Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hello Again!

I feel like I've been completely missing from the Blogger world but that's because I was working hard on a final project for my Sport Injury class about the ACL.  It was a lot of fun (nerd...I know, I know) and I learned A LOT about the ACL (apparently there's more to learn after studying anatomy for....7ish years?? of course there is!!) and to sum it all up, I'm super proud of my work.

And while I was missing, I see I've gained some readers. :) That makes me smile!! :) Thanks!! :)

Pause. I hear Fire Engines. It's 2am.  Hubby's gonna be tired in the morning when he gets home.

Why am I awake at 2am? Possibly because I went to a 10pm movie with my friend Megan...possibly because I decided it was a good time to catch up on reading blogs, and possibly because I'm enjoying taking a mini 1 day break from some schoolwork. :)

Anywho...I did do one little bloggy thing in the midst of putting together a research presentation...I joined The Train to Crazy in her Great Destash Challenge.  In other words.... I.do.not.need.to.buy.any.more.fabric. hahaha!  Granted, I probably won't be doing loads of sewing during the month of August (with residents moving back in and lots of ResHall bonding time to get the year started off right :) ) I am going to try to work in a little sewing each week. :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Studying

Traveling Notebook - What a Great Idea!

When I was in Mrs. Black's First Grade class, we had a teddy bear (don't remember his name....) and a notebook in the classroom.  Each weekend, a different student took the notebook and teddy bear home and their homework was to write what they did that weekend.  When I finally got the notebook, it was so cool to read what all my classmates had done over their weekends!

Well, one blogger has a similar idea she's started...The Notebook Journey




How cool is that!!  When the notebook is full, it'll get shipped back to her, and she can read everything people have written, see pictures people have drawn...and right now, it's overseas in Ireland!!! (Lucky notebook, it's a world traveler, and it's not having to pay for airplane tickets and stuff...just flat rate mailing boxes haha)

Anywho, she's thinking about starting a second one...so if you're interested, go to her blog and read about it.  She has a "Contact" tab where her email is posted so you can email her and let her know you want in on the next notebook! :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

It's already Tuesday??

1. Do you sing in the shower or car when no one else is listening?

Not in the shower, but YES in the car.


2.  Do you have a nickname you go by now or growing up?

My Grandpa used to call me WendyBurger :)  I also was called "Little Wendell" growing up because I look A LOT like my dad.  Now, people tend to call me WendayBird :) (with an a hahah)



3. Do you speak another language?

Oui, je parle fran├žais tout les temps....mon pauvre mari hahahah! :)



4. Where is you favorite vacation spot?

I love going to the mountains and the beach with my hubby but I'm also still reminiscing about my awesome trip to France my parents gave me for college graduation. :)


5. What do you cook the most for dinner?
Creamy Chicken Casserole.  (any variation of it...) Our favorite for sure!




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Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

Dinner needed cooked and the freezer needed emptying...
problem solved...

We had some soup that was leftover from dinner a while back that we froze (Broccoli Cheddar soup from Alice.com...super yummy but it made more than the two of us could eat!)  When we ate it the first time, it was a little thinner than we wanted and more cheddar-y than broccoli-y.  Well, we weren't really in the mood for soup tonight, so I thawed out the soup and added 1/2 cup of pureed broccoli (I keep several pureed veggies in the freezer to "sneak" into foods).  When everything was unfrozen, I added in some noodles (wish I did rice, but noodles tasted delicious :) ), poured the mixture into an 8x8 pan and topped it with about 7 crushed club crackers (since it was a smaller casserole) and some shredded mixed cheese.  I put it in the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes (until the edges were bubbling) and it was sooooo good!! :) I'm just sad that there aren't a lot of leftovers hhahaa...just enough for lunch tomorrow!
I had a better picture (this ones colors are funny and I can't seem to fix them..whatever) but I accidentally deleted it off the camera and didn't realize it until the casserole was pretty much gone haha.

While I was working on finishing up the casserole, Adam used our last tomato to make the yummy tomato slices he's made before. :) We put them over some spinach leaves and had quite a scrumptious meal (with Pillsbury croissants on the side!)


