Posted in Lifestyle

New Kitten!

Hello everyone!

I know I don’t usually post unless it’s a Thursday but today is a very exciting day!

We just got a new kitten!!

I’m so thrilled and excited to welcome him into my heart and home.

The only problem is that I can’t decide what to name him.

His previous family called him Gloria so I thought he was a girl which is why I got him a purple collar.

So if anyone has any ideas for names for this little guy I would love to hear them!

And as always, thanks for joining me today!

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Posted in Cooking, Lifestyle

Recipe Review: Brocoli Beef

Hello Everyone!

Today I am going to be reviewing a recipe for Brocoli Beef that I found on Facebook.

I really loved this dish and I for sure will be making it again because it is fabulous!

By now I’m sure that all of you know that I cook like a maniac and use the recipes that I find as guidelines and not requirements. I sometimes substitute ingredients for others, leave out ingredients that I don’t have, or add in ingredients that I like.

So as always this cooking review will be a little all over the place because that is my cooking style.

Ok! Lets get started!

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Brocoli Beef with Lo Mein

Ingredients:

  • Lo Mein Noodles 
    Of course I forgot to get lo mein at the store, so I just used spaghetti and that was apparently a very controversial cooking decision. But I promise that spaghetti noodles work fine. I probably cooked like 1 1/2 handfuls of spaghetti
  • Brocoli
    I really like brocoli so I just threw in as much brocoli as I could stand, which was an entire frozen bag. I tend to use frozen vegetables when I’m cooking because I’m lazy but of course feel free to use whatever you prefer
  • Flank steak
    The recipe calls for flank steak but since Mike and I hunt, I just used a deer roast and I really hope that doesn’t offend anyone
  • 1 shredded carrot
    I had some left over carrot chips in the fridge when I made this so I used those instead
  • Garlic
    I’m sure you can remember from my last post that I have a huge tub of minced garlic from Sam’s Club. Whenever I make anything I just add as much garlic as I need to make whatever I’m cooking taste good. I feel like that’s probably around 1 tsp?
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Sauce Ingredients

  • Brown Sugar
    I actually followed the recipe for this part and used the recommended amount which is 1/4 c packed.
  • Sesame oil
    I never measure oil when I’m cooking. I always just pour it in until it looks right. If I had to pick a measurement, it would be around 1 or 2 tsp?
  • Soy Sauce
    I think I put around 1 or 2 tsp as well
  • Ginger
    I think the recipe called for fresh ginger, but its hard to find fresh ginger where I live so I usually end up using the spiced form and then I have to guesstimate. When I’m unsure of how much to add, I usually just do 1 tsp

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce by mixing the brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger and soy sauce together
  2. Get a pretty big pot and cook your lo mein/spaghetti noodles
  3. When your noodles have about 5 minutes left until they are done, add in your brocoli to warm it up. I also added my carrot chips during this step because they needed to be cooked. In the original recipe you shred your carrot to garnish your dish and add it at the end. Either way is perfectly acceptable
  4. Drain your pasta, brocoli and carrots and set it aside
  5. Then either in the same pot or in a different frying pan, cook your meat and garlic. I also added in the salt and pepper during this step but its really up to you when you want to put it in
  6. When the meat is as done as you would like, add in the noodles and sauce, and mix it until it becomes really yummy looking
  7. Set the table and eat a super tasty dinner!

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Thanks for joining me today and I hope you like this recipe!

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Posted in Housing

My Newlywed Morning Routine

Hello Everyone!

Since I finally have my own house it seemed like it is finally appropriate to write this post. I have lived in my home for about two weeks and so far it has been my dream house! You guys, this place has a dishwasher, a washing machine, a dryer and a ton of linen closets!! If you have been reading my blog, then you know those are pretty much the only things I wanted in my house.

I could not be more thrilled to live here with my husband which has made all the mundane tasks of housekeeping seem so much more fun. So here is my morning routine and to be quite honest, I have been having such a blast every day even though all I’ve been doing is boring chores.

