Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mexican Dip


Mexican Dip

This recipe was given to me by a friend when I was in high school and it is a huge hit that I make all the time. So much in fact that my uncle from Indiana asked me about it on Thanksgiving! I added to it once Kara tried the dip with salsa and it was love.

Here is a great and easy appetizer to impress your guests. So get the chips out and get ready to dip right on in! :) 

Ingredients:

- 1 pkg. of cream cheese
- 1 can of Hormel Chili No Beans (whatever size you want)
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese (or whatever kind of cheese you like)

Directions:

1.) Spread cream cheese on the bottom of a 8X8 or 9X9 pan.
2.) Spread the can of the chili on top.
3.) Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
4.) Nuke in the microwave for 5 - 5 & 1/2 minutes.

Enjoy and let me know if you make it!! :0)

P.S. I have always used this pan when since making this dish at the house. I was told that since it's metal, not to put that in the microwave. So... just to make sure nothing happens, I would use a glass pan. 




Gobble Weekend!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving and that all of all you lovlies had your tummies full of good food and great company! 

My weekend consisted of:
Good times!
Wed:
Trav's friends, Dan, came into town. We made a beer butt chicken for din-din. Has anyone had this before? I highly suggest it! It was finger-lickin' good :)


Before it was cooked

Turkey Day

Trav's mother and brother came into town. Trav and I made our first Thanksgiving dinner and we did it together without stressing too much. Dinner was pretty delicious and consisted of: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, MASSIVE rolls, pumpkin pie, and apple pie. For the first time for both of us making a Thanksgiving dinner, it turned out yummy. *Applause*




After dinner, we were completely worn out (including Tatum) and just enjoyed each others company.




We finally got our pool fixed in the morning $850 later. Afterwards, we all went to the ASU game. ASU was favored to lose against ULCA, but proved everyone wrong (hahaha). It was the best football game I have been to so far (considering I haven't been to a OSU game yet!) There is always something about being at football games - maybe it's the fans cheering and booing, the fire crackers, getting overpriced food and drinks, and watching the football players and listening to the band play. Football games are always a lot of fun.

That night, we sat by the fire and made smores. I even made the Brownie recipe and made it ala mode. Who is counting with all those calories anyways, right? Haha. Plus, I secretly wanted to get everyone fat *insert evil laugh here*.

Sat: We woke up bright and early to watch the rivarly of OSU and Michigan. The Buckeyes blew Michigan away.








The boys put up the Christmas lights, while Trav's mom and I put up the Christmas decorations up inside of the house.







Later that night, we went to a well-known German restaurant. This is where the waitress' dress up in cute little German outfits (the waiters look cute too!) and serve us delicious food. Our table was outside, but right next to the space heater (thank goodness, because it was freezing!) When the waitress came to serve us our food, her dress actually got so close to the space heater that her dress caught on fire. Scariest.thing.ever....!


We all started patting her down until the fire went out, while the rest of the restaurant just stared at us. She wasn't even freaking out (she must of have been a brave soul!) and afterwards the side of her skirt was almost completely missing. She then showed us scars of what has happened to her for the last two years of working there. Um, do you get hazard pay?! AND her manager made her wear that dress for the rest of the night! Um, I would think, if your dress catches on fire, you automatically get to go home. Apparently, not there.


While we were in town, we also checked out the Christmas lights to see how our Christmas lights compared. I can finally offically say, after seeing the lights that I am in the Christmas spirit. I didn't know if it would be possible here since there is no snow.




Sun:
We took the family back to the airport bright and early and said our goodbyes *tear*. We then headed over to our friends house and had breakfast and came home to pass out.

All in all, I could not ask for a better weekend ")

What did you for Turkey weekend?


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Living Together = Torture??!


No matter what anyone says living together changes things. Some say it’s bad to live together before you get married, but I disagree. This is a big step before you get married to see if you can even live with each other without killing each other. Sometimes people aren’t what you expect them to be, and if you were to marry them, then it would be likely end in a divorce or an unhappy marriage. I am determined that when I do get married that it does work, so I guess this is the first big step.

These are the negatives and positives of what I have learned of living with my boo.

Negatives:
  •  You don’t have to impress each other because we already have each other. This means, that I can go all day with just wearing PJ’s or put toothpaste on my pimples (I have no idea if this actually works) and he can go a long time without getting his hair cut or does not always brush his teeth first thing when he gets up. (This is making us sound pretty gross, huh? LOL)
  • They know everything – even all the dirty little secrets!! Trav is a master at knowing what annoys me and despite of all that and does it anyway. Hahahaha.
  •  “Thank you” is implied. I don’t know if it is because we just expect it or what, but it just isn’t said that much anymore.


Positives:
  • You realize how much you love them and how much you miss him when them when they are away. My heart still skips a beat whenever I see him. I am still crazy in love with him and always will be. He’s my best friend, the best boyfriend ever, the best puppy daddy, a great son, a hero and everything that I want. I could not ask for more. I am truly blessed.
  • We get to see each other every day. This means every day I get kisses, hugs, and eye-to-eye, “I love you” each and every day.  We did the whole long distance thing for about a year, so I’m grateful for all of this.
  • The other one can make you feel better. 
  •  It’s the little things that matter because it adds up to the big things. Whenever I make breakfast or dinner, he comes up behind me and wraps his arms around me. And the other day I found a note hidden underneath a pillow. He still amazes me by the little things he does. It’s something so simple but it can mean so much.  Trav is also thrilled that he has to do such small things to keep me happy.
  • We don’t have to go on fancy dates anymore. No matter what we do, we always have fun. Even though we don’t have a lot of money, we can still do other kind of date nights that consists taking the truck out to a random place or having a candlelight dinner. This gives you new opportunities to think of new ideas for date nights and possibly things you would never do.
  • We can create new memories together. This week we’re excited to have Thanksgiving at our house and we’re making our first Thanksgiving meal together. We’ll see how it goes. Even if it is horrible, we can laugh at it later.
  • We’re a team. We can solve problems together because we communicate. If you want a relationship to work, communication is key.
  • I know him – the real him. He’s everything that I want in a man and more. I just hope I am everything that he wants too.
All I can say is that the pros def. out way the cons.



Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Favorite View

Lately, I feel so blessed beyond words. BUT, when Trav came home today, all I could do was smile. He's everything I have always wanted. He knows how to put a smile on my face everyday. Plus, my heart melted a little when I came into the bedroom and found this:


This has to be my favorite view every morning: waking up to my boys.

Tatum was actually sleeping like that and had his paw over Trav's arm, but he heard me get the camera out and looks at me like, "Mom, why are you bothering Dad and I?" LOL. But I am lucky in love and always will be with these two boys.


P.S. Normally, I do not let Tatum sleep on the bed. This is a rule that Trav and I both set. But when this happens, what can you do?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sweet 16 (A letter to my sister)

Lovely Brit,




Wow! Today is your big day. You turned 16! You're turning into such a lovely young lady and you're growing up so fast. I wish I was there to help celebrate your special day with you but I want you to know how proud I am of you. Life is going to keep coming at a faster pace, but I want you to know these things along the way. 


Remember these things about life:


1.) You're best friends may not always be your best friend. Friends grow apart because they experience different things in life and lose communication. Some friends may do things that you don't agree with; don't follow in their footsteps. Once you realize the ones who will stick by your side through thick and thin, then you will know who your true friends are in life.
2.) People are not always nice. They will take advantage of how sweet you are, will be greedy and selfish, and may hurt you more than you can imagine. Some of these people are just jealous of how beautiful you are inside and out and want to see you fall because they are unhappy with themselves. All you can do is keep your head up and keep on with your life.
3.) Grandpa's lesson in life: Always look for the good in people. People make mistakes, they are only human. Give them a second chance: they deserve that. Learn to forgive. If they make the same mistake again, don't give them a third chance. And sometimes you may have to learn to forgive yourself before you can forgive them. And remember, because one person may have hurt you in a certain way, doesn't mean another one wants to do the same thing to you.
4.) Enjoy life. Laugh often and act silly. Don't dwell on your mistakes. Don't ever believe that you are never good enough. Because you are good enough; you just have to prove people wrong. Sometimes in life, there will be bad things that happen, but that is what makes you stronger. And remember there is no such thing as "perfect". Besides, being perfect would be so boring.
5.) You will fall in love. Some lucky boy may hold your heart; however he may not be the right one for you. You will believe that he is and no matter what anyone else tells you, you won't listen to them until you learn this yourself. All I can say is that boys come and go and there will be heartbreaks. You may even break some hearts.  Listen to your gut, if you feel like something is wrong, it probably is. Don't ever settle.


A boy needs to treat you like a princess and should tell you that he loves you every day. He should be one that will never intentionality hurt you and should never take advantage of you. He should be your best friend and someone you can depend on no matter what. He should not force you to do things that you don't want to do.


Once you know you found the right one: When you think he deserves someone so much better than what you deserve, however, he only wants you.


6.) Life is not fair. You may not get that job that you dream of, you may not be able to afford the thing that you want, that boy not love you back, your best friend may drift away, you may not have the answer to something that means so much to you. I can't explain why this happens or most importantly, why this is happening to you. Life doesn't come easy, and sometimes in life you have to face that huge mountain in front of you; try your best.
7.) Don't ever lose your faith.  Sometimes you will lose ones in life that matter so much to you and you will have a million different questions all posing the same thing: "Why?" Some things you will never understand and life will not stop for your grief, no matter how much you are hurting. Always look up to God. He will guide you, even if you don't see the results right away. 
8.) Take lots of pictures. They are a part of your life that tells a story. Don't forget to make some silly photos too that will make you laugh later on and some of those great memories that you can say, "Oh yeah. That was a great time".
9.) You are responsible for what you do. No one else can take responsibility for the choices you make in life. Try to make them good ones. Don't regret them because it poses too many problems for your future. If you make a mistake, admit it, try to fix it and move on.
10.) It's not what you have in life, it's who you have by your side that matters. People take things for granted and feel like they deserve things. Some people feel like they have to have certain items in their life that will make them happy. A brand new spankin' car and a million dollars will not make you happy. People make you happy and thankful to be alive. Those are the type of people you want to surround yourself by.


I love you sis. I will always be here for you no matter what. I hope your day and every day afterwards is incredible. Happy birthday!





Monday, November 15, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Within the last six months, Trav and I have been putting a TREMENDOUS amount of blood, sweat, and tears (me) into the house. Trav actually bought the house in April while I was still in Indiana, so Trav did most of the work before I moved in and he did an excellent job. I’m happy to present you what has been done within the house. Hopefully you love it as much as we do. :)


Welcome to our home (before, mid, and after)





*Updated version since I've lost all photos. Newest photos are the photos that our realtor took when we were selling our home during late summer 2012*

Entry Way

Kitchen (Trav gave me the red kitchen I have always dreamed of!)






Dining Room



Living Room (yes that was pink walls!)

1/2 Bath (the color we chose turned out way brighter than what I thought it was going to turn out like. I like to call it Frankenstein green. Ha.)





Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom


Stairs
Study


Bathroom - Upstairs


Guest room
Guest room

Pool (oh and you may see a thing called grass! )


Outside:

Trav added this in our garage (hehe, I have trained him well):