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Monday, January 24, 2011

22. Update resume- Complete! Working on 12, 17, 55..

SO, I am currently updating my resume(Number 22). Mark that off the list!

I think I have decided on what to do with the shower (#17)

I have made 1-2 meals in the Crock Pot- so I'm almost half way to that goal! (#12)

ANNNND I'm one step into my blonde mission(#55). Got highlights a couple weeks ago, YIPEE!!!!!

To see the rest of my 101 in 1001, click HERE.

Here's some pictures for you of the children! We're just now finishing up Christmas with different parts of the fam... here's Carmen eating her big bone/treat thing from Christmas;

 ANnnNNnnnnnD the Weenie killing her hedgehog we got her. Such a jerk.

Monday, January 10, 2011

26. Get current on Criminal Minds Season 5- and SNOW DAY!

Last night it snowed 4-5 inches, which means SNOOOOOW DAY!
Snow day means watch DVDs of stuff all day! Which means we finished Season 5 of Criminal Minds.  Now I can check #26 off... YESSSS! :-)
(If you would like to see the rest of my 101 in 1001, click here)

AND we made a snow man & snow cream! Today has been super fantastical!

 The girls also enjoyed themselves... See? If they aren't the most precious things ever, I just don't know what could be!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

32. Give a friend a gift for no reason

Yay! Another to mark off-This is super fun!!

This is part of the gift. And it kind of was 2 gift...s... ?

You see, we took a friend of ours to another friends' house for NYE and friend 1 may have accidentally broken 2 wine glasses that belonged to friend 2. Friend 2 did not expect the glasses to be replaced, but I replaced them anyway. Since glasses come in packs of 4, I kept two and was going to give her the two to replace her broken ones.  I then decided that 2 other friends that we also have enjoyed the large-ness of these glasses, and it would be nice to get some and give them presents! I don't typically like using people's names in my blog, but screw it, this is too hard, I'll use initials. The friend whose glasses were broken and replaced- S. The two friends who loved the large glasses that S had- J & C.  I went after work today and picked up another set of these glasses and split them up so that both J & C had a pair/set, wrapped them, and presented them all to S, J, & C at dinner/drinks this evening.
It was SO FUN! I love giving presents- not so much love getting them unless they're really good ones. hahaha
SO, I can now mark off # 32.
Click HERE to view my whole 101 in 1001

(And, yes, that is a collection of feather boas and mardi-gras like beads under the glass inside my coffee table. That's my current post-Christmas-I-didn't-know-what-to-do-with-this Decor!)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crock-Pot Lasagna

First things first- PACKERS WON SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Everyone cheer, go ahead, it's ok!)
I thought I'd add a picture of some crazy friends we sat near at the Falcons game to celebrate 

This evening, I set out to make Crock-Pot Lasagna. I got the recipe from Jamie Ivey, who I blog-stalk religiously.  The link to her recipe is here.  I can't follow directions, so here's what I did-  (in a 7Qt Crock-pot)

*If you don't want to make your own sauce, you can probably get 2-3 things of Spaghetti 
Sauce and use them... actually- that would make this an "easy crock pot recipe," as it really
 wasn't that easy once I spent half the afternoon making the darn sauce!* If you do this, skip the next 11-12 lines :)

Her recipe basically walks you through making your own tomato sauce, so I used what she had and went with it a little...
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1-2 handfuls of mushrooms chopped up teeeeny tiny (however much you want- I don't like them, but D loves them, so I put them in and bare it)
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1/4 cup bell pepper (red blends right in!) chopped pretty small
- 1/4 cup frozen corn (come on, you've seen the Garden Style Spaghetti sauce!)
- 12-16 oz ground meat(like) product - I use Yves Meatless Ground
- 2 Large cans organic crushed tomatoes
- Salt, pepper to taste; I also add Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Garlic Salt, a little Rosemary, and fresh German Thyme- all by what you like stuff to taste like... I just add and taste and add and taste and add stuff until I think it's juuuuuust right! - Oh and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper just because I'm crazy.

Other Stuff:
- 1 box of lasagna noodles (I use Tinkayada Rice noodles because they're gluten free!)
- 24 Oz Cottage Cheese
- 8-12 Oz Skim Ricotta Cheese
- 4C Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese sprinkles as needed

Sauté the onions for a couple of minutes, then add the garlic and mushrooms and other veggies (besides frozen stuff), then add the meatless ground, cook everything a couple of minutes, and then add the crushed tomatoes, spices, corn, and turn back down to a simmer while you get the other stuff ready!
**if you are using real meat, of course brown the meat before adding the onions and stuff***

Other things:
- I mix the Cottage cheese and ricotta cheese together to give it a little bit of flavor, then you want to layer the stuff in the pot in the following order:

- Thin Layer of Meat Sauce
- Layer of noodles- broken up to make a single messy layer
- Cottage/Ricotta Cheese mixture
- Sprinkling of Mozzarella cheese
- Repeat- using more generous layer of meat sauce

Out of my massive amount of sauce and stuff that I made, and my one box of noodles, I got a good 5 layers- maybe 6.

