Day one: where are my dresses?!

We made it! We successfully got all of our belonging into our townhouse! Remind me to tell you later about how we got the couch in… Yeesh. This (like most of the recent posts) will be short and sweet. Mostly because I Hate with a capital H composing on my phone. As soon as we get internet I will give you a glorious recollection of moving day, but just know that we made it ūüôā

Sending lots of love to y’all from the inside of our kitchen cabinets!

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How I spend my free time

This is a pile of boxes. There are more boxes in every corner our house and they are full of our stuff. We are preparing for The Big Move which makes both me and my dog Cooper a little anxious (Michael is pretty calm about the whole thing). If I don’t blog for a few weeks, it’s because I’m either packing or cleaning ūüôā Wish us luck!

Cornbread Quiche Recipe for Tonya

I received this email from a friend at work today:

“You put this picture on your blog and no recipe on how to make this oh so nummy¬†looking quiche?????? Lol! ÔĀä I can google it Im¬†sure but do you happen to have it? I REALLY want to make it one day. Drooling as I type‚Ķ.:)”

You’re right, Tonya. You can google it, but it’s more fun for me to post it on the blog! Enjoy!

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Clean out the Fridge Cornbread Quiche – a¬†very loose recipe¬†inspired by Caitlin’s Quiche Cornbread

-1 box Jiffy Corn Bread mix (and the ingredients to make it i.e. milk and an egg)

-some vegetables (I used 1/2 of a Walla Walla sweet onion, a box of mushrooms that looked like it was going to brown out soon, a head of broccoli and the light green parts of 3 green onions)

-some milk

-some eggs

-Preheat your oven to 350

Mix up¬†your box of Jiffy cornbread just the way it says on the box.¬†Apparently, you’re supposed¬†to let the batter rest for about 10 minutes before baking it, so while the batter is resting a cut up your vegetables. This is why this is called “Clean out the Fridge Cornbread Quiche”. You can literally use anything that is in your produce drawer. Got some bell pepper that’s about to look wrinkly? Toss it in. Mushrooms? Onions? Go for it! You’ve been doing some Italian cooking and you have extra eggplant? Yep, that works too. It’s summer and you have 100 zucchini¬†lying around? Delish!¬†Get whatever you need/want/have and¬†cut it all up so that it’s a little smaller than bite sized. Start saut√©ing¬†your add-ins¬†and¬†pour half of the cornbread batter into a baking dish. (The other half, I usually bake about 4 little corn muffins. I‚Äôm sure you could let it sit in the fridge until next time but I like cornbread!) The dish in the picture is a 10×10 but I‚Äôve used an 8X8¬†or a 12‚ÄĚ pie dish too ‚Äď they all work. Bake the cornbread in your dish for 10 minutes. It will be thin-ish, like a pie crust but not so thin that you’ll be disappointed. While your “crust” is baking,¬†finish up saut√©ing your veggies and rinse the mixing bowl that you made the cornbread batter in. Put your veggies in that bowl along with a splash of milk (if I had to guess, I‚Äôd say it was just a little shy of ¬ľ cup) and 6-8 eggs (depending on the size of the dish. I used 8 for this one but if I‚Äôm doing an 8X8¬†or the pie plate I will do 6). Mix it all up and pour over the cornbread ‚Äúcrust‚ÄĚ. Bake the whole thing 12-15 minutes, or until the eggs are no longer jiggly in the middle. If you want to go crazy, add some shredded cheese to the mix either before you pour it over the cornbread or add it to the top so that you can have a cheesy layer on top. Wait about 5 minutes for it to cool, then run your knife around the edges to get it out. Cut it however you want, put some hot sauce on it and eat it with salad on the side for dinner OR wrap a slice up and eat it for a quick and easy to-go breakfast the next day. Feeling fancy? Throw some bacon or ham, or chicken in there (but I have a weird thing with eating eggs and chicken at the same time‚Ķ)

It’s such a quick and easy supper, and it makes me feel like we’re not wasting money at the grocery store on unused produce – because that stuff can be expensive! I hope you try it, because I know you’ll like it. If you do decide to make it, let me know what you put in it!

 

So I took a month off, big whoop

How excited were all of you to see that I’m back to the ol’ blog? So excited!? (cricket sounds) That’s what I thought. So I took a whole month off of blogging, and I make no excuses. I chose to spend my non-blogging time a) cleaning and packing for The Big Move, b) outside in the RIDICULOUSLY prefect weather we’ve been having while trying to soak up these last few months with our West o’ the Mountains friends, and ¬†c) searching for a job and a place to live after The Big Move. Thankfully, I have a job and we found¬†a place that we would like to live!¬†¬†Hopefully, soon, they will call us back with great news saying that our application went through and we can move on September 1st. If not, we may have to live somewhere with no washer or dryer, and let me just tell you, that is borderline a deal breaker for me. I mean, I’d rather not have a washer and dryer than be homeless, but JUST BARELY. What? How did this get so depressing already? Let us switch gears to my favorite thing that happened in the last month: Continue reading

Happy 8th of July!

