Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Anniversary Chicken

I got this recipe from a friend and changed it up a little.

Anniversary Chicken

4 chicken breast, thawed
pepper (to taste)
salt (to taste)
cooked ham/bacon; pieces (as desired; I used deli ham)
shredded cheddar cheese (handful)
green onion (as desired)
ranch dressing (as desired)

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2.) Place thawed chicken breasts in a 9 X 13 pan.
3.) Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. You can also add your preferred seasonings as well.
4.) Place ham on top of chicken (optional)

5.) Cook chicken in oven for 20 minutes.
6.) Once chicken is finished, put cheese on top of each chicken breast.
7.) Top with ranch dressing
8.) Place cooked bacon pieces on top of ranch dressing
9.) Add green onion

Oh la la, you have an incredible chicken dinner. Don't forget to add a side! Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Our Newest Addition to the Family

I said it! And guess what? It's not a dog!!

... Don't fool yourself, it's not a baby either..

He's a kitten. :) 

*Wait for it* Whattttt?? We didn't even know we were cat people!

World, meet Archie:

Oh my goodness, isn't he soooo adorable??

So the story goes: on August 21, 2011 Trav and I went to Michael's to look at some wedding stuff. There just happens to be a Petsco located next door with a welcoming sign that declared, "Adoption Day". So I made my way towards Petsco's doors. Trav followed confirming every step of the way, "We're not getting another animal." Blah, blah, blah... my response, "You can't help who you fall in love with," praying that I wouldn't really fall in love with another animal. But I am such a sucker.

Bringing Archie home: he didn't like to be contained and broke out of the box.
The moment we walked in the door, a woman stopped us, asking us if we were interested in adopting.  Since Trav said we foster animals and we're not interested, she put little "Spanky" in my arms. This little, tiny, orange tabby kitten automatically started purring the second you would put him in your arms. Dangit. This wasn't supposed to happen. But Archie had me with his first purr.

The next thing we knew we were playing with him in the adoption glass window. Spanky didn't want to leave our site and was more interested in us rather than the environment or toys laid out in front of him. I insisted that we needed him and pouted like a little girl. Trav finally agreed after realizing how cute he was and watching how Spanky interacted with us. He would say yes in 2 conditions 1.) If Tatum liked him and 2.) If I would clean his litter box every day making sure that the house would not smell like cat. I win.

We got Tatum and brought him to the local Petsco. Tatum has never interacted with a cat, except for barking at the seven cats in the crazy cat lady's yard. (She literally has like 8 of them in her front yard). When Spanky's crate was placed on the floor next to him Tatum automatically got in his pointing stance (that's the Pointer in him) to tell us, "something is in there!" When Spanky made his apperance out of the cage, Tatum watched him for a while and then started licking him!

After that, Trav and I were sold and left with a $25 dollar cat (who came neutered with his shots) and $100 in cat supplies.

"Spanky" now Archie, has been a great kitty ever since. He adores people and doesn't even mind the dogs (even though Sweetie took a while to adjust and had to calm down after wanting to eat him at first). Archie adores having his belly rubbed, loves to cuddle, and is already litterboxed trained!

And my allergies? They lasted for the first day where my eyes were watery and puffy. I thought I would have to sacrifice my health for him, but it all panned out, and it's all good.

And who couldn't resist that pink nose?

We named him Archie after another Ohio State football player because we have to keep the Ohio State theme goin'! :)

P.S. We are going to have to work on his camera skills though since he doesn't like to pose!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

We set the date! :)

We are getting married here:

On October 13, 2012. Isn't it beautiful??!! :) And yes, we're having the wedding in Indiana since we have 90% of our family and friends living there.

We couldn't be more excited. However, it's not *offical, offical* until we find out if Trav gets into school or not. In that case, the wedding will be put on hold. We will not find this out until November - December. But we are penciled in on October 13, 2012 while we hear final word.

Until then, we are still planning on having the wedding on this date. My mom, sis and I will be looking at dresses when they come in town next weekend.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Trav and I have been reading, "When's Life Not Working" by Bob Merritt with our study group.

Merritt encourages you to make a list of roles/responsibilities that you have in your life.

Trav's and I were about the same: (in no particular order)

-Work forty hours a week

-Be a good husband-to-be/wife-to-be
-Be an excellent family member and friend
-Be a fur mom and dad
-Be a foster mom and dad for a dog until we find it's forever home
-Pay bills
-Take care of the house
-Take care of the yard
-Study group member
-Church member
-Trav (golfer) - Ashley (blogger)

Bob Merrit suggests that you cross off the last three things of your list, but if we did that, we wouldn't have much. We would actually like to put more on our list. Trav has been here for two years now, and I have been here for a year, our lives are not full of anything that is just too much.

So, to add more on my list, I would like to add:

-To be healthier: this means going to the gym/running (which I have been doing a little lately)

-Open the Bible... God is our priority - so why have we devoted such little time to him?
-Make more time for friends/family. Being so far from them - I would like to call them more. Especially when they are going through difficult times.