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Today is definitely miscellaneous :)

1. I just saw I have 50 followers!!! Ahhh!!! I never thought that would happen!! :)  I'm currently brainstorming what kind of giveaway I can do when I make it to 100...I paint, sew, craft, so I've got a few options running through my head! :)

2. We got SO MUCH MAIL today!! :) Not all fun stuff, but lots of fun stuff included!! :)  First thing I opened was my package from Kim at Oh, Sweet Joy.  She's got her shop closed for now because her and her hubby are traveling overseas to teach English and minister for a few months!! (Keep them in your prayers!)  I found out about her shop through a friend of a friend (who is now a friend as well...was that confusing? haha)  Look at what I got for me!!! (I can't show you the other because it's a gift for my sister and I don't want her sneaking peaks at it....)



blurry...sorry...cellphone and trying to take a picture of something you can't see hahaha..but hey! you can see a picture I painted in the background haha :)
As soon as I opened it, I took the sunglasses off my head and replaced it with this!! I think I'm going to like wearing it.... :)

3. The rest of our mail consisted of...
--a letter from Church about Deacon elections
--something about Adam's school loans (boring.)
--a card from Adam's Aunt & Uncle (exciting!! I'll wait till he gets back from the gym)
--my all*you magazine I've been patiently waiting on (exciting!)
--a card from Adam's parents (exciting!! waiting for Adam to get home..)
--a Geico mailing...probably junk mail bc even though we're insured with them we still somehow get their "sign up with us" mail (boring....)
--a card from Adam's Grandma (exciting!! waiting on Adam again hahah)
--a Ranger Joe's catalog (exciting for Adam!!)
--my sticker for my car tag renewal (exciting so I don't get a ticket next week!)
--Belk bill for that really cute shirt I bought when I went shopping with Mom (not exciting...but not terribly boring...reminder of a fun day! :) )

----OH! AND my new American Eagle capris....I'll try them on in a second :)

4. I've got a good bit of schoolwork coming up this week and next, so I probably won't be posting a whole lot of crafty things, but I do plan on posting some food things because we've decided to get creative with the ingredients in our cabinet and freezer to come up with meals for the next two weeks and only buy necessities like milk, bread, and eggs for a while...so....keep your eyes peeled for dinner ideas! :)

5. Just got an email saying my prize from my CSN giveaway has been shipped! Woohoo!! :)



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White Shrug

I finally wore it (the shrug I talked about here....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy One Year Anniversary To Us! :)

We just got back from a one year anniversary trip to Pine Mountain, GA (we loooooved that house!!)  And we decided since it was a log cabin, like the cabin we stayed in for our honeymoon (in Sevierville, TN) we should take another picture by the fireplace. :)


So they're not exactly one year apart...but still! :)
And here we are exactly one year ago (not to the minute, because at this point, I was still hiding behind the doors waiting on the parents, grandparents, and wedding party to make it down the aisle hahaha)


Friday, July 23, 2010

Our new toy from CSN!

We finally picked out something from CSN to get.  We looked at soooo many things! Including this nifty handle mitt by Le Creuset....
But...we decided I should make one that's all coffee-fied like the rest of our kitchen.  Anywho, we decided we needed this....
...because when I make pancakes for Adam, I make LOTS of pancakes hahaha. (We freeze the extra so he can take them to work, or warm them up in the toaster/microwave without having to make a box full of pancakes again hahah)  So Yay! :) We're getting a double burner griddle!! :) (For Free!! :) )  Thanks again Amanda at The Hand Me Down House! (PS She has another giveaway going on right now, for a free advertising spot on her sidebar for your etsy store!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Multi-tasking at its best

We've been goinng to the gym on the nights Adam doesn't have to work...today I decided instead of reading a dated magazine I'd catch up on my blog reading while I ride the stationary bike. I feel accomplished hahahahaha :)

I'm a Winner!!

