Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Hump Day!

Happy Hump Day! Whew, the work week is halfway there. The Hubby goes back to school next week and his first teacher day is Friday.

It's crazy how fast time flies anymore!

I try to be the person who gets along with everyone. You never know when you will need someone's help, so why not try to be nice to everyone? 

But, sometimes there is just that one person.....

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HAHA, try to enjoy your day! It's going to be a hot one here in Indiana.

Until next time,

Kara

Friday, July 24, 2015

One Hilarious Trainwreck

I really enjoy having the Hubby home during the summer months when I have my half day at work. It always allows us to do something together. 

This week we decided to have a date day. We ate a late lunch at Qdoba, went to the mall, and saw the movie, Trainwreck. 


I had only saw a couple commercials for this movie, but they looked funny. I got on Rotten Tomatoes to see how it rated. It was 85% on the Tomato-meter. 

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I convinced the Hubby to see it and off we went!

This was a really funny, well written comedy. I caught myself laughing so hard I was snorting....yeah I know... I am that girl who snorts when they laugh too hard. 
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Here is the story line according to IMDB.com:

Since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn't realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo - enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment - but in actuality, she's kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners, Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.
 


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There were a lot of celebrity appearances in this movie. Lebron James, Amar'e, John Cena, Daniel Radcliffe and many more!

Amy Schumer is such a great comedian on and off the screen. Her delivery is really what sells her comedy.

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If you are really looking for a laugh, check this movie out. It may be called Trainwreck, but it's anything but one.

Until next time,

Kara

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Hump Day!

Happy Wednesday! I'm so glad that the work week is half over!

I have the radio on all day at work. It's mostly on for background noise, so I'm not sitting in complete silence, but there are a few songs out right now that I can't help but tap my foot to when they come on.

Here are a few of my recent favorites!

Thomas Rhett- Crash & Burn


Little Big Town- Girl Crush


Cam- Burning House



I hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

Until next time,

Kara

Monday, July 20, 2015

Pepperoni Chips

I have started a high protein, low carb diet. I have been really trying to be good when it comes to staying on track.

But even saint's get tested and I'm not even close to that! So I decided to try to make something that was salty, crunchy, and delicious, so that I wouldn't want to eat potato chips.

Wait for it..... PEPPERONI CHIPS! Yeah, you heard me right. Soak it in... they are crunchy, spicy, salty, and DELICIOUS!

They are also super easy!



Pepperoni Chips

Pepperoni's (turkey or regular)
Baking Sheet

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Lay out your pepperoni's on your baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 6-8 minutes. 

Take them out and use a paper towel to soak up excess grease. 

Then pop them back in the oven for 2 minutes. (You may have to adjust baking time for the size of your pepperoni, mine were small).

Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan.

Enjoy! You can eat them plain or with your favorite dip instead of chips!

Until next time,

Kara



Recipe adapted from George Stella's Low Carb & Lovin' It

Friday, July 17, 2015

Date Night Jar

The Hubby and I have been together 8 years. The one thing we have consistently argued over for those 8 years is the question, "What do you want to do?"

I consider us to both be intelligent adults, but when that question comes out of the other persons mouth its like we become fools and have no thoughts.

Our common answer is "I don't know" or "I don't care". 

Well I found something to fix that problem. Our date night jar!


I saw the idea on Pinterest (where all ideas live of course) and decided it was an inexpensive, crafty solution to our problem.

All you need are Popsicle sticks, markers, a jar, and your list of activities you want to use.

Both the Hubby and I brainstormed ideas in the categories of free dates, cheap dates, more expensive dates, and plan ahead dates.

Here is our example list:



Making the list was the hardest part. There are a lot of online links for date ideas. Just cater your list to your tastes and preferences!

This doesn't really require a step by step process, because it is really just that easy!

I bought the plain Popsicle sticks to use, but you could buy the pre-colored ones, they were just quadruple the cost of the plain sticks! I am a cheap person, so I bought the $.75 sticks!

I chose to color the tip of each of the sticks. Since they were color coded you can pick based on the category you want. 



I made a little key for my jar, because heaven knows I'll forget what each stick color means!

It's super easy and will help when we just don't know what we want to do, but know we want to do something!

Until next time,

Kara

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fancy Crepes....I love those little, thin pancakes!

Usually when I am watching the Food Network, the Hubby isn't paying attention. However, the other day we were eating lunch and Brunch with Bobby was on. 

Bobby Flay was making crepes and the Hubby decided that those looked good. He said, "can we have that for dinner?" I'm like sure.

I have never had crepes before. Sweet or savory, I had no idea what to expect, but they turned out to be easier than I imagined and they were really yummy!

I call them my "fancy" crepes, because when you go out to a restaurant they cost a ton to get! It's like wow is that thing filled with cash? They may look fancy, but they are really easy to make and you probably have it all at home already!



