Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Some Holiday Decor.

Got most of it done Saturday & Sunday..   put the final trimmings on the tree tonight. We have a few more things to put up in the house and we will be decoration complete.








 Did you do anything fun with your turkey day left overs besides the obligatory sandwich? I made pulled turkey bbq, turkey pad thai and tonight finished off some of the cranberry sauce on a piece of brownie :]


Monday, November 28, 2011

This Weekend We..

In NO particular order..     
  1. bought a christmas tree
  2. made messes
  3. started decorating
  4. worked on finishing our wreathes
  5. lounged on the couch
  6. ate, ate..   ate some more.
  7. talked about eating less
  8. repeated 2-7.



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Highlights.

Turkey day was nice, it was a day late..  but very nice.

Tennessee had a pretty ugly cold that started out Tuesday night and really didn't relent much until Friday afternoon, so needless to say we rescheduled Thanksgiving day til Friday so everyone could enjoy it. We had dinner at night, which is something I have never actually done for Thanksgiving..   everything was really good, a lot of old favorites and a couple of new additions that I think might stick around for holidays to come. My Grandma made a harvest apple salad that I didn't snap a photo of but man was it good, it had apples, pineapple, pecans, cream cheese..  so rich and delicious.

She also made some really moist cranberry bread and paired it with pieces of sharp cheddar for a starter..   was delightful.

I tried out a new recipe this year..  something I stumbled across a week or so ago on Sweet Treats & More. Mine varied a little as I could not find pumpkin spice pudding mix, so I opted to use butterscotch pudding and I folded canned pumpkin & cinnamon into the whip cream. The crust was outstanding..  my favorite element of this dish by far. Overall it was very good and stood nicely in the fridge for two days but it lacked the rich cream cheese flavor I was sort of expecting.. I think I will further modify it to achieve that goal..  I think I might give it another run for Christmas but with something other than pumpkin..   Im telling you, the base of this dessert was SO, SO good!

Pumpkin Lust Cake
from Debbie Mortensen

1 stick butter, melted
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tbs sugar
1 (8oz) package of cream chees, soft
1 cup powdered sugar
2 (8 oz) containers cool whip (or one 16 ozz container)
2 small packages (3.4oz) of Jello Instant Pumpkin Spice Pudding 
3 cup cold milk
Nutmeg for sprinkling

For the crust:

1. Combine butter, flour, chopped pecans and sugar and press into a 9 x 13 in baking dish.  Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.  Let cool completely.

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

1.  Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 1/2 cups cool whip until smooth.  Spread over crust.

For the Pumpkin Layer:

1.  Mix pudding mixes with cold milk, whisking for several minutes.  Set it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to let it thicken.  Spread over the cream cheese layer. Top with remaining container of cool whip. Sprinkle with nutmeg. 

Cut into squares and serve.  Keep refrigerated.


One of my favorite eats at Thanksgiving is the cranberry sauce..   for a couple reasons. Tart cranberry sauce alongside juicy turkey is so delicious but the other thing is..  it is SO easy to make.. I don't know why anyone would buy the funky can shaped jell..  I love mine infused with wine, cinnamon and a hint of lemon.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

This Weekend We..

 Went to the beach... it was a sunny, breezy day, perfect for walking the beach, we spotted a huge starfish (which I did photograph, but find kinda gross..  Idk) Picked up some pretty shells and dolphin watched.


Then, we started on our own wreath making for the holidays, we bought a couple blank green to do individually and then a blank wooden one for us to do together for the front door.



In between all of that, there was some UFC action, shopping, good eats, etc..  a little too hectic to photograph it all this weekend but I will say..   what a nice weekend, on quite a few levels.

I've got plenty to be thankful for this year and don't think I am just now realizing it.

My conclusion: If your someone doesn't make you feel amazing and you don't feel amazing with? Move...on. Pure & simple.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gainfully Employed. (Long)

It's true!

Although at times, I wanted to be promptly unemployed.

But, whether it was common sense or just good rational (and advice from everyone), I have made it through any bad stressful times at my current place of employment.. and let me tell you, there were some stressful times.

