July 29, 2011

Friday Favorites

Do the weeks keep going by faster and faster as the summer goes on, or is it just me?! I'm sort of ready for fall, so I'm not complaining. I'm anxious for some more comfortable temperatures, a wedding or two, and all things pumpkin but I'm not ready to go back to school. Or to lose my summer tan... boo.

I still have a few fun cooking posts to share from this past week, but for now - feast your eyes on these fab Friday favorites, friends! (enough F's? I'm done.)

The "after" of an office chair re-upholstering job. I want to try this so bad! (Click here to find "before": via)

Best idea - batter dispenser! I always make such a mess of cupcake batter... only $17.98 too! via

This shirt made me laugh out loud :) I think I need to buy one for my cousin's little guy! via

I LOVE these colors for a reading nook or window seat! via

SMORES MARTINI?! This looks delish. How fun would it be for a BBQ or outdoor party?! via

I Saving the newspaper clippings from the day of special events and turning them into picture frames is a brilliant idea! via
We are heading out any minute now to celebrate our 2nd anniversary in Hilton Head, so I don't have much time to ramble about the happenings of our week... but I'll be back next week with a couple cooking posts and an update/pictures from what is sure to be a great long weekend at the beach with my hubbs!

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

July 25, 2011

Healthy(ish) Breakfast

I recently took a hint from my love handles and cut out my homemade bacon, egg and cheese biscuits from our weekend routine. Every now and then, not a big deal. Every single weekend, and suddenly I'm growing cottage cheese on the back of my thighs.

In an attempt to create a healthier, but just as delish, weekend breakfast feast, this weekend I swapped out the buttery biscuits {yummmm} for some fresh veggies, whole wheat wraps, egg whites and baked bacon. It turned out surprisingly awesome - husb thought so too! Always a plus :)

What you'll need:
Whole wheat wraps
Red & Green Peppers
Red Onion
American Cheese 

What to do:
Dice up about 1/4 of a red pepper, green pepper, tomato and red onion as little as you like them. I chopped up ours pretty finely. Set them aside.
 Depending on how many wraps you are making (I made 2) whisk up a bowl of 1/2 eggs and 1/2 egg whites. For 2 wraps, I used 3 whole eggs and 2 egg whites. Normally I'd add a splash of milk to this mix, but we ran out of regular milk... woops. And vanilla almond milk probably have been gross. Not a big deal, we didn't miss it.
 Before you start cooking the eggs, put a pan of bacon in the oven and bake at 350 while you cook your wraps. Usually it will get crispy in 15-20 minutes, but I'm a freak and like it nearly burnt so I leave it in til it looks like its reeeally crunchy!
 In a non-stick pan (or a pan sprayed with non-stick spray) pour in your egg mixture and veggies. Scramble it all up until it looks like scrambled eggs. Add a little salt and pepper - you could even add some garlic salt if you're into that. I did!
 Set your egg/veggie mixture aside for a minute. Before you add the filling to your wrap, put the wrap by itself in the microwave for about 10 seconds. This makes them soft and they will be less likely to rip when you fold up your breakfast burrito! Tricky tricky, I know. We used whole wheat wraps. This made me feel better about the whole meal haha...
 Scoop your yummy eggs/veggies onto the middle of your microwaved wrap. You can use whatever cheese you want, but I tear up a slice (or 2) of American and lay it on top of the hot egg/veggie mix and let it melt for a few seconds. Sometimes Andrew likes hot sauce in his breakfast burritos, but I'm not a fan so I left it out this weekend. Would have been good though, I'm sure!
 Fold up your wrap like you have seen them do at Chipotle a zillion times - you know, fold the sides in just a little first and then roll it up gently so it doesn't rip. Cut it in half, and it should look somethinggg like this:
 By now, your bacon should be smelling up your whole house and making your stomach growl. Since it will have been baking in a pool of grease, you'll prob want to let the pieces sit on a paper towel (and even dab it off with another one if you're being careful about your butt dimples) for a moment or two.
 After it has been somewhat de-greased, serve up your delish baked bacon on a plate with your healthy, nutritious, and ridiculously filling breakfast burrito!

