Archive | October, 2011

“Punkman” Carving

31 Oct

When I was little, I used to call pumpkins “punkmans.” I had the right idea- the pumpkins my dad I carved always had the typical eyes, nose and mouth, making the whole punk “man” idea pretty legit.

Though I have outgrown my mispronunciation, I haven’t outgrown carving pumpkins- which is exactly how I spent yesterday afternoon with Jordan.

After church, I changed into my comfiest clothes, laid on the couch for an hour or two, and asked Jordan to come over to carve our men (you know, our punkmens).

Sidenote: I think we’re to the point in our blogging relationship where I feel comfortable enough to reveal my comfy weekend attire. Oversized sweats, a hoodie, and pink fuzzy socks are the norm around here. The only thing I’m missing is my fuzzy hot pink robe…. (no, I am not kidding). I think Courtney would be proud of my cozies.

Don’t you feel honored to have gotten that glimpse into my life ;)?

Like I was saying, Jordan came over, and we got to carving that man. He did the dirty work while I sat back and relaxed, and I chose our design.

Even though we both picked our own pumpkins from the patch, we decided to carve just one of them.

I didn’t make him do all of the work :).

This is actually the first year I’ve used a template. I don’t know why I hadn’t tried it sooner…it was much easier than the old “drawing a face with a marker and hoping that it turns out okay” method.

In less than an hour, our masterpiece was complete.

Jordan’s planning to come over and help me pass out candy tonight, so we’ll display it on the porch then. I think it’ll look cuter once it’s all lit up!

Carving pumpkins and passing out candy are what I actually like about Halloween. I know I said that I am 80, but clearly, I am also five. Sorry I’m not sorry ;).

What’s your favorite part of Halloween?

Did you carve a pumpkin this year?

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Casual Date Night

29 Oct

Yesterday, Jordan and I debated back and forth, for almost 30 minutes, about what we wanted to do after work. These days, our “date night” plans are often last minute, and just depend on the mood we’re in. My company was hosting a Halloween party at a bar downtown late last night, but it was about a 30-minute drive from home and let’s face it- I have a hard enough time staying up until 10:30 on most nights ;).

So, I decided to take advantage of the first free weekend I’ve had in months (almost 3, to be exact), and just have a relaxing date night close to home. Jordan and I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant and talked over an order of fajitas that we shared (just like we used to in the “old days” 😉), before making a pit stop at Starbucks and going back to my house to watch “No Strings Attached.” I then proceeded to fall asleep before the end of the movie- what’d I tell ya?

Today has already been quite productive. I have two loads of laundry going right now, and I cleaned my room and the bathroom. Jordan and I still need to carve our pumpkins that we picked a couple of weeks ago, so that is on the agenda for later today. I also have some freelance stuff (including a giveaway!) that I am working on, but more on that later.

I am off to enjoy my Saturday. Have a great weekend!

Do you prefer late nights out with friends, or staying in with your significant other?

Have you carved a pumpkin this year?

Sorry I’m Not Sorry

27 Oct

Hi, my name’s Emily, and I’m a chronic apologizer.

(This is where you say, “Hi, Emily.”)

I apologize when someone cuts me off in the grocery store aisle. I apologize when someone else has a bad day. I apologize when someone doesn’t approve of something I do- or sometimes- who I am.

Lately, I’ve found this to be true a lot. And I’m sick of it. Read:

Halloween is my least favorite holiday. Dressing up takes a ridiculous amount of effort, and strutting around in public in a slutty costume does nothing for my self-esteem (or for my relationship of almost 3 years). So, I will probably not be hitting up the bars for any Halloween parties this year. 

I would rather carve pumpkins and have pizza and beer at home. Sorry I’m not sorry.

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Today, I was released from my physical therapist. This means I’m at about 90%, and just need to work on that final 10% on my own.

Thank goodness that awkwardness is over with…

So tonight, I went to a strength training class at my gym. For the first time in FOUR months. I was kind of kidding myself. Although I tried my best to own those 3 and 5 pound weights (what my PT recommended I start out at), I couldn’t keep up with the rest of the class. And I had to take quite a few breaks. Sorry. But I’m really not sorry.

