New Puppy: Welcome to the Fam Cooper!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to another post!

This one will be short, sweet and to the point.

We just added a new member to our little family!

Mike has been wanting a puppy or a dog since we got married last December, so for our 1st anniversary/Christmas/New Year’s Eve gift we got a puppy!

Let me tell you though, a puppy is so different from a kitten. So far house-training has been a little bit of a challenge, but one day (hopefully soon 😆) we will have a puppy that doesn’t potty the floor and chew on my furniture.

Anyway, I just wanted to include you all on our latest adventure and introduce you all to Cooper!

See More Related Posts:

New Kitten
New Kitten: Name Reveal
Tips and Tricks: Letterbox Training

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5 Winter Road-Trip Must-Haves

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Hello Everyone!

I know this is a few days late and now that I’m back from my vacation, hopefully I will not have anymore late blogs.

Anyway I thought since we road-triped down to New Mexico and back to see friends and family for the holidays and to celebrate our first anniversary, I would share with you all some essentials that made the 18 hour car ride more enjoyable.

  1. Snacks! If you are in the car for a long time you definitely need snacks to prevent hangry driving.
  2. Drinks. I don’t know about you guys but when I’m eating a lot of salty, dry car food, I need something to help wash it all down.
  3. Tunes! I think this is just a general car rule: When you are in the passenger seat it is your job to pick good driving music. You want it to be upbeat enough that the driver isn’t falling asleep, not too annoying so that the driver can concentrate on the road, and good enough that you and the driver can enjoy the ride by dancing around every once in a while.
  4. An emergency kit. Especially if you are going on a long trip during the winter you will need jumper cables, tools, a blanket or two, a flashlight, extra food, and whatever else you think you might need in case you get a flat tire or break down in the middle of nowhere.
  5. Windex/a good ice-remover. Especially in winter you really need to be able to wash your headlights and windows at any time because sometimes its a blizzard outside and there is so much snow and ice on your vehicle that you need to pull over and remove it all so that you can continue to have a safe trip.

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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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Labor Day Weekend

Hello everyone!

I realize this post is a little late, but for Labor Day weekend my husband and I went camping and we had a blast!

We saw a lot of beautiful scenery, sunrises and sunsets, the moon and stars, and a ton of wildlife. There was a young black bear eating berries right in the middle of the road, a few antelope, some mule deer, an elk, a very sneaky coyote, and a handful of white-tail deer.

But the biggest part of our adventure was cooking breakfast.

Of course we brought all the usual camp food with us. It was mostly ramen noodles, instant oatmeal, and individual coffee packets because our camp stove is only capable of boiling water 12 oz of water at a time.

Each morning there were a few different options for making breakfast.

We could boil enough water for both of us to have coffee. Or we could boil enough water for both of us to have oatmeal. Or we could boil enough water for one of us to have coffee and oatmeal while the other person waited their turn.

I don’t know about you, but I am the kind of person that wakes up and is immediately a hungry grouch and I like to start the coffee before I start cooking breakfast so they will both be done at about the same time. Then I like to eat my breakfast and sip my coffee while easing into the day.

My husband is the opposite. He rarely needs coffee to function and the second his feet touch the ground in the morning, he is ready to go. For breakfast he will usually have a granola bar or some other snack which will hold him over until lunch.

Unfortunately getting the camp stove to work is a little tricky. If there was even a hint of a breeze, whoever was cooking was unable to light the stove. If there was no breeze the stove would heat the pot up until the wind blew and then the flame would go out. So whatever we were making was usually almost warm but never hot because after trying to boil a cup of water for 30 minutes, my husband and I would just give up, eat, and go about our day.

Below is a picture to shed a little insight into our daily routine. And as always, we had quite the adventure.

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Hunting Prep [Feat. Mike]

Backpack Hunting

Picture a man

Keeling on a wood floor

A fireplace cackling in the background

Before him a mountain of gear

A rifle and a backpack

He grabs a knife

Smiles as he thinks of trips its been on

He puts it in his pack in its place

Now a grimace.

He holds a broken stove and its replacement

He thinks of the food and warmth the stove provided

Now he looks at the new untested stove uneasy on its dependability

He puts it in the spot the old stove occupied for years

He lifts a second pair of shoes

Looks at his pack

And puts them on the floor

He repeats this process until his pack is filled

He places the pack by the door and the rifle in the closet

A deep breath for a night of fitful sleep

The hunt starts tomorrow.

Hunting off a Horse

Hmm.. Do I really need that second box of Twinkies?

