1.31.2013

Super Bowl Series: Penalty Flag Center Piece



You will need: 
- 1/2 yard yellow fabric
-  Yellow mini hair rubber bands
- Rice (or anything else to weight it down)
- Mini rubber footballs
- Purple beads
- Basket
To make penalty flags:

And for those super football fans (or wives of those super football fans :p ):
These could also be used for a game! While we were making them, we were throwing them from the couch into the basket in the kitchen. This could be a good way to keep kids entertained.
Another game is, each person gets a flag and anytime they see a penalty during the game, they can throw the flag. Whoever gets the most right could get a gift card or something..
There really are so many possibilities with this! :)


Updated to add: I saw these penalty flags after I made these and  wrote my post.. $3 each! The 1/2 yard of fabric I got at Hobby Lobby, cost me around that much. And I was able to make at least 9, seriously DIY is the way to go on these! So easy to do yourself! 

1.29.2013

Super Bowl Series: Football Utensil Jars

You will need: 
mason jars (I got these at hobby lobby), paint brushes, brown//white paint



Updated to add:
Want to see a different take on these?! Check out the ones Veronica (Passion, Pink, & Pearls) did here! 

1.28.2013

Whole Wheat Oatmeal M&M Cookies


Honestly, I'm really excited to share this with you guys!! My two favorite cookies are whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip, and M&M... so I was thinking, why not combine the two?! So that is what I did! I also used Valentine's Day M&Ms because Valentine's Day is a couple weeks away! :)
Ingredients
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 (12.6 oz) bag M&Ms
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line cookie sheets and set aside. I have 3 cookie sheets, and I'm pretty sure I used each one twice.
3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the butters and sugars together. 
4. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. 
5. Slowly add whole wheat flour and beat until well combined.
6. Add in baking soda, baking powder, and salt, beating until well combined.
7. Add in oats and mix until well combined. I actually use a spatula to do this, because it's too much work for my little hand mixer!
8. Fold in the M&Ms.
9. Scoop cookie dough on cookie sheet.
10. Bake 10-12 minutes. 

1.25.2013

Mini Valentine's Day Heart Funfetti Cakes

You will need:
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon 
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sprinkles 
(plus more for the sprinkles on the frosting)

I honestly don't even remember where I got these mini cake pans from, but they were cute, so I bought them! Typical right? Well I figured with Valentine's Day coming up, it was the perfect time to use them! 
They didn't turn out quite as "hearty" as I had hoped once they were frosted..but they tasted yummy! 

So here's what I did: 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Mix flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Beat sugar and butter on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes.
4. Lower speed, and add eggs, one at a time. Scrape bowl as needed.
5. Add vanilla, and mix until well combined. 
6. Reduce mixer speed to low, and add half of the flour/baking powder mixture. Mix.
7. Pour in milk, mix.
8. Add other half of the flour/baking powder mixture. Mix until well combined. 
9. Fold in sprinkles with a spatula.
10. Fill mini cake tins with batter. (As you'll see in my pictures, I filled them about 2/3 full, it was way too much, and next time I'll only be filling it about 1/3-1/2 full)
11. Bake for 18-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (Like I said, I filled mine way too full, so they took awhile.. checking with a toothpick is just always the way to go, every oven is different!)
12. Allow them to cool for a few minutes, and remove cake from pan.
13. Allow to cool completely, and frost the cakes! 
14. Top with sprinkles! 

1.22.2013

The Facts of Me!

- I am a total Daddy's girl.
- I don't wear heels, ever. Not even on my wedding day. I mean I have before, but I'd say it's been a good 2 years since I've worn any :p If you are comfortable in heels, I say you go girl! But I see these girls who can't walk in them and I just have to wonder why.. why go through that? They make so many cute flats now! 
- You know how most girls dream of their wedding day from when they're really young? Yeah, not me. I actually never wanted to get married. Obviously, until I met the Husband. Then I wanted that life with him. Kids and all. Funny how things change right?
- I'm a really picky eater... It's actually a little embarrassing, and people make fun of me for it, but I am who I am :p 
- When I was younger, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. And I'm so glad I never went down that path, dolphins belong in the ocean, not in front of us for entertainment. For more on that, feel free to click here.
- I get major anxiety when emailing or texting someone back, usually even people I've been friends with for awhile. I honestly don't know why, but I do. and if I've tweeted you or emailed you back, chances are I had the Husband read it before I sent it. I'm working on it, blogging has actually really helped to push me towards it, and it's getting better.. sometimes. 
- I have a slight love affair with dandelions. 
- I love my name. Of course I got made fun of in school, and always got called a "he", until I'd say oh, that's me haha. But I really do love it, and would never change it. 
- In case you're wondering, I get my name from the movie Point Break! 
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- I'm obsessed with Gilmore Girls and have watched the entire series, from start to finish, more than 3 times. I have the box-set with all the seasons. I'll tell ya, sometimes I'm even tempted to want a daughter someday, just so I can make her watch it! ;) 
- We plan on adopting kids.. in about 8-10 years. We want to be completely on our feet financially and ready to go. We also plan on not raising them here in Arizona! We were thinking Colorado, now I think we're leaning toward Boise, Idaho...
- I could be an only, youngest, oldest, middle child, it all just depends on how you look at it. Between my mom and dad, I'm an only. On my mom's side, I have a younger sister and stepbrother, making me the oldest. On my dad's side, I have an older brother and sister, making me the youngest. And overall, I am the middle child. Confusing? Kind of. 
- I'm way more comfortable just being one of the guys.. I tend to think like a guy, and I blame me being so close with my dad for that one :p 
- I love my husband more than anything in the world.. Even though we're young, we've been through a lot together. Everything that should've torn us completely apart, but we made it. And our marriage is so much stronger because of it. It's also given us the faith in each other to know if we could get through all of that, we can get through anything. And we'll always be able to say we were high school sweethearts... ;) 

