day life. And I'm not going to include the normal cast of characters, like Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

Seahawks Mobile

As a big Hawks fan, this is something that I peruse at least once a day (more during the season). I can review the schedule, the roster, see current news and updates, stats. And if, God forbid, I'm not near a TV during a game, it is FAIRLY current (within a couple minutes) of what the current score is, passing/rushing yards, possession times, etc for the current game.
The only problem? The opening screen is still a shot of the departed Golden Tate... it rips at my heart a little bit every time I open it and see him wearing that 81 jersey...

Checkout 51
This is a new one to me (and maybe to the world... I dunno). But basically you download the app, set up an account, and then when you buy certain things on the list, you upload a picture of your receipt to the app, and it credits you however much money for the products you bought. 
For instance, some of this week's products are People Magazine ($1.00 back), onions ($.25), vlassic pickets ($.25), Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom or toilet cleaners ($1.00), and hot dog buns ($.25). So basically you can get cash back for things that you already shop for... sure, it's not a lot, but I've become one of those frugal people who gets excited about $.25 or $.50 back... I'm up to $6.60 so far!

Disney Wait Times

Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like... it tells you what the wait time is at different rides and attractions. It's not something that you use everyday, but it was AWESOME when I was in Disneyland a couple years ago, and every once in a while I like to check how long the wait is on things, just to feel close to the magic :) They have one for DisneyLAND and one for DisneyWORLD, and they have different wait times for the different parks (so Magic Kingdom, California Adventure, Epcot, etc).

Any good apps I should be downloading??

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

2.5 Months Later...

I may start blogging again.
If you're lucky.

Over the past couple months, I haven't really been doing much that's super exciting.

Some fishing.
 ^ 14oz black crappie (pronounce craw-pee... not crap-ee like you would hope)

^ Personal best large mouth bass, 4lb 4oz

^ Small mouth bass, 1lb 14oz

Working in my yard.

Trying to do some wedding planning... picked up my dress, got my invitations all addressed and ready to put in the mail, narrowing down some wedding party gifts.

Working out a bit (but not as much as I should be). Trying to shave off some more pounds before meeting for alterations on my dress. One more reason I should blog more again... weight loss wednesdays were keeping me accountable for a while there.

Taking it back for a Throwback Thursday concert to see these guys (and Avril Lavigne):
Don't judge, it was actually a GREAT concert... I was surprised myself.

In general. I've just been living life... going to work, doing chores, snuggling my dog... the usual.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

I'm New Here

For some reason, these past few months have felt like I'm living someone else's life. I mean, not LITERALLY like I hijacked someone else's life, but it just feels like I am pretending to live like someone else. (Which I suppose is like I hijacked someone's life...)

All of a sudden my friends want me to do things with them (I prefer my friendships to require very little actual social commitment), and I'm working 6 days a week a couple times a month (a big change from when I would absolutely refuse a 6 day work week that would interfere with my demanding napping schedule)

But I really can't complain. I got to spend a smidge of quality time with my fave Belarussian
I am actually really upset because we didn't get a full body shot that may have included my pink boots... damn.

I've been prioritizing my hour and a half workouts about 5 days a week. And today I traded that workout in for 3 hours of yard work... (which was mostly because Dustin said he would come over and help as an attempt to get Chad to focus on something other than fishing. We were mildly successful)

There have been a LOT of throwback pictures popping up on my facebook page.
That most definitely is me on the left. I was very pale. (especially standing next to my 1/2 Filipino, 1/2 Romanian best friend)

This is what I would call "accidental orange" hair. This is what happens when you bleach brown hair. Good thing we had a second box of bleach... (side note, I have no good explanation for my one strangely short eyebrow. I have no recollection of ever having shaved it... although now that I look at the first picture in this post, apparently that is just how my left eyebrow has always been? You'd think I would have noticed that prior to right now, since I look at myself in the mirror every day. More than once.)

I read The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. It was NOT what I was expecting. It was rather bizarre and a little frightening, honestly, but I still found myself getting sucked in.
And now I'm reading The Mistresses Revenge. Talk about a psycho.

This weekend I get to watch my bridesmaids try on potential dresses. I hope it's as fun for me as I imagined it was for them to watch me try on wedding dresses. I mean, who could forget this face?
I must also appreciate the close up of my fat arm there. Doesn't get much better.

I am leaving on Sunday morning to go to San Diego for work until Friday. Travel makes me nervous. I don't like to be away from home. Being out of my comfort zone and all. So I'm just trying to think of it as a week long vacation on my own... I can workout in the hotel gym for as long as I want in the afternoon/evening, and watch whatever I want on TV. Chad has been asking me what time I've leaving on Sunday, and it crosses my mind that he probably wants to do something nice for me that morning, since I'll be gone for a week and it also happens to be our 9 year anniversary. Nope... he just wants to find out what time he will be free to go fishing with Dustin (Such a romantic, I know. But in his defense, he DID say tonight that he would take me out for breakfast that morning, which is actually a really nice gesture for Chad).

So anyways, this is my new life I've been living, try not to be too envious.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Just Go With It

I swear, this past week has been one of the most overwhelming weeks that I can remember in recent history. And not necessarily because there has been anything very exciting going on, just because there is a LOT going on.

Here is a little bit of what Ive been up to lately.

Working 6 days a week (gotta make that money, honey!)

Liking this Pin maybe a little too much (disclaimer, I didn't pin it for it's political message, I pinned it for it's Harry Potter humor)

Attempting to be more social (apparently that's important for people my age)

Going down to Taco Tuesday
I failed to take a picture before I ate the first two... whoops.

