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Making Memories Mondays: Ah, Nature. (And food.)

**Reminder to self (and short complaint about WordPress):  edit this post when you can in order to recover the paragraph and pictures that failed to show up durig the publishing process, most notably the pictures of purple crocuses.  Sigh.  And grrr.


In February, I remember saying that I was so looking forward to March’s pictures to take.  The amazing memories I had during this weekend (and the subsequent photos) just reinforced that sentiment.  I had a lot of time to enjoy nature, and the impending spring made itself well-known.  Here are the highlights:

DSCN5167Baby animals playing

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Ran across these guys during a weekend bike ride.  So cute!

DSCN5167Loved ones playing in puddles after DURING!! a rainstorm

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I feel that before I show you the pictures of us playing in the puddles, I should first show you the magnitude of the rainstorm and depth of the puddles.  It was seriously like an out-of-nowhere, full-on gully wash.  So amazing to watch.  And even more amazing to play in!  😀

Me Puddle

Dog and Hubs Puddle

Seriously.  One of most fun memories of my life.  I loved it.  Neighbors pulled in as we were delighting in puddle-jumping, and they must’ve thought we were crazy, splashing and giggling like little kids, but I don’t care.  This is one of the things I’ll remember and cherish forever.

And now, a snack break!  😉


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Food Questions

1. What did you eat for dinner last night? French dip sandwich and a salad at a dive.  So good and way better than I was expecting!  Actually one of the best French dip sandwiches I’ve had.
2. If you could make one food calorie-free for the next year, What would you choose? Full-fat cream.  It tastes SO GOOD in coffee, but it would make so many of my other favorite foods more accessible:  ice cream, real whipped cream, quiche, mashed potatoes, gravy for Swedish meatballs, etc.
3. How often do you go to the grocery store? Twice a month; once every other week to coincide with pay days.
4. Do you make a list before buying groceries? Absolutely.  It keeps me on budget and I can make sure I didn’t forget anything crucial.
5. List three things that can always be found in your kitchen. Ingredients for bread machine bread, my doggie begging for food, and mushrooms.
6. How often do you clean out your fridge? We’re really good at eating leftovers and not letting anything go to waste, so I really only need to clean out the fridge about once a month.
7. Do you ever use a slow cooker? If so, will you share a recipe? I don’t, mostly because I don’t have one.  But I’ve never really had the desire to use one.  I’ve been told, though, that once I do use one, it’s hard to imagine a life without one.
8. How often do you try new recipes? Fairly frequently.  I get bored eating the same meals, so I feel the need to shake things up and invent new things a lot.  It’s fun!  I would say about twice a month or so I try out something new.
9. What is the most delicious meal(s) you make? Oh man.  There are so many!  I’d have to say my most popular is my cornbread, because everyone always asks me to bring that to potlucks and gatherings (for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I always get a friendly reminder phone call from one of my family members saying, “You’re bringing your cornbread, right? Don’t forget!”).  I also make really good fajitas and Spanish rice, all from scratch—that includes homemade tortillas.  My hubby’s favorite meals by me are shepherd’s pie, Swedish meatballs, and stroganoff.
10. Share at least one thing that is currently in your kitchen even though you don’t like it.  All the treats my family has given my dog, treats meaning chunks of steak fat, bits of meat, turkey legs, etc.  It takes up so much room in my freezer and I don’t want to give it all to him at once because he’ll get sick.  I like to spoil him as much as the next person, but more with love and attention and playtime than food.

To Your Own Nice, Memorable Introduction to Spring!!!


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Making Memories Monday: Fun and Five

Just going to jump right in today, since I don’t have much to say.

Pictures to Take Throughout the Year

February (week one)

DSCN5167Super Bowl party (with food and decor)


Even though hubby and I WERE invited to a Super Bowl party, I wasn’t in much of a mood to attend it, for personal reasons.  Instead, hubby and I went our separate ways to do different errands and came back together for dinner.  I have to say, though, I did keep a half-ear on the game during my chores, and WOW, what a game!  I do have to say I enjoyed it.
Ahem, but the food:  this was our dinner Super Bowl Sunday.  I had potatoes I needed to use up, and I wanted to put a fun spin on them, so I put my “typical Super Bowl snacks” hat on and this is what I came up with:  barbecqued kielbasa sausage (bringing in the “meat” portion of Super Bowl), and my version of Tex Mex potatoes, which sort of bring in a form of “potato chip”, and the Tex Mex part gives a nod to the salsa/dips that are usually seen at a SB party.  It ended up being pretty good, and it brought a bit of fun to an otherwise somber day.  Leave me a comment if you want the recipe.  🙂

And this is just for funsies.  It’s on the January list, but I couldn’t help myself:


After weeks of anticipation, I finally got my snow day, and we ran into this cutie while we went out to enjoy the snow.  We had so much fun playing!  Hopefully it brings a smile to your face!


