Friday, March 30, 2012

Five for Friday

You work harder and complain less than anyone I've ever met.

You considered it a great accomplishment when we didn't buy Reese's Eggs or Cadbury Creme Eggs at the checkout at HEB.

You've become totally obsessed with The Hunger Games, and have asked me about 15 times this week if we can see it again.

You make me laugh. Every day. All the time.

We've been together seven years today. It's been the best seven years of my life.

Senior Prom. Dating one month.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gardening vs. Gravel

Right off our back porch, we have a little bitty garden area. Well ... technically it might have been a garden area at one point in time, but the people who owned our house before us decided that they didn't want to bother with plants, and instead filled it all up with gravel and what looked like crabgrass.

Gravel with gigantic ugly plastic planter filled with dead Dusty Miller. And Matt's grill, but that's staying.

After two years of looking at this every day, Matt decided he'd had enough, and went and bought some better plants. We knew we weren't going to be able to (easily/cheaply) remove all the gravel, but we figured we could do something to make the whole "backyard" look prettier.

Monday, March 26, 2012

I suck at meal planning.

Matt and I are trying to make more of an effort to eat at home this month — our fast food expenses have stacked up high and fast recently! I usually try to make a few dinners at home per week, with enough left over to take for lunch the next day.

This has not worked as well as I thought. I try to make dinner on nights when we'll both be home for dinner. Thursdays are always Crock Pot nights because we're both home for dinner at different times, and that way I can just leave it on "Keep Warm" and we both get a hot dinner. But inevitably, no matter how well I plan, we either end up with not enough food to take for lunches, or SO MUCH LEFT OVER that I worry it'll all go bad before we can consume it.

Weekly meal plan. I usually write if they come out of a cookbook or my bookmarks too, so I can keep track.

For example, this was my best-laid weekend dinner plan:

• Lenten Fridays are still in action, so I made Tuna and White Bean Wraps. They made wayyyy more food than I thought they would. We ate them for lunch every day over the weekend, plus dinner for Friday, and we still have leftover tuna.

• I knew I wanted to freeze some food for later weeks when I accidentally make too little food, so on Saturday I made a Crock full of Chicken Chili. After we had dinner, I froze the bulk of the leftovers, but kept a few tupperwares out for lunches.

• Sunday night, I made Chicken Florentine. It was a casserole dish-sized amount of food. I froze a good chunk of it so we can have it for dinner another night, saving a few tupperwares for lunch. But oh no, in order to make it, I bought a rotisserie chicken. So now I also have about 3/4 of a whole chicken left in the fridge.

Matt's parents have a three-day rule on leftovers — if it's more than three days old, you can't guarantee it's still good. On the other hand, my dad always figured if it didn't smell bad or look gross (his standards for the latter are lower than mine), then it was still fine. I'm really paranoid, so I usually follow the three-day rule just to be safe.

Which means we have a heck of a lot of stuff to eat in the next three days.

Have you figured out how to balance too little vs. too much? I need some help! How do you meal plan? And how do you figure out what freezes well and what doesn't?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Shoe Re-do

Remember these shoes? My cat chewed the original bows off the toes, so I tried to make them wearable again with these metal thingies.

They were cute for about four hours, until the metal thingies popped off while I was at work.

After that the shoes sat in my closet for a couple of months, because I didn't really feel like wearing them. But now that all the bright colors are back for spring, it was time to break them out again and fix them once and for all. These fabric flowers stuck much more easily than the metal did with just a little hot-gluing, and have already survived 6+ hours walking around a mall (though I barely did). I call that a success!

Much better, and much more fitting for spring.