I usually wake up around 8am. I’m not sure if that is early or late but it works for me.

Then I just lay around for a minute or two like everyone else and contemplate whether or not I actually need to get out of bed.

After I loose the argument with myself about why staying in bed all day is better than cleaning the house, I get up, brush my teeth, and make some coffee.

While I’m drinking my coffee, I usually check on my blog to see how its doing. If I have any comments or new follows I’ll reply and check out their blogs. This is also when I will write if I’m feeling creative enough.

Next I pick up the house and wash any dishes left over from breakfast or last night’s dinner if I was too lazy to do them the night before. I also wipe down my counters and make my bed because nobody wants to get into an unmade bed at the end of the day.

After that I will pick out my outfit and shower. I don’t think I need to explain this step of the day because everyone does it.

Then I put on my 5 minute face and decide what to make for lunch. If Mike comes home, its usually a little more elaborate but if its just me then I usually eat a sandwich or leftovers.

After that I take something out of the freezer to start thawing for dinner and I clean up after lunch.

Then my morning routine is over so I just sit around for a few minutes and try to read a blog post or two.

So there you have it! That is my morning routine and next week I think I will post an afternoon or evening routine. But you guys, I’ve been having a bit of a creative slump recently so if you have any ideas about what I should write about please feel free to comment and let me know!

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Posted in Adventure, Housing, Moving

5 Things Nobody Tells First Time Homeowners

Hello everyone!

It’s official! Mike and I are homeowners!! We signed all the paperwork on Friday and were moved in on Saturday. By moved in, I mean all our stuff was moved out of our apartment and put into a pile at the house. I have everything unpacked except a box of books I kept from my college days and I honestly haven’t found a place for those to go yet so they are still in a box. I could keep talking about the process of unpacking but I already did in my other post Settling In.

Anyway, please excuse my rambling intro. Today I’m going to tell you all about some of the unexpected side effects of becoming a homeowner.

  1. It’s fills you with an equal dose of freedom and dread. – You can put the pictures wherever you want and nobody will tell you that you aren’t getting a security deposit back because you used picture nails instead of sticky hooks. At the same time, you’re responsible for buying and changing the lightbulbs when they burn out and all the lightbulbs will eventually burn out.
  2. Moving is tough. – I have mentioned this in other blogs but this is the third time my husband and I have moved in our first year of marriage. We pretty much have it down to a science now, but the process of packing up all your belongings and hauling them to an empty house just to put them away into unfamiliar places hasn’t gotten any less exhausting.
  3. It can bring you closer to your partner. – Of course I married Mike because I was head over heals in love with him and super close to him. However I would just like to say that this year has been packed full of experiences that have brought us even closer and buying a house together is definitely one of them.
  4. You will have to go to the store a lot. – So far we have been constantly making lists of stuff we forgot we needed and running back and forth to the store. I cannot stress this enough, budget in a little extra money for a lawn mower or hedge trimmers or a hammer? And any other things that houses need that apartments don’t.
  5. You will love your new house. – I obviously like my house or I wouldn’t have bought it, but the more time I spend here hanging pictures and making it more homey the more I support our decision to become homeowners and the more I love the house.

So there you have it folks! The 5 unexpected side effects of becoming homeowners that I have discovered in week one of being a homeowner.

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment about your housing experiences, I would love to know if I should be prepared for anything else!

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Posted in Goals

October Goals

Hello everyone! I know I have missed a week or two of posting new content because I have been frantically packing up our apartment so we can move into our new home. Anyway, I thought I would begin the month with a goal oriented mindset. So here are my goals for October.

Blog Goals

  1. Do at least one recipe review
  2. Be more creative with my writing
  3. Become a better photographer and add more photos to my posts
  4. Post new content each week

Personal Goals

  1. Be completely unpacked and moved into our new home
  2. Be more organized and productive
  3. Work out 3-ish times a week
  4. Adopt a pet from the shelter

Financial Goals

  1. Save at least $50 each month

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