Monday, September 22, 2014

Wedding Weekend with the Girls!

This weekend I went on a little road trip with my mom, sister, Aunt, and Grandma to a wedding.  The wedding was for my 3rd cousin, who I've only met maybe once or twice, so I contemplated whether or not I should even go, but I thought it would be a fun girls family weekend so I decided to go.

I left my house early Saturday morning and we headed up to our hotel in Torch Lake, MI.  We checked in and then headed to lunch at Dockside.  I had some delicious fish tacos and a couple of beers, before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding.

On the way!

Me and my sister getting ready for the wedding.

Me, my sister, and my Aunt Liz.

The wedding and reception were at a Township Hall about 15 minutes from our hotel.  The ceremony was short and sweet, and then it was time for hors d'oeuvres before the reception started.  We were excited for the reception and we were ready to dance!  Since we didn't really know anyone there, we had fun dancing and didn't care what anyone thought of our moves :)  We had a blast at the wedding and it was fun to get away for the weekend with my family for a little girl time.

Aunt Liz and my mom "brown bagging it" as they said.

I got home around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and did a couple of loads of laundry before crashing for the night.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Recap: Concert Fun!

It's Monday...I'm not ready for it to be Monday.  I think we have three day weekends and four day work weeks.  Who's with me?

Last week I won tickets from a local radio station to see Hunter Hayes in concert, so my sister and I headed to the fairgrounds for the concert.  It was definitely cool fall weather here in Michigan, so we were bundled up!  The concert was a lot of fun!  I've seen Hunter Hayes once before and I've enjoyed him both times.  He is super cute, sounds great live, and puts on a great show.  There were a lot of younger girls there (probably 12-15 year old range) so we felt a little out of place, but we still had a blast.  

I tried my first ever pumpkin beer there and loved it, but I can't remember who made it, so if you have any suggestions of a good pumpkin beer, let me know!

The rest of the weekend I didn't really do much.  I did a little shopping on Saturday, watched football, and then Kevin and I bought Season 5 of Modern Family so we could catch up before the new season starts.  We watched several episodes Saturday night.  Sunday was spent going for a run, doing laundry, watching football, and making the first batch of chili of this season.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

ONE.  TGIF!  I'm taking the afternoon off from work today and getting a much needed hair cut trim.  And then my sister and I are going to the Hunter Hayes concert at some local fairgrounds.  I won tickets to the concert off the radio this week, which was a great surprise!  This is actually the 2nd time I've won concert tickets from the radio.  I won tickets to see Justin Timberlake about 7 or 8 years win yet!

TWO.  I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year this week.  The weather has been dark, rainy, and cold, so I felt like it was finally time.  We went from highs in the 80s earlier this week to a high of about 60 today!  Although I love summer and it is my favorite season, I'm kind of ready for boots, sweaters, and bonfires!  I'm just NOT ready for what comes after fall...winters in Michigan last way too long.

April?!  Try May!  I've even seen an occasional snow flurry in June.  If you live in the U.P....... do they even have summer there?? (scratching head....)

THREE.  I don't have a fall wreath for my front door.  I love changing up my wreaths for the different seasons and holidays.  Here are some I've found on Pinterest that I'm just itching to make!

Easy Fall Hydrangea Wreath
Source: A Night Owl

Source: Petite Design Co

Fall Wreath with Acorns - Decorate your door with this beautiful acorn wreath! #diy #autumn #wreath
Source: Tried & True

FOUR.  I'm in two Fantasy Football leagues this year.  Last week I won in one and lost in one.  I'm hoping for two wins this week.  Speaking of winning, the Detroit Lions won last week on Monday Night Football against the Giants which was awesome to watch!  I'm hoping they keep it up and have a great season!

I'm sorry your first fantasy football loss was to a girl!
FIVE.  Admiral is loving the fact that the weather is a little cooler.  He loves rolling in the grass and playing with his tennis ball.  

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quinoa Veggie Salad - Recipe

On Sunday we celebrated my Grandma's 79th birthday with a big family pot luck.  I wanted to make something new and something healthy, so I headed to my Pinterest boards to find some inspiration.  I found this recipe for Quinoa Veggie Salad from Pinch of Yum.  The salad looked delicious and I had most of the ingredients at home already, so I decided to make it.  I changed the recipe a little bit to accommodate things I did/didn't have on hand.  You can find the original version HERE, but here is the way I made it:


For the Dressing:
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons warm water
3 cloves garlic, chopped
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of parsley

For the Salad:
1 cup cooked quinoa
12 leaves romaine lettuce
1 large carrot, peeled
1 cup cherry tomaotoes, halved
1 cucumber, chopped in to bit size pieces
Parmesan cheese


1.  Cook the quinoa according to package directions.  When finished cooking, chill in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.  The texture of the salad is better when the quinoa is cool and crumbles a little more easily (instead of hot and sticky).

2.  Puree the dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  Store in fridge until ready to use.

3.  Shred/chop the lettuce in to bit size pieces (whatever size you like it). Cut the carrots in to a few big chunks and mince them in the food processor.  Toss the tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers together.  Toss the cooled quinoa with the dressing; then add the carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

4.  When you are ready to serve, toss with the lettuce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

I LOVED the way the salad turned out and would make it again in a heartbeat.  I had enough left to take for lunch the next day, and it was still fresh the next day.  It was super easy and it made a good sized bowl that was perfect to take as my dish to pass.  And it was healthy which made it even better!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Recap

FRIDAY:  We had planned on going to a local high school football game Friday night, but the weather had other plans for us.  Shortly after I got home from work, a big storm started with lots of rain, thunder, and lightning, so we ended up staying home for the night.

SATURDAY:  I was up early and headed downtown to run the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure 5k with my friend Kaleena.  I finished in 34:01, and I was proud of the way I ran.  I still have a lot of work to do to get in under 30 minutes for a 5k though!

I was pretty lazy the rest of the morning and afternoon.  I made a couple of things to bring to a cookout we had on Sunday and then Kevin and I rented the movie The Other Woman.  I thought it was a cute chick flick and Kevin thought it was maybe a good one for a girls night.

SUNDAY:  I ran Sunday morning and then we headed to my Aunt's house to celebrate my Grandma's 79th birthday!  We had so much yummy food and enjoyed lots of family time.

My cousin Cole, my sister Ashley, and me.

Grandma opening presents.

Weekend Recap