busy bees

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We did something crazy around these parts the other day.

We sold our house.

We’ve probably been seriously talking about trying to sell our house without a realtor since late fall.  We made the decision to try it around Christmas.  We picked our week to put it on the market way back then and then the rest of life happened.

Cale started a new job that he didn’t even know he was looking for until he was offered the position.  And he loves it. He started another class.  And we’re in the middle of planning our dream vacation that we started planning a year ago.

We are sooo blessed… busy! but blessed.

Our house ended up selling in 5 days and we’re quickly figuring out the steps to selling a house along the way.  We’re about to move into the smallest apartment we’ve ever lived in and are both a little excited about it.  Well, mostly excited about having a gym and pool within 50 yards of our front door.

We’re hoping in the next year we can find or build our dream house and the apartment is more of a short term housing solution but we haven’t even started the house hunt.

One step at a time.

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Our carpets are in the midst of getting cleaned so I’ve made myself scarce and found my nearest coffee shop to hole up in until yoga starts.  Life is rough around these parts.

And I’m listening to the best ‘Teen Mom’ episode right now and it’s happening right in front of my face.  I wish I could be a fly on the wall so I could listen and watch but sometimes people ‘listening’ is just as great as people watching.

I’m easily entertained.

Whenever we go out to dinner I have an inner conflict of ordering one of the delicious salads and telling myself paying the extraordinary amount for a salad is really a waste of money.  After the last salad I got, I told myself it’s about time to start making awesome salads at home.

Don’t get me wrong… the lettuce salad with cucumbers, peppers, and radishes (on my list of favorite vegetables) is a staple in our fridge but it’s not the same.

I found a recipe for a Thai chopped salad probably over a year ago but for some reason the effort to make your own salad dressing seemed overwhelming to me for something as simple as a salad.

It’s really not hard (surprise to… no one.)

My only word to the wise for this salad is to buy a small cabbage because when you start cutting into them, it seems to multiply in front of your eyes.  So buy small, or have multiple cabbage recipes lined up for the rest of your week.

Or.. cough… sacrifice 50 cents and throw the leftover cabbage away.  Kills me… just a little.

I always serve the salad dressing separately and I would also recommend adding the bean sprouts and peanuts in as you eat it as well.  Unless you’re planning on eating the entire salad in one sitting.  We found that our bean sprouts got a little mushy after a day or two of sitting in the fridge.

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Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

Inspired by A Pinch of Yum

Ingredients:

Salad:

1 small head of purple cabbage, shredded

1 1/2 cups of snow peas, chopped into thirds

1 1/2 cups of bean sprouts

1 red pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces

1 carrot, shredded

1 bunch of green onions, chopped

1/2 cup of chopped cilantro

2 chicken breasts

Peanuts to serve

Dressing and Marinade

2 cloves of garlic, diced small or pressed

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp fish sauce

Juice of one lime

1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup of water

Directions:

Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing.  Pour half of it over the 2 chicken breasts and let marinade for at least 4 hours.  Pan sear the chicken until it’s done all the way through (5-10 minutes per side) or grill.  Chop chicken into bite sized pieces and mix together with all salad ingredients.  Top with dressing and peanuts.  Serve chilled.

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operation: stay awake

I am loving my longer evenings but the mornings have been showing me who’s boss.

Hint.  It is not me.

It’s been one of those weeks where you rush home to get to yoga, hit every red light on the way to yoga, get to yoga to find no parking spot and traffic jams, give up on yoga, go home, realize you forgot your phone at work, sit down on the computer, Internet is broken kind of weeks.

Not that any of those things happened to me yesterday or anything.

Bonus: Didn’t give up and go out to eat or cry.  Made Cale a plain bagel instead.  Cut it in half and everything.

However, we’ve been blessed with a short week, great weather, less school work, and great movies checked out from the library so I really can’t complain.

Also, part of my problem may be that I gave up soda for Lent.  Watch out world!

ALSO, I’m not actually Catholic and we really don’t give anything up for Lent in these parts AND I realize that it’s a very VERY pathetic sacrifice but a year seemed too long to make it a New Year’s resolution so 40 days seemed just about right.

The end.  We really love Jesus in this house just to be clear.  Okay, really the end.

Moving on… Our week in pictures.  :)

living room mess

Does spring cleaning leave anyone else’s house a little [lot] bit messier before it gets cleaner?

salsa

Success! Dinner at home.

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We love our mountains! Rare snowy day for us here!

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Best way to get taxes done? Pizza Hut and P.F. Changs- Great Wall of Chocolate. Love!

survival of the…

As of 11:55 PM last night, Cale’s last final got turned in.   He beat the deadline by approximately 4 minutes.  It was quickly followed by an, “I’m sorry if I failed that…”.

Already graded.  Easy ‘A’.

Of course.

6 days off before the next set of classes begin.  Soaking up the freedom.

Below is our very exciting week in pictures.  A week of the flu and finals.  Whoop! So glad that the week is over!

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Death by flu

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finals week

The Olympics are over which means my body can get back to its regularly scheduled bedtime. Not that I was that successful at changing it which meant there were lots of late night couch to bed transitions.

Finals week number 1 of 2 is upon us this week so there has been nothing exciting to report on the home front other than me being as non-disruptive as possible (cue sleeping on couch) so Cale has a chance at getting all his homework done.

7 more months….

As all finals weeks go, Cale is currently battling the worst cold/ allergy mix possible so tonight he took the evening off from homework and we’ve stationed ourselves in front of Netflix. Nothing like old 80′s movies to cure the worst cold.

kid you not

Our Olympic party proved to us that we knew next to nothing about Russian history.  There were lots of guesses going on about what each part could possibly mean in the grand scheme of Russian history and we were probably right less than half the time.

