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My only Snomageddon Post

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Alright folks, the snow has melted and everyone in North Carolina has returned to regularly scheduled programming.  In case you don’t live here, we received a little slamming from Mother Nature about midweek last week and everything came to a screeching halt.  I mean, if Wal-Mart closes…it is serious.  For the most part, it seems like most people in North Carolina love the snow except for people that have to go to work regardless of the conditions.  But I love it even if I do have to work; it’s so beautiful.  However, I never realized how much I wanted to enjoy the winter weather and sled until Thursday morning when I was officially off work and all the stores that sold sleds were shut down.  So in that regard, it wasn’t fun and I was bummed about it.  Everyone on FB posted videos of them sledding down the hills Clark Griswold style and I was jealous.  But the other thing people seemed to be doing a lot of was making snow cream.  In all my years, I never tried to make it myself.  Thankfully, D knew how and I had all the ingredients on hand.  At least one snow activity seemed within reach.

What you need:

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6 cups of snow

3/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract or flavoring

MIX!

What I think: That stuff is gross.  I’m just going to put it out there and say people make snow cream for the novelty of making it and not for it’s fantastic flavor or texture.  I was expecting Mother Nature’s ice cream or something and I was sorely disappointed.  Dustin wasn’t upset and made me feel better by telling me mostly only children like it.  So it’s no wonder with my refined taste that I didn’t enjoy it, ha.

Now the snow is basically gone and it’s 70 degrees outside in true “End-times North Carolina Weather.”  And I guess I’ll happily trade winter’s snow cream for summer’s margaritas.  Cheers to that!

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Tattoos, Tea Parties and MORE!

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Hey to all you new followers out there, so glad you decided to join in on this little piece of my world!  So happy to have you :).  So, what’s been going on in my neck of the woods for the last bit?  It’s been busy and fun, so I’m gonna give you lots of pictures this post too!  For starters, I finally made it to the Lazy 5 Ranch, the local “drive-thru zoo,” if ya will.  If you haven’t been then you must go, and take me.

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“You come here often?”

Then, I went to the finest bridal shower ever…a TEA PARTY for Jenni-Pho with my girlfrands!  It was beautiful!  A wicked windstorm came out of nowhere (thank you North Carolina!) and made us pack up early, but we still had a blast.

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I had a major craft session/sleep over with my friend Katie.  I sassed up my kitchen and gave a naked wall that’s been bothering me a little something to say.  I would post a tutorial but I feel like you guys know how to trace, cut and glue ;).

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Basically, that took me twenty minutes so it left plenty of time for me to micromanage Katie as she tried her hand at the Scrapbooked Frame.  Awesome results!  This is for the new niece or nephew she’s expecting in the months to come!

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She also dropped off my cookie jar I painted many moons ago and I love it!  Now I just gotta make some cookies!

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Soooo, while I’ve been sprinklin’ glitter and playin’ with my pretty papers…my friend, Jenn, has been preparing for war.  Okay, not war, but a long-fought battle to become an IRONMAN.  She blogs about it too: the charity, the training, and the motivation to do tha damn thang.  She’s pretty spectacular, but she didn’t have to swim 2.4, bike 112, and run 26.2 miles to prove it to me!

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I’m so proud of her and I wanted to pay a little respect and talk about how we celebrated!  She had been talking about how eager she would be to get her M-Dot tattoo after the race, the official signature of an IRONMAN.  So with help from Jason, her husband, D and I made a secret appointment with her tattoo artist.  Coincidentally, I had made the perfect Sauce Jar without even knowing it.  I love it when a plan comes together!

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A VT Maroon-colored lid to honor her Alma Mater and charity, a cute knob with a vintage bike printed on it, atop a jar filled with candy and her appointment card tied to the rim.  Surprise!  We’re takin’ you to get your tattoo!!!!

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I killed two birds with one stone here in fulfilling my New Year’s Resolutions for August.  The tattoo surprise is my “something nice” for the month as well as my “something new” as I had never even stepped foot in a tattoo shop before.  It was a good first experience, didn’t hurt me one bit!

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We contemplated a table full of options and little by little she narrowed her choice down to this fine number:

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And this is how it turned out…awesome tattoo.

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I hope yall have a fantastic weekend.  The Charlotte 49ers are about to make history and we’ve got front row seats.  Talk soon!

Creativity is Messy & I am Very Creative.

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Let me make a little secret public.  My guest bedroom door is always closed and not to keep the room pristine for a future guest.  Heaven knows I would love for you to believe you could eat off my floors, and that my toilet is always clean, and not a speck of dust hides in any nook or cranny of my house.  But I must confess, most of that is untrue 😉 and that closed bedroom door hides a big fat mess.  Fabric, empty picture frames, scrapbook papers, glitter, ribbons, paint, and every project that I have in progress.  Everything creative lands there until I get time to do what I love.  If you saw it you might think I was awfully hypocritical for harping at D all the time to clean up after himself.  If you saw it, that is.

You will not.