I have been through a lot with this company, I have experienced a lot, learned more than I can begin to tell you.. technically and personally speaking and I have come to genuinely love what I do, who I work with/for and the knowledge that I have derived from being where I have been.

All started like this:

I just arrived back to FL from living in NC and only having been here a short 5 days, decided to total my car by pulling out infront of a red light runner, (I am telling you, there was NO one there one sec, a van the next!anyway...) on my way to another job interview, mind you. A couple of days later while coming out of a vegetable market I got a voicemail from my now bossy saying she would like me to come in for an interview, she didn't specify the company or I didn't pay attention, either way I had no idea what kind of job it was as I had sent out a ton of resumes back in NC.

I immediately call back and this very disgruntled women answered the phone (which I later came to find out it was our offsite answering service, no actual affiliation to us, whew.) Anyhow, she advised me it was an elevator company and I instantly recoiled in my seat, all I could imagine was an ugly warehouse, green screen monitors and inspirational posters from the 1970's. I was really not at all interested or excited but I took the interview because ugly warehouses and a paycheck is better than 0.00 hourly ya heard?

Went to the interview of course, found myself in a medium sized office in a local office park infront of a lady I really couldn't read too well, don't get me wrong, she was friendly, but to the point and as she explained the job I really wasn't sure what I was up for but I answered honestly and walked away thinking, it's nothing like I expected (positive!) and I think I nailed it. I followed up with a thank you note for her time and waited to hear from her.

In a few short days, I had been hired and was ready to start my new job career.

Oh, yea, job title was to be admin. asst./office manager/juggler of 9 million things at once for a company that modernizes Federal Government Facilities across the US.

I would have never guess how stressful, crazy, fast paced, ever-changing this position was going to be and it took me a solid year to get my bearings and really be confident in what I was doing as not only is it what I just described, it's very technical and again, it's with the Federal Gov't.. it has to be perfect, the first time, and in 335689 copies.

Since that day, I have done well, done terribly, done the impossible, really screwed things up, laughed, been amazed, been so frustrated I could've passed out, worked til 9pm, 12pm, 3am, cried, bled (don't ask, it was traumatic, sorta), pissed people off, been thrown under the bus, saved people's asses, shared christmas's, birthdays, order millions of dollars in parts, argued with tons & tons of vendors, cancelled the company owner's home owners insurance, came up with great ideas,  came up with some terrible ones, negotiated the impossible, dropped items off at FedEx probably 8-900 times, fell asleep at my desk,  attempted to quit, received a few hundred paper cuts, wasted many, MANY trees, argued with bossy, been rewarded above & beyond, worked remotely (terrible, awful idea) and now........at 3+ years in I am just part of the family and couldn't be more grateful for my immediate boss, LB.. it's true, I couldn't read her that day and throughout the last 3 years have struggled from time to time, but what I am certain of is how wonderful she has always treated me, professionally & personally and I am SO lucky to work alongside such an individual and with this company.



 my command center.

 what? you need to be colorfully stocked at all times.

 love my tiny, wireless, quiet keyboard.. aaah..

pretty much everything gets a stamp of some sort

 we deal in large stacks of paper, only the white kind though..

i only have 9665587 reminders

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I.

i am...    pretty short.
i want...  to be realistic.
i wish...  to see snow this winter.
i have...  a job that i appreciate and adore.
i hate...  excessive negativity.
i fear...  being pulled over and having to pee bad.
i wonder...  what i'll look like when im 40.
i regret...  not seeing the forest through the trees a little sooner.
i love...  my grandparents angels, DPS and Simane, everything else is just extra.
i always...  think ahead, days, hours, minutes. very time oriented. you'd think i'd never be late? not so.
i dance...  ridiculously because it makes me belly laugh.
i rarely...  let "loose".
i cry...  a lot less than i use to.
i lose...  at all video games, besides the occasional car game, i whoop ass there :]
i am not always...  as happy as i present myself.
i know... what i want and what i will not tolerate.
i should...  go get some glasses, night driving is tricky.




 Tennessee & I at Cumberland Nat'l Park.

who are you?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Now!




