Bucket List Update

37.  Go watch UGA at the SEC Championship!!!

I would also like to own a pair of these this winter....

Bucket List

Everyone should have a bucket list right?  The beauty of a bucket list is you can change it anytime you like.  I hope to cross alot off and even add some more.  Well, here's mine.

1.     Sky Dive
2.     Save someone’s life
3.     Earn a teaching degree (preferably from University of Georgia)
4.     Learn to harmonize
5.     Help someone deliver a baby
6.     Walk on a college football field, at night, with the stadium lights on (again, preferably at UGA)
7.     Play in an orchestra again
8.     Learn to play the guitar
9.     Punch someone
10.   Go on a cruise
11.   Hike in Montana
12.   Niagara Falls
13.   Grand Canyon
14.   Mt. Rushmore
15.   Ride a motorcycle by myself
16.   Spend a week in Washington D.C.
17.   Visit Europe (ideally for a couple of months)
18.   Work at Joann’s
19.   Steal La Reunion’s potato salad recipe
20.   Win trivia night
21.   Run an 8K
22.   Run a half-marathon
23.   Run a full marathon
24.   Perform a certain pop song in front of a stadium of thousands (I’ve h ad the same dream about this three times…I brought people to their feet {in applause, not to leave})
25.  Be a guest star on SNL and scream “Live from New York, iiiiiiit’s Saturday Niiiiight!!!”
26.  Go parasailing
27.  Get better at water skiing 
28.  Fly first class
29.  New Year's Eve in Times Square
30.  Spend the night in Cinderella's Castle
31.  Work at Disney World as Belle
32.  Ride in a hot air balloon
33.  Give Christmas to a less-fortunate kid
34.  Do 100 "man push-ups"
35.  Be able to run in the sand at the beach
36.  Stay at the ME Resort in Cabo or Cancun
37.  Go watch UGA at the SEC Championship
Drive a jet-ski
Run a 5K
See the Hollywood Sign
Buy a house
Have a baby
Go over 100 mph

      OK, so #24, #25, and #31 will probably remain dreams, but every bucket list should have some crazy things on them.  Everything else seems pretty achievable.  So, if you have any connections that would help me cross some things off, be sure to keep me on the D.L.

Bolognese Sauce

*Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman via Pinterest.

~ 1/2 cup olive oil
~ 1 1/2 cup grated carrots
~ 1 large red onion, diced
~ 2 pounds ground beef
~ 2 tablespoons dried oregano
~ 2 tablespoons dried basil
~ 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
~ 5 cloves garlic, minced
~ 1 cup red cooking wine
~ 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
~ 2 cans (28 oz.) whole tomatoes (I use 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes)
~ 1 cup milk
~ salt and pepper, to taste
~ fresh parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat. Add grated carrots and onions and cook for a few minutes. 

Make a well in the center of the mixture.

Then add in the ground beef. Cook for a few minutes until brown, gradually stirring it into the carrot mixture.  Throw in oregano and basil.  When the meat is browned and combined with other ingredients, make another well. Add tomato paste and let it heat. 

Add garlic and stir to combine.  Make a well in the center of the mixture and add red wine. Stir together. 

Add Worcestershire and stir. Add canned tomatoes. Finally, pour in milk, stir, and let simmer for 30 minutes to 2 hours—however long you need.

Serve with pasta and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

No Bake Energy Bites

*Courtesy of Mrs. Sharon, who found it on Pinterest.

This is the recipe that I used from Mrs. Sharon.  The link to the actual recipe gives other ideas for mix-ins.

~ 1 cup oatmeal
~ 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
~ 1/2 cup almond butter
~ 1/3 cup honey
~ 1 teaspoon vanilla
~ 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
~ 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1.  Mix oats and flaxseed together.
2.  Mix almond butter, honey, and vanilla together and pour on top of oats mixture.
3.  Add chocolate chips and walnuts.  Mix all ingredients until well blended.
4.  Roll into balls and store them in your refrigerator to keep them firm.

These are so good and good for you!  Even Karlie can't get enough!

Blitz Cleaning

It's what we do.

Every night.

{...well, almost every night.  We've slacked off lately because of a clumsy injury on my part.  We'll be back to blitzing in no time.}

Blitz cleaning happens after we lay Karlie down for the night.  We say prayers, give tons of hugs and kisses, and the blitzing begins.  All we do is set our kitchen timer (which I love by the way.  It's orange and it's from Anthropologie and I smile every time I turn its little dial) for 10-15 minutes and then we clean like crazy.