So what have I been up to?  For June I’ve already made good on my “something nice” resolution and cleaned up one small portion of the room in the process.  One guy signed up to be one of my Creative-Pay-It-Forward gift recipients and I couldn’t let a good opportunity to craft for a dude pass me by.  Not all guys would care or appreciate a handmade anything, but I think that’s because most of you boys ain’t in touch with your sensitive side.  Shame on you!  Brandon is very special to me, and he’s been around about as long as D has.  Brandon, Lauren (his wife), D and I dated at the same time and we did all kinds of stuff together (and still do).  And because the boys were so close, it kinda felt like we were a “friend family” which made Brandon my boyfriend-in-law/husband-in-law.  Very complicated I know, but they are the forever kind of friends.  Brandon has gotten into homemade salsa and makes all kinds of flavorings.  At their Super Bowl Party, his salsa concoctions lined the table and people couldn’t get enough!  So I thought, shouldn’t he have an awesome chip & dip bowl to work with?  Yes, he should.  I found a ceramic dish at Target and got to work.  I used chalkboard paint from another project and painted the whole thing.  Turned out pretty awesome!?  Now when someone throws a party he can use that bowl to tell what the salsa is, or (let’s be honest here) to write inappropriate phrases for his friends to enjoy.

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But have bad news to break.  I was surfing Pinterest one night and found out that chalkboard is not a safe serving surface.  Awshitaw.  I had painted that bowl forever ago, and there was no fixing that.  BUT I think that all you would need is a small container for the salsa sit in, inside the dip portion of the dish and you would be fine.  That’s what we decided anyway.  Kind of a Housewife Fail there, but not all the way.  He was happy, I think?!

And Mother Nature paid a visit by way of a wicked Thunderstorm last week.  It knocked the power out for a number of hours, leaving me disconnected from the things that rot my brain: TV namely, and the internet.  So I opened up the guest bedroom to find a project to initiate.  I made that burlap wreath for my mom weeks ago, and I dreaded the thought of making my own.  But there the stuff sat, right where I left it, begging to be used.  So I got to work and by the time the power came on I was ready for some glue gun action to complete it.  It came out perfect!  I love it!

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I hope you all have a great week!  Check back soon for some more adventures into home decor and crafting.  I have tons of cool projects in the works.  And Happy Birthday to my husbing, D!!  Love you!

Warm Dinner on Windstorm Wednesday

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If you are unfamiliar with North Carolina weather….let me enlighten you.  It’s going to be sunny Monday morning; it’s going to call for snow Monday night.  You will have to go to Wal-Mart before snowmageddon hits and fight every yokel in town for “staple” groceries so you don’t starve.  Everyone will drive like they’ve got no good sense and it will be a feat if you make it there and back in one piece.  On Tuesday the snow will be gone.  You might even be wearing shorts come Wednesday.  Its a little ridiculous and always unpredictable.  My Grandma says that’s, “end times weather.”  But I don’t mind it much really…until Mother Nature blows my privacy fence down.  For the third time in three years.  And this is what I posted on Facebook:

“Thanks windstorm for blowing my fence gate to smithereens, releasing my hounds into the wild blue yonder, so that I could run after them in my sock feet with a turban-towel wrapped around my shower-soaked hair.  Tuesdays were always my favorite!”

Make no mistake, I looked like a patient fresh out of the Psych Ward that was NOT granted permission to wear shoes due to elopement risks.  I was wearing pajamas.  And I was getting tossed around by the wind like a belligerent drunk spatting obscenities while my dogs ran free as if this was all some new game.

Then my sweet friend gently reminded me that it was Wednesday, not at ALL Tuesday.  SWING…and a miss for this girl.  All I knew is that I had to go to work, and I couldn’t leave Bella and Roscoe in the house alone until D came home.  The havoc…I can only imagine the destruction.  So D left work early, so I could get to work late…but to GET there nonetheless.  And after all the commotion I was thankful that I had prepared dinner in advance.  Pretty housewifey of me, don’t you think?  And it was delicious and I’m going to share…since it was shared with me (thanks Kristen!) months ago.  Totally a new favorite in our house.

Chicken Enchiladas

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Ingredients:

2 cloves minced garlic

20 oz  canned enchilada sauce

Kosher salt

Ground black pepper

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese, divided

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, divided

6 12 inch tortillas

Cooking Spray or oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.  Add minced garlic and enchilada sauce in a pan and bring to a boil.  Sprinkle thawed chicken breasts with kosher salt and black pepper on both sides and nestle into boiling sauce.  Reduce heat to low setting and cover, allowing chicken to cook for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, and shred chicken with forks or with the paddle attachment to your Kitchenaid mixer (Thanks for the tip, Jenn!).  Add half of the cheddar, half of the pepper jack , half of the cooled enchilada sauce, and half of the cilantro to the shredded chicken and mix until uniform.

Heat tortillas until warm in microwave (about 20 seconds).  Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.  Spoon the chicken mixture into the center of each tortilla and roll the tortilla around the mixture and place seam-side down in the casserole dish.  Lightly spray or rub oil on the tops of the tortillas before placing in the oven, this will help them to turn golden and keep from cracking.  Bake at 425 for 8 minutes.  Reduce the oven temperature to 400.  Remove tortillas from oven and cover with remaining enchilada sauce.  Then top with remaining pepper jack and cheddar cheeses.  Lightly sprinkle with remaining cilantro.  Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Then remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.