Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Food Favorite!

Today's Food Favorite is not my own, rather, it's a recipe I got from my friend Trinity's blog!  :)

It's a healthy alternative to french fries-- oven baked sweet potato fries!!!  I just finished polishing them off with my grilled chicken sandwich.  They are wonderful!!!  So without further adu...

Click here for Trinity's Sweet Potato Fries Recipe.

I seasoned mine with Paula Deen's Seasoned Salt and a little pepper.  :)

Confession- I dipped mine in ranch dressing.  Because, well, ranch is amazing and goes with everything.  And yes, I realize that probably canceled out any nutritional value in the sweet potato fries.  But it was yummy.  Annnnd- it was light ranch too so I think that counts for something ;)

I have thought about making a "Food Favorite Friday" and letting people link-up and share recipes.  Interested?  Comment and let me know!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Just a quick house update

We scheduled the appraisal today.  It'll be at 4pm on Monday!  Then it'll take about a week for that to come back and then we should be able to figure out our closing date!  I'm so excited!!! :-D

The closer we get to moving the more irritated I get with our current house.  It'll be so nice to have a place with more room and a place that is OURS. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WBW :)

{one} what's your guilty pleasure tv show?
Secret Life of the American Teenager. 
(Have to watch it online a week behind b/c we don't get ABC Family!)

{two} ear piercings on men: yes or no?
No.  To each his own I guess but not on my guy preferably.
{three} do you have dish or comcast?
We have Suddenlink cable.  But only basic & internet.
{four} what's your favorite current fashion trend?
humm... I like longer flowy shirts 
I guess that's about it-- I'm not much of a "trendy" dresser. 

{five} if you could learn to do anything, money not being an issue, what would it be?
It's more like TIME not being an issue.
I'd love to learn to take really good pictures.
Like as in photography.
But I wouldn't do it for a career or anything... just for my own purposes :)
{six} red or white wine?
Depends.  I like both, but I tend to like sweeter, lighter wines.
I don't like anything too dry.
{seven} what type of food is your favorite (ex. italian, mexican, etc.)
I like pretty much everything lol.
But I'd have to say overall- Italian.
Loves me some pasta!
{eight} hp or mac?
Um I have a Dell PC.  I like it.
I like macs too, but honestly, I think they are ridiculously over-priced.
{nine} what color is your bedroom?
Light sage green.  But when we move it'll be light blue.
Both colors match our bedspread and I doubt I will feel like re-painting it when we move in lol.
{ten} what's your favorite form of exercise?
Clogging.  It's something I love to do and doesn't feel like exercise.
Other than that I have fun with classes like Kickboxing.
I don't like running on a treadmill or something.  BOR-RING!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Food Favorite

So I haven't done one of these recipe posts in a while... mostly because I haven't really made anything new.  But I have one that's not new to me but it might be to you!  I actually made up this recipe when I was in my high school la clase de Espanol (lol-- Spanish class) and this is the first time I made it for the two of us.  So here it is, my recipe for ...

Chicken Quesadillas (makes 2)

You'll need-
taco-size soft flour tortillas
mexican blend cheese
1 med-large boneless skinless chicken breast

Step 1- Put chicken breast in a non-stick skillet and cover with salsa.  (For tastier/jucier chicken- marinate in salsa the night before and then just dump chicken with salsa in pan)  Cook until chicken is done.

Step 2- Grease another non stick skillet with cooking spray (like Pam)

Step 3- Layer a flour tortilla, the cooked chicken and salsa, shredded cheese, and top with the second tortilla.

Step 4- Cook quesadilla on low heat for approx. 5 minutes (or until desired done-ness); carefully flip and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Step 5- Transfer quesadilla to plate, and use a pizza cutter to cut it into quarters.  Repeat for the second one!

Here's the finished product!  (I served it with sour cream and mexican rice)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Our future house!

So we made another visit to our future house today!  Things are still going well.  The appraisal person is supposed to contact me Monday or Tuesday to set up the appraisal-- then we should be able to move forward with the loan and get our closing date!  Ahhhh!  :D  I'm super excited...  anyway, I'm now going to flood the remainder of this post with pictures of the house!!!

The front

Living room (view from front door)

Living room (view from hallway)

Kitchen!  And Brew's granny lol.

