Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Buzz

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was incredible and I am so sad it had to end. After being away from family last Christmas, we spent all weekend decorating cookies, eating, watching movies, and drinking libations with them. It truly was amazing to be around them so much.

The Husband and fam spoiled me and basically equipped my kitchen. I got lots of Pioneer Woman goodies from my parents and sisters and The Husband got me a pink KichenAid mixer! I screamed so loud.

Yesterday was the first day I had time to use it and I absolutely love it. I tried a recipe that came in the manual and it was delicious. It was my first ever cake from scratch so I'm pretty proud of it. I got The Husband a Keurig so we have been enjoying hot chocolate and cake.

White Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup low-fat milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 egg whites

1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Add shortening, milk, and vanilla.

3. Mix for about a minute to combine then add egg whites. Mix until smooth and fluffy.

4. Pour batter into a 9 inch round baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Buttercream Frosting
1/3 cup of butter, softened
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
4 cups powdered sugar, divided
Low-fat milk, if necessary

1. Beat butter until creamy.

2. Add evaporated milk, vanilla, salt, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Mix at stir speed for about 30 seconds. Scrape bowl and mix again at speed 2 for about a minute and a half.

3. At stir speed gradually add in the remaining 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. Add milk, one teaspoon at a time if needed.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Survey

Tomorrow is Christmas. How insane is that!? I have been shopping since September and been ready for weeks but I am still shocked at how fast it came. I found this survey online and thought it seemed fun. I love learning about how other people celebrate holidays so I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas things.

1. Favorite Christmas songs?
-Happy Christmas by John Lennon

2. Favorite Christmas movie?
- A Christmas Story

3. What do you eat Christmas day?
-At my parents house we always eat tamales. At my in-laws we usually have ham or something like that.

4. Favorite tradition?
- At some point leading up to Christmas, The Husband and I watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2 while eating a cheese pizza.

From Google images
5. Sleep in or wake up early?
- I have always been an early riser and Christmas is no exception.

6. Favorite dessert?
- I am big fan of sugar cookies during the holidays. I also love my cinnamon roll cake (biased, I know).

Image from Google images
7. What's the weirdest gift you've ever received?
- I once received a collection of Betty Boop stuff. A shirt, earrings and a poster. I was 27 and had never once mentioned that I liked Betty Boop.

8. Favorite Christmas smell?
- My mom's tamales.

9. Dress up or casual?
- Dress up
From Google images
10. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
- Christmas morning


Friday, December 18, 2015

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

We have been having the most incredible snow. It's times like this that I wish I had my own backyard so I can run in the snow and make snow angels. I did go for a walk around the complex Tuesday night and that was pretty fun.

Although the snow is beautiful, it doesn't help with productivity. All I want to do is watch Hallmark Christmas movies and bake. I looked through Pinterest and came across this super easy recipe that will let me feel like a good wife while allowing me to be a lazy hobo. It was delicious and The Husband loved it.

Chicken Fajitas
1 lb chicken breasts
3 peppers (I used all green)
1 onion
1 package taco seasoning
Tortillas of your choice
Toppings of your choice

1. Slice onion and peppers and place them at the bottom of the crockpot

2. Put chicken on top of the onion and peppers

3. Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken

4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours

Image from here


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

What's Your Sign?

I don't believe in astrology but I always enjoyed reading my horoscope for fun. Usually it has nothing to do with me and tells me to go hit on a hot guy at the bar because apparently married people don't ever read their horoscopes. I don't know anything about lucky numbers or planet alignment but it's interesting to me that some people follow horoscopes so closely.

My friends have always commented on how great my memory is and how deeply I can feel others emotions. I had never really thought of it until a few years ago I read that it was trait of Pisceans. Since then I have been curious about the personality traits that come with each sign. I get really excited when I read about traits of a Pisces and they apply to me. I guess I like the idea that my personality can be explained.

Do you believe in astrology?


Monday, December 7, 2015

Marital Problems

As Cowboy fans, The Husband and I are anti NY Giants. However, there are always players that we like individually regardless of who they played for. Michael Strahan is one of those players. If you're not a football fan you only know him as half of Live with Kelly and Michael. He is so funny, personable, and charming that it might be hard to believe that he was actually famous for doing stuff like this.

On Saturday The Husband was flipping though channels when I saw a commercial for A Football Life Michael Strahan. I asked him to set the DVR to record it and he replied "But he's a Giant!" Thinking it was funny I tweeted The Husband's response and tagged Michael Strahan in it. We watched the show and were even more impressed by him.

Imagine my surprise when a few hours later my phone went off and I saw that Michael Strahan had replied to my tweet! I literally screamed so loud The Husband thought I had gotten hurt. When he saw what it said he was not as excited.

He was upset that I did not add that he is also a fan. I told him I wanted to but I ran out of characters. We had a pretty good laugh about it and I will now have an ice breaker if I ever go on Live with Kelly and Michael.


Thursday, December 3, 2015


It is no secret that I am addicted to celebrity gossip. I know I shouldn't be so nosy about the lives of strangers but I am. I justify it by also reading the NY Times and NPR. Earlier this week I was browsing E! Online and came across this story. I don't really know anything about Alex Pettyfer (except this) and I'm not too invested in Channing Tatum but I read it.

However, it linked up to the biggest celeb feuds of all times. In honor of this incredible piece of journalism, I decided to list the pop culture feuds that have impacted my life. Feel free to share what team you're on or what feuds you lost sleep over.

1. *NSync vs Backstreet Boys- In my teens no feud caused more drama than this one. Clearly JT alone was cuter than all the BSB put together but I did enjoy Millennium.

2. Jennifer Aniston vs Angelina Jolie- I was Team Jen all the way. Although I think Angelina is beautiful, I've never liked her and the fact that she hooked up with a married man made me like her less.

Image from Google images
3. Kelly Taylor vs Brenda Walsh- BH 90210 was a little before my time but I have watched the first three seasons multiple times in my 20s. Anytime anyone ever mentions big feuds this one comes up. Yes, they are fictional but the fact that Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty got into an actual fist fight adds to the fire. Although Kelly broke girl code and hooked up with Dylan I still liked her better.

Image from Google images
4. LC vs Kristin- Laguna Beach was clearly scripted but the drama felt real. I liked LC and her sweet nature. Kristin seemed insecure and vengeful. And LC's house tour was amazing.

5. Tupac vs Biggie- I will not openly state my opinion for fear of being shot.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Rewind

As I mentioned previously, my Thanksgiving was amazing. We had not spent Thanksgiving with our families in five years. The morning of, we woke up like kids on Christmas morning. We got snow the night before so it was beautiful outside. I was excited to get to my parents house to help cook and watch the parade with my sisters.

We spent all morning laughing. I could tell my parents were happy to have all of us home for the holiday. My mom seriously knocked it out of the park! Her cooking is always amazing but the turkey was so tender and juicy. I could have eaten two plates of food but we were also going to The Husband's parents for dinner later on so I had to resist.

Isn't it beautiful!?
Sister pic
My amazing parents
Once we got to our second dinner we were starting to get hungry again. After playing darts (I always kick butt), watching football, and playing with our niece and nephew, we were ready to eat. The Husband's mom always makes multiple pies. My favorite is her pecan French silk supreme pie. Seriously, it's so good. My dinner there was light but my dessert was not. 

The next few days were filled with lots of relaxation and leftovers. Having worked retail for years I do not participate in Black Friday but I did some online shopping. We also bought our Christmas tree and decorated the apartment.