Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Since wireless Internet isn't really a go in Cuba, and roaming charges would have been out of control, we both shelved our phones for the week. It took a day for me to get used to it and I have to say it was so nice! Don't get me wrong, I do heart my iPhone, but not worrying about emails, texts or Facebook was probably part of the relaxation. G and I both use our phones a lot during the day for work etc, but we are thinking of designating certain times in the evenings and on weekends to be phone free. It really is the way to go!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The final step in the process was "lift chair into box" see below for an image of the chair and why I couldn't quite manage:
I respectfully asked the delivery guy to do it as that chair could have crushed me if I stumbled. Ooooh work!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|2 1/2||cups all-purpose flour|
|2||teaspoons cream of tartar|
|1||teaspoon baking soda|
|1||cup unsalted butter|
|1 1/2||cups sugar|
|1||teaspoon vanilla extract|
*In a small bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
*In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Wrap the dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. (I think I only left it in for an hour...I was hungry and impatient)
*Preheat oven to 350?F.
*Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
*Cool the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Then try to resist eating them all at once.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Next year's a bit tight cause of the wedding but me thinks we should save up for a trip. My cousins are super awesome and I never get to see them either :( I think we need to budget for an annual west coast family time!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
It's only Monday so I think I can still feel optimistic about what we can get accomplished this week:
*put away the Halloween decorations that are all folded/piled up in the corner...I even have a bin in the basement for them!
*list and sell our old mattress on kijiji
*buy some bleach so I can fully scrub window frames. The cleaner I had at home just didn't cut it
*go through my clothes...this seems to be an ongoing process. We both are clothing hoarders "we might wear this someday" type of people. We need to realize that if we haven't worn it in a few months it's gota go!
What's everyone else up to this week?
Sunday, November 13, 2011
*We finished sanding the doors so now they just need to be stained and hung.
*G cleaned all the leaves etc out of the boat in the backyard and we covered it up to hopefully keep snow out (not sure if I have shared the story of the boat in the backyard...i'll make it short. When my dad passed away my brothers and I inherited his old speed boat. It has seen better days. Now it's living in our backyard until we have the money to make it amazing again)
*did more laundry---where does it all come from?
*got all patio furniture put away
*cleaned out shed and organized it
*set up our awesome new bed...cant wait to go to bed tonight!
*got some carpet tile to put down in the back room
So I'm feeling good! Wish we could have done a coat on those storm doors, but it will get done at some point....anyone want to start a pool of when they will get hung? My bets on January 17th ha
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Phase one of this has been a focus on meal planning. I used to feel really overwhelmed to come up with yummy healthy meals for every night, and I tended to be the main meal preparer in the house. I think recently G realized that he could lend a hand in this department and now he has been trading off with me and helping plan and prepare. He bought us a book called Living Lean and we have been looking at quick and easy recipes from there. I am also learning (yes mum I know you have told me this for 31 years) that if in the morning you know what you are having for dinner, your evening will run smoothly. Who knew? She was right! So I have been trying to make two meals some nights (like two things of soup on Sunday) and on some nights it is SO good to come home and reheat something healthy instead of caving while starved and getting pizza.
Phase two is getting out there and being active. I will be the first to admit that I don't love the gym. My brothers both get so excited to go and just LOVE being there....I am not there yet, but I have started less foot dragging when we go. We joined GoodLife in September and have been trying to make it out a few nights a week when we can. I recently joined a hot yoga studio with my girlfriends from my carpool and I LOVE IT. We had an introductory special this month so we have been going 2-3 times a week. I am feeling strong and my posture is phenomenal. There are some great crosscountry ski and snowshoe trails near us as well, so once we get a big dumping of snow I think we will start getting outdoors more often as well.