Dining area (of eat-in-kitchen)

Kitchen (view from back door)

Our awesome back yard! :-D

Back deck (and my mom in law lurking back there lol)

Heading down the stairs (from the kitchen)

Family/Rec room downstairs (or, if you ask Brew, his "man cave")

Another view of the family/rec room... and my niece lol.

Garage (off of family room downstairs)

Other side of garage (used as laundry area)

The hallway (we're back upstairs now), with my other niece and mil :)

Main bath.  Love it!

Bedroom 1- the people who had this house used it as an office.  This will be our guest room for now, until we have kids

Another view of Bedroom 1- nice big closet
Bedroom 2- We'll use this one for our baby's room (when we get there lol)
Another view of Bedroom 2


Walk in closet in Master bedroom!!! :-D

Half bath off of Master bedroom

Another view of the half bath- very funny w/the bunny ears HONEY :-P

One more view of the master bedroom
Outside view of house/garage :)

 Yay!  So excited to move in!  (Not so excited about the payment LOL, but I guess you'll have that ;)  I've been feeling better about the money stuff.  I need to trust God that He will help provide for us!  That and I will have good steady work at least starting the year out.  :)

And I'll leave you with a pic of my adorable nieces.  We went to the Homecoming parade this afternoon :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer is coming to an end...

Today was my last day babysitting (or "kid-sitting" as they like to call it) lol.  It's a great summer job :)  I watch 4 kids (from 2 families) every summer, and have since 2006 when the daycare they went to and I worked at had to close.

The boys are 11 and the girls are 8.  I've known them since they were 3 and 1!  Crazy how time flies. 

So tomorrow I have an interview at 8:15, for another one of those technology integration jobs.  This one is at two elementary schools.  We'll see how it goes.  If not I have my long-term to fall back on for six weeks.  After my interview I'm heading to the school I'm scheduled to do the long-term in to talk to the teacher and get ready. :)

Thennnn I'm taking our contract to the bank to start the loan process on our house!!!  So excited! :D

Alrighty well my hubby just came home with dinner so I'm going to go eat!  Expect an update this weekend with house pics!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Um well, looks like we're going to be homeowners soon!

I'm kind of freaking out.  So we made an offer, they made a counter offer, and then we countered a second time (informally) and they (informally) accepted our offer!  Eeeeeeekkkkk! 

We ended up being about 4 grand over our initial amount we wanted to spend, but still within what we can afford.  The only part that makes me nervous is that we ended up agreeing to pay the closing costs, and that is so variable I'm not sure how much it's going to be and such.  I am praying that God will provide and it'll be within our budget.  If it's not then I'm hoping that between family helping loan us some money plus maybe being able to finance part of it, that we can do it.  Talk about a leap of faith though!  This is very hard on the over-planner [me].  I've looked it up using some online calculators and am getting a range of about $2800-$4700.  We can handle the lower end on our own but will need help if it's on the higher end.  It's all so scary.  But at the same time, it's very exciting.  I can't wait to have a house that is OURS

I just typed up the official offer (thanks Microsoft Word for the template lol) and we'll give it to them this week.  Upon their official acceptance we'll be heading to the bank as early as this Friday to proceed to the next step (which would be the home appraisal). 

As soon as it's ours I will definitely post pics, and hopefully at some point to a tour and upload it to YouTube.  We'll also be in the market for some furniture.  This house has a family room/den downstairs and a living room-- we only have a living room now.  We'll be looking around for some secondhand furniture to hopefully get us through till we can buy a new set. (lol- which may be a while!)  So if you live semi-close to me and have a couch or something you want to get rid of let me know! :)

Alrighty well I'll keep updating on this scary/exciting process!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A good read... and healthy meal ideas?

