Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday {#39}

Happy Wednesday, loves! Sorry for my absence yesterday. This week started out pretty crazy and I didn't have time to write a post for yesterday so I took the day off, but I'm back today for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday with my bloggy soul mate Jessi today to share with you what's going on currently....
Currently I'm.....
Reading ...
To be honest, I haven't read either of the books that I wrote about the last time I posted my Currently about this. The only book I've read recently was a travel book for Istanbul to try and plan out the two days that we're there. Hopefully I get back on the reading train soon!

Listening to...
rain drops on the windows. #wheresNoahandtheark
Watching ...
Still watching Bravo (always). Below Deck Mediterranean returned last night and has me all kinds of excited for our cruise through the Med! Plus, I just love that show, and it's one of the few Bravo shows that MG actually enjoys too (that and Million Dollar Listing). 
I also can't believe that this Sunday is the last episode of The Good Wife. If you haven't seen this show, you definitely should (and would have a TON to watch since each season is like 21 episodes). I'll be sad to see the show go.

I made Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon on Monday night and it was not only SUPER easy, but it was incredibly delicious. I think MG's exact words were "when you make salmon again, make this recipe because it's incredible!" So...I guess it was a win! :) Recipe coming at you soon!
Looking forward to ... 
Taking off work on Friday to attend our friend's wedding in New York. It's not Aruba, but we'll be with a bunch of friends (including a few who also cancelled on the Aruba wedding), and it'll be a fun time for sure.

it was July and we could start all of our fun summer travel plans already!

Enjoying ...
the time off that we took from fertility stuff. It's been nice not to have to have my life revolve around blood draws, ultrasounds and the like for a couple of months. But I think we'll be back on that band wagon later this month. It's been a nice, and much needed break from it all though.

that the sunless tanner from Rodan+Fields that I won in Jess's giveaway arrived on Monday! My pale skin can't wait for me to use it! #byebyeCasper
Tonight we're making those baked queso tacos for dinner as an early Cinco De Mayo meal and I'm super excited. Those things are decadent!
Wanting ...
more pairs of ear jackets. The one pair that I have I adore. I want more!!!

Wearing ...
anything and everything that protects from the rain. We've had clouds and rain just about every day for the last 5 days so far (with it still in the forecast for the next coming days as well). Even on Monday when we got some sunshine in the afternoon, it was followed by insane thunderstorms and hail. Cooper was none too thrilled with the thunder.

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to know so many awesome, caring people.

Now it's your turn to share what's hap-"pinning" with you lately! Remember, it doesn't have to be Pinterest-related!

*also linking up here and here

Monday, May 2, 2016

Rainy Weekending Snaps

Happy May, friends! Our weekend was pretty much overcast and rained out, so pretty low key, but we still managed to squeeze some fun in between the rain drops!
My weekend highlights included:

~Friday night pizza date with MG at our favorite spot
Love seeing the new pizza box art work that's up every time we go!
~a post-dinner coffee date followed by a quiet night in (and thanks to the coffee I didn't fall asleep on the couch like I normally do haha)

~Did some cleaning around the house Saturday morning followed by an errand to Lowe's

~Took an unplanned last minute trip to one of our favorite furniture stores in the area to browse
Love this place!

~Gave myself a mani in a light grey Essie color ("Cocktail Bling"), but wasn't feeling it, so the next day I traded it out for Essie's Flowerista which is much more Springy
~Headed over to our friends' place for a cook out. Never thought on the last day of April I'd be wearing my Uggs, but alas Mother Nature decided Spring wasn't ready to come around fully just yet after all.

~Had these yummy cucumber infused watermelon martinis that were to die for delicious
~Spent most of the night inside because it started to rain...of course. And then called it a night around 11. (didn't get any snaps of the food but there was plenty and it was delicious!)