Looks good, huh??? It was. If you make this for your husband - or anyone else for that matter - this weekend, he just might start calling you Martha. Or at least mine did :)

So there you have it. A healthy(ish) weekend breakfast that anyone will enjoy and appreciate! You'll be full and satisfied and ready for a long, lazy day of couch surfing and nap taking. Or for those of you who have more ambitious weekend plans than me... you won't be too stuffed to function, as you (read: I) tend to be after most hearty weekend breakfasts.
Try it out! Let me know what ya think!

July 22, 2011

Friday Favorites

This week went really fast from about Sunday-Wednesday. And then draggggged for some reason.

It could have been the 2 poop explosions I dealt with on Thursday (TMI, sorry) that had me bathing a baby before I even finished my morning coffee.

Or it could have been our trip to the zoo with a couple of toddlers in the 104 degree Atlanta heat.

Or it could have been the sore throat and head cold that hit me like a brick wall roughly 24 hours after the baby sneezed in my eyes - true story.

My guess? An ugly combination of all of the above. As much as I love watching the kiddos I babysit, this week was a friendly reminder that I am not ready for mom-hood quite yet. I know, I know, its different when they are your own blah blah blah. But dirty diaps and snot rockets don't get cuter just because the little animal came from your body, I don't care what you say!

Here are some Friday Favorites that have nothing - or at least very, very little - to do with children. Amen.
I love the idea of a bench in my kitchen someday! via

Something about this pretty blue makes me want a blue/white guest room. via

This HOTlanta weather calls for daily ICED coffee. I betcha it tastes better in a mason jar... via

Lemon cupcakes w/ raspberry buttercream frosting... Perfect summer cupcake? I think yes. via

I know I said no babies. But I love this red(ish) and white nursery theme! Girly + Chic. via

I have been saving wine corks for years. Now I love finding useful things to do w/ them! via
That's all I've got today, friends. I'm hoping to recoup from my diaper changing trauma over the weekend and will be working on kicking this cold in the butt before the start of another week of babies and boogies. Something tells me after a little baking spree tomorrow morning and probably a few more iced coffees I'll be feeling much better :)

Happy Friday!

July 21, 2011

My Husb the Chef

I have been really slacking in the cooking department lately. Did you notice? No recipe posts in ages! The reason for that is... I haven't been doing much of the cooking recently. Or any, for that matter. I'm in an anti-cooking slump, so husb has really picked up my slack! Now if only I could get him to take pictures for the blog while he cooks..... I won't push my luck :)

Up until last week, my days were consumed with work and my evenings were filled with a combination of exercising (eh, sometimes), online class, and other work. The last thing I wanted to do was waste an hour in the kitchen just to eat my mediocre dinner at 8:30. Insert: husband of the year. Andrew has been cooking 2-3 dinners a week lately. Which leaves me with approximately 1 night of cooking since we rarely have dinners at home on weekends. A-maz-ing I tell you!

Here are a few of the dinners husb came up with and created all by himself:
  • Ranch and Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Breasts
  • Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken
  • Bison and Refried Bean Burritos
  • Sloppy Joes ;)
  • Chicken and Risotto
  • Homemade Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Pizza {are you seeing a trend?}
These are just a few that I can think of right now, but there were plenty more. Impressed? I am!!! It is seriously the cutest when I walk in the door to find him making a mess of the kitchen. He tries to play it cool but I can tell just how proud he is of himself that I am coming home to a ready-to-eat dinner :) In hopes that this trend continues now that my class is over (and way way beyond...) I'm trying to be the best sous chef I can be on nights when I have the time/energy - aka I whip up a quick salad or side to go with his dinner, or I just clean everything up without too much complaining. So far, so good.

So that husb knows how much I appreciate him, and so that he doesn't think I plan to be a slacker in the domestication department forever, I plan on making some really great dinners next week so stay tuned for some recipes and fun food stuff ~ and I also have some big baking plans for this weekend!

I'm so thankful to have a helpful husband. When life gets busy, its nice to know that I have a partner in life who is willing to step in and pick up my slack in the kitchen - and everywhere else! We're far from experts on marriage, but we've come a long way in the past {nearly} 2 years and I feel really good about the routine and the roles we have settled into.

