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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Butterfinger Pie

Candy. In a pie. Need I say more.

What You Need:
-12 mini butter finger bars 
-8oz package cream cheese
-12oz container of Cool Whip
-Premade Graham Cracker Crust (you could make your own but who has time for that)

What to Do:
1. Combine Cool Whip and cream cheese in a bowl. Make sure your cream cheese is softened or you'll end up with lumps.

2.Crush the Butterfingers and set 1/2 cup aside. Mix the crushed candy into the Cool Whip and cream cheese mixture. I crushed mine in a ziploc bag but if you wanted to get all fancy you could use a food processor. Make sure you don't crush them too small. You want to be able to taste the bits of Butterfinger when you eat it.

3. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and top with 

4. Top with the remaining Butterfinger. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

A House and a Home


This is our old house. 

It was where we brought our baby home from the hospital. And where he learned to crawl, walk, and talk. It's where J and I became a family of three.

We celebrated 3 Christmas' in this house.

We raced remote control cars in the driveway and drew animals on the sidewalk with chalk.

It's where J and I got engaged.

I cooked hundreds of meals in this house and we had lots of family dinners. We even had a few picnics in the living room.

This house kept was warm during the 23+ inches of snow we got one Winter.

There were lots of laughs and some tears. But this house was our home.

A little over a month ago we moved into our new house. The first week or so I really missed our old house. And as silly as it sounds, I was pretty sad.

I missed the old house. I couldn't think about the old house and all the memories that came with it without getting tearful.

And then one night as I was getting ready for bed, our new house started to feel a little more like home. I finally felt like living at the new house was becoming normal.

I will always think fondly of our old house. We had lots of great memories there. But the memories don't live in that house. 

We love our new home. It has lots of space to grow. There will be plenty of Christmas', birthdays, dinners, and laughter. Maybe we'll even bring another little Fish home here. 

But no matter what house we live in, as long as we have our family, we will always have a home. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hey, It's Okay...

-That this is only my second post this week. And tomorrow is Monday.

-That I'm not really into the Olympics. I like the idea of and I'm excited for the athletes and their hard work, but I have no real desire to watch any of it. 

-That no matter how much we get done on the house each weekend, it seems like it will never end.

-To only eat the watermelon closest to the rhine. Mushy watermelon makes me gag.

-To think 90 degrees feels cool when it's been 105 degrees for 2 weeks straight.

-To find it slightly annoying when I get to the end of a page on Pinterest and there are no more new pins. Um hellloooo, how am I supposed to know what to make for dinner?

-That I've been wearing Christmas pajama pants because all my other ones are in the dirty clothes. 

-To find this text exchange so funny.
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Birthday J!

A BIG Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband who turns 31 today.

I hope this is the best birthday yet! I love you.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Dip


This is the easiest dish ever and who doesn't love a good dip! I made this for a work carry in and the bowl was scraped clean. I would recommend doubling this if you are making it for a larger group.

What You Need:
- 16 oz container sour cream
-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
-16 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used a bottle of Hormel's Real Bacon Crumbles)
-A handful of thinly sliced chives. (I left these out because I don't like them)

What to Do:
1. Mix all the ingredients together. 

2. Left the dip sit in the fridge overnight and then top with more shredded cheese before serving.

I served mine with classic Ruffles potato chips. Next time I think I might add a little dry ranch dressing into the mix.

What is your favorite dip recipe?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Life Lately

Although I got quite a bit done around the house last weekend, looking back it doesn't feel like it. Anyone else ever feel that way?

One thing I did manage to get done was painting the bathroom a more neutral grey. This is the upstairs guest bathroom/Ben's bathroom and it was a BRIGHT salmon color. All that's left is for J and I to agree on a shower curtain and then I'll post the bathroom reveal.

For the past week, Ben has been taking swimming lessons and learning to use his "ice cream scooper hands" in the water. 

Obviously he has the jumping off part down.

Remember how one of my July goals is to actually complete some Pinterest projects I've pinned? Well look at this little beauty. I had J cut off a section of 2x4 and I painted it using a color I had laying around the house. I picked up the knobs from Hobby Lobby for 50% off. All of them were between $3.99-$5.99 before the discount. 

Sunday night we visited J's grandma. It was the first time being at her house since J's grandpa had passed away and we definitely missed having him there. To keep herself company, Gigi got a little kitty, Sweet Pea. The jury is still out about whether Sweet Pea is a girl or boy.

Ben didn't understand why the cat didn't want to come to him despite him chasing the poor cat around and wanting to squeeze it :)
Thursday, July 12, 2012

4th of July 2012

Our 4th of July was great although it falling in the middle of the week was less than ideal, but at least the week seemed to go by a little faster. 

