Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap!

Ready to leap into March?!?

Oh, yes, I am.

March has to be an improvement on January and February.  February did not need this extra day.  I'm so done with it.  Like.  So.  Seriously.  Done.

Do you ever feel trapped in the bathroom stall at work because someone walks in and you really don't want to deal with them or chat with them?  But they stand in the bathroom and chat for what seems like an hour?  No, me either.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

February Derbs





Kate apparently likes this look on me.  I seem to get one from every game.
This is my favorite. 
This is not my favorite.
Derp face.
Warming up is fun!
Not an elbow, even though it totally looks like it.  It was a shoulder.

And the Sheilas won.
Everyone is in the race for the championship spot.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Scarlett's Birthday Party










Alli, Peyton, Tanner and I traveled to Topeka for Scarlett's Birthday party.  I'm not much impressed by Topeka.  Sometimes I'm even scared of it.  I mean, if you have a zip code that starts with 666, wouldn't you be scared too?
 
Scarlett's party was at the Kansas Discovery Center.  Traveling through the streets was mandatory to get there.
 
The place was cute.
 
Alli and I found some entertainment.
 
Peyton found some entertainment.
 
Tanner was entertaining my mom.
 
Scarlett got a volcano from us.  You're welcome.
 
We touched dinosaur poop.
 

Hello, welcome to Topeka.  The capital of Kansas.
Aren't you impressed?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

recipe: Buffalo Chicken Chili

It's National Chili Day!  So, you know, I had to share!

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Chili

2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
2 cans of Tomato Sauce
1/2 Bottle of Frank's Buffalo Sauce
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Cream-Style Corn
1 Cup Salsa
2 Jalapenos

Throw it all in the crockpot.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serve with Ritz Crackers, Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream.


This!  This chili is amazing! 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Drink Wine Day! Well, yesterday...





It was windy.  It was 75 degrees F but so dang windy.
Peyton and like half of his classmates from 4th and 5th grade sang songs about togetherness.
How did half of the fourth and fifth graders not show up?  For reals.
Alli.  She liked the people in front of us too.
We had snacks
and wine.
I also found out that one of my teammates works at Cooper Hawk's.
Why did I not know that?
 
Some of the Sheilas and our coaches watched the January game together.
It wasn't bad game by either team. 
Sad we lost, but we did a good job.
 
Then, we had to walk and get ice cream because it was still 70 plus degrees at 930.
Then, we walked some more to see my coaches new house that they
recently remodeled.

Old School Blogging


A good dozen random OSB questions.

  

Are you young at heart or an old soul?

Can I say both?  Does that work?

Tell me about a movie/book that has changed your life. 

I can’t really say any movie has changed my life or a book.  Even though there are some that I really like and can watch over and over again.  You know, like “Empire Records” and “Whip it!” 

Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with?

Yes, I would.

Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid?

Any vacation place with my grandparents.  I loved going to Colorado.  I loved Colorado Springs as a child. (Side trip in April if you don’t hate me too much by that point? ;) )  I also loved Wyoming and all the beautifulness. 

Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people?
It depends on my mood.

What’s your “quirkiest” habit?

Guys, I’m just weird.  No quirky about it. 

What part of the past year sticks out in your mind? 

 Oh, you know, just finding the love of my life.

<3

What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning? 
I like logic.  It explains things.

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?

I love Grinders. And crappy Mexican at Margaritas.

What was the last song that was stuck in your head? 

“Lemon Eyes” (must I go run and hide now)


 

What is your ethnic heritage? 

Scottish, Irish and Scandinavian are the main three.  My maternal grandpa always said his family came from Germany, which is true, but they first emigrated from Ireland to Germany before immigrating to the United States.  Our family didn’t spend very long in Germany at all.  My grandpa still swears up and down that we are German though.  I highly doubt it.  There is a little splash in there, but not enough to matter.  The Scottish comes from my dad’s side of the family and I actually have that dated back pretty far.  Scandinavian is from my maternal grandmother’s side.  If you go far enough back, it gets super interesting.  I’m going to stop now, but it’s really awesome and I’m glad I found out the things.  I’m such a nerd and like my daughter said “I’m really good at finding things”

Give me the story of your life in six words.