1.14.2013

M&M Cookies

Recipe from: Six Sisters' Stuff

Ingredients:
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups M&Ms

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix sugars, eggs, butter, and vanilla.
3. Add salt, baking soda, and slowly add flour. Blend well.
4. Add 3/4 cup of the M&Ms.
5. Drop Tablespoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
6. Slightly push a few of the candies left on top of each ball of dough.
7. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until slightly golden. 


1.10.2013

2012 Bucket List Update

I revised my bucket list, and it's more of an "our" bucket list now :) And I'm sure we'll be adding to it.
Here's what we completed last year!

#3: Buy a Car
#18: Go to a MLB game
#24: Make a travel map
#25: Ruby's Diner - Huntington Beach
#31: Go on a road trip, just the two of us

1.08.2013

First Things First: Week 1

Today I'm supporting one of my favorite blog friends, Hallie from Life: Oceanside, and her new link-up!
It's definitely going to be a fun one! :) And it gives us all a chance to get to know each other a little better. So make sure you check it out, and link-up!

What was your first job? 
I worked at a rec center as a referee. I was 14 and it was super exciting ;) I reffed volleyball games and soccer games. I also had a front row seat to how ugly parents can get. And it starts young you guys, the first time I ever got yelled at was when I was reffing a soccer game. The age of the kids? Like 4 and 5. At that age, all they know how to do is go for the ball, so they end up in a big circle around the ball. When it goes out of bounds, it really is a complete tossup as to which team touched it last. And parents would get MAD when they thought it should have been on the other team. It was insane, but it did teach me a few things about how not to act when I have children playing sports ;)
First car?
It was a gold silver 2000 Nissan Maxima :) It really was silver, but I promise you, this car changed colors! And the first time I got it was at a party at my Grandma's house because the car was kept in their garage so I wouldn't see it. I swear, it was gold.. I told everyone it was gold. The next day when I came outside, it was totally silver. And it said silver on the title, so that's what it was supposed to be. But ask anyone that saw that car, the only reason they knew it was mine was because of the Cardinals sticker I had on the back. It always looked to be a different color depending on where you were standing and what the lighting was like. I got in my first fender bender in that car, and it was with me for about 3 years. Then it started majorly breaking down last year, and I sold it to a guy at the car dealership for $500. Him and his friends were going to fix it up (obviously for WAY cheaper because they knew how to do all the work) and give to a friend of their's that was having a baby and couldn't afford a new car. So, it all really worked out nicely :)
First date? 
I honestly don't even know what I would call my first date. A lot of the guys I dated in high school were friends first, and so official first dates, I really don't remember. Is that bad? :/
How about my last first date? Well I had just gotten home from a trip to Salt Lake City to see my mom. Still in "airport" clothes, jeans and a sweatshirt, with my hair in a ponytail. The Husband picked me up and we went to the movies to see Where the Wild Things Are. We were automatically so comfortable with each other, and it was great :) I also got my last first kiss that night too! ;) We graduated high school together, he moved in, we got engaged, and now we've been happily married for over a year. I'd say it worked out pretty well ;) Love you hubbs!

1.02.2013

Whole Wheat Penne Pasta w/ Meat Sauce

(be sure to check her blog out, she has great recipes!!)
Ingredients: 
- 1 (13.25 oz) box whole wheat penne pasta
 (pictured is whole grain, but we've done both!)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- red pepper flakes
- dried thme
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 28 oz. chunky tomato sauce 
the first time we made this, we used Muir Glen, and I definitely recommend that! ;)
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: 
1. Remove cloves from garlic.
2. Chop onions and cloves of garlic.
3. Bring a pot of water to a boil. (For the pasta)
4. While waiting for water to boil, heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. 
5. Add chopped onion and Italian seasoning. (You can add the chopped onion and then the seasoning, we just did them at one time because it was easier)
6. Add a dash of red pepper flakes. 
7. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, until onions are soft. 
8. Add the garlic, dash of thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.
9. Cook for about 1 minute.
10. Remove onions and place in a bowl. 
11. In the same skillet, cook the ground beef, crumbling as it browns. (Drain if needed)
12. Once beef is no longer pink, add cooked onions.
13. Add tomato sauce, sugar, and basil.
14. Simmer on low heat uncovered for about 15 minutes.
15. By this time, your pot of water should be boiling, add 1 Tablespoon of salt, and bring back to a boil.
16. Add pasta into pot, and cook. (Follow instructions on your box, ours took about 9 minutes) 
17. Drain the pasta.
18. Add pasta to tomato sauce mixture, and mix it all together. (Or you can serve the pasta and scoop sauce onto it, whatever you prefer!)
19. And you're done.. Yay! :) 


Oh, and those rolls in the back? I LOVE them! :p Here's the kind I use: