Friday, May 15, 2009

Stolen recipe - Candy Apple Salad

The lovely blogger, Dusty, over at All Things G+D, posted an absolutely deeeelicious looking recipe that I have to steal and share with anyone who might read this (I even stole her pictures, shhhhh.) Book mark Dusty's blog, she has a lot of great stuff on there! Here's the recipe!

What you need:
Apples (granny smith would probably be the best)
Snickers candy bar (frozen)
Cool Whip
Instant butterscotch pudding mix

Directions:
1) Chop up about 5 large apples into bite-sized pieces.

2) Add Snickers pieces - about 8-10 snack sized bars are good (Stephanie note: I would so add more than that! )


Dusty's tip - Put the Snickers in the freezer and then use the smooth side of a meat tenderizer to mash the bar, all while it's in the wrapper.

3) Mix in 1 pack of instant butterscotch pudding mix (just the powder) and 1 small container of Cool Whip to the apples and Snickers.

4) Stick it in the fridge until serving. Or..... eat it all because you have no control, like me!



I don't know about you, but I plan on making this one pretty soon. I kinda want to leave work to try it right now, but that's because I have a ridiculous sweet tooth.
Separate post coming soon about our (hopefully!) new house! Stay tuned


Monday, May 4, 2009

Me = bad blogger

I've been a terrible blogger lately. Rett & I have been crazy busy with work and we're in the process of looking to buy our first home! Yay! Renting for 8 years was waaaaaaaay too long, but the economy has kind of worked in our favor, since we're able to get more house for our budget than we would have been able to get a couple years ago. Of course, the $8,000 tax credit is pretty nice too!

Other than that, nothing too exciting with us. I've managed to lose 11 lbs since January, but it should really be more than that. I have to get back to kicking my own booty to jump start weight loss again.

Promise to blog again soon!

Monday, March 30, 2009

New Years resolution, version 3.30.09

It's a long known fact that, for most people, New Years resolutions just don't work. Rett & I did the requisite "We're going to lose weight this year!" resolution, even joining a gym. Of course, we don't go as much as we should for the amount we're paying, but that's just part of the resolution, right?

Therefore, I'm instituting my New Years resolution, version 3.30.09, to be started immediately. We spend way, way, way, way x10 much money going out for food. I loathe cooking, with a passion. Rett is a good cook, but he's not really good at making a healthy meal. He just likes to throw things together and call it a casserole. It always tastes good, but it's not the best way to eat on a regular basis. I'm not going to pretend that I'm going to become a world class chef, but I can throw a can of soup over some chicken and make some rice.

We're going grocery shopping tonight & I'm trying to organize an actual list with my coupons so we don't just throw random junk in the cart. Does anyone have any suggestions for some easy, yummy, not too expensive meals?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Disconnected

-disclaimer- this is a boring no pictures, no fun information or insight post.

Lately I've been feeling really disconnected. It feels that people aren't understanding me and I'm not understanding them, almost as though I was just picked up and place in the middle of a foreign country and no one speaks English or cares to help me find a way out. I'm just lost in a fog of confusion and disappointment.

I don't feel that it's anyone's fault other than my own, but I find myself making promises and then backing out, feeling like I just can't leave the house or get motivated to participate in something. I feel overwhelmed by the things I desire and see no light at the end of the tunnel to work toward. I need to go through a mountain of paperwork to file for reimbursement for my flex spending account, which one would think I could done in the hours after work before going to bed at 10pm - but, no, I end up sitting there stressed by the fact that there is so much to go through and no where to start. The logical part of my brain knows to just start somewhere and it'll get done, but the OCD crazy part of my brain wants an "attack plan" before I start.

Rett's scheduled changed that he now gets off at 5:30pm, instead of 7:30pm. I'm hoping that he can help me be more productive, since I was using him as an excuse. (I couldn't do anything before he got home, because I wouldn't be done in time and I couldn't do it after because I would want to spend time with him.) All of my excuses are really pathetic ones. I wish there was just an easy way to say "OK, I'm motivated and ready to work! Here I go, nothing holding me back!" but it just doesn't seem to work like that for me.

Maybe tonight will be better. At least, I can hope that it will be.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I want, I want, I want, I want!!!!!!

While checking out one of the cutest blogs in the world - LOLcats - I noticed a little ad at the bottom, which lead me to the best, cutest, stuffed animals in.the.world. The site is called Squishable and OMG I want one soooo bad. I don't think I can wait until my birthday in June. I've had a long obsession with stuffed animals. I used to have 3 shelves full of them in my closet as a kid, with about a dozen more on my bed. Big stuffed animals are always the best too


Now I just have to decide which one I want to beg Rett to get for me....




Monday, March 2, 2009

The un-crafty girl, part deux

I can not rave enough about this bag from my very good friend Steph V. I have a gorgeous one in a red/ brown floral pattern, and the one you see below I bought for my mother-in-law for her birthday. It is the best bag I've ever owned, hands down. It's big, but doesn't feel big when you carry it and doesn't seem to get heavy no matter what I put in it! It's reversible (as you can see) and has 6 large pockets that hold just about anything. Check out Steph's etsy shop, Mada's Place, to order one!








Monday, February 23, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

The un-crafty girl

I really wish I was good at crafting, but the fact is I can't even draw a stick person. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who are fantasticly crafty and I can buy things from them! Check out my most recent purchase from one of my best friends, Janny, over at Hoo Made It on Etsy.


The pictures are kinda small, but it's a glittered wooden sign that says "Our Nest." I have no idea where I'm going to put it, but since it was glittered, I had to buy it!

This weekend, I'm going to take pictures of the bag I've been using for the past month that was made by one of my other best friends, Stephanie, from her shop on Etsy called Mada's Place. I abso-freakin-lutely adore it!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Goal: Lose 10 more pounds by March

So my current goal is to lose 10 lbs by March 1. Yes, it's kinda pushing it, but I have a darn good reason why I want to do it. Two words:
SHAMROCK SHAKE!



Seriously, if you've never had one, you NEED to go to McDonald's in March to get one. They are sooooooooooo yummy. (If you're McDonald's doesn't have one, here's a recipe that I found online.) It seems so simple, just a vanilla milkshake with some mint extract, but it's heaven in a cup. Then again, I'm a total whore for anything mint flavored, so that might be why I get so excited about it.
December 2008, Arby's came out with this fantastical Mint Chocolate shake and, dear G-d, it was orgasmic. I hadn't even heard about them and Rett just randomly drove me to an Arby's to get one. Gotta love a husband that feeds my addiction to anything mint flavored!

Monday, February 16, 2009

giggles




You might need makeup tips if....

You might need makeup tips if..... you show up at a red carpet looking like this:




(Obviously stolen from Perez Hilton, with his trademark photo comments! LOL)



I'm not exactly a fashion plate myself, but I at least take the time make sure my powder is blended in the right way. I'm not even going to comment on her "Look, Ma, I just had an eyelift" look that she has, and just hope that she hasn't started having cosmetic surgery at the age of 22.




Don't I have just the most random blogs?



Monday, February 2, 2009

Here we go Steelers!!!!

Super Bowl XLIII Champs!!!! Woo hoo!!!! Not only are they the best team (hush, Browns fans, you know it's true!) but they have now won more Super Bowls than any other team!


And, of course, I have to say something about our Super Bowl MVP, former Buckeye, Santonio Holmes! That last play was fantastic - click here to see the video of it.



I'm glad football's over for this year, but I still can't wait for September and the Buckeyes to start playing again.