Laughs, loves, happy, family, love, life

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Favorite February Blogs

 I tried to come up with 10.  I failed.  Totally failed.  There are more than I read then this though.  Here are just the top ones I go to. Because.  I'm exciting. :)  Also, these are in no order what so ever. 

1. The Pioneer Woman

This is the biggest one I follow, because everyone follows her.  She has good recipes and she's actually quite entertaining at times.

2. Sally's Baking Addiction

Another recipe one.  This one helps me think of ideas.

3. Jenny on The Spot

She's hilarious and you gotta love the Monday Minute (or Two)

4. Mama's Losin It

Blog ideas, link ups that help me find other blogs to read and fun youtube videos that keep me amused for long periods of time.

5. You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Loose Wheel

Roller Derby Stuffs

6. Small Talk Mama

She's the leader of the MOMS Club I founded.  She also has some interesting things to read.

7. Hopes & Dreams

One of the first blogs I ever read.  And I still read it.

8. AbbyNormal

I like her writings and her adventures.


So, I need two more to complete my list!  HALP!  Help me with that haz!




Monday, February 15, 2016

Happy Monday President's Day!

I appreciate the Presidents giving me a long weekend.  I like four day weekends.  They are fun.  Not super productive, but fun.

So, here is the history nerd in me wishing you a Happy Monday and President’s Day.

Things you really didn’t need to know about our Presidents but are now stuck with you

·         John Tyler liked to make babies, 15 of them.

·         Calvin Coolidge was weird. 

·         Nixon’s poker winnings helped fund his first Congressional Campaign.

·         Zebulon Pike sent Thomas Jefferson two bears, which he kept as pets, on the White House lawn.

·         Chester Arthur made President’s Day an official Federal Holiday. Thanks Buddy!

·         Franklin Pierce had the first Christmas Tree in the White House, he also caused “Bleeding Kansas” because he thought people could work out that whole thing on their own.

·         George Washington was opposed to political parties.

·         Whiskey was Andrew Johnson’s friend before his inauguration (you think he got it from George Washington’s Distillery?)  A few years later though, Rutherford B. Hayes banned alcohol from the White House (HOW DID HE SURVIVE?!?)

·         James Madison was Princeton’s first grad student.  He declared war on Britain in 1812.  When was the War of 1812 fought?  People always used to ask me that….like I wouldn’t catch on…

·         Benjamin Harrison was a brigadier general and fought in the Civil War.  Which side did he fight on?  Six new states joined the UNION while he was president.  He was also only two inches taller than me.

·         It’s all Martin Van Buren’s fault why we have and use the word “okay”

·         William Taft got stuck in a White House bathtub.

·         Ronald Reagan was a stand-up comic in Vegas for a few weeks.  He loved jelly beans so much that Jelly Belly created a blueberry flavor so he could have red, white and blue jellybeans on his desk.

·         John Quincy Adams liked to bathe, in the nude, in the Potomac.  He also wore the same hat for 10 years and had a pet alligator.

·         Woodrow Wilson was the most educated President with a Ph.D.  He was dyslexic and a school teacher.  The 19th Amendment passed during his term.

·         Harry Truman.  Thank you.  For giving me an extra day off work in May!  This year.  Three day weekend!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Traditions

I don't have any yet!!  What?!?  I would sure like to start some though.  It's never too late to start traditions!  I like Valentine's Day.  Not because I get big elaborate gifts or go to fancy places and eat fancy things, but because it's a holiday!  I have never really done anything with it.  It kinda makes me a little sad.

So, not real elaborate on the traditions.  I made the cherry floats.  I made lunch for everyone.  The kidlets got their chocolates and cards.  I got a sink full of dishes to do.  Can we not make that a tradition?  So many dishes all the time!

