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A goal without a plan is just a wish

29 Mar

Maybe that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry quote will give me the kick in the butt that I need this weekend to get some crafting done!

Because I have some big plans for this weekend. That spool that I posted about? I’m finally going to paint it. Todd is going to craft a middle shelf and add some dowels to make separate areas so it looks more like a bookshelf. I decided to just paint it black and add tons of colorful accessories, like a round cushion and colorful books. I’ve already started compiling some books that I plan to stash there, like the super cool, really old Nancy Drew books with the yellow spine. I found those beauties at a used book store for $0.50 a pop! Steal!

I also plan to try to do some picture transfers onto wood! I found a tutorial that looks pretty easy to follow (not to mention how snarky it is and I love snark) and I’m going to hunt down some pictures tonight. I found these really cool platters that had weirdo Victorian pictures on them of animals dressed in formal attire and I love them with my entire being. If anyone knows where I can find pictures like that to print, LET ME KNOW, because I want that in my house. Forever.

I’m hoping to at least get these two projects done, since we have Monday off from work.

What are you doing this weekend? Any big projects, or Easter plans? I can’t wait to get my craft on!

Who are you?

27 Mar

Yesterday, I had exactly 100 views on my blog! This is the most ever, actually by more than double my previous highest-views.

But, no one commented. On anything. So it makes me wonder, who is looking at my blog? I know some friends do, and my mom does occasionally because she thinks I’m just so special. She’s always loved my “websites” even when they were just geocities links with the simplest HTML codes and pictures of me.

 

Old Owl Lady

Sometimes I pose for photos with old owls and vintage hats.

Paige is Corey is Paige

Sometimes, I look like Corey Feldman, in his 80s childhood stardom.

the boyfriend completes the picture

Usually I’m smiling, while my boyfriend makes faces in the background. And I say usually because this happens often.

chair dance

I like to dance on chairs. At house parties or weddings. I do not discriminate. And this is not the only photographic evidence of such.

that is not the ocean

I like to kayak sometimes! Although water terrifies me. I must be a masochist. That is also not the ocean, despite the kayak stating otherwise. Go home, kayak, you’re drunk.

heyy you guyyys

I also have a Master’s degree in English Literature, which I am clearly very excited about (despite not doing the things I wanted to do with it).

faces

Lastly, I like to make faces. And my best friend creates collages of us with said made faces.

So that’s who I am. But who are you?

Lazy Me

6 Dec

Lazy when it comes to blogging, that is.

I’ve been crazy busy with work lately. We have mandatory overtime hours right now, and on top of that, I’ve been traveling. Did you know Christmas was right around the corner!? Yeah, I had no idea. And because I’ve been so busy with work, I’m practically brain dead.

So! I am going to regale you of my life with pictures!

 

At a 1940's themed party

At a 1940’s themed party

Fancy scarf knot

Fancy scarf knot

Hello? Time for breakfasts?

Hello? Time for breakfasts?

Me and my kitten

Me and my kitten

Cole gets big eyes when it's time to play

Cole gets big eyes when it’s time to play

Me, before a casino night

Me, before a casino night

Sacramento rainy day

Sacramento rainy day

My favorite Christmas ornament

My favorite Christmas ornament

Rain on the window

Rain on the window

Todd's sister's dogs, Gator and BearTodd's sister's dogs, Gator and Bear

Todd’s sister’s dogs, Gator and Bear

 

And of course, these are all instagram photos, since I rarely use my camera. Hope you enjoyed!

Pinterest Food Challenge: Odds & Ends

13 Nov

This is not a recipe for something called “Odds & Ends.” Although that sounds like a great name for a stew or soup that you just throw whatever you have into a slow-cooker…

Today I’ll have just a few quick things for you.

Fall is a wonderful time for baking. So many seasonal-fruit-flavored treats to munch on everywhere you turn. Since summers in Sacramento are sweltering, I don’t get to scratch my baking itch until it cools down enough to turn on the oven, which around here doesn’t happen until November.