We don't want to go for a quick fix wedding weight loss plan, but something more we can incorporate into our lives and continue to be fit and fab moving forward!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Nothing exciting happened around the house last night as we were at the gym. So in keeping with the whole posting every day thing I'm going to share a slow cooker recipe I made Sunday that we had for dinner last night!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
(Crock pot edition)
*chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces (I was lazy and just ripped the meat off a BBQ chicken from Zehrs)
*jar of salsa (as spicy as you like)
*tin of black beans
*carton of chicken stock (but since I'm working on my Suzy Homemaker merit badge I used homemade stock)
*a few handfuls of frozen corn
*tin of green chilies (optional)
*tin of diced tomatoes
--Throw all this into slowcooker...top with chips, shredded cheese and cilantro (could also top with guacamole, sour cream etc)
I cooked it on high for the day...and served it with some crushed up nacho chips, chopped cilantro and shredded light cheese on top. Super yummy! I love this recipe because you could throw pretty much anything in with it and it would be delicious.
Monday, November 7, 2011
*Fought a losing battle against the leaves in the back and side yard. We were out there for a few hours, filled up 4 bags and then G mulched a pile. But then this morning I noticed a bunch more had fallen! Urgh...
*switched the light in the kitchen and dining room to dimmers...glorious mood lighting for cooking. I love it
*we took turns yesterday sanding the storm doors and I'm excited to say they are finally (almost) done. We just need to stain 'em and hang 'em back up and we are in business. Next time I'm going to convince G we should just buy doors cause this was a project I HATED. Once they are hung up I'll post a pic.
*we went to the Brick and bought a new mattress...it is like sleeping in heaven (or somewhere else heavenly) we've had an ikea mattress for the past 4 years and while G can easily sleep on a rock, or sitting up etc, my sleeping tastes are a bit more discerning so I'm extremely excited
We also caught up on laundry and made some meals for the week. I love the sense of accomplishment I get when it's Sunday night and i feel like we are ready to face the week ahead! What did everyone get up to this weekend?
Saturday, November 5, 2011
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I LOVED this image and thought it was a really creative way to showcase a bunch of photos of the birthday boy or girl. I showed this to my friend Natalie who helped me make it even better! (and 10 years older)
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As per usual I didn't take a picture at the height of the decor (picture hot pink balloons and streamers) but I have to say that I was thrilled at how it turned out. It definitely makes me want to make more of an effort to actually attempt some of these things I want to try!
*Finish those stupid storm doors that we started in July (herein lies the ADD....we have started working on these twice, but I think because it is just such an annoying terrible job we kept putting it off. Now it's nearly winter and time to get those done!)
*Organize our clothes..summer stuff gets banished to bins in the basement and winter stuff rejoins us. The downside of having a small space is even smaller closet space (I am sure I have commented on this before!) so organization is the only way to go
*Rake the gigantic pile of leaves that have fallen on the yard. Trees are our best friends in the summer months, however in the fall they are proving to be more of a pain in the butt
*Weather strip the doors
*Clean the windows and window frames (the new pretty blinds deserve better!)
And likely a million other small jobs...let's see how many we actually can tackle
Friday, November 4, 2011
As luck would have it, when the furnace guy was checking things out on Wednesday, he noticed that our sensor was on the fritz. So, he removed it and is replacing it today (hopefully this helps with some of the heating issues we have been having. The unfortunate issue is that he had to remove it to fix it. So we haven't had heat since Wed afternoon. This morning was brutal. Our noses were frozen and they were the only things peeking out from our sea of blankets. Thankfully furnace guy is coming back today to put the sensor back in...because I really don't think I could have handled having it any colder. (and I dont think G could have handled listening to me say "...but I'm freeeeeeeezzzzziiiiiing" much longer) I have been reading some frugal living blogs lately and they talk about not turning the furnace on until Nov 1st. I am thinking maybe we should try that next year and save some moolah, however, I think I will need to insist on some sort of fuzzy rug on my side of the bed and a heat lamp in the upstairs bathroom!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
had turned into this:
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
come for a visit on Thursday and hung up our decorations! We were party ready way before guests even showed up...we've since discussed that we should have a party every weekend...think of all we'd get done. I hope everyone had a fun as safe Halloween.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I also just realized that it's 6 months since we have had cable. I was hesitant at first as we are big fans of the couch snuggle/tv watch...but to be honest I don't miss it! We got Netflicks which we can watch when we crave the lazy....but I'm impressed with how little I miss having TV!