~Started Sunday off with more pouring rain, but strawberry pancakes helped to brighten the morning
~Ran errands for the week while trying not to get soaked

~Spent lots of lazy time inside coloring, watching tv, and cuddling with Coop

~We drove to have dinner with my mom for an early Mother's Day since we have a wedding out of town next weekend
~Had a pretty low key rest of Sunday evening before heading to bed for the week

It kind of stinks that we would be leaving for Aruba in 2 days time, especially since the highs for this week are in the low 60s, with rain in the forecast every single day. Been seeing the photos of our friends who are in Aruba and it's kind of torture. Wah!
Hopefully your weekend wasn't as washed out as ours was!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, loves! Can you believe it's the end of April already? Seriously where the heck is time going??
This week has definitely brought with it some favorites, so let's dish!
{1} Travel Plans
I shared on Wednesday MG's and my big summer travel plans: cruising through the Greek and Turkish isles and spending some time in Istanbul--11 days of a dream vacation! We're beyond excited, and not a day has gone by since we booked it that we haven't been looking up excursions and different sites that are must-see/must-do in each place that we're going to! It's definitely a trip of a lifetime and I'm still kind of shocked that we're actually going! Bring on July!!

{2} Signs from my Dad
Since my dad has passed there have been a few signs that pop up here and there that make me know that my dad's around. This week there were two times that I think he was giving me signs. On Tuesday I was driving home from work and stopped at the grocery store to pick up something we'd forgotten this weekend. As I was paying, I reached into my work bag in the pocket where I keep my wallet, and with it pulled out one of the hospital badges that I wore when I went to visit my dad. I put it back and finished paying for my food, left, and on the drive home I thought to myself "I wonder if the date on that was the 26th like today" and sure enough when I pulled it out, it had Feb 26, 2016 stamped on it--two months to the day. Out of the many times I went to see my dad, most of the time I returned the badges but sometimes I forgot and this was one of those times. The chances were about 1 in 30 that it was the same date and I think it was definitely my dad letting me know that he's still around, even if he's not here physically.
And this sign is a bit smaller and maybe isn't my dad, but it made me think of him anyway: our white rose bush has started to sprout another bloom. But this one is yellow. All of the other buds have been white, but this one is a bright and vibrant yellow bud. As soon as I saw it, I thought of my dad. Don't know why, but I did. Even if it isn't him, it still makes me happy to think that it is :)

{3} New Recipe
This week I made buffalo chicken meatloaf. Sounds kinda weird, but it had all of the yummy flavors that I love (put buffalo sauce on anything and I'll probably like it) and it did not disappoint. It was quick and easy, and I'll definitely be making it again! #gimmethegorgonzola
Recipe coming soon but for now, teaser pic:

{4} Spring Blooms
I love that flowers are popping up all over the place now that it's Spring. My absolute favorite, though, is this tree that blossoms these fluffy blooms! I can't help but walk under this tree and want to squeeze them! (And when I do, a shower of pink petals falls around me which is even more fun!) It's the little things!

{5} Funnies
When you're watching a movie with your in-laws and an explicitly sexual scene comes on screen, and seems to last a lifetime
When you get excused from a really contentious parent meeting at work
How I imagine Texans got to work last week
When you finish one show and then can't find another series to watch in its place
When someone's "fashion sense" doesn't jive with yours
That's it for me this week! Hope you guys have an easy Friday and a fantastic weekend!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Confessions and Hashtags

Ok, so I know that this link up is defunct as of late, but I still like the idea, so I'm confessing anyway!
I confess that....

......when I saw the construction workers using a sledgehammer on the outside of my school building (we're going through a renovation), I couldn't help but think that that would be a great stress reliever for the teachers. Bad day? Take a sledge hammer to the side of the building! #cheaperthantherapy
.....when I was being tailgated on a single lane road by some jerk yesterday morning, it made me laugh when he got stuck behind someone who was going normal speed (but too slow for him), and he was stuck behind him for a solid 15 minutes #slowdownassface
.....on my post yesterday about our big summer travel plans someone wrote "yay for you." and it made me feel bad. I definitely wasn't trying to brag about our trip, I'm just excited! #ohwell
*this person has since written me and shared that it was a total misunderstanding so no hard feelings!
.....I signed up for a conference in Baltimore next month with some coworkers and I about choked when the "early bird registration" AND "discounted group rate" for one day was still $185. Umm, hello conference people, you do realize that we are teachers, right? At least one of us is rolling in it #itaintme #mo'moneymo'problems
.....our HOA is still super annoying with their lack of timeliness. They STILL haven't approved our windows, despite us reaching out and the window company reaching out to them. And it's not that complicated--it's like two criteria (grids in the windows, and white framing) both of which ours meet. What's the freaking hold up? #getyourshittogetherHOA