I'm so excited! I woke up earlier than normal this morning (having a sleepover and sleeping on the floor will somehow force your body to wake up earlier hahhaha) ...therefore, I checked my email earlier than normal.  I had an email from Amanda at The Hand Me Down House!


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I won the $40 gift card to CSN stores!  So excited!! Guess it's time to start shopping! :)  Thanks so much Amanda! :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hoo Are You Tuesday

Here are my answers to the question over at Night Owl Crafting


1. Have you ever broke a bone or anything on your body?
I broke a toe once and it was incredibly painful...and right before I started pointe classes in dance.  I had to wait until it healed to wear my new pointe shoes.  Then, right as it was about healed, my toes clashed with my sister's toes and it rebroke. :(

2. What is your favorite drink?
Juice of just about any kind....or Coffee (no longer have to have it everyday! :) )
Also love A&W rootbeer and cream soda :) :)

3. When is your birthday! You don't have to tell the year you were born!
December 27! :)

4. Do you have an allergies?
Nope, other than poison oak/ivy, but I do my best to avoid that.

5. What is one of your all time favorite movies?
I favorite movie of all time is the Wizard of Oz!! I have almost all of the books in the series that L. Frank Baum wrote, plus I have the Wizard of Oz in French that I bought in Paris :) :)



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Monday, July 19, 2010

Yellow Shirt with White Curled Edges

Here's what I started about a week and a half ago, but I've been working on other stuff too and it kinda got pushed to the bottom of the pile (of stuff that needs fixed or finished).  Well, I started working on the pile today and now I have a new shirt!

I started with a plain yellow tshirt from Hobby Lobby (kids Large so it would be more like a baby tee) and I cut the sleeves to be shorter, cut the neck to have a scoop like a shirt I had around, and cut the hem off the bottom of the shirt.


Then I took strips of white jersey from another tee I cut up (the one I made into a shrug that I haven't worn yet or posted pictures of yet...to do list.) and sewed them under the sleeves, neck, and bottom (1 on each sleeve, two rows on the neckline, and three rows on the bottom.)

I stretched them a little to encourage curling, especially after it's washed! I like it! :)


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Tomato Snack

Adam made a mid-day snack today and it's yummy!  First he lined the cookie sheet with aluminum foil (it's our cheat for not having to wash dishes so often hehe) and covered the aluminum foil in olive oil.  He sliced a tomato (fresh from market...yum) and covered each slice with a little bit of olive oil, some Italian seasoning, and some Parmesan cheese.  Then he put them in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes or so (until the cheese was crusted on the edges of the tomato).

And now I'm adding the picture, because I realized I forgot to!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

We Went to a Wedding! :)

The Bride and Groom! I love love love her dress and her veil!


...And we made some pretty wedding gifts!
When we got married, I etched several glasses for decoration and our unity floating candle (and for drinking from later).  Well, Bo (one of the groomsmen) loooved them and showed them off to everyone for me! So...we thought it was appropriate that he and Cameron have some (with the monogram that was on their invitation!)


Also, we (I bought the supplies, and Adam assembled it) made a cake plate using a China plate from the 1960s! :) (Gotta love some internet research using the logo on the back of the plate!)  I don't have great pictures of the plate, but you get the idea!




And this is how cute we turned out for the wedding! :) We kinda wound up wearing our wedding colors (aww...how cute, a week before our anniversary!)



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Friday, July 16, 2010

Coming to my blog later this week...


It's not coming now because I've gotta get Sarah off the Guitar Hero and go to sleep now!! Which means, I'm done sewing for the night!! :) :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bastille Day Dinner Improv! Mini Paninis

I realized that today is July 14...hence Bastille Day!

Lucky me, I bought a baguette in Publix that needed to be eaten today, but no tomatoes, so I couldn't make my normal go-to when I have bread on hand (Super Simple Dinner).  So I came up with something along the same lines.  Mini Paninis!

I sliced the baguette into thin slices and buttered one side of a piece of bread and placed it on the grill pan.  Next, sprinkle some shredded cheese, then slice a piece of ham in half, fold and set on top.  Sprinkle more cheese.  On the second piece of bread, spread some pesto on one side, and butter on the other.  Set on the sandwich, butter side up.  Flip when the bottom bread is nice and toasty.

