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Our First Anniversary

Hello everyone!

I know I missed last week, but I have been vacationing for the holidays and to celebrate my first wedding anniversary with Mike.

First I would like to say a few things.

This year has had some rough times and has had some pretty great times and throughout it all my husband has been by my side. I honestly could not have done it without him.

So I would like to give a huge shout out to Mike for sticking with me for one year and I can’t wait to see what adventures this next year will bring!

Anyway I know I’m not very good at video editing, but I made a video montage of our first year together as a married couple. I hope you all enjoy!

Thanks for joining me!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hello everyone!

I know this is a week late, but Happy Thanksgiving!

I thought I would do a post with 30 things I’m thankful for this year because November has 30 days in it.

30 Days of Thanks!

  1. My husband
  2. My husband’s job
  3. My home
  4. My blog
  5. Our kitten Kevin
  6. My friends
  7. My immediate family
  8. My extended family
  9. Separate cars
  10. Good food!
  11. My college degree
  12. My husband’s college degree
  13. Being able to feel safe and secure
  14. The Holidays
  15. The ability to travel
  16. Hospitals and modern medicine
  17. Coffee
  18. Warm and comfortable clothes
  19. Netflix
  20. Hallmark movies
  21. Crockpot recipes
  22. Pinterest
  23. My dishwasher
  24. Finally having a washing machine and dryer
  25. The opportunity to have a flexible schedule
  26. Holiday coffee flavors
  27. Manicures to pamper myself during tough weeks
  28. Date night
  29. Hiking and other outdoor activities
  30. Hunting so we can have a freezer full of meat

Thanks for joining me!

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Posted in Blog, Goals, Lifestyle

October Goals Response

Hello everyone!

First, I would like to give a huge shout out to all of my followers and to everyone who has liked or commented on my blog. This past week I got a notification that Laundry and Dishes has officially gotten 500 likes and 200 followers! So thank you all so much!

Since it is now November, I decided to check in with myself to see if I accomplished anything on my list of goals from October.

Last month I made a list of things I hoped to accomplish in October. And today I will be revisiting that list to see if I actually did anything. If you’re interested you can check out October Goals here.

Here is how October went for me:

Blog Goals

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One of my goals was to do a recipe review because I had been putting it off for a really long time. I ended up reviewing an amazing recipe for Brocoli Beef.

My next goal was to post new content every week and I did it even though this whole month I have been struggling to find enough creative inspiration to sit down and write. 

My next two goals were to be more creative and get better at photography. I’m not sure if I’m any better either of those two things but in at least one of my posts I had two pictures instead of one so I’m going to go ahead and say that I sort of am more creative and sort of am better at adding more photos to my posts.

Personal Goals

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I also had four personal goals and I only did one thing on my list. I completely moved into our house and completely unpacked everything. It actually doesn’t look to shabey in here if I do say so myself. If you guys are interested in a home tour let me know in the comments and I will see what I can do.

My next goals were productivity, gyming it up and getting a pet. I was sort of more productive than I have been in recent months but I still had some days where I barely had any motivation to do anything. Some days I still have a cloud of sadness around my heart from losing the baby which makes it hard for me to want to do anything besides  stay in bed and sleep all day. I think I have been struggling with some sadness and maybe even a little depression since August. But I am starting to be better and most days are good now which is such a relief.

As for working out, I was really good about it at the start of the month for like a week. But going to the gym has always been such a boring experience for me and I hate it so I stopped and started doing home workouts. I still hate those but at least I’m not bored anymore.

We still haven’t picked out our pet from the shelter because everything is on hold for hunting season. I also am a bridesmaid in a wedding in Tennessee in a few weeks and then Mike and I are going on vacation to celebrate our first wedding anniversary! So maybe we will get a puppy or kitten as an anniversary present to ourselves in December.

Financial Goals

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My only financial goal was to save $50 and I did it! I am so happy and thrilled that I was able to in spite of moving, mortgage payments, and buying a lot of things for the house that we needed but didn’t already have.

So overall all for the month of October, I think that I was about 50/50 split on being goal oriented and just having good intentions for my life. I have to say that I am ok with that because I don’t think that people can do everything they set out to do in a set timeline because sometimes life just happens.

So thanks for joining me today! I hope you liked this post and I will see you all next time!

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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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