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March Madness.

14 Mar

It’s March Madness.  No, not basketball related (although I realize that is going on right now) but it’s my schedule.  Pure Madness.  I feel like we have been running around non-stop lately.  “Doing what?” you might ask…even if you didn’t ask, I am going to tell you.

Duddley

Duddley got his first haircut of the year!  I just absolutely LOVE him with short hair. 1) He doesn’t shed as much which makes my house, clothes, and life in general less dog-hairy, 2) He is SO soft that I just want to snuggle him all the time, & 3) He looks and acts like he is 7 years younger (he’s 9 btw).

And since he was such a good boy for the groomer, Duddley got a nice, big bone as a reward.  I came home and found it like this…

How does that even happen?  In what situation did this bone drop out of his mouth and end up like this in my kitchen?  I need a nanny-cam to watch what he does all day.  I am sure the footage would be fascinating.

Banana Pancakes

Have you ever made banana pancakes?  What about pancakes literally made from only bananas and eggs?  Yep.  When I first heard the recipe, I was like “There’s no way that will cook like pancakes, much less taste like anything I want to eat.”  I was so wrong.  They cook EXACTLY like regular pancakes and are absolutely delicious.  The most simple ingredients ever : 2 bananas, 2 eggs. period. the end.  that’s it!  And that makes a serving about like this one on the right…

Joseph typically eats two servings and I have one but it has become a bit of a staple treat for us ever since we discovered their tasty glory.

YETI Fail

You ever have those days where you think, “I just need to go back to bed and try this day again later”?  I definitely had one of those days recently.  I was already running late (which seems to be a common occurrence for me lately which is strange because I used to be early to everything) and just filled up my big YETI cup with water because I take it with me everywhere.  I picked up some stuff to leave, reached for my YETI and made the awful mistake of grabbing it by the top with my tiny little leprechaun hands and this happened…

That void you see up there to the top right?  That was my purse…WIDE OPEN.  So not only was I running late already, I just gave the inside of my purse and all of its contents a nice bath.  Thank goodness it was just water!  And anyone that knows me well would be happy to know that I refrained from having a “Neeley siezure” (what my family likes to call my temper-tantrums/extremely short fuse that goes off all the time and comes directly from my dad) and actually just laughed because at this point, what else can you do about it??  At least it forced me to mop up my dirty floors…

Sign Battle

So I was walking in TJ Maxx and saw a delightful little message in the random block-signs section.  You know the one I’m talking about.  I chuckled and added one that said, “Follow your dreams” above it.

I came back down the aisle a few minutes later for something different and noticed it had been changed.  Then I thought to myself, “Great.  Someone thinks that this 28-year old girl with her Starbucks and a sense of humor put up the whole thing, ‘JACKAS’ and all.”  Ah crap.  Someone is judging me but I didn’t even start it.

Then I thought to myself…”Wait a sec…you thought the sign was bad and needed Jesus but the part you replaced was my addition of ‘Follow your Dreams’?!”  Makes perfect sense.  If anything it kinda seems like you are calling our Lord and Savior a ‘Jackas’ which is WAY more offensive than anything that was already up there.  I thought about going into a full on signage battle but then figured it’s best to leave this one be…

Street Tacos

There’s a place that popped up a little while back close to our house in an old gas station parking lot selling fresh street tacos.  There was ALWAYS a line there when Joseph and I drove by and we kept saying how we needed to try them.  We waited for a night that if we did happen to get deathly ill, we wouldn’t miss anything important.

And boy were they totally worth it!  We immediately knew exactly why their line is always so long.  They were only $1 each and were SO delicious.  And bonus points – we didn’t get sick!  So I totally recommend trying the closest street food around you…you just might be pleasantly surprised!

Flower Beds

I hate working in my flower beds.  But I also hate not having flowers/having an ugly flower bed and I hate spending money on things I am able to do myself.  So I work in my flower beds.  I cut back my rose bushes and it killed me a little inside because they were already blooming!  This crazy weather has all of my plants so confused.  But since I didn’t want my rose bushes to be out of control by the end of the year, I trimmed them back anyways and just stuck the blooms in a vase to enjoy.

They were so pretty and actually lasted a decent amount of time.

Baby Ducks

WE HAVE BABY DUCKS!  They are so dang cute!  and EVERYWHERE in our neighborhood!  I have found two sets so far – one with 12 babies and one with 13!

Aren’t they adorable?!

Duddley…Again…

Speaking of adorable…Did I show you our dog? Maybe a few times?  But how can you resist bragging about a cute, little face like his?? This is how cute and snuggly he is in the morning.

He even tucked himself in!  Y’all.  This dog LOVES pillows so much.  It is hilarious.  All of the extra throw pillows we have on our bed are stacked in the corner of our room at night and he will knock them over so he can lay his head on one.  Sometimes I look at him and love him so much that my heart hurts.  I mean, look at that sweet face!

