Friday, December 30, 2011

Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun!

Why is it that the short weeks always seem to take the longest?


Come join me now for the Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun with Hilary at Feeling Beachie!  Each week she posts four fill-in-the-blank statements and you make them your own.  She's got co-hosts and is always looking for more.  Feel free to send her your suggestions!

This week’s statements:

1. Lately, I have been feeling  a little ___

2. I am usually a ___

3. ___ is always the best feeling at the end of the day

4. ___ is the first thing I do in the morning

My answers:
1. Lately, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed.
2. I am usually an organized person.
3. Accomplishment is always the best feeling at the end of the day.
4. Hit snooze is the first thing I do in the morning.

Link up!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012: The Year of Green

Something I want to focus on in 2012 is being GREEN!  In two ways: I'd like to go a little greener, and save a little green.  And I know these two can work together pretty well too.

We already made some positive changes on the "going green" front... back in June we discontinued using paper napkins and paper towels and instead use cloth napkins and cloth rags.  Brad keeps joking about when we're turning in our toilet paper... yeah, that's not going to happen.

We recycle as well - paper, plastic, glass, and metal combos.  I'm actually really excited because we have a new sanitation company serving our area in the new year and they are accepting more items than the last!! They will take ALL numbers 1-7 for plastic.  So excited about that! They're also offering a rewards program, they'll scan our bin every time they pick up to know how often we're recycling and we'll get different savings certificates and rewards. Yay! And they will come weekly to pick up all varieties.  Awesome.

Last, we have a garbage disposal in our sink and we do our best to dispose of food trash through that, rather than the kitchen trash.

Those are the "go green" changes we've already been doing a while, but I'm looking for more! Any suggestions?

Oh, and we also carpool! So pretty much every day there is one less car on the road in Charleston.  That helps us in both green areas.

And of course there is saving green!

I often call the places we receive bills from (TV, phone, etc.) to see if we can go lower.  I shop around for car insurance a lot, etc.  I use coupons and shop sales.  I feel like we're already doing a lot to not spend as much, but I need some tips on actually saving that money we don't spend!

Please share any tips on going and/or saving green!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bath Wars!!

Brad and I enjoy playing jokes on each other.  Sometimes it is jumping out from the dark to scare the daylights out of the other, other times it's a food fight.  We love to have a good time and laugh, and it's the best when it's with each other, and at each other.

One of our ritual places to play jokes is the bath tub/shower.  I dub these times "bath wars."  It started out innocently enough, one pouring a cup of cold water over the shower curtain onto the other.  The shriek that follows is priceless.  

A couple of months ago, my friend E told me about a prank she played on her husband called "antiquing".  When a person is wet from the bath/shower, you dump flour on them.  Since they're wet, it sticks beautifully.

So Brad was in the shower and I antiqued him.  It was great.  He wasn't quite sure what to do, except laugh.  And wash off the flour.

This past week, he got me back, and he got me back good.  More than once.

The first time made me laugh out loud.  I was in the shower and called for him to get me a wash cloth.  He was taking a while and I kept calling and calling, then finally he came in and threw it at me.  The rat had wet the wash cloth, dropped it in the ice bucket and coated it with ice.  My wash cloth looked like a ball of ice.  Thanks, babe.  I have to say it was pretty darn clever.

Almost immediately after that, he came back in the bathroom with a cup of cold water from the kitchen and a cup of flour.  First came the cold water, then the flour.  I was antiqued.  

The third time, he was in the bathroom brushing his teeth and filled up a cup with cold water and dumped it over the side of the shower curtain.  It was freezing!! 

Well, I had enough.  I turned the water in the shower to cold, waited until it was nice and chilly, detached the sprayer (one of those hose shower things) and sprayed over the top of the shower curtain into the bathroom.  Against my best judgment, obviously, since I was soaking my bathroom.  He shrieked, I laughed, he laughed.  It was great.  Lucky for me, I almost entirely hit him and there was very little clean-up.