The Guinea Haz stole a strawberry.  He just wanted the green part though.


Strawberry Floats for my Valentines
I made my own fudge.  I have no idea how I did it, but it tastes good.
I made chicken wings!  First time and they turned out pretty yummy.

Garlic/Parm Chicken Wings
 
You just need a bag of frozen drummettes and wings.
I had practice that morning, so I stuck them in the crockpot on high
before I left.  I was gone around 2.5 hours.
They were completely done when I got home.
I made a garlic and parm mix.
Use your own tastebuds to determine how much you want of each.
I rolled the chicken in that.
Stuck them in the oven at 425 for around 30 minutes.
 
They fell off the bone, which I need.
I can't eat chicken off the bone.
I'm weird.
Yep.
Weird.
 


Saturday, February 13, 2016

recipe: Honey BBQ Chicken Roll-ups

Honey BBQ Chicken Roll-up Things

2 pounds of chicken breast
1 cup cheddar cheese
tortillas
8 ounces of cream cheese, cubed

Sauce
3-4 tablespoons hot sauce
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder


Mix together all the sauce ingredients.
Put the chicken in a crockpot with half of the sauce for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
After that time, take the chicken out and shred it. (should be super easy) 
Mix together the chicken and cream cheese.
Put back in the crockpot for around 30-60 minutes.
Stir in the remaining sauce.

Put the crockpot mixture in a tortilla.
Wrap it up.
Cook in a skillet until golden brown.
I usually use a little olive oil at the bottom of my pan.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Because.










NFL Network thingy....
#lifegoals Gold Car.  The flipping lady was there forever. I gave up waiting for her to move.
Puppy Playing Football!
Puppy Bowl anyone?
Why are sea lions so darn cute? and funny? and smelly?
Those were good...
Hey, that's pretty.
No, no, spread apart, we have to get the 50 in there.

Pink






Photo Courtesy of Danny Bourne
 
We lost.  We lost to Pink.  Pink, who fought for years and years to win a game.  Pink, who didn't lose a single player and have more rostered (grandfathered) players than any team.  Pink, who didn't get a single newbie.  We lost.  They are a strong team this year.  It shows that retaining a team and working together for multiple years pays off.  It's okay that we lost.  It's sad that we lost.  That was just a rough day.  Next, we play blue.  I like blue better than pink. 
 
Good job, Lethals.    





Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#spreadlovemailswap

 
I decided to participate in a mail swap.  Because I love mail.  Not all mail.  Not the bill kind.  But fun mail.  Mail from actual people.  Letters, packages, cards, invitations are even fun.
The mail swap I did was with someone I had never met.  We were just matched up.
She did pretty well for me. 
I sent her some adorable things.  I didn't manage to get a picture
of them though.
 
 
I'm not sure what to think of this one.
This is across the street from my work.
Ashes to go?
I thought the point was to go in and reflect on the
changes you were going to make during
the Lenten Season.
What changes are you making for Lent?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

recipe: Frito Taco Pie







This is an easy, quick recipe that turned out to be a bigger hit than I thought.
 
 
Frito Taco Pie
Things you need for this:
Fritos
Cheese
Hamburger Meat
Seasoning for the Meat
Crescent Rolls
Whatever other toppings you like
I just used sour cream and salsa
 
Fritos are my fav.  So are crescent rolls.
In a Pie dish, cover the bottom with the crescent roll.
You can also be browning and seasoning your hamburger meat at this time.
I like the Mrs. Dash "Fiesta Lime"
Warm up your oven to around 425
Put a layer of Fritos at the bottom.
Add your meat.
Add the cheese on top.
Stick in the oven.
use the time on your crescent rolls.
Usually 10-12 minutes.
You want them brown on the edges.


I was honestly skeptical about this recipe.  I mean, it's super easy and you put some different things together.
Turned out super yummy.
Also, easy to reheat for left overs.
The kids loved it.