I hope you had a great long weekend! I had to work on Friday, and then Michael worked on Saturday and Sunday to make up for the 4th and 5th, so neither of us had long weekends, but that’s ok!

My dog Cooper had a very fun, very exhausting holiday! He (we) spent the day at Melissa (Michael’s sister) and Shelby’s with her dog Tulsa, Michael’s other sister’s dog Moose (and if there was ever an aptly named dog, Moose is it), our sweet friends Emily and Shaun’s dog Rowling, Michael’s Aunt’s dog Harley, and our friend Robert’s dog Henry. Let me tell you, it was a wild bunch but they all ended up having a great time after they figured out who was the top dog. Let me just tell you now that although Coop was the biggest, he was definitely not the leader of the pack! Tiny Tulsa ruled her home court.

Cooper and Rowling playing tug-of-war while Tulsa relaxes in the sun

Cooper and Rowling playing tug-of-war while Tulsa relaxes in the sun

Moose rehydrating and Cooper licking his lips waiting for his chance at the water bowl

Moose rehydrates after playing fetch; Cooper licks his lips waiting for his chance at the water bowl

Melissa, queen of the puppies!

Melissa, queen of the puppies!

We ate some delicious food (roasted corn guacamole recipe coming soon, if I can steal it from Melissa!) and headed over to the river to cool off. I didn’t have my camera/phone out, partially because I was too busy just enjoying my friends and family, and partially because my nieces¬†just got some aqua-zookas AKA THE COOLEST WATER GUNS EVER! You just suck water from a bucket/puddle/the river and blast it at your unsuspecting victim. The only caveat is that if you dare to play around these, you must protect your phone. So no river pictures. I wish I had it though, because Cooper swam all the way across the river for the first time in his life! He’s becoming such a big boy! Michael was swinging from a rope on the opposite bank, and I think that Coop was nervous for him and wanted to save him. It was so sweet ūüôā

Once we finished up at the river, we headed back to Melissa and Shelby’s for a pickleball tournament and some more 4th of July celebrations.

man party

Man Party. Let’s take a moment to appreciate Justin’s ‘merica pants!

yum yum!

yum yum!

some sweet pickleball action

some sweet pickleball action

We all played hard, and by the end of the evening after the fireworks we were all beat. But it’s totally worth it, when you have such great friends and family.

tuckered out!

tuckered out!

I hope you had a safe and happy holiday! What was your favorite part?

Success!

My dog Cooper, Michael and I worked really hard last night. There were some curse words used. There was a jar of peanut butter involved. But of our dedication and perseverance led to a beautiful moment: we successfully clipped Cooper’s nails! (much applause, whooping, hat throwing, ok come on now it’s getting a little rowdy HEY QUIET DOWN!)

Ever since the embarrassing, humbling and frustrating attempt a few weeks ago, there have been some half hearted tries but absolutely no reward. Cooper kept pulling his paws away at the last moment, and so we almost gave up. The clippers were still wonderful tools for coaxing the pup off of the couch or off of his living-room bed, but that had seen nary a nail in almost six weeks.

trying to get Cooper off of his pillow for bed-time

trying to get Cooper off of his pillow for bed-time

Yesterday though, I was chatting with my buddy. She loves animals and has a sweet little rescue dog¬†named Gracie, who is small enough that my friend uses regular human nail clippers to cut little Gracie Mae’s nails, and she had some ideas for us to use with le Coop. Her mom has a bigger dog, a lab named Tucker, and the two of them work together as a team to clip Tucker’s nails. One of them holds a treat that is smothered in peanut butter, and coos to Tucker to distract him while¬†the other person quickly and deftly clips all of his nails. She told me that Michael and I needed to try this, or a similar technique or else Cooper would be the gnarliest pup on the block OR we would have to start spending money to get it done professionally. Girl, please. I am not above spending a little bit of extra money for the good cheese, but $10 for something that Michael and I had been doing ourselves for the first year of Cooper’s life? No way.

I laugh at the idea of going to a groomer!

I laugh at the idea of going to a groomer!

So we planned our strategy. Armed with a mostly empty jar of Adams PB (with enough good stuff left inside to make it enticing) and sharp clippers, we set to the task. Let me tell you, friends, it was not easy. Every time Coop would pull his paw away we would pull the peanut butter away, and so on until finally we hit the sweet spot. My dog Cooper was tired of struggling, and Michael and I figured out that a combination of peanut butter jar, full body petting and continual reassurances of “that’s a good boy, Cooper; you’re just fine,” was ideal for the optimal nail cutting environment.

We got EVERY SINGLE NAIL (except one) with no¬†biting, wrestling, crying or pouting! Huge success for our team! After the clipping was finished, we celebrated with a family jog so that the pavement could file down the freshly cut, rough edges of the pup’s nails. I¬†sincerely hope¬†that the next time nail trimming comes along, we can remember how peaceful this experience was, and continue on the path of clipped nails.

post clipping dog pile - we still love each other

post clipping dog pile – we still love each other