My "Fancy" Crepes

3/4 cup of all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon of salt
pinch of pepper (leave this out if you are making these sweet!)
3/4 cup of milk
2 Tablespoons of water
3 eggs
3 Tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

I threw the eggs, milk, water, melted butter, and salt all in the blender. Once these were blended together, I added my all purpose flour and blended again. I allowed the batter to rest while I prepared the filling.

Now the filling part is where you heart can go crazy! I made savory crepes, so I added Monterrey Jack cheese, ham, and caramelized onions.

If savory isn't your style, you could make sweet crepes with Nutella and strawberries, cheesecake filling, bananas, and so much more! 

But for our crepes, I cut up strips of ham, shredded my cheese, and caramelized my onions with a little bit of butter.

I admit it, I messed up my first try at cooking the crepes, but after that I was on a roll!

The process is simple once you get going!

I sprayed a small non-stick skillet with cooking spray and poured a small amount of batter in the middle and swirled the pan around. This is key, you want to get a thin layer on the whole pan. You let it cook for about 45 seconds on medium heat, then flip it over to cook another 20 seconds and set aside. 

Just create an assembly line. 

Once you have all the crepes cooked, we take one and place it back in the skillet. Then top with your filling, then fold it up!

That's it. A fancy crepe is just a thin, little pancake stuffed with goodness!

Until next time,


Kara





Reciped adapted from Bobby Flay's French Crepes






Monday, July 13, 2015

You Only Live Once....

I used to really care about other people's opinions. Growing up it seems like you always want to please others. You want to make your parents, teachers, family proud, you want to be perceived as cool by classmates and the older kids, but the one person you don't aim to please is yourself. You always seem to come last.

As I have gotten older, I have really came to the conclusion, I don't care what other people think. 

Do I want to be liked? Yes, who doesn't? 

Do I care if you think your car or house is nicer than mine? Nope.

What if people judge me for my life choices? That's okay, let them think what they want. It doesn't matter what choices you make, someone will always think you should be doing something different.

I know the Hubby and I have went on a lot of vacations this year and that people think we are nuts, but I don't care. Life is about living. We currently don't have children, so why not enjoy being able to take a trip on a whim?!?

So that being said, we went to Atlantic City again last weekend. We had a great time and got really sun burnt!



We stayed at the Tropicana again. You can't beat it. The hotel is right on the beach!


We had to limit out sun exposure after spending too much time out the first day!

I'm happy to have my partner in crime to enjoy life with! Life's too short to care what everyone else thinks. I enjoy getting to make memories that will last us a lifetime!


Until next time,

Kara

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Recommendations for July

I love to read! When we go on vacation, I always make sure to stock up on books. If you are going somewhere this summer or just need something to read, here are some new recommendations!

Covet, The Fallen Angel Series- by J.R. Ward
J.R. Ward has become one of my favorite authors. I love her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. When I finished that series thus far (I can't wait until the next one comes out), I decided to try her Fallen Angel series.


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It's another action packed drama of characters. You'll see some familiar characters come about in the book from her other series. I loved that they were somewhat tied together, but also involve separate plots.

Here is the description of Covet:
Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart—and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

If you loved J.R. Ward's other stuff, this is a must read series!

The Summoning, The Darkest Powers Series- by Kelley Armstrong
I was kept searching for a new series to read before we went to Atlantic City. I decided to check out Goodreads.com

Have you ever used it? It's great. You fill in what books you have read and how you would rate them. Based on your answers the website will recommend books for you by genre, topic, authors, etc.

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Anyways, I saw The Summoning as a book it recommended and I checked out the first book from the library, but for some reason they didn't have book 2 or 3, so I had to order them. But I loved this series. It is a young adult series that incorporates friendship, love, paranormal and mystery into one.

The description for The Summoning:
My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.
All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me.
Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House...before its skeletons come back to haunt me.
To say the least, I finished book 2 and 3 while on vacation. It's mystery that I couldn't stop reading.
Strange Neighbors- by Ashlyn Chase
This was another book I just stumbled across. I noticed the cover and thought, "what the heck, why not?"
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Is this the best book ever written? Absolutely not, but it was a fun read. 
If you haven't noticed a trend, I really enjoy books that include paranormal stuff. Vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, etc. I think that comes from having a husband that hates all things magical and science fiction. Since we don't watch movies about the stuff, I just read about them, HAHA (insert the Hubby rolling his eyes at me).
The Strange Neighbors description is:
Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry's not sure she's ready to trust him with her heart...especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.
He's looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance...
There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field...
A girl just wants to have fun...
Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs...
If you are looking for a fun read, check it out.

I am on the waiting list for several new series, so hopefully I'll be able to recommend some new books coming up!

Until next time,

Kara