Yes I do.

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Recipe Review: Curry

Hello everyone!

As you can tell, this is going to be a cooking post because I’m always looking for ways to keep my blog from getting too stagnant.

This is the first time I have tried this recipe and I got it from Pinterest. If you have read any of my other cooking posts, you already know that I use Pinterest for most of my recipes. I also never follow a recipe completely, but I do use the original recipe as a guideline.

I will tell you right now that I substituted some things, I left out a few things things, and I didn’t even measure some things. So this is my take on the recipe, but if you want to look at the original, I did provide a link.

So let’s just get into the cooking!

Recipe: Simple Curry

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Please excuse the quality of my picture, I am not a professional photographer in any way.

Cooking Time: Maybe around 10 or 15 minutes?

Ingredients

  • Olive oil – To make sure nothing sticks to your pan.
  • 1 Shredded rotisserie chicken – The original recipe calls for ground turkey, but I’m lazy so I just substituted that for a rotisserie chicken from Albertsons.
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Curry powder – Its curry so of course this goes in.
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne powder – The original recipe called for 1/8 tsp, but I don’t have that small of a measuring spoon so I used the 1/4 one.
  • Salt – Just put in a regular amount so that it tastes good.
  • Pepper – Again just add a normal amount.
  • 1 Onion – For some reason I couldn’t find an onion so I used onion powder and didn’t measure it because I just throw in some and then taste it to make sure it isn’t going to be too bland. If I think it needs more, I’ll add more. I think it was about 1 tsp or so?
  • Garlic – A while ago I went to Sam’s Club and got a giant jar of chopped garlic and I just threw in some and it tasted pretty good so I didn’t add any more. I also think it was around 1 tsp.
  • 1 Can coconut milk – The original recipe calls for 1 cup but I don’t like to have leftovers so I just put the whole can in.

Instructions

  1. Shred the rotisserie chicken. If you don’t know how, just grab two forks and go to town on that guy until it looks shredded.
  2. Combine all your spices into a small bowl. If you don’t want to you can always just add them as you are cooking.
  3. Warm up your pan on lowish-medium heat. Also throw in some olive oil so nothing will stick to the bottom.
  4. Add your chicken to warm it up.
  5. Dump in all your spices.
  6. Add the coconut milk.
  7. Mix that around until its well mixed, warm and smells good.
  8. Make some rice or quinoa. I have a rice cooker that works really well and since I was in the mood for some rice, that is what I made.
  9. Eat dinner and feel very proud of your cooking skills!

I hope you liked this recipe and if you did leave a comment so I can say hi!

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A Break From My Blog

Hello everyone!

I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but this summer I took a pretty big break from my blog. Since it wasn’t intentional, I never posted about it so I’m sorry if anyone actually looked forward to reading my weekly blog. But I am back and I feel like I can finally write again so I thought I’d tell you all why I needed such a long break.

The biggest reason for me was my physical and mental health. If I’m brave enough, next week I will post about what has been going on there for the last few months. I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to share that with everyone yet but I will soon because I’ve never been one to keep secrets from anyone. I do feel however that I am still processing everything so if I’m not brave enough to post about it next week, I will post about it eventually.

For now I will just say that both my husband and I have had a summer full of big feelings. Since this blog is from my perspective and not his and I would never write about another person’s feelings, this post will not include how he has felt this summer. He did offer to write a post from his perspective if anyone would be interested in that. If you are, you can leave a comment and we will consider it.

My second reason why I haven’t been writing is because I have been so busy that I just haven’t had time to sit down and write. That is such a silly excuse but I have been traveling so much this summer that I haven’t had access to a computer or reliable WiFi. I never blog on my phone because I don’t like to write a ton on a keyboard that is designed to text.

Anyway, I think I will dedicate the next portion of this post to tell you about my summer adventures.

In May I went home to Alaska. My brother and his wife were going on vacation so my sister in-law and I were going to babysit all the kids. Long story short, they canceled their vacation because my brother’s baby ended up in the hospital. Everyone is happy and healthy now but for a second there it was pretty scary.

June was a month full of big feelings and I will get more into that next week?

In July my sister asked me if I could go home to Alaska to babysit her kids for a few weeks. One of my brothers ended up coming to visit us and we installed a dishwasher. Other than that it was pretty uneventful although I was still dealing with everything from June so I was pretty exhausted the whole time.

August has been another month full of big feelings and changes and I will also get more into that next week.

Anyway hopefully this updated you guys a little bit on how the summer has been.

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