Saturday, April 30, 2011

30 Days of Songs Day Thirty YAYYY!

Song I loved this time last year.....absolutely adore Kings of Leon and this song was HEAVILY played this time last year on the radio but also just by me sitting at work! I listened to it so much while pregnant with Lainey I swear she remembers it haha!

Friday, April 29, 2011

30 Days of Song Challenge Day Twenty Nine

song from my childhood.....this song was the first song I remember commenting on to a peer. It was the first day of 4th grade and I was sat behind a really tall boy I didn't know. I tapped him on the shoulder and proceeded to ask him if he had heard this cool song ;)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

30 Days of Song Days Twenty Six and Twenty Seven

woopsie did these out of order but whatever right? Day 26 was supposed to be a song I could play on an instrument and the answer was 0 so no video for 27 was song I wish I could play...not only do I wish I could play this song I also wish I had Fiona Apple's sexy sultry voice!

30 Days of Song Day Twenty Eight

song that makes me feel guilty....not really but wasn't sure what else to pick

Recipe Feedback

So the Crab Rangoon Dip I made just didn't taste enough like crab rangoons for fact it was too crabby and I do NOT do seafood...blech. I did the 1/4 cup green onions it called for and you could not even taste them in there! Also it was a bit lumpy so if you try it make sure to use a food processor to get it a bit smoother. This was what I used..

  • 1 block light cream cheese
  • 6oz of ready cooked crab the louis kemp refridgerated stuff
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
  • dash of worcestershire
  • dash of soy sauce

It was just blah to me....def needs tweaking!

Another recipe we tried was the Hungry Girl's Cheesy Bacon Pigs in a Blanket from her new 300 under 300 book.

I tweaked a little but kept all the same ingredients.
  • low point hotdogs (I used turkey dogs and next time will use fat free ball park or low fat hebrew national as the turkey had a yuck texture to me)
  • 1 wedge of laughing cow light swiss per dog (not sure I am a fan of this cooked in things, I will leave it for crackers from now on)
  • crescent roll dough
  • turkey bacon (I wrapped 1 slice of precooked around each dog)
  • whatever dipping sauces, I used BBQ and Gareth used ketchup
The way I made these they were 6 WW points+ each. Next time will do prob just the dog and crescent roll for me making it 4 to 5 points+ depending on what dogs we use ;)

Divy up your triangles of dough, wrap bacon around each dog, smoosh LC cheese wedge into each one (maybe 1/2 wedge for each one would be better....) wrap in the dough. Place on cookie sheet and bake until dough is golden brown.

Like I said not a fave recipe but it is always good to try new things :) I think we will attempt the HG chicken pot pie recipe tonight.


Monday, April 25, 2011

30 days of Songs Day Twenty Five

Song that makes me laugh: These guys are soooo wrong on so many songs but they crack me up! This song especially makes me laugh

Sunday, April 24, 2011

30 Days of Song Day Twenty Four

Song I want played at my funeral....sad but beautiful and meaningful

30 Days of Song Day Twenty Three

Day 23/30 song to play at my wedding...well this was our song we had our first dance to :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

30 Days of Song Day Twenty Two

Song to listen to while sad...this song I love but it also reminds me of my Grandpa who passed away in early 2010. We went and saw City and Colour in concert shortly after he passed and as soon as he played this song tears just started streaming down my face and I felt my grandfathers presence. My Grandpa absolutely adored playing the harmonica and was such a lively man almost up until the end. :( Rest in Peace Papa! I love and miss you!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

30 Days of Song Day Twenty One

Song to listen to when happy! Loveeee this song and love this band! This was one of our top picks that we played at our reception :)

30 Days of Songs Day Twenty

Song I listen to while angry, I don't do this anymore but this was soooo my go to angry song while in highschool cause I was filled with so much angst and all...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

30 Days of Song Day Nineteen

Day 19/30 song from fave album....well License to Ill is one of my favorite albums for sure so there ya go......

30 Days of Song Day Eighteen

Day late but 18/30 Song I wish I heard on the radio....I LOVE The Twang especially their acoustic versions!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Menu Monday

Oh my gosh could it be true? Am I actually planning our menu again?! Yup I am sure gonna try because I have found it keeps the grocery bill down not to mention makes it that much easier knowing what choices I have to make for dinner! So I don't grocery shop until Friday and Saturday this week so this is actually a menu plan for next week. Those that have not seen my past menu plans just a word of warning, we don't do big meals! I am mostly about quick and easy peasy! I like to get home and get dinner done and then be showered before 8pm to chill the rest of the evening :) So here is our exciting menu plan for next 2 weeks :) and in no particular order since I do not like to have things set in stone but more a plan that I then can pick from each night easily.
  •  Starting off with Easter Sunday which will involve a low key buffet of the following since it is just my parents and us this year
ham and turkey on croissants, greek pasta salad, crab rangoon dip, cheesy spinach artichoke dip, pinwheels (u know those tortilla wrapped goodness things!), BBQ chicken drummies, deveiled eggs, and some sort of desserts.