So I just finished a really good book today & thought I'd share...
I couldn't hardly put it down.  It alternates between the story of Trudy Swenson, a modern college professor of German history and her mother, Anna, who was a German citizen in Nazi Germany during the holocaust.  I don't want to tell you too much about it and give too much away but it was a wonderful book.  If you like historical fiction and/or just a gripping story you will like it!  If you click on the image of the cover it will take you to the Amazon site where you can read reviews & buy it if you like. :) 

And while I'm at it... I don't know how many of my blog visiters (you know, all 4 of you lol) are into reading but I'm almost always reading SOMETHING.  If you want, I can post the books that I've recently read and give you my take on them... otherwise I'll just periodically share ones I think are super :)

On a completely different note... so Brew went to the doctor a while back to get his ingrown toenail taken care of.  Anyway, when he did his blood pressure was up there in the lovely pre-hypertensive state.  And me?  Well, I just stepped on the Wii fit for the first time in a while and found I've gained 4.2 lbs since last time I was on there (just a couple months ago).  Sooo I have all intentions of giving our meals a makeover! :)  I we both need to eat better and exercise more of course.  I need to at least maintain my weight (though trust me I wouldn't cry if I lost a few pounds.  My jean shorts from last year are fitting a bit snug these days.)  And Brew truly needs to lose about 40 lbs to be back to a healthier weight.  Getting him on board is another story.  I'm the type that needs support to stick with it- and well, he's more of the denial-is-bliss-and-I-will-eat-whatever-I-want mindset.  He doesn't get much exercise, though I can't blame him for that because he works long hours a LOT.  So I want to start with our dinners, making them more healthy.  Then I can move to the other meals, and, eventually, work on the exercise thing.

What I want from you fellow bloggers is- recipe ideas!!!  I need things that are healthy AND fairly easy to make (read- no 2hr prep meals) and also meals that are budget-friendly (no expensive spices or something lol).  If you have a good one or two, comment with a link, or do your own blog post about it and link it as a comment!  I want something besides chicken and veggies.  We like that, and I fix it, but who wants to eat it every single night?!  So yeah easy, healthy recipe ideas are much appreciated!!!  If there's a cookbook too that you think is helpful then link that to me as well.

Thanks!!! :D

Monday, August 8, 2011

House disappointment

So thought I'd give you an update on the two houses we really liked (scroll down below, I think I talked about them in a post called "dream house")

Anyway, first there was the one that was close to my mom and dad, but probably not one that we'd stay in permanently.  It's a split-level in a subdivision.  We liked it though, but when we told family and friends about it we learned that the subdivision was actually built on top of an old landfill.  Which if you don't know causes problems because there is almost constant "settling" of the land-- which means lots of foundation issues and such.  If not now then most definitely in the future.  So we kind of nixed that one.

Then there was the PERFECT house.  Seriously the only thing I wasn't crazy about was the elementary school district but with me being a teacher I was willing to work with it and send my kids out of district if needed.  We were in love with it.  It had everything we needed AND wanted, and wasn't too far out of reach with our budget.  And we knew the people selling it.  Unfortunately, the day before their contract with their realtor ran out (when they were going to sell it ourselves and were more negotiable on price), someone put a full price offer in on it.  I just found out this morning (which coincidentally, pending our pre approval coming back, we were ready to make an offer today).  We are both super bummed.

I suppose that's just the way it goes- I knew going into it we'd run into these kinds of things.  It's just discouraging.  Especially when you think you've found the perfect house and at the last minute it gets taken out from under you.  I tried not getting my hopes up but obviously- it didn't work.

So we're back to square one.  We're going to drive by, and possibly look at a couple more this week.  And we're going to try and keep on top of For Sale By Owner listings in our local free classified listings.  Pray it goes well for us-- we aren't under any real deadlines-- but it'd be nice to celebrate Christmas in our new house...

I can't remember if I posted on here or not- but I have a long-term job at the beginning of this year for a teacher going on maternity leave (I'll be sure to drink plenty of the water there- maybe that'll do the trick ;)  haha)  Anyway, it looks like I could be starting next week!  I'm excited about it- though not as much as I would be with truly my OWN classroom, I will be able to start the year off with these kids, so that'll be nice.

Can't believe summer is almost over!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Makalyn!

So yesterday was my niece Makalyn's 2nd Birthday (and in case you are wondering, her name is pronounced Muh-Kay-Lynn, and for that matter my other niece, Makalyn's older sister's name is Miryan, pronounced Mir-ry-un, both of their names are mispronounced a lot...)

It's hard to believe it was 2 years ago we were waiting in the hospital to see & hold her after she was born.  You can read a little about that here...

Me holding her the day she was born

And now a few of my favorite shots I captured from her 2nd Birthday Party!

