June Goals

Watermelon season is in full swing! But who are we kidding, I’ve been eating watermelons since they hit the stores last month and I have no plans of quitting anytime soon.

May goals went pretty well! Let’s see if we can knock all of June’s out of the park.

May Goals
~ start planning freezer meals
~ plan & take a little anniversary/babymoon trip – rather last minute, but we made it happen!
~ host one of my best friends for a week – and she completely spoiled us
~ go on a picnic (totally pulling this from last month) – slipped this in right at the end of the month
~ start monetizing my blog

June Goals
~ get outside/take a walk every day
~ turn another year older
~ make freezer meals
~ finish getting baby stuff & setting up the nursery
~ plan an awesome last date night before baby comes (don’t worry, we still plan on having date nights after she comes)

Taste of Cincinnati

This past weekend we were in Cincinnati and ventured out to the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival (Taste of Cincinnati) with our friends Caleb and Chelsea. Basically, a few streets are blocked off downtown and several of Cincinnati’s top restaurants set up booths to sell “tastes” of their best food. We walked down the whole length of the festival to scout out our options before deciding on what we wanted. Even between the 4 of us, we only tasted a fraction of the food options, but they were all delicious (not everything we ate made it on camera). There was rain in the forecast for that afternoon, but it never came and it was the perfect afternoon for wandering around stuffing our faces with delectable food.

Pork tacos
Frozen lemonade
Banana acai berry smoothie

Salted caramel Belgian waffle

Chicken kabob with rice

Sauerkraut balls
Creme brûlée – by far my favorite item of the day

Key lime cream puff

Thanks for the fun, Cincinnati (and Caleb & Chelsea 😉 )!

Creamy Cucumber Salad

It’s Recipe Wednesday!
If you like cucumbers, you will love this salad. I like making this during the summer, but it’s great any time of the year. A perfect side dish for a cookout or potluck.img_4568Creamy Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
2 large cucumbers
½ cup sour cream
¼  cup natural yogurt
2 tbsp dry ranch dressing
1 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley parsley (optional)
½ tsp  lemon juice

Directions:
Peel and slice the cucumbers into very thin slivers and place in a large bowl or serving dish. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients, then pour over the sliced cucumbers and stir well.
Enjoy!

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August Life Update

This month has been pretty busy. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a bit absent from the blogging world. So here is a little bit of a catch-up.

We had a weekend of shopping, picking up our washing machine and showing Caleb & Chelsea around Indy when they came for a visit.

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Threw a surprise birthday party for our niece before they headed back to Mexico:

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Tried a new Thai place for date night:

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Crashed the Indiana State Fair with friends, rode the Ferris wheel and stuffed ourselves with delicious food and drinks:

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And then, this past weekend we MOVED. And painted the new place. We had SO many amazing friends help us move and paint and it was such a blessing:

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And in between the painting and unpacking, we celebrated our 4 year dating anniversary:

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I hope you have had a great August and are ready for fall. I’m trying to hold on to summer as long as possible. 😉
More pictures to come of our new home once we are fully set up and everything is on the walls. Thanks for stopping by!

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August Goals

It seems like every month slips by faster than the previous month. And yes, I’ll probably say this every month.

helloaugustJuly Goals went pretty well:
~ sort & donate items we don’t need to get ready for our move
~ start making meal plans before shopping (I used to be on top of this, but not lately)
~ write thank you notes
~ take pictures for some recipes I’ve been wanting to post I took pictures of 1 recipe. Does that count?
~ spend some time at the pool
~ take a hike in Brown County State – July 4th hike
~ check out a new (to us) local coffee shop – see which one here

August Goals:
~ pack up and move to new apartment
~ set up appointments I’ve been putting off (like an eye exam)
~ paint our new apartment
~ spend some time at the pool
~ go to the Indiana State Fair
~ build a pallet headboard
~ celebrate 4 years of dating

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Birthday Times Three

This weekend was chock-full of birthday parties. Be prepared for loads of pictures!

 Friday, Loren and I left work a little early and headed to Cincinnati for Carrie’s (L’s sister) surprise birthday party. Heather had reserved a room at a little cafe where we hid with lots of balloons until she, Carrie and their other housemate (out for a “girls night”) walked in. She was surprised, and we had a fun time at the cafe before going over to the girls’ house for homemade ice cream sandwiches and games. So glad we could celebrate our fun, creative and amazing Carrie!

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Ice cream cookie sandwich bar- SO good!
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Piñata fun!

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Saturday morning, we had a late breakfast with Carrie and Heather before coming home and getting ready for the next birthday party. Two of my sisters had boys on the same day three years ago, and both families happened to be in the same state for the boys’ 3rd birthday, so we had a party with family at Dawn’s. It was so much fun celebrating these two precious and hilarious boys. I’ll let these pictures do most of the talking. 🙂

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Beautiful day for a drive!
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Backyard birthday cookout!

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“I need a knife to cut my bread.”
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Present time!
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So many trucks and cars!
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Birthday twins with their very special orange cake.

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Birthday twins and beautiful mommies 🙂

Sunday after church, lunch and a Walmart run for moving necessities, we started packing for our move!

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Coffee milkshake packing break

I hope you had a relaxing and productive weekend!

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Frozen Watermelon & Strawberry Lemonade

IMG_4012Recently we had a huge watermelon that we weren’t eating fast enough. I didn’t want it to go bad, so I cut up half of it and threw it in the freezer to make this simple satisfying and refreshing summer treat. Trust me, you’ll want to make it with this crazy heat wave going on right now.

Frozen Watermelon & Strawberry Lemonade 

Ingredients:
2 cups frozen watermelon
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 tbsp lemon juice (I use 1 whole lemon)
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
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Directions:
Throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

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