  • Chicken Pot Pockets (Hungry Girl 300 under 300)
  • Cheesy Pigs in Blankets (Hungry Girl 300 under 300)
  • Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken (Hungry Girl 300 under 300)
  • Johnsonville Turkey Cheddar Sausages (a new fave in our house since they only have 3 WW points + per sausage!)
  • Funky Chili Mac (Hungry Girl 300 under 300)
  • Southwest BBQ Chicken Quesadilla (Hungry Girl 300 under 300)
  • Pizza Puffs (Hungry Girl 300 under 300)
  • BLT Pizza (Hungry Girl 300 under 300)
  • BBQ Beef Sandwiches (recipe on EmilyBites)
  • Pampered Chef Chicken Broccoli Braid
  • Chili Dogs
  • Steak and veg
  • Hot Wing Pizza (made up recipe based off a fave at local pizza place)
  • Burgers
As you can see I got a new cookbook :) Plan to try out lots out of Hungry Girls new cookbook over next month or so! Stay tuned for reviews on these recipes as I plan to post my faves for you all.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

30 Days of Songs Challenge Day Seventeen

Day 17/30 Song I hear on the radio alot right now....and I have to say it is pretty catchy. Diddy is just so ridiculous that it makes me like him.... a little

Saturday, April 16, 2011

30 Days of Songs Day Sixteen

Song I used to love that I now hate....I don't really hate it but I definitley cannot see the appeal of RATM like I did as a teenager haha!

Friday, April 15, 2011

30 Days of Songs Challenge Day Fifteen

Song that describes me....heh heh....well it is true no matter how skinny I manage to get I will always have "back"

Thursday, April 14, 2011

30 Days of Songs Challenge Day Fourteen

Day 14/30 Song people wouldn't think I like....this is hard as I love a VARIETY of music so I don't know what would really shock people if anything even would....but I guess the fact I love some old hip hop might shock some?

30 Days of Songs Day Thirteen

Song that is a guilty pleasure...I have Bieber fever and am not afraid to say it! I love Ludacris too :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

30 Days of Song Day Twelve

Day 12/30 Song from a band I hate....I freaking cannot stand BEP since Fergie entered the picture. They were so good back in the day when they sounded more like Tribe etc....I will admit though that I did used to love working out to this particular song...I am not proud

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tara Plays with Paper Giveaway Extended!

I am so sorry to Miss Tara who so sweetly is hosting this giveaway that I completely forgot I had running! I know I have new followers so wanted to make sure you all got a chance to get in on the action as well! So PLEASE GO HERE and get your entry in to win a super cute and custom necklace or magnet!

30 Days of Songs Day Eleven

Song by Favorite band....I do not have just one favorite band but The Cure def rank up there in my top favorite bands ever!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

30 Days of Songs Day Ten

Song that makes me fall asleep....I listened to this cd almost every evening in highschool to go to sleep, this song remains on my chillax playlists to this day! Love it and love Hope Sandoval's dreamy voice

Saturday, April 9, 2011

30 Days of Songs Day Nine

Song I can dance to :) An all time fave! I used to practice the Salt n Pepa dance often haha!

Friday, April 8, 2011

30 Days of Song Day Eight

Song I know all the words to....I ADORE this song and can listen to it constantly still to this day! Fun Stuffs!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Current Obsessions

So it is one of those boring days (WEEKS!) so I have been doing lots of dream internet shopping....I have found myself drawn to several categories this week (well some of them a lot longer than a week!) So thought I would share for those of you who want to peek into my desires a bit are some things I have wanted....
Cuckoo Clocks: I have adored cuckoo clocks since I was a child, I actually own one just like this first one! It was my Great Grandpa's and I remember watching him always try to fix the dang thing! I need to put it together well enough to hang up (may be added onto my list of projects for this weekend in fact!)

Next on the list Gnomes....I <3 gnomes of all sorts! I love the statues and I love them on things!

Owls: A long time thing for me since I grew up in love with my mom's macrame owl wall hanging that I purchased a re-make of on ebay years ago!
I MUST have these owl key covers (once they are back in stock over on ModCloth)

Dresses: I LOVE dresses and do not wear them nearly enough! MUST get LOTS of new dresses someday...ya know when I win the lottery that I never play ;)

All these dresses found on ModCloth (my new fave site to dream shop on BTW)

and last thing I will share today that I have been ogling and thinking "hmmm could I make one of those?!" are Waldorf Inspired dolls such as these

I did manage to find some kits and tutorials online but this girl does not sew....I am thinking I may be able to fake it enough to whip one of these up though (although I make no promises on final look of the doll haha).

Sooooo what have you been into ogling online lately?