Last week, I found a recipe on Pinterest for Nutella-stuffed brown butter chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. As amazing as that sounds, the looks of the recipe were just way too complicated for me. So instead, I took the cookie recipe off of the back of the Nestle chocolate chips bag and then put Nutella in them.
Some notes if you do it this way: the dough is very sticky! The first one I did, I tried to hold the dough in my hands and then shape it around the Nutella. This did not work out well. Eventually I was putting a dollop (a large tablespoon scoop) of dough onto a cookie sheet and creating a crater in the middle, adding the Nutella to that (about half a teaspoon) and then squooshing (technical term for you) the sides up around it. This way worked the best and turned out delicious.
These cookies had a thin, crispy outside with a soft, chewy inside, filled with Nutella! I definitely recommend this one.

 

Secondly, I’ve got a recipe for beef and broccoli stewing away in a slow-cooker at home. I can give you a better step-by-step on this one.

Ingredients
1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef consomme
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
Hot cooked rice

Directions
1. Place beef in a crock pot.
2. In a small bowl, combine consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3. In a cup, stir cornstarch and sauce form the crock pot until smooth. Add to crock pot. Stir well to combine.
4. Add broccoli to the crock pot. Stir to combine.
5. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
6. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Last night while I was making dinner, I took an extra few minutes while my food was cooking to prep this meal. I’m glad I did because I fought with the beef chuck roast for a good 15 minutes. Normally I chuck my chuck roast right into the slow cooker whole, so this was my first experience cutting it up. All of the fat made it pretty difficult to cut through sometimes, and I bought a piece that was almost 4 pounds, so I had to separate it into smaller pound-sized chunks first.

After I finally got about a pound of beef sliced up, I threw it in a ziploc bag and added some soy sauce to let it sit overnight. I also cut up my broccoli florets to have ready for when the time comes.

This morning I got out my slow cooker and threw the beef in. I mixed up the ingredients noted in step #2 and threw that in the crock pot as well. By the time I get home tonight, it should be smelling tasty and I finish the last few steps. I only had it on for about 15 minutes before I left the house this morning and it already smelled delicious! I can’t wait to taste it tonight.

 

What have you been cooking up lately? What are some of your favorite fall treats?

Two Great Things

18 Sep

Two posts in two days! What am I, a machine? Probably not, maybe things are just slow at work. But you’ll never know!

I just wanted to share two things with all of you that I think are pretty great:

1. My little sister, who will be 18 in a few weeks, and who just started her senior year of high school, got her assistant teacher certificate! If you knew my sister, you would know how difficult this was for her. She has never been the best student. She’s excelled at sports since she was old enough to stand in front of a tee ball stand, but she’s never liked school. She deicded recently that she wanted to become a special ed teacher, so this is a step in the absolute right direction, and I couldn’t be more proud!

2. My dad was just awarded his second Purple Heart for his service in the United States Army. On May 30th, of this year, he saved the lives of two men. He wasn’t hurt as badly as one of the others, who lost half of his leg, but if my dad hadn’t been there, that man would have lost a lot more than his leg, and my dad was rewarded handsomely for being brave, strong and courageous. It absolutely terrifies me that he still has to spend another 4 – 5 months in Afghanistan, but knowing he’s saving lives and fighting for our county makes me very proud.

 

Just two things I wanted to share with you on a Tuesday morning!

Catching Up

17 Sep

Friends! I have been away for quite awhile… Things got busy, and now things are not busy and all I want to do is sleep.

Let’s see, what have I done lately? I promised pictures from trips that I’ve been on and I’ve yet to upload some of them. So I’ll paint you a word picture!

 

We went to San Francisco a few weekends back with Todd’s parents. We actually stayed in a hostel on the Marin Headlands which is in Sausalito. The hostel itself was part of Fort Barry. We stayed two nights, but I wanted to experience different types of rooms. The first night, Todd and I had a private room in what used to be the captains’ quarters. The house was located a short walk from the main building and included 4 or 5 private rooms (all with bunk beds, some more than others), a common area, dining area, kitchen and a deck to look out at the beautiful headlands. The house also had two shared bathrooms, one of which had black mold in the shower… yikes!

The second night we stayed in a dorm-style room in the main house, which is, I’m told, a lot more like what we’d stay in if we were to travel around, say, Europe. All of the rooms were titled after parks and things of that sort. Our room was The Grand Canyon, likely because it could house up to 22 people! What I learned from sleeping there, is that you have to be a very patient, laid-back person. Todd’s bottom bunk-mate was a very high strung kind of person and complained any time he so much as moved a finger. If you’re going to stay in a room with 21 other people, you should probably put away your anger and just deal, right?