The bottom line is: yes, there are times in a marriage when you have to be a grown up, most of the time in fact, but there are other times when you need to have fun!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

What better day to finally post pictures of my Christmas tree than on Christmas Day itself? Granted, I am scheduling this post so I'm not really "here" but in all the chaos that is Christmas Day I didn't want to miss out on wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!

 Our tree, complete with a little visitor on the left.
 Department 56 village, shot from an angle that will
not expose more of my kitchen nightmare!
 Our 2011 Gamecock ornament.
Side note: bowl game Jan. 2nd!
 One of my new Charleston ornaments.
 The other new Charleston ornament.
Come to think of it, my only Charleston ornaments.
And Miss Phantom making an appearance in front
of the tree, scoping out the gifts!
Your gifts aren't under there, babe!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

My favorite gadget

I had to pay homage to my current favorite gadget because come Christmas morning, I know I will have a new one - courtesy of Brad! But more on that later.

Ode to Keurig... 

I am a new coffee drinker.  No, I don't mean I have a thing for "new" coffee.  I mean I am new to coffee drinking.  I decided I must have a Keurig and therefore must drink coffee.  So I did.

Pardon the appearance of my kitchen, it looks like something straight out of Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares.  You know it's bad when you fill your coffee cup too much, spill some on the floor, throw a towel over it, and leave it there.  But before you think I'm a sick pig, please know that I plan on giving it a full scrub down as soon as I'm done making cookies.

A breakfast of champions:

Coffee paired with some seriously delicious Fruity Pebbles.

Like the hilariously awesome writer, Miss Sassy Pants, I put way too much sugar in my coffee.  So much so that my husband wonders why I don't just drink hot sugar water.  Well, because then I wouldn't NEED a Keurig!

This Year's Christmas Cookies

I try to make some baked treats each year at Christmas.  One year I did a huge variety of cookies (planned far in advance), another year it was cheesecakes.  This year I started late and I chose my variety of cookies, but I got tired just looking at the list.  Then I remembered these cookies a coworker made for our cookie exchange that had only 2 ingredients! Sold!

I am a "from scratch" baker.  I like ingredients.  I like measuring out the flour, sugar, vanilla, etc.  This recipe required two things, a roll of chocolate chip cookie dough, and small peanut butter cups.  As opposed as I am to buying pre-made cookie dough, I couldn't resist the simplicity.

You take the roll of cookie dough and slice it into about 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices, then quarter those slices (I like to do this when it's real cold so it doesn't break apart).  Drop the quarters into a mini-muffin pan, bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes.  Pull them out and immediately press the (unwrapped) peanut butter cups into them until the cookie underneath comes up around the sides of the cup.  After the chocolate on top gets a bit melty, smooth the top so the chocolate meets the cookie.  Voila! After they cooled a little bit, they were still toasty, so I popped them in the fridge for a big (still in the pans) so the chocolate would harden.  Holy yum!

And thank you Stephanie for the recipe!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dinner at Middleton Place

I mentioned in my birthday post about our dinner at Middleton Place with my family.  What I forgot about was the yummy food pics I took that night!

 There was wine.
 Brad had a fried green tomato with crab appetizer.
 I can never resist she-crab soup!
 Surf and turf, under that turf there is some surf, I promise.
And Brad had duck.

Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun

I can't believe Christmas is Sunday!! Is everyone ready???


Join Hilary and the rest of us for a fun Friday hop!! Click the button below to head over to Hilary's blog! This week's co-host is Brenda Youngerman, check her out too!


1. I have a love hate relationship with_____

2. I have been buying a lot of ___ lately

3. If I hear _____________ anymore I swear I will _________________

4. Whenever I see_____ makes me ____________ and then I ____________

My Answers:

1. I have a love hate relationship with my bed.  When I'm dog tired, I love falling into it and going to sleep immediately, but when I can't sleep, it's the most uncomfortable and obnoxious thing in the world!

2. I have been buying a lot of junk lately.

3. If I hear about other people's drama anymore I swear I will run away to Siberia or something.

4. Whenever I see my pets it makes me smile and then I must play with them, or at least pet them.

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