30 Days of Songs Day Seven

Song that reminds me of an in the 7th and 8th grade I used to stay up on Sunday evenings and watch 120 Minutes on MTV. I was obsessed with all that was "alternative" This video by Sonic Youth captivated me....not only did I want to be the girl in the video finding love in a grungy club but I also wanted to be the chick bass player. I soon became obsessed with Sonic Youth and by 10th grade owned every album and pretty much every single as well as imports (still have them all) I also had about 6 or 7 Sonic Youth t-shirts. The funny thing is I don't really ever listen to them anymore LOL.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

2011 Goals=WOOPSIE!

So yeah me like a LOT of other people I am sure kinda forgot about those things called goals, resolutions, etc... So let's re-visit mine and see how I have done....
  • Lose 40 to 50 pounds (seriously this is not about vanity this is about getting to a healthy realistic goal weight I NEED to stay at this time around, last time I was in this weight range was in 2003....)
Ok I am actually doing GOOD at this one so YAYYYYY gold star for me :) currently have lost over 15 pounds since January and I am still attending weekly WW meetings and tracking DAILY (also just got husband to start doing it with me!)
  • Complete 2010 Project Life album (journaling will be the real task so need to keep on top of it for 2011 so I don't have this same dilemma next year!)
I did do this too! So I am doing good right?!
  • Keep up to date on 2011 Project Life album so that I won't be having a repeat performance of this goal in 2012 ;)
Ok I am KINDA doing this.....I have stuff in January and February and a couple pics tossed into March but I NEED to make it a priority to 100% complete the Jan and Feb sections not to mention the March!
  • Organize Basement! This will involve a LOT of purging and a LOT of rubbermaid bin purchasing. I have a very tidy vision in my mind with stacked rubbermaid totes labeled clearly so that I know exactly where things are as well as a food pantry area!
Again I am doing OK in this area....we set up the food storage area with new storage shelves we bought
BUT we are still dealing with this....

sooooo yeah there is THAT.....
  • Scrapbook area organized and also labeled where needed!
again doing OK on this as is what my area looks like if you haven't seen it before

    I have been tossing out LOADS of stuff and also boxing up stuff for my daughter to peruse as needed :)
  • Hair chopped (it is past my shoulders now and plan to go back to a below the chin bob) and dyed back to a brownish color that is closest to my new adult real hair color!
nope haven't done this as made it one of my weight loss goals....also I am thinking I want to keep it long for this summer and will just keep it blondish since the sun bleaches it out anyways....
  • Complete first year of Grad school successfully!!! EEEKKKK so nervous yet so excited!
Well I WOULD be working on this if they didn't keep postponing it! So NOT my fault! I am due to (HOPEFULLY) start in August
  • Buy giftcards each shopping trip so that we have them to fall back on next December for Christmas gifts and shopping trips etc... (whatever we may need them for...for some reason this seems it will work better for us then trying to put money into savings, one of those mental games I guess with us hahaha)
Well this started out good (we have 2 purchased LOL)...need to get more of these I know I will be thankful come November if I have these!
  • Paint my nails and not just my toes! Serioulsy even once a month would be nice and it is not like it is THAT hard to do haha
Yup this has not happened not even ONCE.....what's a fun color I should get?
  • Enjoy days at the beach while WEARING a swimsuit this summer with my family!
Cannot wait! I plan to buy a swimsuit in May eeeeek!
  • to do some more scrapbook pages but not set really any deadlines and to not stress about when things need to be done (besides Project Life) but instead to just enjoy the process!

Well I did start a layout this past Sunday hahaha....hope to get many more done this year!
So there it is a check in with just how my goals have been about you?

30 Days of Songs Day Six

Song that reminds me of somewhere....This song was heavily played while I worked at the base swimming pool while living in Okinawa Japan....pretty much all reggae brings me back to that time in my life but this song in particular was featured on a Reggae Gold cd we played often while working

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

30 Days of Songs Day Five

Song that reminds me of someone....this song reminds me of a friend I knew all too briefly as she passed away WAY too young due to her heart giving out...She loved to dance and she loved this song!

Monday, April 4, 2011

30 days of Song Challenge Day Four

Day 4/30 Song that makes me it but still makes me sad....
I've been here before a few times
And I'm quite aware we're dying
And your hands they shake with goodbyes
And I'll take you back if you'd have me
So here I am I'm trying
So here I am are you ready

Come on let me hold you touch you feel you
Kiss you taste you all night

And I'll miss your laugh your smile
I'll admit I'm wrong if you'd tell me
I'm so sick of fights I hate them
Lets start this again for real

So here I am I'm trying
So here I am are you ready
So here I am I'm trying
So here I am are you ready

Come on let me hold you touch you feel you
Kiss you taste you all night
Come on let me hold you touch you feel you
Kiss you taste you all night

I've been here before a few times
And I'm quite aware we're dying

Come on let me hold you touch you feel you
Kiss you taste you all night
Come on let me hold you touch you feel you
Kiss you taste you all night

Sunday, April 3, 2011

30 Days of Song Day 3

Day 3/30 Song Challenge Song that makes me happy.....I have loved this song the past 3 or so years since I first saw a video of someone hula hooping to it!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

30 Days of Songs Challenge 2/30

Song I hate.... seriously this song makes me clench my teeth any time I hear even the intro to it. I promise I don't have THAT much hatred towards Miley but this song makes me angry I hate it so much!

Friday, April 1, 2011

30 Days of Music: Day One

Day One Favorite Song....I think all of us have different songs for different things but when I asked myself just in general what my favorite song was...a song that I ALWAYS sing along to and brings me a happy feeling this is what popped into my head :) (even though the meaning behind the song is kinda sad being about a prostitute and all....hahaha)