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Five Things


1. Share five things you hope to do before you die.

I feel like the “bucket list” question has been asked a lot lately!  Must be something in the air.  Anyhow, I guess I’ll post things I haven’t posted in awhile:
1) Visit the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
2) Get the tattoo I’ve wanted since I was 18
3) Take professional singing lessons
4) Learn to play the guitar well enough to do an open mic
5) Be responsible for at least one person getting published and becoming a bestseller


2. List five things you love about yourself.

1) My optimism
2) My hair
3) My professionalism in a work environment
4) My ability to not compromise my morals
5) My smile


3. Share the five coolest things that you’ve done in 2013.
Wow, it’s been quite the year already!  Where to start?!?
1) Recreated Honolulu at home
2) Learned to make pico de gallo
3) Random mini-road trip to enjoy some snow!
4) Successfully wrote at least 10 minutes a day in my journal since the start of 2013.
5) Watched my first Inauguration Ceremony (not in person, but still fun).


4. List five things that you always have in your kitchen.
1) Some sort of hot caffeinated beverage
2) Flower vase turned into a kitchen utensil holder
3) Set of measuring spoons that we got as gifts for our wedding shower

measuring spoons
4) A sitting doggie, patiently waiting for something yummy to “accidentally” drop on the floor
5) Calendar pages for the week held up by refrigerator magnets


5. Share five places you would like to go on vacation.

1) Vermont during autumn
2) Train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies
3) Any gorgeous ski lodge in Colorado (during the winter, of course)
4) Cascais, Portugal (pronounced kiss-kiss.  Love it!)–mostly influenced by a gorgeous essay I read in college (which, of course, I can’t find now…)
5) The non-touristy parts of Italy


6. List five celebrities/public figures you’d like to meet.
1) Neil Patrick Harris
2) Taylor Swift
3) Jillian Harris (though I guess she’s not really a HUGE celebrity…)
4) Michelle Obama
5) Benjamin Franklin (if he were still alive)
if we’re talking still-living, then the fifth one would be Ellen Degeneres
**I already feel pretty lucky to have met Lynda Barry & Jen Lancaster, two of my favorite authors, so that’s pretty awesome.


7. List five bands or artists you’d like to see perform live.
1) Taylor Swift (I know, I know…I have a weird, slightly-obsessive fangirl thing with her)
2) Brad Paisley (again.  He puts on an incredible show!)
3) Miranda Lambert (hmm…I didn’t realize I was on such a country kick lately!)
4) *NSYNC reunion!  Hahahahaha!  There it is.  I came out of the boy band closet.
5) Bo Burnham!! Who, I guess, isn’t technically an “artist” in the popular sense of the word.  He’s a musical comedian, and he is a freakin’ GENIUS.  Check out his standup show; I think it’s on Netflix.  It’s amazing.  Can’t believe the kid is only 22.


8. List five TV shows that you don’t want to miss.
1) How I Met Your Mother
2) The Talk
3) The Bachelor/ette (another guilty pleasure)
4) Project Runway, but sadly, I don’t have the means to watch it.  Missed the 2nd season of All Stars, and it makes me more upset than it should.
5) Parenthood
*honorable mentions:  Glee (even though the plot line is pretty much gone, it’s good to have on in the background), The Voice…can you tell I don’t really watch TV for any educational reason?


9. Share five things you wanted to do as a child.
1) Be a spy just like Harriet the Spy
2) Be a model (I was four and foolish, but lemme tell ya, I had my fierce pose DOWN!)
3) Be a writer (now it’s more like I want to help someone else become a published writer…)
4) Find a real-life unicorn (this is still true today)
5) Collect all of the books in the Sweet Valley Twins series (also true today)


10.  Share five things you hope to do in 2013.

1) Secure a stable job
2) Finish unpacking my craft room
3) Have my application accepted either as a volunteer counselor that uses poetry as therapy, or as a writer-in-residence at a women’s writing retreat center.  Or both would be awesome.
4) Ride a tandem bike
5) Catch Comet ISON in the sky at the end of the year.  Preferably in a low-light-pollution area.

Wishing Fun For You Too!