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Everyday, I eat something sweet. Whether it’s in my oatmeal, my lunchbox, or a pre-bedtime snack, I crave something sugary chocolaty, and I give into it.

I know I consider myself a healthy living blogger, but a handful of berries and one square of dark chocolate just isn’t gonna cut it. Sorry I’m not sorry.

What are you not sorry about?

WIAW: First Edition!

26 Oct

I’ve been wanting to jump on the WIAW bandwagon for awhile now, but I never seem to take enough photos of my food (for those of you who document every single thing you eat, I don’t know how you find the time to do it!). Today, however, I decided to try it out, and I managed to document (almost) everything I ate.


Breakfast: Cereal has been my norm lately, so I decided to take the time to make my favorite- oatmeal- this morning.

Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal with 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 tbsp. crunchy PB, a handful of Quaker Oatmeal Squares, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

On the way to work I had to stop for gas, so I made a pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts, too :).

A medium decaf pumpkin coffee with skim milk rounded out my breakfast…and lasted until mid-morning!

Lunch: As usual, today’s lunch was brought from home.

I had chicken salad mixed with a little bit of mayo and topped with pickles, on top of a whole wheat sandwich thin, along with pretzels and an apple.

Snack: I seem to get hungry everyday around 3:30, and because of this, I keep a stash of Chobani Greek yogurt in the fridge at work. Today, I had (an upictured) strawberry one.

Dinner: When I walked in the door around 6:00 tonight, my mom told me she had dinner ready (one of the perks of still living at home).

We had kielbasa and sauerkraut w/apples (extra sauerkraut for me- I love it!) on top of mashed potatoes. My mom and I both agreed that the kielbasa tasted funny. We rarely eat meat anymore, and I think our taste buds no longer enjoy it. It was definitely a nice change from my usual dinner of eggs and toast though!

Dessert: My mom also had these sitting on the counter when I came home.

I am a big believer of eating something sweet everyday. If I deprive myself, bad things happen (Read: grumpy Emily comes out to annoy play). I already had one of these :).

So there ya have it, a little glimpse into my daily eating habits 🙂 (I need to work on the vegetable thing- I know this). As far as the rest of my night goes, I have a date with my treadmill, and then it’ll be time for bed!

Do you eat something sweet everyday?

Do you participate in WIAW?


Pretzel Cookies w/ Chocolate & PB Chips

25 Oct

I believe that every road trip requires a little snacky snack (otherwise Miss Hangry Pants will come out to visit- and you do not want to see her).  So, when I knew I would be traveling last weekend, I decided to check Pinterest for some of the yummy-looking snacks I had previously pinned.

When Sugar Cooking’s recipe for pretzel cookies with chocolate and peanut butter chips caught my eye, I knew I had to make them (and thank goodness I did). Hunger hit about two hours into the car ride, and these babies saved Jordan from crabby Emily :).

Recipe: Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Pretzel Cookies
Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
  • Preztel Salt or Sea Salt

Directions:

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and preztels. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. **I almost skipped this step, but do it, it helps the dough stick together!**

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough and sprinkle with pretzel salt. **I used coarse Kosher salt** Leave about 2 inches between each ball.

Bake for 10 minutes. If you prefer crispier cookies increase the baking time by 1-2 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

I baked my cookies for about 12 minutes because they didn’t look like they were cooked all the way through, but I would recommended pulling them out at 10 minutes and then letting them sit on the warm tray for a few more. Mine were a little harder than I would’ve liked them, but still delicious to the last bite.

Five days later, this is all that’s left…

Sweet and salty goodness.

Although these are perfect for a trip, you don’t need an excuse to make them. So do make them. You can thank me later ;).

Like the Day After Christmas

24 Oct

I got home from my friend Kelli’s wedding yesterday afternoon. To say that I was am exhausted is an understatement. I napped for an hour and a half when I got home, but I’m pretty sure I could’ve slept through the night.