We usually do a 10 minute blitz but the pictures below are from a 15 minute blitz.  We set the timer for 10 minutes but the time flew by and we weren't ready to quit!  So we added 5 more minutes...see what blitzing will do to you?!

Behold!  The power of 15 minutes....

As we clean, anything we find that belongs in Karlie's room is piled neatly by the door and put away the next morning.  

 And that is what we call blitz cleaning. 

 I'm always looking for quick and easy cleaning tips so if you have one you love to do, puh-leez, do tell me about it!

To Die For Blueberry Muffins

*Courtesy of allrecipes.com

For the muffins:
~ 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
~ 3/4 cup white sugar
~ 1/2 teaspoon salt
~ 2 teaspoons baking powder
~ 1/3 cup vegetable oil
~ 1 egg
~ 1/3 cup milk
~ 1 cup fresh blueberries

For the crumb topping:
~ 1/2 cup white sugar
~ 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
~ 1/4 cup butter, cubed (mine is usually room temperature)
~ 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease muffin cups or use muffin liners.
2.  Muffins: Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.  Pour vegetable oil into a 1-cup measuring cup and then add the egg and enough milk to fill to the 1-cup mark.  Mix this into the flour mixture.  Fold in the blueberries.
3.  Pour muffin mix into the muffin cups and set aside.
4.  Crumb Topping: Using a fork, mix sugar, flour, butter, and cinnamon in a bowl.  Sprinkle this mixture over the muffin batter before baking.
5.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until done.

Another Pinterest-ing Project

Would you like to guess where I got the idea for this next project?  If you guessed Pinterest, you guessed right!  This pin to be exact.

We did this project awhile ago and I just have not gotten around to sharing it.  So when I heard that Katie over at Bower Power and Sherry over at Young House Love were doing another round of their Pinterest Challenge, I knew I wanted to participate this time.

All you need for this project is:
~ a canvas (Fortunately we had recently grown to dislike the enormous 4'x4' canvas that was hanging in our living room so we decided to give it a little facelift.)
~ letters (We used two different kinds: the smaller letters are chipboard letters.  We found ours in the scrapbook section at Joann's.  The larger letters were from Hobby Lobby, 50% off!)
~ white spray paint
~ acrylic paint, any color.  The bolder the better. (This was how we put our own little spin on the project.)

If you're using a canvas you already have, make sure you wipe it clean of dust.

Pick your phrase!  For ours, we chose a phrase from our wedding verse, Song of Solomon 8:7.  
 Then using your letters, decide where you want it and then spell it out.  The chipboard letters have sticky squares on the back of them so they were easy to stick down.  For the larger letters we used a hot glue gun.

(I've included a picture of the chipboard letters. I had the hardest 
time finding them because I didn't know what they looked like!)

Then start spraying your white spray paint.  
Because our canvas was so large it took several coats (it could actually probably use another coat.)  
Just keep spraying until you're satisfied that it's evenly coated.

Now here's where that acrylic paint comes into play.
Using the paint and a brush, paint the side edges of the canvas.  
This part was the most tedious and took the longest, and we had 3 people working on it.
Boy, oh boy, do I love that pop of color!

Now I have to admit, when we got home and hung it back up, I didn't love it.  It was hard to go from seeing something dark on the wall to seeing something so stark white.  But it has grown on me.  We're slowly repainting our house (changing the color scheme) so I think the new color will look great behind it!

P.S. - If you want to see a couple other things I have done (inspired by Pinterest) peek over at the right side of the page and click on "Pinterest" under the words screaming "LOOKING FOR SOMETHING???"  
I highly recommend the homemade Febreze!

DIY: Play Make-Up

I found this idea on the lovely and addicting world of Pinterest.

This project is super easy and will definitely make your little girl feel pretty special.

All you need is:
~ nail polish (I bought the cheap stuff from Wal-Mart)
~ empty make-up containers

  Clean out your make-up containers with warm water and soap and dry them completely.

  Slowly fill the containers with nail polish.  
As the nail polish dries, it shrinks down quite a bit so I filled it all the way to the top of the silver lining.

To ensure the polish dries level, make sure the containers are lying completely flat on a hard surface

And that's it!  You're done!  I  let Karlie's make-up dry for 3 days before I showed it to her.  This will give it time for the fumes to go away and will ensure the polish is completely dried.