Playing garden (we had two nice days and I tore up my front flower bed... and then didn't know what to do after that so I took a nap)

Missing 4 days of workouts because I was too freaking busy and exhausted to get them in.

Anyways, I just wanted to pop in and share some of that information with you. Now I gotta go watch more American Idol... I'm really holding out hope that they will surprise me in a good way rather than boring me with their karaoke-esque singing skills.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Sixes

The book I have to tell you about this week is The Sixes by Kate White.

Right after Phoebe Hall's long-term boyfriend breaks off their relationship, she's falsely accused of plagiarizing her latest bestselling celebrity biography. Looking for a quiet place to put her life back together, she jumps at the offer to teach in a small private college in Pennsylvania run by her former boarding school roommate. But something evil lurks behind the quiet campus cafes and leafy maple trees. When the body of a female student washes up on the banks of a nearby river, disturbing accusations begin to surface about abuses wrought by a secret campus society known as The Sixes. Haunted by memories of her own school days, Phoebe launches a private investigation, and soon finds herself in the middle of a real-life nightmare, not knowing whom she can trust and if she will even survive. Because with the truth comes a terrifying revelation: your darkest secrets can still be uncovered... and starting over may be a crime punishable by death.

This was a Barnes and Noble bargain book, and I was really scared it was going to be as bad as the last one I got (see this post). But I am happy to report that it was WAY better. It grabbed my attention pretty much from the get go. There was a lot of characters coming in and out which can be overwhelming sometimes, but in this case it was all about keeping the reader guessing. Every time a new name came up, I was find myself trying to think through scenarios about how they fit in and what it might mean. Overall, the book took a few twists and turns and it seemed like around every corner, there was another surprise.

It wasn't the most intense book I've ever read, but the fact that it had good suspense while also being an easy read made it really good for a reader who doesn't always have long periods of time to read (since sometimes you have to be able to devote a good hour or two to make any progress in a book).

Overall, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I think I will do some looking to see what other books this author might have out there for me.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Recipe Roundup

I have a few more Pinterest recipe discoveries to share with you this week.

Cheeseburger Cauliflower

Chad and I used to eat a lot of hamburger helper when he lived in the Preston House (for those of you not in the know, that was the house he lived in with a menagerie of friends over the course of 4 years). Since we bought our house and it is just the two of us eating meals together (as opposed to anywhere from 3 - 12 people milling around trying to find something to eat) I haven't been making it very much. Not only is there very little nutrition to it, it makes a TON of food. So when I saw this recipe, I thought it was a bit reminiscent of the good ole HH days.
The verdict? Very VERY bland. I was going to cut up some onion to cook with the beef and add a bit more flavor, but I didn't have one. I cooked the beef with garlic and onion powders, but it still didn't give it much taste. The recipe calls for 1 cup of cheese,but I probably put 2.5 cups in, and Chad still went and got a Kraft single to melt on top.
Overall, it was a nice idea, but not one I might recommend (however Chad just yelled at me for using the last of our ground beef to make this recipe, and I politely yelled back that if he wants tacos so damn bad, maybe he should just add some taco seasoning to it and make some effing tacos with it... and it dawned on me that it might not be a bad way to use the leftovers...)

Cheesy Honey Mustard Chicken

This recipe came from Plain Chicken. When I saw it on Pinterest, it seemed right up my alley. Here's the masterpiece featured on the original recipe:
Looks delish, no?

Here's how my version turned out.
I served mine up with a side of green beans sauteed with bacon and Uncle Ben's long grain and wild Ready-Rice. Not too shabby, my friends, not too shabby at all.

I ended up mixing up the sauce when I got home from work and putting it in the dish with the chicken to marinate while I worked out (the recipe didn't say to let it sit in the marinade, but whatever). Then when I got out of the shower after my workout, I popped it in the oven.
The chicken ended up being really moist and flavorful. I spooned some of the sauce in the dish back over the chicken after I put it on my plate, and it kind of puddled up with the beans and the rice and it made me a very happy girl.

This is definitely one that I will be making again.

Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce

This recipe was brought to you by Damn Delicious, and if that's not a blog name that makes you want to read, I don't know what is. Follow it up with a picture of this dish, and you're a damn fool if you don't want to eat it.

I changed this recipe up just a TEENY bit. For one thing, I didn't plan far enough in advance to let my salmon marinate in the sauce for "at least 30 minutes to overnight". I really didn't even have enough time to let the sauce cool to room temperature without the assistance of my refrigerator. 

The other difference between my meal and Chung-Ah's (she is the creator of Damn Delicious... keep up people!) comes with the Sriracha cream sauce. I basically just mixed a bunch of sriracha with sour cream, as opposed to the mayo and sweetened condensed milk (primarily because I wasn't going to go buy a can of sweetened condensed milk to use 1.5 TBSP and throw the rest away)
And this is the culinary masterpiece that I served up...
Yeah, I see it... obviously I need some SERIOUS help with my presentation and photography skills.

As hideous as my picture is, the taste was good. Again with my go to Uncle Bens Ready Rice as the base. The teriyaki sauce wasn't as sweet as a lot of the store bought stuff, which was nice. And the Sriracha sauce was great. I give this two thumbs up.

That's it for now. But, as long as I keep eating (which I inevitably do), I will keep coming back to tell you what you should and shouldn't bother to ingest.

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