... it's not much, but I don't want to overload.. lol. If I add these goals, it will match more with my values

1.) Have a close relationship with God

2.) Have a great marriage
3.) Raise a strong family 
4.) Be a loyal friend
5.) Raise Tater well :)
6.) Be healthy
7.) Have a meaningful career

In the long run, I want to enjoy my life. I don't want to regret things, and I want to stop putting things off. For example, you may want to go to school, so why are you holding back?  Don't always think about what if.... think about what you need to get in life where you want to be.

I love Merritt's quote that he states in Chapter 5, "If I study, then I learn. If I learn, then I increase knowledge, then I have opportunities. If I have opportunities, then i gain skills. If I gain skills, then I have options. If I have options, then I'm happy. If I'm happy, then I'm healthy. If I'm healthy, then I achieve, then I have influence. If I have influence, then I have impact. If I have impact, then I have a purpose."

Likewise, "But if I quit, then I fail. If I fail, then I'm dependent. If I'm dependent, then I'm not free. If I'm not free, then I'm unhappy. If I'm unhappy, then I'm miserable. If I'm miserable, then I'm poor  and lonely because nobody wants to hire, marry, or hang around dependent and miserable people."

"If always leads to then. Every decision is connected to an outcome, and the decisions we make today absolutely determine our experiences tomorrow. So what are you doing today that will make your tomorrow better? Because A always leads to B, if always leads to then."

What are your goals/values in life? Are you reaching them?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wing Eating Contest

Trav: the wing eating man?

Trav decided within a few hours of eating In-N-Out and sharing an ice cream that he wanted to join a friend in the local Wing Eating Contest that day, so we drove to Native New Yorker and joined his friend there. We weren't expecting anyone to really take this serious but there were people actually in training for it! On top of all that, the Native New Yorker Champion wing eater was there who won 3 times in a row! Check this guy out:

*p.s. you might want to turn off the music on the bottom to listen*

Anyways, on to the competition (sorry for the poor quality of photos)

...then my camera died :( I was hoping I would be able to get more photos, and I found these on Native New Yorker:

Final Results: *drum roll please*

In 11 minutes...

Fredy ate 36 wings
Trav ate ‎1.3 IBS/(42Wings)
Collin (the wing champ) ate 90 some wings and won round 1.

Collin has 9 kids, and is planning on winning the Toyota Trunda (the final round), selling it, and donating the money to different organizations like he does every year! :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tatum & Friends Adventures

These are my new kicks. One shoe, thanks to Dougy, is now chewed up. I didn't get to wear them out even once yet.

I then came home to another chewed up shoe (again one of my favorites):

And also a chewed up internet battery cord, a and a shredded up pillow. No bueno. I was not a happy camper.

Trust me, these little ones are not innocent as they look:

Trav even came home the other day to find Sweetie chewing on some bitter apple spray that is supposed to keep her from licking her foot. Obiviously, it doesn't work. She licks her foot even more when it's sprayed on. She picked it out of the box and decided she wanted something good to chew on. I should have known since they both love apples.... even the green ones!

Tatum seems to like it as well.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lemon Pudding Pie

Lemon Pudding Pie

This is a recipe you don't want to miss out on! 

Recipe from: MB :) 

1 pkg of sugar free Jello Gelatin (any flavor)
2 Yogurts - 4 oz each (same flavor as Jello, can be fat free if you would like)
1 container Cool Whip - completely thawed (can use "Lite", but "free" is the   
   weight watcher way)
1 graham cracker crust
1/4 cup boiling water
*if using lemon, add a few drops of lemon juice/lemon zest (grated lemon peel) to the mix*


1.) Empty yougurts into large bowl
2.) Completely dissolve jello in 1/4 cup boiling water. Make sure completely dissolved.
3.) Add jello to yogurt. Stir gently with a whisk.
4.) Fold Cool Whip into yogurt/jello mixture until smooth.
5.) Pour entire mixture into graham cracker crust.
6.) Refrigerate at least 4 hours...serve and enjoy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sign From Heaven?

This may look like an ordinary truck to you, but it's not to me. Today on my way back to work from lunch, I thought I left the garage door open so I turned around to go back home. I was then stopped by a red light. Grrrr. Usually when being stopped by a red light, I start to fiddle with the radio, but today I was on the phone with my Aunt Meggie (my favorite aunt in the whole world) as she was telling me GREAT news. All of a sudden (still at a red light) a silver semi truck passed by right before the light turned green. It's not that it was a semi truck passed, but the name that was on the semi truck. It's a sign from God and my grandparents that came with a sigh of relief and "Oh my Goodness!" moment that I had to interrupt my aunt Meg to tell what just happened.

If you know what my family has had to go through lately, then you would know why. And I want everyone to know how proud I am of my mom and aunt Meggie and how much I love them.

Anyways, I have never actually encountered a sign and actually knew that what it was. It may sound silly that it was "just a truck" but it made my day and it will be a story that I will tell for the rest of my life.

Have you ever had a sign from heaven? I'd love to hear about it :)

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