This particular baguette was a little skinnier than some I've bought in the past, so we ate 3 or 4 sandwiches each (depending on which end of the baguette your sandwiches came from!! :) )

Sarah is a picky eater, but she loooooves pepperoni and cheese sandwiches (coughcoughpizzacoughcough), so we made her two pepperoni and cheese mini paninis to eat with her dinner. :)

(((Photo credits to my little sister who took pictures while I finished cooking!)))
This one is my favorite picture...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sneaky Smoothie! :)

I wasn't really hungry at "dinner time" today, so of course I got hungry around 10:45pm tonight!  I decided another smoothie was the perfect solution (instead of with those chocolate chip peanut butter cup cookies the husband and his friend are eating hahah).

The fruit I've been using almost daily  is a banana, some frozen blueberries, a few strawberries, and some orange juice.  Well, I used the last of the bananas in some banana bread last night while Sarah and I were watching A Walk to Remember.  I looked in the freezer and found 1/4 cup of frozen sweet potato puree.... :)  My sister-and-law and I like to mix sweet potato puree to shredded cheese before we make our grilled cheese sandwiches....and it's also delicious when mixed into homemade hot cocoa (filling too!)  I got those recipes from Deceptively Delicious.

So anywho.....I added that last bit of pureed sweet potato to some orange juice, about 5 strawberries, and about two handfuls of blueberries.  Delicious and I can't taste the sweet potato! I feel so healthy right now! (Besides the fact that I'm "eating" at 11:45 at night!!

cell phone picture...but hey! It's almost midnight! hahah! :)


Monday, July 12, 2010

Hey Monday!

Amazingly, I've been awake for about an hour now...but my sister is asleep in the den (I told her I wouldn't wake her up until 8:30 or 9:00, so after this, she's getting awake haha).

Anywho, I found a linky party this morning while I was catching up on weekend blogs...called Miscellany Monday



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Figured this would be the perfect way to link up to my scatterbrained thoughts of plans for this week...


  • In terms of sewing, I want to finish Mom's apron and my t-shirt quilt.  I started the quilt after my freshman year of college.  It's made up of (mostly mine) and a few of Adam's shirts from high school.....including the shirts we wore on our first date.  Even though I started it five years ago or something like that...it's still not done! I kept finding more shirts to add!! (And sadly, I still wear some of my shirts from high school! This is why I'm trying to wear tshirts less frequently, but it's just not happening hhaha)
  • We're thinking about trying out the waterpark in town.  I've never been, so obviously Sarah hasn't either, so we'll see if it's good or not!
  • We were going to go to Tutti Frutti (self-serve frozen yogurt place in town) last night, but we were all pooped after going to watch Despicable Me (great movie) and stuffing ourselves at Johnny Carinos Brusco's...then going to Target, Home Depot, Starbucks (hehe...which, by the way, it was my first purchased coffee since my France trip!...I was pretty amazed with myself when I realized that!!!), and then to Wal-Mart.
  • Adam loooves the blueberry donuts at Daylight Donuts and we haven't been in a while, so we might go there Wednesday when we get a student discount on a dozen! :)
  • Sarah wants to go walking around Toomer's Corner (which surprises me 1.because she used to hate to shop and 2.because she really used to hate walking distances around town.  Once we walked to Kinnucan's ((OK Bad idea..I thought it was closer than it was...and it was before I had a car...)) and she's been complaining about that walk ever since!)
  • Of course we're going to class today, Wednesday, and Friday and of course I'm excited about that, but I'm excited that Sarah's excited about that too.
Ok, I think it's breakfast time for the teenager who probably doesn't want to wake up yet!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Week with Sister!

My youngest sister is spending the week with us this week! We just went to see Despicable Me and we loved it! :) The entire theatre was laughing during the whole movie. Now we're taking her to Johnny Brusco's because she looooves pizza! Tomorrow she gets to come to class with me yaaayy!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday's Here!