**They’re After Me Lucky Charms!**

** denotes that line must be pronounced using Irish accent either in your head or spoken aloud

Since this week is St. Patrick’s Day, I randomly thought about Lucky Charms…you know because of stereotypical leprechaun things and I like food.  So we had our potluck dinner with our bible study last night and I thought I would make something with Lucky Charms.  And because my mom is clearly the baker of the family with her snazzy delicious cakeballs, I decided I would go the easy route and just make sugar cookies.  I added white chocolate chips (because why not?) and the marshmallows from Lucky Charms (because who eats the actual cereal pieces?).

And they were SOOO tasty!  We were in a rush to get to bible study on time so I cut the baking time probably a minute or two early but the ooey gooey goodness that resulted was everything I’ve ever wanted.  So if you are looking for a St. Patty’s Day treat that has a minimal time and effort to crowd-pleasing ratio, get a tube (or two) of the Pillsbury sugar cookie dough in the fridge section, a bag of white chocolate chips, and pick the marshmallows out of the box of Lucky Charms then put the cookie dough and a handful (or two…I literally just dumped the chips in until it looked like a good amount) in a bowl and mix.  Then roll a cookie size amount of dough in a ball and turn 5-6ish marshmallows in the dough then bake the cookies as usual.  Mine baked for about 10 mins at 350 degrees to this deliciousness.

The one thing you shouldn’t do?  Pull the hot cookie sheet out and hold it near your face while trying to shut the oven door.  Why? Because the corner could hit you in the chin and you look (and feel) like an idiot for the next few days, possibly forever.

Hopefully your Lucky Charms will bring you better luck!  Either way, they were worth it!

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Thanksgiving and Christmas

19 Jan

Welp…I’ve dropped the ball again.  Shocker.  I missed Thanksgiving and Christmas posts on here so I am going to do a quick recap…

Thanksgiving

I know I showed you my decorations for Halloween in my previous post, It’s Fall Y’all.

So basically, for Thanksgiving, they were exactly the same thing minus the ghosts and things directly associated with Halloween.

On Thanksgiving Day we went to my Grandma’s house with my mom’s family and obviously ate way too much.  But then again, what would Thanksgiving be without feeling miserably full and being thankful that you can be in such a predicament? It was wonderful, as always, to get to spend time with my Grandma and rest of our family.

We finally got to use our new china

We finally got to use our new china

We hosted Joseph’s family’s Thanksgiving this year at our house which I quite enjoyed.  I always like hosting events and it was nice to get to have his whole family over at one time.  We didn’t have this Thanksgiving until the Sunday after Thanksgiving due to some of the family being out of town.  I normally decorate for Christmas on Black Friday (or even the night of Thanksgiving) and since I still wanted our Thanksgiving dinner to feel like Thanksgiving, I left up those decorations instead of getting the house ready for Christmas.

Christmas

Christmas is a busy time for a lot of people.  I feel like we have a ridiculous amount of Christmas activity for two people with both sets of parents still being married.  We still do Christmas with each side of both parents’ families along with the parties and events with our friends.  Did you catch that?  That means we had the following schedule…

December 6th – Christmas with Joseph’s Dad’s family

December 13th – Tacky Christmas Sweater party at our house

I just wanna have abs-olutely all the Christmas Cookies!

I just wanna have abs-olutely all the Christmas Cookies!

December 20th – Our neice, Chloe, had a Dance Recital in the afternoon & Christmas party at my friend, Neva’s mother-in-laws

Chloe's dance recital - she was being repositioned by her teacher

Chloe’s dance recital – she was being repositioned by her teacher

December 24th (Christmas Eve) – Lunch with Joseph’s Mom’s family & Dinner with my Mom’s side at Grandmas

December 25th (Christmas Day) – Joseph and I had our Christmas just the two of us at our house & Breakfast with my parents

Joseph and my new gifts - he got me a new hand gun and I got him a 24-gun safe

Joseph and my Christmas gifts – he got me a new hand gun and I got him a 24-gun safe

December 27th – Christmas with my Dad’s family

Did you count them?  That would be NINE, yes the number before 10, Christmas events!

I didn’t think delaying putting up my Christmas decorations would be that big of a deal BUT since I would’ve normally had Thanksgiving evening and all day on Friday plus the entire weekend, it all would’ve been up in no time.  Unfortunately since I ended up having to put up everything after work, it seemed like it took FOREVER.  I finally finished everything before our Tacky Christmas Sweater party.  But I was very happy with the results….

Garland and  "small" tree on our Juliet balcony

Garland and “small” tree on our Juliet balcony

Big iron ornaments in our entry way

Big iron ornaments in our entry way

Big tree downstairs

Big tree downstairs

Our living room/fireplace

Our living room/fireplace

Outdoor lights

Outdoor lights

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Maybe next year I will actually do this in time to wish you one before the fact…only time will tell though! 🙂

Happy Halloween

31 Oct

Hope everyone has a very fun and safe Halloween!!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

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