Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 334

I wonder what it is about "Pawn Stars" that keeps Ryne and I so intrigued.  Hmmm...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 333

Ok!  I'm ready for the weekend!
Oh, that's right, it's Sunday night...
...maybe I'll get more done next weekend.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day 332

Stephanie's baby shower was today!  I must say, Baby M is going to live in style.  The nursery is completely adorable.  We decorated little onesies; can't wait for s/he to wear them! :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 331

Cold Stone Creamery = win (just every once in awhile). ;)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 330

I went to Hooters for the first time tonight, even though I stayed at the Hooters hotel while in Vegas a few years ago.  Kind of strange.  Also, weird that the girls' outfits are stuck in the 1980s.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 329

I'm on a cleaning frenzy tonight.  I really think a good portion of the reason is because I want to have a party soon!  This house needs some good visitors, so I'd better get back to work! ;)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 328

Tonight has been so weird.  Strange things have been happening, and it's just ... weeeeeird.  Not like spooky ghosts or anything, just unusual behaviors and encounters.  I'm ready for tomorrow.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 327

I'm on a donut kick, and oh man is it dangerous.  I'm done.  Ok, I'm done after I eat the one from Long's.  I didn't eat it tonight, so that's good...right?  Hello, yummy Tuesday breakfast! :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 326

When at church with Ryne today, I found myself saying things like "A-men," while everyone else there says "AHH-men," and doing gestures that no one else does.  Ah, the life of going from Catholic masses to Episcopalian services! :)  Oh, and we were watching Ike (his mom's little Yorkie) this weekend.  Lots of funny Ike moments - especially when we took him with us to see the triplets! :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 325

Ryne and I got to hang out with the triplets tonight, yay!  They were SO funny and adorable, as always. :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 324

I'm such a chocolate lover, that I rarely make anything without it.  Well, Bakerella has this recipe on her blog about pie pops, which of course made me think about the wonderful world of pie.  I'm not super confident in my pie making skills, so I decided to give these little pie pops a whirl.  They were pretty darn tasty (especially since I went with blackberry - a family favorite), and I'll definitely make another batch soon (since I still have a bunch of pie filling in the fridge)!  
 Each 9 inch pie crust will give you 8-9 circles, which results in 4 pops, so double it up!
 I love using the Silpat, but in this instance, I ended up switching over to parchment paper for easy clean up.
 The good stuff. :)
 I used the handle off of a knife to "close" the pies.  You could use just about anything.  I need to use more egg white wash on them and bake maybe a minute or two longer next time.
 Even though they're pretty light, they were done and super tasty!
 Ooey, gooey, pie pops.
In the container, ready for consumption! :) 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 323

As I mentioned before, I made soup for the first time.  I'd been craving Chicken Tortilla soup for awhile (they have it at work, get me hooked, then never serve it again).  I figured it was time I tried my hand at making it myself, and here are the photos from my little experiment.  I'm calling it that since it didn't really taste anything like the kind I'm used to, and well, needs work.  It was definitely worth making and eating, but just needs more ... oomph.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 322

I never like to receive bad news, no one does.  However, if it must happen, I like when it happens on sunshine-y, warm, spring-like days.  Softens the blow, ya know?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 321

Ever since Bridget left for Honduras, Cierra, Bridget, Ryne, and I have done the "question of the day" via email on weekdays.  Ryne does Monday-Wednesday, Cierra does Thursdays (when she remembers ;) ), and I do Fridays.  Ryne's "q du jour" for today was, "What is your favorite cookie?"  I was very happy to read that 2/3 voted my cookies to be their favorite!  I was not expecting that at all, but it just brought a little smile to my face.  Yay for baking success! :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 320

After Sunday's success, I decided to continue it on into Monday.  I thought I'd finally give Chicken Parmesan a shot, as it has always seemed challenging to me.  It's a favorite of Ryne's, so I was really worried about screwing it up, especially since I was making it at his house on Valentine's Day (read: no chance of us making it to a restaurant if I burned it).  It turns out, other than me not being able to read (forgot to pound out the chicken to thin it down),  I, too, can make this dish!  Victory!  It wasn't a masterpiece, but it definitely turned out to be a delicious dish (we each cleared our plates).  I didn't have any wine to add to the sauce, so that + doing the meat correctly will hopefully result in an even tastier dish next time.  Oh yes, there will be a next time!  I need to take pictures, and it involves me making my own sauce ... pretty awesome.  If you're interested in the recipe, here it is.  The photo above was taken with my sweetie pie's iPhone.

Hope everyone had a very Happy Valentine's Day! :) 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 319

I was a cookin' & bakin' machine today!  On the menu du jour...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 318

Today, I photographed a wedding, did the "big" grocery shopping trip (it's always a huge list or a run-in for milk), and polished off the first season of "Modern Family."  Yet, I feel very relaxed.  What a day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 317

I must admit, I'm pretty happy that I have a valentine this year.  I know most single people strongly dislike the day, and others feel like it's just a commercial gimmick.  However, if that means that my boyfriend wants to be extra romantic, so be it! ;)  Also, does it really hurt anyone to tell their favorite people that they love them?  I think not. :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 316

I think it's funny when Cierra and I talk about Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice characters like they're real people.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 315

Monday night, Ryne and I successfully prepared pork chops.  We didn't burn them or anything, haha!  Three types of seasoning for variety (6 chops - 2 each).  I don't know why I was so proud of our dinner, maybe because I rarely cook meat?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 314

You know how people go window shopping when they can't do real shopping?  Well, when I don't have an excuse (or time) to bake, I drool over baking blogs.  Wanna see what I found this week?  Here are a few keepers:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 313

I discovered two things about alcohol + me this weekend: I like Conundrum, and I like Cabana's French Martini (Stoli + Chambord + pineapple juice + Raspberry Stoli)!

*Update: #5 - visit a new city outside of Indiana - done!  Birmingham was new to me! :)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 311

In Nashville, TN at the Vandy vs. South Carolina basketball game.  Go 'Dores! :) 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 310

In Birmingham, AL with Ryne to see Kristen & Eric! :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 309

5 Things I'm Lovin' in February:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 308

Iced in today - time to be productive! :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 307

Nothing like starting off February with an ice storm! :oP

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