Thursday, January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday

When I was younger, my parents constantly said that time flies by. Well I have always wanted life to hurry up and get to the next thing, but it's true, time really does fly by.

I found this old picture of the Hubby and I when we started dating in college. 


We have been together almost nine years. It's crazy how I feel like it was just yesterday, but I can't remember life before him.

This year will really be a big year to remember. Our little girl (yep you heard me right! A LITTLE GIRL!) will be here before we know it!

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This precisely describes our feelings! I cannot wait to see how this becomes our best year yet! 

Until next time,

Kara


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book Recommendations for January

I haven't felt much like reading in awhile, but I still have a couple book recommendations for you!

Frostfire- Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

If you loved any of my recommendation for Fae novels, like this one, or these, then you will love the Kanin Chronicles series by Amanda Hocking. 

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It was a great adventure, mystery book. It's got a strong female character Bryn, who despite all odds, succeeds at whatever she chooses!

You are rooting for her the entire time, even though sometimes you just want to smack some sense into her! This three book series is worth your time!

The Frostfire description is:
Hidden deep in the heart of a snow-covered wilderness lies the secret kingdom of the Kanin—a magical realm as beautiful as it is treacherous...
Bryn Aven has never fit into Kanin society. Her blond hair and blue eyes set her apart as an outsider—a half-blood unable to hold a respectable rank. But she's determined to prove herself as a loyal protector of the kingdom she loves. Her dream is to become a member of the King's elite guard, and she's not going to let anything stand in her way...not even her growing feelings for her boss, Ridley Dresden. A relationship between them is strictly forbidden, but Bryn can't fight her attraction to him. And she's beginning to think he feels it too. Meanwhile, there's an attack on the kingdom—one that will test Bryn's strength like never before. Finally, she has the chance to confront Konstantin Black, the traitor who tried to kill her father years ago. It's up to Bryn to put a stop to him before he strikes again. But is she willing to risk everything to protect a kingdom that doesn't accept her for who she really is? And when her mission brings her closer to Ridley, will she be able to deny her heart?


Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

I have been on the wait-list for months of books, so I'm always trying to fit in filler books. I always get on Goodreads to see book recommendations based on past books I have read. This was a recommendation I received. 

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This is a young adult novel, but it's fun to read and I could see myself reading this when our child gets to be 9 or 10. They would really enjoy the adventure that it holds. I haven't read the whole series, but the first couple books were really good!

I also love when stories tie in Greek mythology. I just find it so interesting! Plus, you never know when that trivia will come up on Jeopardy or trivia night!

Here is the description for Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief


Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

These are some fun reads! It's nothing too serious, but who really wants to start off the new year with something depressing or sad? Not this girl!

Happy Reading!

Until next time,

Kara

Friday, January 8, 2016

Cowgirl Cookies

The Hubby received a Cowgirl Cookie jar for Christmas from one of his students. I decided to make them for Christmas.


I don't know the exact recipe, but I know this is really close to all the ingredients that were in the jar. The student layered all the ingredients in a mason jar with a cute note attached.

Here is the recipe!

Cowgirl Cookies

1 1/3 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

If you were giving this as a gift, you would layer all your ingredients in a jar.

If that was the case you would want to include a card that stated the following:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease your cookie sheets and set aside. 

In a medium bowl mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Dump in the jar ingredients and stir together. You may have to use your hands to complete the mixing. 

Shape into 2-inch size balls and place 2-inches apart on your cookie sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes in your oven. Allow the cookies to cool for a couple minutes on the cookie sheets before you transfer them to wire racks to cool completely!

These are a yummy, chewy cookie that everyone seemed to enjoy! They also make a fun gift!


Until next time,

Kara




Recipe source from Allrecipes

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy 2016!

I can't believe we are already into to January! Crazy how time flies. The Hubby and I have been super busy with the holidays and everything going on the past couple months.

The Hubby and I have some exciting news. We are expecting in June, so I've been pretty absent from blogging because I've been so tired. That first trimester really kicks some rear end! I think I was asleep each night by 7:45 or 8. That was laying down or sitting up! 

We are super excited and can't wait to find out what we are having! 

I was really tired this year, so I decided to put up my smaller tree. The cat's didn't mind, they love to lay under the tree. 



Which means, when there are zero presents, we wake up to the tree skirt being in weird places because they decide to fight over who can lay under there!

I think we attended 4 different Christmas parties this year! I was wore out after that! We got a ton of great stuff for us and baby! 

Indiana decided to have weird weather for Christmas this year. We didn't have a white Christmas, because it was in the 50's!



It was really strange Christmas day, but that didn't stop Socks from getting cold and retreating to the covers! It's so funny to randomly see lumps in the beds... it's usually a Socks cat!

While the Hubby was off on Christmas break we decided to do some fun things. For the past couple years, we have attended the Pacer game right before Christmas, so we went again this year. It's always a fun time!



We also decided to do a mini-getaway and went to Fort Wayne to stay the night and attend a Mad Ants game. They are the NBA D-league team that feed into the Pacers. I got a great deal on tickets through Groupon!



We had a great time just getting away and spending time together, and we also got to try a new restaurant. 



It was called 800 degrees. They cook your pizza in a wood burning oven. It was super yummy! 

In anticipation for our new addition I took a trip down memory lane and went through all my childhood books. I have a ton of the Golden Books! I LOVE to read and I hope the baby takes over that love. 


It was so much fun to look in the covers and see the date I received the book. Some of them were from 1987... talk about old! HA-HA! Of course Bella had to inspect the books and see what was going on.

We are so excited for what 2016 holds. Last year was an amazing year, but 2016 is setting up to be the best yet! We hope that you and your families have a great 2016 as well!

Until next time,

Kara