Although I have to admit, that I've been really bad at keeping up with the days of the week lately (with a five day weekend for me, a holiday, and only one class every other day...)

Regardless, it's time for all Friday blog hops! :)

I'm linking up with The Girl Creative and The Trendy Treehouse for New Friends Friday again this week!



New Friend Fridays


Here's one I found for the first time today! It's Friendly Friday hosted by Thanks Mail CarrierThe Frugal Novice, and Healthy Home Blog.








Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hello Again!

I feel like it's been forever since I've posted...but it's only been like a day and a half!  I guess I was just super busy the last few days!  I've had a few quizzes (not super time consuming really), a paper to write, a camp check-in (love them!  It's a twirling camp that my Mom actually went to when she was in high school, and now they're staying in my building!), and I've been sewing! :)  After I whipped up five passport covers like mine (talked about it in that last post....) and a custom one for Donna at My Shabby Chateau! :)  I love it so much! :)  Adam looked over while I was sewing on the button she picked out and he said it looked really great!

FYI: Keep your eyes peeled for this fabric again soon! :) ((MOM <3 )) :) :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Passport Covers & Notecards on Etsy!

In case you haven't looked at my etsy shop, stop by!  I've got several sets of watercolor notecards listed, painted by my father-in-law.  And just now, I've added a listing for 5 passport covers I made tonight! :)  I've made it so you can have a choice in what button you have on front.  I'm so excited!! You can ask Adam...I've been talking everyday for the last...two weeks....about how I want to make something to put on Etsy!  After I made my passport cover (because I wished I had one when I went to France)...I was already thinking about making more and listing them, and then I had a few several people confirm that for me.

Right now, I only have one blue paisley design listed, but I've got LOTS of fabric here I can use.  Adam voted I make some Auburn colored ones, of course.  So I'm sure I'll list some of those soon! :)

Anywho, I'm excited! :)

Blog Hop: Marketing Mondays @ Trendy Treehouse

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Here's this week's Blog Hop for Marketing Monday! (A free way to advertise your etsy shop! :) :) )
Super handy for me this week because this past week I finished listing the notecards featuring my father-in-law's watercolor painting...and I hope to put up some sewing projects soon! :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saturday Summary

I haven't blogged any during the day because I knew I would have some more "bloggy" things to talk about later...so now that today is almost over...here goes! :)

I started off by making a yummy smoothie for breakfast this morning...2 kiwi, 2 banana, and what was salvageable of the mango I had left in the kitchen. (I had originally planned on making some kiwi banana bread, but I ran out of flour after making mango bread....
Anywho, I topped off my smoothie with a slice of cucumber (why didn't I add some of those? I have a good bit of cucumber...maybe tomorrow!) and a peppermint leaf.  It was pretty hahaha. :)

Then after watching some movies, doing some laundry, and starting the cupcakes...I made a passport cover!  While I was in France, I was wishing I had one because I liked to stick my boarding passes in the pages of my passport, and I was always afraid they would fall out in my purse and I'd have to dig for them.  So here's my solution for next time I travel (oh, and it keeps it from getting bent too!)



Like the elastic strap to keep everything in the cover?  (Inspired by this coffee coozie) And I made a small pocket in the back cover to tuck some cash or whatever in there.  The original idea was a pocket big enough for boarding passes, but then I realized the pocket would have to be the size of the passport itself! hahaha! :)  There are a few little tweaks I'd like to make to it if I make more!

After sewing the button in place, I finished up the cupcakes for the dinner party I went to tonight with some of the faculty and students in Motor Development.  I got the idea for these cupcakes off of one of the recipe websites a few months ago, and they were a hit when I made them for a Sunday School party.  The cupcakes are just white cake batter cupcakes.  The icing is one container of cool whip and one normal sized package of pudding mix (french vanilla is what I used), all mixed up. I spread a little icing on the cupcakes, then sliced strawberries and put a slice on top and a few blueberries...so they were red, white, and blue! :)


Yummy, yummy, yummy...good enough to eat for breakfast! :)













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