Hubbs - thank you for being awesome! All the rest of you - thanks for reading ;)

July 18, 2011

I'm Baaack!

Back to having a life, that is. I turned in my final summer class paper just 2 hours shy of the 11:59 p.m. deadline on Friday, and then rewarded myself by having the most relaxing, unproductive, fattening weekend I've had in recent memory.

We slept in until 10:45 (two days in a row), we didn't cook a single meal at home, I ate bacon until I could not fit another bit into my face, I took a Sunday afternoon nap - a nap... my first since probably college! - and we watched movie after movie after movie. The only thing on our agenda was a cookout at our friends' new house, and that was as delightful and relaxing as lounging on my couch. So today, I'm a well-rested, rejuvenated girl!

My to-do list this week includes a lot of wants instead of musts...
  • Make a library list of leisure reads (yay!)
  • Browse for ideas for my friend's baby shower
  • Plan the details and dinner reservations for our HHI anniversary trip
  • Cook a few homemade dinners for my neglected little husb
  • Catch up with friends who I have ignored (unintentionally!) thanks to my crazy busy summer!
Do you have any must-read books for me to add to my list?! These are the books I plowed through last summer  and I am always open to suggestions! Also, any really great baby girl shower ideas you've seen lately - throw them my way! Here are few ideas I'm juggling in my head right now:
L.O.V.E. this "She's About to Pop" theme! via

Adorable baby clothes used as mantle decor would be perfect in their house via

I can't get over the cuteness of these onesie cookies! via

Super girly cupcakes instead of a cake? via

DIY Invitations, but will customize to her nursery colors via
So there is my inspiration thus far... I'm sure many of these ideas will be combined and tweaked to give us the perfect combination of baby chic for Baby J's soiree! Most of this stuff is DIY, so I plan on getting a head start before class starts back up next month. Baby girls are just too much fun :)

Book ideas? Shower ideas? I know you all have some great suggestions!

July 11, 2011

Canada Trip!

The past 10 days were a little nuts.

I flew to Ohio, drove to Canada, spent a week up there with 20 of my crazy family members, drove back to Ohio, then drove back down to Atlanta.

I spent 18 of the last 72 hours in a car w/ my husb and kitty.

I have done 10 loads of laundry in the past 8ish days.

After 5 hours of sleep, I am now back to work.

I have a 20 page paper due by midnight Friday that I have written exactly 0 pages of thus far.

Needless to say, blogging is not at the top of my priority list in the foreseeable future! But until I bid my summer class good riddance and get back to some semblance of normalcy in my life this weekend, I'll leave you with a few pics from our annual family vaca to Pigeon Lake :)
We packed most of our family into this lodge + 2 of the neighboring cabins. We had the whole camp to ourselves!

Husb unhooked about 500 fish... {thanks!}

We spent hours and hours boating and floating on the lake!

Bella had a relaxing week too :)

Captain Hubbs cruised us all over the place!

My cousin Chris caught a HUGE walleye!

We pushed off the dock before realizing no one had the boat key...

Little Mitchy got to "go faster!" all by himself (ok, w/ a little help)!

We celebrated Carter's 23rd bday!

There was some jet ski cruising throughout the week, too!
More details and pics to come, but for now the kiddos need naps and with any luck I'll knock out a few pages of this miserable paper before swimming lessons!

Post-vacation catch-up is exhausting. By the end of this week, I'll be ready for another vaca!

July 7, 2011

Checked Out

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! In my defense, I'm 4 hours north of the U.S. border on a lake in the middle of nowhere in Canada :)

My entire extended family (dad's side) come up here every summer for a week and we literally unplug. No cell phones. No TV. No internet. No flat irons. No air conditioning! Thanks to my dad's little get-internet-anywhere-in-the-world contraption, I've been able to jump online every day or so to keep up with work emails and a few school assignments, but that's about it!

I'll be back to real life - and back to blogging about it - next week! In the meantime, I'll keep snapping pics to share while we fish, boat, eat, jet ski, eat, ski, tube, and eat some more! Being checked out for the week from my daily technology regime has been refreshing -- but I'll be ready to head back to civilization tomorrow!