Dinner Dates and Haircuts

Welcome to another blurry iPhone snapshot-filled short weekend recap! Friday night was looked forward to with much anticipation. A wonderful date night at Olive Garden, thanks to a nice gift card (yay Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day!), stop at the pet store to kill some time, and a movie. Loren and I had a lot of relaxed and enjoyable time to talk. He’s been crazy busy wrapping up these last weeks of his first year of grad school. Even crazier is that in one year he will be basically done!
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This picture is horrible bc I’m not a fan of taking food pics at restaurants, but this stuff was AMAZING.
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We bought a couple of canaries…just kidding.
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Double chins and lots of grainy-ness waiting for the movie to start.
Saturday, we ran some errands and Loren got a haircut during a crazy sudden hail storm. It rained practically all day, so we stayed inside studying, cooking, cleaning and reading (guess who did what ;)).
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A walk in the rain under a covered sidewalk with the freshly shorn man.
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Breakfast for dinner!
Sunday we had a fellowship dinner at church after the service, which was a blessed and refreshing time. That evening, I got to hang out with some of the girls from church. It’s been a while since I’ve had a girls night, and it was a lot of fun just eating snacks, ice cream, playing games and talking. Thanks, girls! We should have taken a picture. Oh well, next time!
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And on Monday morning Loren dropped me off at work on his way to clinical placement.
How was your weekend? Ready for this week?

30 before 30

There are several things I would like to do during my life. Some people call this a bucket list. Others have a list and deadline for completion, to some known as 30 before 30. I have a few years (just over 6) before I turn 30, so maybe I will actually get to do all these things by then!

Some items are more exciting than others, and a majority of items on my list involve traveling. I love traveling (travel dream lists here and here)! Anyway, here is my list, in no particular order:

1. Sky dive
2. Take Loren to Europe
3. Visit all 50 states
4. Have kids
5. Get a dog
6. Read 12 new books a year
7. Go zorbing in Switzerland
8. Donate hair
9. Work out consistently
10. Pay off grad school debt
11.  Live debt free
12. Donate blood
13. Get a professional massage
14. Meet other bloggers
15. Grow blogger followers to 1,000
16. Anonymously help someone in need
17. See Wicked on Broadway
18. Get consistent business on our Etsy shop
19. Create my own recipe book
20. Walk the San Antonio Riverwalk
21. Drink coffee at the first Starbucks in Seattle
22. Take a gondola ride in Venice
23. Visit a concentration camp
24. Blue Lagoon spa in Iceland
25. Sleep in a tree house
26. Catch a last minute flight to a random destination
27. Dine at an underwater restaurant
28. Take a helicopter ride
29. Go white water rafting
30. Go to a Colts game at the Lucas Oil Stadium

What are some things you want to do?
Share in the comments below!

Two for the Price of One

Last week I did a horrible job in the blogging department. For all you guys know, we didn’t even have a weekend! But don’t just assume that. Because we did have one. And here are a few pics from last weekend and this weekend to prove it!

Last weekend:

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Joanna was visiting family in Cincy, so we headed over there for a quick visit Sat-Sun.
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Monday night we went over to Dawn’s to help paint the boys’ new room!

This weekend:

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Friday I got off from work a little early and enjoyed some sun and reading!
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Friday night we took it easy since Loren’t wasn’t feeling well and got Culver’s. Soooo good!!
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And watched a movie. I love holding his hand during movies. 🙂
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Saturday afternoon, I went to a bridal shower for Savannah (& Blake) at church. Can’t wait to celebrate their wedding with them in a few weeks!
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“Helped” Loren study Saturday night.
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Sunday it rained pretty much all day.
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But the rain was fine since Loren was working on a school project all weekend and we just camped out at Starbucks for the afternoon.
So there you have it. Not to thrilling, but sometimes the slow non-exciting weekends are just as good as the busier ones. 
How was your weekend?

How to Froth Milk for Lattes

I love the foamy steamed milk that comes on a latte. And a few months ago, I discovered an easy way I could get that foamy delight at home without any fancy equipment! This has now become a regular part of our Saturday morning  coffee. 

Try these super easy instructions to get your own foamy delight:

What you will need:
~cup of coffee
~ 2% or nonfat milk

~ sugar 
~ 1 small jar with lid
~ microwave

1. Make a cup of coffee.
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We’ve been using our own filters for the Keurig for a while, and they work great!
2. Pour 1/4 cup of milk into a jar.
3. Add 1 tsp sugar (or as you would normally sweeten).
4. Screw the lid on the jar and shake for 40 seconds.
5. Warm the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.
6.Pour the milk into your cup and scoop the foam out of the bottom.
7. Enjoy!
What coffee tricks and tips do you have? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Easter Weekend

Friday night, our church had a Good Friday Service – the first I’ve been to in several years! Following the service, we walked out to this amazing sunset and just stood there for a little bit enjoying God’s creative masterpiece.
Loren and I made brunch together Saturday morning, and it was all so perfect! He whipped up & flipped the pancakes while I put together some Panhandle skillet dishes.
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We only have one spatula, but we didn’t mind sharing. 😉
Sunday morning we celebrated Christ’s resurrection and gift of salvation at church, then came home to a traditional ham dinner.
Sunday afternoon my sister Crystal and her family came over from Ohio to stay at Dawn’s for a couple days. Loren and I went over for dinner Sunday & Monday night and it was such a blast having everyone together! I’ve missed my sisters so much. The four toddlers/babies kept us all entertained quite well. So much commotion going on! Can’t wait till our parents + all the siblings + spouses + children are all together again!
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Cousins learning to play together. 🙂
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Dawn & Crystal & their newest babies.
I hope you all had a blessed Easter weekend with family remembering/celebrating all that Christ did for us!

April Recipes

Time for another recipe roundup! It’s finally getting somewhat warmer here (hopefully to stay!), and I’ve been on the hunt for some fresh and springy recipes to try.
This month, most of the recipes on my list are “frugal recipes” I found over on Frugality Gal’s blog. 


(click the picture for the link to the full and original recipe)
KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN TACOS
HONEY BALSAMIC CHICKEN TENDERS
BAKED BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN
CREAMY AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD
LEMONY LAMB PITAS
What are some of your favorite spring recipes? 
Feel free to share in the comments below!

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Loren and I are very particular about our fruit. And the other day, I bought the wrong kind of apples.  Soft and slightly mushy – definitely not the honey crisp ones I thought I had picked up. So I decided to try my hand at applesauce. And why not make it in the slow cooker? It turned out amazingly delicious and was seriously one of the easiest things I have made.
SLOW COOKER APPLESAUCE

Ingredients:
12 apples, cored and cut into large chunks
1/4-1/2 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of apples)
1 cup water
1 tsp-1 tbsp cinnamon (I like a lot)

Directions:
Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. 
Cook on high for 4 hours. 
Mix with a hand mixer.
And Enjoy!
Great for topping on ice cream, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, etc. or just by itself!