Monthly Archives: March 2015

100 Days of Marriage

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Today is our 100th day as husband & wife!

Somehow I got the idea that this should be celebrated & starting brain storming on exactly how I wanted to do this. So I came up with the idea of writing 100 things I love about my husband & surprising him.

I figured that if I couldn’t come up with 100 things I love about him, I was in trouble.

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I’m not saying I immediately sat down & scribbled 100 things off of the top of my head like it was easy. It took me weeks to fill up the 100 sheet notebook I bought.

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I actually learned a lot over the past couple of weeks. I started observing my husband so that I could adequately describe all of the little quirks and nuances I love about him. I know I love my husband entirely, but spelling out all of those little things wasn’t as obvious as I originally thought. So I found myself studying him closely as I filled up this notebook, unbeknownst to him. I actually though of several more things I could have written once I was done, which is wonderful.

Turns out I really do love him, like, A LOT.

We are going to 100 Montaditos tonight to celebrate We were going to go, but our local one closed down! We had tacos instead 🙂

I almost spoiled the surprise about a week ago when he told me he had trumpet practice for Easter on the 30th & I reacted in a way that made him ask me if I had plans. I forgot that the plans were only in my head! I spent the next 5 minutes giggling & trying to get him to drop the subject. I wanted to surprise him and do something nice for him. I wanted to put in all this effort for him & show him how much he means to me without him doing anything in return.

The best part about this notebook, though, is that if I ever doubt our marriage I can go back & read what I wrote in my own words about the man I married. If troubled times hit us & I waver, I will have a reminder of 100 reasons to hang on tight (there are many, many more than that).

We had a great morning looking through the notebook together. I loved watching his face light up as he was reading it; I could tell he was really touched. I married an amazing man ❤

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The Walking Dead Cookies

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Tonight is the season 5 finale of The Walking Dead!

Can’t believe it’s been 8 weeks already since I made a cake for the premiere!

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This weekend was busy & fun filled! So I just made some simple sugar cookies & decorated them 🙂

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Hey look I can spell my name with these!

Hope everyone enjoys the finale. They better not kill anyone important (read: Rick’s whole group)

Wedding Card Booklet

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We finally finished our thank you cards a couple weeks ago. It only took us like 2 1/2 months! Now I can move on to wedding crafts I’ve been dying to do. The first of which was this wedding card booklet 🙂

I got the idea of off Pinterest (of course) & it immediately appealed to me because I LOVE cards. Opening up all of our cards on Christmas morning (the day after we got back from our honeymoon) was very meaningful to my husband & me – & not because some of them had money in them!

I bought some binder clips, gathered the cards & my other supplies & got to work. The process was fairly straight forward. I found the tallest & the widest cards to use for the dimensions.

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I love that we got a bunch of cards from Italy!

Then I arranged the cards small to large.

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I created the cover from some hard cardboard & leftover out of town bags I had.

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Then I just hole-punched the cards (It was actually harder than I anticipated to ensure the holes were centered and/or not cutting anything important out) & put them all together!

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We got a lot more cards than I thought, so my booklet is kind of fat, but I love it.

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Much more fun to go through this way than just thrown in a box somewhere!

Chicken & Waffles

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Yesterday at work I had a stroke of genius while trying to think of what to have for dinner. I can’t explain it but all of the sudden a light bulb went off in my head & a voice whispered chicken & waffles.

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I don’t know if you can tell, but we eat waffles/waffle maker related products a lot. This time we used my husband’s waffle maker (yes, we have two).

I have to give Bisquick some credit here. Not only did we use their waffle recipe, but they have a recipe for ‘ultimate chicken fingers’ that is super yummy. And as we found out yesterday, goes really well with syrup (which I guess makes sense). That Betty Crocker knows her stuff!

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We just might add this to our list of go-to dinners.

Pi Day!

wpid-1426375475679.jpgToday is Pi Day! It happens to be an extra special pi day because it’s March 14, 2015! 3.1415!

I spent the afternoon making a guava pie!

My husband and I had some pizza pie for dinner.

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Then we took the guava pie to our friends David & Beth’s house where she had made a strawberry galette.

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Mmm!

Homemade Strawberry Jam

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I became obsessed with this strawberry jam when I realized how delicious it was with vanilla ice cream after making some for the Super Bowl. So I was super excited when my friend Beth was like, “Hey, strawberries are in season! Let’s make some jam together.”

We immediately started planning our jam party.

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Canning involves a lot of prep, and Beth really did most of it. She cleaned her kitchen & sanitized the jars before I came over. I just showed up with strawberries & tequila (it was National Margarita Day).

The ingredients are pretty simple: strawberries (duh), sugar, pectin, & lemon juice. The strawberries need to be hulled & crushed, so we did it in two fun ways – the potato masher way & the Cuban way.

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Once we had enough (5 cups), we added the lemon juice & pectin & brought that to a boil.

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While the strawberry mush was boiling, Beth made some purée for our margaritas!

Once it boiled, Beth added all of the sugar at once & continued stirring.

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I am so grateful that she did all of the volatile hot stuff. It bubbled and exploded like a volcano!

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Beth shielding herself from the strawberry lava.

After 1 minute, the mixture is ready to be canned. You can skim the foamy stuff from the top, or if it’s not too much just leave it like we did.

Next is the fun part: we got to use all sorts of canning gadgets!

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Jar grabber!

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Jar funnel!

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Head space tool!

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Lid lifter – aka magic wand. Accio lid!

It was pretty entertaining. We sealed those bad boys & waited for the lids to go ‘pop!’ They are good for a year unopened – not that the jars I have will last that long!


Strawberry Jam

  • 5 cups crushed strawberries
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 packet pectin
  • canning jars, lids, & tools
  1. Prep your jars for canning.
  2. Combine strawberries and lemon juice in a pot. Stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a rolling boil that can’t be stirred down. Stir constantly.
  3. Add all the sugar & stir. Return mixture to a rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  4. Ladle hot jam into jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe rim. Place lid on jar & tighten band.
  5. Leave jars on an even surface overnight. Jars are sealed when lid doesn’t move up & down when pressed.
  6. Enjoy!

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The Drop Box

The Drop Box

Last night I had the privilege of watching this film with my husband & our good friends. It was a really fun double date. What I love about nights like last night is that we can have fun while doing/watching something meaningful.

“The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. ButThe Drop Box movie is also a story of hope—a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love.” -From The Drop Box Film website

This film was very touching. We laughed, we cried. Almost as powerful as this life-affirming film was the director’s testimony. He became a Christian while making this film. Watching it you would never know that he had only been a Christian for a short time.

It’s only in select theaters until tomorrow. It’s totally worth going to see it. Come on, the theater won’t be crowded on a weeknight & it helps to break up the routine of our crazy lives.

You know you want to.