While staying in the hostel was a lot of fun, the main reason we went to the city was to do a walking tour. Todd’s parents got four tickets on groupon for Emporer Norton’s Fantastic Time Tour, or something of that sort. Emporer Norton was actually nationally recognized as the Emporer of California for over 20 years, until shortly after his death. The tour was supposed to be 2 hours long but since it was the second of the day, and the man running it was obviously long-winded, the tour ran for almost 5 hours. By the time it was over, we were cold and starving. We walked through China town and found outselves at Francis Ford Copola’s Italian restaurant, Cafe Zoetrope. It was very classic, with simple yet tasty pasta dishes, and of course, delicious wine.

Another fun part about the weekend is that we stumbled upon a flash mob! Apparently it was Michael Jackson’s birthday (what, you think I follow that kind of thing?) and so they danced to a few MJ songs and some LMFAO. We knew it was coming though… the energy changed in Union Square, so we were able to capture most of it on video or in pictures.

We ended the weekend was a greasy diner breakfast. The place was called Theresa and Johnny’s and I had a dish called Really Really French Toast. Instead of bread, the toast was made from, wait for it … croissants! It was so decadent and buttery, I couldn’t even finish it.

Overall, it was a great trip. I don’t think Todd has spent that much time with his parents in a long time. I love his parents, and they have welcomed me whole-heartedly into their family, so it’s great to get to spend time with them, since my parents are so far away.

 

The following weekend I got to see my bestfriend/soulmate/sister. There aren’t many stories from the weekend. We drove down on a Friday night and just spent the weekend catching up, cuddling and getting to know each other’s boyfriends. I love Calyn to pieces and I hate that I only get to see her once a year or even less frequently than that.

 

And, finally, the weekend after that was my 26th birthday! I’ll catch you all up on that in another post though, and try to get some pictures up as well!

It was a great summer with a lot of great trips, but I’m looking forward to boots, scarves and delicious hot beverages! What’s your favorite thing about fall?

A New Chicken

11 Jul

Yes, I’ve done it! I’ve made another type of chicken! Surprised? I’m not. I love chicken. It’s easy. It’s tasty. You can do a million things with it. What is there NOT to love!? That’s right, nothing.

Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the process. They would look something like this:

– Picture of raw chicken in a crock pot with salsa and taco seasoning
– Picture of cooked chicken in a crock pot with salsa and taco seasoning
– Picture of an empty plate because that’s how fast I devoured the tacos that I put this chicken into.

Seriously. It was stupid easy. Before I went to work yesterday I put 1 and 1/3 pounds chicken in my crotchety crock pot. I guess technically it’s a slow cooker since it does not brandish the name Crock Pot, but pish posh, who gives a rat’s caboodle?

So I put the chicken in with a mixture of a packet of taco seasoning and a jar of salsa (I used La Victoria mild red salsa, but any kind would work). THAT’S IT. I kid you not, ladies and gentlemen. I stirred it up so the little chickens were nice and covered, I turned the Not Crock Pot onto low, and I went to work. By the time I got home, the chicken was so fally-aparty (technical term for you there) that I had to take it out with a slotted spoon. It was the easiest shredding I’ve ever done (aside from whenever I play Santana on Guitar Hero for the Wii).

This was a recipe I found on Pinterest, but it didn’t actually have a website attached to it. Just quick and dirty directions right in the description. I put my chicken on a tortilla with guacamole, raw red onions, cheese and lettuce. And I would have smothered it in sour cream to balance it out if I had some.

You don’t need to marinade anything. Just throw all of it right in and come back 6 – 8 hours later (or 4 – 5 if you put it on high). Definitely tasty and totally worth a try!

And here’s a handy step-by-step (sans Suzanne Somers) if that’s helpful:

Ingredients:
– 1 to 1 and 1/2 pounds of raw chicken (breasts or tenders)
– 1 packet of any brand or flavor of taco seasoning
– 1 jar (roughly 8 – 10 ounces) of brand/intensity of salsa (the hotter the salsa, the hotter the chicken!)

Instructions:
– mix together taco seasoning and salsa in the crock pot
– place chicken into the pot and cover with the mixture
– heat on low for 6 – 8 hours or high for 4 – 5
– place in a taco shell with all of your favorite ingredients and go to town!