Have you done any little DIY projects lately?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Obsessed with The Hunger Games

If you're anything like me, you've been obsessed about anything and everything Hunger Games-related in eager anticipation of the movie coming out. A friend of mine got us tickets to the midnight premiere, and I am SO excited. I've been watching the red carpet footage in hopes of hearing more about the movie. I've looked up any extra scenes or related footage that may not have been promoted as heavily as the trailers were. I've even watched a couple of spoofs of the trailer, because I just can't help myself:

The Hungry Games. Hilarious. via Yahoo Screen

But I have never been to a midnight premiere that wasn't for the Harry Potter movies. Am I supposed to have a costume? (I probably should have thought of this more than two days before the movie comes out.) It seems kind of creepy to dress as any character other than Katniss/Peeta or someone from the Capitol, since *SPOILER* almost everyone else dies *SPOILER*.

What do you think? Are you going to see the movie at midnight? Have you seen any good clips that I'm missing?

Monday, March 19, 2012


If ever two of my favorite things got smashed into one, it would be this: Pantone colors and food.

These beautiful Pantone tarts have totally made my morning.

by Emilie Guelpa, via Adweek

Mmmmmm. Perhaps it's time for second breakfast.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


My mom has been really into watching Hoarders lately. She says it makes her feel like cleaning and getting rid of things, which is the same reaction I have when I watch Hoarders.

Except when I watch Hoarders, I don't go into other people's houses and remove all their crap.

My family came to visit me this weekend, and my mom and sister went through my closet and made me get rid of like, half my stuff. They kept asking me "WHEN was the last time you wore this!" and then were horribly embarrassed when I said "Last week!" and then threw everything "old" or "yucky" into a pile to haul to Goodwill.

Not my old cutoff sweatpants!

(Granted, I really needed to do this, but I'm still kind of irritated.)

They said they would take me shopping soon, which is good since it's their fault I have no more clothes.

How often do you clean out your closet? And what one piece do I absolutely need when we go shopping?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Invisible Cars

A long time ago, Matt asked me if I ever worry about hitting the invisible cars when I drive. Something about other dimensions and people driving on the same roads in those other dimensions but humans not having a keen enough eye to see them.

To which I replied, um, no, there is no such thing as invisible cars.

But clearly, I was wrong.

I think this ad is pretty freaking brilliant. It looks cool and gets people involved with the product. Obviously your car isn't going to actually be invisible, but it was an excellent visual for zero-emission vehicles and their impact on the environment.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Things I Like: Crock Pots

Maybe "Like" isn't a strong enough word. I LOVE Crock Pots.

I enjoy cooking by other means, but mainly I just like cooking things in my Crock Pot. (Did you know you can cook fish in the Crock in individual foil packets? And desserts?) Every time I find a new recipe online, I try to find ways to modify it so it will work in the Crock Pot. It's just such a convenient and easy method.

Here are a couple of my favorite Crock Pot recipes.

If given the choice, Matt would probably eat the entire pot in one sitting. No joke. It's that good.

I made this for Christmas dinner this year. And I also made it all the time in college, because ham feeds a lot of people, and we were all really poor.

It's not spring yet! Make this before it gets too warm!

One of the other great things about cooking this way is that you'll have a LOT of food when you're done. You can freeze it in individual containers*, and just a quick thaw overnight equals awesome lunch the next day!

Debating whether you should put a Crock Pot on your registry? DO IT. Yours is collecting dust in the cabinet? GET THAT SUCKER OUT. And either use it or send it to me.

Do you like using the Crock Pot? What are your favorite recipes?

*Note: Ham doesn't freeze well. Invite friends over for dinner that night.

Friday, March 2, 2012

You Know You Want to Be A Chocoholic Too

Matt recently had a birthday. He's now an old man, according to himself. (He is wrong.)

We had people over to grill burgers and play darts and games. I made him a cake, inspired by this site, which I found through Pinterest. (There really is cake buried under all the candy. It is yellow cake with milk chocolate frosting.)

It was delicious. And maybe a little sugar-coma-inducing.

Happy birthday, babe. I'm sorry I forgot to write it on your Facebook wall.

What's your favorite type of cake?