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25 Nov

It’s official. I’m sick.

I have a sore throat, a stuffy nose, a pounding headache, and a slight fever of 99.2 degrees F (just so you know, if my temperature had been over 100, I would’ve stayed home for the sake of my co-workers).

While last week, I would’ve been somewhat relieved to be sick (thereby giving me a legit reason to stay home from work where I was doing absolutely nothing all day), this week, it’s just annoying. I actually have work to do and even if I don’t feel well enough to go to work, I have to. Ironic, huh?

I have an hour and a half left of this work day but I can barely keep my eyes open. A night of sickly sleep will do that to you.

But the good news is that last night, I organized my closet (because my sweet, adorable husband put in a closet organizer for me/us–I’ll post pics soon) and I cooked this penne butternut squash dish that I found on the No Slivers Here blog. It was delicious. I would add less pepper next time (it was a little too zesty for me) but Travis loved it (and the recipe made 6 hefty servings, which means plenty of leftovers!)

I’m just bummed that I can’t go to aerobics tomorrow morning (not enough energy) and depending on how tomorrow goes, I may be too sick to go to Thanksgiving dinner. If I stay the same or get better, I’ll be fine. But if I get any worse…I’ll have to eat my feast next week. 😦

My crafty weekend

24 Aug

I was actually productive this weekend–and I enjoyed it!!

I had a stomach ache all day Friday but after enduring a whole day of work and then taking a nap on the couch, I decided to do something (despite my stomach still hurting a little). I was crafty! It reminded me of high school when I did stuff like this all the time.

Instead of try to explain with words, I will use pictures.

DIY Project #1

DIY Project #1

This picture frame had a very country bumpkin look before (forgot to take before pictures). It was just plain cedar-colored wood. To spice it up, I painted it gold.

DIY Project #2

DIY Project #2

DIY Project #2

DIY Project #2

DIY Project #2

DIY Project #2DIY Project #2

I printed 4 wedding pictures in sepia tone. The frames and ribbon are from Hobby Lobby. I stapled the ribbon to the back of the frames and tied the bows. And then I hung them all by myself!

DIY Project #3

DIY Project #3

This had a picture collage from college in it before but it didn’t make our office! Now it does. 🙂
Although, I will say that I am going WAY overboard on the wedding pictures–and with pictures of Travis and me in general. There are hardly any pictures of anyone else in our house!!
Well, now that I’m done patting myself on the back for being crafty, I’m off to prepare dinner for Travis and some friends–I’m making lasagna for the first time. It’s in the oven as I type. Cross your fingers and hope it turns out ok! Or else we’re ordering pizza!

My crockpot experience

11 Feb

I finally used my crockpot last night to make chicken wild rice soup. It turned out good–a little runny but it tasted good. I think next time, I’ll use less chicken broth.

Here’s the recipe:

8 cups chicken broth
1 cup cream or half&half
chicken, cooked and diced
1 carrot, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 cups wild rice
4 tbsp flour
1/2 cup butter
White pepper

Cook the wild rice according to package directions.

Saute the following for 3 minutes in the butter (I used olive oil and a little butter): carrots, celery, onion, and chicken. Sift the flour in gradually. Don’t brown.

In a crockpot or 4-5 quart kettle, combine: chicken broth, chicken/veggies, and rice. Add white pepper to taste. Put on low setting.

Add cream 1 hour before serving.

While I was preparing the soup, Travis took our Focus to a friend’s house to replace our brake pads and rotors. I felt like such a traditional couple–me in the kitchen cooking, him in the garage working on cars. It’s funny how before I started dating Travis, I never actually cooked. I would make mac and cheese and pizza. But I never made things with chicken (too much work) or things that required multiple ingredients and didn’t come in a box. Oh, how I’ve branched out now!