Friday, November 21, 2014

Pinterest is always 50/50

Pinterest used to be my "go-to" recipe book.  Everything I pinned looked so good, and the only real downfall of recipes for me was my laziness in making them... or not making them.  Now that Pinterest has found the general public (thanks to Kristin for pointing that out - so true), anyone and everyone is creating these crazy recipes and saying HOW AWESOME THEY ARE.  I've basically come to the conclusion that for ever 2 things I pin, only 1 will even come close to resembling what it's supposed to be.  Seriously, just stop always saying your recipes are the best.  Not all recipes are blog or Pinterest-worthy.  You will make mistakes.  Take it from me.  I know you took all of that time to photograph your food, but if it doesn't taste good, don't try and fool us!  

Well, I ran out of ideas for leftover Halloween candy after the Butterfinger Doodles and Baby Ruth Crisp, so I wandered over to Pinterest.  I found a couple of ideas and went for it.  Surprise, surprise, one was great the other was horrible.  Let's start with the good:

Reese's-stuffed chocolate chip cookies: I was skeptical, but figured I'd try it anyway.  I had seen these disasters in the past, so I made sure I used a baking pan with ridges, just in case.  I decided to freeze the dough after I stuffed it to give myself every chance for success.  Well, it worked!  Everything melted and cooked together and it was really good!

Homemade Butterfinger candy bars: Mike was so confused why, 3 days after I used all the Butterfingers to make cookies, I was attempting to make more.  I told him not to get too excited and when he saw the ingredients, he agreed.  There is NO WAY melted candy corn and peanut butter make Butterfingers.  Well, some things really are too good to be true, and my suspicions were confirmed.  First of all, the melting of the candy corn created this candy napalm that burned my fingers and took 2 days to get off the bowl I cooked with.  The texture was ALL OFF (see the third photo) and it literally just tasted like sweetened peanut butter.  Don't try this at home.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stuff And Things

I've been reading Kristin's Stuff and Things posts forever.  I've been meaning to write one myself since she made it a link up months ago, so this week, I finally started a note on my phone and wrote down all the random stuff I thought and things I did throughout the week.  Turns out, there are a lot of them...
+ We started binge watching Breaking Bad and Parks and Rec on Netflix.  We're halfway through season 4 a few episodes into season 5 (see what happens when you start writing posts 3 days in advance?) of Breaking Bad and who knows where we are with Parks and Rec.  Our nightly routine is usually an episode or two of Breaking Bad followed by a Parks and Rec as I fall asleep on the couch.  However, I do know that we're in the point in Parks and Rec where we find the mutual character between the two shows!  Mike is Ben's dad!!!

+ I think our next show will be Portlandia.  Any other suggestions?

+ We made our flight reservations for our Christmas trip back home.  We decided to come back on the 30th to enjoy a New Year's Eve - Charleston style.  Now, local bloggers, what should we do?

+ My cat doesn't understand Daylight Savings Time.  Before the clocks changed, she'd come in every morning around when my alarm went off (7:30).  Now, every single morning, she is there at 6:30 wondering what the heck is up and trying to pet my face to wake me up.  For proof, see below:
I had to pretend to close my eyes or she wouldn't do it...

+ I went shopping for the first time in months recently.  I wore this outfit to work and when Mike asked me about the sweater, I showed him that it's one piece.  He called me a flying squirrel and insisted on taking a picture... probably to send to my dad.  They're close, it's cute.  Anyways, more about it next week for my OOTM.

+ Mike and I bought a giant container of cookie dough at Costco a few weeks ago.  While we both love making cookies, we really only eat them when they're warm, so now we have "cookie time" each night around 9:30.  Don't judge us... we always share an apple or a pear first, I promise.

+ Mike sent me this beauty yesterday.  Yeah, just try not to laugh at these.

+ I had my first bad experience with a swap last month.  She says she mailed it, but I've yet to see it and now she won't return my emails.  Oh well, I still have faith in the blog world.  On top of that, the swap host had a baby and the swap is ending for a while, so there's really no use contacting her.

+ Christmas shopping is DONE.  For everyone.  Yeah, I'm nuts.  My parents are driving down for Thanksgiving, so we are shipping all of our wrapped presents back with them so we don't have to worry about flying them back in December.  I, personally, think it's genius.

+ But don't worry, I'm still in Thanksgiving mode.  How cute is this little guy?  I think he might be my favorite of all my toppers...I have about 10 #Disneygeek.  Christmas and Thanksgiving have always coexisted peacefully in my world.  Christmas music season for my parents starts every year on Veteran's Day, so there's always some overlap there, and Black Friday was always Christmas Tree Day.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Only Wedding Hiccup: The Rehearsal

So, I realized I jumped the gun a bit.  I've been all over the place with wedding posts.  I've written about my dress and even our thank you notes, but over a month ago, I did my bachelorette party, which was the Thursday into Friday before our Saturday wedding.

Well, continuing on from there, we got to the hotel, checked in, got ready, and headed out to the church for the rehearsal.  Up until this point, I was cool as ever.  I had told the groom's guys to be there 15 minutes earlier than we really needed them there to make sure they were on-time.  We even hit traffic but had left with plenty of time so it wasn't an issue.  Then, we walked into the church.  CHAOS ENSUED.  The wedding planner at the chapel was this sweet little old nun.  She was great to talk to and made sure we had all of the paperwork done a month before.  Then, the day of the rehearsal, it was like she forgot EVERYTHING.  So, instead of this calm, cool, and collected bride I had been for months, I turned into bridezilla in 5 seconds flat.  She asked over and over again what I wanted: Who is processing in first?  Who is escorting mothers/grandmothers?  Are the groomsmen walking the bridesmaids down or will they just be at the alter?  (Just in case you were wondering, ALL of this was written on the papers that were IN HER HANDS that I had given her a month ahead of time.)  Meanwhile, there were 12 members of our bridal party, their significant others, our readers and their significant others, our parents, my aunt and uncle, and a few random family members all sitting in the pews of the church watching me walk back and forth up and down the aisle a million times, making sure people were standing in the right place and everyone knew when to walk in and out.  I think the straw that broke the camel's back was about 10 minutes in when she asked Mike if he would be walking down the aisle with his mom and dad.  Yeah, she didn't remember that hour long conversation about the last year of our lives, apparently.
Basically, it was my lone wedding mishap.  Even in the midst of moving halfway through planning and then doing everything from 1,000 miles away, I had so much fun planning my wedding and honestly loved every minute of it.  I really think it's because I had over a year to plan and not stress (hint, hint engaged or soon-to-be engaged ladies).  In the end, the wedding turned out great and we got everything arranged perfectly at the rehearsal, but what was the point of me sending everything ahead of time to just need to ask me every single question again??

I promise this is the one wedding rant blog post you will see from me.  Luckily, after the rehearsal, Mike's dad and sister had planned a lovely rehearsal dinner buffet at a nearby Irish Pub.  I was introduced to the beauty of Chambord and pineapple juice, and I was a happy lady.



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