Friday, August 31, 2012

Not only is it Friday, but it's the Friday before a long holiday weekend made even longer because I'm taking Tuesday off too. Yes, kiddos, I'm facing the downhill slide of the week into a four day weekend! I'll stop rubbing it in now.

These are my dirty little secrets for the week...

**  I'm sooooo tempted to start decorating for Halloween and it's not even September. Boooo.  October, where are you?  Maybe a little blog redesign into fall colors will help appease me.
Happy Halloween

**  I geeked out a little when I noticed my last few craft posts have been pinned 43, 37 and 39 times and counting.  You guys like my stuff.  You really like my stuff!

**  Speaking of "is it??" Is it almost football season yet cuz I'm so excited! 9 days. Just 9 days. Woot woot!

**  I was super proud of myself for killing a cricket this week. I sprayed it with enough bug spray to kill an army of crickets and then had to give myself a pep talk before picking it up with a giant wad of toilet paper and flushing it because I didn't want it in my trash can, but still, I killed it all by myself! (Run on sentence much?)

**  I dip my grilled cheese sandwich in BBQ sauce from time to time. Delicious. Try it.

**  I admit to watching Honey Boo Boo. Judge me all you want.

**  I may have used my outside voice saying "just because you put lace and sparkle on that muffin top doesn't make it a cupcake" during Happy Time this week. Of course, Bill didn't bother to shhhh me and enjoyed every moment of the awkwardness.  I'm not a nice person sometimes.
**  Have I mentioned I'm taking a four day weekend just for poops and giggles? Since I'm taking a MWF class this semester I can't take any long weekends.  Monday is a holiday so I tacked Tuesday on just for fun.  Ok, I'll stop now.

What are you confessing this week?  Pop on over to visit Leslie at A Blonde Ambition to see what everyone else is getting off their chests.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hello Crafty Jen friends!
That'd be me up there.
I just blew you a kiss.
Which means you should automatically love me and be nice to me.
Hope you don't have cooties.
I blog over here at...

Miss Jen asked me to guest post for her today.
You know what's great about this?
The fact that I actually freaking remembered to do it.
She asked me last week but I totally had a good excuse had too many glasses of wine and forgot.
Nobody should understand why exactly she'd ask me again...
(I mean obviously I'm not really reliable)
But she did, so here I am being a solid reliable friend and gracing you all with my presence.
Presents would be better, but alas this crazy English language must distinguish the difference between two words.
Just like in 11th Grade Honors English when my teacher gave me a C+ on a poem about the witches in Salem because I wrote that they got "hung" instead of "hanged".
But I chose "hung" because nothing rhymed with "hanged" except for "banged" and that wasn't appropriate for Honors English...or this here blog for that matter.
Jen told me she has family members reading this so I have to remain PG13 or friendlier or something.
That'd be because I once wrote a post about lady parts on my own piece of blogland.
So if you aren't interested in those sorts of parts then don't come visit me.
Or do and just avoid that post like you would a naked homeless man on the streets of New York.
I've seen one - they are real - stay far far away.
But what exactly is there that's family appropriate besides body parts and naked men?
I'm thinking.
Still pondering.
This is tougher than I thought
I got it!
Disney Pixar movies to be exact.
If I had to make a list of my favorite Disney movies I know hands down 100% that my top three would be Pixar movies.
I mean you watch these things and your brain goes ape crap crazy wondering how the people who come up with these story lines actually do so.
They. Are. Amazing.
I want to be a Pixar person when I grow up.
I am pretty sure the Disney + Pixar combination is better than any other known combination on this whole planet.
Better than peanut butter and chocolate.
Better than cheddar and crackers.
Chicken wings and blue cheese.
Cereal and 2% milk.
The cold side of the pillow and your head.
Sunday Night Football and a cold beer.
Now that one's pushing it but you get my point.
So now you're wondering what my favorite Disney Pixar movies are aren't you.
Of course you are.
I just knew it.
So here you go. The best of the best. The most creative and cute movies that ever did exist.
In no particular order because you'd probably have to put a gun to my head take away Blue Moons for life before I could ever come up with a real list.
Toy Story 1,2, and 3
Finding Nemo
Monsters Inc.
The Incredibles
Alright, so basically every single one besides Cars.
I didn't like that one and never saw the second one.
So now I definitely have to see Brave when it comes out on DVD.
(Because I couldn't force a dude to take me to a Disney movie without having to take their man parts out of a vice afterwards)
And then I have to pee my pants with excitement until Monsters University and Finding Nemo FINE-AL-LY come out.
And now you have to come visit my face over HERE.
We can be best friends like Buzz and Woody.
And I'll remember you forever like Dory does Marlin.
And maybe we can save a cute little toddler like Sully and Mike Wazowski.
Or cook up some killer grub like Remy and Linguini.
Okay I'm done.
Come say hi, you'll brighten my day :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Visit Michelle here

These ghosts are made with twinkle lights wrapped around tomato cages. You can bet you'll find these at my house this Halloween!
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These will be perfect in my picture window at Halloween too.
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Love this.
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I loved the Pippi Longstocking books and movies when I was little so seeing this cake took me right back to my childhood.
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Such a fun wedding party picture. 
"Don't Corrupt the Flower Girl!"
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Autumn chopped salad - pears, cranberries, feta, bacon and chicken. mouth is watering!
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I adore this quote.
We need to teach young girls to live this way.
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Hahahahaha! Love!
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You can find more of my pins and follow my Pinterest here.
What did you pin this week?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Are you ready to be overwhelmed with adorableness?  If you're not, take a moment because this post is jam packed with cute.  Like, a sickeningly high amount of cute.  