....Cooper needs a haircut soon, but I LOVE when he's super fluffy. I feel bad when his hair is in his eyes and he probably can't see, but darn if he isn't the cutest all fluffy!
.....the idea of Hamams (bathhouses) in Turkey kind of freaks me out. I know it's something that is one of those "if you go, you have to do" kind of things, but....I dunno. The whole concept weirds me out. #heebiejeebies

....flavored seltzer water is a tease #gimmetherealstuff #oraddsomevodka
....after dealing with some parents at work, I swear to my future parent self that I won't be an overbearing parent. I won't I won't I won't. #andyoushouldnteither
.....Shaun T is my spirit animal. I freaking love that dude. 
Those are my confessions this week--what are some of yours?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday {#38}: Wanderlusting

Happy middle of the week! It's Wednesday so you know it's time to link up with Jessi and I and share what's hap-"pinning" with you!
This week I have some exciting wanderlusting news to share! Remember last week when I said that we're going to that awesome lake house for my FIL's birthday and we might have a pretty awesome dream vacation in the works, too?

Well, instead of Aruba in May for 4 days, we're spending 11 days visiting Athens, cruising through the Greek and Turkish Isles, and then spending a couple of days in Istanbul!

At the top of my travel list has always been Greece and I'm SO beyond belief that we're going to get to hit up all of the places that I've wanted to visit, and then some I didn't even know about but now that I know, I'm even more pumped about visiting them!

So, I said before that I felt guilty about not working this summer (and I still do on some level), but not working has allowed us to take this trip and I'm beyond excited and grateful.

On our travel list:

Santorini, Greece (this is one I'm MOST excited about)
Rhodes, Greece
Mykonos, Greece
Kusadasi, Turkey: home of one of the seven wonders of the world
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We already have our hotel booked for our night in Athens before we board the cruise ship (which has rooms with a view of the Acropolis), and we have our two night hotel booked for Istanbul. The guy we booked the cruise from has set us up with a tour guide in Istanbul and Kusadasi.

MG has wanted to go to Turkey for a while, and even though he's been to Greece before, he hasn't hit up any of the islands, so it's really a dream trip for both of us. I'm so excited that I can now check off one of my top Wanderlust Travel Bucket List places once we go!

And since we've booked things and started to share with people where we're going and what we're doing, SO many people have said that Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities and best places that they've been to. It was never on my list, but now that I'm learning about it, I'm super excited to go, and to get a couple of days to explore!

So, that's what we've been up to over here! Now it's your turn to share what's hap-"pinning" with you!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

{Recipe Files}: Baked Crab Stuffed Salsa Avocados

That title's a mouthful isn't it? But, so is this recipe! It's really quick and easy to throw together, and the flavors are awesome!!

What You Need:
~3 or 4 avocados *
~2 6 oz. cans shredded crab meat, drained
~1/2 C plain breadcrumbs (I might try Panko in the future for a little extra crunch)
~1 tsp minced garlic
~3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
~1 tsp dried basil (or 1Tbsp fresh, chopped)
~2 Tbsp lemon juice
~salt and pepper to taste
~a few Tbsp of salsa of your choice (I used Herdez Mild as it's one of our favorites--found in the Hispanic food aisle)

What You Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Get out a baking sheet and either spray or use a nonstick baking mat.

2. While the oven is heating up, get a medium sized bowl and add in the bread crumbs, garlic, Parmesan cheese, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Then add in the crab meat and mix together.
3. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits.

4. Spoon salsa into the hole where the pits were, then cover the avocados with the crab mixture. It's ok to pile this on top pretty well.
There may be some leftovers of the crab meat mixture. You can either bake it on the side (on the baking mat) or just pile it on the avocados.

5. Bake for about 5-7 minutes, until the top gets a light brown color to it.

6. Serve up each half. We had ours with a side of roasted balsamic brussel sprouts which were amazingly delicious, too! 
We each ate 3/4 of a whole avocado (so 1/2, plus half of the second half) and both had the same sized portion for leftovers for lunch (which heated up well the next day).

*I think you could easily spread the crab mixture over 4 avocados, they just won't be piled as high with the crab mixture which is ok.

If you choose to make this with the brussel sprouts, my advice is to make the brussel sprouts first since they take longer, then up the oven temp and cook the avocados last.

There you have it--easy, tasty, and healthy! Win-win-win!! Definitely a great Spring and Summer meal!
*This recipe was adapted from a recipe on Mele Cotte website*

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