Put in crock pot and cook on Low for 5-6 hours, or on High for 3!
Just make sure you test the noodles with a fork before you cut into it so you know they're ready!

PS- if you have any good Crock Pot Recipes, please let me know about them! This is my first thing I've ever made in a crock pot!! I am EXCITED!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My turn! 101 in 1001

Several blogs I follow did this last year. It has taken me a year to decide to do it! I'm a stalker, it's ok. Today is January 2nd, but I'm going to say I started it yesterday, as that is when I hand-wrote some of it out. This should make my 1,001st day September 28th, 2013.
I'll get started- the 101 in 1001 is a to-do list of sorts. Definitely 7943182 times better than a New Year's Resolution. I am excited and nervous- which sounds really silly to me, but I want to do all these things and not have one left. I guess I better get ON IT!

**UPDATE: To see my original 101, click here. I have updated the goals because some were very lofty!**

2. Attend a Georgia Bulldogs game (preferrably in GA) 
4. Pay off the Truck  
5. Use a free night (or two) on my Marriott Rewards card
6. Get term life insurance for D & me
7. Change my name on my passport (I should probably pre-post a "FIND my passport" one...)  
8. Travel across multiple states (by car or plane! 
10. Attend a Packers game at Lambeau Field 
15. Save up an "emergency fund" 
16. Participate in the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
20. TAILGATE  (Like a pro)
23. Re-cover our dirty storage ottomans 
24. Get occasional chairs for naked wall
27. Attend a Braves game in ATL
28. Re-landscape the front of our house
29. Plant *(& GROW) grass in our yard
30. Figure out if Carmen IS deaf and how bad it is
31. Get down to the weight I was at in 11th grade 
36. Host a dinner party
37. Blog 2x per week for 3 months
39. Go to NYC 
40. Buy and wear an outfit that is not my normal cup of tea
43. Go to Washington DC
44. Visit a winery outside of TN
48. Make our driveway 3 feet wider 
49. Get a hot tub 
50. Make backyard a more entertainment-friendly space
52. Put furniture on our front porch
53. Have friends over to play cards
58. Quit biting my nails/fingers 
59. Go to the chiropractor
60. Visit NOLA 
62. Co-build a bed for said mattress and box springs Unnecessary. We have a box spring and frame. Changing this to something funner.
64. Do yoga for a month straight
65. Make 10 things out of one of my cookbooks
70. Make a curtain/something to cover the window in our back door
72. Put crown molding in our bathroom and/or bedroom 
73. Find 3 add'l pictures to put in my big frame in the LR to complete my seasons idea 
74. Make an awesome present for my husband
75. Buy new bedside tables HA! 
77. Put shelving on a wall in one of the BRs
78. Take a (good/sober) picture of Donnie & Myself for 6 months out of a year
83. Repaint our bedroom
84. Attend a college volleyball game
87. Buy something awesome at a yard sale
88. Tip a server 100% of the meal or more
89. Read the whole new testament (I've seen where some of my blogger friends want to read the whole thing... I think I'm going to skip the begats and begots this go-round)
92. Re-decorate my blog (1/2/11)
96. Make a wreath
98. Go camping for more than one night - and possibly even enjoy myself?
100. Go to Cedar Pointe While I still would like to do this, I don't really care that much. Let's change this to something funner, too. Ill think it up later. 
101. Get a new tattoo
So, there you have it! This will be done, however in no order whatsoever. I'm excited to attempt to take pictures of me crossing off some of these things and blog about them. Maybe putting this list up here will help me complete number 37 at least?
If there is anything on this list that you have ideas to help me complete, please let me know. Also, if you happen to post one of these babies- please link to it in the comments section!
Some of these, you may notice, might also be hints for things that I can't necessarily do... and they may take action from someone else- namely D. hahaha That's not wrong, is it? It's just being nice by dropping explicit hints!

Because I like putting a picture on each post...
Here's a pretty pic of the park where we had to walk our dogs in ATL when we were there in November... it was a gorgeous little potty spot!

Now, if I start walking immediately, I may be able to cross off number 1 by February...