A Mish-Mash of Life Lately

We still have some of our Christmas decorations up. Don’t judge. Life has been busy lately, or at least it seems that way. I’m usually up by 7am every weekday to help Brett get out the door (a.k.a., make his lunch), and while I typically don’t head into work until 10 or 11am, I use that time to get the majority of my design work done. I’m loving having consistent design projects, but not loving that I get on a roll, lose track of time, and all of a sudden I have to leave. Talk about major motivation to keep growing my business and blog . . . someday, someday.

Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, mainly because of some hefty design work that I can’t wait to share with you in the future. I thought today I’d just share just a few snapshots of life lately:

pizzaloafI can’t help sharing pictures of good food. This was taken about a month ago when one of my best friends came to visit. I almost always have some sort of pizza on the menu every week, whether it’s stromboli, regular pizza, pizza bagels, pizza loaf . . . you get the picture. It’s so easy and cheap to make. In this case, we went with two pepperonis, one veggie, and one barbeque chicken. Let’s just say that last one was amazing. I had the leftover shredded barbeque chicken in the freezer, so once that was thawed, all I had to do was heat it up and throw it on the loaf before it was baked. SO good. Pizza loaves are always crowd pleasers. Just make sure you have plenty of cheese.

cookieThe Superbowl. We had Brett’s family over, and I wanted to make something cute but also really easy. Hello, giant cookie. You were delicious. I was going to just buy pre-made cookie dough for this, but I knew I had all of the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies already. When I Googled “giant football cookie” this was the first link. The only change I made was using all chocolate chips because I had no peanut butter chips, and I just used canned chocolate frosting. The white decoration (courtesy of Brett’s artistic side) is just melted white chocolate chips since I couldn’t find those cake decorating pens anywhere. This cookie really did turn out huge — we were eating it for weeks afterward, bits at a time. Yum.

olympicsSay hello to my nice old Mac. You better believe I brought it out to the living room to work while we watched the Olympics. We’re a little obsessed over here. I mean, it only happens once every few years — how do more people not care? Not a single person I work with has watched any of the events. I’m not a very athletic person, and normally the only sport I truly enjoy watching is football (and gymnastics and figure skating, duh). But some of these sports are insane! I can’t believe people actually do some of these things (going 85 miles an hour down a hill?!) for careers. We only watch NBC’s prime time coverage, so sometimes we accidentally know who wins medals, but most of the time we have fun guessing who will win each event and trying to say the athletes’ names. I’ll be a little sad when it’s all over this weekend.

mexicanfoodA lot of people go all out for Valentine’s Day . . . yeah, we’re just not those people. We did little things to make it special: Brett got me a box of delicious chocolates and I got him a metal cup he’s been wanting. I know, you’re thinking, “Seriously? A cup?” My husband’s been obsessed with survival kits lately, and the cup can be used for boiling water. Yep. I’m impressed with myself for just knowing that much. And what does that have to do with a picture of half-eaten food? This was our Valentine’s dinner, a day late. We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant and stuffed ourselves silly. I tell him pretty much every time we get this food that I couldn’t have married someone who doesn’t like Mexican cuisine. We eat way too much of it.

eggsHere was my Pinterest project this past week. I was really craving hard-boiled eggs, and since Brett hates them I get them all to myself. The reason they have weird brown spots on the shells is because I baked them in the oven — yes, you read that right! I saw the idea on Pinterest and had to try it. I would link to the website but the pin only had a description and no clickable link. Basically, all you do is put a dozen eggs in a 12-cup muffin tin, set your oven to 325, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Seriously, that’s it. I think I cooked them around 26-27 minutes, and while a couple of them were difficult to peel, they turned out perfectly! I’m totally doing this in the future. Way easier than boiling water.

So there was a tiny look at our life lately, and I just realized it’s mostly food. Exciting stuff, people. Anyway, this coming week is Brett’s winter break from school, and we’re flying out to Ohio to spend some time with my family. Even though our flight is literally at the crack of dawn, we’re so excited to see loved ones and relax. The forecast says there will finally be a break in the seemingly constant inches and inches of snow up here, so we shouldn’t have any problems flying this weekend. Is anyone else ready for spring? Me too.

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August Insta-Lately . . . (a little late)

Oh, you know . . . my August Instagram feed, now that we’re almost halfway through September:

steakI was bragging on my husband with this picture. I’d come home after a long day at work and all I wanted to do was take a nap . . . yes, at 6:30pm. Brett volunteered to make dinner while I napped — major brownie points for the hubs. I had already marinated the steak the day before, and we’ve cooked steak together a few times, trying to figure out how we like it best since we don’t have a grill. Sometime I’ll share our cooking method, but for now I’ll just say this steak was pretty darn good.

pieClearly I’m one of those people who like taking pictures of their food. I know, I know . . . but this is Tollhouse Cookie pie. It was served at the rehearsal dinner for this wedding. It was to die for, still so warm it was almost hot. I was so excited to eat it that I took a bite before I remembered I wanted a picture of it!

footballThe first from our vacation in Ohio. This is at my high school stadium. I loved football games growing up, and while the new season hadn’t started yet, there was a scrimmage one night that we went to with my parents.

breakfastThis was my birthday breakfast! Yes, more food. Brett took me to one of my favorite places, the Daily Grind Cafe. We each had egg, bacon, and pepperjack cheese bagels, with a warm cinnamon chip scone to share, a smoothie for him and a Toffee Turtle coffee for me. So delicious.

hpFor those of you that love Harry Potter like I do, this shirt is pretty self-explanatory. One of my good friends gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago, and I wore it on my birthday this year. It’s one of my favorites.

minigolfMy parents took us mini-golfing on my birthday as well! Or as we say in Ohio, putt-putting. Is that just an Ohio thing? People in New England think it’s weird. Anyway, my dad killed the rest of us, but my mom ended up getting a free game in the end by putting her ball in the basket. It was hot but a lot of fun!

BrettEllaCuteness alert. We visited lots of our friends while in Ohio, and these are just a few shots I got of Mr. Brett and Ella hanging out. Adorable.

sunflowerAnd last but not least, this gigantic sunflower. It had to be at least six or seven inches across the center. One of my customers from work brought these to me and a couple other co-workers. They decorated our kitchen table for about a week.

Insta-Lately. . .

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The beautiful view from our third-story balcony in Avalon, NJ, in mid-July. We vacation every year with Brett’s family here.

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My love and I at the fireworks on July 4th.

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From my last post, you know I don’t really like vegetables that much. Well, I’ve been trying to change that since I cook a lot now. Spinach is one veggie I’m loving! I eat it on sandwiches, in salads, and in smoothies. We finished off this box in TWO days . . . a new record for us.

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This is a bridge from our hike last week. Yes, you read that right: “bridge”. Way too skinny for me.

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I often have to work Saturday mornings, so when I don’t have to, we celebrate . . . this past Saturday it was chocolate chip pancakes, a favorite of mine! Mmm.