Ok, I may have over sold that just a bit, but my weekend was full of Grant (and Sis too).  

Friday, I offered to watch Grant so Sis and Chris could go out to dinner kid free for their 2nd Anniversary because I'm sweet like that.  Well, that and I wanted to love on this cute little nugget. 
His kid's meal came with a shark fin headband.  It was awesome.  I taught him that a shark says nahnahnahnahnah (like Jaws).  
We practiced our singing/making out with the microphone skills.
She shark fin also doubled as a forehead fin.  We roll with the punches during Auntie Nephew Date Night.
We also teach him horrible things, like cheering for the Steelers! (His dad, the Seahawks fan, hates this "trick" but I love it!)
We even use some of Auntie Sissy's nail polish bottles as drum sticks on the glass coffee table.  They make really loud noises.
We also practice making llama noises.  If you wonder what a llama says, watch this video. I laugh so hard every time I watch it.  

Think that's the end of the cute?  NOPE!  You're welcome.

On Saturday, Sis conned me into going to the Just Between Friends sale. It was one of the last days so all the prices were slashed 50%.  We hit the sale early and made out like bandits!

  Sis has a strict no wandering policy in places like this.  She has a bad habit of wandering, not answering her phone, and leaving the person with the stroller and huge bag blocking the aisle by the register pissing other shoppers off.  Yes, you sensed that annoyance very clearly, didn't you?  She can be found under that arrow with Grant on her shoulders.  I was way up at the register waiting and waiting and waiting until I went and got her.  
 While shopping, I found this lovely gem (Ha, get it? Gem?) of a potty chair.  How deluxe is this?  Also, how clean can you get a wooden potty chair?  We figured it wouldn't be an appropriate chair for Grant so we moved on and let someone else snap it up.  (It's so many crafting projects gone wrong!)
  Next, we went to Garden Ridge.  We FINALLY got some rain the night before so I helped Grant do some good ol' fashioned puddle jumping.  We caught some major air...
 Followed by some major splash.  Look at his face and the sheer joy.  Auntie Sissy brings the fun.  
 Many of you know, my late mother's birthday is Halloween, so we do Halloween up big in our houses.  Sis and I went bat poo crazy when we saw all the Halloween decorations out.  You can tell by the smile on his face, Grant is going to be a big Halloween fan too.
He kinda got lost in the hat.
From this view it looks like he's sporting a pimp hat.  I think he might be a wee bit too young for that type of costume just yet.
 Auntie Sissy pushes the cart like a race car and a roller coaster in one including sound effects.  There's even a little dance number called "The Shopping Cart Shuffle" that I do to make him laugh.  I don't care who is in the aisle with us, I will act a fool to make him giggle.
 He sure loves his mommy too.  He gave her a big ol' hug.
 And I may have encouraged him to "fix her hair" while he was up there.  You're welcome, Sis.
Here's the booty Sis came home with from the consignment sale, Just Between Friends.  She got this entire bedding set for $35.  What a steal!
 She also got books, two pairs of shoes, a back pack, pajamas, and a hat for $25.  Not too shabby, right?
Before we hung the quilt on Grant's wall we noticed there was quite a bit of pilling (is that a word?) on some of the accents.  I asked Sis to grab a razor so we could try a trick I learned on, you guessed it, Pinterest.  Here's the before of the whale.
 You basically shave the pilling right off.
 It worked like a champ! It looks like a new quilt.
 We turned around and found Grant like this.  He was joining in the decorating fun.
Here's the after of his room.  I've got some canvases to paint for him and we'll be painting his room at some point.
 Pretty cute, right?  Not bad for $35?!

Talk about a lot of cute, right?  I'll leave you with one more dose of the llama video.  How can you not want to watch it again?!
Can you imagine how much I'd be one of those moms if I had kids of my own?
I hope your weekend was filled with almost as much cute as mine was. 

I made yet another Cup Creation the other night.  These Blue Cheese Burger Cups were even more delicious than the appear in the picture above.  No joke.  If you love blue cheese and beef then you'll love these.  If you don't like blue cheese or beef then I'm judging you a little bit.  At least I judge you openly, right?!  

Blue Cheese Burger Cups

24 wanton wrappers
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 c. blue cheese, crumbled (4 oz.)
1 1/2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
Seasonings of choice: salt, pepper, etc.

1/2 c. blue cheese crumbles (2 oz.)
French's crispy fried onion pieces

  1. Heat oven to 375* and spray muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Brown beef with onions and seasonings until meat is cooked thoroughly.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before adding the blue cheese and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Offset and place two wanton wrappers in each cup to form the lining.  Evenly divide the meat mixture into the 12 cups.  Top with blue cheese crumbles and crispy onion pieces.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the wanton wrappers are golden brown.
I served mine up with a tiny bit of blue cheese dressing on top.  Not healthy in the least, but oh so delicious.  

They were a little crumbly while eating them so next time I might change up the meat mixture just a bit so there's something to bind the meat together.

Cups before going in the oven.
Cups after going in the oven.
One of the cups before going in my tummy.  Mmmmm!