Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Fun!

Whoa.... what day is it? It's been one of those weeks! Thankfully it's hard to forget Friday, but we have been crazy busy with basketball. Luckily for us, the Hubby only has one more 8th grade game.

My new glasses came in this week. I am really having to adjust to wearing glasses everyday. It was a lot harder to pick out a pair of frames than I thought. It's amazing how much clearer things are when you actually wear your glasses! Who would have thunk it?



Don't mind the crazy hair, I just didn't feel like fixing it yesterday!

We actually have a free night tonight. No set plans, no responsibilities! I don't remember what this feels like.... but the plan is to rent a couple movies and just relax, because tomorrow is a varsity basketball game and a family get together. 

I think I am going to rent The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. The Hubby LOVES Denzel Washington, so I can't imagine him being in just a terrible movie. 


If you check ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, the TOMATO-METER has it at 61% while the audience rates it at 78%.

Then I wanted to see The Maze Runner. I tried to start the book and just couldn't get into it. We will see if the movie catches my attention.


If you check ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, the TOMATO-METER has it at 63% while the audience rates it at 69%.

I am excited to have the Hubby to myself tonight! We are supposed to get 5 inches of snow on Sunday, but hopefully it'll be a good weekend overall!

Until next time,

Kara

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Back to the grind...

I am back to the grind today... Monday our office was closed for MLK day. It was great to have a long weekend, even though I spent the whole day Saturday working with my family. My sister snapped a picture of the sunset on our drive down to our parents.
My family is very self sufficient when it comes to food. My grandpa raises cattle, so we butcher cattle each year for our families to split. I couldn't tell you the last time I bought beef from the grocery store. Needless to say I am still sore from standing for 8 hours cutting meat!

The Hubby and I are going to have a super busy week. We have ball games Tuesday-Saturday. We took the opportunity last night to have a date night to see the movie American Sniper. 


It was a great movie. I could never imagine being in a war zone and what every solider goes through on a daily basis. I am thankful to those who serve our country. 

The Hubby and I tackled making homemade flour tortillas for tacos last night. I got the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker



They were really easy and good. The Hubby was in charge of browning them, while I rolled them out. 

The Hubby and I have been playing the MyVEGAS app. It's a free app to play and you earn loyalty coins and points to use on real life purchases in Las Vegas. The Hubby and I got 3rd row seats to see Zumanity in March. That is a Cirque du Soleil show at the New York, New York. 

We are super excited. We are hoping to get another show with our remaining loyalty points, but we can't decide what we want it to be yet. Even Bella likes to watch us play!

We have a busy week ahead! I am looking forward to February when basketball is over and we get some free time back!

Until next time,

Kara

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kilotchkies

We are from central Indiana. In the Indianapolis area there is a restaurant that serves these yeast dough stuffed rolls called Kilotchies. They are delicious, but usually they cost $1.50+ for one roll, so they can get expensive.

I set out to figure it out...well it's super easy and super yummy! They are simple to make and easily can be changed depending on your preferences.

Since I came up with a knock off recipe my version is called a "Kilotchkie" with an extra "k" in there for Kara. I made these for dinner last night and the Hubby said they were great.

Kilotchkies
Ingredients
12 Frozen yeast rolls
Ham (2 pieces)
Turkey (2-4 pieces)
Cheese (4 slices)
Bacon (3 slices)

You will need to set out your yeast rolls to rise ahead of time. Once they have risen you need to preheat the oven to 400 degrees.


Pre-cut and arrange all your filling choices. I cut all my ingredients ahead of time to make assembly easy on myself. 


Take a roll and stretch it out and place it in your palm or the work surface. Layer in your ingredients and then fold the roll back up into a ball. It may not look like you are putting much filling in each roll, but you don't want to over fill it or you wont get a good seal on the roll. You want to make sure that you pinch the edges together. We do not want the cheese melting out!




Place back on your baking sheet. 




Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown. Let them rest for a few minutes in order to avoid burning your mouth!



While I was making these for dinner I also made a batch of homemade chips! These couldn't be any easier. I slice a large potato using my mandolin. 




I then fry them in vegetable oil until they are golden brown. Put them on a paper towel to get off excess oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. They are simple and delicious!



The best thing about the kilotchkies are that they can be changed up easily to fit people's preferences. I usually make club ones, but I have made pizza ones with pepperoni, just ham and cheese, etc. The possibilities are endless. What you want to avoid is really wet fillings, but be creative!

Until next time,

Kara

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cold Day, but a Happy, Happy Day!!!

We are at -8 degrees here in arctic Indiana! So while schools are closed (this means the Hubby is home still in bed), some of us have to truck it to work! Even though the weather is terrible, I am super excited today!



It was announced that I was the official winner of the Creative Cookie Contest hosted by Cookie and Cups and Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Please go check out their websites for their experience with my recipe! 


I can't wait to receive the contest prizes. I won an iPad mini and an Artisan Kitchen Aid Mixer. I am just so happy. I did the contest because I thought it would be fun. I never expected to be chosen as a finalist, let alone the contest winner! 

Before I ever submitted the recipe I told my sister that if she helped me bake the cookies that if I won I would give her the mixer....well.... I should have thought that through! LOL... but big thanks to Kayla for keeping me company in the kitchen and working on the butterscotch gaunche!

Thank you to everyone who voted for my cookies on Facebook. All those votes pushed me to be the overwhelming winner!

Until next time,

Kara


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Here's to 2015!

I can't believe 2014 is over... it's crazy how time flies. I can't tell you how many times my parents said that as you get older time seems to go by quicker. When you are 15-16 years old, you want time to go by quicker, now I'm like slow down!

2014 was a great year. The Hubby and I made a lot of great memories! I hope we can make many more this year!








I know a lot of people start out the new year with resolutions. Most of those resolutions are dropped by the time February rolls around. 

So I am not going to make resolutions. I am just going to write about my hopes for 2015 and beyond.

1. Not live for tomorrow's but appreciate today.
This year has been full of heartbreaks and sadness. It seems like the news is full of terrible stories. It seems like it's always too late that we realize what is important in life. I am going to try and put that first.



I want to enjoy time with my husband. Enjoy life everyday and make the most of what we have. Life is too precious to put things off. You never know what life can throw at you.

2. Walk around more.
I have a new Fit-bit that I got for Christmas. I am going to try to strive to walk more. Don't get me wrong, I could stand to lose a lot of weight, but why focus on the negative when you can look at the positive? I have a husband who loves me no matter what, so I am going to start walking around more. If I lose weight, great! If not, it's still good for me!



3. Mark a couple things off our bucket list.
The last time we took our vacation to Las Vegas, one of our best evenings was sitting around in our hotel room and talking about what was on our bucket lists.



We are planning a road trip to Las Vegas in the spring. This is going to be a 28 hour drive. Some people said it's crazy and that we should just fly. But it's an adventure. The Hubby has always said he wanted to do this and before we have kids and can't we are going for it. Life is what you make it right?!?

4. Don't let the little things change our attitudes.
It's so easy to let others dictate your attitude and emotions. This leads to letting them effect how your day goes. We both have to try to not let others decide if we are going to have a good or bad day. I know this is easier said then done, but you always have to start somewhere.



I know that not all of these will be successful 100% of the time, but maybe they will make a difference in our lives this year!



Here is to 2015. Let this be an even better year!

Until next time,

Kara