The night of the 3rd we were supposed to go over to my parent's house with my sister and her family for BBQ and fireworks but Ben got in some trouble at school that day (like the biting kind of trouble) and he had to stay home and miss out on the BBQ as a consequence. J and I discussed back and forth for an hour about whether or not we should let him go. We didn't want him to miss the whole holiday but also didn't want to go back on our consequence so ultimately we decided to take him later on in the night. He was super sad he missed seeing his cousins but I'm happy to report we've had no more biting incidents :)

My parents live in the city limits so fireworks at their house means smoke bombs, fountains, snap pops, and sparklers.

The afternoon of the 4th we went up to J's aunts house where Ben decided he was brave enough to jump from the diving board for the first time. 
He's been taking swim lessons so here's to hoping the floaties might be able to come off by the end of the summer!


J's aunt lives in the country so we break out the big ones for her house. While we waited for it to get dark the little kids did smaller fireworks. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July. The Month Of...

Creating!

Creating those Pinterest projects if it kills me. A hint...I've already completed 3 things from my boards this month and 2/3 have been a success!

Creating time to spend with my girlfriends. It's been far too long.

Creating memories with my family. This means checking more things off our Summer Bucket List.

Creating a special 31st birthday for J. Ben requested there be lots of cake. 

Creating a budget and sticking to it. So far so good.

Creating time to read this devotional.

Creating a house that's clean, organized, and filled with love.


What are you doing this July?


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

June Goals Update

Remember this post where I explained how I wanted June to be a month of conscious spending, getting things done I've been putting off, and enjoying life.

Well you know what June became the month of? MOVING. And all things unpacking. And craziness.


Here are my June goals so let's see how I did.

1. Save money and stick to the budget. Not too bad. I actually made a budget and then...moving happened. And with moving comes unexpected costs and the little things add up. I give myself an E for effort.

2. Organize our new house. Everything gets a home and a designated place. Ha. I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote this. Actually, I probably thought J and I would be able to move everything in one weekend. Nevermind the fact that it took us 2 weeks to move all our stuff. And that's just moving. Not the actual putting away of everything. I did have a fairly successful garage sale though!

3. Cook new recipes and make weekend trips to the farmers market. No farmer's market trips, but lots of fresh fruit and veggies in our house. Peaches, watermelon, cherries, and strawberries. Not so many new recipes in June.

4. Loosen up on Ben's bedtime. I'm trying. But having to wrestle a tired, grizzly, three year old bear in the mornings before school is not fun. On the weekends bedtime is free game, but I like sticking to our routine for school nights. 

5. Complete those Pintrest projects I've been wanting to do since Christmas. Ahhh nope.

6. Give thanks everyday for everything He has given us. I find myself doing this more and more. 


So that brings us to July.

I feel like I have already accomplished so much more this past weekend than I did the whole month of June. Stay tuned to find out what's up for July!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bathtub Glow Sticks

Look at me! Actually completing things on my list. Here's our Summer bucket list in case you missed it.

This was easy, cheap, and made taking a bath a lot more fun!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Bucket List 2012

With a whole month of Summer gone, I'd figure I'd post my bucket list before the Summer slips away from us.

Glow in the dark sticks in the bathtub. This one is for Ben although somehow I think the kid inside of J might also want to do this.
Go camping. Even if it's in our own backyard.
Have a picnic. This one may need to be indoors if it doesn't get below 100 degrees soon.
Make an obstacle course out of paper streamers.
Fly a kite.
Paint with ice cubes.
Have a spray water bottle fight.
Go on a picture scavenger hunt.
Go fishing.
Relax. Let Ben stay up a little later. Enjoy quality time as a family.


What do you hope to do this Summer?
Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Color Run

I hope you all had a fantastic Fourth of July. I'm so jealous of all my co-workers who have the next 2 days off!

Last weekend my dad and I participated in the 5k Color Run in Kansas City. The race was on Saturday and Sunday and over 25,000 people participated making it the largest Color Run yet. Even better, proceeds went to the KC Ronald McDonald House which provides a place for families with sick children to stay while their child is in the hospital or receiving treatment.

Early last Summer my dad had two knee replacements and although he has worked out and biked since then, this was his first "race" since having the surgery. I don't think we could have picked a better one. If The Color Run comes to your city I highly encourage you to participate! The race isn't timed so it's all about having fun. This would be a great first 5k for those of you wanting to do one.

All clean before the race.

Getting ready to start. The race was moved up to 7:30am from 9:00am because of the temperatures that day. 

My dad and I got there early to pick up our race info and I'm so glad we did. We were in the first heat which meant our group was the first to start. Unlike other races where your heat number is determined by how fast you will finish, these heats started based on who got there first with each heat being released 5 minutes after the previous one. People who arrived later were further back and with over 15,000 people running, those in the last heats started almost an hour after we did. 

At each kilometer color is squirted on you in the "color" zone. You can get as little or as much color as you want. Having something fun to look forward to at each K really made the race go by quickly.