Exhaustion was a sign of a good weekend though. I had so much fun! I didn’t take too many photos, and I didn’t even think about blogging (a break from the computer was much needed), but I’ll give you some highlights.

We arrived in the small town where the wedding took place late in the morning on Friday, just in time to take a look at the reception hall and have some lunch. Kelli’s dad was so sweet and took us all out a to cute little restaurant in the center of town. It kind of reminded me of Stars Hollow (“Gilmore Girls,” anyone?). I had one of the best Greek salads I’ve ever eaten. Mixed greens, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes and peppers…yum. I didn’t take a picture, so you’ll have to trust my word. After lunch, we did some more running around for the wedding day, and then it was back to the hotel to get ready for the rehearsal dinner.

The rehearsal dinner was really cozy and family oriented, at Kelli’s parent’s house. My friend and another bridesmaid, Lindley, and I took advantage of the nice weather and got in a photo before we went inside. The rest of the night was a whirlwind that included dinner, the rehearsal, and homemade ice cream for dessert.

Before we knew it, it was Saturday- wedding day! I know Kelli was picking me up from the hotel a little before 10:00, so I had some time to sleep in and get in a quick session at the hotel gym.  After a shower and some breakfast, the girls swung by to get me for our hair appointments.

Kelli’s turned out beautifully. After hair, we went to the matron of honor’s house to eat lunch, do our makeup and get dressed.

Kelli’s aunt made her dress from pieces of her mom’s dress. It turned out so well and she looked so pretty in it!

While we were getting dressed, the party bus arrived to take us to the church.

Dress look familiar? I wore the same one for Lauren’s wedding, two weeks ago! I got really lucky- both Kelli and Lauren chose the same color dress from the same bridal store. Since Kelli let us choose our own styles, all I had to do was have it shortened for her wedding!

When we arrived at the church, we took some photos. Then it was time for the ceremony to begin. It took place in the cutest little white church on top of a hill, basically in the middle of nowhere. I loved the quaint feeling.

A little chilly outside!

More photos were taken after the ceremony, and then we were back in the party bus and on our way to the reception. The reception was really fun, and Kelli’s family was super friendly. If I wasn’t already on the dance floor,  people were pulling me onto it. I’m pretty sure Lindley and I danced with Kelli’s  (6 or 7-year-old) cousin for a good hour or so :).

Jordan and I both enjoyed ourselves, but the busy day also left me feeling tired. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow that night.

Now, I kind of have that day after Christmas feeling. I’m happy that my cousin and friend are both happily married, but I’m sad that the weddings are all over with. This month went by so quickly!

I will be back tomorrow with the recipe that I left you hanging with last week, because right now I’m going to wind down with a recorded episode of “Sister Wives” before I go to bed.

Enjoy your night :).

Have you ever had that day after Christmas feeling for an occasion other than Christmas?

What’s your favorite part of a wedding?

 

 

 

My Teeth are Falling Out

20 Oct

Last night, I dreamt that my teeth were falling out. Twice.

Since I have had this dream before (and because I like to look up what dreams mean…), I already knew what it meant. I asked my sister, just to make sure, but who was I kidding? I didn’t have to ask anyone to know how I was feeling.

Anxious.

When you dream that your teeth are teeth falling out, it means that you feel like you don’t have control. It means you’re being over-analytical. It means you need to take your crazy pills.

When will I learn?

Because I’m leaving for my friend’s wedding bright and early tomorrow morning, I had (what felt like) a million things on my to-do list today. Thankfully, working from home allowed me to get a lot of these things accomplished, but I still have to paint my nails and finish my bedtime snack.

I had a different post planned for this evening, but since I obviously already have too many things on my mind (two teeth dreams in one night? seriously?), I will just leave you with this.

You’ll have to wait until I get back to see what sweet treat I baked up.

Trust me, you’re going to want the recipe :).

I must go paint my nails, then I am off to be a bride’s maid again ;). I’ll see you guys when I get back!