In this one, you can't tell in the pic- but she just got a shirt that says "Little Big Sister"-- how my sis-in-law announced her pregnancy to the family! :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ahh Friday :)

Whew, I feel like today took forever to get here!

I don't have too long to write, I've got an evening babysitting job I have to leave for here in a few minutes.

But I'm really looking forward to this weekend.  Tomorrow morning I'm either getting up early to go yard-sale-ing with my sis in law OR if we don't end up going I plan on sleeping in :).  My niece's birthday is also tomorrow, and her party is at 2.  This is the little angel I'm talking about:
She turns 2 tomorrow! :)   And double exciting news is my sis in law is also announcing her pregnancy to the whole family! <3  Glad I don't have to watch what I say now! ;)

Right now I've got a pretty full plate.  There is a surprise event I'm planning next weekend (can't say any more on here-- comment w/your email if you wanna know-- don't want to risk someone finding out that isn't supposed to!) so that's got me occupied.  Then after that my friend Nicole & I have to get on planning our friend Abby's bridal shower!  That kind of stuff sometimes gets me frazzled but I LOVE planning things like that.  I'm hoping that my sis in law will have a boy and want a shower or something ;)  haha.

Alllrighty well I need to get going- that's all for now, I'll be sure to bring my camera and take pics tomorrow! :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WBW & New blog look

Hey!  So what do you think of the new look?  I tried to make it much simpler... I like it so far, I'll probably keep it this way until Fall-ish. :)

Anyway, on w/Wee Bit Wednesdays!

{one} what was one thing that you valued when you were a kid?
My family and I spent a lot of time together.  I don't know if I valued it so much as a kid, but what I value now is the way I was raised and the fact that my parents were actually together and stayed together- and I had a happy family.

{two} what was your favorite (+ least favorite) subject in school?
My favorites were always Reading, English, and Music.
I detested Math (and still do really- lol- Algebra was the WORST!)

{three} do you remember your first love?
Yes.  We were together for 6 years- but in the end it just wasn't meant to be.

{four} what one pet would you love to have?
We already have a dog.  I wouldn't mind getting another dog here in the next year or so- when we get our own place- but other than that I'm content w/just dogs :)

{five} would you rather live in the country or in the city?
Country DEFINITELY.  I'm NOT a city girl!
{six} what do you love about blogging?
I love the outlet that it provides, I actually enjoy writing.  Plus it's a nice way to connect with people, and preserve memories for myself.
{seven} what is the first website you visit everyday?
Facebook.  Yes.  I'm addicted.

{eight} will you or have you joined google+?
I don’t know. I don’t even know what it is.

{nine} what is your favorite scent of candle/air freshener?
I like clean linen smells- especially for the bathroom.
For other places like living room & kitchen I like warm homey smells like pumpkin pie

{ten} how would you describe your style?
I have to admit I don't think I really have a set "style".  I guess classic comfortable maybe?  I like to wear boot cut jeans, capris, sundresses, tshirts, and looser/flowy shirts.  So whatever that is LOL.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Got a Formspring account-- so go ahead, ask me anything!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dream House...

Ok maybe I shouldn't go as far as to call it our "dream house" but we found a house we absolutely LOVE. We saw it last Friday.  I actually know the people selling it.  I subbed a LOT for her last school year.  But it's a really great house... has pretty much everything we are looking for... and it isn't necessarily a "starter house".  We could seriously stay in this house indefinitely.

The only problem is that it is currently priced at about 10,500 above our budget.  Normally we wouldn't of even looked at it BUT... as I said I know the people selling it and they are very negotiable since they NEED to sell it soon... AND they are very dissatisfied with their realtor, and when their contract with her is up on August 8, they are not going to renew and instead do a "for sale by owner" deal.  Sooooo we are earnestly hoping that they can drop their asking price to what we can pay.  Because as much as we told ourselves not to get our hopes up-- we're both totally in love with this house.

If you want to see pics of it online, I'd be happy to send you the link- just comment with your email address and I'll send it to you!  I don't want to link it on here in case we do end up buying it-- then the world will know exactly where it is lol.

We should hear back from the credit union with our pre-approval, and then after August 8, we are going to make them an offer!  Eeek!

So yeah I'll keep you posted- fingers crossed everything works out with it!  (Though I know if it's the "right" house then it will...)