When I am in the mood for sweets, which is moderately frequent, I don't care to piss around spending 2 hours whipping up this, blending that, chilling this, layering that, etc. Don't get me wrong, I do love to bake even though I am nowhere near skilled at it and I do like putting in the time it takes for some sweets but when I've really got a sweet tooth and it's a weeknight especially, I want it and I want it yesterday! So, it's either whipping some up at light speed OR going out to grab something.

I tend to fix something at home because 600 calories is better than 1400 right? Maybe.

One thing that I have never spent much time on is cupcakes, I suppose if I had a piping bag I might be more inclined to put more into and get inventive because let's face it, cupcakes topped with heavenly icing is where it's at but not when I'm wanting it right then and there.

Standard chocolate cupcakes with coconut folded in and chocolate peanut butter icing. As simple as it gets. Thrifty too as pretty much everything listed are pantry items.



I Really Hate When..

I have a ton of photos to edit on my media card and I bring my camera & usb cable to work so I can do some editing at lunch ..........and leave my media card with ALL the photos on it AT HOME..   :/

Thus, random post to follow.

 We are in the midst of some home improvements..organization geared and heavily inspired, thank YOU so much, Pinterest.
Anyhow..   you know where this place (above) is, don't front. I love walking thru the aisles touching things here, especially the wood.. and sometimes smelling, sometimes..  smelling the wood. Especially Cedar.

 We I live in a gaming household. So there is plenty of this going on, especially what with a ton of new games just released. Above is the "epic" Skyrim. It is actually pretty cool I will admit, I even created a character and ran around backwards getting killed for a while.

My other boyfriend, Jimmy John. I'll be the first to admit, there isn't really anything blindingly special about their sandwiches, it's the normal ham,turkey, roast beef run down. They are all cold subs and you can add a few fun things like avocado spread or if you want to be ridiculous, order an "unwich" without bread. The GREAT thing about Jimmy's is they are delivering, yes delivering your sandwich before you have time to hang up your phone. They are really competitively priced and the sandwiches are never lacking, what you ordered last time quality speaking, is exactly what you'll get this time. Awesome.


So, to clarify, these are just my opinions on things, no money is coming my way from Jimmy's, Home Depot or Skyrim..   but if any three of you want to contribute, feel free. I joke. Not really.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Simply.

Our weekends are simple, they normally consist of and not necessarily in this order..  the following:

Go out to lunch
Go out to dinner
Grocery shop
Clean house
Sleep in (maybe)
Lounge on the couch
Take a walk, or two
Go shopping (maybe)
Visit somewhere we have never been
Eat junk food (always)

As I am reading this list, it almost appears a little long and maybe pretty hectic for a weekend but the best part about that list is that it is all really simple ideas that come together, sometimes just in one day. Tennessee and I really make the most out of our time, no matter what of the above we are doing, we are normally laughing, smiling and enjoying doing it together in general.

This weekend we:







 *TGI Fridays..  haven't been in years, not bad :]


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Air Force Fest 2011.

Was a great show as well as a wonderful day of learning and a new experience. The precision performed in the show was astounding, they let you listen in on their radio transmission and just before they were about to collide at 700mph, they would calmly & casually say,"ok, turn"..   and then zip pass each other with no more than a foot between each other.

Not to mention, the military is badass at calling people out on line cutting, always a joyful moment.












Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It Was Wonderful.

Our weekend, that is..  and I actually took so many photos I am going to spread it out a little. It started off with a walk thru a local park, albeit quite windy and a little too chilly for sight seeing (we were looking for alligators). Even though it got too cold to be walking around, I genuinely love when it gets cold here, it's such a rarity that you want eat up every moment of it (imo).


Then we went here, it is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants. It's colorful, has wonderful people running it, outstandingly fresh Mexican cuisine, located in a cute little downtown..  I could go on!

(photo credit to 83Degrees Media )
We went at night so I didn't get a chance to photograph the outside which I love, so I borrowed this one.



Queso Funido w/ chorizo = good lawd.

It's a pretty dark restaurant so I didn't get superior photo's but you get the idea. Can't wait to go again but I need to try something new, I've been having the fish tacos for the last 5-6 times I have been there. Time to move on, huh?