Good thing Cale makes a mean White Russian.

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I kid you not…

I have fallen asleep in front of theT.V. every night since the Olympics have started.  And early in the evening too so my grand total of actual events watched is not many.

I made not a single dinner last week.  Except for a box of Rice-A-Roni.  Broccoli Au Gratin.  Which probably has next to zero nutritional value.  So I added some frozen broccoli florets.  Just to make myself feel better.  We are both still living so we must have found something to eat in the meantime.

4 different light bulbs burned out at our house in 2 days.  We no longer have lights in the kitchen, hallway, or master bath.

We are also out of toilet paper so I should probably go to the store.

Too much information?

We made the most delicious Valentine’s day dinner of mac & cheese, steak, scallops, and asparagus.  Can’t prove it to you but it was wonderful.  Especially following the week of fasting.

Cale got me the most beautiful tulips (my most favorite flower ever) and I got him 4 different kinds of dark chocolate bars.  Which we’ve already demolished.  Yum!

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I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day.  We made it to the movie “Monument’s Men” (which I thought was delightful) and Cale spent the rest of the weekend working on homework.  8 more months until he’s done!  :)

are you ready?

I’ve staked my spot out on the couch for the next two weeks (three weeks?) until the Olympics are over. It’s a good thing that our party is tomorrow because we have a hard time getting anything done when the Olympics are on T.V.

A brief glimpse at the party preparation… a couple more things to clean up and put away.

Beef stroganoff is ready to go in the slow cooker first thing tomorrow. The finishing touches of our costumesare complete.

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Bring on the Opening Ceremonies! Happy 2014 Winter Olympics everyone!

ranch vegetable dip

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How about that Super Bowl last night? We’re in a slight state of mourning right now and we’re not even huge Broncos fans.

Good thing the Olympics start this week. Sheesh!

I’m currently sitting at my car dealership waiting for what I thought was going to be a quick oil change.

2-3 hours!

I almost got back in my car and scheduled it for a different day but after sitting in traffic for an hour and a half… I’m making myself comfortable for the foreseeable future. I just need to make it back home I time to meet Cale with lunch because short of the two uncooked butternut squash and some plain shredded chicken, he was fresh out of lunch ideas for today. Welcome to Monday!

My friend always makes the best ranch vegetable dip for parties. Her version calls for mayo, which I have no problem eating but a really hard time cooking with it.

Greek yogurt to the rescue!

It’s perfect because it makes your vegetable tray seem a little more ‘homemade’. If you get what I mean.image

Ranch Cottage Cheese Vegetable Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz container of small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 3.5 oz container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 package of Ranch Dressing mix (not ‘dip’ mix)

Directions:

Mix everything together. Serve with your favorite vegetables!

almost february?

It seems almost impossible that February is almost here but it’s not impossible because… it’s not.

We finally had a weekend where we didn’t have any plans made in advance and it was snowy out which made it perfect for Cale to do homework.

All weekend long.

Luckily, The Bachelor aired Shawn and Catherine’s wedding last night so I met up with a bunch of girls to drink margaritas and gossip about all things Bachelor.

Important stuff. Promise.

In other news, the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics is coming right up. We’re, of course, hosting a party which I think makes it about the 4th Olympic games we’ve been together?  I’ve started lists around the house that items get added to whenever a new idea enters our brains.

The theme of this year’s party is “An Interactive Guide to the 2014 Sochi Games”.

Costumes are not mandatory but highly encouraged.

While in past years all food has been planned around typical host nation food, a night full of all things Russian food doesn’t seem to be the most appetizing thing in the world.

Therefore, Cale and I have brought it upon ourselves to make some Russian food. Every other couple has to bring either a dish or a drink from a country of their choice (and then, of course, dress accordingly).

P.S. Made this yesterday to test some beef stroganoff.  Delicious!

The plans are in place and we can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

I coerced Cale into helping me clean out this place yesterday. Mostly because it needed it, partly because Cale becomes a cleaning fanatic every time homework needs to get done. Win win.

I have one more set of freshly washed curtains to iron and our house will mostly be put back in place.

Cale is set to arrive home from the library any moment so it’s off to heat up some leftovers and relinquish control of the computer.

perfect day for snowshoeing

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We’ve been having some excellent 60 degree weather here in Colorado (in case you weren’t watching the Broncos game and already knew this).  Of course, as I type this, it’s like 10 degrees or something.

I know… nothing like the negative degree weather lots of the country is having but still…

On Monday, we decided to take advantage of the mountains and the beautiful weather so we spent the day snowshoeing.  We’re about 45 minutes to an hour away from being high up in the mountains so it really doesn’t take much effort for us to be up in the snow.

I mean not high up in the mountains, but lots more feet above ground- high- up in the mountains.

Do you get what I’m trying to say?  You have to clarify these things out here.

Nobody would know we’re that close by the number of times we don’t get up in the mountains but that’s a story for another day… anyways.  

[New Year's resolution in the making]

While watching the Broncos game, we found out some of our really good friends were also planning to snowshoe so we decided to make it a party.

We ended up getting lost, which is a theme of Cale and I hiking anywhere, and turned our little hike into a good 4 hour tromp through the snow.

It was lovely.

We each have about 20 blisters to prove it.

Really though, other than our poor choice in footwear it was wonderful to spend a beautiful sunny day up in the mountains.  On to planning our next mountain get-away!

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